Hi. I’m Howard Waldman. I’m the proprietor of Jamesport Country Store. We’ve been here for 45 years. I was living and working in Manhattan and my mother wanted to leave her job, so we decided we would open this store. She opened it in 1973. My mother passed away in 1983 and we had a young lady running the store. I retired from my job in 1989 in New York and came here full time.
Betty Harris, Howard Waldman, Hattie Turner, and Ron Schmitt at Thursday’s annual Heidi’s Helping Angels fundraiser. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)
The story of Heidi Behr is well-known in the Riverhead community at this point.
And though the ending was a tragic one — the 23-year-old Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps volunteer was killed in a crash with one of her fellow volunteers, leaving behind her young son — the positive values she embodied were celebrated Thursday night, as three other members of the community were recognized for doing the same thing Ms. Behr did: put their own time, safety and even sometimes their lives on the line in the name of helping others. (more…)