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Spelling bee champion Sarah Bowe, center, with second-place winner Beth Motschenbacher, right and third-place winner Carol Cryzwinski. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Spelling bee champion Sarah Bowe, center, with second-place winner Beth Motschenbacher, right and third-place winner Carol Cryzwinski. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

The first-ever spelling bee was held at the Jamesport Meeting House on May 23 and it was a smashing success.

Nearly two dozen people of all ages took part in the competition, which will benefit the upkeep and restoration of the historic Meeting House.

Sarah Bowe took home the trophy for first place, followed by Beth Motschenbacher in second and Carol Cryzwinski in third.

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04/24/14 10:03am
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Words in next month's spelling bee at Jamesport Meeting House will range from middle-school difficulty through adult level. Above are winning words from the National Spelling Bee. (Credit: Danielle Doll)

Words in next month’s spelling bee at Jamesport Meeting House will range from middle-school difficulty through adult level. Above are winning words from the National Spelling Bee. (Credit: Danielle Doll)

Blame it on the alcohol.

Phil Cardinale, an attorney and former Riverhead Town supervisor, was eating spaghetti and drinking merlot at Grana in Jamesport two weeks ago when his friends and fellow diners, Steve and Ellen Berger, told him they were hosting a first-ever community spelling bee May 23 to benefit the upkeep and restoration of the historic Jamesport Meeting House.  (more…)

02/28/14 1:00pm
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The Jamesport Meeting House. (Barbaraellen Koch file photo)

The Jamesport Meeting House. (Barbaraellen Koch file photo)

The Cassatt String Quartet will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at the Jamesport Meeting House. The program will feature Shostakovich’s Quartet No. 8, Ravel’s String Quartet and Dvorak’s “Cypresses.”

The Manhattan-based quartet has been playing together since 1985. It has made numerous recordings and performed throughout North America, Europe and the Far East.

Tickets — $25 for adults and $10 for students — are available at jamesportmeetinghouse.org, Duffy’s Deli in Jamesport and at the door (if available).

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From left to right: Alex DeTurk, engineer; Bill DeTurk, banjo and guitar; John Brisotti, mandolin and vocals;  Bruce Barry,  bass; Dave Thompson, guitar;  and Bill Avasse, fiddle. (Photo by Tim Gannon).

From left to right: Alex DeTurk, engineer; Bill DeTurk, banjo and guitar; John Brisotti, mandolin and vocals; Bruce Barry, bass; Dave Thompson, guitar; and Bill Avasse, fiddle. (Photo by Tim Gannon).

The Jamesport Meeting House has been a lot of things in its 275-plus years on the corner of Main Road and Manor Lane in Jamesport.  (more…)

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The Jamesport Meeting House. (Barbaraellen Koch file photo)

The Jamesport Meeting House. (Barbaraellen Koch file photo)

George Moravek will direct the brand-new Meeting House Chorus, which will rehearse at the Jamesport Meeting House beginning Tuesday, Feb. 25. Weekly rehearsals will be held from 6 to 7:15 p.m.; a concert, “Opening Night (A New Generation of Broadway),” is planned for May 10. (more…)

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BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | The Jamesport Meeting House,

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | The Jamesport Meeting House,

Leaders of the Jamesport Meeting House stated its next top priority to restore the historic Main Road building, as the organization hopes to tackle the lecture room wing, “which sorely needs rejuvenation.”

Richard Wines, president of the nonprofit overseeing the restoration, said at the end of last year that the wing on the east side of the building — added in 1898 to the original structure, which went up in 1731 — has interior work that needs to be done namely on the ceiling and floor. Falling and frayed tiles are at the top of the room, while frayed carpets are at the bottom.

“Our goal is to make this room as beautiful as the rest of the building,” he said, adding that over the past year, the yard was re-graded and re-seeded, and an irrigation system was installed.  Mike Hubbard also made a number of improvements to update an electrical system that dates to the 1920s.

Jamesport Meeting House Preservation Trust, according to its website, aims to “keep the Meeting House in community hands and once again make it available for community use.”

The Meeting House is the East End’s oldest religious structure and the oldest building in Riverhead, according to a history written by Mr. Wines, who is also the chairman of the town’s Landmarks Preservation Commission.

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BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | The Jamesport Meeting House will be hosting a free concert tomorrow.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | The Jamesport Meeting House will be hosting a free concert tomorrow.

A free concert will be held on Saturday at the Jamesport Meeting House at 8 p.m. to raise awareness about drug addiction and to honor the memory of Samantha Dittmeier, a 23-year-old Mattituck woman who died of a heroin overdose in January.

“We’re going to share music, which I think is impactful and inspiring, and at the same time try and touch someone — whether it’s someone struggling with addiction or someone who knows someone struggling with addiction,” said Stefano DiBenedetto, a Mattituck music manager organizing the event.

Saturday evening’s concert will feature performances by Long Island singer and songwriter Cass Dillon and contemporary Christian pop singer Natasha Owens. Both artists are managed by Mr. DiBenedetto. who said he has worked with the likes of Billy Joel, Joan Jett and Linkin Park.

Mr. DiBenedetto, who is friends with Ms. Dittmeier’s mother, Karen Allars, described Ms. Dittmeier as someone who “lit up” whatever room she walked in to.

“The cloud of addiction had been hanging over her head and it was something she did not have control over,” he said of Ms. Dittmeier. “We want people to know that they don’t have to hide. There is help. And if addiction is dealt with early and properly, people can live normal lives and be free.”

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