11/20/14 7:00am
11/20/2014 7:00 AM

Joan Davis of Riverhead turned 75 on Nov. 15. She celebrated Nov. 8 at a party held in her honor at Riverhead Polish Hall. The event included DJ music, dancing and several party games. Partygoers included her two sisters, five brothers, her uncle, grandchildren, one great-grandchild and a host of other family members and friends. Joan said she had an absolutely wonderful time. She especially enjoyed watching Rose and Joe Czulada dance the polka!  (more…)

10/23/14 6:00am
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The view of the Riverhead Country Fair two weeks ago. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

The view of the Riverhead Country Fair two weeks ago. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

The Suffolk Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution continually searches for candidates — local Riverhead Town citizens who volunteer their time. At the Riverhead Country Fair Oct. 12, Caroline Stepnoski proudly presented its Community Service Award to Louise Wilkinson for her many contributions to the community. Louise has committed herself to the betterment of Riverhead and its youth.

She has been involved with the Riverhead High School Key Club and Riverhead Community Coalition for Safe and Drug-Free Youth and was chairwoman of Riverhead’s Anti-Bias Task Force. Louise has been tireless in her campaign to achieve equality in education funding and has made many trips to Albany to lobby on behalf of the school district. She received SCOPE’s “Rising Above the Rest” Community Service Award in 2011 and was also recognized by the Kiwanis Club for her work with students in the Riverhead School District.

Louise currently helps the homeless by trying to find affordable housing and is a coordinator for Maureen’s Haven. For the past 25 years, she’s volunteered with the Riverhead Community Awareness Program. Louise has made a huge impact on the lives of so many and is so deserving of this award. Congratulations!

Riverhead Free Library encourages students in grades five through eight to write about, draw or take a photograph of a special animal they know, and asks: “Why does your pet make you feel good?” and “Why is spending time with your pet important to you?” All submitted entries will be displayed at the library. Entrants must sign their work and include first name, grade, school and the name of the pet.

Janna Sparrow turned 2 on Oct. 5. She celebrated her special day at the home of her grandparents Paul and Peggy Sparrow Oct. 11. The guests included Janna’s mom and dad, David and Leah Sparrow, and her big brother, James, Mary Jane Ambrose, Terry and Harry Carver, Harriet McDonald, Megan Nikolis, Joe and Kathy Berezny, and Janna’s aunt Sharon Sparrow, who traveled from Texas. Everyone had a great time.

Barbara Wooten won 10 ribbons at the Riverhead Country Fair Oct. 12 for a contest she entered titled “All Fired Up on Main,” sponsored by Riverhead Town and East End Arts. She now has 200 ribbons since the fair’s inception. Wow! Be sure to check out the red, white and blue fire hydrant she designed and painted in front of Capital One Bank on Main Street. It’s awesome. Congratulations.

The Polish Town Civic Association will host a chinese auction Saturday, Oct. 25. Doors open at noon for viewing; the auction will begin between 1:30 and 2 p.m. Admission is $6, which includes 25 tickets. There will be over 150 gifts and the door prize is a Thanksgiving dinner. Food and drink will be available.

Happy birthday to Mark Bauman, Rebecca Gallo and Linda Lorenz on Oct. 23; Phil Kenter and Thomas Pipczynski, Oct. 24; Tom Gallo Sr. and Christine Floege, Oct. 25; Madison Stromski and Bruce Edwards, Oct. 26; Peter Cybulski, Oct. 27; Margie Sears, Oct. 28; Austen Galea and Damon LeCann, Oct. 29; Timothy Hynds and Macey Reichel, Oct. 30; Frank Klodoski, Joey Reichel, Diane Reeve, Tonya Trent and Nadia Chiaramonte, Nov. 2; Kyle White, Sarah Halpin, Christine Block and Johnathan Muller, Nov. 3; and Art Thompson, Marge Lawrence, Barbara Vail and Laurie Koplinka, Nov. 5.

Happy 43rd wedding anniversary to Ginger and Jerry Duvall and Arlene and Brad Tuthill, also their 43rd, on Oct. 23; Lucy and Jim Creighton, Oct. 28; Anthony and Nadia Chiaramonte, Nov. 1; and Madeleine and Leonard Van Vile, their 29th, Nov. 3.

Susan wishes Christopher a speedy recovery. She hopes you regain strength from your recent surgery and sends you lots of love.

Get well wishes go to Nes Kramer, Barbara Wooten, Cindy Hynds, Louise Leja, Mary Dabrowski, Joe Gadzinski and Carol Carey.

Happy Halloween! Be on the lookout for the many ghosts and goblins who will be trick-or-treating Friday, Oct. 31.

Berezny_RContact Riverhead columnist Kathy Berezny at 727-6148 at jberezny@optonline.net.

09/25/14 4:47pm
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ANNIE BALUCH COURTESY PHOTO | Team Pulaski headed by Candice Perry won the award in 2011 for the team bringing in the most pledge money.

ANNIE BALUCH COURTESY PHOTO | Team Pulaski headed by Candice Perry won the award in 2011 for the team bringing in the most pledge money.

16th annual 5K Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness, sponsored by Tanger Outlet Center, will be held Sunday, Sept. 28, at the outlet center. Registration begins 7:30 a.m.; opening ceremony, 8:45 a.m.; and the walk, 9 a.m. For more information, call 631-208-8889 or visit northforkbreasthealth.org. Do consider participating and enjoy refreshments, giveaways and so much more. Registration is $25.  (more…)

08/29/14 6:00am
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Johnathan Muller & Monika Achtziger were married Aug. 15 in a beautiful ceremony on a Stony Brook beach by a justice of the peace. The day started with an overcast sky, but the sun shone just before the ceremony began. Best man Brian Grattan and maid of honor Malinda Bolton were witnesses to this special moment. Sheila Muller (mother of the groom), Carol and Ron Achtziger (the bride’s parents), brother Ronnie, grandmother Margaret and other family members enjoyed the special ambiance of the occasion.

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07/17/14 6:00am
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Christian Hojenski has been very busy these past few months. In February, he attended the National Youth Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C., having been nominated by Col. McCarthy, Riverhead High School ROTC instructor, and sponsored by Envision. Christian was selected to act as commissioner of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and also as an administrator of the Drug Enforcement Agency during the forum. (more…)

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Riley Avenue second-graders, under the direction of music teacher Keith Maguire, sang patriotic songs Friday in salute to the American flag. (Credit: Sandra Kolbo/Riverhead School District)

Riley Avenue second-graders, under the direction of music teacher Keith Maguire, sang patriotic songs June 14 in salute to the American flag. (Credit: Sandra Kolbo/Riverhead School District)

The Ladies Auxiliary of Riverhead Fire Department held its June meeting at Meeting House Creek Inn on the 11th. Auxiliary vice president Ann Vonatzski and secretary Kelli Naugles presented hanging flower baskets to outgoing president Marie Madigan and outgoing secretary JoAnne Krajewski, who both served during 2013-14. (more…)

06/06/14 6:00am
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McGann Mercy High School. (Credit: File)

McGann Mercy High School is where the Long Island Sound Chorus rehearses. (Credit: File)

Joanie and George Mottern celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary at a brunch May 19 at Meeting House Creek Inn. They were surprised by their daughters, Jennifer and Sara, family and friends and members from their wedding party — Marie and Jimmy Barnes, Theresa Foley, Penny Czletka and Eddie Reeve. Everyone had a wonderful time.  (more…)

05/23/14 6:00am
05/23/2014 6:00 AM

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The annual meeting of the Friends of Riverhead Free Library and the Riverhead Free Library Association was held May 13. Laurel Sisson and Arlene Peck, co-presidents of the Friends, presented an overview of what the Friends have been up to during the year with funds raised from sales at the Yellow Barn. (more…)