06/20/15 5:42pm
06/20/2015 5:42 PM
Claudia Zacharewicz of Jamesport is crowned Polish Town Queen by event co-chair Marianne Trubish Saturday. (Credit: Rachel Young)

Claudia Zacharewicz of Jamesport is crowned Polish Town Queen by event co-chair Marianne Trubish Saturday. (Credit: Rachel Young photos)

Polish Town has a new queen.

Claudia Zacharewicz, 17, of Jamesport was crowned this year’s Polish Town Queen during a Saturday afternoon ceremony at Baiting Hollow’s Cooperage Inn. An incoming senior at Riverhead High School, Claudia was one of six girls to compete in the 2015 contest, which has been sponsored by the Polish Town Civic Association since 1976.  (more…)

11/11/14 12:00pm
11/11/2014 12:00 PM
Danielle Sessa (fifth from right) cut the ribbon with family and town officials Monday afternoon to Birchwood of Polish Town. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Danielle Sessa (fifth from right) cut the ribbon with family and town officials Monday afternoon to The Birchwood of Polish Town. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The Birchwood of Polish Town has got its sparkle back.

Danielle Sessa of Calverton, the new owner of the Polish Town restaurant and catering hall, joined her family and town officials in a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday to celebrate the reopening of the Birchwood.  (more…)

09/30/14 5:22pm
09/30/2014 5:22 PM
Birchwood is expected to re-open by November. (Barbaraellen Koch file photo)

Birchwood is expected to re-open by November. (Barbaraellen Koch file photo)

When it opens later this fall, it will have a new menu, catering room and name — technically.

But the new owner of the Birchwood restaurant in Polish Town made something very clear recently: Everything locals loved about the venerable eatery, which has been closed since June, will stay the same. (more…)

08/13/14 7:00am
08/13/2014 7:00 AM
Last year's Polish Wedding at the Polish Town Fair and Festival in Riverhead. (Credit: Cyndi Murray, file)

Last year’s Polish Wedding at the Polish Town Fair and Festival in Riverhead. (Credit: Cyndi Murray, file)

August weekends in Riverhead aren’t just about days at the beach, wineries and farmstands. There’s one weekend each year here that’s all about heritage … and having fun.

The 40th annual Polish Town Fair and Polka Festival comes to Riverhead’s Polish Town this Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 16-17.

View the details on northforker.com

07/23/14 8:00am
07/23/2014 8:00 AM
Employee Barbara Zimnoski in the new Long Island Cauliflower showroom, which has a large selection of Dramm professional watering tools, sprinklers and hoses. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Employee Barbara Zimnoski in the new Long Island Cauliflower showroom, which has a large selection of Dramm professional watering tools, sprinklers and hoses. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

When it was founded in 1901, the Long Island Cauliflower Association existed solely to market and sell cauliflower throughout the region.

But as times changed, so did LICA, which eventually expanded its agriculture business to serve different types of farmers.  (more…)

06/22/14 1:21pm
06/22/2014 1:21 PM
Sheila Tradeski, Polish Town's very first queen, places the crown on the head of this year's queen, Anna  Sadowski. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Sheila Tradeski, Polish Town’s very first queen, places the crown on the head of this year’s queen, Anna Sadowski. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

As a young woman born and raised in Polish Town, whose own parents grew up in Poland, Anna Sadowski has always drawn inspiration from the queen of the Polish Town Fair and Festival.  (more…)