12/07/11 12:30am
12/07/2011 12:30 AM

Cheryl Taormina, owner of Riverhead Country Day School, was recently awarded “Outstanding Collaborator” by Cornell Cooperative Extension for her support of their family wellness program. This important program guides the changing needs of families and gives them information on diabetes, nutrition, developing healthy lifestyles and raising responsible children. Cheryl is currently on the program’s advisory board at Cornell. She speaks to Suffolk County legislators, secures grant monies and has developed a new outdoor learning garden so the children can see how vegetables grow. She also secured a master gardener from Cornell to help with the nutrition activity program at the school, enabling the students to enjoy the fruits of their labor while learning. Cheryl would like to thank her staff at RCDS for all their help.

Christine and Jerry Mapes spent eight glorious weeks in Florida and enjoyed the new cruise ship Casino in Cape Canaveral. They said it was a beauty, the pool and the food were great and the sun was gorgeous. Christine also enjoyed the time she spent with her dad. Then she and 37 girlfriends traveled to the Bahamas, where they gambled and did some people-watching.

When the Mapes returned home it was turkey time. They hosted Thanksgiving dinner with 20 close friends and family, which included Christine’s daughter, Karin, and son-in-law, Austin; her sisters, Michele and her sons Billy and Brian from Maryland, Jean and her sons Danny and Michael from Greenport; and her dearest friend Brenda and her daughter, Summer. Jerry did all the cooking and it was a feast enjoyed by all. He loves to cook and does an exceptional job all the time.

Kelly and Sean Brennan invite you to the annual wreath and holiday décor sale hosted by the Roanoke Avenue PTO on Saturday, Dec. 10 (rain date: Dec. 11), from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the grounds of the elementary school. This is the perfect time to pick up your flowers and greens and do some serious decorating around the house. All monies raised will benefit the students.

Riverhead Free Library will display artwork by Dennis Link in the Elizabeth Fox Overton Gallery during December and January. Be sure to visit and enjoy what the library has to offer for all ages.

The Riverhead Community Coalition for Safe and Drug-Free Schools is working on its goals for the coming months. These include increasing membership and community sector representation and organizing a community forum about prescription drug abuse. The next meeting will be held Dec. 8 at 2:30 p.m. in the Riverhead High School library. For more information, call Claire Marie Lundberg, community prevention specialist, at 727-3722 or email [email protected]

A holiday celebration, sponsored by the Women’s Club of Riverhead, will be held at Old Steeple Church on Friday, Dec. 16, at noon . There will be a special duet by Larry Scudder and Marguerite Volonts that will simply delight the audience. Hope to see you there. Refreshments will be served and admission is free.

Happy birthday to Amanda Muller and Sara Grathwhol on Dec. 8; Carol Carey, Charlie McCabe and Brenna Latour, the 9th; Jim Creighton, Terri Davis, Christine Mapes, Kerin Collins, David Koroleski and Ginger Duvall, the 10th; Barbara O’Kula, Skylar Wicklund (who turns 8) and Brian Densieski, the 11th; Howie Gassert, Russell Nash, Rachel Grathwhol and Scott Tocci, the 12th; and Kerry Saladino, Lee Hubbard, Kathryn Berezny and Michael Partridge, the 14th. Be sure to celebrate.

Get well wishes to Mary Dabrowski.

It’s official, jolly old St. Nick arrived in Riverhead thanks to the Lions Club’s parade down Main Street.
Only 17 days till Christmas.

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11/25/11 2:58pm
11/25/2011 2:58 PM

Riverhead High School’s Class of 1971 held its 40th reunion Nov. 12 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Riverhead. Some attendees traveled from as far away as Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas and Arizona. Faculty members who attended included science teacher Bruce Dinsmore, math teacher Ann Womack-DeGrasse and administrator Tony DeGrasse. Music was provided by Mike Ryan and the Flying Casuals. Name badges with photographs from the yearbook were pinned onto blue-and-white leis and handed out to the guests upon arrival. The June 1971 graduation program was enlarged and hung on the wall near a table containing other memorabilia and party favors such as bubbles, tiny pencils and phone books with magnifying glasses. Everyone had a great time. The next morning some of the alumni gathered in front of the old high school for a picture.

Evie Bruhner just became Medicare-eligible on Nov. 23. Yes, the queen of the Ruby Red and Wild Red Hat Chapter and the “Rubies” celebrated her birthday at the chapter’s November luncheon at the Sea Basin in Rocky Point, where she received a gift card to Dellaquila Beauty in Jamesport. Evie wishes to thank the Rubies for making her 65th birthday extra special, and notes they are truly a great group of ladies. She also thanks all her friends and neighbors in Glenwood Village for all her birthday cards. Best wishes for a great year, Evie.

The children’s department at Riverhead Free Library is currently collecting items for its Mitten Tree through Dec. 9. Any hats, scarves, gloves, mittens, etc. will be donated to the Family Service League’s Family Center on Roanoke Avenue for distribution to their client families. They are also donating brand-new books for families to use as gifts for the older children.

Protect yourself and others from influenza. An annual flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses. Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead encourages you to call for a flu shot appointment at 548-6325. There is no charge for the vaccination; however, all recipients must be at least 19 years old.

Riverhead Soccer Club’s girls’ soccer teams — Riverhead Ripples U9 and Riverhead Fury U10 — are hosting a flapjack breakfast fundraiser on Saturday, Dec. 10, at Applebee’s in Riverhead. Tickets are $10; children under 3 eat free. Call 631-275-6221 for more information or to order tickets. There will be a 50/50 raffle and Santa will make an appearance. Come on out to support these hardworking athletes and have some holiday fun.

Happy birthday wishes to Kathy Schaefer and John Frosina on Dec.2; Mildred Nash, and Erik Kloppenburg, Dec. 3; Art Apicello, Shannon McAlister and twins Tim and Joseph Hampson, Dec. 4; Karen Kelly and Doreen Wilk, Dec. 5; Penny Hensley, Marie Harris, Mark Anasky, Anthony Heppner, Shanita Arrindel and Carolyn Smith, Dec. 6; and Marie Madigan, Darlene Taylor and Holly Chew, Dec. 7. Be sure to celebrate.

Happy wedding anniversary wishes to Marie and Bob Madigan on Dec. 7 and Leah and David Sparrow, Dec. 8. Hope your day is special.

Only 24 days till Christmas.

11/23/11 5:00am
11/23/2011 5:00 AM

COURTESY PHOTO | Riverhead Care Center administrator MaryAnn Mangels and Our Family Council presenting a $200 dollar check to Zona Stroy of the First Baptist Church food pantry.

Instead of going home after a long day at school, members of the Sr. Mary Euphrasia Chapter of the National Honor Society visited the Peconic Bay Skilled Nursing Facility to bring some joy and fun into the lives of its residents. Twenty-nine students introduced themselves, shared their college plans and then treated the residents to acoustic numbers, singalongs, dancing and games. When asked who had a better time, the students and the residents shared the same response: “We did and it was a lot of fun.”

The Riverhead Care Center made a blessings tree in their main dining room and sold leaves for a dollar. Those who purchased a leaf were encouraged to write what they were thankful for. All monies raised during this fundraiser will be donated to the food pantry at First Baptist Church. Also, donations of nonperishable food items for the holidays are being collected for local food pantries until Tuesday, Dec. 20, to be given to the pantries on the 21st. A donation box is located at the entrance to the nursing home.

The teen department at Riverhead Free Library made 384 biscuits and delivered them in decorated boxes with greeting cards to Kent and Riverhead animal shelters. Also delivered to Kent were 16 dog tags made by the teens that contained a downloaded photo of a Kent dog that is up for adoption — a nice gift for some lucky dog and a new friend. Participation in these programs earns the teens community service credits. They have till the end of the month to earn more credits for donating canned food, clean towels or blankets for the shelter animals (dogs and cats). Don’t forget there’s teen board games on Friday, Nov. 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the library. Hope to see you there.

Happy birthday to Laurie Zanieski and Wesley Harris (who turns a handsome 89) on Nov. 24; Pat Kurpetski, Barbara Popescue, Skee Chew and Jessica Cybulski, Nov. 25; Jamie Lorenz, Bert Vogel, Carol Ashby and Jean Gilmore, Nov. 27; Kelsey Saladino (who turns 5), Kathy Anthony, Debbie Lukaszcyk and Kaylyn Rosko (who turns 12), Nov. 28; Kevin Kosciuszko, Nov. 29; and Mary Dabrowski, Nov. 30. Be sure to celebrate.

Happy wedding anniversary to Renee and Mark Linnen, who celebrate 28 years, and Louise and Greg Meyer, their 23rd, on Nov. 26.

A perfect way to send a touch of home to the men and women serving our country overseas during the holidays is by dropping a Christmas card to: Holiday Mail for Heroes, P.O. Box 5456, Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456 (postmark by Dec. 9). Remember, they are protecting our freedoms and are not able to be home with their families. Inside your card say hello to a service member and be sure to sign your name. Check out the website redcross.org/holidaymail.

Gobble, gobble, gobble. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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11/08/11 6:00am
11/08/2011 6:00 AM

A surprise 60th birthday party for Karen (White) Fleischman was held Oct. 29 at the Polish Town Civic Association. Given by her sister, Pam, and brother-in-law, Bob Zaweski, Danny and Cindy White, Tony White Sr., Tony White Jr. and his wife, Rebecca, and Karen’s good friend Kay Davis, the theme was New York Yankees, with cotton candy, Cracker Jacks, bag-it-yourself candy and “Blue Yankeetinis.” Everyone also enjoyed a catered buffet and friends and family brought all the appetizers and desserts. 131 family and friends from the Polish Town Civic Association, National Grid (where Karen worked) and from as far away as Virginia attended to wish her the very best. Karen said this was the best party ever!

Congratulations to Peconic Bay Medical Center on its recently being awarded The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Total Joint Replacement for Hip and Knee by demonstrating compliance with the commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. Also, the certification award recognizes PBMC’s dedication to continuous compliance with the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards. My husband, Joe, had a full knee replacement there on Oct. 25. This award certainly speaks for the expertise and dedication of the professionals taking care of the patients who use the hospital’s state-of-the-art facilities.

A free workshop series sponsored by Riverhead’s Community Awareness Program will be offered for parents of students in the Riverhead Central School District. Called “Guiding Good Choices,” the five-week program will be held on Mondays, beginning Nov. 14, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., at the CAP office, 542 East Main St. Space is limited; preregistration required. For more information, call CAP at 727-3722 or [email protected] Learn to strengthen family bonds and reduce children’s risk of abusing alcohol and other drugs. Felicia Scocozza, director of CAP, is certainly knowledgeable and parents will be well informed.

A book-signing and presentation of town historian Georgette Case’s new book, “We Will Not Forget: Riverhead’s Civil War Soldiers and Sailors,” will be held at the American Legion Post on Hubbard Avenue in Riverhead on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. to celebrate the Civil War’s sesquicentennial. Guests will include the 88th Regiment New York State Volunteers; Civil War re-enactors, who will describe camp life; and descendants of Riverhead soldiers. Come and join the festivities. Books will sell for $20.

Happy birthday to Frederica Miles and Kate Luce on Nov. 10; Andy Reichel and Corky Young, Nov. 11; Billee Friszolowski (who turns 90 years young), Gregory Meyer and Bertha Kulesa, Nov. 12; Bill Fleming, Kathryn Schneck, Sophie Aschenbach and Donna Pelis, Nov. 13; Melanie Downs, Nov. 14; Eileen Randolph and Paige Rosko, Nov. 15; and Keri Stromski, Georgianna Danowski, Latoya Nash and Kristin Goetz, Nov. 16. Hope your day is extra special.

Happy wedding anniversary to Karen and John Frosina, who will celebrate their 33rd on Nov. 13. Be sure to celebrate.

Get well wishes to Jim Lee, Shirley Coverdale and Virginia Bilski.

Remember to hang your flag Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans Day, a day to honor all military veterans and remember the sacrifices they made for our country’s freedom. God bless.

11/03/11 1:00am
11/03/2011 1:00 AM

The winners of the “Teen Read Week: Picture It” free raffle are: First place  — Alex Liantonio (digital photo frame); second place — Corey Blydenburg (digital photo key chain); and third place — Emma Spear ($10 Best Buy gift card). Congratulations to all and thanks to the Friends of Riverhead Free Library for donating these prizes.

Paulette Sherman from the teen department at RFL visited former Riverhead resident Carolyn Thorenz upstate a few weeks ago and had a great time. Carolyn is very busy at Wallkill Public Library, where she loves her job as a librarian. Paulette mentioned that Carolyn’s home was decorated beautifully for Halloween (as it always was when she lived here), her favorite holiday of the year.

The Riverhead Middle Masques will hold a “BENGO” fundraiser on Friday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. for their upcoming musical production of “Grease.” Tickets are $10 for 10 games. Additional games can be purchased before the start of each round. Lots of fantastic prizes will be given away so come and see Pat Skura, Ed Tholl and all those involved with the Middle Masques and support this worthwhile fundraiser.

Riverhead United Methodist Church has been kind enough to allow Jesus Alive, a not-for-profit organization that raises funds to feed the hungry and homeless on Long Island, to present an exciting concert on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. featuring the amazing Glorification Singers. The concert is free but an offering will be taken for Maureen’s Haven to help feed the homeless in the upcoming winter months. For more information, call the church at 727-2327.

The Rotary Club of Riverhead will host its annual pancake breakfast on Sunday, Nov. 6, at Polish Hall from 8 a.m. to noon. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $8 for children (kids under 3 are free). This fundraiser helps the Rotary support scholarships, the back-to-school backpack program and many other worthwhile charities in Riverhead. Tickets may be purchased in advance from any Riverhead Rotarian or at the door on the day of the event. For more information visit RiverheadRotary.org.

Belated happy anniversary to Arlene and Brad Tuthill, who celebrated 40 years together on Oct. 23. Good wishes to you for many more.

Happy anniversary to Madeleine and Len VanVliet on Nov. 3. Be sure to celebrate.

Happy birthday to Kyle White (who will turn 21), Sarah Halpin (15), Christine Block and Johnathan Muller (26), Nov. 3; Art Thompson, Marge Lawrence, Barbara Vail, Laurie Koplinka and Candido Vazquez (81), Nov. 5; Andrea Hill, Latasha Brunskill, Arianna Brooks (9), Nov. 8; and Claudette Anderson, Erinn Pekar, Devin O’Rourke and Bertha Kulesa (87), Nov. 9. Hope your day is extra special.

10/26/11 6:00am
10/26/2011 6:00 AM

Congratulations to the following local winners of Riverhead Country Fair’s pumpkin- and vegetable-carving/decorating contest: Cameron Seebeck, Melinda Notaro, Hannah O’Neil, Anastasia Stapon, Ryken Kutner, Lily Kutner, Ella Malanga, Nevaeh Laird, Sean Donohue, Katy Donahue and Kyle Donahue. What a beautiful array of creative arrangements.

A book-signing and presentation of town historian Georgette Case’s new book. “We Will Not Forget: Riverhead’s Civil War Soldiers and Sailors,” will take place Saturday, Nov. 12, at 1:30 p.m. at American Legion Post 273, 89 Hubbard Ave., to celebrate the Civil War’s sesquicentennial. Books are $20 and can be pre-ordered from Ms. Case at her office, 542 East Main St., Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. or at the town clerk’s office at Riverhead Town Hall. Guests will include the 88th Regiment New York State Volunteers; Civil War enactors, who will discuss camp life; and descendants of Riverhead Town soldiers. Descendants are asked to call Ms. Case at 369-9177. Leave your name, phone number, and the name of the soldier. Stay tuned for more details.

Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered 12-step program based on biblical principles dealing with all kinds of addictions — drinking, drugs, gambling, overeating, among many others. This program brings people together to discover a new level of care, acceptance, trust and grace. Open to those 18 and over, meetings are held at Living Water Full Gospel Church in Riverhead every Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Step one begins Thursday, Oct. 27. For more information, call 722-4969 or email [email protected]

The Grange is looking for new, used, rare and out-of-print books for its fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 29, and Sunday, Oct. 30, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the Save the Grange Campaign. Donations can be dropped off at the Grange, 5268 Sound Ave., Riverhead, on Friday, Oct. 28, from 7 to 9 p.m. Funds raised will help them to purchase a new stove. Bring your friends. For more information, call the Rev. Dianne Rodriguez at 631-608-3827 or email her at [email protected]

It’s never too early to collect donations for local food pantries. First Parish Church, UCC in Riverhead is now accepting donations of canned, jarred and boxed goods on Sundays between 10:30 a.m. and noon. There will be baskets inside the foyer located at the east side entrance of the church in which to place your goods. Do consider giving what you can during this upcoming holiday season to help fill the pantries in our community. Tell a friend!

Belated birthday wishes to Alerie Burke on Oct. 26. Hope you have a great year.

Happy birthday to Peter Cybulski and Nicole Levasseuer on Oct. 27; Marge Sears and Henry Wojewocki (who celebrates his 95th), Oct. 28; Austin Galea and Damon LeCann, Oct. 29; Tim Hynds, Oct. 30; Frank Klodoski, Joey Reichel, Tonya Trent, Diane Reeve and Nadia Chiaramonte, Nov. 2. Be sure to celebrate.

Happy wedding anniversary to Lucy and Jim Creighton on Oct. 28; Tom and Donna Grodski, Oct. 29; Anthony and Nadia Chiaramonte, Nov. 1; and Joe and Mary Ann Kaelin, Nov. 2. Be sure to celebrate.

Get well wishes to Joe Berezny.

Happy Halloween to all!

10/12/11 6:00am
10/12/2011 6:00 AM

The Riverhead Middle Masques will hold a car wash on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Middle School. Monies raised will help offset the cost of their January production of “Grease.” Do stop by with your car, van or truck and help out the students. Be sure to say hello to Ed Tholl and Pat Skura, who always put their heart and soul into these productions at the school. The students do a phenomenal job with their acting, costumes and props.

Ron and Jane Caffrey, Donald and Pam Owen, Joe Bernat and Katelyn DeLucca, Richie and Kim Miller, Joey and Tracey Densieski, Kevin and Terri Barty, Laura and Kenny Nabrezny, Joe and Kathy Berezny (yours truly), John and June Behr, Kevin and Kerri Davis, Joe Hartmann and Jen Beliveau and Frank Totten and Lori Slanina took a five-day cruise together to Bermuda on Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas. The weather was exceptionally beautiful, the sightseeing awesome and all the activities on the ship and island were truly enjoyed by all. Each evening we gathered to have dinner together and chat about the day’s events. After a late dinner on the last evening of the cruise, we celebrated my birthday with a small chocolate cake presented by our waiter and everyone sang “Happy Birthday.” As we returned home and pulled into our driveway the next day, we noticed someone had sent me a beautiful rust-colored mum. I am curious as to who left it for me to enjoy as the rain had washed away their name on the card they nailed to a tree trunk. Thank you so much! Maybe one day you’ll reveal yourself.

The Riverhead Recreation Department has a very busy fall schedule, with programs for adults, youths, special events and bus trips to the city. Some have a nominal fee and some are free. For more info check out the brochure that was mailed recently, call the recreation department at 727-5744 or visit riverheadli.com.

The Riverhead Country Fair, held this past weekend, was a festive fall day that saw beautiful weather. I hope everyone had the chance to visit the vendors, see the crafts and enjoy the entertainment.

Happy birthday to Ken Zahler on Oct. 14; Joan Fleischman, Rosemary Schulenberg, Jeff Fleischman, Sue Stephens and Madison Saladino (who turns 2), Oct. 15; Dorothy Peeker, Cheryl Daters, Marie Dunleavy, Oct. 17; Michelle Smith and Mark Hodun, Oct. 18; and Trudy Wold, Tommy Chew, Michael Reichel, Ronnie Bobinski, Maxine Utter and Alison Paulos, Oct. 19. Hope your day is special.

Happy anniversary to Carol and Jan Niewadomski, who celebrate their 37th on Oct. 13; Richard and Marge Sears (32 years) and Helen and Ed Sadowski (60 years), Oct. 14; and Karin and Austen Galea, Oct. 18. Be sure to celebrate.

Congratulations to Lynn Ann and Wesley Sawyer on the birth of their daughter, Julia Katherine, Sept. 24. Julia weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces and measured 20 inches. Lynn Ann is a 2004 graduate of Riverhead High School. Proud grandparents Wendy and Fred Mildner are very excited about their family’s new arrival.

Get well wishes to Sandra Hynds and Bob Ball.

10/03/11 2:12pm
10/03/2011 2:12 PM

Walt and Marge Lawrence recently returned from a trip to Colorado. They went to the state fair in Pueblo, rode the Pike’s Peak Cog Railway, visited the Garden of the Gods, toured the Anasazi cave dwellings in Manitou Springs, hiked in Rocky Mountain National Park, drove as far as the weather would permit up Mount Evans and took in the sights of the Rocky Mountains and the Red Rocks. During their trip west, they experienced temperatures ranging from 29 to 101 degrees and altitudes of over 14,000 feet. They truly enjoyed this experience from beginning to end.

On Sunday, Oct. 9, First Congregational Church on Main Street will hold a giant yard and bake sale on its front lawn. The doors to the lovely sanctuary will be open and all are invited to come in and view a wonderful exhibit of quilts made by the Eastern Long Island Quilters Guild. Be sure to stop by and say hello. They would be happy to see you!

It’s that time of the season for the pumpkin- and vegetable-decorating/carving contest at the Riverhead Country Fair Sunday, Oct. 9 (rain date: Oct. 10) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entries (one per person) can be brought to the south end of the East End Arts property at 133 E. Main St. from 7 to 9 a.m. Open to ages 4 through adult. Call 631-722-3873, email [email protected] or visit riverheadcountryfair.com for contest rules and more information.

Riverhead Free Library will screen the movie “Capote” on Wednesday, Oct. 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. Based on a true story, the film explores the events behind Truman Capote’s book “In Cold Blood.” Those who wish to view the movie or are currently reading the book are invited to attend a book discussion, “In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences” by Truman Capote, Tuesday, Oct. 25, from 7 to 8 p.m. The book is a gripping account of the 1959 multiple murders of a Kansas farm family. Hailed as a true-crime masterpiece, it remains a classic. Please sign up at the library’s reference desk for the discussion.

If you have a chance to get a copy of the Irish Echo Newspaper dated Sept. 21-27 you will see that Riverhead resident Michele Lynch was one of 50 people honored by the newspaper at a dinner for Irish Labor Leaders at Harbour Lights Restaurant at South Street Seaport, where Gerry Adams was a guest speaker. Congratulations, Michele!

The Riverhead Community Program is looking for volunteers to help teach the 2011-12 Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program to fifth- and sixth-grade students at Pulaski Street School. The program consists of seven monthly sessions taught by community volunteers who are assisted by peer leaders from eighth grade and high school. Volunteers receive training by professional staff each month prior to the presentation, so there is no experience required. Training begins in mid-October. For more information, call Felicia Scocozza at 727-3722. She will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Happy birthday wishes Peg McKinney on Oct. 6; Joan Heppner, Oct. 7; Wanda Wilinski, Mike Beni, Claire Mielnicki, Kyle Tocci and Josh Berezny, Oct. 8; Donna Atkins and Patricia Harris, Oct. 9; Jenna Gobrick, Oct. 10; Robert Doyle, Oct. 11; and Joan Troyan, Oct. 12. Hope your day is extra special.

Happy wedding anniversary to Jason and Becky Hubbard, who celebrate their 6th, and Barbara and Gilles Bouchard, their 38th, on Oct. 7; and to Holly and Skee Chew, who toast 15 years together, Oct. 12. Be sure to celebrate.

Happy Columbus Day on Monday, Oct. 10.