01/17/12 5:15am
01/17/2012 5:15 AM

The things children do that will take you by surprise. Christopher Kenter, a fifth-grader at Pulaski Street School, worked diligently during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays doing odd jobs at his dad’s office and around the house and raised $500 to help the children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Chris’ parents, Connie and Dennis, are very proud of him. What a great way to start off the New Year.

The students in rooms 218 and 219 at Pulaski Street Elementary School once again organized “The Giving Tree” during the month of December. Plenty of hats, gloves, scarves and mittens were donated and hung on the tree with lots of love and compassion. The classes would like to thank the students, parents and staff for their contributions. A special thank-you goes to the Glenwood Lassies, who, once again, generously knitted, crocheted and purchased numerous items for the tree. It’s a great partnership working with the Lassies. Thanks to all those who cared, many families will be warmer this winter.

The Verizon Telecom Pioneers, Aquebogue Life Member Club, has been very busy delivering nonperishable food items to two local food pantries; toiletries and gifts to a women’s substance-recovery home; and cookies, candies and gifts to two local adult homes. This hardworking group of retirees is committed to serving those in need and also works on many other community service projects throughout the year.

The Riverhead Middle School Middle Masques will present its musical production “Grease Jr., Go Greased Lightning” Friday, Jan. 20 and 27, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 21 and 28, at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $8 by calling Pat Skura at 369-6767, or at the door for $10. It is well worth it as the students always do a phenomenal job. Pat Skura and Ed Tholl are quite a team, and with the costumes, props and music you’ll feel as if you’re watching a Broadway show. Order yours today!

Happy birthday to Adam Bugdin (who turns 12), Marissa Kess, Sarah Paulos, Frances Friszolowski, Becky Hubbard and Barry Palmer (who turns 60), Jan. 19; Tim Griffing Jr., George Atkinson, Pearl Trent and Natausha Magee, Jan. 20; Bryan Krajewski, Sean Rachubka and Louise Meyer, Jan. 21; Bill Hubbard, Pat Gadzinski, Michael Young, Andrew Pekar and Sebastian Hulse (who turns 5), Jan. 23; and Amy (Wooten) Guecha and Laurie Downs, Jan. 25. Hope your day is extra special.

Get well wishes to Mary Dabrowski, Georgiana Danowski and Nina Campbell.

The cold weather is here and it’s nice to bundle up but I’m sure the children would like to see some white stuff. For me, however, the cold weather is enough for now.

11/16/11 2:00am
11/16/2011 2:00 AM

Caroline and Frank Stepnoski recently visited their son Robert and his wife, Lori, and granddaughter Amelia at their new home in Austin, Texas. While there they toured the University of Texas School of Architecture, where Robert works as a senior systems administrator. They also visited the Alamo and River Walk in San Antonio. On their return to Austin they stopped in Cibolo to see Chuck and Kathy (Tuthill) Faulk and their three children, Daniel, Thomas and Rachel. Caroline and Frank enjoyed every minute of their trip and can’t wait to see their family again.

The Woman’s Club of Riverhead will turn l00 years old in 2012. For many years the club has awarded annual scholarships in the arts, music, education and science. One of their main goals is to locate as many of these winners as possible so that they can catch up with them on where they’re living and their achievements. If you know the whereabouts of any winners please call Doris Scuder at 727-0345 or write to 150 Prospect Place, Riverhead, NY 11901.

The Teen Department at Riverhead Free Library is collecting food and clean bedding for both the Kent and Riverhead animal shelters for the month of November. That will surely get some tails wagging. Our furry friends need to be loved so please help this great, worthwhile program.

Riverhead United Methodist Church will be having its annual holiday bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be jewelry, baked goods, a white elephant table, a collectibles corner and a silent auction. Soup and sandwiches will be available for purchase beginning at 11 a.m. Admission is free so stop by the Parish Hall and say hello to the members who will be working and also to Jeanine Zeltman, church secretary. Hope to see you there.

Living Water Full Gospel Church in Riverhead invites all to join them for “Desserts and Testimonies” on Thanksgiving eve, Wednesday, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m. Bring your favorite Thanksgiving dessert to share and celebrate the holiday together. For more information, call 722-4969 or visit lwfgc.org.

LWFGC also presents “A Night in Bethlehem,” a 60-minute interactive experience of Bethlehem and the Christmas Story on Sunday, Nov. 27, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. While there you can visit Santa Claus’ North Pole living room and have a free picture taken. This event is free for the whole family. For more information call 722-4969 or visit their website mentioned above.

Belated happy 12th birthday to Autumn Worth, a sixth-grader at Pulaski Street School, who celebrated Nov. 10.
Happy birthday to Danny Lorenz, who turns 30, on Nov. 17; Christopher Chew (who turns 10), Ann Slavonik, Bob Ball, Butch Taylor, Ray Kwasna and my daughter Kim (who turns 26), Nov. 18; Joe Colontuoni, Shawn Rosko and June Stevenson, Nov. 19; Brice Schoener, Marianne Krupski and Mary Allen, Nov. 21; and Katie Bogdanski, Conrad Dabrowski and Michael Schoener, Nov. 23. Hope your day is extra special.

Happy anniversary to Debbie and Warren Fischer on Nov. 21. Be sure to celebrate.

The News-Review office will be closed on Thanksgiving, Nov. 24, and Friday, Nov. 25. That said there will be an early deadline for next week’s issue, which will be published Wednesday, Nov. 23. Any news/information you’d like to share with the community needs to get to me by 8 o’clock tonight. Thanks in advance!

jberezny@optonline.net

10/18/11 5:00am
10/18/2011 5:00 AM

COURTESY PHOTO | Caroline Stepnoski, chairman of the DAR Community Service Award committee (center), with the two award winners, Linda Hobson (left) and Drew Achilich.

Linda L. Hobson and Drew Achilich received the Suffolk Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution’s 2011 Community Service Award, presented by DAR Chaplain Caroline Stepnoski, at the Riverhead Country Fair. Drew had designed a T-shirt that bears the Horton Avenue street sign with Riverhead High School’s Blue Wave logo on the left sleeve (the sleeve closest to the heart). This raised awareness and funds ($3,000 so far!) for the flood victims on Horton Avenue. Drew’s selfless efforts were contagious, as many students and the faculty at RHS immediately supported his endeavor. His generous nature, love for community and desire to help people makes him worthy of this award.

Although Linda herself was displaced from her Horton Avenue home, she resolved to do whatever it took to get help for the neighboring families. She worked tirelessly to obtain donations of clothing, furnishings, heating systems and vehicles and to get renters relocated. She never gave up. Linda met repeatedly with County Legislator Ed Romaine and other elected officials to ensure that the government was doing its part by keeping the neighbors informed of the progress. She continues to work on this issue when many others have forgotten what has happened. Her selflessness, fortitude, her many endeavors, community activism and love for her community make her an exceptional candidate for this award. The Suffolk Chapter NSDAR continually searches for candidates — local Riverhead Town citizens who volunteer their time. Chapter members feel that volunteerism is one of the greatest gifts a person can give their community.

Jeanine Zeltman wants the community to know that Riverhead United Methodist Church’s thrift shop will close for the 2011 season on Saturday, Oct. 29. Until then, all clothing and shoes are half-price. Stop in and say hello. You just might find some treasures.

Happy birthday wishes to Jacob Smith, Nancy Pollard and Tom Gallo Sr. on Oct. 20; Tyler Dick (who turns 5) and Amy Boyle, Oct. 21; twins Nicholas and Allison Goss (who turn 1), Oct. 22; Mark Bauman, Rebecca Gallo and Linda Lorenz, Oct. 23; Phil Kenter and Thomas Pipczynski, Oct. 24; and Madison Stromski (who turns 9) and Bruce Edwards, Oct. 26. Hope your day is special.

Happy wedding anniversary wishes to Butch and Darlene Taylor and to Dottie and Bob Bugdin, who celebrate their 50th, on Oct. 21; Ginger and Jerry Duvall, Oct. 23; and Chet and Louise Leja, Oct. 24. Be sure to celebrate.

Get well wishes to Barbara Gallo and David Sparrow.

Five members of Riverhead's Troop 1159 recently received the Silver Award, the second highest award in Girl Scouts and the highest award Cadette scouts can receive, for their organization of a "Stuff a Truck" food drive held in March. The food collected was distributed to six local food pantries. From left: Janice Flood, troop organizer with Riverhead Service Unit 59; troop co-leader Lynn Mott: award recipients Renee Mott, Kristal Dewey, TeAndra Jenkins, Nicole Levasseur and Melissa Gillian; co-leader Karen Levasseur; and Dawn Bozuhoski, service unit coordinator.

COURTESY PHOTO | Five members of Riverhead's Troop 1159 recently received the Silver Award, the second highest award in Girl Scouts and the highest award Cadette scouts can receive, for their organization of a "Stuff a Truck" food drive held in March. The food collected was distributed to six local food pantries. From left: Janice Flood, troop organizer with Riverhead Service Unit 59; troop co-leader Lynn Mott: award recipients Renee Mott, Kristal Dewey, TeAndra Jenkins, Nicole Levasseur and Melissa Gillian; co-leader Karen Levasseur; and Dawn Bozuhoski, service unit coordinator.