In the spirit of the national holiday of Thanksgiving, we felt it would be fitting to give thanks for some things happening right here in Riverhead. Is everything perfect around here? Not by any means. But there are always a lot of positive things going on.
Here are just a few.
To the editor:
Thanksgiving is a day for family and friends to gather to enjoy one another’s company and give thanks. This year, I’m deeply sadden and slightly outraged that large retail companies have chosen to open Thanksgiving Day, some as early as 6 a.m.
“We are offering our shoppers options so that family and friends can choose to come together Thanksgiving evening after they have enjoyed their celebrations,” announced Steve Tanger, president and CEO of Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Inc.
Tanger Outlets stores in Riverhead and elsewhere in the U.S. will open at 6 p.m. this Thursday, Thanksgiving, for what the Tanger company is calling “Moonlight Madness.” In his statement about the earlier-than-ever hours for the outlet centers, Mr. Tanger went on to call shopping on Thanksgiving “a new family tradition.”
I place shopping — and with that, working — on Thanksgiving right up there with some other new American family traditions, including:
• needing two incomes to pursue home ownership,
• contributing to a 401(k) instead of receiving a pension and
• blowing entire paychecks on gasoline and home heating oil.
Catch the theme here?
Culinary arts student Jason Thomas of Riverhead is volunteering to make Thanksgiving dinners for seniors in need as part of Suffolk Community College’s Community Arts program.
“This is hospitality. It is what we do, we are chefs,” he said as he was carving up one of the roasted turkeys in the school’s kitchen early Wednesday morning. (more…)
Students at a pair of Riverhead elementary schools were plenty thankful for what they experienced last week.
Suffolk County Community College’s Culinary Arts Institute wants to make it a bit easier for community members to enjoy their Thanksgiving — especially those who don’t foresee cooking as an option.
Forty students and chefs from the college’s Culinary Arts program are offering up their skills next week to provide meals for long-term patients and homebound seniors across the East End.
Between trimming the turkey, whipping the mashed potatoes and baking the pumpkin pie, who has time to think about decorating for Thanksgiving? The good news is that it doesn’t have to be a chore. Local store owners from Calverton to Greenport identified for northforker.com six items they believe can add a touch of style to any holiday table.
See their suggestions on northforker.com