Love Riverhead? Be there.

On Wednesday, Aug. 4, iloveriverhead will meet at Digger O’Dell’s on East Main Street. Gather at 6:30 for a 7 p.m. meeting to discuss how summer is going in downtown Riverhead and to begin setting priorities for the future. RSVP to [email protected].

The next meeting is set for Wednesday, Sept. 15, in the Grand Room at Riverhead Free Library.

Get in on National Night Out

The Riverhead Town Police Department is asking residents to help fight drugs and crime and build support for crime prevention programs by participating in a National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 3. People are encouraged to hold front-porch vigils, leave lights on between 7 and 10 p.m. and join with neighbors to organize block parties, cookouts, flashlight walks and youth programs.

National Night Out kicks off at 2 p.m., when poster contest winners will be recognized at the Town Board meeting. During the early evening, the local crime prevention unit will visit participating neighborhood watch groups. Giveaways sponsored by Target and Schwing Electric and a visit from McGruff the Crime Dog will be highlights.

Call 727-4500, ext. 317, to find out how to establish a neighborhood watch and how you can help make National Night Out a success in your community.

Vacation Bible school events

Calvary Baptist Church of Riverhead is sponsoring three vacation Bible school events in the month ahead.

A free Bible and Baseball camp for kids ages 7-12 will take place Monday-Friday, Aug. 9-13, 9 a.m. to noon, at Stotzky Park in Riverhead. Just bring a baseball glove.

During the week of Aug. 13-20, 6:30-8:30 p.m., the church will host an imaginary journey called Road Trip — Route 254, involving Bible stories, crafts, games and snacks. It’s open to all children entering preschool through grade 6 in September.

Finally, on Saturday, Aug. 21, everyone is invited to a free Vacation Bible School Community Celebration at the Riverleigh Avenue church from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Call 727-4112 or visit

Lend a helping ‘paw’

to Kent’s homeless animals

Kent Animal Shelter in Calverton has teamed up with Marley Ozyilmaz of the Calverton Getty/Baskin Robbins in a new fundraising campaign called Pause for Paws.

Animal-loving patrons of Getty/Baskin Robbins can purchase a paw for $1, $5 or $10, write their name on it and display it on the wall inside the shop. In addition, Mr. Ozyilmaz will donate four cents to Kent for every gallon of FlexFuel sold at his station.

Bean and Bagel Cafà in Calverton has also jumped on the Pause for Paws bandwagon, and Kent hopes to expand the effort to include other local businesses.

If you prefer to donate online, you’ll receive a paw badge to display on social media sites. Visit

Free summer camp offered

Living Water Full Gospel Church in Riverhead is offering a free week of summer camp for kids 4-12 Aug. 9-13 from 9 a.m. to noon. The theme is Egypt: Joseph’s Journey from Prison to Palace. Register online at or call 631-722-4969.

July 29 Taizà service planned

First Parish Church (UCC) in Northville invites the community to participate in a Taizà worship service on Thursday, July 29, at 7 p.m. Afterward, you may walk your special journey in the Labyrinth. There is no fee; free-will offerings are appreciated.

Taizà services, which combine singing, candle lighting, prayer and meditation aimed at quieting the soul and establishing spiritual connection, are held at the Sound Avenue church on the last Thursday of each month. All are welcome. Visit

Is your garden eco-friendly?

Times/Review Newsgroup is looking for pictures and information on ecologically friendly gardens and community gardens to be featured in next spring’s Home and Garden supplement.

We want to hear from you if you are using goods made from recycled materials, ecologically harvested timber and other earth-friendly ingredients; if your garden is filled with environmentally friendly garden supplies, accents and accessories; if you are growing an edible organic garden; if there is a habitat for wildlife; or any other ecofriendly gardening highlights. Information and photos are also sought on community gardens.

Send high-quality photos and information by mail to Lee Peters at P.O. Box 1500, Mattituck, NY 11952 or by e-mail to [email protected].

Joint services to be held

Pastor Dianne Rodriguez of First Parish Church in Northville will lead two Sunday services in conjunction with Old Steeple Church in Aquebogue in August. First Parish Church will be the host church on Aug. 15 at 10:30 a.m. and Old Steeple Church will host on Aug. 22 at 10 a.m. On Aug. 15, Jeff Frank, founder of the Nature Lyceum School for Organic Horticulture, will lead a special children’s moment, and organic food will be served after the service.

Camp offers special session

Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck will hold a special respite weekend Friday-Sunday, Aug. 6-8, for children ages 6 to 21 with special needs.

The weekend is offered in addition to the camp’s regular program of one-week sessions for children with physical and mental disabilities. Campers will participate in a range of typical camp activities at the Center Moriches site, supervised by five counselors.

The cost is $350 per person, and up to 50 campers can be accommodated. To register call 878-1070 or visit