East End Arts Council gallery director Jane Kirkwood holds the photograph titled ‘The Road’ by Richard Wozniak of Shoreham that won best in show in the ‘Scenes From a Book’ juried photography exhibit that is on view at the EEAC gallery in Riverhead through Oct. 8. Mr. Wozniak’s photo is based on the Cormac McCarthy novel of the same name.  Dana Bordsen of Riverhead won second place and Steve Berger of Jamesport placed third.
Due to Friday’s tropical storm, the show’s opening reception has been rescheduled to Friday, Sept. 10, 5 to 7 p.m.

Riverhead Central School District employees were invited to the official welcoming ceremony held in the Riverhead High School auditorium on Sept. 1. Board of Education president Ann Cotton-DeGrasse introduced Superintendent of Schools Nancy Carney, who received a three-minute standing ovation, welcoming her as she begins her new position of leading RCSD into the future. Awards were given to several outstanding teachers and staff: elementary staff Elwood Lamb; elementary teacher Maryanne Haroun; secondary staff Bernice Brown; and secondary teachers Tim Page and Jill Tapper. Pins for recognition for years of service went to the following: 25 years — Andrej Aleksandrowicz, Joanne Byrne, Toni Gallo, Kathy Hamilton, Shirley Hill, Kathleen Lester, Karen Mickaliger, Barbara Quick, Janice Schumacher, Kim Ulmet, Maxine Utter and Michelle Vincent; 30 years — Mary Cholodenko, Jimmy Dean, Dorothy Dillon, Robert Lucas, Jennie Miloski and Patricia Skura. Frank Rotenberg was honored for 35 years of service. A special plaque was given to Carl James for his 50 years of service to the district. Thanks go to the NJROTC for the color guard presentation and for leading everyone into the Pledge of Allegiance, and to Shauna Huizing, who sang “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Congratulations to Catherine Urevich, who recently graduated from Peconic Bay Medical Center’s Radiological School’s two-year program. Her husband, John, is truly proud of her accomplishment.

Belated happy birthday to Amy Smith. Her birthday was June 22 but she celebrated on Aug. 30 with her family, making it extra special for all of them. Amy’s parents, Dave and Nancy Smith, were very happy with the small celebration.

Happy birthday to Annie Marie Harris and a happy 45th birthday to Jim Carey (from his sons, Joshua and Jeremy, and Sissy, too!) on Sept. 9; Mattie Brown and Rick Wilhelm, Sept. 10; Joe Zeltmann and Greg Meyer, Sept. 11; Diane Weis, Steven Block and Ann Vonatski, Sept. 12; Brad Van Houten, Laura Van Houten and Cheryl Armstrong, Sept. 13; Linda Berezny, Sept. 14; and Shannon Zeltmann and Valerie Miles, Sept. 15.

Happy 50th wedding anniversary to Joe and Dot Szot on Sept. 11. Thomas and Carrie Ann Gallo celebrate their ninth on Sept. 15. I hope your day is a special one.

Comedian Michael Jr. will present some good, clean comedy on Saturday, Sept. 18, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the high school auditorium to benefit Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch. For a $100 VIP ticket you can meet Michel Jr., have dinner and enjoy premier seating. All other tickets are $30 each. Call 369-1234, ext. 230, or visit Special rates apply for groups over 10.

Mark your calendar for the 12th annual 5K Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness on Sunday, Sept. 26, at Tanger Outlet Center, sponsored by the North Fork Breast Health Coalition. Registration is 7:30 to 8:45 a.m., the opening ceremony starts 8:45 a.m., and the walk starts promptly at 9 a.m. Join the fun and take a walk through Tanger and enjoy refreshments, giveaways, and 60-plus raffle prizes including a flat-screen TV. Applications are available at the Tanger Outlet Center office or you may register at

Happy Rosh Hashanah to all!

Remember to hang your flag in remembrance of those who perished on Sept. 11, 2001, a day the world will never forget. God bless.