Aquebogue-Jamesport: Country Fair a big hit!

Congratulations to the Aquebogue Elementary School students of the week for September. Kindergarten: Kwame Banks, Casey Zahra, Thomas Gallo, Nicolas Santiago, Maria Ortiz, Courtney Reynolds, Melissa Veliz, Joanna Acritelli, Brianne McKay, Sean Donohue, Connor Moos, Cesar Dubon. Fist grade: Alicia Ramos, De’Vaughn Latney, Wilfredo Bonilla-Padilla, Liam Doyle, Gustavo Bartolome, Makayla Brown, Sophia Haupt, Kelin Mejia Garcia, Ava Lily Sumwalt, Ellie Schultz, James Ryan, Riley Dunbar, Princesa Jeronimo, Hannah Witt. Second grade: Tori Bloss, Jocelyn Podlas, Odalys Mayen, Angelina Mitova, John Davide, William Green, Gavin Cucchi, Aaron Gaines Bullock, Madison Stromski, Angela Tejeda, Keilana Campo, Olivia Niewiadomski. Third grade: Esther Bartolome, Katelin Adamson, Jesus Vergara, Casey Dunbar, Esperanza Sepulveda, Ryan Atkinson, Laura Allen, Julianna Veliz, Daniel Goetz, Megan Kielbasa, Miasha Pittman, Rebecca Bassemir, Crysten Apicello, Amanda Lewin, Christopher Schmidt. Fourth grade: Cassidy Canberg, Sydney Huber, Emily Bazarewski, Joshua Johnson, Lindsay Grimmer, Johnathan Kenny, Shaye-Ann Cassara, Casey Hansen, Carlita Guevara, Skyler Caskey, Chloe Ferguson, and Kristen O’Connor.

We had a wonderful time at the Riverhead Country Fair! The highlight of the fair for our family was seeing our daughter MaryAngela perform at the Vail-Leavitt Music Hall! MaryAngela was asked by Doc Greenberger to perform some selections for the open house at the theater. She chose some popular songs, some Celtic tunes and some pieces she had written herself. The invitation came the day after she received the new Ibanez acoustic guitar she had recently purchased. MaryAngela was joined by her lifetime friend Mercy High School senior Hope Andrejack. Hope is a very gifted guitarist as well. It was really cool to see them on stage together. Of course the pair would not have been rhythmically complete without the addition of MaryAngela’s dad, Steve, who jumped in to drum on the djembe.

The Indie Teen Concert Series resumes today, Thursday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. at the Vail-Leavitt Music Hall. These concerts, which highlight young local musicians playing their own music, are scheduled for the second Tuesday of each month, when school is in session. For the first show of the new school year, two local bands will take the stage. Coastline, based in Riverhead, includes guitarist Nick DiSalvo, bassist Cassidy Gorman, drummer Matt Carrol, and singer Jess Moreno. Grape Jam, with members from both Riverhead and the Moriches, features singer/guitarist/drummer Joe Mineo, lead guitarist/drummer Noah Gorman, bassist James DeNatale, and keyboardist/singer Taylor Drenzyk. Tickets are $5 in advance at the East End Arts Council; $6 at the door. For more info, e-mail [email protected].

Also beginning this Thursday, Living Waters Church will be hosting the Celebrate Recovery group and curriculum every Thursday at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary/auditorium. Celebrate Recovery is a support group for any person who wants “freedom from hurts, hang-ups and habits.” The group was originally started in the Saddleback Church by Pastor Baker and Rick Warren, author of the popular “Purpose Driven Life” series of books and programs. For more information on the program visit For details on the Celebrate Recovery group, call 722-4969.