Calverton: Riley Avenue Parents Association meeting Nov. 3

The annual coat drive at Riley Avenue Elementary School continues through tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 29. Donations of gently used coats, jackets, vests, gloves, mittens, scarves and hats are appreciated. If you knit and would like to make a scarf or hat to donate, that, too, will be appreciated.

School will be closed on Tuesday, Nov. 2 for parent-teacher conferences. The staff and students will also have the day off on Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11. Let’s remember our wonderful veterans and thank them for all they’ve done to secure our freedom.

The next Riley Avenue Parents Association meeting will take place Wednesday, Nov. 3, at 7:15 p.m. in the school library. Do consider attending, you can learn so much and help out our kids.

Congratulations to Calverton resident Noah Gorman on making Eagle Scout. Everyone is so very proud of you, Noah. He and his brother Cassidy both turned 18 on Oct. 20 and celebrated with a party this past weekend. Best wishes from your mom and all your family and friends. Happy birthday to you both.

Speaking of birthdays, my cousin Larry, buddy Joe Quinn (aka Abbott) and I turn another year wiser together. Larry, who is safely back in Las Vegas after serving in Afghanistan, celebrates his birthday on Oct. 26, and Joe and I celebrate on Oct. 28. The three of us grew up together and shared quite a few birthday celebrations, which was always lots fun. So happy birthday to us!

Gregory Springer will celebrate his 40th birthday on Oct. 29. He is becoming quite famous for his amazing marinade, which he has bottled. Happy birthday to you from your lovely wife, Dawn, and all your family and friends.

Remember to head on over to the Polish Hall in Riverhead for the Rotary Club’s annual pancake breakfast on Halloween, Sunday, Oct. 31. Yummy stuff!

Happy Halloween! It’s my second-favorite holiday. You can be anything you want for one day of the year, how cool is that? Tip: When carving your pumpkin(s) save the seeds. No time to roast them? Just put them in a freezer bag and save them for when the cold winter winds blow and you need a snack.

Have a very safe Halloween and I will talk to you next week. Take care, bye.