Riverhead: Visit the new LI Science Center exhibit Dec. 27 through Dec. 30

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | The Maritime Pirates founder Jamie Davis (third from left) and his crew presented "It's a Pirate Christmas" on stage at Pulaski Street Elementary School last Thursday night as part of the Riverhead High School's Key Club's Holiday Pirate Show.

First Baptist Church of Riverhead’s 26th annual Christmas concert, under the direction of the Rev. Charles Coverdale, was in full swing on Dec. 19. The choir, under the direction of Rosa Palmore, did a superb job, as did the youth choir, under the direction of Denise Grant. The youth dancers also performed, under the direction of choreographer Wayne Alden Edwards. Thanks to all those behind the scenes — the sound and lighting technicians and the First Baptist Culinary Ministry — for making the evening a huge success. Be sure to check for next year’s date, as this is an event that’s not to be missed.

The Riverhead Blue Waves football team held its annual dinner and awards night on Dec. 17. Although it was a tough year for them, the team played to their full potential. Congratulations to all the players and their coaches for a job well done. Thanks to everyone who watched the games and supported the team. Looking forward to the upcoming 2011 season.

The Long Island Science Center on West Main Street will bring science to life Dec. 27- 30 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Play and explore in the exhibit area with bubbles, a dino dig, glow station and so much more. Check out crystals and snowflakes and learn how they are formed. Also, check out the crystal collection under a microscope, learn how to create edible crystals at home, and make a snowflake craft to take home. Admission is $5 for children; adults are free. For more information, call 208-8000 or visit Have a great time.

Belated happy birthday to David Densieski, principal of Pulaski Street Elementary School, who celebrated his 50th Dec. 16. He was serenaded by the chorus with a round of “Happy Birthday” that evening at the winter concert. So, Dave, do you think it’s nifty to be 50? Best wishes for a great year.

Happy birthday wishes to Tommy Reichel Sr., Gerry Hegner, Kathy Soto, Teresa Dioguardo and Rachael Beth Ollivierre on Dec. 23; Ann Reichel, Dec. 24; Linda Hartmann, Mary Ann Hughes, Kathy Hughes and Kevin Davis, Dec. 25; Holly Hughes and Kira Atkins, Dec. 27; Mona Vasquez, Dec. 28; Cathy Karabiberoglu and Melissa Muller, Dec. 28; Paul Sparrow and Gabriel Janicki, Dec. 29; Judy Kozora and Laura James, Dec. 30; Bobby Hartmann, Jan. 1; Tyler Wegley, who turns 14, Jan. 2; Millie Roth and Don Eliot, Jan. 4; Kobe Wilkinson, who turns 10, Jan. 5; Dennis Hamill, Jan. 6; Paul Fischer, Jan. 7; James Windsor and Jesse Robinson Goodale IV (who turns 13), Jan. 8; Lori Hulse, Jan. 9; Mary Eliot, Jan. 10; Lauren Reichel, Kerri Cybulski, Donna Caporasso (who turns 50) and Richie Gadzinski (who turns 70), Jan. 11; and Renee Linnen and Karen Heppner, Jan. 12. I hope your day is extra special.

Happy wedding anniversary to Kelli and Tony Naugles on Dec. 23; Helena and Ken Pickett, who celebrate their 51st, Dec. 26; and Jan and Allen Smith, Dec. 28. Be sure to celebrate.

There will be a gap in my column. The Times/Review office is closed Dec. 27- 31 and the community columnists have off for the Jan. 6 issue. My next column will be for the Jan. 13 issue, so send me your news by Sunday, Jan. 9.
Only 2 days till Christmas.

Have a happy and blessed Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year!