Aquebogue-Jamesport: RHS choirs benefit Friday

I hope you enjoyed your holidays and are looking forward to a new year filled with great expectations!

Another wonderful evening is planned at the Jamesport Meeting House for this weekend. The Riverhead High School Chamber Choir and the Show Choir (Blue Directions) will perform there on Friday, Jan. 14, at 7 p.m. under the direction of Dena Tishim. Tickets are $5 at the door. All proceeds will support choir activities. The Chamber Choir will perform a variety of numbers including spirituals, a Polish carol and “In Remembrance,” by prominent female composer Eleanor Daley. The Show Choir will sing “True Colors” by Cyndi Lauper and “Blue Skies” by Irving Berlin.

Stephen Peppaceno, who won a Teeny Award last year for his role in “Fame,” and Shauna Huizing will be among the soloists. There will also be piano, flute, violin, and bassoon solos and duets. Come hear these talented young performers. For more information, call Richard Wines at 722-5170 or e-mail [email protected].

Next week there will be another fundraiser for Maureen’s Haven. “Rockin’ for the Homeless” is a chance to have fun and make a difference for the homeless on the East End. The event will be held on Saturday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. at the Polish Hall in Riverhead. For more information, see the Coming Up section or e-mail Tom Gahan at [email protected].

Johanna’s surgery went well and she is home recovering. Thanks for the thoughts and prayers! In addition, I want to thank the generous person who placed a beautiful gift basket on my porch on the morning of Christmas Eve! It was so much fun to open and enjoy.

Last week we created a Caring Bridge website for Johanna because so many people wanted to stay up-to-date on her progress. Caring Bridge is a free website service for people with significant health challenges. It enables families to post updates and information. It also provides an online guest book to sign. Johanna has had guests from all over the United States and Canada posting to her site and it has been a great encouragement to all of us. Special thanks to Ms. Tapper and RHS classmates in Room 115. Feel free to visit the site at to read our updates and sign the guest book. Have a great week.