Aquebogue-Jamesport: RHS choirs benefit Friday

01/11/2011 8:00 AM |

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.



17 Comment

  • It’s sad to see and hear that this type of behavior still exists in politics today. Yes Joe Townsend is a very good friend of mine and it saddens me that he was replaced in such a way. Unfortunately saddens but doesn’t surprise me the only thing that can be said is business as usual. Troy you are right on the money on this one and I also will say even though I’ve been chastised by Troy in an editorial and we disagree on more than on issue he to is a friend.

  • Kudos for a gutsy, thought-provoking opinion piece. It’s been a long time since Suffolk Times has taken a hard look at anything that would blemish the halo bestowed on this administration. The excuses offered by Mr. Russell, and criticism of the planning board members are just another dismal example of lack of integrity that typifies this administration. Mr. Townsend is not a personal friend, but common decency would have been to at least notify him of his demise, and here’s a thought, thank him for his years of dedication and work. As for the “direction” of the planning board, seems to me Mr. Russell voted to appoint every one of them, which by the way, doesn’t include any women or minorities. Was it politics? You bet is was.

  • Actually, Isent a letter to Mr. Townsend thanking him for his service and encouraging him to stay involved with the comp plan. He is a welcome part of Town Hall and I know he will continue to be. Further, I had originally offered my support to a woman who declined the offer. And no, i didn’t vote for every one of them. You should be aware that the Planning Board is for 5 year terms and I was outvoted several times in my first few years there. That is fine and how the process is supposed to work. Sometimes the vote goes the way I want and sometimes I don’t. That is the way it is supposed to work. Scott

  • Still no valid reason why Mr Townsend was replaced.

  • I produced the agenda on the Friday before the organizational meeting and did not include any name in the appointment because there were not enough vote for any one particular candidate. There were phone calls, emails, etc to see if a consensus could be developed around one name. Albert Krupski was included and there were many names that were being discussed. Joe had no more then 2 votes at any one time. I like Joe a great deal and do not think it is fair to him to discuss here in this forum why there was a lack of support for him. Truth be told Leslie, was my first choice but, she declined the offer. Ultimately, the votes were coming around for Jim Rich who had interviewed in the past and had been a strong candidate. Beth Young had the luxury of talking to Joe before I did because we were still in our work session. The particular discussion of particular individuals belongs in executive session however, I know you know how to get a hold of me and if you would like to discuss my position on the Planning board issues feel free to contact me. Scott

  • I stand corrected. After checking your voting record for the past six years, it appears that you voted for all of the planning board members, EXCEPT JOE TOWNSEND, whose appointment you voted against along party lines in 2006. So, if you don’t like the direction they’ve taken: look in the mirror. To thank Mr. Townsend after you’ve gutted him and ask him to “stay involved with the comprehensive plan” is adding insult to injury.
    In other words, you weren’t good enough to be a paid member of the planning board, but if you want to sit on one of our unpaid, advisory, we don’t have to listen to you committees — that’s great. No way to treat people. It’s disgusting.

  • >> if you would like to discuss my position on the Planning board issues feel free to contact me.

    Please explain your position. Also can you explain the position of the Town Board?

    Thank You in advance for your anticipated consideration and communication.

  • Alas, instead of small town politics being more responsive and transparent, it seem the opposite still prevails.


  • Said GOP Councilman Vincent Orlando on the occasion of Joe Townsend’s forced retirement: “I don’t see it as political. It’s about who’s doing the best job.” Of course, it’s politics. And Jim Rich is the wolf in sheep’s clothing. Just another yes man gumming up the works for this town. It is pathetic the way Joe was mishandled. Let’s remember that during the next vote, when the good old boys promise one thing and deliver another….

  • >> if you would like to discuss my position on the Planning board issues feel free to contact me.

    Please explain your position. Also can you explain the position of the Town Board?

    Thank You in advance for your anticipated consideration and communication.

    The forgoing was posted three days ago. No reply yet :-(

    The Russel administration always has been, is and will be dedicated to the mediocracy of partisan politics. I do not blame Scott. He is what the voters and the press want.

    There is an alternative! Southold Town could have a five member Town Council running an open democratic republican blank local government preserving and promoting our common interests.

  • Forget Reublican vs Democrat. The people of Mattituck rallied and cried to the Town board begging for help in keeping the 7-11 out of that intersection. When they felt they were ignored they spoke up against those they believe didnt hear their concerns.

  • So let me get this straight… Troy, your good friend doesn’t get appointed to a position, and you go on a tirade? You apparently know little to nothing about Mr. Rich, but you feel you know enough to say he is less qualified than Mr. Townsend? How about this: Your good political buddy Joe, your former house-mate Joe, who is a party hack for whatever party will nominate him, who was a former Republican, United Southolder, and now, this week, a Democrat, who has has been involved in government and politics for 40, yes 40 years, did not get what he wanted, so you, in your position as an individual, and not having anything to do as a newspaper publisher, somehow manage to obtain the right to have this tripe you call a “story” printed? What unmitigated gaul, and what outright crap.
    Joe is a good man, but maybe if he took his job(s) in Town Hall a bit more seriously, he’d still be there. Or maybe not. After all, he has been involved for 40 years, perhaps, just perhaps, it is time for Joe to say “thank you,” and move aside.
    Also, I find it absolutely hysterical, not to mention completely hypocritical, that when a Democrat gets appointed to the Chair of the ZBA, you don’t write an article on what a brilliant and nonpartisan action it is, but when your good old boy Joe doen’t get appointed, you break out the keyboard. You want to know the definition of bad politics: Using your own newspaper to grandstand for your friend, while implying negative qualities and qualifications on a good decent and qualified man… That is bad politics Troy… or perhaps no, maybe I am wrong. What it is is poor style, and a poor choice of actions. On your part.
    Have a nice day.

  • Your tirade and venal attack against Mr. G. and Mr. T. is nothing short of a desperate attempt to justify the inappropriate handling of this appointment. It speaks volumes to the character of your cohorts.

  • Sorry if I forgot. Thanks to everyone, it was my priveledge and pleasue.

  • Guest if you are not Scott Russell then who are you? You sure sound like Scott.

    While Scott does not usually let his temper show, when you get to know him, you learn that even when it is in hibernation his temper is always present, waiting for a victim.

    Scott is smart enough to make a good Supervisor. The problem is that he is dishonest and arrogantly overestimates his own competence.

    >> Have a nice day.

    Thank You. I will have a nice day when Scott learns that being a Town Supervisor does not mean having authority or power to control everything and everyone in town.

    In fact, being Supervisor includes neither potestas nor imperium* I notice that when the Supervisor is absent, Town Board Meetings include more and better contributions by the other Town Board members and the public. As Chairman of the Board, rather than leading with his own opinions and seeking unanimous agreement, the Supervisor should facilitate development of a general consensus.

    On the other hand, for the sake of Southold Town I hope that Scott can learn new tricks.


  • Typical of Brookhaven Town. The residents are not adequately represented. However we must save the Carmans River for future generations.

  • Typical of Brookhaven Town. The residents are not adequately represented. However we must save the Carmans River for future generations.