Riverhead: Polish Town street fair and polka festival Aug. 20-21

Riverhead United Methodist Church’s “Blessings” Thrift Shop is seeking gently used articles of clothing, shoes, household items, small furniture, outdoor and garden items, children’s items, jewelry, etc. Donations can be dropped off Mondays, Thursdays or Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Call 727-2327 for more information.

The 37th annual Polish Town Street Fair and Polka Festival will be held on Saturday, Aug. 20, and Sunday, Aug. 21, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, see the Calendar.

Riverhead Middle School eighth-grader Curtis Flippen, son of Lynn Ligon and Greg Flippen and grandson of Richie Ligon, recently spent eight days at St. John’s University and Hofstra University participating in football camp. He is an upcoming star athlete whose credits include being a two-time All American and Most Valuable Player. In December he will attend the All-American Bowl (field to be determined). His family, friends and the community are truly proud of his accomplishment. The athletic gene seems to run in the Flippen family as his father holds a 40-year record at Riverhead High School for the long jump. Greg’s sister is also an accomplished athlete.

Cathleen Walter, kindergarten teacher at St. Isidore School, has been very busy this summer. She has taken on the role of project manager as two rooms at the school are being renovated. The library and the kindergarten room are getting a new makeover thanks to the parents, who donated materials and carpentry work, and Riverhead Rotary, which graciously donated $1,000 toward library materials. The library and kindergarten room will both include a Smart Board, and Eva Reese has been painting a mural on the wall above the reading center in the kindergarten class. Cathleen is looking forward to her new classroom in September and can’t wait for all the students to enjoy their new library. She is doing an incredible job and is excited to be the kindergarten teacher this fall after years as a first-grade teacher at the school.

Happy 40th wedding anniversary to Pat and Bill Carey on Aug. 14. Hope your day is a special one.

Happy birthday to Donald Kulesa, Pat Kaelin, Kariane Chew (who turns 21), Lisa Dabrowski and Michael Hackal, Aug. 11; Pat Foley and Richie Wysocki, Aug 12; Kevin Zaneski, Jesse Goodale, Thomas Pipczynski III (who turns 11), Laura O’Kula and Sarah Halpin, Aug 13; Louie Leja, James Mongori and Hannah Rae Crump, Aug 14; Mary Punda and Michelle Atkins, Aug 15; and Cynthia Bogash, Michael Hubbard (who turns 15) and Robert Connors, Aug 16. Be sure to celebrate.

Get well wishes to Ellen Kramer, Mary Ann Cox and Vinnie Gianni.