Riverhead Column: Roanoke Avenue PTO wreath & holiday decor sale Saturday

Cheryl Taormina, owner of Riverhead Country Day School, was recently awarded “Outstanding Collaborator” by Cornell Cooperative Extension for her support of their family wellness program. This important program guides the changing needs of families and gives them information on diabetes, nutrition, developing healthy lifestyles and raising responsible children. Cheryl is currently on the program’s advisory board at Cornell. She speaks to Suffolk County legislators, secures grant monies and has developed a new outdoor learning garden so the children can see how vegetables grow. She also secured a master gardener from Cornell to help with the nutrition activity program at the school, enabling the students to enjoy the fruits of their labor while learning. Cheryl would like to thank her staff at RCDS for all their help.

Christine and Jerry Mapes spent eight glorious weeks in Florida and enjoyed the new cruise ship Casino in Cape Canaveral. They said it was a beauty, the pool and the food were great and the sun was gorgeous. Christine also enjoyed the time she spent with her dad. Then she and 37 girlfriends traveled to the Bahamas, where they gambled and did some people-watching.

When the Mapes returned home it was turkey time. They hosted Thanksgiving dinner with 20 close friends and family, which included Christine’s daughter, Karin, and son-in-law, Austin; her sisters, Michele and her sons Billy and Brian from Maryland, Jean and her sons Danny and Michael from Greenport; and her dearest friend Brenda and her daughter, Summer. Jerry did all the cooking and it was a feast enjoyed by all. He loves to cook and does an exceptional job all the time.

Kelly and Sean Brennan invite you to the annual wreath and holiday décor sale hosted by the Roanoke Avenue PTO on Saturday, Dec. 10 (rain date: Dec. 11), from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the grounds of the elementary school. This is the perfect time to pick up your flowers and greens and do some serious decorating around the house. All monies raised will benefit the students.

Riverhead Free Library will display artwork by Dennis Link in the Elizabeth Fox Overton Gallery during December and January. Be sure to visit and enjoy what the library has to offer for all ages.

The Riverhead Community Coalition for Safe and Drug-Free Schools is working on its goals for the coming months. These include increasing membership and community sector representation and organizing a community forum about prescription drug abuse. The next meeting will be held Dec. 8 at 2:30 p.m. in the Riverhead High School library. For more information, call Claire Marie Lundberg, community prevention specialist, at 727-3722 or email [email protected]

A holiday celebration, sponsored by the Women’s Club of Riverhead, will be held at Old Steeple Church on Friday, Dec. 16, at noon . There will be a special duet by Larry Scudder and Marguerite Volonts that will simply delight the audience. Hope to see you there. Refreshments will be served and admission is free.

Happy birthday to Amanda Muller and Sara Grathwhol on Dec. 8; Carol Carey, Charlie McCabe and Brenna Latour, the 9th; Jim Creighton, Terri Davis, Christine Mapes, Kerin Collins, David Koroleski and Ginger Duvall, the 10th; Barbara O’Kula, Skylar Wicklund (who turns 8) and Brian Densieski, the 11th; Howie Gassert, Russell Nash, Rachel Grathwhol and Scott Tocci, the 12th; and Kerry Saladino, Lee Hubbard, Kathryn Berezny and Michael Partridge, the 14th. Be sure to celebrate.

Get well wishes to Mary Dabrowski.

It’s official, jolly old St. Nick arrived in Riverhead thanks to the Lions Club’s parade down Main Street.
Only 17 days till Christmas.

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