Calverton Column: Fundraiser Feb. 11 to support new animal shelter

See, I told you we’d get some snow. Sure it was only here for a few days but it was nice to see those flakes painting our landscape. I’ve talked with some other weather experts and they seem to agree that the first couple of weeks in February will bring us some more snow. Let’s see if these human groundhogs are right. I hope so!

This Saturday night, Jan. 28, is the spectacular Rockin’ for the Homeless benefit concert at the Riverhead Polish Hall. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Four great bands will really impress you and there will also be a chinese auction, a 50/50 raffle, food and drinks — a whole lot of fun on a bleary January night. Hey, you need to get out! Visit for more info. Do go, it’s such a great cause.

Riley Avenue Elementary School is holding its book fair this week. Early February will see the “Power of One,” an anti-bullying assembly that helps children understand and address bullying in their lives. Sponsored by the Riley Avenue Parents Association, this is just one of many wonderful things the group does for the students and staff. Much thanks to them. Also, this year’s Parents as Reading Partners program — usually held in January — will be held in March. I will give you more details soon.

Congratulations to Bill and Gail (one of Riley’s best) Kappenberg, who celebrated their wedding anniversary on Jan. 25. We hope you both had a great day. All your family and friends wish you both many more years of happiness.

The Riverhead MTAS (Move The Animal Shelter) will host a buffet dinner fundraiser to raise money for a new animal shelter in Riverhead on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Riverhead Moose Lodge. For $25 you can enjoy a buffet dinner and dessert. There will also be raffles, door prizes and live music by Uncle Fester. To purchase tickets call 516-768-7467 or visit Do consider attending and helping our little friends be comfortable while waiting for a new home.

My forsythia looks like it wants to be picked. It has fat buds so it’s indeed time to go out there and pick some sticks. Just put them in a vase and in a few weeks or so you’ll have spring flowers. As for those daffodils and bulbs we see coming up? Cover them up with some leaves if you have any. It’s so not their time yet.

Family and friends said goodbye this past week to our friend Ray Cardinal Sr. Ray was a past president of Peconic Lake Estates Civic Organization in Calverton. He also raised beagles and hunted with them and was a great friend and neighbor. Our love to his family. Ray will be missed.

That is all for this week. Take care, be safe, and I shall talk to you next week. Bye.