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Neighborhood News: Jamesport F.D. honors Top Responder

The Jamesport Fire Department. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)
The Jamesport Fire Department. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Aquebogue, Jamesport & Northville

Congratulations to Ryan Higgins on receiving Jamesport Fire Department’s Top Responder of the Year award. Your mom and dad (Carol and Paul Higgins) and your brother, Jonathan, congratulate you and are very proud of your outstanding accomplishment. You will always be their “fireman of the year”! 

Come join in on the fun at Jamesport Meeting House Saturday, April 26, at 11 a.m., when Brady Rymer and accordionist Claudia Mussen return for their third year in a row to perform some old favorite tunes and debut new original songs from their upcoming June album, “Just Say Hi!” You and your family will surely leave with smiles on your faces. Tickets — $15 for adults and $10 for children — are available in advance at and at Duffy’s Deli in Jamesport. Remaining tickets will be sold at the door. Please note that the website’s ticket button says “Sunday,” but the concert is Saturday, April 26.

Save the date! The Riverhead-Jamesport Homemakers will hold its annual Achievement Day and Craft Exhibit Friday, May 16, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the George Young Community Center in Jamesport. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. Not only will members’ crafts be on display, there will be raffles of handmade items and theme baskets, and homemade cookies will be for sale. For more information, call Loretta Buscemi at 298-4084.

The North Fork has great churches and houses of worship! Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Aquebogue will have Maundy Thursday services today at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.; a Good Friday service, 7 p.m.; and an Easter service Sunday, 9 a.m. Living Water Full Gospel Church in Aquebogue will hold services Good Friday at 7 p.m. and Easter Sunday at 8:45 and 10:15 a.m.

For more information on community Seders in our area visit or call Rabbi Gadi Capella, president of the East End Jewish Community Council, at 369-5997.

We are very busy this week doing the music for many of the Holy Week services at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Island in Manorville. If you would like to join us tonight for Holy Thursday, Mass begins at 8 p.m. If you’ve never visited the shrine to see the life-sized Stations of the Cross, Holy Week is a great time to do so. Tomorrow, Good Friday, more than 10,000 pilgrims will come from all over the island and New York City to spend the day. The shrine will conclude with a service at 5 p.m. Then, on Holy Saturday, an Easter Vigil will be celebrated at 8 p.m. If you attend, come up and say hello to me in the music area!

Happy Holy Week, Easter and Passover to one and all!

R031209_Benthal_R.jpgContact Aquebogue columnist Eileen Benthal at [email protected] or 833-1897