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Riverhead News: Join the Long Island Sound Chorus

McGann Mercy High School. (Credit: File)
McGann Mercy High School is where the Long Island Sound Chorus rehearses. (Credit: File)

Joanie and George Mottern celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary at a brunch May 19 at Meeting House Creek Inn. They were surprised by their daughters, Jennifer and Sara, family and friends and members from their wedding party — Marie and Jimmy Barnes, Theresa Foley, Penny Czletka and Eddie Reeve. Everyone had a wonderful time. 

The Long Island Sound Chorus, a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, rehearses Wednesdays from 7 to 10 p.m. at Bishop McGann Mercy High School, 1225 Ostrander Ave., Riverhead. Visitors are always welcome. Come and experience the joy of singing a cappella, four-part harmony and barbershop-style. The chorus will perform at a Flag Day ceremony Saturday, June 14, at 4 p.m. at the Elks Club, Route 39 in Southampton. For more information, visit

A Summer Nights Dinner Dance to benefit the St. Isidore food pantry will be held Friday, June 6, from 6 to 10 p.m. in the school auditorium. There will be live music by the Below Average White Band and food catered by chef Sean Fountaine of Atlantis. Call 727-2114 to order your tickets ($30 each; two for $50). There will also be a 50/50 raffle, contests and door prizes. Bring your own beverage.

Be sure to wave on those from Pulaski Street Elementary School marching in the 29th annual “Just Say No to Drugs” march Friday, June 6, at 9:30 am. The event is sponsored by Riverhead Community Awareness Program. The nonprofit organization provides drug and alcohol prevention education and counseling programs taught by community volunteers who are assisted by peer leaders from Riverhead High School and Middle School. Lunch will again be provided by the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 1742. For more information, call 727-3722.

Suffolk County Historical Society will hold its 70th anniversary of Operation Double Cross Saturday, June 7, at 1 p.m. at Camp De Wolfe in Wading River. In collaboration with the Association of Retired FBI Agents, SCHS will commemorate the FBI’s secret World War II spy mission conducted at Benson House, a mission that led to the D-Day invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944. There will be a plaque dedication ceremony at Benson House at 1 p.m.

Riverhead Free Library’s “Prosperity and Abundance” book discussion series continues with “Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential” by Joel Osteen, Friday, June 13, at 7 p.m. at Diliberto Winery in Jamesport. All are invited to attend, whether you’ve read the book or not. For more information, call the library at 727-3228.

Happy birthday to Keith Schroeher on June 5; Karen Skop and Krissie Bugdin, with love from your dad, Charles, on the 6th; Bill Sanok on the 7th; Dante Henderson on the 8th; Joe Zito and Henry Ashby on the 9th; Frank Greenwood on the 11th; Joan Edwards, Fran Schaefer, Kelsey Bogash, Marlene Iberger and Cindy Hynds on the 13th; Richie Terry, Anna Enlund and Freddie Lorenz on the 14th; Aaron Ollivierre, Kevin Chew and Connie Kenter on the 15th; Laura Feuerman on the 16th; and Jill O’Kula, Savion Williams, Jim Redmond, Ann Duprey and Allen Smith on the 18th.

Happy 6th wedding anniversary to Megan and Jimmy Nikolis on June 7; Adam and Nicole Williams, Izzy and Jeanne Doroski (34 years) and yours truly and Joe Berezny (39 years) on the 8th; Ann and Antonio DeGrasse (31 years) on the 10th; Kevin and Amanda Cheshire (5 years) on the 13th; and John and Janet Luce on the 17th.

Remember to fly your flag on Flag Day, Saturday, June 14.

Berezny_RContact Riverhead columnist Kathy Berezny at 727-6148 or [email protected].