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Riverhead News: Book discussion on ‘Ship Ablaze’ Aug. 26

Pat and John Kurpetski were pleasantly surprised when their son, John Henry, and their grandson, Logan, visited from Florida for 12 days. During that time they fished at Indian Island and went to Cupsogue Beach. They also enjoyed go-karting and playing laser tag and miniature golf with Logan’s uncle, Robert Kurpetski, his friend Jenn Wicks and her children. Logan also toured Garden of Eve with his great-uncle Tommy Kulesa, and visited Quogue Wildlife Refuge with his family. He also went swimming, visited his great-grandma, Bertha Kulesa, and spent some time with Bruce and Susie Young and their families at Hallockville’s tractor pull. And finally, all enjoyed a family barbecue at Pat and John’s house, which included Tommy and Donald Kulesa, Bertha Kulesa, and Robert and Jenn. All had a wonderful time and are looking forward to John Henry’s and Logan’s next visit.

Riverhead Free Library will hold a book discussion on “Ship Ablaze: The Tragedy of the Steamboat General Slocum” by Edward T. O’Donnell Tuesday, Aug. 26, from 7 to 8 p.m. This is a compelling, true story about incompetence and corporate greed. Copies of the book will be available at the reference desk. Register in person, by phone at 727-3228, or online at

The Eastern Long Island Quilters Guild will have its finer quilts on display through August and September at the library. Guild president Mary Kromhout promises another outstanding and timely display. Check it out; you’ll be glad you did.

The library’s Elizabeth Fox Overton Gallery presently has works on display by photographer Gail Gallagher that reflect the beauty around her. She moves through China, Africa, Greece, Ireland, Long Island, as well as backyards and family gardens. An artist’s reception will be held Friday, Aug. 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the library. All are invited.

Old Steeple Community Church will host its annual antiques fundraiser Saturday, Aug. 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The rain date is Aug. 30. Donation is $7. There will be snacks, beverages and lunch available in the church hall.

A membership drive is currently ongoing at Suffolk County Historical Society, which supports local history preservation. The society operates a museum, an expansive library and archives, and a multitude of events, programs, educational lectures and workshops. Its unique and ever-growing collection of artifacts reflects more than three centuries of local history. For more information, visit or call 727-2881.

Jason Hubbard Jr. celebrated his 3rd birthday Aug. 9 with a party held at his home. Attendees included his parents, Becky and Jason, his siblings, Erin and Casey Jo, his grandparents, John and Roseanne Berezny and John and Theresa Hubbard, and other family members and friends. Everyone enjoyed the beautiful weather. Have a great year, Jason. Enjoy your presents!

Happy birthday to Louise Leja, James Mongori and Hannah Rae Crump on Aug. 14; Mary Punda and Michelle Atkins on the 15th; Michael Hubbard (who turns 18), Robert Connors and Ashlyn White (who turns 1) on the 16th; Andrew Young, Kathy Anasky, Clarence Joseph, Jeffrey Lawrence and Krystal Young on the 21st; Patricia Gevinski, twins Tanner and Brycen Columbus (who turn 14) and Nick Luparella Sr. on the 22nd; Daniel Paulos on the 23rd; Jared Polak on the 24th; Danny Ruskowski and Peter Berezny on the 25th; Jamie Hartmann and Bertha M. Harris (who turns 99; sto lat!) on the 26th; and Brian Linnen (who turns 30) on the 27th.

Happy 43rd wedding anniversary to Pat and Bill Carey on Aug. 14; Mary and Conrad, their 52nd, on the 18th; Sara and Mark Bauman on the 20th; Walt and Marge Lawrence, their 45th, on the 23rd; and Karen and Walter Paulick, their 26th, on the 27th.

Happy 15th anniversary on Aug. 23 to George Mottern on his heart transplant operation, with love from your family.

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