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Riverhead News: Volunteers sought for Jamesport St. Patrick’s Day parade

Joan Davis of Riverhead turned 75 on Nov. 15. She celebrated Nov. 8 at a party held in her honor at Riverhead Polish Hall. The event included DJ music, dancing and several party games. Partygoers included her two sisters, five brothers, her uncle, grandchildren, one great-grandchild and a host of other family members and friends. Joan said she had an absolutely wonderful time. She especially enjoyed watching Rose and Joe Czulada dance the polka! 

The Ladies Auxiliary of Riverhead Fire Department held its regular meeting Nov. 12 at the firehouse. Afterward, they surprised Billee Friszolowski with a beautiful cake in honor of her 93rd birthday. Congratulations on this milestone, Billee. May it be a grand year. Sto lat!

Councilman John Dunleavy visited Cathleen Walter’s kindergarten class at St. Isidore School and spoke about the importance of Veterans Day. It was a wonderful learning experience for the students.

Riverhead United Methodist Church’s annual holiday bazaar will be held Saturday, Nov. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. What a great way to get your holiday shopping done early. There will be a bake sale and many other items available to purchase, including crafts and jewelry. There will also be a silent auction and lunch will be available for purchase beginning at 11 a.m. For more information, call 727-2327.

Walter Magee, a trustee of the East End Emerald Society, is looking for volunteers to assist with the Jamesport St. Patrick’s Day parade and fundraising to secure monies to hire a pipe band. He encourages local and non-local residents to join the society, as well as local businesses. Last year Bill Peters and the Times/Review staff were an integral part of making the inaugural parade a success. A date has yet to be determined for 2015, as they are awaiting support from volunteers. Last year, 47 groups from local towns and hamlets were represented. They hope that number will double for the second annual parade! For more info or to volunteer, email [email protected].

Thinking about writing a novel? Riverhead Free Library will hold its “Come Write In” event Friday, Nov. 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. Bring in your laptop, meet other aspiring authors, swap ideas, have a snack and work on your novel. It could be the next best-seller! Registration is not necessary. Call 727-3228 or visit

Students in grades five through eight are invited to trot in to the library for all things “horse” Tuesday, Nov. 25, from 4 to 5 p.m. Register in person, by phone at 727-3228 or online at

Happy birthday to Brice Schoener, Marianne Krupski and Mary Allen on Nov. 21; Katie Bogdanski, Conrad Dabrowski and Michael Schoener, Nov. 23; Laurie Zanieski, Nov. 24; Pat Kurpetski, Skee Chew and Jessica Cybulski, Nov. 25; Jamie Lorenz, Bert Vogel and Carol Ashby, Nov. 27; Kelsey Saladino (who turns 8), Kathy Anthony, Debbie Lukaszcyk and Kaylyn Rosko, Nov. 28; Kevin Kosciuszko, Nov. 29; Mary Dabrowski, Nov. 30; Kathy Schaefer and John Frosina, Dec. 2; and Mildred Nash, Erik Kloppenburg and Sean Brennan, Dec. 3.

Happy anniversary to Debbie and Warren Fischer on Nov. 21; and Renee and Mark Linnen (31 years) and Louise and Greg Meyer (26 years) on Nov. 26.

Get well wishes to Robert Doremus and Kelli Naugles.

Gobble, gobble! Have a truly happy Thanksgiving!

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