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Riverhead News: Book signing for ‘The Inverted Mask’ Dec. 20

News from St. Isidore School: Nancy Ryan’s seventh-grade class has started an Advent project to raise money for children in Africa. Also, Father Peter contacted his friend who is a missionary there and asked him to help buy shoes for the children. This is a wonderful time of the year to help those in need. 

On Veterans Day, 13 members of the Suffolk Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution attended the annual Service for Veterans luncheon. This event, which supports veterans’ services at Northport and St. Albans VA medical centers, was held at Captain Bill’s in Bay Shore. Lunch was followed by an informative presentation describing the important work being done with blind veterans that enables them to participate in various sporting activities.

Riverhead resident Izzy Doroski will sign copies of his book, “The Inverted Mask,” Saturday, Dec. 20, at 1:30 p.m. in the lecture hall at Riverhead Free Library. This sci-fi thriller contains mystery, suspense, action and romance. Visit for more information. Izzy’s wife, Jeanne, is so proud of his accomplishment.

Laura LaSita, senior outreach services department head at Riverhead Free Library, has nominated librarian Joyce Rienzo for two Young Adult Service Division Teen Librarian awards in the following categories: “Most Successful Program: Battle Express” and “Best Community Service Program: Baking for Shelter Pets.” It is such an honor to be nominated by your colleagues and is a true testament of the work Joyce does on a daily basis serving her community and the teen population. The winner of each category will be announced Dec. 11. Good luck, Joyce, and thanks for all you do. We’re all rooting for you.

The Friends of RFL and the senior outreach services department invited seniors who reside at Riverhead Care Center, Peconic Bay Medical Center’s Skilled Nursing Facility and Westhampton Care Center to participate in the “Hidden Talents” senior art show in November. “The hidden talents were no longer hidden,” said event organizers Laura LaSita and Edythe Tomkinson. It is hoped this show will continue for many more years.

The Thanksgiving food drive run by McGann-Mercy High School’s campus ministry was a real success. During the weeklong drive 1,242 nonperishable items were collected for local food pantries and parishes. Great job!

Happy birthday to Art Apicello, Shannon McAlister and twins Tim and Joseph Hampson on Dec. 4; Karen Kelly and Doreen Wilk, Dec. 5; Maria Harris, Anthony Heppner, Mark Anasky, Shanita Arrindel and Carolyn Smith, Dec. 6; Marie Madigan, Darlene Taylor and Holly Chew, Dec. 7; Amanda Muller, and Sarah Grathwohl, Dec. 8; Carol Carey and Brenna Latour, Dec. 9; Jim Creighton, Terri Davis, Kerin Collins, Christine Mapes, Ginger Duvall and David Koroleski, Dec. 10; Barbara O’Kula, Skylar Wicklund and Brian Densieski, Dec. 11; Howie Gassert and Rachel Grathwohl, Dec. 12; Kerry Saladino, Lee Hubbard, Kathryn Berezny and Michael Partridge, Dec. 14; Michael Frosina, Matthew Atkins, Alyssa Meyer and Scott Tocci, Dec. 15; Ellen Kramer, Barbara Lennon and Kyle Watts, Dec. 16; and Rich Freeborn, Dec. 17.

Happy anniversary to Bob and Marie Madigan on Dec. 7. I hope your day is special. Happy 70th anniversary to Harold and Gene Goodale Dec. 9, with love from your family.

Sunday, Dec. 7, marks the 73rd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Be sure to fly your flag and take a moment to remember those who lost their lives that day.

Happy Hanukkah on Dec. 17 to those who celebrate.

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