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Riverhead News: St. Isidore’s School to hold blood drive

My husband, Joe, and I had just finished eating breakfast at Lolly’s Hut Saturday morning when who did we see walk in but former Riverhead resident Pete Bilski, who now resides in Elgin, S.C., with his wife, Pat. Pete came up to attend Eagle Hose Company 4’s 100th anniversary celebration, which was held at Polish Hall Jan. 31. Pete was a 36-year member of the company; many of his relatives were also members. We had a great time chatting with him. 

Mrs. Walter’s kindergarten class at St. Isidore’s School will be holding a blood drive Sunday, Feb. 8, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Why not drop by and donate to a good cause.

Also, St. Isidore’s School will host a family night of bingo Friday, Feb. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be food and many chances to win prizes. While you’re there you’ll be able to tour the school and register for the 2015-16 school year.

Congratulations to the students at Roanoke Avenue and Phillips Avenue elementary schools for being honored as Kindness Certified Schools. The student participation at Phillips and Roanoke was encouraged by each school’s “Peacemakers” group, a student-initiated anti-bullying movement coordinated by CAP social worker Shannon Kutner. Roanoke principal Thomas Payton said, “This is the third year that Roanoke participated in the Great Kindness Challenge. It’s a great week that teaches the students the value of being kind to others and how kindness comes back to them.”

Riverhead Free Library will be offering basic computer skills courses on Tuesday, Feb. 10, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and Wednesday, Feb. 11, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Learn how to use the mouse and how to create, save and open files. Register in person, by phone at 727-3228, or visit

Check out the exhibit “Black History: Through the Eyes of the Dolls” at Suffolk County Historical Society through March 7. The exhibit is comprised of nearly 200 African-American dolls from the private collection of Dr. Judith Kronin, an avid doll collector, renowned educator and author of Creating Smart Schools. For more information call 727-2881 or visit

The Riverhead Elks Lodge will host “Polak’s Famous Rib Night” Friday, Feb. 13, at 6 p.m. Cost: $15; includes ribs, roasted potatoes, coleslaw and salad. Reservations are preferred. Call 727-7027. Support the lodge while having a great dinner!

Happy 42nd wedding anniversary to Bill and Karen Kelly on Feb. 11.

Happy birthday to Melvin Henderson Jr. and Sydney Kito on Feb. 5; Ethan Baumack, Feb. 6; Nancy Carney, Feb. 7; Samuel Quartararo and Emily Hulse, who both turn 5, Feb. 8; Jane Hill and Lynn Kobylenski, Feb. 9; Joan Hulse, Feb. 11; Valerie Kulhan, Feb. 12; Samuel Halsey, Sue Chorzempa, Christopher Salerno, Ron Caffrey, Linda Ceckowski, Ruth Ann Collins and Barbara Bouchard, Feb. 14; Laura Wooten-Levine, Feb. 15; Elizabeth Hill, Lance Hugelmeyer (who turns 5) and Aidyn White (who turns 3), Feb. 16; Reilly Butler, Meghan O’Brien, Brian Stark and Judy Hettrick, Feb. 17; and Kendall Van Houten, Phil Kenter and Jaclyn Meyer, Feb. 18.

Get well wishes go out to June Behr.

Have a happy Valentine’s Day! Remember that special someone in your life with a card, email, text or phone call.

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