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Riverhead News: Teens compete in Battle of the Books

Kelly Wooten and friends Mary Higgins-Maresco and Tom Higgins traveled to Paris, France, March 4-8 to celebrate Mary’s birthday. The trio toured Notre Dame and enjoyed the beautiful architecture and stained glass windows. At the Louvre, they saw the Mona Lisa and all the other beautiful pieces of art. They viewed the Eiffel Tower at night, which was simply spectacular with the lights flashing. No trip is complete without shopping along the Avenue des Champs-Elysees and taking time to enjoy dining to make this milestone birthday extra-special for Mary. Kelly took lots of pictures to remember the wonderful trip so that her family could enjoy them, and brought home a bottle of French wine for Easter for her mom, Barbara Wooten.

On March 13, the Riverhead Free Library teens, aka “Birds of Pay,” competed in the Suffolk County Advanced Battle of the Books. In the competition at Connetquot High School, the team captured fourth place among 21 teams entered. The team included Nico Bossey, Cesar Flores, Evelyn Jaffe-Kennedy, Philip Kenter, Brandon Lynn, Ryan Lynn, Jose Manucha, Keely McCabe, Angelika Osiniak, Alexis Schmidt and Mary Kate Teresky. Team members read three books and prepared by meeting at the library for several weeks answering trivia questions about the books. They were coached by youth and family services librarian Joyce Rienzo and assistant coaches Paulette Sherman and Kayleigh Teresky. The team would like to thank the Friends of the Riverhead Free Library for their continuing financial support of this program.

It’s that time of the year again when it wouldn’t be spring without a visit from the chicks. Peep, peep, peep. The eggs are at the library and the sounds of their peeps will begin March 30, so hurry over to check them out.

Learn what rain gardens are, how they benefit the environment and how you can easily install one of your very own. Visit for information about the Peconic Estuary Program to be held at the library Sunday, March 22, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Be sure to register in person, by phone at 727-3228 or online at

Falun Dafa with George Wei will be held Mondays, March 23 through April 27, from 7 to 8 p.m. Falun Dafa combines the practice of meditation with slow-moving exercise. Register in person at the library, by phone or online.

Happy birthday wishes to Mark Block, Tyler Danowski and Paul Fischer; Emmerson Rowley, who turns 7, and Samantha Seal, who turns 14, on March 19; Renee Flores and Mark Heppner on March 20; Tina Miller and Vincent Gianni on March 21; Patricia Dean, Kelly Wooten, Carol Phillips and Vickie Vourakis on March 22; Jessica Miller, Emma Kimble, Amelia Lantz, Kristopher Smalls and Starquell Trent on March 23; Keith Schroeher IV on March 24; Isiah Polite and Tori Miles on March 25; Kelli Naugles on March 26; Lynn Benitez, Chris Schroeher and Robert Block Jr. on March 27; Ray Atkins, Kristin Smith and Caeley Schwarz on March 28; Bob Lehmann on March 29; Linda Terchunian, Jason Grodski and Cheryl Berezny Michaelis on March 30; and Debra Ann Clifford on April 1.

Speedy get well wishes to Susan Deduck from Christopher and to Billee Friszolowski from the ladies’ auxiliary in the fire department.

Watch out for fools’ day and have a happy April Fool’s Day April 1.

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