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Riverhead News: Former resident receives big promotion

Kim Sanders, a former Riverhead resident and 1983 Riverhead High School graduate, was recently named human resources director for Transit Manager of Charlotte (N.C.) CATS bus operations division. She is the first woman to hold this position at TMC. Kim, who has worked since 2007 as a human resources manager at TMC, previously worked for MTA LI Bus Services in Garden City and in human resources for the banking industry. Cressie Blakes, her mother, is so proud of her daughter. Congratulations and good luck in your new job. 

Hayleigh Miller, who twirls baton for East End Twirlers, competed Sunday at Comsewogue High School, where she medaled in each of her events and won her first individual trophy. Nana Pat and Papa Joe Gadzinski are very proud.

Thelma Booker, president of Peconic Bay Medical Center Auxiliary, thanks all who participated in the very successful bake sale fundraiser. She is proud to be a part of this great organization.

Daughters of the American Revolution met March 28 at Wading River Congregational Church to recognize recipients of the 2014 Good Citizens Award. Ann Otten, vice regent of the DAR, presented the awards. Allegra Maloney of McGann-Mercy High School gave an informative synopsis of her community service activities. Winners not present that day were Freesis Ferrantino of Westhampton Beach High School; Brianne Corwin of Riverhead High School, who was in New Jersey at a NJROTC drill and whose mother spoke about her daughter’s community service through NJROTC; and Louise Wilkinson, who was in Albany at a leadership seminar with Riverhead Key Club students. Louise had asked me to stand in for her and I was happy to talk about all her accomplishments as a volunteer in our Riverhead community. Congratulations to all.

The Kiwanis Club of Greater Riverhead will hold its 14th annual Breakfast of Stars Saturday, April 18, at the Birchwood Restaurant at 9 a.m. Stars of the community for 2015 are Councilman George Gabrielsen; Phil Kent, principal of Aquebogue Elementary School; Elizabeth and Jeff McArthur, Riverhead Moose volunteers; and volunteers from Riverhead CAP. Please attend the breakfast and help celebrate these individuals who inspire our youth. Tickets are $25. For more information or for tickets call Harry Wilkinson at 463-5811.

Congratulations to McGann-Mercy High School 10th-grader Angelika Osiniak of Riverhead, who sang with the Suffolk County Music Educators Association Division III East All-County Choir on March 14 at Comsewogue High School.

April is poetry month at Riverhead Free Library. Bring in an original poem and it will be displayed on the Poet Tree.

Happy birthday to Samantha Lombardi and Kevin Burgess on April 2; Pete Jackman and Madelyn Grace Lynch (who will be a year old) on April 3; Karen Frosina on April 4; Collene Richardson and Samantha Niewadomski on April 5; Lorna Stokley, Kathy Kujawski and Patricia Miles on April 6; Ellyne Flammia, Stephanie Hayes and James Sparrowon (who will be 5) on April 7; Cathy Griffin, Alar Corwin, Jillian Ball, Thomas Schwarz and John Berezny on April 11; Andy Krajewski, Ginny Binkis, Suzanne Smith, Cayden Campbell, Nicole Williams, Kaleigh Seal (who will be 9) and Erin Hubbard (who will be 8) on April 12; Milt Tyte, Joe Baker, Reese Walters, Ray Soto and Mikey Curtis on April 13; and Nicole Benitez and Deanna Ramirez on April 15.

Happy wedding anniversary to Joyce and Marty Montag on April 16.

Get well wishes to Sheila Tradeski and Georgette Case.

Have a happy Easter and Passover!

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