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Riverhead News: Officers elected for Ladies Auxiliary of Riverhead F.D.

Colleen and Jim Marron are getting ready for the competition in Albany on May 2 with the L.I. Sound Chorus, a chapter of the Sweet Adelines International. The group held a retreat in January at St. Josephat’s in Glen Cove, with lots of coaching practice, and its membership drive from January through March was very successful. The chorus will have a dress rehearsal Wednesday, April 22, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Bishop McGann-Mercy High School, where you can catch them rehearsing every Wednesday. Be sure to check them out. Maybe you’ll enjoy it so much you’ll become a member and sing to your heart’s delight.

The Ladies Auxiliary of the Riverhead Fire Department elected officers April 8 for 2015-16. Elected were Connie Kenter, president; Ann Vonatzski, vice president ; Kelli Naugles, secretary; Michele Lynch, treasurer; Kathy Berezny, chaplain; and Carol Carey, sergeant-at-arms. Billee Friszolowski, a 69-year auxiliary member, has stepped down as sergeant-at-arms after serving for 25 consecutive years; she will retain the post of honorary sergeant-at-arms. It takes a strong-willed lady to do a volunteer job for all those years, and the Ladies Auxiliary appreciates her service and dedication. In June 2011, Gianna Volpe, then a staff writer at the News-Review, wrote about Billee’s accomplishments, and to honor Billee, we had the article framed and placed in the Riverhead Fire Department meeting room.

The Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge  No. 1742 and the Peconic Bay Medical Center Auxiliary invite you to a very special community event on Sunday, April 26, from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Riverhead Moose Lodge on Madison Street. Tickets are $15 per person and include snacks, dinner and dessert. For tickets call Thelma Booker at 727-5898. She encourages everyone to “dress to impress and if you lose you still look good.” It will be a great afternoon of fun.

Check out the art by Riverhead Charter School students during the month of April at Riverhead Free Library. Also, the library’s program calendar is available there and on their website, Thanks to all voted for the budget to ensure library programs continue.

Also at the library, in the Elizabeth Fox Overton Gallery through May 29, Don Duga (visual artist and noted animator) and Irra Verbitsky (independent film maker and fine artist) provide their individual artistic visions of life around us. An artists’ talk and reception will be held Saturday, April 25, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Happy anniversary to Joyce and Marty Montag on April 16; Joanne and Pete Krajewski on April 20; Dorothy and Paul Podlas, celebrating their 61, and Pat and Pete Bilski on April 24 ; and Brian and Monique Gablenz on April 26.

Happy birthday to Peter Podlas on April 16; Kenny Nash, Tyler Abatelli, Roger McCabe, Monique Gablenz and Joslyn Lawrence on April 17; Maxwell Kutscher, Connor Zanieski and Amari Henderson on April 18; Tippy Macksel, Meaghan Davis and Sarah Luce on April 19; Katie Podlas, Alexis Polak and Bill Friszolowski on April 20; William Nungesser, Angela and Liana Waskewicz, Brandon Krajewski, Betty Ogeka-Spence and Joshua Carey, who turns 12, all on April 21; Matthew Heppner, Dorothy Podlas, Paul LeCann, Kaleigh Lawrence and Katie Nolan on April 22; Dean Argenti on April 23; Janelle Carey on April 24; Amanda Reichel and Peter Bilski on April 26; Tynaisa Murray and Richie Andrychowski on April 27; and Haleigh Miller on April 28.

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