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Riverhead News: The Simpsons anniversary celebration Dec. 17

Veritas Rebekah Lodge 167 held a chinese auction in September to benefit the North Fork Breast Health Coalition, local food pantries and Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child.

The donation to NFBHC was presented Nov. 16 and was accepted by coalition president Susan Ruffini and secretary Annie Baulch. Nancy Camerer and the lodge members worked very hard on this fundraiser and thank the community for their donations.

Don’t forget Riverhead Garden Club’s annual greens sale on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 12:30 to 3 p.m. at Old Steeple Community Church, Main Road, Aquebogue. Beautiful wreaths, centerpieces, swags and poinsettias will be available for purchase.

Did you know Riverhead Free Library offers e-resources? Access to current and recent issues of various popular magazines — including magazines for kids and teens — is available online for free. You can also download magazines to read on your e-device. Flipster and NoveList Plus can be accessed from home using your library card. NoveList Plus also enables you to access summaries of books that suit your taste. Over 100,000 titles are available for kids and adults. Call 631-727-3228 for more information.

A ‘Senior Singles: Meet and Greet’ will be held at the library Wednesday, Dec. 16, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Bring your own snack or beverage and enjoy an evening with pianist Daniel “Keyes.” Register at RFL, call 727-3228, or visit

RFL will celebrate the 26th anniversary of “The Simpsons” Thursday, Dec. 17, from 6 to 7 p.m. Children in grades 9 through 12 are invited to make paper cube characters and enjoy some doughnuts and frosty chocolate milkshakes. Register in person, call 727-3228 or go to

Happy birthday to Jim Creighton, Terri Davis, Kerin Collins, Christine Mapes and Ginger DuValle on Dec. 10; Barbara O’Kula, Skylar Wicklund (who turns 12) and Brian Densieski on the 11th; Howie Gassert, Russell Nash and Rachel Grathwohl on the 12th; Kerry Saladino, Lee Hubbard, Kathryn Berezny and Michael Partridge on the 14th; Michael Frosina (who turns 20), Matthew Atkins, Alyssa Meyer and Scott Tocci on the 15th; Ellen Kramer, Barbara Lennon and Kyle Watts on the 16th; Rich Freeborn on the 17th; Karen Fleischman and triplets Ashley, Mark and Sean Kwasna on the 18th; Rose Haupt, Caroline Stepnoski, Irene Futerko and Ron Darling on the 19th; Greg Heppner, Christine Bouchard and Robert Doremus (who turns 8) on the 20th; Rich Campbell, Debra Koroleski and Rich Miller on the 21st; Jason Galka on the 22nd; and Tommy Reiche Sr., Kathy Soto and Teresa Dioguardo on the 23rd.

Best Yet in Riverhead is collecting toys for the needy this holiday season for St. Joseph’s Storehouse. Your donations are greatly appreciated.

My husband, Joe, had major back surgery Nov. 30 and is recuperating. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery.

There’s an early deadline for the Dec. 24 column. Please get any news to me by Thursday, Dec. 17, at 8 p.m. Thanks!

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