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Riverhead News: Kiwanis Club’s Star Breakfast at Birchwood


Riverhead Free Library celebrated its 120th anniversary on April 2, with special proclamations presented by Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo, state Sen. Ken LaValle, Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine and Congressman Lee Zeldin.

The recipients were RFL interim director Kathleen Richter and board president Kathy Berezny (me!). Warren McKnight played the banjo and Riverhead High School Key Club member Sarah Brennan played the guitar. The theme at the circulation desk was “The Cat in the Hat.” Clerks Arianne DePhillips, Rasheima Alvardo, Nykel Reese and Cassie Rankel were dressed according to the theme in costumes made by Margie Santiago. The Long Island Room, which many residents didn’t know existed, displayed first-edition books and books about Riverhead community history. Guests were amazed by the quality of the display. A memory board was also created and will remain on display all year. If you have any memories of the library you’d like to share, send an email to [email protected]

After the presentations and ceremony all were invited to enjoy refreshments served by Friends of the Library’s Linda Bartunek and Joyce Rienzo, with help from Jane Hill and Rosalie Del Quaglio. It was a wonderful event for all who attended. I am looking forward to the next celebration; hopefully it’ll be held in the summertime when it’s warmer and sunnier.

The library’s Yellow Barn reopens Monday, April 18. Be sure to stop by and support the Friends of the Library. While browsing the many books offered, why not pick some up to enjoy this springtime.

The Kiwanis Club of Greater Riverhead will hold its 14th annual Star Breakfast on Saturday, April 16, from 9 to 11 a.m. at The Birchwood of Polish Town. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Call 631-463-5811 to reserve yours today. The 2016 honorees are Peter and Darlene Faith, Betty Harris, Robert Hartmann Jr., Herb Strobel, Felicia Wilson and Riverhead Central School District’s teachers aides. All are being recognized for their support of our community’s youth.

The Peconic Bay Medical Center Auxiliary invites the community to a Birthday Calendar Brunch with “surprise entertainment” on Thursday, April 28, from noon to 3 p.m. in the Sea Star Ballroom. Tickets are $37. Call Thelma Booker at 631-727-5898.

Happy birthday to Nicole Benitez, Deanna Ramirez and Alyssa Murphy on April 15; Michael and Linda Madigan, April 16; Kenny Nash (who turns 60), Roger McCabe, Monique Gablenz, Tyler Abatelli and Joslyn Lawrence (8), April 17; Maxwell Kutscher, Connor Zaneski, Emma Guecha (1) and Amari Henderson, April 18; Tippy Macksel, Meaghan Davis, Michelle Wooley and Sarah Luce, April 19; Katie Podlas, Alex Polak and Bill Friszolowski, April 20; William Nungesser, Angela and Liana Waskewicz, Brandon Krajewski and Joshua Carey (13), April 21; Matthew Heppner, Dorothy Podlas, Paul LeCann, Kaleigh Lawrence (8), April 22; Dean Argenti, April 23; and Janelle Carey, April 24.

Happy wedding anniversary to Marty and Joyce Montag on April 16; Joanne and Peter Krajewski, their 47th, on April 20; Pete and Pat Bilski, April 24; and Dorothy and Paul Podlas, their 62nd, also on the 24th.

Happy Earth Day on Friday, April 22, and a happy Passover.

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