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Aquebogue news: Family celebrates a birth and birthdays

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTOVirginia Messina, 96, of Riverhead, took center stage Thusday afternoon with singer Larry Liso of Aquebogue as he serenaded her with his rendition "I Left my Heart in San Francisco" during the entertainment day for seniors hosted by Riverhead Town at the human resource/senior center Thursday afternoon. Pianist Danny Keyes also performed.
Virginia Messina, 96, of Riverhead, took is serenaded by Larry Liso of Aquebogue with his rendition  of “I Left my Heart in San Francisco” during the Riverhead Town human resource/senior center’s entertainment day on May 12. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

I recently heard from one of my favorite local contacts — Jasmine Corwin. Jasmine and her girls would like to wish husband and Dad, Blake, a very happy 31st birthday Saturday, May 21. Mom and Dad also wish a very happy birthday to their smart and sassy daughter Lila, who will turn 4 on May 31. As a special gift to Blake and Lila, a new baby girl is due to be born on the 25th. Their little family is growing in leaps and bounds. Happy birthday and congratulations to all of you!

Living Water Church will host Vacation Bible School June 27-July 1 from 9 a.m. to noon. Registration is now open. This weeklong camp is a good way to set the tone for a fun summer with some structure to help guard against boredom and parental anxiety over keeping kids busy. The camp is free and open to children ages 4-12. Register at or call 631-722-4969 for more information.

Summer camps at Hallockville Museum Farm, co-sponsored by Peconic Community School, are filling up quickly. Open to children ages 3-13, the camps combine arts and agricultural history in the rural setting of the farm to foster learning, which will surely stay with kids for years to come. To register or for more information, visit or call 631-298-5292.

Save the date! Old Steeple Church will host a chicken barbecue Saturday, July 9, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Eat in or take out. Their homemade dinners and lunches are the best. Check back here for more details or see the calendar section of the paper.

I read a very interesting column in the Huffington Post this morning that caused me to pause and think about our Memorial Day celebrations. It was written by a young veteran who had lost many friends in the armed services since 9/11. The writer expressed his disdain for the promotion of Memorial Day as the start of summer and the focus on picnics and parades. It challenged me to think of how to view the day and spend my time and resources. Memorial Day was intended to be a time to decorate the tombstones and honor the memory of those who had lost their lives in service of our freedom. May we all find the time this Memorial Day to honor the memory of those brave men and women, even as we celebrate the day with family and friends.

The Times Review office will be closed on Memorial Day. That said, my next column (June 2) will have an early deadline. Please email me any announcements/news you may have by the evening of Thursday, May 26.

Have a beautiful week!

R031209_Benthal_R.jpgContact Aquebogue columnist Eileen Benthal at [email protected] or 631-833-1897.