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Riverhead News: Library ‘Wizards’ compete in Battle of the Books

Knights of Columbus, Immaculate Conception Council 928, held its monthly meeting recently at the American Legion. Each year, two $500 scholarships are awarded to students entering high school in the fall.

An essay focusing on the commitment of being a Catholic in society today is required. One of this year’s scholarship winners is Kiara McGaughey, who will be attending Sacred Heart Academy. Kiara’s parents, Kristin and James, sisters, Aislinn and Shae, and grandparents Madeline and John Altadonna are so happy for her. Gildea Delbianco, the other scholarship recipient, wasn’t present. He’ll be attending Bishop McGann-Mercy in the fall. After eight years, Carmine Cioffi will no longer be presenting the awards. John Dunleavy will have that honor next year.

Glenwood Village resident Dottie Coakley, author of “Chattanooga Girl,” was invited to discuss her book and do a reading Aug. 13 at Nesconset Library. She had a great time at the event, where she also signed several copies for patrons. She has also been asked to speak at Riverhead Landing and to Southampton Rotarians. Good luck, Dottie. Check her out on Facebook.

Battle of the Books team “The Wily Wizards of the Sofa” represented Riverhead Free Library at the 20th anniversary of the competition, held Aug. 13 at Stony Brook University. Forty-two Suffolk County libraries were represented. Each of the four rounds consisted of 20 questions. The Riverhead team players were: Lila Bowe, Morgan Dunn, Emma Eager, Lily Kutner, Cora Purcell, Danica Teresky, and alternate Kate Foley. Their coach was Joyce Rienzo (Youth and Family Services librarian at RFL), who was assisted by Annie Kromhout and past team members Alexis Schmidt and Kaleigh Teresky. The full team consisted of: Bianca Bossey, John Foley, Charles Hilles, Sarah Jones, Ryken Kutner, Ravi Manucha, Jesse Meehan, Quinn McCabe, Khushi Patel, Kayla Reitz, Kaitlin Schmidt, Robert Wagner and Ava Augustyn. Everyone is already looking forward to next year’s Battle of the Books.

Joyce would like to thank the Friends of Riverhead Free Library for supporting this wonderful reading program. Each year they help support the library by purchasing books for each member, costumes and more. What a wonderful group! Thank you, Friends!

The library has recently subscribed to Universal Class, online courses geared toward helping community residents learn the skills needed to achieve their goals. The courses include lessons, exams, assignments, discussion boards and an instructor to help you master the learning outcomes. More than 500 topics are offered, including accounting and web development. Visit for more info. My friend Pat Kurpetski has already taken several classes and said the online professors are very helpful.

Happy birthday to Krystal Young, Jeffrey Lawrence, Clarence Joseph, Kathy Anasky and Andrew Young, Aug. 21; Patricia Gevinski, Tanner and Brycen Columbus and Nick Luparella Sr., Aug. 22; Daniel Paulos, Aug. 23; Jared Polak, Aug. 24; Danny Ruskowski, Aug. 25; Jamie Hartmann, Aug. 26; Brian Linnen, Aug. 27; Joyce Montag, Marisa Danowski, Clara LaGrasse, Tess Corwin and Charles Bugdin (who resides in Florida and enjoys reading the News-Review), and Bertha Harris (who will turn 101 years young; sto lat!), Aug. 28; Frank Ruskowski and Raymond Cote IV, Aug. 29; and Emily Ann Densieski and Barbara Wooten, Aug. 31.

Happy wedding anniversary to Mary and Conrad Dabrowski, who will celebrate 54 years together Aug. 18; Sara and Mark Baumann, 44 years, Aug. 20; Walter and Marge Lawrence, 47 years, Aug. 23; and Karen and Walter Paulick, 28 years, Aug. 27.

The dog days of summer are here! The heat and humidity have been brutal but it is what it is. Enjoy all that the North Fork has to offer as we are surrounded by beaches galore!

Berezny_RContact Riverhead columnist Kathy Berezny at 631-727-6148 at [email protected].