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01/26/17 2:52pm
01/26/2017 2:52 PM

St. David’s School starts 2017 with 103 children and 22 staff members, and a great enthusiasm for the year. While director Eric Hazer is no longer with St. David’s, Louise Markert and Mother Mary Garde will continue operations and enjoy the challenges of the new year.

Riverhead Free Library will host a meet and greet Sunday, Jan. 29, from 2 to 4 p.m. Come meet new library director Kerrie McMullen-Smith, new library manager Jim Provencher and the new department heads. While at the library, venture into the (more…)

01/12/17 2:55pm
01/12/2017 2:55 PM

Welcome to the first major snowstorm of the year! I hope your snowblowers and shovels worked to perfection while digging out the driveways, walkways and steps. What a beautiful winter wonderland it was.

Happy New Year! I’m hoping it will be a good year for all. We must take time to do the things we want to do, enjoy friendships and, of course, smell the roses.


11/23/16 2:36pm
11/23/2016 2:36 PM

On Nov. 15, Kyle, Connor, Matthew and Maureen Karpilovsky ventured to NBC Studios in New York City to see a live taping of “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon.” Connor managed to get four free tickets to the show, which will be aired on Matthew’s 26th birthday. They also had lunch at Mastro’s Steakhouse. Maureen and her sons enjoyed the show and said the The Roots were awesome and Jimmy’s staff was a lot of fun and very entertaining. They also enjoyed seeing the stars in person and getting a glimpse of what happens on and off camera. Maureen loves to spend time with her adult children. On Thanksgiving Eve she will be going with her daughter and friends to an Evanescence concert.


10/27/16 2:07pm
10/27/2016 2:07 PM

The Riverhead High School Key Club will be hosting its first-ever “Safe Halloween” for students in grades K-4 Monday, Oct. 31, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. The event is free. There will be trick or treating, a haunted maze, a carnival, a pumpkin-themed bean bag toss and Halloween-inspired coloring pages. There will also be a costume contest. Sounds like a lot of fun!

The Four Hands Concert held Saturday evening to benefit First Congregational Church of Riverhead’s restoration campaign was divine! Duo pianists James Sheppard and Jeff Wentz performed works by Haydn, Debussy and Dvorak. Following the program all guests were invited to enjoy a Viennese dessert table with tea and coffee. The volunteers did an awesome job! If you’d like to donate to the restoration campaign, checks can be mailed to the church at 103 First St., Riverhead, NY 11901.

My dear friends Steve Palmer and Grant Kingswell visited me from Rehoboth Beach, Del., Sept. 27-30 to celebrate my birthday (Sept. 28) with me. We had a great time! We had dinner at Jerry and the Mermaid, Elbow Too and Sakura. Peggy and Paul Sparrow also dined and reminisced with us. On the 28th, Steve, Grant and I toured the Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay and 21 of 65 rooms at Coe Hall mansion.

The Riverhead Combined Veterans will host its annual Veterans Day ceremony Friday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. at the World War I monument on the corner of Main and Court streets. The public is invited. Following the ceremony there will be refreshments at American Legion Post 273 on Hubbard Avenue.

Riverhead Free Library will be hosting the Woman’s Club of Riverhead pajama and book fundraiser Nov. 1-12 to benefit local children. The community is asked to donate a pair of pajamas to a child, along with an age-appropriate book. Donations can be dropped off at the library. For more information, visit pajamaprogram.org.

Mark your calendar! The Knights of Columbus pancake breakfast will be held Sunday, Nov. 13, from 8 a.m. to noon at St. John’s School. Tickets are $10 for adults. For more information, call Charlie Drowns at 631-574-8835.

Happy birthday to Peter Cybulski, Nicole Levasseuer and Hal Kwasna on Oct. 27; Margie Sears, Oct. 28; Cheryl Arnau, Austin Galea and Damon LeCann, Oct. 29; Tim Hynds and Macey Reichel, Oct. 30; Joey Reichel, Diane Reeve, Nadia Chiaramonte and Frank Klodoski, Nov. 2; Kyle White, Sarah Halpin, Christine Block and Johnathan Muller, Nov. 3; Art Thompson, Marge Lawrence, Barbara Vail and Laurie Koplinka, Nov. 5; Arianna Brooks, Nov. 6; Andrea Hill and Latasha Brunskill, Nov. 8; and Claudette Anderson, Erinn Pekar, Devin O’Rourke and Sydney Marascia, Nov. 9.

Happy wedding anniversary to Lucy and Jim Creighton on Oct. 28 and Anthony and Nadia Chiaramonte on Nov. 1.

Happy Halloween! Watch out for the witches and goblins trick or treating!

Don’t forget to vote on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8. Every vote counts!

Fly your flag on Veterans Day and remember those who fought for our freedom. God bless all our veterans.

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

10/13/16 12:39pm
10/13/2016 12:39 PM
Gail Gallagher of South Jamesport pins the ‘Best of Show’ ribbon on a photo she took three years ago on a trip to Vietnam during the 51st annual Photography Show at Riverhead Free Library Friday evening. The Friends of the Library show was dedicated to Thelma Booker, who has spearheaded the show since 1999. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Gail Gallagher of South Jamesport pins the ‘Best of Show’ ribbon on a photo she took on a trip to Vietnam during the 51st annual Photography Show at Riverhead Free Library Oct. 7. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The 51st annual Photography Contest reception and awards, sponsored by Friends of Riverhead Free Library, was held Oct. 7. Thelma Booker was recognized for her dedication to and hard work on this event, making it a source of community pride since 1999. Friends co-chairs Rosalie DeQuaglio and Claire Boehle also did an awesome job working on this event. There were 85 entries.


09/29/16 4:45pm
09/29/2016 4:45 PM
The Riverhead High School Class of 1961 at its 55-year reunion. (Courtesy photo)

The Riverhead High School Class of 1961 at its 55-year reunion. (Courtesy photo)

Riverhead High School’s Class of 1961 recently celebrated its 55th reunion. A meet-and-greet was held Sept. 16 at Digger’s, a barbecue was held Sept. 17 at the Flanders Men’s Club and an “on your own” wine tour was held at Pindar Vineyards Sept. 18. Everyone enjoyed reminiscing and taking lots of photos. Classmates traveled from as far as Alabama, Maryland, California, Pennsylvania, Colorado and Texas. Chairwoman Pat Bloss and committee members Jim Zaleski, Artie Atkins and Sandy Shydo did a fantastic job entertaining everyone. Everyone had a great time and all are looking forward to their 60th reunion!


09/02/16 1:04pm
09/02/2016 1:04 PM

Joe and I went to Ocean City, Md., with friends last week. Although it was hot and humid, it was also sunny and beautiful. We walked the boardwalk, took a dip in the ocean and toured Secrets Distilling Company. I also couldn’t resist a visit to the library on the Coastal Highway. I bought many books, some of which I read during our ride home. My friends Steve, Grant and Linda from Rehoboth Beach, Del., met us and we enjoyed dinner together at Nick’s Original Ribs. We also took a drive to visit their new home. It was great catching up with them. Grant is into making clocks, one of which is proudly displayed in our home. It was a whirlwind five days!