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The tranquil Peconic Riverfront.

Remember that chicken salad sandwich you ate at your desk last Wednesday, mixing in sips of a Stop & Shop brand lemon lime seltzer in between bites?

Well the good news is, if you’re a Riverhead resident, that doesn’t have to be your normal routine anymore. The Riverhead Town Recreation Department is hosting “Lunch on the Riverfront” this Wednesday with food, music and art on the Peconic.  READ

08/05/14 5:00pm
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Town Board Member James Wooten giving it his best shot on the bocce court Tuesday. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Town Board Member James Wooten giving it his best shot on the bocce court Tuesday. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

There was some stiff bocce ball competition at Veterans Memorial Park Tuesday morning, where members of the Riverhead Town Board joined area bocce players to celebrate the opening of the Calverton park’s new courts. (more…)

07/03/13 3:08pm
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BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Summer Recreation camp directors Rosie Horton and Kyle Stephenson with the children and counselors in the George G. Young Community Center this week.

The ‘Olympics’ arrived in Jamesport Wednesday.

Instead of swimming and gymnastics, there was a water cup relay, bocce ball, soccer polo and a game called Madagascar — a hula hoop team-building race.

The Town of Riverhead Recreation Department’s first summer camp kicked off Monday with about 200 children in grades first through sixth registered for the program.

Kyle Stephenson of Jamesport, 26, has been the camp director for grades four to six at the George G. Young Community Center in Jamesport for the past five summers.

He described the summer camp program as “the ultimate way for kids to pass their time in the summer because of all the diversions you can imagine.”

Mr. Stephenson is joined this year by camp director Rosie Horton, 23, of Manorville who oversees the kids from first to third grade. Mr. Stephenson and Ms. Horton are both substitute teachers in Riverhead.

The camps also take place at the Pulaski Street Elementary School in Riverhead and Henry Pfeifer Community Center in Calverton.

The camps feature a four-week session and a three-week session from 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday. Parents can leave their children earlier for a supervised drop-off at 7:30 a.m. in Jamesport and Riverhead for an extra fee.

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06/20/13 5:23pm
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BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO  |  Jim C. Seno (left) and his son Jim G. Seno of Wedel Signs install the Veterans Memorial Park sign Tuesday in Calverton. Two of the park's four ballfields are being named in memory of fallen soldiers (and Shoreham-Wading River High School graduates) Sergeant Jonathan Kelly and Sergreant First Class Anthony Venetz.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | Veteran’s Memorial Park will be closed until Saturday morning.

Veteran’s Memorial Park in Calverton will be closed until Saturday morning, the Riverhead Town Recreation Department announced.

The park will be sprayed with pesticides for ticks and other insects. The recreation department planned to close the park this evening.

The dog park will also be closed.

03/17/13 11:50am

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Jester Jim juggling with toilet plungers, grossing the children out to their delight, at his show in Aquebogue Saturday.

The ‘Jester Jim Show’ was presented by the Town of Riverhead Recreation Department at the Human Resource/Senior Center  in Aquebogue Saturday morning.

This is the fourth year that Jim Maurer, 29, of Shirley has been coming to town to entertain children and adults alike with his funny noises, juggling, balancing skills and silly antics. There were 150 audience members in attendance this year.

He always starts his show by having the children and some of the adults make strange sounds to record a beatbox intro using a looping pedal device. All were glued to the stage as they listened to every sound. He later makes the recording available for free to download from his website.

He encourages the children who want to assist him during the show to sit up straight in their seats, hands up high in the air and to have big smiles on their faces,

He performs over 200 shows a year for libraries, recreation departments and festivals all over the east coast. Just last week he performed for the children of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

He has been juggling for 17 years and in 2012 he was named ‘performer of the year’ by the website www.antihamptons.com.

02/17/13 2:35pm
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BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Keith Colantropo dances with daughter Kaylee, 5, at the annual father-daughter dance in Aquebogue.

Love was in the air Saturday evening at the town’s Senior Center in Aquebogue, where the third annual father-daughter dance was held.

More than 200 dads and their daughters attended the dance, which was postponed one week due to the blizzard.

The dining room was transformed by recreation department staff to look like a Valentine’s wonderland with red tablecloths, balloons and heart decorations on the walls.

The fathers and daughters dressed in their finest — as if they were dining at a four-star restaurant — the girls wearing flowing pink, red and purple gowns with corsages on their wrists or roses in their hands.

Luis Garcia of Riverhead had three dates for the dance: daughters Yamileth, 7, Lillian, 6, and Melissa, 5.

“Am I lucky or am I going to be in trouble?” he said with a laugh.

Deejay Regina Holmes played a mix of nostalgic oldies, slow dances and kids’ favorites like Justin Bieber and One Direction.

For the $15 price of the dance, fathers and daughters had a portrait taken by photographer Joe Doll as they dined on pigs in blankets, Swedish meatballs, cupcakes and chocolate fondue.

The girls also made special Valentine’s Day cards for their fathers.

Mom’s shouldn’t feel left out. They just have to wait until Mother’s Day for the recreation department’s mother-son dance.

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09/09/12 12:00pm
09/09/2012 12:00 PM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Liam Hansen, 7, of Wading River fishes with his father Mark on the town’s floating dock during the 15th annual Riverhead Snapper Tournament.

More than 150 children and adults participated in the Riverhead Recreation Department’s 15th annual Snapper Tournament held on the Peconic Riverfront Saturday.

The event is designed to get children “hooked” on fishing and to raise money for the recreation department’s youth scholarship fund.

There were 18 fish caught, with sizes ranging from 7 to 9 and 1/8 inches.

All the winners received a trophy and the first place winners received a fishing rod and reel donated by Warren’s Tackle Center of Aquebogue and West Marine of Riverhead. After the winners were announced there was a Chinese Auction with items donated by local merchants. Free hot dogs and soda were donated by the Flanders Men’s Club.

The youth winners were: First place, Ryan Zaleski of Riverhead; second place, Christina Gigante of Lindenhurst; and third place saw two winners, Ava Gradischer of Wading River and Mikayla Nirrengarten.

The adult winners were: First place, Al Raynor of Eastport; second place, James Zaleski of Riverhead; and third place, Don Visek of Aquebogue.

Emily Smitheimer, 12, of Stony Brook, brought a stool from home.

Renee and Joe Dragotto of Middle Island came up empty-handed.

Dalton Lucas, 11, of Jamesport showed off his catch — just under 8 and 3/4 inches.

Recreation Department staff member and tournament director Colleen Eastwood (far right) with winners (back row) Al Raynor of Eastport, Don Visek of Aquebogue, (front row) Ava Gradischer of Wading River, Christina Gigante of Lindenhurst, James Zaleski of Riverhead (holding for his dad Jim) and Ryan Zaleski of Riverhead.