Column | Around Town: July 3

Happy July 14! It was the date July 4, 1776 when the Declaration of Independence was ratified and today America celebrates with families, friends, parades, lots of pancakes, fairs and fireworks. God bless America!

The fourth annual Independence Day commemoration will take place on the lawn near the George Young Community Center in Jamesport, sponsored by the Greater Jamesport Civic Association for a patriotic 4th of July. and a performance of patriotic songs by the Jamesport Meeting House Chorus. The event is free and open to the public at 10 a.m. on July 4e.

The Mercy High School Class of 1972 held their 50-year class reunion at Stonewalls Restaurant in Riverhead on June 18 – 50 years to the day they graduated. They had around 80 attendees, with over 50 graduates in attendance! The committee, made up of Teresa Mickaliger, Peter Castiglione, Dennis Laderwager, Laurie Stelzer Reilly, Bob and Marie Skinner and Len Van Vliet, made sure everyone had a great time. There was a two piece acoustic band performing while all the guests mingled and caught up. Afterwards they enjoyed a buffet meal, before which Pete took us in with news, Dennis said the opening prayer. Later, there was a 1972 trivia game for everyone to have fun testing their memories! All in all, it was a great evening for the graduates, who hope to start again soon!

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The 2022 Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps officers are: President Garrett Lake, Vice President Kimberly Pokorny, Directors Derek Gerson, William Wilkinson and Rodney Richardson, Chief Michael Caron, Deputy Chief James Alfano, Captains Jake Phillips and Corrinne Kindya, Lt. Chris Coscia, Ed Ferger, Amanda Zilnicki Ceckowski and Jeremy Ryan. Recently in the mail you received a flyer asking for your help with a donation to the Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps for support in any amount you can give. You can mail a check to PO Box 924 Riverhead, NY 11901 or donate online at Volunteers are there to serve the community 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, which encompasses 78 square miles and includes a large number of senior communities, a regional center and some of the most densely populated cities. They respond to more than 4,000 calls per year. This is truly a group of dedicated volunteers who serve our town of Riverhead very well.

The Riverhead Free Library showcases for July and August will feature Mrs Acard’s tapestry and Miss Barbara’s turtle collection. Phyllis Acard, mother of Youth and Family Services Librarian Miss Barbara, was a long-time employee of the Westhampton Free Library. The turtles have been collected by Phyllis and Barbara for many years and reflect their love of wildlife. Browse the display and enjoy the showcases with your family and friends.

La Grange Jaune is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturdays July 16 and August 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Take advantage of the many gently used books for sale to support Riverhead’s free library. You can deposit now as Friends of the Library accepts lightly used books for sale. Visit the Friends website for more details or to volunteer at the book sale. Why not join the Friends of Riverhead Free Library? Friends are volunteers from surrounding communities who promote library resources and services by financially supporting and sponsoring programs of general interest to all. Individual membership is just $10 and you can help out at the yellow barn, be part of the welcoming committee, be a support member only, or share other interests with the group you’d like to see. Pleasant and interesting projects while making new friends who share your interests and providing you with enriching experiences. You can send a check to Friends of the Riverhead Free Library, PO Box 1341, Riverhead, NY 11901. Visit the website and credit cards are also accepted for registration.

There are community service opportunities at the Riverhead Free Library in person and registration is required where you can earn one hour of community service for attending each class. There’s “Art Buddies” where you can help a child make a craft on July 13 and August 24 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.; “Crafts for a Cause” where you can create a suncatcher to brighten someone’s day on July 13 from 4-5 p.m. and “Smiles to Go” coloring decorations to share with others on July 6 and August 3 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. For teens, there are many other ways to give back to your community. Just check out the Teen Services department on the website for more details. Call 631-727-3228 for more information.

My family celebrated a beautiful wedding on June 23 in East Brunswick, New Jersey, when my cousin Paul DiLemme married Deanna Carey in a lovely chapel where 175 people attended. It was such a special day for me to see my relatives and friends again that I hadn’t seen for quite a while and to relive fond memories of yesteryear. My Aunt Carol and Uncle Paul DiLemme were a wonderful host and hostess, making the deal even more special. Paul and Deanna are enjoying a two-week honeymoon in Hawaii, which is awesome. I wish them both a safe journey as Mr. and Mrs. God bless them.

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On Wednesday morning June 29, Dunkin’ Donuts of Riverhead had its grand reopening at 10 a.m. where owner Neerja Jain presented a check for $1,000 to the Riverhead Police Department’s PAL program and a check for $1,000 to the Light House Mission Outreach pantry. They had a few miscellaneous freebies for those in attendance for the reopening.

The Long Island Antique Power Association celebrates 30 yearse July 9 and 10 at the corner of Herricks Lane and Sound Avenue, 5951 Sound Avenue in Riverhead. Large and Small Engine Exhibits, Big Tractor Yard and Pull, Kid’s Corner, LI Chapter American Truck Historical Society Display Train Ride, Antique Sawmill Demonstrations and Black Smith Demonstration from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. An event for the whole family to cherish while preserving the past for the future.

The Suffolk County Historical Society Museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Research Library is open by appointment only Wednesday through Saturday from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call to schedule your research appointment at 631-727-2881 ext. 103.

Book and Bottle: Cold War Long Island with Christopher Verga and Karl Grossman will be Saturday, July 16 at 1 p.m. at the Suffolk County Historical Museum. This event will include a book sale and book signing after the conference. This book chronicles Cold War activities on Long Island, includes the establishment of nuclear-tipped missile bases at Rocky Point and Westhampton, and offers research at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center on the use of biological warfare to destroy the cattle in the Soviet Union. Soviet spy networks on the island and the role of Brookhaven National Laboratories will also be discussed. Members are free and non-members $8 which includes refreshments. One must reserve. Call 631-727-2881 ext 100. Such an interesting topic and Long Island is truly full of history that we can all appreciate.

Happy birthday to David Sparrow and Peter Krajewski on July 3; Matthew Naugles, Alex Raynor and Eddie Raffel; The 4th of July; Sandra Hynds on July 6; Beth Menis Singer on July 7; Sue Cheshire and Bunny Swiatocha on July 8; Connie Kwasna and Sydney Coalson on July 9; André Kosianowski on July 12; Jeremy Carey on July 13; Joe Gadzinski and Kurt Harrison on July 14; Steve Beal and Dee Muma on July 15; Mary Ellen Harkin on July 16 and Larry Danowski on July 17.

Happy wedding anniversary to Mary and Andy Mitchell who turn 12 on July 4; John and June Behr on July 7; Laurie and Kevin Zanieski on July 10 and to Joan and Tom Troyan on July 16.

Best wishes to Robin Duvall, Lucas Mascia, Bo Goodale, Gene Goodale, Carol Lee, Walter and Betty Stewart.

Any news to share? Email it to Kathy at [email protected], write her at 124 Kings Drive, Riverhead NY 11901 or call her at 631-727-6148. “Around Town” will appear on RiverheadLOCAL on the first and third Sundays of the month.

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