Column | Around town: October 3, 2021

Joyce Montag was recently recognized by proclamation from the Town of Riverhead for 70 years as a member of the Female Auxiliary of the Riverhead Fire Department, which she joined on June 13, 1951. Joyce received a proclamation on the municipal council meeting on September 21. , where the board thanked Joyce for her service in The Auxiliary, an organization that helps firefighters with fundraising and moral support. Her husband Marty Montag, Female Auxiliary President Kelli Naugles, Treasurer Barbara Swislosky, Chaplain Kathy Berezny and Members Barbara Wooten, Connie Kenter, Peggy Sparrow all attended the ceremony, as well as Honorary Auxiliary Member Patricia Gadzinski and her husband Joe. Kelli Naugles presented Joyce with a beautiful bouquet of flowers as a thank you for her years of service.

Dr. Lori Koerner, Executive Director of Curriculum, Education and Professional Staff for the Riverhead School District, recently published a book called “Rosie and the Power of Positivity Team”. Rosie is a superhero on her journey to build her “Power of Positivity Team,” helping friends learn to change words and think to build confidence. This book is available on Amazon. Congratulations, Dr Koerner.

The Free Riverhead Library will present “An Introduction to Genealogy” on Tuesday, October 5 at 7 pm. You will learn tips and tricks on how to start building your family tree with genealogist Sarah Gutmann. The event will take place live on Zoom. Register at (RVA712) or by calling 631-727-3228.

Fancy taking a mile-and-a-half hike through Hallock State Park Preserve in Riverhead? Join the park naturalist MaryLaura Lamont on Wednesday, October 6 at 10 a.m. This event is sponsored by the Riverhead Free Library. There is an $ 8 parking fee at the park, located at 6062 Sound Avenue, Riverhead. (People 62 and over park for free.) Go to the upper parking lot of the park and enjoy the hike and meet people.

Thusday. On October 14 at 6:00 p.m., participate in Zoom during the Riverhead Free Library program “The Significance of Indigenous Peoples Day”. Discover the story of this day with Josephine Smith of the Shinnecock tribe. Register at (RVA482).

You can check out the Riverhead Free Library newsletter for many programs available for newborns up to 100 years old. If you do not receive the newsletter, call the library at 631-727-3228 to receive one. You will be glad you did.

The coat collection at the library began on October 1 and will continue until October 29. They will collect lightly used coats for children and adults in need. So now is the perfect time to clean your closets and donate to a great cause. In addition, the Riverhead Free Library offers a one-year drop-off site for a food drive organized by Long Island Cares. They need non-perishable food to help families in need and thus appreciate all donations.

On Saturday, October 16 at 9 a.m., join Riverhead’s Free Library at Iron Pier Beach, 320 Pier Ave, Riverhead for a beach clean-up and a light breakfast. All cleaning materials and supplies will be provided. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. A great time to be outside and clean up our beautiful beaches for the community.

The Greater Jamesport Civic Association will host “Meet the Candidates” featuring candidates for Riverhead Town Supervisor and City Council on Thursday, October 7 from 7 to 9 pm at the Jamesport Meeting House, located at the corner of Main Road and Manor Lane in Jamesport. . Civic Association President James Derenze will host a one-on-one question-and-answer session with the candidates of the November 2 election candidates. Places are limited and will be offered on a first come, first served basis. Masks are mandatory during the event and pets, food and drinks are prohibited inside the meeting room. For more information contact [email protected] or visit

Take off your dance boots and get ready to put on your heels. The Hallockville Museum Farm in Riverhead is hosting a Fall Barn Dance fundraiser on Saturday October 9 to benefit the museum. The family event will feature an orchestra and traditional dances with instructions from Long Island dancer, Chart Guthrie. The dance will take place in the open air Naugles Barn at the Hallockville Museum Farm, 6038 Sound Avenue in Riverhead. Before the dance, VIP ticket holders will enjoy a three-course dinner including food by Rolling in the Dough Pizza Truck and The Treatery and cocktails hosted by the Bar Truck. The VIP dinner starts at 4:30 pm and the dancing begins at 6:30 pm Tickets for the VIP dinner and dance are $ 100 per adult. $ 40 for children 5 to 16 and children under 5 are free. Dance-only tickets are $ 25 per adult, $ 10 for children 5 to 12 and under 5 are free. For more information visit www.hallockville.or or call Joan Cear at 516-317-0728 or email [email protected]

Discover the Riverhead Country Fair on Sunday, October 10 and enjoy the fair filled with vendors, food and more from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Southampton Youth Bureau is currently looking for new members to join its “Teen Views on the News (TV-ON)” program. Participants will learn how to conduct interviews and create stories for local television! The program takes place Thursdays starting September 30 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Hampton Bays Library, 52 Ponquogue Ave. TV-ON is open to students in grades 5 to 12 and community service credits are available. Pre-registration is required. For more information, please call 631-702-2425 or visit

Have fun crossing obstacles to escape the Zombie Apocalypse! On Friday October 15, the Southampton Youth Bureau will sponsor a zombie run at Southampton Youth Services, 1370a Majors Path in Southampton from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Basketball, volleyball and Halloween crafts will also be available throughout. of the evening. . Admission is $ 15 and transportation will be available from select locations. Pre-registration is required before Wednesday October 13 on a first come, first served basis. For more information or to register, please call 631-702-2425 or visit

Be sure to mark your calendar for the Aquebogue PTO Craft Fair which will be held at Aquebogue School on Saturday, October 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (rainy date October 17). Start your holiday shopping early! There is something for everyone.

Happy birthday to twins Diane Zak and Donna Grodski on October 3rd; Connie Kwasna on October 4; Mark Gajowski II, David Raynor, Jason Floege and Janna Sparrow on October 5; Joan Heppner on October 7; Wanda Wilinski, Kyle Tocci and Josh Berezny on October 8; Donna Atkins and Vera Chinese on October 9; Robert Doyle on October 11; Joan Troyan and Jerry Halpin on October 12; Ken Zahler on October 14; Joan Fleischman, Rosemary Schulenberg, Madison Saladino and Alex Guecha on October 15.

Happy wedding anniversary to Karen and Mark Heppner on October 4th; Wayne and Alice Kubacki on October 6; Jason and Becky Hubbard and Barbara and Gilles Bouchard on October 7; Holly and Skee Chew on October 12 and Richard and Marge Sears on October 14.

Receive my best wishes to John Kowalski, Frank Totten, Joan Fleischman, Karen Fleischman, Carol Lee, Ray Atkins and Paul Sparrow.

Happy Columbus Day! For some it’s a great three day weekend and so make the most of it!

Any news to share? Email it to Kathy at [email protected], write to 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 Sunday of the month.

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