Born and raised on the East End of Long Island and a former Riverhead resident, as well as a student at St. John’s School, Father Philip Halikias, the son of Pauline and the late Demetrius (his father was a lawyer here in Riverhead), has been ordained and is currently a Greek Orthodox priest. He also received his doctorate of Ministries in Transformative Leadership at Boston University School of Theology.

Father Philip recently had a book published by Eastern Christian Publication in December 2020 titled “The Home Church Healing the Schism and Enhancing Attachments” and I just received my order and looking forward to reading this book based on his doctoral thesis which this book attempts to heal the Schism of the Church of Christ by starting at the Home Church of mixed Orthodox and Catholic Marriages.

His book reflects his own experience with his parents’ ecumenical marriage where he was raised in an Orthodox-Catholic home where one spouse was Orthodox and the other Catholic. It reflects on the struggles as well as opportunities in cultural differences navigating and supporting the family in their homes, church and parish. If you are interested in purchasing a copy you can go to ecpubs.com and order yours today.

I am sure this is the first of many more to come so congratulations and also on your doctoral degree in Ministry. Also, a little background on Fr. Philip being newly ordained and in the midst of the pandemic it was challenging times conducting services in front of empty pews with no parishioners to react but of course wanting them to be safe during those trying times. Thank goodness for Zoom technology for the connection of church services, bible study and coffee hour. He certainly weathered the pandemic and as hard as it was, he gave it his all. Philip has two siblings Demtri and Joceyln Halikias, as well as a wife Christine and a daughter Marie. Needless to say, his whole family is very proud of his accomplishment and wish him only the best as he journeys in life growing with God. Blessings to you Philip always.

The Yellow Barn is in dire need of restoration and repair. It was originally the Perkins Family Carriage House built around 1873 and has been the structure where the Friends of the Riverhead Free Library sell their used books forever and ever! Monies raised from the used books supports library and friends’ programs. The Town of Riverhead in 2017 gave the Yellow Barn landmark status and that is awesome. They are currently holding a restoration project a “Memorial Brick Fundraiser.” Check out their website www.riverheadlibrary.org to download a donation form and newsy information regarding the yellow barn. This is great way to keep history alive for generations to come. Remember any donations big or small is greatly appreciated.

Jamesport Fire Department is all set for their annual Bazaar and Parade for Tuesday, July 20 through July 24. So much fun for all ages all week long. On Tuesday evening enjoy the carnival and the famous dunk tank. Wednesday night at 7 pm enjoy and support your local men and women who serve our communities with a parade of marchers who are firefighters, EMT’s and Police Officer dressed in their uniforms, their shiny vehicles and floats, enjoy good food their famous “Sausage and Pepper Hero” as well as juicy cheeseburgers too. Try your luck at the gambling wheel and of course the dunk tank. Thursday evening ride the rides with no worries of silly tickets because Its bracelet night where you ride the rides for one price all night long. Friday and Saturday enjoy the carnival and of course at 10 pm Saturday night great fireworks show. Come and support the Jamesport Fire Department volunteers and enjoy being with family and friends!

The following week on Wednesday, July 28 at 7 pm our neighbors in Hampton Bays will be holding their annual fire department parade and carnival if interested it starts at Ponquogue Ave to West Montauk Highway. For more information call 631-728-9191.

The Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance recently sent out a request for support your EMTs. Help them to help you. Enclosed in their brochure is also important information to read in case of an emergency when you need an ambulance. Your 2021 Riverhead Ambulance Corps officers are Chief: Lane Bubka and Assistant Chief James Alfano who hope you will contribute by mailing a check to P.O. Box 924 Riverhead, NY 11901 or online at www.riverheadvac.com and if you would like to join the volunteer ambulance corps please let them know you are interested.

On Monday, July 19 at 10 am Island Harvest for seniors only will have a food distribution at the Riverhead Free Library, 330 Court Street, for pick up a food supply in their parking lot. No registration required until supplies last.

Relive the 60s on Thursday, July 29 at 6 pm at the Riverhead Free Library on zoom. Check out “The Sixties: Fifty Years Later” when the 1960’s was a decade of hope, change, and war that witnessed an important shift in American Culture that still has resonance today. Martin Levinson, historian explores this interesting decade on zoom. Visit www.riverheadlibrary.org (RVA451) to register.

On Monday July 26 at 7 pm check out Healing Crystals 101 by joining the Riverhead Free Library on Zoom for a 60-minute overview and presentation of various stones, their benefits and uses with time for question-and-answer session. Register at www.riverheadlibrary.org (RVA 462).

Happy birthday wishes to Shirley Coverdale on July 18; Bill Wilkinson and Jeffrey Bogdan, Jr. on July 19; Eugene Downs, Angela DeVito and Andy Dick on July 20; Joseph Doremus and Bill Bilski on July 21; Matthew and Andrew Van derCreek, Lorene Custer and Kyle Warner on July 23; Sheila Muller, Bernie Hettrick and Gail Yeager on July 24; Roseanne Berezny and Pat Skura on July 26; Pat Carey on July 28; Anne Pekar on July 29; Michon Griffing, Frederica Miles, Jackie Hartmann Hall and Marilyn Blumstein on July 30; Jacob Lawrence and Pat Raynor on July 31.

Happy wedding anniversary to Fred and Paulette Sherman on July 18.

Get well wishes to Jim Zaleski, Ellen Kramer, Trudy Wold and Joan Fleischman.

Hoping you are enjoying the lazy hazy days of summer and enjoying delicious sweet corn coming into season at the local farm stands.

Got news to share? Send it to Kathy by email to [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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Kathy Berezny
Kathy Berezny is active in the Riverhead community, where she has lived for 46 years. She is chaplain of the Riverhead Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, which she joined in February 1979. She is a longtime member and past president of the Riverhead Board of Education. Email Kathy: [email protected]