Like so many other organizations, Suffolk Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution has moved forward with their meetings and programs both in-person and via Zoom.

The members were truly excited to meet with other members of the other East End Chapters (East Hampton, Southampton Colony, Southold and Shelter Island) in April to hear Kathleen Vermaelen share excerpts from her soon to be published book, “The Devil’s Belt, a historical novel set on Long Island during the American Revolution. So much enthusiasm for the finished book and a real lively questions and answer session with the author.

In May, Regent Ann Otten presenting the NJROTC Award to Cadet Charlotte Dow at the awards ceremony held at Riverhead High School. Ann was thrilled to be able to present to Charlotte in person and to present a check to the unit to support their training activities and drills, etc.

Flag day at Pulaski Street School is a favorite program of DAR. This year they celebrated the 244th birthday of our flag outside on the lawn on such a beautiful day in June with the 5th grade students dressed in combinations of red, white and blue and joined by the NJROTC Color Guard and members of the Windcrest East Veterans. Torn and tattered flags were collected by the members of Windcrest East Veterans and taken to Calverton National Cemetery for proper disposal, and each student received an American Flag lapel pin to celebrate the day.

The chapter members attended a virtual Continental Congress in Washington, DC at the end of June. Ceremonies, award presentations, and workshops highlighted the 130th Congress. It was exciting to see Katherine Tian, sponsored by Anna Smith Strong, DAR Chapter in Setauket, receive one of the two DAR Good Citizens Awards presented to a high school senior. The DAR headquarters in Washington, which includes Constitution Hall, encompasses a city block and is only building of its size built and owned by women. Major renovations and upgrades have been happening the past few years and DAR members around the country are eagerly awaiting the return to the Hall in 2022 for the 131st Congress.

Suffolk County DAR is busily planning their 101st anniversary luncheon to be held at the Sea Star Ballroom on Saturday, Oct. 2. After their disappointment of having to postpone celebrating its centennial last year (the Chapter was founded on February 12, 1920), they are so excited to celebrate this year. Guest speaker will be the president of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Denise Doring VanBuren, a native New Yorker and former N.Y. State Regent. They are so looking forward to celebrating 101 years with their members and the community. For further information on Suffolk Chapter DAR, membership in DAR or their luncheon contact Regent Ann Otten at 516-375-3189 or email [email protected]

The Butterfly Effect Project invites the community to join in and celebrate the harvest season and their intergenerational community garden at BEP’s Harvest Festival and Cookoff on Saturday, Oct. 2 from 12 pm to 4 pm at the First Baptist Church, 1018 Northville Turnpike. The festival is free to enter and bracelets and voting slips to sample the cookoff dishes are $10, as well as, additional plates are $10 each. There will be more food and wares from vendors. Choose your favorite dishes from local chefs competing in the cookoff. There will also be a bounce house, baby goats from L.I. Game Farm, the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department will generate ID cards for youth as part of Operation Safe Child, Long Island Harvest will be handing out pantry items, Fidelis Care will have insurance information, Stony Brook’s WIC Program will provide information to pregnant women and mothers of children from birth to five years old. Be sure to enjoy the fun. For more information about being a sponsor, or registering to be a chef or vendor call 631-591-0759 or [email protected] with any questions.

The Suffolk County Historical Society presents “The Gory Gallery: A Gloriously Gruesome Gathering of Lyrical Lamentations for the Dearly Departed” will be opening in the Weathervane Gallery on Saturday, Sept. 25 and will run through Wednesday Nov. 24. A neat Halloween Exhibit as never seen before in the spirit of Halloween! A delightfully hauntingly humorous exhibit that is sure to delight, entertain and horrify. The museum is open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

In Memory of Ziggy Wilinski, Riverhead Polish Hall on (Ziggy’s Way) Marcy Avenue is having a roast beef dinner and a Chinese auction on Saturday, Oct. 2 at 6 p.m. benefiting the hall. Tickets are $45 each and you can call Barbara Kolpak at 631-325-8155 or Polish Hall 631-727-9200. Hope to see you there!

Registration is now open for the Town of Southampton Youth Bureau’s Youth and Government Program. The program is sponsored by the Alliance of NYS YMCAs and is a national program that involves teens in state-organized, model government programs. Students in grades 9 through 12 will have the opportunity to practice experiential civic engagement and learn about the democratic process. Youth will discuss and debate issues that affect citizens of New York State and will get a chance to attend the state conference with youth from across New York. The Southampton Youth Bureau’s Youth and Government program is held on Wednesdays beginning Sept. 22 and the first meeting will be held at Flanders Youth Center, 655 Flanders Road from 6 to 7:30 p.m. All other meetings will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hampton Bays Community Center, 25 Ponquogue Avenue. For more information call Councilman Tommy John Schiavoni at 631-287-5745.

The Southampton Youth Bureau is currently searching for new members to join their “Teen Views on the News (TV-ON)” program. Participants will learn how to conduct interviews and create stories for local TV. This program is held on Thursdays beginning Sept. 30 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Hampton Bays Community Center, 25 Ponquogue Ave. TV-ON is open to grades 7 through 12 and community service credits are available. For more information, please call 631-702-2425 or visit

Old Steeple Community Church on Main Road in Aquebogue will hold its annual Blessing of the Animals on Saturday, Oct. 2 at 10 a.m. Animals must be leashed or crated and all creatures large or small are all invited. Humans must wear masks and the blessings will take place in the church parking lot. There will be scripture and blessings to honor our animal friends.

Aquebogue Parent Teacher Organization is seeking fair craft vendors for the its 29th annual craft fair on Saturday, Oct. 16, rain date Oct. 17. The craft fair is a fun-filled event enjoyed by the whole community. There will be vendors, Chinese auction, raffles, class baskets, school apparel, food and kid-friendly activities. The craft fair will be held on the Aquebogue Elementary School grounds, 499 Main Road in Aquebogue from 10 to 4 p.m. For more information or to reserve a vendor space please email Kristin Fox at [email protected]

The Women of the Moose invites you to the Moose Races on Sunday, Oct. 3 at at 4 p.m. (Doors open 3:30 p.m.) They will be having a spaghetti and meatball dinner and tickets are $20 per person. Wear your favorite Derby Hat and bet on your favorite Moose! For tickets or information call the WOTM office at 631-7792694 or Lois at 631-375-7264. It truly is a fun time for all!

Happy birthday wishes to Diane Collins, Virginia Scudder and Tincy Groover on Sept. 20; Dhonna Goodale, Barbara Pelis and Hal Goodale on Sept. 21; Tommy Reichel on Sept. 22; Frank Rotenberg on Sept. 23; Patti White and Christopher Rachubka on Sept. 24; Joan Hackal, Dennis Kenter and Irisa Zorovich on Sept. 25; Heather Hodun and Nick Luparella Jr. on Sept. 26; Jeanne Doroski on Sept. 27; Karin Galea, Louis Setek and Kathy Berezny on Sept. 28; Randy Smith and Doc Greenberger on Sept. 29; Nicole Hynds, Jayme Seal and Isabella Luparella on Sept. 30; Grace Tocci and Evelyn Skop on Oct. 1 and Heather Grodski on Oct. 2.

Happy wedding anniversary wishes to Dave and Amelia Lantz on Sept. 19; Dennis and Pat Hamill on Sept. 21; Pete Blasl and Denise Civiletti (#30), and Sharon and Thomas Anderson on Sept. 22; Barbara and Martin Lennon on Sept. 23; June and Peter Cybulski and Marie and Jimmy Barnes on Sept. 24; Ellen and Nes Kramer and Kathy and Bob Kujawski on Sept. 25; Frank and Pat Doroski on Sept. 27; Kim and Kenny Nash on Oct. 1 and to Jay and Karen Quartararo on Oct. 2.

Get well wishes to Joan Fleischman, Frank Totten, Linda Topilian, Louise Leja, Harry Wilkinson, Paul Sparrow, Trudy Wold, Ramona Moore and Karen Fleischman.

The first day of fall is Wednesday, Sept. 22. Autumn is a beautiful time of the year — picking pumpkins and apples and making pies, breads, cornstalks and fall decorations too. Guess it is time to say goodbye to summer until next year.

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 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]