Andrea Taglieri and David Cobb former residents of Lake Ave in Riverhead tied the knot on Dec. 1 at Zion National Park in Utah which is absolutely beautiful and only a few hours drive from their community in Arizona. On Friday, Dec. 3 they enjoyed their special celebration with cake and coffee in their senior community housing with their friends celebrating their new life together as Mr. and Mrs. David Cobb. They both recently retired and moved from Riverhead to Northern Arizona and loving it there. Congratulations to both!

The First Congregational Church of Riverhead on Sunday, Nov. 28 had a special service, “The Ringing of the Bells,” the rite of dedication of their carillon. Church pastor, the Rev. Dr. Sean Murray prepared a beautiful service to enlighten the congregation and the community that the carillon bells will ring hourly and play five minutes of selected music twice a day. The congregation is delighted that the bells will once again ring bringing blessings to our Riverhead community so enjoy the bells while downtown Riverhead and take a moment to listen and enjoy the beautiful ringing during this joyous season as well.

The installation and dedication of their carillon is thanks to generous gifts made in memory of Patricia Tormey, Alice Davis and Tom Walsh and by Jane Joerchel. Many thanks to Alan Hubbard and his team who set it up, William Martin who is building the shelving and the good folks of Esseks, Hefter, Angel, DiTalia and Pasca who helped with the cable connection.

The church welcomes new members. Its Sunday service is at 10 a.m. Call 631-727-2621 or email [email protected] for information.

First Congregational Church is doing a reverse Advent calendar for the month of December to help the food pantry. Each day you add an item to a box starting with Dec. 1 until Christmas Eve. Donations of canned goods, cereal, pasta, rice etc. are needed. You can drop off donations at the church on Sunday mornings at 10 o’clock or at the Alley Cat Thrift Shop behind the church on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sandy Gruner said this project worked well before the pandemic and it’s the giving season, a fun project for the whole family and while helping those in need.

The Old Steeple Community Church on the Main Road in Aquebogue is so happy to announce the steeple spire and refurbished weathervane is now installed and how beautiful it is. A bit of history is the sliver cladding on the old steeple was done by Hans Klatt and it was his great-grandson Paul that did the silver cladding on the new steeple. Paul also was the one who refurbished and designed the new weathervane. Take a look while driving by enjoying the steeple and how beautiful it looks now and thanks to the congregation who recognized the project needed to be done and now the work finally completed. Sunday worship is on Sundays at 10 a.m.

The Greater Jamesport Civic Association is pleased to announce its fundraiser “12 Days of Takeout” for their organization and its community service award scholarship fund. Sunday, Dec. 12 through Thursday, Dec. 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. On the Docks Restaurant located at 177 Meeting House Creek Road in Aquebogue will feature a special takeout menu with a portion of the proceeds from the takeout orders benefiting the Greater Jamesport Civic Association. The special menu offerings include seafood, steak, chicken or pasta dinners complete with choice of a house salad or soup for $30 or a popular hamburger platter with fries and choice of fixings for $18. (Prices do not include sales tax). You can view the menu on their website www.greaterjamesportcivic.org. You may place your takeout orders by calling On the Docks restaurant at 631-886-1160 and place your order from the civic association menu and mention it is for the civics fundraiser. After a busy day at work or shopping order takeout and enjoy at home. The Greater Jamesport Civic Association is a community based non profit volunteer organization representing business and residents within the eastern portion of the Town of Riverhead from Route 105 east to Laurel Lane. This group works together to address community concerns and are committed to upholding the beauty and safety of their hamlet. They award scholarships annually to qualified and deserving college bound graduating Riverhead High School seniors.

Don’t forget the 69th Annual Riverhead Lions Club Santa Parade which kicks off at Osborn Avenue and West Main Street and marches east down Main Street, then loops south to the 21st Annual Holiday Bonfire downtown on Saturday, December 11 at 3 pm (rain date Saturday, December 18). Don’t miss Santa Claus coming to town. Ho! Ho! Ho! Enjoy the bonfire from 4 to 6 p.m. along the Peconic Riverfront. Bring your own thermos and enjoy free hot chocolate, local baked goods and candy canes. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the music and your photo with Santa in the town’s Gingerbread House. For more information visit DowntownRiverhead.org.

Want to learn to play Mahjonng (RVA355) well you are in luck. Instructor Jacqui Palatnik will teach the game of strategies, sequences and combinations in person at the Riverhead Free Library. The class will introduce you to the titles and basic moves of this ancient game. It is held on Monday, December 6 and 13 from 10 am to 12 noon. Call Riverhead Free Library at 621 727-3228 and enjoy.

The Yellow Barn is now closed and those book sales will reopen in the spring of 2022. They ask you to hold your donations until they reopen.

Happy birthday wishes to Karen Kelly, Doreen Wilk and Darlene Alec Folkes on December 5; Anthony Heppner, Mark Anasky and Carolyn Smith on December 6; Marie Madigan, Darlene Taylor, Rob Gottschalk, Jr. and Holly Chew on December 7; William Van Helmond on December 8; Carol Carey on December 9; Jim Creighton, Linda Hobson-Heath, Kerin Collins, Christine Mapes, and Ginger Duvall on December 10; Barbara O’Kula, Mary Jane Raynor and Brian Densiseski on December 11; Howie Gassert on December 12; Lynn Berezny, Kerry Saladino, Kathryn Berezny and Michael Partridge on December 14; Michael Frosina, Matthew Atkins, Alyssa Meyer and Scott Tocci on December 15; Ellen Kramer, Barbara Lennon, Maria Harris on December 16.

Get well wishes extended to Dhonna Goodale, Gene Goodale, Alice Summerville, Robyn Duvall and Karen Fleischman.

Say a prayer on December 7 to remember those who lost their lives in the Pearl Harbor bombing 80 years ago. Remember to hang your flag in fond remembrance.

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]