A Happy New Year to all and it may it be a truly wonderful one for all of us! 

Autumn Worth (Riverhead High School 2018 graduate) and William McGregor were married on Sunday, December 26 at Blaze Church in Flanders by Pastor Keith Indovino.  Autumn’s mom Christine Floege had the honor of walking Autumn down the aisle and giving her away to William. They held a small reception with family and friends at the Riverhead VFW which was decorated like a “Winter Wonderland.” She was surrounded by her parents Christine and Jason Floege, two sisters Isabella and Cora along with her mother-in-law Shannon McGregor, his sister Jessie and brother Tristan. William originally from Florida is now stationed in Anchorage, Alaska serving in the United States Army. Autumn’s grandmother Robin Mitchell was not at the wedding but send her love to the couple. The affair was small due to the times of covid and omicron but those in attendance enjoyed the festivities and wish Autumn and William the best in the future. Congratulations to both and thank you William for your service to our nation.

The Flanders Fire Department and Flanders Riverside Northampton Community Association announces that their Community Blood Drive scheduled for today, Sunday, January 2, 2022 has been cancelled due to the covid quarantines with Long Island Blood Services. No new date yet but Patty Hopkins will keep the community informed when it happens.

The Riverhead Free Library challenges children birth to grade 6 to join the Winter Reading Challenge on Monday, January 3 to February 28. You can read books of your choice and then complete the fun activities. You can earn raffle tickets for every badge you complete. All raffle prizes are family friendly and support our local businesses. For more information call the Riverhead Free Library at 631-727-3228. 

The Riverhead Free Library’s Perkins Local History Collection is seeking photos of Main Street from 1980 or earlier and also Mercy High School yearbooks from 1956, 57, 58, 59, 70, 75, 77,79, 2003 and 2018.The yearbooks will be digitized and returned and they ask that you be willing to loan them for a three- or fourth-month period to complete the process. James Provencher, historian librarian is available daily with research requests. The Riverhead Freer Library is seeking to gather a more complete collection digitizing to be made available to researchers and historians moving forward. You can email him at [email protected].

Feeling crafty and doing something fun during the month of January and February? Drop in any time to paint a stone with a message of kindness at the Riverhead Free Library. Stones will be placed around Riverhead for a neighbor to find. Kindness corners is a project headed by the Riverhead Anti Bias Task Force.

On display at the Riverhead Free Library lobby for the month of January Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be honored and remembered for his birthday, life and legacy. Check it out when you visit the library. 

Riverhead Free Library is having a program “MLK Through Many Voices” commemorating inspirational words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. presented by the Riverhead Anti Bias Task Force on Saturday, January 15 from 10 am to 12 pm. Co-chairs Cindy Clifford and Michele Lynch are working on these projects presently. Check them out. For more information call 631-727-3228.

Father Piotr Narkiewicz,( Father Peter) formerly of St. Isidore R.C. Church is now at St. Agnes R.C. Church in Greenport and he works tirelessly with his volunteers at St. John’s Place, a homeless shelter housed at St. Agnes, 523 Front Street in Greenport. This group works in conjunction with Maureen’s Haven, a Riverhead based outreach organization serving 40 people on Tuesday nights giving them a warm place to sleep, hot showers, meals and winter clothing. Hoping people will think about helping those in these trying times, won’t you consider sending a donation to St. John’s Place, c/o St Agnes Church, 523 Front Street, Greenport, NY 11944 to alleviate the rising energy, food costs and more. 

My new years resolution for 2022 has begun. I am now a pen pal to a 5th grade student in Akron, Ohio which I just received his hand printed letter. His teacher is doing a pen pal project across the states to have her students after the pandemic use their writing skills after being remote. I am excited to write and embellish all about Riverhead in our future letters as we continue the art of letter writing. You can tell I am excited cause myself personally I love to write letters cards and notes and do so monthly to those far and near. 

Happy birthday wishes to Tyler Wegley on January 2; Muriel Froehlich on January 3; Millie Roth on January 4; Kobe Wilkinson on January 5; Dennis Hamill on January 6; Jesse Goodale IV and Jane Kaelin on January 8; Lori Hulse on January 8; Mary Elliot on January 10; Lauren Reichel, Richie Gadzinski and Kerri Cybulski on January 11; Karen Heppner on January 12; Dale Messina, Tony Naugles and Adam Wilinski on January 13; Mary Ann Trojanowski and Brian Connelly on January 14; Corale Bloss, Karen Paulick, Frank Stepnoski and Mark Gajowski on January 15. Get well wishes to John Kowalski, Bo Goodale, Linda Topolian, and John Henry Kurpetski.

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]