The members of the Riverhead Photo Club are pleased to announce that they will be hosting their annual photo exhibition in the Overton Gallery on the lower level of the Riverhead Free Library. The photos will be on display from Sunday, April 3 through Friday, April 29. The Photo Club is very happy to have this as an in-person exhibit after a couple of years being limited to a virtual showing. The photos are not tied to any theme but are those that the members feel represent some of their best efforts. Stop in and enjoy the photos after the pandemic years of being virtual. You will be glad you did.

The Riverhead Moose Lodge Women of the Moose worked hard from May 1, 2020 through April 30, 2021 and donated to 20 organizations during the pandemic and they are Association for Mental Health and Wellness, Memorial Sloan Kettering, Holy Trinity Good Samaritan Food Pantry, John’s Place, Ronald McDonald House, Mooseheart, Moosehaven, L.I. Youth Mentoring, Holy Trinity Scholarship Fund, Friends Kitchen, Moose Charities, LOOM-Lodge repairs and improvements, Butterfly Effect Project, Shriners Children’s Hospital, Lighthouse Mission, East End Hospice, Maureen’s Haven, Church of the Harvest, Island Harvest and St. Jude Children’s Hospital. The Women of the Moose is an active group of members and genuinely give back and helping those who need it and make a difference to all the recipients.

The Friends of the Big Duck and Flanders Northampton Volunteer Ambulance Corps will host their 9th Annual Easter Duck Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 2 starting at 12 noon at the Big Duck Ranch, 1012 Flanders Road in Flanders. Children ages 2 through 9 are welcome to bring a basket and participate. First place prizes for the special egg in each group, refreshments and a special visit from Mother Goose. Rain date is Sunday, April 3. The exhibit on LI Duck Farming in the Victorian Barn will also be open for the first time this year from 11 am to 2 pm. Admission to the event and to the exhibit is free. For more information or questions call 631-284-3737 or 631-852-3377.

The Butterfly Effect Project young girls are keeping busy this month of March celebrating the vital role of women in local, national and international history all year long. This month they are diving and learning about women often overlooked, as well as, empowering the Butterflies by introducing them to inspiring historical role models. They are excited to announce Poospatuck Intergenerational Technology Training Program from a generous grant from Orsted facilitated by BEP supporter Brian Tymann. During the pandemic they noticed gaps in access to technology and the ability to navigate devices among the Butterflies and their older caretakers. So, they purchased tablets and jumpstarted a program where a group of the Poospatuck Butterflies will train their elders on how to use the devices, navigate the Internet and utilize certain apps and software. This program starts March 22 and they are ecstatic and thank both Orsted and Brian for the incredible opportunity. 

Also, a BEP Garden Club will begin to meet starting Friday, April 8 from 4 to 5:30 pm. They are currently recruiting Butterflies for the BEP Garden Club. You can register by sending an email to [email protected] or [email protected] with your name, age and contact information.  They are excited to attend field trips at the start of the season to learn from local farmers about starting seeds and planning to plant. They are also going to grow exciting produce and flowers and engaging in different activities.

The BEP is thrilled to announce the launching and re-launching several school chapters across the East End at the end of this month. They are excited to return to Phillips Avenue Elementary School, Riley Avenue Elementary School and Pulaski Street School. They are excited to bring new chapters to Roanoke Avenue Elementary School, Southold Elementary School and a joint chapter at Center Moriches Middle and High School. How exciting is that!

The Southampton Youth Bureau will be sponsoring “Comedy Classes” on Tuesdays from 4 to 5:30 pm at the Flanders Youth Center, 655 Flanders Road beginning on Tuesday, April 5. This 6-class program will be conducted by Dr. Bernie Furshpan, Executive Director of the NY Hysterical Society. Participants will learn how to write jokes and funny stories, build confidence and overcome stage fright, turn frustration into humor, change situational moods and outcomes and perform using different stage techniques. At the end of the program participants will be a part of a performance using what they learned. The program is opened to grades 3 through 8 and the registration fee is $20. For more information or to register, please call 631-702-2425 or visit

Happy birthday wishes to Renee Flores and Mark Heppner on March 20; Tina Miller and Sophie Pelc on March 21; Kelly Wooten on March 22; Amelia Lantz on March 23; Kelli Naugles on March 26; Robert Block Jr. and Sharon Blumstein on March 27; Ray Atkins and Carley Schwarz on March 28; Bob Lehmann on March 29; Linda Terchunian, Jason Grodski and Cheryl Michaelis on March 30; Joe Kaelin and Debra Ann Clifford on April 1; Samantha Lombardi on April 2.

Happy wedding anniversary wishes to Mark and Meredith Gajowski on March 26.

Get well wishes to Sophie Pelc, Joyce Montag and Ellen Kramer.

Enjoy the first day of spring on Sunday, March 20 and according to the Farmers Almanac this year will be no different. Long range outlook calls for a slow and warm up and a major late season winter storm with snow in the final week of April for the Rockies and Prairies. Whew! Thank goodness not in our forecast but hey you just never know. Mother nature works in mysterious ways.

Happy April Fool’s Day on April 1st.

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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]