The Riverhead Fire Department held its 56th  annual installation and dinner dance on Friday, May 20 at the Atlantis Aquarium and Sea Star Ballroom for the firefighters and their guests. Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Baycan Fideli who introduced the fire department commissioners as well as all distinguished guests and dignitaries.

Installed were Chief Joseph Hartmann, First Assistant Chief William Renten Sr., Second Assistant Chief Piotr Kurzyna and Third Assistant Chief Sean Brennan.

The department did not name a Firefighter of the Year due to the COVID pandemic but decided to honor the whole department, because every member stepped up during the pandemic to protect the community at large.

Ex Chief William Kelly, Jr. was recognized for his seven years of serving the chairs and chief of the fire department. Justin Winter was honored by Bridgett Fleming and County Executive Al Krupski for becoming the department’s new chaplain. Raymond Atkins was recognized for attaining the 50-year member milestone this year. He now joins the firefighters with 50 years of service or more and they are as follows: John Hubbard (51), Bruce Edwards (51), Paul Sparrow (52), William Sanok (53), Gerald Mapes (53), Frank Densieski (54), John Kurpetski (56), Conrad Dabrowski (56), Joseph Gadzinski (57), Robert Kujawski (58), James Creighton (60), Richie Gadzinski (60), Timothy Griffing, Jr. (60), William Bilski (63), Robert Taylor (68), and Marty Montag (72). Congratulations and thank you for your many years of service to our community.

Supervisor Yvette Aguiar and Assemblywoman Jodi Giglio were on hand to present proclamations and congratulations to all those honored during the evening. A big thank you to the Banquet Committee Commissioner John Tradeski Jr. and Second Assistant Chief Piotr Kurzyna who did a great job setting up this year’s affair. 

The Riverhead Community Blood Drive will take place on Tuesday, June 7 at the Riverhead Fire Department headquarters, 540 Roanoke Avenue, from 1 to 7 pm. Appointments are encouraged so please call 1-800-933-2566 or visit Please remember to eat, drink and bring your ID donor card or ID photo card with name. Any further questions, you can call Lauren Reichel at 631-466-0716. Remember blood donations is the gift of life. They will be collecting supplies and donations at the blood drive for St. John the Baptist RC Church, which is sending items to Ukraine to help victims of the war.

The Riverhead Free Library is offering “Hummingbird Gardens,” a program with Cornell Cooperative Extension Service on June 6 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm via Zoom. Other programs coming up at the library: “Celebrate Pride: Notable LGBTQ Artists” on Tuesday, June 7 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Artists outside of societal norms have concealed their art as a tool for social and political change. Artist Sue Altman will be discussing the history and legacy of LGBTQ artists. Join the walking club on Wednesdays from 10 am to 12 pm. Enjoy some fresh air and stretch your legs on a 2-mile walk. Register to find the location each week as some locations may charge for parking. Walking shoes, a water bottle and sense of adventure is suggested. Summer reading challenge for adults starts on June 11 through August 6 and the theme is “Oceans of Possibilities”. Register and read to be eligible to win gift cards and weekly raffle drawings will be held every Friday at 12 noon and culminate with grand finale raffle on August 5. Call 631-727-3228 or stop in the library to register and receive all the details, your reading log, suggested reading lists and raffle tickets. On Saturday, June 18 from 1 pm to 2:30 pm is a Juneteenth Celebration at the library. Enjoy the music, refreshments and an inspiring guest speaker. This is in partnership with the East End Voter Coalition and the Riverhead Anti Bias Task Force. Check out for many more programs at the Riverhead Free Library. Call 631-727-3228 for more information, register or ask for a brochure. 

Book donations needed for Roanoke Ave Elementary students for their summer reading program. They are asking if you have any books that your children or grandchildren have outgrown and are put to the wayside and now you need room on those shelves to please donate. They are looking for books ages 5 through 12 (kindergarten to 4th grade) gently used which will go a long way to help support reading for the children during the summer. Any donations can be dropped off to the Roanoke Avenue Elementary School main office by Thursday, June 9. 

Flag Day is Tuesday, June 14 when the Suffolk Chapter DAR will present their 23rd Annual Flag Day program. The community is welcome to join Pulaski Street 5th grade students at the World War II Memorial on Pulaski Street at 9:30 am. In case of rain, the program will be held in the school auditorium and ID will be required. 

The Town of Southampton Youth Bureau is currently accepting applications for their Creative Arts Summer Camp at the Flanders Youth Center, 655 Flanders Road. Explore a variety of ways to express yourself through performing comedy, music, drama, visual arts and so much more. Program will feature field trips and workshops throughout6 even weeks from July 5 through August 18 (Monday through Thursday from 12:30 pm to 5 pm). Youth going into grades 5 through 8 are eligible to participate. Proof of grade is required and there are no exceptions. Camp registration is $600 for all 7 weeks (price includes cost of field trips, workshops, snacks and supplies). Space is limited and registration must be submitted by Friday, June 17. For more information or to view the registration form, please call 631- 702-2415 or visit

On Friday, June 10, five local high school bands will rock out at Ponquogue Beach in Hampton Bays and compete for great prizes. Gates will open at 7 pm at the Battle of the Bands will begin promptly at 9 pm. Throughout the evening audience members will also have the chance to win prizes by answering music trivia questions. Admission is $10 with concession available on site. In the event of bad weather conditions, the 19th Battle of the Bands will be rescheduled for Friday, June 17. For more information, call 631-702-2425 or visit

Hallockville Museum Farm, 6038 Sound Avenue will offer a workshop on historic food preservation systems and engage participants in a hands-on-class to learn the basics of home canning on Saturday, June 11 from 10 am to 1 pm. Community gardener, home and cook educator, Susan Babkes will lead a tour of the Museum Farms smokehouse, root cellar, canning equipment and food storage areas, followed by an exploration of the cultural transition of canning and preserving. The class culminates in an introduction to the basics of home canning during which participants will use local strawberries and rhubarb to create a delicious preserve. The food preservation workshop is part of the Hallockville Museum Farm’s “Turning Back Thyme: A Taste of Hallockville” program. Admission is $50 for members and $65 for non-members. Tickets may be purchased online at

 Happy birthday wishes to Keith Schroeher on June 5; Karen Skop on June 6; Bill Sanok on June 7; Dante Henderson on June 8; Joe Zito and Henry Ashby on June 9; Mantas Korsakas on June 10; Frank Greenwood on June 11; Joan Edwards, Fran Schaefer, Marlene Iberger, Evan Kito and Cindy Hynds on June 13; Connie Kenter and Kevin Chew on June 15; Laura Feuerman on June 16; Jill O’Kula and Ann Duprey on June 18. Enjoy your day. 

Happy 14th wedding anniversary to Jimmy and Megan Nikolis on June 7; happy 42nd anniversary to Izzy and Jeanne Doroksi and happy 47th anniversary to Joe and Kathy Berezny on June 8. Be sure to celebrate.

Be sure to display your flag on Flag Day, Tuesday, June 14 which commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States in 1777. God Bless America!

Father’s Day is just around the corner on Sunday, June 19. Be sure to remember that someone who made a difference in your life with a card, note, letter, text, phone call or an email. It just takes a moment to brighten someone’s day and thank them for being a part of your life. 

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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]