Happy Fourth of July! This was the date July 4, 1776 when the Declaration of Independence was ratified and today America celebrates with families, friends, parades, lots of pancakes, fairs and fireworks. God Bless America!

The Fourth Annual Independence Day Commemoration will be held on the lawn near the George Young Community Center in Jamesport sponsored by the Greater Jamesport Civic Association for a patriotic July 4. The event will feature guest speakers Town Supervisor Yvette Aguiar, Riverhead Town Historian Georgette Case, and a performance of patriotic songs by the Jamesport Meeting House Chorus. Event is free and open to the public at 10 am on July 4th

Mercy High School Class of 1972 held their 50 year Class Reunion at Stonewalls Restaurant in Riverhead on June 18 — 50 years to the day that they graduated. They had approximately 80 attendees, with over 50 graduates attending! The committee, consisting of Teresa Mickaliger, Peter Castiglione, Dennis Laderwager, Laurie Stelzer Reilly, Bob and Marie Skinner, and Len Van Vliet, made sure a great time was had by all. There was a two-piece acoustic band performing while all the guests mingled and caught up with each other. Then they enjoyed a buffet meal, before which Pete led us off with news, Dennis said the opening prayer. Later, there was a 1972 trivia game for all to enjoy testing their memories! Overall it was a great night for the grads, who hope to do it again soon! 

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The 2022 Officers of the Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps are: President Garrett Lake, Vice President Kimberly Pokorny, Directors Derek Gerson, William Wilkinson and Rodney Richardson, Chief Michael Caron, Assistant Chief James Alfano, Captains Jake Phillips and Corrinne Kindya, Lieutenants Chris Coscia, Ed Ferger, Amanda Zilnicki Ceckowski and Jeremy Ryan. Recently in the mail you received a flyer asking for your help with a donation to the Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps for support in any amount you can give. You can mail a check to P.O. Box 924 Riverhead, NY 11901 or donate online at www.riverheadvac.com. The volunteers are here to serve the community 24 hours a day, 365 days a year which comprises 78 square miles and includes a large number of senior communities, a regional hub and some of the towns most densely populated areas. They answer over 4000 call a year. They are truly a dedicated group of volunteers who serve our Town of Riverhead very well.

The display cases at the Riverhead Free Library for July and August will depict Mrs. Acard’s needlepoint and Miss Barbara’s collection of turtles. Phyllis Acard, mother of Youth and Family Services Librarian, Miss Barbara, was a longtime employee of Westhampton Free Library. The turtles were collected by Phyllis and Barbara over many years and reflect their love of wildlife. Peruse the display and enjoy the display cases with your family and friends. 

The Yellow Barn is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 9 am to 2 pm and on Saturdays July 16 and August 13 from 9 am to 2 pm. Enjoy the many gently used books for sale to support the Riverhead Free Library. You can drop off now as the Friends of the Library are accepting gently used books to sell. Visit the Friends’ website for details or to join to be a book sale volunteer. Why not join the Friends of the Riverhead Free Library? The friends are volunteers from the surrounding communities promoting the resources and services of the library by financially supporting and sponsoring programs of general interest to all. Individual membership is only $10 and you can help out at the Yellow Barn, be a part of the reception committee, a supporting member only or share other interests with the group you would like to see. Enjoyable and worthwhile projects while making new friends who share your interests making rewarding experiences for you.  You can mail a check to Friends of the Riverhead Free Library, P.O. Box 1341, Riverhead, NY 11901. Check out the website www.friendsoftheriverheadlibrary.org and credit cards are accepted too to join.

There are community service opportunities at the Riverhead Free Library in person and registration is necessary where you can earn an hour of community service for participating in each class. There is “Art Buddies” where you can help a child complete a craft on July 13 and August 24 from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm; “Crafts for a Cause” where you can create a suncatcher to brighten someone’s day on July 13 from 4 pm to 5 pm and “Smiles to Go” coloring decorations to share with others on July 6 and August 3 from 4 pm to 5 pm. For teens there are so many other ways to give back to your community. Just check out the Teen Services department on the website for more details. Call 631-727-3228 for more information.

My family enjoyed a beautiful wedding on June 23 in East Brunswick, New Jersey when my cousin Paul DiLemme married Deanna Carey in a lovely chapel where 175 were in attendance. It was such a special day for me to see my relatives and friends I haven’t seen in quite a while and reliving some good memories of yesteryear. My Aunt Carol and Uncle Paul DiLemme were great host and hostess making the affair that much more special. Paul and Deanna are enjoying a two-week honeymoon in Hawaii which is awesome. Wishing them both a happy journey as Mr. and Mrs. God bless them.

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Wednesday morning June 29, Dunkin’ Donuts of Riverhead had their grand reopening at 10 am where the owner Neerja Jain presented a $1,000 dollar check to the Riverhead Police Department PAL program and a $1,000 check to the Light House Mission Outreach food pantry. They had a few miscellaneous giveaways for those who were in attendance for the reopening. 

The Long Island Antique Power Association celebrates their 30th year July 9 and 10 at the corner of Herricks Lane and Sound Avenue, 5951 Sound Avenue in Riverhead. Large and small engine displays, garden and large tractor pull, kid corner, train ride L.I. Chapter American Truck Historical Society Display, Antique Saw Mill Demonstrations and Black Smith Demonstration from 9 am to 4 pm. An event for the whole family to cherish preserving the past for the future. 

The Suffolk County Historical Society Museum is opened Wednesdays through Saturdays 10 am to 4:30 pm. The research library is open by appointment only on Wednesdays to Saturdays 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Call to schedule your research appointment at 631-727-2881 extension 103. 

Book and Bottle: Cold War Long Island with Christopher Verga and Karl Grossman will be on Saturday, July 16 at 1 pm at the Suffolk County Historical Museum. This event will include a book sale and signing after the talk. This book chronicles Cold War activities on Long Island, includes the establishment of bases for nuclear-tipped missiles in Rocky Point and Westhampton and proposed Plum Island Animal Disease Center research on the use of biological warfare to destroy livestock in the Soviet Union. Soviet spy rings on the Island and the role of Brookhaven National Labs will also be discussed. Members are free and non-members $8 which include refreshments. Reservations are required. Call 631-727-2881 extension 100. Such an interesting subject and Long Island is truly full of history that we can all enjoy.

Happy birthday to David Sparrow and Peter Krajewski on July 3; Matthew Naugles, Alex Raynor and Eddie Raffel; on July 4; Sandra Hynds on July 6; Beth Menis Singer on July 7; Sue Cheshire and Bunny Swiatocha on July 8; Connie Kwasna and Sydney Coalson on July 9; Andre Kosianowski on July 12; Jeremy Carey on July 13; Joe Gadzinski and Kurt Harrison on July 14; Steve Beal and Dee Muma on July 15; Mary Ellen Harkin on July 16 and Larry Danowski on July 17. 

Happy wedding anniversary wishes to Mary and Andy Mitchell who celebrate 12 years on July 4; John and June Behr on July 7; Laurie and Kevin Zanieski on July 10 and to Joan and Tom Troyan on July 16.

Get well wishes to Robin Duvall, Lucas Mascia, Bo Goodale, Gene Goodale, Carol Lee, Walter and Betty Stewart.

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]