Happy 97th birthday wishes on July 13 to Frank Palamara who celebrated his special day by having breakfast at Lolly’s Hut with his wife Ginny. Naturally, making it extra special, Lolly herself brought out a cupcake with a candle and the customers sang a round of “Happy Birthday” and Frank was thoroughly surprised. He was in the United States Navy during World War II as an Ensign on the U.S. Little Rock. Thank you, Frank, for your service and Sto Lat!

Frank Palamara celebrated his 97th birthday at Lolly’s Hut July 13, with his wife Ginny, left. Lolly McKay, right, presented Frank with a birthday cupcake. Courtesy photo

Looking for a summer read? Check out “Loving Michael: Everyone Has Special Needs” by Virginia Nolan. It is an inspirational story about a Down Syndrome baby boy born to an unwed couple. It will challenge your thoughts about dealing with the unforeseen. It shows how negatives can become positives. Yes, we all have special needs. You can check out Amazon.com or Barnesandnoble.comand of course our Riverhead Free Library. She has also written another book a couple years ago titled “One Day at Christmas.” She is a retired teacher and now author and the wife of Frank Palamara

The Friends of the Riverhead Free Library and the Riverhead Photo Club present “East End-Riverhead East on Both Forks” when submissions for photo contest will begin on Wednesday, July 20. Individuals may enter in any of the following categories with a limit of two images for landscape, nature/wildlife or portraits (pets/people). The contest is open for adults or youth (K-12). Entry fee is $20.00 for a single image and $30.00 for two images. Entrants must be prepared to submit framed images and in late September to be seen live in the Overton Gallery at the Riverhead Free Library. Submissions will be accepted from July 20 to August 24 on a first come first serve basis for the first 100 images that have been received with payment. Check out the Riverhead Photo Club website.

The Riverhead Free Library will feature Genealogy with the Suffolk County Historical Society on Wednesday, July 27 from 2 to 3:30 pm in person. Suffolk County Historical Society librarian Edana Cichanowicz will teach the benefits of how to do better genealogy for family history research. For more information call 631-727-3228 or register. 

Interested in learning conversational Italian? Riverhead Free Library will host classes via Zoom on Wednesdays, August 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 from 4 to 5:30 pm. Join Franco Varuolo live from Italy each week to learn about Italian culture and practice your conversation skills. For more information call 631-727-3228 to register. 

The Jamesport Fire Department parade, a North Fork summertime favorite, drew a large crowd to the Jamesport hamlet to watch 40 fire departments and a host of community groups march along Main Road. Photo: Alek Lewis

The Jamesport Fire Department will host its annual parade on Wednesday, July 20 at 7 pm. The fre department carnival is all week July 19-July 23 with so many fun activities for the whole family. Thursday July 21 will be bracelet night when it’s one price for all the rides nonstop to ride on. There is the famous Dunkin’ Booth, gambling for the older crowd and rides for all ages, hamburgers, hot dogs and their world-famous sausage and peppers hero. To top off the week on Saturday July 23 at 10 pm they will have fireworks to enjoy — a spectacular show.

Hallockville Museum Farm, will host a Barn Dance and Dinner fundraiser on July 30. The special event will include a sunset barbecue dinner prepared by The Catered Fork, curated Doublespeak Cocktails and traditional dancing with caller Chart Guthrie and his band in the open-air Naugles Barn. So, polish your dancing boots and breakout your best blue jeans and enjoy a fun filled evening of food and dancing. Rain or shine on Saturday, July 30 from 6 pm to 9:30 pm. Tickets are $150.00 per person and attendance is limited. Tickets can be purchased online at www.hallockville.org.

On Friday, August 5, youth in grades 5 through 12 will have the opportunity to showcase their talents by performing live at the amphitheater in Good Ground Park, 9a Squiretown Road from 6 pm to 8 pm sponsored by the Southampton Town Youth Bureau. Acoustic performers, bands, spoke word, poetry, comedy acts are all welcome to participate. Performing is absolutely free. To reserve a performance time slot, please email [email protected] or call 631- 702-2425. 

Get ready to build your cardboard boat to enter the 2022 Carboard Boat Race on Saturday, August 13 from 9 am to 2 pm at the Peconic Riverfront in Downtown Riverhead. $25.00 per boat which includes the captain fee and $10.00 each for additional crew member. (Rain date August 20). You can check out the website riverheadchamber.com or call 631-727-7600 Monday to Friday 10 am to 5 pm.  Pre-registration is required and must be done online at www.riverheadchamber.com.Check in at 9 am and races begin at 11 am. There will be music, face painting, games, contests and more. A great family day. Just carboard, duct tape, water base glue, single sided paddle and latex paint so check out the website for details. Be sure to name your boat!

Happy birthday Larry Danowski on July 17; Shirley Coverdale on July 18; Bill Wilkinson and Jeffrey Bogdan Jr. on July 19; Eugene Downs, Angela DeVito and Andy Dick on July 20; Joseph Doremus and Bill Bilski on July 21; Brenda Boyd on July 22;  Lorene Custer and twins Matthew and Andrew VanderCreek on July 23; Sheila Muller, Bernie Hettrick and Gail Yeager on July 24; Roseanne Berezny on July 26; Pat Carey on July 28; Anna Pekar on July 29; Michon Griffin, Frederica Miles, Jackie Hartmann Hall and Marilyn Blumstein on July 30; Pat Raynor and Jacob Lawrence on July 31; Zach Daters on August 1; Sue Arnau on August 2; Nicole and Kim Staib and Laura Lobiak on August 3; Frank Totten on August 4; George Prete, Phil Wilkinson and Mary Frazier on August 5. Enjoy your day.

Happy anniversary wishes to Fred and Paulette Sherman on July 18.

Get well wishes to Joyce Montag, Trudy Wold, Ellen Kramer, John Henry Kurpetski and Linda Topilian.

Its summer and its not too late to enjoy the smells of lavender, the bright yellow sunflowers, the fresh vegetables on the farm stands and also enjoy your days at our beautiful beaches. Summer is such a short season so make the best of it with your family and friends.

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]