The wheels on the bus go round and round and will be wheeling on Tuesday, September 6 when school opens in Riverhead. Remember if the bus has its stop sign out and flashing red lights it is either loading or unloading students. After the stop sign goes in and the flashing lights stop flashing you may proceed on your way. Remember that this is the law and punishable by a $250 ticket. It is the law you must stop! 

Congratulations to Dorothy Bogdan of Aquebogue, her son John (a Riverhead High 1982 graduate) recently received a Bronze Edison Award for Innovative services to repurpose licensed therapeutics to treat COVID and the prestigious Luminary Award from his employer, Logistics Management Institute (LMI) for “Meeting the Moment” for his work on developing novel vaccines, therapeutics and use of licensed drugs against COVID for DOD’s response to the pandemic. He is a member of a team in the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological and Nuclear Defense Medical Office at Ft. Detrick that recently received several of the military’s top excellence awards. He serves as a Senior Scientific Technical Advisor there and Principal in Biology at LMI where he continues to advise on countermeasures to protect our troops from COVID and other emerging diseases and potential exposure to even more deadly agents like botulinum neurotoxin and Ebola. Dorothy’s granddaughter Catherine, seems to be following in her dads’ footsteps by recently completing a bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics at Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in Biology at University of Delaware. Her research expertise is in the field of “RNA” Biology and now she is a Lab Manager at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth in Houston looking to prevent congenital diseases. Dorothy’s identical twin daughters, Sophia and Elizabeth are entering freshmen year of high school and playing JV soccer and John’s wife, Valerie, has served their community as a Critical Care Unit nurse at John Hopkins in Baltimore and Carroll Hospital in Westminster taking care of many critically ill COVID patients during the pandemic. Dorothy is truly proud of her son and his family. Congratulations to all.

Riverhead resident Cheryl Luparella who has been singing with the Long Island Sound Chorus for many years and has performed with the sweet harmonies group will be singing on Sunday, October 16 at 3 pm at the Suffolk Theater. The Long Island Sound Chorus of Sweet Adeline’s International presents “That’s Life.” Tickets $30 available at the box office or www.suffolktheater.com. An afternoon of delight.

The Riverhead American Legion Post 273, 89 Hubbard Avenue will be holding their 27th annual Pig Roast on Saturday, September 10 from 3 pm to 7 pm. The pigs are roasted on premise and menu includes pork roast with homemade sauce, baked beans, applesauce, local corn on the cob, potato and macaroni salad, Larry’s cucumber salad, rolls, watermelon, water, soda, and dessert. Tickets are $40 and reservations a must. Call 631-727-4330 and tickets are available at the post. 

On Tuesday, September 13 there is a Riverhead Community Blood Drive being held at the Riverhead Fire Department, 540 Roanoke Avenue, from 1 pm to 7 pm. Appointment are preferred by calling 1-800-933-3566 or visit www.nybc.org. Any further questions you can call Lauren Reichel at 631-466-0716. Remember giving blood is the gift of life. 

The Greater Jamesport Civic Association will hold its monthly in person meeting on Saturday, September 17 at 9:30 am. The meeting is held inside the Jamesport Meeting House and has an agenda of items to discuss. There will be a discussion of Town Hall matters and other local topics of concern including Sharpers Hill, litter pickup and holiday social. All are welcome to attend. Additional information about the Greater Jamesport Civic Association may be found online at www.greaterjamesportcivic.org. Mark your calendar for this informative meeting and getting together and a way to meet your neighbors.

Hallockville Farm Museum is delighted to announce that its 41stCountry Fair will be held on Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18 on the grounds of the 28-acre preserved North Fork farm homestead on 6038 Sound Avenue from 10 am to 5 pm rain or shine. Families getting together and enjoy a day at an authentic country fair, just like it was done a century ago. How awesome is that! There will be wagon and pony rides, petting zoo, historic home tours, children’s tug of war, “Ankle Soup” children’s book reading by author Maureen Sullivan, food competition, a farmer’s market, homemade baked good and handcrafted wares. Admission $10 for individuals ages 3 and older and $35 for a family of two adults and two children. (Pony, wagon rides and petting zoo are an additional charge). For complete country fair details and to purchase tickets visitwww.hallockville.org/countryfair.

The Suffolk County Historical Society Museum reflects our history, our heritage, and our people at 300 West Main Street in Riverhead. The museum is open 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 ext.103. Check out Book and Bottle event “Enrico Fermi: Voyage to a New World, with Edward A. Sierra” on September 29 at 6 pm. The presenter will offer an engaging and informative presentation on the life and work of Enrico, a world changing physicist. Members are free, non-members $8 and includes wine and cheese reception. Registration and non-refundable prepayment required, call 631-727-2881 ext. 100. There is an ongoing membership drive celebrating 136 years, so why not think about joining the Suffolk County Historical Society and support local history preservation. To become a member call 631-727-2881 and enjoy the many programs and exhibits throughout the year. It is a great gift too for someone who has just about everything.

The Town of Southampton Youth Bureau is recruiting new members to join their Youth Advisory Committee for the 2022-2023 school year. If you are in grades 7 to 12 and interested in planning trips and events, doing community service projects, and making friends with students from other schools, so sign up for YAC! As a YAC member you can make a difference in your community. Community service projects may include leaf raking for senior citizens, hosting a clothing or toy drive, participating in fundraisers for youth organizations, meeting with elected officials for youth causes or other activities that can make a difference in your community. YAC is a great way to get involved and to earn community service credit hours during the school year. Meetings will be held every other Tuesday from 6:30 pm to 8 pm. The first official meeting begins October 11 at the Hampton Bays Community Center, 25 Ponquogue Avenue. Preregistration is required. For more information or register please visit www.southamptontownny.gov/youthbureau or call 631-702-2425.

The Southampton Youth Bureau is currently accepting new member registrations for their “Teen Views on the News (TV-ON)” program. Participants will learn how to research, conduct interviews, create stories, and produce video for local TV. Program begins October 12 and is held on Wednesdays from 6:30 pm to 8 pm at the Hampton Bays Community Center, 25 Ponquogue Avenue. TV-ON is open to grades 7 to 12 and community service credits are available. Pre-registration is required. For more information, please call 631-702-2425 or visit www.southamptontownny.gov/YBpayment to register directly online.

Southampton Town’s Youth Court is a great way to earn community service credits and build your college resume. High School students from local schools work together to hold real trials for juvenile offenders, where all the facts of the case are heard and the jury decides on a disposition, or “sentence,” for the offender to repair the harm that they have caused to the victims. Cases range from trespassing, driving without a license, underage drinking to harassment, possession, and theft among others. Students in grades 9 to 12 living or attending school in the town of Southampton can participate. Those interested in becoming an attorney, improving public speaking skills, learning about the justice system, building their college/job resume or just enjoy community service are invited to join. General youth court meetings are held from 6 pm to 7:30 pm at the Southampton Justice Town Court, 32 Jackson Avenue. Transportation may be available upon request. New member training will be held on Monday, October 17. For more information or to register, please call 631-702-2425 or visit www.southamptontownny.gov/youthbureau. To learn more about all of our programs and events find the Southampton Youth Bureau on Facebook and follow them on Instagram and [email protected]

Happy birthday wishes to Kathy Paulos and Gil Bouchard on September 5; Cheryl Luparella, Brandon Madonia and Meredith Bouchard on September 6; Annie Marie Harris and Jim Carey on September 9; Rick Wilhelm on September 10; Greg Meyer on September 11; Steven Block and Ann Lennon on September 12; Brad Van Houten, Laura Van Houten and Cheryl Armstrong on September 13, Vannie Tuthill, Dean Terchunian and Linda Berezny on September 14; Shannon Zeltmann on September 15; Karen Ball and Sharon Murphy and Mike Pankowski on September 16; Caroline Bugdin, Deborah Kulka-Maclellan and Zachary Bogdanski on September 17. Enjoy your day.

Happy wedding anniversary wishes to Jason and Christine Floege on September 10; Thomas and Carrie Ann Gallo on September 15 and to Mary and Scott Hughes on September 17. Be sure to celebrate.

Get well wishes to Joyce Montag, Ray Atkins, Trudy Wold and Ellen Kramer.

Take time to remember on Sunday, September 11 the 21st anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America and to the 2,996 lives lost. We also should take time to remember those who responded to the tragic events and coming together. God bless all those affected through the years and their families. Stand proud, hang your flag, and say a prayer for those souls.

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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]