Members of the Edward Howell Family Association (EHFA) were delighted to gather for their Annual Meeting in Riverhead in October. The reunion group was headed by Julie Howell Sarno, president of the Edward Howell Family Association.  After two years of virtual reunions during the pandemic, the group convened in person for meetings and a tour of Howell family points of interest on October 12 and 13.

Born in England in 1584, Edward Howell brought a group of families to Long Island in 1640 from Lynn, Massachusetts. The group landed at Conscience Point, now a National Wildlife Preserve on North Sea Harbor in the Town of Southampton. Edward served as a leader and magistrate for the growing community. Members of EHFA are descendants of Edward Howell. The group of nearly 50 gathered October 11 for a no-host dinner at local Riverhead restaurants. A day of meetings and a bus tour followed. On October 13 the group enjoyed a tour of the Suffolk Historical Society by Executive Director Victoria Berger. Hyatt Place Director of Operations Steve Shauger, developer Joseph Petrocelli and Riverhead Town Historian Georgette Case spoke to the group prior to a tour of newly renovated and soon to be open B. Frank Howell House adjacent to the Preston House on East Main Street. A prominent Riverhead citizen once century ago, B. Frank Howell served as a Riverhead Supervisor in the 1920s, Postmaster and Commissioner of Highways, among other prominent positions. Nearly one third of the group were visiting for the first time. EHFA Members traveled from across the country from California, Arizona, Florida, Ohio, Oklahoma, Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and of course New York. Amy Howell descendant welcomes you to contact the Association through their website,

Last chance to see the Riverhead High School Blue Masques perform “Little Shop of Horrors” today at 2 pm at Riverhead High School. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $5 for Riverhead students with ID and can be purchased at the door.

The Women’s Club of Riverhead is once again holding its “Pajama and Book Drive” from November 1 through December 30. They would like you to donate a pair of pajamas and a book for infants, children or teenagers through 17 years of age and they can be dropped off at the Riverhead Free Library, 330 Court Street. If you do not have the time to shop you can send a check to the Women’s Club of Riverhead, P.O. Box 848, Riverhead, NY 11901 and the group will take care of purchasing the pajamas and books on your behalf. What a wonderful idea for those in need. 

The Riverhead Free Library’s “Mitten Tree” up, ready  and waiting for the community to come together to warm the hands of the children in need. Please bring new or handmade mittens, gloves, scarves and hats for children of all ages to hang on the mitten tree this year in the library. All items will be donated to local agencies to help children in need. 

Be sure to check out the Riverhead Free Library brochure with registration just beginning on October 28. It truly is a place to connect for the whole Riverhead Community for all ages, for our youth and family, teens, adults and lots of community service opportunities. Check it out and sign up for a class, take out a book or two, enjoy a weekly club or get fit classes. There is something for everyone!

The Southold American Legion Griswold Terry Glover Post 803 is happy to announce that its 10th annual holiday craft fair will be held on Sunday, November 6 from 10 am to 3 pm at the Legion Hall, located at 51655 Main Road in Southold. It’s a great way to get a start on your holiday shopping.

The Glenwood Lassies will be holding their November Holiday “Basket Fundraiser Affair” on Saturday, November 12 from 10 am to 2 pm at their recreation hall, 1661 Old Country Road, Riverhead. There will be 38 beautiful filled baskets, a money tree, money wreath, share the wealth a 50/50 and two Thanksgiving food baskets to take chances on too. There will be a table filled with items from Granny’s Attic for sale too. They will have hot dogs and soda for lunch for sale. A little something for everyone. President Lori Slanina welcomes the community to this fundraising event. The Glenwood Lassies are a community minded organization donating in September backpacks to Pulaski Street Elementary School, as well as hats, mittens and scarves and then monetary donations to Bread and More at First Congregational Church, Police Department, Fire Department, EMTs, and to Hospice. Hope to see you there and be sure to say hello to Lori the new president of the Glenwood Lassies.

Enjoy a Pancake Breakfast at the VFW Auxiliary Post 2476, 620 Parkway Street in Riverhead on Sunday, November 13 from 8 am to 11:30 am. Enjoy pancakes, eggs home fries, sausage, coffee, and juice. Adults $10, children under 12 $5 and Veterans eat free. First come first served while supplies last.

The No Doubt World Famous Monday Night Band will have its first concert of the season on Sunday, November 13 at Pulaski Street Elementary School at 2 pm. Enjoy a free band concert with their selection of patriotic, classical and popular pieces, so come early and sit down and enjoy an afternoon of delight.

The next meeting of Greater Jamesport Civic Association will be held on Saturday, November 19 at 9:30 am at the Jamesport Meeting House. The guest speaker will be Suffolk County Legislator Al Krupski. Everyone is welcome to attend. 

The Riverhead Moose Lodge holds BINGO on Thursdays when doors open at 5 pm for Moose members and 5:30 pm for non-members. BINGO starts at 7 pm. Food is provided by the Women of the Moose and will be available for purchase and includes pizza, Sabrett hot dogs, egg, tuna, macaroni salads and homemade cake, coffee, tea snacks and soda. Cash only and no children under 18 will be permitted in the Bingo Hall.

Valuing their veterans, the Riverhead Moose Lodge on Madison Street is honoring veterans of the Moose with a free breakfast at 10:30 am on Sunday, November 13. All others who attend breakfast is $15.

The Women of the Moose is collecting new socks for the veterans. If you like to donate to this project, you can leave the socks outside the office of the Women of the Moose at the Riverhead Moose Lodge, 51 Madison Street or give to any board member. 

The First Congregational Church of Riverhead once again is encouraging the community to do a reverse Advent Calendar. It’s an easy project and fun to do with your family or as an organization every day just add an item to a box which you can decorate too and on Christmas Eve donate to a local food bank. Suggestions include cereal, peanut butter, stuffing mix, rice, macaroni and cheese, canned fruit, canned tomatoes, canned tuna, dessert mix, applesauce, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, canned beans, box of crackers, oatmeal, pasta, spaghetti sauce, chicken soup, tomato soup, can corn, can mixed vegetables, can carrots and can green beans. 

The Southampton Youth Bureau will host a Glow Night on Friday, December 2 from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm at the SYS Recreation Center, 1370A Majors Path in Southampton. The illuminated gym will feature glow in the dark games such as basketball, Capture the Flag, soccer, volleyball and more. This event is open to grades 6 through 12 and participants are encouraged to wear white or bright neon colors to see the full effect from the UV blacklights. Admission is $10 and space is limited. For more information or to register, please call 631- 702-2425 or visit

Happy birthday wishes to Arianna Brooks on November 6; Claudette Tuttle, Erinn Pekar, Sydney Marascia, Susan Tocci and Devin O’Rourke on November 9; Frederica Miles and Autumn North on November 10; Gregory Meyer on November 12; Adam Brautigam, Carter Muller, and Donna Pelis on November 13; Melanie Downs on November 14; Paige Rosko on November 15; Emily Berezny on November 17; Kim Berezny, Christopher Chew and Butch Taylor on November 18; June Stevenson and Bill Carey on November 19. Enjoy your day.

Happy 34th wedding anniversary wishes to Karen and John Frosina and a happy 12th anniversary to Laura and Peter Levine on November 13. Be sure to celebrate.

Get well wishes to Harry Carver, Bob Taylor, Trudy Wold, Joan Fleischman and Ray Atkins.

Did you turn your clocks back today? We gained an extra hour today and that is awesome to enjoy an hour of extra time.

Be sure to vote on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8 from 6 am to 9 pm.

And don’t forget to display your flag on Friday, November 11 and take a moment to honor all Veterans and to say thank you for your service.

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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: