The Riverhead Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary held their Christmas party luncheon on Dec. 10 at the Pulaski Grille in Polish Town. Sixteen members Marie Madigan, Kathy Schaefer, Ramona Moore, Michele Lynch, Pat Gadzinski, Barbara Swislosky, Trudy Wold, Barbara Wooten, Mary Dabrowski, Carol Carey, Ann Lennon, Connie Kenter, Becky Collins and newest member Jessica LoPresti attended and enjoyed lunch and Secret Santa. Barbara Wooten made all the ladies in the auxiliary a Maltese cross refrigerator magnet and a Maltese cross bookmark “Why be a Volunteer,” depicting on both 90th anniversary of Ladies Auxiliary 1932-2022 as a memento of a special milestone for the auxiliary.

The First Baptist Church of Riverhead and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast Committee invite you to their 38th annual celebration on Monday, Jan. 16 at 8 a.m. This year it is again held at the Hyatt Regency Long Island, 1717 Motor Parkway in Hauppauge. Doors open at 7:30 pm and ticket cost is $60. The keynote speaker is Risco Mention-Lewis, Esq., Suffolk County Deputy Police Commissioner and Founder of Council of Thought and Action. For tickets visit the website or call Rev. Cynthia Liggon, assistant pastor at 631-727-3446, extension 11. Honorees will include Leslie B. Anderson, executive assistant district attorney Suffolk County; former Congressman Tim Bishop; Tracey A. Edwards, commissioner, N.Y. State Public Service Commission and L.I. regional director of the NAACP; and Suffolk County Health Commissioner Dr. Gregson Pigott.

The Flanders Fire Department and FRNCA are holding a blood drive on Saturday, Jan. 7 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Flanders Fire Department, 19 Firehouse Lane, Flanders. All presenting donors will be entered into a weekly raffle for a chance to win an Apple for Google watch and all will receive a McDonald’s voucher. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are still welcome. Call 1-800-933-2566 to make an appointment or visit

Interested in playing BINGO? The Riverhead Moose Lodge is opened at 5 pm for Moose members and 5:30 pm for non-members in the lower level at 51 Madison Street in Riverhead. Games start at 7 pm and are open to the public, but you must be 18 and over to attend. Food provided by the Women of the Moose and available for purchase and includes a menu of pizza, hot dogs, egg salad, tuna salad, chicken salad, homemade cake, coffee, tea, snacks and soda.

Have some fun and join the Southampton Youth Bureau for a New Year’s Party on Thursday, December 29 from 5pm to 7 pm at the Flanders Youth Center, 655 Flanders Road. Enjoy doing arts and crafts, pizza, a balloon drop and more. Event is open to grades K to 5 and space is limited and preregistration is required. For more information or to register, please call 631-702-2425 or visit

Happy birthday wishes to Jeanine Zeltmann and triplets Ashley, Mark and Sean Kwasna on December 18; Rose Haupt, Eileen Benthal and Caroline Stepnoski on December 19; Greg Heppner and Christine Daters on December 20; Rich Campbell, Debra Korolesi, Rich Miller and Thomas Olsen on December 21; Jason Galka on December 22; Tommy Reichel, Sr and Kathy Soto on December 23; Ann Reichel and Jay Sheryll on December 24; Kathy Hughes, Kevin Davis, Mary Ann Hughes, Denise Lucas and Linda Hartmannn on December 25; Gabriel Janicki and Mary Ann Keller on December 26; Holly Hughes and Kira Atkins on December 27; Paul Sparrow on December 29; Judy Kozora and Laura James on December 30. Enjoy your day!

Happy wedding anniversary wishes to Kelli and Tony Naugles on December 23 and a happy 63rd to Helene and Kenny Pickett on December 26.

Get well wishes to Joe Berezny, Becky Collins, Caroline Bugdin, Harriet McDonald and Joan Fleischman.

Remember during this holiday time to reach out to someone with a call, an email, a text, notecard or just stopping by to say hello. Let us brighten their spirits during this season of peace, joy and love. It makes a difference to those on the receiving end. God bless you all!

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa and a Happy, Healthy and Wonderful New Year to all!

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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: