The First Congregational Church of Riverhead is happy to announce that George Moravek has returned to the church as their Minister of Music. George is a talented pianist and organist often providing background information on the music he plays and the congregation sings. One of George’s greatest gifts to the church is as choir director. George has assembled a talented group of voices to yield beautiful music every Sunday morning. Since the pandemic the church had not had a choir. You may recognize George’s name as the director of the Jamesport Community Chorus. Consider visiting The First Congregational Church on Sunday mornings at 10 am for an uplifting worship service gilded with beautiful music.

On Sunday, April 2, is the beginning of Holy Week leading up to Easter on Sunday, April 9. The First Congregational Church of Riverhead is planning a special celebration of that holy day. Two live donkeys will be part of the procession, to represent Jesus’ entry in Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. The procession will be held outside where the church congregants hold palms and say Hosanna. The procession will begin at 10 am. After the procession, worship will continue in the sanctuary. The church is located two doors west of the Suffolk Theatre. There is parking located behind the church. Hope to see you there.

At the Riverhead Central School District Board of Education Meeting recognition was given to Edwin George, a custodial worker for 35 years of service to the school district, Sylvester Gilliam, a custodial worker for 39 years of service in the school district, Cynthia Hynds for 39 years for her service as head cook and food service worker, Sharon Martocchia, a senior office assistant for 34 years of service to the school district, Pamela Owen a teaching assistant for 30 years of service in the district and to Raffaela Pembroke, a special education teacher for 28 years in the school district. This group of men and women have been such an asset to our school district and should be commended for their length of service to our district. Congratulations to all and enjoy your retirement you all so deservingly earned by hard work, dedication and love of the school district.

The Town of Riverhead Parks and Recreation brochure for the Spring 2023 is now hitting your mailbox. Check out what is inside for the residents as there is something for everyone! Special events, bus trips, adult programs, youth programs, old favorites such as pickleball and youth sports, spring break camp and a summer camp overview for children and information to sign up.

Riverhead Town’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt will take place on Friday, March 31 where there will be two fields’ children can collect eggs. Making it special is a family field where children who need their grown up’s help can hunt and an independent field for the children who can hunt on their own. Take pictures with the Easter Bunny, the Jellybeans Guess and check your eggs for the bonus prize.  Please arrive at 6 pm at Stotzky Park and the egg hunts will begin at 6:15 pm promptly. No registration. Have fun with the whole family. 

Friends of the Big Duck showing signs of Spring when children hunt for “Duck Eggs” at the Big Duck Ranch in Flanders, 1012 Flanders Road. The Friends of the Big Duck, a non-profit organization celebrates the arrival of springtime with their 10th Annual East Duck Egg Hunt. This free event (bring your own Easter basket) will be held on Saturday, April 1 at 12 noon sharp (rain date April 2). The grass field behind the Big Duck will be dotted with filled plastic “duck eggs” that children 2 to 9 years old can easily find. To make it a safe event the children are grouped into three separate age groups. A prize basket is awarded to “The Good Egg” in each group who discovers the special egg. The family fun will include a visit from Mother Goose. Friends of the Big Duck is the Southampton-Town-appointed steward of Big Duck Ranch where the beloved icon sits. The organization landscapes the garden, maintains the Long Island Duck Farming Exhibit in the Victorian Barn (open 11 am to 3 pm) and services the public bathrooms. The Big Duck open daily from 10 am to 5 pm (except Saturdays until 3 pm) is on the national register of historic places. Sounds like a family event for all!

The Suffolk County Historical Society Museum at 300 West Main Street in Riverhead has an interesting exhibit “Masters of Metal: Suffolk County’s Early Silversmiths.” Several years ago the Suffolk County Historical Society secured a significant acquisition of over 100 pieces of silver crafted by Suffolk County’s earlies known silversmiths. With works by Joel, John, and Paul Sayre, Elias Pelletreau, B. Coleman and Colonel David Hedges this display case exhibit glistens with the handcrafted work of these fine eighteenth-century artisans. The SCHS Board of Trustees is proud to present this notable collection, exhibited for the first time. It is held in the Hall display cases now through January 2024. Hours are Wednesdays through Saturday 10 am to 4:30 pm. For more information call 631-727-2881.

The Town of Southampton Youth Bureau will be hosting their annual 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament on Friday, March 31 from 7 pm to 10 pm at Southampton Youth Services, 1370A Majors Path in Southampton. Sign up and warm drills will be held from 6 pm to 6:45 pm. Tournament is open to grades 5 through 12 and prizes will be awarded to the winning teams in middle and high school brackets. Space is limited and team pre-registration of $30 is required by Monday, March 27. Each team member must submit a completed registration form along with payment ($10 per player) to Southamton Youth Bureau located at 655 Flanders Road, Flanders, NY 11901 or by registering and paying $10 per player online at For more information, please call 631-702-2425.

Spring Break schedule at Flanders Youth Center, 655 Flanders Road has just been announced to join up for the following programs. On Wednesday, April 12 from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm “Hands on Science” activity. Create and learn about volcanos and program is free and open to grades K to 4. On Thursday, April 13 from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm is recreation night where there will be outdoor games, activities and sports. Pizza will be provided and program is free and open to grades 5 to 8. On Friday, April 14 from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm Meet and learn about animals from the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center. This program is free and open to grades K to 4. Space is limited and pre-registration is required by Monday, April 10. For more information or to register, please call 631-702-2425 or visit

Happy birthday wishes to Mark Block, Tyler Danowski and Samantha Seal on March 19; Renee Flores and Mark Heppner on March 20; Tina Miller and Sophie Pelc on March 21; Kelly Wooten and Vickie Vourakis on March 22; Amelia Lantz on March 23; Keith Schroeher IV on March 24; Kelli Naugles on March 26; Chris Schroeher, Sharon Blumstein and Robert Block, Jr. on March 27; Ray Atkins on March 28; Linda Terchunian, Jason Grodski and Cheryl Michaelis on March 30; Joe Kaelin and Deb Clifford on April 1. Have a great day!

Get well wishes to Becky Collins, Raymond Atkins, Ellen Kramer, Harry Carver, Harriet McDonald and Joyce Montag. 

Happy April Fools Day on April 1. 

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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: