The Friends of the Riverhead Free Library are volunteers from surrounding communities. They promote the resources and services of the library, sponsor many programs of general interest, and generate financial support for the library. Their yearly membership drive is $10 for an individual and their Yellow Barn Bookstore generate monies to help offset programs at the library and community programs. Won’t you join today? Monthly meetings are the second Monday of the month at 1 pm at the library or on zoom. Checks can be made payable to Friends of the Riverhead Free Library, P.O. Box 1341, Riverhead, NY 11901. To contact the Friends, check out

Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Riverhead Free Library, the Brooklyn Botanical Garden has been added to the museum pass collection that Riverhead Free Library cardholders can use to visit museums for free. You can reserve this or any other passes at Also, good news through the generosity of the Friends of the Riverhead Free Library, they have the Long Island Science Center museum pass can borrow for free. Reserve by calling 631-727-3228. Extension 301 or online at https://www2,

The Women of the Moose, Riverhead Chapter 1118 will be holding a yard sale on Saturday, October 7 from 9 am to 2 pm at 51 Madison Street in Riverhead. Rent a table or come shop. Table rental is $20 for Moose members, $25 for non-members and $30 for vendors. Please call the Women of the Moose office at 631-727-6667, extension 2 to reserve a table by leaving your name, phone number with a message and they will call you back. The yard sale will be held in the lower level of the Lodge Bingo Hall. 

The First Congregational Church of Riverhead and the Eastern Long Island Quilters Guide proudly presents the “Alice Summerville Memorial Quilt Show” on Sunday, October 8 from 10 am to 3 pm at the church. Enjoy the multitude of colorful hand-crafted quilts on display and an Alice Quilt will be raffled. Tickets are 5.00 each or 3 for 10.00. For more information, please call 631-727-2621. This quilt show is being held the same day as the Country Fair so why not stop by and peruse the beautiful quilts and a taste of history. Then enjoy the Riverhead Country Fair visiting the vendors as well as the entries of homemade items, farm and garden produce, floral competition, basket weaving, cake decorating and needlepoint and so much more. Walk the fair enjoy a roasted corn on the cob, a variety of foods, arts and crafts and lots of vendors too. Be sure to enjoy the scenic view of the Peconic River with your family and friends. For more information check out their website

Old Steeple Community Church, 656 Main Road, Aquebogue, once again rain or shine has the Blessings of the Animals on Sunday, October 8 at 11:30 am following the 10 am worship service. Coffee hour will be held outdoors (weather permitting) or in their Fellowship Hall along with the Blessing of the Animals. Animals must be leashed or crated and there will be music, scripture, and blessings to honor your friends. A free will donation will be taken to benefit the North Fork Animal Welfare League. For more information you can call 631-722-3070.

The Jamesport Fire Department, 25 Manor Lane in Jamesport, will host an open house on Saturday, October 14 from 10 am to 2 pm in observance of Fire Safety Week. The open house is free, open to the public, family friendly, children and grandchildren are welcome! The event will feature fire truck and equipment displays, fire safety demonstrations, a vehicle extrication, and demonstrations by area law enforcement and first responder agencies including NY State Police, Riverhead Police, Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office, Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance and Peconic Bay Medical Center. The Jamesport Fire Department will offer information to individuals interested in joining the department and the Ladies Auxiliary will hold a yard sale. Free hot dogs and refreshments will be served. In the event of inclement weather, the rain date is Sunday, October 15. Jamesport Fire Department wants to raise the community awareness of the importance of fire safety and to recognize the dedication of local volunteer firefighters and other first responders in our community. A sure fun filled day for all.

A vocal chamber group, New York Polyphony, will be performing in concert at the Jamesport Meeting House on Saturday, October 14 at 7:30 pm as part of its premier 1731 Series in a concert party funded by a grant from Suffolk County. Sponsor tickets are $50 and general tickets $20 available for purchase at A reception will follow the performance.

The Southampton Youth Bureau’s Youth and Government programs begins on Wednesday, October 4. Meeting s held the first and third Wednesday of the month from 6:30 pm to 8 pm at the Hampton Bays Community Center, 25 Ponquogue Avenue. Students in grades 9 through 12 can practice experiential civic engagement and learn the democratic process. Youth will discuss and debate issues that affect citizens of NY State and will get a chance to deliberate in the chambers of the NY State Legislature at a state conference in Albany. For more information or to register call, please call 631-702-2425.

The Southampton Youth Bureau is currently accepting new member registrations for “Teen Views” program. Participants will learn how to interview, create credible stories, edit audio and video and produce content for television and other media. Students in grades 7 through 12 will have the opportunity to prepare stories that will air on SUN20TV while also working on long form pieces on topics of their own choice. The program include sessions at Southampton Cultural Center’s new TV Broadcast Studio for Students, where participants will experience all aspects of broadcast journalism including control room and studio basics.  Program begins Thursday, October 5 and open to grades 7 through 12. Pre-registration is required. Meetings held 6:30 pm to 8 pm at the Hampton Bays Community Center, 25 Ponquogue Ave. Please call 631-702-2425 or register on line

Happy birthday to Casey Jo Hubbard, Grace Tocci, Evelyn Skop and Kevin O’Rourke on October 1; Jamie Brooks, Heather (Grodski) Shirey, and Henry Boese on October 2; Diane Zak and Donna Grodski on October 3; Buddy Turbush and Connie Kwasna on October 4; Mark Gajowski II, David Raynor, Jason Floege and Janna Sparrow on October 5; Wanda Wilinski, Mike Beni, Kyle Tocci and Josh Berezny on October 8; Donna Atkins, James Scudder and Vera Chinese on October 9; Robert Doyle on October 11; Joan Troyan and Jerry Halpin on October 12; and Ken Zaehler on October 14. Have a great day. 

Happy 46th wedding anniversary wishes to Kim and Kenny Nash on October 1; happy 25th anniversary to Karen and Jay Quartararo on October 2; happy 43rdanniversary to Karen and Mark Heppner on October 4; happy 50th anniversary to Wayne and Alice Kubacki on October 6; happy 18th anniversary to Becky and Jason Hubbard and a happy 50thanniversary to Barbara and Gilles Bouchard on October 7; and a happy 44th anniversary to Dr. Richard and Margie Sears on October 14. Be sure to celebrate. 

Get well wishes to Mary Dabrowski and Conrad Dabrowski.

A happy Columbus Day on Monday, October 9. Be sure to hang your flag.

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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: