Riverhead Town Historian, Georgette Case, wants to thank the Riverhead residents who came forward with exciting donations to the Town. Several donations included photos of early 1900’s Riverhead High School’s “The Scribe.” Riverhead High School sports teams and chess group photos from the 1940’s. One late 1890’s and one early 1900’s high school diplomas; documents from a well-known Riverhead family; two early radios, one in the shape of a globe; a safe once owned by Supervisor John R. Perkins. The Riverhead Savings Bank celebrated their 100thanniversary in 1972, by commissioning a watercolor of the first bank located on the south side of Main Street at the foot of Griffing Avenue. This watercolor is now in possession of the Riverhead Town Historian. Wow! How exciting it truly is. Thank you to all who knew the items in their possession had to be preserved. If you think you have something that you want to preserve for your family, please contact the Town Historian, Georgette Case for how to do so successfully. You can send her correspondence to Town Hall, 4 West Second Street, Riverhead, NY 11901 or call her on Wednesdays from 9 am to 3 pm at 631-369-9717. 

Suffolk Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution has started this year by honoring our veterans and fallen heroes. In the month of September members of the Chapter were joined by members of Southampton Colony DAR at the Lt. Michael P. Murphy Navy Seal Museum in West Sayville. The museum was built in memory of Lt. Michael Murphy, a resident of Sayville and a Navy Seal who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2005. A highlight of the visit was talking with Lt. Murphy’s father, Daniel, who often spends his days at the Museum. Mr. Murphy shared stories about his son and some of the other members of Seal Team 6 who were killed with him. It was an honor and privilege to hear the stories as he brought his son to life for the group.

In October the DAR honored fallen heroes of an earlier time. Members gathered at the Carter Family Cemetery/Old Brookfield Cemetery in Manorville to clean some of the stones there, including that of David Carter, a Revolutionary soldier buried there. Making a dent in cleaning moss and dirt off the stones and found two surprise stones — one for another Revolutionary soldier, Nathan Davis, and the other for a Real Daughter Mary (Garrigues) Carter, daughter of Jacob Garrigues and wife of David Carter. DAR defines Real Daughter as a woman who is the daughter of a Revolutionary soldier. There is still much more work to do in the cemetery and the Chapter plans on many more work days during the coming year.

Jumping forward 100 years, members of the Chapter joined with others in honoring Sgt. Bernard Sweeney, Jr., a 22-year-old WWII soldier who was killed in action in Germany. It wasn’t until recently that his remains were identified and he was buried with honors in Calverton National Cemetery. It was amazing to stand along Route 25A on the road to Calverton and see the fire departments honoring him with gigantic American flags atop ladder trucks and blowing in the fall breeze as the horse drawn caisson with his body pass by. Suffolk Chapter was honored to provide a funeral wreath with red and white carnations and blue baby’s breath to mark his passing.

The weekend of October 14-15, five members of the Chapter are traveling to Valley Forge with other New York State Daughters and their State Regent to honor the Patriots who fought in the War for Independence at a Special Memorial at the Valley at the Valley Forge National Historical Park. This is one of those events that has been on their “bucket list” and they are excited to be going to represent our Chapter. Honoring our veterans and fallen heroes has been and continues to be, the goal of DAR Chapters across New York State, across the country and in our units overseas! 

The Greater Jamesport Civic Association will hold their meeting on Saturday, October 21 at 9:30 am at the Jamesport Meeting House. All are welcome and hope to see you there. 

Halloween Fest, sponsored by the Riverhead BID, offers at 2 pm Coffin Races on Griffing Ave, at 3 to 5 pm Trick or Treat along Main Street, enjoy food and beverages at downtown eateries between 5 to 6 pm and the parade is at 6 pm. Check out their website downtownriverhead.org/Halloween-fest for the information on the spooky season as Downtown Riverhead morphs into Halloweentown this month. So much to see and do. How awesome is that! The rain date is October 28.

The Riverhead High School Blue Masques will present “Mean Girls” on Friday, November 3 through Sunday, November 5 at the Charles Cardona Auditorium. Tickets are available at rhsmeangirls@bpt.me. $15 for reserved seating, $10 general admission, $5 for Riverhead students with ID and tickets will be available at the door at each show. Exciting cameo appearances during the performances. Come, enjoy, and support Riverhead Faculty as they make their acting debut. Friday, November 3 at 7 pm Mr. Buccola, high school teacher; Saturday. November 4 at 1 pm Mr. Vlacci, high school teacher; Saturday, November 4 at 7 pm Mr. Karlson, Aquebogue Assistant Principal and Sunday, November 5 at 1 pm Mr. Rottkamp, Director of Fine Arts. Best deal in town and next stop Broadway! The poster design was done by Kelsey Saladino. 

The Riverhead Rotary’s Annual Country Pancake Breakfast will be held on Sunday, November 5 from 8 am to 12 noon. Its all you can eat pancakes (chocolate chip, blueberry or plain) sausage, fresh fruit, bacon. Scrambled eggs, potatoes, French toast, bagels, coffee, teas of choice and juice. It will be held at Polish Hall, Marcy Avenue, Riverhead and tickets are adults $20.00 and $15.00 for seniors and children under 12 $10.00 and under five free! Check or cash at the door. A great morning to have a nice breakfast and meet your neighbors. 

The Riverhead Elks is hosting this popular event “Rockin’ for the Vets” on Veteran’s Day, November 11. There will be live music by The Pamela Betti Band, Joe Hampton & The Kingpins and Just Friends. $20 admission includes horsd’oeuvres. A 50/50 raffle. Only 100 tickets will be sold, so call today the Elks and get your tickets early at 631-727-2027. 

The Glenwood Lassies have held their “Holiday Basket Fair” for ten years and every year the monies collected from the fair, as well as, other functions they have during the year, they give to three different organizations from their proceeds. They also donated school supplies to Pulaski Street School in September and this month of October they will donate mittens, gloves, hats, and scarfs. This group of Glenwood Lassies are an organization that performs charitable work for the betterment of the community. They will hold their fundraiser on Saturday, November 18 from 9 am to 2 pm at Glenwood Village in their Glenwood Club House, 1661 Old Country Road. Coffee, tea and rolls with butter available at 9 am and hot dogs and soda available on sale at 12:30 pm. They will hold the Holiday Basket Fair, Granny’s Attic and Share the Wealth drawing. So come on down and support their good cause with the proceeds they make. They welcome everyone and hope you will spread the word. If you have any questions, please call Lori at 631-591-1792. Hope to see you there!

Each year as fall approaches, St. Agnes Church, 523 Front Street, Greenport transforms the Parish Hall into a winter homeless shelter known as “Johns Place.” The doors open each Tuesday evening from November through April to those who need a warm place to sleep with hot showers, meals, and clothing. This year the shelter opens Tuesday, November 7 and they are encouraging others to join as volunteers which are needed. If you would like to donate your time volunteering, please email kmusi04@yahoo.com. If you are unable to volunteer your time, please consider donating casual fall/winter clothing, footwear, bath towels, pillow cases, toiletries etc and you can call the St. Agnes Parish Office at 631-477-0048 to plan to drop off your donated items. You can also send a check or money order to St. Agnes Church, 523 Front Street, Greenport, NY 11944 designating the monies towards Johns Place. The Riverhead community remembers Father Piotr (Peter) Narkiewicz who served as an Associate Pastor for eight years at St. Isidore’s Parish and today he is the administrator of St. Agnes Church. A great way to honor someone or in memory of some one as a gift during this holiday time. Any donation will be greatly appreciated.

Happy birthday wishes to Joan Fleischman, Alex Guecha and Maddison Saladino on October 15; Felicia Scocozza, Cheryl Daters and Veronica Bobinski on October 17; Michelle Smith, Danielle Doll, Donna Young and Mark Hodun on October 18; Tommy Chew, Michael Reichel, Maxine Utter and Alison Paulos on October 19; Jacob Smith and Tom Gallo, Sr. on October 20; Tyler Dick and Amy Boyle on October 21; twins Nicholas and Allison Goss on October 22; Mark Bauman and Rebecca Gallo on October 23; Phil Kenter, Colin Palmer and Thomas Pipczynski on October 24; Christine Floege on October 25; Hudson Muller, Madison Stromski, Bruce Edwards, BarbaraEllen Koch and Chrissy Prete on October 26; Mike Osip and Karen Quartararo on October 27; Nicole Levasseuer on October 27; Margie Sears and Tracey Densieski on October 28; Cheryl Arnau, Austen Galea and Damon LeCann on October 29; Frank Klodoski, Joey Reichel, Diane Reeve and Nadia Chiaramonte on November 2; Kyle White, Sarah Halpin, Christine Block and Johnathan Muller on November 3; Dawn Ambrose on November 4. Enjoy your day.

Happy wedding anniversary wishes to Darlene and Butch Taylor on October 20; happy 40th anniversary to Peter and Debbie Van der Creek on October 21; a happy 52nd anniversary to Ginger and Jerry Duvall and a happy 52nd anniversary to Brad and Arlene Tuthill on October 23; happy anniversary to Jim and Lucy Creighton on October 28 and a happy 31st anniversary to Nadia and Anthony Chiaramonte on November 1. Be sure to celebrate. 

Watch out for the ghosts, witches, goblins and all the trick and treaters on Halloween. 

Ready or not, daylight saving time is fast approaching. On Sunday, November 5 at 2 a.m. local time, be sure your clocks go back an hour and so you gain an extra hour of sleep. 

Get well wishes to Ramona Moore, Becky Collins, Joe Berezny, Marie Madigan, Ann Lennon, Ray Atkins, Gene Goodale and Michael Drozd.

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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: jberezny@optonline.net