Column | Around Town: April 17



Happy Passover and Happy Easter!


Congratulations to Colleen and Serkan Parlak on the birth of their daughter Elise Fadime who was born on April 7, weighing 7 pounds 11 ounces. Grandparents Diane and Richard Wilhelm and the whole family are just delighted with their new addition to the family with the beautiful bundle of joy.

The Riverhead Clergy Council invites the community to the Sunrise Service on Easter Sunday, April 17 at 7 am at Grangabel Park. All denominations are welcome. And the community is also invited to attend the 10 am Sanctuary Service at the First Congregational Church on Main Street. They would be happy to have the community share in this beautiful Easter Sunday.


The Greater Jamesport Civic Association will host a community litter clean up and monthly meeting on Saturday, April 23. Those wishing to help with the clean up should meet at 8 am in front of the Jamesport Meeting House, 1590 Main Road where the supplies will be distributed. The April meeting of the Civic Association begins at 9:30 am inside the Jamesport Meeting House. Agenda items include discussion of the Town Comprehensive Plan, updates on the Town’s Marijuana Committee, a status report on improvements to the George Young Community Center area and Sharper’s Hill and other issues of importance. All are welcome to attend. Additional information about the Greater Jamesport Civic Association may be found on line at

Lisa Dabrowski is looking forward to returning as MC for the “Rockin’ for the Homeless XIII” which will be held on Saturday, April 30 from 6 pm to 10 pm at the Moose Lodge, 51 Madison Street in Riverhead. Doors open at 5:30 pm and will feature Butterfly Cody Experience, Who are Those Guys and Gene Casey and The Lone Sharks. Advance tickets only so be sure to get them before they are gone! $35 per person which includes entry, food, door prize chance, unlimited dancing and knowing this is such a great cause fundraiser. You can purchase tickets at Wendy’s Deli in Mattituck, Barth’s Pharmacy on East Main Street Riverhead, Love Kitchen in Mattituck, and Mattituck Presbyterian Church on Main Road in Mattituck or call 631-298- 4145. Credit card orders online at and on Facebook Rockin’ for the Homeless. 


Georgette Lane Case will be honoring her great grandfather, Riverhead Fire Department Chief Frank Corwin Lane at the dedication of a Fire Department Maltese Cross grave marker at the Riverhead Cemetery on Saturday, May 7 at 10 am. In case of rain, the dedication will be held at Riverhead Fire Headquarters, 540 Roanoke Avenue, Riverhead. Chief Lane was the longest serving fire chief in the history of the Riverhead Fire Department having served from 1887 to 1917. While Chief of the department, he was injured in the disastrous fire on the corner of Main Street and Roanoke Avenue in July 1911. When he retired as chief in 1917, the local newspapers lauded his exceptional ability to lead the department year after year. Entrance to the Riverhead Cemetery is on Pulaski Street. Take the left path towards the back of the cemetery. The public is invited. 


Spring Raffle tickets are still available sponsored by the Riverhead Rotary Club to be drawn on Sunday, May 8 which is Mother’s Day. Great idea for a gift and chance for that special person to win! If interested in a ticket email [email protected] or call or text 631-492-6029. 

The Peconic Bay Medical Center once again in conjunction with the Riverhead Rotary Club are hosting the annual Garden Festival signaling spring is in the air. This year they are offering Garden Festival Vouchers that are worth $15 when you purchase a voucher for $10, which entitles you to $15 worth of garden plants or tree products. You can purchase as many vouchers as you would like. For more information, please call Mary Ellen Wood at 631-874-0349 to order by phone with a credit card or visit the website at or order online with a credit card. All vouchers must be purchased by April 22, 2022. The festival is scheduled for May 3 to May 8 from 9 am to 6 pm at Tanger Outlet in Riverhead, where the best of the East End comes together bringing plant wholesalers, the garden community and the medical center that serves us all.

Hallockville Museum Farm in Riverhead is hosting a workshop and tour on Saturday, April 30 from 9 am to 12 noon that will explore the Immigrant Experience on Long Island’s East End. Local historians and retired history professors will lead this tour of the historic Cichanowicz and Trubisz houses at Hallockville and present an overview of immigration on Long Island. The Polish arrival in Riverhead and discussion insights about the 1930 US Census for the area. Tickets to the workshop are $50 for Hallockville members and $65 for nonmembers and may be purchased online at

The Riverhead Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual Memorial Service, Roll Call and Inspection on Sunday, May 1 at 10 am at the fire department headquarters 540 Roanoke Avenue. This is a beautiful service to gather in honor and remembrance of all the dearly departed comrades and especially those who recently passed. This year two members of the Riverhead Fire Department Ex Captain Floyd Tyska and Ex Captain Louis Waski, Jr. and two honorary members of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Riverhead Fire Department Mary Punda and Louise Leja will be fondly remembered. The public is welcome to attend. 


The Riverhead District Office will be sending out information on a historic symbol marker to commemorate a game that Leroy “Satchel” Paige pitched in 1950 here in a” barnstorming” game with Carl Yastrzemski, Sr. in Riverhead. The placement of this marker should be at the Riverhead School District headquarters and more details to follow.

The Southampton Youth Bureau will be hosting a “Keeping Every Child Safe” workshop (in Spanish) on Saturday, April 30 from 10 am to 12 pm at the Flanders Youth Center, 655 Flanders Road. The workshop is open to parents/guardians who want to learn proven facts and strategies about how to keep children safe from abuse and bullying. Attendees will also be able to practice easy techniques to better protect children from emotional problems. Free childcare and snacks will be provided. For more information, please call 631-702-2427 or email Cara at [email protected].

The Southampton Youth Bureau will be hosting a Pancake Breakfast for all ages on Saturday, May 14 from 8:30 am to 11:30 am at the Hampton Bays Community Center, 25 Ponquogue Ave. Breakfast is $10 per person at the door or individuals can pre-register online at for $5 per person or $15 for a family up to four. All proceeds will benefit future community service projects. For more information, call 631-702-2425.

Happy 53rd wedding anniversary wishes to Joanne and Pete Krajewski on April 20; Patricia and Pete Bilski on April 24 and Brian and Monique Gablenz on April 26. Enjoy your day!

Happy birthday wishes to  Kenny Nash, Monique Gablenz, Tyler Abatelli and Joslyn Lawrence on April 17; Maxwell Kutscher, Connor Zanieski and Emma Guecha on April 18; Tippy Macksel Micelle Wooley and Sarah Luce on April 19; Katie Podlas, Alexis Polak and Bill Friszolowski on April 20; Angela and Liana Waskiewicz, Betty Ogeka-Spence, Brandon Krajewski and Joshua Carey on April 21; Matthew Heppner, Paul LeCann, Kaleigh Lawrence and Dorothy Podlas a very happy 90th  (Sto Lat) on April 22; Dean Argenti on April 23; Janelle Carey on April 24; Amanda Reichel, John Dunleavy and Peter Bilski on April 26; Lisa Falco on April 28 and Haleigh Miller on April 29.

Get well wishes to Harry Carver, Jake Ruland and Ellen Kramer.

Got news to share? Send it to Kathy by email to [email protected], write to her at 124 Kings Drive, Riverhead NY 11901 or call her at 631-727-6148. “Around Town” will appear on RiverheadLOCAL on the first and third Sunday of the month.

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