Column | Around Town: April 3

Elvis will be in the Polish Hall house on Sunday, May 1 from 3-7 p.m. Enjoy the Elvis impersonator who will look like the American music icon while enjoying a buffet dinner, dancing, and raffle. Tickets are $40 and are available at the bar downstairs in the Polish Hall, Monday through Friday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. To reserve, call 631-727-9200.

Mercy High School classes of 1970 and 1971 hold their 52n/a and 51st joint class meeting on Saturday, May 14 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Vineyards Golf Club in Riverhead. All members of both classes are invited to attend. Tickets are $95 per person, which includes dinner and live music. Many 1970 students will also celebrate their 70and birthday too, being born in 1952. Mercy High School itself is a bit younger than that, as it was founded in 1956 where the original classrooms were upstairs from St. John’s Auditorium on Roanoke Ave. The new school on Ostrander Avenue opened in 1961. The 2020 and 2021 meetings were canceled due to COVID. Class of 1970 members should contact [email protected] or see the class website www.mercy70.com for details. Class of 1971 members should contact [email protected] or their class website www.mercy71.com.

The Riverhead Town Senior Center, 60 Shade Tree Lane, will host a presentation on Identity Theft Crimes: Avoid Becoming a Victim by Suffolk County Police Detective Gabriele on Wednesday, April 6 at 10:30 a.m. This is organized by the Greater Jamesport Civic Association and the Riverhead Town Senior Center. Advance registration is required, so email [email protected].

The American Legion Post 273 Hubbard Avenue, Riverhead is hosting a spaghetti dinner in support of our veterans on Saturday, April 9 from 4-7 p.m. The menu is spaghetti with meatballs, salad, bread and dessert. Tickets are $25 and include a complimentary glass of red or white wine. Takeout is available and for more information call 631-727-4330.

The Riverhead Girls Lacrosse is once again hosting a unique fundraiser. “Egg my house” on Easter Eve (Saturday, April 16) between 9 p.m. and midnight, the Riverhead Varsity Lacrosse Team will help the Easter Bunny hide candy-filled eggs for kids to wake up to on Easter morning can enjoy an egg hunt on their lawns. $25 for 50 filled eggs and you can mail a check to Riverhead Girls Lacrosee Booster Club, c/o Tony Psaltis, 79 West Apollo Drive, Riverhead, NY 11901. Include your name, address, cell phone number, email address and they will confirm via your email address that your check has been received and that you are on the Easter Bunny list. Orders due by April 11, 2022. What a way for kids to wake up and know they’ve got eggs to find and count to 50 that they’ve got them all. A fun time for the whole family!

Riverhead Rotary is a vibrant club that raises funds for the charities of Riverhead. The club organizes a spring raffle where only 300 tickets are sold. Tickets are $100 each and will be drawn on Sunday, May 8. First prize is $10,000, second prize $3,000, third prize $1,000 and two prizes of $500 each. If less than 300 tickets are sold, the prizes will be proportional to the number of tickets sold. For more information, call or text Keith Furio at 631-836-0194 or email [email protected]. Their mantra is “Serving to Change Lives” and they meet Wednesdays at 12:15 p.m. at the Sea Star Ballroom on Main Street.

The Riverhead Free Library Budget and Trustee will take place on Tuesday, April 5 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Riverhead Central School District will hold a special district meeting of qualified voters on April 5 to authorize a library services contract with the Riverhead Free Library and the Baiting Hollow Free Library. Voting will take place at the Riverhead Free Library, 330 Court Street in Riverhead.

The Friends of the Riverhead Free Library Travel Club will feature speaker Laura Lauterbach on “Terra Nostra,” an award-winning 30-minute film by Charles Spears focusing on the beauty of the world and the threats of climate change on Thursday, April 7 from 7-8 p.m. h. pm. This program is on zoom and send an email to Claire Ondrovic for the connection to [email protected]. You can join the travel club for monthly inspirations through presentations on destinations and adventures. Just email Claire for details on upcoming topics or to become a presenter.

The Yellow Barn bookstore is reopening this April. Visit https://friendsoftheriverheadlibrary.org for more information.

The Southampton Youth Bureau is sponsoring comedy classes on Tuesdays from 4pm to 5.30pm at Flanders Youth Centre, 655 Flanders Road from Tuesday April 5. Six classes for students in grades 3-9 and registration costs $20. If interested, call 631-702-2425. Learn how to write jokes and funny stories, build your confidence and much more.

Get ready for the 19thand Battle of the Bands sponsored by the Southampton Youth Bureau. This year’s competition will take place on Friday, June 10 (rain date June 17) from 8-11 p.m. at Ponquogue Beach in Hampton Bays. All entries and demo music must be received by 4pm on Friday 13 May and can be dropped off at the Southampton Youth Office, 655 Flanders Road in Riverhead. Band applications and demo music can also be emailed to Peter Strecker at [email protected]. Eligible bands must have a secondary school student who resides in the city of Southampton and a band must consist of 3 performing musicians. For more information, please call 631-702-2425.

Happy birthday to Pete Jackman and Madelyn Lynch on April 3; Collene Richardson and Samantha Niewadomski on April 4; Kathy Kujawski and Laurel Sisson on April 6; Ellyne Flammia and James Sparrow on April 7; John Dunleavy, Jillian Ball, Thomas Schwarz and John Berezny on April 11; Andy Krajewski, Erin Hubbard and Kayleigh Seal on April 12; Milt Tyte, Mike Curtis and Ray Soto on April 13.

Happy wedding anniversary to Joyce and Marty Montag on April 16th.

Best wishes to Ed Raffel, Sophie Pelc, John Henry Kurpetski and Ellen Kramer.

Happy Spring!


Any news to share? Email it to Kathy at [email protected], write 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 Sundays of the month.

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