Column | Around Town: April 3

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

The Mercy High School Classes of 1970 and 1971 are holding their 52na and 51st joint class meeting on Saturday, May 14 from 6 to 10 pm at the Vineyards Golf Club in Riverhead. All members of the two graduating classes are invited to attend. Tickets are $95 per person which includes dinner and live music. Many of the students of 1970 will also be celebrating their 70th 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 at St. John’s auditorium on Roanoke Avenue. The new school on Ostrander Avenue opened its doors in 1961. The meetings in 2020 and 2021 were canceled due to COVID. Members of the 1970 class should contact [email protected] or check the class website www.mercy70.com for more details. Members of 1971 class should contact [email protected] or their class website www.mercy71.com.

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

The American Legion Post 273, Hubbard Avenue, Riverhead is having a spaghetti dinner fundraiser to support our veterans on Saturday, April 9 from 4 to 7 pm. Menu is spaghetti with meatballs, salad, bread and dessert. Tickets are $25 and includes a free glass of red or white wine. Take-outs are available and for more information call 631-727-4330.

The Riverhead Girls Lacrosse is having a unique fundraiser once again. “Egg my house” the night before Easter (Saturday, April 16) between the hours of 9 pm and midnight the Riverhead Varsity Lacrosse Team will be helping the Easter Bunny hide candy-filled eggs so the children waking up on Easter morning can enjoy an egg hunt on their front 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 was received and you are on the Easter Bunny list. Orders due by April 11, 2022. What a way for the children to wake up and know they have eggs to find and count to 50 that they got them all. A fun time for the whole family!

Riverhead Rotary is a dynamic club that raises funds to benefit Riverhead charities. The club is having a spring raffle where only 300 tickets are being 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 at $500 each. If fewer than 300 tickets are sold, prizes will be proportionate 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 “Serve to change lives” and they meet on Wednesdays at 12:15 pm at the Sea Star Ballroom on Main Street.

The Riverhead Free Library Budget and Trustee will be held on Tuesday, April 5 from 10 am to 8 pm. The Riverhead Central School District will be holding a special district meeting of qualified voters on April 5 to authorize a contract for library services 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 present speaker Laura Lauterbach on “Terra Nostra” an award winning 30-minute film by Charles Spears focusing on the beauty of the world and climate change threats on Thursday, April 7 from 7 pm to 8 p.m. This program is on zoom and email Claire Ondrovic for the login at [email protected]. You can join the travel club for monthly inspirations through presentations on destinations and adventures. Just email Claire for details on upcoming subjects or to become a presenter.

The Yellow Barn book store reopens this month of April. Visit https://friendsoftheriverheadlibrary.org for information.

The Southampton Youth Bureau is sponsoring Comedy Classes on Tuesdays from 4 to 5:30 pm at Flanders Youth Center, 655 Flanders Road beginning on Tuesday, April 5. Six classes for students in grades 3 through 9 and registration is $20. If interested call 631-702-2425. Learn how to write jokes and funny stories, build your confidence and so much more.

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

Happy birthday wishes 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 16.

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

Happy Spring!


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