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happy 97th Birthday wishes on July 13th to Frank Palamara who celebrated his special day by having breakfast at Lolly’s Hut with his wife Ginny. Of course, Lolly herself brought out a cupcake with a candle and the customers sang a round of “Happy Birthday” and Frank was completely surprised. During World War II he served in the United States Navy as an ensign on the US Little Rock. Thank you Frank for your service and Sto Lat!

Frank Palamara celebrated his 97th birthday on July 13 at Lolly’s Hut, with his wife Ginny, left. Lolly McKay, right, presented Frank with a birthday cake. courtesy photo

Looking for a summer read? Watch Loving Michael: Everyone Has Special Needs by Virginia Nolan. It is an inspirational story about a little boy with Down Syndrome who was born to an unmarried couple. It will challenge your thoughts on how to deal with the unforeseen. It shows how negative can become positive. Yes, we all have special needs. Visit or and of course our Riverhead Free Library. She also wrote another book called One Day at Christmas a few years ago. She is a retired teacher-turned-author and the wife of Frank Palamara

Friends of the Riverhead Free Library and Riverhead Photo Club are presenting “East End-Riverhead East on Both Forks” when photo contest submissions open on Wednesday, July 20th. Individuals may enter in one of the following categories with a limit of two images for Landscape, Nature/Wildlife or Portraits (Pets/People). The competition is open to adults or youth (K-12). Entry fee is $20.00 for a single image and $30.00 for two images. Entrants must be prepared to submit framed images and be seen live at the Overton Gallery at the Riverhead Free Library in late September. Submissions will be accepted from July 20th to August 24th on a first come, first served basis for the first 100 paid images. Visit the Riverhead Photo Club website.

The Riverhead Free Library will present genealogy in person with the Suffolk County Historical Society on Wednesday, July 27 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Suffolk County Historical Society Librarian Edana Cichanowicz will discuss the benefits of better genealogy for family history research. For more information, call 631-727-3228 or register.

Interested in learning conversational Italian? The Riverhead Free Library is hosting classes via Zoom on Wednesdays, August 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Join Franco Varuolo live from Italy each week to learn more about Italian culture and practice your conversation skills. For more information, call 631-727-3228 to register.

The Jamesport Fire Brigade Parade, a North Fork summer favorite, drew large crowds to the hamlet of Jamesport to watch 40 fire brigades and a variety of community groups march down the Main Road. Photo: Alex Lewis

The Jamesport Fire Department will hold their annual parade on Wednesday, July 20th at 7pm. From July 19th to 23rd, the Fre Carnival will take place all week long, offering so many fun activities for the whole family. Thursday July 21st is bracelet night when there is a prize for all non-stop rides. There’s the famous Dunkin’ Booth, gambling for the older crowd and rides for all ages, hamburgers, hot dogs and their world famous sausage and pepper hero. At the end of the week, fireworks await you on Saturday, July 23 at 10 p.m. – a spectacular show.

Hallockville Museum Farm is hosting a Barn Dance and Dinner benefit on July 30th. The special event includes a sunset barbecue dinner prepared by The Catered Fork, curated Doublespeak cocktails and traditional dancing with Caller Chart Guthrie and his band at the open-air Naugle’s Barn. So, polish your dancing boots and pull out your best blue jeans for a fun-filled evening of food and dance. Rain or shine on Saturday 30 July from 18:00 to 21:30. Tickets are $150.00 per person and seating is limited. Tickets can be purchased online at

On Friday 5 August, youngsters in Years 5 to 12 will have the opportunity to show their talents by performing live in the Amphitheater at Good Ground Park, 9a Squiretown Road from 6pm to 8pm, sponsored by Southampton Town Youth Bureau. Acoustic artists, bands, spoken word, poetry, comedy acts are all welcome to attend. The implementation is absolutely free. To reserve a performance period, please send an email [email protected] or call 631-702-2425.

Get ready to build your cardboard boat to compete in the 2022 Carboard Boat Race on Saturday, August 13 from 9am to 2pm at the Peconic Riverfront in Downtown Riverhead. $25.00 per boat, including captain’s fee and $10.00 each for each additional crew member. (Rainy date August 20th). Visit or call 631-727-7600, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pre-registration is required and must be done online at Check in at 9:00am and races start at 11:00am. There will be music, face painting, games, competitions and more. A great family day. Just cardboard, tape, water based glue, single sided paddle and latex paint so check the website for details. Be sure to name your boat!

Happy Birthday Larry Danowski on July 17; Shirley Coverdale on July 18; Bill Wilkinson and Jeffrey Bogdan Jr. on July 19; Eugene Downs, Angela DeVito and Andy Dick on July 20; Joseph Doremus and Bill Bilski on July 21; Brenda Boyd on July 22; Lorene Custer and twins Matthew and Andrew VanderCreek on July 23; Sheila Muller, Bernie Hettrick and Gail Yeager on July 24; Roseanne Berezny on July 26; Pat Carey on July 28; Anna Pekar on July 29; Michon Griffin, Frederica Miles, Jackie Hartmann Hall and Marilyn Blumstein on July 30; Pat Raynor and Jacob Lawrence on July 31; Zach Daters on August 1; Sue Arnau on Aug. 2; Nicole and Kim Staib and Laura Lobiak on August 3; Frank Totten on August 4; George Prete, Phil Wilkinson and Mary Frazier on August 5th. Enjoy your day.

Happy Anniversary wishes from Fred and Paulette Sherman on July 18th.

Greetings to Joyce Montag, Trudy Wold, Ellen Kramer, John Henry Kurpetski, and Linda Topilian.

It’s summer and it’s not too late to enjoy the scent of lavender, bright yellow sunflowers and fresh vegetables at the farm stalls, and also enjoy your days on our beautiful beaches. Summer is such a short season so make the most of it with your family and friends.

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