05/23/16 6:10am
Chefs Brian Burner and Dominick Scotto of JoeÕs Garage and Grill in downtown Riverhead prepare pork buns for Rotary Uncorked 2014. (Credit: Sonja Reinholt Derr)

Chefs Brian Burner and Dominick Scotto of Joe’s Garage and Grill in downtown Riverhead prepare pork buns for Rotary Uncorked 2014. (Credit: Sonja Reinholt Derr)

The Rotary Club of Riverhead will hold its 10th annual “Rotary Uncorked” benefit at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead this Wednesday, May 25, from 6 to 9 p.m.

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05/11/16 6:03am
Programa Sueños board member David Benthal and Founder Jazmin Carillo at last year's fundraiser.

Programa Sueños board member David Benthal and founder Jazmin Carillo at last year’s fundraiser. (Credit: Nina Nickerson, courtesy photo)

Programa Sueños, a non-profit organization that raises funds to provide educational benefits to the children of San Antonio el Angel, Guatemala, will host its third annual spring fundraiser Wednesday, May 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Bedell Cellars in Cutchogue. The event will feature bites from local restaurants and food purveyors, as well as live music and Bedell wines.

Founded by former North Fork resident Jazmin Carrillo whose family moved from Guatemala to the U.S. 10 years ago, the organization began by providing scholarship programs to 10 children in 2013. In three years, Programa Sueños, which translates to “dreams program,” has grown to benefit 235 children and now offers music and sports programs. It recently partnered with Colgate to also provide dental care for the children. (more…)

04/12/16 6:07am
The rain garden outside the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County office in Riverhead. (Credit:Cornell Cooperative Extension courtesy photo)

The rain garden outside Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County in Riverhead. (Credit: Cornell Cooperative Extension courtesy photo)

Check off your environmentally friendly good deed this Earth Day by helping to plant a community rain garden in downtown Riverhead.

The Peconic Estuary Program and Riverhead Town will sponsor the event on the Peconic Riverfront at 10 a.m. on Earth Day, April 23. Volunteers are needed to help plant the garden along a strip of land located between Heidi Behr Way and the Peconic Riverfront parking lot. Participants are asked to bring their own gloves and gardening tools. (more…)

03/09/16 6:00am
The team.

Moustache Brewing Co.’s team. (Credit: Allyson Howard Photography)

The first two floors didn’t count in the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Climb to the Top fundraiser Feb. 28 at Rockefeller Center.

We traveled up escalators as my fellow participants and I remarked how excited we were to climb 66 flights of stairs with friends and family. Waiting for my turn reminded me of Space Mountain at Walt Disney World. During the slow, upward crawl, moments before reaching the peak, I asked myself, “Can I really do this?” (more…)

11/20/15 6:01am
Former Greenport Mayor David Nyce has built a seven-foot-tall cedar and metal menorah for Congregation Tifereth Israel Greenport. The menorah will be lit during a ceremony in Mitchell park at 5 p.m. on Dec. 6. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Former Greenport Mayor David Nyce has built a seven-foot-tall cedar and metal menorah for Congregation Tifereth Israel in Greenport. The menorah will be lit during a ceremony in Mitchell Park at 5 p.m. on Dec. 6. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

It took more than a year of planning and six months of construction, but a new — and in true North Fork spirit, locally crafted — menorah will grace Mitchell Park this December in celebration of Hanukkah.

Congregation Tifereth Israel of Greenport has commissioned former Greenport Mayor David Nyce, an artisan furniture maker by trade, to create the holiday symbol to replace the temple’s aging menorah. Nyce has volunteered his time, while the synagogue will pick up the materials cost. (more…)

10/05/15 5:08pm
Estonia, a Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle, was found on Fire Island. She was successfully rehabilitated and released in 2014. (Credit: The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation)

Estonia, a Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle, was found on Fire Island. She was successfully rehabilitated and released in 2014.  (Credit: The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation)

October is Sea Turtle Awareness Month at The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation.

The Riverhead Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) not for profit organization that also operates the New York State Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program.

Throughout October, the foundation will host lectures to educate the public about the dangers of cold stun, post trivia questions about sea turtles and highlight its rescue success stories. (more…)

09/25/15 5:06pm
Courtesy photo from a previous NFBCHC event.

Courtesy photo from a previous NFBCHC event in Riverhead.

Take a walk for a good cause and then go shopping.

This Sunday, Sept. 27, marks the 17th annual Tanger 5K Walk at Tanger Outlets in Riverhead, which benefits the North Fork Breast Health Coalition.

The North Fork Breast Health Coaltion works toward the prevention and early intervention of breast cancer, as well as finding a cure. Because it’s a not-for-profit organization, there are no employees, so all funds raised go directly to those diagnosed with breast cancer on the North Fork.

Money raised from Sunday’s 5K walk at Tanger Outlets will go to programs such as “Lend a Helping Hand,” which provides grants to North Fork breast cancer patients.

This year’s walk will also honor the memory of North Fork Breast Health Coalition president Pearl Philindas, who died Aug. 7, 2014 at age 72.

The 17th annual Tanger 5K Walk kicks off Sunday morning at Tanger Outlets,  located at 200 Tanger Mall Drive in Riverhead. 

A continental breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. and the walk will begin at 9 a.m. There will be T-shirt giveaways, raffles, prizes and more. Walkers should be finished in time to start shopping at Tanger Outlets with a 25% off PINK card by 10 a.m. Participants must be 13 and over.

Day-of-event registration is $25. For more information or to sign up, please visit northforkbreasthealth.org.