My apologies for not being able to file a column last week. Sadly, my family was grieving the loss of my dear father-in-law, Charles Rocco, who was better known as “Charlie” or “Poppie” or, as my daughter MacKenzie always referred to him, “Lolli-Poppie.” She called him that because he always greeted her with a lollipop.Just six short months ago we lost my mother-in-law, so this loss was particularly hard to take as we were still adjusting to her passing. I am quite confident that Poppie is now where he wanted to be and, more important, needed to be, and that’s at the side of his bride of 56 years.
Our entire family would like to thank everyone for all their thoughts and prayers, flowers and meals that you have sent our way. It is very comforting to know that we are surrounded by such good friends.
Now for some good news coming from the neighborhood.
A recent graduate of Loyola University in Maryland, Sara Lohneiss, earned dean’s list honors this past spring while finishing up her degree there. Best of luck to you, Sara, as you begin your career.
While Sara’s academic adventures have come to an end, Patrick Grego of Riverhead is just getting ready to pack up and head off to SUNY at Oswego to get started on his own. Have fun!
And Tramaine Brown is going to be changing direction a bit. Tramaine will be transferring from Suffolk County Community College to SUNY at Oswego this fall and continuing majoring in finances.
Best of luck to you, Patrick and Tramaine. We look forward to hearing about your future successes.
The Flanders Fire Department and the Flanders, Riverside and Northampton Community Association recently teamed up to host a very successful blood drive, and the leaders of both groups would like to thank the community for the show of support.
Special thanks go out to the fire department’s Joey C. and Scott, Nicole and Flipper, as well as volunteers Janice and Mary Ellen, and Neil Young. The folks over at The Cooperage Inn also deserve thanks for the wonderful raffle prizes.
As always, blood drives like this would not be successful without the support of the community. Thank you to everyone who took time out of their days to donate. You never know who your donation will help save.
Congratulations to Brian Tirado and Nicholas Johnson, both of Riverhead, who serve in the New York Army National Guard and who were recently promoted. Brian, who serves with Company B, 642nd Support Battalion, was promoted to sergeant first class while Nicholas, who serves with Company F, 427th Brigade Support Battalion, was promoted to private.
Their promotions are a testament to their performance, attitude and leadership abilities. We are very proud of these two young men. Thank you, gentlemen, for all that you do to protect our families and country.
And last but not least, congratulations to Mary Ellen Ellwood of Riverhead on being installed as the new president of the Rotary Club of Riverhead. Mary Ellen is an associate broker with Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Mattituck, and has been a member of the Rotary Club since 2008. Please join me in wishing her the best of luck.