I want to start off this week’s column by offering both sympathy and prayers to the members of the Trentacoste family who are suffering from the most unimaginable of losses: their son Frank died on Saturday. While the Trentacostes are from Aquebogue, their son had touched many within the farthest reaches of the Riverhead School District, from which he graduated in 2010.While I did not know Frank, he was a friend of my daughter Brittany and, from what I’ve heard, he was a wonderful young man. Please take a moment to think of his family and friends, and pray that they can find peace during this tragic time.
Mother Nature has dealt us yet another blow and, this time, she tried to take down Valentine’s Day. While she may have succeeded to an extent, at least in terms of canceling some romantic plans, she certainly wasn’t able to take the wind out of Cupid’s sails altogether. The brunt of the latest storm arrived last Thursday night, and most of the roads were cleared just in time for some of those special dinners.
Kelly Dillon’s third-graders over at the Roanoke Avenue Elementary School participated in the Great Kindness Challenge that I mentioned in my last column. It turns out that she asked her students to write essays about those people who they think were under-appreciated in the world.
It turns out that one of Ms. Dillon’s students, David Burns, knows of a special group of people who do not receive enough recognition. His father, Joshua Burns, is an member of the Air National Guard’s 106th Rescue Wing, which is based out of Gabreski Airport in Westhampton, and David was asked to read his essay that honors members of the military aloud at school. The video was then posted on the Riverhead School District website.
When Airman Burns and fellow Airman Brian Dillon, Ms. Dillon’s brother, saw the video they arranged to visit the school to discuss their jobs with the students. What they didn’t expect, however, was the more than 200 Valentine’s Day cards that the students in Ms. Dillon’s, Mr. Karlson’s and Mrs. Verbeck’s classes took the time to make so they could be distributed to all members of the 106th Rescue Wing!
Students proudly presented their cards to the two visiting Airmen. What a wonderful way to show one’s appreciation! Great job David and all the students at Roanoke who took the time to make our military men and women feel special. And thank you, Airmen Burns and Dillon, for your service.
Unfortunately, there was one celebration scheduled for last Thursday night that had to be postponed because of the weather. The Phillips Avenue Elementary School PTO Valentine’s Day Spaghetti Dinner will now be held next Thursday, February 27, at the Riverside school.
The dinner is the PTO’s way of giving back to the students and families at Phillips Avenue. Parents should check their child’s backpack for additional details about the dinner, including the starting time.
Congratulations to Corine Moore of Flanders on being named to the dean’s list at SUNY Buffalo for the fall semester. Corine is majoring in business administration.
David Talmage of Riverhead deserves congratulations as well for making the honors list at SUNY Delhi due to his fantastic grades last semester.
And Bryan Palermo, also of Riverhead, was named to the dean’s list at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. Great job, everyone!