Aquebogue Elementary Mold

Aquebogue Elementary School has been battling mold and mildew inside of the building, according to a press release dated September 11 the Riverhead Central School District posted on the school’s website.

“For the past few weeks, due to high temperatures and humidity, and now the consecutive days of rain, our school facility has seen the accumulation of excess moisture. This has resulted in a mildew-type smell in the air and, in a few locations, has produced mold on surface areas,” the press release said.

To remedy the situation, the school district has partnered with J.C. Broderick and Associates, Inc., an environmental consulting and testing company, “to ensure our building is safe for occupancy.” The school reported replacing ceiling tiles in affected areas and thoroughly cleaning surface areas using a nontoxic disinfectant cleaner, as recommended by company.

“The cleaning product, Virex II 256, is used in healthcare facilities and is known to kill a broad spectrum of microorganisms. Additionally, samples have been collected and tested by J.C. Broderick and Associates,” according to the release.

The press release also said that samples were expedited and the school was informed that “there is no airborne mold concern and our building has been deemed clean and safe for occupancy.”

“As always, the health and safety of our school community is our top concern. We will continue to be diligent in our efforts to ensure our building is safe for all who enter our doors. We have been assured by J.C. Broderick and Associates that this occurrence is not unique to Riverhead or Aquebogue, especially with the severity of the weather,” the statement said.

Community members with concerns or questions can contact the main office at 631-369-6780.

Library Transformation

The library at Pulaski Street Elementary School was refurbished over the summer. The physical transformation was “an effort to meet the needs of 21st Century learners,” the Riverhead School District said in a press release.

The goal of the project, spearheaded by school media specialist Amelia Creedon, was to redesign the space in a way that “would empower students to become consumers of information and products that activate innovation and creativity.”

The redesigned library is now split into three main sections, with the circulation desk at the hub. One section now features four comfortable movable benches thanks to the Long Island Science Center, computer stations, a self-checkout station, and seating areas with tables. Meanwhile, the back of the library houses a 3D printer along with other gadgets for makerspace learning.

The entire space is designed for flexible use, with everything on wheels and a variety of seating options to facilitate smaller group work and enhanced social learning. Creedon said she is continuing to make improvements at the library, including reorganizing its collections by genre and growing the makerspace area.

Judges Needed

The East End Arts’ Teeny Awards Judging Committee is seeking qualified volunteers for evaluating high school theatrical performances on the East End for the 2018-2019 academic year.

The Teeny Awards is a high school theater recognition program, founded and run by EEA since 2002. The program recognizes and celebrates talented theater students across the East End and judges are a key component of the awards as they adjudicate all performances and determine the most outstanding performances to receive a Teeny Award.

Judges will be selected based on experience and knowledge of theater. They will attend each high school production anonymously and adjudicate students with the use of an evaluation tool based on the academic rubric. Orientation is provided. Theatrical performances take place at 17 high schools in eastern Suffolk County.

“Ideal candidates should be passionate about all aspects of theater, have experience on stage or behind the scenes, and should have a full understanding of the hard work that each student puts into each production,” said Kristen Lee Curcie, Teeny Awards Coordinator. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to support this great arts community, and hope to have both new and veteran judges to fill these important positions. It means so much to these students.”

For more information on becoming a judge and to obtain an application, contact awards coordinator Kristen Lee Curcie at [email protected].

Call For Artists

The East End Arts Gallery has announced an open call for artists to sell their creations in its Holiday Gift Boutique. The boutique will feature artistic handmade ornaments and greeting cards, one-of-a-kind jewelry and wearables, and unique ceramics and giftware to fill three gallery rooms.

An opening reception will be held on Saturday, November 10, from noon to 6 PM, and the sale runs through Sunday, December 23. It will be open for shopping Tuesday through Friday from 10 AM to 6 PM, Saturdays from noon to 6 PM, and Sundays from noon to 5 PM. The gallery is located at 133 E. Main Street in Riverhead.

Artists interested in participating must submit an online application by Thursday, October 18, at noon. Following application review and acceptance, artists will be notified by email no later than October 24, and scheduled for an in-person inventory drop-off appointment which will be available from Wednesday, October 31, through Friday, November 2. Artists must be or become Working Artist Level 1 or 2 members of East End Arts to participate. To apply, visit

Greenport Roller Rink Schedule

The Greenport American Legion Roller-Skating Rink is open as follows:

Friday, September 21: All ages skate, 6:30 PM

Saturday, September 22: All ages skate, 7 PM

Sunday, September 23: All ages skate, 2 PM

Tuesday, September 25: Adult skate, 21 and over, 6:30 PM

Government Meetings

Greenport Village Board

September 20: Work Session, 7 PM, Greenport Firehouse

September 27: Regular Session, 7 PM, Greenport Firehouse

Riverhead Town Board

October 2: Work Session, 2 PM, Town Hall

October 16: Regular Meeting, 6 PM, Town Hall

Shelter Island Town Board

September 24: Fire Commissioners, 7:30 PM, Center Firehouse

September 25: Town Board, work session, 1 PM

September 28: Town Board meeting, 4:30 PM

Southold Town Board

September 24: Planning Board work session, 4 PM, Meeting Hall

September 25: Work Session and Regular Meeting, 7:30 PM, Meeting Hall


Compiled by Jade Eckardt
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