04/29/15 3:00pm
04/29/2015 3:00 PM
Pete Victoria has been bowling at Riverhead's Polish Hall for the past decade. It is believed that on Monday night he bowled the first-ever perfect 300 game at the historic basement lanes. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Pete Victoria has been bowling at Riverhead’s Polish Hall for the past decade. It is believed that on Monday night he bowled the first-ever perfect 300 game at the historic basement lanes. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Written in multi-color marker on a dry erase board next to the basement bowling lanes at Polish Hall in Riverhead is the alley’s “300 Club.”

There’s just one entry: Pete Victoria 4/27/15.

Despite being heralded as Suffolk County’s first bowling alley and perhaps even one of the state’s oldest, it was believed that no one had ever rolled a perfect game at Polish Hall until Monday. The first person to accomplish the feat is Mr. Victoria, a 61-year-old plumber from Mattituck.  (more…)

10/09/14 11:11am
State Senator Lee Zeldin (left) and Congressman Tim Bishop (right) took turns a podium in Polish Hall to address questions Wednesday night in Riverhead.

Republican state Senator Lee Zeldin (left) and Democratic Congressman Tim Bishop (right). (Credit: Grant Parpan)

The two major party candidates for the 1st Congressional District squared off at a contentious debate — at least, contentious between incumbent Democrat Tim Bishop and the GOP-dominated crowd — in a packed Polish Hall in Riverhead Wednesday night.

State Senator Lee Zeldin of Shirley, a Republican and Iraq War veteran who unsuccessfully ran against Mr. Bishop in 2008 before seeking office in Albany, enjoyed a political home-field advantage among the nearly 250 who showed up at the event, organized and sponsored by RiverheadLocal.com, an online news website.

RiverheadLocal co-publisher Denise Civiletti moderated.

At times during the debate, specifically when Mr. Bishop faulted Tea Party members in Congress for much of the gridlock in Washington, the crowd degenerated into shout-downs and name-calling.

“You’re a liar!” yelled one attendee, after Mr. Bishop said “compromise has become a four-letter word in Washington under Tea Party control.” (more…)

03/31/14 4:33pm
03/31/2014 4:33 PM
Long Island Farm Bureau Board member Robert Nolan with Daniel Gilrein and Mark Zaweski during a press conference prior to the gala. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Long Island Farm Bureau Board member Robert Nolan with Daniel Gilrein and Mark Zaweski during a press conference prior to the gala. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

The Long Island Farm Bureau hosted its 96th annual awards gala at Polish Hall Saturday to celebrate standout members of the agricultural community.  (more…)

01/27/13 8:46am
01/27/2013 8:46 AM

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTOS | The crowd at the 5th Annual Rockin’ for the Homeless event dances to the music of Rattlesnake Dawn Saturday night.

The 5th annual Rockin’ for the Homeless benefit concert was held at Polish Hall in Riverhead Saturday night, raising money for John’s Place Mattituck Homeless Outreach and Hurricane Sandy rebuilding efforts on Long Island.

The concert featured award-winning Long Island talents including Gene Casey and The Lone Sharks, Who Are Those Guys, Rattlesnake Dawn and Boot Scoot Boogie.

Emceed by WLNG’s Lisa Dabrowski, the event included food, door prizes, a chinese auction and raffles.

01/25/13 11:30am
01/25/2013 11:30 AM

KATHARINE SCHROEDER FILE PHOTO | Crowds packed last year’s event at Polish Hall.

Come on out for “a rockin’ good time!”

The fifth annual “Rockin’ for the Homeless” benefit is this Saturday, Jan. 26, from 6-10 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.) at Polish Hall in Riverhead.

Last year the event raised over $12,000.

“We’ve always exceeded our expectations.”said Tom Gahan, event director. “It’s a great time for a great cause.”

Sponsored by John’s Place Mattituck, a homeless outreach center in Mattituck, the event will feature Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks, Who Are Those Guys, Rattlesnake Dawn and Boot Scoot Boogie, with live music playing throughout the four hours.

There will be door prizes, raffles, a Chinese auction, food and a dance floor, of course!

Proceeds from the night will be donated to the outreach center, which operates out of Mattituck Presbyterian Church, with a portion being donated to hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

Tickets are $25 per person until today, Friday, and $35 at the door. They can be purchased at Barth’s Pharmacy in Riverhead and Mattituck, Polish Hall and the Mattituck Presbyterian Church office. For tickets and more information call 298-4145, ext. 2, or visit rockinforthehomeless.org.

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