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2/18/2020 - Town Clerk Andrew Raia Performs Eight Marriage Ceremonies, One Vow Renewal at His First Valentine’s Day Marriage Ceremony Marathon


Huntington - Huntington Town Clerk Andrew P. Raia carried on the tradition of officiating over the Valentine’s Day Wedding Marathon that took place in Huntington Town Hall. This event, first initiated by former Town Clerk Jo-Ann Raia in 1995, has always been received enthusiastically by the couples and guests that have participated, and the new Town Clerk is pleased to be continuing this special occasion. Wedding bells rang again this year in Town Hall all day on Valentine’s Day, as eight Marriage Ceremonies and one Renewal of Vows took place.

Local merchants have been very supportive of this event and the list of contributors has grown over the years.  This year, 31 merchants –consisting of bakeries, restaurants, florists, supermarkets/food stores, pharmacies, gift shops, candy stores, a salon and spa—donated items for this year’s celebration.  It would not be as successful without the generosity of the local merchants and special thanks is given to:


CENTERPORT- Blondie’s Bake Shop & Hometown Bake Shop

COLD SPRING HARBOR -Sweetie Pies on Main

DIX HILLS-Cactus Salon

EAST NORTHPORT- Beckman’s Florist, Hummel Hummel Bakery, & Laura’s Floral Elegance

GREENLAWN- A Tisket A Tasket Anything In A Basket, Inc. & Decker’s Greenlawn Florist 

HALESITE- CVS Pharmacy, King Kullen, & The Marketplace at Southdown

HUNTINGTON- Bon Bons Chocolatier, Buttercooky Bakery, Fiorello Dolce Patisserie, Floras Avenue, The Flower Petaler, Herrell’s Ice Cream, Main Street Nursery & Florist, Panera Bread, Rite Aid Pharmacy, Stella Blue Bistro, Stop & Shop, Value Drugs, & Wild by Nature

HUNTINGTON STATION- Flowerdale by Patty

MELVILLE- Bagel Biz & Sweet Hollow Bakery, Bunny’s Floral, & La Piazza Cucina Italiana & Wine Bar

NORTHPORT- Copenhagan Bakery & Hengstenberg’s Florist


“I am thrilled to be continuing on the tradition established by my predecessor, Jo-Ann Raia, of hosting multiple wedding and renewal of vows ceremonies on Valentine’s Day here in Town Hall. This event has always been received enthusiastically by the couples that have participated, and it was a privilege and a pleasure for me to unite these couples and to share in their happiness on this very special day,” commented Mr. Raia.


“I am very proud of the way the new Town Clerk, Andrew Raia, planned his first Valentine’s Day Marriage Marathon and I am pleased to see my tradition of 25 years continued. In fact, Victoria and Alex Petroski met at the Times of Huntington Newspaper, and Victoria covered for the Times Beacon Record several years of my Valentine’s Day Marriage Marathon, and I’m excited they took opportunity of getting married at Town Hall,” added Jo-Ann Raia.


In the photos: Wedding: Town Clerk Andrew Raia, Bride and Groom Victoria and Alex Petroski, Witnesses Katherine Espinoza and Eileen Petroski; Renewal of Vows: Town Clerk Andrew Raia, Tiffany and Luke LeGrow and their children Shane and Blakley.