06/24/2010 12:00 AM |

I’ve often mentioned that those of us who live and work here don’t always have the time to have fun here. This summer, make it your goal to check out some local places you’ve never visited before, whether it’s a winery, museum, or a different beach. Enjoy it here, it’s your home!

It was a beautiful day for Steve Rutkowski and Laura Tandy’s wedding last Saturday. They chose two great North Fork locations to celebrate their special day: They were married at Mitchell Park in Greenport and held their reception at the Wharf House at Founders Landing. Best of luck to them as they begin their married life.

Belated happy birthday to Anthony Martocchia II, who turned 16 on the 22nd, from Mom, Billy, Brooke, Ajsia and Ashley. Sarah Manfredi celebrates on the 24th; Laura Kim Sabatello and Jean Quarty on the 25th; Karen Kowalski and Kim Palermo-Bogardus on the 26th; and me and John Czartosieski on the 29th.

Heather MacArthur, who turns 10 on June 28, is getting special birthday wishes here from Mom, Dad and James.

Southold resident Mary Agria’s latest novel, “Community of Scholars,” is now available on Amazon’s Kindle. The paperback edition can be purchased at Check out her website and read the terrific reviews!

Katie Ienuso is the winner of the “Jewelry Creations” accessories created and donated by Angela Schoedel for the Friends of Southold Free Library’s June raffle. July’s prize invites the winner to “Relax and Read” with a Tommy Bahama folding chair and a drawstring bag filled with books. The drawing will be held on July 15.

The library has replaced plastic bags with environmentally friendly recyclable bags, which are available at the library for $2 each.

Have you been to a North Fork Ospreys baseball game yet? Bring the family and your houseguests to Cochran Park in Peconic and enjoy collegiate baseball action at its finest. The Ospreys play a doubleheader against the Sag Harbor Whalers Friday at 4 p.m. Check out for a complete schedule.

I’d like to wish the SHS seniors the best of luck as they prepare to take on new challenges. I feel fortunate that I was able to get to know so many of them and I look forward to hearing about all their future accomplishments.