07/22/2010 12:00 AM |

While I’ll never complain about the heat (I remember all too well those cold days of winter), I sure do wish we could get a break from all this humidity. It would definitely make the days a lot more enjoyable.

Joann Tamin asked me to let everyone know that this year’s Cut-A-Thon has been canceled. What she didn’t ask me to say, but I’m doing it anyhow, is that through Joann’s effort, the Cut-A-Thon raised over $40,000 over 10 years’ time, which was split between the North Fork Animal Welfare League and S.A.V.E.S. She deserves a standing ovation for that! Thank you, Joann.

Greenport High School now has not one, not two, but six girls who are classified as Elite All-American cheerleaders. Congratulations to Callie Bubb, Payge Corazzini, Emily King, Kaitlin McElroy, Alexis Reed and Holly Sponza. To say that I am extremely proud to be their coach is an understatement. Way to go, girls!

RuthAnn and P.J. Corazzini have so much to be proud of this week. They and their daughters Payge and Blayr attended the national baton twirling championships in Savannah, Ga. last week. Payge qualified ninth in the nation individually. That’s not all. The Clarkette Parade Corps to which she belongs won the national title and another of the teams she’s on, the Clarkette Senior large twirl team, won the chance to represent the United States at the international championship.

Not to be outdone by her big sister, Blayr and her team, the East End Cats, won the New York State, Northeast Regional and USA national championships! In their quest for the national title, the girls on Blayr’s team had a no-drop routine, which RuthAnn tells me is very rare in the twirling world. Congratulations to both girls on a fantastic job!

La Leche League of Greenport will have its annual yard sale fundraiser Saturday, July 24, at 421 2nd St. in Greenport.

As you plan your August calendar, be sure to include the Standard Hose Company’s 33rd annual chicken barbecue on Saturday, Aug. 21. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased at the Third Street firehouse.

Belated birthday wishes to Cheryl Pope who celebrated the big five-oh on July 16. I hope you had a wonderful birthday, Cheryl. Belated wishes also to Stephanie Gorga, whose special day was the 20th. Extra-special loving wishes go out to Karen Mazzaferro Jimenez, who turned 60 yesterday, July 2, from her husband, Fernando.

Celebrating birthdays during the coming week are Alexis Hubbard, who turns 10 today, July 22; Jerry Urban on the 23rd; Warren Jensen (who will celebrate in Germantown, Md.), Judy Ahrens and Betty Capon on the 24th; Melissa Simpson Martinkat, Sally Jacobs, Ali Lauber and Gabby Pope (who will turn 13) on the 25th; Jane Ratsey Williams and Pat Urban on the 26th; and Jillian Foertsch and Matthew Brown on the 27th. Finally, happy 95th birthday to Frank Aloi on the 28th.

Dancing to ‘The Anniversary Waltz’this week are Karen and Kevin McLaughlin, who celebrate 27 years together today, the 22nd; “Mope” and Rob McGinness, toasting anniversary No. 22 on the 23rd; Linda and Greg Wallace, married six years on the 24th; Linda and John Sabatino whose special day is the 25th; my sister-in-law and her husband, Joylene and Ralph Navarro, marking 14 years together on the 27th; and Karen and Mike Sage, who will celebrate 37 years of wedded bliss on the 28th.