Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me. But according to Dr. Miriam Adahan, “Words can indeed hurt us, and while they cannot break our bones, they can break our hearts, our spirits, and our ability to have loving relationships.” For the past few weeks National Bullying Prevention Month has united communities like our own in raising awareness of bullying and emphasizing prevention. A study by the National Center for Education found that just under a third of students from 12 to 18 reported being bullied in school, predominantly through “being made fun of” and “being the subject of rumors.” On Sunday, Nov. 6, at 1:30 p.m., Congregation Tifereth Israel in Greenport will screen the film, “The Wave.” Afterward, a panel of local teens from diverse religious backgrounds will discuss the relevance of the Holocaust to present-day issues. For more information, contact Paula Shengold at 477-1234 or Carol Seigel at 765-8856.
To mark National Fire Prevention Week, volunteers from the Cutchogue and Mattituck fire departments spent a day at Cutchogue East Elementary School and Our Lady of Mercy teaching the children about fire safety. This year’s theme was “Protect Your Family From Fire!” and the students learned how to properly dial 911, identify hazards in their home, use a fire extinguisher and safely exit a smoke-filled building. After a talk about fire safety, fifth- and sixth- graders were also given a demonstration of the Jaws of Life.
Some like it hot! You’re invited to join the North Fork Environmental Council on Friday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. at Martha Clara Vineyards to help them choose the year’s best chili on the North Fork. Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the door and include a complimentary glass of wine, all the chili you can eat, cornbread, dessert and music by Tom Damiani, The Singin’ DJ. Help support the NFEC’s effort to “Save What’s Left”! To reserve, call 298-8880 or visit http://2011chilinight.eventbrite.com.
Happy 20th birthday to Allison Surozenski of Cutchogue on Oct. 21.
Shortly after Yom Kippur the North Fork Reform Synagogue members took to the Sukkah to celebrate the holiday of Sukkot. Blessings were said as the sweet aroma of fresh baked challah surrounded those gathered and prayers were made while everyone ate delicious apples and honey and shook the lulav and ertrog. A haimish (Yiddish for homey) time was had by all! Join the NFRS as they celebrate and dance around with the Torah on the most joyous day of all, Simchat Torah, Friday, Oct. 21, 8 p.m.
Have a good week!