May is National Bike Month and High Blood Pressure Education Month. This combined observance is an opportunity to celebrate the power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride — to save money, help the environment or just explore the community — and to improve our health. Bike to School Day is May 7, Bike to Work Week is May 12-16 and Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 16. Cycling is good exercise and a good way to maintain a healthy blood pressure, as are taking prescribed medications as directed, checking blood pressure regularly, maintaining a healthy weight and diet, walking briskly for 10 minutes several times a day, quitting smoking and limiting alcohol.
A very happy 50th wedding anniversary to John and Camille Heckmann, who celebrated their many years of matrimony with family and friends at a “wonderful and beautiful” event at the Soundview Restaurant.
Approximately 90 young scientists participated in the 11th annual science fair at Cutchogue East Elementary School. Students were impressive in their enthusiasm, creativity and knowledge! This was a non-competitive event but some projects met the criteria to participate in Brookhaven National Laboratory’s science competition and were presented in such a way that they’ll have the honor to move on to that competition. Hats off to all who took the time to participate and congratulations on a job well done! It has been Mary Grace Finora’s pleasure to chair the event and thanks go to her and Beth Morris, who will take over next year. A special thank-you goes to Peggy Dickerson and Sarah Maine and the student interviewers: Mrs. Kobus, Mrs. Zuhoski, Mrs. Charters, Mr. and Mrs. Martin, Ms. Benolich, Mrs. Kasmark and Dr. Slotkin, and the parent volunteers who manned the registration tables: Diane Harned, Jessica Kalish, Diane Nicholson and Mary Hasel.
‘Mattituck’s Got Talent’ is back. Junior high and high school students will perform Friday, May 9, at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Tickets are $10; proceeds support the DECA club.
The Cutchogue Homemakers’ next business meeting is on Tuesday, May 6, at 10 a.m. at Cutchogue United Methodist Church with guest speaker Sharon Simon from the Suffolk County Water Authority. May 13 will feature a presentation from the turtle rescue group; May 20’s speaker is to be announced; and the spring luncheon on May 28 will be held at noon at Vineyard Caterers.
It’s that time of year again. Don’t miss the “make us an offer” yard sale Saturday, May 17, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 4905 Pequash Ave. (rain date: May 18). They promise tons of fabulous stuff at unbeatable prices! All proceeds will go to the Southold Town Relay for Life.
Here’s what’s on at Cutchogue New Suffolk Library: AARP Driver Safety Course, Thursday, May 1, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $20 member, $25 nonmember, registration required at 734-6360; and Friday Family Flick, May 2, 4 p.m. “Free Birds” (PG). Registration is requested for all the following: Storytime for ages 3-5, Saturday, May 3, 10 a.m.; Tween Light Bulb Design for grades 5-8, Saturday, May 3, 1 p.m.; Storytime for 2s & 3s, Monday, May 5, 10 a.m.; Basic Bike Repair and Maintenance (bring your bike), Tuesday, May 6, 6:30 p.m.; and Legomania Jr. for grades K-2, Thursday, May 8, 4 p.m.
My next column is on May 15. Count your days and make them count; enjoy!
Contact Cutchogue-New Suffolk columnist Barbara Sheryll at [email protected] or 734-5242