01/12/17 1:40pm

A friend told me that in numerology, 2017 (numbers adding up to 10, thus 1), means the year will be all things positive, with 2016, added up to 9, being the end. It’s interesting; Google it. So I was in an upbeat mode until this first week brought multiple deaths, a horrific event at the Fort Lauderdale airport and a foot of snow, accompanied by icy roads and auto accidents. I guess the long and short of it is, one day at a time and what will be will be. I hope that doesn’t sound too clichéd. Happy 2017. (The days are getting longer.)

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11/23/16 2:30pm

I know I say this every year, but it’s mind-boggling that 2016 is winding down and there are only three more columns before the end of the year.

Christmas events are starting to pop up and one good sign is the North Fork Chorale’s Winter Concert Series, which concludes Sunday, Dec. 4, at 3 p.m. at Orient Congregational Church. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. (more…)

10/27/16 1:51pm

Come one, come all this Saturday, Oct. 29, at 10 a.m. to Poquatuck Hall for the annual Orient Community Association meeting. Come hear about the year of renovations and plans for the future. Poquatuck Hall is a jewel of an asset to our village and we should never take it for granted. All are welcome; refreshments will be served.

Following the OCA meeting, please join in family fun at the Oysterponds Historical Society Fall Festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the OHS campus. There will be games, crafts, a scavenger hunt, harvest demonstrations, cider and treats, followed by a 2 p.m. graveyard talk and tour. East Bound Freight will provide music throughout. Please carve a pumpkin and place it on the Village House steps, where you will be able to see it lit later in the day and take it home with you. The Oysterponds PTA will take over the festivities at 4:30, when there will be face painting, trick-or-treating, a potluck supper and a costume contest. This event is also open to the community and admission is free. Visit oysterpondshistoricalsociety.org for more details.

The Orient Fire Department is offering a free non-certificate CPR and stroke recognition class from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5. The class is open to adults, children and teenagers. Please sign up at orientfd.org/CPR.

Ever want to publish a book? Dr. Steve Burt, former Orient Methodist Church minister and author of multiple award-winning books, has recently published a how-to book to help you do just that — for free. Written by Steve and his wife, Jolyn, it’s called “Publish Your Book Free.” Visit steveburtbooks.com for more information.

Congratulations to Larry Bull and Bronwyn Roantree, who tied the knot Saturday at Orient Congregational Church. Larry is the son of Orient’s Priscilla Bull and Bronwyn is the daughter of Kathy Roantree, who lives in Nashville. The newlyweds live in Woodside, Queens, with their feline, Mrs. Weasel.

The Hidden City Orchestra is an ever-shifting ensemble of musicians, poets, painters and performance artists who perform real-time compositions, live music to silent film, music to spoken word pieces and many other unusual and interesting projects. Anything is possible, as The Hidden City Orchestra dwells in the realm of possibility. The group will perform at Poquatuck Hall this Sunday at 4 p.m. Tickets are $20. For more details, visit hiddencityorchestra.com.

Birthday wishes go out to longtime Orienteer Mary VanNostrand, who will turn 90 on Saturday. If you want to drop her a snail mail greeting, her address is Spring Mill Senior Living Compass, Unit 158D, Phoenixville, PA 19460.

If you open my infamous virtual dictionary to the words “loved to play golf,” “loved to sing,” “loved her church,” “loved her family and loved to cook for them (especially ravioli),” you would find the picture of East Marioneer Rose Colombini, who sailed (thanks to her naval training) to her heavenly reward on Oct. 17. Oysterponds extends their sympathy to her family. I hope she passed down her recipes. Godspeed, Rose. You will be missed.

Opening that same dictionary to the words “kind, quiet gentleman” and you would find the picture of Orienteer Jimmy Contento, who also died on the 17th. We all extend our sympathy to his wife, Joan, and the whole family. May he rest in peace.

We also send our sympathy to Diana, Jade and Matthew Duell on the recent death of their father/grandfather, YoungMan Kwon, in Hawaii.

At the end of the Congregational Church service, they always ask for “joys” to share. I am sure all of Oysterponds joins with me in wishing good luck to Orient Service Center proprietor and former Chicago Cubs pitcher Bill Hands Sr., whose team is FINALLY going to the world series and is hoping for a win. I Googled Bill and he is ranked as #81 all time on the Cubs. Last year, when they were running down the clock against “my” Mets, I wasn’t so magnanimous, but I am rooting for them to go all the way now! (After all, every 108 years seems fitting!)

Contact Oysterponds columnist Carol Gillooly at [email protected] or 631-323-3899.

10/13/16 11:57am

The Orient Association will hold two important meetings this week to outline and vote on the Orient Plan, which addresses issues presented to the association as important to the hamlet. The plan comprises statements of policy that, if adopted, could lead to specific laws and regulations. The forums will be held at Poquatuck Hall Saturday, Oct. 15, at 10 a.m. (refreshments at 9:30) and Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. (refreshments at 6:30). Ballots have been mailed to the community. For more information, email [email protected]

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09/29/16 4:36pm

Welcome to Ryan Joseph Philipps, born Sept. 6 at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London, Conn., weighing 8 pounds, 9 ounces and measuring 19.5 inches. His proud parents are Meghan (Caffery) and Brent Philipps. The tickled grandparents are Orienteers Kathy and Pat Caffery and Bob and Jayne Philipps of Michigan. Big brothers Brendan, Dylan and Sean are thrilled to have Ryan on board. This growing military family is back in Groton, Conn., where Brent is on shore duty after a few years of globe-hopping. Congratulations all around.

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09/02/16 12:57pm

I received a love letter to the North Fork — in particular the Orient Service Center. Nancy Cuccaro of Southold relayed a message from a friend who had come from Huntington and had a car emergency. Nancy took her to our gas station, where the problem was diagnosed and an interim fix was made to prevent a car fire. She said they are grateful to Bill (I assume Billy) and wanted to share how wonderful he is, which, of course, we all know already.

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08/20/16 10:18am

Two great opportunities are coming up to get in a round of golf next week and support a good cause while doing it. Greenport/Southold Rotary’s 36th annual golf classic is set for Wednesday, Aug. 31, at Island’s End in Greenport. The day supports Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck, ELIH and other Rotary service projects. Call Kevin McLaughlin at 631-765-6085 or Walter Krupski at 631-298-8026 for details or to sign up.

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08/04/16 3:45pm

Orient kids Matt DeFina and Colin Baker, now Washington, D.C., adults, recently returned from an enviable two-week adventure hiking the 220-mile John Muir trail. The trip left them with memories of a lifetime and gratitude for modern luxuries — especially showers with hot running water. Their biggest challenge was dealing with the extreme elevation swings.

Another Oysterponds (East Marion) kid with exciting news is Alfred Dzenkowski. He and his wife, Melissa, welcomed their first child, son Camden Charles, July 28 in Gaithersburg, Md. The baby weighed six pounds, seven ounces and measured 20 inches. Proud grandparents are Betsy and Kim Dzenkowski of East Marion and Charles and Dorann Penney of Gaithersburg. Of course, we can’t forget great-grandparents Bill Wysocki of Orient and Alice Dzenkowski of East Marion. Lucky kid to have all these living grandparents. Congratulations — and we promise you’ll someday get a full night’s sleep again.

An important meeting of the East Marion Community Association will take place Saturday, Aug. 13. Members will be asked what they like most in their hamlet and what they want to preserve. The results will be presented to the town. Come to the firehouse at 9:30 a.m. for “goodies”; the meeting starts at 10 a.m.

A public meeting of the Orient/East Marion Park District is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, at Oysterponds School. All are welcome.

OHS has a great summer program for kids underway. Special projects inspired by the “Curiosities” exhibit take place at Old Point Schoolhouse every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Also from OHS, another fun, educational and free kids’ program — “Whaling WOW,” with music, stories and whale creations — will take place Saturday, Aug. 13, from 10 a.m. to noon.

If you act quickly, you might still be able to snag a ticket for the OHS Summer Benefit in Poquatuck Park this Saturday, Aug. 6,  from 5 to 8 p.m. Go to oysterpondshistoricalsociety.org to purchase your ticket or call 631-323-2480 for details.

Mover and shaker Paula Thorp is spearheading San Simeon’s Mohegan Sun/Foxwoods fundraiser on Monday, Aug. 15. The $30 ticket includes the bonus package and round-trip transportation on the Sea Jet, leaving at 10:15 a.m. and returning at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are limited; call Paula at 631-477-2392.

Poquatuck Hall will be the venue Sunday, Aug. 21, at 5 p.m. for New York’s Festival of Song, presenting the “Killer B’s” with American music from Bernstein to the Beach Boys. The hopes, joys and struggles of 20th-century Americans will be told entirely through the work of composers whose last names start with B. Admission is $25 and a complimentary reception will follow. Everyone looks forward to a concert assembled by Steven Blier, so this will surely sell out. Call Priscilla Bull now at 631-323-2720 to make your reservation.

OHS is sponsoring “East End Light in Oil,” a plein air art workshop taught by Alan Bull, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 13-14, from 4 to 7 p.m. Capture the qualities of our beautiful East End. Beginners are welcome. The class is limited to nine participants, ages 14 and up. The cost is $150; register at oytserpondshistoricalsociety.org.

You’ll need to move fast if you want to take the Floyd Memorial Library cruise to Bug Light this Saturday, Aug. 6, at 4 p.m. The cruise includes a museum tour and light refreshments. Tickets are $30 for adults, $20 for children. Call the library at 631-477-0660 to sign up. An amazing number of other good things are also happening at the library. Check them out at floydmemoriallibrary.org.

My next column is Aug. 18. Please get me your info by the morning of the 14th.

Contact Oysterponds columnist Carol Gillooly at [email protected] or 323-3899.