02/02/17 2:38pm

Like it or not, February is here. Thank goodness we have the Porters basketball season to help move it along quickly. Their final home game of the season will be Wednesday, Feb. 8, when they host Pierson. The JV game starts at 4:30 p.m. and varsity at 6:15. The final game of the regular season will take place at Bridgehampton Friday, Feb. 10. I’m so proud of these kids and how well they’re doing this season.

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11/17/16 12:31pm

I’m sure many of you remember Mrs. Copin (and her family) from kindergarten. Her daughter, Barbara Moore, recently passed away, and at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 (Barbara’s 70th birthday), Mattituck-Laurel Library will dedicate a beautiful bronze statue of two children reading in her honor. Barbara worked at the library from 1996 to 2016 and loved children and reading. Everyone is welcome. After the dedication, there will be a milk and cookie celebration in the downstairs meeting room.

Celebrating birthdays in the next couple of weeks are Christopher Dinizio, Angelo Stepnoski, Norma Slavonik, Lynn Menaker and Taylor Swann on Nov. 17; Kelvin Martinez and Bob Staples on the 18th; Philip Doucett and Kim Skrezec Corazzini on the 19th; Ken Tamin and my niece Kaleen Layer on the 20th; William Stetler Jr. and Barbara Kettering on the 21st; Albie deKerillis on the 22nd; Charlie Parker, Jillian Vandernoth, Cory Browne and Denise Edwards on the 23rd; Kane Herrmann, Allan Dinizio and Diane Purcell on the 24th; Eddie Yoskovich, Kelly Bracken and Chris Harris on the 25th; Vaughn Edwards Jr. on the 26th; Corinne Bednoski and Dan Vindigni on the 27th; Ken Watson, Shanna Jimenez and Will Blasko on the 28th; Jennie Boyle and Jim’s aunt Mary Jane Dinizio on the 29th; and Ryan Dinizio, David Slaght, Bill Rempe, Liz Malone and Asia Shedrick on the 30th.

Happy anniversary to Phyllis and Frank Musto on Nov. 18 and June and Doug Peterson on the 23rd.

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Contact Greenport columnist Joan Dinizio at [email protected] or 631-477-9411.

10/20/16 2:45pm

The Greenport Teachers Association’s annual fundraising chicken dinner takes place at the Soundview Restaurant Thursday, Nov. 3, from noon to 9 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased from any Greenport teacher or at the door. Takeout will be available.

Four more Greenport High School athletes were recently honored as Athletes of the Week. Two weeks ago it was Madison Tabor, who was recognized for field hockey, and Remi Droskoski for soccer. This past week titles were handed to Maia Mazzaferro for cheering and Jack Webster for golf. Congratulations!

Speaking of GHS athletics, a sale is underway to build the coffers for a new scoring table that can be used for all indoor sports. Hoodies that say “Greenport Alumni” or “Greenport Porters” are available for $25 in sizes S to XL; 2XL is an additional $2. Only pre-paid orders will be accepted. T-shirts and baseball caps are also available for $10 each while they last. Contact me if you’re interested.

Ann and Joe Milovich are just a little bit happier than when I last wrote my column. On Oct. 3, their son Mike and his wife, Karen, became the proud parents of Taylor Christine, who weighed in at eight pounds, two ounces. Taylor is now resting comfortably at home up-island under the watchful eye and helping hand of big sister Morgan.

Reminder: Southold residents can turn tattered American flags over to the local chapter of the DAR for proper disposal. The group may also be able to replace your flag. Email [email protected] or call 631-298-5988 and leave your name and number.

Time for birthday wishes. This time, they go out to JoJo Moore on Oct. 20; Jessica Michaelis and Matt Verity on the 21st; Donna Dunne, Irma Lekkas, Raymond Haas, Charley Kozora, Sylvia Smith and Dawn Angevine on the 22nd; my cousin Beth Heaney Hamilton and George Cartselos on the 24th; my aunt Helen Heaney, Julie Mazzaferro, DeeDee Olstad and another cousin, Robbie Stewart, on the 25th; Carl Cosby, Will Cosby, Debbie Leden Lincoln and Robin Grattan on the 26th; Anthony Hubbard, another aunt, Vicki Heaney, Bobby Schroeder, Shannon Welch, Angela Paladino and Christian Cusati on the 27th; Antoine Hunter and Dylan DePetro on the 29th; John Williams, Jan Damiani, Nicole Ellerson and Carly and Colby Golz on the 29th; Adele Cassone on the 30th; David Urban on the 31st; Vicky Chute, Taj McKenzie and Nelson Shedrick on Nov. 1; and my dear friend Sally Corwin, “Sooty” Jimenez and Sean McElroy on the 2nd.

Happy anniversary to Lee and David Walker on Oct. 20 and Cheryl and Ron Rock on Nov. 2.

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Contact Greenport columnist Joan Dinizio at [email protected] or 631-477-9411.

10/06/16 3:13pm

This weekend is homecoming at Greenport High School. The highlight of the weeklong festivities will be the presentation of the homecoming queen and king and their court. The queen and king, selected by the entire student body, are Ginger Hughes and Tashan Lawrence. Representing the freshman class are Mary Kaffaga, Ahkee Anderson and Joshua Santacroce. The sophomores chose Andria Skrezec and Brandon Clark. Junior representatives are Zoe Medina and Sam Mastrangelo. The senior class princess and prince are Maia Mazzaferro and Jack Webster.

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08/27/16 5:00am

I can’t say enough about how much energy and time two-year Greenport PTA president Kim Moore-Swann puts into her job. Along with other hardworking members, she’ll spend Labor Day Saturday hosting the PTA’s annual craft fair at the school. It will run 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. rain or shine. If you’ve got something to sell, consider securing a booth for $50 as a friend of the PTA. If you’d like to donate something for the auction, contact Sandy Martocchia, Kim Moore-Swann, Cynthia Bumble or Laura Graffagnino-Arena or call 631-846-1459. All donations are greatly appreciated.

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