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Girl Scout Ainsley Brewer gets fingerprinted by Southold police officer Bill Brewer as Delaney Hudock, Emily Nicholson and Sidney Brewer watch. The Cadettes were working on their Secret Agent badge. (Courtesy photo)

Girl Scout Ainsley Brewer gets fingerprinted by Southold police officer Bill Brewer as Delaney Hudock, Emily Nicholson and Sidney Brewer watch. The Troop 1474 Cadettes were working on their Secret Agent badge. (Courtesy photo)

Starting a new year with joyful news is my favorite part of writing this column. It’s been a tough year for many, and being able to kick off 2017 with good news is a perfect way to help us count our blessings and look forward to the future.

Babies make everyone smile! On Facebook, I saw the incredible smile on Owen Luke Zuhoski’s face, which made me giggle out loud. Owen was welcomed into the open arms of his parents, Grace and Ian, at 10:56 a.m. Dec. 26. He was a whopping 9 pounds, 7 ounces and 21.9 inches long. May God bless Owen as he brings joy to all who love him! (more…)

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It is the season for giving! And as a reminder, you can still donate personal care items, sundries and certain snacks to Patty Hocker and Claire Kennedy’s annual collection for deployed servicemen and -women through Saturday, Nov. 26. Drop-offs are at Wendy’s Deli in Mattituck, North Fork Real Estate in Cutchogue and Southold Pharmacy. Cash will also be accepted to defray shipping costs.

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10/27/16 2:00pm

The magnificent colors surrounding us on the North Fork this time of year are just breathtaking. The overflowing farm stands, pumpkin-littered fields, multi-hued mums and of course the many varied colors of cars making up what has become known as “pumpkin traffic” are all things that make the North Fork a prime destination.

Our kids are our most important resource, so protecting them and being informed is always a priority. Social worker Andrea Nydegger will present a program at Mattituck High School entitled “Raising the Emotionally Intelligent Child” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9. All are welcome to attend.

Another important program for parents will be held at Greenport High School, which is hosting a drug awareness informational session presented by HUGS, Inc. The event will take place Thursday, Nov. 3, at 6:30 p.m. All North Fork parents are welcome.

Jennifer Reilly recently celebrated her birthday surrounded by people near and dear to her heart. So many helped put a smile on her face, and words were not enough to express how their presence lifted her up and made her feel amazing. A special thank-you to all who helped put sunshine into her day!

Senior Ryan Buchholz has written a play, “Hollows Rising,” which will be performed by the Mattituck Jr. High Players at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Nov. 17-18. Admission is $8 or the donation of a nonperishable food item. The play is directed by senior Cheyenne Harris.

Last Tuesday, our seventh-graders bundled up, boarded a bus to Shelter Island and spent the day doing team-building activities with faculty and the staff at Camp Quinipet. This annual day trip allows the class to bond as they prepare to be together for the next six years at Mattituck High School.

Those celebrating birthdays around town are Laura Carroll, Clayton and Kyle Santillo, Emily Talbot, Kyle Pumillo, Wayne Sailor, Megan Cushman, Meghan Ross, MaryLou Araneo and Jay Wesnofske.

Best wishes and congratulations to Tom and Katelyn Clark, who exchanged vows this past weekend in Connecticut surrounded by the love of family and friends.

Happy anniversary wishes go out to Dick and Lee Harned, Maureen and Nick Deegan and Bill and Jackie Wilsberg. A special heartfelt anniversary wish goes to Mr. Wonderful as we celebrate 31 years together on Nov. 10.

Congratulations to ninth-graders Dorothy Condon and Christina Tomao, who were selected for the New York State School Boards Association exhibit, sponsored by the New York State Art Teachers Association. The annual art exhibit displays students’ work to members of local school boards at the School Board Association’s annual conference.

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Contact Mattituck columnist Pat Arslanian at [email protected] or 631-298-8489.

10/13/16 11:45am

Many Mattituck High School alumni return for homecoming weekend to root for the home soccer team on the sidelines. I was recently contacted by Denise Goehringer-Geis, Class of 1991, who is working with several other alums to plan an MHS All Class Reunion next July. Anyone interested in representing their class in planning this event or donating toward the reunion can email Denise at [email protected] or text her at 516-527-3318. This sounds like it could be a great success if people step up to make it happen.

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