10/20/16 3:41pm

In my last column, I asked what words drove your life. I’d love to hear your answers. Patience and acceptance are still mine.

Belated birthday wishes go out to Kristen Mullen, who turned 20 Oct. 11. I also think her mom, Beth, had a birthday the next day, but she won’t tell me. Happy birthday to both Mullen ladies! Birthdays are also in the calendar for Gabriella Bifulco, Oct. 20; Rob Kettenbiel, Cathy Campbell and Ajsia Martocchia, Oct. 21; Michelle Feeley, Susan Connolly and Skylar Kaelin, Oct. 22; Carol Szynaka and Sandy Kollen, Oct. 25; Rich Conrardy and Sally Wolfe, Oct. 26; Jack Giovanniello, Laura Baxendale and Virginia Gilmore on Halloween; and Sarah Reilly, Nov. 2.

Happy 60th anniversary to Dr. and Mrs. Ronald Yedloutschnig on Oct. 26. Congratulations!

The Southold animal shelter is very much in need of dry dog and cat food. If you’re a rabbit lover, they also have a very nice female rabbit up for adoption. Call 631-765-1811, ext. 1.

Be on the lookout for stickers in the windows of local businesses that support the Southold Music Boosters and thank the owners for their commitment to our children. Parents and residents can also become sponsors by visiting the Music Boosters’ portion of the school website.

Congratulations to Christie Staples and Anthony Losquadro, who became engaged on Columbus Day. Anthony had a little help from their dog. Sounds like a great story.

Similar congratulations to Mary Grace Matthaei and Michael Mancz, who got engaged at sunrise last Sunday at the Montauk lighthouse. MaryGrace is currently pursuing her R.N. degree at Stony Brook. Mike is assistant golf pro at North Fork Country Club.

Last weekend was packed with weddings. David van Popering married Justine Haupt at Founders Landing, Kathy Hansen and Henry Stepnoski said “I do” at Orient by the Sea and Emily Miller and Keith Fialkowski tied the knot at her father’s house. Congratulations to you all.

The Memorial Meadow Field of Flags at Southold High School is underway. The front lawn will be decorated with flags honoring veterans, current service personnel and ROTC students. You can sponsor a standard-sized flag for $25 or a specific service branch for $50. Proceeds go to a local veterans organization and the Class of 2020. Contact Christine Imbiano at [email protected] Money is due Nov. 1 and flags can be picked up Dec. 9.

Southold Free Library’s updated website includes many beautiful photos by Randee Daddona. Take some time to get acquainted with it. You can even register online for library programs!

The Southold Rotary Club’s annual scallop dinner at the Soundview Restaurant is Tuesday, Oct. 25,  from noon to 8 p.m. You may substitute half a roasted chicken. Tickets are available from any Rotarian or at the door for $25 plus gratuity.

The Southold-Greenport Drama Club presents “Almost, Maine” in the district auditorium next Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28-29, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 30, at  2 p.m. Tickets at the door are $10 for adults and $6 for students and seniors.

The Southold PTA Book Fair at the elementary school is Oct. 25-27. Students will visit with their teachers and family night is the 27th from 6 to 8 p.m.

The PTA’s Halloween parade is set for Saturday, Oct. 29, at 11 a.m. Line up at the firehouse. The route finishes at the elementary building.

The Southold Historical Society’s Pumpkin Patch takes place Sunday and Monday, Oct. 30-31 at the museum complex. Drop off your best carved pumpkins, which will be placed in the yard and lit with LED candles. Donations are welcome. For more information, call 631-765-5500.

My next deadline is noon Sunday, Oct. 30. I will respond to emails or voicemails to be sure I have your content. Take deep breaths when traveling around the area on weekends; that incredible traffic helps local businesses. Leave extra early and be patient. Stop and smell the roses — or, this time of year, smell the mums.

TContact Southold columnist Tina Koslosky at [email protected] or 631-765-2774.

09/22/16 5:18pm

I wished my co-worker Sam Perry a happy birthday last week, but her day is today, Sept. 22, so if you work with her at her full-time job, give her a birthday hug for me! Also celebrating soon are Liam Stinett, Sept. 25; Joyce Wilkens Sept. 26; Chris Manfredi Jr. Sept. 28; Mike Eckhardt, Oct. 3; Carol Chilton-Miller, Oct. 4; and Melissa Hyatt-DeSimone, Oct. 5.

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08/25/16 12:16pm

The days are getting shorter and so is summer vacation. I’ve said before I’m one of those moms who loves summer vacation — the lack of structure and the freedom to just do whatever and go with the flow. Last week, a photo went viral online of a mother literally jumping for joy as her children, looking very unhappy, lined up waiting for the school bus. I am not one of those. Anybody else with me?

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08/14/16 4:12am

Let’s start this way: Mea culpa! I work at a local family-owned business and try to include all my coworkers. To me, celebrating someone’s birthday is like saying, “I’m happy you were born.” Well, I forgot someone last time. Horrible; bad Tina! So: Annie Woodhull celebrated her birthday July 30 with oysters, champagne and NASCAR. She even got to check in trackside with Mike Wheeler, crew chief to Denny Hamlin!

In other birthday news, a belated wish to Emily Kennedy, who turned 2 on Aug. 9. Caroline MacArthur, Kelly Hilary, Matt Hall and Diane Arnold celebrate Aug. 11; Nick Baldwin and Dan McCarthy, Aug. 12; Bette Lind, Aug. 13; Stephanie Biggart, Aug. 14; principal Bill Galati, who turns 50 Aug. 16; Sue Fisher, Aug. 18; Aidan Walker, Aug. 19; Lyndsay Grathwohl, Aug. 21; and Victoria Tondo and Dorothy Galati, Aug. 22.

Wedding anniversaries are coming up for Chris and Andrea Manfredi Aug. 19 and John and Linda Bertani Aug. 24.

If you happened to drive past Founders Landing this past Sunday, you likely encountered a big party. It was the Czartosieskis, who were celebrating their reunion with lots of family.

Wonderful news in the Taplin family. Amanda Taplin, granddaughter of Carol and the late Roy Taplin, announced her engagement to Colin McArdle of Hoboken, N.J. Amanda spent many a summer here in Southold with her grandparents. Amanda’s parents are Roy and Pam Taplin of West Palm Beach, Fla. A 2017 wedding in Costa Rica is being planned.

Come to Castello di Borghese Vineyard this Friday, Aug. 12, at 6 p.m. to meet the award-winning artists participating in Southold Historical Society’s upcoming art auction! You’ll have a chance to converse with the artists and get a sneak preview of the pieces to be auctioned. Tickets are $25; visit southoldhistoricalsociety.org to register. The auction itself will be held Saturday, Aug. 27.

Summer and holidays cause blood reserves to drop to their lowest levels of the year. Come and donate Wednesday, Aug. 17, from 2:15 to 8:15 p.m. at the Southold firehouse on Main Road.

Nina Romano, front woman for Nina Et Cetera, is a singer-songwriter from Sayville who is a throwback to another era. Bring your own picnic and chairs to Southold Historical Society’s museum complex Saturday, Aug. 13, at 6 p.m. Admission is $10 per person (children under 12 are free). Rain location is Southold Presbyterian Church.

The 36th annual Rotary golf tournament will be held Saturday, Aug. 27, at 1 p.m. at Island’s End Golf and Country Club. This event benefits ELIH, Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck and other Rotary programs. This fun-filled afternoon offers golf, fellowship, food, alcohol, prizes and good clean fun. For details and registration, contact Walter Krupski at 631-298-8026 or Kevin McLaughlin at 631-765-6085.

Registration for St. Patrick’s and St. Agnes CYO fall/winter basketball is going on now for grades 3 through 8. Email Jen at [email protected] for a registration form or more information.

Take some time to tell those you care for that you do. Don’t just say “Love you” like it’s autopilot, off the cuff. Look them in the eyes and say how you feel.

TContact Southold columnist Tina Koslosky at [email protected] or 631-765-2774.