11/23/16 2:30pm
11/23/2016 2:30 PM

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…)

11/23/16 2:11pm

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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11/17/16 12:31pm
11/17/2016 12:31 PM

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.

10/27/16 2:00pm
10/27/2016 2:00 PM

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.

10/27/16 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.

10/20/16 4:31pm
10/20/2016 4:31 PM

This past week marked my 12th anniversary as The Suffolk Times’ Cutchogue and New Suffolk columnist. Our community is unique in its demographics, beautiful setting and residents whose compassion is demonstrated in concern for the environment and the need to help others and support our youth. It has been a humbling experience, as well as an honor and a pleasure.

Group for the East End and Lyrical Children present a family nature scavenger hunt Saturday, Oct. 22, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. throughout the woodlands at Downs Farm Preserve (last hunt begins at 1:30). Picnicking is encouraged. A suggested family donation of $5 is requested. To register, email [email protected]

Group for the East End’s next North Fork coastal cleanup is Sunday, Oct. 30, 10 a.m. to noon, at Breakwater Beach in Mattituck. To sign up, email [email protected] or call 631-765-6450, ext. 215.

Everyone has their strong suits, but keeping track of birthdays and anniversaries is not one of mine. Years ago, I wrote of my shortcoming and Ginny Surozenski has been reminding me ever since of her daughter Allison’s birthday. Happy 25th to Allison on Oct. 25.

If you have a birthday or anniversary you’d like to acknowledge, contact me so we may share the good news. I usually respond, but if I don’t please do so again to confirm I received your information.

Old Town Arts & Crafts Guild’s next fair takes place Saturday, Oct. 22, on the Cutchogue Village Green (rain date: Oct. 23). Don’t miss the chance to find that special something.

Does your child have a poetic flair? North Fork students are invited to submit original poems related to peace and friendship for the 10th annual Poetry for Peace program, sponsored by Congregation Tifereth Israel and North Fork Reform Synagogue. Published poets Billy Hands, LB Thompson and Jerry Matovcik will judge the entries. Winning poets will read their pieces to the community and receive a $25 award. The entry deadline is Friday, Oct. 21. Contact Sylvia ([email protected] or 631-765-6182) or Paula (631-477-1234 or [email protected]) for more information.

Rotary Club of Southold’s annual scallop dinner (with a roasted half-chicken option) is Tuesday, Oct. 25, from noon to 8 p.m. at the Soundview restaurant. Tickets are $25, gratuity not included, from Rotarians or at the door. Takeout is available.

Have a good week!

Contact Cutchogue-New Suffolk columnist Barbara Sheryll at [email protected] or 631-734-5242.

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.

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.