01/19/17 3:55pm
01/19/2017 3:55 PM

Happy New Year! I once read that it was acceptable to say Happy New Year well into January, as long as it was the first time you were saying it to whomever you were saying it to. Hope that your new year is off to a good start.

Cutchogue’s ancient headstones are its windows into the lives of early settlers. Please join the Cutchogue-New Suffolk (more…)

01/12/17 2:50pm
01/12/2017 2:50 PM
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…)

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
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.