02/28/11 5:17pm
02/28/2011 5:17 PM

Lena M. Hunton died Feb. 22 at San Simeon by the Sound Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Greenport. She was 97.

A Greenport native, she was born Jan. 19, 1914, to Domenico and Anna Corazzini, and was a member of the final class to graduate from Greenport High School at its former location, now occupied by the Greenport Fire Department.

She married George Hunton in 1938 at St. Agnes R.C. Church in Greenport, where she was a lifelong member. She worked at Wm. J. Mills & Co. in Greenport for over 20 years.

Predeceased by her husband in 1999, Ms. Hunton is survived by her son, Donald, of Hockessin, Del., and three nephews.

Funeral services took place Feb. 25 at St. Agnes Cemetery. Arrangements were in the care of Horton-Mathie Funeral Home in Greenport.

02/28/11 5:01pm

The East End Health Alliance has reached an agreement with Aetna Health Insurance on medical procedure reimbursements that avoids the alliance’s three area hospitals going out of network with the insurance company as of midnight, Monday, Feb. 28.
Patients with Aetna insurance plans were recently informed by letter they wouldn’t be covered for any emergency services at Eastern Long Island Hospital in Greenport, Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead or Southampton Hospital as of midnight Feb. 28.

Details of the settlement won’t be available until late this week, but health alliance president and CEO Paul Connor III said a verbal agreement has been reached. Although the insurance will continue to be accepted at the hospitals, it will take a few days to read through the contract to be sure the verbal agreements are appropriately reflected, he said.

The impasse revived memories of the contractual dispute between the hospitals and Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield in 2009 when many Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield customers found themselves out of network with the three local hospitals for eight months before a new contract was signed.

The alliance is currently engaged in similar contract talks with Emblem, GHI and HIP. Mr. Connor said he expressed hope that an agreement can be reached with those companies to avoid inconveniencing patients.

02/28/11 4:46pm

High Honor Roll
Grade 7: Valentina Acero, William Blasko, Benjamin Bondarchuk, Susan Bunchuck, Ryan Costello, Marina Deluca, Mercedes Edwards, Senih Gorgulu, Liam Lieblein, Nicholas Mackey, Maxwell Mastrangelo, Fiona Pearlstein, Aidan Pollock, Laura Reeve, Bayron Rivas, Christian Schur, Carly Short, Rosemary Volinski, Isabel Wachtel, Nicholas Wallace.

Grade 8: Dawn Angevine, Stephanie Clark, Catherine Creedon, John Drinkwater, Matthew Drinkwater, Jasmine Fell, Caitlin Grilli, Samantha Henry, Kelsey Hubbard, David Krumenacker, Emma Marshall, Katherine Mejia, Megan Murray, Maria Ramirez, Irene Raptopoulos, Isabelle Simon, Sarah Tuthill, Christian Van Cleef, Sean Walden, Connor Whittle.

Grade 9: Laura Casanueva, Mary Creedon, Gavin Dibble, Yanais Garcia, Schuyler Gillispie, Brandi Gonzalez, Dory Lieblein, Briana Pagano, Victoria Piechnik, Edward Rogers, Keara Schur, Georgia Seas, Christopher Sponza, Brian Tuthill, Olivia Vayer.

Grade 10: Kimberly Bracken, Daniel Bunchuck, Nicholas Connell, Megan Demarest, Shelby Kostal, Wilson Morales, Peter Peterson, Wendy Peterson, Courtney Weber, Alexander Whittle, Edward Wright.

Grade 11: Payge Corazzini, Erin Creedon, Victoria Gonzalez, Kerri Hands, Emily King, Mark Pagano, Shawn Peterson, Alexa Suess, Jacob Thorp, Zoe Vayer.

Grade 12: Peter Anderer, Callie Bubb, Emily Demarest, Brittany Gasiorowski, Kelvin Martinez, Anthony Nichols, Helen Ramirez, Nathan Reece, Marvin Rodriguez, Caitlin Ryan, Joseph Sieverman, Holly Sponza.

Honor Roll
Grade 7: Justin Bracken, Dora Cortave, Danielle Fauteux, Rosa Hernandez, Tyler Kruszeski, Jonathon Lott, Benjamin Modica, Kayla Mokus, Sidney Mulvaney, George Pope, Paige Pope, Jewel-Joy Stevens, Daisy Torres, Brendan Walker, Megan Weber.

Grade 8: Sophia Albizures, Chloe Creighton, Brittany Doucett, Cinthia Gaitan, Dayna Hooten, C.J. Hulse, Dennis Nikolov, Nikos Panagopoulos, Elizabeth Powe, Lilybeth Quinones, Kenya Sanders, Maria Soriano, Timmy Stevens, Eric Tonyes.

Grade 9: Amanda Aurichio, Ashley Billera, Kayleigh Commins, Victoria Hilton, Austin Hooks, Christopher Rabig, Lauren Smith, Jack Volinski, Ryan Weingart.

Grade 10: Julissa Coria, Christian Davis, William Doucett, Timothy Gadomski, Marcus Heyward, Christopher Manwaring, Karine Rose, Dana Saetta-Davis, Claudia Sieverman, Camilo Torres, Alexis Wachtel, Richard Wysocki.

Grade 11: Sean Charters, Landon Doroski, Jacqueline Esposito, Ryan Farrand, Rafael Gonzalez, Richard Hodgson, Nonia Lyburt, Stephanie Merino-Romano, Alexis Reed, Joseph Simcik.

Grade 12: Robby Belcher, Irene Bell, Kelly Bunchuck, Alexander Gaitan, Natasha Lovaas, Sara Maaiki, Kara Manwaring, Tyler McNeil, Randi Parker, Irene Pleitez, Elizabeth Richter, Pedro Rodriguez, Daneisy Silie, John Sorenson, Chanice Taylor, Joanna Vourlides.

02/28/11 4:46pm

With the beginning of March comes the anticipation that spring can’t be far away. Despite the unexpected weather this month brings, I think if you listen closely you may be able to hear the first signs of the season.

Today’s young people are very involved in social networking, which is sometimes difficult for parents to understand. With this increased ability to communicate anytime and anyplace comes cyber bullying, sexting and other unforeseen dangers to our children’s safety. On March 10, Detective Rory Forrestal of the Suffolk County Police Computer Crimes Unit will present an updated overview of cyberspace obstacles for students in grades 7-12. That evening, he’ll do the same for parents and the community in the high school auditorium at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend this informative and important presentation.

March begins with birthday celebrations for the following: Kim Anderson on the 4th, Mary Kate Brigham on the 5th and Pat Feiler on the 8th.

Nora and Tom Libretto are very proud parents. Their youngest son, Mike, is currently stationed at Camp Lejeune, N.C., and lives in Hampstead, N.C. with his wife, Janelle and children, Skyler and Dominic. Mike has been part of the Marine Corps for more than a decade. The Corps sent him to law school at the University of Buffalo and since he graduated in 2008, he’s been practicing law as a defense attorney at Camp Lejeune. In September, he’ll begin pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Virginia. Best of luck, Mike!

This year’s PTSA Fashion Show is April 7 at Vineyard Caterers, and tickets, which are $50 each, will be on sale in the high school lobby March 15-17. Get a group together for an evening of fun and help support this organization.

I ran into Marissa Russo yesterday. She’d just returned from Honduras, where she and several Mattituck High School students spent a week soaking up the culture and building a house for a family in need. Tom Farrell coordinates this annual excursion and each year the students’ stories are filled with wonder and compassion and reflect true appreciation of how blessed they are to live here on the North Fork. Welcome home!

02/28/11 4:45pm
A reunion of Greenport High School alumni, representing classes ranging from 1945 to 1975, gathered recently on Anna Maria Island in Florida.

COURTESY PHOTO | A reunion of Greenport High School alumni, representing classes ranging from 1945 to 1975, gathered recently on Anna Maria Island in Florida.

I think (actually, I’m praying) that the season of snow has left us for good for another year. March Madness will help me pass the next month; then it’s on to thoughts of sunshine and spring.

Alas, the GHS basketball season has come to an end — but what a season it was! I’d like to thank Coach Al Edwards; his assistants, Rodney Shelby and Ev Corwin; and the team itself — captains Dantré Langhorne and Tremanyne Hansen, Jalen Shelby, Sean Charters, Vince Smith, Tevin Parrish, Tyler McNeil, Tré McKnight, Matt Dibble, Gavin Dibble, Brian Tuthill and Billy Doucett — for giving the community some excitement to replace the winter doldrums and for doing such a wonderful job representing our school.

Just about this time 25 or so years ago I took my son to Little League for his first practice of the season. The new coach, whom I’d never met, was large as life with a voice to match. I distinctly remember him telling the boys that if they didn’t do as they were told they’d be “riding the pine” (sitting the bench). The kids loved him and, when I got to know him, so did I. Al McMoore served his country and our community in so many ways that I couldn’t even begin to list them all. Al passed away this week while waiting for a new liver. His wake will take place this evening at Horton-Mathie Funeral Home. Thanks, Al, for all the memories and all you did for our community. My sincerest sympathies to his wife, Sara, and children, Makai, Michael and Melissa.

To help defray Al’s medical expenses, the Greenport Fire Department Rescue Squad will hold a spaghetti and meatball dinner at the Third Street firehouse on Saturday, March 12, from 6 and 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 and takeout will be available. Reserve by calling Ed Sieban at 477-2047 or purchase tickets at the door.

The GHS Class of 1976 is gauging interest in a possible 35-year reunion this summer, on July 2 — something impromptu, to keep costs down. If you’d be interested in attending, contact Eileen Lellman Getches at [email protected]

Mention a GHS reunion and people will travel from near and far to meet up and reminisce. Some 27 alums and eight spouses gathered Feb. 5 at the home of Barbara Thornhill Callaghan and her husband, Joe, on Anna Maria Island. Old friendships were renewed, new ones formed and many stories shared. Classes from 1945 up to 1975 were represented, and the Class of 1957 had the most in attendance, including Richard and Sharon Lellman Brooks, Helene Matthias Roberts, John Sullivan and Diane Woodward Sawyer. Also present were Harold Thornhill, Ann Thornhill Felli, Frank Thornhill and wife, Bill and Marion Van Popering Pell, Susan Van Popering Homan, Freida Kluge Petrey, Fred Hulse Jr., Shirley and Ron Carozza, Louise Matthias Young, Elwood and Pat (Tuthill) Rowe, Paula Wilson Longo, Ginny Pirillo Smith and husband, John, Gail Prince Roberts, Ron Prince, Cynthia Pappas Newton, Connie Pappas, Gary Charters, Dick Breese, Earl Breese and Bob Cassidy. Word is a repeat reunion will take place at Barbara and Joe’s on Feb. 4, 2012. All GHS grads and spouses, etc., are welcome. If you’d like to join in, e-mail Barbara at [email protected]

Final reminder: March 7 is the date for the ELIH Auxiliary/Robert’s Jeweler’s “Gold Raiser” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the hospital conference room. Trade in unwanted gold jewelry for cash and help support patient services. Call 477-5196 for details.

Happy birthday wishes to Marian Macomber, David Angevine and Leon Creighton Jr. on March 4; Stephen Klipp on the 7th; Sara Rhodes, Sirece Boldin and Mike Volinski on the 8th; and Jen and Jeff Clark on the 9th.

Happy anniversary to Donna and Dave Angevine, who celebrate 29 years of married life on March 7.

02/28/11 4:11pm

After more than 18 years of bringing major performing artists to the North Fork, The Arts in Southold Town won’t be raising the curtain on another season of productions.

Group leaders aren’t willing to talk about the decision beyond a single page letter they’ve written explaining that they believe it’s time for “younger, stronger, more energetic people to carry the music torch on the North Fork.” The letter, signed by seven board members, does not say whether efforts were made to recruit others to run the organization which puts on five productions a year.

“It takes enormous time, enormous energy and many people, businesses and entities to present just one, let alone the five concerts we have featured each year,” the letter said.

Agreeing to an interview later in the week, after the full letter appears in Thursday’s Suffolk Times, co-chairman Neboysha Brashich said his co-chairwoman, Carole Donlin, wants the letter to stand on its own until then.

When the group began hosting the programs almost two decades ago, members were younger, the letter said. Now that “grey has crept into our hair, or in some cases, the actual absence of hair,” the board decided it was time to stop.

“After much talk, soul searching and more than a few tears, we’ve decided to pack it in and retire,” the letter said. The effort has been “fun and rewarding” and board members have enjoyed making a contribution to the community, it said.

Concerts — including  Roseanne Cash, the Ramsey Lewis Trio, The Alvin Alley Dancers, The Juilliard String Quartet and Orchestra and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band — have always been well supported.

Handling the dissolution of the nonprofit organization will depend in part on how much money remains in its coffers after it has settled its debts. However, under New York State Law it is up to a court to determine how remaining assets are to be distributed.

The Arts in Southold Town has been dedicated to bringing cultural opportunities to the North Fork and Shelter Island, especially during the summer season, when the area’s population of approximately 20,000 more than doubles.

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02/28/11 4:06pm

Dr. Lawrence Tobias Waitz of Cutchogue died Feb. 27 at his home. He was 100.

Visiting hours will be held Friday, March 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Defriest-Grattan Funeral Home in Southold, where funeral services will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 5. Interment will follow at Willow Hill Cemetery in Southold.

A complete obituary will appear in a future edition of The Suffolk Times.

02/28/11 4:02pm

Ruth Hyatt of Southold died Feb. 24 in Port Jefferson. She was 87.

Born Sept. 25, 1923, in Jersey City, N.J., to Ruth Arlene (Cantelin) and Benjamin Franklin Reynolds, she grew up in Jamaica, Queens, and worked as a telephone operator for the New York Telephone Company.

At age 18, she married Robert Hyatt at Greenport United Methodist Church, and they lived in Greenport until he went into the service during World War II.  When he returned, they settled in Southold, where, family members said, she was a devoted member of Southold United Methodist Church.

Predeceased by her husband and her daughter, Gerry Lou Corazzini, Ms. Hyatt is survived by her son, Robert Jr., of Calverton; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

There will be no visiting hours. Graveside services and interment will take place Saturday, March 5, at 1 p.m. at Southold Presbyterian Cemetery. The Rev. George Gaffga will officiate.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Homes.

02/28/11 3:19pm

Al Mcmoore

Update: Funeral arrangements have been scheduled for Greenport firefighter for Al McMoore.

The family will receive visitors Thursday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at  Horton-Mathie Funeral Home in Greenport.

A funeral mass will be held Friday, March 4, at 11 a.m. at Jefferson Temple Church  of God in Christ on Route 48 in Cutchogue.

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Al McMoore, 58, the Greenport firefighter and village employee who had been awaiting a liver transplant, died Wednesday afternoon. Details aren’t yet available, but he had been hospitalized last week for ongoing treatment and tests.

Mr. McMoore was captain of the Hook & Ladder Company and an ex-captain of the department’s rescue squad. He was selected Emergency Medical Service Man of the Year in 2001 and in 2006, earned accreditation as a critical care emergency medical technician.

He worked for Greenport Village for 11 years as a meter reader.

“Big Al, he was one of a kind,” fellow firefighter Bernard Purcell said about his friend. “I’m going to miss him.”

Mr. Purcell and First Assistant Fire Chief Kenneth White had rallied fellow firefighters to raise money to help Mr. McMoore and his family. They will continue their “Fill the Boot” campaign to help the family with medical expenses that accrued beyond what health insurance covered.

They plan a spaghetti dinner at the Third Street Firehouse on Saturday, March 12, between 6 and 89 p.m. Tickets are $15 and are available at the firehouse and from any rescue squad member, Mr. White said.

Further details on Mr. McMoore’s passing and funeral plans will be posted when they are available.

Contributions to the fund may also be sent to Greenport Fire Department, P.O. Box 58, Greenport, NY 11944. Mark checks for the Al McMoore Fill the Boot Campaign.

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02/28/11 11:14am

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