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Southold Town’s school districts weren’t expecting much in the way of state aide this year, and even with funds restored in the state budget agreement announced this week, all local schools will received less next year.

By percentage, Oysterponds takes the largest hit. It will receive $296,586 , 11.5 percent below this year’s aid.

Southold drops 10.89 percent to $1,56 million, virtually identical to Mattituck-Cutchogue’s 10.88 percent reduction. Mattituck will get $2.59 million in state assistance for the 2011-2012 school year.

Greenport took a lesser hit at a 4.42 percent reduction and will receive $1.12 million.

Governor Andrew Cuomo had called for a 15 percent across the board cut in school aid, but with the additional funded added by the legislature, the cut averages 7 percent. As is usual in a state that often misses the April 1 budget adoption deadline, North Fork school districts factored in Mr. Cuomo’s numbers in preparing next year’s budgets.

Lawmakers say the legislature did the best it could in a stormy fiscal climate.

“Long Island’s traditional share of school aid, though reduced, will be in line with what it has received in the past,” said State Sen. Kenneth LaValle (R-Port Jefferson). “I do not expect to hear that programs for our children will be eliminated. This is the time to start redesigning the education process so that taxpayers are getting the maximum investment for their dollars,” he said.

Freshman Assemblyman Dan Losquadro (R-Shoreham) said the state made “tough but necessary“ decisions to close a $10 billion deficit.

“While lawmakers were able to restore some funding to Long Island school districts, more needs to be done to lower the burdens our state places on local governments and school districts,” he said.

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• Lauren Carlson of Mattituck has been named to the fall 2010 dean’s list at LeMoyne College in Syracuse, N.Y., where she is a senior biology major.

Edward Deptola Jr.

Edward Deptola Jr.

• Edward Deptola Jr., son of Edward and Laura Deptola of Southold, has been promoted to the rank of staff sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps. A 2003 graduate of Southold High School, he is currently deployed in Afghanistan as a scout sniper platoon sergeant.

• Emily Hudson and Zachary Sacher, both of Southold, have made the dean’s list at Boston University for fall 2010.

• Darrin Standish of Southold has earned a place on the fall 2010 dean’s list at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, where is is majoring in justice studies.

• Shawn Williams of Mattituck has earned dean’s list recognition for the fall 2010 semester at Norwich University in Northfield, Vt.

• Amanda Marinace, daughter of David and Lise Marinace of Southold, was named to the fall 2010 dean’s list at Ithaca (N.Y.) College’s School of Health Sciences and Human Performance.

• Brittany Letteriello of Mattituck has made the dean’s list for the fall 2010 semester at Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y., where she is a junior.

03/31/11 12:17pm
Lauryn Serrano (left) and Mackenzie Robertson were two of six Mattituck High School art students who helped create a mural in the new community room at Veterans Memorial Park in Mattituck. Fellow students Morgan Gildersleeve, Brigid Bozsnyak, Nicole Palladino and Emily Fliss also worked on the abstract painting in a cooperative program between the school and Mattituck Park District.

Tim Kelly photo | Lauryn Serrano (left) and Mackenzie Robertson were two of six Mattituck High School art students who helped create a mural in the new community room at Veterans Memorial Park in Mattituck. Fellow students Morgan Gildersleeve, Brigid Bozsnyak, Nicole Palladino and Emily Fliss also worked on the abstract painting in a cooperative program between the school and Mattituck Park District.

Friday, April 1
‘Jewels and More’ boutique sale, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., hosted by ELI Hospital Auxiliary in conference room at Eastern Long Island Hospital, Manor Place, Greenport. 477-5196.

Movie ‘Shine,’ 1:30 p.m. at Mattituck-Laurel Library, Main Road, Mattituck. Based on the ultimately triumphant life of classical pianist David Helfgott. Free. 298-4134.

Anime with Annie, 4-6 p.m. for teens in The Loft at Riverhead Free Library, 330 Court St. DVDs, books and more. Register: 727-3228, ext. 6 or 12, [email protected]

Family movie ‘Tangled,’ 4 p.m. at Southold Free Library, Main Road. 765-2077.

‘What is a Masterpiece?’ by Joyce Beckenstein, 6 p.m. at East End Arts Council Gallery, 133 E. Main St., Riverhead. PowerPoint illustrated talk; free will donation. 369-2171.

Peconic Amateur Radio Club’s annual April Fools gift exchange, 6:30 p.m. at Southold Free Library, Main Road. Bring wrapped gift related to radio or computers (valuable or junk). opajim@ optonline.net.

‘Save the Grange’ lecture series features “Biodynamic Farming” given by K.K. Haspel, 6:30 p.m. at the Grange in Northville. Doors open 6 p.m.; organic refreshments served by Peggy. All donations go to “Save the Grange” fund for repairs. [email protected], spirit-renewal.com.

First Friday Open Mic Night, 7-10 p.m., part of The Music Project @ at Custer Institute and Observatory, 1115 Main Bayview Road, with host Liza Coppola, Southold. 765-2626.

Riverhead’s Got Talent, , 7 p.m., hosted by Riverhead High School Key Club students in Hovey Hall at Pulaski Street Elementary School. Advance $6; at door $7. Proceeds help fund trip to Key Club Convention and Leadership Training Conference. 463-5810.

Kings of Capital and Knights of Labor: A History of Work and Industry in New York, 8 p.m., with J. Ward Regan at Peconic Landing auditorium, 1500 Brecknock Road, Greenport. RSVP: 477-3800.

Saturday, April 2
Volunteer String Fencing Day, 9 a.m. at Breakwater Beach in Mattituck, hosted by North Fork Audubon Society and NYS DEC. Prefencing two piping plover and least tern nesting sites, critical to these endangered birds. RSVP: 275-3202, [email protected]

Trash or Treasure giant indoor rummage sale, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., sponsored by Polish Town Civic Association at its chalet headquarters, 300 Lincoln St., Riverhead. Admission free. To donate items call 727-0437. All proceeds benefit beautification of Polish Town USA and other charitable projects. polishtownusa.com.

Car wash, 9 a.m.-noon, hosted by Greenport Boy Scout Troop 51 in front of Greenport School, Front Street, to help fund scouts’ trips and activities. 774-0416.

North Fork Garden Group, 9-10:30 a.m at Mattituck-Laurel Library, Main Road, Mattituck. Meets monthly to explore organic gardening through guest speakers, seed exchange, and sharing of information. 298-4134.

Digital Camera Workshop, 9 a.m.-noon, with Judy McCleery at Southold Town Recreation Center, Peconic Lane, Peconic. Bring camera, manual, empty memory card and battery. Fee $18; residents $15. Register: 765-5182.

Seventh annual Breakfast of the Stars, 9 a.m., hosted by Kiwanis Club at Eagles Landing/Calverton Links Golf Course, Edwards Avenue, Calverton. Tickets $25. 463-5811.

Introduction to Loom Beading, 9:30-11 a.m. for ages 12 to adult at Southold Indian Museum, 1080 Main Bayview Road, Southold. Classes continue Saturdays, April 9 and 16; fee $28 for 3, plus $5 materials fee. Register: 765-5577, [email protected]

Tin Can Knitting, 2-3 p.m. for grades 4-6 at Cutchogue-New Suffolk Library, Main Road, Cutchogue. Register: 734-6360.

Oysterponds Historical Society’s ‘Fiber & Glass’ exhibit opens, 2 p.m. at Janet T. Swanson Gallery in Old Point Schoolhouse, Village Lane, Orient. Françoise and Yan Rieger’s colorful collection of tapestries and fused art glass. On view Saturday-Sundays, 2-5 p.m. through April 23. 323-2480.

‘Schooner Rigged and Rakish: The Story of Orient’s Lavinia Campbell’ by Ret Millis, 4-5 p.m. at Peconic Landing auditorium, 1500 Brecknock Road, Greenport, presented by Oysterponds Historical Society and Peconic Landing. Admission free. 323-2480.

Narrow River Singers’ 13th spring concert, 4 p.m. at Poquatuck Hall, Village Lane, Orient. Suggested donation $15. 477-5075, 323-2601.

April Fool’s Spaghetti Dinner, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at First Universalist Church, Main Road, Southold. Donation $10; children 12 and under $5; soft drinks $1. Proceeds benefit Religious Education Youth Scholarship Fund. 765-3494.

Messier Marathon, 7 p.m., lecture by Tom Hoffelder at Custer Institute and Observatory, 1115 Main Bayview Road, Southold. Bring telescope. Suggested donation $10; members and full-time students $5. 765-2626.

Riverhead High School Blue Masques presents ‘Once Upon A Mattress,’ 8 p.m. in Charles Cardona Auditorium, 700 Harrison Ave. Directed by Jessica Guadagnino and Dena Tishim. Tickets $8 advance, $10 at door; seniors $5. 369-6750.

Grateful Dead tribute band Half Step performs 8 p.m. at Vail-Leavitt Music Hall, 18 Peconic Ave., Riverhead for Rex Foundation Musical Caravan fundraiser. Tickets $12 advance, $15 at door. Portion of proceeds benefits foundation’s programs. ticketleap.com, vail-leavitt.org.

Sunday, April 3
Trash or Treasure giant indoor rummage sale, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., sponsored by Polish Town Civic Association. See Saturday. Everything must go; 50% off most items.

Hike led by Barbara Terranova, 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Goldsmith’s Inlet Park, end of Mill Road, Peconic. Meet in parking lot. Distance 1.5-3 miles; pack snack and drink, bring camera and binoculars. Dress for weather; sandy; footwear with traction recommended. For ages 9+, hosted by Town of Southold Recreation Dept. Fee $5. Registration required: 765-5182.

Courting the Jester: Danny Kaye, musical tribute by Bob Spiotto, 2 p.m. in the Great Room at Riverhead Free Library, 330 Court St. Light refreshments; admission free. Presented by Friends of RFL. 727-3228.

Guitarist Ray Penney performs classical music, popular tunes, blues and jazz standards, 4 p.m. at Southold Free Library, Main Road. 765-2077.

Riverhead High School Blue Masques presents ‘Once Upon A Mattress,’ 2 p.m. See Saturday.

Old Fashioned Variety Show, 2 p.m. at Greenport School auditorium; proceeds benefit Greenport American Legion building fund. Instrumental numbers, dancers, singers and more. Tickets at door, adults $10, children $5 (must be with adult). Information: 834-0106.

Songs from the Great American Song Book, 2:30 p.m., with Susan and David Dingle at Creation Station, behind Cutchogue United Methodist Church, Main Road. Refreshments. Donations appreciated. 765-5667.

Family Reading and Discussion program, 3-5 p.m. at Floyd Memorial Library, 539 First St., Greenport. For ages 9-11 and parents/caregivers. Books and snacks provided. Space limited; registration required. 477-0660.

Monday, April 4

Selene Castrovilla

Selene Castrovilla

Max and Ruby and the Chocolate Chicken, 10-10:30 a.m. for ages 2-3 at Cutchogue-New Suffolk Library, Main Road, Cutchogue. Register: 734-6360.

High Tea with teen lit author Selene Castrovilla, 5:30-7 p.m. for teens at Mattituck-Laurel Library, Main Road, Mattituck. Enjoy a variety of exotic teas and finger foods; bring tea cup; register: 298-4134.

Tuesday, April 5
Reception, 4-5:30 p.m., for Southold Jr/Sr High School Students art exhibit at Southold Free Library, Main Road. On display through April. 765-2077.

Where do Chicks Come From?, 6:30-7:15 p.m. for ages 4-5 at Cutchogue-New Suffolk Library, Main Road, Cutchogue. Register: 734-6360.

Wednesday, April 6
Two-day Green Guerilla class, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at The Nature Lyceum for Organic Horticulture, Spiritual Renewal Center at First Parish Church, UCC, corner of Sound Avenue and Church Lane, Riverhead. Fee $448. Continues Thursday, April 7. Register: www.thenaturelyceum.org.

Sing and Play Ole, 10:30-11:15 a.m. for ages 2-3 at Cutchogue-New Suffolk Library, Main Road, Cutchogue. Register: 734-6360.

Richard Corbin of Clawflowers discusses “Spring Arrangements,” 1 p.m. at Southold Free Library, Main Road, followed by Southold Town Garden Club meeting. Free; refreshments served. 765-2077.

Culinary Tour, 5-6:15 p.m. features “Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Ribs & Beans” with Paula Croteau at Farmhouse Kitchen Cooking School, 1450 S. Harbor Road, Southold. Class fee $20; residents $15. Bring apron and $25 ingredients fee to first class. Space limited to 15; register: 765-5182. Confirm prior to class: 765-6032, [email protected] Offered by Southold Town Recreation Department.

Thursday, April 7
Book discussion ‘River of Doubt’ by Candice Millard, 10:30 a.m. at Southold Free Library, led by Caroline MacArthur. 765-2077.

Riley Avenue Elementary School’s annual science fair, 5-6:15 p.m. for grades K-2, 6:30-8 p.m. for grades 3-4. 369-6804.

Striped Bass Challenge, 6:30 p.m. at Mattituck-Laurel Library, Main Road, Mattituck. Veteran fisherman Capt. Jerry McGrath presents lecture/slide show. Free. 298-4134.

From left: Edith L. Fullerton, LIRR President Ralph Peters, Theodore Roosevelt and Hal B. Fullerton en route to the Wading River Farm during President Roosevelt's 1910 visit to experimental farms.

PHOTO COURTESY OF SUFFOLK COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY | From left: Edith L. Fullerton, LIRR President Ralph Peters, Theodore Roosevelt and Hal B. Fullerton en route to the Wading River Farm during President Roosevelt's 1910 visit to experimental farms.

Seed to Soil, 7-8:30 p.m. with Paula Bivona at Riverhead Free Library, 330 Court St. Comprehensive and informative program includes extending growing seasons, plant diversity and more. Register: 727-3228.

Slide program “The Blessed Isle: Hal B. Fullerton and His Image of Long Island,” 7 p.m., presented by SCHS director Wally Broege at Suffolk County Historical Society, 300 w. Main St., Riverhead. Admission $5. 727-2881.

Calendar Policy
In order to be listed in the calendar, events must be open to the general public and be not-for-profit, nonpartisan and nonsectarian in nature. The deadline for receipt of calendar listings is 5 p.m. Friday. To submit material: E-mail [email protected]; mail to Times/Review News­papers, P.O. Box 1500, Mattituck, NY 11952; or fax to 298-3287. Call 298-3200 for information.

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The Arts
Call for artists, Old Town Art & Crafts Guild’s 2nd annual “Spring Awakenings” juried art competition and sale slated to open Friday, April 15, 5-7 p.m. in Cutchogue. Juror is artist/illustrator/cartoonist Rob White. Information/application: www.oldtownguild.com.

Call for artists, “East End Light” all-media juried art show at East End Arts Council Gallery, Riverhead, April 22-June 3. Drop off Thursday-Saturday, April 14-16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at gallery. Information: 727-0900.

Artists’ reception, Monday, April 11, 5-7  p.m. for annual Student Art Exhibit at Mattituck-Laurel Library, Mattituck. Mattituck-Cutchogue students grades 4-12 exhibit work from December 2010 student show at Parrish Art Museum. On view through April. 298-4134.

Classes and Workshops
Chess Workshop, Saturday, April 9, 1 p.m. for grades 2-6 with Jim MacLeod at Mattituck-Laurel Library, Mattituck. Call 298-4134 ext 4 to register.

Family Fun

Third annual Bagels with the Bunny, Saturday, April 9, 9-11:30 a.m. at Southold Town Recreation Center, Peconic. Bagels, cake, coffee and juice, meet the Easter Bunny, egg hunt, jelly beans in jar guessing game and more. Adults $5; children $3; ages 2 and under free. RSVP: [email protected]

Film
North Form Reform Synagogue presents ‘Prime,’ Saturday, April 9, 7:30 p.m. at Cutchogue Presbyterian Church, Main Road. Romantic comedy, two women get a new and unusual perspective on doctor/patient relationship, with Uma Thurman and  Meryl Streep. Suggested donation $5. Refreshments served. Discussion follows screening. 722-5712, northforkreformsynagogue.org.

Food and Drink

Breakfast Buffet, Sunday, April 10, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Knights of Columbus in Cutchogue. Adults $8; children $4. 734-7338.

McGann-Mercy High School Ethics and Leadership Club’s 2nd annual spaghetti dinner, Friday, April 15, 5-7 p.m., Riverhead. Includes cake raffle and 50/50; proceeds help sponsor summer camp for inner city children. 737-5900, ext. 10. Play follows; see Theater events.

Southold Historical Society’s annual April Showers Dinner, Thursday, April 14, noon-8 p.m. at Soundview Restaurant, Greenport. Roast chicken, fish or vegetarian entree; Includes cash raffle. Tickets $20; raffle tickets $1 or 6/$5. Available at society’s headquarters in Prince Building, Main Road, Southold, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., or at door. 765-5500.

For Bargain Hunters
Indoor/outdoor antiques show, Saturday-Sunday, April 9-10, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Old Town Art & Crafts Guild, Cutchogue. 734-6382.

For Children

Book Break, Monday, April 11, 4 p.m. for grades 2-3 at Mattituck-Laurel Library, Mattituck. Includes snack. Register: 298-4134, ext. 4.

For History Buffs
Grand opening, Saturday, April 9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. of historic Lionel Visitor’s Center Toy Train Layout at Railroad Museum of Long Island’s Freeman Building in Riverhead. Admission free. 765-2757.

For Pet Lovers
Dog Park Party ‘Easter Bone Hunt,’ Saturday, April 9, 1-3 p.m. at Southold Dog Park behind Southold Town Recreation Center, Peconic Lane, Peconic. Monthly themed gathering for town residents and canine friends. Admission free. Event will be rescheduled to next day, Sunday, in case of inclement weather. 765-5182.

Music
Piano Plus concert features soprano Maria D’Amato, Sunday, April 10, 2 p.m. at Riverhead Free Library. “A Whole Bunch of Good Stuff,” with pianist John Eyre. 727-3228.

Singer/songwriter Hugh Prestwood performs Friday, April 8, 7 p.m. at Floyd Memorial Library, Greenport. Free. 477-0660.

The Natural World
North Fork Audubon Society hosts ‘Preserving Plum Island,’ Friday, April 8, 7:30 p.m. at Peconic Landing community center, Greenport, presented by John Turner and Stella Miller. 917-623-5373, [email protected]

The Sciences
Saturn Appreciation Night, Saturday, April 9, after dark, weather permitting, at Custer Institute and Observatory, Southold. Suggested donation $5; children under 14 $3, members free. 765-2626.

Health and fitness
Grains for Great Health & Enjoyment, Wednesday, April 13, 6:30 p.m., with Shelley Scoggin from The Market in Greenport, at Mattituck-Laurel Library, Mattituck. Fee $5; register at circulation desk. 298-4134.

Sports and Recreation
Hike led by Barbara Terranova, Sunday, April 10, 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Laurel Lake, Route 25, Laurel. Meet in parking lot. Distance 1.5-3 miles; pack snack and drink, bring camera and binoculars. Dress for weather; muddy, leaf-covered, footwear with traction recommended. For ages 9+, hosted by Town of Southold Recreation Dept. Fee $5. Registration required: 765-5182.

Theater
Spring Youth Drama Workshop ‘Cat-Tales: What the Alley Cats Learn About Bullies,’ Saturdays, April 9 and 16, 9-11:30 a.m.; performance Sunday, April 17, 3 p.m., at Creation Station, Cutchogue. To participate call 765-5667.

McGann-Mercy High School students present ‘Bye Bye Birdie,’ Thursday-Saturday, April 14-16, 7:30 p.m. in auditorium, Riverhead. Tickets $8.737-5900, ext. 10.

Riverhead High School Blue Masques presents ‘Once Upon A Mattress,’ April 8, 9 at 8 p.m., in Charles Cardona Auditorium. Directed by Jessica Guadagnino and Dena Tishim. Tickets $8 advance, $10 at door; seniors $5. 369-6750.

The Written Word
Walt Whitman: Songs of the People, Sunday, April 10, 3 p.m. at Floyd Memorial Library, Greenport. Production by Mel Mendelssohn celebrates Whitman’s poetry. Free. 477-0660.

Book talk ‘Garden of Eve’ by Mary Agria, Friday, April 8, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Cutchogue-New Suffolk Library, Cutchogue. Register: 734-6360.

Book Discussion ‘Night Fall’ by Nelson DeMille, Tuesday, April 19, 4 p.m. at Mattituck-Laurel Library, Mattituck. This mystery’s characters re-investigate the tragedy of Flight 800. Call Bev Wowak, Reader’s Advisor for details at 298-4134 ext. 6.

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Ongoing Events

The Arts

Oysterponds Historical Society’s ‘Fiber & Glass’ exhibit at Janet T. Swanson Gallery in Old Point Schoolhouse, Village Lane, Orient. Francoise and Yan Rieger’s colorful collection of tapestries and fused art glass. On view Saturday-Sundays, 2-5 p.m. through April 23. 323-2480.

Southold Junior/Senior High School student art exhibit at Southold Free Library, Main Road. On display through April. 765-2077.

Annual Student Art Exhibit at Mattituck-Laurel Library, Main Road, Mattituck, features work by Mattituck-Cutchogue students grades 4-12 from December 2010 student show at Parrish Art Museum. On view through April. 298-4134.

Brain Games
Duplicate bridge with Kathy Fibkins, Tuesdays, noon at Mattituck-Laurel Library, Main Road, Mattituck. Open to all; 734-8096.

Mah-jongg, Mondays, 10 a.m.-noon, and Tuesdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., at Mattituck-Laurel Library, Main Road, Mattituck. 298-4134.

Food and Drink
Community supper, free soup kitchen for all in need, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at St. Agnes R.C. Church parish hall, Sixth Street, Greenport. 765-2981.

Free lunch, Almuerzo Gratis for ages 6-18, Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at The Salvation Army, 130 Osborne Avenue, Riverhead. 727-3338.

For Children
Playdates with the Southold Mothers’ Club: Wednesdays at Cutchogue/New Suffolk Library, Pre-school Playgroup (19 months-5 years), 9:30-11:00 a.m. [email protected] Wee little Ones Playgroup (birth-18 months), 11:00-noon, [email protected] Weekend Toddler Playdate, for times and locations contact [email protected]

Crafts for Kids at Southold Indian Museum, Sundays, 12:30-1:30 p.m., 1080 Main Bayview Road. Fee: $5 per child per craft; must be accompanied by adult. Registration appreciated but not required. 765-5577.

Health and Fitness
Free beginner’s Hatha Yoga classes, Sundays, 3-4:15 p.m. at Mary Smith Recreation Center, Greenport. Bring non-skid, body-length mat. 765-3005.

The Sciences
Every Saturday, dusk to midnight: Stargazing at Custer Institute and Observatory, 1115 Main Bayview Road, Southold. 765-2626. To arrange group visits, e-mail [email protected]

The Written Word
The Yellow Barn at Riverhead Free Library, 330 Court St. open for book purchases Mondays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 727-3228, ext. 0.

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Southold Town Police arrested a Greenport resident they said brandished what appeared to be a black handgun and robbed another man of $40 in cash and a diver’s watch on the grounds of Greenport High School on the evening of March 22. Police charged Vaughn Creighton, 17, with second-degree robbery, a felony, not long after the incident. He was taken to headquarters and held on $2,500 bail.

• Police arrested a 46-year-old Greenport man found lying on the ground with a laceration to his forehead on Route 25 in downtown Southold just after midnight March 24. After responding to an anonymous report of an intoxicated man walking in the area, police said that they found Pedro F. Castro Mercado lying on the ground. Police said that Mr. Mercado presented officers with a fake Social Security card and a fake permanent resident card. He was charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree and false personation, taken to headquarters and held for arraignment. Police said that Mr. Mercado was wanted on an active arrest warrant in Ventura, Calif.

• Donald R. Johnson Jr., 35, of Orient was charged with driving while intoxicated after he was stopped for vehicle and traffic violations on Route 25 in Orient just before 3 a.m. Sunday, according to police reports. Mr. Johnson was also charged with aggravated unlicensed operation. He was held overnight for a morning arraignment.

• Colin J. Volinski, 21, of Southold was arrested just after 11 p.m. Sunday night, after police said they found him in possession of a controlled substance during a traffic stop on Route 25 in Southold. Police said Mr. Volinski, who was in a rear passenger seat of a car that had been stopped, was seen trying to hide an unlabeled prescription bottle under his seat when an officer approached the vehicle. Mr. Volinski was taken to headquarters for processing, given a later court date and released on bail.

• Mario Uyu, 26, of Jamesport was stopped for speeding on Route 25 in Laurel just before 9 p.m. Sunday when police found that his license had been suspended due to a prior DWI charge, according to police reports. He was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, taken to headquarters for processing and released on $200 bail.

• A small brush fire was started by four Greenport teenagers who were playing with matches near the railroad tracks behind a Route 25 lumber yard in Greenport at about 6:30 p.m. Saturday, according to police. The Greenport and Orient fire departments put out the flames. Police said that they found the four youths, two 14 years old and the other two 17, on Fifth Street in Greenport. The youths reportedly told police that one of them was playing with matches and lit a small amount of grass that another youth was holding. That youth dropped the burning grass, setting brush on fire. One of them tried to extinguish the fire with a coat. When he was unsuccessful, they panicked and ran, swimming across a small creek into Greenport, according to police. Police took the youths to their homes and explained to their parents what had happened.

• Police responded to two burglaries at neighboring houses on Route 48 in Greenport last week. One residence was reportedly targeted sometime between January 1 and March 26, when someone cut a kitchen window screen and entered the house, stealing two television sets. The caretaker for a neighboring Route 48 home reported March 24 that sometime between March 20 and 24 someone stole a 42-inch Philips LCD flat screen TV, a 19-inch Sylvania television, two DVD players, a set of Sony speakers, a yellow power washer, a printer, a laptop computer and a set of doorbell chimes. Police said the burglar apparently cut a kitchen window screen to get into the house and exited through a sliding door.

• A resident of West Street in Greenport woman reported on March 27 that when she returned to the house after being away for several hours she found a rear window open and a footprint on her washing machine. Two shopping bags full of cans and bottles that she had been saving for the deposits, valued at $3, were reported missing.

• A resident of Park Avenue in Mattituck reported on March 27 that someone stole a Rally mountain bike and a red toy pedal tractor from an unlocked shed behind his property.

• A resident of Route 25, Greenport, told police March 22 that a 15-speed bicycle had been stolen from his house.

• A custodian at Mattituck High School reported just before 7 a.m. on March 22 that someone entered the school and poured what appeared to be maple syrup on the floor and on several lockers earlier that morning, according to police reports. Police said the trickster also put tape on a door and over a water fountain button, causing it to overflow onto the floor.

• Tammy Gregg, 44, of Southold was taken to Eastern Long Island Hospital by the Southold Fire Department just before 7 a.m. on March 22, after she lost consciousness due to a diabetic emergency while driving on Soundview Avenue in Southold and struck a telephone pole, according to police reports.

• After several Southold residents told police that their car windows had been shattered by BB gunfire last week, three more victims reported similar attacks this week. A resident of Wells Avenue in Southold reported just before 7 p.m. on March 24 that three windows in the front of his house had been shot out with a BB gun. A Main Bayview Road resident reported that someone shattered the rear window of a Ford Explorer parked in his driveway sometime between 5:30 and 7 p.m. the same evening. The owner of a business on Route 25 in Southold said on March 25 that someone had shot out the front windows of the store with a BB gun sometime between 7 p.m. on March 24 and 2 p.m. on March 25.

Those who are named in police reports have not been convicted of any crime or violation. The charges against them may later be reduced or withdrawn, or they may be found innocent.

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At the wineries
Diliberto Winery, Jamesport
• Wine cellar tour & barrel tasting, Saturday, April 2, 11 a.m. and noon. $15, reservations required.
• Saturday Afternoon in Napoli, Saturday, April 2. Pizza demo and Neopolitan songs.
• Notte di Sabato, Saturday, April 2, 6-9 p.m. Live music; bring food.
• Pasta & Puccini, Sunday, April 3, 2 p.m. Homemade farfalle pasta demo and live opera singing. Reservations recommended.

Jason’s Vineyard, Jamesport
• Live Music: Johnny Kroo, Saturday, April 2, 2-6 p.m.
• Live Music: To be announced, Sunday, April 3, 2-6 p.m.

Castello di Borghese Vineyard, Cutchogue
• Friday Night Flights, Friday, April 1, 5-7:30 p.m., happy hour with live music.
• Winemaker’s Walk, Saturday, April 2, 1 p.m.; tour of winery and production facility. Fee $20. RSVP.

Peconic Bay Winery, Cutchogue
• Live Music: Take 3, Saturday, April 2, 1-5 p.m.
• Live Music: The East End Trio, Sunday, April 3, 1-5 p.m.

Martha Clara Vineyards, Riverhead
• Live Music: Keith Maguire, Saturday, April 2, 2-5 p.m.

Sherwood House Vineyards, Jamesport
• Live Music: Robert Bruey, Saturday, April 2, 1-5 p.m.

Osprey’s Dominion, Peconic
• Live Music: Magee Brothers, Saturday, April 2, 1-5 p.m.

Laurel Lakes Vineyard, Laurel
• Live Music: Liza Coppola, Sunday, April 3, 1-5 p.m.

Shinn Estate Vineyards, mattituck
• Vineyard Walk, with Barbara Shinn, Saturday & Sunday, April 2 & 3, 1:30 p.m. $12.50. RSVP.
• Barrel Tasting, Saturday & Sunday, April 2 & 3, 2:30 or 3:30 p.m. $20. Reservations recommended.
• Complimentary tasting for Southold and Riverhead town residents, once per month, through April 1.

These are events that do not meet Times/Review Newspapers’ requirements for calendar listings.

03/31/11 11:25am

JULIE LANE PHOTO | Joan Frisicano Oysterponds acting superintendent/principal could become permanent part-time superintendent in July, but that decision won't be made until school board members have interviewed other candidates. A resolution to make her permanent part-time superintendent was pulled from the agenda Wednesday night.

Oysterponds junior and senior high school students will continue to attend classes in Greenport in the fall, but that could change next year.

After hearing from a parade of students and parents saying Wednesday night that they all “bleed purple” and want to continue the district’s relationship with Greenport, the Oysterponds school board withdrew a motion that would have named both Greenport and Mattituck-Cutchogue as “possible receiving districts” for the 2011-12 school year. The board then voted unanimously to continue to send the students to Greenport next school year.

But that’s far from a long-term commitment. The board intends on scheduling a May referendum asking residents if they want a choice of other high schools.

The wording of the proposition has yet to be drafted, but board members agreed that if only about 10 percent of voters want to explore the possibility of sending secondary students to another district, it probably wouldn’t be worth further exploring.

But if 40 percent or so say yes, the board may explore other possibilities.

Several years ago, the board established a community committee to consider high school alternatives. The group investigated the Mattituck-Cutchogue, Greenport and the Shelter Island school systems. Southold opted not to participate.

Although the group’s findings appeared to favor Mattituck-Cutchogue, the school board did not act on it.

In other action, the board also withdrew a motion to appoint Joan Frisicano permanent part-time superintendent as of July 1.

While assuring her that the decision didn’t reflect any dissatisfaction with her work since coming on in an interim capacity in December, board member Linda Goldsmith said she wants she wants time to review other resumes and to carefully vet the next permanent hire.

03/31/11 11:09am
Silvana Plesich

Silvana Plesich

Silvana Plesich of Southold died March 30, 2011, at Good Shepherd Hospice in Port Jefferson, surrounded by her loving family. She was 63 years old.

Born in Croatia on February 12, 1948, she was the daughter of Antonia and Josip Bussanich. She attended schools there and married Frank Plesich in Bristol, Pa., on October 19, 1968. For the past 29 years they resided in Southold.

Silvana enjoyed a career in banking that spanned 24 years, the past six as assistant bank manager of Hudson City Savings Bank in Southold.

She was a member of the Adriatic Association and the Italian American Club and was a communicant of St. Patrick R.C. Church in Southold. In her free time, she enjoyed gardening, crafts, dancing and travel.

Surviving are her husband, Frank; two sons, Dennis, of Huntington Beach, Calif., and David, of Southold; her mother, Antonia Bussanich of Pennsylvania; a sister, Natalina Mulholland of Levittown, Pa.; and two grandchildren, Samantha and Bianca.

The family welcomed friends on April 1 at DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Home in Southold, where vigil prayers were conducted that evening by Father Peter Garry. The Liturgy of Christian Burial was celebrated on April 2 at St. Patrick R.C. Church by Father Garry. Interment was at the church cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice.

03/31/11 10:58am
 JASON BROWN COURTESY PHOTO | News-Review reader Jason Brown says he took this photo Tuesday while walking along Iron Pier beach in Northville.

JASON BROWN COURTESY PHOTO | News-Review reader Jason Brown says he took this photo Tuesday while walking along Iron Pier beach in Northville.

It’s a bird! It’s a dead raccoon? It’s a barbecued pig that’s been hit in the head with a rock?

That, or it’s another alleged “Montauk Monster” sighting!

This time in Northville.

The Suffolk Times was contacted Tuesday by Jason Brown, a Riverhead High School student from Aquebogue who wrote he was “emailing some pictures I took today while walking down Iron Pier beach. The creature I found seems to resemble the Montauk Monster in a lot of ways.”
Asked Wednesday what he did with the creature, Mr. Brown replied, “As far as I know, this thing is still there at Iron Pier. I will check today when I go back down there.”

A Times/Review reporter walked the entire length of the beach on both sides of the boat ramp Wednesday, but, alas, no monster. Mr. Brown said he found the creature about 3/4 of a mile west of the boat ramp.

“I would bet it’s a raccoon carcass,” said Kimberly Durham, the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation’s rescue program director, who was shown the photo. “ A close-up shot of the teeth would be helpful but the size and exterior appearance suggest non marine mammal.”

The original “Montauk Monster” was allegedly found in July 2008 at Ditch Plains Beach in Montauk by young women who photographed it and sent the pictures to the East Hampton Independent paper. Speculation ensued as to what the heck it was, and the Monster soon became an internet and media sensation, with national news outlets like CNN and Fox News Channel doing reports about it.

Some have speculated the beast in the photo — which looked like the “Northville Monster” but with a sort of beak — was a decaying raccoon, a dog, a capybara, a sea turtle, a hoax and even some speculated it washed up after a Plum Island experiment went awry.

Whatever it was, no one ever located the original again, though there have been subsequent reports of similar looking dead creatures turning up in other locations like Rocky Point and Mattituck, Missouri and Canada, according to the Monster’s official web site.

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03/31/11 7:35am

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | The front entrance of the new veterans clinic at the County Center.

UPDATE: The East End Veterans Clinic’s mental health offices will open Monday, May 2, and the primary care offices will open Wednesday, May 4, county officials said Thursday.

STORY PUBLISHED MARCH 23:

A state-of-the-art medical clinic operated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is expected to open at the County Center in Riverside next month, officials said. The new center will help local veterans cut down on trips to the Northport VA Medical Center, the region’s only full-service veteran’s hospital.

The $1 million facility, called the East End Veterans Clinic, will provide care for physical and mental conditions.
The 4,400-square-foot clinic will be located in the second floor of the county office building at 300 Center Drive off Route 51 and consist of six exam rooms, two counseling rooms, space to process paperwork and a lobby, officials said.

“Many veterans live on the East End of Suffolk County, and providing this satellite clinic will afford many veterans easier access to the care and benefits they deserve without the inconvenience of a long commute,” said County Executive Steve Levy. “The services offered by the VA can be life-altering.”

An elevator has also been installed, and a shuttle van will be provided for those who require transportation, officials said. The project cost the county $500,000. Another $500,000 in renovations and materials was funded by a state grant.

“The county apparently has finished all the work and renovation it committed to; now the VA is doing some finishing work,” said county Legislator Ed Romaine (R-Center Moriches), who had pushed for a clinic at Peconic Bay Medical Center.

He said Mr. Levy rejected his idea, causing the project to take longer to come to fruition.

Mr. Romaine’s spokesman, Bill Faulk, said the clinic will be open six days a week and may also have evening hours.

The county Legislature in August 2010 authorized the county executive to execute a lease for 10 years with Veterans Affairs, which will staff and equip the clinic. Mr. Levy said he likes the County Center location because of “the added convenience of being in the same building as the many other Suffolk County offices.”

MRIs and CT scans will not be available at the East End clinic, officials said.

VA officials have not yet committed to an opening date.

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