05/31/11 7:26pm
05/31/2011 7:26 PM

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Mattituck third baseman Travis Zurawski received a throw at third to get Babylon's pinch runner, Joe Sauastano, out on a fielder's choice in the sixth inning.

Put that county championship on hold.

If the Mattituck Tuckers are going to be crowned as the Suffolk County Class B baseball champions, they’re going to have to wait a little bit longer. They can thank the Babylon Panthers for that.

There is still more baseball to be played. One final game will determine the champion.

Matt Finelli and Max Watt both homered within a three-at-bat span for visiting Babylon, which averted elimination and forced a decisive final game in the double-elimination tournament with a 7-2 victory over Mattituck on Tuesday. The result sets up a rematch between the two teams for the county title on Thursday at Mattituck High School.

For one day, at least, the Panthers looked elimination in the face and roared back.

“It’s a good feeling,” Finelli said. “It’s a good feeling.”

Babylon Coach Anthony Sparacio said, “Another day of practice and another game, and we’ll see what happens.”

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Mattituck pitcher Tom Ascher retired the first 10 Babylon batters before running into trouble.

After losing its first playoff game to the No. 3 Hampton Bays Baymen, No. 2 Babylon bounced back with a win over Hampton Bays in a loser’s bracket game. That advanced Babylon to Tuesday’s game against No. 1 Mattituck.

Mattituck Coach Steve De Caro knew better than to count Babylon out. He had seen the Panthers battle before, like in 2007, when they scraped past Mattituck on their way to the county title — and then went all the way, becoming the state champions.

“I’ll never forget that,” De Caro said. “They’re a tough team. They never give up, and we respect that.”

Mattituck’s starting pitcher, Tom Ascher (5-2), coasted in the first half of Tuesday’s game, looking good and retiring Babylon’s first 10 batters, six on strikeouts.

Then, with one out in the fourth inning, Finelli drove a hard-hit single under third baseman Travis Zurawski’s glove. The next batter, Ricky Negron, doubled, and then a groundout by Watt tied the score at 1-1. Two batters later, Sanders Shanks singled in the go-ahead run.

The rest of the game belonged to Babylon (12-11).

“This was do or die,” Finelli said. “We had to go out there and win.”

Babylon blew things open in the fifth when the homers by Finelli and Watt brought in four runs. After a leadoff walk by Mike Morrone and a ground-rule double by Zach Carmody bounced over the left-field fence, Finelli smacked his first career home run. Two batters later, Watt clocked a majestic solo shot to left, making it 6-1.

Babylon stretched that lead to 7-1 in the sixth on a run-scoring double by Carmody, his second two-bagger of the game.

Mattituck (17-5) had taken a 1-0 lead in the first. Zurawski struck a booming popup that was misplayed, landing near the pitcher’s mound without a glove having touched it. He later scooted home on an infield single by Greg Siliris.

But the Tuckers didn’t score again until the seventh. George Lessard reached base on a dropped popup and was then brought home on a double that Marcos Perivolaris knocked over the right fielder.

Watt (4-5) picked up the complete-game win. He gave up seven hits and one walk without any strikeouts.

Sparacio described it as “a do-or-die situation. We had to play a pretty perfect game.”

Now both teams are facing a must-win game.

Mattituck last won a county title in 2008. Among those in attendance were some members of that 2008 team who were hoping to celebrate, but any festivities of that sort have been put on hold.

The Tuckers are expected to send their ace, Steve Ascher, to the mound on Thursday. He has a 10-0 record with a 0.32 earned run average.

Sparacio said he didn’t know who Babylon’s starting pitcher would be, but he mentioned Finelli and Shanks as possibilities.

“I feel like we have pretty good chances,” Siliris said. “I’m not sure who’s going to be throwing on Thursday, but we’ve seen them all, we’ve hit them all. We have a good feeling about this one.”

Then again, Finelli indicated that he felt good about his team’s chances, saying, “Anything’s possible.”

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05/31/11 3:40pm

The family regrets the omission of the following people from the paid obituary of Mildred V. Glowacki that appeared in The Suffolk Times on May 12.

It was Patricia (Charles) Glowacki and her sister Joan (Thomas) Sawicki whose family gatherings welcomed Mildred.

Of the grandchildren, Trey, Elizabeth, Michael, Leah, Karen and Kevin, it was the ever present “no task too difficult to do for Nana.” Kevin and his sister Karen ensured that they and her children, Clay and Olivia, were a loving part of Mildred’s life.

It was Vincent and Barbara Krivacsy who folded cousin Mildred into all major holidays and many spontaneous visits.

It was the many retirees of North Fork Bank who remained in touch.

Lucille Diem, confidante and adviser, who kept the Glowacki household immaculate.

The expert loving staff from East End Hospice who sustained Mildred as she prepared for her journey.

Monsignor Joseph Staudt who counseled Mildred, respected her last wishes and assured family and friends that she was indeed a valiant woman whose journey was over.

Their mutual love enriched their lives.

This is a paid notice.

05/31/11 3:21pm

• Renowned organist Scott Montgomery will give a scholarship awards recital at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 5, at First Congregational Church in Riverhead. The program of music by Saint-Saens, Franck, Vierne, Bach, Guilmant and others is presented by the Suffolk and Sunrise chapters of the American Guild of Organists.
Mr. Montgomery is a recording artist and director of music ministries at Holy Cross Church in Champaign, Ill.
Scholarships for organ students will be presented at intermission; a reception follows. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. Visit SuffolkAGO.org or email [email protected]

• ‘A Celebration of Local Artists,’ an art exhibition and sale, will be hosted by Oysterponds Historical Society on Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5, at Poquatuck Hall in Orient. The event, which coincides with OHS’ architects house tour, will run from 1 to 4 p.m. each day.
Paintings, prints, photographs and sculpture by East End artists will be featured. Thirty percent of the proceeds will benefit OHS. Call 323-2480 or visit oysterpondshistoricalsociety.org.

• East End musicians Fred Raimondo (aka Fred Bredfry) and Robert Bruey will present ‘Songs for a Cure’ at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at Rothman’s Gallery in Southold. The concert is part of an evening of art and original music; photographs from the New England Folk Archives are on view in the gallery.
Mr. Raimondo is a guitarist and singer; Mr. Bruey is a singer-songwriter and finger-style guitarist. Spoken-word artist G.P. Lane will give a special performance of “Beat Goes On.”
The suggested donation is $10. Proceeds will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Leukemia Cup Regatta.

• Call for artists: Studio East Gallery in Greenport seeks entries for its Small Works Show, featuring pieces no larger than 16 by 20 inches, including frame. Work in all themes will be accepted Friday, June 3, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday, June 4, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
The show opens with a reception on Saturday, June 11, 6 to 9 p.m., and runs through July 2.

• Southold artist Pat Olstad will have her acrylic paintings on view at Cut­ch­ogue New Suffolk Library during June.

• Photography by Mindy Carman will be exhibited at Peconic Bay Winery in Cutchogue through June 30, with an artist’s reception planned for Sunday, June 5, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• “Encaustic Paintings” by Charles Robertson is the June show at Springsteel Gallery in Greenport.

• One-on-one consultations for visual artists with two New York Foundation for the Arts-trained consultants will be offered by East End Arts Council between noon and 3 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at the EEAC gallery in Riverhead.
Beth Giacummo or JoAnne Dumas will be available for 20-minute discussions on sharing a new body of work, preparing an artist statement or website, or other business issues.
The fee is $25 for EEAC members/$40 for nonmembers. Call 369-2171 to make an appointment.

• As part of EEAC’s First Fridays events, artist-in-residence Maria Macedonio-Ritter will be the special guest at an artist talk and reception at 6 p.m. June 3 in the arts council’s Carriage House. Ms. Macedonio-Ritter’s interactive painting installation, “The Humble Quilt,” can be seen on EEAC grounds through June 10.
The suggested donation is $10. Call 369-2171, email [email protected] or visit eastendarts.org.

To send arts news, email [email protected], fax to 298-3287, or mail to Times/Review Newspapers, P.O. Box 1500, Mattituck, NY 11952. Copy deadline: Wednesday at 5 p.m. to appear the following week.

05/31/11 3:01pm

Cutchogue resident Charles C. Watts Jr. died May 23 at Eastern Long Island Hospital in Greenport. He was 65.

Born May 7, 1946, in Mineola to Charles and Doris (Roney) Watts, he worked as a painter for most of his adult life.

Cremation was private. Memorial donations may be made to the Cutchogue Fire Department Rescue Squad.

05/31/11 2:45pm

As I look away from the word processor and peer out from my cubbyhole, the afternoon skies are already getting dark. Again, for the fifth day in a row, there’s rain in the forecast. Anglers all over the east have been coping with this pattern and wondering when it will clear. Maybe it won’t!

We’re pretty much neutral about weather like this, particularly when winds are light and thunderstorms aren’t in the forecast. If heavy rain AND thunderstorms are forecast, we’ll generally cancel, especially when we have no chance of beating the boomers and getting safely to port or to shore before the storms are upon us. Out in the open when you and your craft are the tallest things around and the fishing rods are graphite, you are definitely risking a Ben Franklin moment! However, rain by itself may not hurt the fishing at all if you can endure it and have the outerwear to handle it.

Predatory species often seem turned on by rainstorms. Marine scientists will tell you an infusion of oxygen in the water stirs some species up, particularly at the beginning of a rain event. Some of the fastest action we’ve ever seen on springtime mackerel came in a day of deluges off the South Shore many years ago. I wanted photos of light tackle fishing for “Bostons” and made arrangements to sail on a party boat out of the west end. The light weekday crowd was even lighter than we anticipated, thanks to the forecast, so we practically had the deck of the Ginny Mae to ourselves. The only trick was to get photographs in between the downpours because the cameras were old-fashioned, non-waterproof SLRs. We fished with tackle normally used on trout streams, reels loaded with lines down to two-pound test, and long nets to lift the fish aboard. At day’s end we had two good rolls of film and a dozen mackerel for the table. Undoubtedly, this stunt would not have worked on a smooth, sunny day.

Freshwater sharpies have similar tales, especially in summer months when waters are warm and fishing is in the doldrums. Trout seem to know when rains are about to come through, and you get an added bonus from the insects, worms, and living detritus that washes into a river. Until the stream turns to coffee, trout that you never knew existed may go on a feeding binge, including some of the lunkers that otherwise only prowl by night.

The same holds for the pikes. A decade ago when George and Cathy Grosselfinger came up from Southold and wanted to try a summer day of upstate muskie fishing, we were caught in a bad weather pattern but decided to go anyway. Was it ever wet! It was so bad we found ourselves bailing the 17-foot canoe every half-hour or so; however, the river had been pretty dry so the water discoloration progressed slowly, and the long pool we fished was absolutely alive with turned-on muskellunge. I’ve never had such intense action before or since.

Naturally, you alter fishing tactics a bit. A top freshwater guide from Montreal once told us that as long as you could see the tip of a plug rod when you plunged the rod into the water all the way to the third guide, you were O.K. Even if the water was darkened or discolored, you could still go with black lures that had a flash of loud color, preferably fluorescent orange. Larger lures gave the fish a better target, too. Fly rodders do much the same, resorting to large black nymph patterns in discolored streams. Of course, when the rivers or streams are really in spate and the color of coffee, lure fishing may become hopeless. Now you either resort to bait or head home.

Caring for gear can be problematic under truly wet conditions. It’s too easy to put your doused tackle off to one side and then pack it away for future use. Some of the top line gear we see today, especially reels that are sealed units, can handle such rough treatment, but it’s a bad habit to get into. Not all guides and wraps are completely rust proof, and older reels or photographic equipment provide nasty surprises if neglected. Ditto for boxes of lures or flies. Tedious as it may seem, the best procedure is setting all your gear out in a dry place as soon as you can and administering a shot or two of lubricant to the reels, especially one like WD-40 that displaces moisture, when they are completely dry. Dessicants for fly boxes and tackle boxes are also available when you are worried about incomplete drying and rusty hooks.

So get out the rubber boots and foul weather gear and get out on the water. Spring fishing is still pretty good even when you’re soaked!

05/31/11 1:25pm

Joseph C. Pickard of Greenport died May 25 at the age of 93.

He was born March 11, 1918, in New York City to Anna (Vogel) and Joseph Pickard. He graduated from college with a Bachelor of Arts degree and married his fiancée, Mary, on Oct. 29, 1955, in Brooklyn.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945. Commissioned as a first lieutenant, he was awarded the American Defense Service Medal; the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, with six Bronze Stars; the World War II Victory Medal; and the American Campaign Medal.

Mr. Pickard worked for Inolex Corporation in New York City for 30 years. He was a founding member of the Oyster Bay Power Squadron and belonged to First Presbyterian Church of Southold. According to family, he enjoyed boating and loved to travel.

He is survived by his wife, of Greenport; his son, Joseph, of Oyster Bay; and his brother, Wallace.

Visiting hours took place May 27 at Horton-Mathie Funeral Home in Greenport. A service was held May 28 at First Presbyterian Church of Southold, officiated by the Rev. Robert A. Griffin. Interment with military honors was at Calverton National Cemetery.

Donations may be made to Eastern Long Island Hospital, 201 Manor Place, Greenport, NY 11944.

05/31/11 10:16am

The North Fork showed its patriotism with parades in Mattituck, Orient and Greenport this Memorial Day.

All three parades are an annual tradition that saw area residents up bright and early lining local streets with red, white and blue. Even a little rain didn’t keep local community groups from marching.

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Local first responders gathered in Orient for one of three North Fork Memorial Day parades.

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | Local first responders gathered in Orient for one of three North Fork Memorial Day parades.

05/31/11 9:58am

A Rocky Point woman was charged with DWI in Southold Saturday.

Diane Rutt of Rocky Point was reportedly driving eastbound on Route 48 just after 6 p.m. Saturday when she was stopped for failing to maintain her lane of travel and driving with an obstructed view, according to police reports.

Police said Ms. Rutt’s breath smelled of an alcoholic beverage and she failed several field sobriety tests. She was taken to police headquarters and held for a morning arraignment.

05/31/11 9:31am

Nancy "Bird" Alexander

Nancy Alexander, affectionately known as “Bird,” age 61, passed away May 24 at her home in Southold surrounded by family, caregivers and friends.

Nancy was born in Binghamton, N.Y., on October 26, 1949. She graduated from Binghamton Central High School in 1967 and Marywood College in 1971, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Home Economics. She received Permanent Certification in Home Economics in 1975 and Permanent Certification in Elementary Education in 1978.

Nancy taught in the Newfield, Southold and Riverhead school districts. She recently enjoyed spending winters in Florida and summers on the North Fork of Long Island and Shelter Island since retiring from teaching in June 2005.

Nancy is survived by her longtime, devoted love, Skip Tuttle from Shelter Island, and very dear friends Carol Taplin and Edna Terry of Southold. She also leaves a sister, Elaine Stone of West Palm Beach, Fla.; and a brother and sister-in-law, Fred and Connie Alexander of Vestal, N.Y. She has two nephews, Jason and Eric Alexander, and three nieces, Lori Stone Vickery, Marcy Stone and Corinne Alexander Cole. Nancy leaves many close friends in Southold and Shelter Island and numerous teacher friends who were all like family to her.

Nancy was quick to laugh and always ready with a joke or a humorous tale. She had a talent for turning junk into treasure. Her creativity was evident in the many gifts given to friends and family throughout her adult life. The word “eclectic” was often used to describe Nancy due to her varied interests. Hobbies included sewing, cooking, crafts, designing, reading, organizing clam bakes and events — a real “Jack of All Trades”!

Nancy had a sensitive, kind and generous manner that will live on in the hearts of those she held dear. Her students remember her as someone who could make learning fun and interesting, yet she expected them to work hard and maximize their potential.

Nancy’s family and friends are indebted to the loving, dedicated, attentive caregivers who were with Nancy and Skip on their six-month journey with ALS.

The family received friends on May 28 at DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Home in Southold, N.Y.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Riverhead School District, Nancy Alexander Scholarship Fund, 700 Osborne Ave., Riverhead, NY 11901 or the Shelter Island School District, Nancy Alexander Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 2015, Shelter Island, NY 11964 would be appreciated.

This is a paid notice.

05/31/11 6:10am

BETH YOUNG PHOTO | A pair of seniors share a meal at Peconic Recreation Center.

By this fall, Southold Town seniors will have one more place to enjoy the camaraderie and hot food provided by the town’s senior nutrition program.

Thanks to a state grant, the senior center plans to begin a pilot program offering hot lunch at the Peconic Recreation Center. The town will expand the program there if demand is high.

Launched in 1974 at a rented space in Greenport’s St. Agnes R.C. Church, the senior nutrition program moved to Mattituck in 1996. That gave the program its own home base, but made it more difficult for seniors from Greenport and farther east to take advantage of the service, said town human services director Karen McLaughlin.

In 2009, Ms. McLaughlin applied for a $26,000 grant from the state Office for the Aging to buy a new stove and refrigerator plus chairs and a canopy for the Mattituck center. She learned last summer that Southold was one of about 25 towns in the state that would receive the money.

Last week, the Southold Town Board authorized the purchase of the new equipment.

Ms. McLaughlin said her staff plans to move several of the existing appliances from Mattituck to Peconic to provide lunch during two town-sponsored senior meetings, which take place every other Wednesday and Thursday. Many seniors who attend those meetings would normally have lunch at the Mattituck center and go to Peconic to meet with their groups. There they could buy coffee, but had to bring their own lunch.

“They say, ‘Oh, no, you’re having beef and gravy? That’s at the same time as my senior meeting,’ ” said Ms. McLaughlin.

Lillian Wagner-Dykhuis, 93, of Mattituck packs her own bag lunch every time she goes to her Southold senior meeting. But she wouldn’t miss joining her longtime friends in Peconic for the world.

“I tell everyone in Florida that if it weren’t for the senior center and my neighbor, I wouldn’t come north anymore,” said Ms. Wagner-Dykhuis, who returned to her Mattituck home from Florida on Wednesday and was at the senior center for lunch the very next day. “You have to get out,” she said.

She added that food at the center in Mattituck was far better than what the senior centers in Florida had served for the past six months.

Themis Fieros of Mattituck, who was eating lunch with Ms. Wagner-Dykhuis at the center on Friday, agreed.

“A nutritionist comes and makes up the menu with the cook,” she said. “It’s good food.”

The only thing either woman said they could complain about was that the portions at the Mattituck luncheons are too large.

Ms. McLaughlin said that if the program takes off in Peconic, the senior center may consider making transportation available to the Peconic center. Currently, seniors are taken from all over town to Mattituck for lunch, but they could be taken to Peconic as well, she said.

She hopes that offering food at the Peconic senior meetings will help boost the ranks of this active group of adults, who take great pride in their social organizations.

In addition to the benefit of offering nutritious meals, the town has another incentive to provide more food for seniors.

“The more meals we provide, the more funding we secure,” said Ms. McLaughlin. “That’s a win-win for everyone.”

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