09/11/15 12:00pm
09/11/2015 12:00 PM

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“A book can make you feel better.”

That simple statement, spoken by sixth-grader Sidney Brewer, is the principle that guided a dozen local Girl Scouts in their latest endeavor. For their Bronze Award project, they wanted to give the gift of reading to their community. READ

12/13/2014 3:25 PM
A teacher holds a stack of letters from military volunteers after Lt. Col. Shawn Fitzgerald's presentation in a Cutchogue classroom Friday afternoon. (Credit: Paul Squire)

A teacher holds a stack of letters from military volunteers after Lt. Col. Shawn Fitzgerald’s presentation in a Cutchogue classroom Friday afternoon. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Earlier this year, kindergarteners and second-graders from classes at Cutchogue East Elementary School decorated and packed small bags with candy to send to Air Force Lt. Col. Shawn Fitzgerald and the rest of the 103rd Rescue Squadron stationed in eastern Africa.

On Friday, they got a very special kind of thank you from Lt. Col. Fitzgerald — whose two sons, Colin and Trevor, are in the classes — and the service members he deployed with.  (more…)

11/07/14 6:02pm
11/07/2014 6:02 PM
Joe and Darla Doorhy, with their daughter Carly. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Joe and Darla Doorhy, with their daughter Carly, at Friday’s ceremony to dedicate a bench in memory of Kaitlyn Doorhy at Cutchogue East Elementary School. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

When Lisa Fox heard the tragic news of Kaitlyn Doorhy’s death in late August, she and the executive board of the Mattituck-Cutchogue Parent-Teacher Association began brainstorming ways to honor the Mattituck woman.

“Not only to honor Kaitlyn, but to honor her family, which has given so much to this community for the last 15 years,” said Ms. Fox, the PTA president. (more…)

06/13/14 10:00am
06/13/2014 10:00 AM
Jonathan Nyilas, 9, of Cutchogue and Gabriel Perez Colombo, 8, of Cutchogue have helped to protect piping plovers. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Jonathan Nyilas, 9, of Cutchogue and Gabriel Perez Colombo, 8, of Cutchogue have helped to protect piping plovers. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

North Fork children have teamed up to help protect the piping plover, a seaside bird so tiny it often goes unnoticed by beachgoers.

Every April through August, these federally threatened — and in New York State, endangered — birds nest on the bare sand of local beaches, where they’re subjected to weather fluctuations, natural predators and people and their pets.  (more…)

04/12/2014 1:00 PM
A group of Cutchogue East Elementary School students have submitted a petition the school board requesting a reduction in the temperature requirement for outdoor recess. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

A group of Cutchogue East Elementary School students have submitted a petition to the school board requesting a reduction in the temperature requirement for outdoor recess. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

A group of Cutchogue East Elementary School students have petitioned the Mattituck-Cutchogue school board to reduce the temperature requirement for outdoor recess.

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