02/04/12 12:00pm
02/04/2012 12:00 PM

In the middle of February, it’s nice to have a day that makes us stop and say “I love you” to those who mean the most to us. Happy Valentine’s Day!

The Mattituck High School Musical Theater Company will perform “Leader of the Pack” Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 9-11, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students. The songs are familiar and fun and advisers Anne Gilvarry and Jacob Fowle have been rehearsing the cast for weeks. Special thanks go to school nurse Linda Diorio, who has helped all the players with their costumes. This promises to be a great evening out, so head down to the high school auditorium and support our thespians.

Coaches vs. Cancer is an annual event that combines athletics with a good cause. The girls’ JV basketball game begins at 4:30 p.m. and the varsity plays at 6:15. Raffles and a bake sale will make the games even more exciting so come down and try your luck while supporting the fight against this disease.

Former North Fork residents Adrienne and Fred Weber of Stallings, N.C., send birthday greetings to their grandchildren Danielle Stepnoski and Christopher Caprise, MHS seniors who will turn 18 a few days apart. Christopher celebrates on the 14th and Danielle on the 16th. The Webers also send belated birthday greetings to granddaughter Kellie Stepnoski, who turned 16 Feb. 1.

Mattituck-Laurel Library will present “Egyptian Expedition” for grades 3-6 from 4 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16. Join artist Joyce Raimondo to discover the stories behind mummies and create animal-person forms using self-hardening clay. Call 298-4134 to register.

Birthday balloons will fly over the homes of the following folks this week. Happy birthday to Paul Wilsberg on the 10th; Billy Young and Adrianna Lawson on the 12th; Emily Mincieli and Taylor Montgomery on the 13th; and David Martinez and Rebekah Conner on the 15th.

Hats off to Dina Rose and Art Partners for last Saturday’s successful chinese auction. Special thanks to all the local businesses for their donations and support, without which the event could never have happened. All proceeds will go to art scholarships and art projects at school and throughout the community.

Just a reminder: College Night for junior parents will be held Thursday, Feb. 16, in the MHS library at 7 p.m. Information will be presented about all aspects of the college search, selection and application process.

01/29/12 12:00pm
01/29/2012 12:00 PM

Welcome to February! This is the month we celebrate Black History, hearts and flowers, our past presidents and American Heart Month. Starting tomorrow, you can purchase a “Go Red” lapel pin at Barth’s Pharmacy on Love Lane to raise awareness of the danger of heart disease — especially among women. Pins are $4 each while supplies last.

If you stop at Barth’s on Feb. 8, 10, 15, 17 or 29th between 10 a.m. and noon, you can also get a fitness assessment from Andrea Esposito of the NOFO Wellness Center. There’s also a free weekly raffle plus a special prize with a drawing on Valentine’s Day.

Looking for a distraction from the winter blahs? The Mattituck High School Art Partners will host a winter auction this Saturday, Feb. 4, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the high school. Proceeds will support visual arts scholarships, educational resources and community art events.

Abby Terry’s name was omitted last week from the list of students displaying their artwork this month at Parrish Art Museum in Southampton. A freshman at Mattituck High School, Abby was also the youngest student, at 13, to present a portfolio last spring.

An important date you may want to remember: “Jam the Gym” Coaches vs. Cancer Game is Friday, Feb. 10, starting at 4:30 p.m. with a JV basketball game. A varsity game will follow at 6:15. Come out, fight cancer and support our girls.

Another important date that’s farther away but worth putting on the calendar is the Mattituck Cutchogue PTSA’s Annual Fashion Show, slated this year for Wednesday, April 4. Watch this column for details as the date approaches.

Birthday wishes go this week to Jenna Gabelman on Feb. 4; Peter Ostrowski on the 5th; Jill Wowak, Michael Rolle and Brianna Hyland on the 6th; E.J. Danowski on the 7th; and Emily Gatz on the 8th.

MHS graduate Dan Letteriello is on a campaign to raise funds for team apparel for his college football team at Westfield State in Massachusetts. Donations of any size would be appreciated, but Dan is offering incentive rewards for donations of $25, $50 or $100. Call Dan at 631-680-4092 for details. Checks payable to Westfield State Football can be mailed to Westfield State Football Office, Woodward Center, 577 Western Ave., Westfield, MA 01085.

Carly Unger with the dog beds she bought for the Southold Town Animal Shelter with money raised through bake sales.

COURTESY PHOTO | Carly Unger with the dog beds she bought for the Southold Town Animal Shelter with money raised through bake sales.

Carly Unger held a bake sale to raise money to help the dogs at the town shelter in Peconic. She and two friends baked everything themselves, set up a table at Mattituck Shopping Plaza and sold out. The funds raised went to purchase dog beds for the shelter animals. She planned a second sale recently, which was canceled due to bad weather, but the goodies were sold privately and raised enough to enable Carly to purchase more dog beds. Congratulations to a young entrepreneur with a really big heart!

01/20/12 12:54pm
01/20/2012 12:54 PM

With snow on the ground, the need to get out and enjoy an evening of music appeals to all our senses. The high school jazz band will host a fundraiser, “An Evening of Jazz,” Friday evening, Jan. 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium that’s sure to entertain all who attend. Admission is $10 and tickets may be purchased at the door.

The economy is hurting many and everyone’s trying to come up with solutions to help. Greenport school social worker Jillian Ruroede is collecting slightly used formal and semiformal dresses for the prom boutique her school hosts every year. Dresses can be dropped off at the Greenport guidance office. Any questions, call 477-1950, ext 220. What a great idea!

Another dress boutique, for North Fork students attending the NJROTC Military Ball, will be held Feb. 8, 4-6 p.m. in the ROTC room at Greenport. The dresses are free.

Maureen’s Haven wants to thank the Mattituck-Cutchogue Teachers Association for its generous donation to help the homeless through this winter. The teachers donated funds raised through last November’s Turkey Trot to help those less fortunate.

Mark your calendar for Friday, Feb. 10, when “Jam the Gym” — the annual Coaches vs. Cancer game — will take place in the Mattituck High School gym. The girls’ basketball teams will fight cancer with a JV game at 4:30 p.m. and a varsity game at 6:15 p.m. Come show your support and help fight cancer.

If you love chinese auctions, come on out and support the MHS art department and Art Partners by attending theirs on Saturday, Feb. 4, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Proceeds help support visual art scholarships, educational resources and community art events.

Birthday wishes go out this week to Valerie Wowak on Jan. 27; Stephanie Mincielli and Stephen Ostrowski on the 29th; Carol Mikelbank and Jared McCoy on the 30th; and Michael Burden, Scott Worth and Steven Jacobs on the 31st.

Our talented student artists are once again exhibiting their work at the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton. The opening reception is Saturday, Jan. 28, 5 to 7 p.m. Artists with work on display include Madison Kent, Sarah Pfennig, Adrianna Lawson, Nicole Considine, Cady Vitale, Zachary Smith and Oliver Orr from grade 9; Taylor Hart, Autumn Harris, Nina Nickerson, Matt Berry, Elly Bergen, Meghan Daly, Helen Chen, Tyler Rochon, Olivia Vayer, Nick Chylinski, Paige Catalano, Eric Briggman, Justina Griffin, Tara Gatz, Valentina Hommel, Taylor Hart, Autumn Harris and Matt Berry from grade 10; juniors Brittany Tumulty, Natasha Van de Wetering, Morgan Wilsberg, Andre Vega, Casey Grathwohl, Alexandra Berkoski, Caitlin Penny, Cordelia Larsen, Kaitlin Beebe, Doug Beebe, Amy Zurek, Yuilya Palianok, Alexandria Chowbay, Haley DeRidder and Eric Savercool; and seniors Morgan Gildersleeve, Nicole Palladini, Kira Buckel, Nicole DiVello, Pauline Nelson, Kaitlyn Hughes, Ashley Marron, Erica Bundrick, Victoria Perez, Emily Fliss, Shayonna Griffin, Jennifer Lengyel, Lauryn Serrano and Megan Miller.

Don’t forget: John Halligan will present “Ryan’s Story” Monday evening, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m. in the MHS auditorium. Everyone in the community is welcome!

01/17/12 3:00am
01/17/2012 3:00 AM

It seems winter has finally arrived and with it the January cold and wind we never seem to get used to. Why not warm up a bit by attending a fundraiser Friday evening, Jan. 20, to support Relay for Life? The event, hosted by Bedell Cellars, starts at 7 p.m. and will include music, wine and light fare. Only 125 advance tickets will be sold for $40 each. You can get yours at Suffolk County National Bank in Cutchogue or by calling 734-5050.

If you have little ones at home and are thinking about where they should attend preschool, don’t miss the “preschool preview” at Mattituck-Laurel Library tonight, Jan. 19, at 6:30 p.m. Representatives from local preschools will be on hand to discuss their philosophies, goals and objectives. No registration is required and child care will be available.

To help offset the cost of an educational trip to Costa Rica this spring, students sold raffle tickets during December. The winners were Scott Osler, Barbara Jean Smith, S. Becker, Greg Volpe, Gail Angell, Lisa Hinsch, Tony Piraino, Kelly Toole, Pete McGreevy, Laura Koster, Bev Cierac, Agnes Schuller, Tom Zellner, Pat Arslanian, Cutchogue Fire Department, Joe Pozzalano and Dawn Saxtein. Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to the students for their ongoing support.

Congratulations to Nicole Krupski for winning the $1,000 Walter Krupski Business Scholarship from the Rotary Club. The award will assist Nicole with the cost of attending Bryant University in Rhode Island, where she is a freshman. Nicole’s parents are Maryann and Gene Krupski, who were extremely grateful for the club’s acknowledgement and support.

Belated birthday wishes go this week to Marcos Perivolaris, who cut his cake Jan. 7.

Blowing out candles this week are Anne Senesac on the 20th; Megan Finn, Chris Radigan and Phil Bianculli on the 21st; Elliot Lang on the 22nd; Patricia Horton on the 24th; and Kevin Williams on the 25th.

In the midst of winter, there’s nothing better than a good book. Bev Wowak has announced that the library’s winter reading club, “Take the Chill Off with a Good Book,” begins Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 10 a.m. Drop by, sign up and pick up a good read.

The library will also hold a book discussion Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. on “Winter’s Bone” by Daniel Woodrell and a mystery book discussion “Started Early, Took My Dog” by Kate Atkinson on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 4 p.m.

An important reminder that John Halligan will present “Ryan’s Story” at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30, at Mattituck High School. All East End high school students will hear Mr. Halligan speak on Jan. 30 and 31, so this program for parents will be a great way to begin or continue a dinner table discussion about bullying, cyber bullying, teen suicide and depression. The parent presentation is not appropriate for young children. Several Mattituck faculty and staff members who have seen “Ryan’s Story” recommend it for all parents and community members. This event is sponsored by the North Fork high schools, Southold Town Youth Bureau and the Mattituck-Cutchogue PTSA. Be informed and keep our children safe!

01/09/12 5:14am
01/09/2012 5:14 AM

With the holidays behind us and the new year ahead, it is a great time to stick to resolutions and begin filling up your calendar with upcoming events to pass away the winter days.

If you’ve never spent an evening listening to our high school jazz band, you have an opportunity to do so on Monday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m. This concert will help offset the cost of the band’s trips to competitions this year. Band director Tim Caskin promises a great performance, so turn off the television and head on over to the high school as the air fills with music.

While you’re at the concert, take a look at the display posters from past high school plays. Thanks to a donation by BP Oil, Tom Brennan was able to have the posters framed and hung in the lobby of the auditorium. It’s a great way to celebrate past student performances and reminisce about some of the great shows our school has produced.

The high school is fortunate to have lined up a guest speaker you won’t want to miss. On Monday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m., John Halligan will present “Ryan’s Story” — a story about his son, bullying, cyber-bullying and teen suicide prevention. Mr. Halligan has appeared on shows like “Oprah” and “Frontline” to inform others and help them avoid their own tragedies. The program is co-sponsored by Mattituck High School, the PTSA, Southold and Greenport high schools and the Town of Southold Youth Bureau, and is open to the community. High school students will also hear “Ryan’s Story” during the school day, Jan. 30 in Mattituck and Jan. 31 in Greenport and Southold.

Happy birthday this week to Alexandra Papadopoulos, who cuts her cake Jan. 12; Katie Ross and Gabriella Macari on the 14th; and Marissa Mendez and Emily McDonald on the 16th.

Congratulations to Mark Sisson, who organized the winning entry in East End Arts’ downtown Riverhead holiday window decorating contest. He and a team from the Long Island Horticultural Research and Extension Center in Riverhead created an “Occupy North Pole” scene sponsored by “People for the Ethical Treatment of Elves.” It included protesting elves clashing with policemen (one using pepper spray), miniature tents and disgruntled reindeer — all overseen by Santa rising out of a chimney, champagne glass in hand. That window, which won by popular vote, and 14 others were filled with festive scenes to celebrate the holiday season.

Congratulations to Jenna Williams on her graduation from Fashion Institute of Technology.

12/18/11 3:10pm
12/18/2011 3:10 PM

As I write this last column of 2011, I’d be remiss if I didn’t say thank you to all of you who call, email and stop me in Waldbaum’s or on Love Lane to share your good news, accomplishments and good works. May the holiday season bring with it all you wish for and may 2012 be a year full of joy, new adventures and memory-making moments.

At this time of year, and throughout the months ahead, special thanks go out to all our volunteers at Mattituck Fire Department. During November they responded to 40 calls: 29 rescues, two motor vehicle accidents, four false alarms, one motor vehicle fire, one chemical fire and three other alarms. To all of you who give your time to keep us safe, Merry Christmas and a Happy 2012!

If you’re taking out new 2012 calendars and filling in dates, make sure to include two important events at the high school. The high school jazz band will give a concert on Friday, Jan. 27, at 7:30 p.m. If you’ve never had the chance to hear these young musicians, come to the auditorium, kick back and enjoy the show. Watch this column for more details as the date gets closer.

Another important date is Monday, Jan. 30, when the high school, the PTSA and the Southold Youth Bureau will jointly host a guest speaker on Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. at the high school. John Halligan will present “Ryan’s Story,” a discussion about cyber-bullying, bullying and suicide prevention. This community presentation will follow an assembly for the students during the day. Mr. Halligan has shared his son’s story on national television and at schools and organizations across the country. This important presentation is open to the public. Please make an effort to attend.

Ending the year or starting a new one with birthday celebrations are: Tim Spath, Juliet Biemiller and Joel Mercier on Dec. 22; Stefanie LaSota on the 23rd; Sean McBride, Holly Cavalier and Will Gildersleeve on the 24th; Greg Simmons on the 25th; Tom Smith, Meghan Riley and Carol O’Connor on the 29th; Joey Macari on the 30th; Aaron Pacholk on the 31st; Pat Fedun on Jan. 1; Ashley Gonzalez on the 3rd; Christian Bennardo on the 6th; Dylan Greenberg on the 7th; Nicole Fedun and Nina Lentini on the 8th; Claire Smith on the 10th; and Elena Grefe and Jill Ross on the 11th.

Congratulations to 2005 Mattituck graduate Emily McDonald, daughter of Ed and Carolyn, on her acceptance to medical school. Best of luck in your future endeavors!

Bravo to Dana Kowalsick and Kathryn Zukowski on their recent performance at Sparkling Pointe Vineyards. They have voices like angels!

It was nice catching up with Abby Pacholk last week when she came to MHS to visit Major Grigonis. Abby graduated in 2005 and was an active member of NJROTC. She then graduated from Boston University and became active in the Navy. She was home for two weeks to visit with family and is headed back to San Diego and once again out to sea.

My next column comes out on Jan. 12. Talk to you soon!

12/11/11 12:05pm
12/11/2011 12:05 PM

Ten more days until we gather together to celebrate Christmas! I hope you find time during the next week or so to catch up with old friends and take a break from the hustle and bustle of the season. Shop locally and support our businesses that are there for us all year long.

A great way to take a breather and enjoy the sounds of the season is attending one of the Mattituck High School winter concerts. Junior high students perform Tuesday, Dec. 20, at 7:30 p.m. and the high school concert is the following evening. The music our young people provide is always inspirational and entertaining and a perfect way to reflect on the true meaning of the season. Both concerts are in the high school auditorium.

Speaking of music, James Finora’s parents and siblings wish to congratulate him on being chosen first chair baritone horn in the NYSSMA All State Band in Rochester, N.Y.

Belated birthday wishes go out this week to Allison Kraebel, Corey Best and Caroline Keil, who cut their cakes on Dec. 14.

Others celebrating birthdays during this joyous season are Candy Ulmet, Deb Cahill, Ed McDonald and Myles Caracciolo on the 15th; Julie Peterson on the 16th; Geoff Schroeder, Monica Malcolmson, James Cook and Jay Strong on the 18th; and Christopher Cushman, Mary Grace Finora and Bella Cahill on the 19th.

Why not help a dog or cat stay warm this winter season? The Southold Town Animal Shelter on Peconic Lane is accepting donations of light blankets, sheets and towels to comfort our furry friends.

Congratulations to Vasso Patrikis on becoming a great-grandmother. Her granddaughter Vicki gave birth to a son, Arthur John, on Nov. 26. Vasso is also getting ready to celebrate her 77th birthday on Dec. 22. She’s worked in the elementary school in Laurel and now at Cutchogue East for the past 17 years.

Still not sure what to get for that person who has everything? The Mattituck Athletic Booster Club reminds you that a brick for the alumni garden makes a great gift for anyone. Bricks are also being accepted now as memorials or from retired or current faculty. Call 445-5526 for details. Order forms can be picked up at the high school or at Cutchogue East.

The Dec. 22 issue will be my last column of 2011, and another won’t appear until Jan. 12, 2012. If you have any news or important dates to announce before that, forward them to me as soon as possible so I can include them next week.

12/08/11 12:30am
12/08/2011 12:30 AM

The Junior High Student Council will be looking out for our furry friends this season by collecting items — everything from pet food to blankets — for the North Fork Animal Shelter over the next week. All donations will be welcome.

Check out the gift of art provided by Mattituck High School students next time you’re at the Mattituck Shopping Plaza. Members of the MHS Art Partners Club spread some holiday cheer by painting the windows there. Thanks to Jens and Michelangelo’s for providing them with lunch.

The annual School Art Festival for students in pre-K through grade 8 from neighboring schools is part of the Parrish Art Museum’s exhibition “American Portraits: Treasures from the Parrish Art Museum.” The museum celebrated student artists last Saturday, Dec. 3, with festivities that included transformation face painting by Agostino Arts, juggler Lou Johnson, and refreshments.

Members of our community, at home and away, continue to join together to help others during this joyful season. Marist College students Marissa Russo and Michelle Waters recently joined in the school Student Government Association’s three-day “Up ‘til Dawn” fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Student participants stayed up all night to write letters to friends and family members asking for donations.

Drop by Mattituck-Laurel Library and pick up a good read in time for the Dec. 13 book discussion at 4 p.m. Bev Wowak has a variety of selections for everyone, from mysteries to holiday books for those who don’t want to read about murder and mayhem. If you’d like, bring a holiday dish to share with everyone. Any questions, contact Bev at 298-4134, ext. 6.

Celebrating birthdays this week are Matt Ianno and John Hamilton on Dec. 8; Rebecca Caracciola and Jack DiGregorio on the 9th; Karley Ward on the 10th; Samantha Kowalsick on the 11th; and Gabriella Finora on the 14th.

The MHS girls’ varsity basketball team hosted a basketball team from Denmark on Nov. 30. The visiting students paired up with individual Tuckers to attend some classes and, although Mattituck won the game, some lasting friendships were gained.

11/25/11 12:38pm
11/25/2011 12:38 PM

’Tis the season to reach out and help those less fortunate celebrate the joy of the season. 2011 Mattituck High School graduates Michelle Waters and Marissa Russo, both students at Marist College, shared their gift of music by performing in the Marist College Singers’ annual “Night on Broadway” benefit concert, featuring selections from classic and contemporary Broadway shows. Proceeds are donated to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, a charity that assists performers struggling with the disease. This year, the singers raised $5,000, their largest donation to date.

Looking for a different gift for that person who has everything? The Mattituck Athletic Booster Club is still selling engraved bricks for the Alumni Brick Garden. A four-by-eight-inch brick costs $100; and an eight-inch-square brick is $175. If you wish, a special symbol such as a soccer ball or basketball can be added for $25. To place your order, call 445-5526 or stop at either the high school or the elementary school for an order form.

Mattituck Presbyterian Church will host its annual Christmas bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. It will feature a yard sale, jewelry, handmade items, linens, baked goods, plants and more. Breakfast and lunch will be available and there will be a special table where youngsters can buy inexpensive holiday gifts.

Celebrating birthdays as we begin December are Ann Bannon, Torie Cande and Jeffrey Boomer on the 1st; Tom Sidlauskas, Sarah Carter, Dylan Gibaldi on the 2nd; Hudson Miler and Riley Peterson on the 3rd; and Ryan Strong, Richard Burden, James Sheppard, Cindy Benedetto and Danny Letteriello on the 4th.

Those of us who own animals know how important they are to our lives. Cutchogue East fifth-graders Gabriella Hassildine and Teagan Nine feel the same way, so they created a day called Woof Day to benefit local shelter animals. They created a flier, made 650 copies and distributed them out to every student and teacher in the school. Over the last two weeks they collected 96 items and $20 for the Southold Town shelter/North Fork Animal Welfare League. What a wonderful gift!

Santa will arrive at the Mattituck Shopping Plaza at noon this Saturday, Dec. 3. Before that, at 10 a.m., there will be a free movie compliments of Mattituck Cinema. Santa will arrive by Mattituck Fire Department fire truck and the Mattituck-Cutchogue School Chorus, along with Mr. Fowl and Ms. Verity, will sing carols. Children can get a free photo with Santa at Rite Aid and enjoy hot chocolate provided by Starbucks. So bundle up, bring your wish list and come welcome Santa.

Take a break from the holiday hustle and help San Simeon by the Sound at the same time by taking its Connecticut casino trip on Sunday, Dec. 4. You’ll depart for Foxwoods or Mohegan Sun on the 10 a.m. Sea Jet ferry from Orient. Tickets are $25 per person. Call San Simeon at 477-2100 or Paula at 477-2392 to reserve.

11/14/11 2:00am
11/14/2011 2:00 AM

I know I can’t be alone when I say it’s a little disconcerting to hear Christmas carols and see Santa before we even carve the turkey. That being said, this is a good time to remind everyone that shopping locally for the holidays will save gas and help our local economy. You’ll be surprised by the selection and prices you will see when you shop in your own neighborhood.

While you’re shopping, pick up a toy for the Mattituck Fire Department Auxiliary’s toy drive. Last week I announced that dropoff boxes will be at Wendy’s Deli, Pike Street Pilates, and the firehouse. This week, you can add Barth’s Pharmacy to that list. Please be sure the toys are unwrapped and are suited for children up to 10 years of age. Help put a smile on a child’s face this season.

I received an email this week from former resident and Mattituck High School employee Marie Milazzo. Marie and her husband, Angelo (former produce guy at the A&P), raised their children locally and then relocated to North Carolina. Angelo Sr. recently completed the NYC Marathon with all his family cheering him on. It was just one of many marathons he’s run alongside his son, Angelo Jr., since moving south. Grandpa Angelo will take the family on a cruise for the Christmas holidays and then head to Disney for the Disney Marathon in January. Guess there is life after 60!

Thursday, Nov. 17, is the Junior High Players’ production of “Law and Order: Nursery Rhyme Unit” beginning at 7 p.m. Come support our local thespians and help our food pantry by donating a nonperishable food item to the high school food drive. Without a food donation, admission is $6 per person. Busy tonight? There’s an encore performance Friday evening at 7 p.m.

Birthdays are plentiful this week, starting with Gary Spath, Ryan Wesnofske, Courtney Penny and Jasmine Glogg on the 17th; Toni Martinez on the 18th; Dimitri Papadopoulos on the 19th; Janique Nine, Susan Stepnoski, Chloe Hansen, Jaclyn Boeckman, Nicole Divello, Cindy Sabat and Rachel Dickerson on the 21st; Jamie Martilotta on the 22nd; and Nicole Guja on the 23rd.

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Greenport will embark on its annual trip to Woodloch Pines, Pa., the week of May 14, 2012, and everyone is invited along. The cost is $570 per person, double occupancy, and includes accommodations, meals, activities and entertainment, taxes, gratuities, etc. For more information, call Vicky and Don Insull at 765-4077.

Fifth-graders at Cutchogue East Elementary School participated in “Make a Difference Day” on Oct. 22 by organizing a care package drive to benefit Maureen’s Haven. Each grade level was asked to donate different travel-sized items (deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, tissues, etc.) and students then assembled the items in individual care packages, creating well over 80 complete bags for Maureen’s Haven clients. The children had to prepare scripts, talk to classes, make morning announcements, decorate collection boxes for each hallway and organize the collecting and packaging of the hundreds of items! All fifth-grade classes took part and were proud to state “Cutchogue East, Where the Difference Begins” on each announcement.

My early deadline for next week is tomorrow, Nov. 18, at 10 a.m. Please email me ASAP with any news you want included for the Thanksgiving edition.