Cutchogue-New Suffolk

Reading about the North Fork residents on pilgrimage to Israel in Carol Gillooly’s Oysterponds column brought a smile to my face. Even more so did Carol’s offer to place our prayers in the Western Wall. Regretfully I did not respond. Humbly, I’m happy to share that my inaction didn’t prevent my desire from coming to fruition. Miriam Serano shared that my family and I came to her mind while she stood at the Western Wall, where she prayed for us, and others, as she was overwhelmed with the spirit that accompanies the “holiest place on Earth.” It’s such a blessing to live in a community in which we can truly feel connected to God and all of life’s blessings!

Coincidently, while I was thinking I’d like Carol to place my prayers in the Western Wall, I took my youth group to see “Letters to God.” This movie was inspired by the true story of an extraordinary 8-year-old boy who develops a friendship with God through daily prayers that take the form of letters. Inspired by the story, I felt comforted that my prayers were as well received from home. Though I must admit it’s nice to know that thanks to Miriam all bases are covered. Now that’s a small world story of a different sort!

The students at Our Lady of Mercy Regional School in Cutchogue recently participated in a St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital fundraising program in which children get sponsors and then do math problems. The students raised $2,000 in the Math-a-Thon, which will be used to provide oxygen for three patients. Way to go, OLM!

Congratulations to Myles Williams, New Suffolk School’s winner of the Southold Town tree committee poster contest. Myles received a $25 gift card and an award certificate at the last Town Board meeting at Southold Town Hall.

The Cutchogue-New Suffolk Historical Council will host several special events this summer to celebrate its 50th anniversary. One is an exhibit of unique and antique chairs, which will open in August at the Schoolhouse on the Village Green. Community members are invited to help by lending the council chairs that have special meaning to them. For more information contact June Metzner, 734-7113.

To recognize Global Youth Service Day, the Southold Youth Bureau and Peconic Land Trust co-sponsored an event last Friday at Charnews Farm that brought young people from across Southold together to plant seedlings, do grounds cleanup and prepare beds for planting.

The youth bureau invites parents and teens to a presentation on “Teen Depression: Signs, Symptoms and Stories,” Tuesday, May 11, 7 p.m., at the Southold Recreation Center.

This week at the library: Learn Kenpo cardio kickboxing with Roseann Anderer. Monday, May 3, 5-6 p.m. $20 registration fee for four sessions. On Tuesday, May 4, at 6:30 p.m., Al Krupski will speak on soil maintenance for optimum plant growth.

Creation Station Cafe, behind the United Methodist Church in Cutchogue, will celebrate its grand opening Friday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m. Christian folk singers/songwriters, Bill Cooper and Bette Kron will perform. Admission is free; donations accepted. For information, contact Mary Crump at 734-6033 or [email protected].

Have a good week!