Photo courtesy of Paula Stonemetz
Help for the homeless
Members of Girl Scout Troops 2932 and 720 worked last month with Maureen’s Haven at Church of the Redeemer in Mattituck. The girls made 160 sandwiches to help feed the homeless.

With the nice weather comes lots of news but, as I’ve said before, there’s nothing as smile-worthy as the birth of a new baby.

Brenda and Chris Walters welcomed their firstborn, Christopher Walters Jr., on Sept. 9, 2009. He was three weeks ahead of schedule and arrived while Dad was still home on leave before deploying with the Marine Corps to Afghanistan. Brenda and little Christopher, along with grandmother Diana DiVello, will fly to 29 Palms, Calif., to greet Chris prior to his debriefing. The family will welcome the Walters in a celebration in May in Mattituck and then Brenda, Chris and Christopher will return to California. Congratulations and thank you for your service, Chris!

Andrew Walters graduated from USMC boot camp on Jan. 29. He is currently attending aviation engineering school in Pensacola, Fla. Congratulations and God bless!

Happy Earth Day birthday on April 22 to Case Hamilton, who turns 20. Case is a sophomore at Keuka College and was recently elected vice president of Students for Free Enterprise for 2010-11.

On the home front, congratulations go to first-grader Luke Altman on his selection as one of four finalists in this year’s Cutchogue East Science Fair. This honor allows Luke to participate in the Brookhaven Science Fair on May 1. Luke is the son of Jason and Christina Altman.

The Mattituck Fire Department is currently holding its annual raffle. First prize is $10,000; 2nd is $2,000; and 3rd is $1,000. Tickets are $50 and may be used as admission for one person on May 22 for food, beverages and music at the firehouse. Call 484-7283 or drop by the firehouse for more information.

‘Happy Birthday’ to the following people this week: Nancy Reeve and Joanne Davis Slotkin today, April 22; Kelly Tuthill and Kevin Pumillo on the 24th; Dana Demchuk, Joann Smicich and Courtny Ficner on the 25th; Byron Brinkman, Nick Troisi on the 26th; and Aylin Unsal on the 28th.

Yard salers everywhere are excited that spring is here, bringing with it a multitude of treasure-hunting opportunities. The Mattituck Cutchogue Athletic Booster Club will have a yard sale Saturday, April 24, at 2210 Gabriella Court in Mattituck from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For information or to donate items for sale, call 298-1499.

Mattituck High School alums Dan Bladykas and Bill Gremler have launched “Skate for a Cure” to raise funds for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Dan, Bill and three others will skateboard a 60-plus-mile trail in Georgia April 30 and May 1. They have raised over $1,500 to date. To help with a donation visit or contact Dan at [email protected]

The McCleerys had more to think about last Thursday than income taxes. Jaime and Brian McCleery welcomed a beautiful daughter, Hannah Grace, on April 15. She weighed 6 p;ounds, 6 ounces and was 19 1/2 inches long. Waiting anxiously for her arrival were grandparents Jody and Chris Pumillo and Arthur and Grace McCleery. God bless!