One of Mattituck High School’s most recent traditions is the Junior Prom reception held on the school’s front lawn before the busses leave for the prom. The reception gives parents, friends and community a chance to see the promgoers and take pictures. The PTSA contributes to this event with refreshments and each promgoer is announced by name from the front steps — a great way to kick off the evening. This year’s prom will be at East Wind in Wading River. Thanks to the PTSA members who attend the reception and make it a very special beginning to a memory that will last a lifetime.

Congratulations to Mattitalk and the Tucker Times for being recognized by Newsday for excellence in journalism. The Tucker Times, the junior high paper, won second place for its December 2009 edition. The high school paper, Mattitalk, took first place in the news division for the article “The Insider’s View on Swine Flu” by Erin Pozzalano and Kyle Santillo.

Reminder: North Fork Community Theatre will be hold a yard sale on Saturday, June 5, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the theater. Proceeds benefit NFCT’s ongoing building project. For more information call Mary Ann Sieczka at 298-4423.

Jamie and Jack Martilotta welcomed their first child, a son, Jack Henry Martilotta III, on Sunday, May 16, at 3:09 a.m. at Stony Brook Hospital. Baby Jack’s grandparents are Rosemary and Jack Martilotta and Ed and Janet Danowski. May God bless Jack today and always.

Friends around town also celebrating their birthdays this week are Lucas Sisson, who cuts his cake today, May 27; Erich Koch and Aidan Carter on the 28th; Wendy Zuhoski on the 29th; Anne Bruno on the 30th; Peter Rauseo on the 31st; Matt Wilsberg on June 2; and Joanna Siegmann on the 3rd.

Last week, I gave an incorrect website for the breast cancer fundraising being done by Billy Gremler and Dan Bladykas. The website is

We salute our students in NJROTC for being named the fifth-best in the world — out of 624 NJROTC Units from Spain to Guam and across the United States. What an accomplishment!

The Carla Timpone Scholarship Beach Blast Fundraiser will be held at Veterans Beach on Sunday, June 6, from 2 to 7 p.m. There will be a raw bar, beverages, chinese auction, music and barbecue. Tickets are $50 for adults and $25 for students; children under 12 are free. Call 298-5264. Help to keep Carla’s spirit of generosity and caring for kids alive.

This weekend is Memorial Day. Our NJROTC cadets and our high school marching band will participate in this year’s parade. Come and salute all those men and women who have fought to protect our freedom.

Next week’s edition has an early deadline. If you have any news, call me or e-mail no later than this evening.

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