Cutchogue-New Suffolk

The hot days of summer are behind us and as the weather cools and the “light changes to autumn gold,” fall brings the harvest season to the North Fork. Folks will spend their days bouncing from vineyard to vineyard and farm to farm enjoying the cornucopia of activities our area has to offer. Last weekend was just a sample of what’s to come … traffic! I hear you when you say that this is a problem, but I ask you to embrace this as a time of celebration for all our friends and neighbors who have been working so hard for months and months to finally reap the rewards of their labor.

As fall arrives, we say goodbye to all those beautiful blooms. But take heart; fall gardens offer an array of colors and shapes in the hardy, long-lasting mum. The New Suffolk School Enrichment Fund Mum Sale is an opportunity to beautify your home with eight-inch pots for $3.99. Stop by the school on Saturday, Oct. 9, 9 a.m. to noon, to pick up some plants. All proceeds benefit the school.

Jim and Sue Given have been in touch to announce a “grand” occasion: the arrival of their first grandchild, Asher William Ellis, 7 pounds, 5 ounces. Asher was born to Sarah and Kevin Ellis of Boston. Congratulations and G-d bless!

Happy birthday to Brad Tyler, who turns 14 tomorrow, Sept. 24.

The Old Town Art and Crafts Guild has announced the winners of its 2010 Young Artist contest: Claire Gatz, age group 5-7; Dawn Rochon, 8-11; and Emily Gatz, 12-15. Guild president Bob Kuhne presented a $25 check to each winner. All three will also receive professional art lessons with the Guild’s talented staff. The Guild thanks all 40 children who submitted their work. Congratulations!

Out of work? Help is here. The Suffolk County Department of Labor has initiated a pilot program to assist town residents struggling with unemployment. On Monday, Sept. 27, between noon and 4 p.m., you can meet with a representative at the town Human Resource Center to discuss career counseling, the job search process, rà sumà development and more. Call Sandi Berliner at 765-1889 to schedule an appointment.

Deer on your mind? Supervisor Scott Russell and the Town Board will host a meeting to update the public as to the best practices for deer management in rural areas. A diverse panel will be on hand at the Peconic Lane recreation center on Tuesday, Sept, 28, 7-9 p.m., to provide their perspectives.

At the library: Yoga with Rosemary, 10-week session begins this evening, 6-7:30 p.m. Fee $60. Terrific Twos and Threes starts tomorrow, Sept. 24, 10-10:30 a.m. NYS Driver Safety Course, Saturday, Sept. 25 10 a.m. -4 p.m. Fee $30. Please register for all programs. The library gallery will display work by local artists Adelaide Amend, Bob Kuhne, Gary Long, Ann McCaughey, Ann Piza-Relli, Jackie Rogers and June Long-Schuman.

Have a good week!