Cutchogue-New Suffolk: Breast cancer awareness month inspires local charity

During breast cancer awareness month, Tanger Outlet Center in Riverhead will donate proceeds from the purchase of Tanger Pink Cards to the North Fork Breast Cancer Coalition. The $1 cards will save you 25 percent on a single item at participating stores through Oct. 25.
Curves in Cutchogue will hold a breast cancer awareness fundraiser on Oct. 16, with a chinese auction, door prizes, raffles, giveaways and vendors. Proceeds benefit the “Helping Hands” program, which provides grants to patients for transportation, house cleaning, personal care needs and household and medical expenses. Items for the auction can be donated until Oct. 9. Contact Donna at 734-7066 or [email protected].
The Mattituck-Cutchogue school board has formed a committee of stakeholders to revise the district’s mission statement. In case you missed last night’s community forum, here is the draft now under consideration: “The MCUFSD is dedicated to providing a safe, encouraging and welcoming environment where diversity, interdependence and self-discovery are valued. Educators, students, families, and community members work together through a dynamic, flexible, and engaging learning process to: nurture individuals’ passion for life and learning; foster collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking; encourage a range of perspectives; and promote personal integrity. As a result, students develop competence, confidence, and resiliency to face future challenges in order to contribute to and inspire positive change in the local and global community.”
You can offer input on this draft until Oct. 19 by visiting You can also find the mission statement in Spanish.
You may have read about the Deer Management Community Forum meeting in last week’s Suffolk Times. Legislator Edward Romaine’s office has confirmed to Justine Gilvarry that he will address this and other East End issues. Assemblyman Marc Alessi also called to express his interest in teaming up with Mr. Romaine. If this issue resonates, you can contact Scott Russell at [email protected] to support him in culling the deer population.
Tom Loreto wanted to surprise his girlfriend, Ashley Campbell, by sharing that she ran the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure breast cancer run in NYC and raised over $900. Ashley and sister Tara, a senior at Southold High School, ran in memory of their grandmother, Mary Simmons, who was recently taken by this disease. Tom and Ashley and Tara’s family are proud of them for their efforts!
There were many entries from families working together for good causes, but the Duftons of Cutchogue, with their unique approach to teaching about green living, were chosen by Long Island Parent magazine as 2010’s Family of the Year. Syd, Deborah, Michael, Jack, Shelby and 6-year-old twins Sam and Ben were all involved in presenting the East End GreenFest at Strawberry Fields. Everyone worked together to teach lessons of teamwork, building a business, healthy eating and greening their lives. The model works so well that the Duftons replicated it at SUNY/Farmingdale, the Akron GreenFest in Ohio and the Rhode Island GreenFest in Providence. They’ll be at the Walt Whitman Mall in Huntington Oct. 8-11 and at Roosevelt Field in Garden City Nov. 12-14.
The New Suffolk School Enrichment Fund offers you an opportunity to add some fall beauty to your home with beautiful 8-inch pots of chrysanthemums for just $3.99. Stop by the school Saturday, Oct. 9, between 9 a.m. and noon. All proceeds benefit the enrichment fund.
Have a good week!