Cutchogue-New Suffolk: A harp concert, casino night, library jazz and more

‘The only way you hurt the body is not to use it.’ — Jack LaLanne, 1914-2011

Baby, it’s cold outside! In frigid temperatures, Jets and Steelers fans watched what turned out to be, for Jet fans, an end to their Super Bowl dreams.

According to, bone-chilling temperatures are expected to persist through mid-February. One can take comfort in the fact each day brings us one day closer to spring!

Sharon and Bob Schmidt are proud to announce the arrival of their newest grandchild, Lydia Shay Dailey, born Jan. 7 at Stony Brook University Hospital, weighing 7 pounds, 2 ounces and measuring 21 inches. Her parents, Brooke and Patrick, and little sister, Lila, welcomed Lydia with open arms. Congratulations and G-d bless!

Allison Surozenski and fellow students from Suffolk University in Boston spent two weeks on an “alternate winter break” trip to El Salvador, where they volunteered with Habitat for Humanity by digging ditches for the footings of a home. Local residents provided housing for the students. While visiting the capital city of San Salvador, the group visited a local hospice, the U.S. Embassy and a cathedral where they learned of the experience of one nun who lived through the Salvadoran Civil War in the 1980s.

Belated happy birthday wishes are sent to Carley Manwaring, who turned 19 on Jan. 24, and Ruth Eilenberg, who blew out her candles on Jan. 25.

Harpist Miriam Shilling and actor Philip Reichert will perform Aaron Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait” in a concert at Cutchogue United Methodist Church on Sunday, Jan. 30, at 3 p.m. The concert will also include works for flute and harp with flutist Martha Loeb. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free, donations accepted. For more information, contact Mary Agria at 765-5667.

Casino Night at Our Lady of Mercy Regional School will be Friday, Feb. 4, at The Vineyard in Aquebogue from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. There will be slots and tables, food and music and a chinese auction, with prizes for top winners. Tickets are $50 per person, which includes food, entertainment and $50 in chips. E-mail ticket requests or questions to [email protected] or purchase tickets at Love Lane Sweet Shoppe in Mattituck or Robert’s Jewelers in Southold. All proceeds to benefit the school.

Congratulations to the NJROTC unit that attended Linden’s Area 4 Regional Drill Competition! Kudos to Cadet Commander Billy Goggins and all the teams for earning first-place trophies for Academics and NS1 Drill Team; second-place trophies for Inspection Team and Unarmed Exhibition Drill Team; and, for the fifth year in a row, the overall first-place Area 4 Regional Trophy!

All are invited to a multi-generational family service at North Fork Reform Synagogue on Saturday, Feb. 5, at 10 a.m. Children, parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles are welcome at this special Shabbat service at the synagogue’s home in Cutchogue Presbyterian Church. Come and meet NFRS members and enjoy services led by Rabbi Ilene Haigh. kiddush (refreshments) and craft will follow downstairs in the Community Room. To learn more, call 722-5712 or visit

Come in from the cold Sunday, Jan. 30, at 2 p.m. when Cutchogue-New Suffolk Library presents an original one-woman comedy. On Tuesday, Feb. 1, at 6:30, learn what it takes to open your own franchise. And mark your calendars for Sunday, Feb. 6, when The Sunnyland Jazz Band will perform at 2 p.m. All are welcome and all events are free.

Have a good week!