By the time you read this, February will be more than a third gone. Warmer weather is just around the corner. I don’t know how the rest of you pass the time to get through winter, but GHS basketball does it for me! Barring no unforeseen difficulties, the League VIII title will all come down to the last game of the regular season, to be played at GHS on Feb. 16, when the Porters will play host to Stony Brook. The game will decide if the Porters take the title by themselves or share it with Stony Brook. My money (not that I’m a betting person) is on the Porters. Game time is 6:15 p.m. Be there!
Speaking of GHS basketball, GHS athletic director Todd Gulluscio and I were talking the other night. We were wondering just how many people there were in the “GHS One Thousand Point Club” (meaning that they’d scored 1,000 or more points during their high school basketball career at GHS.) I told him I could think of Al Edwards, Gerald Crenshaw, Ryan Creighton and Dantré Langhorne. I’m sure there are more, but those were the ones who came to mind. If you know of any one else who has achieved that milestone, give me a shout.
If spring is just around the corner, that must mean baseball season can’t be far behind. Greenport Little League will be holding baseball and softball registration at Floyd Memorial Library Monday through Friday, Feb. 14 – 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. Registration is $50 per player, with a sibling discount. For more information, call Mike at 830-5531.
Greenport’s Cub Scouts Pack 51 held its annual Pinewood Derby on Jan. 28 at Greenport School. First place went to Johnathan Montgomery-Medina; second place, Adam Ilgin; and third place, Luca Rallis. Congratulations!
Last year, under the direction of Jillian Ruroede and SADD, GHS hosted its first-ever Prom Boutique. To say that it was a huge success is an understatement. Jillian is putting it together again this year and is looking for prom, semiformal and bridesmaid dresses for the boutique. If you have any such items at home and would like to donate them, call Jillian at the school, 477-1950, ext. 232. She will be taking donations until the last week in March. The Prom Boutique will be held on April 6 in the small gym of the school from 4 to 6 p.m. All junior and senior girls from GHS (only) are invited to attend.
Beginning this month and continuing through May, Eastern Long Island Hospital, in conjunction with Mullen Motors, will be holding its annual car raffle. Spending just $50 gives you the opportunity to win a 2011 Jeep Compass or $10,000 cash. For more information, call 477-5463.
The ELIH Auxiliary will be having a uniform sale tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 11, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the hospital conference room. For sale will be uniforms for medical professionals, scrub tops, pants and more. For further details, call 477-5196.
Birthday shout-outs are being sent this week to Christy Grattan on the 10th; Eric Wilson and Jeffrey Watson Hunt, on the 11th; Alyssa Walters and Jason Van Etten, on the 12th; Sean Kancewick, Greg Kavanagh, Ray Mazzaferro, Jimmy McElroy, Mike Sage, Sheena Welch and Shawn Peterson, on the 13th; Sarah Golden, on the 14th; Mark Richter, my cousin Bea Heaney Crimi and Beth Richter, on the 15th; and special wishes go out to my brother Bobby Heaney, who will celebrate on the 16th.
Happy wedding anniversary to Mariella and Gary Ostroski, who will celebrate their 28th on the 12th, and to Chris and Bart Ruroede, who will celebrate 37 years of wedded bliss on the 16th.