I’m still walking on air as I begin this week’s column. The Heaney family was doubly blessed at the end of August. Greg and Linda Wallace became the proud parents of Shane Samuel, born Aug 30 weighing a whopping 10 pounds, five ounces. Oh-so-pleased with his arrival are big brother, Camden; maternal grandparents, Evelyn and Thomas Walters of Wading River and Kathy and Bob Wallace of East Marion; and paternal great-grandparents Helen and Jack Heaney of Greenport.
The second arrival, for which I’ve been waiting nine months, blessed my daughter and son-in-law, Jenn and Dan Decker, with their son, James Tunis Decker on Aug. 31. James weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces. Jim and I get bragging rights here as do Dan’s father and stepmother, Dan and Carol Decker of New Jersey and maternal great-grandparents Marie and Jim Dinizio of Greenport.
The Friends of Floyd Memorial Library will be back at the Greenport Farmers Market on Saturday Sept. 17, 8 a.m. to noon. They’ve “harvested” the best gently used titles from their Book Nook, so there will be many new titles offering an eclectic mix of hand-picked finds.
The second annual Jeremy Hamilton Scholarship Pig Roast takes place this Saturday, Sept. 17, noon to 9 p.m. at Herzog Park/Sixth Street beach. If it rains, the event will take place Sunday — same time, same place. Freewill donations will be accepted for the scholarship fund.
The Greenport American Legion Auxiliary will hold a reorganizational meeting on Monday, Sept. 19, at 5:30 p.m. to discuss events for the year, membership and officers. The skating rink is coming along and they hope to open soon. Call 477-5914 or email [email protected] for location.
The ELIH Auxiliary’s East End/Shelter Island branch will hold an Italian dinner fundraiser at the Soundview on Thursday, Sept. 22, from noon to 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 and will be available at the door. Takeout will be available. All proceeds benefit our hospital.
The Greenport PTA will hold its first meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 6 p.m. in the home ec room. Among the discussion items is the chinese auction, set for Saturday, Sept. 24, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the school lawn. They have many prizes and gift certificates from local businesses and will hold a silent auction for two special prizes: four Disney Park-Hopper passes and a Keurig coffeemaker. To contribute auction items, contact Sandy Ruroede Martoccchia at [email protected]
Birthday wishes to Mat Kapell and Mimi Fogarty on the 15th; Aaron Brown and Barbara Claps (who’s celebrating a biggie) on the 16th; my wonderful goddaughter Alyssa Damiani as well as Andrew Corwin, John Dinizio, Ginny Grattan, Eileen Kiski and Greg King on the 17th; Carlos DeJesus, Marc LaMaina and Eileen Sayre on the 18th; Candis Leary, Sofia Land (who turns 7), MaryKathryn Baker and Bryan Anderson on the 20th; and Chris Ruroede, her daughter, Brittany, and Shelby Kostal on the 21st.
The happiest of anniversaries is wished to Tina and Darryl Volinski, who celebrate 21 years of married life on Sept. 15, and Sarah Gunderson and Mike Mazzaferro, married 13 years on Sept. 20.