Cutchogue-New Suffolk: Kindergarten screening and registration Jan. 27

Joan Sawicki and her colleagues at Plum Island had an exciting day recently when Secretary Janet Napolitano of the Department of Homeland Security visited, with an entourage of Secret Service staff in tow, to get a better understanding of the facilities there and speak to the employees.

Kindergarten screening and registration is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 27, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cutchogue East Elementary school.

Enjoy ‘An Evening of Jazz’ with the Mattituck High School jazz ensemble, Friday, Jan. 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the MHS auditorium. $10 admission supports the ensemble in competitions.

Congratulations to all the talented art students whose creativity will be on display Jan. 29-Feb. 26 at Parrish Art Museum in Southampton. This exhibit is also a tribute to the art teachers who inspire their students. An opening reception will be held at the museum this Saturday, Jan., 28, 5 to 7 p.m.

John’s Place invites you to its fourth annual Rockin’ for the Homeless benefit concert, Saturday, Jan. 28, 6 to 10 p.m. at Polish Hall on Marcy Avenue in Riverhead. Four great bands, four hours of fun! Tickets, including food, are $25 per person, $35 at the door. 100 percent of the proceeds go to help the homeless in our area. Call 298-4145, ext. 2, or log on to

‘Ryan’s Story,’ a presentation by John Halligan about his son’s tragic experience with bullying and cyberbullying, will be held for the community at large on Monday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m. in the Mattituck High School auditorium.

‘Hats off to all of Southold Town for a wonderful turnout in the fight against cancer and lots of money raised to do it with!” That’s how Relay for Life chairperson Melina Angelson thanked her great organizing team and the staff at Bedell Cellars (who went beyond the call of duty) for the success of “Uncork the Cure” event. Guests included young and old, committee members, weekenders, business people, survivors and caretakers who came together from as far away as Pennsylvania. Connor Guiditis spoke about being a survivor and the benefits of the American Cancer Society, Relay For Life and Camp Adventure. Many thanks to the Village Cheese Shop, Karen’s Deli and the extended Van Duzer family, Kim, Kelly, Jaime, for all the wonderful food!

If you need a dress for the prom or for the NJROTC Military Ball, social worker Jillian Ruroede is your go-to person. She is collecting slightly used formal and semiformal dresses for a boutique at Greenport School. Dresses may be dropped off at the Greenport guidance office. Those attending the military ball are invited to shop for free in the Greenport NJROTC room on Wednesday, Feb. 8, from 4 to 6 p.m. For more information, call Ms. Ruroede at 477-1950, ext 220.

Have a good week!