Community News: Relay for Life, PTSA and Mattituck FD

SUFFOLK TIMES FILE PHOTO | North Fork cancer survivors walk in the 2007 Relay for Life.
SUFFOLK TIMES FILE PHOTO | North Fork cancer survivors walk in the 2007 Relay for Life.

There isn’t one of us who has not been affected by cancer, either by battling with the disease personally, helping someone we know conquer it or suffering a loss from this despicable enemy.

Southold Town will host this year’s Relay For Life on Saturday, May 31, in a new place — Mitchell Park in Greenport — at a new time, noon to midnight. Informational meetings will be held in the Southold Elementary School cafeteria at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5; Tuesday, April 8; and Wednesday, May 14. Visit or call Claire Smith at 631-300-3146.

Dale and Stacey Moyer traveled to Benedictine University near Chicago just before Christmas to celebrate their son Brett’s graduation. Brett earned his master’s degree in nutrition and wellness and is now working in the Chicago area. Best of luck in your new endeavors, Brett!

If you saw the last Mattituck-Cutchogue school board meeting on Channel 22, you know the community now has the opportunity to vote on the color of the new track. Visit the track poll at to cast your vote; the poll ends Feb. 7. Questions? Call athletic director Gregg Wormuth at 298-8471, ext. 3235.

The PTSA has been very busy the past month. Last Friday, volunteers braved the cold to take a busload of 7th- and 8th-graders to Greenport’s ice rink. The next morning, volunteers met to begin planning this year’s Fashion Show, set for April 2 at Vineyard Caterers. Watch this column for details. If you’d like to donate prizes or volunteer to help, contact Dawn Nish. This is a huge community event and all hands are welcome.

Birthday wishes go out this week to Jared McCoy, Carol Mikelbank, Michael Burden, Scott Worth, Steven Jacobs, Jenna Gabelman and Peter Ostrowski.

The Mattituck Fire Department recently elected the following offi cers for 2014: Chief, Vincent Tirelli; fi rst assistant, Erik Haas; second assistant, James Rugnetta; secretary, Kathy Appleby; treasurer, Leslie Beirne; chaplain, James Murphy; and sergeant at arms, Ray Nine. Others assuming elected positions are Brian Haas, Engine Company captain; Steven Ficner, lieutenant 861; Jason Haas, lieutenant 863; Robert Haas, lieutenant 866; and Leslie Beirne and Lloyd Reisenberg, safety officers. Truck Company representatives are: Edward Webb, captain; Theodore Riechart, lieutenant 862; and Edward Hanus, lieutenant 868. The new Dive Team includes Samuel Bail and safety offi cers Virginia Mc-Caffrey and Randall Wells. The Hose Company includes Brian Williams, captain; David Wells, lieutenant; and safety offi cers Steven Sweeney and John Harrison. John Sawicki is Fire Police captain; William Young is Rescue Squad captain; Leslie Beirne is lieutenant, 8616; and Theresa Wells is lieutenant, 867. Congratulations and thank you for all you do!

MFD members Carl Stelzer, Alan Dickerson, Barney Harris and Walter Fraker were recognized for 50 years of service or combined service plus fi ve years as fi re police offi cer. Certificates of appreciation were presented by Bruno Semon, Area 7 director for the state Volunteer Fire Police Association, during its annual meeting in Greenport. Lt. John Sawicki and past association president Lenny Llewellyn were also present.

Congratulations to MFD member John Heeg and his rescue team, who received the bronze medal for rescuing numerous people in the Mastic area from Hurricane Sandy’s flood waters. The presentation took place at Southampton High School on Jan. 18. Assistant chief James Rugnetta, ex-chief Samuel Bail and ex-captain Lenny Llewellyn attended the proceedings.

Boy Scout Troop 39 will participate in a Scout Sabbath service Sunday, Feb. 2, at 10 a.m. at Cutchogue Methodist Church.

Look in your closet for something red to wear Friday, Feb. 7, which is Women’s Healthy Heart Awareness Day.

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