Mattituck News: Local students attend youth forum


Our students are busy at this time of year with intense academic schedules, extracurricular activities and, often, work schedules. Some who are involved in Students Against Destructive Decisions have been working tirelessly to support the values of the club.


The SADD clubs from all three North Fork high schools, along with the North Fork Alliance, sponsored the first-ever Town of Southold Youth Forum last week at Founders Landing. Representatives from each club and sport from the three schools gathered for dinner and a night of activities and discussion of raising awareness about tolerance and drug and alcohol prevention in their schools and communities. More than 30 diverse student leaders from Mattituck sports, music clubs and school clubs attended.

Students identified protective factors and risk factors in their schools for key community members, town officials and police officials. They also discussed improvements they’d like to see in the way people in their communities treat each other and in providing more safe recreational facilities for youth. Some great ideas came from the evening!

In addition, students Nicole L’Hommedieu and Brittany Longley testified at the county Legislature meeting about raising the age to purchase tobacco from 19 to 21. What a great way for our students’ voices to be heard!

The most recent ‘Breakfast of Champions’ honored MHS students Leigh Marks, Alaina Robins, Kevin Mahon, Liam McShane, Andrew Stakey, Rowan Hausman, Victoria Lang, Tyler Schroeck, Johnny Dowling, Dorothy Condon and Zachary Bokina. Congratulations!

Hurry! Hurry! On March 19 and 20 the PTSA will be selling tickets for the annual Fashion Show, set for Wednesday, April 2, at Vineyard Caterers. The cost is $50 per person and doors open for the show’s auction at 5:30 with dinner and the show to follow. Tickets will be sold in the high school gym lobby both evenings from 5 to 7 p.m. Contact Debbie Hickox at 298-4740 for more details.

Happy birthday wishes go out in the next two weeks to the following: Patrick Bradley, Brittany Letteriello, Emily Deerkoski, Danielle Stepnoski, Kay Rolle, Jackie Wilsberg, Sydney Slotkin, Kaitlin Graeb, David Radigan, Joey Finora, Addie Feiler, Dade LePre, Chris Austin, Gina Tyler, Shelby Davis, Margaret Motto, Skyler Grathwohl and Alex Gamberg.

A very special birthday wish goes out to the love of my life, Ken, who blows out his candles March 26!

On March 13 and 14 from noon to 8 p.m. you can enjoy a corned beef or scallop dinner at the Soundview in Greenport and support the East End Lions. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling Shelly Case (734-6742) or Lydia Lajda at (734-5897).

CAST’s Have a Heart dinner has been rescheduled for March 21, with seatings at 5 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. Call 477-1717. Seating is limited.

How can I write this column without wishing everyone a Happy St. Patrick’s Day? While wearing your green, “May you always walk in sunshine. May you never want for more. May Irish angels rest their wings right beside your door.”

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