Community Columns

Neighborhood News: Two shows upcoming at Mattituck H.S.


Spring has been teasing us. One day warm, three days of cold — but if you look closely you’ll see a robin or a crocus bud peeking out of the thawing ground. Spring brings a slew of activities and celebrations. 

Medical school is a long, arduous and rewarding experience and getting the news of your match for a residency program begins a happy-ever-after adventure. Jacqueline Papadopoulos, daughter of Dimitri and Alexandra, will begin her pediatric residency this fall at Albany Medical Center. This has been her dream since age 4; dreams do come true! Best of luck in your next chapter!

Kirsten Ianno celebrates her 27th birthday April 6 — but is also celebrating the start of her medical residency in orthopedic surgery in Pennsylvania. I’ve known Kirsten a long time and have no doubt she’ll be an awesome surgeon. Best of luck!

Birthdays are also coming up in the next two weeks for Kevin Gatto, Nicole Boschetti, Scott Tyler, Abigail Graeb, Danny Williams, Ronnie Fletcher, Georgene Shanahan, Eddie McDonald, Chris Kar, Megan Radigan, Betsy Dickerson, Debbie Sidlauskas, Conner Davis, Rebekah Smith, Chelsea Peragallo, Kelly Peragallo, Patty Young, John Ascher, Edna Schaedel and Gail Bressler. Many happy returns!

Retirement is the beginning of a new life adventure. Congratulations and best wishes to Ed McDonald, who has retired from the Suffolk County Police Department. Thank you for all your years of service.

Also celebrating retirement — at age 81 — is my mom, Catherine Heintz. Happy days, Mom!

Many people in Southold Town rely on the CAST food pantry for food assistance. In response, CAST will hold a food drive Saturday, April 12. Please help get the word out and participate to help our neighbors. Contact CAST director Sarah Benjamin for more information at 477-1717 or [email protected].

Congratulations and best of luck to high school art students Madison Kent, Caroline Keil, Emily Sidor and Sarah Pfennig, who have been selected to participate in this year’s Congressional Art Competition. The awards reception is this Saturday, March 29, at 2 p.m. at the Lyceum Art Gallery at Suffolk County Community College’s Eastern Campus in Riverhead.

Mattituck High School presents “13 Ways to Screw Up Your College Interview” and “10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse”! You can see these two short comedies in one evening Wednesday through Friday, April 9-11, at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium. Tickets are $7 at the door.

Each June, the MHS graduates of 25 years ago are invited to commencement exercises as special guests. This year, the honor goes to members of the Class of 1989, for whom seats will be reserved at the centennial commencement at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 21. Contact principal Shawn Petretti at 298-8471, ext. 3223, with any questions.

Contact Mattituck-Laurel columnist Pat Arslanian at [email protected].