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Greenport News: What a time at ‘Porterpalozza’

he Greenport High School class of 1964 (pictured) celebrated the 50-year anniversary of its graduation Friday night with dinner and dancing at Townsend Manor. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)
The Greenport High School Class of 1964 (pictured) celebrated the 50-year anniversary of its graduation July 18 with dinner and dancing at Townsend Manor Inn.

What can you say about Greenport except that it’s, bar none, the best place to have grown up? That was proven this past Saturday at the second all-class reunion. Lori Corazzini-Peck aptly named the event the Porterpalooza! What a crowd! The best estimate so far is that more than a thousand Porters, spouses and their children attended. To use the old adage “A great time was had by all” is the understatement of the century. It was awesome!

The ELIH Auxiliary’s ‘Simply Beautiful’ sale of fun fashion accessories takes place Friday, July 25, in the hospital conference room from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come on out, shop and support your community hospital.

Greenporter Leslie McDaniel is retiring from Eastern long Island Hospital after 25 years and a party will be held in her honor Thursday, July 31, at 6 p.m. at the Soundview. If you’d like to attend, RSVP by July 29 to Caprice (631-431-2241) or Yvette  (631-276-0095). Cost is $40 per person.

The annual Lobster Fest hosted by the Rotary Clubs of Greenport and Southold is the best ticket in town. The July 26 event starts at 5 p.m. at Founders Landing in Southold and admission is $40 in advance, $45 at the door and $7 for kids 12 and under. In Greenport, you can get tickets at Hampton Jitney, Capital One Bank or Bridgehampton National Bank. Treat yourself to lobster or steak, local corn and watermelon. Kids get a choice of hamburger or hot dog.

Don’t forget the village skate park festival this Sunday, July 27, from noon to 6 p.m. There will be music, food and fun for all ages. Admission is free.

In honor of the late Janet Brigham Arnott, whose parents owned Brigham’s Shipyard, a memorial will be held Aug. 31 at 1 p.m. at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. Afterward, a gala reception will be held at her summer home at Sandy Beach. The family invites all to this reception to celebrate Janet’s life and partake of her favorite foods.

Belated birthday wishes go out to Delores Angevine, who turned 85 on July 10. I hope it was a happy one. Belated wishes also go out to Zachary Riggins, who celebrated his 14th birthday July 18.

Who’s celebrating in the near future? Warren Jensen (the son, not the dad) and Betty Capon on the 24th; Melissa Simpson Martinkat, Sally Jacobs, Ali Lauber, Gabby Pope and Robin Walden on the 25th; Jane Ratsey Williams, Matthew Stepnoski, Pat Urban, Dawn Jacobs, the Crump brothers – Keith and Kevin — and Nancy Charland on the 26th; David Wilburn and Carl Volinski on the 28th; my cousins Kevin Heaney and Laura Pinter as well as Dr. Steve Chierchie on the 29th; Ann Woodhull and Scott Bradian on the 30th; Payge Corazzini, Bill Gorga and Lisa McElroy on the 31st; another cousin, Maria Heaney O’Callaghan, on Aug. 1; Joyce Lakowitz Leary, Claudia Sieverman, Ethel Quillin and Jack Sepenoski on the 2nd; Kaylee Hansen and Al Stretz on the 3rd; the Doucett girls – Ashley and Alicia — on the 4th; Traci Kannwischer, Donna Angevine, Sean Charters, Melanie Douglass and Mercedes Edwards on the 5th; and Karen Gomez, Chris Ramnarine and Jerry Martocchia on the 6th.

The happiest of anniversaries is wished to Linda and Greg Wallace, who celebrate 10 years of wedded bliss July 24; Linda and John Sabatino on the 25th; my sister-in-law and her husband, Joy and Ralph Navarro, whose 18th anniversary is the 27th; and Karen and Mike Sage, marking anniversary No. 41 on the 28th.

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