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Mattituck News: Extra buzz in the air at Street Fair

Donna Cirincione of Eastport, left, enjoys a sample from East End Foodies' Jane Mandel,  center, and Suzanne Klein, right. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)
Donna Cirincione of Eastport, left, enjoys a sample from East End Foodies’ Jane Mandel, center, and Suzanne Klein, right. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

The Love Lane Street Fair is a highlight of summer and a chance to catch up with old friends and take a good look at the changing face of Love Lane. There was definite excitement brewing over the imminent arrival of Lombardi’s Market and the anticipated opening of Ammirati’s. The stellar reputations of these families has everyone talking. 

While at the fair, I ran into Carolyn and Jackie Boeckman; Tom and Nora Libretto; Cathy and Dana Hinderliter; Jackie Wilsberg and daughters Ashley and Chelsea outside their home away from home, Love Lane Sweet Shoppe; Teagan Nine and Jillian Gaffga wearing awesome cowboy hats; Hannah Prokop selling her delicious cupcakes; and so many more. Everyone was smiling and enjoying a perfect day.

Another true sign of summer is locals sharing their good news. Kareann Volinski contacted me to announce the birth of grandchild No. 7! Kristof Werner Neuhaus joined the family June 30, weighing in at a healthy 9 pounds, 7.5 oz and 20.5 inches long! He was welcomed by his parents, Rachel and Steve Neuhaus, and his big sisters, Emma and Charlotte.

Bev Wowak is also smiling from ear to ear with the news of her first grandchild, Blake Thomas Petit. I was lucky enough to be in the room when the first image of him arrived came on Bev’s phone. What a beautiful boy! He is the son of Valerie and Kevin Petit and was born July 3 (the day before Aunt Amy’s birthday) weighing 8 pounds, 13 ounces. The proud grandfathers are Tom Wowak of Laurel and Chuck Petit of Port Jefferson.

It always fascinates me when local graduates become world travelers. Brian King is currently doing his clinical studies toward his doctorate in physical therapy in South Africa and Michelle Palladini is planning to teach in Spain for a year. What an incredible experience for these MHS alums!

Recent college grad Cara Benedetto has relocated to Seattle, Wash., where she is employed at an equine facility.

Happy birthday this week to Laura Kelly, Christine Zaweski, Kyle Steel, Chelsea Chalone, Maureen Deegan, Ryan Collins, Ann Bialeski, Katie Bladykas, Sherry Steele, Dick Harned and Kaylyn O’Brien. And a very happy 50th to the best home run hitter I know — my brother, Bill Heintz!

Mattituck-Laurel Library invites the community to buy lunch from the North Fork Table’s Food Truck, which will be parked in front of the library every Thursday. Enjoy the beauty and comfort of the library’s picnic tables and outdoor seating while enjoying the delicious fare of the food truck!

My nephew and godson Jonathan Kent and his fiancée, Cherilynn Raffone, will be married this evening at the Estate at East Wind. May God bless Cherilynn and Jonathan as they exchange vows and begin their life together.

Congratulations to Joan Rombach Chisholm of Mattituck, an alumna of The College of New Rochelle, Class of 1959. In June, she received the college’s highest alumni award, the Angela Merici Medal, which is given to recognize exceptional alumni’s loyalty to the church and the college and distinctive achievement in their careers. Ms. Chisholm earned a degree in English, taught at the elementary school level and was later involved in religious education as an instructor at St. Joseph’s in Garden City and Sacred Heart in Cutchogue.

R031209_Arslanian_RContact Mattituck columnist Pat Arslanian at [email protected] or 298-8489.