While you’re watching the ALS ice water challenges on television and Facebook, I would like to take a moment to tell you September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month. Every year, over 13,000 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with some type of cancer — and a recent statistic says less than 25 percent are cured. As you may recall, our son, Jimmy, passed away from leukemia. We had so much help and support during his fight. I hope you’ll donate to your favorite cancer charity or find a way to volunteer your time.
Happy birthday to Nancy Mullen and Rachel Terry on Sept. 4; Fred Kettenbeil on the 5th; Mei Mei Reilly on the 10th; and Eileen Jaklevic on the 16th.
Happy anniversary to two couples who married on Sept. 14: Doug and Deb Bellomo and Caroline and Doug MacArthur.
There is much to celebrate in the Bifulco home. Gabriella and Ashley competed for the first time at the Winners Circle-Hunters Isle Summer Series Horse Show. Ashley won her division and was Grand Champion. Gabriella was second overall in her division, bringing home the Reserved Grand Champion title. But there’s also a little sadness, since big brother Anthony is off to college at the University of Hartford.
Next time you’re at the library, stop and look at the exhibit in the foyer. Library director Caroline MacArthur asked Dan McCarthy to share some of his theater collection. Among the items on display are a letter he received from Katharine Hepburn and a copy of an interview he did with Debbie Allen.
Speaking of the library, Phil Burns, the first recipient of the library’s Writer in Residence Award, will commemorate 9/11 with a talk on the tragedy on Sunday, Sept. 14, at 2 p.m. in the community room. Phil is a retired FDNY deputy chief and it was only the accident of scheduling that kept him from being on-site for the tragedy. He’ll use his storytelling abilities to vividly recount the tragedy and the months that followed. Question time and refreshments will follow his presentation.
The Southold School Educational Foundation will host a Friends and Family Golf Outing Sunday, Sept. 14, at Cedars Golf Club in Cutchogue. There will be shotgun starts at 9 and 11 a.m. The cost is $30 per player or $100 for a foursome. There will be complimentary bagels, water and juice, but bring your own coffee. This is a rain or shine event, unless the weather is dangerous. All proceeds benefit the Southold School Educational Foundation, southoldef.org. Sign up at Southold Pharmacy, call 765-8191 or email [email protected].
The next deadline is Sunday, Sept. 14. Please share your news. Take time to greet those you see with a smile and good cheer. It may be the only positive that person might see.
Contact Southold columnist Tina Koslosky at [email protected] or 631-765-2774.