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Cutchogue News: Blessing of the Animals set for Oct. 5

Animal lovers, this is for you! The Blessing of the Animals takes place at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, rain or shine, at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Everyone, and all kinds of animals, are welcome. Bring beach chairs and water for comfort. Please register in advance by contacting Nancy Deegan at 298-8304 or [email protected].

Allison Surozenski fell in love with hiking and the beauty and peace of public parks during her time studying abroad in New Zealand. Recently, she was recognized for 10 months of environmental education and conservation service in Massachusetts through the Student Conservation Association with AmeriCorps. The group installed a bridge over the Swift River, creating public access to the trails at the Quabbin Reservoir. This month, Allison’s latest adventure took her to Yosemite National Park for a trail management project. Thank you, Allison, for your service through AmeriCorps and all the best!

Citizen scientists wanted! The American Littoral Society will conduct its annual International Coastal Clean Up at Breakwater Beach in Mattituck this Saturday, Sept. 20, (rain date Sept. 21) from 9 a.m. to approximately noon. Individuals or groups are welcome to participate. Collection data cards and pencils will be provided. Volunteers should bring garbage bags, work gloves, sun protection and water.

Soup’s on at the Village Green! The Cutchogue New Suffolk Historical Council invites you to enjoy homemade soup and good company in a historic setting on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 4 to 7 p.m. Admission is $15. Also, save the date — Sunday, Oct. 19 — for the council’s fourth annual antique car show, “Back in Time Before ’49,” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Village Green. Admission is $6 and tours of the Old House (free with admission) will be given from noon to 3 p.m. The Carriage House Gift Shop will be open during both events.

Fifty years young and going strong, the Cutchogue Homemakers remain active and vibrant. Members range in age from their 50s through their 90s. General meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. at Cutchogue Methodist Church. A business discussion is followed by a guest speaker and/or program, coffee and cake. Fall and spring local outings are scheduled. Among other projects, members make Valentine cards for veterans and teddy bears that ELIH and the Southold Town police to give to children. They collect gifts for children around Christmas, celebrate Halloween and St. Patrick’s Day and host luncheons at Vineyard Caterers. New members always welcome! For information, contact Mary at 765-9243 or “better yet, come on down” and see what they’re all about.

Thanks to the generosity of the community and the hardworking staff at CAST, nearly 90 local children received backpacks filled with everything they needed to start the school year off right!

Congratulations to the sponsors and committee members of the CPC Designer Show House for sharing the decorating ideas of numerous talented local designers with the community while raising enough money to present CAST, Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch, Maureen’s Haven and Katinka House with a five-figure check!

Here’s what’s happening at Cutchogue New Suffolk Library: Friday, Sept. 19, Teen Movie, “Divergent,” at 5:30 p.m.;  “Divergent” Register at 734-6360 for Bilingual Storytime, Saturday, Sept. 20, Bilingual Storytime for ages 3-5 at 10 a.m. (register);  Monday. Sept. 22, Terrific 2’s & 3’s at 10 a.m.; Tuesday, Sept. 23, make an infinity scarf at Teen Crochet Cafe, 6 p.m. (Bring crochet hook & yarn.); and T Tween Sharpie Design, Thursday, Sept. 25, Tween Sharpie Design at 5:30 p.m. Call 734-6360 for registration and information.

Looking for a place to worship on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur? North Fork Reform Synagogue invites you to join them for the High Holidays at their home at Cutchogue Presbyterian Church. Visit for a schedule of services or call 734-2096.

L’Shanah Tovah Tikatevu and may our year be one blessed with meaning and purpose!

Contact Cutchogue-New Suffolk columnist Barbara Sheryll at [email protected] or 734-5242.