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Mattituck News: Local firefighters visit schools

The Mattituck and Cutchogue fire departments are once again joining forces to educate our children. Members visited New Suffolk and Cutchogue East schools last week, which was Fire Prevention Week, to share their expertise and address the theme “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives. Test Yours Every Month.”

Principal Shawn Petretti shared breakfast last week with September’s “students of the month,” who include Alya Ayoub, Emily Gatz, Samantha Smilovich, Tiffany Pelczar, Dale Steinmetz, Christopher Schwamborn, Tyler Schroeck, Jaime Gaffga, Julia Vasile-Cozza, Jack Dufton, Jack Pelan, Bryan Flores and Madison Schmidt. Congratulations!

The East End Lions will host a fashion show at the Sea Star Ballroom in Riverhead on Thursday, Nov. 6, from 5 to 10 p.m. The cost is $55; fashions by Renee’s of Mattituck. Call 734-5897 or 734-5876 for tickets.

Mattituck-Laurel Library’s current art exhibit, “New Beginnings,” features work by retired art teacher Lee Harned, who has outdone herself with an array of landscapes, portraits and other pieces that demonstrate her incredible talent. An artist’s reception will be held tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The exhibit runs for the entire month of October.

Happy birthday wishes go out in the next two weeks to Jessica Fliss, Cassie Straub, Bea Casuala, Andrew Young, Dana Rosen, Maggie Goggins, Jake Gamberg, Ron Smith, Sean McDonald, Robyn Krupski, Carter Montgomery, Erin Mulrain, Dot Pfaff, Dan Brisotti, Ryan Wilsberg, Carl Timpone and Christine Zaweski. Enjoy!

Four local folks — Stephanie Mincieli, Katie Coe, Carol Coe and Eddie Dowling — recently completed the 2014 World Championship Spartan “Beast” Race in the Killington ski area in Vermont. The race — the last of a Spartan Race trifecta that started in June — involved 15 miles of repeated up-and-down on steep ski slopes, plus 37 obstacles (including a fire pit!) and one very cold and windy day! Emily Mincieli took pictures during the race.

Speaking of races, Karen and Jerry Diffley and Judy Tilberg ventured into the city last week to watch their kids run the Tunnel to Towers Race. Brian Diffley, Paula and Chief Dan Sheeha and Scott Thilberg and his son Dylan, who also runs for Riverhead High School, all participated. Bravo!

Good luck to my daughter, Vanessa, as she prepares to run the Chicago Marathon this Sunday. I will be joined on the sidelines by friends from around the country to cheer her on.

The Southold Rotary Club will host a scallop dinner Tuesday, Oct. 21, from noon to 9 p.m. at Soundview Restaurant in Greenport. The cost is $25 per person, not including gratuity. Take-out is available. Get your tickets from any Southold Rotarian or at the door.

To support East End domestic violence services and educational programs, and as part of the Silver Badge efforts, Mattituck Junior Girl Scout Troop 1334 provided more than 30 handmade blankets and welcome bags for children staying at The Retreat’s residential shelter. The Scouts filled bags donated by Cutchogue Fire Department with essential items like toothbrushes and toothpaste. Well done!

Costs go up every year for special school events like the prom and field trips, so fundraising helps out a great deal. The sophomore class launched an Otis Spunkmeyer Cookie Dough fundraiser on Monday that runs through Friday, Oct. 24. The class will receive 40 percent of the profits for each item sold. Orders placed by the 24th will be delivered during the week of Nov. 17. For more information, contact Ms. Harper at [email protected]

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