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Greenport News: Another sportsmanship award for Porters

Last time, I told you that Frommer’s listed Greenport as “the cutest town on Long Island’s North Fork.” This week’s accolades are of the sports variety. For an unprecedented third year in a row, Suffolk County soccer officials awarded their sportsmanship award to the Greenport’s boys’ soccer program. Think about it. Out of all the high schools in Suffolk, Greenport has received the award three times. We sure must be doing something right. Congratulations to soccer coaches Chris Golden, Tom Taylor and Greg Dlhopolsky and all the players on this outstanding accomplishment.

It’s that time of year again. The cold weather is here and the Walker family has begun their fifth annual “Warm Hands, Warm Hearts” hat and glove drive. It is the family’s goal to provide everyone who may need them with a new hat and pair of gloves to help keep them warm this winter. They’re working closely toward their goal with John’s Place (through St. Agnes Church), local schools and other organizations. Last year, they collected almost 325 sets to distribute. Drop-off locations for your donations are the Walker house, 2530 Gillette Drive, East Marion; Oysterponds Elementary School; the Hampton Jitney office at 102 South St., Greenport; and McMann Price Insurance, 828 Front St., Greenport. Pickup is also possible.

If you’d like a head start on your holiday shopping, the ELIH Auxiliary has sales of fun fashion accessories coming up on two Fridays, Dec. 5 and 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, in the hospital conference room.

Winter concerts at Greenport Schools are just around the corner. The junior and senior high school students will perform Tuesday, Dec. 9, and elementary students on Wednesday, Dec. 10, in the school auditorium. The shows start at 7 p.m.

Before the Dec. 9 concert, the senior class will host a spaghetti dinner fundraiser in the school cafeteria from 5 to 7 p.m.  The cost is $10 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens. You can get a ticket in advance from any senior class member or purchase at the door .

Happy birthday to those of you celebrating in the next couple of weeks, including Corinne Bednoski and Dan Vindigni on Nov. 27; Ken Watson, Shanna Jimenez and Will Blasko on the 28th; Jennie Boyle and Jim’s aunt Mary Jane Dinizio on the 29th; Ryan Dinizio, David Lakowitz Slight, Anna Wiggins, Bill Rempe and Liz Malone on the 30th; Jillian Hughes, Lillian White, Paul Surozenski and Joe Droskoski on Dec. 1; Nancy Ryan and Sissy Herrmann on the 2nd; “David T” Tuthill, Corrine Ruther and Laura Atkins on the 3rd; Amanda Golz, Danielle Hubbard and Dan Letteriello on the 4th; Tom Wood, Victoria Johnson and Ivan Suarez on the 5th; Michele Jensen, my sister-in-law Cindy Tooker, Kelsey Hubbard, Jean Harris, Maegan Ramanrine and Delaney Macchirole on the 6th; F.J. Kiernan on the 7th; Chris Golden, Rob Lehmann and Brittany Doucett on the 8th; Jeff Andrade and Camilo Torres on the 9th; and Linda Owen, Michael Owen and Kay Kettering Welch on the 10th.

A bouquet of anniversary wishes to Diane and Bernie Purcell, who will celebrate their 29th on Dec 8.

I wish all of you out there reading this a very Happy Thanksgiving and hope that you’re surrounded at the table by all those you love and an abundance of good to complete the holiday.

R031209_Dinizio_R.jpgContact Greenport columnist Joan Dinizio at [email protected] or 477-9411.