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Greenport News: The ‘cutest town on Long Island’s North Fork’

Frommer’s has come out with a list of “Most Charming Small Towns in New York State” and guess who’s No. 1? You got it — Greenport! They called us the “cutest town on Long Island’s North Fork.” I’ll take that! 

Lucille Stocker of Greenport has all the luck! She recently took home the top prize of $5,000 at Greenport Rotary Club’s annual reverse raffle. Raffle proceeds benefit Rotary’s many humanitarian projects, including local scholarships, literacy, polio eradication, John’s Place, Mercy Ships, CAST, Gift of Life and clean water projects around the world.

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Greenport hosts overnight guests of Maureen’s Haven on the third Friday of each month, starting Nov. 21, and the fifth Friday when there is one. Volunteers from the community are always welcome, as are donations of warm socks, jackets and hats, mittens/gloves, scarves, toiletry items, combs, lip balm and new men’s and women’s underwear. Call 477-0662 to volunteer or for more information.

Here’s a blast from the past for all of you former St. Agnes School students. Sister Mary Redempta (now known as Sister Josephine Maria Thomas) turned 100 years old at the end of October. I did a little digging and came up with the following address if you’d like to send her a belated wish: Sister Josephine Maria Thomas, c/o Sacred Heart Convent, 100 Mercy Drive, Belmont, NC 28012.

The Greenport Elementary Drama Club will present its production of “A Modern Christmas Carol” today, Nov. 13. There will be a preview in the school auditorium at 1 p.m.; the actual performance will be at 7 p.m.

Here’s a reminder for all perspective varsity and JV winter athletes: Get your sports contracts in now to avoid delay in your start of the season. All contracts should be handed in to the athletic department — not directly to your coach.

Belated birthday wishes go out to Elbertie “Bert” Thornhill, who celebrated her 102nd birthday Nov. 4. I hope you had an extra-special day, Mrs. Thornhill.

Celebrating birthdays in the near future are Jillian Ruroede and Jane Conway on the 13th; Lee Fitting on the 14th; Sevastian Alvarado, Randi Juarez, Randy Peterson, David Gates, Eleanora Kopek and Erin Doucett on the 15th; Mark Mysliborski Jr., Betty Kalin and my cousin Rose Bondarchuk on the 16th; Christopher Dinizio, Angelo Stepnoski, Norma Slavonik, my dear friend Lynn Menaker and Taylor Swann on the 17th; Kelvin Martinez and Bob Staples on the 18th; Philip Doucett and Kim Skrezec Corazzini on the 19th; Ken Tamin and my niece Kaleen O’Connell on the 20th; William Stetler Jr., Marissa Schiavoni and Barbara Kettering on the 21st; Gen Montgomery and Albie DeKerillis on the 22nd; Charlie Parker, Jillian Vandernoth, Cory Browne and Denise Edwards on the 23rd; Allan Dinizio and Diane Purcell on the 24th; Eddie Yoskovich, Kelly Bracken and Chris Harris on the 25th; and Christian Gebhardt and Vaughn Edwards Jr. on the 26th.

June and Doug Peterson are wished a very happy anniversary as they celebrate 23 years of wedded bliss on Nov. 23.

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