Cutchogue News: Stuff the Sleigh 5K run set for Sunday

It was 19 days before Christmas, the village was looking great and, once again, the Cutchogue New Suffolk Historical Society and Chamber of Commerce transformed the Village Green and hamlet streets into a scene right from Norman Rockwell. This year, the North Fork Christmas Show House and Holiday Emporium is a beautiful addition. This weekend, Dec. 12-14, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., is your last chance to visit. Admission is $10. Proceeds to benefit local families and the Wounded Warrior Project.

This past weekend, on his 15-minute drive from Aquebogue to Cutchogue, “Seymore Yuletide” reported seeing 55 vehicles headed west with Christmas trees on top! You needn’t go far to find a perfect tree or wreath; just stop by the Cutchogue Fire Department, meet with a local Boy Scout or visit any one of our local Christmas tree farms.

’Tis the season …“Christmas in Cutchogue” takes place at the firehouse this Saturday, Dec. 13, at 9:30 a.m. Enjoy a magic show while waiting for Santa to arrive by helicopter! Then, it’s on to the library for photos with Santa and fun children’s activities.

Before those festivities, stop by New Suffolk School’s pancake breakfast Saturday between 8 and 11:30 a.m. to fill up with energy for your busy day. The cost is $5 per child and $7 per adult; there will also be a bake sale and craft sale. All proceeds will go toward the building of a new playground.

The Cutchogue Fire Department’s third annual “Stuff the Sleigh” 5K run will take place this Sunday, Dec. 14, from 10 a.m. to noon. A special “Kids’ Fun Run” begins at 9:15 a.m. Entry fees are $30 for individuals or $50 per family. Adult participants are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy for CAST or North Fork Parish Outreach; the suggested donation for kids is two nonperishable food items.

The fire department’s chiefs, officers and members would like to congratulate firefighter Kyle Pumillo on becoming a certified FDNY paramedic. Congratulations and best of luck, Kyle; the department and community look forward to your certification in Suffolk County!

‘O Hanukkah, O Hanukkah, come light the menorah …” The North Fork Reform Synagogue and Cutchogue Historical Society celebrate the first night of Chanukah Tuesday, Dec. 16, by lighting the menorah on the Village Green at 4 p.m. Afterward, all are invited to enjoy refreshments at the synagogue. Bring your own menorah to light. Howard Eilenberg will lead songs of the season and briefly explain the holiday’s history. For information, visit

The Cutchogue Homemakers wish our community a happy Chanukah, blessed Christmas and happy, healthy 2015! For more information about this month’s tour of the historical buildings in Oysterponds and future meetings (none in January), call Mary at 765-9243.

Congratulations to the Southold-Mattituck-Greenport NJROTC unit for a second-place win at the competition in Bethel, Conn. Congratulations to the cadets who have received service academy nominations from Congressman Tim Bishop: Kaitlyn Kettenbeil, U.S. Naval Academy, with a four-year Navy ROTC Scholarship; Tom Messana, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy; and Andy Yurchison, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Congratulations to the MHS boys varsity basketball team on their most recent tournament win.

Congratulations to MHS students Alyssa Scartozzi and Greg Sheryll, who participated in the 2014 NYSSMA All State Conference chorus concerts in Rochester, N.Y., this past weekend.

Looking for something to do with preschool and elementary age children? Or maybe an activity for yourself? So much is coming up these next two weeks at Cutchogue New Suffolk Library. Stop by the open house there Sunday, Dec. 14, at 2 p.m. to enjoy the sounds of the Sweet Adelines, see friendly faces and learn more about what they have to offer.

The Dec. 25 issue will be my last column until Jan. 15 and there is an early deadline. Please submit any information to me by Sunday, Dec. 21, to keep folks up-to-date about organizational and family events and happenings through the beginning of 2015.

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