Happy New Year 2015. Wow, it doesn’t seem possible. A new year means different things to different people. It can be a resolution to change something in your life. It can be a time of reflection on the past year. It can simply be a party. Whatever its reason or meaning for you, I hope you find happiness and peace.
Belated birthday wishes to Dr. Ron Yedloutschnig on Jan. 14, when Dr. Y. (as he’s known to his friends and colleagues) turned 85 years young. Jan. 20 will be a busy day at Southold Elementary School, as Beth Wineberger, Terry Siejka and Julie Allen all celebrate that day. Julia Jaklevic blows out 12 candles Jan. 24.
One wedding anniversary to celebrate this column: Happy anniversary to Tony and Angela Tondo on Jan. 22.
Students of the Month for the high school for December are Alex Lincoln, art; Julia Girzades, psychology; Alyssa Occhiogrosso, social studies; Willow Sutton, physical education; Katherine Jarvis, NJROTC; Luis Campos, ESL; Miguel Gomez, orchestra; and Matthew McCarthy, mathematics. The middle school students of the month are Cole Brigham, English; Nick Eckhardt, physical education; Rhian Tramontana, art; and Kaitlyn Tobin, orchestra.
Are you missing Christmas? Dreaming of snow? Peggy Murphy has the cure for that. Her beautiful snow village remains on display until Jan. 29. For an appointment to view it, call her at 765-3598.
The Southold NJROTC Air Rifle Team recently hosted its first “shoulder-to-shoulder” competition, in which cadets stand beside competitors from the other team. Team captain Julie Dickerson rose to the occasion with a high score of 223 and was the only cadet to break the 200 mark! The winning team also included cadets TJ Behr, Evelyn Cummings, Owen Klipstein, Jonna Franke and Will Blasko. Special kudos to the match’s top three shooters: Julie Dickerson, first;TJ Behr, second; and Evelyn Cummings, third. Evelyn, a first-time shooter, received the highest overall score! Next up is a competition in Linden, N.J., on Jan. 19.
Mark your calendar for a night of laughter on Saturday, Feb. 7, when LaughNYC presents a night of comedy, wine, raffles and even local beer at Osprey’s Dominion Vineyard. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the North Fork Animal Welfare League. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance at ospreys2015eventbrite.com. Tickets at the door are $35, but do not guarantee a seat. Please leave the children at home; this is an adult event. Call 631-471-6335 for more information.
I renew my New Year’s challenge to all our readers: Live outside your box. Reach out a lending hand. Offer help. Get involved. You might be surprised how enriching it can be to your life, as well as to the people you get involved with.
The due date for my next column is Jan. 25 — no later than noon, please. This is a place for you to share your news. Let us be your cheering section and spread your good news. Have a wonderful couple of weeks.
Contact Southold columnist Tina Koslosky at [email protected] or 631-765-2774.