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Greenport News: Yankee Doodle Circus scheduled for Sunday

I know we’re already 15 days into it, but this is my first opportunity to wish everyone a happy new year. I hope 2015 has started off well for all of you. 

The old year ended on a wonderful note for our family. My nephew and his wife, Marcus and Jaclyn Tooker (Marcus is the son of my sister-in-law Cindy and her husband, Matt), became the proud parents of Miles Lucas on Dec. 31. Miles weighed seven pounds, six ounces and is now resting comfortably at home in Wilmington, N.C., under the watchful eye of big brother Grayson. His great-grandparents are Greenport’s Marie and Jim Dinizio.

The Greenport PTAs will host Yankee Doodle Circus Sunday, Jan. 25, with shows at 1 and 4 p.m. Mike Naughton and company will dazzle you with awe-inspiring feats of daring. Advance purchase tickets are $14.75; buy one adult ticket and two free for children and teens. Prices at the door are $18 for adults and $6 for children. Buy tickets online at

Congratulations to Pat and Richard Walkden, who celebrated 50 years of marriage Dec. 26. They marked this momentous occasion with a party for family and friends at Lombardi’s on the Sound.

Birthday wishes go out to Mark Berry on the 15th; Brian Quillin, Jacob Thorp, Faith Bullock and my cousin Tony Bondarchuk on the 16th; Jim VanBrunt and Carol Burch Kannwischer on the 17th; Hezikah Mangham on the 18th; Sean Ryan and Elise Webb on the 19th; Kathy Petroski, Lois Mellas McClure and my nephew Kris Navarro on the 20th; Jason Barkley, Callie Bubb, Danny Tuthill, Ashley Santacroce and Kara Manwaring on the 21st; Regina Cartselos, Paul Quarty III, Philip Staples, Brian McLaughlin and Morgan McElroy (who turns 2) on the 23rd; Jack Skrezec and Corissa Owens on the 24th; another cousin, Annemarie Chouinard, and brothers Oscar Aguilera and Joe Miranda on the 25th; Alex Williams, Brian Richter, Ted Allen and Heather Parker on the 26th; Jamie Dinizio-Sledge, Miguel Torres, Steve Smith and Cyndi Bofinger on the 27th; and Lindsay Corwin, Ralph Mims Jr. and Nancy McAllister on the 28th.

The happiest of anniversaries is wished to our best friends, June and Pete Harris, as they celebrate 42 years together on Jan. 28.

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