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Southold News: Emmy nomination for local woman

So much snow already. I actually had a request to use the words “hazy, hot and humid” in my column. There, but it doesn’t mean we will see that any time soon here in Southold!

Birthdays to be noted in this column are Kelli Baumann and Terry Pontino, March 1; Jen Cardi, March 3; Donna (White) Dunne, March 8; and Kevin Horne, March 10. 

The Wall Raising event in Orient, part of a Habitat for Humanity project, took place Thursday morning. Anyone interested in volunteering for this worthwhile adventure can contact Habitat for Humanity at

High school students of the month for January are Ewa Mejsak, art; Ajsia Martocchia, physical education; Katherine Jernick, NJROTC; Charles Leone, business education; Tatiana Amador, English; Sarah Reilly, culinary arts I; Quinn Osmer, French; Julia Daddona, English; and Annette Newman, reading.

Middle school students of the month are Ashley Lang, physical education; Olivia Lynch, art; Max Kruszeski, technology; Anakin Mignone, science; Kate Jones, home and career skills; Leif D.J. Wood, French; and Elizabeth Quinones, English.

Southold resident Randee Daddona has been nominated for an Emmy for a video she made for Newsday on North Fork Sea Salt Co. Called “The Sea Salt Farmer,” the piece shows Scott Bollman harvesting sea salt. Randee is also a contributor to The Long Island Wine Press published by Times/Review Newsgroup. Congratulations, Randee!

Two Southold High School students performed with the prestigious Long Island String Festival Orchestras at Ward Melville High School in East Setauket Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 and 2. Cellist Aidan Walker, in 11th grade, performed with the high school orchestra and bassist Rebecca Dickerson, in ninth grade, performed with the junior high orchestra.

“The Directions to Happiness: A 135-Country Quest for Life Lessons,” written by Bruce Northam, son of Basil and Johanna Northam of Southold, and published late last year, has received good reviews. It can be ordered in paperback or as an e-book.

Ivy Croteau, a senior at Smith College majoring in English literature and theater, has been cast as Maggie in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” at UMass Amherst. Performances are Feb. 28 and March 4-8. Upon graduating, Ivy plans to reside in NYC and pursue an acting career. Break a leg, Ivy!

National Women’s History Month is celebrated in March. We can’t all be as influential as Mother Theresa or Sandra Day O’Connor; as historically important as Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks or Sally Ride; or as entertaining as Lady Gaga or Beyoncé. But we women can be the best possible versions of ourselves and positively influence those around us. Stand tall for all you do and be proud of who you are.

Next deadline is Sunday, March 8, no later than noon, please.

Contact Southold columnist Tina Koslosky at [email protected] or 631-765-2774.