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Southold News: Fire Department honored

Wow! I certainly got my wish in the snow department, didn’t I? For those of you who wonder, no, my love for snow does not mean I will come dig you out. For all those teenagers out there, grab a shovel and lend a hand. You could make some serious money — or you could do it just for the kind act of helping out a neighbor. 

Birthdays are first as always. First, belated birthday wishes to Erin Iannicchino, daughter of Rick and Jean Osmer, who celebrated Feb. 8, and belated Sweet 16 to Emily Perry on the 9th. Peg Murray celebrates Feb. 14. Ginny Pickering, mom of Colleen Clarke, will turn 97 on the 15th and the family will take her to her favorite Irish restaurant in Hampton Bays. Scott DeSimone, Corey Pontino and Karen Van Bourgondien blow out candles Feb. 16. Sean McHugh turns 14 on Feb. 17. Paulette Ofrias celebrates on the 18th; Liam Mullen turns 15 on the 19th; and Hanna DeSimone and Toni Ann Sinning have birthdays on the 21st. Finally, happy birthday to Bernadette Taplin on Feb. 26.

Happy anniversary to Mike and Kris Jacobi, who celebrated 20 years together Feb. 4, and Robert and Donna Mosquera, whose 24th anniversary is Feb. 17. Robert, you are a lucky man married to my bestie!

Last summer, The Suffolk Times ran an article about Jennifer Becker, who makes baby hats for newborns at several Long Island hospitals. To keep her busy and the heads of all those newborns warm, Jenn needs donations of yarn. Any amount, in pastels and white, is welcome. You can mail a package to 1435 Ackerly Pond Lane, Southold, NY 11971 or call me and I will pick up and drop off for you. Let’s see if we can drown Jenn in yarn!

The animal shelter needs donations, too: towels, dry dog food and dry and canned cat food. Any brand is appreciated.

Volunteers from First Presbyterian Church of Southold’s congregation will help out with the Habitat for Humanity build at Orient Point and will participate in a “wall raising” ceremony Friday, Feb. 13. The house is being built for Orient native Michael Bredmeyer. Anyone interested in volunteering for this worthwhile adventure can go to

Southold High School student Angela Bucci will represent New York this summer as a National Youth Delegate to the 2015 Washington Youth Summit on the Environment at George Mason University. Angela will join a select group of 250 students from across the country for an intensive week-long study of leadership in environmental science and conservation. She was chosen based on academic accomplishments and a demonstrated interest and excellence in leadership in the sciences and conservation studies.

Congratulations to the members of the Southold Fire Department, which received an honorable mention for EMS Agency of the Year Award from the Suffolk Regional Emergency Services Council. The awards recognize striving for consistency in EMS excellence and exemplary performance when providing pre-hospital emergency medical care. Well done, SFD!

Southold High School’s annual small ensembles fundraiser concert is set for Wednesday, Feb. 25, in the district auditorium. The Select Choir and Jazz Ensemble will lead you on a journey through “Television Theme Songs” over the years. Come early, at 7 p.m., to view the raffle prizes and grab a seat. The concert starts at 7:30.

Save the date, Sunday, March 29, for the Souper Bowl, co-hosted by the Southold and Greenport PTAs and the Southold garden committee. Bring a bowl and feast on homemade soups! Anyone interested in helping out should contact their local representative. Stay tuned for more details!

My next deadline is Sunday, Feb. 22, at noon. Send your information and let us all celebrate with you!

Saturday is Valentine’s Day — in case you missed all the red hearts in every retail establishment. Take time to say “I love you” or be sure your loved ones know you love them. Don’t have regrets when their time on earth is done. Say it loud, say it proud and say it often! And be safe out there, everyone!

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