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Cutchogue News: DECA and NJROTC students honored

The day after the first snowstorm in January, my Floridian father asked me if the snow had melted. I told him it would be at least six weeks before we saw the ground again. Turned out it was eight weeks! Then, just when I was getting used to the warmth, Mother Nature came back with one more mild storm for a fond farewell (I hope) to winter. 

Annual events remind us of the change in seasons. And the Old Town Arts & Crafts Guild is very busy with events that usher in spring. The opening reception for its spring juried art competition, show and sale, is Friday, March 27, from 5 to 7 p.m. The show and sale continue March 28-29 and April 4-5, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. The following weekend, Saturday, April 11, it will host an indoor/outdoor antiques fair and country bake sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. And there’s even more to come, so visit or email [email protected] for details.

Congratulations to the Mattituck DECA team on its performance at the state competition in Rochester. Finalist medal winners were Abigail Terry, broadcast advertising; Benjamin Herbert, decision making — human resource; Sarah Fogarty, decision making — marketing; Kevin Diffley, job interview; Colleen Kelly, public speaking extemporaneous; Cady Vitale, retail merchandising; and Kevin Williams, sales demonstration. Bill Stuckart won three finalist medals: his test, role play and overall high score. Sarah Fogarty and Kevin Williams each won fourth-place overall in their categories.

Congratulations to the NJROTC unit on its second-place win at the Rockland drill competition. Specific winners were Commander Andreana Mineo, first place, varsity inspection; Commander Katherine Jarvis, first place, NS1 inspection; Commander Liz Dumblis, second place, unarmed exhibition drill; Justin Kirchberger and Owen Klipstein, second place, two-cadet armed trick; Commander Jaime Gaffga, second place, NS1 color guard; and Commander Andrew Cushman, third-place, armed basic platoon.

Happy ‘Sweet 16’ to Corinne Reda, who celebrated March 22. And a very happy 40th birthday to Julie from all the customers of Blooms in Cutchogue.

Highlights from Cutchogue New Suffolk Library’s program schedule include a free Zumba Toning class Thursday, March 26, at 6:30 p.m. Bring one-pound weights and water. Registration is requested. Learn about the $500 Peconic Estuary Program’s $500 rain garden rebate program at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 28. Finally, there’s “Jump Bunch” basketball for ages 2 and 3 at 10 a.m. Monday, March 30; call 734-6360 to register. For more about what our library has to offer, visit

Congregation Tifereth Israel in Greenport invites you to join in its Passover Seders on Friday and Saturday, April 3 and 4, at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $60 per person; no charge for children 12 and under. For reservations, which are required, or information, call Elaine at 765-3504.

North Fork Reform Synagogue’s Cinema Series continues with “Jewish Soldiers in Blue & Grey” on Saturday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the social room at Cutchogue Presbyterian Church. All are welcome; light refreshments will be served. The suggested donation is $5. For information, call 722-5712 or visit

Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Mattituck will host a Tenebrae service Tuesday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m. The service will include a gradual extinguishing of candles along with readings from Psalms. All are welcome.

The weeks ahead are among the holiest of the year. May our community be blessed with health, happiness and understanding. May we bless others with justice, compassion and acceptance and may gladness and joy increase.

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