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Mattituck News: Class of ’65 to celebrate 50th anniversary

Last weekend was the final weekend of winter, so there are many reasons to celebrate. Despite the potholes and water, water, everywhere, the North Fork is ready to spring into action. 

Many events were affected by the winter weather we experienced, so the Mattituck Athletic Booster Club has rescheduled its family evening with the Harlem Wizards for 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 1. If you’ve already purchased tickets, they will be honored. If you need to buy tickets, you can still get them at Love Lane Sweet Shoppe — and get that candy to fill up your Easter baskets.

The Student of the Month breakfast for February honored the following exceptional students: Lika Osepashvili, Ty Bugdin, Eric Momente, Jonathon Dwyer, Haley Unger, Greg Sheryll, Sarah Pfennig, James Nish, Ian Nish, Tom Wilton and Alison LePre. Congratulations!

The MHS Class of 1965 will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year. Several class members have joined together to plan a reunion that begins with the high school graduation June 20, during which the class will be acknowledged. A casual picnic will be held the same day at Marratooka Club House with a possible brunch gathering the following day. Anyone interested in this opportunity to catch up with old friends can contact Sandy Barker Dries at [email protected] or Susie Smith at 631-734-5224.

Almost 30 years ago, I married my Mr. Wonderful, whose birthday is March 26. Happy birthday, Mr. Wonderful!

Also celebrating birthdays during the next two weeks are Jackie Wilsberg, Sydney Slotkin, Kaitlin Graeb, David Radigan, Erin VanEtten (who also got engaged recently), Joey Finora, Gina Tyler, Addie Feiler, Dada LePre, Chris Austin, Jill Sirico, Shelby Davis, Margaret Motto, Skyler Grathwohl, Alex Gamberg, Abbey Graeb, Scott Tyler, Keving Gatto, Danny Williams, Ronnie Fletcher, Georgene Shanahan, Eddie McDonald, Chris Kar and Megan Radigan.

Our students will be traveling to great places in the next few weeks. The eighth-graders left yesterday for their annual trip to Washington, D.C. Eleven teachers, our principal and 105 students boarded the busses at 5:30 am and headed for an educational trip they will not soon forget. From Arlington National Ceremony to a fun evening of dinner theater with a production of “The Addams Family,” this trip is always a home run.

The students in the jazz band are headed for a competition and a great experience in Boston next week and the following week a group of student adventurers will depart for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Spain. Bon voyage and may you all make great memories. Special thanks to all of the teachers who volunteer to chaperone these trips.

The Leo Club will sponsor a fundraiser to collect change to help prevent childhood blindness in developing countries. Just 75 cents is enough to provide one dose of medicine and change a child’s life. Leo members have put containers in local shops all around Mattituck and Cutchogue and would like people to be aware of what the club is doing and what it will donate to support a great cause. Keep an eye out for the containers, because they’ll only be around until Monday, March 30.

Congratulations to Ensign Corey Best (Gunno) of Cutchogue, who received the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal while deployed on the USS Oscar Austin. Corey is the son of Kathy and Jim Best.

Make time this Saturday, March 21, to bring your little ones for Bagels with the Bunny at the recreation center on Peconic Lane between 9 and 10:30 a.m. The cost is $5 per adult and $3 for kids age 2 and over. Bring your camera to capture the moment!

R031209_Arslanian_RContact Mattituck columnist Pat Arslanian at [email protected] or 298-8489.