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Southold News: Honest Abe chinese auction fundraiser April 11

Spring has arrived, this but this morning I can’t tell with the temperature. Some of you might be shocked hear it, but I’m actually “done” with winter. (I know — GASP!) It’s so intriguing to watch the brave flowers surging through the frozen ground to show us their greens. Enjoy all the changes.

Belated happy birthday to Rebecca Guarriello, who turned 18 on March 25, from her mom, dad and little brother, Robert.

Also celebrating birthdays are Michael Horne on March 27; Flynn Klipstein, Joe Manfredi, Reese Dunne and Tyler Lang on the 28th; Melissa Grzegorczyk, who turns 11 on March 29; Jessica Dunne on March 30; Brenden Mullen on the 31st; Brian Becker on April 2; Frank Savits and Virginia Rubin on the 3rd; and Randee Daddona on March 4.

Auditions for ‘Southold’s Got Talent’ will take place at Southold Free Library Thursday and Friday, March 26 and 27, from 5 to 9 p.m. All talents are welcome and any student in grades 7 through 12 may try out. Register online at The top 20 contestants will advance to the talent show on April 17. For more information, contact Penny Kelley at 765-2077 or [email protected]

The Southold Historical Society will hold a special “Honest Abe” chinese auction fundraiser on Saturday, April 11, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Peconic Recreation Center. The event will support conservation and preservation of the society’s rare Civil War “Wide Awake” parade banner. Anyone interested in making a theme basket or donating a gift certificate for the auction can call Cathie Dunn at 631-603-9818. The staff at Jeni’s Main Street Grill in Southold will be donating all their tips from Friday, April 10, toward the banner’s preservation. For more information, call 765-5500 or visit

Joel Reitman, retired teacher and former journalist for the Smithtown Messenger and Traveler Watchman, has covered local politics, pollution and civic affairs and now writes about his favorite subjects: Brooklyn and dogs. On Sunday, April 12, at Cutchogue New Suffolk Library, Joel will share memories of travel from Brooklyn (baseball, trolley cars, street games and roller skate keys) to California and back to Southold. The presentation and book signing starts at 2 p.m.

Congratulations to Sarah Perry, Meg Pickerell and Violet Rand from the North Fork Academy of Dance. They and four other dancers were chosen to work with Carlos Garland (from season 10 of “So You Think You Can Dance”) on a dance team that will perform at nationals this summer.

The North Fork Animal Welfare League has a new way for you to help its shelters, even if you live outside the area. Simply visit Amazon — — and you can purchase items to be delivered directly to the shelters. You could also use this as your shopping list and drop items off with shelter staff yourself. If you haven’t already, become a shelter Facebook friend and stay up to date on what they need, lost pets and animals up for adoption.

CAST is planning to hold more computer classes for beginners, so if you’re interested, call the office at 477-1717. Spanish interpreters are available upon request.

Take time to smile at people you see out and about, hug a friend or simply call. You never really know what people may be experiencing. Life is all too fleeting to not share your love.

My next deadline is Sunday, April 5, at noon. Send me your news so we can all celebrate or assist!

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