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Southold News: Fundraiser Monday for Sunshine Society

Remember that challenge I issued at the beginning of the year, about living outside your box and getting involved, paying it forward and making a difference? How’s it going? For me, I’ve become more active at the animal shelter and enjoy the time I can spend there. Do you have someplace you volunteer that I could showcase or get involved? I’d love to hear about it. 

Belated birthday wishes to Adam Siejka, who celebrated April 22. Happy birthday to Patrick Allen on April 28, Jen Volosik on April 29, Robert Guarriello on May 1, Ruth Poliwoda on May 2, Mike Mraz and Sean Conway on May 3, Reese Thompson on May 4 and Ed Baumann Jr. on May 6. I hope your special day is a great one!

The Southold Sunshine Society will host its ninth annual fundraiser Monday, April 27, noon to 3 p.m. at the Wharf House at Founders Landing. Along with the beautiful setting, attendees will enjoy a sandwich lunch followed by games, with prizes for the high scorer at each table. Grab your foursome, select a game to bring with you and make your reservations. Space is limited, so pre-registration is required. Purchase tickets for $15 by calling Ann Swanson at 765-5735.

The Southold Rotary Club will host its annual chicken and ribs fundraiser Tuesday, April 28, at the Soundview Restaurant. Tickets are only $20 with seating from noon to 8 p.m. This event helps fund the Rotary scholarships and other outreach programs.

This is first-class! Southold’s 375th anniversary committee, taking an idea from Dan McCarthy, arranged with the Southold post office for two stampers to be available at the front counter. The stampers have a 375th anniversary logo plus the date April 25, 2015. Until May 25, postal patrons can stop by to have the stamps added to items with postage already affixed.

The Southold Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will host its springtime luncheon Wednesday, May 20, at noon at the Soundview Restaurant. Chris Kelly of the Promised Lands Apian Way will give a presentation on beekeeping. There will also be raffles. Tickets are $35, which includes gratuity. RSVP to Sharon Schmidt at 734-7219.

Members of North Fork Alliance and Youth Advisory Council were guest DJs at 101.7 Beach Radio in Water Mill. They were interviewed about their involvement in the alliance and recorded a PSA they wrote about the dangers of e-cigarettes. You can check out both under Happenings at For details on how to get involved with the Youth Advisory Council, call Lynn Nyilas at 516-617-1054.

March students of the month at Southold High School are Julia Kujawski , art; Hayley Brigham, physical education; Gage Bennett, NJROTC; Katherine Mejia-Hernandez, business education; Kylee DeFrese, culinary arts I; Nicole Christman, Spanish; Gina Anasagasti, English; and Jheimy Uguna, science.

Middle school students of the month for March are James Hoyt, art; Matt Crean, physical education; Elizabeth Jernick, English; Emiliann Palermo, math; Julia Mejsak and Emily Russell, math; Casie Vaccariello, Spanish; Peter Franke, English; and Emily Russell, home and career skills.

The animal shelter needs dry dog food and canned cat food to help people who cannot afford to feed their pets. Without this assistance, our shelter would be flooded with animals. Please help the shelter help others.

Enjoy the weather — rain or shine, it’s colorful out there these days. My next deadline is May 3 at noon. Feel free to send information early; I will keep it on file. Remember to stop and find one thing each day to be grateful for. I know that sometimes it can be so difficult to do, but it helps to get through the tough times. And SMILE!

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