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Greenport News: Donate books for Memorial Day sale

I sure do love this time of year. The trees and flowers are blooming and, whether you look east or the west as you travel down Moore’s Lane, you can see someone playing softball or baseball. 

Here’s something to keep in mind as you do your spring cleaning these next few weeks. The Friends of Floyd Memorial Library need donations of gently used books (no magazines or videotapes, please) for a Memorial Day weekend book sale Saturday, May 23. Books can be dropped off at the library’s front desk. The Friends raise money for children’s summer programs and cultural events at the library.

A great big Greenport welcome to Gary Kalish of Cutchogue, who was chosen as the new secondary principal at Greenport High School. Many thanks to Bob Feeney and Bill Caulfield for serving as interim principals during the search for someone permanent. They both did a remarkable job and will be missed at GHS.

Donna Carnevale and the East End Wonder Women team will participate in the Tunnel to Tower climb in NYC on May 17. They are looking for more women to join their team.  If you are interested, call Donna at 734-2577.

Here’s a reminder for anyone who played football under Coach Dorrie Jackson. Dorrie’s “boys” are invited to a player reunion celebrating Porter football at Skipper’s Restaurant on Saturday, July 4, at 7 p.m.  Old football films will be shown during the get-together. For more information, contact Craig Geier at 477-2545 or [email protected].

The GHS junior-senior prom was held last weekend and, from all accounts, was once again a huge success, much to the credit of Melanie Douglass, who pours her heart and soul into making it a hit.  The evening’s highlight was the coronation of Queen Kyla Smiley and King Senih Gorgulu and their court, juniors Mercedes Edwards and Justin Bracken and seniors Sarah Tuthill and Dennis Nikolov.

Birthdays start off this week with a wish for my niece Maggie Dinizio, who celebrates May 7, as do Mary Creedon, Barbara VanBrunt and Greg Dlhopolsky. Also celebrating in the near future are Alice Lewis Eckardt, Tommy Quillin, Stu Rachlin, Jennifer Bond, Sarah Gillooly and Mae Watson on the 8th; Ryan Burgos, Josh Kapell, Ryan Weingart, Rick Bouchard and Bob Deale on the 9th; Peggy Campbell on the 10th; Billy Schulz, Kristy Harris, my cousin Kathy Wallace and Amanda Mazzaferro on the 11th; Carl Chute, Sue Anderson and Sandra Vultaggio on the 12th; Daniell Volinski, Hayley Baker, Jim Hulse, Debbie Allen and Darline “Mope” McGinness on the 13th; Candice Manwaring, Christopher Fisher and Sue Pfluger on the 14th; Cliff Harris, Amber Breese-Smith, Ahkee Anderson and Michael Quillin on the 15th; Nicole Moore, Chloe Creighton, George Capon, Taylor Reed and Jack Martilotta (the son, not the coach!) on the 16th;  my mother-in-law, Marie Dinizio, and Terry VanEtten on the 17th; Mary Charters and another cousin, Natalie Hocker, on the 18th; my nephew Marcus Tooker, Sue Klipp, Vernon “Jake” Jacobs and Kevin McLaughlin on the 19th; and Nelson Wetmore, Karen Alfero and Julie Macomber on the 20th.

Wishes for the happiest of anniversaries go out to Patty and Carlos DeJesus, married 37 years on May 14; Tammie and Rick Berry, who celebrate their 19th anniversary, also on the 14th; and my sister-in-law Cindy Tooker and her husband, Matt, whose 31st anniversary is May 18.

R031209_Dinizio_R.jpgContact Greenport columnist Joan Dinizio at [email protected] or 477-9411.