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Cutchogue News: It’s almost time for strawberry season

Strawberry season is quickly approaching. When you pick, remember to grasp the stem just above the berry and pull with a slight twisting motion, allowing the stem to roll into the palm of your hand. Proper removal will ensure future growth. Bon appetit! 

I learned through Gail Starkie, once a 16-year-old babysitter for former Cutchogue resident Lois Allen, that Lois recently celebrated her 101st birthday! Lois and her husband, Hayden, lived behind the old cemetery. A memorial was held in Mattituck a few years ago after Hayden passed. Gail and many of their friends from Floral Park were present. Lois currently lives in Connecticut and reads The Suffolk Times every week. Here’s to you, Lois; happy birthday and God bless!

Community Action Southold Town will hold a supermarket food drive Saturday, June 13. You can help your neighbors by making a donation at King Kullen or any of our local supermarkets. For details, contact Linda Ruland at 477-1717 or [email protected].

Thinking about a private school for your children? Schedule an appointment for Touring Tuesdays with Our Lady of Mercy Regional School. This is an opportunity to see the school in session and “catch the spirit” of what it’s all about. Call 734-5166. Full and half-day preschool are also offered.

The Old Town Arts and Crafts Guild’s summer classes for children — held Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to noon, from June 30 through Sept. 1 — are a great way for boys and girls ages 7 to 12 to spend summer mornings. Registration is open through June 23. A onetime $20 fee is required to help defray the cost of materials. Call 734-6382 or visit

Put on your dancing shoes for some Israeli folk dancing at Mattituck-Laurel Library Sunday, June 14, from 1:30 to 3 p.m., sponsored by North Fork Reform Synagogue. No experience necessary. International Israeli folk dance instructor Danny Pollock of the 92nd Street Y will teach you what you need to know.

Sara, a hairstylist at Making Waves in Cutchogue, recently celebrated her 25th birthday North Fork-style at Greenport Harbor Brewing Company. Belated happy birthday, Sara!

Congratulations to Joni Friedman and the recent graduates of The Giving Room’s yoga teacher training program!

Peconic Bay Medical Center has volunteer openings for 16- and 17-year-olds in a variety of capacities: helping hands, patient/visitor escorts, physical therapy transporters, clerical positions and more. To learn more visit or call Jo Fehling at 548-6021.

To celebrate Cutchogue New Suffolk Library’s centennial, new commemorative bricks will be added to the Friendship Walkway overlooking the new entrance to the building. If you haven’t walked the walk, which includes a beautiful seating area with Adirondack chairs and a bench (built years ago by Eagle Scout Jonathan Bogardus), check out the colorful, serene setting to read or just sit and take it all in. You can add an engraved brick to the walk for a $100 donation. Stop by the library soon to learn more and pick up your order forms. The deadline is Aug. 15.

Congratulations to Ed Merz, Troop 39’s newest Eagle Scout!

Debbie and Irwin Horowitz (aka GiGi and Poppi) of Boynton Beach, Fla., flew north two weeks ago to visit the Sheryll family and be present for the birth of their first great-grandchild, Eliana Sophia (aka Chava Simcha). The whole family sat in the waiting room playing games, talking and enjoying each other’s company while the newest addition to our family was being delivered! Mother, father and baby are all doing well! Thanks to Ernst & Young’s paid paternity leave, Jay is spending the first two weeks of his daughter’s life with his wife, Brigitte, and their newborn baby girl, making the transition to this new stage of their life a smooth one! Thank you to my husband, Marc, without whom none of this would have been possible. May God bless us and guide us through the life we have been given. Mazel Tov!

L’Chayim! To life!

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