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Cutchogue News: Love, prayers and best wishes for Ben Pileski

We live in remarkable times when we can learn instantly what’s going on in almost any situation.

As Benjamin Pileski recovers from brain surgery, the “Ben’s Corner” online support group offers an example of the good the Internet can do. It brings people together from all over to share love, prayers and best wishes for Ben and his family. May the road to recovery be smooth.

The first day of school has come and gone and, as a parent, you may be thinking “I want to get involved. What can I do to help and make a difference?” Consider this: The Mattituck High School Athletic Booster Club is looking for some volunteers for the after-school snack table. It requires about an hour once or twice a month and is a great way to see your children, their friends and the faculty in their element. Interested? Contact Robin Fasolino at [email protected]

There is so much going on at the school this month — back-to-school nights, parents’ night, school pictures, days off, etc. The school website at is a great resource to learn more and stay informed. 

One of the benefits of being New York State baseball champs was enjoying the hospitality of Gary Cohen and Ron Darling in the announcers’ booth, as MHS team members Richie Pisacano, Chris Dwyer, Steve Decaro, Will Gildersleeve and Joe Tardif can attest. Joe recently decided to commit to SUNY/Cortland, the reigning NCAA Division III baseball champions. Hopefully, he and 2015 MHS graduate Marco Perivolaris will continue their winning streak together on and off the field. Congratulations and all the best!

Our Lady of Mercy Regional School will host a Back to School Night Thursday, Sept. 17, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. To learn more about goings-on at the school, visit

The Old Town Arts & Crafts Guild will hold an art and craft show this Saturday, Sept. 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at its Main Road headquarters. (Raindate: Sunday, Sept. 13). You can also see a collection of more than 200 historic paintings by North Fork artists of the past. Call 734-6382 or visit

Events at Cutchogue New Suffolk Library this week include Tots, Toys, & Tales Story time for Fabulous 4’s & 5’s; “Rhyme Time”; Hand Therapy: Living with Arthritis; and a book discussion on “Boys in Boats: Nine Americans and their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.” On Saturday, Sept. 19, at 3 p.m., artist Jacqueline Penney will sign copies of her book, “My Dirty Sketchbooks.” Visit for more information.

Girl Scout Troop 1474 spent the summer working on a project to earn their Bronze Award. The troop members collected new and gently used books to donate to CAST and Eastern Long Island Hospital. Under the mentorship of Amos Meringer, the girls also measured, cut, sanded, painted and assembled bookcases to store the books. Soon they will be placed in locations where people can enjoy them. Congratulations!

North Fork Reform Synagogue sends wishes for a happy, healthy, sweet New Year. L’Shanah Tovah! All are welcome to join in ushering in the New Year at High Holiday services. Visit to learn more.

School’s open; drive safely!

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