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Cutchogue News: Stuff the Sleigh 5K run set for Dec. 13

Stuff the Sleigh 5K

The Cutchogue Village Green comes alive with holiday spirit! Christmas celebrations begin Saturday, Dec. 5, with the tree-lighting ceremony and “Carols with Carol” from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

North Fork Reform Synagogue and the Cutchogue New Suffolk Historical Council invite you to join them Sunday, Dec. 6, at 4 p.m. to light the menorah on the green. The Hanukkah celebration continues back at the synagogue with personal menorah lighting, singing, sufgayinot (jelly doughnuts) and apple cider. All are welcome! 

Don’t forget: The Carriage House gift shop is open Saturday and Sundays, 1-4 p.m.

The Cutchogue Homemakers invite you to join them for a Bavarian Christmas show and dinner with drinks at the Brownstone Playhouse in New Jersey on Tuesday, Dec. 8. The cost, including transportation with pick-ups in Cutchogue and Riverhead, is $97. Call Mary Pederson at 765-9243 or 516-607-4504 to reserve.

The Cutchogue Holiday House Tour on Saturday, Dec. 5, features five beautifully decorated bed-and-breakfasts, each paired with a vineyard, restaurant or business, where you can enjoy wine tasting, appetizers and desserts. Tickets are $75 each; advance purchase required. Visit or call 735-9024.

Our Lady of Mercy Regional School students decided to use their annual food drive for the North Fork Outreach food pantry as a Jets vs. Giants competition. The Jets won hands down! The students’ Christmas concert is set for Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 6:30 p.m. in the parish hall, located across the street next to the Cutchogue Diner. All are welcome!

Mark your calendar for the Cutchogue Fire Department’s Stuff the Sleigh 5K run on Sunday, Dec. 13. To learn more, visit the CFD website: And don’t forget to stop by the department soon to pick up your Christmas tree or wreath. As always, your support is much appreciated. 

Congratulations to the Girl Scouts of Troop 1474: Sidney Brewer, MacKenzie Conroy, Cassidy Czujko, Ariel Elmore, Kaitlin Elmore, Olivia Goerler, Maya Hamilton, Lucy Hasel, Samantha Hildesheim, Emily Nicholson and Cassandra Stevens. After earning Bronze Awards for their project, Books Build Better Lives, helping CAST and Eastern Long Island Hospital, the girls bridged up to Cadettes at Bailie Beach Lodge.

Kudos to the Southold Mothers Club for collecting over 130 pounds of candy during its Halloween candy drive. Most of it went to Christine Kestler, whose son was killed in combat and who continues to collect candy for our troops. The rest went to John’s Place and CAST.

The Southold Mothers Club has accepted a holiday challenge to collect 100 new stuffed animals, which CAST will distribute to local children in need. You can help them reach their goal by donating stuffed animals, or money to purchase them, by Dec. 19. Contact Lisa at [email protected] for more details.

Old Town Arts & Crafts Guild has one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your list. Stop in, shop and enjoy free refreshments during its holiday open house Saturday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 6, noon to 5 p.m. For information, visit or call 734-6382.

Congratulations to Matt Ireland on receiving his ring during the ring ceremony at The Citadel military college!

Paul Maffetone’s eyes were opened to Long Island’s heroin problem after he lost his brother Anthony to an overdose in 2012, and he vowed to find a way to make a difference. He established the nonprofit Michael’s HOPE to try and change things through prevention education. But due to the cost of setting up a 501c3 nonprofit in New York State, Paul needs the community’s support to realize this dream. You can help by making a donation at

May your holiday season be filled with love and peace! Happy Hanukkah!

Top photo: Fifteen-year-old Nicholas Berglin of Hampton Bays came in first place at the 2012 Stuff the Sleigh 5K. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

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