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Cutchogue News: Chiefs Steak Night at the firehouse

Many of us resolve to eat better and lose weight. But did you know a balanced natural diet can also ease mood swings and mild depression? What we eat and drink can have a powerful effect on our ability to focus, mental clarity, mood and stress levels.

Speaking of stress, imagine not having what you need to care for your family and/or yourself. The annual CAST Have-a-Heart Dinner on Friday, Feb. 26, is an opportunity to help someone who may be in that situation. The dinner will be hosted by Peconic Landing and there will be seatings at 5 and 7 p.m. The cost is $25 for adults, $10 for children under 12. Proceeds benefit CAST’s Winter Emergency Fund. Call 631-477-1717 for reservations. 

Cutchogue Fire Department’s redesigned website, unveiled in June 2008, has now surpassed one million visitors! Mission accomplished! You can visit that site,, to get information about the annual Chiefs Steak Night coming up Saturday, March 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets can be purchased for $30 apiece at the firehouse.

Go Tuckers! Congratulations to the MHS girls’ basketball team on winning the Class B county championship. Good luck at the Long Island Championship!

Fliers have been sent home to all families about the 13th annual Cutchogue East Science Fair, set for Thursday, March 31. If your child is interested and you haven’t seen the flier, email Ms. Maine at [email protected]

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner. The North Fork Chamber of Commerce St. Patrick’s Day Parade steps off at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 12. Anyone interested in participating should contact Joe Corso at 631-734-5959 or [email protected]

Earning a place in the Guinness Book of World Records is a feat few accomplish. Congratulations to Sacha Rosin, Joe Kelly and MHS band teacher Melanie Malusa, who were among the 278 horn ensemble players to submit for verification to do just that!

Our Lady of Mercy Regional School’s registration discount has been extended to Monday, Feb. 29. Please send your paperwork in as soon as possible.

Good luck to our NJROTC unit, which will participate in the Area 4 Brain Brawl this Saturday!

The North Fork Reform Synagogue Cinematic Series presents the documentary “Deli Man” Saturday, Feb. 27, at 7:30 p.m. at Cutchogue Presbyterian Church. The film explores Jewish culture as Ziggy Gruber tells how he built one of the best delicatessens and features well-known delis and the traditions that made them great. Get more information at

The New Suffolk School Enrichment Fund will host a Gold Canyon candle fundraiser from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 5, at New Suffolk School. Samples of the scents will be available at the party. If you are interested in purchasing a candle, but can’t make the sale, contact Brooke Dailey at 734-8255.

Did you know that the percentage of independent school-age readers has dropped? Reading is one of the best ways students can enhance achievement. It informs, transports and empowers us and brings us joy. The Million Words Campaign website is a great resource for getting started. And on March 16, seventh- and eighth-grade students, parents and staff are invited to “The Read,” an evening to celebrate having read “Fish in a Tree” by Linda Mullaly Hunt and discuss the book together. For more information, visit

Cutchogue New Suffolk Library is another source of learning and enrichment. This week’s programs include: Book Chat & Chew for grades 5-8, Thursday, Feb. 25, 4:30 p.m.; Tween Cake Pops, for grades 5-8, Thursday, Feb. 25, 5:30 p.m.; Yarn Bombing for anyone over age 7, Saturday, Feb. 27, 11:30 a.m.; Sheri Miller in concert at Southold Library, Sunday, Feb. 28, 2 p.m.; and PJ Storytime for ages 3-8 Monday, Feb. 29, 6 p.m. Call 631-734-6360 to register for these programs.

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