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Cutchogue News: ‘Discover your Value’ with Zumba

Dreams do come true. That’s what some students and teachers were thinking when the Mattituck-Cutchogue School District informed them that school was closed for the second year in a row the day after the Super Bowl!

Romance is in the air. It may not have been a surprise for the family and friends of  Stephanie Cohen of Bedford, N.H., daughter of Jay and Pamela Cohen, and Carmine Arpaia, son of Carmine and Diane Arpaia of Cutchogue, that the couple’s wedding turned into a New Year’s Eve celebration! 

Stephanie and Carmine were married at Houston Hall Manhattan. Stephanie’s sister Rachel Fairhurst was maid of honor and Carmine’s brothers Mark and Michael served as best men. Both “baseball nuts,” the couple met while working for the Mets in 2007. “Mr. Met” made an appearance and showed these baseball fans what he could do on the dance floor! Afterward, the newlyweds flew to Hawaii for some rest and relaxation. They now reside in Astoria. Carmine is an associate producer on MLB network and Stephanie is a director for Excel Sports Management. Congratulations and God bless!

Kait’s Angels and the Mattituck Booster Club present “Discover your Value” with Zumba, Friday, Feb. 12, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Mattituck High School gym, led by Gianna Pino and other East End Zumba instructors. The cost is $20 in advance and $25 at the door; those under 16 pay $10. Register online at

Bravo to the Mattituck Musical Theater Company’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof.” Comments left on the company’s Facebook page included: “Top notch” and “tour-worthy”; “If I didn’t know this was a high school production I wouldn’t have thought it”; and “It brought tears to my eyes.” Congratulations to the cast, crew and producers on your vision, dreams and ability to set the goals that brought MMTC to this level of achievement!

You can take the man out of Cutchogue, but you can’t take Cutchogue, or in this case MHS, out of the man. Jeffrey Smith is calling all fellow 1966 grads for a 50th reunion on graduation weekend. If you’re interested, contact Jeffrey at [email protected] or call 850-588-7075.

Congratulations to: Junior Sam Husak, who cleared 4 feet 6 inches in the high jump, finishing in a tie for 10th; junior Sascha Rosin, who ran a personal best in the 1,000 in 3:23.38, and eighth-grader Payton Maddaloni, who ran the 1,500 in 5:23.64.

Congratulations also go to MHS seniors Darius Brew, who cleared 6 feet 6 inches in the high jump, and Jack Dufton, who cleared 5 feet 10 inches for fifth place. Dufton also ran the 1,000, finishing seventh in 2:43.65.

More congratulations —  to the Mattituck/Greenport/Southold high school wrestling team, which sent more wrestlers to the finals than any of its eight other competitors. Fourteen Tuckers finished in the top six, taking the team title!

Cormac Orlowski’s third-grade class at Cutchogue East had a visit from his uncle, U.S. Navy Petty Officer David Orlowski, who was home on leave from Japan. He read a book about the Navy to Ms. Harris’ students and shared what he’s learned about Japanese culture, customs and traditions. The children are writing thank-you notes to the petty officer and look forward to mailing them to Japan.

When actor Liam Neeson lost his wife, he said, “They say the hardest thing in the world is losing someone you love.”

This Valentine’s Day, love the one you are with and make someone feel loved!

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