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Cutchogue News: Out Run Rett 5K fundraiser scheduled

Out Run Rett 5K

True freedom is the ability to shape reality rather than react to and survive it. Yaacov Cohen asks, “How can we all educate our children to true freedom?” He answers: “Teach them not to look at reality as defining their acts but to look at their acts as defining reality.” Thank God we live in a community that does and teaches just that.

William Stuckart, a senior at Mattituck High School, was one of four to receive the Suffolk County High School Principals Association Leadership Award and scholarship at the recent senior leadership luncheon in Huntington. Congratulations!

Senior patrol leader Joseph DePinto of Mattituck Boy Scout Troop 39 was the first Benjamin Tallmadge District recipient of Suffolk County Council’s new District Spirit Award. The award recognizes scout spirit within the scouting organization and service within the community. Joe is working toward Eagle Scout rank. Congratulations!

Mattituck Eagle Scouts Chris and Edward Merz were chosen by the Suffolk County Council to attend the 2016 New York Delegation on Boy Scouting. The scouts met in Albany with lawmakers and a representative of Gov. Andrew Cuomo to educate them about scouting and discuss its importance for youths and the community. Congratulations!

Troop 39 meets Wednesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Scouter Lodge on Bailie Beach Road in Mattituck. Any boys age 11 through 18 who are interested are welcome to come down and check them out.

More than 30 men and women of all ages and abilities recently traveled with Team JABS to Citi Field for this year’s Stadium Spartan Sprint. The race involved running through bleachers and the outfield and traversing walls for more than three miles, while completing over 15 obstacles. Team JABS was truly a presence! One spectator noted that the announcer repeated “Team JABS!” over and over as team members crossed the finish line. Congratulations to all!   

The Cutchogue Homemakers invite you to join them Tuesday, April 26, for a high tea luncheon and tour at the Bayard Cutting Mansion in Oakdale. Bus pickups will be in Cutchogue and Riverhead; $99 includes all. Call Mary Pedersen at 631-765-9243 for more information.

A spring plant sale to raise money for new uniforms for Mattituck High School soccer teams is set for Saturday, May 7, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in front of the school. Choose from beautiful, quality hanging baskets and flats from Van de Wetering Greenhouses.

An Out Run Rett 5K is set for Saturday, May 7, in New Suffolk to raise research funds and encourage community support for two of Southold Town’s youngest residents, who are sidelined from even the simplest activities because of Rett Syndrome. Come show your support and run! To register, sponsor or donate visit

North Fork Reform Synagogue presents the film “A Borrowed Identity” Saturday, April 30, at 7:30 p.m. at Cutchogue Presbyterian Church. It explores the complex interrelated identities of Jewish and Palestinian Israelis through the story of a young Arab who finds reasons to “pass” as Jewish.

Also coming from NJRS, at noon on Sunday, May 1, is Dr. Joel Klein, who will discuss the application of new archeological techniques at the major Nazi death camps and the role archeology plays in refuting Holocaust deniers. The program takes place at the Peconic Lane Community Center in Peconic.

This is last-minute and RSVP dates have passed, but if you’re looking for a local community Seder, check the East End Jewish Community Council website at 

“The message of Passover remains as powerful as ever. Freedom is won not on the battlefield but in the classroom and the home. Teach your children the history of freedom if you want them never to lose it.” — Jonathan Sacks.

Happy Passover!

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