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Cutchogue News: Congratulations to the Class of 2016

In her commencement address, Mattituck High School valedictorian Katherine Hoeg recalled learning one of life’s great lessons. When she started high school she couldn’t wait to graduate; now, she is saddened by the thought of leaving the people and school she came to love. Also present at the graduation were members of the 25th anniversary Class of 1991, including class president Jennifer Foster, who gave a funny, well-written speech; and members of the 50th anniversary Class of 1966, including Jeffrey Smith and his wife, Susie. Special recognition went to 50-year alumna Carol McCaffrey and granddaughter Cecilia Stevens, who graduated with honors and numerous scholarships. Here’s to the Class of 2016. May your lives be filled with great discoveries and much success! As salutatorian Jack Dufton said, quoting Dory from “Finding Nemo”: “Keep on swimming!” Congratulations and God bless!

Congratulations also go to the moving up Class of 2016. May your years ahead in Mattituck be filled with awe, learning and good friends!

Cutchogue New Suffolk Library’s annual book sale is almost here. Please consider donating those gently used books, CDs, DVDs, games and puzzles that are collecting dust. Items will be accepted Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., beginning Thursday, July 7.

Janine Harrigan of Cutchogue, who is Old Town Arts & Crafts Guild’s July artist of the month, has been involved in art all her life, doing drawings and paintings and making jewelry and stained glass. Her work is now on view at the Guild Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays, noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call 631-734-6382 or visit

Congratulations to Karen Gatz, who received support and understanding from her family during her three-year journey toward earning a master’s degree in predictive analytics from Northwestern University. All the best!

Group for the East End has lots of Cut­chogue family fun on tap. On Friday, July 1, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Downs Farm Preserve, kids ages 4 and up can use marine debris of all kinds to create a wildlife sculpture. On Thursday, July 7, from 10 a.m. to noon, there’s a Family Scavenger Hunt at Pequash Beach (family donation suggested). On Saturday, July 9, a Native American Talking Stick workshop is set for 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the preserve. Local artist Toni Valderrama will help kids ages 2-5 make a cultural art piece. Finally, on Tuesday, July 12, 11 a.m. to noon, kids ages 2 to 5 can enjoy storytime with Kerri from Barefoot Books, create a craft and explore the nature center. For reservations or information, email Jessica Kennelly at [email protected]

The New Suffolk Waterfront Fund has two events planned for Case’s Place at the Galley Ho. On Saturday, July 9, at 10 a.m. there’s a talk and book signing with Zach Studenroth, author of “New Suffolk’s Early Days” and on Saturday, July 16, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., you can enjoy “Moonlight and Country on the Waterfront,” with country music and a country supper. All proceeds support revitalization of the New Suffolk waterfront property. For tickets and more information, visit

Lauren Grant’s novel “The End is the Beginning” has been a labor of love. It’s a positive story about a successful couple whose relationship is jeopardized by addiction and codependency. You can get a copy during her book signing at Cutchogue New Suffolk Library Saturday, July 30. It’s also available at

Happy Fourth of July! Enjoy and be safe!

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