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Greenport News: Another round of happy birthdays

I can’t say enough about how much energy and time two-year Greenport PTA president Kim Moore-Swann puts into her job. Along with other hardworking members, she’ll spend Labor Day Saturday hosting the PTA’s annual craft fair at the school. It will run 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. rain or shine. If you’ve got something to sell, consider securing a booth for $50 as a friend of the PTA. If you’d like to donate something for the auction, contact Sandy Martocchia, Kim Moore-Swann, Cynthia Bumble or Laura Graffagnino-Arena or call 631-846-1459. All donations are greatly appreciated.

Speaking of rain or shine, nothing stops members of Greenport Fire Department’s Standard Hose Company from putting on their annual chicken barbecue, which took place Saturday. If you waited too long to get tickets, you were out of luck; the event had been sold out for weeks. It was, as always, delicious, with fare that tickled the tastebuds. A hearty round of applause for all those involved in its success.

Registration is in progress for St. Patrick’s and St. Agnes fall/winter CYO basketball for grades 3-8. Email Jen at [email protected] for forms and information.

During the second weekend in August, you can count on two annual family reunions occurring. The Bondarchuk family held theirs Aug. 13 at Orient Beach State Park, with 35 in attendance. It’s kind of scary when someone from my generation turns out to be the oldest member present. This year, Tony Bondarchuk, son of Peter Bondarchuk, captured that title. Peter’s great-grandson, Blake Hollinger, was the youngest to attend. Thank you to my cousin Don Bondarchuk, who supplies me with this information each year.

The Heaney family’s 60th annual reunion took place Aug. 14, with approximately 80 family members and friends in attendance. This year it was hosted by Rose and Keith Baker. Family patriarch Bernie Heaney relinquished his title as oldest member present to his sister-in-law, Vicki Heaney, and I do believe that the youngest Heaney there was Jeffrey Patrick Bubb, great-grandson of Jack Heaney.

Extra-special birthday wishes go out to our grandson, Jamey Decker.  It seems impossible that five years have passed since you entered the world and brought us more happiness than I ever thought possible. Jamey turns five Aug. 31.

Special birthday wishes also go out to Rose Berryman, who will celebrate her 90th birthday Sept. 4. Happy birthday, Aunt Ro!

Happy birthday wishes also go to Cindy Cusati, Ronnie Grilli and Shyanna Jimenez on Aug. 25; Shirely Sieverman, my cousin Patty Stewart and Keysha Terry on the 26th; Cherise Hofsiss and Eileen Dillon on the 27th; Kevin Hunt, Pudge Dzenkowski, Kevin Hunt and Shannon Hofsiss on the 28th; Jack Grilli and Mike Volinski Jr. on the 29th. Wade Karlin and Grace Dinizio on the 30th; Lauren Sanwald, David Jenkins and Andrea Tabor on the 31st; Michael Rempe, Brian Grilli, Lauretta Rackett Rahmes and Ashley Payne on Sept. 1; Gary Blasko, Cate Creedon, Laura Hagen and Pamela Reed on the 2nd; Phyllis Montgomery, Caitlin Kapell and Chris Fitting on the 3rd; Danielle Golden, Jamie Campbell Imre and Carolyn Byrnes Macchirole on the 4th; Jason Parker, Bob Wallace, Jason Burden and Joe Cherepowich on the 5th; Warren Bondarchuk Jr., Deanna Yoskovich, Dale Corwin DeCastro, Mary Speed, Mary Hewitt, Dot Wiggins and Kim Corazzini on the 6th; and Patty Hooks, Andrea Volinski and Roger Grattan on the 7th.

Anniversary wishes are being sent to Eileen and Paul Skurnick on Aug. 26 and Amanda and Arnold Golz on the 28th.

R031209_Dinizio_R.jpgContact Greenport columnist Joan Dinizio at [email protected] or 631-477-9411.