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Cutchogue News: Soup’s On event scheduled for Sept. 17

Drive safely; school is open! On Tuesday, the Mattituck-Cutchogue PTA welcomed kindergarten students who will be Mattituck High School’s Class of 2029! This special day was organized to help ease the transition into kindergarten and make it a pleasant experience for all. 2029 … amazing when you think about it!

‘Meet our New Doctor!’ was the headline in the local paper introducing Dr. Lauren Carlson to the team at VCA Delmarva Animal Hospital in Berlin, Md. An MHS grad, Lauren has wanted to be an “animal doctor” since she was 6 years old and never let that dream slip away. She spent years away from her family pursuing her veterinary degree at Auburn University in Alabama and completing a rotating small animal internship in Albuquerque, N.M. Her mom, Dawn, is looking forward to having Lauren closer to home and Dawn’s family in Maryland. Congratulations and all the best!

It’s come to my attention that the way I worded news about Jacqueline Berkoski and Nick Cosgrove has been misconstrued as meaning they are engaged. Not true; they are dating. Also, Jacqueline graduated from the University of Vermont and is a licensed radiation therapist and certified phlebotomist. Apologies to all!

The Cutchogue New Suffolk Historical Council’s annual end-of-summer members’ social, “Soup’s On,” is set for Saturday, Sept. 17, from 4 to 7 p.m. by the Village Garage. Tickets are available for $15 at the front desk of Cutchogue New Suffolk Library. The social, for members and their guests, offers delicious homemade soups and trimmings, lemonade and iced tea (or BYOB). The previous social, “Graze on the Green,” was so much fun that many of the nearly 70 guests stayed hours beyond the planned ending time. Come and enjoy the wonderful food, people and an exhibit dedicated to the Age of Transportation that helped transform Cutchogue’s rural landscape.

Prayers of healing and well-being are being sent to Joe Zuhoski Sr.

Congratulations to MHS English teacher and professional developer Amanda Barney on being chosen for the 2016-17 Washington Teacher Ambassador Fellowship program. She is one of just 10 teachers and principals selected for this U.S. Department of Education-sponsored program in Washington, D.C.

Coming up this week at Cutchogue New Suffolk Library: Mommy, Daddy & Me Yoga, ages 2 and 3, Thursday, Sept. 8, 10-10:45 a.m.; Tots, Toys & Tales, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 9:30-10:30 a.m. for children up to 36 months, with caregiver; Storytime for ages 2 and 3: “We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt”, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 10-10:30 a.m.; “Know the 10 Signs of Alzheimer’s,” Wednesday, Sept. 14, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Book discussion, “Into the Wild” by Jon Krakauer, Thursday, Sept. 15, 10-11 a.m.; and Medical Marijuana Seminar, with a speaker from the Columbia Care dispensary, Monday, Sept. 19, 6:30 p.m. To register for any of these programs, call 631-734-6360.

The North Fork Foodie Tour is Sunday, Sept. 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Grab your friends, chart your own course and experience behind-the-scenes tours, cooking demonstrations, product samples and talks that will inform you about special farming techniques. Tickets are $25 per person; children under 12 are free. For tickets and more information, visit or call 631-722-5712.

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Did you know that a child is diagnosed with cancer every two minutes? That’s means 25,000 kids worldwide this month alone, according to the St. Baldrick Foundation website. Much like wearing red focuses attention on heart disease, wearing gold this month will raise awareness of childhood cancer.

Have a good week!

Contact Cutchogue-New Suffolk columnist Barbara Sheryll at [email protected] or 631-734-5242.