Articles by

Barbara Sheryll

02/02/17 2:40pm

‘The color of springtime is in the flowers; the color of winter is in the imagination.” — Terri Guillemets

Participate in Cutchogue Fire Department’s “Adopt a Hydrant” program to help them keep us safe. You can keep local hydrants free of ice and snow by clearing a three-foot perimeter around them and by clearing paths from hydrants to the street.

01/19/17 3:55pm

Happy New Year! I once read that it was acceptable to say Happy New Year well into January, as long as it was the first time you were saying it to whomever you were saying it to. Hope that your new year is off to a good start.

Cutchogue’s ancient headstones are its windows into the lives of early settlers. Please join the Cutchogue-New Suffolk (more…)

10/20/16 4:31pm

This past week marked my 12th anniversary as The Suffolk Times’ Cutchogue and New Suffolk columnist. Our community is unique in its demographics, beautiful setting and residents whose compassion is demonstrated in concern for the environment and the need to help others and support our youth. It has been a humbling experience, as well as an honor and a pleasure.

Group for the East End and Lyrical Children present a family nature scavenger hunt Saturday, Oct. 22, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. throughout the woodlands at Downs Farm Preserve (last hunt begins at 1:30). Picnicking is encouraged. A suggested family donation of $5 is requested. To register, email [email protected]

Group for the East End’s next North Fork coastal cleanup is Sunday, Oct. 30, 10 a.m. to noon, at Breakwater Beach in Mattituck. To sign up, email [email protected] or call 631-765-6450, ext. 215.

Everyone has their strong suits, but keeping track of birthdays and anniversaries is not one of mine. Years ago, I wrote of my shortcoming and Ginny Surozenski has been reminding me ever since of her daughter Allison’s birthday. Happy 25th to Allison on Oct. 25.

If you have a birthday or anniversary you’d like to acknowledge, contact me so we may share the good news. I usually respond, but if I don’t please do so again to confirm I received your information.

Old Town Arts & Crafts Guild’s next fair takes place Saturday, Oct. 22, on the Cutchogue Village Green (rain date: Oct. 23). Don’t miss the chance to find that special something.

Does your child have a poetic flair? North Fork students are invited to submit original poems related to peace and friendship for the 10th annual Poetry for Peace program, sponsored by Congregation Tifereth Israel and North Fork Reform Synagogue. Published poets Billy Hands, LB Thompson and Jerry Matovcik will judge the entries. Winning poets will read their pieces to the community and receive a $25 award. The entry deadline is Friday, Oct. 21. Contact Sylvia ([email protected] or 631-765-6182) or Paula (631-477-1234 or [email protected]) for more information.

Rotary Club of Southold’s annual scallop dinner (with a roasted half-chicken option) is Tuesday, Oct. 25, from noon to 8 p.m. at the Soundview restaurant. Tickets are $25, gratuity not included, from Rotarians or at the door. Takeout is available.

Have a good week!

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

09/22/16 5:15pm

Kait’s Angels will hold a community yard sale Saturday, Oct. 1, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Doorhy home at 1125 Ole Jule Lane, Mattituck. All proceeds will benefit Bill Esposito, who was hit while riding his motorcycle, and Johanna Benthal, who suffers from CCM3 brain hemorrhages. Donations can be dropped off at 1125 Ole Jule Lane Friday, Sept. 30, 3 to 7 p.m. only, please.


08/26/16 7:00am

As the season slowly moves from summer to fall and Labor Day weekend approaches, families transition from vacation to school days. Children return from camp, community summer programs end, school supply drives are in full swing and parents take their children off to college. It is a time of change when parents have to step back, take comfort in knowing they did a good job, trust that their children have grown into individuals who will make good choices and, last but not least, pray for the best! 


08/13/16 4:53pm

“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” – Pele

Alex Goerler can attest to that. With a degree in conservation biology, he persevered and applied for the few positions available in his field. It’s a good thing Alex prefers cold weather because his job with the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Department is way up north near the Canadian border. It’s bittersweet for Joanne and Ron Goerler, who will miss their son but are happy and proud at the same time. Congratulations and happy trails!

Girl Scout Troop 156 celebrated with friends and family to mark the end of a three-year effort to earn its Silver Award, which benefited Ronald McDonald House. The troop’s two-part project involved creating a mural based on inspirational words — shine, hope, inspire, strong, wish, love, brave, dream — that was installed at Ronald McDonald House in New Hyde Park and printed on note cards. The other was to collect knitted rectangles from local knitters to make comfort blankets for families staying at Ronald McDonald House. Congratulations to troop members Jillian Orr, Maggie Bruer, Claire Gatz, Charlotte Keil, Sarah Santacroce, Julia Gammon, Jessica Scheer and Payton Maddaloni. Your dedication to having an impact on others’ lives is truly inspiring!

It was only six weeks ago that I happily spoke to Jeff and Susie Smith at Mattituck High School’s graduation. It was with sadness that I spoke to Susie and Jeff’s family this past week as prayers of healing and wellbeing were offered and condolences exchanged. It’s been a difficult couple of years for the Smith-Menard family, and though Jeff’s passing came on so suddenly, the immediate comfort of knowing that Pepa is with his beloved Livi gave the family a sense of peace that was evident to those around them. I’d like to share a Hebrew phrase with the family that we say when we read the end of one of the Five Books of Moses: Chazak, chazak, v’nitchazek, or “Be strong, be strong and may we be strengthened.” May you be strong and strengthened by the fact that your beloved husband, father and grandfather’s “everyday gestures of kindness, love and generosity” touched so many lives.

Help Community Action Southold Town fill 150 backpacks with all the usual school supplies, as well as graph paper, calculators, protractors and tissues. Donations can be left at any local library or bank, including Suffolk County National Bank in Cutchogue. For more information, call CAST at 631-477-1717.

Mattituck High School offers a community service designation for all high school graduates. To earn it, students must document a certain number of hours annually and achieve a certain total by graduation. Serving on Cutchogue New Suffolk Library’s Teen Advisory Board can earn those in grades 7-12 two hours of community service. To register for the first meeting on Aug. 18 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m, call 631-734-6360.

Other library programs this week include exercise, book discussions, animal programs, cultural arts, story time, parachute play, discussions on foreign policy, the Olympics and learning how to fish. Call 631-734-6360 for more information or to register.

The annual chicken barbecue at Cutchogue Fire Department has been a summer tradition for 59 years! On Aug. 27, the sweet aroma of one of the best barbecued chickens you’ll ever have will envelop our town. Tickets can be purchased from any fire department or ladies’ auxiliary member. Phone orders can be placed by calling 631-734-6907 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

‘Top the Table’ promises to be the family event of the summer! Cutchogue New Suffolk Library invites you to join the festivities Saturday, Aug. 13, at 6 p.m. on the library grounds. Enjoy music, dancing, carnival games and other kids’ activities. All proceeds directly benefit the library and tickets are on sale there now: $20 for adults; $10 for children 12 and under. Full tables (8-12 people) are also available.


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