11/01/11 6:38am

‘Snowtober’ was the word some meteorologists used to describe last weekend’s record-breaking weather phenomenon. The possibility of an early snowfall also meant surprise snowblower sales for some local retailers. We were spared this time, but it was a cruel reminder of what we have to look forward to in the coming months.

Southold School’s garden committee is thinking spring. They can now be found on Facebook at Southold School Garden. You can track upcoming events, view pictures of the exciting progress being made or make a donation. Contact Emmie Karam at 765-5400, ext. 322 or 349, for further information.

WINGO will be held this Friday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. in the elementary school cafeteria. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Picture make-up day will take place this Friday, Nov. 4, in the Southold junior-senior high school auditorium. Students who request a re-take are asked to return their original photos.

Southold Historical Society’s Harvest Dinner will take place at the Soundview on Thursday, Nov. 10, from noon-8 p.m. You may choose pot roast or salmon. There will also be a 50/50 raffle. Dinner tickets can be purchased for $20 per person at the society’s Main Road office, next to Capital One Bank, or at the door.

A rare journal from Ditch Plains Lifesaving Station No. 4 in Montauk has been acquired by the historical society and is the newest addition to the collection on display at Horton Point Lighthouse.

Helen Prince enjoyed a party on Oct. 21 with family and friends in Rochester in honor of her 100th birthday. Among the guests were her sons, Barry and Bill, their spouses, and two of her four grandchildren. Helen taught in the Southold School District for many years, as well as a volunteer with the historical society. Many good wishes are being sent her way!

Happy birthday to Olivia Medford, who turns 8, Max Kruszeski, who turns 11, and Melissa Surozenski on the 4th; Frank Schmidt on the 5th; Arleen Peck on the 8th; and Drew Averette on the 9th.

Robby Kruszeski and Charlie Poliwoda will represent Southold at the Junior National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C., this week. Congratulations on this wonderful achievement.

The Southold Athletic Association will sponsor its second annual 5K Fun Run at 8:30 a.m. this Saturday, Nov. 5. All runners/walkers must check in between 7 and 8:10 a.m. The fee is $25. Check out southoldufsd.net for the course, online registration and more.

Right after the race, the Southold PTA will present a Health and Wellness Fair featuring local vendors and organizations. Families are invited to participate in the many interactive booths featuring Zumba, hula-hooping and yoga. A chinese auction fundraiser is also planned.

Civil War scholar Patrick Falci will give a lecture at the Southold Indian Museum this Sunday, Nov. 6, at 2 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

We ‘fall back’ this weekend so remember to set your clocks accordingly on Saturday night.

10/26/11 5:00am

The Southold PTA will sponsor a Halloween parade this Sunday, Oct. 30, starting at the firehouse at noon and ending at the elementary school, where the marchers are invited to enjoy refreshments and crafts.

Also on the 30th, Southold’s varsity cheerleaders host a fundraiser at Krupski’s Haunted Corn Maze. Elementary students are invited from 5 to 6 p.m. and older students from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 per student, and one accompanying parent is admitted free. Purchase tickets at the event or from any cheerleader.

Elisa Trigg, daughter of Cheryl and Peter Castiglione of Peconic, is a finalist in the “Voice of McDonald’s” singing competition for the company’s employees worldwide. Elisa is a manager of the Glen Cove McDonald’s and is one of 22 contestants representing the Metro Long Island area. If she lands among the top three finalists, she’ll donate $1,000 to Ronald McDonald House and purchase an elevator for her church in Baldwin. She could also win an all-expense paid trip to Orlando in April for the chance to win the top prize of $25,000. You can help Elisa reach her goal by voting online (as many times as you wish!) during November at voiceofmcdonalds.com/vote. Good luck to Elisa!

Belated anniversary wishes to Steve Bertschi and Virginia Gilmore, who toasted 19 years together on Oct. 10.

Happy birthday to Billy Zebroski on Oct. 27, George Faeth on the 28th, Sharon Marschean on the 30th, Virginia Gilmore on the 31st and both Mike Carver and Russ Karsten on Nov. 1.

A baby shower was held for Christina Quarty last Sunday at Poquatuck Hall in Orient. She and her husband, Kevin, received many adorable gifts for their first child, a boy, due to arrive in December.

Chris Klipstein took home the Longaberger muffin basket donated by Melissa DeSimone in the latest Friends raffle. November’s winners will each receive a stained glass kaleidoscope crafted here in Southold by artist Robert Hamill. Two names will be selected in the Nov. 14 drawing.

Isn’t the latest library newsletter beautiful? You should have received yours in the mail, but if you did not, stop by the circulation desk and pick one up. It contains many exciting programs, including the popular do-as-you please bus trip to New York City on Dec. 10. Call 765-2077 to reserve your space.

Did anyone do any stargazing last weekend? If you did, you were treated to the Orionid meteor shower, which peaked before sunrise on Saturday. The cool, clear evenings we’ve been having are perfect for observing the night sky.

The documentary film “Race to Nowhere” will be presented on Thursday, Oct. 27, in the district auditorium at 6:30 p.m. The program will focus on the pressures students face. All are invited.

10/20/11 12:31am

Fall is a time for gathering with family friends for delicious meals made from the bounty of our area. A large crowd did just that at the annual Baymen’s Association lobster bake last Saturday evening at Founders Landing. Southold Fish Market did an amazing job with the food, and the staff of volunteers who helped serve, set up and clean up worked hard to ensure that everyone enjoyed their dinner. It was a night of fun to support the local baymen.

Belated happy birthday to Tim Winters, who celebrated at the baymen’s dinner on the 15th. This week, Michelle Surozenski cuts her cake on the 20th. On Oct. 21, my brother Kevin Elak will spend his 40th birthday at Disney World with his family, and Helen Prince, former Southolder and longtime elementary school teacher, will turn 100 years old. Ajsia Martocchia also has her special day on the 21st, and Don Fisher celebrates on the 22nd.

Congratulations to Brianne (Metz) and T.J. Hart who were married Oct. 1 at Salt Air Farm in Cutchogue. All the best to the newlyweds in their married life.

Support the Southold High School cheerleaders and have some family fun on Sunday, Oct. 30, when they host a fundraiser at Krupski’s Haunted Corn Maze in Peconic. Tickets are $5 per child; an accompanying parent is admitted free. Children can attend from 5-6 p.m.; older students are invited from 6-8 p.m. See any cheerleader for tickets or purchase them at the maze.

It’s still a few weeks away, but you’re advised to get your tickets soon for the Veterans Day chicken dinner and dance to be hosted Friday, Nov. 11, by the American Legion Auxiliary of Post 803 in Southold. There will be music by Sahara and a cash bar. Tickets are $15 and must be purchased in advance by calling Dot Charnews at 734-7478 or Dianne King at 298-4719.

Auxiliary members are also selling raffle tickets to benefit veterans homes on Long Island and our troops overseas. First prize is $1,000, second prize is $500 and third prize is 50 gallons of fuel oil. Local merchants have generously donated many gift baskets filled with goodies. Support the veterans and contact an auxiliary member for raffle tickets.

Start gearing up for the Southold Athletic Association’s second annual 5K Fun Run on Saturday, Nov. 5. This year, the PTA will sponsor a health and wellness fair right after the race. Local vendors and organizations will be there and interactive booths featuring Zumba, yoga and hula-hooping will be featured for families to enjoy. Save the date.

10/11/11 3:00am

Summer returned to the North Fork for Columbus Day weekend, much to the delight of everyone who was missing those lazy days. It was a great opportunity to get outside and enjoy all that the North Fork has to offer this time of year.

Cristina Commesso and Steven Witzke were especially grateful for the beautiful weather since last Sunday was their wedding day. Family and friends enjoyed a reception at the Estate at East Wind in Wading River, where the couple’s 4-year-old nephew and ringbearer, Adam Witzke, wowed the crowd with his dancing skills. Congratulations to the newlyweds! All the best in your new Southold home.

Southold Elementary School students were visited by members of Southold Fire Department Tuesday for Fire Prevention Week. It’s a good time to check the batteries in your smoke detectors or, in some cases, make sure you have smoke detectors in your home.

Charles Hydell, a 2011 Southold High School graduate, recently completed United States Navy basic training in Great Lakes, Ill., and is currently in “A” school in Pensacola, Fla. His proud family would like to wish him a belated happy birthday. Charles celebrated on Sept. 28.

Happy birthday to Kathryn Luce on the 13th; Delia McBride on the 14th; Sharon Corridan and Lori Marra on the 15th; Louis Comito on the 18th; and both Frank Locrotondo and Jean Osmer on the 19th.

Tickets are now available for Southold Rotary Club’s annual scallop dinner on Tuesday, Oct. 18, from noon to 8 p.m. at the Soundview. The donation is $25 for a complete scallop dinner — or chicken if you prefer. See any Rotarian to purchase tickets. Proceeds benefit local scholarships and various community projects.

Southold High School students will enjoy a brief respite from classes this Friday to participate in Spirit Day activities. A wheelbarrow race, crab soccer, tug-of-war and an eating contest are among the games planned for this much-anticipated day.

10/03/11 4:02pm

September flew by, bringing the beautiful month of October. Maybe now we will see the crisp fall days that many of us have been eagerly looking forward to. It’s another great season to be on the North Fork!

A documentary film, “Race to Nowhere,” will be presented on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 6:30 p.m. in the Southold High School auditorium. The film features stories of young people across the country who have been pushed to the brink, educators who are burned out and concerned that students aren’t developing the skills they need and parents who are trying to do what’s best for their children. Following the film, Dr. Allison Byers will facilitate a discussion. To view the movie’s trailer, go to racetonowhere.com.

Belated happy birthday to Lauren Ficurilli, who turned 17 on Oct. 2. David Baryk, John Sinning Sr. and Nancy Smith celebrate on the 7th, Sally Napoli on the 11th and Carla Hubbard on the 12th.

Dillon Engels, son of Bill and Heather Engels of Southold, recently spent two weeks at the Norwich University Future Leader Camp in Vermont, an adventure experience designed to challenge and develop high school students’ leadership skills. Among other activities, Dillon took leadership, crisis preparedness, orienteering and first aid training; rappelled on 80-foot cliffs; hiked to the top of Mt. Ascutney; and spent three days camping, competing and learning wilderness survival skills. Wow!

Congratulations to Southold’s students of the month for September. In the middle school, they are: Emily Portillo, art; Meg Pickerell, English, family & consumer science and social studies; Abigail Bolliver, foreign language; Nick Bellomo, physical education; Gina Anasagasti, science; and Rafael Campos, technology. The high school students of the month are Brittany Calderale, art; Melissa Rogers, English; Jonathan Vasquez, foreign language; Megan Melly, family & consumer science; Lennon Sarfati, physical education; Ryan Rothman, science; Jamie Grigonis, social studies; Dylan Waskiewicz, technology; and Kaitlin Kettenbeil, NJROTC

A book fair will be held at Southold elementary school on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 17-18, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Family night will be on Wednesday, Oct. 19, from 6-8 p.m. Books for all reading levels will be offered. Proceeds benefit the PTA.

09/28/11 3:48am

Some members of the Southold Fire Department had the honor and privilege of participating in last Sunday’s Tunnel to Towers 5K run in New York City. They ran in their turnout gear in memory of FDNY firefighter Stephen Siller. It was an emotional and uplifting day that made everyone involved proud to be an American.

A very happy anniversary to Buzzy and Iris Begora, who toasted 50 years of marriage on Sept. 17, and Keith and Barbara Radich, who celebrate their 25th on Oct. 2.

Little Anna Mudd blows out two candles on Sept. 30; Jackie O’Connor-Jagel celebrates Oct. 1, Caitlyn Flynn, Emmie Karem, Terry Rich and Sue Rogers have birthdays on the 3rd; Kevin Erdman’s is the 4th; and Nursel Unsal of the Southold High School cafeteria staff turns 50 on Oct. 4.

Moms, dads and grandparents are invited to a workshop on “Parents’ Communication Skills,” led by Sandy Hinden, on Thursday, Oct. 6, 7-8:30 p.m. at Southold Free Library.

Shirley Bratle won a colorful children’s sweater handmade by Mary Hewitt in the Friends of Southold Free Library’s September raffle. The current prize is a Longaberger oval muffin basket with cloth liner generously supplied by Melissa DeSimone. The drawing is set for Oct. 15.

The Southold Indian Museum will offer a year-round series of craft classes taught by experienced members of the museum staff and other instructors from the community. On Saturday, Oct. 8, you can learn the art of Gyotaku (Japanese fish printing) from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. An advanced class will be taught from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Advance registration is required. Call 765-5577.

On Oct. 9, Dr. Arthur Goldberg will share images and adventures from his recent trip to the “Forbidden City” of Lhasa, in Tibet. He is a professor of chemistry and environmental science at C.W. Post.

Cell Phones for Soldiers provided another 100 calling cards for soldiers and military families this summer, thanks to all who donated their castoffs. The red donation boxes will remain in the Southold post office so please contribute your old cell phone. It really does go a long way in helping the families stay in touch.

A big thank-you to Evelyn DeLuna for her years of dedication to the Southold School District. We wish her the best in her retirement.

09/20/11 11:55am

Southold Fire Department’s 125th anniversary celebration was a big success, judging from those who came to partake in the various festivities. Thanks to all who helped to make this event possible.

Newly crowned ‘big brother’ Brendan Boyle was strolling the fire department grounds sporting his birthday crown. He turned 2 on Sept. 17.

David Surozenski Jr. received the prestigious St. Agnes Medal of Honor at a prayer service at St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre last weekend. One individual or couple from each of the diocese’s 133 parishes is nominated by the pastors for their donation of time and talent to the parish. David is a member of Our Lady of Ostrabrama R.C. Church in Cutchogue.

Happy anniversary to David and Monica Surozenski, who celebrated 33 years of marriage on the 17th, Patrice and Michael Conklin toasted 30 fun-filled years on the 19th, and Connie and Joe Sawicki celebrate their years together on the 28th.

Happy birthday to Sarah Sinning who celebrates Sept. 22; Janine Bakanic on the 25th; Justin Mann, who blows out one candle on the 26th; my daughter Nicole Sinning, also on the 26th; and Chris Manfredi Jr. on the 28th.

St. Patrick Church will sponsor a golf outing on Sept. 27 at Cherry Creek, beginning with registration and lunch at 11 a.m. The entry fee is $125 per player or $700 per foursome. Dinner only is $25. Call 765-3442 to reserve your space.
Southold Sunshine Society’s hospital equipment closet is in need of replenishing. Wheelchairs with leg extensions and commodes, shower benches and chairs are all needed. The society loans these and other items to those who have a temporary need for them. Call Peggy Murphy at 765-3598 or Gayle Kaplan at 765-1578 to arrange pickup.

Crisp fall days lend themselves to outdoor sporting events. This Saturday, Sept. 24, the Southold High School boys’ soccer team will play its homecoming game against Pierson at 11 a.m. The alumni game will be played at around 1:30 p.m. Those interested in playing can go to southoldufsd.net and click on “alumni annual game” or call 765-6069.
Open house for Southold elementary students in grades 4-6 will be held Thursday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. at the elementary school.

The Southold Presbyterian Women will hold their last barn sale of the year this Saturday, Sept. 24, from 8 a.m. to noon. For every $5 sale, $1 will be taken off. All proceeds benefit East End charities.

The Southold Indian Museum will hold a craft and yard sale this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The rain date is Sunday, Sept. 25.

Girls ages 4 to 11 who are interested in cheering for the Peconic Panthers can register this Saturday at 10 a.m. at the baseball field on Peconic Lane. The fee of $85 includes a uniform. Contact Crystal Anderson at 732-648-3547 or Mark Mellas at 631-902-5030 for more information.

09/12/11 1:30pm

Summer may be over as far as the tourist season goes, but for those of us who live here, it is a favorite time of year. We can take back our favorite beaches, left-hand turns are possible during the week and the farm stands are filled with delicious produce. Cooler days and evenings add to the appeal of the season, making it even more enjoyable.

Southold school fall athletes have been practicing diligently and are ready for action. Check sectionxi.org for schedules.

Southold Fire Department’s 125th anniversary festivities will take place this Saturday, Sept. 17, starting at 10 a.m. with a display of antique fire apparatus. There will be a parade at 3 p.m. beginning at Ackerly Pond Lane and concluding at the main firehouse. Then at 6 p.m., a band and DJ will be on hand to provide entertainment. Come be a part of this community celebration.

Vendor spaces are available for a yard sale at the Southold Indian Museum on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 765-5577 to reserve a space.

Belated happy birthday to Lindsey Bednoski, who blew out her candles Sept. 10, and Suzanne Fujita, who reached a milestone on the 14th. Krystyna (Surozenski) Duffy and Colette Steele celebrate on the 15th; Eileen Jaklevic and Bob Ruland on the 16th; Peter Winters and Bobby Van Mater, who turns 12, on the 17th; Jeff Ellis and Meg Pickerell, also turning 12, on the 18th; Sally Farrish and Bev Weiss on the 20th; and Mary Zupa on the 21st.

A very happy anniversary to Laurie and Bob Neese on Sept. 18, and Mike and Rose Anasagasti, who toast 19 years of marriage on the 19th.

Jeff and Jenny Boyle welcomed a daughter, Sophia Lynn, on Sept. 1. She tipped the scales at 7 pounds, 1 ounce. She was out and about on Sunday with her big brother, Brendan, who didn’t seem to mind sharing the stroller with his sister.

Southold Fire Department members Paul Reinckens, Barry Standish and Jim Van Gorden traveled to Broome County, N.Y., along with members of the Orient Fire Department, as part of the state’s Fire Mobilization and Mutual Aid Plan to assist in relief efforts after the recent floods.

Thanks to a grant from the Great Hudson Heritage Network, two early portraits in Southold Historical Society’s permanent collection will be conserved. The portraits of Esther Albertson Wells and Joseph Albert Wells are part of the only known group of intact portraits of a single North Fork family.

09/06/11 12:31pm

I apologize for not being able to bring you any news last week. I’m directing all complaints to Irene.

I’ll start with missed birthdays: Rick Hall celebrated on Sept. 1, Laura Pace had her special day on the 2nd, Rachel Terry’s co-workers at Van Duzer gas wish her a belated happy birthday on the 4th, and Harry Fishman blew out candles the 6th. This week, Tom Quarty turns 60 on Sept. 9. Phil Burns celebrates on the 10th, George Berry on the 11th and Edna Terry on the 12th.

Special anniversary wishes to Marty and Nadine Bazata on the 11th.

It’s always a fun time when the Czartosieski family gets together. On Aug. 19, they gathered at John Czartosieski’s Riverhead home for matriarch Theodora’s 89th birthday. A special treat was having great-nephew Nick Spinelli there for the festivities. He traveled from Seattle and was a lively presence for his “Cioci” Thea.

Southold’s own Dr. George Monahan, professor of history at Suffolk Community College, recently returned from a research trip to South America. And on Sunday, Sept. 11, at 2 p.m., he’ll give a talk at the Southold Indian Museum about the 100th anniversary of the discovery of Machu Picchu. The minimum donation is $5, which includes refreshments and access to the exhibits.

A reminder to all families with children in St. Patrick’s religious education program: Thursday, Sept. 8, is the last day to register your children for classes this year. Forms are available at the church or at the rectory during office hours. Classes begin the week of Sept. 19.

Photographs by the Rev. Loren Rowley will be featured in the fall exhibit at Southold Historical Society starting Saturday, Sept. 10. Born in 1858, the Rev. Rowley served at North Fork churches through 1904. The exhibit will be open 1-4 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays through Columbus Day weekend.

Carolyn Norklun recently returned from Texas, where she welcomed her first grandchild, Jack Richmond Krupski, on Aug. 1. Jack is the son of Jane (Norklun) and Lt. Matthew Krupski of Killeen, Texas, where Matthew is currently posted at Fort Hood. Also part of the Southold entourage were Jack’s paternal grandparents, Ray and Cissy Krupski, and his aunts Allie Krupski and Melissa Downs. Jack is also the grandson of the late Richard Norklun.

Liz Adams is the owner of a beautiful painting, “Maine Coast,” created and donated by Hope Rich for Southold Free Library’s raffle. A beautiful sweater hand-knit by Mary Hewitt is the current raffle prize. The Friends have added an accompanying picture book. The drawing will take place Sept. 15.

Seven-year-old Savannah Alexander will start off the school year with a new look: She had her first-ever haircut and donated 12 inches of it to “Locks of Love.” Savannah’s family is so proud of her!

Our lives were forever changed after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Ten years have passed, but those who perished that day are always in our thoughts. This Sunday, take time to memorialize them in whatever way you choose.

08/22/11 1:43pm

I have a suggestion for the remainder of the summer: Only sunny days allowed. If there must be rain for our local produce, let it be brief. Hope this isn’t asking too much!

I’d like to take a moment to recognize the unsung members of this community who take a trash bag with them on their daily walks and clean up litter in our town. Your efforts are noticed and much appreciated!

Jack Levin, longtime Southold resident, businessman and centenarian, was honored for his community preservation efforts last Saturday. His family was on hand as a plaque was dedicated to him at the Arshamomaque Preserve on Chapel Lane in Greenport.

A group of young Southold residents also deserve recognition for conducting their own fundraisers to benefit the North Fork Animal Welfare League: Fiona and Siobhan Merrill along with Meg and Molly Tuthill raised money at a yard sale recently. Special thanks to Noah Berry and Jack Goscinski for their help in running the lemonade stand.

Southold Sunshine Society’s hospital equipment closet needs to be replenished. Walkers with fold-down seats, bath stools, chairs and benches, commodes and wheelchairs in good condition are all needed. Call Peggy Murphy at 765-3598 if you have items to donate.

Practice for all Southold High School varsity and junior varsity sports will begin on Monday, Aug. 29. All athletes must have a recent physical and a signed athletic contract prior to practicing.

Junior high fall teams begin practice on Wednesday, Sept. 7, except for football, which begins on the 8th.

Southold Free Library’s Battle of the Books team competed against 17 other Suffolk County teams on Aug. 13. Team members include Kyra, Gage, Jamie, Katie, Eddie, Rebecca, Hayley, Emelys and Alex.

Mona McCarthy’s family wishes her a happy 88th birthday on Aug. 30.

Belated anniversary wishes to Victor and Beverly Cierach, who celebrated on Aug. 20.

The Southold Presbyterian Women will hold their monthly barn sale this Saturday, Aug. 27, from 8 a.m. to noon at the barn on Wells Avenue. All proceeds benefit East End charities.

There’s a lot of packing going on at Tim and Vickie Abrams’ house: Emily, a junior at Fairfield University, will spend her fall semester studying in Seville, Spain. She is a member of the National Collegiate Foreign Language Honor Society. On the same weekend Emily leaves for Spain, her sisters, twins Abby and Sara, will begin their freshman year at Fairfield. Good luck, girls!