05/30/13 4:00pm
05/30/2013 4:00 PM

FILE PHOTO | This year’s Relay For Life will start Saturday night at Cochran Park.

More than $50,000 has already been raised for this year’s Relay For Life that begins Saturday night at Jean Cochran Park in Peconic.

The eighth annual American Cancer Society Benefit begins with an opening ceremony at 6:30 p.m. The Luminaria Ceremony is at 9:30 p.m. Donors can choose to dedicate a personal luminaria in honor, memory or support of a loved one. Or donation dollars can be assigned to a team or participant to help them reach their goal.

The event will feature live music along with Henna tattoos, chair massages, a bake sale and face painting.

Check-in begins at 4 p.m.

For more information on the event, click here.

Check out photos from last year’s Relay for Life here.

11/11/12 4:23pm
11/11/2012 4:23 PM

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | The Southold Town Volunteer Firefighters Memorial was formally dedicated Sunday.

The Southold Town Volunteer Firefighters’ Memorial was formally dedicated in a ceremony held Sunday afternoon at Jean Cochran Park in Peconic.

Drummers from the Cutchogue Fire Department led representatives from all Southold Town fire departments up Peconic Avenue and into the park, where a small gathering waited in front of the newly completed memorial.

Fire Chiefs Council president Antone Volinski III gave the welcoming address followed by a blessing from Chaplain Thomas Roslak and a few words from Greenport Mayor David Nyce and Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell. New York State Senator Ken LaValle was also in attendance, though he did not speak.

A representative from each fire department then read the name of a lost firefighter and the story behind his passing.

The memorial is dedicated to the memory of all Southold Town volunteer firefighters who died in the line of duty. It consists of a sitting wall interspersed with columns identifying each of Southold Town’s fire departments.

The names of firefighters who have died in the line of duty are engraved on each department’s column. In the center stands the 9/11 memorial consisting of the Morning Call osprey sculpture perched on a beam from the 33rd floor of the World Trade Center.

Brick pavers, some with dedications engraved on them, make up the “Heroes Plaza.”

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09/12/12 12:00pm
09/12/2012 12:00 PM

Local fire department volunteers and other residents showed up at Jean Cochran Park in Peconic Tuesday to pay their respects on the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

The park is the home of a 9/11 memorial.

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JOYCE GRIGONIS PHOTO

JOYCE GRIGONIS PHOTO

JOYCE GRIGONIS PHOTO

09/10/12 12:00pm
09/10/2012 12:00 PM

KATHARINE SCHROEDER FILE PHOTO | Last year’s 9/11 ceremony at Cochran Park in Peconic.

There will not be a big 9/11 ceremony in Jean Cochran Park this year, like there was last year on the 10-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks. But local residents are being invited to place flags at the park on Tuesday night.

The small flags will be provided for those who visit the park, which is located on Peconic Lane in Peconic, between 5 and 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Notice of the quiet memorial event came from Tracey Orlando, who spearheaded last year’s memorial event. She is the daughter of Jim Miller of Miller Environmental, who had a 35-foot Osprey sculpture commissioned from sculptor Roberto Julio Bessin.

The Osprey sculpture was moved to the park last year to stand as a memorial to those who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

06/01/12 5:00pm
06/01/2012 5:00 PM

KATHARINE SCHROEDER FILE PHOTO | Participants in last year's Relay for Life on their way around the track.

It’s almost time for the annual Relay for Life, an overnight fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society.

At least 40 teams are to gather at Jean Cochran Park on Peconic Lane in Peconic for the overnight event. It begins at 5 p.m. with a dinner for cancer survivors and their caregivers, provided by Claudio’s in Greenport, with the opening ceremony at 6 p.m.

Cancer survivor Steve Helinski will share his story before the survivor’s lap, where those who are fighting or have won their battle against cancer are invited to circle the track to acknowledge their own struggle and honor the other participants.

The caregivers lap follows and a coffee hour for the caregivers will be held at 8 p.m.

There will also be musical performances by The Days Beneath Us and Points East, zumba classes, and at 9:30, a luminaria service to remember those who have lost their battle against The disease. That portion of the event will begin with bagpiper Tim Kelly leading the walkers on a lap around the park’s track, left dark except for the candle-lit luminarias, each recognizing a cancer victim

At midnight, Relay for Life becomes a closed event and only those who have pre-registered will continue to walk through the night until breakfast.