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track_18Our community gathers together for all kinds of causes and celebrations and this Friday, Sept. 26, we have an opportunity to celebrate the ribbon-cutting of the much-anticipated high school track. BOE members, superintendent and school officials will attend and the public is invited to join in at 6 p.m. at the high school. The seniors, Class of 2015, and kindergartners, Class of 2027, will run the first commemorative lap. At 7 p.m., a bonfire and pep rally will take place, with the Tucker Bowl immediately following. Be part of the festivities as our community celebrates our blue and gold.

Speaking of celebrating, be sure to wish happy birthday to the following in the next two weeks: Peggy Litchhult, Katie Young, Jerry Diffley, Cathy Russo, Danielle Pfaff, Cassie Nine, Bernadette, Deerkoski, Mark Davis, Dan Sidlauskas, Taylor LaRosa, Chuck Timpone, Maria Montgomery, Suzie Smith, Luke Bugdin, Mackenzie Hughes, Kathryn Rosnack, Dick Brooks and Amy Rivera — and belated wishes to Alicia Rivera.

The Mattituck Fire Department invites you to a buffet breakfast on Sunday, Oct. 5, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for kids ages 5 to 12. All tickets will be sold at the door; proceeds go to the American Parkinson’s Disease Association of Long Island.

Helping our neighbors is a key element of living on the North Fork. As winter approaches, many residents struggle to provide their families with food each day. CAST will hold a food drive Saturday, Oct. 4, at Waldbaum’s in Mattituck, King Kullen in Cutchogue and the IGAs in Southold and Greenport. Volunteers are needed to make this drive a success; if you can help out, call 477-1717 for information.

Bev Wowak invites everyone to participate in the next book discussion at Mattituck-Laurel Library on Thursday, Oct. 30, at 6:30 p.m. The book is “The Wives of Los Alamos” by Tarashea Nesbit.

The East End Lions’ annual fashion show is set for Thursday, Nov. 6, at the Hyatt in Riverhead. The cost is $55 and it promises to be a fun evening. Contact Diane at 478-7010 if you’d like to attend.

The North Fork Alliance is seeking young volunteers to join its Youth Advisory Council. Council members advocate for the needs of other youths, specifically addressing the problems of underage drinking and substance abuse. To become a part of this worthy effort, contact the alliance at 477-6821 or northforkalliance.org.

Best of luck to Katie Ross as she begins the next chapter of her life in Denver, Colo. Katie recently relocated to begin a job at the University of Denver. The university is sure lucky to have her!

There’s always music in the air at Mattituck High School! Congratulations to Alyssa Scartozzi and Greg Sheryll and alternate Marissa Saninno on being selected to perform in NYSSMA All Sate Conference in December.

Happy 10th anniversary to Jaime and Brian McCleery on Oct. 1.

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The Cutchogue Fire Department is hosting a Steak Night Dinner Saturday. (Credit: file photo)

CUTCHOGUE, NEW SUFFOLK

Think Spring! Spring forward by setting your clocks one hour ahead Saturday night. And don’t forget to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors if you haven’t done so recently.  (more…)

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Bride-to-be Mary Kaelin was one step ahead of her parents, Peg and Fred, and thought she was leading them into a surprise 40th anniversary party. Mary was stunned when, instead, everyone shouted “Surprise” in her honor because, as maid of honor Jane explained, it was really Mary’s bridal shower. Baby sister Carey came up with the plot, which brought siblings Bridget, Erin, Jane, Fred and Adam and their families together, as well as groom-to-be Todd Johnson, his mom, Rita and step-dad, Randy, and a roomful of other guests together to share laughter and good times. Helping Mary open her gifts were nieces Olivia and flower-girl-to be Jocelyn. Fred, an ex-fire chief, led Todd, grandchildren Wyatt, Lucas and Maya, son-in-law, Mark and Randy on a quick retreat to the firehouse. The happy couple returned to North Carolina after presenting Peg and Fred with the speech and CD Mary created to honor their 40 years together. Congratulations and happy anniversary!

Family and friends gathered at Our Lady of Ostrabama last Saturday to celebrate their loved ones’ First Holy Communion. Congratulations to all and God bless!

Cutchogue postmaster Robert Bittner was proud to share that he’d served four years in the Navy and six in the Reserves. On April 30 Robert retired from the U.S. Postal Service after 37 years, the last five serving his hometown. All the best on your retirement! Welcome to new neighborhood postmaster Kelly Guerin.

Joanne Yacko wishes her mother, longtime New Suffolk resident Marge Brockner, a very happy 90th birthday on May 12.

Belated happy birthday to Marc Proferes and congratulations to Brittany Letteriello on her induction into the International Honor Society at Siena.

New Suffolk School will host its annual spring flower and vegetable sale Saturday, May 14. To order ahead, email [email protected] or call the school. Make checks payable to the N.S. School Enrichment Fund. All proceeds benefit student enrichment activities.

The MHS Booster Club’s spaghetti dinner was a success thanks to the efforts of many, including Kathy Perivolaris, Mary Grace Finora, Argie and George Leodis, Dawn Nish, Diane Lessard, Linda Waters, Sue Hansen, as well as the JV and varsity cheerleaders, varsity baseball players and all the parents who contributed in their own way.

Congratulations to the Southold-Mattituck-Greenport NJROTC cadets, who were named Area 4’s Most Outstanding Unit for the fifth consecutive year! Most cadets dream of earning this distinction even once. This achievement speaks to the determination and devotion of our cadets, their parents, families and supporters in our community.

The Cutchogue-New Suffolk Historical Council invites everyone to the dedication of the new garage on the Village Green on Sunday, May 15, at 2 p.m. Complimentary refreshments will be served.

Host families are needed for the North Fork Ospreys collegiate baseball players, who will arrive in a few weeks. If you can accommodate a player in your home for two months contact Brian Hansen at 765-4709 or Jeff Standish at 765-3107. Hosts need not provide meals, though a home-cooked meal is always appreciated.

The CFD Panthers Relay for Life team will hold a yard sale Sunday, May 21. If you’d like to rent a table for $25, contact Tara at 734-4165. Donations of items for sale are also being accepted. Contact Mimi at 734-5664. All proceeds benefit The American Cancer Society.

Don’t forget the Old Town Art and Crafts Guild open house this Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., featuring the work of Adelaide O’Connell and Eleanor Moser. Many one-of-a-kind handmade items will be on display.

Have a great week!

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BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO Rug hooking 101 Peconic Ruggers member Barbara Blossey-Chuvalas of Aquebogue (left) teaches Marie Magnano of Farmingville some basic stitches in Hallockville Museum Farm’s Naugles Barn during the group’s Hooked Rug Show and Sale Saturday afternoon. The rug-hooking guild, started by Gail Horton of Greenport in 1996, meets during the winter at Cutchogue Presbyterian Church.


Each year the Suffolk County REMSCO honors agencies and EMS providers for dedication and commitment to their community. With great pride, the Cutchogue Fire Department has announced the selection of paramedic Kathy Hartmann as 2009 ALS Provider of the Year for Suffolk County. Kathy was joined by Chief Andrew McCaffery and her family at the annual awards ceremony in Patchogue. Throughout her career Kathy has played an instrumental role in saving lives and her accomplishments also earned her honors as 2009 CFD Firefighter of the Year and EMS Provider of the year, and 2009 North Fork Volunteer Fireman’s Association’s Firefighter of the year. Congratulations and G-d bless!
Happy Halloween! Hannah Prokop scoured Oriental Trading catalog for weeks before ordering Halloween goodies for the 360 bags purchased with funds from Hannah’s Cans for Cancer. Hannah and her family visited the children’s oncology ward distributing the Halloween goodies along with  135 pumpkins for the kids to decorate, courtesy of Krupski’s, Helen’s and VerDerBer’s.
Congratulations to Eric Izzo of Mattituck High School on his appointment by Congressman Tim Bishop to the 2011 Congressional Student Advisory Council. Eric will represent MHS at its monthly meeting with our congressman to discuss our nation’s important issues.
The East End Lionesses invite you to their eighth annual fashion show at Giorgio’s in Baiting Hollow on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 5-10 p.m. Raffles, dinner and fashion show from Fandango’s in Hampton Bays and Fashion Bug at Tanger Outlet Center. Proceeds benefit scholarships East End high school seniors. For information and tickets call Diane at 478-7010 or 734-4269
The film series ‘Film and Faith’ begins Friday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. at Creation Station, behind Cutchogue United Methodist Church. The first film is the Academy Award-nominated and critically acclaimed “As It Is in Heaven,” a heart-warming, joyful tale set in a small Swedish community where everyone is in some way “broken.” It’s a story of how one may be “healed” after finding their “voice.” Discussion of the film will be led by Dr. John Agria, videographer and professor at Suffolk County Community College, and may address questions such as: What is the “message’ of the Christian experience? What role does or doesn’t the ‘organized’ church play in community? What role does community itself play helping individuals find their “voice”? For more information, contact John Agria at 765-5667 or [email protected]
Remember when you were young and you gave that special handmade gift? Old Town Art and Crafts Guild’s Home for the Holidays Open House on Saturday, Nov. 6, invites you to do just that. Beginning at 10 a.m., bring the family to find that special handmade gift: original artwork, ornaments, sweaters, woodwork, jewelry and more. Homemade refreshments will be served in the Guild’s Gallery.
While you’re there, do not miss Phyllis Lombardi, who will be signing copies of her book, “Dear North Fork.” It’s chock full of stories about North Fork people and places — who knows what you might find?
At Cutchogue-New Suffolk Library: All About Owls, Saturday, Nov. 6, 1 p.m., Live animal presentation. All ages. No registration required. Six-week kickboxing class begins Monday, Nov. 8, 5-6 p.m. $30. Register.
My deadline for next week’s column is tomorrow thanks to the Veterans Day holiday, so if you have news get in touch pronto!
Have a good week!

11/01/10 1:46pm

With Election Day over, we can hopefully look forward to campaign promises kept and, if nothing else, an end to dinnertime political phone calls and mailboxes full of political advertisements. Even Pat Boone got in on the action and “called” my husband one evening.
Please keep Pete and Sharon DiCandia in your prayers as they recuperate from a serious motorcycle accident.
Elementary students are invited to play WINGO this Friday evening, Nov. 5, 7-9 p.m. in the elementary school cafeteria. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Neuroscientist Dr. Stephen Dewey will discuss “The Effect of Drug Abuse on the Human Brain” in the district auditorium on Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. Students, parents and community members are invited to attend.
All runners/walkers participating in the Southold Athletic Association’s 5K and half-mile Fun Run fundraiser this Saturday, Nov. 6, must check in between 7 and 8:10 a.m. at the elementary school. If you haven’t registered yet, visit southoldufsd.net.
Southold Middle School students of the month for September are: John Funke, science; Julia Girzadas, social studies; Jarett Hartman. math; Josh Kettenbeil, physical education; Alexis Leonard, art; Gus Rymer, technology; and Walker Sutton, English.
High school students of the month are: Pierce Baylis, art; Julia Bradford, foreign language; Kieran Brodarick, technology; Jamie Grigonis, English; Hannah Matthaei, foreign language; Kristen Mullen, NJROTC; Laura Rempel, science; Emma Richter, business; and Ridge Russell, physical education.
Any SHS student in grades 7-11 who’d like their school portrait retaken can do so on Wednesday, Nov. 10. You must bring your portrait package with you. Contact the high school office at 765-5080 with any questions.
Those celebrating birthdays this week include Greg Savage on Nov. 3; Kathy Desbonnet, Melissa Surozenski and Olivia Medford, who turns 7, today, the 4th; Deb Kujawski and Frank Schmidt on the 5th; Arleen Peck on the 8th; and Drew Averette and Abby and Sara Abrams, who turn 17, on the 9th.
Dr. and Mrs. Ronald Yedloutschnig toasted 54 years of marriage on Oct. 26. They were married in Frederick, Md., in 1956 and have made Southold their home since 1966. We wish them many more happy years together.
Southold Cub Scout Pack 6 will host its annual spaghetti dinner and chinese auction fundraiser on Friday, Nov. 12, 5-7 p.m., at the Southold American Legion hall. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids. The auction will take place after dinner. The prizes will feature theme baskets and many items for the kids.
Cool weather lends itself to comfort food and that’s what you can expect at Southold Historical Society’s harvest dinner on Thursday, Nov. 11, from noon to 8 p.m. at the Soundview. Choose from pot roast or salmon. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the Prince Building on the Main Road or at the door. A 50/50 raffle will also be held.
I have two assignments for my readers this week: First, please contact me ASAP with any items you’d like to see in next week’s column. Because of the Veterans Day holiday next Thursday, the newspaper will be published on Wednesday. The second assignment is to turn your clocks back one hour this Saturday night as we “fall back.” Enjoy your extra hour.

11/01/10 1:44pm

Maybe I’m a tad more emotional than usual about the “winds” of change, as I’ve sat outside the past three Friday nights watching the Porters play football in the wind, cold and rain. I am, therefore, starting my countdown to summer earlier this year. There are only 229 days until the official start of summer. I can’t wait!
Speaking of Porters football, I’d like to recognize the seniors who played in their last regular season game this past Friday: Tremayne Hansen, Mike Mangiamele, Taylor Lindsay, Dan Canales, Tyler McNeil, Christian Napolitano, David Martinez, Marcos Barroyo, Chris Manfredi, Dan Neighly, Alex Passanant, Keith Berezny and Yanni Rauseo.
The senior cheerleaders who cheer them on are Callie Bubb, Holly Sponza, Donna Angevine, Kaitlin McElroy and Christine Ramnarine. Thank you one and all for the time you’ve put in and the memories you’ve made for all of us Greenport gridiron fans. Good luck in the playoffs this weekend.
The season of giving is just around the corner. Jillian Ruroede has come up with a wonderful idea to have an Angel Tree at the school. The tree will consist of wishes from families within the school, and you can help a family in need for the holidays by picking up an Angel wish in the school lobby on Monday, Nov. 22. All wrapped gifts are due at the school by Dec. 17, with the angel attached. What a great idea! For further information, you can reach Jillian at 477-1950, ext. 232.
On Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11, there will be a fundraiser dinner to “Save the Legion” at Skipper’s Restaurant from noon to 9 p.m. Dinner choices are Yankee pot roast, chicken parmesan or stuffed flounder. Takeout and advance sale tickets are $17. At the door, tickets are $18. Tickets are available at Skipper’s. Let’s get out there and support the Legion and our veterans who are members.
Greenport’s senior Girl Scout troop will hold a Veterans Day memorial service at Mitchell Park at 11 a.m. The public is invited.
If you’re setting up your calendar for November, be sure to include the ELIH Auxiliary’s Boutique on Wheels on Friday, Nov. 12, where you can shop for beautiful handbags, scarves, shawls and more. It will be held in the hospital conference room from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For further information, call 477-5196.
Happy 98th birthday today, Nov. 4, to former longtime Greenport resident Elbertie “Bert” Thornhill from her son, Jim, daughter, Judith Terry, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who are all celebrating with her in Greensboro, N.C.
Also celebrating this week are Heidi Johanson today, the 4th; Ryan Golden on the 6th; Sean Furman, who turns 1, along with Sue Raynor and Barbara Richter on the 7th; my uncle Jack Heaney and Tara Detrick on the 8th; Tanya Gates on the 9th; and my cousin Greg Wallace, Billy Robins, Jenna Finne and Ron Rock on Nov. 10.
The happiest of anniversaries is wished to Sally and Ray Corwin, who celebrate their 36th anniversary Nov. 5.
Next Thursday is a holiday with no mail delivery, so we columnists have an early deadline for next week. I’ll be sending mine in this evening, so if you’ve got something you’d like included, please call me now!

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Jason Cockerill and Don Boerum will play the organ together at this Sunday’s 10 a.m. service at Orient United Methodist Church. The Southold/ Greenport ROTC will also attend in honor of Veterans Day.
Speaking of Veterans Day, Betty Rowe got in touch to ask Oysterponders to join her, other Southold DAR members and the Greenport Girl Scouts in Mitchell Park, Greenport, on Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. for a ceremony to honor all men and women who have served our country in the military.
The East Marion Community Association is sponsoring a great event but you must respond quickly. EMCA members are invited to take an all-day tour of Plum Island on Monday, Nov. 22, to learn about the operation there and the history of the island. Space is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. You must register by Nov. 8 by calling 477-1619 or e-mailing [email protected] EMCA membership is available to all residents of East Marion and friends of East Marion.
The Halloween party last Saturday at Poquatuck Hall was a huge success and a good example of the variety of events OCA hopes will continue to take place in our historic hall. Special thanks to the committee members, who did an amazing job planning and decorating.
Then there’s some not-so-good and disturbing news from Poquatuck. On the evening of Oct. 24, the hall was broken into and the back door was damaged, trash was littered about and the hot water was left running. So many people have spent so much time, effort and money to restore and beautify the hall the momentum of the goal can’t be broken now. If you know who the parties responsible for this are, please contact the police. And in the future, if you see suspicious activity around the hall or Village, please report that also.
Other good news is that two people have stepped forward to underwrite the new community announcement board at Poquatuck. I’ll share more details next week. But while I’m on a roll here, can anyone help subsidize the desperately needed new floor?
After writing about John Bendick last week, I received many calls and e-mails telling me of yet another kind deed he had done in his journey. So it wasn’t a surprise when it was announced that the homeless shelter at St. Agnes Church will hereafter be known as “John’s Place” — a fitting honor for a special man. The shelter, which is coordinated by Oysterponds’ own Noreen Bischoff, Jane Winsch, Kathy Smith and Barbara Cervone, is always in need of donations to help the less fortunate. Please consider helping out there if you can.
You get an extra hour of sleep on Saturday night. Don’t forget to turn your clocks back.
Because Veterans Day is next Thursday, Nov. 11, there will be no mail delivery so the paper will be delivered the 10th. Therefore, the deadline for my next column is tomorrow. Hurry, hurry, and talk to me.