12/06/11 11:35am
12/06/2011 11:35 AM

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere you go. In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it’s easy to let yourself get run-down. Don’t! Focus on your health and boost your immunity with simple practices like singing along to your favorite music, spending time with pets, fixing a warm, hearty stew or soup and smiling!

Smiles will abound while you shop for a special something for that someone special at Cutchogue Presbyterian Church’s Christmas Bazaar and Antique Show this Saturday. Dec. 10, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Adults and children 10 and over can learn to make a paper Victorian Christmas ornament on Sunday, Dec. 11, at Old Town Art and Crafts Guild, 3 to 5 p.m. To register, call 734-6382.

Candles, candles burning bright mark the many birthdays being celebrated in New Suffolk on Dec. 11. Happy birthday to Dick Sullivan, Andy Hedges, Christine Stulsky and her niece Angela Prindle Kohl.

Belated happy birthday to Katie Tardif and congratulations on your first-place win in your age category at the MHS Turkey Trot!

Boy Scout Troop 39 will be selling wreaths outside the Mattituck and Cutchogue post offices on Saturday, Dec. 10, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The decorated 22-inch wreaths are $15 and proceeds help support troop activities for the coming year. The scouts thank you in advance for your support.

The Friends of Cutchogue New Suffolk Library invite you to their annual Christmas open house on Saturday, Dec 17, 2-3 p.m. Dune Grass will perform music of the season and homemade cookies and apple cider will be served. Come enjoy the spirit of the season!

Teens: Put on your party clothes for a special night celebrating Christmas, Kwanzaa and Hanukkah, Saturday, Dec. 17, 7 to 10 p.m. at the Southold Town recreation center. The event is sponsored by The Guidance Center and Communities That Care. For more information, call 664-9886.

Cutchogue Fire Department’s annual Christmas tree and wreath sale has begun. Quality Fraser firs are available in various heights starting at $45. Wreaths are $12 plain and $15 decorated. Roping and grave blankets are also for sale. Proceeds benefit the CFD Panthers Drill Team. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends. Free local delivery is available. Panthers Drill Team members thank you for your continued support!

This week at the library: Thursday, Dec. 8, 4:15 p.m.: Reindeer Read-out stories and craft, ages 6-7 4:15 p.m. Register, 734-6360; Friday Night Movie, Dec. 9, 7 p.m.: “Me and Orson Welles” (R). no registration; Create a Gingerbread House, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2:30 p.m.; Monday, Dec. 12, 10 a.m.: Olivia Helps with Christmas, story, craft and snack, ages 2-3; Monday, Dec. 12, 9 p.m.: Cool and Frosty Food Fun, grades 2-6; Tuesday, Dec. 13, 6:30 p.m.: Frozen Noses and Flannel Kisses, ages 4-5; Tuesday, Dec. 13, 6:30 p.m.: Researching the History of Your House, registration requested, 734-6360.

Have a good week!

05/09/11 3:19pm
05/09/2011 3:19 PM

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!

03/08/11 1:04pm
03/08/2011 1:04 PM

St. Patrick’s Day is a day of spiritual renewal and prayers for missionaries worldwide. It has become associated with everything green and gold, shamrocks and luck! Seven years ago, the Cutchogue-New Suffolk Chamber of Commerce and Cutchogue Fire Department began the tradition of the Cutchogue-New Suffolk St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Join the community as we celebrate St. Patrick’s on Saturday, March 12. The parade begins 2 p.m. at Cox Lane and ends at the Village.

Enjoy a delicious traditional St. Patrick’s Day meal at the East End Lions Club’s 57th Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner Wednesday and Thursday, March 16 and 17, noon to 8 p.m. at the Soundview Restaurant in Greenport. Tickets are available at Peconic Liquors in Cutchogue or by calling Pam Graeb at 734-7136 or Shelley Case at 734-6742. The cost is $18 in advance, $20 at the door. Proceeds support local scholarships, charitable community work and the Lions’ sight-related work.

Happy birthday to Ken Burns, who celebrates today, March 10. Belated birthday wishes to Cathy Barry, Deirdre Fedun, Janet Ciamarcone and Tess Gordon. Happy 18th wedding anniversary to Bill and Patti Burns on March 13.

Coming to Creation Station at Cutchogue United Methodist Church: the family-friendly comedy film “Evan Almighty,” starring Steve Carell, Morgan Freeman and Lauren Graham on Friday, March 11, at 7 p.m. Bring the whole family for lots of laughter, free popcorn and a chance to wrestle with some questions of faith. Free; donations appreciated. Contact Mary Agria at [email protected] or 765-5667.

On Sunday, March 13, at 2 p.m., the Cutchogue-New Suffolk Historical Council presents Bill Pfeiffer, owner/operator of Island Diving and president of the Long Island Divers Association. Join them in the community room at Cutchogue-New Suffolk Library for a fascinating glimpse into the world of undersea archeology.

New Suffolk School will hold a Pampered Chef fundraiser on Wednesday, March 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the school. Twenty percent of the sales will benefit the school. If you’d like to attend, RSVP to 734-6940 by tomorrow, March 11. There will also be an opportunity to order online. For more information, e-mail [email protected]

Congratulations to the winners of Cutchogue-New Suffolk Library’s “Snowman Photo” contest. The Cooper and Flythe families each won a $50 gift certificate to the movie theater.

Congratulations to the NJROTC President National Academic Team led by Cadet Ensign Maria Peroni. She and her team — Matt Ireland, Richie Smith and Tristan Keil — have advanced to the Championship Round/Level III. The top four teams from this next round will compete in June in Washington, D.C. Good luck, cadets!

Congratulations also to Larissa Bellavia on her acceptance into the U.S. Naval Academy summer session.

This past weekend, the cadets traveled to North Rockland to compete against 12 units in a drill competition. In addition to the third-place overall trophy, our cadets won the following honors: first place academics, team of Kevin Reyer, Eric Izzo, Kevin Izzo, Carson Pickerell and Ryan Rothman; second place NS1 inspection, Team Commander Kellie Stepnoski; second place armed exhibition, Team Commander Andy Ennis; third place unarmed exhibition, Team Commander Larissa Bellavia; third place varsity inspection, Team Commander Kerri Hands; and third place varsity basic platoon, Team Commander Samantha Fasolino. Congratulations on a job well done!

Have a good week!

02/09/11 9:24am
02/09/2011 9:24 AM

February is the shortest and maybe the coldest month of the year, yet it seems to have more celebrations, holidays, observances and events than most. We start by honoring the freeing of slaves with National Freedom Day; proceed with Groundhog Day, National Wear Red Day (to raise awareness of heart disease in women), the Chinese New Year, Superbowl Sunday and Valentine’s Day; and we end with Presidents’ Day. Phew.

Looking for that something special for your valentine? Stop by Cutchogue Presbyterian Church between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 12, and peruse the wares offered at the annual Valentine’s Antique Show. There will be lots of jewelry, fun valentine’s gifts, baked items and more.

Happy birthday wishes to Emily Gatz and Christian Figurniak, both of whom turn 13 today, Feb. 10. And happy birthday to Joni Friedman, who celebrates on Feb. 12.

Last month’s original one-woman comedy by Susan Grathwohl Dingle at Cutchogue-New Suffolk Library left audience members with smiles on their faces and laughter in their hearts. This poet, performer and stand-up therapist, beautifully combined her talents and skills to create “EnLIGHTtainment.” Her next engagement is at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, at the Creation Station behind Cutchogue Methodist Church. Come and enjoy a break from the cold, snowy winter. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. For more information, contact music director Mary Agria at 765-5667.

The library is chock full of activities and events for your enjoyment and edification. Check out the calendar section or stop by in person to see what’s going on this week.

Students in grades 6-8 are invited to “Got Attitude? Get What You Want Out of Life,” a fun and interactive leadership training workshop. It takes place on Saturday, Feb. 12, in the Mattituck High School library between 10 a.m. and noon. The program is sponsored by the Cutchogue East Elementary School PTA.

For the past year, students, parents and community organizations have been working hard under the tutelage of Jean Fallot and Lee Harned to create more than 200 bowls for the Empty Bowls Soup Supper to benefit Community Action of Southold Town’s food pantry. The event takes place Friday, Feb. 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the high school. Check the Calendar for details.

While making a bowl, I had the opportunity to catch up with Maria Golde. She told me that MHS 2001 graduate Danny Golde graduated from Maritime College in 2005 and is now serving with the U.S. Navy. He is stationed in San Diego, where he is training and awaiting his deployment. Thank you, Danny, for your service and God bless.

Come be a part of history! “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” Mattituck High School’s first musical in over 20 years, is on tonight and tomorrow, Feb. 10 and 11, at 7:30 in the high school auditorium. Tickets are $7 and available at the door.

Karen and Dan Letteriello recently had a proud parental moment attending a ceremony honoring their son Dan as a scholar athlete. Congratulations!

Have a good week!