11/14/11 4:00am
11/14/2011 4:00 AM

As the nights grow longer and the temperature drops our roads become less traveled. Fall foliage and moderate temperatures are making for a beautiful North Fork autumn. Christmas tree signs are starting to pop up on the North Road, giving us a glimpse of what’s to come. Local farms — Krupski’s, Wickham’s, Sang Lee and Scott’s Family Farm — are open offering farm-fresh broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and squash, plus seasonal decorations and more. Shop local farm stands and markets, buy local wine and beer, shop local merchants for your gifts and use local service companies. Together we can be the answer to the prayer for our neighbors’ prosperity. Think globally and act locally and enjoy the 2011 holiday season!

Happy birthday to Our Lady of Mercy first-grade teacher Mrs. Hunt!

The New Suffolk School’s Avon fundraiser continues through Nov. 21. Anyone interested in purchasing products can contact Brooke Dailey at 734-8255 or [email protected] The school will receive 30 percent of all Avon bath, fragrance, cosmetic and moisturizer sales.

Drivers beware: November is deer mating season. Bucks chasing does is the cause of many deer-car collisions. When you see a deer, keep in mind that there’s most likely another one to follow. Use high beams at night if there’s no oncoming traffic and be on alert during the evening and early-morning hours.

The Mattituck-Cutchogue Teachers Association invites you to join in the sixth annual Thanksgiving Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk on Thursday, Nov. 24, at 9 a.m. at Mattituck High School. Entry forms are available at mufsd.com

You may have seen your local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts outside the locations you frequent most. Be prepared, for in the weeks to come they’ll be offering you the chance to purchase Christmas wreaths as well as nuts and chocolate to bring your hostess or offer your guests.

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Greenport is planning its third annual trip to Woodloch Pines, Pa., for the week of May 14, 2012. All community members are welcome to join them. The cost is $570 per person, double occupancy, which includes accommodations, meals, activities and entertainment, taxes, gratuities, etc. For details, call Vicky and Don Insull at 765-4077.

Our Thanksgiving edition deadline is Friday morning, Nov. 18. Do you have something you are thankful for? Email me about what you’re grateful for and any other information you’d like to share in next week’s edition.

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11/02/11 3:00am
11/02/2011 3:00 AM

With October behind us, Thanksgiving is just a stone’s throw away. The Old Town Art and Crafts Guild leads the way next weekend, Nov. 12 and 13, with a Thanksgiving Open House from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All are welcome. The guild offers a wide range of decorations and gifts for the upcoming holidays. Refreshments will be served. The guild is also offering computer lessons in Adobe InDesign 5.5 on Tuesdays, Nov. 8 through Dec. 13, from 3 to 5 p.m. The course fee is $150. For more information, call 734-6382 or visit oldtownguild.com.

Enjoy a home-made dinner with neighbors and friends! The 37th Cutchogue United Methodist Church Election Day Scallop Dinner is this Tuesday, Nov. 8, with seatings at 5, 6 and 7 p.m.; takeout is also available. Tickets are $21 or $9 for children. Call 734-6650 to purchase. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Speaking of Cutchogue United Methodist Church, former music director Mary Agria is happy to announce that her novel “Garden of Eve,” a sequel to “Time in a Garden,” has been released to rave reviews. Garden author Sharon Lovejoy called it “a tender, intelligent, joyous celebration of the circle of life and the seasons.” Watch for the novel online or at your local bookseller.

At the library: Meet “Country Comfort Harvest” cookbook author Mary Elizabeth Roarke for recipe demonstrations, cooking and plating ideas for the holidays, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2 p.m. Kids in grades 4 through 6 can learn origami on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Ages 6 and 7 can enjoy Full Moon Stories, Thursday, Nov. 10, 4:15-5 p.m. Seniors who need help organizing important papers can learn to “Take Control and De-Clutter Your Life” also on Nov. 10, 10-11 a.m. Registration is requested for all of the above. Call 734-6360.

The photo exhibit “Main Roads and Back Roads of Cutchogue and New Suffolk” is open in the library’s gallery mezzanine through Dec. 31. It features work by photographers Linnaeus Allen and Charles Meredith that spans the 1930s through the 1960s.

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10/25/11 4:00am
10/25/2011 4:00 AM

Krupski’s, Wickham’s and Wesnofske’s may grow some of the finest pumpkins, corn, and potatoes, but our community — from Riverhead to Orient — grows some of the finest young men and women!

Master Sgt. David Wilburn Jr. — son of Sharon Burden of Cutchogue, father of Jesse Wilburn of Utah and brother of Michael, of Mattituck, and Bradley, of East Northport — has received the Order of Military Medical Merit award, which is the highest award available to Army medical personnel. According to his family, “His commitment to excellence as a medical emissary is evidenced by his ability to train, develop, mentor and lead soldiers on the modern battlefield with conviction and expertise.” Congratulations and God bless!

Brad and Denise Damiani of Cutchogue are proud to announce that their son Pfc. Brandon Damiani, graduated from the Marine Corps recruit depot on Parris Island, S.C. He will report to Camp Geiger in North Carolina for training in security forces. Congratulations and Godspeed!

Times may be tough, but with help from the Friends and the community, Cutchogue New Suffolk Library continues to grow and flourish! Book sale chairwoman Rose Ann Burns presented a check for $4,350 to director Neely McCahey and young adult librarian Bonnie Mazzaferro. As a result of this generous contribution, there will be “fantastic changes” in the Teen Central section of the library. This donation is also responsible for the Kindles that are now available to borrow.

The East End Lions Club’s ninth annual Holiday Fashion Show and raffle will be held at Giorgio’s in Baiting Hollow on Thursday, Nov. 3, at 5 p.m. Proceeds benefit folks in need and scholarships for local students. For tickets, contact Judy Wurtz (734-7328) or Sharon Vogel (298-4012).

Enjoy a homemade scallop dinner on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8, at Cutchogue United Methodist Church. There are sittings at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. and takeout will be available. Walk-ins welcome. Tickets are $21 for adults; $9 for children. Call 734-6650.

The Harbes family and Harbes Family Farm staff extend their gratitude to “Aunt Laurie” — Laurie Melton — for traveling all the way from Sherrills Ford, N.C., to help her sister, Monica, and family on their farms. Your smile has been an inspiration to all!

Kindles are now compatible with the live-brary.com free download site. Check it out! This week at the library offers seasonal programs and more: Whooose Picking Our Pumpkins?, ages 2-3, Friday, Oct. 28, 10-10:30 a.m.; Henna for Teens, ages 12-17, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 5:30-7:30 p.m.; book chat and recipe demonstration with Mary Elizabeth Roake, author of “Country Comfort Harvest,” Sunday, Nov. 6, 2 p.m. Call 734-6360 to register for all. But there’s no need to register for “Spooky Buddies” (G), the Friday Family Flick at 4 p.m. on Oct. 28, or the Friday Night Movie at 7 p.m. featuring the 2011 version of “Jane Eyre” (PG-13).

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10/19/11 3:00am
10/19/2011 3:00 AM

Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me. But according to Dr. Miriam Adahan, “Words can indeed hurt us, and while they cannot break our bones, they can break our hearts, our spirits, and our ability to have loving relationships.” For the past few weeks National Bullying Prevention Month has united communities like our own in raising awareness of bullying and emphasizing prevention. A study by the National Center for Education found that just under a third of students from 12 to 18 reported being bullied in school, predominantly through “being made fun of” and “being the subject of rumors.” On Sunday, Nov. 6, at 1:30 p.m., Congregation Tifereth Israel in Greenport will screen the film, “The Wave.” Afterward, a panel of local teens from diverse religious backgrounds will discuss the relevance of the Holocaust to present-day issues. For more information, contact Paula Shengold at 477-1234 or Carol Seigel at 765-8856.

To mark National Fire Prevention Week, volunteers from the Cutchogue and Mattituck fire departments spent a day at Cutchogue East Elementary School and Our Lady of Mercy teaching the children about fire safety. This year’s theme was “Protect Your Family From Fire!” and the students learned how to properly dial 911, identify hazards in their home, use a fire extinguisher and safely exit a smoke-filled building. After a talk about fire safety, fifth- and sixth- graders were also given a demonstration of the Jaws of Life.

Some like it hot! You’re invited to join the North Fork Environmental Council on Friday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. at Martha Clara Vineyards to help them choose the year’s best chili on the North Fork. Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the door and include a complimentary glass of wine, all the chili you can eat, cornbread, dessert and music by Tom Damiani, The Singin’ DJ. Help support the NFEC’s effort to “Save What’s Left”! To reserve, call 298-8880 or visit http://2011chilinight.eventbrite.com.

Happy 20th birthday to Allison Surozenski of Cutchogue on Oct. 21.

Shortly after Yom Kippur the North Fork Reform Synagogue members took to the Sukkah to celebrate the holiday of Sukkot. Blessings were said as the sweet aroma of fresh baked challah surrounded those gathered and prayers were made while everyone ate delicious apples and honey and shook the lulav and ertrog. A haimish (Yiddish for homey) time was had by all! Join the NFRS as they celebrate and dance around with the Torah on the most joyous day of all, Simchat Torah, Friday, Oct. 21, 8 p.m.

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10/13/11 2:00am
10/13/2011 2:00 AM

October is National Book Month. “Embark on the journey of a lifetime … without luggage, tickets, a passport or leaving home. All you need is an open mind. And an open book.” Stop by the library, check their selection and learn about the array of programs and activities they have to offer.

Speaking of a journey of a lifetime, the High Adventure crew from Troops 39 and 117 — James and Adam Steele, Eric Marcus, Harrison Fort, Anthony Howel, Jared Goodale, Tim DeMay, Jon McCarthy and advisers Timm Steele, Ed Forte and Dan McCarthy — successfully completed a strenuous 12-day hike through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in New Mexico at altitudes ranging from 6,500 to 12,500 feet. The crew covered over 100 miles carrying 50- to 70-pound packs. The scouts learned low-impact camping, which leaves no trace, used navigating skills with map and compass, and were responsible for setting up the campsites, preparing meals and bear-proofing their living space. The crew spent over two years training and preparing for this exceptional opportunity. They wish to thank the Suffolk County Council for its assistance with the trip, the community for supporting their fundraising efforts and their parents for their support and encouragement.

Happy birthday to Willie Burns, who blows out his candles on Oct 13.

Antique car aficionados and owners will want to stop at the Cutchogue Village Green this Saturday, Oct. 15, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. for the pre-World War II car show sponsored by Cutchogue-New Suffolk Historical Council. All profits go toward the Village Garage.

The East End Lionesses will hold their ninth annual Holiday Fashion Show at Giorgio’s in Baiting Hollow on Thursday, Nov. 3, at 5 p.m. Proceeds benefit the needy and support scholarships for local students. Call Judy Wurtz (734-7328) or Sharon Vogel (298-4012) for tickets and information.

The American Legion Auxiliary will commemorate Veterans Day with a chicken dinner and dance on Nov. 11, 6-10 p.m. at Legion Post 803 in Southold, with music by Sahara and a cash bar. Tickets are $15 by advance sale only. To purchase, call Dot Charnews (734-7478) or Dianne King (298-4718) before Nov. 7. The Auxiliary will also hold a raffle to benefit veterans’ homes on Long Island and our troops in Iraq with a first prize of $1,000.

Congratulations to Ken Robbins, who placed second overall among more than 400 competitors in the Cedar Beach Triathlon!

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10/03/11 1:28pm
10/03/2011 1:28 PM

To encourage consumption of nutritious, locally grown food, strengthen local agriculture, improve the health of our children and promote regional food system awareness, New York State has designated October 3-9 as Farm to You Fest! What better time to buy local and learn more about how you and your family can live a more nutritious life. Bon appetit!

Antique car aficionados and owners will visit the Cutchogue Village Green on Saturday, Oct. 15, for the Cutchogue-New Suffolk Historical Council’s show of pre-World War II vehicles. The event runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Rain date: Sunday, Oct. 16.) All profits benefit the Village garage building fund. Admission for an antique car with driver and passenger is $10 in advance, $15 on show day. Register online at cutchoguenewsuffolkhistory.org. General admission is $5; children under 12 with an adult admitted free. There will be ribbons for all drivers, food, raffles and tours of the historic buildings on the Green. Fun for the whole family! For more information, contact [email protected] or call 734-8044.

The New Suffolk Enrichment Fund will host its first Fall Festival at New Suffolk School on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be contests, games and a haunted “Ghoul School.” Vendors wanted; kick off the holiday shopping season by selling your wares at the festival. For information and applications, visit the community page at newsuffolkschool.com or contact Brooke Dailey at 734-8255 or [email protected]

Being a teenager has never been easy, but today adolescents experience more stressors than ever: to do well in school, be popular with peers, gain the approval of parents, make the team, be cool, and on and on. Some may also be worried about a parent being out of work or family financial problems, or be dealing with their parents’ divorce or alcoholism or mental illness in the family. Despite these pressures, it’s important to remember that most teenagers develop into healthy adults. Mattituck High School is offering parents an opportunity to learn more and discuss these issues with Dr. Xavier Amador on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. in the high school library.

Belated happy birthday to Susie Smith.

Yoga classes at Cutchogue New Suffolk Library start this evening, Oct. 6, 6 to 7:30 p.m. and run Thursdays through Dec. 15. The fee for the series is $60. Registration required.

All are invited to the North Fork Reform Synagogue’s Kol Nidre Service on Friday, Oct. 7, at 8 p.m. Yom Kippur morning services are Saturday, Oct. 8, at 10 a.m. Afternoon, yiskor and concluding services are at 3:30 p.m. “On Rosh Hashana, it is written. On Yom Kippur, it is sealed.” So “G’mar Tov” (finish well) and “G’mar Chatima Tova” (may you be sealed in the book of life!) May you have an easy fast!

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09/28/11 1:57am
09/28/2011 1:57 AM

The magic of fall includes all kinds of crops — apples, cabbage, corn, pumpkins — that grace our fields and farm stands with a rainbow of colors and cornucopia of flavors. It’s a feast for the senses. Drive safely and enjoy!

Meet a wonderful collection of artists and crafters displaying their homemade creations on the beautiful New Suffolk Waterfront! The first New Suffolk Artsy-Crafty, Fun-key Festival is the place to be Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1-2, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5; kids under 12 free. Metal artists, wood carvers, quilters, painters, weavers, beaders, bakers, artists have been invited to participate. All proceeds benefit the New Suffolk Waterfront Fund to help defray the costs of maintaining waterfront property. For more information, email Lauren Grant at [email protected]

Capping her most successful book tour yet — almost talks and signings in two months — author and former Cutchogue Methodist Church music director Mary Agria will discuss her 2011 novel “Garden of Eve” at the Greenport Starbucks on Saturday, Oct. 15, 1-2 p.m. Mary’s first children’s book, “Second Leaves,” a gardening storybook, is set for publication in early 2012. She’s also at work on her seventh novel, “From the Tender Stem,” the third title in her Life in the Garden Series.

The New Suffolk School Enrichment Fund will hold a fall bulb sale at the school on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Half the proceeds will benefit the school fund. Online orders can also be placed by visiting flowerpowerfundraising.com and searching New Suffolk School District.

A Blessing of the Animals will take place Sunday, Oct. 2, at 1:30 p.m. on the front lawn of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Mattituck. RSVP to Nancy Deegan at 298-8304 or [email protected]

Parents of Mattituck students in grades 7 through 12 are invited to a discussion on adolescent mental health issues, conducted by Dr. Amador, an expert in mental health issues, on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. in the high school library.

Events at the library, all requiring registration, include: Fairy House workshop for grades 3-6, Thursday, Oct. 6, 4–5:30 p.m.; Yoga series, eight Thursdays beginning Oct. 6; Teen Candy Wrapper Bag & Wallet program for teens, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2:30–3:30 p.m.; and a Free Zumba Gold class, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 10 a.m.

North Fork Reform Synagogue welcomes everyone to High Holiday services, No tickets required. Rosh Hashana services began Sept. 28 and continue Thursday, Sept. 29, at 10 a.m. For more information visit northforkreformsynagogue.com.

To those celebrating the Jewish High Holidays, La Shana Tova! May you have a happy, healthy and sweet New Year!

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09/19/11 2:49pm
09/19/2011 2:49 PM

The cascades of water from back-to-back tropical storms that swept across the Northeast left several small upstate communities devastated by massive flooding. Denise Thilberg, Kevin Lynch and Greg Tyler took it to heart to help those in need and, with the generosity and support of our community, transported a trailer full of clothing and toiletries to the flood victims.

Old Town Art & Crafts Guild will host a country antiques fair and bake sale on Saturday, Oct. 8, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The contents of local North Fork homes and estates will be featured, along with home-baked goodies, a white elephant table and more.

This in from Suzanne Conlin: “The summer collection of recycled ‘Cell Phones for Soldiers’ has yielded another 100 calling cards … Bravo for our community efforts in helping military families and loved ones stay in touch. Please continue to keep those old cell phones coming. The red boxes remain in the post office for collection, especially through the holiday season. Help give our troops the best holiday gift ever, a chance to hear the voices of their loved ones. Donate today and help military families cope with deployment. Remember: Freedom doesn’t come free — especially to the families of those who serve.”

Girl Scout Troop 156 was busy collecting old/unusable CDs and DVDs over the last school year and this past week they installed them at Martha Clara Vineyard to help keep birds from eating the grapes at harvest time. The girls will continue their recycling efforts from October through May, so look for the dropoffs at the Mattituck-Laurel Library recycling center, Cutchogue New Suffolk Library children’s room and Cutchogue East lobby.

The New Suffolk School Enrichment Fund is having a fall bulb sale on Saturday, Oct. 1, at the school from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Orders can be placed online at flowerpowerfundraising.com (then search New Suffolk School District). The school receives 50 percent of sale profits. The fund will also host a Fall Festival at the school on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 11a.m. to 4 p.m. with contests, games and a haunted “Ghoul School.” Vendors wanted! For information/applications, contact Brooke Dailey at 734-8255 or [email protected]

At the library: The N.Y. State Driver Safety Course will be given Tuesday and Thursday, Sept. 27 and 29, 6-9 p.m. Fee: $30. Register at 734-6360. The Friday Family Flick, shown outdoors on the Village Green on Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. will be “Rango” (PG). The Friday Night Movie at 7 p.m. on the 23rd is “The Lincoln Lawyer.” (R).

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09/13/11 1:16pm
09/13/2011 1:16 PM
Sang Lee Farms employee Lucy Senesac, right, offers Paul and Alexandra Adinolfi of Farmingville a taste of yellow watermelon at the Peconic farm during the fifth annual North Fork Foodie Tour hosted Sunday by North Fork Reform Synagogue.

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | Sang Lee Farms employee Lucy Senesac, right, offers Paul and Alexandra Adinolfi of Farmingville a taste of yellow watermelon at the Peconic farm during the fifth annual North Fork Foodie Tour hosted Sunday by North Fork Reform Synagogue.

Friends and family of Jennifer and Chad Menard have organized a benefit at Founders Landing in Southold to help them defray medical expenses for their daughter, Olivia Mae, who was born with peroxisomal biogenesis disease or Zelleweger syndrome. It takes place this Friday, Sept. 16, from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $30, with no charge for kids 10 and under. For tickets and info, call Christina Smith, 734-8304; Karenann Volinski, 516-658-7247; Holly Cavalier, 553-5755; or Peggy Dickerson, 734-2619. If you can’t attend but want to help, Karenann Volinski is also accepting checks payable to Chad and Jen Menard, at 805 Theresa Drive, Mattituck, NY 11952.

Tryouts for the junior high play are Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 20 and 21. Sept. 20 is high school Back to School Night at 7 p.m., and on Sept. 21, Parent Night begins at 6:30 p.m. for kindergarten and at 7:30 p.m. for first and second grades.

Last call for the lobster dinner hosted by Cutchogue-New Suffolk Historical Council this Saturday, Sept. 17, 5-8 p.m. on the Village Green. Dinner includes a full lobster, shrimp appetizers, beer and wine. The cost is $50 per person. No tickets sold at the door.

Registration for CCD at Our Lady of Ostrabrama is this weekend, Sept. 17 and 18, from 10 a.m. to noon. Contact Mary Lentini at 516-994-0158.

Congratulations to the winners of the Old Town Art and Crafts Guild’s Young Artist Contest. First-prize winners were Erin Hoyt in the 5-8 age group, Jessica Scheer in the 9-12 group and Emily Gatz in the 13-15 group.
Happy birthday to Karen Thilberg, who celebrated this past Sunday.

North Fork Reform Synagogue invites you to an afternoon of “Bibliodrama” this Sunday, Sept. 18, at 3 p.m. Everyone, from every faith, is welcome to experience this playful, improvisational way of learning biblical text and commentary, led by Peter Pitzele, international facilitator of therapeutic theater and psychodrama. Tickets are $10; children free. To reserve call 765-6182 or email [email protected]

Cutchogue New Suffolk Library announces the collaborative art exhibit “BOATS,” celebrating the 18th annual Whitebread Race, which will be on display through October. The display includes memorabilia from past races and paintings by over a dozen well-known local artists, which are for sale, with a portion of proceeds going to The Friends of the Library.

Also at the library this week: Free math tutoring for grades 4-6 on Wednesdays. Registration required. Book discussion about Allison Pearson’s “I Don’t Know How She Does It” on Thursday, Sept. 15, 10-11 a.m. Zumba demonstration before the next 10-week Monday class series for those who haven’t taken previous classes; registration required. A talk about the book “Muslim Cleavage” with local author Andi Levin Parks is set for Tuesday, Sept. 20; registration requested. AARP’s Driver Safety Course will be given Thursday and Friday, Sept. 22-23, 8:30 a.m. To register and learn more about these and other programs, call 734-6360.

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09/02/11 1:13pm
09/02/2011 1:13 PM

As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches our minds might turn to the first responders whose dedication and sense of community call them to duty. 24/7 these folks make themselves available to serve us. As the rains and winds from Irene picked up, Volunteer firefighters manned the Cutchogue firehouse through the night so fire and EMS crews would be ready to respond to any emergency. Thank you for your service to our community! Here are a few ways you can show your appreciation: Join a memorial stair climb to honor firefighters (9-11stairclimb.com), contribute to the Twin Towers Orphan Fund (ttof.org), volunteer locally (VolunteerMatch.org) and donate blood (1-800-GIVE-LIFE or RedCrossBlood.org).

Topical Storm Irene kicked off the hurricane season. Were you prepared? If not, visit ready.gov, a resource of information to help you prepare an emergency kit and make a plan.

Tuesday was Fight Procrastination Day. Take this as an opportunity to tackle a small chunk of a neglected project. Remember it doesn’t have to be perfect!

The fifth annual Foodie Tour on Sunday, Sept. 11, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., celebrates locally produced food and the North Fork’s artisanal food producers. See organic vegetable, lavender and oyster farms in action; visit a goat dairy; sample boutique confectionery treats; taste local wines, exotic micro-vegetables and tomatoes you’ll never find in the supermarket; and sample dishes made with local ingredients prepared by members of the Slow Food movement. Tour headquarters is the Peconic Land Trust’s Agricultural Center on Youngs Avenue in Southold. For information or tickets visit northforkreformsynagogue.org or call 722-5712.

The Cutchogue-New Suffolk Historical Council is busy preparing for its Lobster Fest on Saturday, Sept. 17. The trustees are pleased to say that a very limited number of tickets remain, so call 734-7122 to get yours before they sell out.

Read any good books lately? Teens in grades 7-12 will come together at Cutchogue New Suffolk Library on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2-3 p.m. Register at 734-6360. This month’s book discussion on Thursday, Sept. 15, 10-11 a.m., will focus on “I Don’t Know How She Does It” by Allison Pearson. Newcomers always welcome! Check out Cat “Tales” for ages 6-7, also on the 15th, 4:15-5 p.m. Call 734-6360.

Some parents ask their children to earn straight A’s and some insist that they excel in sports and attain the highest office in their clubs. Others have a different dream for their brilliant and talented children: Commit to replacing the toilet paper roll. This means actually putting a new roll on the roller and placing the roller back in the wall unit so it’s fully functional — not simply placing a new roll somewhere in the bathroom. Plan to put their laundry and garbage in their hamper and garbage pails not just near them, and to not merely place their dishes in the sink but actually place them in the dishwasher to name a few!

School’s open, so drive carefully! Mattituck High School picture days are Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 12 and 13. Cutchogue East hosts parent night for fifth and sixth grades on Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. and the Board of Education will meet on Thursday, Sept. 15 in the high school auditorium.

Have a good week!