02/04/12 12:00pm
02/04/2012 12:00 PM

The Santa Claus mystery has been solved. According to the calls I received, Santa was constructed by Charlie Bumble Sr. and painted by Sherrill “Rip” Pemberton (I was told Mr. Pemberton was quite the artist and could copy anything presented to him!) It first appeared in 1957, but stood then at the corner of Fourth and Front streets (where Layyah is now). A great big thank you to Alice Dzenkowski, Jessie Pemberton, Marie Pemberton and Marie Zebrowski for providing this information. I love learning tidbits like this about our lovely little village.

Boy Scouts, Webelos and Cub Scouts from Greenport’s Troop 51 participated in the annual Pinewood Derby at Greenport School on Jan. 27. The winners were: Jacob Mazzaferro, first place; Luca Rallis, second place; and John Wright, third place.

A Valentine’s Dance for pre-K (SCOPE) through sixth grade will be held this Saturday, Feb. 11, 6-8 p.m. in the school’s small gym. Admission is free; raffle tickets for prizes will be sold at $2 each. Be sure to dress in your party best. Children must be accompanied by an adult. This is a PTA fundraiser to support class trips.

Just putting in another plug for Lydia Wells and the Greenport Interact Club. She has a group of students lined up to spend their April spring break in New Orleans helping to build homes with Habitat for Humanity. The cost for each student is $825 plus airfare and the club is seeking sponsorships to help defray those expenses. Checks should be made out to Rotary District 7250 and sent to Lydia Wells at Greenport Schools, 720 Front St., Greenport, NY 11944. The students are also holding a 50/50 raffle. Tickets can be purchased for $5 apiece from any club member or by calling Lydia at 477-1950, ext. 210. The lucky winner will be chosen on Feb. 17.

The final GHS regular-season basketball games will be Feb. 15, and the school science department will host a Science Fair that same evening in the small gym. The JV team plays at 4 p.m., the varsity at 5:45 and the fair starts at 6:30.

Birthday shout-outs this week to Anna Lekkas, Jim Sage, Cindy Sepenoski, Bruce Blasko, Eileen Kapell and Joey Meraz on Feb. 9; Christy Grattan on the 10th; Eric Wilson and Jeffrey Watson Hunt on the 11th; Jason Van Etten and Sally King on the 12th; Sean Kancewick, Greg Kavanagh, Ray Mazzaferro, Jimmy McElroy, Mike Sage, Sheena Welch and Shawn Peterson on the 13th; Sarah Golden and Diane Ship Oates on the 14th; and Mark Richter, my cousin Bernadette Heaney Crimi, Beth Richter and Kathy Mazzaferro on the 15th.

The happiest of anniversaries to Mariella and Gary Ostroski, who will celebrate their 29th on Feb. 12, and Faith and Danny Bullock, married 20 years on Feb. 15.

01/29/12 12:00pm
01/29/2012 12:00 PM
Mullen Motors of Southold and the Eastern Long Island Hospital Auxiliary are teaming up for the seventh annual ELIH Car Raffle, with the winner driving home this brand-new Chrysler 200 or pocketing $10,000 in cash. Bill and Rich Mullen (from left) with raffle co-chairs Pat Rushin and Alice Roggie of the Auxiliary; the car is on display on hospital grounds in Greenport. The winning ticket will be drawn at noon on May 18. For tickets, $50 apiece and limited to 900, leave a message at 477-5463 or visit ELIH.org to download an application.

COURTESY PHOTO | Mullen Motors of Southold and the Eastern Long Island Hospital Auxiliary are teaming up for the seventh annual ELIH Car Raffle, with the winner driving home this brand-new Chrysler 200 or pocketing $10,000 in cash. Bill and Rich Mullen (from left) with raffle co-chairs Pat Rushin and Alice Roggie of the Auxiliary; the car is on display on hospital grounds in Greenport. The winning ticket will be drawn at noon on May 18. For tickets, $50 apiece and limited to 900, leave a message at 477-5463 or visit ELIH.org to download an application.

It’s long gone, I know, but someone posed a Christmas question recently that I couldn’t answer. But maybe you longtime Greenporters can. The Santa that graces Steamboat Corner every year — where did it come from? I remember him originally holding a bottle of Coke in his right hand, so maybe he came from the Coca-Cola Company, but that’s just a guess. Does anyone out there know?

Last week I wrote about former Porters quarterback Dan Letteriello’s fundraiser for travel apparel for his football team at Westfield (Mass.) State University. All donations are welcome, but Dan is offering rewards for contributions of specific amounts. You can get the details by calling him at 631-680-4092. See last week’s column for the address to mail donations.

Speaking of football, I’ve kept quiet so far, but the Super Bowl is just around the corner, so this diehard Giants fan has got to say, “GMEN — All In!” I know fellow fans like Ron McEvoy, Kip Skrezec, Mike Sage (father and son), Mike Dinizio, Kevin Crump, Greg Dlhopolsky and Carrie Burke, Anne Chouinard and Tim McElroy (mentioned because he raised the Giants chances of winning each week by posting on my Facebook wall that they were going to lose) will be glued to the TV next Sunday!

Don’t forget the prom boutique for students attending the NJROTC Military Ball and the high school semiformals at Greenport and Southold. It will be held Wednesday, Feb. 8, 4-6 p.m., in the NJROTC room at Greenport School. Call Jillian Ruroede at 477-1950, ext. 220, with questions. If you have slightly used formal or semiformal dresses to donate, you can drop them at the GHA guidance office.

Celebrating birthdays this week: my aunt Marie Heaney, Danny Hansen, Doug Hubbard and Janie Tuthill on Feb. 2; Ricky Saetta, Jude Petroski and Barbara Shalvey on the 4th; Tremayne Hansen on the 5th; Erika Cabral on the 6th; Savannah Dimon, Jordan Bogden, Jackie Tuthill Sarkis, Doug Peterson, Barbara Taylor, Samantha Reed, John Montgomery, Vin Brandi, Jason Ban Brunt and Maureen Cavanagh on the 7th; and Amanda Jester and Mike O’Brien Jr. on the 8th.

A great, big happy 19th anniversary to our up-the-road neighbors, Stacey and Chris Butterfield, who will celebrate on Feb. 6.

Greenport High School’s Interact Club has the opportunity to participate in a wonderful community service project with Habitat for Humanity over spring break in April. Eight to 10 students will travel with chaperones to New Orleans, which is still feeling the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, to build houses. The cost per student is $825 plus airfare. While the club is working on several fundraisers, they could sure use some financial support from the community as their payments are due by March 1. Please consider a donation to sponsor the Greenport team. Checks can be made out to Rotary District 7250 and sent to Lydia Wells, Greenport Schools, 720 Front St., Greenport, NY 11944.

01/20/12 3:03pm
01/20/2012 3:03 PM

One of the benefits of working at a school with combined sports is that you get to meet terrific kids from other schools. Dan Letteriello of Mattituck is one such person. Dan, a former quarterback on the Porters football team, is spearheading a campaign to raise money so his college team at Westfield (Mass.) State University can buy apparel to make them look their best when they arrive at road games. All donations are welcome. Mail checks payable to Westfield State Football to the Westfield State Football Office, Woodward Center, 577 Western Ave., Westfield, MA 01085.

Fifty people attended Sunday’s Family Scrabble Festival at Congregation Tifereth Israel. Top overall score winners were Lucille Purcell of Riverhead, James Payne of Norwood, Mass., and Ruth Eilenberg of Southold. Top single-turn score winners were Emily Halligan, Richard Cirincicione and Jesse Elliot. Neville Reece of East Marion was the youth division winner.

Greenport, Southold and Mattituck students who will attend the NJROTC Military Ball are invited to a dress boutique in the NJROTC room at Greenport on Wednesday, Feb. 8, from 4 to 6 p.m. Call Jillian Ruroede with questions, 477-1950, ext 220. Jillian is also collecting slightly used formal and semiformal dresses for the prom boutique. They can be dropped off at the school Guidance Office.

A Valentine’s dance for grades pre-K (SCOPE) through six will be held Saturday, Feb. 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the school’s small gym. Admission is free; raffle tickets for prizes will be sold for $2 each. Be sure to dress in your party best. Children must be accompanied by an adult. This is a PTA fundraiser to support class trips. To help make this a fun and successful event, the PTA is also asking for donations from the community at large. Contact Kara Heiman at [email protected] or 516-851-0171 or Gwen Groocock as [email protected] or 516-852-7305.

The GHS Class of 1984 is getting a head start on planning its 30th reunion in 2014. If you’re a class member interested in getting together with former classmates, send your contact information to Annemarie Heaney Chouinard at [email protected] or Betsy Kalin Perkins at [email protected]

Belated birthday wishes go to Jackson Rung-Wile, who celebrated his 10th on Jan. 23.

Celebrating birthdays this week are Alex Williams, Brian Richter, Teddy Allen and Heather Parker on the 26th; Jamie Dinizio, Miguel Torres, Dayna Hooten, Steve Smith and Cyndi Bofinger on the 27th; Lindsay Corwin and Nancy McAllister on the 28th; Jennifer Loper, Jeff Standish, Emily Latham and Liz Lieblein on the 29th; Amber Hulse, Courtney Hulse and Jim’s aunts Katherine Klos and Debby Barrett on the 30th; my wonderful sister-in-law Teresa O’Connell and David Krumenacker on the 31st; and Jason Pacholk, Naomi Biggs, Bob Moore, Stephanie Pendulik Edwards and Kathleen Tergesen on Feb. 1.

Extra-special birthday wishes go out to my daughter and my best friend, Jenn Decker, who will celebrate her birthday on Jan. 29.

I’m hoping June and Pete Harris will have a day that’s as special as they are as they celebrate their 39th anniversary on Jan. 28.

01/16/12 4:00am
01/16/2012 4:00 AM

I’m not sure if there’s a Greenport somewhere near the Arctic Circle, but I think the weather gods have made a mistake. Factoring in the wind chill, it’s colder in Greenport than in Green Bay, Wis. (yes, I checked). Something’s most definitely wrong!

Congratulations to Bob White Sr., who was recently honored by the Greenport Fire Department for 65 years of service. A congratulatory get-together took place Sunday at the fire department celebrating this milestone. Thank you, Mr. White.

‘Uncork the Cure,’ a benefit for Southold Town’s Relay for Life, will be hosted by Bedell Cellars on Friday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person and include wine, light fare and music by Points East. Only 125 tickets will be available (21 and older only, please) so hurry on up to Suffolk County National Bank in Cutchogue to get yours. The snow date is Friday, Jan. 27.

When Tracy Taylor was a teacher at Greenport High School, she started the tradition of hosting a soul food luncheon each February. After she married and moved to Virginia, her mom, Barbara, took over the event. This year, Barbara has added something very special by inviting Lee Hayes, who was a bomber pilot with the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II, as the guest of honor on Thursday, Feb. 16. Mr. Hayes will be speak to Ron McEvoy’s senior social studies class before the luncheon. What a fantastic experience that will be!

Congratulations to the Porters varsity basketball team, who beat the previously undefeated Pierson Whalers last Friday night. A special shout-out to Sean Charters, who is No. 2 in all of Suffolk County in three-point shots! Keep up the good work, guys!

If you’re a parent of a junior high athlete who’s interested in boys’ wrestling or girls’ basketball, please remind your child to stop by the athletic office this week to pick up a sports contract. Junior high late winter sports begin Monday, Jan. 23, and all students must turn in a completed sports contract in order to participate.

The happiest of birthdays is wished this week to Elise Webb and Sean Ryan on Jan. 19; Kathy Petroski (waving hi to Kathy up there in Riverhead), my nephew Kris Navarro and former Greenporter Lois Mellas McClure on the 20th; my sweetheart of a cousin Callie Bubb, Jason Barkley, Danny Tuthill, Ashley Santacroce and Kara Manwaring on the 21st; Crystal Anderson, Courtney Edwards and Jennifer Grilli on the 22nd; Regina Cartselos, Philip Staples, Helen LaCorte and Brian McLaughlin on the 23rd; Jack Skrezec and Corissa Owens on the 24th; and my cousin Annemarie Chouinard, as well as brothers Oscar Aguilera and Joe Miranda, on the 25th.

01/09/12 4:56am
01/09/2012 4:56 AM

The first column of the year and January is just about half over. More importantly, there are just 161 days left until the first day of summer.

The holidays and new year brought much sadness to our little village. Three people I was honored to know have left us. Joey Verity was one of the nicest guys I’ll ever know. Coming home for lunch or at the end of the school day I’d pass his house and Joe was always there, ready with a big wave and a smile for me. I’ll miss that. My sincerest sympathies to his wife, Eileen, his children Shannon, Matt and Brianne and their families. Joey, you will be missed.

Mary Moisa was one of the first neighbors we met when we moved into the Sound Road/Sunset Lane neighborhood. What a wonderful lady she was! My sympathies to her two daughters and their families.

Jack Campbell. The name alone speaks volumes. He touched so many lives in so many ways, as evidenced by the many tributes paid to him via Facebook this past week. He was someone I was proud to call a friend. To his wife, Dede, and his children, John, Brian, Lynn and Loretta, I offer my most heartfelt sympathies.

The Family Scrabble Festival will be held Sunday, Jan. 15, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the community room at Congregation Tifereth Israel in Greenport. All teen, preteen and adult Scrabble players are invited to compete for fun and prizes. Players can also challenge master Scrabble player John Williams, executive director of the National Scrabble Association, who has previously taken on up to six opponents at a time. The entrance fee is $8 per person; those under 12 play for free. There will be prizes and a 50/50 raffle. Light refreshments will be available. For more information, call 477-0232 or 477-0813.

Be sure to tune into MSG Varsity (Channel 14) this evening at 6:58 p.m., when the spotlight will shine on Greenport High School. The MSG crew spent almost an entire school day at GHS filming our students in action. After the broadcast, you can see the segment again at msgvarsity.com or on Channel 614.

The GHS DECA Club walked away with six trophies and two honorable mentions at last week’s regional competition at SCCC. Congratulations are most definitely in order for Cole Mezynieski, Kimberly Bracken, Nina Papamichael, Christian Angelson, Alexis Wachtel and Gavin Dibble, who received trophies, and for Megan Murray and Eddie Wright for their honorable mentions.

The National Honor Society, Greenport chapter, will welcome the following new members on Wednesday, Jan. 18: Kimberly Bracken, Daniel Bunchuck, Nicholas Connell, Megan Demarest, Timothy Gadomski, Shelby Kostal, Wilson Morales, Peter Peterson, Wendy Peterson, Claudia Sieverman, Courtney Weber, Alexander Whittle and Edward Wright. Sitting honor society members include Erin Creedon, Sean Charters, Payge Corazzini, Rafael Gonzalez, Victoria Gonzalez, Kerri Hands, Emily King, Nonia Lyburt, Mark Pagano, Sean Peterson, Alexa Suess, Jacob Thorp and Zoe Vayer.

Celebrating birthdays this week are Jamie Santora, Andrew Dzenkowski and Bob Chute on Jan 12; Marion Kruszeski on the 13th; Neil McDonald and my little buddy Ford Wilson (who will turn 1) on the 14th; Mark Berry on the 15th; Brian Quillin, Jacob Thorp, Faith Bullock and my cousin Tony Bondarchuk on the 16th; Jim Van Brunt on the 17th; and Hezekah Mangham on the 18th.

12/17/11 3:31pm
12/17/2011 3:31 PM
Members of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Greenport partnered with the Greenport School District and Community Action Southold Town in adopting three local families during the holidays and into next year. They bought, wrapped and delivered coats, gloves, hats and winter clothing as well as gift cards for toys and food.

Photo courtesy of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church | Members of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Greenport partnered with the Greenport School District and Community Action Southold Town in adopting three local families during the holidays and into next year. They bought, wrapped and delivered coats, gloves, hats and winter clothing as well as gift cards for toys and food.

This is it, folks! It’s my last column for 2011. You won’t read about any happenings in Greenport again until the Jan. 12, 2012, issue. I’d like to thank each and every one of you who has contributed to this column over the past year. The information you provide is much appreciated and makes this columnist’s job that much easier to do.

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Greenport is proud to partner with the Greenport School District and CAST to support three local families during Christmas and into the winter. They supported Jillian Ruroede’s Angel Tree, CAST’s annual holiday drive and adopted a Holy Trinity family, providing apparel to keep them warm and gift cards and toys for six children and their parents.

I want to remind you all to attend the New Year’s Day breakfast buffet Jake Thorp is hosting to help defray the cost of his Eagle Scout project to replace the handicapped ramp and deck at Poquatuck Hall in Orient. The event will run from 8 a.m. to noon. The cost is $10 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under. Children under 4 eat for free. Get tickets at the door or in advance by calling 477-6382.

In case you missed it, I want to let all Greenport High School graduates know about a big, big event we’re trying to get off the ground: an all-class GHS reunion. If you’d even contemplate attending, please list your contact info at ghsclassreunion.com. If this flies, it’s going to be the biggest event of the century in Greenport!

A great big welcome home to Chris Fisher, who will spend the holidays at the home of his grandparents, Eileen and Joe Verity. It’s good to have you back again, Chris!

There are several weeks of birthdays to acknowledge this week. I’ll start with Mike Mazzaferro and Bryan Weingart on Dec. 22; Jeannie Jimenez, Claudia Berry and Della Watson on the 23rd; Maureen Gonzalez and Bruce Urban on the 24th; Carol Schott, Holly Weingart, Jason Doucett and Alex Georgoulakos on Christmas Day; Holly Sponza and Becky Lillis Cartselos on the 26th; Scott Klipp, Ashley Gagen and Terri Verity on the 27th; Wayde Manwaring Sr. and Janis Moore on the 29th; Christine Dickson, Ray Van Etten, Judy Kozora, Carolee “Deets” Doucett, Christian Angelson and Courtney Kart on the 30th; my dear friend Barbara Damiani, Aaron Pacholk, Joe Verity and Caryl Hallock Jarres on the 31st; Joan Mazzaferro Brown, Toyin Gaates and Jon Alaia on Jan. 1, 2012; Kyle Charters, my cousin Corry Heaney and Joseph Sieverman on the 2nd; Thalia Dinizio and Ryan Creighton on the 3rd; another cousin, Kristen Chouinard, Seth Thomas Tramontana and Leah Keenan Markham on the 4th; yet another cousin, Rose Heaney, Mary Olszewski Mantilla and Tai McKenzie on the 5th; Ricky Fiedler, Fred Schoenstein and Jamie Richter on the 7th; Lynn Webster, Randi Parker and Brendan Purcell on the 8th; Carmen Mason, Dian Eissler and Dale Hughes on the 9th; Rich Fiedler on the 10th; and Cedric Davis on the 11th.

I hope Santa brings each and every one of you everything you’re hoping for — from your smallest wish to your grandest. May the best day of this past year be the worst day of the year ahead.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

12/10/11 12:40pm
12/10/2011 12:40 PM

Can you believe it? Ten more days until the arrival of Santa Claus, one more column to write and 2011 will be history. Either I’m having an extreme amount of fun or life is hectic because time sure is flying by!

The Greenport Methodist Church Thrift Shop will hold a half-price sale on everything in stock on Saturday, Dec. 17, and Thursday, Dec. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days. There’s something for everyone; be sure to stop by.

The YES program is hosting a bus trip to Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Dec. 18, to see the New York Knicks pre-game opener. The coach bus will leave Greenport at 8 a.m. and return by 4 p.m. The cost is $40 per person, all inclusive. All children who attend with the YES program will have a chance to do a meet and greet. To reserve a seat, call Lily at Floyd Memorial Library (477-0660) or Crystal Anderson at 732-648-3547.

To help offset the cost of his Eagle Scout project, Troop 51’s Jacob Thorp will host a buffet breakfast at Poquatuck Hall in Orient on New Year’s Day from 8 a.m. to noon. The cost is $10 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under; kids 4 and under are free. Get your tickets at the door or in advance by calling 477-6382. Jake’s project is to replace the deck and handicapped ramp at Poquatuck Hall.

There’s still time to sign up if you’d like to learn another language through the Rosetta Stone program. Arranged by Carolyn Burke, the program offers Greenport, Orient and East Marion residents courses in any language taught by Rosetta Stone for $109 per person starting early in 2012 and continuing for one year. Contact Ms. Burke at [email protected] to sign up or get more information.

Last week I told you what good sports Greenport High School’s student athletes are. Now let me tell you how smart they are! The GHS varsity field hockey, football, golf and volleyball teams all received the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s Scholar Athlete Team Award. To do so, team members must have a collective scholastic average of 90 or better. Congratulations to all on a job well done.

Special birthday wishes from the entire congregation of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church to Pastor Garret Johnson, who celebrates Dec. 21.

Also celebrating birthdays this week are my cousin Nicole Wallace, Meg Nedoszytko Strong and Craig Richter on the 15th; Cassandra Kalin, Jeanne Bishop and Billy O’Brien on the 16th; Beverly Sage, Liam Heaney, Maddie Hansen and Deb Abruzzo on the 17th; Francine Biggs, Adam Van Etten, Brenda Jensen and my buddy in Riverhead, Mike Petroski (who turns 17), on the 18th; my aunt and cousin, Marion Heaney and her son, Brion, and Laurie Citera on the 19th; Kim Cronin on the 20th; and James Bondarchuk on the 21st.

12/06/11 11:52am
12/06/2011 11:52 AM

Mainstage Dance Academy students will perform at San Simeon by the Sound Sunday, Dec. 11, at 2:30 p.m. The dancers include McKenna Demarest, Elizabeth Jernick, Marissa Swiskey, Isabelle Higgins, Mary Kaffaga, Adrienne Torres, Andria Skrezec, Brittany Walker, Lena Wolf, Nelly Spackman, Jewel Stevens, Karen Catapano, Lisa Luhrs, Sandra Chapin Malleigh and Siobhan Nolan. Contact me for more information.

Congratulations to Paul Torpey, who was recently awarded honorary membership in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in recognition of his outstanding leadership in electric utility research. His work significantly advanced modern power systems that improved the quality of the profession.

Tune in to ‘The Challenge’ on MSG Varsity on Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m. to see members of Greenport High School’s National Honor Society compete against students from Shoreham-Wading River. Kerri Hands, Zoe Vayer, Shawn Peterson, Mark Pagano and alternate Alexa Suess will represent Greenport. Parents, NHS adviser Carolyn Burke and principal Len Skuggevik accompanied the students on the trip to NYC to provide support.

Want to learn another language? Carolyn Burke has arranged a one-year course that will enable you to learn any language available through the Rosetta Stone program. The course costs $109, will begin early in 2012 and is open to community members from Greenport, East Marion and Orient. Contact Mrs. Burke at [email protected] for more information.

What kind of student athletes do we have at GHS? I’m glad you asked! I’m very pleased to report that GHS has received the Section XI Sportsmanship Award for fall sports including varsity field hockey, varsity football, varsity boys’ soccer, JV golf and varsity and JV girls’ soccer (the latter as combined sport with Southold High School).

In addition, Greenport’s own Todd Gulluscio received the Suffolk County field hockey coaches’ “Coach of the Year” title at a dinner at Villa Lombardi last week. Way to go, Todd!

First Baptist Church of Greenport’s Lilies of the Field Thrift Store is now open Thursdays, 10 a.m.-noon, and Saturdays 11 a.m.-1 p.m. All proceeds support their World Vision child.

I’m not sure exactly when it was (the caller didn’t supply a date), but here’s hoping Tanya Palmore had a wonderful day when she recently celebrated her 40th birthday.

Celebrating birthdays this week are Chris Golden, Rob Lehmann and Brittany Doucett on the 8th; Jeff Andrade and Camilo Torres on the 9th; Linda Owen, Mike Owen and Kay Kettering Welch on the 10th; Dantré Langhorne and Laura Riggins on the 11th; my cousin Shawn Cutts and Courtney Weber on the 12th; Jim’s aunt MaryAnn Dinizio on the 13th; and Kyle Tuthill on the 14th.

Happy 26th anniversary to Diane and Bernie Purcell on Dec. 8.

11/25/11 12:33pm
11/25/2011 12:33 PM

So much news this week. I’m going to get right to it!

San Simeon by the Sound’s fundraising trip to Foxwoods or Mohegan Sun in Connecticut is this Sunday, Dec. 4, via the 10 a.m. Sea Jet ferry from Orient. Tickets are $25. Call San Simeon at 477-2110 or Paula Thorp at 477-2392.

He’s always been one of my favorite people, so I’m glad to report that good things are happening to Tim McLaughlin. Tim, a recent Boston College graduate, is now an assistant basketball coach at Wentworth, a D III school in the Boston area. Way to go, Tim!

Congratulations are also in order for Keith Baker of East Marion. He hooked one heck of a good woman when he proposed to my cousin Rose Heaney and she said yes! I wish them a lifetime of blessings and all things good.

Tom Krumenacker had a good idea and I’m running with it. He’s proposing an all-class Greenport reunion, meaning that if you graduated from GHS, you’re invited. He’d like to gauge response to this venture, so if you’re interested, please visit Tom’s website, ghsclassreunion.com, and let him know.

Jacob Thorp is in the midst of his Eagle Scout project and could use some help. He’s replacing decking, handrails and a ramp at Poquatuck Hall in Orient and needs to raise between $1,500 and $1,700 to complete the project. If you can contribute to the cause, please send Jacob a check payable to “Troop 51-Jacob Thorp Eagle Scout Project” c/o Troop 51, 857 Main St., Greenport, NY 11944.

Reminder: Call Vicky and Don Insull at 765-4077 if you’d like to join the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church trip to Woodloch Pines in Pennsylvania.

If there’s anything you need for the Christmas season, be sure to check out the ELIH Opportunity Shop in the Adams Street parking lot. Jean Wetmore tells me they have everything there and at discounted prices to boot. The Op Shop is open Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Belated birthday wishes to Diane Purcell, who celebrated Nov. 24.

Celebrating birthdays this week are Jillian Hughes, Lillian White and Joe Droskoski on Dec. 1; Nancy Ryan, Sissy Herrmann, Caitlin Ryan and Donna Foster on the 2nd; “David T.” Tuthill, Corrine Ruther and Laura Atkins on the 3rd; Amanda Golz, Danielle Hubbard and Dan Letteriello on the 4th; Mary Kathleen Sands, Tom Wood, Victoria Johnson and Ivan Suarez on the 5th; Michele Jensen, my sister-in-law Cindy Tooker, Kelsey Hubbard, Jean Harris and Maegan Grilli on the 6th; and F.J. Kiernan and Angel Soto on the 7th.

Extra-special birthday wishes go out to my husband, Jim Dinizio Jr., who will celebrate his birthday on Dec. 5. Love ya, hon!