Coach Dorrie Jackson would have been proud to see the turnout of his former football players at Skipper’s Restaurant July 4. I’d say approximately 100 people gathered together in memory of a great man. Players represented all three decades that Dorrie coached football at GHS. His son, Gary, and daughter, Sherry Jackson Burkinshaw, were on hand to witness the tribute to their dad. The food was delicious, the company was even better and the highlight of the event was watching old football films from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s and reliving the glory days of GHS football. The event was the brainstorm of Bill Fuccillo (Class of ’74), who funded the entire evening. A great big thanks to Bill, Bobby Heaney (Class of ’67) and Craig Geier (Class of ’72) for making it happen. You guys did a wonderful job.
MHS graduates Benjamin Pileski and Justin Taylor were struck by a taxi on July 5. Days later, the Facebook page Ben’s Corner was created as a source of strength to help Ben win his fight. The page, with #Prayer, has since has received messages and prayers of love, inspiration and encouragement from more than 1,800 people — family, friends and members of the local community and the Navy. The good news is Justin is home and doing well and that Ben opened his eyes over the weekend, held his brother Zach’s hand and nodded yes to being “OK.” His mom, Gwen, applied some lip balm, bringing a bit of a smile to Ben’s face. We know he is strong and is receiving top-notch care. May Justin continue to progress well! And may Ben’s big “crinkly-eyed smile” continue to light up a room and brighten our days for many years to come! As you know, insurance never covers all the expenses related to an event like this and the family is grateful for the generosity and support of the Mattituck Lions, the Navy and Kait’s Angels. In addition, a Go Fund Me page has been set up and any size donation will be very much appreciated. Visit gofundme.com/z2jepa2s.
It is unseasonably cool as I write this. I want my summer back. I love the hot, sunny days of summer activities. There is so much to do here on the North Fork.
Celebrating birthdays are: Pollina Anselmo, July 5; Lois Manfredi and Jamie Grzegorczyk, July 12; Kyra Panetta and John Zaveski, July 13; Jamie Engles, July 14; and Cathy Reilly, July 16. Happy birthday to all! (more…)
Summer is now in full throttle. There’s so much to do and see this weekend: Tall Ships, Fourth of July barbecues and, of course, the reunion for those fortunate enough to have played football for Coach Dorrie Jackson. The reunion is Saturday, July 4, at Skipper’s Restaurant. The festivities begin at 5 p.m. with a raw bar under the tent. Old football films will be shown and I’m sure, at least once, the 0-3 loss to Riverhead in 1966 will be mentioned! It’s definitely going to be an evening of good times and good friends. (more…)
I’ll start with a small world and hope you can fill in the end. Pete Nathanson and his bride, Chris Franke, were going through customs in Bayonne, N.J., last Thursday after a cruise to Bermuda aboard Liberty of the Seas. The immigration man looked at their papers and asked, “Where is this Orient, N.Y.? Other folks from there just passed through here before you.” So the question is: Who else from Oysterponds was among the 5,000-plus passengers? We can’t wait for the answer! (more…)
The best part of Graduation Day is reconnecting with families and alums who come to celebrate the year’s graduates. Mattituck High School’s 101st commencement was a moment in time for many to enjoy. From Abby Terry’s humorous remarks about the “little East End high school that could,” to 1990 graduate Tom Libretto’s inspirational story, to Dan Parks’ call for us to remember how fortunate we are, to Courtney Murphy’s words of positivity and, finally, to the re-re-release of the school song, it was a ceremony filled with good wishes, traditions and advice. Special thanks go to local businesses, organizations and community members for so generously contributing $107,000 in scholarships to give our graduates a head start as they begin their next chapter. Best wishes to the Class of 2015! (more…)
School’s almost out, temperatures are rising and traffic is rough on the weekends. Woo-hoo! Remember to leave a little earlier and take a deep breath. You’ll get there in one piece with some patience.
Celebrating birthdays are Kaylan DiSalvo on June 18; Sarah Manfredi on June 24; Jean Quarty on June 25; Jacob Boivin and our daughter Sam on June 26; Heather MacArthur on June 28; and Colleen Clark on June 29. Enjoy your special day! (more…)
I’d like to start with hearty congratulations to both the Mattituck and Southold boys’ baseball teams. What a spectacular weekend they both had in the state tournament. Special congratulations must go out to the Tuckers, who returned home as Class B State Champions. (more…)
Sporting events, concerts, awards dinners, yard sales and, of course, graduation and Father’s Day make this time of year exciting and hectic. Take time to enjoy every moment as we get ready to kick off summer in the next few weeks. (more…)
June already? It just doesn’t seem possible. How have you been spending this glorious weather?
Birthdays are coming up for Bill Conway on June 7; Kerry Conrardy on the 11th; Sondra Russell on the 12th; and Chris Manfredi and Sally Anne Gray on June 16. Here’s to many more for you all! (more…)