06/04/16 5:00am

Well, the warm weather is certainly making the strawberries show their happy little faces. Yes indeed, local strawberries are ready and they are delicious. Like I’ve said before, don’t hesitate to throw them in Ziploc bags and toss them in the freezer for later use. They last all winter long and are simply tasty any time of the year. Make sure to get them while you can from our local farm stands and farmers. They surely appreciate your business.

Kent Animal Shelter and PetSmart Charities will be sponsoring a spay and neuter clinic called “Precious, Not Parents ” during June at the shelter. The cost is $20. It is safe for puppies and kittens under 6 months old — as young as 8 to 10 weeks — to be spayed/neutered. Many people wait till their pets are older but their risk of getting pregnant becomes greater each day. You must mention “Precious, Not Parents” when scheduling your appointment: 631-727-7797.

A very happy birthday to my buddy Gene Sendlewski, who will celebrate May 31. Your family and friends wish you a happy, fun day, Gene.

That is all for this week. I hope you all had a great Memorial Day weekend. I hope you remembered the reason why we celebrate this holiday. Thanks to all who have served our country and kept us safe. We truly appreciate your sacrifice.

Be safe, be happy and I shall talk to you next time. Bye.

R031209_Pelis_R.jpg Contact Calverton columnist Cheryl Pelis at [email protected] or 631-827-2803.

05/22/16 2:09pm

In case you haven’t noticed, local asparagus is ready and it’s simply delicious. Maybe it’s due to the colder temps this year, but it’s just about the very best I’ve ever seen and tasted. Take a trip to your local farm stands and get some. Spinach is also available and it’s delicious as well.

Congratulations to my good friend Christina Spindler of Peconic River Herb Farm in Calverton. Last Sunday she celebrated her 30th year in business. I can remember how happy I was to have another businesswoman just down the road from me and we became great friends. Keep up the great work! (more…)

05/05/16 5:00am

Happy May, one and all! It really kind of feels like March but I guess it’ll get warm soon. To get you in the mood for spring, Baiting Hollow Congregational Church will hold its annual yard sale Saturday, May 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. With 50-plus vendors I’m sure there will be something for everyone. In the event of rain, the event will be held May 14.