03/22/14 7:00am

Jack Cuddy (left) will be the grand marshal of the first-ever Jamesport St. Patrick’s Day parade Saturday. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Belated wishes for a Happy St. Patrick’s Day and St. Joseph’s Day. This is the week where everybody celebrates their favorite heritage with great food and fun. Whether you’re Irish or Italian, or neither, it’s a fun week to sample some traditional foods from other parts of the world.


03/07/14 7:00am

George Moravek directing the first rehearsal of the Jamesport Meeting House Chorus last Tuesday night. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)


I’m sure the Cassatt String Quartet at the Jamesport Meeting House was very well attended. I hope you had a chance to go and enjoy the first musical event of the 2014 season.  (more…)

02/06/14 12:00pm

Aela Bailey is a third-grade student at Aquebogue Elementary School.

The Jamesport Meeting House is extremely pleased to announce that the 2014 season will begin with a performance by the Cassatt String Quartet on March 1 at 7:30 p.m. The program will feature the Dmitri Shostakovich Quartet No. 8, the Maurice Ravel String Quartet and Antonin Dvorak’s Cypresses. (more…)

02/04/12 12:00pm

Congratulations to Aquebogue School’s students of the week for January. Kindergarten: Daniel Roman-Pablo, Megan Kenny, Makayla Pinckney, Anna Lagnena, Olivia Mills, Jacob Griffiths, Michael Lodi, Andy Morales-Llamas, Alexander Niewiadomski, Ava Meras, Conrad Hoenig. First grade: Jacob Wald, Jacob Krawczyk, Evelin Elizalde, Joseph Minnick, Adolfo Jeronimo, Adonay Leon, Wilmer Salazar-Salazar, Ryan Scharpf, Kailyn Frank, Jayden Kayte, Chelsea Antonio, Joshua Cardenas-Castaneda, Jayden Labial, Kevin Zheng, Mishell Garcia, Freddy Espana, Abigail Heck, Riley Oak, Kyle Ruschin. Second grade: Monica Silva, Alfredo Chitay, Brianna Curtis, Carolina Marin, Jack Bazarewski, Curtis Spruill, Mahogony Parker, Kaitlyn Gomez, Wilfredo Bonilla-Padilla, Owen Sandoval, Daniel Squires, Ginaya Ferebee, TayShaun Hawkins, Shaiesha Pittman-Cobb, Jacob Stamile, Donna Valdez-Alejandro, De’Vaughn Latney, Katy Donohue, Tiajah Brown, Dayana Cabrera-Pacho. Third grade: Kate Foley, Nicholas Belvedere, Nathaniel Bollermann, Ashley Colagrande, Amber Wald, Kiernan O’Connell, Anthony DeLisa, Evan Maaiki, Julia Jackson. Fourth grade: Casey Dunbar, Lauren Kenny, Jonathan Pablo-Perez, Gage Milowski, Zachary White, Amanda Lewin, Matthew Pittman, Taylor Normandin, Tucker Woychuk, Juliana Gallo, Denis Calle-Ortega, Quintel Mason, Robbie Miller, Jade Escobar.

Calling all writers! The Spiritual Renewal Center at First Parish Church has a writer’s page on their website at spirit-renewal.com. Each month they publish writing samples on their website and send them to all their email recipients! If you would like to submit prose or poetry for their writer’s page, send your submission to Lisa at gardens333@optonline.net.

First Parish Church is continuing to collect canned, jarred and boxed food to fill our community’s food pantries. If you’d like to help out, you can drop off your food items at the church on Sundays between 10:30 a.m. and noon. There will be baskets set up inside the foyer located on the east side entrance of the church for the collection. For more information, call Pastor Dianne Rodriguez at 631-608-3827 or email her at Blackswan57@aol.com.

Wednesday nights at the Grange have begun again during the month of February. The series is about organic horticulture made simple for beginners and established gardeners. All lectures, hosted by Jeff Frank of The Nature Lyceum (thenaturelyceum.org), are held at the Grange on Sound Avenue and Church Lane in Northville. Doors open at 6 p.m. Shows/lectures start promptly at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m. For more information, call Jeff at 631-288-8528 or email him at jtf4647@aol.com.

There may be a few tickets still available for the Brady Rymer concert on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 11 a.m. at the Jamesport Meeting House. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children and free for ages 2 and under. Inquire at Duffy’s Deli or call Pat at 909-3744 for more information.

Call Living Water Church at 722-4969 to reserve tickets for their Valentine’s dinner dance on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 per person or $60 per couple. All donations go to support the youth program.

Thank you for the encouragement and prayers for Johanna. It does help! As we give her time to heal, we thank God for each new day. Have a beautiful week!

01/29/12 12:00pm

A special concert is scheduled for the “Music at the Meeting House” series at the Jamesport Meeting House. On Saturday, Feb. 11, at 11 a.m. Grammy-nominated musician Brady Rymer (bradyrymer.com) will perform pop, rock and country hits with a family-friendly flair. As the New York Times wrote, “his music has a rock ‘n’ roll heart.” Rymer’s performances deliver a happy, rollicking back porch vibe that gets everyone up and dancing and smiling from ear to ear. This is awesome music you won’t want to miss. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children and free for 2 and under. This concert will sell out very quickly! Tickets can be purchased at Duffy’s Deli. Call Pat at 909-3744 for more info.

Living Water Church is hosting a Valentine’s dinner dance on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 6:30 p.m. Open to couples and singles alike it includes ballroom dance instruction, demonstrations and a full-course dinner. Tickets are $35 per person or $60 per couple. Call 722-4969 for more information or to purchase tickets. The funds raised from this event help support Living Water’s Youth Program.

I have a suggestion for couples with young families. My suggestion is take the kids to the Brady Rymer concert at the Meeting House on the morning of Feb. 11 and then go on a fun date at the Valentine’s dinner dance at Living Water Church! All in all it is time well spent and the donations go to support local nonprofit organizations.

Best wishes for a very happy birthday on Feb. 3 to Brian Sinclair, with love from your family and friends!
I mentioned to you last month that our wonderful friend, Amanda Frank, got engaged to Josh Palmeri during Living Water Church’s Christmas show. Amanda has been my daughter’s aide for the last three years and she is such a big part of our family. In the midst of wedding preparations, Amanda and Josh have been planning a mission trip to Uganda. The trip is sponsored by Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch in Riverhead. The Ranch has partnered with Patchogue Church of Christ to send young people from the East End to serve the needs of children in Uganda. Amanda and Josh will be helping to construct farm buildings to house chickens to feed the children, a medical clinic to provide health care and plumbing for some of the homes in the Uganda area. If you have the means to donate, please send a check to Patchogue Church of Christ, P.O. Box 548, Patchogue, NY 11772 and put Uganda-Amanda and Josh in the memo line. The world gets smaller when we extend a hand from home!

01/20/12 2:11pm

Congratulations to Jamesport resident Ava Robinson on her awarding-winning dolls. She says, “The guys have their Super Bowl Sunday, but I had my own ‘Super Doll Sunday’ at the annual Patchogue Doll Fanciers Club show and sale at the Sheraton in Hauppauge. I didn’t need a car to get home; I flew on a cloud!” Ava won five first-place ribbons, four second-place and one third-place. The dolls were entered in many categories, a few of them competing against each other in the same category. Her all-original composition doll, Shirley Temple, was a hit with show-goers. Also winning a blue ribbon was an all-original Toni Permanent Wave doll, complete with end papers and curlers. A Women’s Army Air Corps doll also took a blue ribbon, complete with uniform hat and insignia and a leather shoulder bag.

Ava has an extensive doll collection with wardrobe from the 1940s and 1950s. She was especially excited to compete this year because she missed the show last year due to illness. Considering Ava’s award-winning success, her mom has always said, “Better things come to those who wait.” Well, Ava, your persistence and patience certainly paid off. Congratulations on your achievements.

Head on over to the Rockin’ for the Homeless benefit concert on Saturday, Jan. 28, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Polish Hall in Riverhead. Sponsored by John’s Place Mattituck, it will feature four great bands. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person through Jan. 27; $35 at the door. For tickets and more information, call 298-4145, ext. 2, or visit rockinforthehomeless.org.

Best wishes for a very happy 10th birthday to Zachary White on Jan. 29 from your mom and your entire family. Double digits are really cool, Zachary. Happy birthday!

A special concert is scheduled for the “Music at the Meeting House” series at the Jamesport Meeting House. On Saturday, Feb. 11, at 11 a.m. Brady Rymer will perform pop, rock and country hits with a family-friendly flair. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children, and free for ages 2 and under. This concert will sell out very quickly. Tickets can be purchased at Duffy’s Deli. Call Pat at 909-3744 for more info.

I am writing this column with a beautiful view of the Long Island Sound. It is the view from Johanna’s room in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Stony Brook Hospital. Johanna needed emergency brain surgery last Friday. Thankfully she is recovering nicely and will be home with Taffy by the time you read this! I want to send a special thank-you to Bill Van Helmond for plowing the driveway last Saturday. Bill, your generosity took pressure off us and enabled my husband to easily get up to the hospital. Thank you!