11/22/11 2:00am
11/22/2011 2:00 AM

Happy Thanksgiving!

My apologies to Blake and Jasmine Corwin. I could have sworn I put this announcement in last week, but somehow I missed it. Jasmine celebrated her 26th birthday Nov. 17 and Blake submitted the announcement in perfect time. Happy birthday to you, Jasmine Corwin, from your wonderful husband, Blake.

A small, white puppy has been found on Main Road in Aquebogue. Call 921-5142 for more information.

Just another reminder that Living Water Full Gospel Church invites you to join them for dessert at the church Wednesday, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m.. Bring your favorite Thanksgiving dessert to share and celebrate the holiday together. On the 27th, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. LWFGC will host “A Night in Bethlehem,” a an interactive experience of Bethlehem and the Christmas story. Groups are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. While you’re there, visit Santa Claus’ North Pole living room and have a free picture taken. Come see, touch, feel and smell what life was like during this miraculous time. Guests can also make crafts and share in meaningful biblical traditions and stories. Admission is free for the entire family. Don’t miss it! I took Johanna to this special presentation last year and it was magical. For more information, call 722-4969 or visit lwfgc.org.

Old Steeple Community Church in Aquebogue will hold its annual Christmas bazaar and luncheon on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will boxed cookies, a food table, a kitchen knife selection and many handmade crafts and gift items. Lunch is offered from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will also be a raffle for a handmade antique quilt. For more information, call Amy at 722-3070.

Also on Dec. 3, there will be a Christmas Gospel Concert with “Jus B Cuz” at the Jamesport Meeting House. Then, on Friday, Dec. 16, “Carols and Cookies” will be hosted at 6:30 p.m., also at the Meeting House. Details to follow in next week’s column.

I want to wish my daughter MaryAngela a very happy 18th birthday! MaryAngela was born on Thanksgiving, Nov. 25. We tease her and say that she was born just in time for dessert! It was a memorable Thanksgiving indeed.

I believe all Thanksgiving celebrations can be a memorable time of sharing in traditions, conversation, affirmation and love. I live my life cultivating an attitude of gratitude — the secret ingredient to the strength I have in the midst of many trials. Life is always beautiful, even when it is hard. This Thanksgiving, my prayer for you is that you discover the beauty within yourself, your family, your home, your work and your world. God bless you!

Eileenbenthal@gmail.com

11/15/11 1:00am
11/15/2011 1:00 AM

The fundraiser for Christopher Timpone was a huge success and it was such a sign of hope for the family and a reflection of the generosity of this community. Donations are still being accepted. Please make checks payable to Courage, Strength and Faith for Christopher, P.O. Box 894, Shoreham, NY 11786.

On that note, I would like to remind you that Michael Hubbard and his mom, Nancy Reyer, are still very much in need of prayers and financial support. Please help to raise some money so Nancy can continue to stay by Michael’s side as she does not have a job. Send whatever you can to Nancy Reyer, P.O. Box 2162, Aquebogue, NY 11931. To follow Michael’s slow-and-steady recovery, read the latest updates, or show your support visit caringbridge.org/visit/michaelhubbard16.

All are invited to bring and share their favorite Thanksgiving dessert and celebrate the holiday together at Living Water Full Gospel Church on Wednesday, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m. On Sunday, Nov. 27, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. LWFGC will host A Night in Bethlehem, an interactive experience of Bethlehem and the Christmas Story. Groups are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. While there, have a free picture taken in Santa Claus’ North Pole living room. Come see, touch, feel and smell what life was like during this miraculous time. Guests can also make crafts and share in meaningful biblical traditions and stories. Admission is free for the entire family. For more information, call 722-4969 or visit lwfgc.org.

We are very excited to visit with family over Thanksgiving. Right before Thanksgiving, we will be celebrating a very special birthday for my husband, Steve, on Nov. 22. Steve has been receiving advertisements and offers from AARP. He really is confused by this because he swears he is turning “30 something.” It doesn’t really bother me at all because I love a good discount. At any rate, I truly want to wish Steve a very happy birthday from David, Anna, MaryAngela, Johanna, the dogs and myself. We love you and we want you to know that the best is yet to come.

Regarding Thanksgiving, we have an early deadline for the Nov. 24 issue. My column needs to be in by Friday, Nov. 18, at 10 a.m. Traditionally, I have used the Thanksgiving column for the community to share what they are most thankful for. It is a healing thing for body, mind and soul and to focus on an attitude of gratitude. So share with me your thankful thoughts and send them to me by tonight, Thursday, Nov. 17. God bless you all!

eileenbenthal@gmail.com

11/07/11 6:39am
11/07/2011 6:39 AM

I mentioned this to you last week but this announcement is very important. Please keep Aquebogue resident Christopher Timpone and his family in your prayers. Christopher, 9, is a fourth-grader at Aquebogue Elementary School who was recently diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a pediatric form of bone cancer. He is an amazing kid.

Christopher’s cancer is treatable with intensive chemotherapy, surgery and/or radiation therapy. Unless you go through this type of crisis in your own family or with a close friend, it is difficult to comprehend the life changes that happen. These kids are great blessings and the difficulties that surround their disease is a great challenge. Many people assume that the only expenses involved are medical, which may or may not be paid by health insurance. There are many more expenses involved. Wear and tear on the car, gas, parking and co-pays can be very costly. It’s difficult to work when you have a child with a life-threatening illness, and so your income can be negatively affected. Thankfully, the local community has organized a fundraiser to help the Timpone family. I urge you to support this family in the midst of their crisis so that they can focus on caring for all their children, especially Christopher.

A fundraiser for the Timpone family will be held at Eagle’s Landing at Calverton Links Golf Course Thursday, Nov. 10, from 7 to 10 p.m. The evening includes a walk-about dinner, cash bar, raffles and a chinese auction. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased in advance or at the door. Please make checks payable to Courage, Strength and Faith for Christopher, P.O. Box 894, Shoreham, NY 11786. If you are unable to attend, please consider sending a donation to the fund at the above address.

Congratulations to the Aquebogue School students of the week for October. Kindergarten: Sean-Michael Payton, Rosy Veliz-Velez, Jena Binkis, Sydney Woychuk, Eamon Erdman, Gianna Cortez, Markus Meza-Grigg, Kimberly Cerafico, Brandon Carter, Samantha Davis, Jackson Redmond. First grade: Jimmy Osorio-Oliva, Patrick Guice, Kwame Banks, Michael Gagliano, Angelo Confort, Rachael Hubbard, Melissa Veliz, Lauren Melvin, Brianna Thompson, Nicolas Santiago, Jamir Anderson, Nicholas Bahamon, Jayden Kayte, Brianne McKay, Mikayla Scott, Courtney Reynolds, Jamirah Brown, Christian Aguilar, Carlos Tejeda. Second grade: Evan Cila, Daytwon Spruill, Kathryn Donohue, Logan Swenk, Donald McKay, Jose Francisco-Bartolome, Sage Boivin, Deontae Sykes, Olivia Goodale, Rileigh Frend, Nora Connelly, Matthew Formisano, John Gross, Marcus Brown, Johnathan Trent, Jaxson Rubio, Makayla Brown. Third grade: Angela Tejeda, Rayzhene Childress, Chloe Williams, Noah Straus, Roberto Nicolas-Gutierrez, Madison Stewart, Odalys Mayen, Aidan Griffiths, Tori Bloss, Island Chavez, Angelina Mitova. Fourth grade: Aiyanna Brown, Natalia Ruszkowski, Rebecca Bassemir, Gina Bassemir, Ryan Atkinson, Ben Cutrone, Emma Panciocco, Kateryn Mendez, Jagger Rubio, Lydia Bilski, Nadia Rebentisch, Ingrid Garcia, Justin Dicks, Nick Koukounas.

11/03/11 3:30am
11/03/2011 3:30 AM

This is a final reminder for another exciting event at the Jamesport Meeting House. On Nov. 4 and 5 at 7 p.m. East End Shakespeare and Northeast Stage will present “Shakespeare: In the Company of Players,” a celebration of the actor, the audience, the creative process and the human spirit as told through the language and characters of William Shakespeare and a company of players. A.D. Newcomer is a stage director, teaching artist, actor and board member with Northeast Stage; the creator of the East End Shakespeare Actor Training Program; and co-creator of the ongoing program Café Shakespeare. Northeast Stage is a Greenport-based theater company whose mission has always been to present high-quality theater on the North Fork. For more information, call A.D. Newcomer at 208-6933, email anewcome@suffolk.lib.ny.us or visit Northeast Stage and the Jamesport Meeting House on Facebook.

How about that quick change of weather last weekend? I finally broke down and turned on the heat! You can warm up this weekend at Old Steeple Community Church’s fall soup supper on Sunday, Nov. 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. Don’t miss this display of homemade soups, breads, beverages and desserts. Tickets are $12 for adults and $9 for children under 12 and are available by calling Lenny at 722-3580.

The Jamesport Civic Association will be meeting at Angela De Vito’s house at 121 Green St., South Jamesport, on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. It is hoped that some winter events will be planned, such as a dinner social.
Please keep Aquebogue resident Christopher Timpone and his family in your prayers. Christopher, 9, is a fourth-grader at Aquebogue Elementary School who was recently diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a pediatric form of bone cancer. He is an avid golfer and lacrosse player who also pitches for his Little League baseball team. His recent free-time activities include educating all his friends about his cancer, the treatments and what they might encounter in the journey through the treatment. He is an amazing kid.

Fortunately, Christopher’s cancer is treatable with intensive chemotherapy, surgery and/or radiation therapy. My family understands firsthand that even with insurance the fees for daily travel, gas and parking at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in NYC are enormous. It is also difficult to work when you have a child with a life-threatening illness and your income can be negatively affected. Thankfully, the local community has organized a fundraiser to help Chris and his family.

On Nov. 10 from 7 to 10 p.m., a fundraiser for the Timpone family will be held at Eagle’s Landing at Calverton Links Golf Course. The evening includes a walk-about dinner, cash bar, raffles and a chinese auction. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased in advance or at the door. Checks should be made payable to Courage, Strength and Faith for Christopher, P.O. Box 894, Shoreham, NY, 11786.

I want to wish my son, David, a very happy birthday. David turns 24 on Nov. 6. We miss you!

10/12/11 4:00am
10/12/2011 4:00 AM

This Saturday, Oct. 15, is Jamesport Fire Department’s 10K run in Jamesport. If you recall, the race was rescheduled due to Hurricane Irene. I know this weekend will be just beautiful! Registration begins at 7 a.m. at Jamesport Town Beach; race begins at 9 a.m. at Iron Pier. Registration is $20 in advance; $25 the day of the race. It is a lovely route to run. If the course goes by your house, come out and cheer the runners on their way. For more information visit jfd10krun.com or email Robert Sikora at robert.sikora@ngc.com.

Jody Levin is a great North Fork birding expert! She will be leading the search for migratory fall birds through the woods and fields surrounding Hallockville on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 9 a.m. Registration is required. Call 298-5292 or e-mail hallockv@optonline.net. Cost: $5 for Hallockville members; $6 for non-members. Bring binoculars, appropriate apparel and sturdy footwear. Heavy rain cancels the program.

The Save the Grange Campaign is sponsoring a sale of used, new, rare and out-of-print books on Saturday, Oct. 29, and Sunday, Oct. 30, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Grange in Riverhead. If anyone would like to donate used or new books to help defray the cost of purchasing a new stove, they can be dropped off at The Grange on Friday, Oct. 28, between 7 and 9 p.m. For more information, contact the Rev. Dianne Rodriguez at 516-673-1231, 631-608-3827 or blackswan57@aol.com.

Save the date! On Sunday, Oct.30, at 3 p.m., the Jamesport Meeting House will present the Recorder Orchestra of New York in “The Unexpected Recorder,” an eclectic program offering music from the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods, along with a variety of contemporary and swing selections. Donation is $15; students are $10. Refreshments will be available after the concert. For more information, email musicpatsyr@optonline.net.

I hope you had an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful weekend. The weather was great. It was wonderful to see all the tourists and residents out supporting our farms and events. It appeared as if the Aquebogue School craft fair was very well attended. The pumpkin-pickers and wine-tasters were out in full force. When the traffic slows us down on these busy weekends it is so good to keep in mind that we have the opportunity to enjoy the farms, the vineyards and a quaint country lifestyle every day.

On Sunday, we stopped by the Riverhead Country Fair, which was also flooded with people. We were able to visit with some friends, Diane and Glenn, who attended via boat, in a slip by the boardwalk. It was such a nice time to meet up with neighbors and friends. Steve and I and Johanna split a bison burger and a bag of kettle corn. I must confess, we did give Taffy a bite. She works so hard to keep Johanna happy.

10/04/11 2:59pm
10/04/2011 2:59 PM

Congratulations to the Aquebogue students of the week for September. Kindergarten: Isaac Haynes, Olivia Smith, Jamie Ellwood, Olivia Haupt, Jaxson Hubbard, John Galarza-Moreno, Dannel Evans, Morgan Stromski, Marieline Amaya, Erika Zuniga. 1st grade: Nohelia Sicajau-Lopez, Connor Moos, Jaedyn Stocki, Aela Bailey, Raul Roman-Pablo, Gianna Niewiadomski, Timothy Wooten, Aiden Reither, Travis Hansen, Abigail Heck, Elmer Gonzalez, Alexander Andres Pedro. 2nd grade: Shawn Alvarado, Amelia Stevenson, Reanna Menotti, Rachel Rempe, Kenneth Alvarenga, Adriana Paladino, Ryan Allen, Margarita Basurto, Natalia Radziwonski, Joanna Burkowsky, Beyonca Bryant, Alexander Carter, Emily Lewin, Ava Lily Sumwalt. 3rd grade: Kaillyn Ochoa, Sophie Ruschin, Madeline Hoyt, J.D. Davide, Keilana Campo, Brody Moorman, Faryn Schmitt, Madison Toolan. 4th grade: Laura Allen, Marquise Hatcher, Wilmer Alvarado, Ce’Ahnie Khan, Paris Garcia-Kayel, Miasha Pittman, Sy’rai Clayton, Hanna Morreale, William Burkowsky, Alexandra Confort, Isabella Drobny.

The Riverhead Country Fair will be held Sunday, Oct. 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entries (one per person) for its annual pumpkin- and vegetable-decorating/carving contest will be accepted from 7 to 9 a.m. at the south end of the East End Arts property, 133 E. Main St. Open to ages 4 to adult. For more information and contest rules, call 722-3873, email countryfairpumpkin@yahoo.com or visit riverheadcountryfair.com.

The Spiritual Renewal Center is hosting its third annual Blessing of the Artists Saturday, Oct. 8, from noon to 4:30 p.m. This is not a religious service but an opportunity for all in the local community to appreciate the talents and creative gifts of others in our area and become inspired. All artists are welcome to be blessed at 2 p.m. in the sanctuary of First Parish Church. Also, from noon to 4:30 p.m. featured artwork will be on display at The Grange. Refreshments will be served. Local photographer Jake Rajs (jakerajs.com) and local author Georgeann Packard (“Fall Asleep Forgetting”) will be the guest speakers. For more information, email Mary Ann Suozzi at maryannsuozzi@yahoo.com or call her at 631-905-1614.

Plan ahead for Jamesport Fire Department’s 10K race, which has been rescheduled for Saturday, Oct. 15. Registration begins at 7 a.m. at Jamesport Town Beach and the race begins at 9 a.m. at Iron Pier. Registration is $20 in advance, $25 the day of the race. For more information visit jfd10krun.com or email Robert Sikora at robert.sikora@ngc.com.

Kudos to Kathleen Taylor of Jamesport, a Riverhead Garden Club member who has worked very hard to advance her craft. She has successfully completed the Advanced Floral Design Study program at the Floral Design Institute and is now certified.

I am so glad the weather is finally turning cooler and more fall-like. Take advantage of the local fall produce and, of course, the pumpkins! Have a beautiful week!

09/27/11 12:44pm
09/27/2011 12:44 PM

Tuesday, Oct. 4, is the feast of St. Francis of Assisi. In honor of the patron saint of animals, there are a few animal-focused events going on locally this weekend. This Saturday, Oct. 1, at 11 a.m., Old Steeple Church in Aquebogue will hold a “Blessing and Celebration of the Animals” service. It’s open to pets of all types — and their owners, of course. Coffee, tea and cookies will be available in the Fellowship Hall following the service. Freewill offerings will be accepted and will be given to a local animal shelter. For more information, contact Janet Wright at 516-527-0026 or janet199@optonline.net.

A ‘Blessing of the Animals’ will take place on Sunday, Oct. 2, at 1:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Mattituck. Contact Nancy Deegan at 298-8304 or pianonan@optonline.net. We went to that blessing last year with our three dogs and had a great time. We couldn’t convince the cats to come as they had other more important things to do. Animals bless our lives in many ways, so why not attend one of these blessings with your furry friends?

On Oct. 4, I will be giving a talk entitled “Rebuild My Church” at 7:30 p.m. at St. John the Baptist R.C. Church in Wading River. Open to all women of faith. Call or email me for further details.

Aquebogue School’s annual fall craft fair will be held Saturday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fair and raffles will showcase local artisans, friends and families from all over who handcraft their items. It is amazing to see the variety of gifts and talents from so many people on display for us to purchase. Proceeds from the fair will benefit the Aquebogue School PTA. For more information or to rent a vendor table, call Tabatha at 631-998-3043.

The Spiritual Renewal Center is hosting its third annual “Blessing of the Artists” Saturday, Oct. 8, from noon to 4:30 p.m. This is not a religious service but an opportunity for community members to appreciate the creations of local artists and the many contributions art brings to our lives. All artists are welcomed to be blessed at 2 p.m. in the sanctuary. From noon to 4:30 p.m. featured artwork will also be on display at The Grange across from First Parish Church. Refreshments will be served. If you would like to show your artwork at The Grange contact Mary Ann Suozzi at maryannsuozzi@yahoo.com or 631-905-1614.

The race is on! Jamesport Fire Department’s 10K race has been rescheduled for Saturday, Oct. 15. Registration begins at 7 a.m. at Jamesport Town Beach; race begins at 9 a.m. at Iron Pier. Preregistration is $20; $25 on day of race. Visit jfd10krun.com or email Robert Sikora at robert.sikora@ngc.com for more information.

09/13/11 10:11am
09/13/2011 10:11 AM

Fall is in the air! With the official start to autumn just eight days away, you can already feel it in the temperature change and the breeze and see it and smell it in the mums for sale at all the farm stands. Fall festivals begin this weekend.

Hallockville Museum Farm’s 31st annual Fall Festival and Craft Show is this Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17 and 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival is a North Fork tradition and gives visitors an authentic country fair experience. It will feature over 50 handmade craft vendors, tractor pulls, antique automobile displays, food, live music, hayrides, tours of historic buildings and children’s games. Local artisans will demonstrate traditional crafts such as basket weaving, woodcarving and spinning, and an onsite farmers market will provide local produce and wine for sale. The East End Livestock and Horsemen’s Association will have an animal display. Admission is $7 for adults; $5 for seniors and children under 12.

The four-person family rate is $18 and all admissions permit two-day entry to the festival. The festival is the largest fundraising event for the museum farm. All proceeds benefit the organization’s educational programming and mission. For more information call 631-298-5292 or email hallockv@optonline.net.

Aquebogue School’s annual fall craft fair and chinese auction is just around the corner, on Saturday, Oct. 8. As they prepare for the event, the school is looking for more vendors of handcrafted items. The fair will run from 10 to 4 p.m. Each 10 x 10 space is $50. Call Tabatha at 631-998-3043 for more information.

I want to take the time to wish a very special lady a very happy birthday. Hannelore Janis is turning 70 this weekend, Sept. 17! On Labor Day weekend, Lore’s children came together from Long Island and other parts of the country to host a beautiful birthday party. They chose a Hawaiian theme, complete with floral decorations, banners and table runners imported directly from Hawaii. To Lore’s surprise, the party began with beautiful Hawaiian dancers. Over 130 guests came to honor Lore and celebrate her big day. The Hawaiian theme was also in honor of Lore and Jerry Janis’ 25th wedding anniversary; Lore and Jerry honeymooned in Hawaii. Best wishes for a happy and healthy 25th anniversary!
Lore and Jerry are longtime residents of South Jamesport and a wonderful part of the local community. Their family and friends came to celebrate with them and most especially to honor Lore, a dedicated wife and mother. All through Jerry’s struggles with Parkinson’s disease, Lore has been a beautiful helpmate and support. Jerry helped build many of the homes in and around our local community and is well-known for his kind demeanor, as well as his professional gifts.

My husband and I were honored to attend Lore’s special birthday party and meet their children. Lore and Jerry’s kids and grandchildren are a wonderful family.

Lore, thank you for being a shining light to so many people! Happy 70th birthday!