10/20/16 4:22pm
10/20/2016 4:22 PM

I hope you had a safe weekend. The traffic was simply incredible due to pumpkin-pickers. It should improve a bit in the next few weeks. Till then I wish everyone lots of luck. I have to say that I’m thrilled for those in the U-pick business. The weather was great!

A Polish heritage dinner/dance will be held Saturday, Nov. 12, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Riverhead Polish Hall. There will be polka music and the menu will include roast beef, salad, vegetables, mashed potatoes, kielbasa, sauerkraut, rolls, coffee, tea and ice cream. Tickets are $30 per person in advance; $35 at the door. For reservations, call 631-727-9200. I know you’ll have a great time!

Congratulations to Dixie, a dog who was rescued from Thailand and previously destined to die. Dixie was adopted by a couple who met her at Kent Animal Shelter’s Wines and Canines walk/run event — held Sept. 25 at Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard — and couldn’t stop thinking about her. They had brought their dog Kimmo, who was adopted from Kent, and came back for Dixie Oct. 2. Both dogs are now great buddies. When the Soi Dog Foundation in Thailand needed help, Kent was there. Dixie arrived at JFK with several other dogs. It’s absolutely terrible that so many dogs die unnecessarily. We are thrilled that Dixie went to a great home. Just a reminder: Kent is seeking donations of blankets, towels and pet toys. Donations can be dropped off at the shelter.

Belated happy birthday to my buddy Jim Stakey, who celebrated Oct. 21. Regina, Claire, Carol and I love you and wish you the best birthday ever.

It’s that time of year again. My cousin Larry Taylor Jr. will celebrate his birthday Oct. 26 and Joey (aka Abbott Quinn) and yours truly will celebrate Oct. 28. Here’s wishing the three of us have a really great day! I love you … cheers!

Have a happy, fun Halloween. I hope it’s spooky yet festive.

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06/04/16 5:00am
06/04/2016 5:00 AM

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.