For all God’s creatures
Emily Gilmore of Jamesport brought her 3-year-old Boston terrier, Speedy, to Saturday’s Blessing and Celebration of the Animals Service at Old Steeple Community Church in Aquebogue. They were accompanied by Emily’s brother, Billy, and grandmother, Jean Gilmore.

The Aquebogue Elementary SchoolStaff Appreciation Luncheon was a great success last week! The volunteers and committee would like to thank the local people and businesses for their generous donations. Donors included: Wells Homestead, Emily Powers, Peggy Van De Wetering, Billy Polak, The Glass Greenhouse, Colorful Gardens, Riverhead Flower Shop, and Walmart. Thanks to Kerri Whitehead and the PTO for coordinating the event. Thanks to all the parents who donated their time and efforts to show the staff how much they are appreciated!

A field trip hosted by the Eastern Long Island Audubon Society will be held this Saturday, May 22, at 9 a.m. at Jamesport State Park and Hallockville Farm Fields with Mary Laura Lamont. It will focus on looking for warblers, vireos, thrushes and much more. My husband and I have taken this walk and it’s a great experience right in our own backyard! There is a $5 fee to benefit Hallockville Museum Farm. Call 298-5292.

Also at Hallockville this Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., there will be the Long Island Fleece and Fiber Fair, co-hosted by the Long Island Livestock Company. Sheep, alpacas and llamas will be on display, and there will be live demonstrations of shearing, wool dyeing, spinning, weaving, sheep herding and more. See the News-Review Calendar or visit for more details.

Fred Bender and Richard Wines will give an illustrated talk about the making of Bender’s painting “Sunday Morning in James Port, May 1839,” at the Jamesport Meeting House, Thursday, May 27, at 7 p.m. They will discuss the historic research and artistic decisions that went into the painting, a gull’s-eye view that shows in remarkable detail the area now called South Jamesport in the decade of its founding. Free to the public. Prints of the painting will be available for sale. Back by popular demand, this presentation should be of interest to anyone who lives in Jamesport or wants to know more about the area’s history.

Fred Bender’s painting is based on a map of Jamesport discovered in the records of the County Clerk of Suffolk County. The original, probably done in 1839, was a real-estate promotion for the new port that James Tuthill had founded just a few years earlier. The engraver embellished the upper and lower corners with scenes of the port and its principal buildings. Bender used this map and other information to make a scale model of the port, from which he created the painting. For more information, visit

Best wishes for a very happy birthday to Blake Corwin of Aquebogue, who turns 27 on May 21.

Congratulations to MaryAngela Benthal and her CCI puppy, Nico, who graduated as a certified assistance dog last week. Nico was placed with a sweet little girl from Virginia who has cerebral palsy.