Barbaraellen Koch photo
‘Divas’ do lunch
Marie Vasco of Calverton (standing, foreground), who will turn 90 on May 27, organized a luncheon for about 40 ‘Red Hat Divas’ at the new Luce-Hawkins restaurant and inn in Jamesport (formerly Jedediah Hawkins Inn), which is getting set to launch its grand reopening, probably during Memorial Day weekend. The Red Hat social group got an exclusive preview of the new restaurant and recently constructed sunroom, built on what was a patio on the south side of the historic building.

Congratulations to the Aquebogue School students of the week for the month of April! Kindergarten: Alfredo Chitay, Patrick Rowland, Olwin Mayen, Kevin Ramirez, Antonio Salguero-Ortega, Daniel Blydenburgh, Jose Castro-Torres, Rachel Rempe, Natalia Radziwonski, Maria Vergara-Salazar, Shawn Alvarado, Reanna Menotti, Makayla Brown, Jhon Alvarado, TayShaun Hawkins, Alexander Carter. First grade: Jhovani Ortiz, Skyler Yuengling, John D Davide, Edwin Sebastian-Felix, Madison Toolan, Rayan Zhingri-Torres, Noah Straus, Madeline Hoyt, Nicholas DeRosa, Brandon Riccio, Bryn Stevenson, Megan Card-Gimpelman, Kaillyn Ochoa, Matthew Powers, Jocelyn Podlas, Faryn Schmitt, Nicholas Belvedere. Second grade: Jennifer Barrios deLeon, Esperanza Sepulveda, Shannan Raynor, Megan Kielbasa, Shannon Doyle, Zy’Aire Pittman, Julia Jackson, Matthew Pittman, Samantha Brunjes, Mia Roces, Lilly Kneidl, Isabella Drobny, Ingrid Garcia, Sydney Zahra, Gina Bassemir, Juliana Gallo, Brianna VandeWetering, Terrill Latney, William Burkowsky. Third grade: Cassidy Canberg, Connor Kalmus, Allison Guzzardo, Nikita Sipiaguine, Derrick Parker, Cristian Pace, Dystinee Henderson, Aiden Fitzpatrick, Jayvonte Nash, Thomas Penna, Bryce Losee, Randi Colombo, Eve Pittman. Fourth grade: Destiny Strand, Aimee Drexel, Alison Ziegler, Ingrid DeLeon, Carlos Perez, Joseph Ryan, Timothy Dominici, Kyle Donohue, Joseph Mendez, Katherine McCabe, Nayeli Elizalde, Seth Freudenberg, Dana Amato, Emilie Fink, Amanda Jackson. BOCES: Stephanie C., Dylan Mohr, Ricky Hernandez.

The Jamesport Fire District’s annual inspection and memorial service will be held this Friday at 6 p.m. with the inspection of trucks and firefighters at the firehouse on Manor Lane. There is a buffet to follow at the Jamesport Meeting House.

The Jamesport Meeting House has planned a lot of exciting things for the upcoming months! On May 27, there will be a talk by artist Fred Bender and historian Richard Wines about Mr. Bender’s painting, “Sunday Morning,” depicting the original “James Port” as it appeared in 1837. Mark your calendars for the upcoming Eastbound Freight Bluegrass Band concert at the Meeting House on June 4 at 7 p.m. Details to follow! If you would like to subscribe to the meeting house newsletter, send an e-mail to Richard Wines at [email protected]. Send donations to support the meeting house restoration and preservation efforts to Jamesport Meeting House, P.O. Box 30, Jamesport, NY 11947.

Old Steeple Community Church and the Community Center for the Blind and Sighted are sponsoring a Blessing and Celebration of the Animals service on Saturday, May 15, at 11 a.m. All are welcome to join them for the service and to stay for fellowship. Please have your animal restrained on a leash, in a carrier or in an enclosed container for its protection. Please support these efforts and bring your animals and yourselves for a special blessing! Any questions, call Old Steeple Church at 722-3070.

The kids are rolling in for the summer! Johanna, Taffy and I had a great trip to Florida to pick up my eldest daughter from college. Southwest Airlines saved me $100 by awarding Taffy two pieces of luggage on the trip home. They justified it because she is Johanna’s service dog, she helped us carry some of the luggage and we had her dog food in one of the bags!