Aquebogue-Jamesport: Carolyn Cruso at the Jamesport Meeting House Saturday

Congratulations to the Aquebogue students of the month for October. Kindergarten: Gianna Niewiadomski, Rachael Hubbard, Mary Edstrom, Mikayla Scott, Kyreece Shorter, Travis Hansen, Colin Maaiki, Weston Chavez, Rigoberto Nicolas Gutierrez, Luigy Umanzor, Ryan Scharpf, Brianna Thompson, Raul Roman, Vanessa Guevara, Janeiah Evans, Angelo Confort, Leidy Perez-Martinez, Jaedyn Stocki. First grade: Ra’saan Ayala, Sofia DeMasi, Riley Dunbar, Edwin Sebastian-Felix, Rachel Rempe, Olivia Goodale, TayShaun Hawkins, Daytwon Spruill, Tyler Everett, Carolina Marin, Kayin Kennedy, Monica Silva, Kathryn Donohue, Joel Gregorio, Alexa Reeve, Jack Bazarewski, Jaxson Rubio, Ryan Allen. Second grade: Faryn Schmitt, Joshua Carey, Hugo Escobar, Deanna Wirth, Sophie Ruschin, Ashley Colagrande, Megan Card Gimpelman, Nicholas Belvedere, Madeline Hoyt, Kaillyn Ochoa, Kate Foley, Evan Maaiki, Adrian Johnson, Jhovani Ortiz, Julia Jackson. Third grade: Nicholas Koukounas, William Burkowsky, Liyah Jackson, Zy’Aire Pittman, Samantha Brunjes, Jennifer Barrios de Leon, Jose Alvarado, Nadia Rebentisch, Shannan Raynor, Katherine Goodale, Esther Bartolome, Lydia Bilski, Eric Palencia, Jagger Rubio, Benjamin Payton, Arianna Dominici, Kaylen Lockhart, Emma Panciocco. Fourth grade: Jacob Moore, Aiden Fitzpatrick, Joshua Gembenski, Ra’zhon Banks, Ryan Carrick, Nicholas Dejewski, Porter Coverdale, Christopher Chew, Kaelin Moos, Ariel Montesdeoca, Dystinee Henderson, Thomas Penna, Sean Allen, Brandon Escobar.
We had a great time at the Vail-Leavitt Music Hall last Thursday night. My daughter MaryAngela and Hope Andrejack of Cutchogue presented a fabulous performance of acoustic originals. Lauren Peyton of Manorville was an extremely polished performer, supported by two acoustic guitarists. All in all, the girls kept the crowd singing and clapping.
We attended the fall graduation of Canine Companions for Independence at the Hyatt in Hauppauge on Nov. 13. As usual, the graduation of these special dogs with their disabled recipients was truly moving and inspiring. Puppy-raisers from Long Island and the East Coast as far south as Virginia turned many puppies back into CCI for advanced training. Among those star pupils was former Jamesport resident, golden retriever/lab mix Joss Joss, raised by Lisa Lackner and Gabor Kishegyi of Jamesport. This couple has done a fabulous job raising their first puppy for CCI and are currently raising their second puppy. From our home to yours, congratulations Lisa, Gabor and Joss!
The Jamesport Meeting House will play host to another great musical event on Saturday, Nov. 20, featuring folk, pop, jazz and country singer/songwriter Carolyn Cruso. Tickets are $17 in advance; $20 at the door. Complimentary food and beverages will be served after the concert. Visit for more information or call 909-3744.
I want to wish my husband, Steve, a very happy birthday on Monday, Nov. 22. He is a very creative and hard-working husband and father. Thanks, Steve, we love you!
Looking ahead to the week of Thanksgiving, on Wednesday, Nov. 24, at 7 p.m. Living Waters Full Gospel Church will be offering a special night of testimonies entitled Giving Thanks at Thanksgiving. Dessert will be included. For more information, call 722-4969.
Speaking of Thanksgiving! I love hearing from you about what you are thankful for. Please send me your brief thoughts by tonight, Thursday, Nov. 18, so that I can meet tomorrow’s early deadline!