Aquebogue-Jamesport: Saving The Grange

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Instructor Irina Gentile leads a Zumba exercise class last Thursday night at the George G. Young Community Center in Jamesport.

Proud dad Bill Nabrizny of Aquebogue wishes to extend his official congratulations to his daughter, Jennifer, who attends St. Bonaventure University. Jennifer has made the dean’s list for the second consecutive semester. In addition to being a fine student, she is an RA and the manager of the women’s basketball team. Congratulations, Jennifer! Thanks for sharing your great news with us, Bill.

First Parish Church, UCC is hosting a taizé service on Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. Taizé is an ecumenical candlelight worship service of contemplative nature and song.

Have you read the article titled “Gearing up to save The Grange” in the Jan. 13 edition of the News-Review? It was an excellent article detailing the difficulty and costs of the needed renovations to save the 179-year-old Grange building on Sound Avenue, Northville, which is now home to the Spiritual Renewal Center. The SRC is seeking support from the community for donations and ideas on how to preserve this historic building. In addition to the community outreach programs, such as support groups, quilters meetings, and hosting Maureen’s Haven, they run educational forums, such as the Nature Lyceum’s “Green Guerilla” classes on organic farming and a healthy lifestyle. For the next four months, the SRC will be hosting Jeff Frank, of The Nature Lyceum, at The Grange with a series of lectures. The next one, “Metaphysics and Organic Horticulture,” will be held Friday, Jan. 28. Doors open 6 p.m.; the lecture begins at 6:30. There will be musical accompaniment and hot beverages will be served. All donations for the lecture will go directly to the “Save The Grange” fund. For more information, e-mail Mary Ann Suozzi, SRC coordinator, at [email protected].

Belated happy 85th birthday to Walter Gabrielsen Sr., who celebrated with his family at a dinner party on Jan. 22, from his eight children, 27 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Best wishes for a very happy birthday to Zachary White, who turns 9 on Jan. 29, from all your friends and family. Have a wonderful day.

It’s that time of year again — playoff season. Yes, I call it a season, thankfully because we typically only spend time watching football games for two or three Sundays a year. Our family football “season” is just short enough to hold my attention; unless I have something better to do. It is typically the only time we indulge in gross convenience foods like frozen appetizers. But this past Sunday was way beyond the normal football season, even for our short-lived viewing pleasure. My husband is from Chicago — obviously a Bears fan (if you count watching two games a season fanatical) — and his dad and extended family are from Wisconsin. All this makes for interesting family gatherings in the Midwest. Even though we are not native New Yorkers, there is the public pressure to root for the Jets. But in the end, I have to admit that I love Pittsburgh. So, anybody want to join us for the Super Bowl?