Congratulations to the Aquebogue School students of the month for February. Kindergarten: Kevin Zheng, Jayden Gilliam, Yasmin Diego, Michael Gagliano, Deu’Boyce Robinson, Nicholas Bahamon, Kyle Ruschin, William Moore, Bonnie Harris, Jacob Krawczyk, Melissa Veliz, Jayveona Nash-Jones. First grade: Savannah McDonald, Andrea Chabla, Kaitlyn Gomez, Tyler Everett, Ariana Hubbard, Joseph Tuomey, Jose Francisco-Bartolome, Matthew Formisano, Ba’Ase Gilbert, Matthew Alonso, Owen Sandoval, Bryan Veliz Velez, Nelsis Guevara-Cuesta, Edwin Sebastian Felix. Second grade: Maritza Perez, Jenifer Morales-Avila, Anisha Cannon, Thomas Galka, Chloe Williams, Claudia Spiker, Matthew Powers, Arat Moreno, Tanaysha Brown, Joshua Carey, Kassandra Goetz, Angelina Mitova. Third grade: Mayte Antonio, Ryan Seebeck, Alexandra Confort, Caleigh Kalmus, Robert Miller, Jennifer Barrios de Leon, Alexander Meras, Wilmer Alvarado, Gage Milowski, James Douglas, Vincent Zheng, Diego Elizalde, Jonathan Pablo-Perez. Fourth grade: David Marin, Jacob Zacharewicz, Nicole Scioscia, Ethan Anderson, Hannah Brewer, Samantha Mendez, Shakerra Thomas, Nyrene Cannon, Tyjon Hawkins, Oscar Carbajal-Corado, Delanie Warner, Autumn Pharr.
The Save The Grange series continues at Grange Hall in Riverhead. The Nature Series talks for the next week are: Friday, March 18, “Biodynamics,” presented by Steve Storch; Wednesday, March 23, “Organic Horticulture,” presented by Angeliki Davis. For more information, call Jeff Frank of The Nature Lyceum at 728-0218.
Also, as part of the Save The Grange series, this Saturday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. I will be continuing the “40 Days to Focus” series, which offers nutritional cleansing programs for weight loss and energy along with suggestions for a balanced lifestyle. It will include one spiritual theme each week. A free-will offering for the Save The Grange project will be taken. Call or e-mail me for more details.
We attended a wonderful Jazz on the Vine event this past Sunday and listened to music by a group called “The Michael Jazz Trio.” Three brothers — Matthew, David and Jordan Godfrey — make up this talented jazz band. The boys live with their parents in Central Islip and this is their third year participating in the Jazz on the Vine Series. Matthew, 17, is the keyboardist; David, 15, is the sax and bass guitar player; and Jordan, at just 10, is the drummer. I spoke with their mom for a few minutes after the concert and she said they made their debut in 2007 by playing in front of 7-Eleven and continued in living rooms and at backyard barbecues. Other venues now include many wineries on the East End, The Apollo Theater, the Long Island Breast Cancer Cabaret Showcase and much more. It was wonderful to witness the family commitment to nurturing these gifted young men. Check out their website at michaeljazztrio.com.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! If you missed our St. Patrick’s Day message on the answering machine last year, then you’ll want to call this year. Johanna and my husband did an even better job by adding some special “effects” to the ocarina and voice. Have a fun day!