Aquebogue-Jamesport column: FD memorial service May 20

Eileen Benthal

Congratulations to Aquebogue resident Jack Hansen, who caught his first striped bass of the season, and what a catch indeed! On May 4 at about 7:15 p.m., during low tide, Jack caught a 33-inch, 14-pound striped bass using live bunker in 12 inches of water, 15 feet from the beach on Flanders Bay. How cool! Congratulations, Jack, and happy fishing!

Next Friday, May 20, at 6 p.m., the Jamesport Fire District will be hosting the Annual Inspection and Memorial Service. There will be an inspection of the trucks, followed by the inspection of the firefighters. Then at the Jamesport Meeting House there will be a memorial service. Refreshments will be served at the firehouse following the service. All are invited to attend this event.

As I mentioned last week, Jamesport Meeting House opens next weekend for the busy summer season. This year’s Music at the Meeting House series begins on May 28 with Corky Maul and his Hidden City Orchestra. Visit, email [email protected] or call Richard Wines at 722-5170 for tickets and more information.

Hallockville Museum Farm still has room for your treasures at the Community Yard Sale, June 4, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact Herb Strobel at 298-5292 to reserve your table or for more information. We really enjoyed this event this year, both for clearing out treasures and for meeting others in our local community. It was a lot of fun!

When I read the Neighborhood News columns last Thursday, I realized that I forgot to wish all the wonderful women in this community a happy Mother’s Day! I had a very interesting Mother’s Day weekend — everyone left! My husband was on a business trip, my son went to Brooklyn to celebrate a friend’s birthday and my youngest daughters went on a teen retreat in Cape May! For the first time in over 10 years, I was home alone for a couple of days. I walked the dogs, tended the garden, and caught up on writing and sleep. It was a great time! By Saturday night my son returned and invited me to have dinner at Love Lane Kitchen, his treat, while he was working there. It was a really fun evening! My husband got in at 1 a.m. on Mother’s Day and four of us headed to the shrine for Mass. Then the girls returned home in time for a lovely dinner.

My daughters, MaryAngela and Johanna, and their CCI dogs were on the cover of Newsday’s LI Life on Mother’s Day. Congratulations, girls! MaryAngela, 17, just finishing her freshman year at SCCC, has been raising puppies for CCI since she was 11. She will be turning in Madias this Friday at CCI graduation. Madias will be placed in advanced training to be matched with a disabled person six to nine months later. Congratulations, MaryAngela and Johanna, on a job well done!

I hope all you wonderful women had a great Mother’s day!