Aquebogue-Jamesport Column: ‘Rockin’ for the Homeless’ benefit coming up Jan. 28

A very happy New Year to all of you! I hope your holidays were wonderful!

Congratulations to the Aquebogue students of the month for December! They are: Kindergarten: Dylan Sandoval, Samantha Mills, Jackson Frend, Kevin Dubon Salan, Andy Mardice, Loudon Krumbiegel, Isabella Cucchi, Megan Kenny, Wesley Keating. First grade: Maria Mendez, Deu’Boyce Robinson, Jeremy Carey, Ismeri Morales-Rojas, Timothy Wooten, Roni Palma, Casey Zahra, Bonnie Harris, Jace Pesce, Joseph McCormack, Yamileth Estrada, Thomas Gallo, Jayden Braxton, Austin Koke. Second grade: Alicia Ramos, Jose Castro-Torres, Sofia DeMasi, Alexa Reeve, Emani Womack, Catherine Cruz, Catherine Renshaw, Jessika Francisco, Imonie Ramos, Johnathan Timpone, Serenity Lopez, James Ryan, Alexandra Goodale, Aqsa Majid, Brodie Mato, Princesa Jeronimo. Third grade: Julian Cortez, William Lopez, Angelica Salasar, Gavin Cucchi, Alexa Slasinski, Nicholas Belvedere, Brandon Riccio, Kate Foley. Fourth grade: Anna Marie Crotty, David Squires, Megan Kielbasa, Maria Andres, Joseph Brown, Steven McDonald, Sophia Lemus, Kevyn Bonilla, Ryan Seebeck, Anayeli Ortiz.

John and Barbara Anderson of Jamesport are celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary on lucky Friday the 13th! John and Barbara, all of your friends and family, and all of us, wish you a very happy 55th wedding anniversary! You both are a true inspiration to us all!

Even though the weather has been lovely, winter always promises cold days ahead. At this time of year especially, we should support the organizations that care for the homeless. Just around the corner is a benefit for East End Homeless Outreach. Called “Rockin’ for the Homeless,” the event will take place Saturday, Jan. 28, from 6-10 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.) at Polish Hall in Riverhead. Sponsored by John’s Place Mattituck, it will feature Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks, Who Are Those Guys, Rattlesnake Dawn and Boot Scoot Boogie. The emcee for the evening is special guest and WLNG’s own Lisa Dabrowski. Tickets are $25 per person until Jan. 27 and $35 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at Barth’s Pharmacy in Riverhead and Mattituck, Polish Hall and the Mattituck Presbyterian Church office. For tickets and more information call 298-4145, ext. 2, or visit This is a simple and fun way to be a good neighbor!

We celebrate the Christmas season with friends and family all the way through till “Little Christmas,” the Feast of the Epiphany, so we closed our Christmas season just last weekend by sharing a meal with some special friends. Thanks for all the emails and seasons greetings from you, our wonderful neighbors and members of our community! A special thanks to Bill Van Helman and his Christmas offering of snow plowing our driveway. Bill offered to assist us so that we can be sure we are able to get Johanna out easily and so that all of her therapists and teachers can get into the house easily. Call me when it snows and I will give you Bill’s number. All I have to say is “Let it snow!”