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Aquebogue News: ‘Donation day’ Sept. 27 to benefit animal league

I hope everyone had a happy Labor Day and enjoyed these final weeks of summer with lots of fun in the sun.

Technically, summer isn’t over until fall begins, Sept. 23. We are especially blessed to have an extended season of beauty in the outdoors during the fall harvest on the North Fork. Don’t miss it! 

Our Redeemer Lutheran Church will be hosting a “jelly and mum sale” fundraiser Sunday, Sept. 14, from 8 a.m. to noon. Homemade jellies are $6 each and mums are $5 each. The proceeds will benefit 150 disabled and mentally handicapped adults on the East End and provide them with social and recreational activities.

Our Redeemer will start its after-care program this week for school-aged kids. The program runs only on school days from 3 to 6 p.m. and includes homework help from certified teachers, indoor and outdoor crafts and activities, and a snack. For more information on the jelly and mums sale and/or the after-care program, call 722-4000, ext. 12.

A ‘donation day’ will be held Sept. 27 at Carolyn’s Salon in Aquebogue to benefit North Fork Animal Welfare League. The salon will be donating $5 from each haircut to the league. Also, pet adoptions will be available in the salon parking lot. If you are on a pet limit like we are (the pets outnumber the people at this point in time), then you can walk away with a great new hairdo and know that you have helped our furry friends. Call 722-5023 to schedule an appointment. For more information visit

Happy 66th anniversary to Dorothy and Donald Frank, who celebrated Aug. 15. Congratulations from your family and friends.

I want to thank Jamesport Fire Department for a great time at the Sound to Bay 10K and 5K Aug. 24. Everyone had a great time. The weather was beautiful and the community spirit was visible. It was quite the adventure for me as it was my first 5K run. I really enjoyed the first 2.5(ish) miles. The last mile was the killer. I pray the rosary as I run to keep my focus and to offer up the run for other people who are struggling. This year I had a list and on that list was the Doorhy family of Mattituck, who lost their precious daughter Kaitlyn. Our hearts and prayers go out to their family at this extremely difficult time.

Enjoy the rest of the summer.

R031209_Benthal_R.jpgContact Aquebogue columnist Eileen Benthal at [email protected] or 833-1897.