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Aquebogue News: Soup Supper scheduled for March 8

Happy birthday to Alexus Van Helmond of Jamesport. Alexus, who is up at college in Vermont, will be 19 on Feb. 28. Happy birthday, with love from your dad.

Congratulations to Bob and Paulette Sikora, who will soon be grandparents to a new baby boy. Their daughter, Ashley Sikora Pamer, is due May 1. The Sikoras celebrated their upcoming arrival with a baby shower Feb. 21 at The Birchwood of Polish Town. Many family members and friends attended, including Ashley’s godmother and 94-year-old aunt, Julia Praino. Ashley received many lovely gifts and a beautiful diaper cake made by Kerin Collins Voytek. Ashley and her husband, Greg, live in Baltimore, Md. 

The Sikoras are also celebrating the continued success of their son, Dr. Roberta Sikora. Dr Sikora lives in Virginia, where he practices medicine. He has been awarded the Compassionate Physicians Award since 2012 and was recently recognized as a Virginia Top Doctor in Northern Virginia Magazine. Congratulations, Bob and Paulette, on the success of your children and your growing family.

March is just around the corner and so is Old Steeple Community Church’s Soup Supper, Sunday, March 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. The menu includes a variety of soups, breads, beverage and dessert. Tickets are $12 for adults and $9 for children under 10. Tickets can be purchased from Lenny, 722-3580. If you have any questions, email Donna at [email protected].

Don’t forget the spring concert series opens at the Jamesport Meeting House with a return performance by the Cassatt String Quartet on Saturday evening, March 7, at 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $20 for adults; $25 at the door. Student tickets are $8 in advance; $10 at the door. For tickets, visit

Ladies, if you’d like to get out and warm up, join me and 150 of your nearest and dearest friends for a women’s breakfast on Saturday, March 14, at 9 a.m. at The Birchwood of Polish Town. I am hosting this event with Heart and Hands women’s prayer group. The guest speaker will be Dr. Carol Razza from Boynton Beach, Fla. (, who will speak about “Supernatural Joy.” Come get a dose of joy to get you through until spring. Email me at [email protected] for tickets and information.

Stay warm and think spring!

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