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Aquebogue News: Dr. Carol Razza to speak at Polish Town breakfast

It’s beginning to look a lot like spring. I have been running around my house singing those words. This familiar Christmas song is being transformed into a tune of hope and it’s echoed in the birds singing in my yard. I actually ran out wearing just a sweatshirt the other day. It’s not yet time to pack up the winter coats and hats but the sunshine and warmer temperatures are definitely a sign that spring is on its way. 

I have a few tickets left for the women’s breakfast this Saturday, March 14, at The Birchwood of Polish Town. However, you must email me today or call me at 833-1897 so I can get you registered. It promises to be a great event of food and fellowship. Our inspirational speaker, Dr. Carol Razza, ( will be speaking about “Supernatural Joy” — a great topic to focus on after this long winter.

Another great event is also happening this weekend at the Jamesport Meeting House. Mezzo-soprano Barbara Fusco-Spera and pianist Walter Klauss return to the Meeting House Sunday, March 15, at 4 p.m. with “Bach to Broadway: A Celebration of the Voice.” Ms. Fusco-Spera will also sing Bizet and Barber as well as some Broadway favorites. She will conclude the concert with a few beautiful spirituals.

Mr. Klauss is the music director emeritus of Musica Viva of New York, where Ms. Fusco-Spera is a featured soloist. She is also a member of the Voice Faculty of LIU C.W. Post and has performed concerts and solo recitals throughout the Americas, Europe and Africa. Tickets are $17 in advance, $20 at the door; student tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. For tickets, visit

Our Redeemer Lutheran Church is continuing a wonderful fundraiser through the work of parishioner and local resident Allie Guild. Allie is selling homemade jams and jellies to raise funds for children with disabilities. Proceeds will be donated to East End Benevolent Disabled Group. If you would like to support this cause, call her at 727-2563 to place an order. Jars are $6 each. Flavors include blueberry, strawberry, blackberry, raspberry, orange marmalade, strawberry banana, mango and beach plum.

I want to wish everyone a very happy St. Patrick’s Day. I am second-generation Irish and I am always amazed how everyone wants to celebrate this day. In Jamesport, we will be painting the village green on Saturday, March 28, with the third annual Jamesport St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The parade follows the summer parade route on Main Road, starting at Washington Avenue at 1 p.m. and ending at the Jamesport Fire Department. Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate your Irish heritage (by blood or desire) and come out to welcome spring with friends and neighbors.

The first day of spring is only one week away. Let’s hope the weather stays nice and we can enjoy this parade with some sun and warmth.

Have a great week.

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