01/25/12 2:48pm

Happy birthday to…

Jimi Rando and Richard E. Halsey Jr. on January 27; Helen Dawson, Irene Senken, Ethan Angelo and Lisa Shaw on January 28; Jennifer Card on January 29; Carleen Blados Washington, Rhiannon Degnan, Connie Edwards, Ben Smith, Griffin Anderson, Lesley Koehler and Dennis Pelliccia on January 30; Robert J. Simes, Eleanore Crittenden, Luke Reich and Kim Sherman on January 31; Jesse Read and Claudia Olinkiewicz on February 1; and William Scott Dickens, Stanley Beckwith, Nicole Urban, Jim Toth, Sharon Kast and Fay Rodriguez Walker on February 2.

01/18/12 3:37pm

Happy birthday to…

Kerri Lee Wojenski and Richard Lawrenson on January 19; David McGayhey, Nicholas Young, Jamie Lenzer and Charlotte Olivia Radigan on January 20; Betty Kontje, Ronnie Mitchell Jr., Don Hall, Tyler Jeffrey Cardillo and Susan O’Brien on January 21; Tracy Miller, Amy Martin, Michael Worthington, Jennifer Corbett, Frank Kestler Jr. and Katie Bach on January 22; Matthew Beaton, Lew Kilb and Linda Payne Rasmussen on January 23; Vicki Gershon, Donna Clark Mannino, Christine Lewis, Michelle Beckwith, T. Brian Thomson Jr., Erin Elizabeth Mundy and Jennifer McGonegal-Wissemann on January 24; Norma Russo, Bill Drew, Larry Dowling and Mary Fontrier on January 25;  and Al Kilb Jr., Mary Hoye Meyers, Ken Lewis Jr. and Robert Getty III on January 26.

Happy anniversary to…

Julie and Konrad Myklebust on January 20; and Robert and Nicole Strauss and John and Kathy Russ on January 24.

01/11/12 4:15pm

Happy birthday to…

Diane Dickens Anderson, Virginia Juzapavicus, Dana Dreher Cheyne, Donald Zabel  and Brittany Olinkiewicz on January 13; Maxwell Notley, Dorothy Lockhart and Ed Ferris on January 14; Cooper McCormack, Matthew Kast, Beverly Mintzer and Michael Steinmuller on January 15; Paul Senken and JoAnn Kirkland on January 16; Patricia Young and Nicholas Morehead on January 17; Susan Speeches Caddle, Nicholas Minikel and Helen Kornblatt on January 18; and Kerri Lee Wojenski and Richard Lawrenson on January 19.

Happy anniversary to…

What happened? Someone must have gotten married between January 13 and 20! Let Ima know.

Congratulations to…

Gardiner’s Bay Country Club legend, Sid Beckwith, 93, who shot his age for the 700th time on the Green Valley Country Club golf course in Clermont, Florida. Sid’s daughter, Cecilia, said he wanted to break 700 before the year was out and, sure enough, he did it on December 26. And then, a day later, he did it again!

01/04/12 6:10pm

Happy birthday to…

Gail Newman on January 6; Patti MacGeorge Morris, Jeremy Diaz and Sharon Morgan on January 7; Lily Page, Carter Hamilton, Bob Lenox, Douglas Halsey, Alex Mitchell, Julia Deeb, Scott Nathan, twins Sharon Gibbs and Karen Kilb, Amy Schutz and Evalyn Gehring on January 8; Elizabeth and Dorothy Barton and Colin Gershon on January 9; Jill Tuttle Albiani, John Dudley Dreher, Anita Ahern, George Hoffmann, Victoria and Jack Simes, Kevin P. Goodleaf and Mark Molin on January 10; Barbara Tehan Ernest, Nicolette Clark, Jim Polychron and Gary Kagawa on January 11; and Shirley Mundy, Tina McHugh, Victor Lomuscio, Irene Sherman, Adam Thilberg and Don Russ on January 12.

Happy anniversary to…

Nicole and Shawn Kruk and Jo-Ann and Joe Robotti-Messing on January 7; Vicki and Rich Russ on January 8; and Pat and Steve Lenox on January 11.

Heard from…

Dr. Charlie Crandall, a longtime summer resident in the Heights. He wrote us from Maplewood, New Jersey with a gentle correction of an Around the Island cover in November of fall foliage that we identified as belonging to a maple tree.

“Not a bad guess,” he wrote, “but this is not a maple leaf and not a sycamore leaf. It is a leaf of the sweet gum tree, related to the witch hazel, grows 80 to 100 feet and is common here. Has a fruit in a ball covered with tiny thorns.” He went on to explain that the fruit releases winged seeds, much appreciated by the birds. So now we know … with thanks to the good doctor!

And with thanks to…

David Larsen and Union Chapel friends, who sent a very large selection of Florida oranges, grapefruits, tangelos and tangerines to the great delight of our staff. Your generosity was much appreciated by all of us!

Congratulations to…

Jonathan Russo, who won the boat raffle sponsored by the East End Classic Boat Society at its annual holiday event at the Community Boat Shop in Amagansett last month. His prize was a Sunshine tender built at the shop by volunteer members of the society. It even came with a new trailer and a pair of oars.

12/21/11 10:15pm

Happy birthday to…

Cathy Owens and Pam Montgomery on December 23; Nicolle Wojenski and Ric Gurney on December 24; Dan Reich, Kristine Thilberg, Jackie Borrello, Carol Deeb, Elisa Nevel, Jill Kornrumpf and John Bonora on December 25; Janelle Florence Biegert, Jesse Aaron Weiser and Janina Hammer on December 26; George Wallace and Phillip Power on December 27; Christopher Cavanaugh, Suzanne Cayatte, Kaitlyn McGayhey, Celeste Marie D’Andrea and Jay Sessa on December 28; Lenis Edwards, Elizabeth A. Weeks, Paige Dreher, Christopher Chiaro and Aaron Vaughn Johnson on December 29; Fiona Barr, Patricia Yourdon, Rita Bellucci and Katherine Olinkiewicz on December 30; Al Ferris Sr., Andy Clark, Deborah Brewer, Bob Shields and Michael Gerard Russ on December 31; Florence Ratkus Moore, Karen Wagner and Brian Mundy on January 1; Dana Gereghty and Cathleen Gehring on January 2; Olivia Phoebe Ahearn, Peg Schutz, Norm Sanwald Jr., Elise Horning, Russell Russo and Julia Martin on January 3; Alana Wagner, Jim Pugh, Nicholas Brennan Feeley and Devin Reeves on January 4; and Lou Schoeller, Len Jacoby, Arthur Springer, Carrie Ann Hopler, Vicki Russ, Mark DiLalla and Paul Melcer II on January 5.

Congratulations to…

PV2 Joseph Gambino who completed his 16-week OSUT earlier this month, becoming a Cavalry Scout at Fort Benning, Georgia. He was part of Fox Troop 5-15, 1st platoon Cav. Scouts. His duty station is now at Fort Riley, Kansas with the Apachee Troop, 4th Brigade, 1st Platoon. Joseph is the son of Gary and Robin (Reeves) Goetz of East Hampton and the grandson of Jim (Zippy) and Barbara Reeves of Shelter Island.

Happy anniversary to…

Lisa and Tom Hashagen on December 25; Jerry and Dorothy Mundy on December 27; Linda and Frank Bonaccorso, Ellen and Dennis Clark and Barbara and Warren Wagner on December 28; Christina and Julian King and Christine and Hugh Rustin on December 29; Peter and Debbie Needham on December 30; and Darrin and Susan Binder on January 4.

Well noted…

Proud father Peter Reich sent along a profile of daughter Melissa Reich, which was featured in the Nature Conservancy of Oregon’s 2011 annual report. Melissa has been a conservancy volunteer for nine  years, most recently completing her third year as a member of the AmeriCorps program, working on Oregon’s Cascade Head, which the report describes as “a spectacular coastal headland that’s a haven for rare plants, wildlife and grassland communities. There she [Melissa] fell in love with the small caterpillars that become the Oregon silverspot butterfly, an endangered species.”