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I don’t know how many of you observed the full moon last week, but it was really, really big. In fact, it was bigger than it has been in 15 years. The reason for this was that December’s full moon landed on the day that the moon came closest to Earth.

According to my Google sources, such alignments happen infrequently. The moon’s orbit not only rotates, but it also changes shape. Sometimes it’s more circular, other times it becomes elongated. This month, the orbit distorted to maximum eccentricity. The result? The Man in the Moon passed barely 216,000 miles from Mother Earth.

My deepest sympathies to the Cannuscio family on their loss. I don’t think that Hampton Bays will ever be quite the same. Vincent was a very large presence in our community and his absence will be felt by all.

Happy Hanukkah to all friends and neighbors of the Jewish faith. I wish you a happy Festival of Lights.

Need a little Christmas? Check out the electrical extravaganza on Bittersweet South, the street next to the Capital One bank.

Raise a glass to Gerry Van Wart of Hampton Bays and Sue Harley of Southold, who became engaged on October 4 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Happy 8th birthday to Jared Strecker today, December 18. With love from your mom, dad and Justin.

Happy cake and candle day to brothers Robert and John Benson. Robert celebrates on Sunday, December 21, and John’s special day is Tuesday, December 23.

Please make a sick child happy this holiday season by donating to John Theissen’s annual Toys for Sick Children Drive. Drop off a new, unwrapped toy in the designated box at 47 Bay Woods Drive, off Squiretown Road. Questions? Call George Holzman at 728-1265.

All are invited to attend the Knights of Columbus Christmas Party tomorrow night, Friday, December 19, from 7 until 11 p.m., at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Main Street in Hampton Bays. The event features an open bar, cold and hot buffet, and musical entertainment provided by the Doug Dwyer Trio. Tickets are $40 per person. For more information, call Wayne Thompson at 728-3356.

Best wishes are going out to Lily Spellman on her latest theatrical endeavor: performing the role of Oliver in “Oliver.” The show will be brought to life by Stages Children’s Theatre Workshop Inc. Lily is 9 years old and a fifth-grader at the Quogue School. She enjoys acting, singing and dancing. Her most loved role to date was Woodstock in her school’s production of “Charlie Brown.”

This is Lily’s sixth production with Stages and you can see the show this weekend on Saturday, December 20, at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, December 21, at 2 p.m. at Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling 725-9500. Good luck from your mom and dad, Kim and Ernie Spellman of Hampton Bays.

The Hampton Bays Thespian Society will be performing “A Christmas Carol” on Saturday, December 20, at 7 p.m., and on Sunday, December 21, at 2 p.m., at the Hampton Bays High School auditorium. Tickets are $5 each and will be sold at the door.

Hampton Bays High School “K Kids” and Southampton Town Kiwanis members will be assembling Christmas food baskets on Sunday, December 21, at 11 a.m., at Halsey’s Barn, 473 Wickapogue Road in Southampton. The baskets will then be distributed through local church food pantries and given to needy families in Flanders, Hampton Bays, Southampton, Tuckahoe, North Sea and Bridgehampton. This is just one of the many community projects the Kiwanis is involved with throughout the year. For more information, call 728-3716.

And while I’m on the subject of high school kids, I want to tell you about Anthony Romagnoli, a 14-year-old freshman at Hampton Bays High School. He’s a member of the varsity wrestling team, plays baseball, scuba dives and is an avid back-packer. He is also a life scout in Boy Scout Troop 483.

Anthony is working on an Eagle Scout project to build a firefighter’s training maze for the new Hampton Bays Fire Department substation. In order to do this, Anthony and Troop 483 are hosting a spaghetti dinner fund-raiser on Saturday, January 17, from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m., at the station on Ponquogue Avenue. Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and $6 for children under the age of 12. To purchase yours, give Anthony a call at 728-8144.

This time of year can be very difficult for people who do not have an adequate support system. The pressure of making very little stretch even further, just to make the holidays bright for a child, can be draining. If you are a grandparent raising a child and are feeling isolated, stressed and exhausted, you are not alone.

Grandparents Raising Children is a support group that offers help and answers questions related to parenting strategies, engaging kids, custodial rights, health care, financial compensation, and how to deal with drug use. Group meetings are held every second Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Southampton Town Community Center at 25 Ponquogue Avenue in Hampton Bays. Dinner and childcare are available at no cost. For more information, please call Southampton Town Senior Services at 728-1235 or the Youth Bureau at 702-2421.

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