Recently, I was talking to someone from out of town who had a hard time pronouncing some of the names of Long Island towns. It seems wrangling your tongue around Ronkonkoma, Copiague, Massapequa, Hauppauge and Patchogue can really vex a visitor.
The best was when they called Yaphank “Ya-fank,” using the “ph” as an “f” sound, as in the word “phone.” This led to a discussion of how to pronounce Phuket, Thailand’s largest island. “Foo-kay” seems to be the winner but that is one word that is really fun to mangle.
Congratulations to Daniel Fisher, a member of the class of 2010, who was named to the dean’s list at Providence College for the fall 2008 semester. To qualify for the list, students must achieve at least a 3.55 grade point average and have taken a minimum of 12 credits.
The sisters, family and friends of Doris Sanders Dacus send their congratulations on her retirement after 31½ years of dedicated service to Southampton Hospital. You will truly be missed.
Mike and Paula Poremba from Illinois would like to wish Donald Poremba of North Main Street a very happy birthday. Mr. Poremba celebrated his birthday on January 16. Mike and Paula wrote, “He is the best brother and brother-in-law anyone could have.”
At the Library
U.S. Representative Tim Bishop will visit Rogers Memorial Library today, Thursday, January 22, at 7:30 p.m., to discuss the implications of the dawning of a new political future in 2009 and beyond. A question and answer session will follow. Reservations are strongly suggested.
Acclaimed pianist Sandro Russo, a master in the grand tradition of elegant pianism and beautiful sound, will present a concert on Sunday, January 25, at 3 p.m. in the Morris Meeting Room. His program will include works by Beethoven, Chopin, Scriabin, Rachmaninoff and Liszt. This free event is hosted and underwritten by the Friends of the Rogers Memorial Library. Reservations are suggested.
For a moving cinematic experience, head to the Morris Meeting Room on Monday, January 26 at 3 p.m., for a showing of director Faith Akin’s film “The Edge of Heaven.” The film portrays the struggle of immigrants in Germany.
Join scores of Americans experiencing the health benefits and restorative powers of yoga with an introduction to the practice on Saturday, January 31, from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. in the Morris Meeting Room. Kripalu yoga instructor Mary Sammon will demonstrate basic postures.
Is literacy tutoring for you? Find out on Monday, February 2, from 5:15 to 6 p.m. in the Meeting Room during a question-and-answer session with Carol Viteritti, regional coordinator, Eastern Region, of Literacy Suffolk. Tutors help adult students improve their ability to comprehend, speak, read and write basic English. Volunteer tutoring commitments involve two to three hours per week. Five training workshops will be held on Saturdays from 10:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m., on February 14, 21, and 28, and March 7 and 21. Call 727-3228, extension 126, or 286-1649 by February 10.
For additional information and to reserve space in the above programs, call 283-0774, extension 524.