South Country Students Celebrate The Festival Of Lights 89

The delicious smell of latkes wafted through the halls of Verne W. Critz Elementary School in the South Country Central School District as students learned about and celebrated the traditions of Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights.

Students in Heather Nolan’s and Jessica Richards’ kindergarten classes read Naomi Howland’s “Latkes, Latkes, Good to Eat,” prior to pairing up to play a game of dreidel. They also sang the dreidel song and learned about the lighting of the candles on a menorah and the significance of the Jewish holiday, which was held this year from Dec. 2-10. The students also had the opportunity to taste latkes, some for the very first time.  

Ashley Sagistano’s third-graders also learned to play the dreidel game and taste latkes. They were asked to write down whether they preferred their potato pancakes with sour cream or apple sauce and then recorded their preferences on a graph.

Retired Verne W. Critz special education teacher Jackie Kramer visited first-graders in Shelley Tooker’s class where she read Sylvia A. Rouss’ “Sammy Spider’s First Hanukkah.” She taught the students about the customs and traditions of this beloved holiday and made the students latkes from her favorite recipe.

 

Verne W. Critz Elementary School kindergarten students learned to play the dreidel game during a lesson on Hanukkah

 

Alex Canales, a third-grade student at Verne W. Critz Elementary School in the South Country School District, tried latkes for the first time during a lesson on Hannukkah

 

Retired South Country Central School District teacher Jackie Kramer, (back, left) is pictured with Verne W. Critz Elementary School teacher Shelley Tooker (back, right) and her first-grade class during a lesson about Hanukkah

 

Photos courtesy of the South Country School District

 

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Local Groundhogs Predict Early Spring 2019! 48

Happy Groundhog Day!  Rather than our traditional weathermen, today we turn the forecasting over to two resident Long Island Groundhogs – Malverne Mel, and Holtsville Hal for their Winter 2019 predictions.  We are happy to report that for the first time since 2016, both Holtsville Hal and Malverne Mel did not see their shadows this morning!  According to groundhog lore, that should mean we will be having an early spring this year.

It seems to be a unanimous decision this year, as America’s most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, as well as several other local groundhogs all predicted an early end to the polar vortex temperatures.  I addition to Mel, Hal, and Phil, Staten Island Chuck, upstate New York’s Dunkirk Dave, and Connecticut’s Chuckles all did not see their shadow early this morning.

The only dissenting groundhog this year seems to be Milltown Mel out of New Jersey, who DID see his shadow, and is predicting six-more weeks of Winter.  We will try to reach out for further comment.  However it is worth noting that human meteorologist, News 12’s Bruce Avery, agrees with Mel, saying he expects at least six more weeks of winter.

Whoever’s predictions you decide to believe, the Spring equinox is six weeks away on March 20th.

Join Us for LI’s Winter Restaurant Week January 27th- February 3, 2019 155

Join us for our Winter Long Island Restaurant Week January 27 – February 3, 2019. Participating restaurants will offer a $29.95 three-course prix fixe all night every night they are open from Sunday to Sunday, except Saturday when it only has to be offered until 7 p.m.We look forward to seeing you there!

Here is the list of participating restaurants in Suffolk Country, click on the Restaurant name for menu or to make a reservation :

Athenian Greek Taverna  (631) 499-7660  Suffolk – Commack, Greek

Bella Vie  (631) 500-9045 Suffolk – Bay Shore, Italian

Besito Mexican  (516) 620-3222  Suffolk – West Islip, Mexican

Besito Mexican  (631) 549-0100  Suffolk – Huntington, Mexican

Bistro 25   (631) 589-7775  Suffolk – Sayville, New American

Bistro 72   (631) 369-3325  Suffolk – Riverhead, American

Cafe Havana Bar And Grill  (631) 670-6277  Suffolk – Smithtown, Cuban

Captain Bill’s  (631) 665-6262 Suffolk – Bay Shore, Seafood

Casa Rustica  (631) 265-9265  Suffolk – Smithtown, Italian

Claude’s Restaurant  (631) 283-6500  Suffolk – Southampton, American

Danfords Hotel  (631) 928-5200  Suffolk – Port Jefferson, New American

Drift 82  (631) 714-4950  Suffolk – Patchogue, American

Garden Grill Restaurant  (631) 265-8771  Suffolk – Smithtown, American

Grasso’s  (631) 367-6060  Suffolk – Cold Spring Harbor, New American

H20 East Islip  (631) 277-4800  Suffolk – East Islip, Seafood

H20 Smithtown   (631) 361-6464  Suffolk – Smithtown, Seafood

Honu Kitchen & Cocktails  (631) 421-6900  Suffolk – Huntington, American

Imperial Meat Company (631) 824-6222  Suffolk – Huntington, Steakhouse

Irish Coffee Pub   (631) 277-0007  Suffolk – East Islip, Continental

Jonathan’s Ristorante  (631) 549-0055  Suffolk – Huntington, Italian

Le Soir Restaurant  (631) 472-9090  Suffolk – Bayport, French

Mill Pond House Restaurant  (631) 261-7663  Suffolk – Centerport, New American

Monsoon   (631) 587-4400  Suffolk – Babylon, Asian

Nantuckets  (631) 509-4848  Suffolk – Port Jefferson, American

Orto  (631) 473-0014  Suffolk – Miller Place, Italian

Pasta Pasta  (631) 331-5335  Suffolk – Port Jefferson, Italian

RHUM Island Inspired Cuisine & Rum Bar  (631) 569-5944  Suffolk – Patchogue, Eclectic

Salt & Barrel  (631) 647-8818  Suffolk – BayShore, Seafood

Shippys Pumpernickels Restaurant East  (631) 287-6782  Suffolk – Southampton, German

Snapper Inn  (631) 589-0248  Suffolk – Oakdale, Seafood

Strip Steak  (631) 650-6777  Suffolk – Great River, Steakhouse

The LakeHouse Restaurant  (631) 666-0995  Suffolk – Bay Shore, New American

The Oar Steak & Seafood  (631) 654-8266  Suffolk – Patchogue, Seafood

The Pine Grove Inn  (631) 569-5719  Suffolk – Patchogue, American

The Waterview at Port Jefferson  (631) 473-1440  Suffolk – Port Jefferson, Mediterranean

Verace  (631) 277-3800  Suffolk – Islip, Italian

View Restaurant  (631) 589-2694  Suffolk – Oakdale, Seafood

Vittorio’s Italian Steakhouse (631) 264-3333  Suffolk – Amityville, Steakhouse

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