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almost a novelist

April 20, 2019 by Keith Griffith (Register to contact)

Finally did it and wrote a novel, partially set on the North Fork. Mummeries begins with a catchy question. What if the FBI didn't apprehend the saboteurs from the Nazi U-boat that landed on Long Island in June 1942? What if LI fell into the Nazi sphere along with present-day Britain?
My novel is an 187,000-word alternative-world "Twelfth Night" set in a modern-day Nazi-occupied region off Manhattan (plus Hitlerian Europe, the Japanese Pacific, and international settlement Morocco). An interconnected four-part picaresque tale whose lighter moments borrow not only the disguised male-attired heroine motif but also the wordplay and plot surprises so common in Shakespeare. It's as if the Bard himself wrote a satire on our current men's adventure stories.
It is a young woman-centered tale of thrills coupled with it being a humorous pastiche! With moments of doubt and weakness too.


April 19, 2017 by Charlotte Johnson Bennardo (Register to contact)

Charlotte's seventh book, the third of the Evolution Revolution series, debuts May, 2017. A middle grade and young adult author, her other books include Sirenz, Sirenz Back in Fashion, Blonde OPS, Evolution Revolution: Simple Machines, Evolution Revolution: Simple Plans, and stories in the anthologies: Beware the Little White Rabbit and Scare Me to Sleep. She lives in NJ with her family, 2 cats and a mischievous squirrel in the backyard.


June 28, 2012 by Charlotte Johnson Bennardo (Register to contact)

Charlotte is the author of the Evolution Revolution middle grade series: Simple Machines, Simple Plans and Simple Lessons, and the young adult novles: the Sirenz Series; Sirenz and Sirenz Back In Fashion, and Blonde Ops. Her short stories appeared in the Beware the Little White Rabbit anthology (Alice Through the Wormhole) and Scare Me to Sleep anthology (Faces in the Wood). She is married, a mother of 3 boys, owner of two cats with issues, and caretaker of one demented squirrel. Say hello on her FB page, Author Charlotte Bennardo.

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Mattituck High Schools Class Of 2019 Graduates: Photos  North Fork, NY Patch

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Drugs may have played a role in the fatal hit-and-run-crash that led to the arrest of a Mattituck man, a prosecutor said at his arraignment Monday. Keith Clancy ...

James Peter Wilcenski  Suffolk Times

James “Jim” Peter Wilcenski died peacefully, but unexpectedly, while asleep in his home June 18, 2019, at the age of 66.Jim is survived by his wife, Gail.

Rita L. (Kander) Wowak  Riverhead News Review

Rita L. (Kander) Wowak of Calverton died at home with loving family at her side Sunday, June 16. She was 86. She was born Wednesday, May 24, 1933, ...

Long Island high school student wins national distracted driving video contest  WABC-TV

A Long Island high school student was the winner of a national distracted driving video contest.

School Fights Back Against Anti-Semitism, Support Of Nazism  North Fork, NY Patch

School Fight Back Against Anti-Semitism - North Fork, NY - Students, principal says, have joked about "support of Nazism and Adolf Hitler." What do you think ...

Holocaust Survivor Speaks At School Fighting Anti-Semitism  North Fork, NY Patch

Holocaust Survivor Speaks After Anti-Semitism - North Fork, NY - The superintendent aims to enlighten all kids after some individual students joked about ...

School Vote 2019: North Fork Budgets, BOE Candidates  North Fork, NY Patch

School Vote 2019: North Fork Budgets, BOE Picks - North Fork, NY - Here's what you need to know before you head out to vote on Tuesday.

Official: Mattituck baseball coach won't return to team  Newsday

Longtime Mattituck High School baseball coach Steve DeCaro will not return for his 17th season after being placed on administrative leave in October, ...

Mattituck High School unveils Wall of Honor paying tribute to alumni armed services veterans  SoutholdLOCAL

“This means so much,” said Arthur Hughes, gazing up at the plaque bearing a photo of himself taken decades ago. The career U.S. Coast Guard veteran spent ...

Joy, Pride At Mattituck-Cutchogues 104th Annual Commencement  North Fork, NY Patch

Joy, Pride At Mattituck's 104th Commencement Day - North Fork, NY - Congratulations to the Class of 2018! You've made us all proud. See photos, video here.

Mattituck native opens Chrysalis Holistic Healing  Suffolk Times

After medical school, Emily Anne McDonald opted for a different path.

Beauty And The Beast Debuts Thursday At Mattituck High School  North Fork, NY Patch

'Beauty And The Beast' Debuts At Mattituck High - North Fork, NY - 7 years after students rallied to revive musical theater at Mattituck High, a magical "Beauty ...

Joan Ann Lademann  Suffolk Times

Lifelong Cutchogue resident Joan Ann Lademann passed away peacefully May 2, 2019, at the age of 85. Joan was born March 17, 1934, to Anna (Zaneski) and.

Art Tillman, former Southold Town Democratic Chairman, dies at 79  Suffolk Times

Art Tillman, the former Southold Town Democratic chairman who was involved in many other efforts in a town he loved, died on Monday. He was 79.

Man Who Accidentally Shot At School Found With 4 Guns: Cops  North Fork, NY Patch

Man Who Shot At School in 2009 Had Firearms: Cops - North Fork, NY - The man, whose accidental shot in 2009 injured a LI high school student, was found ...

Christine and Joseph Haeg  Suffolk Times

Christine B. Haeg of Mattituck, 98, died Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, at Peconic Bay Medical Center beside her husband, while holding hands. Both had been.

Calling all Mattituck alumni: All-class reunion set for this month  Suffolk Times

Mattituck High School graduates won't have to wait for their next milestone anniversary to celebrate with fellow alumni. For the first time ever, former.

Mrs. Jane (Worthington) Flatley  Riverhead News Review

Mrs. Jane (Worthington) Flatley, age 91, passed away with family members at her side at her Mattituck home Sunday, June 2. Jane was born in Laurel in 1928.

Photos: Harlem Wizards Delight Crowd At Mattituck High School

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'The Drowsy Chaperone' Unfolds at Mattituck High - North Fork, NY - Don't miss this hilarious production by some talented young stars at Mattituck High School.

Twins danced after winning prom king and queen  Newsday

The siblings danced to Earth, Wind and Fire that night.

Famed Wrestler Fights Deadly Bullying: Your Words Can Kill  North Fork, NY Patch

World Famous Wrestler Fights Back Against Bullying - North Fork, NY - A wrestler who has seen meteoric success and fame in the ring now fights teen suicide, ...

Kyle Sopko named Green Level boys lacrosse coach  HighSchoolOT

Green Level High School has named its first boys lacrosse coach, the school announced on Thursday.

Fire damages storage building at Braun Seafood in Cutchogue; market reopens before noon  Suffolk Times

A fire erupted at around 3 a.m. in a rear storage building at Braun Seafood Co. in Cutchogue Wednesday. Firefighters from departments across the North Fork ...

Mattituck twins each win wrestling state titles  News 12 Long Island

Mattituck High School seniors Luke and Jack Bokina each won state wrestling titles in Albany over the weekend.

Mattituck Junior-Senior High third-quarter honor roll  Suffolk Times

THIRD-QUARTER HONOR ROLL Mattituck Junior-Senior High HIGH HONOR ROLL Grade 12: Eshi Baldano, Amy Li Berninger, Alex Bradley, Ty Bugdin, ...

Men's Soccer: Hayes twins play against New York Cosmos  Suffolk Times

When Paul Hayes learned his Queens College men's soccer team was going to play the New York Cosmos in a spring game last week, he was ecstatic. After all ...

Roy Cornell Pace  Riverhead News Review

Roy Cornell Pace was born Aug. 18, 1946, in Cutchogue, N.Y. He was the eighth out of 12 children born to the Rev. Bertis Pace and Lillian Pace. At an early.

World-Famous Wrestler To Speak About Bullying, Suicide Prevention  North Fork, NY Patch

Wrestler Speaks About Bullying, Suicide Prevention - North Fork, NY - "We are defined by our choices. You show me your friends and I will show you your future.

Judith Smith  Suffolk Times

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Famed Wrestler Back For Round 2 In Local Fight Against Bullying  North Fork, NY Patch

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A familiar smile at Mattituck McDonald's  Suffolk Times

For nearly a decade, Kyle — a Mattituck High School graduate who has autism spectrum disorder — has worked part time at McDonald's on Main Road.

2015 Sports People of the Year: Mattituck High School baseball team  Suffolk Times

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Southold/Greenport Robotics Team set to take on the world  Suffolk Times

The Southold/Greenport Robotics Team, R.I.C.E. 870, tasted first-place victory last week while participating in the 2019 Finger Lakes Regional competition.

Local high school students take home DECA state competition awards  Suffolk Times

High school students in the Mattituck-Cutchogue, Southold, Greenport and Shelter Island school districts traveled to Rochester, N.Y., March 7-10 for the ...

Photos: Mattituck Celebrates Graduation 2016 With Heartfelt Ceremony

MATTITUCK, NY - Tears of pride flowed freely at Mattituck High School Saturday as the Class of 2016 participated in the school's 102nd commencement ...

Mattituck Junior-Senior High first-quarter honor roll  Suffolk Times

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Mattituck High School Baseball Team Ranked Second in National Small Schools Baseball Teams

North Fork, NY - The ranking was conducted by MaxPreps.

Vera C. Smith  Riverhead News Review

Vera C. Smith, a lifelong resident of Mattituck, died June 7 at East End Hospice Kansas Center for Hospice Care in Quiogue. She was 92 years old. She was.

Sign-up now for Mattituck-Cutchogue Turkey Trot 5K  Northforker

Proceeds will benefit Helping Hands 4 Morgan, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital and the MCTA Senior Scholarship Award.

Mattituck-Cutchogue first quarter honor roll  Suffolk Times

Mattituck junior-senior high school announced its first quarter honor roll this week. Below are the students who made the list: Grade 12: Connor Almberg,

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John P. McLinskey  Suffolk Times

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The Work We Do: Making hay in Mattituck with Dave Steele  Suffolk Times

My favorite part is really just getting the work done and meeting some nice people. In the hay business, we get to meet our customers.

Here's where to vote in Southold Town  Suffolk Times

Polling in Southold Town will take place at the following locations. Voting is from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. everywhere.

Inside the secret gardens at Hidden Ridge Plants  Northforker

Hidden Ridge Plants is a secret garden that has virtually flown under the radar for more than 20 years.

Morgan Saint, Mattituck native, performs song 'Just Friends' on Conan  Northforker

Morgan Saint went from the hallways of Mattituck High School to Burbank, Calif.

Mattituck's Dwyer signs on with Penmen to play basketball, tennis  Suffolk Times

One could say that Mattituck High School's blue and gold colors are in Liz Dwyer's blood. There will be no need to change those colors when she moves off to ...

Registration Open For 10th Annual Mattituck 5k Turkey Trot

North Fork, NY - The event will take place on Thanksgiving morning.

Local Mattituck Couple Opens New Shop, Revel North Fork, In Cutchogue

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Theresa H. Zimnoski  Riverhead News Review

Theresa H. Zimnoski of Mattituck died April 29 at Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead. She was 85. The daughter of Kazimerz and Stephanie.

Mattituck High School student earns Marine Corps ROTC scholarship - Suffolk Times  Suffolk Times

A Southold High School senior has joined nearly 85 other cadets who earned full scholarships in the last 40 years through the local Navy Junior Reserve.

Thomas Bradley Brennan  Suffolk Times

Thomas Bradley Brennan of Southold died on Oct. 25, 2017, at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He was 76. Born on Dec. 19, 1940, in Jackson Heights,

Olga Lomaga  Suffolk Times

Olga Lomaga, age 95, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, surrounded by family. She was a lifelong resident of Mattituck, N.Y., born at home to John and ...

Veronica J. Neville  Suffolk Times

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Mattituck Junior-Senior High second-quarter honor roll  Suffolk Times

Congratulations to the following Mattituck Junior-Senior High School students.

Girls Volleyball Preview: Tuckers return to Class C  Suffolk Times

The Mattituck High School girls volleyball team is back in Class C.

Community Helps Mattituck Teen Make Dream Come True

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Mattituck-Cutchogue Students Participate in Weather 2040 Poster Contest

North Fork, NY - Students from Cutchogue East Elementary school and Mattituck-Cutchogue Jr. Sr. high school entered.

Travis Jay Thompson  Suffolk Times

Travis Jay Thompson of Mattituck died suddenly May 22, 2017, in Cutchogue. He was 35 years old. He was born in Southampton Nov. 30, 1981, to Thomas E.

James R. Wells Jr.  Suffolk Times

James R. Wells Jr. of Mattituck died March 27, 2018. He was 53. He was born on Aug. 11, 1964, in Greenport to Kathy A. (Loper) Steindl and James R. Wells Sr.

Mattituck H.S. student shot while sitting in class  Newsday

A Mattituck High School student was grazed in the head by a bullet that went through a window and into the school building Thursday afternoon, officials said.

Boys Soccer: Mattituck hires familiar face as new coach  Suffolk Times

The Mattituck boys soccer team will have a new head coach next season in Will Hayes.

Former pro wrestler shares anti-bullying message  Suffolk Times

From extreme highs to extreme lows — former professional wrestling star Marc Mero has experienced it all.

Jeffrey Scott Smith  Suffolk Times

Former longtime Cutchogue resident Jeffrey Scott Smith of Panama City Beach, Fla. died Aug. 1 at Gulf Coast Hospital in Panama City. He was 69. The son of ...

Cutchogue native Frank McBride identified as victim of fatal Mattituck train crash  Suffolk Times

MTA Police have identified the driver who was killed when his pickup truck was hit by a Long Island Railroad train Tuesday afternoon as Cutchogue native Frank ...

Home for sale in Mattituck had been hunting lodge at NY World's Fair  Suffolk Times

The walls of North Fork homes are often filled with stories of the area's founders or multi-generational farm families, but one Mattituck house has ties to the ...

Michael J. Neudeck  Suffolk Times

Michael J. Neudeck of Mattituck died unexpectedly on Jan. 20, 2018, at his residence. He was 58 years old. He was born on Dec. 11, 1959, in East Orange, N.J.,

Local restaurateur Frank Purita remembered as giving man who loved food, people and music  Suffolk Times

Frank Purita, who died Tuesday at the age of 53 after a short battle with cancer, was one of those people in the Village of Greenport, friends and family members ...

Boy Scout unearths early 1800s headstone  Newsday

When Mattituck High School student Joseph DePinto first considered a request to do a restoration project at Old Cutchogue Burying Ground for his Eagle Scout ...

Mattituck Strawberry Festival Kicks Off On Hulling Night: Photos  North Fork, NY Patch

Hulling Night Kicks Off Strawberry Festival - North Fork, NY - Hulling night is a beloved hometown tradition bringing the community together for generations to ...

Former Mattituck classmates open architecture firm where their start began  Suffolk Times

Across the street from Mattituck High School is a small architecture firm where three alumni are now using what they learned in a mechanical drawing class.

Beaver sighting in Orient is Long Island's first in nearly a decade  Suffolk Times

A North American beaver was discovered in Orient last Tuesday morning, the first reported beaver sighting on Long Island in almost a decade. Two New.

Young cooks take over the Old Mill Inn in Mattituck  Northforker

After digging into the lobster roll, the tuna steak or the crab dip appetizer at the Old Mill Inn, you might ask to send your compliments to the chef. But, strangely ...

LI girls win lax title, then primp for prom  Newsday

The girls of the Mattituck-Southold lacrosse team took home the Suffolk County Class D title Friday afternoon with a 15-2 win over Babylon. The game ended ...

Southold Dems Unveil Slate For Upcoming Race  North Fork, NY Patch

Southold Dems Unveil Slate For Upcoming Race - North Fork, NY - The Southold Town Democratic Committee announced its slate Wednesday. See who's on ...

Andrew B. McCaffery  Suffolk Times

Andrew B. McCaffery of Cutchogue died Aug. 12, 2017, at Kanas Center for Hospice Care. He was 41 years old. Drew was born on Nov. 2, 1975, in Riverhead ...

Ukrainian displaced by divorce enjoys LI prom  Newsday

For Lana Hoshko, being in a room with all of her classmates Friday night for the Mattituck Junior-Senior High School junior prom was bittersweet. In a few weeks, ...

Beloved Teachers Former Students Pay Heartfelt Tribute

Beloved Teacher's Former Students Pay Tribute - North Fork, NY - Thomas Brennan's funeral *service* will be held Sunday and students are mourning his loss.

1 Year After Threat Of Closure, Local American Legion Lives On  North Fork, NY Patch

Local American Legion Lives On Post Closure Threat - North Fork, NY - "Our situation has been reversed and the future of Post 861 looks bright." — Art Tillman.

Boys Soccer: 'The best team that has ever come through Mattituck'  Suffolk Times

The Mattituck boys soccer team won the Class B New York State championship Nov. 16 by defeating Beekmantown, 3-0, in Middletown, N.Y..

5 Long Island Starter Homes On The Market  Mineola, NY Patch

5 Long Island Starter Homes On The Market - Mineola, NY - These homes are perfect for the first-time homebuyer.

Southold High School welcomes new principal Terence Rusch  Suffolk Times

Terence Rusch, currently an assistant principal at Division Avenue High School in the Levittown School District, will begin his new position July 1.

John Anthony DiVello  Suffolk Times

John Anthony DiVello, lovingly referred to as “Johnny,” of Mattituck, passed away Aug. 4, 2016, while enjoying one of his favorite East End pastimes: fishing.

Mattituck High School student gets full scholarship to US Merchant Marine Academy  Suffolk Times

A Mattituck High School NJROTC member has earned a full scholarship to learn to become a Merchant Marine. Cadet Lieutenant Bill Stuckart received.

Photos: Southold-Mattituck-Greenport NJROTC hosts area drill meet  SoutholdLOCAL

The Southold-Mattituck-Greenport NJROTC hosted its sixth annual Area Four regional drill competition yesterday at Mattituck Junior-Senior High School.

Sports Desk: The Mahon Cave will take your breath away  Suffolk Times

The Mahon Cave, Est. 2012, is the recreational refuge for one of Mattituck's biggest baseball families.

Mary E. Zeballos  Suffolk Times

Mary E. Zeballos of Orient Point died April 15 at Stony Brook University Hospital. She was 81. She was born March 5, 1938, to Mary (Gilroy) and.

Mindy Marie Cooper  Suffolk Times

Mindy Marie Cooper, age 43, of Mattituck passed away Jan. 30, 2017, at Peconic Bay Medical Center. Her family and close friends surrounded her at the time of ...

Capt. Mark Phillips and the Illusion, the last of its kind  Northforker

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Kaitlyn Doorhy's death breaks hearts on both sides of L.I. Sound  Suffolk Times

Kaitlyn Doorhy was struck by a car while crossing the street near her sorority house shortly after noon Friday. A junior at Sacred Heart, she was 20 years old.

North Fork Animal Welfare League awarded $500000 in grant funding  Suffolk Times

The North Fork Animal Welfare League has been awarded $500,000 in grant funding from the New York State Companion Animal Capital Fund. The grant ...

Southold Town awarded grant for new courtroom  Suffolk Times

The Southold Town Justice Court has been awarded $19,289 in grant funding through the Justice Court Assistance Program, court director Leanne Reilly ...

Mattituck man lands gig as co-host of Discovery Channel show  Suffolk Times

Russell Holmes is poised to star alongside Richard Rawlings as co-host on “Garage Rehab,” which will air the first of its 10 episodes later this month.

Cutchogue man keeps defending US Open champ out on the course  Suffolk Times

One day before he was set to tee off at the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass last month, reigning U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka aggravated a ...

Peter Charles Digons  Suffolk Times

Peter Charles Digons passed away Oct. 6, 2017 in Charlotte, N.C. He was 50. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Strickland Digons of Charlotte and children ...

Raising backyard chickens on the North Fork  Northforker

As society's desire to know where their food comes from continues to grow, many people across the nation are turning to raising backyard chickens.

Mattituck Fire Chief on George Lessard: 'We have lost a great asset'  SoutholdLOCAL

When George G. Lessard, Sr, 83, passed away at home on September 22, 2014 surrounded by his family and caretaker after a prolonged illness, he left behind ...

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