My large extended family has deep roots in Greenport and Southold Town. We come from humble beginnings with heavy ties to the church. My maternal grandparents had 13 kids and somehow, someway, my grandmother, fondly known in the community as "Bootsie", found time to make what seemed like every single person in our entire town feel like they were one of her babies.
When her children were of school age, she went to work at Head Start as a cook, extending her reach within the community even deeper. Bootsie’s home was open to everyone. Those who weren’t close enough to feel her physical embrace were added to her list of people she wrote letters to. She made it her business...| read more ››