Laurie Nan Soroka, a lover of animals, antiques, and Jewish studies, died at home in East Quogue on Nov. 27 of complications of a spinal cord injury. She was 61 and had recently moved there after having lived in Sag Harbor for many years. She injured her spine about 12 years ago.
Leonard Joseph Smalling, who for 30 years worked in East Hampton for the phone company that came to be called Verizon, died on Dec. 11 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md., of a brain aneurism. He was 70.
Mr. Smalling, who served in the Navy in the early 1960s, lived in Bridgehampton for about 50 years before moving to Onley, Va., after he retired.
The East End Mental Health Awareness Day, a free conference, will be held on Saturday at Southampton High School. Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr., who recently helped secure $175,000 in the state budget to support the South Fork Behavioral Health Initiative, is slated to speak about what mental health initiatives will mean to the East End.