Shoreham-Wading River column: SWR students take the plunge

01/18/2011 8:00 AM |

Congratulations to Shoreham-Wading River junior class students Amanda Hearney and Kaitlyn Taddeo, who motivated 90 students from SWR High School to dive into the chilly water at Sills Beach in Shoreham on Jan. 1. They did a great job with all the details of the event. When all was said and done, the group raised $5,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. It was a great day for a plunge and an excellent “reason to be freezin’.”

Each year, the SWR High School junior class raises money so the junior class parents have funds to transform the high school gymnasium into something amazing as they decorate for the junior prom. And every year, they ask the community to help them help themselves by donating to their cause. The word is out — they are in desperate need of donations and they need your help. The chinese auction is set to happen on March 12 and they are collecting items now. Contact Brenna Gilroy, junior class adviser, at bgilroy@swr.k12.ny.us or 821-8140, ext. 1023, or Joanne Wickey at joseaw1@hotmail.com or 312-2085 for questions, donation ideas or to pick up donations. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated and you will be helping good people help themselves.

Feel like coming in from the cold and taking a time-out to just let your mind let go? If you visit North Shore Public Library on Saturday, Jan. 22, at 2:30 p.m. you can really allow your mind to wander by taking a trip all the way back to the psychedelic era. Come and listen to the group Just Sixties, Long Island’s No. 1 ’60s band, and relive the fads, culture, news and Americana of that special decade while you listen to favorite hits from the biggest bands of the time: the Beatles, the Beach Boys, the Doors, Simon and Garfunkel, the Rolling Stones, the Monkees, Sonny and Cher and more. Treat yourself to a mini-vacation from the cold weather while you have a great time getting your groove back. It’s guaranteed to make you feel younger and it’s offered free. Call ahead for information and registration: 929-4488, ext. 223.

Happy birthday to my nephew, Jeff Green, who celebrated his 27th on Jan. 1. What a neat New Year’s gift you were to us on that day all those years ago, Jeff. We’re proud of you for your many accomplishments and wish you much more success in the future. May your year be filled with happiness and good fortune.

Getting tired of the cold and snow and feeling sluggish in the winter doldrums? Donate to someone raising money for a good cause, change your routine to look at something differently or take a mental vacation to feel younger.

Have a good week, everyone!

8 Comment

  • Funny, this article makes two diametrically opposing statements. The author postulates “with prices still on the low side” and the interviewed home buyer states ” even a dump costs $300,000″. Low side of what? Prices on the fork are still ludicrous, and are propped up by realtors and their up Island/NYC vacation home seekers. Too bad, it’s a special place..but not at twice the price of other special places around the country.

  • Funny, this article makes two diametrically opposing statements. The author postulates “with prices still on the low side” and the interviewed home buyer states ” even a dump costs $300,000″. Low side of what? Prices on the fork are still ludicrous, and are propped up by realtors and their up Island/NYC vacation home seekers. Too bad, it’s a special place..but not at twice the price of other special places around the country.

  • It’s the 1950′s again!! ” Hey guess what” ? You have to have money to buy a home bring 20-25% down and you better have a great credit score… Gone are the days of zero cash, little cash or 110% financing??? Maybe this country will learn its lesson?
    Just remember not everyone is entitled to own a home…

  • Home prices on Long Island are well out-of-reach for everyone. Realtors are to blame for the “blotted” prices that they set. For example, a house in Riverhead that we looked at for $359,000 was a dump. Needed much repairs. The realtor explained that the owners recently updated the landscaping with fancy bricks and stone. In addition, a privacy fence was added to the back yard. The house sits on a quarter-of-an-acre. Long Island citizens are income poor and land wealthy. The North Fork and the South Fork are only good for the “rich” who use these areas as “rest and relaxation” from their city dwellings. It’s the working North Forkers that suffer merceilessly at the local town and state elected government. Our local government officials are paid astronomical wages. No wonder our towns are going bankrupt and realtor agents and sellers are making out like bandits on the sale of the houses.

  • Not only are houses on Long Island out-of-reach for the locals, also, mobile home park owners are cashing in “big time” on their tenants. Mobile home park owners are raking in profit after profit on the fixed income and families that rent lot space. Our elected town officials rake in the big bucks. Some of our town clerks are elected by the town board. These town clerks possess no college education. Citizens who do run for town clerks and possess college education aren’t recognized. Only our town elected officials can afford the houses since they’re making more money than the natives. Also, realtors are mostly to blame for setting high prices for the sellers to make money and escape to other parts of the US where the sellers bask in luxury and sunshine. Realtors make out like bank robbers after the sale of the home.

  • Young people who are first-time-buyers should do their homework. New York State has the highest mortgage closing and mortgage refinancing costs in the entire nation. Also, remember that once you purchase a North Fork Property you are trapped until you find a buyer who will accept paying these Closing Cost Fees and Southold Property Taxes.

  • I bought my first home in 2009 and signed up for a first-time homebuyers class through the CDC thinking that I might qualify for some grants or something. After weeks of going to these classes, we were told we made too much. The funny thing is if you qualify for any of the programs they offer, you probably couldn’t or shouldn’t be buying a home. It’s very frustrating.

  • Keep in mind that a real estate professional doesn’t set the price of a home. The buying public does. It’s comparable sales that lender’s look at when the property is appraised that validates the selling price . Working with an experienced Realtor will greatly benefit today’s buyer in making a sound decision, at a fair, market based selling price.