Articles by

Elizabeth Taggart

08/14/16 4:42am

Hope Children’s Fund, supported by former Shoreham-Wading River High School Global Awareness teacher and ongoing HCF advocate Kevin Mann, will have a booth at the Rocky Point Farmers Market Melon Festival. The event will be held Sunday, Aug. 21, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Old Depot Park, on the corner of Broadway and Prince Road. Available for purchase will be Kenyan crafts (carvings, jewelry, metal work) from the Meru Women’s Cooperative and Johnstone Kirimi, along with a piece called “Noah’s Ark,” which Kevin says “is truly a work of art.” For more information, call 631-470-6351.

I recently spoke with Shoreham resident and North Country Road Warriors member Sheila Isaacs. She was standing outside of Bagels and Sassy Salads after a bicycle workout wearing her National Champion triathlon shirt. Sheila, 76, has competed in every state in the U.S. and is now looking forward to competing in all 10 provinces of Canada. She began training for triathlons when she turned 50 and is a true inspiration. Sheila has many first-place medals and has placed in her category consistently. Good luck to you, Sheila, and keep us posted on your upcoming endeavors. If you’re inspired by Sheila and want to drop her a line, email her at [email protected]

Belated happy birthday to the following: Peggy Giuffre and my uncle Elbert, who both celebrated Aug. 1; my First Student colleague, Ariana Prifte, Aug. 2; Michael Deyak, Aug. 3; Katherine Barreiro, Aug. 4. She celebrates with “pizza, lemonade and cake” all month long; and my Grandma Madeline, Aug. 9. And happy birthday to Jacob O’Daniels, who celebrates Aug. 11. I hope all of you had/has a great day!

How sad it was to hear that First Student bus driver and Wading River resident Mary Mason Hoerner passed away Aug. 5. Mary was an intelligent, sweet and humorous lady who was raising her two children alone since the passing of her husband two years ago. Our hearts go out to Nick, 18, and Beth, 16. We are sorry for your loss and know that it will be lonely without Mom. We wish God’s blessings upon your family and for those neighbors who will try to lend support and strength during this difficult time. For donations, visit gofundme.com and input Mary Mason Hoerner.

Summer work at First Student is ending, so I bid the 100-plus summer drivers and driving assistants adieu and ask that you enjoy the next three weeks off. Sleep in, stay up late, clean your closets, go on vacation. The 2016-17 school year will come faster than you know.

Have a wonderful two weeks. Enjoy the beach weather for which August is famous; summer’s last hurrah before Labor Day. Be well, be grateful and we’ll meet back here next time.

Liz Taggart_BwContact Elizabeth Taggart at [email protected] or 631-929-5933.

07/15/16 10:56am

Phil’s Restaurant, Shoreham Wading River High School, Wading River Fire Department and Shoreham Fire Company No. 3 all reflect the sentiments of the community: “Congratulations to the Class of 2016.” Many SWR high school students have been connected to local departments and businesses. It’s a known fact that graduating high school is accompanied by the feeling of having a tremendous weight lifted from your shoulders. May you all enjoy that feeling for as long as you can and may you all find success on whichever path you choose.

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07/02/16 5:00am

We’ve officially come to the end of the school year. First Student in Shoreham sent out more than 200 thank-you postcards to its drivers and monitors for another “season of safety for all.” Congratulations to the entire staff on an outstanding job. Diane Zack, a First Student driver, is retiring and moving to Port Saint Lucie, Fla. It was a pleasure working with you, Diane. We know with your happy demeanor and friendly personality you’ll be a big hit.

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06/03/16 5:00am

Laura LaSita of Wading River attended the ladies LIFT ice cream social/lecture recently at St. John the Baptist Church in Wading River and was quite taken with the guest speaker, Nancy Jantzen. Laura said, “She is an amazing woman, so inspirational, speaking of what God does in her life as she travels abroad.” Nancy shared stories of her trips to Africa, Medjugorje, Yugoslavia and Lourdes, where apparitions of the Blessed Mother have been appearing.

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05/20/16 5:00am

A stylishly smooth gentleman caught my eye recently, rolling by my line of vision at Shoreham Plaza. I caught up with Robbie Musiello, a SWR high school graduate (Class of 2013), who was skateboarding. I had commented that I regretted not learning to skateboard because I thought it was “a really cool way to roll.” Robbie agreed, saying it was his mode of transportation of choice. He’s good at it, too! He was traveling fast and even threw in a trick or two. It was nice meeting you, Robbie. Let us know all the places your skateboarding adventures take you. Safe journeys to you!

The staff at Wading River Deli wishes good luck to all the students playing spring sports! (more…)

04/23/16 5:00am

The First Grader

Wading River Historical Society will host a presentation, Thursday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. about a diary written in 1854 by Wading River teenager Kate Dayton. When she was just 15, Kate wrote about what life was like at the time. Stephanie and Sid Bail will discuss the insights her diary provides about the hamlet as it was nearly two centuries ago. A slideshow based on the diary will also be presented. For more information, call 631-929-4082.

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