Articles by

Elizabeth Taggart

09/06/14 6:00am
The graduating class of 2014 at Shoreham-Wading River was the last for longtime teacher Kevin Mann. (Credit: Bill Landon, file)

The graduating class of 2014 at Shoreham-Wading River was the last for longtime teacher Kevin Mann. (Credit: Bill Landon, file)

Kevin Mann, former faculty leader of the Global Awareness Club and prominent member of the Hope Children’s Fund, who recently retired, sent a message to the parents and students of Shoreham-Wading River High School to express his thanks to the community for a “40-year relationship that started in 1974 and ended with the commencement of the Class of 2014. (more…)

08/23/14 5:00am

As the Eagles have sung, “There’s a New Kid in Town.” Kiran Malhotra is now the owner of Shoreham Wines & Spirits on Route 25A. Kiran is a 22-year resident of Shoreham, a graduate of Shoreham-Wading River High School, a military veteran and former staff member of the store.  (more…)

08/08/14 5:00am

Former Riverhead softball players at last year’s alumni game. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk, file)

I had received an announcement for a Riverhead High School alumni softball game that was to be held Aug. 3 but it was canceled due to rain. The game will be held at a later date. Coordinators Bob and Kelly will keep us informed of the details. Thank you, Bob and Kelly.  (more…)

07/26/14 6:00am
Tesla Wardenclyffe Project, Inc. Courtesy Photo Nikola tesla

Credit: Tesla Wardenclyffe Project

Thanks to my brother-in-law, Ron, who takes care of our family’s technology troubles, I have now returned to using my prior email address (above). Ron has performed CPR on our computer and laptops many times, breathing life into blank screens of death and rescuing us from the evil deeds of cyber hackers. Thank you for the prudent use of your superior intellect, Ron.

Speaking of good guys with superior intellect, Nikola Tesla’s laboratory in Shoreham, the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe, will see more progress as funds are raised for the restoration of the property and building. Its most recent progress was a visit in September 2013 by Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic, who dedicated a statue in Tesla’s honor. For now, the grounds of the former Peerless Photo laboratory have been cleaned up, sodded and flowered. Wading River resident and artist Anna Jurinich forwarded me information that her friend Jane Alcorn stands at the helm of Friends of Science East Inc., which is working to complete the project. Jane wants to educate us about the local vision that will progress with all our help. Matt Inman of the comics website theoatmeal.com has raised $1.2 million — thanks Matt, you’re great! — but the project can only be completed if we all help to raise funds (of any amount). For more info and to donate visit teslasciencecenter.org and click on “Benevity” and “Easy Match.”

The lawn of CVS on Route 25A in Wading River was a wonderful spot to witness the fireworks show above the carnival sponsored by Peconic Bay Medical Center July 2-5. Everyone enjoyed the bursts of color and noise in the night sky, put on by Newton Shows. People squealed with delight as they exercised their slogan, “We’re in business for fun.”

Bob and Jen Gebbia, owners of Palmer’s American Grille in Farmingdale, have joined with Palmer’s executive Anthony Rossi and executive chef John Catalanotto to acquire the restaurant at The Vineyards Golf Club, a Riverhead staple. (Jen also works at the Deli at Wading River.) The three men have been in business together for nine years at Palmer’s. Saturday, Aug. 2, will mark the new restaurant’s grand opening at The Vineyards. Bob and Jen say that it will operate separately from the golf club.

Happy Birthday to Teresa Maca, a colleague of mine at Montauk Bus, who celebrated July 2. Teresa always does an amazing job. Teresa, may your life in 2014-15 be filled with love, abundance and luck.

07/11/14 6:00am

I feel like Ziggy lately. The black cloud above my head is clearly labeled “Computer Problems.” Some so-called “computer geniuses” (I use the term loosely) have passed along viruses to me that have killed off two of my main tower computers. Presently, viruses are also attacking the pink laptop donated to me by my daughter. I mentioned that it’s pink, right? My favorite color? I can receive email but I can’t read it. So I must refrain from using Etag5@optonline.net. If you have news to share, send it to etaggart05@gmail.com.  (more…)

06/27/14 6:00am

Congratulations to Shoreham-Wading River High School’s Class of 2014. The security of being under the watchful eyes of your teachers is now over. You will now go on in life to either full-time employment, military training or full-time studies, furthering your education near or far, and will be the master of your own destiny.

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06/13/14 5:00am
This mural at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy is an artist's interpretation of the October 1814 engagement. It was painted in 1933 by Aldis B. Browne II. (Credit: U.S. Coast Guard Collection)

This mural at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy is an artist’s interpretation of the October 1814 engagement. It was painted in 1933 by Aldis B. Browne II. (Credit: U.S. Coast Guard Collection)

News from Sid Bail of the Wading River Historical Society: The society’s next meeting will be held Thursday, June 19, at 7:30 p.m. on North Country Road by the Duck Ponds and will feature guest presenter Richard Wines, a local historian who will talk about his fascinating original research related to the battles that took place on the North Fork during the War of 1812. The title of the presentation is “The First British Attacks: 200 Years Ago at Wading River and Penny’s Landing.” All are welcome to attend. For further information, call 929-4082.

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05/29/14 5:00am
JENNIFER GUSTAVSON PHOTO  |  Retired teacher Jerry McGrath at The Grind Cafe in Wading River, where his works have been on display all month.

Retired teacher Jerry McGrath will display his photos at the Mattituck-Laurel Library next month. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson, file)

Saluting those who paid the highest price for all our freedoms, we wish honors and blessings to all those who Memorial Day remembers. Hope your day was filled with having your loved ones around you, and an overall sense of gratitude and appreciation.

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