Articles by

Elizabeth Taggart

03/24/14 7:00am
Shoreham-Wading River School District Superintendent Steven Cohen, left, and school board president Bill McGrath. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

Shoreham-Wading River School District Superintendent Steven Cohen, left, and school board president Bill McGrath. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

Joanne Durkin, parishioner at St. John the Baptist Church in Wading River, has a grandson, Alec, who recently went on a trip to Haiti with members of Mattituck Presbyterian Church. At the last LIFT (Love Inspired Feminine Talks) meeting, held in St. John the Baptist’s parish hall, those who went on the trip discussed their experiences.

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03/08/14 8:15am

Eric Lopez sang at last spring’s graduation ceremony at Shoreham-Wading River. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

WADING RIVER, SHOREHAM

I wonder if everyone who has been thinking spring has affected the outcome of this latest snowstorm, which was downgraded from one foot of snow to one to two inches. The weather these days has been so unpredictable.  (more…)

02/21/14 6:00am
Wading River resident Jody Mitchell recently published "Angels & Ogres," a book of poems. (Screenshot taken by Jennifer Gustavson)

Wading River resident Jody Mitchell recently published “Angels & Ogres,” a book of poems. (Screenshot taken by Jennifer Gustavson)

It won’t surprise anyone that we’ve exceeded the expected 25 inches of snow this winter. So far we’re up to 55 inches and winter isn’t over yet. I’m sure the ice and snow will diminish if we all just close our eyes and think SPRING.

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02/08/14 11:00am

‘The Simpsons go Hollywood’ collage by Arnie Hansen.

WADING RIVER

The Town of Brookhaven announced its first state of emergency last week as a result of 12 inches of snow and frigid temperatures in the single digits. Such are the perils of winter. Once one arctic blast is finished another is on the way.

Arnie Hansen, a former contributing columnist for the North Shore Sun, has set his sights on a different artistic direction lately: art. He is now featured in an exhibition, “Piecing It All Together: Collages,” with Laura Benjamin, in the board room at St. Joseph’s College, 155 West Roe Blvd., Patchogue. These original works by Arnie and Laura are exclusively on loan from the artists for a limited time. The exhibition will be open to the public Saturdays during February only, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A meet-the-artists reception most likely was held already, so I’m sure Arnie will chime in with some news on how that went. For more information on the exhibition, email bigarnie1@optonline.net, visit arniehansen.com or call 631-744-8233. Arnie, I hope the public sees you for the great creative artist you are.

On the sign outside of C.K. Auto on Wading River Road are the words, “Happy 14th Birthday, Jason Guevara.” I remember being 14 and how special that age is — just two years away from 16. Happy birthday, Jason. We hope it was a pleasant one.

Another familiar sign, at North Shore United Methodist Church on Route 25A in Wading River, asks: “What Are You Doing For Others?” Such a great barometer for a life well-lived. Thanks for the reminder, NSUMC!

Reminder: NSUMC’s thrift shop will re-open Feb. 8. By purchasing quality merchandise for pennies on the dollar you’ll be supporting the church.

The following is the latest definition of faith by NSUMC and something to contemplate: “Take the first step even though you don’t see the whole staircase. Faith is really a mystery, yet to those who have it, it’s an absolute secret of the universe.”

I entertained my brother Nelson, years ago. Our family had gone to Truffles Restaurant and had a really nice dinner. He passed away recently. Nelson, you were a great brother and a wonderful guide and mentor. Thank you for telling my husband that you appreciated him taking such good care of me. Rest in peace, Nelson.

If you have any information or announcements to share with the community, that is why I’m here. Please send it along to my email address and have a good two weeks, until we meet again.

Contact Elizabeth Taggart at Etag5@optonline.net or 929-5933

02/04/12 12:00pm

Congratulations to all Shoreham-Wading River “Big Blue” Giants fans. The Super Bowl this year proved to be one exciting game that had two talented and evenly matched teams locking horns and helmets to prove who was the best in the land. I’m sure the schools will be full of “Big Blue” shirts, hats and jerseys as we commemorate our favorite players.

We still can’t believe that the weather has been so mild. Knock on wood that we won’t be hammered with one snowstorm after another. Just mixtures of sunshine and breezes have been a welcome change of pace.
Good luck to Ray Vosilla of Fire Company No. 3 in Shoreham. Ray is a soon-to-be-retired member of the community who has what we call a “bucket list” of things he’d still like to experience. Retirement is a time when people think about those things, the things they never got to do, never got to taste, never got to experience, see or have. Ray, may we see your name and your work in print real soon. Keep us posted.

‘New York State Regents Reform Agenda and Lifelong Learning: Friends or Foes?” is the topic of the next Shoreham-Wading River School District Community Forum, with the superintendent of schools and Board of Education. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, is another in Wading River Elementary School’s all purpose gym. There is always an open invitation for all SWR community members to attend.

Have fun next week as you remember with flowers, chocolate and prose the person who adds that special spice to your life. What would we do without the people we love to share our lives with? You can have the world at your fingertips, but without sharing it with someone special, what meaning does life hold?

If you have any Shoreham or Wading River announcements or points of interest to share, send it along. I’m just a click of the mouse away.

Be well, start compiling your own bucket list, tell that certain someone that you can’t imagine your life without them and give a shout out to “Big Blue.” And have a good week until we meet here again.

01/29/12 12:00pm

Arnie Hansen, a familiar name and face in the North Shore Sun, was January’s featured artist at North Shore Public Library in Shoreham. In his first solo work exhibition, 14 compositions were on display, 10 collages and four photos. I couldn’t help but be impressed by the scope of his imaginative output.

The collages, in particular, begged for a closer inspection to be fully appreciated. They were variously described as whimsical, psychedelic, striking, colorful and professional — my sentiments exactly.

Since I’ve known Arnie from his six-year stint as a fellow correspondent for the North Shore Sun and a resident of Leisure Village in Ridge, I called to compliment him on his imaginative creations. I asked him how long he’s been involved in art and was impressed to find that he was a graduate of the Pratt Institute (with a B.A. in advertising), and started as a copywriter, went on to become a vice president, account supervisor, then advertising manager of Panasonic, and finally, as creative director/partner of Hansen, Nigro & Wulforst Inc.

When I asked how it all started, he said, “I got straight A’s in figure drawing in college and always had a passion for the arts. What goes around comes around.” When asked what’s next, he replied, “I’m working my buns off trying to finish my autobiography, titled ‘Around the World in 80 Years’ with the subtitle ‘The true life story of a creative director in his own words and pictures.’ ”

When we ended our conversation he signed off in his usual signature phrase, “Keep smiling.” I remember seeing those words on the bottom of every column and they were even better to hear now. It’s a good philosophy and you always end on a happy note.

01/20/12 3:35pm

As you pass by Shoreham Fire Company No. 3 (Rocky Point Fire District), you’ll see a number displayed for the total number of alarms responded to in 2011: 2,043. All of those were professional responses to emergencies that you and I have encountered. That’s a lot of help to a lot of people in need provided by a lot of men and women who make it a point to be there for you. When it comes to being there for them when they need funds to support their all-volunteer organization, can you and I say thank you with monetary aid?

A Wading River Civic meeting will be held Thursday, Jan. 26, at Wading River Congregational Church at 7:30 p.m. The preliminary plan for the Route 25A study in Wading River will be discussed. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served. For further information, call 866-1014.

If that topic interests you but you cannot make the Jan. 26 meeting, you may attend the Wading River public workshop on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 10 a.m. to noon at St. John the Baptist R.C. Church, 1488 North Country Road, Wading River, where Supervisor Sean Walter will talk about Riverhead Town’s comprehensive plan focusing on the Route 25A corridor between the Riverhead/Brookhaven town line and Hulse Landing Road. All Wading River residents, business owners, merchants and community groups are invited to share thoughts and ideas about the plan’s preliminary strategies and zoning recommendations. Call 929-4339.

PLI. It may sound like the last three letters of a new radio station that will reach a targeted age group via the airwaves. There is a targeted audience in mind, but it is just for the parents in the community. Parent Leadership Initiative is “a community-based program designed to prepare parents from diverse backgrounds to take on leadership roles and become advocates in addressing the needs of their children and families.”

Sponsored by the Child Care Council of Suffolk, this Brookhaven Town program aims to make a real difference in the health, happiness and success of the children in our community. There is no cost for this program and free child care and dinner are provided. This information comes from Shoreham-Wading River High School, which has an interest in creating a “caring community for children.” For more information on how to become involved, contact Allison Maccarello at 632-456-1990.

If you have any announcements to share with the community, please email me at the above address.