Articles by

Elizabeth Taggart

11/17/16 3:39pm

Victoria Erick, a Wading River resident, planned the perfect surprise 60th birthday party for her mom, Loretta, whose special day is Oct. 3. It was tricky getting the smart and savvy Loretta out of the house in time for guests to arrive but Victoria pulled it off long enough for 40 guests to arrive and hide. Totally taken by surprise on Oct. 22 as friends and family stepped out of the shadows, Loretta was left speechless. What a wonderful party, Victoria and family, and what a great time we had.Happy birthday once more, Loretta. May your 60th be just the beginning of many more happy birthdays ahead. Now, what can we do for next year? (more…)

10/20/16 4:29pm

Wading River author/painter Anna Jurinich, whose work has been featured in art galleries across Long Island, has been getting more exposure recently. Anna is part of the Christ in Christmas project. Its purpose is to bring an old-fashioned flavor to a holiday that has been overly secularized. The project features “The Christmas Oddbox,” a book Anna created that she feels has been “divinely inspired.” She will be doing book readings in various locations and I will be teaming up with her in what will be my public debut. To enhance the listener’s experience, I will be singing spiritual songs. Stay tuned for dates, times and locations as the event approaches.

Tom Rotanz, Wading River resident and former SWR high school boys lacrosse coach, has been hired by St. Joseph’s College to build a men’s lacrosse program. He loves coaching lacrosse and said the administration at St. Joe’s has been very supportive of his needs. He’s also been asked to take part in selecting the team uniforms. Congratulations on your new position, Tom. We wish you the best of luck this year and always. Please keep us updated on the Golden Eagles’ lacrosse schedule, stats, etc. The team will take to the field in spring 2017.

Kevin Mann invites friends and family to the Rocky Point Farmers Market on Sundays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Old Depot in Rocky Point, on the corner of Prince Road and Broadway. Hope Children’s Fund will have a booth set up selling Kenyan crafts. I own some pieces and they mean so much to me. They remind me that we are all responsible for our neighbors, even those a half a world away. A little monetary help goes a long way in Africa. There will also be a band playing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Happy birthday on Oct. 18 to First Student colleague Stacy Nelson, my good friend Kathi Gentile, and good friend Colleen Glancy. Happy birthday in heaven to a little angel, Danny, who was born Oct. 23; my sister, Linda, and my colleague Valerie Whitworth, Oct. 29; and my nephew Brian Green, a newlywed, Oct. 30.

October is my favorite month because I love the cool temperatures and the pretty foliage. It makes me feel alive.

Be well, be grateful for all you have and we’ll meet back here in this space soon.

10/06/16 3:30pm

Colleen Hain and Liz Giller, First Student co-workers and Shoreham neighbors, met up and stood on line together with other ticket holders waiting to enter the Megabucks picnic held Sept. 19 at Shoreham Fire Company No. 3. This year, all 1,000 tickets were sold. Both said they had a great time. Liz said she saw lots of people she knew and said the band — The (more…)

09/09/16 4:53pm

Wading River resident Brian Heinz, a well-published author, is hosting a book signing at his home Saturday, Sept. 24, from 2 to 5 p.m. at 1 Sylvan Drive in Wading River. He’s releasing three new titles: “The Great North Woods,” a lavishly illustrated picture book; “Adirondack Lullaby,” an illustrated nature board book; and “Construction & Revision,” a teacher’s handbook for language arts. Michael Rothman, renowned wildlife artist and illustrator for “The Great North Woods” will also be signing. RSVP via email at [email protected] and indicate which titles you’d like to reserve. For more information, visit brianheinz.com.

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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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