Articles by

Elizabeth Taggart

02/02/17 3:18pm

Congratulations to the Shoreham-Wading River high school band and orchestra musicians who have attained All State status: J. Desideria, A. Meli, R. Radonavitch and J. Searing. May this achievement bring you success and help to take you far in your post-high school career. Congratulations also to all the music teachers who taught them.

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01/19/17 4:07pm

Dear readers, it’s nice to be back speaking to you and about you again. I hope you enjoyed the holiday season and made some grand promises that you’ll be steadfast to achieve in the new year. Happy 2017, everyone!

The North Country Road Warriors once again kicked off the new year with their 3rd annual New Year’s Resolution Run/Walk. (more…)

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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