Articles by

Elizabeth Taggart

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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04/19/14 6:00am

SWRfans

The Deli at Wading River has a large sign in its window. It reads: Good Luck SWR Wildcats Spring Sports. It is now spring, and with the change in the weather to more warmth and sun all our SWR spring teams have been picked and are working out and competing at this point. Best to you, SWR teams, and thank you, Deli at Wading River.  (more…)

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