08/28/14 5:00am

Labor Day is this weekend, college is back in session and classes at local schools begin next week. The summer went by extremely fast. It probably seemed a lot faster  to me, since my baby girl left for her freshman year at SUNY/Oneonta last weekend. I’m so proud of her. I brag about her all the time, but my heart aches not having her here. I know it’s selfish and I know she’s where she’s supposed to be — yes, Dave McKillop, I know and totally agree — but I miss her terribly and can’t wait for her first visit home. I wish everyone a great academic year.  (more…)

08/01/14 6:00am
A sign on Route 24 warns drivers of the dangers of texting and driving following the death of Barbara Tocci on the road earlier this year. (Credit: Carrie Miller, file)

A sign on Route 24 warns drivers of the dangers of texting and driving following the death of Barbara Tocci on the road earlier this year. (Credit: Carrie Miller, file)

Hi, friends and neighbors. I hope everyone enjoyed the last weekend of July. It’s crazy how fast this month flew. I’m especially sad because this means my baby girl is leaving in less than a month to embark on her college career. I’m going to miss her so much. Don’t get me wrong, I’m over the moon with pride at her accomplishments and her drive for success but I’m still going to have some serious empty nest syndrome going on. (more…)

07/04/14 6:00am
Grangebel Park.

Grangebel Park.

What a whirlwind weekend we had. My daughter graduated from Riverhead High School on Saturday and we held a party for her that evening. Thanks to everyone who helped out, especially my brothers, Frank, Danny and Mike, and my sister-in-law Kim. Thanks also to those who brought a dish and everyone who attended, and thanks to God for the perfect weather. Congratulations to the Class of 2014. Best wishes for a prosperous future!  (more…)

06/19/14 5:00am
The David Crohan Community Center. (Credit: Carrie Miller, file)

The David Crohan Community Center. (Credit: Carrie Miller, file)

Summer is just around the corner, friends and neighbors. School is over and graduations are being planned. My baby girl, Kaitlyn, will be one of many graduating June 28. As I look back at photos of her starting kindergarten I can’t help but get teary. It’s not only a milestone for her, but for me as well. In August she will head to SUNY/Oneonta. I’m so happy for her and wish her and her classmates much success in their future.  (more…)

06/07/14 6:00am
FILE PHOTO

FILE PHOTO

The 2013-14 school year is quickly coming to an end.My last child will soon be among those graduating from Riverhead High School. I’m not sure how I feel about this. Part of me is crazy excited and happy for her and part of me is sick to my stomach. This is my baby girl.

Tanya Doherty

Well, time marches on whether I want it to or not. I should just accept it and be happy. I still have her here until August and plan to spend as much time with her as possible because I’m going to miss her so much. I’m tearing up writing this! (more…)

05/24/14 6:00am
The Big Duck in Flanders. (file photo)

The Big Duck in Flanders. (file photo)

What a gorgeous weekend we had, friends and neighbors. I hope you all had fun doing whatever it was that made you happy. Hopefully you spent the time outdoors. We mowed the lawn and washed the car and went for a ride to Greenport. It was a nice weekend. I can’t believe Memorial Day is this weekend. Where did the time go? I was rushing winter but now that it’s finally spring-like I’d like for time to slow down now.  (more…)