03/08/14 8:15am
03/08/2014 8:15 AM

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…)

03/07/14 7:00am
03/07/2014 7:00 AM

George Moravek directing the first rehearsal of the Jamesport Meeting House Chorus last Tuesday night. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

AQUEBOGUE, JAMESPORT, & NORTHVILLE

I’m sure the Cassatt String Quartet at the Jamesport Meeting House was very well attended. I hope you had a chance to go and enjoy the first musical event of the 2014 season.  (more…)

02/27/14 3:00pm
02/27/2014 3:00 PM

Flanders Little League

Welcome to March, friends and neighbors. After today there will only be 20 more days until spring starts and we turn the clocks ahead. I cannot wait for warmer temperatures and longer days. This was the worst winter ever, and not just because of the cold weather and snow. Our community saw a lot of loss and tragedy, the most devastating being the accident that claimed Barbara Tocci’s life Jan. 16. Since I’m talking about this subject, allow me to quickly remind you to drive slowly on Flanders Road. The potholes on this road are worse than ever and we don’t need another tragedy.   (more…)

02/14/14 1:23pm
02/14/2014 1:23 PM

Cake

RIVERHEAD

Congratulations to Karen and Michael Skop on the birth of their daughter, Adelaide Rose, born Jan. 25 weighing nine pounds and measuring 22 inches. Her big sister, Evelyn, is so happy to have a sister to play with. Grandparents Nancy and Howie Gassert and Susan and Victor Skop are so thrilled with the new addition to their family. The students at Aquebogue Elementary, where Karen is a kindergarten teacher, are also very happy to hear the great news. (more…)

02/13/14 1:00pm
02/13/2014 1:00 PM
COURTESY PHOTO | Family said Barbara Tocci helped others without asking for anything in return.

Family said Barbara Tocci helped others without asking for anything in return. (Courtesy photo)

FLANDERS, RIVERSIDE & NORTHAMPTON

Hello, everyone. Before I go any further I’d like to apologize to a few people I neglected to mention in my last column. They were also the most important people in Barbara Tocci’s life and I forgot to include them, probably because my brain still can’t grasp what has happened. (more…)

02/08/14 11:00am
02/08/2014 11:00 AM

‘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