04/04/15 7:00am
04/04/2015 7:00 AM

Happy Easter and Passover to all the friends and neighbors who are reading this column. I hope whatever you celebrate you celebrate with love, family and friends. It’s April so I’m hoping that it’s going to start getting a little bit warmer. This winter has been rough. When I woke up to snow Saturday and then it kept snowing all day, I have to admit, it kind of bummed me out. I was so glad to see blue sky and sunshine on Sunday, even if it was only 40 degrees. Let’s all keep our fingers crossed that was the last, at least until next December. (more…)

04/03/15 7:00am
04/03/2015 7:00 AM

Kim Sanders, a former Riverhead resident and 1983 Riverhead High School graduate, was recently named human resources director for Transit Manager of Charlotte (N.C.) CATS bus operations division. She is the first woman to hold this position at TMC. Kim, who has worked since 2007 as a human resources manager at TMC, previously worked for MTA LI Bus Services in Garden City and in human resources for the banking industry. Cressie Blakes, her mother, is so proud of her daughter. Congratulations and good luck in your new job.  (more…)

03/26/15 6:00am
03/26/2015 6:00 AM

I need to apologize to Ava Robinson of Aquebogue. Somehow I missed her announcement for my column in early March. Ava is an avid doll collector — from the 1920s to the present — and competes in doll shows all over Long Island. On Jan. 25, Ava attended the Patchogue Doll Fanciers Club show at the UpSky Hotel in Hauppauge and won 12 ribbons. (more…)

03/21/15 7:00am
03/21/2015 7:00 AM

Hello, friends and neighbors. Welcome to spring. Finally! I’m so excited to be over that February madness. It was just too cold and snowy this year. I don’t think I’d mind it around Christmas because it’s supposed to snow then — at least that’s what all the songs and movies say. Anyway, it’s time to dust off the body and get out and move. Just make sure you wear bright reflective clothing if you’re going to walk or run on our area roads. It’s very hard to see people who are wearing dark-colored clothing.  (more…)

03/20/15 7:00am
03/20/2015 7:00 AM

Kelly Wooten and friends Mary Higgins-Maresco and Tom Higgins traveled to Paris, France, March 4-8 to celebrate Mary’s birthday. The trio toured Notre Dame and enjoyed the beautiful architecture and stained glass windows. At the Louvre, they saw the Mona Lisa and all the other beautiful pieces of art. They viewed the Eiffel Tower at night, which was simply spectacular with the lights flashing. (more…)

03/14/15 6:00am
03/14/2015 6:00 AM

Kevin Mann, retired teacher of Shoreham-Wading River High School, gave me the heads-up that for many years the high school students have traveled to Kenya and worked with and supported the children of Hope Children’s Home. One of those children, Betty Gakii, who came to the home in 2008 at age 15, recently finished her teacher training studies at Chuka University. She then got a teaching job at a local secondary school, got engaged and just became Mrs. Samuel Kathurima. The newlyweds live in Meru, a town not far from the home. Lesson learned: “The actions of high school youth do change lives … forever!” (more…)