01/16/15 7:00am
01/16/2015 7:00 AM

I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays. My family had a great time this Christmas; the little ones entertained us quite nicely. Children have an uncanny ability of making everything more cheerful. I guess seeing things through their eyes brings us back to when we were that age. It’s awesome!  (more…)

01/15/15 7:00am
01/15/2015 7:00 AM

Happy New Year! I hope your holidays were filled with much love and the magic of the season and you spent quality time with family and friends. I also hope you’re ready to face 2015 with courage and determination! I know that I am. I have a lot of goals for this year, not the least of which is to get my house cleaned out and organized.

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12/28/14 6:00am
12/28/2014 6:00 AM

North Shore United Methodist Church uses the funds generated at its thrift store for worthy causes. Some have dropped off items for resale and some have shopped the contents of the shop. Whatever your contribution was, the church thanks you for your support and would like you to know that the thrift store is now closed and will open again in February.  (more…)

12/27/14 6:00am
12/27/2014 6:00 AM

So, friends and neighbors, this is it — the last column of 2014. What a year it’s been. I’ve seen my baby girl graduate from high school and then go off to college in Oneonta. I’ve seen families in the community suffer loss and devastation. I’ve seen joy and happiness at weddings and celebrations of life with the birth of babies. I’ve seen people who once had it all get knocked down and then rise again. (more…)

12/26/14 6:00am
12/26/2014 6:00 AM

Joyce Rienzo, librarian at Riverhead Free Library, was thrilled with the presentation on sidesaddles given Nov. 25 by Aquebogue resident Cathy Springer for the library’s “Horsing Around” program. Ms. Springer is a rider with Smithtown Hunt and has ridden in four presidential inaugural parades. Her husband, Harry, even got to ride in one of them. (more…)

12/24/14 6:00am
12/24/2014 6:00 AM

I would like to wish everyone a beautiful Christmas. May it be full of love, laughter and joy. I love that Christmas feeling — the way total strangers smile at each other and extend their greetings. Even though it’s a crazy and frantic time, Christmas makes my heart feel good. I love seeing the little ones trying so hard to be good, knowing that not only is Santa watching but so is that little red elf on the shelf.  (more…)

12/18/14 6:00am
12/18/2014 6:00 AM

Kelly Wooten and her friend Frank Ruskowski recently enjoyed an exciting and memorable trip to China. They toured the Leshan giant Buddha, carved into a cliff, and saw the terracotta warriors, over 8,000 life-size statues of soldiers and horses guarding an ancient tomb. They were able to hold a baby panda in Chen Gdu and did the plank walk on Mount Huashan, looking down 6,000 feet from a couple boards on a mountain. (more…)