05/30/14 5:00am
05/30/2014 5:00 AM
(Credit: Paul Squire, file)

Old Steeple Community Church will host its annual chicken barbecue July 12. (Credit: Paul Squire, file)

Hallockville Museum Farm is celebrating spring. Its annual Community Yard Sale will be held Saturday, May 31, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, June 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come shop for bargains galore, treasures, unique items and antiques that have been donated by the community in support of Hallockville.

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05/29/14 5:00am
05/29/2014 5:00 AM
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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02/21/14 6:00am
02/21/2014 6:00 AM
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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01/29/12 12:00pm
01/29/2012 12:00 PM

Arnie Hansen, a familiar name and face in the North Shore Sun, was January’s featured artist at North Shore Public Library in Shoreham. In his first solo work exhibition, 14 compositions were on display, 10 collages and four photos. I couldn’t help but be impressed by the scope of his imaginative output.

The collages, in particular, begged for a closer inspection to be fully appreciated. They were variously described as whimsical, psychedelic, striking, colorful and professional — my sentiments exactly.

Since I’ve known Arnie from his six-year stint as a fellow correspondent for the North Shore Sun and a resident of Leisure Village in Ridge, I called to compliment him on his imaginative creations. I asked him how long he’s been involved in art and was impressed to find that he was a graduate of the Pratt Institute (with a B.A. in advertising), and started as a copywriter, went on to become a vice president, account supervisor, then advertising manager of Panasonic, and finally, as creative director/partner of Hansen, Nigro & Wulforst Inc.

When I asked how it all started, he said, “I got straight A’s in figure drawing in college and always had a passion for the arts. What goes around comes around.” When asked what’s next, he replied, “I’m working my buns off trying to finish my autobiography, titled ‘Around the World in 80 Years’ with the subtitle ‘The true life story of a creative director in his own words and pictures.’ ”

When we ended our conversation he signed off in his usual signature phrase, “Keep smiling.” I remember seeing those words on the bottom of every column and they were even better to hear now. It’s a good philosophy and you always end on a happy note.

01/18/12 3:00am
01/18/2012 3:00 AM

First Parish Church, UCC is continuing to collect food for our local food pantries. They need canned, jarred and boxed goods. Those who would like to help out are asked to drop off their donations at the church on Sundays between 10:30 a.m. and noon. Baskets and/or boxes will be set up inside the foyer located at the east side entrance of the church to collect your goods. Please give what you can during these months and help fill the pantries in our community. Tell a friend and pass the word around. For more information, call Pastor Dianne Rodriguez at 516-673-1231 or email her at blackswan57@aol.com.

As I mentioned last week, the “Rockin’ for the Homeless” fundraiser will take place Saturday, Jan. 28, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Polish Hall in Riverhead. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Sponsored by John’s Place Mattituck the event will feature Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks, Who Are Those Guys, Rattlesnake Dawn and Boot Scoot Boogie. WLNG’s Lisa Dabrowski will emcee. Tickets are $25 per person through Jan. 27, $35 at the door, and can be purchased at Barth’s Pharmacy in both Riverhead and Mattituck, Polish Hall and the Mattituck Presbyterian Church office. For tickets and more information, call 298-4145, ext. 2, or visit rockinforthehomeless.org. This is a great way to be a good neighbor.

Last week there was a beautiful article in the News-Review about the difficulties faced by parents of medically fragile children. The article featured Angela’s House, an organization that provides two smaller houses on Long Island specially designed with 24-hour nursing care to accommodate the children’s complex medical and physical needs. Angela’s House also facilitates provisions for families like ours who have medically fragile kids living at home. Without their support we would not be able to provide for Johanna’s special needs in our home.

If you haven’t read the article from last week, please do so today. Also, please consider making a donation at angelashouse.org, by mail to Angela’s House, P.O. Box 5052, Hauppauge, NY 11788, call Bob Policastro at 631-979-2620 or email BPolicastro@angelashouse.org. Thank you in advance for any assistance you can offer.

My college kids are back to school — two in Ohio and one in Gaming, Austria. MaryAngela is having the adventure of a lifetime studying abroad for the semester. We wish them well and can’t wait to see them in May!

01/17/12 5:15am
01/17/2012 5:15 AM

The things children do that will take you by surprise. Christopher Kenter, a fifth-grader at Pulaski Street School, worked diligently during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays doing odd jobs at his dad’s office and around the house and raised $500 to help the children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Chris’ parents, Connie and Dennis, are very proud of him. What a great way to start off the New Year.

The students in rooms 218 and 219 at Pulaski Street Elementary School once again organized “The Giving Tree” during the month of December. Plenty of hats, gloves, scarves and mittens were donated and hung on the tree with lots of love and compassion. The classes would like to thank the students, parents and staff for their contributions. A special thank-you goes to the Glenwood Lassies, who, once again, generously knitted, crocheted and purchased numerous items for the tree. It’s a great partnership working with the Lassies. Thanks to all those who cared, many families will be warmer this winter.

The Verizon Telecom Pioneers, Aquebogue Life Member Club, has been very busy delivering nonperishable food items to two local food pantries; toiletries and gifts to a women’s substance-recovery home; and cookies, candies and gifts to two local adult homes. This hardworking group of retirees is committed to serving those in need and also works on many other community service projects throughout the year.

The Riverhead Middle School Middle Masques will present its musical production “Grease Jr., Go Greased Lightning” Friday, Jan. 20 and 27, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 21 and 28, at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $8 by calling Pat Skura at 369-6767, or at the door for $10. It is well worth it as the students always do a phenomenal job. Pat Skura and Ed Tholl are quite a team, and with the costumes, props and music you’ll feel as if you’re watching a Broadway show. Order yours today!

Happy birthday to Adam Bugdin (who turns 12), Marissa Kess, Sarah Paulos, Frances Friszolowski, Becky Hubbard and Barry Palmer (who turns 60), Jan. 19; Tim Griffing Jr., George Atkinson, Pearl Trent and Natausha Magee, Jan. 20; Bryan Krajewski, Sean Rachubka and Louise Meyer, Jan. 21; Bill Hubbard, Pat Gadzinski, Michael Young, Andrew Pekar and Sebastian Hulse (who turns 5), Jan. 23; and Amy (Wooten) Guecha and Laurie Downs, Jan. 25. Hope your day is extra special.

Get well wishes to Mary Dabrowski, Georgiana Danowski and Nina Campbell.

The cold weather is here and it’s nice to bundle up but I’m sure the children would like to see some white stuff. For me, however, the cold weather is enough for now.