I hope you’re enjoying the cool mornings and sunshine of summer 2015.
North Shore United Methodist Church on Route 25A in Wading River has some news to share. The church has welcomed a new pastor to guide their congregation, the Rev. Hal Low. Welcome! Also, the church’s thrift shop has a new and improved sign that now displays its hours of operation. According to NSUMC’s recently updated website (northshoreumc.org): “The old sandwich board has served its purpose and has now been retired with honor.”
Linda Winter, of Bagel Lady Cafe, hosts an annual “Get Your Pink On Gala” to support the Long Island 2 Day Walk to Fight Breast Cancer. Her most recent event at Shoreham Country Club was not only tremendous fun, it raised $17,800. You can still help Linda reach her goal for 2015 ($18,000) by making a contribution to the large jar by the cash register at Sassy Salads & Bagels in the Shoreham Plaza on Route 25A or by handing her a check. Good luck in reaching your goal and God bless you, Linda. (more…)
Shoreham resident Marcia Slatkin invites all to a poetry/prose reading, which she will share with Celine Keating, a novelist who’s about to publish her second book. The event will be held Sunday, May 31, at 5 p.m. at the Tivoli Artists Gallery, 60 Broadway, in New York City. Marcia will read from her two books, “A Woman Milking,” Barnyard poems; and “Not Yet: A Care-Giving Collage.” (more…)
Bringing in the potted flowers at dusk had always been the routine for the community, but now that it’s May the plantings can stay out all night.
The plantings at the 9/11 memorial at Shoreham Fire Company No. 3 are beautiful. The yellows and purples next to the walkway really catch your eye. If you haven’t visited you may drop by at any time. Questions about donations? Call 744-7155 or write to RPFD Memorial Fund Inc., P.O. Box 702, Shoreham, NY 11786. (more…)
Times Review Media Group, publishers of the Riverhead News-Review, came out on top in the New York Press Association’s 2014 Better Newspaper Contest. Winning 22 awards, the News-Review’s editor, Grant Parpan, is happy to see the hard work of his staff recognized. I’d like to say as one of the contributing writers that it is a pleasure working with such great people in such a fine newspaper and I am happy to be part of the effort. (more…)
It seems like it was just yesterday my 10-year-old son’s class from Wading River Elementary School went on a field trip with their teacher, Jacqueline Savelli, to visit Kent Animal Shelter in Calverton. Ms. Savelli was passionate about dogs and teaching children that “no kill” shelters need our help to save these beautiful creatures that are an absolute gift to us. When our son came home that day he had told us about a roan-colored pit bull that walked across the backs of all the other dogs to get to him. (more…)
When North Shore United Methodist Church parishioner Laura Pearsall saw Riverhead Faculty and Community Theatre’s production of “Godspell” three years ago, she had a breakthrough idea. Why not fundraise for the Good Samaritan House building by bringing this production to NSUMC? This past weekend saw the result of that idea as two performances of the musical were held at the church that Glenn Abramowitz described as “awesome” and “awesomer.” Laura dedicated the part she played in the production to the Rev. Susumu Ando. (more…)
Hibernation, what a great idea. There’s nothing like missing all the difficulties that winter poses, like freezing rain, blizzards, icy roads, and now the threat of over 30 inches of snow. The bears have the right idea! I wish I could join them because the thought of sleeping through all this mess is mighty appealing. It’s late January and we have about five more weeks until we start seeing a positive change in the weather, so keep your chin up as you bundle up!
Wading River resident Eric Lopez, 20, appeared recently on “American Idol.” He sang a song from Queen and got an OK from Harry Connick Jr. and an “I don’t think you fit” from Jennifer Lopez. When Adam Lambert declined to give him the go-ahead to move on to the Hollywood round, Eric turned on the “gift of persuasion.” His Facebook page shows him giving Adam a very large Cheshire Cat-like “Pleeeeeeeeeze” to win him over. Eric also pleaded by saying “I can do opera, I can do pop, I can do it all.” Well it worked; he has moved on to the next round! I’ve asked Eric to keep us posted. Good luck, Eric.
Mike Wiwczar of Wading River lost a good friend when he heard of the tragic news that his co-worker George, a barber in Rocky Point, had passed away. Mike enjoyed the 31 years he worked next to his kind friend. “George was really good to know and almost never had a bad word to say about anybody,” Mike said. Mike’s son, Don, sent some insightful words to his dad, reminiscing about family camping trips in Maine that George made possible by offering them a place to stay. Thanks for your memorable words, Don, and thank you, Mike, for sharing your feelings and memories of George. I speak from experience when I say that you could not have grown up in Rocky Point without crossing paths with this very nice man.
Try to keep warm and safe and we’ll meet back here in two weeks.
Contact Wading River columnist Elizabeth Taggart at Etag5@optonline.net or 929-5933.