My husband, Joe, and I had just finished eating breakfast at Lolly’s Hut Saturday morning when who did we see walk in but former Riverhead resident Pete Bilski, who now resides in Elgin, S.C., with his wife, Pat. Pete came up to attend Eagle Hose Company 4’s 100th anniversary celebration, which was held at Polish Hall Jan. 31. Pete was a 36-year member of the company; many of his relatives were also members. We had a great time chatting with him. (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.
Got cabin fever? Then head on over to see Riverhead Faculty and Community Theater’s encore presentation of “Godspell” Saturday, Feb. 7, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 8, at 2:30 p.m. at North Shore United Methodist Church in Wading River. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors ages 65 and over. All proceeds will go toward a soup kitchen and thrift shop that’s in the works at the church. Call Laura at 631-513-2843 for tickets and more information. Do go to the performance if you can — it’s awesome! (more…)
While I write this, we are waiting for a major blizzard. It’s a very exciting time. I have been waiting for a big snowstorm since Thanksgiving and I’m very glad it’s finally here. (more…)
Happy New Year, friends and neighbors. Here we are in the beginning of 2015. When I left you last year I was just returning from picking up my daughter at college and now I’m preparing to bring her back again. Is it just me or is each year going by quicker and quicker? One minute my kids are babies and the next? One son turned 22 on Jan. 18, my other son will be 20 next month and my daughter is in her second semester of college. Where did the time go? (more…)
Happy New Year! Hope this year is a great one for all of us.
Karen Glover, Gwen Mack, Harriet McDonald and Ann Cummings of New Vision Pioneers, Aquebogue Life Member Club delivered nonperishable food along with supermarket gift cards to St. Isidore’s food pantry in Riverhead. Ditty bags were also distributed to the clients at Peconic Retreat in Cutchogue. ALMC members dedicate themselves to several projects that benefit our community. (more…)
Well hello, dear readers. It’s nice to be back. I truly missed you and being able to attempt to be entertaining and informative in this space. I trust that your holidays were relaxing and joyous spending time with your family and friends during this festive season. (more…)
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…)