11/14/11 1:00am
11/14/2011 1:00 AM

The holidays will be here before you know it. I can almost smell the stuffed turkey in the oven and the creamed potatoes and gravy on the stove. The leaves have turned their most brilliant color, on display for us to admire, and families are looking forward to spending time together.

Since the offices of Times/Review are closed on Thursday, Nov. 24, the paper will have an early deadline. If anyone has SWR news to share for the next issue, please email me by tonight, Thursday, Nov. 17.

Happy birthday to my nephew Frank, who celebrates on Nov. 17; to my son, James, who will turn 27 on Nov. 18; and to Ron Pepino, who will celebrate on Nov. 22. Ron spent much of his early life in Wading River and now has a Ph.D. in atomic physics.

Wading River resident Larry Pepino has something more to be proud of besides his youngest son, Ron. His oldest son, Chris, is an award-winning filmmaker and has a new prize-winning documentary that will be shown to audiences in New York at noon on Nov. 19 and 20 at the Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival in East Hampton. “Inside the Perfect Circle: The Odyssey of Joel Thome” is described as a unique documentary that charts the journey of a brilliant composer after he suffered a debilitating stroke. Through music therapy, the conductor/composer is able to reclaim his mental and physical capabilities. Among the movie’s recent awards are: Audience Award and most inspirational documentary from the 2011 DocMiami International Film Festival and best short documentary film from the New Jersey Film Festival.

The star of the film, Joel Thome, performer Martha Mook of the Scorchio Quartet and producer/director Chris Pepino will be present for a question-and-answer session after the East Hampton showings. For more information on Joel Thome, go to insidetheperfectcircle.com.

Enjoy the beauty of the trees before the leaves drop, and be well until we meet here again next week.

Etag5@optonline.net

11/07/11 5:18am
11/07/2011 5:18 AM

Friday is Veterans Day, so we’d like to thank all of those who are serving and have served the United States in one of the highest callings that exists: protecting your country. Whatever branch of service it was, whatever uniform you wore, we thank you for your dedication and sacrifice.

The people in the Shoreham Civic Organization are dedicated and community-minded individuals. Michelle Belsky notified us that the next meeting of the SCO will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, at Leisure Glen on Randall Road. Master planner Dr. Lee Koppelman will speak about the Route 25A Corridor Study and the future growth of the area. All meeting information is available online at shorehamcivic.com.

Shoreham-Wading River Superintendent Dr. Steven Cohen and the Board of Education will discuss “How Schools Work” at the next Community Forum planned for 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, in the high school library. They want all SWR residents to know that your participation is welcome and encouraged.

What a pleasure it was to watch the Shoreham-Wading River girls volleyball teams play this year. They had a great season and went farther than teams have gone in the past six years. Although it’s true that Hampton Bays knocked the varsity girls out of the playoffs, it could very easily have been these special young ladies representing SWR for the league title. Congratulations to Maddie, Chelsea, Emma, Jess, Christine, Loren, AnneMarie, Holly, Tori, Alyssa, Bobby, Leighann and Kelly. It was great to watch you. Good luck to the seniors moving on to college. What a fine job the coaching staff did, too — varsity Coach Winkler and Assistant Coach Metcalf.

The SWR High School Theatre Club put on a great production of “Beauty and the Beast” last weekend. The audience gave a standing ovation for the cast that included Haylie Kinsler, Eric Lopez, Bryan Antonoff, James Meier, Stefan Ringer-Benigno, Sean Mannix, Molly Benincasa, Laura Logan, Eric Steiger, Kyle Brown, Cathy Testa, Rachel Lohrius, Kristen Suarez, Michaela Aliperti, Kerri Beacon, Taylor Burgess and Michelle Wern, as well as the chorus and orchestra. Everything from the music to the costumes and acting was done exceptionally well and the actors were obviously enjoying themselves as they worked their craft. Congratulations to all for their fabulous contribution to “Beauty and the Beast.”

Mother Nature has been dishing out some absolutely spectacular days for us lately. Enjoy them and the fine community in which we live, get involved and be well until we meet here again next week.

11/02/11 4:00am
11/02/2011 4:00 AM

I hope all our Shoreham-Wading River trick-or-treaters had a good time dressing up and getting Halloween candy. By far, the best costume this year went to Mother Nature for her very convincing look and impression of winter. With heavy rain, wind and snow all around, we were rightfully frightened down to our bones that autumn was gone and winter would be ours from here on in.

A dedication ceremony for Shoreham-Wading River High School’s new addition — the wood-carved wildcat sculpture — was held Oct. 22. The carving, which stands in the front courtyard, was created by former SWR graduate Robert Caskie. As part of a project to make a mark on their school, SWR 2011 graduates Katie Newell, Will Miller and Mackenzie Pendergast cleaned and landscaped the courtyard. Don Walther of DCW Landscaping, also an SWR alumnus, donated the wood chips used to mulch. On the advice of senior class adviser Lucille McKee, the Class of 2011 provided the sculpture’s plaque. The wildcat symbolizes pride, dedication and strength and will forever stand as the mascot for all present and future SWR students.

The Shoreham-Wading River girls varsity volleyball team played Bayport-Blue Point Friday and won against one of the best teams in the league, beating the Phantoms at SWR in three of four games. This was exciting competition and the fans were going wild for the Lady Wildcats, who dominated and proved they are a force to be reckoned with. As the team make its way to the playoffs, “May the force be with you.”

Happy birthday to my sister, Linda Green, who celebrated on Oct. 29, and to Brian Green, her son, who celebrated on Oct. 30. Brian, what a great gift you were to your mom all those years ago and now you are a tall, handsome and intelligent man making your way in the world. Nov. 1 was the birthday of former Wading River resident and retired Merchant Marine admiral Don Wiwczar. Talk about a life’s accomplishment, Don! Best to you, my friend.

A fascinating building exists on Route 25A in Shoreham, next to Tesla Street: the last and only existing laboratory of physicist Nikola Tesla. “Conference 2011: Exploring Tesla’s Technologies” will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, at Hilton Garden Inn in Riverhead. The location has been changed from Brookhaven National Laboratory. To get tickets or more information, visit www.TeslaScienceCenter.org. The organization running this event has a mission to develop Nikola Tesla’s laboratory into a science and technology center and museum, so you may help them by donating online or by mail: Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe, P.O. Box 552, Shoreham, NY 11786.

Be well until we meet here again next week.

10/25/11 5:00am
10/25/2011 5:00 AM

You wouldn’t have known that it was still hurricane season from the nice weekend we all had in Shoreham-Wading River country. I guess we’ll have to be on the lookout until Nov. 30 for the official end of the weather advisories, but before then we can enjoy the sights, feel and sounds of this lovely time of year.

A beautiful fall tradition, homecoming, took place Saturday at SWR High School. The sounds of the football game and the crowd cheering rose from the field and stands as the Wildcats soundly defeated Mercy High School. Congratulations to former SWR football quarterback Matt Millheiser, who is now the head coach of the Wildcat team, and to assistant coach Kevin O’Hanley. The boys are doing a fabulous job in this victorious season. This could be the year that Wildcat Football goes “All … the … way.”

If you stopped in recently at North Shore Public Library for your information and reading needs, you should have seen the very interesting display of pictures by artist Debra Giordano. Her captivating, intriguing work is on view through October. What is unusual is that Debra’s husband, Robert, is an artist, too, and his work of abstract and colorful paintings are on display in the library’s glass case. Robert is an award-winning artist who has exhibited with Debra at the Phoenix Gallery in Bellport. Wherever this interesting duo goes after the library display, we wish them both good luck and good fortune.

Millie Thomas of Landmark Realty in Wading River has decided to do something about an unacceptable situation: all those who are having a difficult time with the high price of oil and gas in an economy that is seeing more and more jobs lost each day. To help those in need and those now having to make a choice between food and fuel, donations of nonperishable food is being collected through Dec. 31 at Landmark Realty, 6347 Route 25A in Wading River between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. For more information, contact Millie at 929-3600 or email mthomas@landmarkrealtyli.com.

Want to pick up some things at a church sale that will be good for your purse and raise money for the church? Come to North Shore United Methodist Church in Wading River between 3 and 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, or Sunday, Oct. 30, between 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. You’ll find some fantastic bargains. Call 929-6075.

Enjoy these cool and sunny days, save some money, donate your time, treasures or some nonperishables and be well until we meet here again next week.

10/20/11 3:00am
10/20/2011 3:00 AM

Diane Marie wrote this week with the results of the pumpkin- and vegetable-carving/decorating contest at the Riverhead Country Fair. “The weather was nice and there was a good turnout of contestants,” she said. “It never ceases to amaze me how creative people can get with pumpkins and vegetables.”

Katie Dunn of Wading River took Best of Show for vegetables. Other local winners (all from Wading River) for decorated pumpkins are (by age category): Aidan Tobin, third place, ages 5-6; Ciara Tobin, second place, ages 9-10; Renee Dunn, second place, 14-18; and Lisa Fritz, third place in the adult category. Congratulations to all our carvers and decorators who are both clever and creative.

Speaking of fun fall places, happy birthday to Kathi Gentile of Wading River, known as “Mama Fink” of Fink’s Farm. I don’t know anyone who is as hard-working and good as you, Kathi. Hope Oct. 18 is really special this year.

What do ‘Rocky,’ “The Lord of the Rings” and “Star Wars” all have in common? The answer is: They all have strong characters that deserve sequels. In keeping with that idea, the Shoreham-Wading River girls volleyball team, which raised $1,000 at a car wash last week at Advance Auto Parts in Rocky Point, then raised over $3,000 for breast cancer services at their Oct. 13 Dig Pink volleyball game at Shoreham-Wading River High School. Pink ribbons, balloons and streamers lined the gymnasium walls to welcome the crowd, along with signs reading, “Support the Fighters, Admire the Survivors and Honor the Taken” as the SWR Lady Wildcats faced Babylon.

Partway through the third game, SWR Coach Winkler announced that Emma Houlihan had just scored her 600th “kill” point in her SWR volleyball career, a record that will undoubtedly go down in SWR history. SWR defeated Babylon in three games, 25-12, 25-13, 25-15. All of the money raised goes to the “Side Out Foundation,” a volleyball organization that raises money for breast cancer awareness.

‘Coach Winkler and Metcalf, along with the varsity and JV volleyball teams, did an amazing job getting donations, selling baked goods and having raffles all to raise money,” said team member Michelle Mallardi. Michelle wants to thank the community and everyone who contributed with helping to raise money. The community applauds the effort of the teams and wishes them the best as they continue down the path of this exciting and most successful volleyball season. “May the force continue to be with you.”

Enjoy the fall festivities and the feeling of helping someone in need. Be well until we meet here again next week.

10/12/11 5:00am
10/12/2011 5:00 AM

I must say the October weather has been so beautiful. It is cool in the morning for all of us who enjoy the crisp autumn, but then it heats up so all those who love the sun’s warmth are included in the pleasure. October has something for everyone, so enjoy this beautiful time of the year.

John Machalski shared that he and his wife, Jean, have been married for 51 years and celebrated their wedding anniversary on Oct. 9. John said, “I am the luckiest man alive to have a wife like Jean. She is an angel and I love her.” Not only is Jean recognized for her goodness and rarity, but John also recognizes that he has been blessed.

Happy anniversary, John and Jean! You are obviously lucky to have such a warm and wonderful relationship and we wish you many more wonderful anniversaries in the years to come.

Millie and Tom Thomas of Landmark Realty in Wading River are happy to announce their daughter Jaclyn’s engagement to Victor Munoz. Jaclyn is an associate attorney with Platzer and Sergold in Manhattan and Victor is a senior vice president with Citi Group in Manhattan. They’re planning a June 2 wedding in 2012 at the East Wind in Wading River. Congratulations, Jaclyn and Victor.

Not only is love in the air, but the beautiful weather was also the perfect atmosphere for our community’s youth to work hard to raise money for a cause. The Shoreham-Wading River High School girls’ volleyball team held a car wash at Advance Auto Parts in Rocky Point Saturday, Oct. 8. The money raised will go toward costs to have a “Dig Pink” game for breast cancer awareness, to be held at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at the SWR High School gym.

After all the work was done and it was time to take the players home, an exuberant Michelle Mallardi came rushing into Advance Auto to tell Mark and the staff that the SWR Wildcats had raised $1,000 for the fundraiser costs. Thanks to those at Advance Auto for their kindness in hosting the fundraiser. Congratulations to Michelle Mallardi and the rest of the team for all their hard work. As for all the girls who will be dressed in pink on the court on Oct. 13, “May the force be with you!”

Until we meet again here next week, enjoy the warmth, love, beauty and enthusiasm in the air and all around us.

10/05/11 8:15am
10/05/2011 8:15 AM

Superintendent Dr. Steven Cohen and the Shoreham-Wading River school board have invited the community to attend a community forum on “Free society, public education: The link between good public education and free, prosperous communities” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, in the high school library. This is one of several such forums planned for throughout the school year.

All of the SWR schools held their open houses recently. I hope you had the chance to go and meet the smart and really nice folks who are educating our children. It was good to learn from the different teachers in our system what they expect from our kids this year and it was nice to meet them on a personal level. A special shout-out to SWR High School’s Mr. Barry, Ms. Fuchs, Mr. Fayette, Mr. Fiese, Ms. Squillace, Miss Ocker and Ms. Chistensen.

(I want to personally thank Ms. Christensen for her guidance and support and to congratulate her on successfully defending her thesis. Way to go! Now, when someone yells, “Is there a doctor in the house,” you must raise your hand. )

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so expect someone to ask you about participation in something linked to this disease that affects more women than you know.

Natural Helpers  is sponsoring “A Walk For Liam,” a three-mile walk, on Sunday, Oct. 16, at the SWR High School track. All proceeds will go to the Liam McGuire family to help this young man fight a rare form of cancer, but you must purchase your tickets in advance. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children (children 13 and under need a parent to enter) and free for children under 5. Give cash or checks made out to SWRCSD at SWR High School on Oct. 6, 7, 11, 12 or 13 between 7:30 a.m. and 2:05 p.m. inside in front of A-wing. Donations will also be accepted. For any other information, email Mary Mitchell at mmitchell@swr.k12.ny.us. Thank you to those taking part in the effort and those working behind the scenes, and all the best to the McGuires.

Happy birthday on Oct. 1 to Elaine Gallagher, one of the most inspirational people I know, and on Oct. 6 to Maryann Lutz, one of the wisest people I know. May your birthdays be filled with all the love you give out all year to those around you.

Don’t be afraid to step out beyond your limits this week. You may discover a whole new world out there and someone just might someday name a day on the calendar after you.

Be well until we meet here again next week.

09/27/11 4:52am
09/27/2011 4:52 AM

Wading River will miss Frank Carasiti, who died on Sept. 17 at the age of 78. It seems like only yesterday that I was in second grade, looking Principal Carasiti in the eyes as he welcomed me to the Joseph A. Edgar School, walking me to my class. He was such a refined gentleman and I really admired him. I had the pleasure of attending the Rocky Point Schools with all the Carasiti children. To Michelle and David and the entire Carasiti family who are grieving, I’m so sorry for your loss. God bless you, Frank Carasiti, and may you rest in peace.

Joy Bryant of Wading River would like all Wading River and Shoreham residents to know that St. John the Baptist Church in Wading River has adoration every Wednesday from 2 to 6 p.m. On Wednesday, Oct. 19, there will also be Rosary for Life at that time. You don’t have to be from the parish to attend.

Happy birthday to Ann Battaglia, a lovely lady who turned 80 years young on Sept. 27. It’s astonishing that you are still working. I’ve never seen anyone enjoy life as much as you, singing, laughing and dancing all you can. You are a true inspiration! Happy birthday also to Marie Newton, my mom, born on Sept. 20 and now celebrating in heaven.

Speaking of having a really good time, the Shoreham Fire Company No. 3, Rocky Point Fire Department, held its ninth annual Megabucks Raffle on Sept. 17 and as usual, it was great. Fire company personnel served hot dogs, hamburgers, corn on the cob, salads, sodas, wine and beer. The gates opened at 3 p.m. and while the folks sat down to a delicious meal, the Trenton Horns and Hackensack Men made great music among SWR neighbors.

It was nice to share a meal with Jen Gebbia and Patty Perner. The raffle started at about 5:30 and it was one smiling face after another that came up to verify their winning ticket and to pick the next number. Twenty people won $403 each, 10 people won $805, raffle No. 400 won $2,415, raffle No. 212 won $4,025, raffle No. 470 won $9,660 and I wish I had No. 584 because that person won $20,125. There were a couple of people who won twice. Congratulations if you were among the winners. The rest of us still had a good time.

If you have something you’d like to share with our community, please email me at the above address by Sunday night. Until we meet here again next week, be well.