08/11/2014 10:00 AM

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The Shoreham-Wading River Board of Education’s bond committee has scheduled a public meeting for Wednesday night to discuss developing a capital improvement plan.

In April, the school board agreed to create a bond committee tasked with addressing the district’s crumbling infrastructure. The tennis courts have remained closed since the district’s insurance company deemed them hazardous and unsafe.

The meeting is from 7 to 9 p.m. in the high school library, according to the district’s website.

07/26/14 6:00am
07/26/2014 6:00 AM
Tesla Wardenclyffe Project, Inc. Courtesy Photo Nikola tesla

Credit: Tesla Wardenclyffe Project

Thanks to my brother-in-law, Ron, who takes care of our family’s technology troubles, I have now returned to using my prior email address (above). Ron has performed CPR on our computer and laptops many times, breathing life into blank screens of death and rescuing us from the evil deeds of cyber hackers. Thank you for the prudent use of your superior intellect, Ron.

Speaking of good guys with superior intellect, Nikola Tesla’s laboratory in Shoreham, the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe, will see more progress as funds are raised for the restoration of the property and building. Its most recent progress was a visit in September 2013 by Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic, who dedicated a statue in Tesla’s honor. For now, the grounds of the former Peerless Photo laboratory have been cleaned up, sodded and flowered. Wading River resident and artist Anna Jurinich forwarded me information that her friend Jane Alcorn stands at the helm of Friends of Science East Inc., which is working to complete the project. Jane wants to educate us about the local vision that will progress with all our help. Matt Inman of the comics website theoatmeal.com has raised $1.2 million — thanks Matt, you’re great! — but the project can only be completed if we all help to raise funds (of any amount). For more info and to donate visit teslasciencecenter.org and click on “Benevity” and “Easy Match.”

The lawn of CVS on Route 25A in Wading River was a wonderful spot to witness the fireworks show above the carnival sponsored by Peconic Bay Medical Center July 2-5. Everyone enjoyed the bursts of color and noise in the night sky, put on by Newton Shows. People squealed with delight as they exercised their slogan, “We’re in business for fun.”

Bob and Jen Gebbia, owners of Palmer’s American Grille in Farmingdale, have joined with Palmer’s executive Anthony Rossi and executive chef John Catalanotto to acquire the restaurant at The Vineyards Golf Club, a Riverhead staple. (Jen also works at the Deli at Wading River.) The three men have been in business together for nine years at Palmer’s. Saturday, Aug. 2, will mark the new restaurant’s grand opening at The Vineyards. Bob and Jen say that it will operate separately from the golf club.

Happy Birthday to Teresa Maca, a colleague of mine at Montauk Bus, who celebrated July 2. Teresa always does an amazing job. Teresa, may your life in 2014-15 be filled with love, abundance and luck.

07/01/2014 6:00 AM

The Shoreham-Wading River School District is hosting two public forums to provide the community with an opportunity to meet Miller Avenue Elementary School’s new principal.

The meet-and-greet event with principal Christine Carlson is scheduled for Tuesday, July 1, between noon and 1 p.m., and Wednesday between 9 to 10 a.m.

Both meetings will take place in the district office board room.

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The Shoreham-Wading River Board of Education discussed better ways to handle dropped electives at its meeting Tuesday night. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

The Shoreham-Wading River Board of Education discussed better ways to handle dropped electives at its meeting Tuesday night. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

Shoreham-Wading River School District administrators are looking to restore two high school business courses that were recently dropped due to a lack of enrollment.  (more…)

03/17/14 6:00am
03/17/2014 6:00 AM

This week marked the third anniversary of the start of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.

Long Island anti-nuclear activists are still taking a deep breath and expressing thanks a similar catastrophe didn’t happen here. “Fukushima shows how we dodged a bullet,” said Jane Alcorn of Wading River, former coordinator of Citizens Lobby Opposing Shoreham.

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It’s hard to believe the harebrained scheme now, but the Shoreham nuclear plant was to be the first of seven to 11 nuclear power plants the Long Island Lighting Company (LILCO) wanted to construct. LILCO sought three nuclear plants at its Shoreham site — “Shoreham 1” was fully built when stopped — four at Jamesport and several plants in between, some on Long Island Sound. LILCO also considered building a nuclear plant in Bridgehampton.

The East End of Long Island would have had a nuclear complex similar to that in Fukushima. Daiichi is the Japanese word for “one,” thus Fukushima Daiichi involves one set of six nuclear plants. Four miles south is Fukushima Daini with four nuclear plants.

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