08/14/16 4:42am
08/14/2016 4:42 AM

Hope Children’s Fund, supported by former Shoreham-Wading River High School Global Awareness teacher and ongoing HCF advocate Kevin Mann, will have a booth at the Rocky Point Farmers Market Melon Festival. The event will be held Sunday, Aug. 21, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Old Depot Park, on the corner of Broadway and Prince Road. Available for purchase will be Kenyan crafts (carvings, jewelry, metal work) from the Meru Women’s Cooperative and Johnstone Kirimi, along with a piece called “Noah’s Ark,” which Kevin says “is truly a work of art.” For more information, call 631-470-6351.

I recently spoke with Shoreham resident and North Country Road Warriors member Sheila Isaacs. She was standing outside of Bagels and Sassy Salads after a bicycle workout wearing her National Champion triathlon shirt. Sheila, 76, has competed in every state in the U.S. and is now looking forward to competing in all 10 provinces of Canada. She began training for triathlons when she turned 50 and is a true inspiration. Sheila has many first-place medals and has placed in her category consistently. Good luck to you, Sheila, and keep us posted on your upcoming endeavors. If you’re inspired by Sheila and want to drop her a line, email her at [email protected]

Belated happy birthday to the following: Peggy Giuffre and my uncle Elbert, who both celebrated Aug. 1; my First Student colleague, Ariana Prifte, Aug. 2; Michael Deyak, Aug. 3; Katherine Barreiro, Aug. 4. She celebrates with “pizza, lemonade and cake” all month long; and my Grandma Madeline, Aug. 9. And happy birthday to Jacob O’Daniels, who celebrates Aug. 11. I hope all of you had/has a great day!

How sad it was to hear that First Student bus driver and Wading River resident Mary Mason Hoerner passed away Aug. 5. Mary was an intelligent, sweet and humorous lady who was raising her two children alone since the passing of her husband two years ago. Our hearts go out to Nick, 18, and Beth, 16. We are sorry for your loss and know that it will be lonely without Mom. We wish God’s blessings upon your family and for those neighbors who will try to lend support and strength during this difficult time. For donations, visit gofundme.com and input Mary Mason Hoerner.

Summer work at First Student is ending, so I bid the 100-plus summer drivers and driving assistants adieu and ask that you enjoy the next three weeks off. Sleep in, stay up late, clean your closets, go on vacation. The 2016-17 school year will come faster than you know.

Have a wonderful two weeks. Enjoy the beach weather for which August is famous; summer’s last hurrah before Labor Day. Be well, be grateful and we’ll meet back here next time.

Liz Taggart_BwContact Elizabeth Taggart at [email protected] or 631-929-5933.

07/19/15 5:55am
07/19/2015 5:55 AM

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.”

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06/07/15 6:00am
06/07/2015 6:00 AM

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…)

04/24/15 7:00am
04/24/2015 7:00 AM

Thank you, Laura LaSita of Wading River for the “Get Well” card and phone calls that keep me company as I heal from major surgery. There’s nothing in the universe like love. With every pill that every doctor prescribes, they should include “one measure of love.” I think love is not only the healing force that keeps us together but also the force that makes us whole.  (more…)

02/15/15 6:00am
02/15/2015 6:00 AM

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…)

01/31/15 6:00am
01/31/2015 6:00 AM

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.

Liz Taggart_BwContact Wading River columnist Elizabeth Taggart at [email protected] or 929-5933.

01/17/15 7:00am
01/17/2015 7:00 AM

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…)