09/09/16 4:53pm
09/09/2016 4:53 PM

Wading River resident Brian Heinz, a well-published author, is hosting a book signing at his home Saturday, Sept. 24, from 2 to 5 p.m. at 1 Sylvan Drive in Wading River. He’s releasing three new titles: “The Great North Woods,” a lavishly illustrated picture book; “Adirondack Lullaby,” an illustrated nature board book; and “Construction & Revision,” a teacher’s handbook for language arts. Michael Rothman, renowned wildlife artist and illustrator for “The Great North Woods” will also be signing. RSVP via email at [email protected] and indicate which titles you’d like to reserve. For more information, visit brianheinz.com.


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.”


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…)