02/28/15 7:00am
02/28/2015 7:00 AM

It seems like it was just yesterday my 10-year-old son’s class from Wading River Elementary School went on a field trip with their teacher, Jacqueline Savelli, to visit Kent Animal Shelter in Calverton. Ms. Savelli was passionate about dogs and teaching children that “no kill” shelters need our help to save these beautiful creatures that are an absolute gift to us. When our son came home that day he had told us about a roan-colored pit bull that walked across the backs of all the other dogs to get to him. (more…)

02/16/15 10:57am
02/16/2015 10:57 AM
Danielle Lawrence (Facebook)

Danielle Lawrence (Credit: Facebook)

Teachers at Riverhead High School remember Danielle Lawrence as a kind, sweet and talented girl who always had a smile on her face.

“She was the type of student that you wish you can have 10 of them just like her in your class,” said math teacher Athena Angerhauser. (more…)

02/16/15 5:09am
Police investigate the scene at 27 12th Street Monday morning following a double-murder and suicide. (Credit: Joe Pinciaro)

Police investigate the scene at 27 12th Street Monday morning following a double-murder and suicide. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

One by one they left the Wildwood Acres Pavilion and headed up Hulse Avenue Monday night, lit candles in hand.

Braving temperatures well below freezing, approximately 70 friends and neighbors walked the few short blocks to the home on 12th Street where Tanya and Danielle Lawrence had been killed nearly 24 hours earlier.

The 43-year-old mother and her 17-year-old daughter were shot dead by Ms. Lawrence’s boyfriend, 44-year-old Thomas Calhoun, who then turned the gun on himself. Danielle was most likely shot coming to the aide of her injured mother, investigators said.  (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 Etag5@optonline.net or 929-5933.