06/13/14 5:00am
06/13/2014 5:00 AM
This mural at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy is an artist's interpretation of the October 1814 engagement. It was painted in 1933 by Aldis B. Browne II. (Credit: U.S. Coast Guard Collection)

This mural at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy is an artist’s interpretation of the October 1814 engagement. It was painted in 1933 by Aldis B. Browne II. (Credit: U.S. Coast Guard Collection)

News from Sid Bail of the Wading River Historical Society: The society’s next meeting will be held Thursday, June 19, at 7:30 p.m. on North Country Road by the Duck Ponds and will feature guest presenter Richard Wines, a local historian who will talk about his fascinating original research related to the battles that took place on the North Fork during the War of 1812. The title of the presentation is “The First British Attacks: 200 Years Ago at Wading River and Penny’s Landing.” All are welcome to attend. For further information, call 929-4082.

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06/09/14 8:00am
06/09/2014 8:00 AM
Ellen Glasser, president of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI (left), speaks about the Benson House as Vicki Jean Johnson, the daughter of one of the WWII agents (center) watches on. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Ellen Glasser, president of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI (left), speaks outside the Benson House as Vicki Jean Johnson, the daughter of one of the WWII agents (center) watches on. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Midway through her speech at the Benson House in Wading River, Suffolk County Historical Society director Kathy Curran became overwhelmed with emotion.

She stopped reading her prepared statements, and looked at the four elderly World War II veterans sitting in the front row, one of whom stormed the beaches at Normandy 70 years ago.

“I’m just so moved,” she said. “To be in the presence of these heroes … it’s just so important that this be recognized, that your service be honored.”  (more…)

05/30/14 7:00am
05/30/2014 7:00 AM
A man scales a bluff 50 yards to the east of where, the night before, a Lake Grove teen was killed in a tragic fall. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

A man scales a bluff 50 yards to the east of where, the night before, a Lake Grove teen was killed in a tragic fall. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Just about anyone who grew up on the East End can recall a time they scaled a bluff.

Whether horsing around with friends, passing the time during a day at the beach or seeking a shortcut, locals rarely think about potential consequences before hiking to the top of a cliff overlooking Long Island Sound.  (more…)

05/28/14 7:00am
05/28/2014 7:00 AM
BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | Blackwell's restaurant at Great Rock.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | Blackwell’s restaurant at Great Rock.

The Wading River golf course formerly known as Great Rock that’s been closed since January will be re-opening to golfers on Monday, June 2, with an Aug. 15 opening date planned for the restaurant on the property.

Brian Curtin, who had served as general manager of the course and its restaurant, then called Blackwells, since 2008, is coming back to help lead operations at the new course — which he said still doesn’t have a name. (more…)

05/26/14 9:35am
05/26/2014 9:35 AM
The tree at the bottom of the bluff in Wading River, where Matthew Grimaldi fell Sunday evening. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

The tree at the bottom of the bluff in Wading River, where Matthew Grimaldi fell Sunday evening. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

As you walk east along Oakwood on the Sound beach at the end of Hulse Landing Road in Wading River, a fence stretching more than 100 yards contains signs warning beachgoers of the dangerous collapsing cliffs above.

But just beyond the fencing are several bluffs that, although steep, can be climbed by any able-bodied person seeking a thrill.

On Sunday evening, during a private Memorial Day weekend party on the beach, a climb up one of those bluffs turned tragic.  (more…)

04/30/2014 10:00 AM
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…)