Shoreham-Wading River: SWR graduate selected for all American field hockey team

There isn’t anything that better signals that Christmas is just around the corner than hearing that familiar horn and whistle fanfare of the fire trucks coming to your neighborhood. The jolly man toured Shoreham neighborhoods on Saturday, Dec. 18, and Santa Claus came to town in Wading River on Sunday. Excitement filled the air when Santa, riding the Wading River Fire Department truck with a train of vehicles in tow, pulled out all the bells and whistles, announcing his arrival, bringing both kids and grownups running to their doors and windows to see the icon of joy wish everyone a Merry Christmas. It’s official: Christmas is on its way.
Mike Harrigan of Wading River Fire Department got his Christmas gift a little early this year. Mike challenged Matthew Wallace for the position of fire commissioner in the Wading River Fire District, and on Dec. 14 won the election with 131 votes. Congratulations.
Congratulations are also in order for Vicky DeRosa, a 2006 graduate of Shoreham-Wading River High School. Vicky was selected to the NCAA Division II All-American field hockey team. She was also selected for first team of All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference and for the 2010 Division II North/South Senior All-Star Game. In that game, Vicky scored one goal and was an integral part of the 4-1 victory. While playing at C.W. Post, Vicky has been a dominant presence, setting and breaking standing field hockey records. We’re so proud of you, Vicky.
Happy birthday to our daughter, Janet Taggart, who celebrated her 25th birthday on Dec. 17.
If you’re looking for another good deed to do for Christmas, Allstate Insurance in Wading River is accepting Toys for Tots in collaboration with the U.S. Marine Corps. If you drop off a toy at 6278 Route 25A, across from the King Kullen shopping center, they will help you help a child in need. For information, call 929-3400.
While I take a two-week break from the Shoreham-Wading River action (the column will resume on Jan. 13), have a wonderful Christmas. May your new year be filled with joy, wishes that come true and moments that make you proud.