Wading River News: Resident publishes ‘Angels & Ogres’

Wading River resident Jody Mitchell recently published "Angels & Ogres," a book of poems. (Screenshot taken by Jennifer Gustavson)
Wading River resident Jody Mitchell recently published “Angels & Ogres,” a book of poems. (Screenshot taken by Jennifer Gustavson)

It won’t surprise anyone that we’ve exceeded the expected 25 inches of snow this winter. So far we’re up to 55 inches and winter isn’t over yet. I’m sure the ice and snow will diminish if we all just close our eyes and think SPRING.

Daniel Mahoney of Wading River, a sophomore at Shoreham-Wading River High School, was invited to attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders last weekend in Washington, D.C. The congress is an honors-only program created to inspire the best students in the country to stay true to their medical dreams. Dan was chosen based on academic achievement, leadership potential and determination to serve humanity in medicine. The National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists offers free services and programs to students on this path to put them in touch with doctors who will mentor and guide them. It also provides a place to help parents and allows students to acquire knowledge of finances, internships, career guidance and more. The SWR community applauds Dan Mahoney for his achievements, for attending this incredible weekend with the best and brightest in the country and for the bright future that awaits him. If you are an aspiring physician, medical scientist, technologist, engineer or mathematician and want more information on this supportive program, visit or call 202-599-8442, ext. 701.

Liz Taggart
Elizabeth Taggart

The News-Review reported on a Wading River family that was tremendously set back because of a house fire that began in their garage around midnight, Feb. 3. George and Jean Dalecki lost their three vehicles (one of which actually exploded before their eyes) and the entire contents of their home. Thank goodness no life was lost and Jean and George escaped the blaze unharmed. If you know this couple on Michaels Lane you also know they are really nice people. Jean is a teacher by trade, where the community knows her from Wading River Elementary School, and George is a stained-glass artisan. Jerry McGrath, a former teacher and colleague of Jean’s, created a website for those wishing to donate money to help support the Daleckis: Call Jerry and Cathie McGrath at 631-929-8337 with any questions. Jerry tells me, “If the shoe was on the other foot, Jean and George would do the same for you.”

Wading River resident Jody Mitchell notified me of her recent publishing venture. She has battled Crohn’s disease for 33 years, has most recently battled small intestine cancer and has now published a book of easy-to-understand poetry titled “Angels & Ogres” about the struggles and inspirational answers she found. It contains 51 diversified short poems, Jody’s story about dealing with life’s challenges while undergoing chemotherapy. “Angels & Ogres” asks the question, “How do you walk this life and who’s on your shoulder?” Jody will be interviewed on radio Feb. 25: visit Email Jody at [email protected] or visit

Be well. Be grateful for what you have, for your gifts, and don’t forget to think SPRING!

Contact Elizabeth Taggart at [email protected] or 631-929-5933