SWR News: Jerry McGrath’s artist reception set for June

JENNIFER GUSTAVSON PHOTO  |  Retired teacher Jerry McGrath at The Grind Cafe in Wading River, where his works have been on display all month.
Retired teacher Jerry McGrath will display his photos at the Mattituck-Laurel Library next month. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson, file)

Saluting those who paid the highest price for all our freedoms, we wish honors and blessings to all those who Memorial Day remembers. Hope your day was filled with having your loved ones around you, and an overall sense of gratitude and appreciation.

Pearls of wisdom were seen on a sign outside North Shore United Methodist Church in Wading River. Driving past in one direction it read: “Gratitude Makes Sense of Our Past and Brings Peace for Today.” Driving in the other direction it read: “Gratitude Creates a Vision for Tomorrow.” Gratefulness for the good things in life helps to diminish the part of the glass that is empty. I must remind myself to keep my eyes on the full portion of the glass; that is the challenge, the lesson and the reward.

Jerry McGrath, a former Wading River Elementary School teacher turned professional photographer, is getting all kinds of attention for the remarkable digital images he’s captured. Jerry’s photos will be on display during June at Mattituck-Laurel Library (13900 Main Road), where an artist’s reception will be held Sunday, June 8, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. For more info, call Jerry at 929-8337, email him at [email protected], or visit Congratulations, Jerry. Let us know how it goes.

Two Wading River residents were written about in an NCCPA article titled “How Physician Assistants Help You and Your Doctor.” An excerpt: “Physician assistants are becoming key members of strong medical teams. In Greenport, N.Y., Lawrence R. Schiff, MD, director, emergency department, and Christopher Edelstein, MPAS, PA-C, work as a seamless team that treats all acuity levels at Eastern Long Island Hospital, serving the North Fork and Shelter Island. … Edelstein — who has been a PA for 13 years and has experience in a Level 1 trauma hospital; surgery, toxicology, and orthopaedics — joined Dr. Schiff three years ago. Dr. Schiff says PAs benefit the patient and the physician. … ‘PAs help the physician by being able to do most things a doctor does.’ ” With the Affordable Care Act health insurance 36 million individuals will now come into the health system, starting this year. By 2020 there will be a shortage of 66,000 primary care physicians.

I must say goodbye for now, so please send me anything you’d like to share with SWR. Be grateful, be well, we’ll see you in two weeks and if you’re not healthy, say hello to a physician assistant.

Liz Taggart_BwContact Elizabeth Taggart at [email protected] or 929-5933.