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Wading River News: 300 people turn out for Tesla documentary

The News-Review last updated us that there was to be a film shown at Shoreham-Wading River High School about Nikola Tesla and his laboratory on Route 25A and Tesla Street in Shoreham. Wardenclyffe president Jane Alcorn said the showing went well. About 300 people saw the film, “Tower to the People: Tesla’s Dream at Wardenclyffe Continues,” on July 10, Tesla’s 159th birthday. Joseph Sikorski filmed the documentary over the past three years.

The film tells the story of Tesla and his inventions, focusing on his work at Wardenclyffe (Shoreham), where he planned to transmit information and electric power wirelessly to any point on Earth. It then shows how Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe raised money to purchase the 16-acre property, including the historic Stanford White building that was Tesla’s last laboratory. The purchase was completed May 2, 2013.

The amazing effort by volunteers to clean up the property is also recorded in the film. In addition to this hands-on work with rakes and shovels, TSC has received pro bono help from lawyers, architects and contractors.

Drawing on a substantial 2014 donation from Elon Musk, owner of Tesla Motors, TSC is now restoring the laboratory building for use as a Tesla museum. The Center will also have a science and technology learning center for students, a maker lab and an incubator to help promising technical startup companies to establish new Long Island businesses, as well as other features.

After the screening, the Tesla Inspiration Awards were announced. Mr. Sikorski received third place for his documentary.

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Kevin Mann, former Shoreham-Wading River High School teacher and leader of the Global Awareness Club, has continued efforts to support Hope Children’s Fund. Kevin’s friend Chris of the Riverhead Farmers Market is involved with Mustard Seed Farm, a fundraising event for HCF that will be held Friday, Aug. 7, at 6:30 p.m. at 176 Main St. in Center Moriches. The night will be full of fun, with an art show, a mozzarella-making class, African crafts, a short film by Aaron Lehmann about HCF, and live music by Bryan Gallo and Nick Russell. For more information, visit

Belated happy birthday to Dan Newton and Debbie Spina, who celebrated July 22, and Dolores Sabia on July 23.

Happy birthday to Katherine Barreiro on Aug. 4 and Madeline Vanderplate (Gramma) on Aug. 9. I miss you, Gram, and I know you’re watching from heaven.

Thank you, dear readers, for your interest in coming to this space. Until we meet here again in two weeks, be safe and be grateful for life’s blessings.

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