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SWR News: Another round of happy birthdays

Michael Wiwczar Sr. and Michael Jr. recently visited Phil’s Restaurant in Wading River.

Mike Sr. has been ill lately but is now feeling better. It’s so good to see you back in the game, Mike. Let’s give a shout-out to Mike Jr. and his brother, Don, both of whom grew up in Wading River but attended Rocky Point schools with me. Mike Jr., I’ll see you around town as you look after your dad.

To all the readers on the Riverhead side of Wading River who attended Riverhead High School: Susan Amerson Kozakiewicz is organizing a 30-year reunion for Class of 1985, to be held Saturday, Oct. 10, at The Birchwood of Polish Town in Riverhead. If interested, or for more information, call Susan at 929-0123.

Did you watch the papal Mass held at Madison Square Garden when Pope Francis visited New York? Well, to those of you who didn’t know, Eric Lopez, a Shoreham-Wading River High School graduate and now a notable singer/actor, had the opportunity to sing to the Pope because he joined a special choir that was chosen to do so. Wading River resident Christina MacDougall, who also attended the Mass, saw Eric, and also got to see the pope up close. She shared her experience, saying “ It was incredible … Seeing him 20 feet away was fascinating … It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and I’m so glad I went and got to share part of Pope Francis’ first time in the United States!” So happy for the both of you.

Members of Cub Scout Pack 404 were recently outside King Kullen in Wading River selling popcorn for a fundraiser. I was pleased to meet these nice young men. They are: Bobby Albinski, Logan Andresen, Dave Hertling, Jacob Scelzi and Kyle Andresen.

Remembering Clifford G. Kitz, who passed away suddenly five years ago on Sept. 24. All of Wading River knew him and we miss him.

Belated happy birthday to Elaine Gallagher on Oct. 1. Elaine had family and friends over for a delicious dinner and dessert. Carl and Isabella Scalfani were there to help sing Happy Birthday to their Auntie Elaine. Belated wishes also go out to the following: my First Student co-workers, Bob Wiesse and Diane Zack, who celebrated Oct. 3; Loretta Erick, Oct. 4; and Maryann Lutz, Oct. 6.

Happy birthday to my First Student co-worker Stacy Nelson on Oct. 18; Danny Dolnick, Oct. 23; and Linda and Brian Green, who will celebrate Oct. 29 and 30, respectively.

That’s it for now. Be well and grateful and we’ll meet here again in two weeks.

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