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SWR News: North Fork Breast Health Coalition’s Pink Pearl Gala

Jim Lynch, a co-worker at First Student in Shoreham and a Eucharistic minister, saw a timing issue with Ash Wednesday services and brought it to his pastor’s attention.

He mentioned that the bus drivers he works with are unavailable to receive ashes during morning Mass and also at night, as they need to go to bed early to get up at 4:30 the next morning. As a result, Jim was given ashes and permission to carry out the traditional Ash Wednesday ritual himself. On Feb. 10, he applied a cross of ashes on the foreheads of those wishing to receive it. Thank you, Jim. What a great idea for this Lenten season.

Two boys from Wading River Elementary School were featured on the cover of the winter edition of the SWR Review, the school district’s newsletter. While in La Bistro recently I recognized one of them, Luke Widercrantz, who was accompanied by his dad. I asked, “Luke, how does it feel to have your picture published in the school newsletter and to be recognized in public?” He answered, “I like that people recognize me. I was with Brandon Frazetto that day when Mr. Parinello took our picture.” I wish Luke and Brandon a successful academic career.

I recently also crossed paths with Mike Wiwczar Sr. and Mike Wiwczar Jr. at Phil’s in Wading River. They’re both good guys who always keep me amused. Their latest funny story was about several people driving very expensive cars in very curious ways — “Documented proof that the universe is made up of protons, electrons, neutrons and morons.” Thanks for the laughs! It was great to see you and I’m glad you’re both well. Must be all that laughter!

The North Fork Breast Health Coalition will recognize doctors of Eastern Long Island Hematology/Oncology with the Pink Pearl Spirit Award at the second annual Pink Pearl Gala on Friday, March 4. The dinner and award ceremony will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. in the ballroom at East Wind, 5720 Route 25A, Wading River. News 12 Long Island reporter Shari Einhorn will emcee the event. Afterward, DJ Phil will provide music. Seating is available for $95 per person. To reserve individual seating, reserve tables for a group or to inquire about corporate sponsorship opportunities, leave a message at the coalition office at 631-208-8889 or visit The all-volunteer, nonprofit organization supports local breast cancer patients with programs such as the Helping Hand grants.

Belated happy birthday to my friend Cindy Grossman, who celebrated Feb. 1; Elizabeth Carr-McNeill, Feb. 7; Kathleen Weisinger, Feb. 17; and former Shoreham resident Bob Annitto, Feb. 21.

Happy birthday to my nephew Matthew Newton and my friend Kristy Fink, who will both celebrate on Feb. 28.

It’s time to bid you adieu. Stay happy and healthy until we meet here again in this space in two weeks.

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