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01/31/15 6:00am
01/31/2015 6:00 AM

Hibernation, what a great idea. There’s nothing like missing all the difficulties that winter poses, like freezing rain, blizzards, icy roads, and now the threat of over 30 inches of snow. The bears have the right idea! I wish I could join them because the thought of sleeping through all this mess is mighty appealing. It’s late January and we have about five more weeks until we start seeing a positive change in the weather, so keep your chin up as you bundle up!

Wading River resident Eric Lopez, 20, appeared recently on “American Idol.” He sang a song from Queen and got an OK from Harry Connick Jr. and an “I don’t think you fit” from Jennifer Lopez. When Adam Lambert declined to give him the go-ahead to move on to the Hollywood round, Eric turned on the “gift of persuasion.” His Facebook page shows him giving Adam a very large Cheshire Cat-like “Pleeeeeeeeeze” to win him over. Eric also pleaded by saying “I can do opera, I can do pop, I can do it all.” Well it worked; he has moved on to the next round! I’ve asked Eric to keep us posted. Good luck, Eric.

Mike Wiwczar of Wading River lost a good friend when he heard of the tragic news that his co-worker George, a barber in Rocky Point, had passed away. Mike enjoyed the 31 years he worked next to his kind friend. “George was really good to know and almost never had a bad word to say about anybody,” Mike said. Mike’s son, Don, sent some insightful words to his dad, reminiscing about family camping trips in Maine that George made possible by offering them a place to stay. Thanks for your memorable words, Don, and thank you, Mike, for sharing your feelings and memories of George. I speak from experience when I say that you could not have grown up in Rocky Point without crossing paths with this very nice man.

Try to keep warm and safe and we’ll meet back here in two weeks.

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

01/17/15 7:00am
01/17/2015 7:00 AM

Well hello, dear readers. It’s nice to be back. I truly missed you and being able to attempt to be entertaining and informative in this space. I trust that your holidays were relaxing and joyous spending time with your family and friends during this festive season.  (more…)

10/04/14 5:00am
10/04/2014 5:00 AM

As has started in September and continues through October, if you intend to make a left-hand turn off Randall Road onto Route 25A in Wading River you’d best heed the words “Go the long way.” These weekends mark a steady stream of traffic coming off William Floyd Parkway and extending to Sound Avenue. (more…)

09/06/14 6:00am
09/06/2014 6:00 AM
The graduating class of 2014 at Shoreham-Wading River was the last for longtime teacher Kevin Mann. (Credit: Bill Landon, file)

The graduating class of 2014 at Shoreham-Wading River was the last for longtime teacher Kevin Mann. (Credit: Bill Landon, file)

Kevin Mann, former faculty leader of the Global Awareness Club and prominent member of the Hope Children’s Fund, who recently retired, sent a message to the parents and students of Shoreham-Wading River High School to express his thanks to the community for a “40-year relationship that started in 1974 and ended with the commencement of the Class of 2014. (more…)

08/23/14 5:00am
08/23/2014 5:00 AM

As the Eagles have sung, “There’s a New Kid in Town.” Kiran Malhotra is now the owner of Shoreham Wines & Spirits on Route 25A. Kiran is a 22-year resident of Shoreham, a graduate of Shoreham-Wading River High School, a military veteran and former staff member of the store.  (more…)

06/27/14 6:00am
06/27/2014 6:00 AM

Congratulations to Shoreham-Wading River High School’s Class of 2014. The security of being under the watchful eyes of your teachers is now over. You will now go on in life to either full-time employment, military training or full-time studies, furthering your education near or far, and will be the master of your own destiny.

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02/21/14 6:00am
02/21/2014 6:00 AM
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.

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05/11/11 12:02am
05/11/2011 12:02 AM

Liz Taggart

Whoever invented Mother’s Day deserves a lot of credit. I think it’s wonderful that we set aside one day when mothers and grandmothers have the chance to be treated like royalty. For 24 hours it’s an written law that there will be no cooking and no housework for Mom, that margaritas will be served on the deck and that offspring and husbands must lavish Mom with beautiful gifts, lovely sentiments and lottery tickets. This is truly a day that every woman on the planet must cherish. As the kids would say, “Mother’s Day rocks!”

Speaking of those who wouldn’t mind a day when they could be treated like royalty, happy birthday to my brother Rich, who was born on May 13 a few decades ago, truly a grand entrance into the world worthy of a royal salute.

The Shoreham-Wading River Community Band will present its spring concert, “A Salute To Our Armed Forces,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 27, in the Shoreham-Wading River High School auditorium. The band will salute our men and women in uniform with American classics and all-time favorites. Admission is free; the band is sponsored by SWR Community Programs. For more information, call 821-8116.

Next Tuesday, May 17, is the election for the SWR school board and the district budget vote. There will be seven candidates running for three open board seats: Robert Alcorn, Jack Costas, Anthony DeLouise, Keith Field, William McGrath, Stephen Offutt and John Zukowski.

Save the date: On Wednesday, May 18, the school district will host a parent forum entitled “Bullying: What Should Parents Know?” beginning at 7 p.m. at the high school. There isn’t a manual that comes with the job of parenting and we could use all the help we can get. Whether you’re the parent of an adolescent or an elementary school student, this problem could impact your family. The evening will feature information and advice from an expert in the field, renowned speaker Alisty Keneth from AJK Diversified.

Let’s hear it for all the wonderful mothers and grandmothers and great-grandmothers out there. (They don’t call us “great” for nothing, you know.)

We’ll meet again here, next week.