A modern twist on classic toys

For her first Mother’s Day in 2012, Michele Chiaramonte was gifted what every new mother really wants: a DeWalt table saw by her husband, Michael. Their daughter, Amalia, 5, likes to tell this part of the story. “Mama started building things for the house, like bookshelves,” Mali says as she colors. “She made me toys,... Continue Reading →

STOMP debuts in Patchogue

Who knew an oil drum could evoke the same feeling in your chest you get when the bass drum kicks in at a rock show. Or contractor brooms, Zippo lighters, shopping carts and even what you may be holding in your hands right now, a newspaper. That’s the beauty of STOMP, the international percussion sensation... Continue Reading →

‘Mamma Mia’ at the Patchogue Theatre

It was Friday night and the lights went low as “Mamma Mia” opened at the Patchogue Theatre. The jukebox musical, set to the hits of Swedish pop sensation ABBA, was a hit for the sold-out audience, who smiled and sang along through the entire two-and-a-half-hour production. Long before “Hamilton,” Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ “Mamma... Continue Reading →

The Art of Grief

“Sad lady art” is the term Jessica Valentin uses to describe her work; one she embraces with a smile. She’s always tried to make sense of her grief in a lighthearted way, using the hashtag #sadladyproblems following the death of her husband, Darren, in 2015. The loss came after Darren’s hard-fought battle with brain cancer,... Continue Reading →

Casting a Line for Inspiration

BY TARA SMITH The Great South Bay runs deep in Dan Derby’s veins. A native of Brookhaven hamlet, he summered in the waters off Davis Park at his grandfather’s home. “I was always around shellfish,” Derby said, recalling memories of just-shucked oysters, crabbing and casting a line. These days, he said, he doesn’t get out... Continue Reading →

The Man Behind the Lens

BY TARA SMITH Even if you don’t know Rowland Scherman by name, you’ve probably seen his photos. His iconic photographs have been hanging around Patchogue in both the library and theater lobby as part of the Patchogue Arts Council’s Summer of Love tribute. Scherman was the first photographer for the Peace Corps in 1961, documenting... Continue Reading →

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