05/15/18 5:55am

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This Wading River estate will have you feeling like you’ve taken up residence at a luxury hotel. The Victorian-style home has four walls and a roof — that is pretty much where the similarities between the 5,100-square-foot dream home and other houses in the area end. (more…)

05/02/18 6:00am

R.E.N. Design Company stocks home goods and decor. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

A décor and custom furniture shop has opened in the long vacant Wading River Garage space. R.E.N. Design Company offers one-of-a-kind home accents and made-to-order furnishings handcrafted by owners Jason and Samantha Nagorski.

The Wading River couple opened R.E.N. out of a passion for woodworking and design. Jason has been making furniture for more than decade while Samantha, who has a background in photography and graphic design, has been doing arts and crafts for as long as she can remember.  (more…)

03/31/18 6:20am

Downtown Wading River from above in the early morning hours. (Credit: David Benthal)

The hamlet of Wading River often leads a double life.

It’s part of both Riverhead and Brookhaven towns and it’s split between a pair of school districts, with children sent to Shoreham-Wading River and Riverhead schools. Its more-often-traveled main roads are also far different from its bucolic back roads.  (more…)

11/07/17 6:07am

Joanie LaFemina and Michele Kennelly inside their new boutique Kennelly Kouture, located at The Shoppes at East Wind complex in Wading River. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Massage therapist-turned fashion designer Michele Kennelly thinks searching for stylish, flattering clothes shouldn’t be a chore for women of a certain age.

Yet she recalls looking for tops that could camouflage upper arms and a lower waist that weren’t too dowdy and being disappointed with her findings.

“I turned 50 and my body started to change and I was not happy with what I was finding in apparel for women my own age,” she said.

So she designed her own and contracted a Brooklyn manufacturer to make them. (more…)

10/10/17 6:03am

Editor’s note: This story was originally published in October 2016

When someone steps inside Darkside Haunted House in Wading River, owner Mike Meola said, it’s like they’re the star of their own horror movie.

“The haunted house was created from a love of Halloween,” said Mr. Meola, whose Route 25 attraction is now in its 19th year.

For Mr. Meola, Halloween starts around June, when he begins to create most of the attraction’s props and sets.

“The attention to detail and everything we put into the show — from the sets to the costumes to how we train our actors — is what really sets us apart,” he said. (more…)