12/07/16 6:09am
wildwood State Park

10 cabins will soon be built at Wildwood State Park. They will be open to the public in 2018. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file photo)

Wildwood State Park in Wading River will soon offer overnight stays in cabins, the New York State Parks Department announced last week.

Construction on 10 units will begin next year and the cabins are expected to open by the 2018 season. The buildings, along with cottages built at Heckscher State Park in East Islip, are the first indoor accommodations offered by Long Island state parks. Wildwood currently only offers sites for tents and trailers. (more…)

11/30/16 6:02am
Fiesta Mexicana Wading River

Fiesta Mexicana restaurant will open this Thursday in Wading River. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

After nearly a year of planning, construction and delays, Fiesta Mexicana restaurant in Wading River will open tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 1.

The business is owned and operated by the Ramirez family, who owns a series of Fiesta Mexicanas across the country, including California, Texas and North Carolina. This is their first restaurant on Long Island.

“We have a lot of uncles, cousins, brothers and sisters involved in the business,” said Christina Ramirez, one of the managers at the Wading River eatery. “We work together as a team. That’s why we call it a corporation — because it involves a lot of people.” (more…)

10/25/16 6:00am

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…)

10/10/16 6:02am
Genevieve Jones,3, and Kourtney Jones,5, of Wading River, ride the new carousel at the Shoppes at East Wind on opening day (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Genevieve Jones, 3, and Kourtney Jones, 5, of Wading River, ride the new carousel at the Shoppes at East Wind on opening day, (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Painted horses, giant bunnies, blue roosters and more can all be found in Wading River now that the new carousel has opened at The Shoppes at East Wind.

Built in 1992 by Chance Rides, which has been building carousels since 1970, the 28-foot amusement ride first operated in West Palm Beach before being moved to a mall in New Jersey. It is now the centerpiece at the recently opened complex, located next to the East Wind inn and catering hall.

“The carousel was always part of the vision of the owner, Kenn Barra,” said East Wind’s marketing and communications Director Maria DiLeo. “He always wanted to have it as a focal point and destination for the local community.”

The stunning attraction boasts 3,000 lightbulbs and about 30 carousel animals to ride. (more…)

10/06/16 6:04am
Melissa Stasi-Thomas inside her new store, Miss Sew At All, located in the Shoppes at East Wind shopping plaza in Wading River. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Melissa Stasi-Thomas inside her new store, Little Miss Sew It All, located in the Shoppes at East Wind shopping plaza in Wading River. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Melissa Stasi-Thomas wants a visit to her new Wading River store to feel like “going to your favorite aunt’s house to sew.”

“And that would be me,” said Stasi-Thomas, a corporate buyer turned sewing instructor who sports professionally colored blue hair and a dangling necklace featuring a sewing machine pendant.

Little Miss Sew It All, an extension of Stasi-Thomas’ East Moriches studio of the same name, recently opened at The Shoppes at East Wind in Wading River. Inside the 1,000-square-foot space — which features a zebra print carpet, candy-pink walls and to-go sewing kits dubbed “chopped sewey” — Stasi-Thomas will offer sewing classes to children ages six to 16. There is also a retail store. (more…)