I hope everyone had a very nice Memorial Day weekend. About a week ago, in the wee hours of the morning, the East End woke up to a really bad thunderstorm (really bad if you don’t like them, really good if you do — and I do). The number of hurricanes forecast for this year is pretty high. Let’s hope they are wrong once again.

The following Shoreham-Wading River and Eastport-South Manor students have been nominated for a Teeny Award, which recognizes achievement in high school theater: Shoreham-Wading River — Steve Idtensohn, Haylie Kinsler, Alice Shanklin, Ken Hawry, Andrew Miller, Jennifer Etienne, Melissa McDonald, John Mattia, Jake Hunter and John LaRock; Eastport-South Manor — Kevin Spellman and Alyssa Castellano. The categories range from lead actors and actresses to lighting design. You may see our future stars, as the ceremony is now open to the public for the first time, on Sunday, June 6, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Riverhead High School. The “red carpet” walk will begin at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased from the East End Arts Council or at It truly sounds like fun.

Riley Avenue Elementary School staff members Mrs. Sidik and Mrs. Kappenberg celebrated Grandparents Day in their kindergarten class. Not to be outdone, Mr. Sidik also celebrated in Room 8 with Mrs. Fraser. The children could either bring their grandparents or a special friend. All had a beautiful time and made lots of memories.

Kindergarten orientation at Riley will be held on June 10. The students will also take a bus ride. Have fun!

Pulaski Street School band members have been visiting Riley to recruit future fourth-grade band members by showing them various instruments.

The spring concert by the fourth-graders will take place on Monday, June 7, at 7 p.m. at the high school. Come out and enjoy our talented musicians.

Be on the lookout for turtles, as they are on the move. My mom saved a box turtle last week. I am so proud of her. I’ve taught her well. If you see a turtle crossing the road and want to help it, bring it to safety in the direction in which it was headed and you will also be my hero. If you happen to see a very ugly turtle that looks like a dragon, don’t pick it up or it might remove one or more of your fingers. You will know one when you see it. They are snappy and should not be touched, just prodded along with a long stick.

Eat your strawberries! There has been little rain and they are perfect. Go get some now!

Have a great week. Be safe and I shall talk to you soon. Bye.