Shoreham-Wading River: Miller Avenue School to host Jeanne Kenny Minithon

I can just hear my dear Grandma say, “April showers bring May flowers,” but what Grandma never told us was what April lightning brings. In this day and age of expecting the unexpected, you have to wonder if we’re going to start seeing swarms of misdirected insects at our doors after a storm. I could probably deal with most varieties of vermin, just as long as nature doesn’t send a multitude of slugs. (Did I mention that I hate slugs?)

There are cheerier topics to think about in April, like celebrating one’s birthday. It’s the only day of the year that you don’t have to worry about forgetting someone else’s birthday.

Happy birthday to Wading River residents Caroll and Christopher Walden, a mother-son dynamic duo born one day and one generation apart, celebrating on April 17 and 18.

Happy birthday to my brother Nelson Newton, that dashingly handsome man named after my dad, Nelson, another dashingly handsome man. Hope that your cheesecake celebration on April 13 was the best and you get many more happy birthdays.

Happy birthday to my dad, in heaven, who was born on April 26.

Last, but not least, happy birthday to Elaine LaMagna, who celebrates on April 27. Elaine, you are wished blessings and peace.

The word is out. Miller Avenue School in Shoreham is once again running the Jeanne Kenny Minithon on Thursday, April 28. Students from three grades participate in the small biannual marathon, and parents are invited to watch and cheer as their student goes by. Maps outlining where to park, the start and finish lines, the direction the kids will be going and suggested cheering spots can be picked up at the school. All roads around Miller Avenue will be shut down starting at 9:30 a.m. and will reopen at noon. Third grade will run at 9:45, fourth grade will start at 10:25 and fifth grade will begin at 11:05. In case of inclement weather, a school-wide ConnectEd message will go out to all Miller Avenue parents. The rain date is Friday, April 29, so mark your calendar for this exciting event that honors Jeanne Kenny.

If you have any Shoreham or Wading River news that you’d like to share, please email me. It’s always great to hear from the SWR community.

Until we meet again next week, be well.