Shoreham-Wading River: Help Wading River FD stuff a bus for food pantries

Throughout the school year, Shoreham-Wading River Superintendent Dr. Steven Cohen and the Board of Education hold community forums for the public. The next is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, at the Prodell Middle School. It will be on “Paying for Public Education: Budgets, Unfunded Mandates and Economic Conditions (Incomes and Taxes), Part 1.”

Happy birthday to Serafina Gohar, who turned 15 on Dec. 11. Fina is one of the smartest and most impressive young people I know. She was surrounded by love when Sarah, Chris, Tommy, Ann, Taylor, Meghan and Gerard attended her party. We know you had a nice day and we wish you nothing but happy birthdays for all your years to come. And happy birthday to one of Wading River’s hardest working young ladies: My daughter Janet will turn 26 on Dec. 17. You have made your dad and me so proud; we wish you much success in your future.

There is a goodwill event under way right now that will make you proud if you get a chance to witness it. The Wading River Fire Department is running a “Stuff-A-Bus” campaign to replenish the area food pantries that struggle to keep supplies on their shelves. The goal is to stock the bus from floor to ceiling and side to side. From now until New Year’s Eve you may bring supplies to the good folks at the fire department on North Country Road or see them outside King Kullen as they hand out lists of nonperishable items. It feels so good to be part of this huge goodwill effort that helps so many people.

The word is out. If you want to witness something else that will leave you with a sense of pride, did you know that Shoreham-Wading River’s Got Talent? On Friday, Jan. 6, at 7 p.m. at the Shoreham-Wading River High School auditorium you can see “the stars come out” when you experience the high school kids singing, dancing, performing and more. The contest is open to the public and you can buy tickets at the door for $10. Proceeds will benefit the SWR High School PTSA arts and education program for students. The sponsors are WALK 97.5, the PTSA, everychild.onevoice and IdolMaker USA.

The sky is so beautiful this time of year as you stand out in the crisp, cold air. Maybe you’ll gaze up and be grateful as you recall all the people who make you proud.

Until we meet in this space next week, be well.