Shoreham-Wading River Column: Deadline approaching for Stanley Marcus Award

Let’s hope the sudden dip in the temperature won’t bring that four-letter word that makes commuting so treacherous and difficult. I know January and February are typically snow months and that the kids are probably aching for a day off but, personally, I could use just a little more time of moderate weather in which we don’t have to shovel our way to civilization, it doesn’t take hours to return home and the wipers don’t become a permanent part of the windshield.

Thank you, Martin Luther King Jr., for the exemplary life you lived, for your gentle philosophy and for your powerful influence that absolutely changed American history. The nation has forever marked Jan. 16 as a day to celebrate equality for all races.

I heard from Cathy Heller, who told me her husband, Bruce, is celebrating his 50th birthday Thursday, Jan. 19. Bruce, your family wishes you a very happy birthday and hopes you have a very special day. You are sent much love from your wife, Cathy, and your children, Brett and Paige. May your celebration this year be particularly memorable.

Gail Longo was also kind enough to send news from Lisa Wild, president of the Shoreham-Wading River High School PTA. Jan. 31 is the deadline to submit applications for the Stanley Marcus Award, which is given to a high school junior or senior “who best exemplifies the humanitarian principles of Stanley Marcus,” who passed away in 1977 while serving as third vice president of the New York State Congress of Parents and Teachers. He was known for his humanitarianism and dedication to youth through zealous volunteer community service. SWR High School believes that since the PTA is a volunteer organization, it would be fitting that service by a youth should be rewarded. For more details or for an application visit, email the high school at [email protected], “like” us on Facebook at “SWR HIGH SCHOOL PTSA” or visit Also, the next meeting of the PTSA will be Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. in the high school library.

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Enjoy the best that January has to offer, make a change happen in your life that will have a positive effect and we’ll meet here again next week.