Notes from Flanders


Hello once again, Flanders. After watching the changeable weather forecast all week, I was thankful that it turned out to be a great weekend after all.

Saturday was the opening day of the Flanders baseball season and what a day it was. The opening ceremonies were full of pomp and circumstance. Little League President Fran Cobb began by welcoming all the invited guests and leading the Pledge of Allegiance. My daughter, Brittany Rocco, then sang the National Anthem. Brittany was very nervous since someone close to us made her aware of “the national anthem curse,” that is, suddenly forgetting the words when you have to sing in front of a group!

Despite her worries, Brittany did just fine. Then the coaches made that famous call of “Play Ball,” Southampton Town Board member Chris Nuzzi threw out the first pitch—a perfect strike, I might add—and the season began.

Very special thanks go out to all the invited guests who, beside Mr. Nuzzi and Brittany, were Michael Brewer of the Flanders Riverside and Northampton Association, Bryan Cobb and Dave Safire of the Flanders Fire Department, Al Lopez of Flanders Burner Service, New York State Troopers Alter, Witczaler and Daino, Code Enforcement Officer, Ms. Buckner, Chris and Mark from East Coast Umpires, Thomas Payton, Principal of Phillips Avenue Elementary School, who threw out the first pitch for the second game, Len Rempe of the Flanders Men’s Club, and Officer Davon from the Southampton Town Police Department.

Each of the two games played, Flanders Burner Service vs. Flanders Fire Department Company 3, and Aztec Construction vs. Flanders Men’s Club, was followed with hot dogs and soda. The hot dogs were donated by Hoops and Sons, Inc., a division of Boar’s Head. Thank you to Bill Hoops, owner, for your generous donation.

For those of you who missed it, I believe there are a few photos floating around of Mr. Payton throwing out the first pitch for the start of the second game. It seemed as if every parent from the Phillips Avenue family had his or her camera out. And wow, talk about a great pitch. I think Mr. Payton had been practicing for his performance in front of many of his students. Way to go Mr. Payton, you made us proud!

Happy birthday to Zachary Beers, who is turning 10 today. Mom and Emily along with all of your friends and family wish you a great day filled with lots of presents and yummy cake and treats.

The Town of Southampton Youth Bureau is looking for employers to participate in its seventh annual Job & Internship Fair for high school and college students on Tuesday, May 13, from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m, at the Southampton Town Community Center on Ponquogue Avenue in Hampton Bays. The goal of the fair is to assist local high school and college students in finding summer and-or year-round positions which will enable them to acquire some of the skills and experience needed in today’s workplace. If you own a business and are in need of additional staff or can provide a learning opportunity for interns, you are encouraged to participate in this free fair.

For further information or a registration form, contact Catherine at the Town of Southampton Youth Bureau at (631) 702-2428.

Summer is fast approaching, and with thoughts of the beautiful weather just ahead, the Bayview Pines Civic Association is sponsoring “The Big Spring Cleanup” on Saturday, May 3, at 10 a.m. The event will focus on all of the Bayview Pines neighborhood. Southampton Town Supervisor Linda Kabot will be on hand to assist with the effort. If you would like to join in sprucing up this beachfront community, feel free to jump right in.

Tables will be set up along Long Neck Boulevard for those who wish to participate but are limited in activity. There will be a small get-together at the beach after the cleanup where light refreshments will be served.

Take this opportunity to mingle with your neighbors and make some new friends. If you would like to volunteer to head up one of the cleanup teams, contact someone in the association, or call Nikki Sacco, secretary, at 833-1828 for more information.

Congratulations to Brianne Corwin, a student in Ms. Martin’s fifth-grade class at Pulaski Street Elementary School, who won a third-place ribbon for her science fair project, “How much wood could a wood glue stick if a wood glue could stick to wood?” Her parents, Todd and Mary Anne (Mimi) Corwin of Flanders, are very proud of her achievements. Brianne, who has won ribbons in each of the past four science fairs, is the granddaughter of Frank (Buzz) and Muriel Corwin of Flanders, Mary Anne Klipp of Aquebogue, and John and Alice Hall of Lake Panasoffkee, Florida.

Well Flanders, that is all for this week. Enjoy the weather and I will talk to you next week.

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