Notes from Flanders, Riverside and Northampton

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I hope you have all had your fill of warm weather because it appears that it is over for now. At least the kids had great weather for their vacation from school. With that said, I have a question for all of you: Do you think teachers should give “mandatory” homework assignments over vacations?

I personally do not agree with this policy and neither does my son who had a social studies project due Monday, his first day back at school. I feel that the kids need a vacation just as much as the teachers do, and it is unfair to ask them to spend their time off doing homework. Do you agree? Please send me an e-mail so I know I am not alone in this.

Congratulations to Zachary Smith, Michael Drexel and Lewis Eastwood, all of whom have advanced to the next level of the National Pitch, Hit and Run competition. Zach, Mike and Lewis all competed in the local division on Sunday at the Flanders Little League field on Woodroad Trail. The competition tests their ability to pitch six balls accurately, round the bases from second to home plate quickly, and hit a ball off of a tee as far as 
possible.

Zach, Mike and Lewis will next compete in Hampton Bays. Good luck, boys. We are sure you will all make Flanders proud!

Many happy birthday wishes go out to my son Travis who will turn 11 on Monday, May 5. Travis is planning on celebrating with some close friends at a Long Island Ducks game in a few weeks, though we will have cake and lots of presents to share with him on Monday. Happy birthday, Buddy, from all of us. We love you.

Southampton Town Trustees Frederick Havemeyer and Ed Warner Jr. made a surprise visit at last Wednesday night’s Citizens Advisory Council meeting to present Ida Crohan of Flanders with a proclamation declaring Pond 100 as “Ida’s Pond.” The pond is located across from Silverbrook Pond on Flanders Road and was named in Ida’s honor to recognize her many contributions to the Southampton Town. Ida was quite surprised and pleased, and even joked that she cannot swim. Congratulations, Ida!

The next meeting of the Bayview Pines Civic Association will be held this Friday, May 2, at 7 p.m. in the Phillips Avenue School auditorium. All candidates who are running for the Riverhead School Board have been invited to attend, so if you would like to hear what they have to say, stop on down at the meeting.

The group will also be discussing the first annual spring cleanup that will be held this Saturday, May 3, starting at 10 a.m. Members of the association’s Community Preservation Committee, along with Southampton Town Supervisor Linda Kabot, have been helping plan this event.

The entire community will be out with organized teams helping beautify our streets and beaches for the summer. Feel free to jump right in and mingle with neighbors and get to know our new supervisor a little better. Please call Nikki at 833-1828 if you would like to volunteer in any way, or if you have a table or cooler to lend.

The ladies at the Flanders United Methodist Church would like to announce that they are looking for vendors for the flea market that will be held on Saturday, May 24. You can rent a 10-foot-by-10-foot space for only $25. If you are interested in getting rid of some of your things, this is a great opportunity since the church is located on Flanders Road and we all know how much traffic passes that spot in a day. Please call 727-2168 or 727-5374 to reserve a spot.

On Saturday, April 26, the Friends of the Big Duck gathered to spruce up his nest, planting several plants donated by an anonymous friend. Many thanks to all of the neighbors who were on hand to help out. Special thanks to our friend of the Big Duck, Town Councilman Chris Nuzzi, who stopped by to lend his green thumb. Barbara, our “Duck Lady,” was quite pleased with the results.

May is Older Americans Month and this year’s theme is “Working Together for Strong, Healthy and Supportive Communities.” Join your friends at the Southampton Town Senior Centers to participate in different activities that are being offered all month long. For more information, call Heather at 728-1235.

That’s all, Flanders. I will talk to you next week.

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