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Well, Flanders, the holiday rush is officially on! I, for one, cannot believe that it is nearly time for Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s. But here we are—even though it is hard to believe that it is December.

In these hard economic times, I’m sure that everyone is cutting back on their holiday spending this year. I would love to hear any great suggestions that you might have to offer about how your family is cutting back. I would like to share your suggestions with the community over the next couple of weeks. Please e-mail me at the address listed above and I’ll share your suggestions.

And always remember that this time of year should be about reflection and spending time with the people who are close to you, not necessarily about how much money you spend or who got which new iPod for Christmas.

Congratulations to the Riverhead Blue Waves who just completed their superb season by winning the Long Island Division 2 Championship on Saturday! The Blue Waves, who defeated the Elmont team representing Nassau County, finished their season with an impressive 12-0 record.

The bleachers at the Stony Brook University Sports Complex were full of fans, all dressed in blue and white, who were there to cheer on their Blue Waves. The victory celebration continued when the players returned to Riverhead, where they sounded that infamous bell for the final time this season. The players were surrounded by fans as they stood proud with their coaches, friends and families while ringing the victory bell. Way to go, Blue Waves! You have made us all very proud.

The Flanders, Riverside and Northampton Community Association would like to wish everyone a very happy holiday season. The group will be holding its seventh annual Holiday Party on Monday, December 15, from 7 until 9 p.m., at the Flanders Men’s Club. There is a $10 donation that will cover the cost of the hot buffet, soft drinks and Christmas cheer. If you would like more information or to purchase tickets, call Eugene and Ellen at 574-8821.

The Westhampton Beach School District’s Adult Continuing Education and Recreation program is looking for instructors for the upcoming spring semester. If you are interested in participating, you should call the Office of Adult Continuing Education at 288-3800, ext. 311, for an instructor information packet, or e-mail Maria Tracy, Director at tracym@whbschools.org.

Marilyn Stahl is a volunteer at Peconic Bay Medical Center and she is chairing a fund-raiser luncheon for the Riverhead hospital on Thursday, December 11. The event will feature Jim Vlaun of Telecare TV-Channel 29. He is a motivational speaker and his topic for discussion at the luncheon will be “The Environment That Cares.” The event is being held at The Inn at East Wind in Wading River and starts at noon. Tickets are $40 per person. There will be several raffles and a cookbook produced by Mr. Vlaun will be available for purchase.

If you would like additional information, please feel free to e-mail Marilyn at mstahl22@optonline.net. If you are interested in attending, you can call the Peconic Bay Medical Center Auxiliary directly at 548-6021.

The Westhampton Presbyterian Church will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar and Tea on Saturday, December 6, from 1:30 until 4 p.m., at the church on Meeting House Road in Quiogue. Silver tea, finger sandwiches and cookies will be served and beautifully decorated wreaths, delicious baked goods and gifts for the holidays will be available for purchase. A special children’s room will feature a variety of activities, as well as gift items children may purchase and have gift wrapped for their parents. For more information, call 653-4652.

I think that is all for this week, Flanders. Please keep me posted on all of your holiday gatherings and events and I will keep the community informed. Have a great week.

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