Flanders, Riverside and Northampton community notes

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Here is to hoping that everyone is almost finished with their holiday shopping, so they can sit down for a few minutes and enjoy the season. Holiday parties are in full swing and celebrations are aplenty at this time of the year, so please make sure that you take extra care while you are out and about with your family.

Happy birthday wishes go out to Brandon Mckee who will turn 18 on Sunday, December 21. Brandon will celebrate his milestone birthday with family and friends and he will certainly be showing off his birthday gift—a new tattoo. Mom, Dad, Jeremy and Ethan are sending you lots of love on your special day, and the rest of us here in Flanders are wishing you a year full of good luck.

Speaking of celebrations, the Bayview Pines Civic and Taxpayers Association is holding a Winter Soiree on Friday, January 9, from 7 until 10 p.m., at the newly renovated David Crohan Community Center on Route 24 in Flanders. Tickets are $10 per person and will include a buffet dinner, live music by the Notations and raffles. If you are interested in attending, call Fran Cobb, the association’s vice president, at 727-5342.

I am sure that all of you have heard about the situation with the homeless trailers at the Suffolk County center in Riverside. There is a rally being coordinated to draw attention to our pleas with the county to distribute these trailers across the county evenly. The rally will take place on Thursday, January 15, from 7 until 9 p.m., at the Riverhead High School auditorium.

The goal of the event is to urge county lawmakers to move the trailer, which houses homeless sex offenders, to other locations in Suffolk and not just in Riverside, near the county jail. The rally is being sponsored by the Concerned Citizens of Riverhead, led by Mason Hass, the Southampton Town Civic Coalition, led by President Andrea Spilka, and the Flanders, Riverside and Northampton Community Association, led by President Michael Brewer.

A long list of local groups—parent teacher organizations, school boards, town boards, local businesses—as well as parents are putting their support behind this initiative. A number of guest speakers representing the state, county, and Riverhead and Southampton towns are going to be in attendance.

State officials will also be discussing new legislation that will take effect on January 25, 2009. Suffolk County Legislators will discuss proposed legislation of their own, and town leaders will have the chance to weigh in and be a part of the discussion in representing us—the community.

Organizers are expecting a huge turnout and encouraging all of those who are concerned to attend next month’s rally. Tell your neighbors and friends, and help be a part of the solution!

Well, that is all for now my friends. Please keep me posted so I can share your news. Have a great week and I will talk to you next time.

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