Flanders, Riverside and Northampton Community Notes, December 15

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas here in Flanders and it seems that a lot more families have decked the halls this year, well, at least their houses are decked on the outside. As I drive around the neighborhood it seems that more and more homes are lighting up for Christmas. We have finally completed our Christmas decorating here at my house but not without incident. After spending three hours looking for the perfect tree, bringing it home, getting it in the house, set it up in the stand, lights hung and garland draped I was able to take the traditional photos of the kids hanging their first ornaments on the tree. (After the fire, my mom was thoughtful enough to go out and replace the “baby’s first Christmas” ornaments with the year of their birth on them.) Mackenzie, Travis, Brittany and I continued hanging ornaments as Chuck was in charge of the camera for awhile. After two thirds of the ornaments were on the tree, Chuck asked Brittany and me to pose for a picture and just as the flash went off, the tree fell on top of us. I know you are laughing right now, but don’t feel bad because Brittany and I were laughing so hard we couldn’t even get out from under the tree. All in all, another wonderful Christmas memory was made and we will remember this particular tree trimming for a long time. I hope you all are making memories with your families as well and that you are having a fantastic Christmas season.

Congratulations to Kim Wise who was recently awarded the Flanders, Northampton Volunteer Ambulance Company’s Volunteer of the Year Award. A big thank you goes out to Kim from all of the volunteer members of the Ambulance Company and from all of us here in Flanders.

The next meeting of the Phillips Avenue Parents Association (PAPA) will be held on Thursday, December 15, at 6:30 p.m. in the school’s cafetorium. Topics of discussion will include the upcoming holiday family night, the upcoming Holiday Shoppe and much more. Meetings last about an hour and are very informative for parents. Drop by and join the discussions and become an active part of your children’s education. For more information send an email to phillips_papa@optonline.net or find them on Facebook at Phillips Avenue Parents Association – PAPA.

Phillips Avenue School will host its first annual Holiday Family Night on Friday, December 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the school. Families may enjoy a fun evening with a holiday movie, crafts, cupcake decorating, story rooms and more. Stop down at the school with your family for a great night of holiday fun provided by PAPA along with administrators and staff.

Southampton Town Youth Bureau is asking all singers in grades seven through 12 to start dusting off their pipes and get ready for the open audition for the fifth annual Hampton Idol competition. The competition is open to all residents of Southampton Town and the audition will be held on Friday, January 6, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Hampton Bays Community Center on Ponquogue Avenue. Entrants should be prepared to perform a solo of their choosing and should bring their own music without vocals. To print out an application visit the website at southamptontownny.gov/youthbureau or call 702-2425 for more information.

Are you feeling overwhelmed with all of the holiday wrapping that needs to be done? I may have a solution for you. The Flying Point Foundation for Autism will have volunteers on hand for its annual “Wrap It Up For Autism” fundraiser on Saturday and Sunday, December 17 and 18, in a vacant store located at 38 Main Street in Southampton. They will be there from noon to 4 p.m. each day and will wrap your gifts for a small donation, which includes holiday wrapping paper. If you have a lot of gifts to wrap there is no need to worry, you can call or text 631-255-5664 and volunteers will arrange a convenient time for you to bring your holiday gifts to them for wrapping. Sounds like the perfect way for your holiday giving to give back to a fabulous organization.

Have a great week.

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