Flanders, Riverside And Northampton Community Notes, March 28

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It is hard to believe that another school year is nearing the finish line again. As my children get older, I’ve found that the years go by much faster.

It is funny to look back and think about the days when I was in school, when I overheard my parents talk about how fast I was growing up. I always thought they sounded silly, but now understand what they were talking about. And I cannot believe how fast they are growing up!

With Easter and spring break now upon us, there are only about 12 weeks remaining in the school year, and even fewer if your children attend the middle or high school. It is almost time when they can play outdoors all day, riding their bikes or playing hopscotch in the driveway.

Still, with all the cool weather we’ve been having, I’m starting to wonder if that groundhog was suffering from a hangover the day he came out to look for his shadow …

Congratulations are going out this week to Amelia Czelatka of Riverhead, who is attending Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, and music major Elizabeth Wells, also from Riverhead, who is attending the Westminster Choir College at Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey.

Both girls earned the honor of being placed on the dean’s list at their respective college, recognizing their outstanding academic performance for the fall semester. Great work, ladies! Your family and friends are very proud of you.

The Southampton Town Youth Bureau is still looking for volunteers who can pitch in on Saturday, April 13, and help install a playground at our Iron Point Park. The “Iron Point Park Playground Build Day” will run from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., and volunteers are needed throughout the day to help assemble the units.

The playground purchase was made possible through several grants and community support. But before the installation can happen, organizers need to make sure they will have enough volunteers to meet the grant requirement.

Donations of paper goods are also needed for breakfast and lunch, as are donations of fencing, wood chips, shrubs and bushes. If you are able to supply any of these things, or you know someone who may be able to do so, please call Karen at (631) 702-2424. Please call the same number if you are able to pitch in on April 13.

Finally, happy Passover, Easter and spring break everyone! Be safe, be happy and enjoy the time with your families.

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