Flanders, Riverside And Northampton Community Notes, May 2

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Spring has proven to be a very busy and productive time. Now, if we could just get the weather to cooperate then maybe we would be able to go to one of Travis’s baseball games and leave the heavy blanket, gloves, hats and winter coats at home. I think the flowers are just as confused by this flip-floppy weather as we are, and all of us are hoping for spring to stick around.
It sure has been a busy spring for Stevenson University student Kristina Rowe of Riverhead, a visual communication design major at the Maryland college. On March 1, Kristina was inducted to the “Who’s Who Among American Universities and Colleges” Program. It is a very highly regarded honors program, and Kristina was nominated by faculty members because she displays a “strong sense of leadership and record of service to the university and the greater community.”

What a great honor for Kristina and her family. But there’s more! Soon after the ceremony, Kristina spent her spring break volunteering in New Orleans as a member of the “Mission: I’m Home” student organization. For the past five years, group members have been scheduling trips to coincide with spring break to help rebuild homes in and around the city that was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Kristina and her fellow students, as well as faculty members, donated an estimated 3,640 hours of time to the St. Bernard Project and Habitat for Humanity of New Orleans. They were involved with every aspect of the rebuilding effort, from demolition and debris removal to drywall installation, painting and landscaping. In addition, participants were introduced to the culture of New Orleans and met with several local families who are still rebuilding and recovering.

It sounds like Kristina has had a wonderful few months filled with opportunities and honors. Congratulations and a job well done!

While we are on the topic of cleaning up, there was a big turnout for last month’s Great East End Cleanup and our little hamlet was not left out. There were crews all over and this volunteer effort is what helps keep our streets and parks clean. Many thanks go to Southampton Town for organizing this effort every year.

Many thanks also go out to all of the volunteers who gave up their weekend to pitch in. Volunteers showed up in large numbers in the Bay View Pines area where crews cleaned up the beaches and roads. Neil and Janice Young, along with Therese Bauer, Vicki and Paul Vojcik, Sandra Cirincione and Jim Crawford led neighbors in the effort. And your neighbors thank you very much.

Finally, congratulations to Kevin Williams of Riverhead who was recently named to the SUNY at Delhi men’s outdoor track team. Kevin pursuing an associate’s degree in carpentry. Best of luck, Kevin.

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