Flanders, Riverside And Northampton Community Notes, May 9

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Many thanks go out to the Flanders Fire Department for hosting its annual Memorial Day ceremony on Sunday morning and paying tribute to those members of the armed forces who have served our country and are no longer with us. Members also honored the memories of our departed volunteer firefighters during the ceremony, which was held at Flanders Memorial Park, just off Flanders Road.
A group of East End girls, including a few from Flanders and Northampton, visited Brazil last month to attend a three-day conference that focused on empowering women. D’aja Mitchner of Northampton, who is a junior at Riverhead High School, described the experience as exciting and life-changing.

“I was so happy to see us girls come together and love one another,” she said. “It was so touching to see how powerful we all are together and how we can come together to change the world—no matter what culture or language we spoke.

“I have a lot of memories from this trip,” she continued, “but my favorite was the saying, ‘No one can do everything, but everyone can do something.’”

Charlotte Palmer of Aquebogue, a senior at Riverhead High School, also participated in the journey. She stated: “Overall, it was a great experience that introduced me to like-minded girls from all around the world.”

Based on the emails I received from these girls, it sounds like it was an experience of a lifetime! Or, as D’aja put it: “It’s amazing—the things we can accomplish when we as people put our differences aside and come together.”

I have no choice but to do a little bragging about my daughter Brittany who, as most of you know, has been dancing since she was able to walk. Ever since she was little, we would take Brittany to see the “Radio City Christmas Spectacular” to watch the Rockettes do their thing and, when she was 7, she told me she would be dancing on the stage with them one day.

Well, on April 30, Brittany took her first step toward fulfilling that dream when she auditioned, along with 500 other girls, with the Rockettes in Manhattan! We are so proud of her for putting herself out there and going after her dream.

Even though she was eventually cut, Brittany was encouraged to return for the August audition—and she intends to do just that. She just turned 18, and this was the first year she could try out for the Rockettes.

Congratulations, Brittany. We are so proud of you for following your dreams and passion. Your talent will put you in that line one day—I am sure of it. And, when that happens, all of Flanders will be able to say, “Hey, I know a Radio City Rockette!”

Happy birthday to Travis Rocco, also one of my munchkins, although he is not so little anymore. Travis blew out 16 candles on Sunday, May 5, with family and friends. He is looking forward to visiting the Department of Motor Vehicles to get his driver’s permit.

The deadline for the Southampton Youth Bureau’s Photography Contest is quickly approaching. Photo entries must be received by Monday, May 13, and this year’s theme is “Street Art.”

Entries can be shot in black-and-white or color, and can be digitally remastered. All entries must include the photographer’s name, grade, address, phone number, e-mail address and offer a brief explanation about his or her image. Call (631) 702-2421 for additional details.
On The Calendar
Thursday, May 9: SUNY Empire State College, information session, starting at 6 p.m., 303 Griffing Avenue, Riverhead. Information will be available about the college’s associate and bachelor programs. Contact Hope at (518) 587-2100 or hope.ferguson@esc.edu for more information.

Tuesday, May 14: Southampton Youth Bureau Job and Internship Fair, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Hampton Bays Community Center. Ages 16 to 25. Call (631) 702-2425.

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