Flanders, Riverside and Northampton Community Notes, May 16

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I hope everyone enjoyed Mother’s Day and was able to spend some quality time with their families. From here on out, it is complete craziness, with all of the end-of-the-year events at the schools, finals, field day, graduation, moving-up ceremonies, kindergarten screenings, orientations … it is amazing how quickly the school year goes.
I am looking forward to summer and the arrival of the Riverhead Tomcats who will live with us this year while they play ball in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League (HCBL). This year, we will welcome back Joey Forney from Xavier University, who lived with us last summer, and we are looking forward to meeting Charley Gould from the College of William and Mary. As in the past, we look forward to a fantastic summer with these boys and are excited for their arrival in a few weeks.

The Riverhead Tomcats are one of the seven teams that make up the HCBL, and the foundation of the teams and the league is the community in which they play. The boys who come to play are recommended by their college coaches and are all outstanding scholar-athletes who are hoping to one day make it in the major leagues. These players come to our area to play baseball from all over the country and need a place to stay while here.

If you have an extra room in your house—it could be an office with a sleeper sofa or a cot in it—the Tomcats could use your help. Presently, the team is looking for housing for about 13 more players, and all that is required of a host family is a room to sleep in, plus access to the kitchen, bathroom and laundry. A host family is not required to provide meals or transportation for the players, and the experience is unmatched by any other for your family, and especially for your children or grandchildren.

If you think you might be interested, you can contact me at newsinflanders@aol.com, and I will answer your questions. The organization also needs temporary hosts to help out until permanent housing is found and to cover for host families who go on vacation. Please consider this great opportunity to make fantastic memories for your family.

You can come down and meet some of the Riverhead Tomcats on Saturday, June 1, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the third annual Phillips Avenue Community Festival, where your family also can participate in games and activities like face painting, carnival-type games and bounce house fun, along with many others. Local vendors and community groups will be set up, as well as a main stage with entertainment all day by popular entertainers, which will include a BMX stunt show and children’s entertainer Brady Rymer. Entry fee is $5 per person and includes all of the entertainment and activities outside on the fields at Phillips Avenue Elementary School. For more information about the festival or how to get a vendor booth, please call 369-6786.
On the Calendar
Saturday, May 18: Big Duck Craft Sale and Flea Market, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Big Duck Ranch on Flanders Road. For more information, please visit bigduck.org.

Saturday, May 18: Demitri Q. Hampton Memorial Picnic and 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament, 2 to 8 p.m., at Ludlam Avenue Park. Entry fee is $15 per team; proceeds will benefit the Demitri Q. Hampton Memorial Scholarship. For more information, please call (516) 355-8899, or email DQHScholarshipfund@gmail.com.

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