Flanders, Riverside And Northampton Community Notes, May 23

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While there were so many things happening this week in our little corner of the world—school budget votes, tax grievance day and the Big Duck Craft Fair—this weekend promises to be different … at least for my family.

Yes, Memorial Day weekend does mark the start of the “summer season” out here, and the maddening traffic that comes with it. (It’s again time to avoid Route 58 at all costs on weekends.) And, yes, there will be tons of parties, play dates and barbecues to attend.

But I still view it as a calm weekend, though I’m not sure why. Perhaps having an extra day or two off from work helps me to relax? Or is it my intention to spend that extra time with my family and not run around like a mad person?

Before you head off to do your own thing, please make sure you take a moment to remember what Memorial Day is really about. Thank a veteran for his or her service to our country, and honor those who are gone with a moment of silence thanking them for their sacrifices.

Congratulations go out this week to Thomas Keenan of Riverhead who is serving with Company B, 1-69th Infantry in the New York Army National Guard. He was recently promoted to the rank of staff sergeant. All of us here in Flanders wish to thank you for your service to our country.

Some of our local teenagers cannot wait for Memorial Day weekend to be over so they can attend the 11th annual Teeny Awards scheduled for Sunday, June 9, over at the Southold High School.

Several Riverhead High School students with a love for theater are nominees for various awards. They are: Eliminas Abromaitis and Jonathan Troiano (Lead Actor in a Drama); Brionna Cook, Amanda Osborne and Jordan Tapley (Lead Actress in a Drama); Andrew Nucatola, Emma Bernhardt, Erin Plitt and Jessica Sisti (Supporting Role in a Drama); Victoria Carroll (Choreography); Jerilynn Toole (Stage Management); and Catherine Penn (Costume Design).

Best of luck to you all and enjoy your evening in the spotlight! You deserve it.
On The Calendar
Saturday, May 25: East Quogue Village Green 10th anniversary celebration, 2 to 6 p.m., on the Village Green off Montauk highway. There will be food, live music, and children’s games and activities. There is no charge to attend.

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