Flanders, Riverside And Northampton Community Notes, June 6

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It appears that Mother Nature suffers from ADD. She’s wreaking havoc all across the country (tornadoes in Oklahoma and wildfires in California) and, locally, creating unusual weather that is forcing us to send our kids to school in ski parkas one day, and shorts and T-shirts the next. Hopefully, someone evens out her medication so we can enjoy the summer.

It was certainly hot on Saturday for the Phillips Avenue School’s Community Festival, but the soaring mercury did not stop more than 1,000 people from attending. They were rewarded with a variety of entertaining shows, excellent vendors and fun activities offered by the Phillips Avenue PTO and the school staff.

A special thank you goes out to all of the volunteers who donated their time to make this wonderful family day happen!

The Riverhead Tomcats opened their season in style with a come from behind win over the North Fork Ospreys on Sunday, June 2, at the Riverhead High School field. As you might already know, my family has hosted two of these boys each summer; they have arrived and are a great group of boys.

The Tomcats team boasts 27 college baseball players from all over the country who are sent to play in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League by their college coaches. There is an amazing amount of talent here this year on the Riverhead team and it is going to be one great season.

These boys, of course, need the support of our community since their families are so far away. So, please come on down to a game and cheer for the Tomcats! It is a great day of family fun. This week’s home games are on Friday, June 7, at 5 p.m., and on Sunday, June 9, at 2 p.m. All are welcome and there is no charge to attend.

There will be an Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser, and a photo and autograph session with the Tomcats, on Sunday, July 21, from 8 to 10 a.m. as well. Tickets are going fast for this event, so please don’t wait.

There are only 300 tickets and those who wait too long will miss out. They are $10 each. If you want to buy tickets or need more information, please email me at the address next to my photo.

Take a walk down to Roanoke Avenue to cheer on participants in the 28th annual “Say NO to Drugs March” that begins at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, June 7. Sixth-graders at the Pulaski Street School will proudly march to conclude the Riverhead Community Awareness Program. Let’s show our support for them and show them they don’t need drugs to be awesome!

Northampton resident Brad Bender, who ran for the Southampton Town Board in 2011 and fell just short of a victory, intends to make another run for public office this November. Mr. Bender is hosting one of his famous continental breakfasts later this month in his beautiful rose garden on Topping Drive.

The event, appropriately named “Breakfast in the Rose Garden,” is set for Saturday, June 15, at his home and will run from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. There will be bagels, muffins, coffee, tea, juice and more. The suggested donation is $30 per person and guests are asked to make their checks payable to the “Friends of Brad Bender.” To purchase tickets or obtain more information, visit www.BradBender.com.

On The Calendar

Thursday, June 6: SUNY Empire State College Information Session, 6 p.m., 303 Griffing Avenue in Riverhead. For more information, call (516) 997-4700.

Friday, June 7: Riverhead Faculty and Community Theater Variety Show, 8 p.m., Vail-Leavitt Music Hall in Riverhead. Call (631) 466-0838.

Saturday, June 8: East End Hospice “Sing East End” benefit at the Vail-Leavitt Music Hall in Riverhead. Call (631) 664-0983.

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