Flanders, Riverside And Northampton Community Notes, June 13

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So, this week’s column comes to you straight from the Phillips Avenue Elementary School in Riverside, where Field Day is taking place as I type these words.To my right is a DJ entertaining about 100 kindergarteners, while in front of me is the Phillips Avenue PTO “watermelon table” that supplies each student, and lots of parents, with a delicious slice of watermelon from local farm stands. (Thank goodness for those giant watermelon cutters from BJs!)

The kids spent the better part of Monday, June 10, out on the back fields of their school, participating in various races, water games and a tug-of-war competition. They also spent a half an hour dancing at the “music and movement” station hosted by the aforementioned DJ.

Many thanks to the teachers and staff of the Phillips Avenue Elementary School for making Field Day the best day it can be for the kids, even with rain looming just over the horizon.

Seventeen-year-old Shannon Merker of Flanders has designed a flag for our hamlet that was officially adopted by the Southampton Town Board last month. Shannon came up with the idea for a hamlet flag a while back and finally spoke with Town Councilman Chris Nuzzi about her design and making it official.

On Tuesday, June 11, Shannon was joined by Town Board members and residents of our community as her flag was raised for the very first time. The event was held at the Flanders Memorial Park, located off Flanders Road, and her flag will fly for years over our hamlet.

A big thank you and congratulations go out to Shannon. Your flag is a beautiful depiction of the Flanders that we all know and love!

The next meeting of Bayview Pines Civic and Taxpayers Association that was originally scheduled for June 7 has been pushed back and will now take place this Friday, June 14, at 7 p.m., over at the David W. Crohan Community Center in Flanders.

The guest speaker this month will be Sally Spanburgh, chairwoman of the Southampton Landmarks and Historic Districts Board. She will be addressing the role of the board and the pending completion of the Flanders Hamlet Heritage Area Report. This report will be very important in determining if the “Flanders Corridor” will be designated by the town as a Hamlet Heritage Area.

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