Flanders, Riverside And Northampton Community Notes, June 27

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Well, everyone, it’s that time of year … time for graduation parties and celebrations galore. While the festivities are always fun, please remember that even the most wonderful celebration does not change the fact that drinking and driving is a deadly combination. So, make sure you agree on a designated driver before you celebrate.In an effort to fight underage drinking, another prominent problem today, seniors at Riverhead High School were treated to a pre-prom photo-op and reception, appropriately named “Sparkle and Shine,” last Thursday, June 20. The evening was emceed by Matthew Pisani, executive director of Clean Slate Living, who kept it exciting and informative for students and parents.

Co-sponsored by the Riverhead School District, Riverhead Community Awareness Program and the Peconic Bay Medical Center, “Sparkle And Shine” offered a lovely time in which the students were treated like celebrities, replete with a red carpet and paparazzi. Inside the common area there were opportunities for professional prom photos, refreshments and a DJ to get the party started. As the partygoers made their stop on the red carpet, a backdrop provided by Peconic Bay helped keep the celebrity vibe.

Senior Nicole Lennon of Flanders described the event as “bittersweet and surreal,” as she embarked on the final chapter of her high school experience before graduation. Approximately 700 parents, grandparents and friends filled the auditorium shouting out cheers when their favorite couples walked the red carpet before proceeding to four Hampton Jitney buses that would take them to their final destination on the Senior Prom itinerary.

Many thanks to the parents and students for embracing this new tradition, as well as to the sponsors and contributors for the event. They include the Riverhead School District, Peconic Bay Medical Center, the Riverhead Community Awareness Program, Clean Slate Living, Unique Perspectives Photography, Ivy Acres and The Suah Center for Natural Healthcare.

Congratulations to all of the Riverhead and McGann-Mercy high school graduates. While you have closed one chapter of your life story, another is just beginning and I am sure that all of Flanders joins me in saying we are expecting great things from you! Great job and best of luck to all.

Congratulations go out as well this week to several more local scholars.

Jamie Heimroth, a biology major, was named to the dean’s list at Siena College while Andre Ferreira Fialho earned the same honor at Greensboro College.

Tyler Danowski earned his bachelor of science degree from the University of Hartford.

Siblings Jessica and Peter Cybulski, both from Flanders, graduated last month.

Peter received a Bachelor of Science degree in legal studies, with a minor in adolescent education, from St. John’s University on May 19. Peter now sets off for the New York Police Department Academy.

Jessica finished up her college career on May 23 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, with a concentration in marketing, at Stony Brook University. She also minored in international studies.

Mom, Dad, Oreo and Chewey are very proud of you both. Congratulations to all of our graduates and best of luck to you all!

Be sure to stop by the grand opening of the Flanders Farm Fresh Market this Saturday, June 29, over at the David W. Crohan Community Center, off Flanders Road. Folk singer Caroline Doctorow will be performing live at 11 a.m. and volunteers will be on hand to help you select the freshest produce in town.

Director Beth Young is looking to jazz up the shopping experience this year and is searching for speakers on food and gardening, as well as musicians and educators, to volunteer an hour this summer at the market. If you are interested in volunteering in any way, please email Beth at eebeacon@gmail.com.

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