Flanders, Riverside And Northampton Community Notes, July 18

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So I bring you this column, once again, from somewhere other than my house in Flanders. On Sunday, my daughters Brittany and Mackenzie, and yours truly, left for the dance nationals in Atlantic City where they will compete with their team from Royalenova Performing Arts for the National Championship at the Starbound National Talent Competition.It should be an interesting week with all the talent gathered here from across the country and, hopefully, the girls will return to Flanders as National Champions one more time.

Congratulations to Kristi Fernandez of Riverhead who was named to the dean’s list at SUNY at Albany for the spring semester and Elizabeth Wells, another local girl and a music major at Rider University’s Westminster Choir College, who received the same honor for her hard work. Great job, girls.

While Kristi and Elizabeth were hard at work, Bryan Nugent was finishing up his studies and earning a Bachelor of Science degree from SUNY at Albany on May 19. Your dedication to your studies has surely paid off, Bryan, and we look forward to hearing great things about you in the future. Best of luck!

Congratulations also go out this week to one of the fabulous educators at Suffolk County Community College’s Eastern Campus in neighboring Northampton. Theresa Dereme, a counselor and assistant professor, was recently awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence for 2012-13.

SCCC President Dr. Shaun McKay said: “We are extremely proud of the individuals who have been honored with this year’s SUNY Chancellor Awards. These awards are given each year to faculty members and administrators who demonstrate extraordinary dedication to students and an exceptional commitment to excellence. Individuals selected for this honor are role models within the college and the SUNY community.”

Congratulations, Theresa, and thank you for all you do.

For all of you lobster enthusiasts (I can’t say I would be included in that bunch) there is a fantastic fundraiser for Maureen’s Haven, the not-for-profit homeless outreach organization here on the East End, coming up on Thursday, August 22.

Dockers Waterside Restaurant and Marina on Dune Road in East Quogue will host the third annual Lobster Bash and this year there is a country theme. Actress Susan Lucci of “All My Children” fame and her son, Andreas Huber, a golfer and reality TV star, will serve as the honorary chairs for the event. Local developers and cousins, Gregg and Mitchell Rechler, will once again sponsor the event and help underwrite the costs involved in a fundraiser of this magnitude.

The evening will include live country music, line dancing, dinner and cocktails. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available now and tickets start at $175. For more details, please visit www.maureenshaven.org and click on “Events.”

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