Flanders, Riverside And Northampton Community Notes, August 15

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Summertime. What do you think of when you hear that word?Hot and humid weather? The beach? Partying into the night? Mosquitoes? Tropical drinks? Campfires? Perhaps you think about barbecues, charcoal or gas variety?

Well, 27east.com is so excited about barbecues that our newspaper website is now holding a “Beefed-Up Backyard Barbecue Contest,” and the top three finishers will receive fabulous gift certificates. Here’s how the contest works: Snap a photo of you standing next to your awesome grill and upload it on the website, along with a short explanation as to why you are “King of the Grill.” (Personally, I would make sure you include some actions shots!)

The generous sponsor of this contest is Catena’s Meat Market in Southampton Village, and the winner will take home a $175 gift certificate. Second place will receive a $125 gift certificate and the third-place finisher will receive a $75 gift certificate.

Judging takes place on Monday, August 26, so fire up those grills and get your cameras ready! Good luck to everyone.

The following is a true “feel good” story about two fantastic organizations in our community. The Riverhead Rotary Club recently made a $5,000 donation to help bring the New Beginnings Brendan House in Riverhead another step closer to reality. Once it is completed on Sound Avenue, the Brendan House will provide living space for those suffering from traumatic brain injuries.

The group home has drawn much attention and fundraising support ever since it was announced that Michael Hubbard would be moving in once the home is finished. You might remember that Michael was severely injured when he tried lighting a gel candle in May 2011 and suffered extreme burns.

Representatives of New Beginnings are still trying to raise another $75,000 to $100,000 in donations to complete the work. All the town permits have been secured; it is now up to the generosity of the community.

The next fundraiser for this project is scheduled for today, Thursday, August 15, at the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center on Main Street in downtown Riverhead. The fun begins at 6 p.m. and tickets start at $200 per person. Proceeds will go to the Brendan House fund. Please call (631) 286-6166 for tickets or for more details about what you can do to help.

The start of the school year is fast approaching and the Southampton Town Youth Bureau is now accepting donations of new school supplies for distribution to local families in need. For the remainder of the month you may drop off pencils, pens, notebooks, rulers, art supplies, backpacks, paper and any other supplies you think will be needed at the town’s Citizen Response Center, located inside Southampton Town Hall, 116 Hampton Road. Call (631) 702-2421 if you need more information on the drive.

Finally, best of luck to local girl Colleen Sullivan who will soon be embarking for the University of Dayton in Ohio. Apparently, getting accepted is no easy feat, with school officials stating that incoming students are part of the most selective class in university history. You have already made us proud, Colleen! We wish you nothing but success.

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