Flanders, Riverside And Northampton Community Notes, August 22

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It’s August 22 … already. Wow, this summer has flown by and we did not do all that much. However, we were able to enjoy some much-needed family time and that is more important than just spending time at amusement parks and such. Quality family time is very important to me.Perhaps my opinion has changed a bit after suffering the loss of both my mother-in-law and father-in-law, as well as my grandmother, in such a short span. But I have revamped my perspective on family, and I am enjoying every minute I am given with my loved ones.

Before the summer comes to an end, be sure to enjoy an excellent lobster dinner while also helping a great cause.

Maureen’s Haven is a wonderful outreach program located in Riverhead that works to provide shelter and other support to the homeless on both the North and South forks. You can help support this fabulous program by stopping down at Dockers Waterside Restaurant and Marina on Dune Road in East Quogue today, Thursday, August 22, between 6 and 10 p.m., for a country-themed lobster feast.

Tickets are $175 each and proceeds will directly benefit Maureen’s Haven and all its wonderful programs. For more information, or to get some tickets, please call (631) 727-6831.

Another great fundraiser also set for tonight, Thursday, August 22, is the Miss Exceptional Long Island Beauty Pageant that’s being held at the Vail-Leavitt Music Hall in Riverhead. The pageant begins at 6:30 p.m. and is designed for girls with disabilities; it is intended to give them the self-confidence they need to discover their exceptional beauty.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children and senior citizens. There will also be a fabulous Chinese auction. All proceeds will be donated to local charities selected by the contestants. For more information and tickets, call Nikki at (631) 561-1380.

One more event to mention is the 11th annual Hamptons Summer Scholarship and Domestic Abuse Fundraiser that is hosted by Bobby and Dhonna Goodale of Flanders. That event will be held this Saturday, August 24, starting at 4 p.m., at their waterfront home off Point Road.

Each year the Goodales raise money to support families in shelters and the victims of domestic abuse, as well as some musical and educational programs. This year’s special guests will include Grammy-nominated singer Johnny Kemp, Tony-nominated actor and singer Adrian Bailey and Emmy-nominated actor Kene Holliday. For tickets or more information, please call (631) 727-7229.

Congratulations go out this week to Jamie Heimroth who recently graduated (cum laude!) from Siena College in Loudonville, New York, with a bachelor’s degree in biology. Best of luck to you, Jamie.

Finally, best of luck to another 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 this year’s 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.

On The Calendar

Saturday, August 24: Inaugural rubber duck race sponsored by the Friends of the Big Duck, Flanders Men’s Club, Flanders Road, starting at noon. It costs $5 to enter and prizes will be awarded to the top five finishers. Preregistration is required; either stop by the Big Duck store or call Fran at (631) 727-5342. Proceeds will benefit plans to open a duck farming museum inside the barn that is located on the Big Duck Rank property.

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