Flanders, Riverside And Northampton Community Notes, September 19

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Even though we live in a world where people routinely fail to heed warnings, or still believe that certain laws don’t apply to them, I’m still convinced that there are good people out there. But with that being said, just recently, while out with my family, I witnessed what can only be described as an act of stupidity.Long story short: A man driving who I can only assume were his family and friends makes a pit stop at Applebee’s in Riverhead so his young daughter can use the bathroom. While waiting for her to return with his wife, he proceeds to chug wine from a bottle with the other passengers in his vehicle.

Not only is it illegal to drink and drive, sir, but it is beyond irresponsible to do so with a young child in the car. And what about the four other adults with him? I mean, how stupid can people be?

Without even a second thought, my husband and I called the cops and provided them with a license plate number. Hopefully, the police got to him before someone got hurt or worse.

This group in our community, which boasts plenty of great people, deserves our praise for a job well done.

Congratulations go out to the Riverhead Community Awareness Program (CAP), which has been awarded a $125,000 federal grant from the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Riverhead CAP earned the grant on behalf of the Riverhead Community Coalition for Safe and Drug-Free Youth.

The federal government has recognized the strength of the organization’s underage drinking and drug prevention efforts, and has committed the funding for them to expand their efforts. Felicia Scocozza, executive director of Riverhead CAP, stated: “This new funding will allow Riverhead CAP and the Riverhead Community Coalition to better engage and involve the community to steer more young people toward success and enable them to live healthier and safer lives.”

The mission of this fabulous group, which has been conducting peer groups and educating the fifth- and sixth-graders at the Pulaski Street School for years, is to engage and work with partners in planning, carrying out and evaluating strategies that prevent youth substance use and abuse.

On behalf of the entire community, I thank group members for the important work that you do. For more information about the Riverhead Community Coalition for Safe and Drug-Free Youth, contact Clare Marie Lundberg, community prevention specialist, at (631) 727-3722.

Be sure to mark your calendars for the Flanders Fire Department’s 65th anniversary parade that’s scheduled for next Saturday, September 28, and begins at 3 p.m.

The parade route starts on Longneck Boulevard and ends at the Big Duck Ranch property on Flanders Road. A party will follow at the Flanders Men’s Club with free hot dogs and soda, music, a 50/50 raffle and a cash bar.

Just remember that Flanders Road will be closed to all traffic between Longneck Boulevard and Chauncey Road between 3 and 5 p.m. that day, so be sure to plan ahead if you need to get out of or into the community.

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