Flanders, Riverside and Northampton Community Notes, October 17

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This is my favorite time of the year. The dry crisp weather and chilly nights make it perfect for sleeping with the windows open. And it’s time for hoodies and sweatpants, fires in the firepit and great football weekends. I have noticed, though, that this year seems much worse as far as traffic is concerned on the North Fork and that is a bit, well, annoying, to say the least. I understand why it is the thing to do; it’s fall, time for pumpkins and corn stalks, roasted corn and scarecrows. The thing I don’t understand is why here? Are there no pumpkins anywhere else on Long Island? Is it really worth sitting in hours of traffic, with three kids in the back seat whining “are we there yet?” I made the mistake of trying to get to Aquebogue on a sunny Saturday afternoon in October, it took me 45 minutes to get from Route 105 to my destination in the western portion of Aquebogue. There must be some pumpkins elsewhere on the Island so that those of us who live here can get where we are trying to go without packing a lunch!Happy sixth birthday wishes go out to Renee Marcks who blew out the candles on her big day, Friday, October 11, and then celebrated in style with her friends and family at Chuck E. Cheese in Patchogue. Here’s hoping that you have a great year, Renee. Mommy, Daddy, Cora, Winston, Fritz (and, of course, Miss Meigan) wish you all the love and kisses in the world.

There was a great turnout of concerned neighbors at the emergency meeting of Water’s Edge Civic Association and Bay View Pines Civic and Taxpayers Association on Thursday, October 10, to address the facts surrounding the recent suspicious activity in the neighborhood. After much heated discussion the Southampton Town Police Department was able to clear up certain rumors that had been circulating. As a community it was decided that it is preferred that we have the information surrounding such “suspicious activity” involving people attempting to “grab” someone off of the street, come from the police department so that families can be proactive when coming up with a plan for protecting their own families.

Better to know what to look out for, even though no crime had been committed yet, than to have that crime end up happening to someone else with no warning. A planned neighborhood watch is now getting underway and anyone interested in helping out with their street should contact me until we get a more solid committee in place, feel free to email me at newsinflanders@aol.com.

Riverhead Central Faculty Association is hosting a great fundraiser with some help from the Harlem Wizards basketball organization on Thursday, November 14, in the Riverhead High School gym. Members of the Wizards recently visited with the elementary school students in the district to promote the game and to send their anti-bullying message. Tickets are available for the game through the Parent Teacher Student Organization and by visiting www.harlemwizards.com. The RCFA is also looking for sponsors for the event to help raise funds for their scholarship program that supports many students with scholarships to continue their education at colleges, universities and vocational programs. If you are interested in becoming a corporate sponsor, please contact Gregory Wallace at rcfascholarshipfund@gmail.com.

On The Calendar

Monday, October 21: First meeting of Southampton Youth Bureau’s Youth Court, 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Southampton Town Justice Court Center, 32 Jackson Avenue, Hampton Bays. For more information, call Karen Matz at 702-2424.

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