Flanders, Riverside and Northampton community notes, March 18

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Seriously folks, did that storm that blew threw here last weekend really not deserve a name? What exactly determines what makes a hurricane? Since this storm had no “organized eye” that means it was just … what? A crazy, out-of-control rainstorm with wind gusts of up to 70 and 80 mph? Any storm packing that much punch should be named—just my opinion.

There was so much damage in Flanders that I could hear the fire department whistle going off all afternoon and night. Police and ambulance sirens could be heard at all hours as well. LIPA crews were working hard to clear toppled trees from power lines as many homes in our area went all night without power.

Pleasure Drive looked like a war zone with all the debris in the road and pretty much everywhere you looked there was evidence of the powerful winds. The trees on Pleasure Drive were already compromised by a disease that is killing them all so when the winds began to blow, it was like watching a bowling match with trees falling left and right. It was a crazy night for sure, and I’m not looking forward to any more of those this year.

But you know what they say: “March comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb.” Hopefully, by this Saturday, March 20, the lion will return to its den and the lamb will arrive to mark the first day of spring. I’m so anxious for some nice weather so I can go outside and work in my gardens, and I’m sure all of you will be busy getting your homes in tip-top shape over the next few weeks.

Chief Scott Lambeck is asking everyone to save the date for the Flanders Fire Department’s next Spaghetti Dinner. It is scheduled for Friday, May 21, from 5 to 8 p.m. It is always fun to head down there, get a great dinner, take a chance with some raffles, and see so many friends and neighbors from Flanders.

So this is it! My daughter Brittany and son Travis, along with all of the dancers from Royalenova Performing Arts in Center Moriches, are hard at work in rehearsals preparing for their 2010 competition season. This one should be even better than before. The team is both committed and talented. On top of that, the studio was just named Best of the Best on Long Island by The Long Island Press. A great year already, with only more great things to come.

Good luck to George Eleazer III and Steven Atwater, the directors of the studio, and the entire team on having another successful season.

You have heard about American Idol, Hampton Idol, Riverhead Idol and more. Well, now there is the Long Island Ducks Anthem Idol! The Long Island Ducks baseball team, together with 106.1 WBLI, will hold the sixth annual “Anthem Idol Contest” on Saturday, April 10, at Citibank Park in Central Islip, the home of the Long Island Ducks.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m. with contestants singing their hearts out for six anthem openings during the upcoming season. Vocal auditions will be done a cappella and will be limited to 90 seconds. The Ducks are encouraging instrumentalists to audition as well. For more information, you can visit liducks.com or call 940-DUCK. Good luck and let me know if anyone attends.

That’s all for this week, folks. Please keep me posted and have a great one.

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