I would like to take a moment to officially welcome my two summer sons to Flanders. Charley Gould, a catcher from the College of William and Mary, comes from Illinois and Jake Axley, a pitcher from The New York Institute of Technology, hails from Florida.Both boys are settling in nicely and their game schedule is now in full swing. So far they seem unaffected by the crazy shenanigans that go on at Chez Rocco, but we will see if that changes as the summer rolls on.
On another “summer sons” note, two years ago you may recall we housed two players from Indiana University, Casey Smith and Aaron Slegers. Well, not only did Aaron earn Big 10 “Pitcher of the Year” honors, he was also drafted last week by the Minnesota Twins! And both boys are currently playing in the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska, for the Division 1 National Championship.
This is the first time in team history that the Hoosiers have made it all the way to Omaha. And I am sure it must be the Flanders water that propelled them there!
Best of luck, boys, as you fulfill your dreams and, hopefully, win the big one. All of us here in Flanders, especially your “summer momma,” are rooting for you. You can catch the College World Series on ESPN and look for Hoosier jerseys No. 20 and No. 31—those are my boys and I am so proud.
Congratulations to the following scholars, all who hail from Riverhead, on their wonderful academic achievements for the spring semester:
Kristen Sauter earned dean’s list honors at Stonehill College; Paulina Dudojc and Kristianna Giannico earned the same honors at Quinnipiac University; Deborah Bates also made the dean’s list at SUNY at Oneonta; and Michael Vlacci worked hard at his criminal justice studies to join the dean’s list over at Springfield College en route to earning his bachelor of science degree.
Congratulations once again to all and keep up the great work.
You may want to mark your calendars one more time for the 10th anniversary celebration of the East Quogue Village Green. You might remember that there was a celebration scheduled for Memorial Day weekend, but it had to be rescheduled for later this month due to rain.
The celebration will now run from noon until 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 29, on the Village Green, just off Montauk Highway. Let’s hope for some great weather so that everyone can enjoy what promises to be a fantastic family event featuring an inflatable double slide, face painters and balloon artists. The Filthy Crickets will provide some live music for the adults, and there will also be loads of food and drinks, not to mention ice cream. Hope to see you all there.
Do you have a baseball player at home who is looking to have some fun this summer? Well, the Calvary Baptist Church in Riverside has just the answer.
The parish will host a Bible and Baseball Camp over at Stotzky Park, off Pulaski Street in Riverhead, from July 8 to 12. Campers will play in baseball games, take Bible lessons, and enjoy snacks and refreshments. The best part: it is free.
The camp is open to all children between the ages of 7 and 12. Preregistration is required and can be done at the church office, by calling (631) 727-4112, or online on the church website, www.cbcriverhead.org.