Flanders, Riverside And Northampton Community Notes, August 29

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Are you ready for the beginning of a new school year? I ask because you don’t have to be the parent of a student to be affected by all of the chaos created by this happening.Let’s see, the buses will be back out on the roads in full force on Monday, September 9, so that means we all need to familiarize ourselves with their routes to avoid being stuck behind one of them along the long stretch on Flanders Road. You know, that road where the buses seem to stop every 5 feet.

Whatever happened to those bus stops with multiple children getting on and off the bus together? I have been behind one that make a stop at every driveway, with parents waiting for students standing 30 feet away from each other. Wouldn’t it make more sense to have the three or four students meet in the middle and have the bus stop once? Seems silly to me, that’s all.

Traffic isn’t the only thing affected by the start of school. The stores are mobbed with families shopping for school supplies, and you cannot find a thing you need on their lists if you wait too long to get started.

And we cannot forget about the grocery store shelves that will soon sit vacant once they are emptied of all the peanut butter, jelly and bread used to make that lunch classic.

As exciting as this time of year is for everyone, we all have to be realistic and acknowledge that it is a tad crazy as well. Best of luck to all the first-time school mommies and daddies out there. And to all the mommies and daddies with a high school senior this year, and all those in between, here’s to you having a great school year!

By the way, I was thinking of sharing some tips and tricks for surviving the school year and I am looking for your help. Please email me with your tips for making the perfect school lunch, or for making homework time peaceful, or any other survival tips you might have. I will share them all here.

Let’s help each other have a great school year. Please email your tips and tricks to newsinflanders@aol.com before Sunday night to have it included in the next week’s column. I am looking forward to hearing all of the great ideas.

The start of another school year also sadly bring with it some new social issues for young adults, and that is where the Southampton Youth Bureau steps in. The town is continuing to educate students about these topics through an unusual outlet: theater.

The bureau’s Act Two program gives teens the chance to perform short plays about those day-to-day issues that they must deal with and overcome. Registration is now going on and classes will begin on Thursday, September 12, at the Southampton Town Community Center on Ponquogue Avenue in Hampton Bays. The first class will run from 6 until 7:30 p.m.

To register, or obtain more information about the future schedule, please call the Southampton Youth Bureau at (631) 702-2421.

Auditions for this year’s Riverhead Faculty and Community Theater’s production of “Nunsense and Nunsense Amen” will be held next Tuesday and Wednesday, September 3 and 4, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Riverhead Free Library on Court Street.

Due to ongoing construction at the Riverhead High School, the shows will be performed at the Vail-Leavitt Music Hall in downtown Riverhead on the following dates: November 15, 16, 17, 22, 23 and 24. For more information, please email Riverhead Faculty and Community Theater President Glenn Abramowitz at abramowi@bnl.gov.

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