Flanders, Riverside And Northampton Community Notes, January 9

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Happy New Year to all, both near and far, and best wishes for a fantastic 2014. Last year was a rough one for my family, and it seems like it was a tough one for most people I’ve spoken with in recent weeks. The most common reply I’ve heard when wishing friends and family a “Happy New Year” is: “It’s gotta be better than 2013 was—that’s for sure!”I feel the same way, so I say in with the new and here’s to a fabulous 2014!

Phillips Avenue School students celebrated the holidays with their annual “Five Days of Peace and Good Will” during the week leading up to the Christmas break and, as always, it was a wonderful week for all.

Each day that week the students received a gift, whether it was one they could physically hold in their hands or something they could grasp with their hearts. That Tuesday, for example, they enjoyed a performance by the Mad Scientist, which was a big hit. Then the next day, they enjoyed a visit from Santa who also brought gift bags for the students at the Riverside school. The gift bags were donated by Jocelyn’s Operation Holiday Spirit, and featured those items on the wish lists created by students in the fall.

Many thanks to all of Santa’s little helpers who make this fabulous week possible every December for our Phillips Avenue School students.

Most of the kids probably had a lot of practice on their video game systems over the longer-than-normal holiday break, so maybe they want to put their skills to good use and compete in a video game tournament this Friday, January 10.

Hosted by the Southampton Town Youth Bureau, the tournament will be held at the David W. Crohan Community Center, off Flanders Road in Flanders, and begins at 7 p.m. Bus transportation will be available at 6:40 p.m. from the Hampton Bays High School. Admission is $5 per player and that includes food, drinks and games, including “Call of Duty Black Ops 2,” “Super Smash Brothers Brawl,” “Just Dance 4,” “Street Fighter 4,” “Mario Kart” and several others. Please call (631) 702-2425 if your child is interested in competing.

With all of the New Year’s resolutions out there, why not make an effort to save a life in 2014? The Flanders, Riverside and Northampton Community Association and the Flanders Fire Department are co-hosting a blood drive this Saturday, January 11, from 1-7 p.m., at the Flanders firehouse located on Firehouse Lane, just off Route 24.

Giving blood is important and will help assure that there is ample supply during an emergency. You never know when it will be you or a family member who needs it. So, if you can donate, please do so on Saturday. For more information, please call Barbara at (631) 574-8958 or Patty at (631) 727-3977.

Members of our community are invited to attend the Winter Soirée being co-hosted by Bay View Pines, the Water’s Edge Civic Association and The Friends of the Big Duck on Saturday, January 25. The festivities will be held at the Flanders Men’s Club off Flanders Road and begin at 6 p.m.

You don’t have to be a member of any of these organizations to attend; it’s an opportunity to have a night out and catch up with your neighbors. In addition to dinner, attendees will enjoy live music, dancing, a 50/50 raffle and a cash bar. Tickets are $15 each and checks should be made out to the Bay View Pines Civic and Taxpayers Association and mailed to P.O. Box 1475, Riverhead, NY 11901, as soon as possible.

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