Flanders, Riverside And Northampton Community Notes, January 16

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The new year is a great time for new beginnings. Many people will start a new diet or a new fitness regimen, and some will start a new job or maybe even venture into a whole new field of work. There were plenty of changes made right here in Flanders, too, and one of the big ones happened just last week over at the Flanders firehouse.Congratulations to the new Flanders Fire Department Chief Joe Petit, who was elected on January 7. Chief Petit is a 10-year veteran who moved to Flanders from Eastport about 12 years ago with his family. We are looking forward to the great things that our new chief will bring to the fire department, with the assistance of 1st Assistant Chief J.J. Lennon and 2nd Assistant Chief John Manzella.

Congratulations to you all and thank you for all you contribute to keep our community safe.

The Southampton Town Youth Bureau has a few spots remaining for the ski/snowboard/snow tubing trip to the Camelback Mountain Resort in Pennsylvania on Saturday, January 25. The cost of the trip is between $75 and $115, depending on whether you plan to ski or snowboard (snow tubing is an add-on).

Hampton Jitney buses will leave Red Creek Park in Hampton Bays at 6 a.m. and will return around 9 p.m. the same day For more information, or to reserve a spot, please call (631) 702-2432 right away.

As many of you are aware, the Riverhead Community Awareness Program, or CAP, spends a lot of time educating our children about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse, and has been running the awareness and prevention program at the Pulaski Street School for many years. After so many years of CAP helping our children, it is our turn to help out by attending a great fundraiser that they are hosting.

On Tuesday, January 28, the community is invited to attend a Bowling Bonanza fundraiser, from 7-9:30 p.m., at The All Star on Route 58 in Riverhead. Participants are asked to organize teams of up to eight players, but may also bowl as individuals and be assigned to a team. All ages are welcome, though children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

The cost is $20 per person and bowling, shoes, soda and chips are all included. There will also be raffles, prizes and food available for purchase. You must register in advance for this event, so please give Felicia a call at (631) 727-3722 to reserve a spot or if you need more information.

Sign in will start at 6:30 p.m. on the evening of the fundraiser, so please mark your calendar now and plan on having a great night out while also helping a group that does wonders for our children and community.

On The Calendar

Saturday, January 25—Bayview Pines, Friends of the Big Duck and the Waters Edge Civic Association’s Winter Soiree, 6-10 p.m., Flanders Men’s Club off Flanders Road. Cost is $15 per person and that includes dinner, live music and dancing. There will be a cash bar and a 50/50 raffle. Call (631) 369-3164 or (631) 727-5787 for more information.

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