Flanders, Riverside And Northampton Community Notes, February 6

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One day we’re freezing with wind chills dipping below zero, prompting delayed school openings or early dismissals, and a few days later we’re blessed with temps in the upper 40s and low 50s, allowing some of us to trade in our heavy snow gear for jeans and sweatshirts.But as I sit here with a cup of tea on Monday morning, we’re hit with yet another snow day, and this time the white stuff is both heavy and wet. Once again we’re breaking out the winter gear and the snowblowers … all part of what is becoming a repeated cycle.

With two more storms predicted in the next week alone, I don’t think there is any end in sight to this bi-polar, flip-flopping weather. I guess we’re going to have to accept this as the “new normal.” And that means a traditionally bone-chilling 20 degrees can now be considered “balmy.”

And, yes, I know it is winter and I know where I live. But that does not mean I have to like it, so I intend to continue to complain about it. That being said, there are those brave souls who embrace the cold weather and don’t even mind taking a plunge in the ocean for charity.

Or, in other words, they’ll soon be “freezin’ for a reason.”

The seventh annual Polar Plunge benefiting Maureen’s Haven is scheduled for Saturday, March 1, at the Wharf House at Founders Landing Park in Southold. All proceeds raised will benefit the homeless on the East End.

Registration, which includes a bagel breakfast courtesy of Panera Bread, will begin at 9 a.m., and the plunge will go off at 11 a.m. To register or obtain more information, please call (631) 727-6871.

Congratulations go out this week to the following individuals: Brianna Gillian of Flanders who was named to the dean’s list at Harding University in Arkansas; Connor Flanagan of Flanders on being named to the dean’s list at Aurora University in Illinois; Hunter Bingham of Riverhead for being named to the president’s honor roll at Oklahoma City University; and Paulina Dudojc and Kristianna Giannico, both of Riverhead, on earning dean’s list honors at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. Keep up the great work, guys and girls.

And let’s not forget to congratulate Michelle Budd of Riverhead! She recently earned her degree in second language education from SUNY at New Paltz.

What a great month for our local scholars! Congratulations to you all. You have made your family, friends and neighbors here in Flanders very proud.

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