Flanders, Riverside And Northampton Community Notes, April 24

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Living in Water’s Edge for the past 19 years, I have come to expect certain things: beautiful sunset walks to the beach, fantastic neighbors and an overall great community. Sadly, there are some not-so-great things that those of us who live here have also come to expect.They include cars speeding down Royal Avenue (as if doing 50 mph in the neighborhood is going to get you home any sooner), not to mention the inevitable “church ladies,” as my children used to call them. This group of women walk throughout the neighborhood, knocking on every door until someone answers, all in an attempt to persuade those inside to join their congregation.

While I consider myself a friendly person, this year’s “church ladies” have been a bit more persistent, and I’m about fed up with them. Aside from the obvious annoyances, they also tend to aggravate the neighborhood dogs, triggering one barking frenzy after another.

While there is a national “Do Not Call” list, I believe there should also be a national “Do Not Solicit” list that we can join. Or I think these ladies should be limited to one visit per family—period. For example, members of the same church knocked on my door twice … in three days.

I would describe that as a tad aggressive, and I’m fairly certain I am not alone. Feel free to shoot me an email if you have had similar experiences. My email address is listed at the bottom of my column.

The folks over at the Southampton Town Youth Bureau are busy preparing for the group’s 13th annual job fair that’s scheduled for Friday, May 16, from 4:30 to 7 p.m., over at the Hampton Bays Community Center on Ponquogue Avenue.

The Youth Bureau is currently seeking business owners who are looking to build their employee base and searching for new avenues for finding suitable applicants. If your company is interested, please visit www.southamptontownny.gov/youthbureau or call (631) 702-2421.

Don’t forget that members of the Friends of the Big Duck will be holding their Spring Fair next month on Saturday, May 17, and they are also looking for more participants to add to their family fair. The fair will run from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on the grounds of the Big Duck Ranch on Flanders Road in Flanders, and organizers are looking for some great family fun to add to the already fabulous booths.

For more details, or to obtain a registration form for a booth, visit www.bigduck.org.

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