Flanders, Riverside And Northampton Community Notes, May 22

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What a wonderful week here in Flanders. The birds are back at the feeders, the osprey have returned to their nests, and the flowers are popping up and almost ready to bloom. It would be my favorite time of the year if not for the impending arrival of the “summer people.” I enjoy having our little hamlet all to ourselves and, like most locals, I’m not looking forward to all the traffic clogging Flanders Road.I read on 27east.com this past week that the New York State Department of Transportation is now moving up the timing for the repairs on Flanders Road. Excuse me if I sound rude but, in the words of Yosemite Sam, “What in tarnation have they been waiting for?!?”

How many people must lose their lives while trying to get to work? I cannot tell you how many days each summer we sit on the porch playing the license plate game as traffic is diverted around the gas station on Flanders Road and through my neighborhood following a serious accident.

We need to continue making noise about Flanders Road. Not only does the road need to be repaved, the state also needs to install traffic lights at the most dangerous intersections (Longneck Boulevard, Maple Avenue and Evergreen Avenue, for starters).

Please join me in reaching out to our state lawmakers—namely Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. and Senator Kenneth LaValle—and asking them to get Albany to make Flanders Road safer for our families.

The Flanders Fire Department held its annual dinner and inspection on Saturday, May 10, over at The Vineyard Caterers in Aquebogue. The evening was full of celebrations led by Chief Joe Petit, 1st Assistant Chief John Lennon and 2nd Assistant Chief John Manzella, while Commissioners Robert Merker, Brian Williams, Mike Spano, Joe Cavaluzzi and Dave Schaffauer led the inspection.

Congratulations to Brian Williams who was awarded “Firefighter of the Year” honors and all members of Company 2 for winning “Company of the Year” honors. Awards were also given to firefighters who have reached milestones: Steve Jeski (40 years of service); Frank Dolson and Alan Jacobs (35 years); Todd Ryan (25 years); Brian Williams (20 years); John Manzella (15 years); and Scott Lambeck and John “JJ” Lennon (10 years).

Congratulations to you all and thank you for your service to our community.

The weather was perfect Saturday for the Spring Fair at the Big Duck Ranch. Thirty-four vendors, as well as a clown and a balloon man—not to mention the Ralph’s Italian Ices stand—made for a great time. There was plenty of food and goodies for everyone.

The organizers wish to thank everyone who made the day fantastic and are looking forward to next year’s fair when the Big Duck Museum will be open for business. On behalf of the community, we thank the board members for all of their hard work in preserving our beloved Big Duck.

Happy birthday wishes go out this week Joey Jasinski who will blow out his candles on Wednesday, May 28, with family and friends.

Summer is almost here and that means that the Riverhead Tomcats, our local team in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League, are coming back to town. These great boys hail from all over the country and will be arriving on Thursday, May 29. Their games begin on Monday, June 2, at Veteran’s Park in Calverton.

As always, the boys will be staying with local families during the season and we are looking for a few more great families to host a few players. As you might know, my family has been a host family since 2009 and we just love it. It’s a great experience for our entire family, and we love to show what a great community we have here in Flanders.

If you think you might be interested in hosting, please contact me as I am part of the organizational team for the Riverhead Tomcats. I should be able to answer all of your questions. You can also visit www.hamptonsbaseball.org for more information about the league, hosting or to pull up their schedules.

On The Calendar

Wednesday, May 28: Riverhead High School Chamber Concert, 7 p.m., at Pulaski Street School, Riverhead.

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