Flanders, Riverside And Northampton Community Notes, May 29


What a wonderful holiday weekend in this little hamlet that we all call home. Great weather, plenty of activities and barbecues galore.Paying tribute to our lost soldiers and service members is a huge part of celebrating Memorial Day. American flags were flying for all to see—something I’d love to see more of and not just on Memorial Day or on the Fourth of July. It always warms my heart to walk around my neighborhood and see all of the American flags flying.

Kristin North and members of her Girl Scout Troop 2307, which is made up of students attending both the Phillips Avenue and Pulaski Street elementary schools, spent Saturday morning at Calverton National Cemetery placing American flags on the graves of those buried there. According to co-leader Francine Godsey: “The girls were very respectful and did a great job.”

What a great way to honor those who fought and died fighting for our freedom. Keep up the great work, girls!

Lost in all the holiday celebrations is the fact that we have only a month remaining in the school year. That also means that schools and colleges are busy passing along information about their impressive scholars.

Earlier this spring, Izabella Szlejter of Riverhead worked with Shih-Ming Hu of the Department of Human Ecology at SUNY at Oneonta on a project titled “Okra Gum Fat Replacement in Chocolate Ice Cream.” Izabella was the co-presenter for the project that was presented during the annual Student Research and Creative Activity Day. She was one of 191 students involved in this exciting day. Way to go, Izabella!

Congratulations go out this week to Hannah Kulp and Gwendolyn Fuller of Riverhead. Both were awarded an RIT Presidential Scholarship to attend the Rochester Institute of Technology. Hannah will major in criminal justice and art history, and Gwendolyn is enrolled in the Medical Illustration MFA program. Keep making your family proud.

Alexander Wnorowski, Allison Marie Zahralban and John Hockett, all Riverhead residents, received their degrees from Binghamton University earlier this month. Also, William Duprey of Riverhead also received his degree on May 16 during the Pratt Institute’s commencement ceremony held at Radio City Music Hall.

Best of luck to all of our recent graduates!

Last, but certainly not least, we have a few local scholars who found themselves on the dean’s list for the spring semester at their respective colleges and universities. Congratulations go out to: Andre Ferreira Fialho (Greensboro College); Amy Boden (York College), who is a senior majoring in recreation and leisure administration; and Alexander D. Reiss (Coastal Carolina University), a recreation and sport management major.

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