Parade Saturday to commemorate Flanders FD’s 65th anniversary

09/27/2013 5:00 PM |
PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO  |  Artist Richard Anderson was commissioned to carve this tribute to Flanders' bravest in a tree in Sue Mastelli's front yard. Mr. Anderson also sculpted the works that line the boardwalk along the Peconic River in downtown Riverhead.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Artist Richard Anderson was commissioned to carve this tribute to Flanders’ bravest in a tree in Sue Mastelli’s front yard. The Flanders Fire Department will have a parade and party Saturday for its 65th anniversary.

Flanders Road will be closed to traffic for two hours Saturday afternoon while the Flanders Fire Department commemorates its 65th Anniversary with a parade and party.

The parade will start at 3 p.m. on Longneck Boulevard and will go west to the Big Duck Ranch, and the public is invited to a party immediately afterwards at the adjacent Flanders Men Club, said Flanders Fire District Commissioner Mike Spano.

“We’ll be honoring two longtime members and former chiefs, Michael DeNicolo and David Fox,” he said. The two will serve as grand marshals of the parade.

Mr. DeNicolo, with the department for 65 years, joined during the department’s first year of operation, when he was 18. His father was a founding member. Mr. Fox has 48 years with the department.

Flanders Road will be closed to traffic between Red Creek Road and Huntington Lane from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, and residents in the area have been given notice of the closure in advance, Mr. Spano said.

About 20 other fire departments will be in the parade from as far away as New Jersey and upstate New York.

The celebration party after the parade at the Flanders Men Club will feature free hot dogs, soda, music, a cash bar and a 50/50 raffle.

tgannon@timesreview.com

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