Welcome to March, friends and neighbors. After today there will only be 20 more days until spring starts and we turn the clocks ahead. I cannot wait for warmer temperatures and longer days. This was the worst winter ever, and not just because of the cold weather and snow. Our community saw a lot of loss and tragedy, the most devastating being the accident that claimed Barbara Tocci’s life Jan. 16. Since I’m talking about this subject, allow me to quickly remind you to drive slowly on Flanders Road. The potholes on this road are worse than ever and we don’t need another tragedy.
Flanders Little League will hold sign-ups tonight at the Flanders Firehouse, 19 Firehouse Lane, from 7 to 8 p.m. Boys and girls between ages 5 and 12 are welcome to join. Cost per player: Tee-ball, $10, Minor League, $20 and Little League, $30. Proof of address and a birth certificate are required for new registrants. For more info call or text Wayne, league president, at 631-745-9060. FLL is always looking for volunteers and members to join the board. If you have a few hours to spare each month and want to help continue a 40-plus- year institution, please ask Wayne how you can join.
The Southampton Youth Bureau is holding open auditions for its first-ever Hamptons Got Talent competition on Fridays, Feb. 28 and March 7, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hampton Bays Community Center, 25 Ponquogue Ave. Students in grades 5-12 residing in Southampton Town are eligible to showcase any of the following talents: singing, dancing, playing instruments, performing comedy or magic, or reading poetry. Contestants are asked to bring to the audition any music they plan to perform to without vocals. Finalists will perform in the Hamptons Got Talent competition April 26 from 8 to 11 p.m. at Hampton Bays High School. For additional audition information and an application, call SYB at 702-2432 or visit southamptontownny.gov/youthbureau.
SYB is also sponsoring a 3-on-3 basketball tournament Friday, March 21, from 7 to 10 p.m. at SYS, 1370A Majors Path in Southampton. This event is open to all students in grades 6 through 12. Proof of age is required. Preregister by Thursday, March 20, at a cost of $15 per team by submitting a completed form and payment to the Youth Bureau or register at the door the night of the event for $30 per team. Fee includes admission, prizes and refreshments. Admission is free for non-players. Bus transportation will be provided for $2 per person round trip.
The seniors at the David Crohan Community Center are hosting a thrift shop at the center Wednesday, March 12, from 10 a.m. to noon. Come down and do a little bit of shopping and check out the community center.
Belated happy birthday wishes go out to my nephew Ryan Zaleski, who celebrated Feb. 16. I hope you had a great day!
Happy birthday to Dave Troyan on Feb. 25; Carol Lope, Michelle Diming and Greg Spano on the 28th; my BFF Theresa Lebron Schenck (born Feb. 29), also on the 28th, Tim Edwards on March 1 and Ann Lao on the 2nd.
Congratulations to my brother, Michael Zaleski, for being chosen Riverhead Town Employee of the Year! We all watched him receive his award last Wednesday night. What an honor! My brother has been working for the highway department for more than 20 years and I can tell you he and the entire crew are very dedicated to their jobs and should all be recognized for their commitment. Congratulations, little brother. I’m so proud of you!
That’s all for this week. Please drive safely and slow down. Thanks for all the information you passed along to me this week. If you have any news you’d like to share please get it to me in enough time to print it. Have a wonderful week. Let’s hope the weather gets better and better.