10/10/14 6:00am

October is upon us, friends and neighbors. Time to put those flip-flops away. This time of year, although beautiful, always makes me very sad. Most of you know how I feel about the cold, wind and snow; I can’t stand it. I’ll admit, a good snowstorm that doesn’t cause a power outage is always nice around the holidays, but the many months of dealing with snow, ice and whipping wind — yuck!  (more…)

09/25/14 6:00am
Red Tide won the Southampton Youth Bureau Battle of the Bands. (Credit: Southampton Youth Bureau courtesy)

Red Tide won the Southampton Youth Bureau Battle of the Bands. (Credit: Southampton Youth Bureau courtesy)

As September comes to a close I cannot believe my baby girl has been away at college for a month already. It feels like forever to me. Do any other parents feel the same way? I can’t wait until she comes home for a visit Oct. 10; I’ll be one happy mom. How is everyone else doing with this back-to-school business? It’s very strange not having a child in the Riverhead Central School District. I feel like I’m so out of the loop. If you’re reading this and belong to or attend any district PTA/PTO meetings (especially at Phillips Avenue) and you know of something coming up, please send me an email or give me a call. I’d love to write about it and know the community would love to hear about it.   (more…)

09/11/14 6:00am

Happy September. I hope everyone returned to school without too many tears — kids and moms alike. I wish everyone a great school year. Funny how now that it’s September we’re having the hottest days of the summer. Oh well, it was a great summer weather-wise, even if we didn’t hit 90 degrees. I’ll take it over shoveling snow and dealing with ice any day.

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08/28/14 5:00am

Labor Day is this weekend, college is back in session and classes at local schools begin next week. The summer went by extremely fast. It probably seemed a lot faster  to me, since my baby girl left for her freshman year at SUNY/Oneonta last weekend. I’m so proud of her. I brag about her all the time, but my heart aches not having her here. I know it’s selfish and I know she’s where she’s supposed to be — yes, Dave McKillop, I know and totally agree — but I miss her terribly and can’t wait for her first visit home. I wish everyone a great academic year.  (more…)

08/01/14 6:00am
A sign on Route 24 warns drivers of the dangers of texting and driving following the death of Barbara Tocci on the road earlier this year. (Credit: Carrie Miller, file)

A sign on Route 24 warns drivers of the dangers of texting and driving following the death of Barbara Tocci on the road earlier this year. (Credit: Carrie Miller, file)

Hi, friends and neighbors. I hope everyone enjoyed the last weekend of July. It’s crazy how fast this month flew. I’m especially sad because this means my baby girl is leaving in less than a month to embark on her college career. I’m going to miss her so much. Don’t get me wrong, I’m over the moon with pride at her accomplishments and her drive for success but I’m still going to have some serious empty nest syndrome going on. (more…)

07/04/14 6:00am
Grangebel Park.

Grangebel Park.

What a whirlwind weekend we had. My daughter graduated from Riverhead High School on Saturday and we held a party for her that evening. Thanks to everyone who helped out, especially my brothers, Frank, Danny and Mike, and my sister-in-law Kim. Thanks also to those who brought a dish and everyone who attended, and thanks to God for the perfect weather. Congratulations to the Class of 2014. Best wishes for a prosperous future!  (more…)