10/24/14 6:00am

Hello, friends and neighbors. Welcome to fall. It got cold, didn’t it? Speaking of the cold, my daughter downloaded an app that counts the days till Christmas. I don’t want to think about Christmas yet. I want to get through Halloween, Thanksgiving and Kaitlyn’s college finals first. I can’t believe her first semester is almost over. She is doing so well and enjoying her college experience. Thank you to everyone who asks about her.  (more…)

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…)