04/11/14 5:00am
Eager egg seekers take off looking for the golden egg last year. (Credit: Carrie Miller, file)

Eager egg seekers take off looking for the golden egg last year. (Credit: Carrie Miller, file)

Hello, everyone! I hope you had a great couple of weeks. We’ve had some nice weather thrown in but this really has been the winter that just won’t quit. I’m looking forward to spending my mornings reading a book and drinking my tea on the deck but it’s still just a little too cold for that. Cross your fingers that these 20- to 30-degree morning temperatures end soon because I’m just about done with being cold.  (more…)

03/30/14 6:00am

Eager egg seekers take off looking for the golden egg last year. (Credit: Carrie Miller, file)

Happy spring, friends and neighbors. Yes it’s officially spring but it sure doesn’t feel like it. We get a couple of days of gorgeous weather then we get a forecast for more snow, which was forecasted for this week. I’m tired of being cold. (more…)

02/27/14 3:00pm

Flanders Little League

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.   (more…)

02/13/14 1:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO | Family said Barbara Tocci helped others without asking for anything in return.

Family said Barbara Tocci helped others without asking for anything in return. (Courtesy photo)

FLANDERS, RIVERSIDE & NORTHAMPTON

Hello, everyone. Before I go any further I’d like to apologize to a few people I neglected to mention in my last column. They were also the most important people in Barbara Tocci’s life and I forgot to include them, probably because my brain still can’t grasp what has happened. (more…)

02/03/14 9:22pm
COURTESY PHOTO | Family said Barbara Tocci helped others without asking for anything in return.

COURTESY PHOTO | Family said Barbara Tocci helped others without asking for anything in return.

Other than a few birthdays I don’t have much news this week. Since Jan. 16 our community has been in mourning and many have been walking around in kind of a daze. That is the day when we lost Barbara Tocci in a horrific motor vehicle accident on Route 24, aka Flanders Road.

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02/04/12 12:00pm

Howdy, y’all. How was your week? Mine was pretty good. The Super Bowl is over and NASCAR racing season starts soon. In my book that means spring is in the air! My friend and I were talking the other day about the really mild winter we’ve had so far. She’s thinking it’s going to be a really raw March. I’m going with a little bit of optimism and hoping Mother Nature will spare us this year. Let’s all cross our fingers.

Here’s some news from the Flanders, Riverside, Northampton Community Association. Their meeting on Monday, Feb. 13, will be held at the David Crohan Community Center at 7 p.m. Topics of discussion will include the revised plan for the River Catwalk Project and the latest info on the 72H Properties — affordable homes slated to be built in Flanders by the Southampton Town Housing Authority. FRNCA’s membership drive is also in full swing. Interested residents can log on to their website at southamptonwest.com or call Laura Smith at 631-766-8400 for an application.

Also being discussed is the $1,000 FRNCA Scholarship Award given to a graduating senior or college student who has distinguished themselves as a well-rounded individual and has received acceptance into an institution to continue their education. The scholarship application can be downloaded from FRNCA’s website or call Laura Smith at the number above. Applications, due by April 15, 2012, must be typed or written very clearly and mailed to FRNCA, P.O. Box 602, Flanders, NY 11901.

Belated happy birthday to my friend Tia Robinson, who celebrated Feb. 6, from your children, Krista and Christopher, and all your family and friends. I hope your day was extra special.

Happy birthday to former resident and good friend Krissy Foulkes, who will celebrate her 20th on Feb. 12. We hope you have a fantastic day. Happy 17th birthday to my son Michael, who celebrates Feb. 15, from me, Dad, Thomas and Kaitlyn. I hope you have a terrific day. Wow, 17 already! Where did the time go?

That’s all for this week, friends and neighbors. I’m a little slow with the news. Don’t forget to call or email me with any news you’d like to share with the community. That’s what this column is for.

Have a wonderful and hopefully warm weekend and please drive safely. Talking or texting while driving is dangerous to yourself and everyone else on the road. Be a courteous and responsible driver and put the phone away while you’re driving.

Thanks for reading and I hope to hear from you soon.