08/20/16 9:59am

Hello! I hope everyone has been staying cool out there.

Riverside Rediscovered will be partnering with United Healthcare and Truth Community Church for a back-to-school event Saturday, Aug. 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 129 Peconic Ave. (the grass-covered property on the circle in Riverside). The event is free and everyone is welcome. There will be children’s activities and snacks and school supplies will be distributed. Information and sign-up for United Healthcare will be available, plus lots more. For information or to donate school supplies for local kids, call Siris or Angela at Riverside Rediscovered, 631-591-3926.

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08/14/16 4:42am
08/14/2016 4:42 AM

Hope Children’s Fund, supported by former Shoreham-Wading River High School Global Awareness teacher and ongoing HCF advocate Kevin Mann, will have a booth at the Rocky Point Farmers Market Melon Festival. The event will be held Sunday, Aug. 21, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Old Depot Park, on the corner of Broadway and Prince Road. Available for purchase will be Kenyan crafts (carvings, jewelry, metal work) from the Meru Women’s Cooperative and Johnstone Kirimi, along with a piece called “Noah’s Ark,” which Kevin says “is truly a work of art.” For more information, call 631-470-6351.

I recently spoke with Shoreham resident and North Country Road Warriors member Sheila Isaacs. She was standing outside of Bagels and Sassy Salads after a bicycle workout wearing her National Champion triathlon shirt. Sheila, 76, has competed in every state in the U.S. and is now looking forward to competing in all 10 provinces of Canada. She began training for triathlons when she turned 50 and is a true inspiration. Sheila has many first-place medals and has placed in her category consistently. Good luck to you, Sheila, and keep us posted on your upcoming endeavors. If you’re inspired by Sheila and want to drop her a line, email her at [email protected]

Belated happy birthday to the following: Peggy Giuffre and my uncle Elbert, who both celebrated Aug. 1; my First Student colleague, Ariana Prifte, Aug. 2; Michael Deyak, Aug. 3; Katherine Barreiro, Aug. 4. She celebrates with “pizza, lemonade and cake” all month long; and my Grandma Madeline, Aug. 9. And happy birthday to Jacob O’Daniels, who celebrates Aug. 11. I hope all of you had/has a great day!

How sad it was to hear that First Student bus driver and Wading River resident Mary Mason Hoerner passed away Aug. 5. Mary was an intelligent, sweet and humorous lady who was raising her two children alone since the passing of her husband two years ago. Our hearts go out to Nick, 18, and Beth, 16. We are sorry for your loss and know that it will be lonely without Mom. We wish God’s blessings upon your family and for those neighbors who will try to lend support and strength during this difficult time. For donations, visit gofundme.com and input Mary Mason Hoerner.

Summer work at First Student is ending, so I bid the 100-plus summer drivers and driving assistants adieu and ask that you enjoy the next three weeks off. Sleep in, stay up late, clean your closets, go on vacation. The 2016-17 school year will come faster than you know.

Have a wonderful two weeks. Enjoy the beach weather for which August is famous; summer’s last hurrah before Labor Day. Be well, be grateful and we’ll meet back here next time.

Liz Taggart_BwContact Elizabeth Taggart at [email protected] or 631-929-5933.

08/06/16 9:53am
08/06/2016 9:53 AM

A surprise 50th wedding anniversary party was held July 30 for Dorothy and Anthony Madonia at their niece’s home in Bayport. Attending the party were their son, Steven, daughter-in-law, Kathleen, grandson, Brenden, and many family and friends. Also surprising them were many cousins and friends they hadn’t seen for years. Congratulations! Sto lat! READ

08/04/16 3:52pm
08/04/2016 3:52 PM

Hello! I hope everyone has been keeping cool and checking on any elderly or sick neighbors to make sure they are safe. We asked for summer and we now have it. Enjoy it while you can. Fall will be creeping up on us soon enough.

There are a few people I missed when thanking everyone for their help with the Flanders Fire Department/FRNCA blood drive. The committee would like to thank Neil Young for the radio announcement, WLNG for passing on the information, Meeting House Deli for the donation of a hero, and all who donated their time. Most of all, a sincere thank-you to all who came out to donate, especially those who stayed and waited patiently for an extended amount of time. Long Island Blood Center has extended a sincere apology for the long wait and hopes it does not deter people from donating in the future. Thank you for helping to save lives.

Mainstream Integrative Wellness will host a Recovery Rock Concert on Saturday, Aug. 6, at 7 p.m. at Vail-Leavitt Music Hall in Riverhead. All proceeds will go toward helping addicts and alcoholics find housing, treatment and recovery. For ticket information, call 631-591-3573. MIW is a Long Island-based nonprofit organization.

The Riverhead Moose Lodge is having a joint event — a free day of fun for children 13 and under — with the Kiwanis Club Sunday, Aug. 7, from 2 to 5 p.m. It’s an old-fashioned day of games, prizes and crafts. Food will be available to purchase. It’s open to the public, so bring your neighbors, children and grandchildren down to the Moose Lodge. Please call ahead so they can prepare properly: Women of the Moose (631-779-2694) or AnneMarie (631-766-2727).

There will be a FRNCA meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8, at the David W. Crohan Center. Members will be collecting school supplies for local children in need. Stop by to meet and help your neighbors and bring along a pack of paper, pencils or any other school item you’d like to donate.

The Southampton Town Board will be having a work session at the Flanders firehouse on Thursday, Aug. 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

The Annual Rubber Duckie Race will be held at the Flanders Men’s Club on Saturday, Aug. 13 (rain date: Aug. 14).  You can reserve your duck for a donation of $5 per entry by calling Fran at 631-727-5342. First prize is $100 cash. Sounds like it will be a great day to come out for a great cause and to see and meet your neighbors.
Riverside Rediscovered will hold a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, at Sarikopa. Come down and see the exciting plans for our area. The first people to RSVP and show up will receive a $3 gift card to Sarikopa. Call Angela or Siris at 631-591-3926.

There will be another moonlight paddle on Saturday, Aug. 20, starting at 6:30 p.m. on the beach at the end of Long Neck Boulevard. Ron Fisher, who’s coordinating it, recommends that people bring a snack and something to drink. All canoes and kayaks are welcome. Sounds like a lot of fun!

In closing, on a personal note, I am asking everyone to watch the road and your surroundings while driving through our community. There are many people out walking or on bikes, crossing the streets, kids playing and animals crossing the street. I pulled over to help a turtle trying to cross the road last week. While I was trying to get drivers to slow down, two cars hit it. I stood there in tears because not one person even slowed down.

If you have anything you would like to share with your neighbors and community, please contact me. Thank you to everyone who has been providing all the great information and events.

Kathy KruelContact Flanders, Riverside and Northampton columnist Kathy Kruel at 631-727-5530 or [email protected]