03/06/15 6:00am
03/06/2015 6:00 AM

Well, friends and neighbors, it’s finally March. Although February is the shortest month, I find it to be the longest in terms of cold weather. The only consolation is that spring is just 15 days away! Let’s hope that it actually starts on or near March 20 and that we warm up soon.

Please join the Flanders, Riverside and Northampton Community Association on Sunday, March 22, at its inaugural FRNCA 5K Scholarship Run/Walk at Hampton Hills Golf and Country Club. Preregistration is $20 per person; $30 on race day. Check-in and registration will be held between 8 and 9:30 a.m.; race begins at 10 a.m. All proceeds will go toward a scholarship to be awarded to a graduating senior or college student residing in one of the three hamlets. To support this great program, get some exercise and meet some new people, visit frnca.org to download an application. Mail to P.O. Box 602, Flanders, NY 11901. You can also sign up at itsyourrace.com.

Nicole Lennon left for U.S. Coast Guard boot camp in Cape May, N.J., Feb. 10 after being delayed a week due to bad weather. She will be away for eight weeks and is scheduled to graduate April 3. Her dad, her sister, Kim, and all her family and friends wish her the best of luck. They are all very proud of her. Semper Paratus!

Happy birthday to Theresa Flynn, who celebrates March 7, from your daughter, Victoria. Hope you have a great day.

Happy birthday to Kevin Zebroski on March 8; Brenda Flood Childress, March 9; Maryann Matlak, March 11; Andrea Conforti, March 12; Tracey Randel, Dan Watts and Christine Lennon, March 14; Jason Kwasna and Lenny Rempe, March 15; Maureen Karpolivsky and Theresa Curry, March 17; and Kevin Podlas, March 18. I hope everyone enjoys their special day!

As I write this I’m wishing this week goes fast. My daughter will be home from college March 6-15. I miss her so much while she’s away. Although Oneonta is only five hours away and she was home for a short weekend Feb. 14, it feels like I haven’t seen her in years.

Until next time, I hope you have a great two weeks. I hope to hear from you soon with any news you’d like to share with the community. Remember, please be safe while driving on our roads. Take care and see you around the neighborhood.

Contact Flanders columnist Tanya Doherty at 727-8687 or FlandersNews@aol.com.

03/05/15 7:00am
03/05/2015 7:00 AM

Christine Floege, her two daughters, Autumn and Isabella, her mom, Robin, her granny, Barbara, and her stepfather, John, spent a week in Anchorage, Alaska, in February during the school break. They visited a chocolate factory and a reindeer farm and viewed many beautiful ice sculptures. They also visited the SeaLife Center in Seward. The temperatures were around 45 degrees the entire week and everyone had a wonderful time.  (more…)

02/28/15 7:00am
02/28/2015 7:00 AM

It seems like it was just yesterday my 10-year-old son’s class from Wading River Elementary School went on a field trip with their teacher, Jacqueline Savelli, to visit Kent Animal Shelter in Calverton. Ms. Savelli was passionate about dogs and teaching children that “no kill” shelters need our help to save these beautiful creatures that are an absolute gift to us. When our son came home that day he had told us about a roan-colored pit bull that walked across the backs of all the other dogs to get to him. (more…)

02/27/15 7:00am
02/27/2015 7:00 AM

Happy birthday to Alexus Van Helmond of Jamesport. Alexus, who is up at college in Vermont, will be 19 on Feb. 28. Happy birthday, with love from your dad.

Congratulations to Bob and Paulette Sikora, who will soon be grandparents to a new baby boy. Their daughter, Ashley Sikora Pamer, is due May 1. The Sikoras celebrated their upcoming arrival with a baby shower Feb. 21 at The Birchwood of Polish Town. Many family members and friends attended, including Ashley’s godmother and 94-year-old aunt, Julia Praino. Ashley received many lovely gifts and a beautiful diaper cake made by Kerin Collins Voytek. Ashley and her husband, Greg, live in Baltimore, Md.  (more…)

02/26/15 7:00am
02/26/2015 7:00 AM

What a nice, warm Sunday we had! I so enjoyed scraping the ice, which had melted a bit, off the driveway. But now we’re skating again, with icy conditions. Snow is good, ice is bad — unless it’s in your glass.

NASCAR is back! Welcome home to those lucky ones who got to attend.  (more…)

02/19/15 6:00am
02/19/2015 6:00 AM

Lifelong Riverhead resident Ann Griffin will celebrate her 100th birthday on Feb. 26. She was born in 1915 in Riverhead to Martha and John Stravinske and was married to Russell Griffin for 58 years. He was the love of her life and she misses him every day. She now divides her time between Riverhead and New Bern, N.C. Ann likes to travel and visit with family and enjoys dining out. Her two daughters, Maureen Seaman and Lorraine Griffin, two grandchildren and their spouses, and three great-grandchildren will all be with her in New Bern to help celebrate her special milestone. (more…)

02/15/15 6:00am
02/15/2015 6:00 AM

When North Shore United Methodist Church parishioner Laura Pearsall saw Riverhead Faculty and Community Theatre’s production of “Godspell” three years ago, she had a breakthrough idea. Why not fundraise for the Good Samaritan House building by bringing this production to NSUMC? This past weekend saw the result of that idea as two performances of the musical were held at the church that Glenn Abramowitz described as “awesome” and “awesomer.” Laura dedicated the part she played in the production to the Rev. Susumu Ando. (more…)