03/26/15 6:00am
03/26/2015 6:00 AM

I need to apologize to Ava Robinson of Aquebogue. Somehow I missed her announcement for my column in early March. Ava is an avid doll collector — from the 1920s to the present — and competes in doll shows all over Long Island. On Jan. 25, Ava attended the Patchogue Doll Fanciers Club show at the UpSky Hotel in Hauppauge and won 12 ribbons. (more…)

03/21/15 7:00am
03/21/2015 7:00 AM

Hello, friends and neighbors. Welcome to spring. Finally! I’m so excited to be over that February madness. It was just too cold and snowy this year. I don’t think I’d mind it around Christmas because it’s supposed to snow then — at least that’s what all the songs and movies say. Anyway, it’s time to dust off the body and get out and move. Just make sure you wear bright reflective clothing if you’re going to walk or run on our area roads. It’s very hard to see people who are wearing dark-colored clothing.  (more…)

03/20/15 7:00am
03/20/2015 7:00 AM

Kelly Wooten and friends Mary Higgins-Maresco and Tom Higgins traveled to Paris, France, March 4-8 to celebrate Mary’s birthday. The trio toured Notre Dame and enjoyed the beautiful architecture and stained glass windows. At the Louvre, they saw the Mona Lisa and all the other beautiful pieces of art. They viewed the Eiffel Tower at night, which was simply spectacular with the lights flashing. (more…)

03/14/15 6:00am
03/14/2015 6:00 AM

Kevin Mann, retired teacher of Shoreham-Wading River High School, gave me the heads-up that for many years the high school students have traveled to Kenya and worked with and supported the children of Hope Children’s Home. One of those children, Betty Gakii, who came to the home in 2008 at age 15, recently finished her teacher training studies at Chuka University. She then got a teaching job at a local secondary school, got engaged and just became Mrs. Samuel Kathurima. The newlyweds live in Meru, a town not far from the home. Lesson learned: “The actions of high school youth do change lives … forever!” (more…)

03/13/15 6:00am
03/13/2015 6:00 AM

We said goodbye to my cousin Geoff Borsella last week and we did it in a wonderful way, with a perfect blend of family and dear friends. Geoff enjoyed reading my column so I thought it only fitting to start off talking about him. Geoff gave us “kids” awesome memories: From the Bronx — where he worked and where little farm kids visited with eyes wide open, full of fear, awe, and amazement — we saw his life. (more…)

03/12/15 7:00am
03/12/2015 7:00 AM

It’s beginning to look a lot like spring. I have been running around my house singing those words. This familiar Christmas song is being transformed into a tune of hope and it’s echoed in the birds singing in my yard. I actually ran out wearing just a sweatshirt the other day. It’s not yet time to pack up the winter coats and hats but the sunshine and warmer temperatures are definitely a sign that spring is on its way.  (more…)

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…)