08/08/11 11:50am
08/08/2011 11:50 AM

Hello, friends and neighbors. Another week has gone down in the books — I wish time would slow down as is the general opinion around the neighborhood. How do you feel about summer 2011? I have to admit it has been pretty awesome weather-wise — heat and a good amount of rain now and then. Even my grass is still green, which is a shocker in itself. Usually it’s all dead and brown by now.

The next ‘On the Go’ field trip for Southampton Town students in grades 6-10 is Tuesday, Aug. 16, at East Hampton Bowl. Transportation and admission is only $5 per student. The final trip is to Paintball Arena on Tuesday, Aug. 23. Cost is $35 per student and includes transportation and equipment. If your child is interested in either of these two supervised trips call 631-702-2425. Space is limited so call as soon as possible. To print out an application or to find the schedule for these and other events, visit southamptontownny.gov/youthbureau.

RHS’s Class of 1986 25th-year reunion is Saturday, Aug. 27, from 6 to 11 p.m. at Calverton Links/Eagles Landing. The invitation said to respond by July, but it’s still not too late to attend. Please call me at the number above or John Graziano at 631-335-2035.

Belated happy birthday to my aunt Felicia “Fee-Fee” Tribuzio, who celebrated Aug. 7, from all your family and friends. I hope you had a wonderful day! Please forgive me for not putting it in last week. You know me and how I am. Love ya! And to Mike Lorenz, who celebrated Aug. 10, from your wife, Tracy, and daughter, Olivia. They love you and hope you had a great day!

A couple of thank-yous to friends who helped me out in the last two weeks. First to Kathy Kruel for the baby parakeet you so generously gave to my daughter Kaitlyn. Birdie is doing wonderfully and is a sweetheart. After a rough first night of not being too keen on being in a new cage in a new house, Birdie has morphed into the best bird ever! It’s playing, kissing, hanging out on the top of the cage and chirping away. Thank you again!

A big thank-you to Rob Santoro for the already-blooming butterfly bushes you gave me. The ones you gave me last spring were mowed down this spring and I haven’t been able to get them to come back. Now I have some brand-new ones and I will make sure they are well protected from the teenage lawn mower operators who live in my house. Thanks again and congratulations again on the birth of your daughter. She is gorgeous!

Flanders United Methodist Church is hosting a flea market on Sept. 2 and is seeking vendors. To rent a space call 727-5374.

That’s all for this week. Please remember to drive safely and don’t talk or text while driving. Call the person back either when you get home or when you get to a safe place to pull over. Thanks to all who called or emailed me and I hope to hear from the rest of you soon. Take care.

08/02/11 1:08pm
08/02/2011 1:08 PM

It’s August already. Too bad the summer always seems to go by so quickly, more so now that I’m an adult. I cannot stand being cold and I’m really dreading this winter. After last winter I’ve had enough snow and ice to last me at least 10 years.

This week has been extremely quiet in the news department. I’m sure everyone is very busy but there has to be something you’d like to share with the community. Give me a call or email me anything you’d like to share while it’s fresh on your mind.

Attention RHS Class of 1986 alumni. The countdown has begun! On Aug. 27 we will be celebrating our 25-year reunion at Calverton Links/Eagles Landing and we need to know if you’re attending. If you haven’t responded yet, please get that check in the mail as soon as possible. Aug. 27 is going to come around very quickly. If you have any questions, please call or email me at the numbers above or call John Garziano at 335-2035.

Belated happy birthday wishes to Bryan Cobb, from your mom and your brothers, Jay, Michael and Eric. Bryan celebrated his birthday Aug. 3. I hope you had a great day.
I’m almost embarrassed with this next shout-out but those of you who know me know that I don’t forget the dates, I

just forget to write about it the week before. Belated happy birthday to my dad, Jim Zaleski, who celebrated on July 29, from myself, Thomas, Michael and Kaitlyn, Mike, Kim and Ryan, Jimmy, Denise, James and Charlotte, and Frank and Danny. We hope you had a great day and I’m sorry I forgot to mention it in last week’s column.
Happy 7th birthday to Miranda Lennon, who will celebrate on Aug. 6, from Grandma, Pop-Pop, your dad, Joseph, and all your family. We all hope you have a wonderful day. Happy birthday to Jimmy Lennon from your mom and all your family and friends. Jimmy will celebrate the big 3-0 on Aug. 9.

Happy 1st anniversary wishes to Victor Mosely, from your wife, Pam. Victor and Pam were married on Aug. 7, 2010. Best wishes to you both for many, many more!

I attended the annual clambake at Flanders Men’s Club on Saturday and I had a great time. Thank you, Laurie, Fran and Renee for keeping my life interesting and fun. I cannot wait for next year.

Well, friends and neighbors, that is all for this week. I usually end my column asking you to please drive safely, slowly and to put those cell phones down. This week I’m going to add the following: “Stop putting on your makeup while you’re driving!” Last Sunday morning I was behind a car that was swerving all over the road. I thought to myself this person is either drunk or texting. Turns out she was putting on makeup. Here’s a suggestion: Pull over! Better yet, apply it at home without jeopardizing anyone’s safety in the process. Enjoy your weekend, folks. I hope to hear from you soon.

07/26/11 10:06am
07/26/2011 10:06 AM

Howdy, friends and neighbors. I’m sad because July is almost over. I love summer, even the heat and humidity for the most part. I’d take that over two feet of snow and ice any day.

The next ‘Friends of the Big Duck’ general meeting will be held Tuesday, Aug. 2, at the David Crohan Community Center at 7 p.m. All are invited (you need not reside in Flanders). Bring a friend!

My friend and Riverhead News-Review contributing photographer John Neely will be exhibiting images of New Orleans at Palmer Vineyards on Sound Avenue in Aquebogue from Aug. 5 to Sept.11. An opening reception will be held at Palmer on Friday, Aug. 5, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The Flanders Fire Department/FRNCA community blood drive was a great success. The blood drive committee would like to thank the following: Neil Young, for his time and voice doing the PSA for the drive; Meetinghouse Deli in Aquebogue, for donating the hero for the donors; WLNG radio, for their continuous announcements of the drive the day it was held; and all the donors who helped save a life.

FRNCA’s annual picnic will be held Saturday, Aug. 13, from noon to 3 p.m. at Red Creek Park in Hampton Bays. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children under 12. Hot dogs, hamburgers and refreshments will be supplied by FRNCA. Please bring a side dish to share. There will be fun and games for the entire family. For tickets or more information call Pat at 727-7527.

The Lennon/Schadecker family has lots of birthdays coming up. Starting off is John Schadecker, who celebrated on July 24. Debi’s birthday is on the 30th. She’ll be celebrating it in Florida with her friend, former Flanders resident Dolores Lasorsa and her family. Next is son J.J. Lennon, who will turn 35 on Aug. 2. Happy birthday to you all from all your family and friends!

Get-well wishes to one of the nicest women in the world, Ms. Charlotte Nelson, recently in the hospital but now home getting better every day. I met her at Christmastime caroling with my daughter and members of FRNCA at McLeod’s retirement community. While driving home down Ludlum Avenue we saw a beautifully decorated home. I stopped to tell them how beautiful their home was and was invited in for a grand tour. The house was gorgeous. Ms. Nelson and her family welcomed us and a friendship was formed. I’m privileged and blessed to know her and her family. I wish you the speediest of recoveries, Ms. Nelson. If you need anything, you know my number.

Well, that’s all for this week. Thanks to everyone who sent me news. If you have any you’d like to share with the community please don’t hesitate to call or email me. Please remember to drive safely. It might have been the heat but I’ve seen a lot of silly drivers lately. Take care and talk to you soon.

07/11/11 3:18pm
07/11/2011 3:18 PM

Another week of the hazy, lazy days of summer has gone by and I’m sad. It always seems to take so long for summer to finally arrive and then once it gets here, it goes by so quickly. I’ve already been seeing back-to-school sales! I know some people like to shop early, but seriously, the week after Fourth of July?

I attended the 80th Birthday Celebration for the Big Duck last Saturday evening at 230 Elm in Southampton. My friends and I had a good time and it was a gorgeous night in the Hamptons. Although attendance wasn’t quite as high as they had hoped, those who did show up to support the Friends of the Big Duck had a very nice time. There was music by Bill Wilkinson and the Long Island Sound Swing Band, a dance contest (the winners will be listed here next week) and good food. It was great fun and I had a really good time seeing people that I don’t see on a regular basis.

The Town of Southampton Youth Bureau will sponsor “Rock ‘n the Park” on Friday, Aug. 5, from 8 to 11 p.m. at Red Creek Skate Park in Hampton Bays. Come skate and listen to local youth bands. Admission is free for all town residents ages 7 and up and skate park membership isn’t required. Protective skate gear is mandatory for all skaters. Don’t forget, the Youth Bureau also sponsors “Rock the Beach,” which is ongoing and continues every Thursday through Aug. 18 from 8 to 10 p.m. at Tiana Bay Activity Center in Hampton Bays. Admission for this event is also free and performances take place indoors. For more information, call 702-2425 or visit southamptontownny.gov/youthbureau. Click on “What’s Happening” for all sorts of fun ideas, events and trips for the kids.

Well, my fellow RHS Class of 1986 alumni, those reunion responses are due this week. If you haven’t gotten around to it yet, please send it as soon as possible. We really want this to be a great event and your presence will make that happen. Call me (at the number above) or John Graziano at 631-335-2035 for more information. I can’t wait to see everyone.

I’m a silly goose. As I was writing about my daughter’s birthday last week, I completely forgot to wish Ed “Poppy” Doherty a very happy birthday on July 11. Happy birthday, Dad/Poppy. I hope your day was wonderful. My sister in-law (Poppy’s daughter) Irene came to visit for the week. It was great to spend time with her. All the kids love Aunt Irene and although she’s pulled in a million different directions while she’s here, she’s a really a good sport about it. It was great seeing you again, Irene. We all wish you lived a bit closer but that just makes the visits all the more special.

So, friends and neighbors, this is where I will close. Thanks to all the people who sent me news this week and I hope to hear from even more of you next week. Please drive safely and put those cell phones down! Take care.

06/27/11 10:57am
06/27/2011 10:57 AM

Hi friends and neighbors. What an exciting week we had. My firstborn, Thomas, graduated from RHS on Saturday. The weather was perfect. His party was on Sunday, and what a great time we had! It went off without a hitch. I wish I could personally thank everyone in the column who helped to make it happen. For those of you who are reading this and are one of my “angels,” thank you so much. I truly have the best family and friends.

To all the graduates, best wishes for a great future. As you go through life remember this quote from Winston Churchill: “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” Go forth and do your best. Remember where you came from and be proud of who you are.

Don’t forget the Big Duck’s 80th birthday gala will be held Saturday, July 9, from 7 to 11 p.m. at 230 Elm in Southampton. There will be raffles, music by Bill Wilkinson and the Long Island Sound Swing Band, a dance contest, a costume contest (dress in 1930s attire), a 50/50 raffle, light fare and a whole lot of fun. Tickets are $50 per person and can be obtained by visiting bigduck.org.

Attention RHS Class of 1986 alumni! Get those reunion responses back ASAP. They were mailed a few weeks ago and are slowly trickling in but we need more of a head count to get this party started. For questions, contact me or visit our Facebook page by typing in Riverhead HS Class of 1986 in the search bar.

Calvary Baptist Church will be having a couple of weeklong events this summer for the community to participate in. The first event is a Vacation Bible School called “Inside Out and Upside Down on Main Street,” July 11-15 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the church in Riverhead. Open to children in pre-K through grade 6. There will be crafts, games, food, fun and more. Admission is free!

The second event is a bible and baseball camp at Stotzky Park in Riverhead Aug. 8-12, from 9 a.m. to noon for boys and girls ages 7-12. Each morning there will be a lesson and lots of playtime. Refreshments will be served. Any child who loves to play baseball will enjoy this experience, and it’s free! Bring a baseball glove. For more info or to register, visit CBCRiverhead.org or call the church office at 727-4112.

Last Wednesday I had the pleasure of attending a little get-together at the Polish Hall in Riverhead for Mrs. Marion Dorman, who was my fourth-grade teacher at St. John’s in 1977. My friend Evelyn McKavish Conklin and I decided to surprise her and attend. A few weeks ago, the News-Review published a full page ad which contained a bunch of class photos from all Mrs. Dorman’s years of teaching. See if you can find yours truly if you still have that paper. My daughter found me in three seconds. I guess that’s a good thing, huh?

Mrs. Dorman has taught at Riley Avenue Elementary School for many years. It was fun when she introduced us to students she has now. The only thing I didn’t like was that some of them were taller than me. Thank you, Mrs. Dorman, for remembering me and thank you for being the best fourth-grade teacher. When I look back on it, St. John’s was really a tight unit and I’m grateful for the memories and the good times I had.

Since the Fourth of July is next Monday, news for July 7 column needs to get to me before 8 o’clock tonight, Thursday, June 30. If you have any news you’d like to share with the community, please call or email me right now.

I’d like to ask everyone who sends me news via email to please fill in the subject bar. If you send me an attachment with no inkling of what it is about, I will not open the email! With all the spam and virus applications out there today, I’m not risking my computer, or my wallet, by opening something that I’m unsure of.

Please remember to drive safely. Don’t drink, talk or text while driving. I want to continue seeing and hearing from you all. Enjoy your weekend and happy Independence Day.

06/21/11 6:58am
06/21/2011 6:58 AM

Hello friends and neighbors. It’s the end of June and the beginning of a new chapter in both my and my oldest son’s book of life. In three days he will graduate high school. A good friend of mine thinks I’m going to be a blubbering fool Saturday morning and I think she’s right. This is as huge for me as it is for him. If it sounds selfish please don’t misunderstand. I’m extremely proud of my son and I wish him the very best and a happy and healthy adult life. Now I know how my parents must have felt when I, their oldest, was graduating. It’s very strange but liberating. One down, two to go!

I want to wish all the graduates of 2011 much success and happiness in whatever they choose to do in their lives. Your life is what you make of it, so make good choices and good things will come to you. Go forth in your life with a smile on your face, love in your heart, tolerance and respect for others and, most of all, respect for yourself. Congratulations!

The Southampton Town Youth Bureau has many upcoming events for their “Tuesdays on the Go” field trips to Long Island attractions. Open to teens in grades 6-10, these safe, supervised trips are on a chaperoned bus. The first is to Splish Splash in Calverton Tuesday, June 28. The cost of $25 includes round-trip transportation and admission ($13 off the regular admission price). Registration is required; space is limited. A shuttle bus is provided from the Southampton McDonald’s at 2:45 p.m., Hampton Bays High School at 3:15 p.m., Westhampton Beach High School at 3:15 p.m. and Flanders Community Center at 3:30 p.m. For a list of trips or to register, call 702-2425 or visit southamptontownny.gov/youthbureau. Click on “What’s Happening/Upcoming Events” then “Tuesdays on the Go.”

Hey kids, you can experience the thrill of zipping through a forest canopy on a zipline tour Tuesday, July 19. A chartered bus will leave for the Berkshires promptly at 6 a.m. from Red Creek Park in Hampton Bays and will return at approximately 8 p.m. The cost is $85 and includes round-trip transportation, instruction and equipment. Chaperones are provided by the Southampton Youth Bureau. Participants must be at least 8 years old and weigh between 70 and 275 pounds. Families are welcomed! Bring a bagged lunch. Space is limited. For a registration form, call the youth bureau or visit its website (information noted above).

Riverhead’s Michael Hubbard is holding his own, which is excellent news. His condition, as I write this, is now critical but stable. That is a huge leap for this boy. I believe his youth, his mother’s and his family’s love, and all the prayers from his classmates and others not only from RCSD but from all over the island and beyond, are giving him the strength he needs to recover. Kathleen Shea, Spencer’s mom, wants to do her part to help the family because not too long ago, the Shea family was on the receiving end of the goodwill of the community. She has designed a T-shirt that has “Praying for Michael” embroidered on the front and an embroidered rosary bead on the back. Cost: $20 each for sizes up to 1X. Larger sizes cost a dollar or two more depending on the size. Please call Kathleen at 727-0046 or email her at [email protected] to place your order. Fifteen dollars of each sale will go to Michael. No profit goes to Kathleen; she just needs to cover costs of shirts and thread.

That’s all I have for this week. I’m a bit stressed over this coming weekend so if I’ve missed a birthday please forgive me. I’m really praying it doesn’t rain on Sunday. Do me a favor and cross your fingers we have a great day. Enjoy your weekend. Congrats again to all the graduates. Stay safe and don’t drink and drive!

06/08/11 2:00am
06/08/2011 2:00 AM

Hello and happy Thursday, friends and neighbors. June is a busy month for everyone — field days, moving-up ceremonies, final exams. Most of all, graduations from high school. My oldest will be graduating from Riverhead High School in 17 days. I still can’t believe it. What’s even weirder is, a few of his classmates’ parents graduated with me 25 years ago. I walked down the aisle with them and now our children will be walking down that same aisle. The circle of life keeps going around and around.

Don’t forget the Community Festival at Phillips Avenue Elementary School this Saturday, June 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the school (rain date: Sunday, June 12). Children 2 and under are free; admission for everyone else is just $5 for the entire day! There will be tons of things to do and see. Hope to see you there.

Although the Bay View Pines Civic & Taxpayers Association usually meets on the first Friday of the month, the June meeting will be Friday, June 10. John Parker, organizer of the Riverside Revitalization Community Corporation, will speak at the meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. at the David W. Crohan Community Center. Nonmembers are welcome.

Eight local teen bands will rock the house at Ponquogue Beach, on Dune Road in Hampton Bays, on Friday, June 10 (rain date June 17) at 8 p.m. at the ninth annual Battle of the Bands. The event, sponsored by the Town of Southampton Youth Bureau, will bring together teens from all the villages in Southampton Town and will provide a memorable performance experience for the eight bands chosen. Slated to perform are Patrol, Degenerate Burnout, and The Blazing Beaverducks from WHBHS; Calypsis from ESMHS; The Entertainment from CMHS; Urbanoid from HBHS/WHBHS; According to J from McGann-Mercy and Human Errror from Shelter Island Heights/WHBHS/EHHS. Gates open at 7 p.m. with a mobile video game theater for the first two hours. Audience members will have a chance to win prizes by answering music trivia questions. An awards ceremony will follow for first-, second- and third-place bands. Top prizes include Sam Ash gift certificates; one fully produced song by Bulldog Studios; a website; one year of free hosting from Certain Media Inc.; cash; and more. Tickets are $10 at the door. For more information, call the Youth Bureau at 702-2426.

According to the weather forecast for this week, today, Thursday, June 9, is supposed to be a scorcher. I’m not complaining because I really can’t stand the winter, but I will warn everyone that if you must go outside make sure you hydrate yourself and use sunscreen.

Belated happy birthday wishes to Darlene Brewer, from your husband, Dave, your boys, Devon and Dustin, and all your family and friends. Darlene celebrated on June 7. I hope you had a wonderful day! Belated birthday wishes also go to Kathleen Shea, who celebrated June 5 with a day of go-kart riding with her husband, Mike, and her boys. Spencer and Ryan. I’m glad you all had loads of fun.

Well, that is all for this week. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and I hope to hear from you soon with news you’d like to share. Please drive safely and put those cell phones down.

05/30/11 12:15pm
05/30/2011 12:15 PM

Memorial Day is a day that was first enacted following the Civil War to commemorate soldiers on both sides who had lost their lives during the conflict. It is now 2011 and it has turned into little more than the official start of summer. I hope everyone had a great weekend and enjoyed themselves but I hope everyone said a little prayer of thanks to the men and women who have given their lives defending our country.

A message from Mrs. Rogers and Dr. Hudson at Phillips Avenue Elementary School: “It is often said that ‘schools are the heart of a community.’ Well, each of those schools within a school district also has a ‘heart,’ and that heart must be nurtured and cared for if it is to be wide enough and strong enough to embrace its mission. That mission involves a strong educational offering that nurtures every child’s potential. This mission needs the support of a ‘community’ that cares about every one of the students whom the school teaches and nurtures. The Riverhead School District celebrates this sense of community, and Phillips Avenue School is leading the celebration with its upcoming Community Festival on Saturday, June 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the back field of the Phillips Avenue Elementary School, 141 Phillips Ave. Rain date is Sunday, June 12. Children 2 and under are free and the cost for everyone else is just $5.”

There will be performances that include Chip Bryant, a popular vaudevillian silent clown; the drum band Hip Pickles, the ReDancers, the Riverhead High School cheerleaders, the always-inspiring Riverhead Martial Arts Center and the Riverhead Building Supply Singers. In addition there will be a Carnival of Fun: rock wall climb, football throw, bounce house, face painting, hula hoop contest and much more. The fire department, library, Parks and Recreation Department and businesses such as Home Depot, Planet Fitness and more, will have booths and share information with the community. There will also be food, ice cream and a chinese auction. Everyone is invited!

The Friends of the Big Duck and the Flanders Village Historical Society thank everyone for helping to make their craft fair/flea market a success. Don’t forget the 80th birthday celebration on June 18 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Big Duck Ranch. Free admission, prizes, refreshments and fun for the whole family.
Reminder: Please park in the designated parking areas. Flanders Road is posted as a bicycle path, even though the signs are very small and far apart. Plus it’s dangerous to try to park on the main road and cross the street. The The Friends will have parking areas clearly marked.

Don’t forget, the Friends of the Big Duck will have their general meeting on Tuesday, June 7, at 7 p.m. at the David Crohan Community Center, with a guest speaker from the Southampton Landmarks and Historic Districts board. Everyone is invited.

Get well wishes to Adele Ambrose from all your family and friends who love you so much! Feel better.

For a column that was due immediately following last week’s, it’s longer than I thought it would be. Thank you to those who sent me news right away. I could not do this without you. Have a great weekend and please remember to drive safely.