11/25/11 3:06pm
11/25/2011 3:06 PM

I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday. Mine was very nice. I love cooking and I love to see my kids eat. I know it’s a good meal when there is no conversation for the first 10 minutes other than “pass the ____.” I’d like to send a special thank-you to Trudy McKillop for the awesome apple pie she sent over and to Karen Lucadamo for the rice pudding. I’ve been eating both desserts since last Thursday. Yes, I’m a dessert person and if it’s in the house, that’s all I’ll eat.

I stopped by to see my friend Charlotte Nelson and while there she informed me that the names of the winners for her annual Halloween costume contest were wrong. The correct names are Nyjel Langhorne and Kody Benkov. Sorry, boys. Congratulations!

The Christmas Holiday Fair, sponsored by Flanders Seniors, will be held on Saturday Dec. 3, from 10 to 3 p.m. at the David W. Crohan Community Center on Flanders Road. All are invited to stop down and do a bit of shopping.

The family of Kristie Jeski would like to thank the more than 300 people who attended Kristie’s “Celebration of Life” on Nov. 19. They would also like to thank the Flanders Fire Department, the Flanders-Northampton Ambulance Corps, and Meetinghouse Deli in Aquebogue, especially Louie and Charlane Evers, for all their help during the most difficult time in a parent’s life. Losing a child is never easy and is something no one should endure, but the support and love of the community surrounding you make it a little more bearable. Kristie was a great kid and will be missed terribly by all those who knew and loved her. We love you, Steve and Trisha, and are here for you.

Congratulations to James Marin on winning the third grade “Math Bee” at Phillips Avenue School. Way to go, James!

Belated happy 8th birthday to Chase Wanat, who celebrated Nov. 21, from Mom, Dad, and all your family and friends. Chase got a puppy for his birthday and is very excited about it. I heard all about it during a recent visit and saw lots of pictures. I hope you had a very special day.

Happy birthday to Chase’s dad, John Wanat, who celebrated Nov. 24, from your wife, Tracy, Chase, Shawn, Christie and all your family and friends. Tracy cooked him a turkey dinner to celebrate his special day.

Well, that’s all for this week. I hope everyone enjoys their weekend and I hope to see some more Christmas decorations up. If you know of a house that’s decorated extra special, please drop me a line or give me a call so I can share. Be safe out there on the roads. Flanders Road seems exceptionally busy lately. Sometimes it takes me 10 minutes just to pull out of my neighborhood. Don’t forget to put your cell phones down and concentrate on the task at hand. Take care.

10/26/11 4:00am
10/26/2011 4:00 AM

Happy Halloween weekend, friends and neighbors. Can you believe the end of October is here? What that means to me is winter is breathing down my neck, which I’m not happy about because I hate being cold.

The Friends of The Big Duck will hold its next general meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. at the David Crohan Community Center. Refreshments will be served. Do join them and bring a friend! You can also follow what’s going on at the Big Duck at bigduck.org. Special thanks go out this week to all those who helped make their classic auto show a success!

Belated happy birthday to Joseph Lennon, who celebrated Oct. 21, from his mom, Debi, his dad, John, and his daughter, Miranda. I hope you had a wonderful birthday.

Happy anniversary to Debi and John Schadecker, who celebrate 21 years of happy marriage Oct. 27. Get well wishes also go out to Debi, who’s under the weather at the moment. Enjoy your day as much as you can. By the way, you’re right Debi, you can celebrate your anniversary any day. Just get well first and then party!

Happy birthday to my brother Jim Zaleski, who celebrates Nov. 5, from all of us, your wife, Denise, and your children, James and Charlotte. “Harley Cat” even says “meow.” Hope you enjoy your day, “little” brother.

I was saving the worst news for last so here it goes. Brace yourselves. After receiving an inquiry about the 2011 fall cleanup in Southampton Town mentioned in my column last week, I called the town directly and asked what exactly is going on since their website is kind of confusing. Well, those age 73 and over must call 728-3600 to receive a voucher for the town to pick up loose leaves in front of their home. For all others, all leaves must be bagged in paper or biodegradable bags. They will not pick up loose leaves so don’t put them in front of your home. Here is a quote directly from the town website: “Residents Self-Haul Program: All residents under the age of 73 will be required to either self haul, or hire a contractor to self haul on their behalf, loose leaves only. No more than eight (8) cubic yards will be accepted per household. Residents must have a voucher and list of dropoff locations within the town to self haul. Contact the Southampton Town Highway office at 728-3600, ext. 2585, for details.”

Please be safe while driving on Halloween Monday since all the little ghosts, goblins, princesses and ninjas will be running around. Have your children carry flashlights, make sure they only go to homes that have their porch lights on and remind them never to enter anyone’s home.

Be safe, my friends. Call or email me with any news you’d like to share.