01/12/17 3:02pm
01/12/2017 3:02 PM

I hope everyone had a wonderful, safe holiday season. Old Man Winter has found us and brought a lot of white stuff. Stay safe out there.

We have a lot of birthdays this month. Happy 1st birthday to Adalynn Gray Bishop on Jan. 12 from Mommy, Daddy, Móraí, Grandpa and the rest of her family and friends. I can’t believe she is already 1. Feels like just yesterday her grandmother was posting pictures of her newborn granddaughter. There will be a huge celebration with family and friends at the Birchwood on Jan. 14.


10/27/16 1:19pm
10/27/2016 1:19 PM

Hello, everyone. Before I get started with monthly news and events I would like to thank all of my family, friends and neighbors for their support while my son Tech. Sgt. Justin Kruel was out on his ninth deployment. He and everyone else from his squadron are finally back home safe. This community and many others also joined in and bought shirts and sweatshirts that were specifically made to support my son’s 822nd Base Defense Squadron. We still have many soldiers fighting and it’s nice to know people have not forgotten about them.

I would like to wish a very happy 26th anniversary on Oct. 27 to John and Debi Schadecker from all of their children, friends and family. Wow — 26 years! That went fast. I remember your wedding day as if it were yesterday. Have a wonderful anniversary!

I need to send a belated 30th birthday to my daughter Jessica on Oct. 22. Love you to the moon and back!

Happy birthday to Sgt. Vaughn Michaud on Oct. 31, from his aunt Theresa, cousin Victoria and all of his other family and friends. Victoria Flynn will celebrate her birthday on Nov. 4. Happy birthday, Victoria, from your mother and all of your family and friends.

Reminder: The Trunk or Treat event sponsored by FRNCA, Truth Community Church, Riverside Rediscovered and the Women of Riverhead Moose Lodge will be held at Ludlum Avenue Park Saturday, Oct. 29, from 1 to 2 p.m. Everyone is invited to come down with your car trunks decorated so the kids can trick or treat from them. It’s a safe way for the kids to trick or treat and a great way to get to know your neighbors. I am hoping everyone will come down and join in.

The people working for Riverside Rediscovered will be in our community knocking on people’s doors from now until Election Day with information on the Community Preservation Fund extension and to encourage people to come out and vote.

There will be a Community Development Block Grant hearing in support of a program for Ludlam Park today, Thursday, Oct. 27, at 4 p.m. at 57 Springville Road, Hampton Bays. The Children’s Museum of the East End has been holding classes at the Riverside Rediscovered office and would like to locate in Riverside permanently. Please try to come out to this hearing and make your voice heard.

Riverhead Faculty and Community Theatre will present “Catch Me If You Can: The Musical” Nov. 4, 5, 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 6 and 13 at 2 p.m. at Riverhead High School. Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets at the door will be $20 for adults and $5 for students. You can buy tickets in advance by calling 631-871-3908 or online at brownpapertickets.com/event/2598907. Proceeds are used toward scholarships for high school seniors.

Alex Gregor has announced the fall leaf pickup program will begin Monday, Nov. 28. Leaves can be left at the curb (not in the street) beginning Monday, Nov. 14. All residents under age 73 must use biodegradable paper bags. Anyone 73 or older may put loose leaves at the curb, but they must register before Nov. 28. For more information, call the leaf program hotline at 631-702-2585.

It’s starting to get cold out there. Please remember to change the batteries in your fire and CO2 alarms. Animals will be getting cold also, so be careful when starting your vehicles. Cats tend to climb under the hoods to keep warm.

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

10/13/16 12:38pm
10/13/2016 12:38 PM

Hello, friends and neighbors. To start off, I would like to thank the Flanders Fire Department. My neighbors had a fire Saturday evening and the department’s response was amazing. Sometimes we forget the great job our volunteers are doing until we need them or we see them helping someone we know. (The same goes for Flanders Northampton Volunteer Ambulance and all other local volunteers.)


08/20/16 9:59am
08/20/2016 9:59 AM

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.


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]