04/21/14 12:22pm
04/21/2014 12:22 PM

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With winter ending and spring arriving, Long Island residents will soon face that humid, sweltering heat that comes with every summer season.

But this summer you don’t have to be miserable in the heat.

Flanders Heating and Air Conditioning has a number of tips and products to help anyone survive this upcoming season. (more…)

04/14/14 1:46pm
04/14/2014 1:46 PM

SH_CopsA passenger in a car stopped for a traffic violation ended up being arrested Saturday with 2.5 pounds of marijuana, according to Southampton Town police.

Adelfri Calderon-Rojas, 24, of Central Islip, was a passenger in a car that was stopped for a traffic violation at 1:43 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of Flanders Road and Flanders Boulevard in Flanders. (more…)

04/11/14 5:00am
04/11/2014 5:00 AM
Eager egg seekers take off looking for the golden egg last year. (Credit: Carrie Miller, file)

Eager egg seekers take off looking for the golden egg last year. (Credit: Carrie Miller, file)

Hello, everyone! I hope you had a great couple of weeks. We’ve had some nice weather thrown in but this really has been the winter that just won’t quit. I’m looking forward to spending my mornings reading a book and drinking my tea on the deck but it’s still just a little too cold for that. Cross your fingers that these 20- to 30-degree morning temperatures end soon because I’m just about done with being cold.  (more…)

03/30/14 6:00am
03/30/2014 6:00 AM

Eager egg seekers take off looking for the golden egg last year. (Credit: Carrie Miller, file)

Happy spring, friends and neighbors. Yes it’s officially spring but it sure doesn’t feel like it. We get a couple of days of gorgeous weather then we get a forecast for more snow, which was forecasted for this week. I’m tired of being cold. (more…)

03/20/14 7:00am
03/20/2014 7:00 AM
The landmark Big Duck monument in Flanders, a forgotten hamlet in Game of Hamlets. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

The landmark Big Duck monument in Flanders, a forgotten hamlet in Game of Hamlets. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

To the editor:

In regard to the Game of Hamlets article in last week’s edition, once again the hamlet of Flanders is forgotten.

Our ZIP code is 11901 (we get mail through Riverhead post office). We pay Riverhead School District taxes, and we shop, bank, work, and use Riverhead doctors, dentists, etc. But not once are we included in the hamlet survey. Our Little League team is now in Riverhead, and we have a beautiful park here for that purpose.  (more…)

03/14/14 10:00am
03/14/2014 10:00 AM
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | A dugout at the Flanders Little League baseball field at Iron Point Park.

A dugout at the Flanders Little League baseball field at Iron Point Park. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch photo)

In 1971, just south of the Peconic River and the turf of the long-established Riverhead Little League, a separate four-team league was formed in Flanders. It was something for the community to rally around, as much a part of its identity as the Big Duck or the Men’s Club.

But slowly, the Flanders Little League waned. Fewer children were interested in joining and sponsors dried up. Four teams became two.

The popularity of other sports had eaten into its base of players, which was already shrinking as fewer families moved into the area and demographics of the hamlet changed. (more…)

03/06/14 6:00am
03/06/2014 6:00 AM

River and Roots vice president Brian Nigro waters seeds with the help of his daughter, Rita. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

A new website launched this week offering educational materials and locations of community gardens, which are single pieces of land gardened collectively by a group of people. (more…)