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…)

03/03/14 8:00am
Anyone interested in the garden project should visit the David Crohan Community Center on Tuesday March 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. Or call (631) 287-5745. (Credit: Carrie Miller photo)

Anyone interested in the garden project should visit the David Crohan Community Center on Tuesday March 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. Or call (631) 287-5745. (Credit: Carrie Miller photo)

Southampton Town and the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County are teaming up to start a community garden in Flanders.

The garden will be built on the David W. Crohan Community Center property on Route 24.  (more…)

02/17/14 12:01pm
02/17/2014 12:01 PM
Rancho Latino bar on Flanders Road. Paul Squire photo.

Rancho Latino bar on Flanders Road. Paul Squire photo.

A fight over a woman between two drunken patrons at a Flanders restaurant early Monday morning left one man with a swollen eye and the other in police custody, authorities said.

The assault occurred about 12:20 a.m., when 38-year-old Wilner Vaca of Smithtown got into a dispute with another intoxicated man at Rancho Latino on Flanders Road, Sgt. Susan Ralph said. (more…)

02/13/14 1:00pm
02/13/2014 1:00 PM
COURTESY PHOTO | Family said Barbara Tocci helped others without asking for anything in return.

Family said Barbara Tocci helped others without asking for anything in return. (Courtesy photo)

FLANDERS, RIVERSIDE & NORTHAMPTON

Hello, everyone. Before I go any further I’d like to apologize to a few people I neglected to mention in my last column. They were also the most important people in Barbara Tocci’s life and I forgot to include them, probably because my brain still can’t grasp what has happened. (more…)