Hello, friends and neighbors. I hope everyone had a terrific week. This month has just flown by, hasn’t it? But we are that much closer to summer!

The next general meeting of the Friends of The Big Duck will be held on Tuesday, May 4, at the David W. Crohan Community Center, Flanders Road, at 7 p.m. Come on down and bring a friend.

Don’t forget the Craft Fair/Flea Market on June 5 at the Big Duck Ranch. They need to raise funds for the improvement of Big Duck Ranch and restoration of the buildings and a bathroom. If you would like to book a spot for the day, please call the Friends at 727-0593 or visit the website at This will be a beautiful Southampton Town Park of 37 acres for all of us to enjoy. Please support the Friends in any way you can.

Attention, all business owners: If you need summer or year-round staff or can provide a learning opportunity for interns, come to the FREE Job and Internship Fair sponsored by Southampton Town Youth Bureau on Tuesday, May 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Hampton Bays Community Center, 25 Ponquogue Ave., Hampton Bays. To obtain a registration form call 631-702-2421 or download a registration form at Please respond by Monday, May 10. If you have questions or need more information, please contact the Town of Southampton Youth Bureau at 702-2421.

The annual Flanders Fire Department Memorial Service will be held at Flanders Memorial Park on Flanders Road on Sunday, May 2, at 10 a.m. All are welcome to attend. This is a ceremony that honors our departed members and firefighters and is a great way to pay tribute to those who have served our community and are no longer with us. Refreshments will be served at the fire department following the ceremony.

The Riverhead NJROTC is hosting a spaghetti dinner on Wednesday, May 5, at the Riverhead Moose Lodge, 51 Madison St., Riverhead. Dinner will be served from 5 to 8 p.m.; tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and children under 12. Takeout is available. A 50/50 raffle and auction will be held also. Tickets are on sale now through any NJROTC cadet or at the high school by calling 369-6806 or at the door that evening. Please try to attend to help support our NJROTC youth.

Spencer Shea came home for good last Thursday evening, after 12 weeks in the hospital following a serious car accident in January. On that evening quite a few rainbows were seen around town but the one that really got me was the picture someone took and posted on his Facebook fan page. It looked like it was sitting right on his house. I know rainbows are light passing through water in the atmosphere but I truly think this was a sign that all is well with Spencer.

Well, folks, that’s all for this week. Please remember to call or e-mail me with any news you’d like to share with the community. Until next time, be safe and be kind to one another.