Super stackers
Leslie Alvizures (left), 7, of Flanders, her brother Jose, 12, and their cousin Christina Rodriguez, 5, of Southold practice speed stacking at Long Island Science Museum in Riverhead last Thursday afternoon. Speed Stacks founder Bob Fox started the sport more than 10 years ago to promote hand-eye coordination, ambidexterity, quickness and concentration.

Last weekend was just fabulous, friends and neighbors. I left my brother’s house Sunday afternoon and the thermometer in my car said it was 76 degrees. I can’t really put into words how happy that made me feel. It’s been a long, cold, snowy winter and I’m not at all sad to see the back of it.

It was Reading Week at Phillips before the spring break. Many activities were planned. There was hat day, read-my-favorite-T-shirt day, a day where students and staff got to wear their favorite team, poem-in-your-pocket day and the day everyone got to wear sweats (Friday) to get comfortable and read! They even had a guest reader day when district administrators, board members and district staff came to read to the students. It started with a building-wide kickoff assembly on Monday, with Mrs. Nugent and Mrs. Moloney reading a book aloud while it was presented on a screen. At night, Phillips Avenue Parent Association welcomed Chip Bryant, the vaudevillian silent clown, in a performance for students and their families. To top it all off, every student got the opportunity to choose one book from the wonderful collection of books donated by an East Hampton student. I think it’s safe to say that Phillips Avenue students had a very exciting week.

The Riverhead Middle School French Club went to Quebec City, Canada, over the weekend (March 26-29), with their French teacher, Mrs. Betsy Fabricatore. It was an educational tour of the city, exposing the students to French culture, language and food. They visited a beautiful cathedral, a waterfall, museums, and ate at the French Culinary Institute. “The group was so well behaved,” says Mrs. Fabricatore, “I was proud to travel with such a great group of kids from Riverhead!”

Exciting news! Spencer Shea’s update this week is combined with Flanders Little League ceremonies this Saturday, April 10, at Iron Point Park on Woodroad Trail in Flanders. The first pitch will be thrown by Riverhead Middle School student Spencer Shea. As the smallest Little League on Long Island, we need always to be optimistic for our future, and we feel that Spencer is an incredible example of how, with optimism, anything is possible. The game starts at 10 a.m. and all are invited to stop on by and cheer on Spencer and the players of Flanders Little League. Spencer is making leaps and bounds with his recovery and his parents and family would like to thank everyone again for all their support and prayers.

Happy birthday wishes to Michael Drexel, who celebrated his 14th on April 6, from your mom and mad, your sisters Angela and Nicole, your brother Wayne, and all your family and friends, especially us here. We hope you enjoyed your day. Happy birthday to Lorna Stokely, who celebrated on April 6, from your twin sons, Brian and Brett, and Roy III, and happy birthday to Rose Stokely, who also celebrated on April 6, from your family and friends. Wow! Three people born on April 6! I hope everyone had a great birthday.

Thank you to all who called or e-mailed me with news to share with the community. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. Take care and please remember to drive safely.