Howdy, friends and neighbors. I was online the other day with my cousin Dan Tribuzio, who is stationed in Iraq. He’ll be home on leave in June sometime — we’re not allowed to know exact dates. I cannot wait to see him and I can’t wait until he is home for good — along with our men and women who are stationed overseas. Please say a prayer that this war ends soon and gets our families back home where they belong.

Please don’t forget to mark your calendar for the Craft Fair/Flea Market on June 5 at the Big Duck Ranch. The Friends of the Big Duck need to raise funds for the improvement of the ranch, the restoration of the buildings and installation of a bathroom. If you would like to book a spot for the day to sell your wares, call the Friends at 727-0593, or visit the website at as soon as possible.

Attention all business owners: If you are in need of summer or year-round staff or can provide a learning opportunity for interns, then you are encouraged to participate in a FREE Job Fair sponsored by Southampton Town Youth Bureau. It will be held 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 702-2421, or you can download a registration form at Please respond by Monday, May 10. If you have any questions or need further information regarding the Job and Internship Fair, contact the Youth Bureau at 702-2421.

Congratulations and best of luck to our own Dasara Strange, who will compete at the International Modeling and Talent Association Convention in New York City, July 25-31. Her entrance fees have been paid by Barbizon School of Modeling, but each contestant and her sponsor are responsible for transportation, housing, meals, etc., basically everything else, and we all know NYC and its prices. If you’d like to sponsor Dasara, call her at 631-978-3293.

Last Wednesday I had the privilege of spending the day with Spencer Shea. We had a really good time playing video games, having texting contests (which he won, of course) and just hanging out. When my boys came home from school he even took my son’s guitar down and strummed a few chords. The National Junior Honor Society at the Middle School hosted a dance in his honor last Friday night. Spencer attended and an excellent time was had by all. The next benefit to help the family with the costs of his continuing care at home will be a Pig Roast held in June at Four Doors Down in Mattituck. As soon as I get the information locked down I will write about it in the column.

That is all for this week. Don’t forget to call or e-mail me with any news you’d like to share with the community. Please remember to drive safely and to put your cell phone down.