Happy summer! It sure feels like summer; a little dry in the water department but dry is better than monsoons. The crops are looking good and are weeks ahead of schedule. Keep your fingers crossed for a successful growing season.

The staff at Riley Avenue Elementary School thanks everyone for another great school year and wishes everyone a happy, healthy, perfect summer. Best of luck to all the students in the new school year. I hope summer is nice and slow and you all have a fun time.

Don’t miss the fundraising event at Eagle’s Landing at Calverton Links on June 30. Money must be raised so Lauren Gregory can attend the Susan G. Komen Three-Day for the Cure in Washington, D.C. in October. Tickets are $50 each and include a three-course meal, a glass of champagne, five chinese auction tickets, beer and wine tastings, raffles and more. Do try to attend. For more information visit

Marion Hulse, secretary at Riley, sends congratulations to her granddaughter Alexandra, who was honored as valedictorian at Raynor Country Day School in Westhampton. “Gammy” and “Hoo Haa” are very proud of you, honey! Great job!

Fundraisers for the American Cancer Society and Through an Angel’s Eyes were a huge success! Eileen Orlowski did an amazing job with every aspect of the event. The chinese auction was full of beautiful baskets and the donations were overwhelming. Thank you to everyone who attended, bought chances and donated.

Bat houses were recently made and donated to some local farmers thanks to students at Westhampton Beach Elementary School. Bats are very helpful, as they eat lots of insects. In fact, a nursing brown bat mother can eat more than her body weight nightly (up to 4,500 insects). Many bats are endangered or threatened and should be treasured. They eat insects such as June beetles and corn earworm moths, which both damage crops. If you have the opportunity to build a bat house, then do so. It is easy and will benefit your yard. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me and I will help you. Thanks to everyone at the school for their information and generous gifts. We appreciate your thinking of us.

That is all for this week. Enjoy the weather and our fresh fruits and veggies, I will talk to you next time. Take care, bye.