Hello, friends and neighbors. I hope you’re enjoying the summer because July is just about over. Like I said last week, this month has gone by much too fast for me.

Next week’s (Aug. 3) Tuesday’s On the Go trip for Southampton Town children grades 6-10 is to Country Fair in Medford. For only $18 per person your child can enjoy unlimited mini-golf, go-karts, the batting cage, driving range and laser tag. Permission slips are required. Bring a bag lunch or money for the concession stands. These trips are sponsored by the Town of Southampton Youth Bureau and are on a chaperoned bus. For more information on this trip or upcoming trips, visit Click on Youth Bureau, then on What’s Happenin, or call 702-2425 Monday through Friday.

Our Redeemer Lutheran School is sponsoring a Family Fun Day fundraiser on Saturday, July 31, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person and include a barbecue, face painting, pony rides, and water activities. While you’re there you can tour the school and meet the teachers! The school is located at 269 Main Road, Aquebogue. For more information call 722-4000 or visit

Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch in Riverhead is still in the running for the Pepsi Refresh Project’s $50,000 grant. They need to reach the top 10 for votes and there are only a few days left. If you would like to help, visit and cast your vote for a very worthwhile project. You can vote once a day! Timothy Hill Ranch does so much for the community, why not support them in this project.

On Tuesday, Aug. 10, there will be a meet-and-greet for the new superintendent of schools, Ms. Nancy Carney, at 6:45 p.m. in the Riverhead High School auditorium. Everyone is invited.

Congratulations to Cedric and Teresa Thomas of Wildwood, who celebrated their first wedding anniversary July 25, from family and friends. May you have many, many more years of happiness together!

Landon Spano celebrated his first birthday on July 21. His grandma would like to wish him a BIG “happy first birthday,” with hugs and kisses from her and Papa Jim. The family celebrated last Sunday with a big party.

Happy birthday to my dad (whom we call the unofficial mayor of Riverhead), Jim “602” Zaleski, who celebrates his 57th, today, Thursday, July 29. (Shh! He really isn’t 57 but since I’m telling everyone I’m only 31, I had to knock a few years off sto make it more believable. Ha ha!). Happy birthday, Pop-Pop, from me and Tom, Mike and Kim, Jimmy and Denise, Frankie and Danny and your grandchildren, Thomas, Michael, Kaitlyn, James, Ryan and Charlotte. We love you! Enjoy your day.

Thanks for all the calls and e-mails this week. I truly appreciate it and could not do this column without your help. Enjoy your weekend and please remember to drive safely and please put those cell phones down!