07/22/2010 12:00 AM |

It’s already the middle of July and I’m not liking it. This summer seems to be going by much too fast. School supplies are already on the shelves and I know I saw Halloween candy somewhere. Honestly, Halloween? I was just joking the other day when I told a friend that soon we’ll be seeing Christmas items but now I’m wondering if I wasn’t too far off the mark.

Teens in grades 6-10 are invited to Tuesdays on the Go field trips to Long Island attractions. Sponsored by the Town of Southampton Youth Bureau, these safe and supervised trips are on a chaperoned bus. The next trip is to Boomers. Cost: $18, includes unlimited mini-golf, go-karts and rides, plus 15 tokens. Pack a bag lunch or bring extra money for the concessions. For more information, visit southamptontownny.gov. For a bus schedule and permission slip call 702-2425.

Did you know that Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch in Riverhead is in the running for the Pepsi Refresh Project’s $50,000 grant? The only catch is they need to get in the top 10 for number of votes and there are only two weeks left. If you would like to help out visit refresheverything.com/timothyhillchildrensranchproject and cast your vote for a very worthwhile project. You can vote once a day! Timothy Hill Ranch does so much for the community and I’m proud to help support it in this project. Good luck!

FRNCA’s annual community picnic will be held on Sunday, Aug. 15, at Wildwood Lake Park in Northampton from noon to 3 p.m. All are invited! Tickets: $5 for adults; $2 for children under 12. Hot dogs, hamburgers and refreshments will be supplied by FRNCA. Bring a side dish or dessert to share. For more information and tickets, call Pat at 727-7527. Spring/summer raffle tickets are available and the drawing will be held at the picnic. Tickets are only $5 each and the first prize is $500! FRNCA is seeking volunteers to help with the picnic setup and cleanup and they are also looking for cooks. If you’re just interested in having a great time, a great meal and getting to know your neighbors, do join them!

The next FRNCA meeting will be July 26 at 7 p.m. at the David Crohan Community Center. Representatives from Southampton Town will update us on town issues affecting our hamlets; Councilwoman Bridget Fleming will bring us up to speed on the ZIP code and the school tax equalization rate; John White, director of housing, will discuss the Home Improvement Program; and Thomas Neely, director of transportation, will speak about bus shelters.

Belated happy 6th birthday to Olivia “Munchie” Lorenz, who celebrated on July 14, from Momma, Dada, Grandma and Pop-Pop, Nana, and all your friends and family. I hope you had a great day!

Happy birthday to my good friend Tim Booker, who will celebrate on July 25, from all your friends and family, especially all of us from the RHS Class of 1986! Enjoy your day.

Congratulations to Arianna Ayers of Flanders. She received a Certificate of Achievement from Phillips Avenue Elementary School and the Junior Achievement Board and a Story and Snack award for her hard work. She had an outstanding report card and received an award for perfect attendance for the 2009/2010 school year and a science achievement certificate from Phillips Ave. Her grandparents are very proud. Keep up the great work, Arianna, an education will take you anywhere you want to go in life.

That is all for this week. A huge thanks to everyone! We are a great community and have a lot going on that we should all be proud of. If you’d like for me to write about your birthday, anniversary, achievements and whatever else is good in your life, give me a call or e-mail me. Enjoy your weekend and please remember to drive safely!