The annual meeting and electionof officers for the Bayview Pines Civic and Taxpayers Association is Saturday, Aug. 28, at 10 a.m. at the David W. Crohan Community Center, 655 Flanders Road. The nominees for the three officer positions (secretary and board members are already appointed) are: Janice Artandi, president; Neil Young, vice president; and Theresa Bauer, treasurer. Nominations can also be made from the floor when seconded by another member at the election meeting. Only members who are in good standing (have paid their dues) can vote. Each household has only one vote. Absentee ballots are not permitted. Special thanks to Peggy Rebholz, who served as president, and Fran Cobb, who served as vice president, for the past two years. We are very grateful to both of them for their contributions to our association and our community.

Teens in grades 6-10 are invited to participate in Tuesdays on the Go field trips, sponsored by the Southampton Town Youth Bureau. These safe and supervised trips are on a chaperoned bus. Join them on Tuesday, Aug. 31, when they go to Selden Batting and Go-Karts. Cost: $12, includes round-trip transportation, unlimited batting and go-karts, plus 15 arcade tokens. Registration is required, as space is limited. Call 702-2425 or visit, click on “What’s Happening,” then “Tuesdays on the Go.”

The Friends of the Big Duck are hosting a songwriting contest. Visit the organization’s website,, for more information (entry fee, format, address to mail entries to, etc.). The winner will be notified by phone on or about Sept. 7 and must be available to attend the Bluegrass Big Duck Country Music Festival on Sept. 11, where the winning entry will be performed.

How about the Southampton Town Fun Day held last Saturday at the David W. Crohan Community Center? There was face painting, snow cones, water slides and activity stations. The National Guard also offered a fun activity. Dylan Jenet, a young singer/actress, performed the finale. Thanks to the staff of Southampton Town for all their help in bringing such a fun-filled day to Flanders.

Happy anniversary to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bennett Sr., who celebrated their 35th on Aug. 23. Your family and friends wish you many more years of marital bliss.

Another week of summer has come and gone. I made it to the car show in Riverhead and the ocean in Westhampton and I truly enjoyed both. Even though we live five minutes from the beach, I’m one of those people who really doesn’t like the ocean. I had my daughter and her friends and we had nothing to do so I headed south. Thanks to Mike Shea for letting us park and for the use of the pool and beach. We had a great day.

I must apologize: I’d already sent in my column last week when Arianna Ayers’ grandmother called me with some birthday news, and I’ve misplaced the paper on which I wrote it. Please call me again so I can mention it in next week’s column.

School will be starting soon, so it’s time to get the kids back on a schedule. It’s kind of sad that summer is coming to a close but I’m ready for a little bit of stability — dinner at a normal hour, groceries lasting more than three days. Enjoy your weekend, please drive safely and don’t forget to put those cell phones down!