Flanders: Congrats to Pastor Robinson

From the way everyone’s been talking lately, I think I’m the only person in my group of friends who’s sad to see the summer end and the cool fall weather upon us. I can handle the 50-degree nights, just not the 50-degree days. I just wish it weren’t such a long, drawn out-season. May seems such a long way away, doesn’t it?

Congratulations to Pastor Melvin J. Robinson Jr., who has advanced to the third round at the Apollo Theater in Harlem singing “Never Would Have Made It,” by Marvin Sapps. The next round will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 20. Those interested in attending can call Lady Shelley at 631-384-9335 for more information.

The Riverhead Community Awareness Program is seeking volunteers for the Pulaski Street School Substance Abuse Prevention/Education Program. In addition to regularly scheduled training at the CAP offices, on-site training for businesses and other groups is also available, along with parenting programs and educational seminars. For information, call Felicia Scocozza, executive director, at 727-3722, or by e-mail at [email protected].

The Town of Southampton Youth Bureau is hosting a trip to Bayville Scream Park on Friday, Oct. 15, from 7 to 10 p.m. for grades 8 and up. The park features five themed haunted houses; $14.75 per house. Transportation is $5 round trip. A shuttle bus is provided from Southampton Town Hall at 4:30 p.m.; Red Creek Park, 4:45 p.m.; and the David Crohan Community Center, 5 p.m. Bring extra cash for the concession stand. Preregistration is required to guarantee a seat on the bus.

Southampton Youth Court is not a mock trial. They hear real court cases. Members participate as judge, jury, attorney, clerk and bailiff for actual trials. Open to all Southampton Township students in grades 9 through 12, training will begin Monday, Oct. 18, at 6 p.m. at the Southampton Town Justice Court Center, 32 Jackson Ave., Hampton Bays. Free transportation is available for students living on our side of the Shinnecock Canal. Students interested in becoming an attorney, improving public-speaking skills, learning about the justice system or building their college resumé are invited to join. Participants earn community service credit. SYC won the Long Island Youth Court Coalition competition two years in a row! For more information about Youth Court, or any other programs offered by the Southampton Youth Bureau, call 702-2425 or visit

Don’t forget the Classic Car Show at the Big Duck Ranch on Sunday, Oct. 10 at 9 a.m. Rain date: Oct. 17. Hope to see you there.

Belated happy birthday to my cousin Buddy Turbush, who celebrated on Oct. 4, from your wife, Karen, and all your family and friends. I hope you had a wonderful birthday!

Well, that’s all for this week, folks. Call or e-mail me with any news you’d like to share with our community. Drive safely and please put those cell phones down! Have a wonderful weekend!