Flanders: Come to Phillips Avenue School PTO meeting

Hi, friends and neighbors. I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday weekend, even if you weren’t off on Monday. I wasn’t but at least the kids didn’t have to get up and out for school, which is a huge pressure-reducer for me.

The Phillips Ave. PTO held its first event on Oct. 8. “Free Family Movie Night” featured “Marmaduke.” Refreshments were sold, including freshly popped popcorn! All had a great time. The next regular meeting will be held on Thursday, Oct. 21, at 6:30 p.m. in the Phillips Ave. school library. They hope many parents will attend as more fall and winter activities are discussed and planned. Please come meet this year’s board members: Janice Flemming, president; Kevin Flemming, vice president; Kim MacDonald, secretary; and Jessica Judd, treasurer.

Halloween is fast approaching! The Southampton Youth Bureau is hosting a trip and some scary events closer to home. Those in grades 8 and up can visit Bayville Scream Park on Friday, Oct. 15, from 7 to 10 p.m. The park features five 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 at 4:45 p.m., and the David Crohan Community Center at 5 p.m. Bring some extra cash for the concession stand. Preregistration is required to guarantee a seat on the bus. Call 702-2425.

There is a Halloween event on Friday, Oct. 22, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Southampton Youth Services, 1370A Majors Path. “The Haunted Path” is a safe and supervised event for grades 6 and up. Admission is $5 and free transportation is available! Come navigate the path where ghouls and spooks lurk. If you find your way out then why not stay for Sports and Rec Night? For the little pumpkins and their families, SYS will open its doors on Sunday, Oct. 24, from 1 to 3 p.m for “Trunk or Treat.” Decorate the trunk of your car, wear a costume and share in an afternoon of “Halloween Happenings.” Trick-or-treat from car trunk to car trunk. There will be prizes for best costume and trunk decoration. Enjoy arts and crafts, make caramel apples, and more! Parents are also welcomed to bring their children into the Haunted Path. Admission is free!

If anyone has great Halloween decorations and would like to have them mentioned in the column, please give me a call so I can let everyone know about it. I used to drive my kids around looking at all the houses that go all-out for the holidays. Some people work really hard and their houses look really fantastic. Let me know where you’re located so that I can tell others.

Well, that is all for this week. I do hope you enjoyed reading this column and remember, call or e-mail me with any news you’d like to share with the community. Have a wonderful weekend and please drive safely. Don’t forget to put your cell phones down. Take care.