Calverton: Drive slow for deer season

Riley Avenue Elementary School will be closed on Wednesday, Nov. 24, and will reopen on Monday Nov. 29 — a nice little break indeed. Don’t forget about the ongoing Thanksgiving food drive at the school. Donation drop-off boxes are located in the front lobby. Let’s make the holidays nicer for some needy local families.
The staff at Riley takes its computer education classes very seriously. Students in grades K-4 begin each school year practicing on the keyboard, which is crucial to learning how to use the computer. The importance of using two hands on the keyboard is stressed constantly. The students move on to typing classroom stories, journal-entry papers and letters to pen pals.
A very happy birthday to my wonderful friend Patti Smith, who is loving life down in North Carolina. Patti celebrated on Nov. 11 and had a great day. Patti, all your Long Island friends would like to say happy, happy birthday to you. We love you and miss you. Belated happy birthday to Patti’s daughter Cassie, who is living in sunny Florida, on Nov. 15. We hope you had a perfect day. Lots of love and kisses to you.
An annual event that is familiar to both Patti and Cassie, former Manorville residents, is deer rutting season, when a buck searches out a doe to mate with and if it runs into the road doesn’t care if you are driving your car there, which can be deadly. A way to avoid this is by driving more slowly and keeping your eyes moving from one side of the road to the other. You can usually spot their eyes glowing at night.
We’re getting closer to Turkey Day, one of my favorite holidays of the year and, unfortunately, one that is often overlooked. Remember, there are still lots of fresh veggies at our local farm stands, including local tomatoes, so there is no excuse for buying them at the supermarket.
Guess what, we have another early deadline this week. If you have any news for my column for the Nov. 25 (Thanksgiving) issue you need to send it to me by tonight, Nov. 18.
That’s all for this week. Take care, be safe and I shall talk to you next week. Bye.