Flanders: Thank you to my guardian angel

Friends come in and out of our lives. I don’t know if I can actually call this person a friend, considering I only met her once, but I’d like to think of her as one … and my guardian angel. On Nov. 24 I had a minor (but serious to me) car accident in Laurel. No one was seriously injured, but I could have been had I not turned the wheel to the right when I was pushed into oncoming traffic. After I pulled over a woman approached me asking if I was OK, did I have any kids in the car, and could she call someone. She truly took care of me. Her name is Janice Bovino and I’d like to thank her, again, for all she did for me that day. Janice, God bless you and your family.

The executive board of the Flanders, Riverside and Northampton Community Association is having its ninth annual holiday party on Monday, Dec. 13, at 6 p.m. at the David W. Crohan Community Center. Hot entrees will be provided by board members; bring your favorite side dish or dessert. Admission is the donation of a new unwrapped toy, which will be donated to the Phillips Avenue Elementary Giving Tree. Come on out and enjoy some good food and good friends. All are welcome; membership is not necessary.

FRNCA wishes to thank everyone who participated in the Community Cares Projects. They are truly moved by the generosity they’ve seen from the Flanders, Riverside and Northampton communities. The next project will be a coat and hat drive. New or used coats, hats and mittens, in good, clean condition, will be collected for children in kindergarten through fourth grade.

Toddler and infant coats are also welcome. The staff at Phillips will make sure all the donations get to the children and families in need. For more details on how to send your donation, visit or call 678-7703.

The annual election at the Flanders Fire District will take place Tuesday, Dec. 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the firehouse, 19 Firehouse Lane, to elect one commissioner for a five 5-year term and one commissioner for a two-year term.

That is all for this week. Thanks to everyone who e-mailed me news for the column. I always end the column by asking everyone to drive safely and to put their cell phones down. This week I’m going to remind everyone to wash their hands. It’s cold and flu season and nothing spreads faster (other than gossip). Make sure your kids, especially those in school, get into the habit also. I’m fighting a really bad cold right now and so far it’s winning. I wash my hands all the time because I work for a pediatrician, but I guess it wasn’t enough. Have a wonderful weekend and don’t forget to call or e-mail me with any news you’d like to share. Oh, I almost forgot, after the holiday break I don’t have a column until mid-January so if you have any birthday or anniversary wishes you’d like me to write about, let me know ASAP. The last issue of the News-Review for 2010 is Dec. 23. Be careful out there.