Flanders: Big Duck, Little League, Kiwanis breakfast and more

They say March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. I don’t know about that but I’m really praying that by the end of March we’ll have 60- to 70-degree days as the normal daytime temperatures. Keep your fingers crossed.

Wait a sec. Before you cross your fingers here is a bit of news that you may want to jot down first. Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 2, at 9 a.m., when the Kiwanis Club will host their seventh annual Breakfast of the Stars at Eagles Landing/Calverton Links Golf Course. This year’s “Stars” are Flanders’ own Fran Cobb (yippee, Fran!), Patrick Harris, Carl James, James Skabry, Margaret Vitale and Ann Cotton-Degrasse. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased, by March 28, by calling 463-5811.

Vendors are wanted for the Friends of The Big Duck’s annual Craft Fair/Flea Market. It is not too early to reserve your space for May 21 (Rain date: May 22) at the Big Duck Ranch in Flanders. All proceeds will go toward the restoration of Big Duck Ranch. For more information, visit or e-mail for an application or any questions you may have.

The next Flanders Little League meeting will be held Tuesday, March 8, at 7 p.m. at the Dave W. Crohan Community Center. Topics of discussion will include spring season changes, their 40th anniversary opening-day ceremony, sponsors, uniforms and fundraising. It’s also the last chance to register your child for the 2011 season. The 9- through 12-year-olds will be playing travel ball this season. The 12- and 13-year-old travel team will have extended baselines and pitching distance. There is also a girls travel softball team for ages 10 through 12. All are welcome to attend and FLL hopes to see you there. Come out and support our local youth. Call 591-0444 for more information.

Goodbye and good luck to my co-worker Chris Fahrbach, who is retiring Wednesday, March 2, from Peconic Pediatrics. All of us wish you all the best! Enjoy your time with your grandchildren and family. We are going to miss you dearly.

Happy birthday to my uncle Dominick Tribuzio, who celebrates on March 12, from your wife, Felicia, your children, Tracy and Danny, your grandchildren, Madison and Sam, your son-in-law, Jeff, and all your family and friends. Dominick was the postman for McLeod’s mobile home park on Riverleigh Avenue for many years before he retired. He can still be seen there most days doing odd jobs for the residents. We hope you have a wonderful day.

Thanks to all who responded so far to RHS NJROTC’s plea for baskets and new, unused gifts for their upcoming chinese auction. For those of you who haven’t gotten around to it yet, do check your home to see if you have anything you’d like to donate. Call Joan at 631-926-4499 for more information or to have donations picked up.

That’s all for this week, friends and neighbors. Please remember to drive safely and slowly and to put those cell phones down. 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, you can cross your fingers again. Think spring!