Flanders: Town spring cleanup and school beautification on the way

Happy Thursday, friends and neighbors. That was some storm on Saturday, heh? We lost our power for a little while but other than that and a few branches down we came through pretty much unscathed. Not like those poor people in North Carolina and the other states that were rocked by severe weather. As of Monday morning there were 45 confirmed dead throughout the states that were affected. Long Island is extremely lucky when you think about it.

Southampton’s spring leaf cleanup will begin April 25. Only leaves that are loose or placed in biodegradable paper bags (no plastic) and branches up to three inches in diameter that have come off trees (no tree trimmings, hedge clippings or stumps), will be picked up. Brush piles may not be larger than four feet by four feet by four feet. All of the highway districts will begin on the first day of the program. Leaves and brush are to be placed in the unpaved portion of the town-owned right of way in front of your home. All mixed piles, land clearing, and other debris not within the guidelines of the program will not be collected. For questions pertaining to the program, call the Southampton Town Highway office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 728-3600.

The Woods at Cherry Creek will be the site of the first-ever John C. Mendreski Memorial Golf Outing on Monday, June 27. The entry fee is $130 and includes golf (shotgun start/scramble format), barbecue luncheon at noon, two-hour open bar, and buffet dinner. Dinner and drinks only: $55. To register or for more information call 631-288-5865 or 631-512-5811. John was a longtime principal of Pulaski Street School and a good friend to many in our community. All proceeds will go toward the John C. Mendreski Memorial Scholarship Fund, which benefits college-bound Riverhead High School graduates.

Are you in a band? If so then why not show the Hamptons how good you are? You can compete for prizes, trophies, gift certificates and more at the Southampton Battle of the Bands competition. For applications visit Band participants must reside within Southampton Town. The band must consist of at least three performing musicians, grades 7 through 12. Applications are due Friday, May 20.

Phillips Avenue Elementary School will join forces with Team Depot on a school beautification project on Friday, April 29. Home Depot and its vendors are donating all the items needed for this amazing project. Members of the Home Depot staff have also volunteered their time and services for this event. Scott’s Turf is donating a pallet of red mulch, Long Island Composite is donating the soil and various vendors will be donating annuals, perennials and shrubs. All are invited to stop in and help or just check it out. The school is coordinating a dedication ceremony for June in honor and remembrance of Ms. Alyssa Acquafredda. Home Depot will be donating a tree and bench and the Riverhead Central Faculty Association will be donating flowers and presenting a plaque. More details to follow as they become available.

Thanks to all who sent me news this week. I really appreciate it. Call or email me if you have any news to share. Please drive safely, buckle your seat belts, put your cell phones down and don’t drink and drive. Have a wonderful weekend. Happy Easter!