Flanders: Youth photo contest and Big Duck meeting

What a gorgeous Easter Sunday! I’m sitting outside right now writing this week’s column, and the warm breeze blowing on my shoulders and the sun shining down in this fairly quiet neighborhood today are adding to the peaceful feeling that you get on a holiday as holy as this one. My weeping cherry tree is just bursting with color and my hostas are popping out of the ground. I see buds on my trees, and even the birds this morning were rejoicing. Today is one of those days where you just can’t help being happy and love being alive. I hope everyone had as good a day as I did.

The Southampton Town Youth Bureau’s seventh annual photography contest for middle and high school students who reside in the township is under way. This year’s contest theme is “Our Town.” Prizes will be awarded for the top three winners. Written permission is needed from subjects of a photo, so if you’re taking pictures of people, make sure you get their OK. Submissions will be voted on by members of the Southampton Youth Bureau Youth advisory committee. Entries must be submitted by May 20. All submissions will be displayed at Southampton Town Hall. Send your photos (digitally remastered photos accepted), limited to three per artist, along with your name, age, phone number and address to: Southampton Youth Bureau, 116 Hampton Rd., Southampton, NY 11968, or you can e-mail your pictures to [email protected] For more information log on to or call the bureau at 702-2421.

All residents are invited to the annual Flanders Fire Department Memorial Service to be held at Flanders Memorial Park on Flanders Road at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 1. This ceremony honors our departed members and firefighters. It is a great way to pay tribute to those who have served our community and are no longer with us.

The next general meeting of Friends of The Big Duck will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, at David W. Crohan Community Center, 655 Flanders Rd. to plan this year’s events. The Duck’s gala 80th birthday celebration will take place July 9 at 230 Elm St. (Polish Hall) in Southampton. The craft fair/flea market is set for Saturday, May 21 — rain date is May 22 — at the Big Duck Ranch. Vendor applications are still being accepted. There is so much going on with the Duck, and all are welcome to help participate and plan. Call 727-0593 for information or the visit the website,

Belated happy birthday wishes to Deandre King, who turned 15 on April 17 and belated happy birthday wishes to his mother, Rhonda King, who celebrated on April 26. I hope you both had a fabulous birthday!
That is all for this week. Have a wonderful weekend, everyone. I hope to hear from you all soon with news you’d like to share with the community. Please drive safe and put the cell phones down. No call or text is worth the danger to yourself and other drivers.