Flanders: Philips Avenue School beautification project with Team Depot

How’s everyone doing this week? I hope all is well and that all the moms enjoyed their Mother’s Day. I apologize for not sending wishes sooner, but honestly, I forgot. I guess I’m not used to it being May yet.

Spring is going by quickly. Before we know it summer will be here and the kids will be off from school. I had to go to Cutchogue last weekend and the traffic at the farm stands and wineries was a bit heavy. That’s great for the economy but not so great if you’re trying to get somewhere by a certain time. Word to the wise: expect a bit of traffic when traveling.

Phillips Avenue Elementary School joined forces with Team Depot April 29 for a school beautification project. Home Depot and its vendors donated all the items needed for this amazing project. Members of the Home Depot staff also volunteered their time and services for this event. The building looks just wonderful! We can’t thank Team Depot enough for all their support and generosity. A big thank-you to Frank Vitale and all the other employees at Home Depot for helping this project come to life. You know that saying … “It takes a village.” Well, there you go.

Southampton Town Youth Bureau is hosting its annual Battle of the Bands for grades 7 through 12 on June 10 at 7 p.m. at Ponquogue Beach in Hampton Bays. Bands consisting of three or more members (at least one member must reside in Southampton Town) are welcome to submit an application along with a demo to the youth bureau for consideration. For more information visit or call 702-2425. Applications are due by May 20.

Happy birthday to my friend Carmecha Langhorne, who celebrates today, Thursday, May 12, from your son “Mari” and all your family and friends. I hope you have a wonderful day. Birthday wishes also go to my niece, Charlotte Zaleski, who will turn 4 on May 15, from your mom, dad, your brother, James, and all of your family, who love you very much!

Speaking of birthdays, this year marks the Big Duck’s 80th birthday! Come celebrate and help raise funds for the restoration of Big Duck Ranch by attending the party on July 9 from 7 to 11 p.m. at 230 Elm St. in Southampton. Tickets are $50 per person and includes light fare and dancing to music performed by Bill Wilkinson and the Long Island Sound Swing Band. There will also be a cash bar and a 50/50 raffle. For more information, visit

This year marks Riverhead High School’s Class of 1986 25th reunion. The invites will be going out in the next couple of weeks. If you’re not on the list, give me a call or send me an email as soon as possible. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the event on Aug. 27. It’s going to be awesome!

That’s all for this week. I hope everyone enjoys their weekend and I hope to hear from you soon with any news you’d like to share. Remember, please call or email me. Stay safe and drive safer and please put those cell phones down. Take care.