Flanders: Big Duck Gala winners; Tuesdays on the Go trip

I sure do love summer! The weather has been gorgeous and I’m not complaining about the humidity because I’ll take that over a snowstorm any day. Have you tried the local sweet corn? Make that stop at a farm stand a top priority. There is nothing like local L.I. corn.

Here are the winners from the Big Duck Gala I promised you: First place dance contest winners, Elaine Dickerson and George Quick Jr. of Riverhead; second place, Judith Rose and Alexander Kulch of Hampton Bays; third, Roberta Knell and Paul Portoghese of Hollis Hills, Queens. The costume winner was Renee Apgar of Center Moriches, with a black flapper dress and headband.

Teens in sixth through 10th grades are invited to participate in Tuesdays on the Go chaperoned field trips to Long Island attractions, sponsored by the Southampton Town Youth Bureau. The next trip is Tuesday, July 26, to Boomers’, “Where Fun Rules!” The cost is $18 and includes round trip transportation, bumper boats, go-karts, mini golf and 15 arcade tokens. Space is limited. A shuttle bus will leave David Crohan Community Center at 4:15 p.m. Bring a snack or money for the concession stand. For a list of all the trips, or to register, call 702-2425 or visit and click on What’s Happening/Upcoming Events, then Tuesdays on the Go.

Celebrate our community July 23 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Community Center, with face-painting, inflatables for the kids, food and bake sales, arts and crafts, mobile video arcade, musical performances, local vendors, farmers market and more. Interested vendors can contact Caprice Crippen at [email protected]

It’s still not too late to get your ticket for the RHS Class of 1986 reunion! Call me or John Graziano at 335-2035.

On July 15, Riverhead lost one of the funniest, happiest, kindest men I have ever known. Richard “Dicky” Green passed away, with his family surrounding him at home after a short illness. My condolences to the family, Mrs. Sharon Green; their children, Trisha and Todd; and their families. I know how much you will miss him, as will we all.

Get-well wishes to Barbra Merker of Flanders, who was involved in the horrific car accident Friday morning in Riverhead at the intersection of Pulaski Street and Osborn Avenue. Barbra is living proof that seat belts save lives.

Thanks to Officer Brian DeLuca and Sgt. Susan Ralph of the Southampton Town Police Department for getting our bicycle back. Last Friday someone took a bike out of our yard right in front of my husband. The police quickly located the thief, and he told them where he had stashed the bike.

That’s all for this week. Enjoy this warm weather and don’t complain about the heat and humidity. In December we’ll all be wishing summer had stayed around a little longer. Drive safely and slow down on our roadways.

If you have any news you’d like to share, do not hesitate to call or email me at the numbers above. Have a great weekend.