Flanders Column: Little League needs coaches and other volunteers

Welcome to ‘real’ winter. How did you like the snow? I didn’t like it at all. I guess my only option is to move south, but I can’t because I like it here too much. I really do love Long Island. My family is here and I can’t leave them just because I get a little shivery in the winters, which seem to get longer every year. On the plus side, only 55 more days until spring. Whoo-hoo!

Don’t forget to sign up your little sluggers at the next Flanders Little League registration on Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. at the David Crohan Community Center. Volunteers are also needed to coach or just help out. Call Wayne Ford at 745-9060 or email him at [email protected] for more info.

Flanders Fire Department and the Flanders, Riverside and Northampton Community Association blood drive committee, along with Legislator Fred Thiele’s office, would like to acknowledge everyone involved in making their recent blood drive more successful than the last: Neil Young, who once again donated his voice and time for the public service announcement that aired on WLNG 92.1 FM; Meetinghouse Deli in Aquebogue for supplying the hero; and fire department members Joey C., JJ, Nicole, Dos and Scott, who donated their time. Thank you. But the biggest thank-you goes out to all the donors who gave both their time and blood to help save lives.

This next bit of info comes a bit early but your teenage children might want to start practicing. The Town of Southampton Youth Bureau is sponsoring its 10th annual basketball tournament Friday, March 2. Registration begins at 6 p.m. and ends 7 sharp. Games will run from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. This event is open to girls and boys in grades 6-12. Preregistration is $15 per team by Friday, Feb. 24; $30 per team at the door. Proof of age (school ID, report card or class schedule) is required. Fee includes admission, prizes and refreshments. Transportation is available for $2 round trip. For more information call 702-2425 or visit

Happy birthday to my brother Mike Zaleski, who celebrates Jan. 26, from all of us here, your wife, Kim, your son, Ryan, and all your family an friends. I hope you have a great day.

Well, that’s all for this week. I hope everyone enjoys their weekend and that there’ll be no more snow in the forecast, just sunny days and warm temperatures. That’s all I need. Wait, I also need to hear from those in our community who have any news they would like to share. So, if you’re celebrating a birthday, anniversary or just something good that happened in your life, give me a call or send me an email. I’d love to hear from you. Thanks everyone for reading.

Take care and please drive safe. Remember, no talking or texting while driving. Let’s go, Giants!