Flanders Column

Hello, friends and neighbors. By now I’m sure most of you heard about that terrible accident on Route 24 and Longneck Boulevard last Friday night. I hope all involved weren’t hurt too badly. I can’t speak for everyone but I bet most of us have the same feelings about Flanders Road. It’s a nightmare! Maybe we should all write our congressman and demand that the state take some course of action before things get worse.

I’d like to take a moment to thank Flanders Fire Department and the Flanders-Northampton Volunteer Ambulance for their prompt response to the accident and all that they do. Not long after the volunteers were finished with that scene, the department was called out again, this time to stand by at Southampton Fire Department because Southampton was assisting Water Mill Fire Department in a major house fire. Again, thank you for all you do.

The next meeting of the Friends of the Big Duck will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. at the David W. Crohan Community Center. They are holding their elections at this time and all positions are open. Please make every effort to attend so that you may vote.

Flanders Little League will hold their next registration Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m., at the David W. Crohan Community Center. Volunteers are needed to coach or just help out. Contact Wayne Ford at 745-9060 or email him at [email protected] for any questions you may have regarding sign-ups.

Registration is still open for the Town of Southampton Youth Bureau’s 10th annual Basketball Tournament on Friday, March 2. Games will start at 7:30 p.m. and conclude at 10:30 p.m. Registration starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 7 p.m. sharp. This event is open to girls and boys in grades 6-12. Preregistration by Friday, Feb. 24, is $15 per team, or $30 per team at the door. Proof of age — such as 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 regarding this and other upcoming events call the Youth Bureau at 702-2425 or visit

That’s all for this week. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. Take care, slow down and put those cellphones down. Call or email with any news you’d like to share.