November is here and with it came some really cold temperatures and wind. I think I even saw a flurry or two on Sunday. Many of you know how much I hate winter and being cold. I’m already counting down the number of days until spring — 133! I’m also counting down the days until my baby girl Kaitlyn comes home from college for Thanksgiving break — 18! This first semester has really gone by quick. I miss her so much but am so proud of how well she’s doing. Thanks to everyone who asks how she is. She’s doing fabulous!
Wondering what’s going on in our schools? Let me share some news with you. October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month, during which several schools and teams raised awareness. Riverhead Middle School and Roanoke Avenue Elementary School had a Pink Day. Students wore pink and made and distributed pink ribbons to other students and staff members. With encouragement from Shannon Kutner, social worker for the Riverhead Community Awareness Program, and the Peacemakers CAP members, elementary students in the Riverhead district wore orange to school Oct. 22 for National Unity Day, when everyone came together to “send one large ORANGE message of support, hope and unity to those who have experienced bullying.” What a great idea. Thanks to Sandy Kolbo for sharing this information with me so that I can share it with the community.
Southampton Fire Department will host a blood drive Tuesday, Nov. 11, at the new Southampton firehouse on Hampton Road and Narrow Lane between noon and 7:15 p.m. Complimentary hot chowder will be available, generously donated by Schmidt’s. If you’re planning to donate, remember to drink lots of fluids during the days leading up to and the day of the blood drive, and bring identification.
Flanders resident Pamela Daniell has written a book, “Revelations.” Published by Scribes Guild Publishing, it will be released Nov. 18. Check out her author page on Facebook under Pamela Daniell. Congratulations, Pam, and good luck with your writing career.
Happy birthday to Sue Tocci-Dispenziere and her dad, Phil “Pop” Tocci, who will celebrate Nov. 9; my brother Frank Zaleski, Nov. 12; my coworker Jacklyn Vitale, Nov. 13; Paul Tocci, Nov. 14; Kelly Fox (aka Flanders’ most crafty baker), Nov. 15; Denise Civiletti, Chris McAlister and Jasmine Corwin, Nov. 17; and Michael Brewer and Rosemary Hernandez, Nov. 19. I hope everyone enjoys their special day doing whatever it is that makes them happy.
Well, that’s all for this week. Please remember to drive safely. It’s a good idea to place your cellphone in the back seat so you’re not tempted to use it. Have a great week. Don’t forget to call or email me with any news you’d like to share with the community.
Contact Flanders columnist Tanya Doherty at 727-8687 or [email protected].