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Flanders News: Moonlight paddle event scheduled

Hello, everyone! Before I start with upcoming events I would like to send a huge thank-you to Pastor Keith Indovino for Hope Day, which was a huge success! It was wonderful to see the neighborhood united, laughing and having a great time. Local resident Lauren Evers Cariello brought her pony, Bam Bam, all dressed up in rainbow colors and flowers. He was a huge hit with the kids, as were the rides, games, cotton candy and popcorn. Thank you to all the volunteers who came down and helped.

We have a few birthdays this month: Sean McLean, June 9; Susan Aiello, June 14; and Michael Bruno, June 19. Happy birthday to all!

I would like to congratulate all the scholarship winners at last month’s Flanders, Riverside and Northampton Community Association meeting. There was an essay contest, for which five lucky students each received $500: Jose Alvizures, Alecia Armstrong, Kim Lennon, Brianne Corwin and Sarah Huneault. Congratulations to all. A HUGE thank-you to everyone who helps support FRNCA’s fundraising efforts throughout the year. If you’d like to join, make a donation or attend a meeting, visit

FRNCA’s next meeting will be held Monday, June 13, at 7 p.m. They have lots of exciting things to talk about and Pastor Keith will give a recap about Hope Day and get ideas for next year. Food donations will be collected to help stock local food pantries since there will be no meeting in July.

Bay View Pines Civic Association will host a moonlight paddle event at the beach on Long Neck Boulevard Saturday, June 18, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Bring your own canoe or kayak and a picnic dinner to enjoy with your neighbors. It should be a fun time for all. Congratulations to Lori and Frank from Sylvan Avenue on winning the first-ever Bay View Pines Yard of the Month award.

A Juneteenth celebration — also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day — will be held at Ludlum Park on Saturday, June 18, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This holiday commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas in June 1865, and more generally the emancipation of African-American slaves throughout the Confederate South. Celebrated on June 19, the term is a portmanteau of June and nineteenth and is recognized as a state holiday or special day of observance. Three essay winners from Pulaski Street School will read their essays. There will also be speakers, gospel music and food. Come and join the celebration. The top-three essay winners also won a $50 gift card and an ice cream party for their entire class. Congratulations to all.

The Friends of the Dig Duck are planning their fourth annual Rubber Duck Race, set for noon on Aug. 13 (rain date is Aug. 14). If you’d like to join the race, call Fran for an application at 631-727-5342. Entry fee is $5. Prizes will be awarded.

The Flanders Senior Center held its regular monthly birthday party and annual installation of officers May 21. It was a very special day. Those sworn in for 2016-17 are: Ralph Downs, president; Edna Bright, vice president; Jean Guydish, secretary; and Richard Warner, Madeleine Delepine, Mercedes LoFaro, Geraldine Tinsley and Barbara Whittle, council members. That same day, a birthday celebration was held honoring members age 90-plus. They are: Edna Bright, Barbara Zybowski, Marie Kaiser, Arnold Sims, Jean Guydish, Stanley Berman, Bud Kavan and Cappy Millman. The next monthly birthday party, and a Father’s Day celebration, will be held Friday, June 17, from 10 a.m. to noon. Featured will be music by Tom Parris. For questions, call Ruthie at 631-702-2375.

Kathy KruelContact Flanders, Riverside and Northampton columnist Kathy Kruel at 631-727-5530 or [email protected]