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Flanders news: School supplies drive is a success

Backpack Giveaway

Hello! I have two very special birthdays to share. Megan and Jonathan Perez would like to wish a very happy birthday to their twins, Jayce Alan and EmmaLynn Jane, who will turn 2 on Sept. 16. Happy birthday from the Flanders community also.

Debby Bieling would like to announce the engagement of her daughter, Hillary Bieling, to Mathew Marengo. They were engaged Aug. 5 and have set a wedding date of Oct. 21, 2017. Congratulations to all.

The Bay View Pines Civic Association will hold a meeting to elect new officers Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m. The meeting is open to the public.

The Friends of the Big Duck will not meet in September. There will be a meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. at the David W. Crohan center. I will add a reminder before then.

There is a big problem at the rest area on Flanders Road with people dumping garbage near the trash cans. Ron Fisher is looking for help from our community to stop the dumping. If you see anyone dumping there, or the trash overflowing, and can get photographs, that would be great. Photos or information can be sent to Ron at [email protected] I believe if we all work together we can clean up this area and keep it beautiful.

Riverside Rediscovered, Truth Community Church, Southampton Community Housing and Development Corp. and FRNCA would like to thank everyone in the community who donated school supplies for the giveaway last Saturday. They were able to give away over 200 book bags to kids in need. Way to go, everyone. I love to see our community working together.

The next FRNCA meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, at the David W. Crohan Community Center. FRNCA is still collecting school supplies, so if you have anything you would like to donate, you can contact Ron Fisher or drop items off at the meeting.

FRNCA’s fundraising committee needs help planning and running this year’s annual 5K run, which takes place Dec. 11 at the Hampton Hills Golf and Country Club. They need volunteers to help with soliciting donations from local businesses, donating items to the chinese auction, setting up and tearing down tables the day of the event, purchasing refreshments and handing them out on race day, etc. Last year FRNCA was able to award $2,500 in scholarships to local high school seniors. It’s never too early to start asking for donations and raffle prizes. FRNCA is happy to provide an “ask letter” to anyone willing to help collect prizes. For more information, call Patty at 631-727-3977 or Barbara at 631-574-8958.

School is about to start, so there will be many children waiting at bus stops, getting on and off buses and crossing the street. Please watch for the blinking bus lights. Let’s work together to keep our kids safe.

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