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06/26/15 7:00am

Happy summer 2015, everyone! I hope this summer doesn’t fly by as quickly as last summer. Then again, last summer I was planning a graduation party and getting ready to bring my daughter to college, so of course it went quickly for me. This summer should be a little calmer. After moving twice in the last month, picking up Kate from college for summer break and then arranging to have a surgical procedure this month, let’s just say I can really use a non-stressful summer.  (more…)

06/13/15 7:00am

It’s June and we are officially at our new address. If I’ve missed anyone’s calls or emails these past two weeks, I apologize. It’s been hectic to say the least. I’d like to thank a few people who really helped us get settled. First, my kids Kate and Mike and my special friend Chris. And, most importantly, Kevin and Michele Dupuis. We couldn’t have done it without them! Finally my dad, Jim Zaleski, who took his grand-puppy to his house during the move. He loves visiting his Pop Pop’s house. It was great of you to take him, Dad. And, finally, thank you to Lindsey and Diane Reeve for what you both have done for my family. Love you all.

If you live here in the “Flamptons” (I recently heard someone refer to our community in this way) or just travel through here you probably noticed that Route 24/Flanders Road is being repaved. It’s been a long time coming and we are so grateful for the new surface. I must say, though, that the placement/flow of the traffic cones is a bit confusing. I’m also noticing a lot of people driving down the center lane to get ahead of everyone else. Please slow it down and be courteous toward others. Stay safe.

‘Disney Floral Fantasies,’ a standard flower show presented by Riverhead and Southold towns’ garden clubs, will be held Wednesday, June 17, from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Raphael Vineyard in Peconic. Admission is free. Call 631-594-3521 for more details.

Happy birthday to Kelly Tocci on June 11, Payton Dupis, Tom Higgins and Lori Marin, June 12; Theresa Foley and Ken Heagy, June 13; Melanie Lessard and Kim Nelson, June 14; Katie Blasl and Pat Nash, June 16; Jill O’Kula, June 18; Joe Kaelin and Chrissy Peters, June 19; and new grandma Paulette Sikora and Devon Brewer, who I call my nephew since I’ve known him since birth, June 24. I hope each and every one of you have a terrific day doing whatever it is that makes you happy.

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there. I want to send special love to my dad for all that he’s done for me. You are the best! We love you so much and hope you have a fabulous day!

Like I mentioned in my opening paragraph, I have moved. However, I still reside in Flanders and my contact info is the same. There was a brief issue during the move with cable and the Internet but all has been worked out. If you left me a voicemail and I didn’t respond, please call me back. Thanks for reading and please drive safely.

05/30/15 5:58am

June is sneaking up very quickly and pretty soon there will be graduations, moving-up ceremonies and fun-in-the-sun festivities — fairs, carnivals, picnics, etc. I love summertime, especially on Long Island. I think most feel the same way. One thing we don’t love, however, is the increase in traffic. I can’t imagine how busy our roads are going to be when school is let out. (more…)

05/15/15 7:00am

I hope everyone enjoyed their Mother’s Day. If you’re fortunate to still have your mom in your life make sure to appreciate her every day. I really miss my mom but take comfort in knowing she celebrated with her mother in Heaven. I spent the day with one of my “other” mothers, Marsha Mickoliger, and my BFF, Michele. I’ve known the Mickoligers since I was 4 and, although I don’t have a sister of my own, I have four great women in my life that I consider my sisters. (more…)

05/01/15 7:00am

Welcome, May and, hopefully, more seasonal weather. I want to do yard work and sit outside and drink my tea in the morning. I’d like to ask Mother Nature to turn up the heat a little. I’m not the only one. Everyone I run into says the same thing: “Where is spring?”  (more…)

04/18/15 7:00am

If you heard a happy yell Sunday afternoon, that was me. It finally reached 60 degrees. For a minute it seemed like this winter wasn’t ever going to end. Now May is coming, and sometime during the second week I’ll make the trip to Oneonta one last time until August. I don’t mind it really — it’s nice to spend some alone time with my baby girl and catch up. (more…)

04/04/15 7:00am

Happy Easter and Passover to all the friends and neighbors who are reading this column. I hope whatever you celebrate you celebrate with love, family and friends. It’s April so I’m hoping that it’s going to start getting a little bit warmer. This winter has been rough. When I woke up to snow Saturday and then it kept snowing all day, I have to admit, it kind of bummed me out. I was so glad to see blue sky and sunshine on Sunday, even if it was only 40 degrees. Let’s all keep our fingers crossed that was the last, at least until next December. (more…)

03/21/15 7:00am

Hello, friends and neighbors. Welcome to spring. Finally! I’m so excited to be over that February madness. It was just too cold and snowy this year. I don’t think I’d mind it around Christmas because it’s supposed to snow then — at least that’s what all the songs and movies say. Anyway, it’s time to dust off the body and get out and move. Just make sure you wear bright reflective clothing if you’re going to walk or run on our area roads. It’s very hard to see people who are wearing dark-colored clothing.  (more…)