Happy New Year to all in Flanders and beyond. I want to send a special Happy New Year wish to Shelby Moore who is stationed in Misawa-shi, Japan, with the United States Navy. Shelby spent her first Christmas and New Year’s away from home this year and I want her to know that we all love her and miss her and thank her for her service to our country.
I cannot believe it is already 2012. This year will hold many milestones for my family, the biggest of which will be my daughter Brittany’s graduation from high school. The year 2012 seemed so ridiculously far off when we wiped her tears as she got on the school bus for the first time on the way to kindergarten. And now here we are, ringing in the New Year with the number “2012” all aglow at the bottom of that glittering ball in Times Square.
A warning that should be included on all babies when they are born: “Enjoy every minute with them because, before you know it, they will be all grown up and you can’t back up and don’t get any do-overs. Savor every sleepless night, every minute with that tiny hand in yours because, no matter what happens, they all grow up far too fast.”
Happy birthday in heaven to a very special friend of ours who would have celebrated her 31st birthday on Monday. Keri Trinca was lost in a terrible car accident on October 8 with her son Jason and not a day goes by that we don’t think about her and Jason, and about Marialena and Christopher, both of whom survived the accident. I am sure that heaven is more beautiful now with Keri there in charge of the decorations. Prayers are still needed for Keri’s 4-year-old daughter Marialena “Freshie.” Please continue to pray for her full recovery so that she can go home with her brother Christopher and her dad, Jay, who has not left her side since the accident.
Birthday wishes to Michael Madr who will blow out 20 candles on Thursday, January 5, we all wish you a wonderful year ahead with much love and good luck.
The Flanders Village Historical Society wants to let everyone know that there are some new pages on the website and all are encouraged to check them out and join. The newest addition is the page called “Images of Yore.” To view the website in its entirety, please visit flandersvillagehistoricalsociety.org.
Don’t forget that auditions for this year’s Hampton Idol competition will be held on Friday, January 6, at the Hampton Bays Community Center from 4 to 8 p.m. Contestants should be prepared to sing with music (no vocals on your recorded music please) and bring a copy of the application from the youth bureau website at southamptontownny.gov/youthbureau. Good luck!
The beginning of a new year is a wonderful time to give the gift of life and donate blood. The small amount of time and energy it takes to donate blood could save someone’s life. There will be two local drives going on in the near future. On Wednesday, January 11, Assemblyman Fred Thiele, Southampton Town and Long Island Blood services will hold a blood drive from 4:30 to 9 pm at the David W. Crohan Community Center in Flanders. All donors will receive a pair of tickets to a Mets game courtesy of the Long Island Blood Services. You may schedule an appointment by calling Assemblyman Thiele’s office at 631-537-2583. Donors must be between 17 and 76, weigh at least 110 pounds, be in good health and not have donated blood in the last 56 days. New York State allows blood donors to be 16 with parental permission and anyone age 76 or older can donate with a valid physician’s letter.
Flanders Fire Department and Flanders Riverside Northampton Community Association will also host a community blood drive on Saturday, January 14, at the Flanders Firehouse from 1 to 7 p.m. Heros and soup will be served. See above for eligibility requirements and all donors should eat well and drink plenty of fluids before arriving. Questions about the Flanders blood drive may be directed tol Barbara at 574-8958 or Patty at 727-3977.
The Town of Southampton is proud to announce the Citizen’s Response Center (CRC) which was designed to increase the accessibility, depth and scope of information available to the public. According to the town website, “The CRC’s interactive information services will be distributed through direct contact, internet services and a wide variety of other electronic information distribution systems.” You can reach the CRC team by calling Town Hall at 283-6000.
The town has also added many new features to its website at southamptontownny.gov including updated FAQ’s (frequently asked questions), a new alphabetical list of forms and applications and an updated calendar of events.
Have a great week.