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Jan 9, 2012 1:15 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Flanders, Northampton And Riverside Community Notes, January 12

Jan 9, 2012 2:03 PM

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately and wonder if you can help me answer one simple question: Why do people continue to drink and drive?

Every week I read the paper and it is loaded with DWI arrests. What is it that these people don’t understand? I’m becoming more and more fearful every time I pull out of my driveway because, if you read the details, you’ll see that the arrests aren’t taking place just at night. Some are occurring in the middle of the afternoon.

Now, I understand that people make mistakes, while others will claim that they were not legally drunk. Whatever the case, my question still stands. If you know you could be pulled over at any moment, why risk it even if you had just one drink? Is it really worth risking the lives of innocent people?

I have a hard time understanding people and, now that my daughter has a car and drives, I’m worried about her safety. There are so many reasons NOT to drink and drive: getting arrested, public humiliation, huge fines, possible jail time, and the possibility of losing your job, car and license. And don’t get me started on the possibility of having an accident or, worse, causing one that injures another person.

Call a cab, call a friend, or grab a piece of a couch and go to sleep. Or give your keys to someone who has not been drinking. Just my two cents.

There were many events and celebrations to mark the New Year, though many of us forget that there are those who spend the holiday in the hospital—for good reasons!

The very first baby born at our Peconic Bay Medical Center was William Havens Meringer, who made his arrival on January 3. Baby William was welcomed into the world by his parents, Courtney and Amos Meringer of Mattituck, and tipped the scales at a healthy 8 pounds 14 ounces. He was greeted at his new home by his big sister, Katherine, who is 2. We wish the family much love, luck and happiness as they begin their new journey!

Congratulations to Amy Boden of Riverhead. She was named to the dean’s list this past fall at York College in Pennsylvania. Amy has not yet declared a major, but her hard work is paying off and everyone is very proud! Keep up the great work, Amy.

Don’t forget to give the gift of life on Saturday, January 14, at the Flanders Fire Department. The blood drive is being cosponsored by the fire department and the Flanders, Riverside and Northampton Community Association. You can stop in at the firehouse between 1 and 7 p.m., just please remember to bring a photo ID and eat and drink before you donate! For more information, call Barbara at 574-8958 or Patty at 727-3977.

Did Santa bring you a new marine GPS system? If so, the Peconic Bay Power Squadron has the program for you. On Saturday, January 14, at 1 p.m., the group will present a seminar, “Using GPS,” at West Marine in Riverhead. Participants will learn about GPS functions, screens, controls, waypoints, courses and much more. Each participant will be provided with a waterproof copy of “Captain’s Quick Guide Using GPS.” There is a $45 fee for the course and reservations are required. To make one, call Captain Fred Roffe at 728-3721 or visit www.PBPS.us.

Tickets are now on sale for the fourth annual “Rockin’ for the Homeless” fundraiser that’s being held at Riverhead Polish Hall on Saturday, January 28, from 6 to 10 p.m. Four great bands will entertain and there will be door prizes, a Chinese auction, raffles and food. A donation of $25 per person is being requested, and tickets must be purchased by Friday, January 27. Tickets will be sold at the door for $35 each.

Tickets can be purchased ahead of time at one of the following locations: Barth’s Pharmacy at 32 East Main Street in Riverhead; Barth’s Pharmacy at 195 Love Lane in Mattituck; the Polish Hall at 214 Marcy Avenue in Riverhead; and at the Mattituck Presbyterian Church at 12605 Main Road in Mattituck. You can also buy them online at www.rockinforthehomeless.org.

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