From Fourth Neck: Week of April 3

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The East Quogue Civic Association will hold an important meeting on Saturday, April 5, at 10 a.m., at the East Quogue United Methodist Church on Main Street. The guest speaker, Southampton Town Tax Assessor Edward Deyermond, will talk about this year’s property reassessment.

Also on the agenda will be a discussion of the recently completed Generic Environmental Impact Study (GEIS) for East Quogue. Please plan on attending this very important meeting. There will be a public hearing next Tuesday, April 8, at 6 p.m., at Southampton Town Hall to discuss the final draft of the GEIS.

This is a special town meeting and the only topic on the agenda that evening will be the recommendations set forth in the East Quogue study. A second public hearing on the study will take place on Tuesday, April 22, at 6 p.m., also at Southampton Town Hall.

The development of the remaining open space in our hamlet is a serious issue that will affect our quality of life, so it is extremely important for all of us to attend both of these meetings and show our support of the recommendations made in the report.

Southampton Town Board member Daniel Russo will be the scheduled guest speaker during the next East Quogue Citizens Advisory Committee meeting, scheduled for this Wednesday, April 9. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the East Quogue Elementary School library. All are welcome.

Don’t forget that on Monday, April 7, members of the East Quogue PTA will be conducting a community blood drive in the gym of the East Quogue Elementary School. The drive runs from 3:30 until 7:30 p.m. A free cholesterol screening will be available for anyone who donates blood. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Janet Brown at 653-5994.

Also on Monday, April 7, the Eastern Long Island Audubon Society will host one of its marvelous nature programs: “Peru—A country that will astound you.” Carl Starace will take you on an exciting journey through ancient ruins, along Amazon tributaries and to the Pacific Ocean to the remote Ballestas Islands. There will be a nature chat at 7:15 p.m., followed by Mr. Starace’s visual tour at 8 p.m.

I am deeply immersed in and fascinated by “The Spoken Words of the Spirit” written by East Quogue’s newest author, Jim Fargiano. In his thought-provoking first book, Jim shares with us the wisdom he has channeled from the “other side,” along with enlightening messages of hope and understanding.

“The Spoken Words of the Spirit” is a heartfelt and honest declaration of faith, abiding love and serenity. Copies of Jim’s book are available at Roses and Rice and Serendipity Beauty Salon, both located on Montauk Highway. You can also order a copy online through amazon.com.

Very happy birthday wishes are being sent to Nancy Chomicki from her loving family. Nancy celebrates her big day on Saturday, April 5.

Did you know that the East Quogue Post Office has a “lost and found” for keys? It does! If you have lost a key or found one that you didn’t know what to do with, just go on down to our post office on Bay Avenue. Special thanks to Barbara Marks for taking the time to share this bit of information with me!

Celebrate spring with a fun and educational walk on the northern part of the Quogue Wildlife Refuge, where you will be able to see globally rare dwarf pines. Learn about the dwarf pines, as well as the typical flora and fauna of the pine barrens and the importance of preserving this habitat on Long Island.

The two-hour hike will take place on Saturday, April 12 at 10 a.m. Reservations are required for this free program for adults. For more information, please call 653-4771.

Congratulations to our East Quogue Elementary School students who received Citizenship Awards in February: Richard Tiska, Emma Albert and Juliette Seeliger (first grade); Chloe Smith, Libby Daddi, Carl Ebrus and Jacob Gaudiello (second grade); Tyler Cea, Christopher O’Rourke and Hannah Rose Wagner (third grade); Thomas Kuroski, Samantha Tiska and Gabriella Saso (fourth grade); Collette Delisle, Eric Dorfman and Cory Gaudiello (fifth grade); and Toni-Layne Cotignola, Jennifer Gutman and Alexa Smith (sixth grade).

East Quogue Elementary School Student of the Month Awards for February were presented to: Marin Vander Schaaf, Amelia Raynor and Jazmyne Smith (first grade); Michael Fuchs, Sophia Garabedian, Thomas Meigel III and Jack Ciolino (second grade); Molly Magee, Chloe Garcia, Nicholas Pazera and Devon Blair (third grade); Emmanuel Clarke, Joseph Arnau and Isabella Recchion (fourth grade); Samantha Stephen, Delaney Smith and Abigail Elefterion (fifth grade); and Julia Jones, Alexis Mucci and Carly Bossung (sixth grade).

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