Notes from East Quogue

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Spring has finally arrived and I am looking forward to the uplifting sight of hundreds of daffodils in bloom on our Village Green. For me this year, their bright yellow blooms will have a much greater significance: I just learned that Melissa Sidor spearheaded the planting of all of these daffodils in memory of those lost on September 11.

As most of you know, my son Michael worked in the World Trade Center, and I shall never forget the horror of that day nor the devastation I felt in the weeks and months that followed.

I lived up-island then, in Bay Shore. I could not go out in the mornings because no matter where I went, no matter what towns I passed through, memorial services were being held and traffic was detoured as long, deep lines of firemen and policemen, resplendent in their crisp dark blue uniforms, sorrowfully paid homage to their fallen comrades. It is a memory that still haunts me.

So, this year, and for years to come, the blossoming of the many daffodils planted around the flag on our Village Green, whose bright spring flowers signal renewal and rebirth, will have a truly special meaning for me.

As the “festival of the unleavened bread” begins, I would like to wish all of my dear readers of the Jewish faith a very happy Passover.

A thank you to Southampton Town Councilman Dan Russo for taking the time out of his busy schedule to speak at the East Quogue Citizens Advisory Committee meeting that was held last Wednesday. Mr. Russo spoke at length about the extension of the building moratorium and the recommendations made in the final draft of the East Quogue Generic Environmental Impact Study (GEIS).

Many changes are being planned for our little hamlet so please read the study which is available at the Quogue library or online at www.town.southampton.ny.us/SEQRAdetail.ihtml?id=25. Make your feelings known. Now is the time, dear readers, to take pen to paper or to speak with Al Algieri, president of the East Quogue Civic Association or Joan Hughes, chairwoman of the East Quogue Citizens Advisory Committee.

A second public hearing on the final draft of the Generic Environmental Impact Study for East Quogue will take place this Tuesday, April 22, at 6 p.m., at Southampton Town Hall. The development of the remaining open space in our hamlet is a serious issue that will affect the quality of life in our hamlet for years to come, so it is extremely important for all of us to attend this meeting and show our support of the recommendations made in the study.

The East Quogue United Methodist Church Nursery School is currently accepting applications for fall enrollment for children 3 and 4 years of age. For more information, please call Samantha Lochren at 653-5113.

Earth Day is Tuesday, April 22, and to mark the occasion, the Quogue Wildlife Refuge, together with the Eastern Audubon Society invites all to enjoy guided nature walks, live animal presentations and kayaking and canoeing on Old Ice Pond at the Refuge on Saturday, April 19. The celebration starts at 11 a.m. and continues until 4 p.m. For more information, please call 653-4771.

“Bullets over Broadway” will be the featured film at the Quogue Library Film Feast which will take place this Saturday, April 19. The feast begins at 6:30 p.m. and the film starts at 7:15 p.m. Price of admission is a beverage and a dish that serves at least six. For reservations, please call the library at 653-4224.

Are you a senior citizen who would like to share your life story, your hopes and dreams and your achievements with a young person? If your answer is “yes,” then “Listen to a Lifetime” is for you. You will be interviewed by a student who will afterward present you with a copy of your “life story.” It all takes place at the Hampton Bays Senior Center on Friday, May 16, at 1 p.m. For more information, call Heather at 728-1235.

Also going on at the senior center is the “Eat Smart New York: Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program,” sponsored by the Town of Southampton in conjunction with Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County. The free six-week course is loaded with valuable information on the benefits of healthy food choices and the importance of the various food groups. It takes place from 1 to 2 p.m., every Tuesday through April 29.

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