Notes from Quogue

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With the arrival of warmer weather, the thoughts of many Quogue residents turn beachwards, usually in visions of summer fun. For those who live on Dune Road, meanwhile, fears about the effects of winter and spring storms and cyclical erosion patterns are never far off, no matter what the weather.

The Save The Dunes and Beaches Foundation has scheduled an educational meeting to discuss the status of the Quogue dunes and beach and efforts to protect them in New York City at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 8, at the offices of the law firm of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, One World Financial Center, 200 Liberty Street. (Parking is available.)

According to the press release issued by the Foundation, the dunes and beaches are “more than a defining feature and precious amenity of Quogue. They are a barrier to protect the lives of Quogue’s residents and their property. Their existence and attraction are key elements of the value of the Village of Quogue.” A point well taken, even though it’s tricky to try to assess the “value” of Quogue to residents and visitors.

The May 8 forum will be a public meeting, open to the press, with a panel of engineering experts on hand to present background information on the current state of erosion and a proposal for a major restoration project. Mayor George Motz and other elected officials will be in attendance. The Quogue Association, while neither endorsing or opposing any course of action, has circulated information about the meeting based on the interest this topic always generates for all Quogue residents.

Whether or not you opt to travel to the city to check out this forum, remember that the date for the annual State of the Village address to the Quogue Association by Mayor George Motz is scheduled at the Community Hall on May 17 at 10:30 a.m. Also mark on your calendar the date for this summer’s Quogue Association party at the Village Beach: July 12.

Three Quogue residents, Meredith Cohen, Jill Kandell and Elaine Saladino, have joined forces to host a “Mother’s Day Shopping Extravaganza” that will benefit East End Hospice’s Camp Good Grief. The event will be held on Friday, May 2, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Mrs. Cohen’s house at 7 Bay Road in Quogue.

The shopping bazaar is open to anyone who wishes to purchase a splendid gift for Mother’s Day while supporting a most worthy cause. Three fashionable vendors will be on hand selling their wares: Girl Rocks Jewelry, Stacey Naglieri Yoga & Fitness wear, and Laura Lee Designs handbags. Each vendor has agreed to donate 20 percent of all sales at the event to Camp Good Grief.

Camp Good Grief is a free-of-charge summer day camp hosted by East End Hospice for any child age 4 to 15 who has experienced the devastating loss of a loved one. This camp helps grieving children learn to deal with loss effectively and provides the appropriate tools to cope with their feelings of anger and confusion. Camp will be held from July 21 to July 25 this year.

For more information, contact the East End Hospice Development Office at 288-7080 or go to www.eeh.org

A reception has been scheduled at the Quogue Library Art Gallery on Saturday, May 3, from 3 to 5 p.m. to mark the opening of the Peconic Land Trust traveling exhibition of “Plein Air Peconic.” Many of the artists participating in the exhibition will be on hand, and there will be a presentation by Trust President John v.H. Halsey and painter Gordon Matheson on the “Trust/Artist Connection.” The exhibit will run through May 29.

“The artists participating in Plein Air Peconic events donate a portion of the sale from their work on display to the Peconic Land Trust, which is extremely generous,” Mr. Halsey said in a release. “Of even more value to the Trust is the attention this collaboration brings to our conservation work—the artists are in essence volunteer field ambassadors for land conservation. We look forward to continuing our association with these dedicated artists in order to help keep the East End the beautiful place it is today.”

Since 1983, the Peconic Land Trust has worked to conserve Long Island’s working farms, natural lands and heritage. To date, the Peconic Land Trust’s work with landowners, communities and municipalities has resulted in the conservation of nearly 9,000 acres of land, including more than 5,000 acres of farmland, miles of hiking trails, and over 3,000 acres of preserves and natural land that provide protection and sustainability for watersheds, ocean fronts, wildlife habitats and scenic vistas.

The Trust, a nonprofit organization, raises funds for operating and conservation projects primarily through donations from the public. The work presented by Plein Air Peconic was created through the seasons of 2006, 2007 and early 2008. Artists participating in the Quogue exhibition are: Casey Chalem Anderson, Susan D’Alessio, Terry Elkins, Aubrey Grainger, Gail Kern, Michele Margit, Gordon Matheson, Joanne Rosko, Eileen Dawn Skretch, Tom Steele, Kathryn Szoka and Ellen Watson.

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