Notes from East Quogue

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I had some very interesting avian visitors last week and I am getting very spoiled. Birds that were rare in my up-island garden are almost common here. My feeders are filled with bright yellow American goldfinches, vibrant eastern towhees are happily “playing” in the leaves and, to add the proverbial icing on the cake, my beautiful little jewel, my hummingbird, is back!

I was thrilled to watch a rose-breasted grosbeak bathe on the rocks by the waterfall in my pond. His rose-colored breast glowed bright red in the sunlight and the contrast with his black and white feathers was breathtaking. He stayed so long and enjoyed his bath so much that I wanted to ask him if he needed a back brush!

No matter your feelings on the school budget, don’t forget to cast your vote on Tuesday, May 20, at the East Quogue Elementary School.

Our sixth-graders at the East Quogue Elementary School will be holding a “free offering” car wash this Saturday, May 17, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., at the East Quogue firehouse on Main Street. All proceeds will be used for the “end of the year” party for the graduates. So you can do two things at once: get your car washed and help our kids!

And speaking of supporting our kids, make sure you come to the annual plant sale sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 483. It takes place this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 17-18, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day. It is being held across the street from the Hampton Bays firehouse on Montauk Highway.

All proceeds will go toward defraying the cost of summer camp for the Scouts. Many of our East Quogue boys belong to Troop 483, so please show your support.

Happy birthday wishes are being sent to Robin Hatcher who will celebrate on Wednesday, May 21. May your special day be filled with love and happiness.

It is with sadness that I write of the passing of Bettina Randall after a long illness. She was a member of one of the original founding families of East Quogue and will be deeply missed. For more information, please contact Karenann Pica at KarenPica@aol.com.

This weekend will be a busy one at the Quogue Library. On Saturday, May 17, the featured film at the Film Feast will be “The Rape of Europa.” The feast begins at 6:30 p.m. and film 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.

And on Sunday, May 18, the book discussion group meets at the library at noon. This month’s title is “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” by Junot Diaz.

Join the naturalists at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, May 20, at 7:30 p.m. for a Full Moon Night Hike to North Pond. Look and listen for nocturnal creatures. Each exploration at the refuge is different because one never knows what Mother Nature has up her sleeve. Reservations are required for the 90-minute walk. It is a free program for adults and families with children 11 years of age or older. For more information, visit quoguewildliferefuge.com, or call 653-4771.

“Go Wild” at your next event. Invite a wildlife ambassador from the Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons to your next meeting, gathering or event. It’s bound to be a show-stopper when a hawk or owl from the center is paraded around the room on the arm of one of our trainers. Interesting lectures are also provided. For more information, please call 728-4200.

May is “Older American’s Month” and this year’s theme is “Working Together for Strong, Healthy and Supportive Communities.” Join other senior citizens at Southampton Town’s Senior Center, 25 Ponquogue Avenue, Hampton Bays, for this month-long celebration. For more information, please call Heather at 728-1235.

The East Quogue United Methodist Church Nursery School has marvelous programs for preschoolers and is currently accepting applications for fall enrollment for children 3 and 4 years of age. For more information, give Samantha Lochren a ring at 653-5113.

Congratulations to our East Quogue Elementary School students who received Citizenship Awards for the month of March: Troy Lanzetta, Leo Chen and Emma Daniels (first grade); Leonardo Chludzinski, Kurt Mion, Abigail Smith and Adrian Gomez (second grade); T.J. D’Alessandro, Katarina Lynch and Paige Arnau (third grade); Lorenzo Regueiro, Spencer Plum and Demi Rose Diaz (fourth grade); Dylan Holmes, Julia Abrams and Megan Tanis (fifth grade); and Sabrina Mason, Jesse Mistretta and Michael Frangeskos (sixth grade).

East Quogue Elementary School Student of the Month Awards for March were presented to: Michael Iannone, Anna McCarthy and Jason Ostie (first grade); Jonah March-Dole, Anna Gilmartin, Naomi Graney and Ava Kiss (second grade); Casey Garcia, Taylor Ferguson, Abigail Whittemore and Caleb John Mason (third grade); Katherine Klima, Matthias Phillips and Connor Glynn (fourth grade); Sabrina Salvi, John Tocco and John Massa (fifth grade); and Kyle Ebrus, Louise Ford and Nicholas Yusi (sixth grade).

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