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Once again, Cathy at Roses and Rice kicked off the East Quogue holiday shopping season with a delightful Saturday evening cocktail party!

I hope to see you this Saturday, December 6, at the sixth annual Tree Lighting Ceremony that will take place at 5 p.m. on our Village Green. Carols will be sung by the Girl Scouts and members of the East Quogue Elementary School Chorus, and there will be hot chocolate for all. I promise that, even if it’s very cold outside, your heart will be toasty warm and filled with the spirit of the season. This wonderful event is sponsored each year by the East Quogue Beautification Committee.

The festive Holly Tea will also be held on Saturday, December 6, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., at the East Quogue United Methodist Church. There will be beautiful decorations for your home and marvelous handmade gifts for everyone on your holiday list. Local authors Sarah Mendenhall-Luhmer and Vicki Cooper will be at the tea to sign copies of their new book titled “Guided Imagery Meditation, The Artistry of Words.”

Next Saturday, December 13, we will celebrate Hanukkah with the lighting of the Menorah candles. The ceremony, which begins at 6:15 p.m., will be held on the grounds of the New Moon Café. Hot chocolate will be served.

Then on Sunday, December 14, Santa and his elves will visit Main Street. They are scheduled to arrive at Ronnie’s Barn at the New Moon Café at 2 p.m. There will be cookies and hot chocolate for all, courtesy of the East Quogue Chamber of Commerce.

Very happy anniversary wishes go to Mary Anne Kandell from her husband, Bob. The Kandells celebrated their 19th wedding anniversary yesterday, December 3. May you have many more happy years together!

Our hometown heroes are selling Christmas trees, wreaths and roping for all of your holiday needs at the East Quogue firehouse on Montauk Highway. Please show your support for our dedicated volunteers.

A reminder that the annual East Quogue Fire District elections will be held on Tuesday, December 9, from 5:30 until 9 p.m., at the East Quogue firehouse on Montauk Highway.

And while you are on Main Street, please visit our wonderful downtown stores. The service is always warm and friendly, and you will find unusual and special gifts that are not sold at the outlets or the malls. Prices are reasonable and there are no lines. You won’t be disappointed and your hometown merchants will surely appreciate your business.

Please remember those families in need in our hamlet and send in your donation to the East Quogue Adopt-a-Family-and-Seniors for the Holiday program. Checks, cash and non-perishable food items can be dropped off at Mendenhall Fuel, 575 Montauk Highway. For more information, call Bob or Lois Holley at 653-4444.

Please note that the date for the monthly meeting of the East Quogue Board of Education has been changed to Monday, December 15, at 7:45 p.m.

The East Quogue PTA is proud to announce that our students participated in Trick-or-Treating for UNICEF, collecting $1,612.20 to help children worldwide. The PTA wants to especially thank Sonja Roese, the librarian at the East Quogue Elementary School. Ms. Roese coordinated the program and encouraged and motivated our children to help those less fortunate. Special thanks also go to Jenna, Amanda and Marilyn at the Westhampton Beach branch of TD Bank for counting all of the money!

The Group for the East End will be holding a Holiday Party and Vintage and Contemporary Art Show on Friday, December 5, from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m., at the Southold office located at 54895 Main Road (Route 25). Thanks to the generosity of featured artists Joyce Baronio, Arts4 and Bonic Tonic, 50 percent of the proceeds will benefit the organization. For information, visit eastendenvironment.org and click the “explorations” link.

The annual Westhampton Presbyterian Church Christmas Bazaar and Tea will be held on Saturday, December 6, from 1:30 until 4 p.m., at the church on Meeting House Road in Quiogue. For information, call 653-4652.

Also on Saturday, December 6, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church on Ponquogue Avenue in Hampton Bays will be holding a Home and Hearth Christmas Fair, from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. The fair will feature the St. Mary’s famous cookie walk, as well as handcrafted decorations and gifts. For more information, contact the parish office at 728-0776.

The Westhampton Beach High School Parent Teacher Organization will be holding a Holiday Fair, featuring a Chinese auction and bake sale, on Sunday, December 7, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., in the high school gymnasium. Admission is free.

On Sunday, December 14, at 7 p.m., members of the Twin Forks Chapter of the Compassionate Friends, a national self-help support organization for families grieving the death of a child, will be holding their annual Worldwide Candle Lighting Service in the Parrish Hall of the East Quogue United Methodist Church. This act of remembrance will honor “children who have died too soon.” For more information, call 653-9444 or visit compassionatefriends.org.

East Quogue Historical Society member Carol Combes stopped in at the new B and B Furniture and Bedding Shop, located in the former Porch and Patio building on Main Street. The building was originally a car dealership and Carol can trace it back to the 1930s, when it was the McMaster Garage. If you have any additional information on the building, please call Carol at 653-5306.

It is October award time at our East Quogue Elementary School!

Congratulations to fifth-grader Zakary Jones who was selected as Art Student of the Month for October.

Citizenship Awards for the month were presented to: Leslie Hernandez, Taylor Betheil and Alexandra Carpenter (first grade); Brianna Herbert, Sarah Gobler and McKinley Skala (second grade); Kevin Zamora, Abigail Smith, Diego Martinez and Erin Kracke (third grade); Garrett Richter, Taylor Ferguson and Carly Hochhauser (fourth grade); Aysenur Senturk, Taylor Gregory and Zakary Jones (fifth grade); and Cory Gaudiello, Gillian Willis, Taylor Oudeans and Hannah Klein (sixth grade).

Congratulations also go out to our students who received Student of the Month awards for October: Matthew Lambert, Marley Merrihew and Jocelyn McNamara (first grade); Jason Freddi, Evan D’Alessandro and Nicole Bertorello (second grade); Jake Linder, John Sganga, Jack Pucci and Rachael Bentz (third grade); Alex Tomaro, Kaitlyn Lombardi and Lucas Cardaci (fourth grade); Sarah Daniels, Billy Campbell and Mary-Faith Vetter (fifth grade); and John Massa, Tyler Histand and Michelle Hessler (sixth grade).

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