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Christmas has truly come to East Quogue and our little hamlet is resplendent with Christmas trees, twinkling lights and glittering decorations. A very heartfelt “thank you” from this columnist to the members of the East Quogue Chamber of Commerce who did an absolutely spectacular job in turning our downtown into an enchanted fairyland!

Santa arrived on Main Street last Sunday at exactly 2:07 p.m., aboard a shiny red fire engine. I couldn’t help but feel the excitement as I watched the line of happy, exuberant and smiling children that started at Ronnie’s Barn and snaked all the way around the New Moon Café. After their visit with the “big jolly elf,” the kids enjoyed special treats. This much anticipated “happening” is another wonderful family event sponsored by the dedicated members of our East Quogue Chamber of Commerce.

A very happy Hanukkah to all of our friends and neighbors of the Jewish faith as they begin their eight-day celebration of the Festival of Lights at sunset on Sunday, December 21.

It’s not too late! Our terrific Main Street “shoppes” still have fantastic gifts for everyone on your holiday list. East Quogue Wines and Liquors and Village Prime Meats have wonderful gift baskets for all tastes. You can always find just the right present at Roses and Rice and The Graceful Swan. Village Card and Gifts has a great selection of Melissa and Doug toys, cuddly stuffed animals and aromatic Yankee Candles. Sandy Toes has charming gifts for the babies and toddlers on your list and Haskell’s Bait and Tackle is the place to go for the “fisher-person” in your life.

Give your favorite “foodie” a gift certificate for a delightful dinner at The Stone Creek Inn or The New Moon Café. And, don’t forget, gift certificates are always available at all of our downtown merchants. So, please shop local. You will not be disappointed.

Reptile Rob’s is open all year and Rob has been “keeping warm” by organizing volunteer reptile shows at our schools and for the Girl Scouts. If you are planning to get your animal lover a hamster, gecko, parakeet, or bearded dragon for Christmas, Reptile Rob’s is the place to go. Rob will keep your “gift” healthy and happy until the big day. Pick-ups will be available as late as you need on Christmas Eve, or as early as you would like on Christmas morning. All of Rob’s animals are captive bred and never taken from the wild.

Last Wednesday, the East Quogue Citizens Advisory Committee held its last meeting of the year. Afterwards, committee members celebrated with a Christmas party at my home. On behalf of chairwoman, Joan Hughes, I would like to thank Southampton Town Board members Anna Throne-Holst, Chris Nuzzi and Dan Russo for taking the time out of their hectic holiday schedules to join us.

Congratulations to East Quogue’s newest Fire Commissioner—Allyn Jackson! Allyn, who was sworn in at a ceremony at Town Hall last Friday, would like to thank everyone who came out to vote. Congratulations also go to Mark Gregory who won reelection to the post of fire commissioner.

Give the “gift of life” this holiday season by donating blood at the Quogue Library on Saturday, December 20. The blood drive takes place from 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. For reservations, call 653-4224, ext. 4. Remember those who receive your gift will be forever grateful!

There is still time to make your donation to the East Quogue Adopt-a-Family-and-Seniors-for-the-Holidays program. Checks or nonperishable goods can be left at Mendenhall Fuel, 575 Montauk Highway. Also, if you know of any family in need in East Quogue, please call Bob or Lois Holley at 653-4444.

Ruth Ann Harnisch of East Quogue, a leader in coaching-related philanthropy, will join the Board of Trustees of the International Coach Federation (ICF) Foundation for a three-year term beginning January 1. The ICF Foundation’s mission is to support coaching research, pro bono coaching, and other studies related to the coaching profession. For information, visit coachfederation.org.

Ms. Harnisch is president of The Harnisch Foundation, which serves as a catalyst for sustainable social change through philanthropy, coaching and journalism. In September, Ms. Harnisch was honored with the Vision of Excellence Award at the first Harvard Coaching Conference “Coaching: A New Horizon.” The award recognized her contributions of energy, resources, talent and money to the coaching field.

This holiday season do your part to help save marine life by adopting a whale, dolphin, seal or sea turtle. All proceeds will benefit the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation and used to offset the costs of rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing these magnificent creatures. Adoptions make great gifts and the foundation’s assortment of stuffed animals are excellent gifts for children. To arrange your adoptions, call 369-9840 or visit riverheadfoundation.org.

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