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I sincerely hope that 2009 will be a wonderful year for you—one filled with love, happiness, health and peace.

The East Quogue United Methodist Nursery School is holding a spaghetti dinner fund-raiser on Friday evening, January 9. There will be two seatings: the first will be at 6 p.m. and the second at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door and are $10 for adults, $5 for children, and $25 for a family of two adults and three children. For information, please call 653-5113.

The Wesley House Thrift and Gift Shop, located on the grounds of the East Quogue United Methodist Church, is open every Saturday, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Thanks to the dedication and hard work of volunteers Jane Carter, Carol Davis, Carole Heller, Marilyn Aldrich and Phyllis Brooks, everything is artfully arranged and labeled, making shopping a snap. There is a great selection of clothing, toys, vintage glassware, teacup sets, serving sets, books, and pots and pans. Best of all, all proceeds go directly to the church.

The annual meeting of the East Quogue Cemetery Association will be held on Monday, January 26, at 7 p.m., at the parish hall of the East Quogue United Methodist Church on Montauk Highway. All stockholders and lot owners are welcome to attend.

Belated happy birthday wishes go to Andrew Ford who turned 14 on Christmas Day.

Sharon Buenten and Sandi Rosendahl are raising funds for the “Long Island 2-Day Walk to Fight Breast Cancer.” The two East Quogue residents will be holding a “Bingo for Breast Cancer” event on Saturday, January 17, at 2 p.m., at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5350 located at 125 Montauk Highway in Quogue. All proceeds from this fund-raiser will go toward fighting breast cancer. For information on the walk, please visit LI2day.org.

A forum concerning the housing of homeless sex offenders in trailers located in Westhampton and Riverside will be held next Thursday, January 15, from 7 until 9 p.m., in the Riverhead High School auditorium, located at 700 Osborne Avenue in Riverhead. This special meeting will address the issue of fairly placing these homeless sex offenders in locations throughout Suffolk County, rather than only in Westhampton and Riverside, as is now being done.

State and local officials will be on hand to discuss the new state law that limits the concentration of sex offenders in one location. They will also offer an update on the status of legislation currently pending in the Suffolk County Legislature. Please show your support.

The exhibit “God’s Architecture: The Spiral/Sphere,” featuring the pastels and sculptured, three-dimensional paintings of East End artist Mym Tuma, will be on display at the Quogue Library throughout January. Ms. Tuma’s sculptured paintings have been shown in museums and galleries including Guild Hall of East Hampton and the Parrish Art Museum of Southampton.

An artist’s reception for Ms. Tuma will be held at the library this Saturday, January 10, from 3 to 5 p.m. All are welcome. For information, call 653-4224.

Are you looking for something exciting to do? Well, the Quogue Wildlife Refuge has two great events scheduled to kick off 2009.

This Saturday, January 10, sit by the fireplace in the Nature Center and enjoy the great movie, “Arctic Tale.” This National Geographic Production chronicles the real life adventures and struggle for survival of a walrus pup and a polar bear cub and is narrated by Queen Latifah. It begins at 7 p.m. Reservations are required and the fee is $3 per person.

Then on Sunday, January 11, at 6:30 p.m., join the refuge staff on a full moon night hike through the forest up to North Pond. Look and listen for nocturnal creatures. This is a free program for adults and families with children over 11 years of age. Space is limited and reservations are required for the 90-minute walk.

For information one either refuge program, please call 653-4771.

Join Jeff Frank at The Nature Lyceum in Westhampton Beach for a class in organics that Jeff promises “you will never forget.” The two-day course begins on Wednesday, January 21, and continues on Thursday, January 22. For more information, visit thenaturelyceum.org or call Jeff at 728-0218.

Now, some belated news about our East Quogue Elementary School students!

Congratulations to fourth-grader Paige Arnau who was selected as Art Student of the Month for November.

Citizenship Awards for November were presented to: Jake Ongania, Rachel Frank and Christopher Smith (first grade); Amanda Abel, Emma Daniels and Morgan Laube (second grade); Devin Kjaer, Chloe Gaget, Austin Gappelberg and Kurt Mion (third grade); Sydney Crawford, Juliet Clarke and Molly Magee (fourth grade); Maya Clairborne, Madison Skala and Caitlyn Nill (fifth grade); and Jonathan Van Hoy, Aiste Furajevaite and Yasmin Walker-Hodge (sixth grade).

Student of the Month Awards for November were presented to: Emily Arpino, Michael Tomaro and Coady Sumwalt (first grade); Vincent Murphy, Kerry Dillon and Anabelle Seeliger (second grade); Lucas Villareale, Julia Magro, Danny Tocco and Naomi Graney (third grade); Layne Johnson, Nicholas Brinsmade and Chloe Garcia (fourth grade); Edward Ford, Nicholas Campanella and Nicholas Auletti (fifth grade); and Elizabeth Goldfarb, Katherine Wagner, Diana Helms, Robert Dunning and Jessica Haberland (sixth grade).

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