Quogue Community Notes

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Describing the late Patricia Malabre as “a wonderful child advocate and positive Board of Education member,” the Quogue School Board recently announced that the Quogue School Parent Teacher Association has created a special scholarship award in Ms. Malabre’s honor.

Noting that Pat’s “assistance in organizing the initial PTA golf outing at the Field Club helped ensure its success,” school superintendent Richard J. Benson and PTA co-presidents Lauren Battista and Susan Valentino informed Pat’s husband, Alfred, that the “Patricia Malabre Senior Athletic Scholarship” will be presented annually to: a college bound graduate of the Quogue School who has actively participated with the varsity sports program and is graduating from Westhampton Beach High School with the highest grade point average above 85.

The scholarship award in Ms. Malabre’s name will be $2,000, presented after the beginning of the student’s second year of additional education, as “a tribute to Pat and her commitment to academic and athletic values.” At Quaquanantuck salutes the PTA for recognizing and appreciating Pat’s contributions and honoring her memory in this way.

While we are on the topic of academic achievement, down in Charleston, South Carolina, Cadet Joshua Nathan Kandell of our village was recently honored for outstanding academic achievement at The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, during the fall semester. Cadet Kandell, the son of Mr. and Mrs. David Kandell and a graduate of Westhampton Beach High School, is pursuing a course of study to earn his bachelor’s degree in history.

Word has reached At Quaquanantuck that the Quogue School PTA “Snow Ball” on January 30 will follow the traditional format, with younger students in kindergarten through third grade kicking off the dance party in the first part of the evening, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and students in the upper grades invited to keep the party in gear with games, dancing, hula hoops and refreshments for the second section of the festivities, wrapping up at 9.

This year’s annual “Winter Doldrums” celebration to benefit HUGS (Human Understanding Growth Seminars) and Village Business Improvements in Westhampton Beach will be held on Saturday, January 31. The party begins at 8 p.m. at Atlantica on the Ocean, running “until…” There will be “plenty of” heavy hors d’oeuvres; dancing, a cash bar; DJ music; raffles; silent and Chinese auctions; prizes; and, yes, fun, too.

Dress will be semi-formal, with black tie optional. Advance sale tickets are $50 per person, available at Lynne’s Cards & Gifts, Sydney’s “Taylor” Made Cuisine, Brunetti Hair and Beauty and Beach Bakery Café. For more information, call
Erin at 288-4722, or e-mail snowbalwhb@yahoo.com.

This is the last weekend to catch Frederick Knott’s “Wait Until Dark” over at the Quogue Village Theater. The 1966 thriller has had more than a few audience members jumping out of their seats at a few critical junctures in the action. Jessica Ellwood is doing a marvelous job in the role made famous by Audrey Hepburn, and Stone Creek Inn barman and accomplished thespian Phil Eberhardt is suitably evil and coldly menacing in the part of Harry Roat, which Alan Arkin played in the 1967 film of the same title.

Shows are at 8 p.m. tonight, Thursday, through Saturday, and at 2:30 on Sunday for the final performance. Call 653-8955 for ticket information.

This is also the last weekend to catch the January show at the Quogue Library Art Gallery, “God’s Architecture: The Spiral/Sphere Exhibit” by Mym Tuma. The February art exhibit at the library will feature bold interpretations of fruits and vegetables in oil paintings by Anne Derasmo St. John.

Ms. St. John, a Quogue resident and high school art teacher in the Westhampton Beach School District, is a member of The Studio Group, a diverse collection of 10 accomplished artists who meet regularly in the studio of Dan Gilhooley, distinguished artist and psychoanalyst, to critique the work and direction of their peers.

At the Monday, February 2, meeting of the Eastern Long Island Audubon Society in the Nature Center of the Quogue Wildlife Refuge, Alexis Alvey, a nursery and landscape specialist with the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Riverhead, will present a lecture on the “Garden City Bird Sanctuary, A Pilot Project,” at 8 p.m. The program is free and open to all.

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