Quogue Community Notes, May 16

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And now, the moment that civic-minded Quogue residents have been waiting for: The annual Mayor’s State of the Village Address, sponsored by the Quogue Association, will be presented by Hizzoner Peter Sartorius on Saturday, May 18, at 10 a.m. in the Village Hall meeting room, also known as the courtroom, accessible from the north side of the building.
Among the topics to be touched on by the mayor prior to fielding questions from the citizenry will be: beach erosion and shoreline preservation, including in the area of the village beach; water quality in the bays; ongoing litigation involving the village and the Southampton Town Trustees and the East End Eruv Association; the annual village budget; and Dune Road flooding and possible remediation.

Refreshments will be served and, along with the new Quogue flag, rubber waterfowl for this year’s annual duck race fundraiser on July 19 will be on sale. Quogue Association membership applications will also be available.

Big doings next week at the Quogue School, with the annual budget vote coming up on Tuesday, May 21. All registered voters who are residents of the district are eligible to vote, unless they have been convicted of a felony or have been judged mentally incompetent in a court of law. And while that may sound dire, it seems appropriate to put it out there, given the sadly uncertain climate and tone of our times.

All voters with appropriate ID may cast ballots between the hours of 2 and 8 p.m. in the school library. At Quaquanantuck, which rarely endorses or opposes any causes, is hopeful that all voters will support the very sensible budget for the next fiscal year, and thus ensure that the young people of our village continue to receive the very high quality education for which this district is so well known.

The day after the vote, on Wednesday, May 22, students in grades four through six at the Quogue School will raise the rafters of the multi-purpose room with their beautiful music in the annual spring concert at 6:30 p.m. All are invited to attend.

Over at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge, a celebration of World Turtle Day will be held on Sunday, May 19, with three separate half-hour talks followed by one-hour walks scheduled at 10:30 a.m., and 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Adults and families will have the opportunity to meet a variety of turtles and tortoises during this year’s celebration.

Visitors will learn all about these unusual animals before taking a hike on the refuge trails to search for native pond turtles and the eastern box turtle, which is now a Species of Special Concern. There is a $5 suggested donation and reservations are required; call 653-4771.

The Quogue Library has organized a special outing on Thursday, May 23, at 11 a.m. for children age 2 to 5 and their caregivers to visit Amy’s Ark & Studio in Westhampton to view the new baby ducklings. The young visitors will conclude their visit with an art project that lets them explore the beauty of our natural surroundings.

To register for this free program, or for additional information, call the library at 653-4224, e-mail quoguelibrary@gmail.com, or visit quoguelibrary.org.

This weekend at the library, grownups will once again gather at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, with dishes for six to share and a beverage to feast on prior to the 7:15 p.m. screening of “5 Broken Cameras,” a film in Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles. Called “an extraordinary work of both cinematic and political activism,” the film is a deeply personal, firsthand account of non-violent resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements.

Readers might not have known that May has been designated National Better Speech and Hearing Month. Of course, the very on-top-of-things folks at the Quogue Library knew, and so will be hosting an informative lecture on hearing on Saturday, May 18, at 11 a.m.

Subjects to be addressed by local board certified doctor of audiology Christopher Beuhler include hearing, hearing loss, tinnitus, difficulty hearing in background noise, and the most recent advancements in treatment options.

Time permitting, there will be complimentary hearing screenings/consultations following the lecture and Q&A.

And don’t forget that May 23 is the opening night of the Hampton Theatre Company’s revival of Alan Ayckbourn’s “How The Other Half Loves.” Showtimes will be on Thursdays at 7, Fridays and Saturdays at 8, and Sundays at 2:30. To reserve show tickets, visit hamptontheatre.org, or call OvationTix at 1-866-811-4111.

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