I was excited by the sighting of a lone monarch butterfly perusing my garden, apparently enjoying what was left of summer, this past Saturday.For years, my wildlife garden has been certified by Monarch Watch as a monarch way station. To be certified a garden must contain at least 10 varieties of milkweed, as well as lots of annual, biennial and perennial plants, to provide nectar for the visiting butterflies.
More and more butterfly lovers have signed on with the program, promising to provide habitats for our alarmingly declining monarch population. If you would like to help these magnificent orange-and-black butterflies, please visit www.monarchwatch.org.
Very special wishes, as well as lots of hugs and kisses, go out to my oldest son Tommy—the one whose glass is always half-full. The “dad” of my four grandchildren turned 48-years-old on Friday, October 17. Happy birthday, Tom!
And another special birthday wish from Bob Kandell and his daughter, Jacqui, goes to his “super” wife and her mom, Mary Anne, who celebrates her big day on Tuesday, October 28. There’s also a great big birthday woof from that famed Westie, Duncan!
Let’s hear it for the students of our East Quogue Elementary School! They submitted so many amazing fire prevention posters that it was very difficult for the members of our East Quogue Fire Department to pick the winners. Our hometown heroes would like to thank all of the students for a job well done!
Drum roll, please!
This year’s winners (in first, second and third place order) of the poster contest are: Atas Smoriginas, Avery Celi and Lily Blenk (kindergarten); Emma Rose Holfelder, Emma Lockwood and Matthew Dunkirk (first grade); Margaret Falvey, Gavin Aldrich and Carina Loch (second grade); Sabra Harry, Carlos Velasquez Rivera and Rosalie Judd (third grade); Fabiola Valdespino, Gavin Vander Schaaf and Hudson Ghezzar-Cherry (fourth grade); Ciara Herbert, Alexandria Parascandola and Emily Schmidt (fifth grade); and Edona Popi, Grace Schmelzer and Michael Ried (sixth grade).
And for our sports-minded students, registration is currently in progress at the Hampton Youth Athletic League. The ultimate goal of the organization is to provide a wholesome, happy and beneficial experience for every student who plays basketball, with sportsmanship stressed over winning.
The necessary forms can be picked up at your child’s school or downloaded at www.hyal.net. Just click on “Downloads” on the left.
In another vein, renowned East Quogue medium Jim Fargiano will be hosting an interactive psychic event on Saturday, November 1, at 6 p.m., at Osprey’s Dominion Vineyards.
The event features a fabulous dinner buffet catered by Jim’s talented son, Chris, who owns Fargiano’s Pizza and Pasta in East Islip. The fantastic eatery, already famous up-island, was recently featured in Newsday and also named one of the newspaper’s top five Suffolk County Italian restaurants to visit for exceptional meatballs and spaghetti.
Seating for the psychic event is limited, so be sure to reserve your seats early. Tickets cost $59.95 each and include dinner, dessert and coffee. A cash bar is available and available for tasting will be bottles of Osprey’s Dominion’s award-winning wines. For tickets, visit www.JimFargiano.com and click on the events tab. The winery is located at 44075 Main Road in Peconic.
And, finally, nominations are due this Friday, October 24, for The Press News Group’s Community First Award. So, please write a brief, compelling story about someone who has made an impact in our hamlet.
The Press will select one nominee to honor with its award and the winner will be profiled in the newspaper’s Hamptons Holiday supplement. Also, a donation will be made to the winner’s charity. Please email your nominations by this Friday to Kim Covell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, October 25: Halloween Parade begins at the East Quogue Firehouse on Main Street at 5:30 p.m. A Pumpkin Carving Contest follows at 6 p.m. on the East Quogue Village Green. (As always, no carving will be allowed on-site.) This is a rain-or-shine event.