Quogue Community Notes, April 23


Yet one more advantage of living in Quogue is that when April rolls around and it’s time once more for the annual observance of National Poetry Month, we have access to such gifted writers as Julie Sheehan and Megan McAndrew to help us celebrate, and the Quogue Library to host them.Ms. Sheehan and Ms. McAndrew will be at the library on Saturday, April 25, at 2 p.m., to read from and, if the audience is lucky, talk about their work.

The free-spirited and mercurial Ms. Sheehan is a Whiting Award-winning poet and the director of the MFA in Creative Writing and Literature program at Stony Brook Southampton. Her poems have appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including The New Yorker and “Best American Poetry,” and she has three collections to her credit: “Bar Book,” “Orient Point” and “Thaw.”

Ms. McAndrew, a fiction writer, is the author of “Dreaming in French” and “Going Topless.”

For those interested in taking on the big issues that are changing the way we live in the modern age, there will be another installment of the Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions Discussions at the library at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 25.

The topic for Saturday’s discussion, facilitated by Susan H. Perkins, will be “Privacy in the Digital Age.”

One of the most persistent laments of the new millennium is that the idea of “privacy” has undergone significant changes in the digital age, and not for the better. The woeful porousness of privacy in the modern age has already spawned such discomfiting concepts as the idea of privacy “harm.”

Providing a historical context for the April 25 discussion, Ms. Perkins noted in her announcement of Saturday’s discussion that the founding fathers, fearful of British spying, influence and intervention, granted citizens significant protections in the Constitution.

Now, the tables have turned: Concerns about what some see as a U.S. “dragnet” and unwarranted privacy intrusions have compelled other countries to revamp their own privacy protections. Legislation in the U.S. and abroad has failed to keep pace with technological developments, leaving some wondering if privacy is yet another casualty of the digital.

There is a wonderful program coming up this weekend at the Quogue Firehouse, as our selfless volunteers take part in the fifth annual statewide “RecruitNY” weekend to help increase the ranks of volunteer firefighters.

As at the annual Open House, on Sunday, April 26, from 3 to 5 p.m., there will be a number of demonstrations of emergency life-saving equipment, such as the “jaws of life” and car-cutting tools, and discussions of what it takes to be a volunteer.

Volunteers will be on hand to conduct tours of the station, allow visitors to try on firefighter gear, and provide activities and share information about the work they do, while letting visitors know how to get involved in the fire department.

Over the last several years, it has been increasingly difficult for fire departments to recruit and retain volunteers. Like most volunteer outfits, the Quogue Fire Department needs to bolster its emergency responder numbers so it can continue to provide the optimum level of protection for its residents.

Talking about the rewards and responsibilities that come with being a volunteer firefighter, Quogue Fire Department Chief Bruce Davidson noted that “our current members love what they do; they are everyday heroes who help neighbors in need. We hope our recruitment day will inspire other area residents to join our fire service family.”

A very sad loss for our village with the passing of Lynn Crowe, who died last week after a battle against cancer that was notable for Lynn’s customary grace and courage.

Lynn showed her love for Quogue and her generosity of spirit in dozens of ways, in her work for the Quogue Association, for the Westhampton Garden Club, for the Quogue Library Art Gallery Committee, and for the Junior Sports and tennis and golf programs at the Quogue Field Club.

As an artist, she drew on an almost mystical sense of place to make compelling and evocative photographs of Quogue and the East End as well as the many countries she traveled to around the globe.

Her greatest love was for her husband, Kevin, and her sons, Kevin and Brooks, but she made all who knew her feel a part of her family, and they and our village will surely feel her loss in the same way.

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