East Quogue Community Notes, May 7

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Happy Mothers’ Day to all of the moms, grandmas, godmothers and aunts out there. I hope your special day is warm, sunny and filled with lots of love.Peggy Sanders, and all of East Quogue, are sending their congratulations to Tom Mendenhall who was honored for his 50 years of service and dedication to the East Quogue Fire Department in a ceremony that was held this past Saturday, May 2, at Dockers Waterside Restaurant and Marina over on Dune Road.

A past chief and emergency medical technician, Tom has served under 25 different chiefs and is currently chaplain of the East Quogue Fire Department Benevolent Association, as well as captain of its Fire Police.

It was a very exciting evening for Tom as Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst presented him with a plaque while State Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr. presented him with a letter of gratitude. Tom also received an engraved watch from the members of the fire department and a proclamation from State Senator Kenneth LaValle.

And, to top it all off, Tom was awarded the “Scott Oliver Award for Top Responder of the Year!”

Proudly watching Tom accept his accolades was his fiancée, Peggy Sanders, as well as Matt and Becci (Mendenhall) Atkins, Erik and Sarah (Mendenhall) Luhmer, Tracee Mendenhall, Jessica Mendenhall, Patrick Moran, Margaret Sanders Bourque and Frank Sanders.

Congratulations, Tom, and thank you for all that you do and have done for our community!

Kudos to Brandon Moloney who was named Most Valuable Player of the year in his college’s lacrosse league. Brandon, who is captain of the lacrosse team at Christopher Newport University in Virginia, is the first junior to lead the team in the college’s history. Way to go, Brandon.

Let the celebrations begin! As part of the ongoing festivities commemorating the 375th Anniversary of Southampton Town, the Quogue Historical Society will be hosting an open house on Sunday, May 24, from 3 to 5 p.m., at the Pond House located at 114 Jessup Avenue in Quogue.

Three exhibitions will be featured at the event that will take place on the new lower level of Pond House, including one focused on the earliest settlements and the village’s boarding homes.

The group has also published a book of oral local histories. “Voices of Quogue: A Small Village Remembers the Way We Were,” written by Meredith Murray. Attendees at this month’s event will be able to meet the “voices” from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. and enjoy selected readings.

Admission is free and refreshments will be served. For more information, visit www.quoguehistory.org. You can also send an email to info@quoguehistory.org or call (631) 996-2404.

On The Calendar

Sunday, May 10: East Quogue Fire Department’s annual Mother’s Day pancake breakfast, 8 a.m. until noon, at the firehouse on Montauk Highway. Tickets are $15 for adults and $6 for children ages 6-12. Kids 5 and younger eat for free. Call the firehouse at (631) 653-5101.

Monday, May 11: Chocolate tasting to benefit Peconic Land Trust sponsored by Hampton Chocolate Factory, 4 to 5:30 p.m., at La Parmigiana’s new wine bar and café located inside the restaurant at 48 Hampton Road in Southampton.

Tuesday, May 12: The East Quogue Chamber of Commerce meets at 6 p.m. at the New Moon Café on Montauk Highway.

Wednesday, May 13: The East Quogue Citizens Advisory Committee meets at 7 p.m. in the library of the East Quogue Elementary School on Central Avenue.

Tuesday, May 19: East Quogue Elementary School budget vote, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., in the gymnasium of the elementary school on Central Avenue.

Tuesday, May 19: The East Quogue Elementary School Board of Education regular meeting at 7:15 p.m. in the cafetorium of the school on Central Avenue.

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