East Quogue Community Notes, May 14

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I’m always writing about other East Quogue artists but, this time, the tables have turned and, if pressed, I’ll shamelessly admit that I do enjoy sharing about my own artistic endeavors.My stained glass panels inspired by my love of nature, together with the breathtaking photographs of renowned photographer Katherine Liepe-Levinson, are being featured in an exciting new exhibit now on display at the Rosalie Dimon Gallery, located inside the Jamesport Manor Inn, 370 Manor Lane in Jamesport. The three-month show will be up for viewing until Wednesday, July 29.

The wonderful exhibits at the gallery are the result of a joint effort by East End Arts and the Jamesport Manor Inn to “introduce exceptional artists—and their creations—to the East End communities.”

An artists’ reception will be held at the gallery this Sunday, May 17, from 3 until 5 p.m. Local wines and artisanal cheeses will be served, and everyone is invited to this free event.

Switching gears for just a moment, “The Hills at Southampton,” a mixed-use planned development district proposed for our hamlet, is the most hotly debated topic in town. That is why I’m urging everyone—whether pro or con—to attend the second scoping hearing that will be hosted by the Southampton Town Board and held at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 18, at the East Quogue Elementary School on Central Avenue.

Congratulations go to East Quogue’s Arianna Riemma-Cascone who has been chosen valedictorian for the Westhampton Beach High School Class of 2015. Congrats also go to Harshil Mehta of Westhampton Beach who was named salutatorian. Well done!

Meanwhile, over at our East Quogue Elementary School, the Classroom All-Star Awards for Individualism were awarded to the following students: Celeste Franks, Maya Cirincione, Gavin Aldrich, Ryan Barczak, Jack Boeshore, Isabella Blanco, Taylor McNamara, Quinn McCormack, Angelo Alamia, Abbie Jarzombek, Colbie Mason, Olivia Galway and Rachael Terry.

Also at the school, Maya Cirincione won first place for the second grade at the Science Fair. On Saturday, May 2, her project, titled “How Do Waves Affect The Beach?” was exhibited at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton. Way to go, Maya!

Drum roll, please. The newly installed officers of the East Quogue Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary are: President Sharon Celi, Vice President Amee Mazurkiewicz, Treasurer Natalie Algozzino and Secretary Linda Rousell.

Congratulations and thank you for all that you do for our community.

Speaking of our East Quogue Fire Department, Randy Kracke was honored as “Officer of the Year” and Brendan Dickson was named “Fireman of the Year” in a ceremony that was held on Saturday, May 2, over at Dockers Waterside Restaurant and Marina on Dune Road. At a later date, Patricia Vonatski will be honored by the Emergency Medical Services Advisory Committee as the “Emergency Medical Technician of the Year.” Hearty congratulations to all!

May is a happy month over at the Kuroski household on Central Avenue. On Tuesday, May 12, Rob and Mona celebrated 25 years of wedded bliss. Then, four days later, on Saturday, May 16, their daughter, Katie, will graduate from York College of Pennsylvania. And, for the icing on the cake, Mona’s sister and my dear friend, Robin Hatcher, will celebrate her birthday on Thursday, May 21.

At the Stalters’ home, there’s another spring birthday. This time it is little Jack who will be celebrating his fifth birthday on Monday, May 18. Mom and Dad, Jessica and Tony, along with big brother, Andrew, all send special wishes for a happy day.

And last but certainly not least, many thanks to Peggy Sanders, Lois Holly and Sharon Celi. Ladies, on very short notice, you went above and beyond to get me information for last week’s column. Your “girl power” was absolutely awesome.

On The Calendar

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 8:15 p.m. in the cafetorium of the school on Central Avenue. The meeting had originally been scheduled for 7:15 p.m. Please note the time change.

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