It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The holiday tree on the East Quogue Village Green is brightly lit, courtesy of our East Quogue Beautification Committee, and beautiful wreaths adorn the lamp posts on Main Street, thanks to our East Quogue Chamber of Commerce.But the fantastic news for kids of all ages is this: Santa will be making his much-anticipated arrival in East Quogue this Sunday, December 13. His reindeer need to rest so our hometown heroes have kindly offered to drive the big guy in red throughout the streets of our charming hamlet aboard one of their great big shiny red fire engines. So listen for those sirens on Sunday morning!
Speaking of our hometown heroes, don’t forget that they are selling Christmas trees, wreaths and roping at the East Quogue Firehouse. Please show your support for our dedicated volunteers who do so much for our community.
And while you are out and about on Main Street, please remember that from gift certificates to beautifully decorated gift baskets, from wonderful bottles of wine to flowers and jewelry, our Main Street has it all. Our shopkeepers are warm, helpful and friendly and there are no long lines. All of your presents come gift-wrapped and, best of all, the merchandise is unique and very reasonably priced. What are you waiting for?
Switching gears for just a moment, belated happy anniversary wishes go out to Mary Ann and Bob Kandell from their beautiful daughter Jacqui. Mary Ann and Bob celebrated their 26th wedding anniversary on Thursday, December 3.
Meanwhile, over at our East Quogue Elementary School, the fourth-graders are giving of themselves in true holiday spirit. The kindhearted students are baking lots of loaves of pumpkin bread to donate to a local church for families in need. Way to go!
November was designated as the month of empathy at the school so let’s give a big round of applause to our amazing and compassionate students who were named All-Star Students of the Month for October. They include Gavin Barnabee, Jude Desiderio, Travis Thompson and Allan Quaine (kindergarten); Weronika Mikucka, Arianna Villella and Evelyn Ortiz-Kuroski (first grade); Matthew Dunkirk, Reese Smith and Ari Firestine (second grade); and Anthony Gonzalez, Brooke Kyea, Matthew Hebberd, Isabella Pinto, Jose Ramirez and Evangeline Wasser (fourth grade). Congratulations to all!
When we’re caught up in the magic of Christmas, it can be hard to believe that there are families in need in our beautiful hamlet. But there are and that is why the East Quogue Adopt-a-Family program is so very important.
Checks, cash, gift certificates and gift cards may be dropped off at Roses and Rice on Main Street. Checks and requests for assistance may also be mailed to East Quogue Adopt-a-Family, P.O. Box 71, East Quogue, NY 11942.
Also, if you know of a family or senior citizen in our hamlet who could use a little Christmas cheer this holiday season, please contact Lois Holley at (631) 653-4444. All information will be kept confidential.
Sunday, December 13: The Twin Forks Chapter of The Compassionate Friends hosts its annual community candle-lighting ceremony, in memory of all children taken too soon, at 7 p.m. inside the East Quogue United Methodist Church on Montauk Highway. For more information, contact Marie Levine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, December 14: East Quogue Board of Education meets at 7:15 p.m. in the cafetorium of the Central Avenue elementary school. Please note that the meeting date has changed. The meeting was originally scheduled for Tuesday, December 15.
Thursday, December 17: East Quogue Elementary School fifth grade and sixth grade senior concert at 7 p.m. at the school located on Central Avenue.
Saturday, December 19: Light the Night Winter Trail Walks at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge from 5 to 7 p.m. Arrive at the refuge between 5 and 6:15 p.m. for a self-guided magical stroll through the gently lit forest. Afterward, sit by the fireplace at the Nature Center with hot cocoa and cookies. This program is for adults and families. The fee is $10 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under. For reservations, call (631) 653-4771.