East Quogue Community Notes, December 17

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How absolutely awesome was last weekend’s spring-like weather? If only it could last all winter …

Despite the balmy weather, ’tis the season for holiday giving and the East Quogue Adopt-a-Family program needs your help to spread a little Christmas cheer to families and seniors in our hamlet who are in need. Checks, gift certificates and gift cards may be dropped off at Roses and Rice on Main Street. For more information, please call Lois Holley at (631) 653-4444.

Very special thanks go to the East Quogue Fire Department Benevolent Association for the marvelous and huge basket of fruit. Special acts of kindness like that are one of the reasons I so love living in our small hamlet. By the way, my grandchildren really enjoyed everything!

And, speaking of our hometown heroes, just a reminder that Christmas trees, wreaths and roping are still available for all of your holiday needs at the East Quogue Firehouse on Montauk Highway. Please support this important fundraiser.

Santa came very early this year. Thank you Jamie Holthaus for leaving that beautiful bird feeder at my front door. My chickadees will now feel like they are dining in true Hamptons style. Jamie writes the Hampton Bays column “Friends and Neighbors.”

Meanwhile, over at the East Quogue Elementary School, the sounds of holiday music are filling the halls, as well as our hamlet. Earlier this month, the senior chorus sang at the annual East Quogue Village Tree Lighting and the very talented members of the sixth grade music program took a trip into New York City to see the musical “Finding Neverland.”

Then on Wednesday, December 9, the third- and fourth-graders entertained at the Junior Winter Concert while tonight, Thursday, December 17, at 7 p.m., the fifth- and sixth-graders will take their turn entertaining all at the Senior Winter Concert.

There’s lots more going on at the school. Fourth-grader Isabella Jimenez was named Art Student of the Month for November, while fifth-graders Miller King, Avery Merrihew and Gavin Vander Schaaf received the Principal’s Choice Award for November.

The Physical Education All-Star Awards for November are in and the recipients are Kara McCormack, Wyatt Newcomb, Gavin Cole, Hannah Herrera, Kristopher Muralles and Megan Peters (third grade); and Sarah Brosnan, Daniel Stark, Jadyn Kass, Sophia Morgado, Griffin Scheurer and Sean Tyrie (sixth grade). Congratulations to all for a job well done!

For this nature lover, the Quogue Wildlife Refuge is one of the jewels of the East End. The refuge’s annual appeal and membership drive has begun and money raised will be used to help fund daily operations, which includes maintaining the magnificent 300-acre property and its seven nature trails; providing continuing care to non-releasable, permanently injured animals that live at the facility; and offering interesting environmental education programs for children and adults.

Joining the refuge entitles you to free and discounted programs, free and unlimited use of cross country skis and snowshoes, and a copy of the quarterly newsletter. Membership forms can be picked up at the refuge’s Nature Center, located at 3 Old Country Road in Quogue, or downloaded from its website, www.quoguewildliferefuge.org. For more information, call (631) 653-4771.

By the way, if you are looking for fun things to do before the holiday, take the kids on a Light the Night Winter Trail Walk. Arrive at the refuge on Saturday, December 19, 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.

Then on Tuesday, December 22, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., enjoy a Winter Solstice Walk at the refuge. Reservations are required for the one-mile walk around Old Ice Pond. This program is for adults and families with children over 11 years of age. The fee is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. For reservations for all refuge events, call (631) 653-4771.

On The Calendar

Tuesday, January 26: Special election to replace former Southampton Town Councilman Brad Bender on the Town Board. The polls at our East Quogue Elementary School will be open from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m.

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