East Quogue Community Notes, December 19

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Last Saturday afternoon, in the middle of a trigeminal neuralgia attack and dressed in my oldest robe, I opened my front door to a snow-covered firefighter. He was carrying a marvelous and huge basket of fruit for me from the East Quogue Fire Department Benevolent Association.Gentlemen, thank you! You made my day and that is one of the reasons that I so love living in our small hamlet.

Santa Claus came to town last Saturday in the swirling snow, arriving atop a big red fire truck. It was too cold in the barn, so Ron Campsey invited Santa (aka Patrick Heaney) into his warm and cozy restaurant, the New Moon Café. Fifty kids anxiously awaited their turn to sit on the big guy in red’s lap and tell him their Christmas wishes. Hot chocolate and cookies, provided by the East Quogue Chamber of Commerce, were enjoyed and a good time was had by all.

And, speaking of the chamber, congratulations are in order for three new board members: Cathy Seeliger, Dorothy Ferrentino and Natalie Boyd. They join current board members Tom Lennon, Scott Horowitz, Joe Cervone and Laura Fennel.

Chamber officers are: President Donna Lanzetta, Vice President Art Little and Treasurer Charlene Maloney. I’m joining the officers as secretary and look forward to working with everyone for the betterment of East Quogue.

From gift certificates to beautifully decorated gift baskets, from wonderful bottles of wine to fantastic culinary creations, and from flowers and jewelry to special little gifts, East Quogue’s Main Street has it all. Our shopkeepers are warm, helpful and friendly. There are no long lines to spend forever on, only to have an overworked cashier throw your gifts in a plastic bag. All of your presents come gift-wrapped and, best of all, the merchandise is unique and very reasonably priced. Need I say more?

For a wonderful musical interlude, join Ruth Bennett, the principal harpist with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan in Merida, Mexico, as she performs at the Remsenburg Community Church on Saturday, December 21, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. A reception will follow at the White Chapel. Light refreshments will be served and all are welcome. The church is located at 167 South Country Road in Remsenburg.

And, finally, 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 can 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 Bob or Lois Holley at (631) 653-4444. All information will be kept confidential.

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