East Quogue Community Notes, January 30

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Yea! Groundhog Day is this Sunday, February 2. Here’s hoping that Malverne Mel and Holbrook Hal will not see their shadows, thus signaling an end to our extremely frigid winter.While my very own East Quogue George delights me all summer, he is not the greatest of weather prognosticators since he sleeps soundly in his McMansion underneath my prize blue spruce, not awakening until late April. Perhaps I should give him less cracked corn?

In the interest of community enlightenment concerning the proposed “Hills” development in our hamlet, Principal Robert Long will be holding an informational meeting at the East Quogue Elementary School next Thursday, February 6, at 7 p.m. Representatives of the developers, Discovery Land Company, will be there to discuss their plans and answer questions. Frank Costanza, the editor of The Southampton Press Western Edition, will help host the event.

During the last few months there has been much controversy and even more hyperbole in our hamlet concerning this proposed development and that is why I am asking that no matter your feelings, please plan to attend this important meeting with an open mind. There are many questions that have to be asked and answered before intelligent decisions can be made.

On the lighter side, happy birthday wishes go to Jamie Holthaus who celebrated her special day last Thursday, January 23. And extra special congratulations go to Jamie and her husband, Ron, on the birth of their beautiful grandson, Nico. As you know, Jamie writes the Hampton Bays column, “Friends and Neighbors,” for this newspaper and she is my very generous “pond” friend.

Congratulations to all of our amazing collegians who were named to the dean’s list at their respective schools for the fall semester: John Xavier Potter (University of Connecticut); Amanda Donato (Hofstra University); Sage Cotignola (Pratt Institute); and Garrett Benham (James Madison University).

The East Quogue Chamber of Commerce is conducting its annual membership drive. If you are a member, it is time to renew. If you would like to become a member, please visit the organization’s website at www.eqny.com. Simply click on “About the Chamber” and then hit “Membership” to download an application form.

Just when I thought that I’ve heard everything, I learned that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is planning to exterminate our mute swans. The Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons has started an online petition asking Governor Cuomo to save these magnificent and intelligent creatures. Please visit the center’s Facebook page and follow the link to sign the petition.

I’ll leave you on a good note though—spring arrives in 48 days.

On The Calendar

Monday, February 3: The Eastern Long Island Audubon Society meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge. Guest speaker Seth Ausubel will discuss the reptiles and amphibians of New York.

Wednesday, February 12: The East Quogue Citizens Advisory Committee meets at 7 p.m. in the library of the East Quogue Elementary School on Central Avenue.

Tuesday, February 25: East Quogue Elementary School Board of Education meeting starts at 7:45 p.m. at the school.

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