East Quogue Community Notes, February 13

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I hope that your Valentine’s Day is very special!For something different and adventurous, join the Quogue Wildlife Refuge’s knowledgeable guides tomorrow, Friday, February 14, at 5:30 p.m., for a Valentine’s Day Full Moon Night Hike. There is no charge for refuge members; others are asked to pay $5. For reservations and more information, please call (631) 653-4771 or visit www.quoguewildliferefuge.org.

Very special thanks go to East Quogue Elementary School Principal Robert Long for hosting the well-attended informational forum held last Thursday evening concerning the proposed “Hills” development, as well as to Frank Costanza, the editor of The Southampton Press Western Edition, for fielding the many insightful and astute comments made by our residents who boldly braved the bitter cold and tundra-like snow to attend this important meeting.

And, speaking of our school, the second-graders held a Super Bowl donation drive to help all of the homeless pets at the Southampton Town Animal Shelter in Hampton Bays. Mrs. Squires’ students created posters of the dogs and cats at the shelter and hung them on the walls of the hallways. Her young scholars worked very hard all week collecting donations of blankets, toys and treats, as well as dog and cat food, for their furry friends.

Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation Public Relations Administrator Linda Goldsmith said: “We greatly appreciate the students and teachers at East Quogue Elementary School for their generous support and the many creative ways they do it. The Southampton Animal Shelter thinks these kids are SUPER.”

And so does all of East Quogue. Way to go, second-graders!

Congratulations to Brian Corrigan who was named to the dean’s list at Marist College, as well as to Jennifer Beglane who made the dean’s list at the University of Rhode Island.

Kindergarten registration will take place on Wednesday, February 26, Thursday, February 27, and Friday, February 28, at the East Quogue Elementary School located on Central Avenue. Children must turn 5 years old on or before December 1, 2014, to register. Please call Mrs. Garvey, the school nurse, at (631) 653-5210 for an appointment.

In the midst of our Arctic winter, there is a ray of hope. The sun now rises before 7 a.m. and sets well after 5 p.m. And, it is only 35 days until spring.

On The Calendar

Saturday, February 15: Artist reception for Mary Laspia at the Quogue Library, 2:30 until 4:30 p.m. Her landscapes of the East End will be on display until Wednesday, February 26.

Tuesday, February 18 through Friday, February 21: Winter Wildlife Camp at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge for children age 5 to 11. The cost is $30 per day, or $100 for all four days. Call (631) 653-4771 or visit www.quoguewildliferefuge.org.

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

Monday, March 3: East Quogue Fire Department’s Junior Firefighters’ spaghetti dinner, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the firehouse on Montauk Highway. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children 3 to 12 years of age. Kids under 3 eat for free.

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