East Quogue Community Notes, February 20

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Windows—the bigger the better—have always been my hallmark. I love letting the outside in. If I absolutely must have curtains on my windows, they are always sheer and tied back, never to be untied.However, that all changed with last Saturday’s snowstorm. Like a petulant child, I untied all of my curtains and refused to look out my bedroom windows until the sun shone on Sunday morning.

Just a happy reminder though: There are only 28 more days of winter to endure until springtime arrives on the East End!

In December, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law S.1199, a bill authorizing school districts to grant veterans an exemption from their school taxes. Previously, state property tax laws provided partial property tax exemptions to qualified veterans of the U.S. military. But this exemption was not applicable to school taxes.

The new legislation authorizes the governing body of a school district, after public hearings and the adoption of a resolution, to grant eligible veterans an exemption from their school taxes. The East Quogue School District will hold a public hearing on the veteran’s tax resolution on Tuesday, February 25, at 6:30 p.m. Please attend this important meeting to learn all of the facts and to let your views be heard.

After the public hearing, the monthly meeting of the Board of Education will take place at 7:45 p.m. Both the hearing and meeting will be held in the cafetorium of the Central Avenue elementary school.

Just in case you missed last week’s column, kindergarten registration will take place on Wednesday, February 26, Thursday, February 27, and Friday, February 28, at the East Quogue Elementary School 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.

And, finally, the East Quogue School District now has its own Facebook page. If you want to keep up with all school news and events, please visit www.facebook.com/EastQuogueSchool and hit “like.”

On The Calendar

Monday, February 24: Hampton Bays Civic Association meets at the Southampton Town Community Center, 25 Ponquogue Avenue. The topic of this month’s meeting is “If Wishes Were Fishes …” A meet and greet begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by the meeting at 7 p.m. Visit www.hbcivic.org for more information.

Wednesday, February 26: Town of Southampton Kiwanis Club’s second annual Spaghetti Dinner, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Hampton Bays Middle School off Ponquogue Avenue. Admission is a $15 donation for adults and a $10 donation for those 16 and under. Take-out is also available.

Monday, March 3: East Quogue Fire Department’s Junior Firefighters’ Spaghetti Dinner, 5 to 8 p.m., at the firehouse on Montauk Highway. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 3 to 12. Kids 3 and younger eat for free.

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