Quogue Community Notes, June 19


The summer solstice always provides residents of our fair village with yet another opportunity to celebrate the beauty of the place we call home and to be grateful for the blessing of whatever time we are permitted by destiny to spend here at the glorious seashore.So it makes perfect sense that the first of three so-called “knowledge forums” on the topic of beach nourishment to protect this natural wonder we share should be set for 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 21, at the Quogue Village Hall.

Known collectively as the “Summer Seashell Series,” the presentations and discussions of the three-part program are sponsored by the Save the Dunes and Beaches Foundation (SDBF). The second forum will be held on Saturday, July 19, at 5 p.m., and the final one for this summer will be held on Saturday, August 16, at 10 a.m., both at Village Hall.

The Summer Seashell Series is part of an effort to raise awareness about the application to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for a permit to a provide nourishment for the Quogue Village oceanfront beach, with scientists, environmentalists and engineers offering analysis of the sand deficit there. Some estimates of this deficit—after allowing for cyclical littoral drift scouring and redeposits—put the loss of sand over the past 10 years at 600,000 cubic yards.

Aram Terchunian of First Coastal Corporation in Westhampton Beach will be the moderator of the first panel, which will include Jay Tanski and Dr. David Basco.

Mr. Tanski is a coastal processes and facilities specialist for the New York Sea Grant Program administered by SUNY Stony Brook. Dr. Basco, who has developed process-based models of barrier island breaching, has a Ph.D. in civil engineering and most recently served on the faculty at Old Dominion University in Virginia.

Danny Frank, the coordinator for SDBF, noted in a release that the group has “endeavored to be as open, transparent and forthcoming as possible through our thorough research accessible at www.quoguebeaches.org.” Hard copies of the SDBF research reports are available at the Quogue Village Hall, the Quogue Public Library and by request.

The SDBF Summer Seashell Series is free and open to the public. For more details, contact Mr. Frank at (212) 279-1041.

As one might expect, it’s all about writers over at the Quogue Library this summer, with the annual Conversations with the Author series getting under way on Sunday, July 13, with Bob Mankoff, longtime cartoon editor for The New Yorker.

But book lovers and autograph hounds don’t have to wait: two authors are scheduled to talk about their work and sign books at the library this weekend.

On Saturday, June 21, at 2 p.m. the library will host Regina Calcaterra, author of “Etched in Sand: A True Story of Five Siblings Who Survived an Unspeakable Childhood on Long Island.”

A tale of perseverance in the face of adversity, “Etched in Sand” is the story of the author’s childhood in foster care and on the streets, and how she and her street smart siblings managed to survive years of homelessness, abandonment and abuse.

Now an attorney for the State of New York—and a best-selling author—Ms. Calcaterra has spent the past 25 years of her policy, managerial and legal career in both the private and public sector.

On Sunday, June 22, at 2 p.m., New York Times writer James Barron, author of “Piano: The Making of a Steinway Concert Grand,” will be at the podium at the library.

The book tells the story of one Steinway piano, from raw lumber to finished instrument, following it on an 11-month journey through the Steinway factory, where time-honored manufacturing methods vie with modern-day industrial efficiency.

“Piano” also looks at the family that founded Steinway & Sons some 150 years ago and soared to prominence in both the music world and in New York City’s political and economic life.

Refreshments will be served and registration is requested for both events; call (631) 653-4224, ext. 101.

This year’s Quogue Elementary School “Beach Day” is being dedicated in part to supporting Bradley Carbone, son of teacher Tim Carbone, who suffered a horrific accident on the slopes this winter.

On Monday, June 23, (the rain date is Tuesday, June 24) when students at the school are heading down to the Quogue Village Beach for the annual Beach Day event, all have been asked to support Bradley’s recovery by raising money through a “Bike/Walk-a-Thon.” The goal is to have all students sponsored to either walk or ride to the beach.

Cash and/or checks will be accepted, and checks should be payable to “Bradley J. Carbone 3rd Party SNT.” All sponsorship funds should be turned in to the school by Wednesday, June 25. For more information about sponsoring a student for the fundraiser, call Sarah Adams at the school at (631) 653-4285.

Congratulations to Caroline Confort, daughter of Michael and Brook Confort, who recently graduated cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in environmental studies from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

And a second round of applause for Bridget Stucklen, daughter of Rich and Claudia Stucklen, who followed up being named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at the University of Delaware by being named to the dean’s list again for the spring semester.

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