I’m always inviting you to events at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge ... but this time it is a little different for me. I’m inviting you to attend my first book signing and while I am very excited, I am also very nervous!
I hope that you will join me at the refuge this Saturday, November 19, at 10:30 a.m., when I will be reading from my book “Maria’s Duck Tales: Wildlife Stories From My Garden.” In my stories, you will meet lots of my “wild friends” including Peeper, the $227 duckling that I rescued, and Fatso, the baby squirrel that spent the winter in my basement and then did not want to leave.
The free program is appropriate for all ages. Books will be available for purchase, with a percentage of the proceeds going to the refuge. For reservations, please call 653-4771. To watch the book trailer visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJXEKsm6mg8.
The East Quogue Civic Association will hold its annual fall meeting this Saturday, November 19, at 10 a.m., in the parish hall of the East Quogue United Methodist Church. Two important items are on the agenda: a discussion of the results of the November 4 meeting held at the East Quogue firehouse concerning the installation of a T-Mobile cell tower; and a discussion of the feasibility of creating a Special Park District for East Quogue that will ensure that Main Street and the Village Green, as well as other designated areas of our hamlet, will be maintained and enhanced for years to come.
The East Quogue Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate Miles Thorsen—the winner of the Halloween Poster Contest. Miles, a fifth-grader at the East Quogue Elementary School, received a $25 Visa gift card courtesy of the chamber. If you would like to see Miles’ winning poster, it is on display at the Capital One Bank on Main Street in East Quogue. Way to go, Miles!
Congratulations to Meghan Yager who was selected as a David Wills Scholar at Gettysburg College. The scholarship is awarded to top-ranking applicants based upon their GPA, class rank, and SAT or ACT scores.
A New Arrival: Samantha June Mazurkiewicz was born on Tuesday, October 25, and tipped the scales at 9 pounds 1 ounce. Little Samantha was excitedly welcomed into the family by her big sister Kaitlynn. Her proud parents are Amee (Holley) and Frank. And her very proud grandparents are Lois and Bob Holley of East Quogue, and Linda and Frank Mazurkiewicz of Bayport. Congratulations to all!
The holidays are just around the corner and the East Quogue Adopt-a-Family Committee needs your help. Right here in our charming little hamlet, parents and seniors are facing a holiday season without presents, without money to buy food and without clothes to keep warm.
If you know of someone in need, please contact Lois Holley. Your name and all pertinent information will be kept confidential. So please make this holiday season a little brighter by sending your checks, gift certificates, gift cards and requests for assistance to East Quogue Adopt-A-Family, P.O. Box 71, East Quogue, NY 11942. Volunteers are also needed to serve on the committee. For further information, call 653-4444.
Mark Your Calendars: Two events are planned for Saturday, December 3. The first is the Holly Tea that will take place at the East Quogue United Methodist Church. Then our hamlet’s annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, which is sponsored by the East Quogue Beautification Committee, will be held on the Village Green. That event will include a visit from that big jolly elf. More details to come.
And don’t forget that the East Quogue Fire Department will hold its annual Christmas tree fundraiser sale starting on Sunday, November 27.
Hitting The Jackpot!: All you need is a dollar and a dream! For most of us, that dollar for a lottery ticket is well spent, providing untold dreams of what we would do with our newly acquired riches. But for East Quogue’s Edward Parsley, that dream became reality on October 7 when he won $10,000 in the Mega Millions lottery game. Ed purchased his ticket at Dev Cards and Gifts on County Road 111 in Manorville. Way to go, Ed!
And speaking of taking a chance, the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons is holding its annual raffle, with proceeds benefitting the hundreds of injured wild animals that are cared for at the facility. Tickets are $5 each ($25 for a book of six tickets) and the grand prize is $1,000 worth of groceries at the supermarket of your choice. In case you did not receive your tickets in the mail, please call the Rescue Center at 728-4200 and organizers will gladly send you a book.