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East Quogue Community Notes, December 15

Publication: The Southampton Press
  Dec 12, 2011 10:43 AM
Dec 13, 2011 1:32 PM

On Sunday evening, the East Quogue Chamber of Commerce hosted a spectacular holiday dinner at the wonderful Stone Creek Inn. Holiday cheer filled the air, the food was delicious and the company absolutely delightful!

Barbara and John Blydenburgh met as teenagers at a church social—she a mere 16 and he a much “older man” of 19—and tomorrow, December 16, they will happily celebrate 50 years of wedded bliss, surrounded by family and friends, at a party in Speonk at the home of their son David and Erin Finley. Also joining in the festivities will be their daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Scott Rollins of Clearwater, Florida, as well as their grandchildren Sydney, Taylor, Gina and Daniel. Congratulations and my personal wishes for many more happy anniversaries!

And, speaking of special days, Bob and Mary Anne Kandell celebrated their 22nd wedding anniversary on Saturday, December 3. May you have many more happy years together!

Mega congratulations go to Peter Sulzinski, a member of Boy Scout Troop 62, who was presented with the coveted Eagle Scout Badge. The prestigious award ceremony took place at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor that was held on Saturday, December 3, at the East Quogue Fire Department. In attendance were Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst and Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman, as well as a representative of New York State Senator Ken LaValle.

At the ceremony, 14-year-old Peter was presented with a citation and a Patriot’s Pin by Peter Cuthbert who taught Peter’s grandfather, Paul Sulzinski, and his mother, Barbara Mitchell Sulzinski, at Westhampton Beach High School.

Peter also was a finalist in the Veteran of Foreign Wars nationwide “Patriot’s Pen” essay contest. Peter surprised everyone by returning his monetary reward and requesting that it be used to help needy veterans. It was the only time that ever happened! Way to go, Peter!

There’s still time to give our furry feline friends a home for the holidays during the “Twelve Days of Catmus” taking place at the Southampton Animal Shelter. During this special time, you can adopt a kitten for only $25; a cat over one year of age for $5; and all adult cats over seven years of age are free. For more information, please call 728-PETS (7387).

Need a last minute holiday gift for the nature lover in your life? Then stop by the Nature Center at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge. From “I love Paco” T-shirts to books and candy, the refuge has something for everyone on your list. Members receive a 10-percent discount on all purchases. For information, call 653-4771, or visit QuogueWildlifeRefuge.org.

For those of us who dream of our unwrapped presents magically appearing beneath our Christmas tree bedecked in glittering holiday bows and ribbons, dream no more. The elves at the Flying Point Foundation for Autism’s “wrap it up” gift service will do just that tomorrow, December 16, from 6:30 until 8 p.m. at the Southampton Intermediate School —with a little help from the National Junior Honor Society and the Student Council. And, to make it even more enticing, if you have lots of presents to wrap, call or text 255-5664 for a special appointment.

Five festive Quogue homes will be on display in the Quogue Historical Society’s Holiday House Tour. The event takes place this Saturday, December 17, from 2 until 6 p.m., and will be followed by a cocktail party from 6 until 8 p.m. Tickets cost $50 for the house tour and $40 for the cocktail party. For both, it’s $85. Tickets will be sold on the day of the event, from 1 to 5 p.m., at the society’s Pond House, located at 114A Jessup Avenue in Quogue. For advance tickets or for more information, call 996-2404.

Volunteers are needed by the Salvation Army to “ring the bell” at the King Kullen in Eastport. For details, call Joyce Kelley at 325-1582.

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