I wish for you, my very dear readers, the merriest Christmas, the happiest Hanukkah and the cheeriest holiday ever. May 2012 be filled with peace, love, laughter and the sweet sounds of nature!
I feel so very fortunate to live in our charming little hamlet and, during this season of giving, I would like to thank the dedicated members of all the wonderful organizations who help make East Quogue an absolutely wonderful place in which to live. So, from this columnist, a heartfelt thank you to our fire department, civic association, chamber of commerce, citizens advisory committee, PTA, beautification committee and historical society. Your generosity of spirit is awesome!
And for all of the good works performed throughout our community, I am deeply grateful to the devoted members of the East Quogue United Methodist Church. For an inspiring beginning to your Christmas holiday, please join church members for a Christmas Eve service that will begin at 9 p.m. No matter your religious affiliation, you are most welcome to attend.
As I write this last column of 2011, I am thinking of you, my very dear readers. Thank you for making me a part of your lives and for keeping me apprised of all that goes on in our wonderful little hamlet. I sincerely hope that you will continue to share with me your events, your stories and your personal milestones for they are the essence of “From Fourth Neck.” Your kindness and thoughtfulness have enriched me and I feel incredibly fortunate to live in such a marvelous community.
It is not too late: Donations are still being accepted for the East Quogue Adopt-a-Family program. Checks and gift cards will be most appreciated. For more information, please call Lois Holley at 653-4444.
Last week, the East Quogue Citizens Advisory Committee held its annual Christmas party at my home. On behalf of CAC Chairwoman Joan Hughes, I would like to thank Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst, Town Board members Chris Nuzzi and Bridget Fleming, and Town Board member-elect Christine Scalera for making our party merrier. Many thanks also go to the members of our East Quogue organizations, as well as to the representatives of several of the town’s civic associations and CACs who ensured that the conversation was lively and stimulating.
As many of you may remember, Marion Smith worked at the East Quogue Post Office for 20 years and then left our fair hamlet to retire to the warmth of South Carolina. Last year, Marion returned to Long Island. On Saturday, December 3, Marion celebrated her 91st birthday in East Quogue at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Lynn and George Payne. Joining in the festivities were her son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Maria Smith. Her grandchildren, Jennifer and George, made her a very special birthday cake. I would like Marion to know that all of East Quogue wishes you a happy birthday!
Are you looking for something fun to do during the week between Christmas and New Year’s? If you are, then join the knowledgeable guides at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge for a winter nature hike up to North Pond. The 90-minute hike begins at 10 a.m. on Thursday, December 29. Enjoy the beauty of the pine barrens while learning how our resident critters survive the cold Long Island winters. Reservations are required for this free program for adults and families. For information, please call 653-4771.
There’s still time—until Sunday, January 15—to bring your gently used winter coats to the Quogue Library for distribution to the less fortunate on the East End. And the library’s “food for fines” program also ends on January 15. If you have an overdue item, the library will accept one nonperishable food item as payment for the fine on one library item. Food donations will help our local food pantries. For information on all library programs, please call 653-4224.