My 2012 wishes: a wonderful year filled with peace, happiness, laughter and love.
I would not be me if I did not have a Christmas story for you. So, here goes: A stray gray cat, Sweetie by name, appeared in my garden this summer, “adopted” me and followed me all around, to the point of me having to be very careful of my every move, so as not to trip over her. I tried to trap her several times to no avail but something in my head kept telling me that she had once been someone’s pet.
Finally, the week before Christmas, while my son Michael was visiting, I asked him to help me with my ongoing project. After a few have-a-heart trap failures, we finally caught her and rushed her to the Southampton Animal Shelter. The wonderful ladies listened patiently—although I’m certain they had heard it all before—as I explained that I really did not think she was feral and that I hoped she would “be home for Christmas.” Lo and behold, I no sooner got into my house when the phone rang with the wonderful news that Sweetie a/k/a Indiana was, indeed, micro-chipped and in a few moments would be reunited with her owner!
Our amazing shelter helps so many canines and felines and is currently looking to place wonderful, happy and healthy dogs and cats into caring foster homes. If you have room at the “inn,” please call Rene at 914-262-1595.
It is with great sadness that I write of the passing of Michael Reardon on December 29 in Palm Bay, Florida. Mike lived in Southampton and, since 1976, owned Reardon Electric. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was a member of the North Sea Fire Department for 35 years. Michael is survived by his wife, the former Karen Schnaderbeck, who grew up in East Quogue and is a Trustee of the East Quogue Historical Society. Survivors also include his son and daughter-in-law, Lou and Karen, as well as three grandchildren, Shauna, Victoria and Austin. In lieu of flowers, donations to the North Sea Fire Department Scholarship Fund, 149 Noyac Road, Southampton, N.Y. 11968, would be appreciated. A celebration of Michael’s life will be held in July in Southampton.
The next meeting of the East Quogue Citizens Advisory Committee will take place on Wednesday, January 11, at 7 p.m., in the library of the East Quogue Elementary School on Central Avenue. Everyone is invited to the group’s meetings and membership is open to all hamlet residents.
Not to be missed: Sandy Toes Children’s Boutique on Main Street is having a huge winter sale. Kirsten tells me that she needs to make room for “spring things.” Almost everything in the store is greatly discounted and the popular “$20 table” is back.
On display during January at the Art Gallery at the Quogue Library will be “Painting Life,” an exhibit by award-winning artist Elizabeth Malunowicz. The Eastport resident’s works have been exhibited at the East End Arts Council and the Islip Art Museum, as well as at the Lyceum Gallery at Suffolk County Community College in Riverhead. Her work has also been installed in the Ed and Phyllis Davis Wellness Institute at Southampton Hospital.
An artist’s reception will take place on Saturday, January 7, from 2:30 until 4:30 p.m. All are welcome.
Celebrate the New Year at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge on Monday, January 9, with a full moon night hike through the forest up to North Pond. The 90-minute walk begins at 5 p.m. and is for adults and families with children over 11 years of age. The program is free for members and costs $5 for non-members. Reservations are required. For information, please call 653-4771.
And, speaking of our furry friends, there have been quite a few fox sightings in our hamlet. The little red guy with the big bushy tail has been spotted by Carol Combes along Bay Avenue and by Robin Hatcher on Central Avenue.