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Dec 23, 2016 7:52 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

East Quogue Community Notes, December 22

Dec 23, 2016 7:52 AM

I wish for you, my very dear readers, the merriest of Christmases, the happiest of Hanukkahs and the most joyous of holidays. May 2017 be filled with peace, love and laughter!In keeping with the spirit of the season, please say a special prayer for the dedicated and brave men and women who serve our country in the armed forces, and who will not be home to celebrate Christmas. May each and every one of them safely return home.

And please hold their loved ones close in your heart for it cannot be easy for them to truly celebrate the holiday while one of their own is in harm’s way in a far-off land.

On an appreciative note, very special thanks go to the East Quogue Fire Department Benevolent Association for the marvelous basket of fruit. Special acts of kindness like that are one of the reasons I so love living in our small hamlet. By the way, my friends loved sharing in my bounty!

And, speaking of our hometown heroes, just a reminder that for all the last-minute shoppers out there, Christmas trees, wreaths and roping are still available at the East Quogue Firehouse on Montauk Highway.

As you all know by now, this will be my last column. For the past ten years, I have so enjoyed sharing in your accomplishments and achievements, your birthdays and anniversaries, but, it is time for us all to move on. The Southampton Press will be sporting a brand-new look in the new year and exciting changes will be made to the community section. While the community columns will become a thing of the past, your accomplishments, photos and tips are still very important to my editors so please continue to send them in. The only real change will be that instead of emailing me, you will now send your news to Kim Covell at kim@pressnewsgroup.com.

I can think of no better way to end my career as your community columnist than to write about what I love best: the kids of East Quogue – or, in this case, just one kid who I have been writing about since 2007, when he was a youngster attending our East Quogue Elementary School. Chris Chomicki excelled at our elementary school, as well as at Westhampton Beach middle and high schools. He is now continuing that tradition at Syracuse University where he is majoring in information management and technology at the School of Information Studies.

Chris is employed part-time as a streaming support specialist at SIDEARM Sports where he is in charge of solving connectivity problems during online video streaming of sporting events for more than 800 universities around the world. He also provides customer support for the company.

In addition, Chris works as a computer consultant for the university where he solves both student and faculty computer hardware and software problems. And, this past semester, he was a teaching assistant for a web design class at the university.

Then to top it all off, Chris has been offered a summer position in Chicago as an intern for General Electric in their Digital Technology Leadership Program.

And, as if all of that is not enough. Chris just got inducted into the university’s honor society, the Association of Computer Machinery. His very delighted parents are Nancy and Chris G. Chomicki and his proud grandparents are Carol and Richard Combes, all of East Quogue. Way to go Chris!

And what a dynamite way to end my last column!

“Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight!”

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I know Chris Chomicki is a Syracuse University cheerleader. He was selected for his strength from many years of football, lacross and wrestling at Westhampton Beach High School. He travels and cheers at both the football and basketball game for Syracuse. His Freshman year he played Rugby for Syracuse. He maintains a 4.0 average.

By Histerical (20), East Quogue on Dec 29, 16 11:58 AM
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