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Feb 23, 2015 10:40 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

East Quogue Community Notes, February 26

Feb 23, 2015 4:08 PM

Am I dreaming or, worse yet, hallucinating? Will the snow finally melt? Will spring really arrive in a mere 22 days?It has been extremely difficult—even for this “glass half-full” columnist—to find any beauty in the winter of 2015. So I sit in my sunny kitchen luxuriating in the warmth of the sun as it filters through the icy window panes, and wish I was a little bird who could fly south.

Are you looking for something fun to do to chase away those winter blues? If the answer is a resounding “Yes!”, then I have two fantastic events for you. I know the company will be great, the spaghetti mouth-watering and, best of all, you will be helping our East Quogue kids.

The first, a fundraiser for East Quogue Cub Scout Pack 261, takes place this Saturday, February 28, from 5 to 7 p.m., inside the East Quogue United Methodist Church community hall located at 568 Montauk Highway.

Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for children age 5 to 11. Kids under 5 years of age eat for free. For tickets, please call (631) 872-2706, (631) 255-0188, or (631) 521-1447.

The second event will be held the following week on Friday, March 6, when the East Quogue Fire Department Juniors host their spaghetti dinner fundraiser, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the firehouse located at 465 Montauk Highway.

Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for children age 3 to 12. Kids under 3 years of age eat for free. For tickets, please call (631) 653-5101 or (631) 591-1134.

Applause, please! This week’s stellar collegian is Taylor Wagner. Taylor, a sophomore, was named to the dean’s list at the Rochester Institute of Technology. She is enrolled in the illustration program at the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences. Congratulations, Taylor!

On a more serious note, please remember to inspect your native pitch pines for the presence of the devastating southern pine beetle. The destructive beetle has been found in large numbers right here in our own backyard, at the Henry’s Hollow Pine Barrens State Forest, so the threat is very real.

You will find all the necessary information—including pictures, signs of infestation and who to contact—on the State Department of Environmental Conservation website at www.dec.ny.gov/animals/99331.html.

On The Calendar

Monday, March 2: The East Quogue Homemakers will meet at the East Quogue Firehouse on Montauk Highway at 10 a.m. for a business meeting. Afterward, members will work on their projects. New members are welcome.

Monday, March 2: Eastern Long Island Audubon Society meets at 7:15 p.m. at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge. Guest speaker Kevin McAllister, founder of the water advocacy group Defend H20, will discuss the state of groundwater on the East End. All are welcome to this free event.

Tuesday, March 10: East Quogue Chamber of Commerce meets. For time and place, please call Donna Lanzetta at (631) 741-4438.

Wednesday, March 11: The East Quogue Citizens Advisory Committee meets at 7 p.m. in the library of the East Quogue Elementary School on Central Avenue.

Saturday, March 14: Artist reception, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., at the Quogue Library. The show, “Between the Bridges,” features several East Quogue artists and will be on exhibit in the Art Gallery throughout March.

Tuesday, March 17: The East Quogue Elementary School Board of Education meets at 7:15 p.m. in the cafetorium of the school on Central Avenue. The proposed budget will be discussed.

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Maria, we have lost all of our tremendous, old, pine trees to the southern pine boring beetle. PSEG came a couple of weeks ago to take four of them down that were closest to the power lines. Unfortunately, they won't take the others down that border the tracks or the front electrical lines. Jamie
By beachbabe (14), Hampton Bays on Feb 23, 15 6:22 PM
Maria, don't worry about the pine trees and the beetle infestation. If the Town Board gets its way, the forest will soon be destroyed by bulldozers making way for a golf course and 1118 homes - leaving the beetles no place to infest.

Hey, maybe the developers can include this as a community benefit!
By William Rodney (558), southampton on Feb 24, 15 9:51 AM
Maria, the real threat to the environment is from "The Hills" which you approve of! Let "The Discovery Company" build housing with the existing zoning which was in place when they purchased the property! NO golf course needed for the folks who live in EQ.........we can't afford the membership and green fees anyway.
By crusader (391), East Quogue on Feb 26, 15 11:01 AM
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