My friends like to make hearty soups when the weather turns cold but not me—nothing warms my soul more than the smell of homemade bread baking in the oven. Sunday’s frigid temperatures though brought out a more creative side to my bread-making skills: pizza.
As I watched the dough rise and placed little chunks of mozzarella artistically atop my sauce, memories flooded through my mind of my Aunt Millie and of the little girl who, in another time and place, excitedly watched her aunt’s magical hands knead the dough and then carefully place evenly cut cubes of cheese in precise rows atop the fragrant marinara sauce.
My friends tell me that my pizza is “amazing.” Still, I know that, despite my fantastic baking stones and top-of-the-line equipment, my pizza pales in comparison to my aunt’s that she so lovingly made in old blackened pans.
Elizabeth “Betty” Haderer, one of the founders of our East Quogue Historical Society, was honored on Monday, February 13, at a luncheon held at the home of Leigh and Mary Phillips. Since the group’s inception, Betty has served as secretary and her contributions are legendary. All of East Quogue says, “Thank you, Betty!”
Our East Quogue Elementary School kids are awesome! On Friday, February 3, they participated in “Hoops for Hearts” and, with the help of sponsors, raised $6,525 for the American Heart Association.
The “Super Shooter” winners were: Ian Graves and Erina Turkaj (kindergarten); Owen Duffy and Sarina Sarcona (first grade); Daniel Naglieri and Anna Weeks (second grade); Grant Skala and Edona Popi (third grade); Nick Chen and Rieve Delisle (fourth grade); Kerry Dillon and Christopher Mancuso (fifth grade); and Lukas Budrys and Julia Magro (sixth grade).
The “Jackpot Shot” winners were (from first to third place, respectively): third-graders Eric Arnau, Eden Brathwaite and Tommasino Feda; fourth-graders Coady Sumwalt, Alex Alford and Christopher Auletti; fifth-graders Annabelle Seeliger, Juliette Seeliger and Michael Iannone; and sixth-graders Julia Magro, Tyler Skala and Jack Tiska.
Students Morgan Donahoe and Jackie Amato were the top fundraisers, bringing in $870 and $650, respectively.
Even the teachers participated in “National Wear Red Day,” donating $200 to the American Heart Association.
Additionally, second grade teacher Lauren Squires held a “Souper Bowl Food Drive” the same week, collecting nearly 300 nonperishable food items that were later donated to the food pantry at Saint Rosalie’s Church in Hampton Bays.
On The Calendar
Saturday, February 18: Quogue Library Film Feast features the romantic comedy “Midnight in Paris.” The feast begins at 6:30 p.m. and the film at 7:15 p.m. For information and reservations, call 653-4224 or visit www.quoguelibrary.org.
Tuesday, February 28: The vote to authorize the purchase of property adjacent to the East Quogue Elementary School takes place in the school gymnasium from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Absentee ballots and voter registration forms are available at the school during regular school hours.