Dear Quogue Residents,
It is hard to believe that Labor Day is around the corner, and that the school year is about to begin! We have been blessed this summer with spectacular weather, with the unfortunate consequence that the entire South Shore of Long Island being “upgraded” to severe drought status. Please follow the SCWA’s guidelines for adjusting your irrigation schedule. A related consequence is that Suffolk County is under an extreme high risk of fire. The conditions are similar to August of 1995 when a firestorm erupted in the Pine Barrens following a hot month with no rain. Please exercise extra caution when firing up your grills!
With respect to our beaches, as in prior years, we are about to embark on a few days of “beach scraping” to reinforce the dunes on the eastern stretch of our Village. We are still subject to plover restrictions as the Town of Southampton bird monitors have identified one remaining piping plover chick that is still too young to fly (or fledge). They are estimating that the fledge date will be August 27th if you want to mark your calendars. Also, please remember that if you have a locker at the Village Beach, it needs to be emptied out before you leave for the summer and no later than September 18th.
The Village is also about to embark on annual maintenance of our roads. This is a two-step process. The first phase will begin right after Labor Day with a smooth layer of asphalt being spread to fill in holes and cracks and to level the streets. The second phase will take place the following week (weather permitting), when blue stone will be laid down with a liquid emulsion. This needs to be done in the early fall when the weather is still warm enough for the blue stone to bind properly. After a few days, our Highway Department will then sweep up any remaining loose stones.
Some modifications to the intersection at the east end of Quogue Street and Montauk Highway are about to be underway. We have been notified by Suffolk County that their highway crews will be in Quogue in the coming weeks to repaint all of the markings at that intersection. New signage is also on order and should be installed in the fall.
And now for a few announcements:
The Quogue Junior Theater Troupe’s younger show The Little Mermaid Jr. opens tonight, August 23rd and runs through Friday, August 26th. You can purchase tickets at https://qjtt.org/
On Saturday, August 27th, from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm, the Quogue Library is organizing an outdoor concert with The Sunnyland Jazz Band – light refreshments will be served, and on Sunday, August 28th, from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm, the Library will be hosting their final program in this year’s Summer Author Series with Adele Myers.
As previously announced, an informational meeting will be held next week on the Fire Island to Montauk Point (FIMP) beach nourishment project. The meeting will take place in the Community Hall at 11:00 am on Wednesday, August 31st. More information will be posted on the Village Website.
Our Police Department is hosting a free child car seat education and safety check on Sunday, September 4th at the Fire House. There will be an instructional seminar from 9:00 am – 9:30 am followed by car seat safety checks from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm.
Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman will be returning to Quogue on Saturday, September 10th, at 10:00 am to give a “State of the Town” presentation on the Village Green. The event is being hosted by the Quogue Association and will be Jay’s first return to Quogue since before Covid came to town .
That same day, at 7:30 pm, Quogue Chamber Music is hosting a concert in the Community Hall by Members of Manhattan Chamber Players. Tickets can be purchased at http://quoguechambermusic.org/
Finally, we will be commemorating the anniversary of 9-11 at a ceremony at the Fire House beginning at 10:00 am.
Enjoy the final days of summer!
Mayor, Village of Quogue