Dear Quogue Residents,
Fall has arrived in Quogue with more than our share of gorgeous days, but we are finally confronting hurricanes in the eastern United States, as witnessed by Fiona’s devastating impact on Puerto Rico, and Ian’s imminent landfall in Florida. Quogue was hit Sunday night with a freak “micro burst”, which toppled quite a number of trees in the Village and briefly caused a few power and internet outages, which were quickly repaired by PSEG and Optimum. A big shout out to our Highway Department for their herculean efforts to clear our roads. So far, our beach is holding up – fingers crossed that we get through the season without further damage.
While I have received no new news on the FIMP project, I can finally share the link to the promised video recording of the informational meeting held on August 31st with representatives of the US Army Corps of Engineers, the NYS DEC and the Town of Southampton. https://youtu.be/HyhncYqhiZc
As many of you may have noticed, the work on selected roads began last week, including Post Lane, portions of Ocean Avenue, Midland Street, and Quogo Neck Lane, Deer Path, and the western end of Quogue Street. The work should be completed this week, weather permitting.
I am pleased to report that Pi Gardiner has accepted the position of Quogue Village Historian. Pi grew up in Quogue and has a deep appreciation of our Village and its history. She currently serves on the Board of the Quogue Historical Society and will be a great asset to the Village in this role.
It is with sadness that I note that our former Mayor Thelma Georgeson recently died. Our Village was blessed with the great benefit of her many decades of service to the community, not only serving as our Mayor for twelve years from 1990 to 2002, but also in her many volunteer efforts on the Planning Board, at the Library, and in general. We mourn the loss of a dedicated public servant and remarkable human being.
We were all very sorry to learn that Andrew Botsford has decided to discontinue his At Quaquanantuck column, at least for the time being. Andrew’s columns have enriched our community for many decades, and we will miss his intelligent and humorous commentary, his helpful information on Village activities, and his beautiful photography. I know I speak for all of Quogue in extending recognition and huge thanks to Andrew for creating through his columns an important resource and record of Village life for all Quogue residents. My hope and expectation is that we will continue to benefit from Andrew’s many contributions to Quogue in the months and years to come.
The owners of the Quogue Market have posted a notice that they will be closing “for the winter” on October 10th. I am meeting with the owners to see if anything can be done, but am not sure what the outcome of the meeting will be.
Our Police Chief Chris Isola has asked me to remind you all to please not leave your keys and fobs in your parked cars. Unfortunately, we are not immune to the wave of car thefts that you may have read about. The thieves have an appetite for high end vehicles (particularly Range Rovers) and, in almost every theft, the keys/fobs were left in the vehicle.
And now for a few announcements of some of the many events and activities happening in Quogue in the coming days and weeks:
A reminder that the Quogue Library Art Committee’s Smart Phone Portrait Contest is ongoing with a deadline for submissions on October 15th. More details are available on the Library’s website at https://quogue.librarycalendar.com/events/month
This coming Saturday, October 1st from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm, the Quogue Library will be hosting a lecture presented by the New York Marine Center on endangered animal species.
On October 15th at 5:00 pm, the Library will be hosting the next Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions discussion program entitled: “No end in sight: A Century of Drug Wars”. Participants can join by zoom or attend in person.
On October 16th from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm, the Quogue Wildlife Refuge is hosting a Rites of Spring Concert on the theme of Music for a Changing Climate. Further details are available on the Refuge’s website at www.quoguewildliferefuge.org and tickets can be purchased at www.ritesmusic.org.
The Hampton Theatre Company’s 2022-2023 season kicks off next month with Over the River and Through the Woods, written by Joe DiPietro, with a run beginning on October 20th through November 6th. Tickets can be purchased at www.hamptontheatre.org.
Apologies if I have overlooked an event; please let me know!
Enjoy the early days of fall!
Mayor, Village of Quogue