Happy Summer!

June 26, 2024

Dear Quogue Residents,

Summer has officially arrived and memories of the cool and wet spring weather are fading into the past with the current heat wave.  Preparations for the July 4th celebrations are in full swing!

Today’s safety messages come from the Chief of the Quogue Fire Department who asked me to remind our residents that they should yield to vehicles that are displaying flashing green or blue “courtesy” lights. When you see flashing lights, this signifies that an emergency responder is either heading to the fire house or is responding directly to an accident and/or fire alarm.  Similarly, if you come upon Fire Department or police activity, please strictly follow the directions of the officers who are working the scene.  Do not enter the area or otherwise get in the way.

With the arrival of summer, residents are firing up their outdoor grills and kitchens. Every year our Fire Department responds to several grill-related fire calls, some requiring significantly more than a simple fire extinguisher.  Please remember to perform basic grill maintenance and safety checks; for example, grease trays need to be checked regularly. All residents should have a dry-chem extinguisher in their kitchen as well as one handy near the outdoor grill.  While stand alone portable grills are made of non-combustible materials, many outdoor kitchens are not.  Grease fires can create enough heat in an outdoor kitchen to transfer through wood framing spreading into a main house.

I am including an additional reminder to enroll in the Town of Southampton’s automated “Notify Me” system to receive email alerts of emergency or hazardous situations. To enroll, please go to the Town of Southampton website (https://www.southamptontownny.gov/) and click on the “Notify Me” icon on the home page.  Then follow the instructions to be added to their notification system.  You will need to scroll down to the “Alert Center” heading to elect to receive notifications relating to “Village of Quogue Residents” and “Dune Road Closures/Emergencies”.  It is also possible to receive text messages through the Suffolk County Alert Portal, which is tied into the “Smart911” system.  To sign up, please go to their website: https://www.smart911.com/smart911/ref/reg.action?pa=NotifySuffolk

The Village held its election last Friday.  Sally Beatty and Tom Mullen were reelected for a two-year term as Trustees, and I was reelected to an additional two-year term as Mayor.

A reminder that the Village’s property tax bills which were mailed on June 1st are payable without penalty by July 1st.

And now for some upcoming events:

The Village Beach opens seven days a week beginning tomorrow, June 27th. The beach concession run by Beth’s Café will now be open six days a week (weather permitting) from 11:00 am until 3:30 pm, closing on Tuesdays.

The third annual Concert on the Village Green will be held this coming Friday, June 28th, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks return to Quogue. Bring your chairs and a blanket and kick-off your Quogue summer with family and friends. Beer, wine and free ice cream is on offer to members of the Quogue Association.  Never too late to join! https://quogueassociation.org/

The East End Hospice is holding their annual gala on Saturday evening, June 29th.  Information is available on their website: https://www.eeh.org/

The Library Gallery is currently showing works by longtime Quogue resident Pieter Greeff whose oils and watercolors will be on display through July 10th.  The Library will be hosting an author talk tomorrow afternoon from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm with Diana McLain Smith, author of Remaking the Space Between Us. She will discuss how citizens can work together to build a better future. The Library’s Second Annual Family Summer Kick-Off is Saturday, July 6th, from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The Library’s Quogue Authors in Conversation Series begins Sunday, July 14th at 5:00 pm with a wine and cheese reception. The next session of this season’s Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions discussion program will be held on Saturday, July 13th, at 5:00 pm on the topic of Mideast Realignment.  Participants can join by zoom or attend in person.   As always, consult the Library’s well-packed calendar to sign up for their rich offering of movies and programs of all types: https://quogue.librarycalendar.com/events/month

The Quogue Historical Society is hosting a series of three “Thursday Talks” at the Pond House Museum with Julie Greene, QHS Curator and Southampton Town Historian.  The talks are scheduled on Thursday, July 11th, 18th, and 25th, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. Please save the date for the 58th Annual Art Show and Sale to benefit the QHS which will be held on the Village Green on Saturday, August 3rd, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

The Quogue Wildlife Refuge is celebrating their 90th anniversary on Saturday, July 13th, with their Wild Night for Wildlife Summer Gala.  www.quoguewildliferefuge.org

Please note that the annual Duck Race at the Village Dock has been rescheduled to Friday, July 19th

The Quogue Junior Theater Troupe is beginning their summer program celebrating their 46th year. They will be producing The Addams Family on July 30th – 31st and August 1st – 2nd  for the Senior Troupe, and Peter Pan Jr. on August 20th – 23rd for their Junior Troupe members.

Wishing everyone a Happy Fourth of July!

Robert Treuhold

Mayor, Village of Quogue