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East Quogue Civic Looking For a Few Good Ideas

The group wants input from residents on plans to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the hamlet green.

The East Quogue Civic Association is moving forward with a plan to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the hamlet green. But before it firms up plans, the group would like input with from the public and is inviting residents to a meeting scheduled for Saturday at 10 a.m. at the East Quogue Methodist Church.

"We pretty much have everything set, but maybe someone out there has a great idea that we haven't heard yet," said Al Algieri, who heads up the civic.

The celebration is scheduled for May 25 and already the civic has lined up a band that will play for four hours, food vendors, as well as entertainment for kids including a bouncy slide, a magician and facepainting.

"We want this to be a family event with good food and music," said Algieri, who started planing the event in October.

Funding for the celebration Algieri said will come from civic association money and vendors will be charged $100 per booth.

The three-acre park was created in 2003 after the civic learned that the land was for sale and a tentative contract was in place to build a strip mall; however, a zone change was required.

The civic sprang into action and petitioned the town board to purchase the land with community preservation funds. Their plan worked and with the land preserved, the civic raised over $260,000 in donations to design it as a park and build it.

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