Daily Bee: We’re Ready for Standup Paddleboarding, Texas BBQ

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We think we see blue sky up there? Here’s a photo of pre-spring skies in Springs, with just two days left till actual spring in Springs. For those who prefer precision, the spring season a.k.a. the vernal equinox officially falls on March 20 at 6:45 p.m. EDT, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac. In case we forgot, the Almanac also advises us on what to expect: “Worms begin to emerge from the earth, ladybugs land on screen doors, green buds appear, birds chirp, and flowers begin to bloom.” Oh right, we remember that from other years. Thank you, Almanac.

Get your paddle on…

Speaking of Springs, our friends at Paddle Diva on Three Mile Harbor Road remind us that they help set the standard in standup paddleboarding, which of course is an ancient form of surfing started in Hawaii. Owner Gina Bradley, who was recently featured in Hamptons Magazine, is running a course on SUP certification from April 24-28 near her winter home in Rincon, Puerto Rico. (Side note: Gina has a really, really better life than us.) She recently wrote a post about why it’s important that vendors like herself give people adequate instruction…it might look easy (and a heck of a core workout), but standup paddleboarding is not without its risks. Read more about the tragic story of a couple in Puerto Rico who ran into devastating weather. We’ll make sure to follow safety protocols when Paddle Diva re-opens for the season.

A construction project…in East Quogue?

And here we thought the charming sleepiness of East Quogue, everybody’s favorite little-known Hampton, would never change. Turn out, there is a mighty construction project STILL in the works for the corner of Weesuck Avenue (we didn’t make up that name) and Montauk Highway, right smack in East Quogue. The plan for the East Quogue Medical Center, which would consist of three new buildings, has been in the works since 2008 but has faced opposition from neighbors, according to the East Hampton Press. Permission expired last year for Hampton Valley Associates LLC to build the medical offices, but apparently they are giving it a go again. The public can comment at the next Southampton Town Planning Board‘s next meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 9.

A little bit of Texas in the Hamptons

There was a dust storm in Amagansett this morning, reports the East Hampton Star’s Instagram account. Run for the hills! Actually, it was just the northwest wind as it “lofted soil from a fallow field.” At least our dustbowls are poetic here in the Hamptons. If you do actually want a little bit of Texas in the Hamptons, we suggest heading to the aforementioned East Quogue, where Ron and Shana at the New Moon Cafe, open year-round, will set you up with tacos, chilis and BBQ ribs. Yum.

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