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  • Westhampton Beach High School junior Ariana DeMattei was presented with the 2017 top School Youth Volunteer medallion as part of the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on March 24. She was selected for the honor based on her volunteer accomplishments, including her five-year-old Backpacks for Fellow Students project. With her are, left to right, Principal Chris Herr, Prudential representative Marie Neilon, elementary school Principal Lisa Slover and Prudential representative Nick Pititto.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Mar 29</span>
  • Joanne Schaefer of East Hampton was presented with the Silver Beaver Award by the Suffolk County Council, Boy Scouts of America, on March 23 at the Stonebridge Country Club in Smithtown for her impact on the lives of youth. Introduced in 1931, the Silver Beaver Award is a council-level distinguished service award of the BSA. Ms. Schaefer is an assistance Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 298, based in East Hampton. With her at the ceremony are, left, to right, Don Ghee, Stephen Kesner, Ms. Schaefer, Russell Schaefer, Ryan DiBernardo and Andrew Calev.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Mar 28</span>
  • Allen Schneider of Hampton Bays was presented with the Silver Beaver Award by the Suffolk County Council, Boy Scouts of America, on March 23 at the Stonebridge Country Club in Smithtown for his impact on the lives of youth. Introduced in 1931, the Silver Beaver Award is a council-level distinguished service award of the BSA. Mr. Schneider is the Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 483, based in Hampton Bays. With him at the ceremony are, left to right, Jeff DiLandro, Joanne Schneider, Mr. Schneider and Scott Comenzo.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Mar 28</span>
  • Doug Kuntz, right, was a guest author at the Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center in East Hampton on March 24 to kick off a 20th anniversary reading series. Gathered after the reading for prekindergarteners were, from left, Arlene Pizzo Notel, EWECC program director; Rich Burns, East Hampton School District superintendent; Maureen Wikane, EWECC director; and East Hampton Town Councilman Peter Van Scoyoc.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Mar 28</span>
  • Students from Springs School's Bonac Bowlers bowled alongside friends from Southampton High School's Mariner in the recent Special Olympics competition.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Mar 28</span>
  • Tom Clavin discussed and signed copies of his latest book, “Dodge City,” at Bookhampton in East Hampton on Saturday afternoon. KYRIL BROMLEY<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Mar 27</span>
  • A benefit for Allison Duchemin’s breast cancer treatment and recovery was held at Stephen Talkhouse Friday evening, with local bands providing music. Among those attending were Ms. Duchemin, center,and her family, left to right, Sean Duchemin Jr, Tonya Bennett, Karen Vargas, Riley Duchemin, Nick Atkinson, Christina Atkinson and Adriana Crohen. KYRIL BROMLEY<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Mar 27</span>
  • Springs School faculty and staff members competed in a fundraising basketball game at East Hampton High School Friday, to raise money for the eighth grade trip later this spring. Third-graders, left to right, Hailey Rigby, Colleen McKee Sanchez, Sophia Cleary, Lydia Rowan and Brynley Lys cheered on the players. KYRIL BROMLEY<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Mar 27</span>
  • Springs School faculty and staff members competed in a fundraising basketball game at East Hampton High School Friday, to raise money for the eighth grade trip later this spring. KYRIL BROMLEY<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Mar 27</span>
  • Chief Master Sergeant Sherri L. Huppert-Grassie is the Westhampton Free Library's March “Women’s History Month” Hometown Hero. She was honored at a ceremony on March 23 at VFW Post 5350. Joining her for the ceremony are colleagues from the 106th Rescue Wing , left to right, Senior Master Sergeant Eugene Grassie, Senior Airman Sahngwon Lee, Senior Master Sergeant Jessica Hatch, Senior Master Sergeant Fred Rodriguez, Chief Master Sergeant Philip Schmitt, Wing Commander/Colonel Michael Bank, Chief Master Sergeant Huppert-Grassie, Wing Command Chief/Chief Master Sergeant Michael Hewson, Senior Master Sergeant Joseph Kruk, Master Sergeant Ruben Lopez, Senior Master Sergeant Edward Bott and Staff Sergeant Derrick Wallace.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Mar 27</span>
  • The Southampton eighth grade boys basketball team won the SYS Winter League. Led by Steven Kraszewski's 25 points, Southampton defeated Bellport to avenge their only loss this year. The team was coached by Matt Mobius.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Mar 27</span>
  • Southampton Youth Services director Scott Johnson addresses both Southampton third and fourth grade teams in the semifinals about sportsmanship.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Mar 27</span>
  • The Southampton Youth Services boys basketball league recently finished their seasons. The Southampton third and fourth grade team won it all beating William Floyd. 40-36, and the fifth and sixth grade team lost in the finals to East Hampton after beating Hampton Bays and Westhampton Beach with late comebacks in previous rounds. 

Pictured is the fifth and sixth grade boys after having defeated Westhampton Beach.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Mar 27</span>
  • Fifth-graders, left to right, Lucas Nielsen, Sofia Gonzalez, Cooper Sacconaghi and Grace Sicuranza were winners in the recent Our Lady of the Hamptons School Science Fair.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Mar 27</span>
  • SYS 7th & 8th Grade Hoops Champs. Southampton <br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by sowood, Water Mill, Mar 26</span>
  • Manning the raffle table at the Friends of Erin cocktail party at Gurney's on Saturday evening are Joe Bloecker and Paul Monte.   KYRIL BROMLEY<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Mar 25</span>
  • Bill Horner, Jean Dowling and Barbara Pryor at the Friends of Erin cocktail party at Gurney's on Saturday evening.  KYRIL BROMLEY<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Mar 25</span>
  • The Pryor family: Barbara, Margie, Carol, Jack and Marianne at the Friends of Erin cocktail party at Gurney's on Saturday evening.  KYRIL BROMLEY<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Mar 25</span>
  • Brian Matthews, Marc Remmes, Grand Marshal Eddie Ecker and Jason Spencer at the Friends of Erin cocktail party at Gurney’s on Saturday evening.  KYRIL BROMLEY<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Mar 25</span>
  • The Montauk Food Pantry recently received an $8,705 donation from the Montauk Chamber of Commerce from vendor fees raised through the Chamber’s 2016 Farmers Market. The 2017 Montauk Farmers Market on the Green begins June 8 and runs through September. From left, pantry volunteers Sally Richardson and Ginny Davis, pantry Director Alice Houseknecht, Chamber Director Laraine Creegan, Chamber President Paul Monte, and pantry volunteer Betty Pyne.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Mar 24</span>
  • Sag Harbor Elementary School third-graders in Christopher Martin’s class have been exploring a variety of scientific topics, including simple experiments in electromagnetism and fluid viscosity.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Mar 24</span>
  • Danna Ordonez Padilla was among the members of the Hampton Bays Elementary School Little Wizards STEM enrichment program who recently explored gravity and air resistance by engineering parachutes out of plastic eggs, straws and coffee filters. Students tested their designs by dropping their shoots from the top of the school’s playground equipment. Pictured with her parachute is Little Wizards participant .<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Mar 22</span>
  • East Hampton’s Middle School held its annual Mad Heart Ball on March 13. KYRIL BROMLEY<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Mar 20</span>
  • East Hampton’s Middle School held its annual Mad Heart Ball on March 13. KYRIL BROMLEY<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Mar 20</span>
  • East Hampton’s Middle School held its annual Mad Heart Ball on March 13. KYRIL BROMLEY<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Mar 20</span>
  • East Hampton’s Middle School held its annual Mad Heart Ball on March 13. KYRIL BROMLEY<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Mar 20</span>
  • Jonathan Leon, Edwin Gutama and Kevin Leon turned out for Taco Night, a fundraiser for the Class of 2020,  at East Hampton High School on Thursday. KYRIL BROMLEY<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Mar 20</span>
  • Empty Bowls, featuring soups created by local chefs, was held at American Legion post in Amagansett and sponsored by Project Most and Paddlers For Humanity, raising funds for Springs Seedlings, Springs School’s edible garden program. Among those volunteering were, left to right,  Arjun Achuthan, Liliana Rodriguez and Vicky Sdrougias. KYRIL BROMLEY<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Mar 20</span>
  • Empty Bowls, featuring soups created by local chefs, was held at American Legion post in Amagansett and sponsored by Project Most and Paddlers For Humanity, raising funds for Springs Seedlings, Springs School’s edible garden program. In charge of the sweets were, left to right,  Jamie and Sarah Morgan and Nichole Lopez. KYRIL BROMLEY<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Mar 20</span>
  • Empty Bowls, featuring soups created by local chefs, was held at American Legion post in Amagansett and sponsored by Project Most and Paddlers For Humanity, raising funds for Springs Seedlings, Springs School’s edible garden program. Toasting the event were  Ilia and David Yohay . KYRIL BROMLEY<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Mar 20</span>