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  • Dennis Reed captured this photo of a Snowy Owl between Dune Beach in Southampton and the Shinnecock Inlet last week. DENNIS REED<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 27</span>
  • Alex Posada, a third-grader at the Hampton Bays Elementary School, participated in the school's 16th annual Jump-A-Thon on Friday, February 13. Third- and fourth-graders solicited sponsors and helped raise $1,600 for the American Heart Association.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by COURTESY OF THE HAMPTON BAYS SCHOOL DISTRICT, , Feb 26</span>
  • Hampton Bays Middle School seventh-grader Jaden Ottati and eighth-grader Riley Tupper won the South Regional Elks National Hoop Shoot Competition in Nanuet on February 7. They are both New York State finalists in the and will compete against three other regional champions for a chance to become New York State free throw champions on March 7 in Syracuse. This is Jaden's second consecutive year making it to the state finals and Riley is a past winner of the state competition and finalist at national level.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 26</span>
  • From left, Southampton wrestlers Chris Osufsen, Colby Lenahan, and Peter Strassfield received a school-wide sendoff before boarding the bus to Albany for this weekend's New York State Division II Wrestling Championships.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 26</span>
  • Southampton Rotarians Dermot Dolan, Scott Farina, Aleksandra Kardwell, Don Sullivan and Tracy Collins make meatballs for the annual Southampton Rotary Club's Spaghetti Dinner on Thursday, February 26, from noon to 9 p.m. at the Southampton Publick House.  DANA SHAW<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 24</span>
  • Selina Pasca, center, conducted an Improv Theatre Workshop for children at the Amagansett Library Saturday afternoon, and budding actors Lana Cole and Rafaela DeMartis took center stage. KYRIL BROMLEY<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 24</span>
  • Heats On, an art exhibit featuring the work of eight local artists, opened at Ashawagh Hall Saturday, and  Frank Sofo is among the artists whose works are on display. KYRIL BROMLEY<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 24</span>
  • The Springs Fire Department hosted its weekly Sunday Breakfast at the firehouse where "Speedy" Downs and Fred Overton flipped the flapjacks. KYRIL BROMLEY<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 24</span>
  • A brief reprieve from the frigid temperature was good news for those skating at the Buckskill Winter Club over the weekend.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 24</span>
  • The Halsey farm stand on Deerfield Road is being doubled in size and resided. The Halsey farm stand as it looked in the late 1960s, long before the permanent structure was erected.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 24</span>
  • The Halsey farm stand on Deerfield Road is being doubled in size and resided. The Halsey farm stand as it looked in the late 1960s, long before the permanent structure was erected.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 24</span>
  • From left, brothers Nick and Christian Berglin, seniors at Hampton Bays, have signed letters of intent to continue their cross country and track and field careers at the next level. Nick will compete at SUNY-Oneonta, while Christian is headed to SUNY-Maritime.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 23</span>
  • Southampton Rotarians Dermot Dolan, Scott Farina, Aleksandra Kardwell, Don Sullivan and Tracy Collins make meatballs for the annual Southampton Rotary Club's Spaghetti Dinner on Thrusday, February 26, from noon to 9 p.m. at the Southampton Publick House.  DANA SHAW<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 23</span>
  • Fr. Philip Hubbard of St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Hampton Bays gives ashes to Jim Castro in front of the Starbucks on Ash Wednesday as a part of  "Ashes to Go,"  an effort to bring the Church to the people.   DANA SHAW<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 23</span>
  • Retired Southampton Town Police Officer Lyle G. Smith was named Black History Month Honoree on February 20, for his years of service to the Southampton Town Police Department and his service  as a member of the Special Forces of the United States Marines. Left to right, Southampton Town Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Kevin Gwinn. State Senator Thomas Croci and Officer Smith.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 23</span>
  • Fourth-graders at Sag Harbor Elementary School had the opportunity to see their artwork displayed in the Parrish Art Museum on February 13. Projects created included “Weave been aMazed,” which features mazes made out of colorful paper weavings; “Dog Army,” dog sculptures made out of paper mache, paint and mixed media; and “King Candle,” which used candles to create a altar-like staircase     SAG HARBOR SCHOOL DISTRICT<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 23</span>
  • Allison O'Connor was recently named to University of Vermont's Dean's List for the fall 2014 semester.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 23</span>
  • Preschoolers at Our Lady of the Hamptons School are ready to welcome new students.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 23</span>
  • Our Lady of the Hamptons sixth-grade CYO basketball team played at half time at Madison Square Garden recently.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 23</span>
  • The Medical Advisory Panel of Southampton Hospital’s Tick-Borne Disease Resource Center sponsored a forum on February 13, bringing together elected officials, representatives of the Suffolk County Health Services Department, and physician-experts to begin discussions on a coordinated approach to addressing Lyme and tick-borne disease on Eastern Long Island.  Front row, left to right: Mark Woolley, LI District Director for Congressman Lee Zeldin; Robert Ross, VP Community & Government Relations, Southampton Hospital; Joann Scalia, Chief of Staff for NY State Senator Kenneth LaValle; Brian Kelly, Suffolk County Tick Control Advisory Committee; and George Dempsey, MD. Back row, left to right: Jay Schneiderman, Suffolk County Legislator; James Tomarken, MD, Commissioner, Suffolk County Department of Health Services; Erin McGintee, MD; Scott Campbell, PhD, Lab Chief, Suffolk County Department of Health Services; Deborah Maile, RN, Director of Infection Prevention, Southampton Hospital; Fredric Weinbaum, MD, CMO, Southampton Hospital; Joseph Quinn, MD; Peter Sartorius, Mayor, Quogue; Fred Thiele, NY State Assemblyman; Robert Chaloner, CEO, Southampton Hospital; Dominick Ninivaggi, Vector Control Superintendent, Suffolk County Department of Health Services; Alexandra Halitsky, MD; Jeff Sander, Mayor, North Haven; Gwynn Schroeder, Aide to Suffolk County Legislator Al Krupski; Jason Hann, Aide to Jay Schneiderman; and Nancy McGann, Southampton Village Trustee.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 23</span>
  • Remsenburg-Speonk Elementary School students recently enjoyed a field trip to The All Star bowling alley in Riverhead. From left, teacher assistant Elizabeth Radcliffe with fifth-graders Michael Maguire, Owen Travers, Nick Pelosi, Daniel Haber and special education teacher Christine Simone.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by COURTESY OF DEBORAH MARTEL, , Feb 23</span>
  • Remsenburg-Spenk Elementary School third-graders visited The All Star bowling alley in Riverhead as part of a recent field trip. From left, Kiley Way, Joely Schaumloffel, Katie Lanning and Taylor Lagattolla.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by COURTESY OF DEBORAH MARTEL, , Feb 23</span>
  • The seventh grade Catholic Youth Organizaton team from Our Lady of the Hamptons is bound for the play-offs. They have a 12-0 record.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 23</span>
  • Library Day Draws Big Crowds

The Westhampton Free Library was a busy place on Saturday, February 7. Over 400 children and their families attended Take Your Child To The Library Day.  Activities and events were scheduled throughout the day.  The event is organized each year by Idea Place Librarian Melissa Fried.  It is a day to celebrate the great programs offered by libraries.




Elizabeth Sultan with the Valentine's Day Teddy Bear.





Colm Parsons having fun Facepainting.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by Westhampton Free Library, Westhampton Beach, Feb 22</span>
  • The Library Board of Trustees, administration and staff wish to thank the Woman’s
Club of Westhampton for their donation of $500 to go toward adult programs in the
Library. A part of the Woman’s Club mission is to support local activities and this
donation accomplishes that goal.
<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by Westhampton Free Library, Westhampton Beach, Feb 22</span>
  • Weeks after the big storm of January 27-28, and several smaller snowfalls after that, Long Beach still wore an arctic mantle of ice and blowing snow last weekend. PETER BOODY<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 20</span>