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  • As part of its Community Hero initiative, the Westhampton Free Library recognized Westhampton Beach resident Mary Beth Finegan, center, on August 15. Library Director Danielle Waskiewicz, left, and Susan Berdinka, technical services librarian, made the presentation. Ms. Finegan earned the honor for her work helping the homeless, among other service to her community.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Aug 17</span>
  • The Hampton Bays Fire Department Carnival was held over the weekend.  DANA SHAW<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Aug 7</span>
  • The Hampton Bays Fire Department Carnival was held over the weekend.  DANA SHAW<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Aug 7</span>
  • The Hampton Bays Fire Department Carnival was held over the weekend.  DANA SHAW<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Aug 7</span>
  • Westhampton resident Paige Rignola is raising awareness about the importance of organ donation and recently held a donor registry drive at the Koziarz 5K in pursuit of her Girl Scout Gold Award. Paige is a member of Girl Scout Troop 333 and will be a senior at Westhampton Beach High School in the fall. To learn more about organ donation, go to donatelife.ny.gov.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Aug 2</span>
  • As part of its Community Hero initiative, the Westhampton Free Library will recognize Westhampton Beach resident Mary Beth Finegan on August 15.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Aug 1</span>
  • Some Hampton Bays students are spending time this summer getting a jump on their studies by attending the Hampton Bays School District's Summer Academy. Amogn those attending are third-graders, left to right, Sydney Distenfeld, Allizon Sagastume and Alison Ordonez, and second-grader Isabella Santamaria-Arbelaez.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jul 26</span>
  • Members of the 106th Rescue Wing, which operates out of Francis S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton Beach, visited the U.S. Capitol last week, during which they met U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin. Earlier this year, four New York residents of the 106th Rescue Wing died in the line of duty in western Iraq.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jul 25</span>
  • Barbara Skelly of Hampton Bays caught this shot of an albino fawn, a rare sight. The photo was taken on July 23 in East Quogue.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jul 25</span>
  • Barbara Skelly of Hampton Bays caught this shot of an albino fawn, a rare sight. The photo was taken on July 23 in East Quogue.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jul 25</span>
  • A big crowd turned out on Friday, July 20, at the Boardy Barn for Bill Parry's retirement party. Mr. Parry was the football coach at Westhampton Beach High School for 21 years and recently led the team to its first Long Island championship.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jul 24</span>
  • A big crowd turned out on Friday, July 20, at the Boardy Barn for Bill Parry's retirement party. Mr. Parry was the football coach at Westhampton Beach High School for 21 years and recently led the team to its first Long Island championship.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jul 24</span>
  • A big crowd turned out on Friday, July 20, at the Boardy Barn for Bill Parry's retirement party. Mr. Parry was the football coach at Westhampton Beach High School for 21 years and recently led the team to its first Long Island championship.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jul 24</span>
  • Seven members of the Westhampton Beach Fire Department participated in the Tough Mudder event held at the Old Bethpage Restoration Village on Saturday. They completed the ten mile twenty-four obstacle course in a little under four hours. Team members posed for a photo before crossing the finish line. They are,front row from the left,  firefighters Kerry Everhart, Kristen Gordon, Robert Eckles, Jr., and Paul Bugge, and Captain Dave Slover with, second row from the left, Captain Nancy Lynch, who was on hand to cheer on the team, and firefighters Lester Guttierrez and Paul Hoyle. COURTESY WESTHAMPTON BEACH FIRE DEPARTMENT<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jul 23</span>
  • Westhampton Beach firefighter Robert Eckles, Jr. succeeded in crossing the twenty-first obstacle, the Funky Monkey, at the Tough Mudder event held at the Old Bethpage Restoration Village on Saturday. Seven members of the Fire Department participated and completed the ten mile twenty-four obstacle course in a little under four hours.   COURTESY WESTHAMPTON BEACH FIRE DEPARTMENT<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jul 23</span>
  • Seven members of the Westhampton Beach Fire Department participated in the Tough Mudder event held at the Old Bethpage Restoration Village on Saturday. They completed the ten mile twenty-four obstacle course in a little under four hours. In the photo above it took a total team effort to get to the top of the final obstacle appropriately named the Happy Ending.   COURTESY WESTHAMPTON BEACH FIRE DEPARTMENT<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jul 23</span>
  • Westhampton Beach firefighter Lester Gutierrez carries Captain Dave Slover as they race through the Hero Carry. Firefighter Kristen Gordon, carrying firefighter Kerry Everhart, tries to pass them on the inside. Seven members of the department participated in the Tough Mudder event held at the Old Bethpage Restoration Village on Saturday. They completed the ten mile twenty-four obstacle course in a little under four hours.     COURTESY WESTHAMPTON BEACH FIRE DEPARTMENT<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jul 23</span>
  • Seven members of the Westhampton Beach Fire Department participated in the Tough Mudder event held at the Old Bethpage Restoration Village this past Saturday. They completed the ten mile twenty-four obstacle course in a little under four hours. In the photo above firefighters, from the left, Paul Bugge and Robert Eckles, Jr. help firefighter Paul Hoyle climb out of the sixth obstacle known as the Mud Mile 2.0. COURTESY WESTHAMPTON BEACH FIRE DEPARTMENT<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jul 23</span>
  • As part of its Community Hero initiative, the Westhampton Free Library recognized Westhampton Beach resident Hannah Parsons on June 18. From left,  Library Director Danielle Waskiewicz, Hannah Parsons and teen department staff member Andrea Roberts. She was recognized for her involvement in community activities and leadership.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jul 20</span>
  • Dance Centre of the Hamptons, based in Westhampton Beach, was named 2018 National Elite Top Studio, at Kids Artistic Revue National Championships. The event was held July 8 to 13 at Foxwoods Resort in Connecticut. Dance Centre had more than 50 East End students in attendance, including, left to right, Marissa Diveris, Francesca Vetack, Emily Schwantner, Faith Froitzheim, and Kaitlyn Lindquist. In addition, Dance Centre was named 2018 Studio of the Year and took home 40 Overall Awards and seven Judges Choice Awards, plus Francesca Vetack of Eastport and an instructor at Dance Centre was named 2018 Miss Dance America<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jul 18</span>
  • The United States World University Championship men and women rowing team’s—rowing under the umbrella of Michigan Rowing Association—won gold medals in the elite eight category in their debut races at the U.S. Rowing Club National Championships on the Cooper River in New Jersey on Sunday. The women’s crew included coxswain Hannah Broadland, Meaghan Faucher, Emily Wasz, Charlotte Buck, Sophia Klein, Onyeka Oguagha, Valentina Fey, Alyssa Sands, and Hampton Bays’ own Charlotte 'Charlie' Forman, who is standing to the right of coach Kemp Savage at the far right.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jul 17</span>
  • The Westhampton Beach Fire Department’s 1925 Brockway-Buffalo chemical truck was on display at the Westhampton Country Club’s July 4th fireworks. COURTESY WESTHAMPTON BEACH FIRE DEPARTMENT<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jul 9</span>
  • As part of its Community Hero initiative, the Westhampton Free Library will recognize Westhampton Beach resident Hannah Parsons on June 18.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jul 8</span>
  • The work of Westhampton Beach resident Phillip Michaels is now on display at the Westhampton Free Library.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jul 8</span>
  • Alexis LaFrese of Westhampton was recently awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Immaculate Conception Church’s Father Slomski Council Knights of Columbus. Alexis is a member of the final graduating class at Bishop McGann-Mercy High School in Riverhead. She was first in her class at Our Lady Queen of Apostles School in Center Moriches and continued to excel in her studies at Mercy, where she was named a member of both the National Honor Society and the National Science Honor Society. She also served as treasurer of Student Government at Mercy. She is a Eucharistic Minister at her church, as well as a member of the church’s bell choir. Alexis will be attending St. John's University’s honors program in Queens in the fall. Alexis, center, with, left to right, her parents, Trina and Randy LaFrese, brother Nicholas, Grand Knight Thomas Day and former Grand Knight Bob Montpetit. PAT KILLIAN PHOTO<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jul 5</span>
  • The Westhampton Beach Fire Department Juniors helped set up at the East End Hospice gala fundraiser on June 30. Participating juniors were Claudia LaDu, Alyvia Kappel, Matthew Sullivan, Aaron LaDu, Benjamin Cooke, Alex Garcia, Mikayla Messina, Natalie Runowski, Ethan Cooke and advisors Bob Cooke and Paul Hoyle.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jul 2</span>
  • Christian Ottati of Hampton Bays was awarded a scholarship from the NYS Grand Lodge Foundation-Order Sons of Italy on June 9.Presenting him with the scholarship is Sons of Italy New York State President Robert Ferrito. Christian will attend the University of Alabama in the fall.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jul 2</span>
  • The Moriches Bay Project held its fourth annual Save the Bay Oyster Fling at Westhampton Beach Marina recently. Among those attending were, left to right, Fatema Noor and Brian Badloo, Alison and Paul Golofaro, Jon Jeanes, Morgan Johnson and joe Flanagan.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jun 29</span>
  • Friends and fellow teachers gathered outside the Westhampton Beach Elementary School on June 22 to give a loud sendoff to physical education teacher Patty Ziparo-Dalton (second from right in front row) on the last day of her 42-year teaching career. JOHN NEELY<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jun 29</span>
  • Student Frank Lapinski is sponsored in the Boys State program by the Westhampton American Legion Post #834. He was at the post's  Memorial Day service with Post Adjutant Paul Haines, left, and Commander Tom Hadlock. Boys State is a one-week American Legion leadership/citizenship program held at this time in upstate NY; candidates are carefully screened against key criteria for final selection.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jun 29</span>