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  • East Quogue Elementary School fourth-graders, from left, Lily Blenk, Lila Davin and Sarah Beckman, learned recently not to judge a book by its cover and selected one of the mystery books in the library.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 15</span>
  • The winners of the recent Knights of Columbus, Fr. Slomski Council "Keep Christ in Christmas" poster contest were recently announced by Grand Knight Thomas Day and contest chairman Barney Ryan. They are (not in order) Peyton and Riley Parkes, Abigal Halloran, Ashley Sciortino, Megan Raber, Anna Blanco, and Trevor Hayes.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 15</span>
  • As part of a community service leadership project, second-graders at Westhampton Beach Elementary School are returning water bottles that they collected at home and in school. The students plan to donate the nickels earned from the returns to the community at the end of the school year. Their project was inspired by the school’s new character education program, the Leader in Me, which aims to build leadership qualities and promote success within and beyond the classroom.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 14</span>
  • Cristian Schroder, a 2015 graduate Of Westhampton Beach High School, graduates from Suny Cortland this May with a Bachelors’ Degree in Exercise Sciences and Kinesiology.  
Cristian will continue his studies in graduate school at Clarkson University where he has been accepted into the DPT (Doctor Of Physical Therapy) Program, Class of 2022. Cristian drew inspiration for his career path from Mr. Scotty Leogrande, Athletic Trainer at WHB, and his mentor Mr. Christopher Schwenker, PT;  as well his staff at Complete Rehab and Sports.  Cristian says his motivation, determination and perseverance, is a direct result of the guidance and teachings from his parents, family members, and the educators at both WHB and SUNY Cortland.  He would like to give special thanks to both Ms. Reed’s, Ms. King, Ms. Martrano, Ms. Habbersaat and Professor Jack Carr.  We wish him continued success on his journey!
<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by Charlene Schroder, East Quogue, Feb 13</span>
  • Stephanie Tam’s second-graders at Hampton Bays Elementary School celebrated Chinese New Year on February 5. As part of the festivities, they learned about the holiday’s traditions, made colorful masks, learned to speak and write a few words in Chinese and received a traditional red envelope.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 13</span>
  • Westhampton Beach had five student-athletes sign their letters of intent to continue to compete in athletics in their college careers. That included, from left to right, McKinley Skala (SUNY Geneseo-soccer), Jon Mendoza (Yale-football), Maeve Murphy (Boston University-track), Liam McIntyre (Brown-football) and Brooke Walker (NYIT-softball).<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 11</span>
  • Dozens of volunteers turned out for a Surfrider of Eastern Long Island cleanup at at Tiana Beach and Dune Road, clearing 1330 pounds of marine debris. COURTESY SURFRIDER EASTERN LONG ISLAND<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 11</span>
  • Dozens of volunteers turned out for a Surfrider of Eastern Long Island cleanup at at Tiana Beach and Dune Road, clearing 1330 pounds of marine debris. COURTESY SURFRIDER EASTERN LONG ISLAND<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 11</span>
  • Dozens of volunteers turned out for a Surfrider of Eastern Long Island cleanup at at Tiana Beach and Dune Road, clearing 1330 pounds of marine debris. COURTESY SURFRIDER EASTERN LONG ISLAND<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 11</span>
  • Dozens of volunteers turned out for a Surfrider of Eastern Long Island cleanup at at Tiana Beach and Dune Road, clearing 1330 pounds of marine debris. COURTESY SURFRIDER EASTERN LONG ISLAND<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 11</span>
  • Westhampton Beach High School's Robotics Team recently held its annual Chinese Auction fundraiser on  at Buoy One. The event was sponsored by real estate broker Enzo Morabito.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 11</span>
  • East Quogue Elementary School students participated in the annual Hoops for Heart event on February 1. Hoops for Heart, also known as The Kids Heart Challenge, is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association. Together, each grade participated in various skill stations which included dribbling, passing, shooting, etc. At the end of the day some  teachers competed against each other in a game of shooting knockout. The event is a culmination of their physical education basketball unit and coincided with the Go Red for Women initiative. The East Quogue faculty and staff donated money and wore red to raise awareness of heart disease and stroke as one of the leading killers of women. Together, both Hoops for Heart and Go Red for Women has raised over $6,000 combined.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 8</span>
  • Meeting authors during HBES Author/Illustrator and Family Literacy Night<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by hbnewbie, Hampton Bays, Feb 2</span>
  • East Quogue Elementary School's Drama Club members have been busy preparing for the opening night of "Mary Poppins Jr." on March 14 at 7 p.m.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 1</span>
  • East Quogue Elementary School's Drama Club members have been busy preparing for the opening night of "Mary Poppins Jr." on March 14 at 7 p.m.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 1</span>
  • Hampton Bays Middle School students paid tribute to the January Veteran of the Month, George Hitchcock, during a flag ceremony on January 25. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in Vietnam.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 31</span>
  • Members of the Westhampton Beach Middle School Lego Robotics Club competed in the FIRST Lego League competition at Mineola High School on January 26. The team developed and programmed a robot that would complete various challenges. They also successfully identified and developed a unique solution to a problem astronauts face during prolonged space travel. “They worked as a team and saw firsthand how hard work and determination can pay off with success,” said coach Richard Michta.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 31</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Elementary School music teacher Ali Gogas introduced the students to playing ukelele. By the end of the school year, students will be able to play the four-stringed instrument while singing a short song.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 31</span>
  • The Knights of Columbus Father Joseph Slomski Council #7423 recently hosted its annual Free-throw Championship in Westhampton Beach, drawing competitors from across the East End.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 31</span>
  • The Knights of Columbus Father Joseph Slomski Council #7423 recently hosted its annual Free-throw Championship in Westhampton Beach. Among those who competed were, from left, Lucas Paton, Patrick Fay, and Jacob Permakoff.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 31</span>
  • VFW Post 5350 is with Lars Clemensen and William Hughes at Hampton Bays Public Schools.
Published by William Hughes · January 26 at 9:01 AM · Hampton Bays, NY · 
George Hitchcock, Vietnam Veteran, combat wounded and member of VFW Post 5350 and American Legion Post 924 is being honored with the American Flag flying in his name for the month at the Veterans Flag Pole, Hampton Bays Elementary School.#vfwpostpride<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by jollyg, Hampton Bays, Jan 28</span>
  • VFW Post 5350 is with Lars Clemensen and William Hughes at Hampton Bays Public Schools.
Published by William Hughes · January 26 at 9:01 AM · Hampton Bays, NY · 
George Hitchcock, Vietnam Veteran, combat wounded and member of VFW Post 5350 and American Legion Post 924 is being honored with the American Flag flying in his name for the month at the Veterans Flag Pole, Hampton Bays Elementary School.#vfwpostpride<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by jollyg, Hampton Bays, Jan 28</span>
  • VFW Post 5350 held it's Voice of Democracy and Patriots Pen Celebration at the Post on Thursday. The Country is in great hands with citizen/students like these, representing their schools in Westhampton Beach, Hampton Bays and Raynor County Day School. God Bless America. #vfwpostpride<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by jollyg, Hampton Bays, Jan 28</span>
  • Three Westhampton Beach Fire Department probationary firefighters, from left, Sal DiBenedetto, Jordan Caccavalla, and Matt Leanza, participated in a search-and-rescue drill at the firehouse last week. Nine tires were set out in a grid, each containing a piece of PVC pipe. The volunteers had to locate each tire, bringing the pieces back to a central location, and assembling the pieces into a predetermined form, all while wearing bunker gear and air packs, and blindfolded. It might sound like a game, but the drill was meant to give the “probies" more confidence in their breathing apparatus while also improving their search and communication skills. COURTESY WESTHAMPTON BEACH FIRE DEPARTMENT<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 28</span>
  • East Quogue Elementary School sixth-graders Kyle Salerno and Gavin Cole were among the students who participated in the school's "Egyptian Market."<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 28</span>
  • Members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5350 recently delivered a check to the United States Coast Guard station in Shinnecock to help with expenses during the partial government shutdown. From left, Trustee Lee Allen, Trustee Peter Cuthbert, Commander William Hughes. Executive Officer J. Heath Watson, and Commanding Officer CWO2 Gregg Pescuma. TOM QUINN<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 28</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Elementary School students now have new, extra large games to play when Mother Nature decides to send snow or rain, forcing recess indoors. The large-scale games include Jenga and chess, along with other popular board games. Students can access the new items in the school’s small gym during indoor recess.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 25</span>
  • Hampton Bays Elementary School students twirled and bopped on January 16, during an hourlong dance-a-thon sponsored by the school’s community service club, K-Kids. The event raised $800 for the Hampton Bays Kiwanis Club’s St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital fundraiser. Students raised the funds through pledges they procured from family and friends prior to the event. Students Peyton Singles, left, and Emil Zaleski presented Debbie Brown of the Kiwanis Club with a check.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 25</span>
  • Vietnam veteran Emil Mollik was recently recognized as a Westhampton Free Library Hometown Hero.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 24</span>
  • Vanessa Winters is the new pastor at the Westhampton Presbyterian Church.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 21</span>