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  • Second-graders in Marrisa Thompson’s class worked  with fifth-graders to complete the Marshmallow Tower Challenge. From left, Julia Sobani, Tyler Cagno and Logan Reinbachs.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Dec 14</span>
  • East Quogue Elementary School second-graders in Mrs. Palumbo's class read the book "Ishi" about a little rock that chooses happiness in its life. Afterward, the students chose their own Ishi (rock in Japanese) and personalized them with a face, name and birthday! These students are choosing happiness.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Dec 14</span>
  • As part of their school’s character education program, Hampton Bays Middle School students helped the Hampton Bays Fire Department with its Stuff-A-Truck toy drive. Throughout the month of December, the students are collecting donations and helping to get the word out to the community. All donations will be delivered via fire truck to the Ronald McDonald family room in Stony Brook Children’s Hospital.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Dec 14</span>
  • At its recent holiday party, Hampton Bays Vice President Valerie Zuccarelli, left, and President Susan von Freddi presented the 2018 Angel of the Year Award to Marianne Murphy.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Dec 14</span>
  • Members of the Westhampton Garden Club gathered at the Quogue Firehouse recently to decorate holiday topiaries that will be distributed to those in the care of East End Hospice, an annual project for the club.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Dec 14</span>
  • The Hampton Bays Cub Scout Pack recently filled gift bags and made holiday cards as a community service project for the homeless served by Maureen's Haven.  Handmade reusable bags to hold the items were donated by Carol Puglisi.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Dec 12</span>
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  • The Young Writers organization selected the essays of 13 Hampton Bays Middle School students for publication as part of a creative writing contest. Two of the winning essayists were Leonardo Valdespino Lopez, left, and Marco Cifuentes.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Dec 12</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Elementary School students, including left to right, Mynor Chacon-Guentes, Raul Flores-Portillo and Camilo Tabares, recently participated in an Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Dec 12</span>
  • Hampton Bays Beautification Assoc. Angel of the  2018 Maryann Murphy<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by Jpal, hampton bays, Dec 11</span>
  • The Westhampton Country Club hosted a tree trimming event conducted by Flowers by Rory. The center pieces were constructed by the following participants: (from left to right) Carol DiFazio, Joanne Crumlish, Cathy Kohler, Sharyn Wetjen, Carol Nemeth, Jan Grim, Cathy Pratt, Jennifer Ashley. The event was enjoyed by all. <br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by mpintauro, Southampton, Dec 10</span>
  • East Quogue Elementary School first-graders Sheila Greiner and Mia Correa practice spinning plates, one of the skills learned during a recent circus project.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Dec 10</span>
  • EJ Getz, left, was presented with the Hampton Bays Beautification Association's Angel of the Year award by Susan von Freddi, the association's president, at the group's annual holiday luncheon last week.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Dec 10</span>
  • The Dickens Carolers sing Christmas carols at the Town of Southampton's tree and menorah lighting at Good Ground Park in Hampton Bays on Saturday afternoon. DANA SHAW<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Dec 10</span>
  • The Town of Southampton hosted a tree and menorah lighting at Good Ground Park in Hampton Bays on Saturday afternoon.      DANA SHAW<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Dec 10</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Elementary School fourth-graders, from left,  Brianna Ciro, Elizabeth Sultan and James Ostensen work on a new mural in the school. The mural is part of the school's visiting artist program with local artist and Quogue Wildlife educator Tony Valderrama. The new, four-part mural features the seasons as represented by Westhampton Beach, local wildlife, vegetation and crops. Similar to the school’s first mural, it incorporates components of the school’s new character education program, Leader in Me.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Dec 6</span>
  • Hampton Bays Elementary School second-graders shared special holiday traditions through a paper quilting project spearheaded by teacher Heather Ellis. Each student wrote about their family’s holiday traditions on a piece of paper, which became part of a quilt on display in the second-grade hallway. Among the traditions were visiting family, drinking hot chocolate, making holiday crafts and eating good food.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Dec 6</span>
  • Hampton Bays Elementary School fourth-graders, from left,  Emma Metz, Olivia Downs and Amy Rojas, with some of the items collected in a toy drive, a joint effort with the Airborne Tri Team, for pediatric patients at Southside Hospital. The students collected numerous toys, which will be delivered to the hospital along with holiday cards designed and written by fourth-grade students.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Dec 6</span>
  • Five Westhampton Beach student-athletes signed their letters of intent to continue their athletic careers in college on Friday. They included, from left, Lindsay Rongo (Stony Brook/lacrosse), Tyler Nolan (Jacksonville/lacrosse), Kerry Dillon (Iona/lacrosse), Juan Lasso (track/Columbia) and Hollie Schleicher (Boston College/lacrosse).<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Dec 3</span>
  • Juan Lasso- Track- Columbia Tyler Nolan- Lacrosse- Jacksonville Lindsay Rongo- Lacrosse- Stony Brook Holly Schleicher-Lacrosse- Boston College Kerry Dillon-Lacrosse-Iona<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Dec 3</span>
  • As part of its character education program, Hampton Bays Middle School held an All-In Day that focused on kindness on November 20. Throughout the day, the student body rotated through several kindness-promoting activities facilitated by teachers Meghan Bishop and Carolanne Mazur. They wrote kind messages, participated in team challenges led by high school students and created flyers for a Stuff a Truck event that the school is hosting on December 12. The activities tied into the school’s monthlong Kindness Challenge, which kicked off on October 29 and, to date, has included more than 100 lessons on fostering kindness.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Nov 29</span>
  • Jason Montagna was honored in a Eagle Scout Court of Honor on November 24 at VFW Post 5350 in Westhampton Beach. To become an Eagle Scout Jason earned 26 merit badges and served as Troop 62 Senior Patrol Leader and Assistant Patrol Leader. He enjoyed camping with his troop and earning his Wilderness Survival Merit Badge. Jason’s Eagle Project, “ Safety of the Field,” involved raising money and installing two automatic external defibrillators at Westhampton Beach Middle School and High School Athletic Fields. Jason taught a class on the use of the AED for the students of Westhampton Beach. He is a junior at Westhampton Beach High School, where he is co-captain of the varsity wrestling team. In his spare time he enjoyes the beach and surfing, and he was recently certified as an ocean lifeguard and worked at the Westhampton Village beaches. He volunteers at Quogue Wildlife Refuge.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Nov 28</span>
  • The New York State Police from the Riverside barracks teamed up with Hampton Bays High School student Lily Candelaria in a holiday food drive. All goods were donated to the St. Rosalie’s Community Food Pantry in Hampton Bays.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Nov 26</span>
  • In anticipation of the Thanksgiving holiday, students in Mary Beth Motz’s class re-enacted the pilgrims’ Mayflower voyage across the Atlantic. Dressed as Pilgrims, they sat in a cardboard Mayflower as their teacher read “The First Thanksgiving” by Linda Hayward. The students also learned to plant beans, corn and squash the Wampanoag way.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Nov 26</span>
  • The Turkey Trot 5K race was held at Gabreski Airport in Westhampton on Thanksgiving morning. The race was organized by VFW Post 5350.          COURTESY WESTHAMPTON BEACH FIRE DEPARTMENT<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Nov 26</span>
  • The Turkey Trot 5K race was held at Gabreski Airport in Westhampton on Thanksgiving morning. The race was organized by VFW Post 5350.          COURTESY WESTHAMPTON BEACH FIRE DEPARTMENT<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Nov 26</span>
  • The Turkey Trot 5K race was held at Gabreski Airport in Westhampton on Thanksgiving morning. The race was organized by VFW Post 5350.          COURTESY WESTHAMPTON BEACH FIRE DEPARTMENT<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Nov 26</span>
  • The Turkey Trot 5K race was held at Gabreski Airport in Westhampton on Thanksgiving morning. The race was organized by VFW Post 5350.          COURTESY WESTHAMPTON BEACH FIRE DEPARTMENT<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Nov 26</span>
  • The Turkey Trot 5K race was held at Gabreski Airport in Westhampton on Thanksgiving morning. The race was organized by VFW Post 5350.          COURTESY WESTHAMPTON BEACH FIRE DEPARTMENT<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Nov 26</span>
  • The Turkey Trot 5K race was held at Gabreski Airport in Westhampton on Thanksgiving morning. The race was organized by VFW Post 5350.   COURTESY WESTHAMPTON BEACH FIRE DEPARTMENT<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Nov 26</span>