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  • Westhampton Beach Middle School sixth-graders recently researched Greek gods as part of an English language arts/history lesson and presented their findings to their peers.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Mar 1</span>
  • Westhampton Free Library honored one of its Hometown Heroes during a flag presentation ceremony at VFW Post 5350 on Thursday, February 23. Westhampton Free Library Director Danielle Waskiewicz with Hometown Hero Edwin Cartoski MICHAEL AZZATO/SELECTIVE EYE PHOTOGRAPHY<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 27</span>
  • Westhampton Free Library honored one of its Hometown Heroes during a flag presentation ceremony at VFW Post 5350 on Thursday, February 23. Hometown Hero Edwin Cartoski speaks to those gathered while Peter Cuthbert, seated and VFW Post 5350 Commander William Hughes listen. 

MICHAEL AZZATO/SELECTIVE EYE PHOTOGRAPHY<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 27</span>
  • Westhampton Free Library honored one of its Hometown Heroes during a flag presentation ceremony at VFW Post 5350 on Thursday, February 23. From left, Westhampton Free Library Trustees Mitchell Schecter and Mary Anne Yutes; VFW Post 5350 Commander William Hughes, Hometown Hero Edwin Cartoski, Library Director Danielle Waskiewicz, and Mark Woolley, district director for U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin.

MICHAEL AZZATO/SELECTIVE EYE PHOTOGRAPHY<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 27</span>
  • A chili cook-off wast the draw on Saturday, February 11, St. Mark's Church in Westhampton Beach. More than 45 people attended the event, including, left to right, Jim McDermott, Mary Phillips and Leigh Phillips.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 14</span>
  • The Westhampton Ambulance Juniors decorated, filled and delivered more than 50 "Blizzard Bags," filled with essential items, to elderly and disabled members of the community on January 29th. This is the fifth year the students have delivered the bags. There are over 30 students in the Juniors program.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 14</span>
  • The Westhampton Ambulance Juniors decorated, filled and delivered more than 50 "Blizzard Bags," filled with essential items, to elderly and disabled members of the community on January 29th. This is the fifth year the students have delivered the bags. There are over 30 students in the Juniors program.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 14</span>
  • The Westhampton Ambulance Juniors decorated, filled and delivered more than 50 "Blizzard Bags," filled with essential items, to elderly and disabled members of the community on January 29th. This is the fifth year the students have delivered the bags. There are over 30 students in the Juniors program.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 14</span>
  • The Westhampton Beach Fire Department was awarded the Peterson Fire Apparatus Award at the Antique Automobile Club of America’s awards banquet in Philadelphia on Saturday, February 11. The department was honored for the restoration of its 1925 Buffalo/Brockway Chemical Truck. On hand to accept the award for “an outstanding fire apparatus" were, from left, firefighter Walter Tracy, Commissioner Don Metcalf, Captain Larry Saccente, and firefighter Jim Hadley. WESTHAMPTON BEACH FIRE DEPARTMENT<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 13</span>
  • The Westhampton Beach Fire Department was awarded the Peterson Fire Apparatus Award at the Antique Automobile Club of America’s awards banquet in Philadelphia on Saturday, February 11. The department was honored for the restoration of its 1925 Buffalo/Brockway Chemical Truck. On hand to accept the award for “an outstanding fire apparatus" were, from left, firefighter Walter Tracy, Commissioner Don Metcalf, Captain Larry Saccente, and firefighter Jim Hadley. WESTHAMPTON BEACH FIRE DEPARTMENT<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 13</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Elementary School third-graders have been learning about immigration as part of the social studies curriculum. From left, students Lucas Patton, Jessilynn Trinh, Marcos Moran and Caroline Frey with their drawings of the Statue of Liberty.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 6</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Elementary School students collected 400 cans of soup and nonperishable items on February 3 as part of its annual “Souper” Bowl. For the event, students used their donations to vote for the football team that they believe will win this year’s Super Bowl by placing them in a team bin. The final tally showed that 319 students think the Falcons will win and 81 the Patriots. All items collected will be donated to local food pantries.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 6</span>
  • Former chief Al Tudisco in the kitchen<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by Neely, Westhampton Beach, Feb 5</span>
  • WHBFD Entertainment Night: The kitchen crew takes a break.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by Neely, Westhampton Beach, Feb 5</span>
  • Quogue, Westhampton Beach Fire Departments Conduct Joint Drill Sunday Morning
  • A group of longtime Westhampton residents, calling themselves "The Young and The Restless," gathered at the Airport Cafe to celebrate the 86th brithday of Fred Overton last week. At the gathering were, counter clockwise from top left, Fred Overton ,Mike Cruise, Tom Betjemann, Conrad Teller, Peter Cuthbert, Don Griffin, John Bachman, John Combat and Mr. Combat's caregiver.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 30</span>
  •  Boy Scout Troop 29 relaxing at VFW Post 5350 after singing our National Anthem for guests and students attending Voice of Democracy and Patriots Pen award presentations.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by jollyg, Hampton Bays, Jan 28</span>
  • To teach seventh-graders to never judge a book by its cover, Westhampton Beach Middle School critical literacy teacher Camille Pedersen held a "Blind Date with a Book" event on January 25. The event is part of her Literacy Café project, which introduces students to a variety of book genres. Students had the opportunity to read excerpts from books that Ms. Pedersen wrapped in plain brown paper.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 27</span>
  • US Army Colonel (ret) Peter W. Cuthbert was honored as a Hometown Hero by the Westhampton Free Library and VFW Post 5350, January 2017.  Colonel Pete is a life member of VFW Post 5350 and also a retired teacher and coach from Westhampton Beach High School<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by jollyg, Hampton Bays, Jan 27</span>
  • Westhampton Beach High School Enterprise students in the Zenith team have won a spot at the Long Island Business Plan Semi-Finals. From left, are members Skyler Trager, Nich La Mura, Sydney Crawford, Keenan Kossman and Rachel Glover.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 26</span>
  • Westhampton Beach High School Enterprise students in the Prizm team have won a spot at the Long Island Business Plan semifinals. From left, are members Nicholas Leotta, Naomi Graney, Peter Sullivan, Ben Horton, Emily Wichard and Bjorn Christensen.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 26</span>
  • A fundraiser for the Westhampton Beach High School Robotics Club was held at the Mill Inn in Westhampton Beach last week. Among those attending the event, sponsored by the Enzo Morabito Team, were, left to right, team assistant coach Cathy Nenninger, Cathy and Enzo Morabito, and team head coach Tony Kryl.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 23</span>
  • Westhampton Free Library recently demonstrated its new HTC Vive Virtual Reality System, made possible with aid secured by Senator Kenneth LaValle. The technology is revolutionizing medicine, healthcare and industrial design, as well as offering new ways to read books, view movies, play games, and explore everything from museums to the ocean to the world. Library clerk Bruno Marotta  walks VFW Post 5350 Commander William Hughes through the use of the system.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 23</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Elementary School first-graders, left to right, Romeo Rivas, Maria Macro Lindo, Cameron Hipp, Madeleane Chavez, Yeshua Estrada, William Sultan, Grace Hart and Jason Bookmaker, in Meaghan Moran’s class celebrated the presidential inauguration by learning about the White House.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 20</span>
  • Westhampton Beach High School seniors Stephen Forte and Sophie Cohen are the Westhampton Beach Rotary Students of the Month for December and November, respectively.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 18</span>
  • Line Dancing class held every Tuesday at VFW Post 5350 Westhampton Beach 7PM. This vibrant group is led by Terry Barrett with Ed Barrett spinning the tunes.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by jollyg, Hampton Bays, Jan 18</span>
  • Westhampton Garden Club members are learning to propagate native plant seeds as part of the club's conservation initiative. Chris McHugh, production manager of the Long Island Native Plant Initiative with  Westhampton Garden Club President Joy Flynn and Horticulture Chairwoman Nina Lawson, right, led a hands-on workshop on propagation methods so each member could learn how to produce sustainable drought-tolerant seeds to plant in their own gardens as well as the public gardens the club maintains.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 16</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Elementary School students in  Lorraine Portcelli’s class marked Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday by participating in a number of activities. During the week of January 9, students read about the civil rights activist’s life and discussed positive character traits, including kindness and politeness. They followed up their discussions by writing about their own positive character traits and attached them to paper cutouts drawn in their own image.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 16</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Firefighters Fine-Tune Their Ice Rescue Techniques During Drill
  • Westhampton Beach Elementary School fifth-graders are continuing their school’s tradition of leaving their mark at the school through a wildlife art project. With the assistance of local environmental artist Tony Valderrama, the students are working collaboratively to paint several murals on ceiling tiles that will be displayed in a hallway leading to the fifth grade wing at the school. The colorful tiles, that feature Long Island Wildlife, will hang alongside tiles created by former fifth-graders.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 9</span>