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  • For the second year in a row, Westhampton Beach Elementary School has been recognized as a Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified School. To earn the recognition, fifth-graders, during their library media classes, completed an interactive Digital Passport Program offered through the nonprofit Common Sense Education organization. The digital citizenship program’s curriculum covered topics including cyberbullying, internet safety, citing digital sources and effective online keyword searching.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Dec 1</span>
  • Westhampton Beach sophomore Sydney Sheren was awarded $50 cash from the League of Women Voters for questions she posed following a congressional debate between Congressman Lee Zeldin and challenger Anna Throne-Holst, held at Westhampton Beach High School. The contest sought feedback from students that can assist in improving future political debates. In total, 11 students participated.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Dec 1</span>
  • WHB High School Student Government Holds Polar Bear Plunge
  • Westhampton Beach student athletes signed their letters of intent to continue playing athletics in college. From left, Tristan Hogan (SUNY Cortland-lacrosse), Jessica Abrams (Wingate-lacrosse), Ben Osborne (Herkimer-baseball), Catherine Hall (Florida Southern-lacrosse) and Chris Merle (Lafayette-lacrosse).<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Nov 28</span>
  • The Westhampton Beach Fire Deptartment's Ladies Auxiliary adopted families for Thanksgiving. Packing baskets with provisions are, left to right, Tara Kappel, Susan Balogh, Kim Marks, Carol Del Vecchio, Ilona Lowenthal, Meena Chockalingam, Michelle Thompson, Kerry Everhart, Joy Makarewicz, Rena Mootoo, Pat Gonce and Cody Hoyle. We also want to thank Simon's Beach Bakery, Justin's Chop Shop,Tonino's and WHB 7-Eleven donated items for the baskets.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Nov 28</span>
  • Sundy Schermeyer and Clint Greenbaum in the lobby of The Hampton Synagogue. To the left of Sundy, on permanent display, is a picture of Arma "Ham" Andon (in the white jacket), at the Synagogue's ground breaking in 1993. Mr. Andon was honored at the Hamptons Interfaith Council Thanksgiving Celebration at the Hampton Synagogue on Saturday evening.  COURTESY ELISA GREENBAUM<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Nov 21</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Elementary School Student Council recently organized a schoolwide food drive. All of the items collected will be donated to the local community food pantry at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Westhampton Beach.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Nov 18</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Elementary School kindergartners in Patricia DeCicco’s class have been busy learning about Thanksgiving through creative art. In the week leading up to the holiday, students designed paper turkeys, cornucopias, pilgrim hats and Native American headdresses. Students also wrote about what they are thankful for.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Nov 18</span>
  • Westhampton Beach High School senior Daniella Robles was among the Key Club members who made turkey goodie bags that were donated to the Church of Immaculate Conception in Westhampton Beach. The goodie bags will be included in the church’s Thanksgiving food baskets, which will be distributed to community members in need.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Nov 16</span>
  • Westhampton Beach High School seniors, from left,  Ben Horton, Jack Ryan and Jillian McManus were named Rotary Students of the Month for October.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Nov 16</span>
  • Emily Brewer, an international peacemaker, recently shared her experiences regarding Iraqi Kurdistan with members of an ecumenical group at the Westhampton Presbyterian Church. The seminar was organized by Linni Deihl. COURTESY CATHY HOLLIDAY<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Nov 15</span>
  • Westhampton Beach High School students recently learned about the sacrifices of local veterans in honor of Veterans Day. From left, veterans from VFW Post 5350 Paul Haines, Al Sparrow, Bill Hughes, Phil Keith, Lisha Terry, Peter Cuthbert and teacher Korey Williams. Kneeling are students Dylan Laube, Olivia Santora, Gianni Mongelluzzo and Alexa White.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Nov 14</span>
  • Westhampton Beach High School Youth to Youth members, from left, Marin Vander Schaaf, Ariel Kaplan and Daelyn D’Agostino helped organize Red Ribbon Week activities during the week of November 7.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Nov 11</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Middle School's library was the scene of a literary cafe on November 9, during which students sampled a variety of books in a “book tasting.” From left, Ali Jedlicka, Bobby Hill and Nolan Heaney in the cafe.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Nov 11</span>
  • Three Westhampton Beach High School students--Allyson Downs, Emily Jaquin and Peyton Bigora--have advanced to the regional level of the VFW’s annual Voice of Democracy essay contest. Their essays were selected out of a field of over 40 essays written by East End high school students. From left, Westhampton Beach High School Principal Christopher Herr, Allyson, Emily, and Peyton, VFW Post 5350 Commander William Hughes and teacher Corey Williams.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Nov 11</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Elementary School students were awarded certificates for their participation in the school’s annual Boo art contest, organized by art teacher Jeannine Ryan. To enter the contest, students were required to submit a Halloween or fall-related drawing. The winning art will be on display in the Westhampton Beach Elementary School throughout November.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Nov 10</span>
  • Greg Menegio and Rori Jones, right,  of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Westhampton recognize Fred Bauer, center,  as 2016 Kiwanian of the Year at their regular meeting on November 1.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Nov 7</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Elementary School second-graders visited the Westhampton Beach Historical Society's Tuthill House on October 27.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Nov 7</span>
  • Daniela, Sofia, Wesley and Tyler Bennett At the Westhampton beach Trick or treat event down main street<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by Velad07, Hampton Bays, Nov 2</span>
  • Maria Ortiz, Vanessa Ortiz, Adriana Ortiz, Tyler Bennett, Michael Langhorn and Sofia Bennett at the Trick or treat event on Main street <br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by Velad07, Hampton Bays, Nov 2</span>
  • James Mercurio from Westhampton Beach rode around the Westhampton Beach Halloween parade on Monday in the "Little Blue Truck," inspired by the children's book of the same name.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Nov 1</span>
  • L to R: IGHL Board Members Janet Fernandez, Donna LoDuca, IGHL CFO Mary Beth Lichtneger, IGHL Board Member Nella Hahn. 

The 8th Annual IGHL Fashion Fling & Luncheon, held on October 23 at Westhampton Country Club, is one of the most popular autumn fundraisers on the East End of Long Island.

Willis sponsored for the 8th straight year. 1800FLOWERS, Mutual of America, Jackson Lewis, Cafara Greenleaf Investments and AETNA were among the sponsors.

Stylish fall fashions from Worth New York at Tanger Outlets Riverhead were worn by the models, with Worth NY's Peggy Palmer serving as M.C.

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 <br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by CaroleImperiale, , Oct 25</span>
  • Westhampton VFW Post #834 honored the surviving wives of deceased members at a recent meeting. From left, Alice Sweeney, Mary Pauzer, Rose Loos, Lois Davis and Helen Pasqualini.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Oct 21</span>
  • Seven Westhampton Beach High School seniors have earned Scholarships for Academic Excellence based on their New York State Regents scores.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Oct 19</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Elementary School first-graders--including Kaia Cummings and Filip Sanczenko-- in Lisa Julian’s class recently took part in science and art lessons related to apples. The students learned about the life cycle of an apple, took a trip to Wickham’s Fruit Farm in Cutchogue, tasted and made apple foods, including applesauce, and painted a paper apple tree.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Oct 19</span>
  • Westhampton Beach - 2nd Annual Harvest Festival<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by Mayor Moore, Westhampton Beach, Oct 10</span>
  • Westhampton Beach - 2nd Annual Harvest Festival<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by Mayor Moore, Westhampton Beach, Oct 10</span>
  • The Westhampton Beach Fire Deptartment fielded a team in the Tough Mudder at Englishtown Raceway on October 8. Competitors and supporters included Robert Eckles, Lester Gutierrez, Assistant Chief Halsey Stevens, Gypsy Adams, Tonya Schunk, Nancy Lynch, Dave Slover, Brian Hoffman, Jeff Wachenfeld, Coy Hoyle, Brandon Ehlers, Paul Hoyle, Al Tudisco, Subi Chockalingam, Paul Bugge and Kristen Gordon.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Oct 10</span>
  • Westhampton Free Library's genealogy librarian Su Garrison-Terry will be available for library patrons interested in genealogical or historical research, through her program, "I Seek Dead People History." on October 19. For more information, call the library at 631-288-3335, ext. 4.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Oct 10</span>
  • Twelve members of the Westhampton Beach Fire Department competed in the Tri-state Tough Mudder in Englishtown, New Jersey, this past Saturday. The Mudder is a grueling 10-mile mud-filled course complete with more than 25 challenging obstacles. Firefighter Brandon Ehlers is shown reaching the top of a mud slick sloped wall named Everest 2.0. He is being assisted over the top by volunteers, from left, Lester Gutierrez, Bryan Hoffman, and Jeff Wachenfeld. COURTESY WESTHAMPTON BEACH FIRE DEPARTMENT<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Oct 10</span>