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  • Members of Westhampton Beach High School’s Virtual Enterprise class presented all elementary students in the district with a packet of sunflower seeds featuring a special poem. The gesture aimed to encourage young children to appreciate the earth’s natural beauty by planting the seeds and watching the flowers grow over the summer. The seeds were purchased at a discount from True Value in Westhampton Beach as part of a Town of Southampton Youth Bureau community action grant that the VE class had applied for.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted May 24</span>
  • A pair of Special Olympic teams came out to Westhampton Beach Learning Center at BOCES on Old Riverhead Road on May 12 to compete in basketball. The Learning Center's teams practiced most of the year to participate in the Special Olympics that were originally scheduled to be at Westhampton Beach High School, but it did not get enough interest to host the games. As not to disapoint the WHB Learning Center hosted two teams from Commack at the Learning Center. The teams had a friendly bagel breakfast, played two games and finished the morning with dancing and pizza. Westhampton Beach  won both games, 24-22 and 24-18. The Learning Center thanked Joe Cassidy and Pat Ottati who volunteered their officiating skills to make the games more enjoyable.
Top row, left to right, Coach Steve, Giovanni U., Andrew M., Jacob C., Joey M., Anthony C., George A., Joe Cassidy. Bottom row, left to right, Briasiah J., Kelvin, Keith R., Coach Linda and Albert W.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted May 21</span>
  • A pair of Special Olympic teams came out to Westhampton Beach Learning Center at BOCES on Old Riverhead Road on May 12 to compete in basketball. The Learning Center's teams practiced most of the year to participate in the Special Olympics that were originally scheduled to be at Westhampton Beach High School, but it did not get enough interest to host the games. As not to disapoint the WHB Learning Center hosted two teams from Commack at the Learning Center. The teams had a friendly bagel breakfast, played two games and finished the morning with dancing and pizza. Westhampton Beach  won both games, 24-22 and 24-18. The Learning Center thanked Joe Cassidy and Pat Ottati who volunteered their officiating skills to make the games more enjoyable.
 Coach- Steve , Giovanni U, Andrew M., Jacob C., Joey M., Anthony C., George A., Joe Cassidy, Briasiah J., Kelvin, Keith R. Coach Linda and Albert W.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted May 21</span>
  • Westhampton Beach firefighters make quick work of a car fire at a drill held at their headquarters on a rainy May 16 evening. Such drills allow the volunteers to practice skills they will need in real life situations and are particularly useful for new department members. COURTESY WESTHAMPTON BEACH FIRE DEPARTMENT<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted May 21</span>
  • Westhampton Beach firefighters make quick work of a car fire at a drill held at their headquarters on a rainy May 16 evening. Such drills allow the volunteers to practice skills they will need in real life situations and are particularly useful for new department members. COURTESY WESTHAMPTON BEACH FIRE DEPARTMENT<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted May 21</span>
  • The Westhampton Beach Free Library honored John Comba, a 103-year-old resident of Westhampton Beach, at its Community Hero Ceremony, held on Wednesday, May 16, for being the longest serving member of the Westhampton Beach Fire Department. Mr. Comba, who worked in the Westhampton Beach School District for 35 years, has served in the department for the past 73 years. He was awarded with a plaque and a tree was planted in his honor in a national forest in the United States.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted May 21</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Elementary School student Jose Sican-Patzan placed mud snails in his classroom discovery tank with the help of Cornell Cooperative Extension educator Rachel Neville. The tanks were set up as part of Cornell Cooperative Extension’s discovery fish tank program. The students observe and monitor the tanks on a daily basis.  All of the creatures will be released into the area bay in the beginning of June.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted May 17</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Elementary School students, including left to right, second-graders Kailee McElrath, Madeleane Chavez, Adam Gibas and Sean Rhatigan, created boutonnieres for their moms in the school’s greenhouse on May 11. The students took time to add greenery and ribbon to a single rose and wrap it all together with floral tape.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted May 17</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Elementary School third-grader Elizabeth Sultan earned a third-place award in her age category at the annual Brookhaven National Laboratory Elementary School Science Fair, held May 5. Her project, “Music Moves the Heart,” documented the change in heart rate that occurred when she played different melodies at varying tempos on the piano.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted May 14</span>
  • Westhampton Beach High School senior Caroline Keating has earned a substantial rowing scholarship to Bucknell University, where she intends to study biology in the fall. She has been rowing independently since the eighth grade and currently rows with coach Michelle Knox Zaloom of the Peconic Rowing Association. When not rowing, she participates in her school’s Key Club, Rotary Interact Club and pep band. She is also a Girl Scout.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted May 9</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center's Arts Academy just concluded its final after school performance of the season. During the course of the season, 265 students took part in the various productions from November to May.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted May 9</span>
  • : As a symbol of their commitment to the pursuit of higher education, the Westhampton Beach High School Class of 2018 wore apparel to show off their choice of college on May 1. The class will be heading to a number of premier schools this fall to begin their postsecondary studies<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted May 9</span>
  • Commander William Hughes of VFW Post 5350 presented a $500 donation from the post in Westhampton Beach in support of homeless veterans. The presentation was made to National Commander Keith Harmon and New York State Commander  Michael Burke at recent VFW Spring Conference in Albany.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted May 7</span>
  • Members of the Westhampton Beach High School Gay-Straight Alliance refrained from speaking on April 27 as part of the 22nd annual National Day of Silence movement. The students, wearing shirts donated by the Westhampton Beach Chamber of Commerce, took vows not to speak to bring attention to the silence faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted May 4</span>
  • As part of this Sunday’s recruitment open house the Westhampton Beach Fire Department offered a car fire demonstration. Additionally, prospective volunteers got to observe some heavy rescue and roof venting drills. They also received information on traffic incident scene management from the fire police officers. Courtesy Westhampton Beach Fire Department.)<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Apr 30</span>
  • The Westhampton Beach Fire Department, in conjunction with RecruitNY, held a recruitment open house this Sunday. Tiajiah Hopkins of Westhampton Beach dropped in and received some hands on hose training. She was backed up by probationary firefighter Brendan Duffy while lieutenant Paul Capozzola looked on. Courtesy of the Westhampton Beach Fire Department<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Apr 30</span>
  • The Westhampton Free Library is featuring the artwork of local artist Ralph Downs throughout the month of April.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Apr 30</span>
  • Members of Cub Scout Pack 800 from St. John the Evangelist in Center Moriches joined the Moriches Bay Project in cleaning up the beach at West Hampton Dunes in celebration of Earth Day on Saturday. During the beach sweep they found a tire in addition to the usual beach litter. Helping out were back Cubmaster Mike Hayes and Den Leader Jennifer Freck, with Scouts Chris Ryan, Colin Freck, Brianna Freck , Mike Hayes and Giada Freck.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Apr 24</span>
  • Westhampton Beach High School Robotics Team and Championship Robot at SPBLI Regionals April 14, 2018<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by hoofinit, Remsenburg, Apr 16</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Hurricane Robotics Team earns trip to Championships in Detroit<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by hoofinit, Remsenburg, Apr 16</span>
  • The Hampton Youth Athletic League's third and fourth grade boys basketball team had a perfect undefeated season this past winter. The team included coaches Chris Gobler, top left, and Ryan Fay and player, from left, Brady Hudson, Dan Wandolowski, Michael Tessitore, Patrick Fay, Jacob Permakoff, Lucas Patton, Jackson Sword, Luke Gobler, Avery Rilling and Johnny Cafone.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Apr 9</span>
  • The Hampton Youth Athletic League's fifth and sixth grade girl's basketball team finished an undefeated season this past winter. The team included, from top left, assistant coach Missy Vignieri, Regan Moran, Ava Calamita, Makayla Vignieri, and head coach Kelly Calamita. Bottom, from left, Maggie Padavan, Isabele Schneider, Zoe Jankowski, Megan Pomroy, Katie Lanning, and Brooke Donahue. Not Pictured are Joely Schaumloffel and Lily Graves.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Apr 9</span>
  • Haydee Cabrera and James Orlowski, creators of "North Cork" were the winners of Westhampton Beach High School's annual business plan competition recently. The event is sponsored by the Westhampton Chamber of Commerce, which awards prize money to the top three teams. Local business people from the community served as judges, watching presentations made by small groups of high school students about their proposed business ideas. The "North Cork" team proposed partnerships with East End vineyards to recycle corks, using them to create household products, gifts, and souvenirs.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Mar 30</span>
  • Yellow Ribbons In Westhampton Beach Honor Fallen ANG Members
  • Dance Centre of the Hamptons, located in Westhampton Beach, was named TOP ELITE STUDIO, at Kids Artistic Review on Sunday, March 18th.  The event was held at St. John the Baptist High School. DCOTH is directed by Nicole Dennehy and established by Leigh Kestin.  It has been a fixture of the Greater Westhampton community for 24 years!<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by Lmmo, Remsemburg, Mar 24</span>
  • Members of the Westhampton Beach High School Cure Club recently raised awareness of world hunger by experiencing 30 hours without food themselves. The event raised $2,031 in donations that were used to purchase basic hygiene items for those in need at the Riverhead-based homeless outreach center, Maureen’s Haven.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Mar 23</span>
  • Students at Westhampton Beach Elementary School displayed knowledge of science at the school’s 20th annual math, science and technology fair on March 8. The winners were, from left, Leo Bonawandt, Mary Atkinson, Cameron Hipp, Elisabeth Sultan, Bryce Groth and Nathaniel O’Hara. They will move on to compete at Brookhaven National Lab’s annual science fair on May 5.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Mar 15</span>
  • Members of the Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce joined the mayor and trustees of the Village of Westhampton Beach in welcoming Lift WHB, a new gym, to the village with a ribbon-cutting on Saturday. From left, Village Trustees Steve Frano and Ralph Urban, Chamber board member Lillian Schon, Village Trustee Brian Tymann holding his daughter, Lift WHB owner Carol DeVault, Jennifer Zappola, Lift WHB Owner Ken Fitzgerald, Gina Tassa, Mayor Maria Moore, Laurie Powers, Chamber board member Phillip Grossman and Village Trustee Rob Rubio. NEIL SALVAGGIO<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Mar 12</span>
  • Westhampton Beach High School Virtual Enterprise students will compete in the National Business Plan Competition in April. From left are team members Grace O'Hare, chief financial officer; Maeve Murphy, chief strategy officer; Bjorn Christensen, chief executive officer; Drew Malabre, chief technology officer; Ansley Berman, chief operating officer; and Chloe Koonmen, chief marketing officer.
Team SPFy’s winning virtual business plan includes the development and promotion of organic skincare items. The mission of the company is to educate young people about skin cancer and the harmful effects of melanoma.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Mar 8</span>
  • Decked out in “Cat in the Hat” headwear, Westhampton Beach Elementary School first-graders celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2. As part of the celebration, the students listened to a reading of “Green Eggs and Ham” and drew illustrations of foods they would like to try<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Mar 8</span>