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  • Westhampton Beach Rotary Club recognized the Student of the Month for March, April and May at a recent meeting. From left, seniors Victoria Blydenburgh (March), Hailey Hawksworth (April) and Courtney Tyson (May).<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted May 24</span>
  • Sophia, a student from Westhampton, was inducted into the National Technical Honor Society. She is enrolled in the Early Childhood Education Program at the Academy at Ward Tech Ctr.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by Parker, Patchogue, May 23</span>
  • Liliana from Westhampton was inducted into the National Technical Honor Society. She is enrolled in the Law Enforcement Program at the Academy at Ward Tech Ctr.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by Parker, Patchogue, May 23</span>
  • Emily, a student from Westhampton Beach enrolled in the Clinical Medical Program at the Academy at Ward Tech Ctr was inducted into the National Technical Honor Society.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by Parker, Patchogue, May 23</span>
  • Westhampton Beach student Alejandra, enrolled in the Academy at Ward Tech Ctr Cosmetology Program was inducted into the National Technical Honor Society.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by Parker, Patchogue, May 23</span>
  • The Westhampton Free Library’s 120th anniversary was recognized by the Suffolk County Legislature with  a proclamation presented by Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming, right. Accepting the proclamation on behalf of the library is Library Director Danielle Waskiewicz.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted May 18</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Elementary School students, left to right, Brooke Donahue, Dayne Isola and Kelly Moran, received 2016-17 zone awards from the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted May 15</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Middle School students Ryan Miller and Molly Skorobohaty received 2016-17 zone awards from the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted May 15</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Elementary School student Gage Matlock holds hermit crabs during the Cornell Cooperative Extension’s discovery fish tank program. Students are learning about local waterways and their inhabitants. The students helped to set up fish tanks in their classrooms on May 12 with the help of Stacy Myers, a marine youth educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted May 15</span>
  • Approximately fifty veterans from World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War were flown on Saturday morning to Washington, D.C., to visit the World War II monument and other Washington memorials. The trip was a sponsored by Honor Flight Long Island. Upon their return to Long Island MacArthur Airport late Saturday night they were greeted by a crowd of about five hundred friends, relatives, and supporters. Members of the Westhampton Beach Fire Department’s Junior Firefighters were on hand to meet them. Above, the junior firefighters and their advisors with World War II Navy veteran Robert Flieger. COURTESY WESTHAMPTON BEACH FIRE DEPARTMENT<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted May 8</span>
  • Approximately fifty veterans from World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War were flown on Saturday morning to Washington, D.C., to visit the World War II monument and other Washington memorials. The trip was a sponsored by Honor Flight Long Island. Upon their return to Long Island MacArthur Airport late Saturday night they were greeted by a crowd of about five hundred friends, relatives, and supporters. Members of the Westhampton Beach Fire Department’s Junior Firefighters were on hand to meet them. Above Claudia Lado, left, and Natalie Runowski chat with World War II Navy veteran Robert Flieger. COURTESY WESTHAMPTON BEACH FIRE DEPARTMENT<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted May 8</span>
  • A number of Westhampton Beach student-athletes signed their letters of intent to further their athletic careers in college. Top row, from left, Sal DiBenedetto (Hobart College, football), Scott Rementer (Worcester Polytechnic Institute, wrestling), Ryan Wagner (Gettysburg College, football). Bottom row, from left, Sam Kaplan (Case Western Reserve University, baseball), Jack Ryan (Davidson, cross country/track and field), Sarena Choi (Kent State, track and field), Camryn Bancroft (Springfield College, volleyball), Jay Brezinski (Assumpton, soccer).<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted May 8</span>
  • The Westhampton Beach varsity boys lacrosse team honored its seniors following an 8-6 win over Babylon on May 4. Seniors include Ralph Amitrano, Zach Arrasate, Colby Brower, Ross Cange, Ryan Cumisky, Luke Dalton, Tristan Hogan, Austin Mahon, Chris Merle, Thomas Montagna, Jackson Radcliffe and Spencer Torres.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted May 8</span>
  • The Westhampton Beach varsity boys lacrosse team honored its seniors following an 8-6 win over Babylon on May 4. Seniors include Ralph Amitrano, Zach Arrasate, Colby Brower, Ross Cange, Ryan Cumisky, Luke Dalton, Tristan Hogan, Austin Mahon, Chris Merle, Thomas Montagna, Jackson Radcliffe and Spencer Torres.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted May 8</span>
  • Westhampton Free Library poetry contest winners, clockwise from top left, Valerie Finke and Selena Pereyra, Lucas Carballal, Collin Roberts and Halle Geller.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted May 8</span>
  • The Westhampton Historical Society has completed the baking oven and chimney project at the Foster-Meeker Heritage Center, thanks to contributing members who matched a grant from the Robert D.L. Gardiner Foundation. The Society is now working on their summer exhibit “Wisteria Summers”- a history of Westhampton Beach 1850-1910. Anyone who would like to donate items of interest from this period, should call the Society at 631-288-1139.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted May 8</span>
  • Knowing the power of kindness, five Westhampton Beach Middle School seventh-graders have teamed up to bring smiles to the faces of their peers. Calling themselves, the Secret Ninjas, the students, left to right, Ryan Traynor, Conor Farnan, Averie Sanchez, Selina Pereyra and Milly Mensch, write notes of encouragement on sticky notes and secretly placed them inside fellow students’ lockers. “We wanted to do this as a way to cheer up anyone who may be having a bad day,” said Selina Pereyra<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted May 3</span>
  • The Westhampton Beach High School Student Government hosted a Special Olympics basketball tournament on Sunday at the high school, which featured eight teams from all over Long Island. TOM KOCHIE<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted May 1</span>
  • The Westhampton Beach High School Student Government hosted a Special Olympics basketball tournament on Sunday at the high school, which featured eight teams from all over Long Island. TOM KOCHIE<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted May 1</span>
  • The Westhampton Beach High School Student Government hosted a Special Olympics basketball tournament on Sunday at the high school, which featured eight teams from all over Long Island. TOM KOCHIE<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted May 1</span>
  • The Westhampton Beach High School Student Government hosted a Special Olympics basketball tournament on Sunday at the high school, which featured eight teams from all over Long Island. TOM KOCHIE<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted May 1</span>
  • The Westhampton Beach High School Student Government hosted a Special Olympics basketball tournament on Sunday at the high school, which featured eight teams from all over Long Island. TOM KOCHIE<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted May 1</span>
  • The Westhampton Beach High School Student Government hosted a Special Olympics basketball tournament on Sunday, which featured eight teams from all over Long Island. Above, Student Government members Chris Merle and Jillian McManus. TM KOCHIE<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted May 1</span>
  • Firefighter Mario Mendoza, left, uses the Hurst tool, otherwise known as the “Jaws of Life,” to remove a car door during a heavy rescue drill as firefighter Bryan Hoffman assists. COURTESY WESTHAMPTON BEACH FIRE DEPARTMENT<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted May 1</span>
  • The Westhampton Beach Fire Department held a recruitment open house on Sunday. The event attracted a number of prospective members including Robert Rios who was able to try his hand at hose handling. COURTESY WESTHAMPTON BEACH FIRE DEPARTMENT<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted May 1</span>
  • The Westhampton Beach Fire Department held a recruitment open house on Sunday. The event attracted a number of prospective members who were able to observe some drills including a car fire drill. Anyone wishing to receive information on becoming a member of the department should call 631-288-5865. COURTESY WESTHAMPTON BEACH FIRE DEPARTMENT<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted May 1</span>
  • Wisdom Wednesday tutors, left to right, Casey Gallagher, Matthew Daleo, Ariel Kaplan, Jack Brizius, Alexis Valerius and Emma Strebel.  The group was started by Ariel, a Westhampton Beach High School junior, and will provide tutoring for middle school students.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted May 1</span>
  • In recognition of National Poem in Your Pocket Day and National Poetry Month, Westhampton Beach Elementary School students took part in a number of poetry-related activities during the week of April 24. One activity included carrying their favorite poems in peel and stick pockets and sharing them with their peers. Third-grader Kaitlin Donegain was among those who participated.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted May 1</span>
  • On Wednesday, March 29, Westhampton Beach High School students participated in the annual Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce Business Plan Competition. The team comprising, left to right, Clarke Lewis, Mark Gregory, Ansley Berman and Chris Merle took second.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Apr 21</span>
  • On Wednesday, March 29, Westhampton Beach High School students participated in the annual Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce Business Plan Competition. The team comprising, left to right, Kristin COmmisso, Emma Lagattolla and Samantha Beck took first place.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Apr 21</span>