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  • The winners of the recent Knights of Columbus, Fr. Slomski Council "Keep Christ in Christmas" poster contest were recently announced by Grand Knight Thomas Day and contest chairman Barney Ryan. They are (not in order) Peyton and Riley Parkes, Abigal Halloran, Ashley Sciortino, Megan Raber, Anna Blanco, and Trevor Hayes.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 15</span>
  • As part of a community service leadership project, second-graders at Westhampton Beach Elementary School are returning water bottles that they collected at home and in school. The students plan to donate the nickels earned from the returns to the community at the end of the school year. Their project was inspired by the school’s new character education program, the Leader in Me, which aims to build leadership qualities and promote success within and beyond the classroom.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 14</span>
  • Westhampton Beach had five student-athletes sign their letters of intent to continue to compete in athletics in their college careers. That included, from left to right, McKinley Skala (SUNY Geneseo-soccer), Jon Mendoza (Yale-football), Maeve Murphy (Boston University-track), Liam McIntyre (Brown-football) and Brooke Walker (NYIT-softball).<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 11</span>
  • Westhampton Beach High School's Robotics Team recently held its annual Chinese Auction fundraiser on  at Buoy One. The event was sponsored by real estate broker Enzo Morabito.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 11</span>
  • Members of the Westhampton Beach Middle School Lego Robotics Club competed in the FIRST Lego League competition at Mineola High School on January 26. The team developed and programmed a robot that would complete various challenges. They also successfully identified and developed a unique solution to a problem astronauts face during prolonged space travel. “They worked as a team and saw firsthand how hard work and determination can pay off with success,” said coach Richard Michta.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 31</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Elementary School music teacher Ali Gogas introduced the students to playing ukelele. By the end of the school year, students will be able to play the four-stringed instrument while singing a short song.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 31</span>
  • The Knights of Columbus Father Joseph Slomski Council #7423 recently hosted its annual Free-throw Championship in Westhampton Beach, drawing competitors from across the East End.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 31</span>
  • The Knights of Columbus Father Joseph Slomski Council #7423 recently hosted its annual Free-throw Championship in Westhampton Beach. Among those who competed were, from left, Lucas Paton, Patrick Fay, and Jacob Permakoff.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 31</span>
  • VFW Post 5350 held it's Voice of Democracy and Patriots Pen Celebration at the Post on Thursday. The Country is in great hands with citizen/students like these, representing their schools in Westhampton Beach, Hampton Bays and Raynor County Day School. God Bless America. #vfwpostpride<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by jollyg, Hampton Bays, Jan 28</span>
  • Three Westhampton Beach Fire Department probationary firefighters, from left, Sal DiBenedetto, Jordan Caccavalla, and Matt Leanza, participated in a search-and-rescue drill at the firehouse last week. Nine tires were set out in a grid, each containing a piece of PVC pipe. The volunteers had to locate each tire, bringing the pieces back to a central location, and assembling the pieces into a predetermined form, all while wearing bunker gear and air packs, and blindfolded. It might sound like a game, but the drill was meant to give the “probies" more confidence in their breathing apparatus while also improving their search and communication skills. COURTESY WESTHAMPTON BEACH FIRE DEPARTMENT<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 28</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Elementary School students now have new, extra large games to play when Mother Nature decides to send snow or rain, forcing recess indoors. The large-scale games include Jenga and chess, along with other popular board games. Students can access the new items in the school’s small gym during indoor recess.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 25</span>
  • Vietnam veteran Emil Mollik was recently recognized as a Westhampton Free Library Hometown Hero.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 24</span>
  • Vanessa Winters is the new pastor at the Westhampton Presbyterian Church.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 21</span>
  • Jessica Curran is one of the Westhampton Beach Middle School students who recently used interior design skills learned in family and consumer science class to create a model dream bedroom inside a shoebox.  The project  focused on design concepts, including the use of warm and cool colors, while using creativity, brainstorming and problem-solving skills.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 18</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Middle School eighth-graders, from left, Reilly Mahon, Anthony Agudelo and Lauren Goss are organizing a polar plunge, to be held on January 19 that will benefit East End Disability Associates.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 10</span>
  • Members of the Westhampton Garden Club recently gathered at the Westhampton Village Green, where the group has maintained a garden for 50 years. The garden will be revamped this year as an "English Garden by the Sea," featuring plants and shrubs that flourish in local conditions. "We want our gardens to have an educational focus," notes Club President Inger Mejean, "so people can observe firsthand what works best to create a healthy and beautiful garden in specific climates." From left, committee members Jessica Insalaco, Mary Kelberg, Diane Stewart, Doug Nappi of Dragonfly Landscape Design, Inger Mejean and Barbara Pettus.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 7</span>
  • Motivational speaker Rohan Murphy recently delivered an inspirational message to Westhampton Beach Mr. Murphy, an East Islip native, told them about overcoming many challenges throughout his life as a double-leg amputee, and how he worked to perfect his wrestling skills and go on to play for Penn State. He urged the students to take on challenges and never give up.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 4</span>
  • The Westhampton Free Library honored Marelin Chucuy Alvarado, a fifth-grader at Westhampton Beach Elementary School, as its December community hero during a ceremony at the library’s regular board meeting on December 19. Marelin was selected for the honor by the library’s tween department. “Marelin shows us that it is easy to make a difference in the lives of others by doing simple things,” said Library Director Danielle Waskiewicz. “We are thrilled to honor her.” As a dedicated student, Marelin always sets an example for others by completing her homework and classwork and fully participating in class. She is also always kind to her classmates and assists them with their work, and is a member of the safety patrol. At home,she continues to be helpful, assisting her mom with her new baby brother and reading to her sister. The library’s yearlong Community Hero recognition program pays tribute to community members who embody the spirit of giving.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Dec 27</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Middle School students recently constructed wooden cars as part of a technology unit of study on pneumatic dragsters. As part of the project, the students in Richard Michta’s class worked for several weeks to design, build and refine cars that would go as fast as possible. They employed their mechanical drawing skills to create a multi-view design plan, as well as their fine motor skills build their dragsters using various tools and machines. The final step was optimizing their creations through different testing processes.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Dec 18</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>
  • 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>
  • 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>
  • 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>
  • 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>
  • 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 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>