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  • Members of the Westhampton Garden Club met with Sue Avery, the environmental chair of the Federated Garden Club of New York State Second District, to winterize the Quogue Native Plants Garden she helped design and to plan for spring additions. The club maintains the teaching garden at the Quogue Pond as part of its mission to promote the conservation of native plants, woodlands, open spaces and waterways. From left, Joy Flynn, Sue Avery, Inger Mejean and Bobbie Young. JUDY MCDERMOTT<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Nov 15</span>
  • Members of the Westhampton Garden Club met with Sue Avery, the environmental chair of the Federated Garden Club of New York State Second District, to winterize the Quogue Native Plants Garden she helped design and to plan for spring additions. The club maintains the teaching garden at the Quogue Pond as part of its mission to promote the conservation of native plants, woodlands, open spaces and waterways. From left, Joy Flynn, Sue Avery, Inger Mejean and Bobbie Young.- Judy McDermott<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Nov 15</span>
  • The Westhampton Beach Father Joseph Slomski Knight of Columbus Council recently held its annual Soccer Challenge and produced two winners who went on to regional compeitions. Paul Rosanti, age 12, second from right, took second place in the New York State competition at West Point,  and Jayson Recinos took first place in the Suffolk County boys 10-year-old competition. Grand Knight Thomas Day, left, and Past Grand Knight Robert Montpetit congratulated the winners.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Nov 13</span>
  • Third-grade students at Westhampton Beach Elementary learn about forces and motion during the "Great Pumpkin Parachute Plunge Challenge" on November 1.   DANA SHAW<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Nov 8</span>
  • Team "Perfect Parachute" watches as their paper pumpkin floats to the ground on November 1, as part of the "Great Pumpkin Parachute Plunge Challenge" on November 1. The challenge was a lesson for Westhampton Beach Elementary third-grade students in forces and motion. DANA SHAW<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Nov 8</span>
  • Michael Alexander Casciole and Emely Ortiz were the winners of the Westhampton Beach Elementary   "Great Pumpkin Parachute Plunge Challenge" on November 1. The challenge was a lesson for Westhampton Beach Elementary third-grade students in forces and motion. DANA SHAW<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Nov 8</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Elementary School head custodian Mr. Jones drops paper pumpkins fitted with parachutes off the elementary school roof as part of the "Great Pumpkin Parachute Plunge Challenge" on November1. The challenge was a lesson for Westhampton Beach Elementary third-grade students in forces and motion. DANA SHAW<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Nov 8</span>
  • Westhampton Beach High School junior Jocelyn McNamara brought her love for Brazilian juiujitsu to her classmates. She took up the sport in her spare time about a year ago and eventually worked with district officials to bring a self-defense class to the school.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Nov 7</span>
  • Westhampton Garden Club president Inger Mejean, left, and Program Chair Liz Schroeder flank the club's November guest speaker Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Roxanne Zimmer Ph.d. Dr. Zimmer's slide lectur,e "Gardening by the Sea," illustrated the many varieties of plants that thrive in our local climate in every season and provided recommendations for planting and cultivation. JUDITH MCDERMOTT<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Nov 6</span>
  • Members of Westhampton Beach High School’s Youth to Youth Club organized Red Ribbon Week activities during the week of October 29. All activities were based on the themes of saying no to drugs, making positive choices and team building. Youth to Youth members shared awareness messages with their peers, held theme days, designed posters, created a haunted hallway and decorated trees outside the school with red ribbons. In addition, all students signed a banner pledging to stay drug- and alcohol-free.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Nov 5</span>
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5350 embarked on its latest project, replacement of the front walkway. Labor and machine power were donated by Chesterfield Associates and Home Depot.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Nov 5</span>
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5350 embarked on its latest project, replacement of the front walkway. Labor and machine power were donated by Chesterfield Associates and Home Depot.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Nov 5</span>
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5350 embarked on its latest project, replacement of the front walkway. Labor and machine power were donated by Chesterfield Associates and Home Depot.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Nov 5</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Elementary School third-graders, including  Noah Murphy and Jude Dawson, took an educational trip to Brookhaven National Laboratory on October 31. During their visit, they took part in a variety of hands-on scientific activities led by BNL representatives. They were also challenged to find solutions to engineering problems and learned how to create simple circuits.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Nov 5</span>
  • Second-graders from Westhampton Beach Elementary School recently visited the Westhampton Beach Historical Society, as a part of their Community Walk events. While there, they made lavender-filled sachets, and also learned about a variety of historic artifacts dating from the 1700 and 1800s.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Oct 29</span>
  • The Westhampton Beach High School varsity cheerleading squad provided pep and cheer during the Hurricanes’ homecoming game on October 19.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Oct 25</span>
  • The Westhampton Free Library recognized Westhampton Beach preschooler Nora Niles on October 17 for reaching a reading milestone, reading 1,000 books, with help from her family, as part of the library's literacy program. Presenting with her a certificate are Library Director Danielle Waskiewicz, left,  and Children’s Librarian Marie Yervasi.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Oct 25</span>
  • Students at Westhampton Beach Elementary School learned about fire safety during the school’s Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 15-19. As part of the program, each class visited the Westhampton Beach Fire Department’s fire safety smoke house, which was stationed outside the school. Fire department volunteers gathered with students in the smoke house to discuss hazards in the kitchen, burns, the fire triangle and safety. Students learned how to properly escape a bedroom in the case of a fire and practiced climbing out a window with the assistance of the volunteers. They also learned how to make a 911 call and speak with a dispatcher.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Oct 18</span>
  • Students at Westhampton Beach Elementary School learned about fire safety during the school’s Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 15-19. As part of the program, each class visited the Westhampton Beach Fire Department’s fire safety smoke house, which was stationed outside the school. Fire department volunteers gathered with students in the smoke house to discuss hazards in the kitchen, burns, the fire triangle and safety. Students learned how to properly escape a bedroom in the case of a fire and practiced climbing out a window with the assistance of the volunteers. They also learned how to make a 911 call and speak with a dispatcher.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Oct 18</span>
  • Westhampton Beach High School students, from left, Richard Tiska, Richard Kern, Christopher Bender, John Beyernheimer and Cole Hempel were named Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship Program. were named Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship Program. To earn the title, they placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the competition by taking the PSAT.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Oct 15</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Middle School seventh-grader Conner Poch assisted sixth-graders during a study skills class on October 10. While the class, taught by librarian Yvonne Perez, is geared to help sixth-graders hone their study skills, it also gives seventh-graders a chance to strengthen their public speaking abilities. Every quarter, Perez invites a seventh-grader to present an aspect of the curriculum to the class. As this quarter’s presenter, Poch worked with Perez to develop a lesson plan and activities that coincided with the topic at hand – in this case, memorization.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Oct 15</span>
  • Westhampton Beach High School students, from left, Cole Hempel, John Beyernheimer, Christopher Bender, Richard Kern and Richard Tiska were named Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship Program. . To earn the title, they placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the competition by taking the PSAT.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Oct 11</span>
  • Westhampton Beach High School senior Comeragh Sheehan will perform at the NafME All-National Honor Ensembles festival in November. He has played the flute for seven years and the piccolo for the past four years, and earned the selection based on his NYSSMA scores last spring along with teacher recommendations.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Oct 11</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Middle School students, left to right, Melanie Yac, Regan Moran and Haley Stoehr help reshelve books in their school library. Since the beginning of the school year, the students have been spending a portion of their study hall periods placing books borrowed by their peers back on the shelves of the school library.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Oct 2</span>
  • Ex-chief Al Tudisco of the Westhampton Beach Fire Department is happy to reach the finish line at Sunday’s Tunnel2Towers Race/Walk in New York. Behind him is firefighter Paul Hoyle. Courtesy Westhampton Beach Fire Department<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Oct 2</span>
  • Some Westhampton Beach Fire Department volunteers got a greeting from some of the firefighters of Brooklyn Rescue 1, the firehouse that Stephen Siller was assigned to on 9-11. Courtesy Westhampton Beach Fire Department<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Oct 2</span>
  • Jean Tocko, second from left, a 103-year-old survivor of the 1938 Hurricane, reminisces about that day on Friday, the 80th anniversary of the hurricane, at the Westhampton Beach Historical Society's Tuthill House Museum.        DANA SHAW<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Sep 24</span>
  • Lois Davis, center, survivor of the 1938 Hurricane reminisces about that day on Friday, the 80th anniversary of the hurricane, at the Westhampton Beach Historical Society's Tuthill House Museum.   DANA SHAW<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Sep 24</span>
  • Local survivors of the 1938 Hurricane got together to remember the day and tell their stories on Friday, the 80th anniversary of the hurricane, at the Westhampton Beach Historical Society's Tuthill House Museum.  They are, standing left to right, Fred Overton, Conrad Teller and Anne Kirsch. Second row, seated, left to right, Gladys Raynor, Lois Davis, Jackie Bennett, Marian Phillips and Jean Tocko. Front row, seated, left to right, Betty Warner, Otis Bradley, Ruth Duvall, Dewey Rose and Joyce Kelley.  DANA SHAW<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Sep 24</span>
  • The recipient of the Westhampton Beach Fire Department’s Firefighter of the Year Award was Robert Eckles. Jr., holding plaque. He was joined at the presentation by, from left, Captain Nancy Lynch, Captain Larry Saccente, Chief Billy Dalton, Captain Thomas Glover, and Lieutenant Paul Capazzola at the Southampton Town Fire Chiefs Council's Firefighter and EMT of the Year awards dinner at Dockers Restaurant in East Quogue on Saturday night. The award recipients were each chosen by their departments for their dedication to their departments and communities. COURTESY WESTHAMPTON BEACH FIRE DEPARTMENT<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Sep 17</span>