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  • 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>
  • Westhampton Beach Middle School students learned more about their MacBooks during an orientation session on the first day of school.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Sep 7</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Elementary School kindergartners celebrated their first day of school on September 5 by getting to know their school through a scavenger hunt.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Sep 7</span>
  • Commander and Chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Keith Harmon presented VFW Post 5350 Commander William Hughes, left, with a proclamation recognizing the local post as an All American Post for 2018 for its extensive work helping veterans and the youth of the community. Post 5350 was the only post in New York State to receive this award in 2018, the third consecutive time it has received it.  The presentation was at VFW National Convention in Kansas City, Missouri.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Aug 20</span>
  • As part of its Community Hero initiative, the Westhampton Free Library recognized Westhampton Beach resident Mary Beth Finegan, center, on August 15. Library Director Danielle Waskiewicz, left, and Susan Berdinka, technical services librarian, made the presentation. Ms. Finegan earned the honor for her work helping the homeless, among other service to her community.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Aug 17</span>
  • WHB Historical Society Hosts 'Blue and Gray Lawn Party'
  • Westhampton resident Paige Rignola is raising awareness about the importance of organ donation and recently held a donor registry drive at the Koziarz 5K in pursuit of her Girl Scout Gold Award. Paige is a member of Girl Scout Troop 333 and will be a senior at Westhampton Beach High School in the fall. To learn more about organ donation, go to donatelife.ny.gov.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Aug 2</span>
  • As part of its Community Hero initiative, the Westhampton Free Library will recognize Westhampton Beach resident Mary Beth Finegan on August 15.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Aug 1</span>
  • Members of the 106th Rescue Wing, which operates out of Francis S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton Beach, visited the U.S. Capitol last week, during which they met U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin. Earlier this year, four New York residents of the 106th Rescue Wing died in the line of duty in western Iraq.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jul 25</span>
  • A big crowd turned out on Friday, July 20, at the Boardy Barn for Bill Parry's retirement party. Mr. Parry was the football coach at Westhampton Beach High School for 21 years and recently led the team to its first Long Island championship.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jul 24</span>
  • A big crowd turned out on Friday, July 20, at the Boardy Barn for Bill Parry's retirement party. Mr. Parry was the football coach at Westhampton Beach High School for 21 years and recently led the team to its first Long Island championship.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jul 24</span>
  • A big crowd turned out on Friday, July 20, at the Boardy Barn for Bill Parry's retirement party. Mr. Parry was the football coach at Westhampton Beach High School for 21 years and recently led the team to its first Long Island championship.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jul 24</span>
  • Seven members of the Westhampton Beach Fire Department participated in the Tough Mudder event held at the Old Bethpage Restoration Village on Saturday. They completed the ten mile twenty-four obstacle course in a little under four hours. Team members posed for a photo before crossing the finish line. They are,front row from the left,  firefighters Kerry Everhart, Kristen Gordon, Robert Eckles, Jr., and Paul Bugge, and Captain Dave Slover with, second row from the left, Captain Nancy Lynch, who was on hand to cheer on the team, and firefighters Lester Guttierrez and Paul Hoyle. COURTESY WESTHAMPTON BEACH FIRE DEPARTMENT<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jul 23</span>
  • Westhampton Beach firefighter Robert Eckles, Jr. succeeded in crossing the twenty-first obstacle, the Funky Monkey, at the Tough Mudder event held at the Old Bethpage Restoration Village on Saturday. Seven members of the Fire Department participated and completed the ten mile twenty-four obstacle course in a little under four hours.   COURTESY WESTHAMPTON BEACH FIRE DEPARTMENT<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jul 23</span>
  • Seven members of the Westhampton Beach Fire Department participated in the Tough Mudder event held at the Old Bethpage Restoration Village on Saturday. They completed the ten mile twenty-four obstacle course in a little under four hours. In the photo above it took a total team effort to get to the top of the final obstacle appropriately named the Happy Ending.   COURTESY WESTHAMPTON BEACH FIRE DEPARTMENT<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jul 23</span>
  • Westhampton Beach firefighter Lester Gutierrez carries Captain Dave Slover as they race through the Hero Carry. Firefighter Kristen Gordon, carrying firefighter Kerry Everhart, tries to pass them on the inside. Seven members of the department participated in the Tough Mudder event held at the Old Bethpage Restoration Village on Saturday. They completed the ten mile twenty-four obstacle course in a little under four hours.     COURTESY WESTHAMPTON BEACH FIRE DEPARTMENT<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jul 23</span>
  • Seven members of the Westhampton Beach Fire Department participated in the Tough Mudder event held at the Old Bethpage Restoration Village this past Saturday. They completed the ten mile twenty-four obstacle course in a little under four hours. In the photo above firefighters, from the left, Paul Bugge and Robert Eckles, Jr. help firefighter Paul Hoyle climb out of the sixth obstacle known as the Mud Mile 2.0. COURTESY WESTHAMPTON BEACH FIRE DEPARTMENT<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jul 23</span>
  • As part of its Community Hero initiative, the Westhampton Free Library recognized Westhampton Beach resident Hannah Parsons on June 18. From left,  Library Director Danielle Waskiewicz, Hannah Parsons and teen department staff member Andrea Roberts. She was recognized for her involvement in community activities and leadership.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jul 20</span>
  • Dance Centre of the Hamptons, based in Westhampton Beach, was named 2018 National Elite Top Studio, at Kids Artistic Revue National Championships. The event was held July 8 to 13 at Foxwoods Resort in Connecticut. Dance Centre had more than 50 East End students in attendance, including, left to right, Marissa Diveris, Francesca Vetack, Emily Schwantner, Faith Froitzheim, and Kaitlyn Lindquist. In addition, Dance Centre was named 2018 Studio of the Year and took home 40 Overall Awards and seven Judges Choice Awards, plus Francesca Vetack of Eastport and an instructor at Dance Centre was named 2018 Miss Dance America<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jul 18</span>
  • Family Service League Hosts Benefit
  • The Westhampton Beach Fire Department’s 1925 Brockway-Buffalo chemical truck was on display at the Westhampton Country Club’s July 4th fireworks. COURTESY WESTHAMPTON BEACH FIRE DEPARTMENT<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jul 9</span>
  • As part of its Community Hero initiative, the Westhampton Free Library will recognize Westhampton Beach resident Hannah Parsons on June 18.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jul 8</span>
  • The work of Westhampton Beach resident Phillip Michaels is now on display at the Westhampton Free Library.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jul 8</span>
  • Alexis LaFrese of Westhampton was recently awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Immaculate Conception Church’s Father Slomski Council Knights of Columbus. Alexis is a member of the final graduating class at Bishop McGann-Mercy High School in Riverhead. She was first in her class at Our Lady Queen of Apostles School in Center Moriches and continued to excel in her studies at Mercy, where she was named a member of both the National Honor Society and the National Science Honor Society. She also served as treasurer of Student Government at Mercy. She is a Eucharistic Minister at her church, as well as a member of the church’s bell choir. Alexis will be attending St. John's University’s honors program in Queens in the fall. Alexis, center, with, left to right, her parents, Trina and Randy LaFrese, brother Nicholas, Grand Knight Thomas Day and former Grand Knight Bob Montpetit. PAT KILLIAN PHOTO<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jul 5</span>
  • The Westhampton Beach Fire Department Juniors helped set up at the East End Hospice gala fundraiser on June 30. Participating juniors were Claudia LaDu, Alyvia Kappel, Matthew Sullivan, Aaron LaDu, Benjamin Cooke, Alex Garcia, Mikayla Messina, Natalie Runowski, Ethan Cooke and advisors Bob Cooke and Paul Hoyle.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jul 2</span>
  • Commander William Hughes sounds the Freedom Bell<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by jollyg, Hampton Bays, Jul 2</span>
  • The Moriches Bay Project held its fourth annual Save the Bay Oyster Fling at Westhampton Beach Marina recently. Among those attending were, left to right, Fatema Noor and Brian Badloo, Alison and Paul Golofaro, Jon Jeanes, Morgan Johnson and joe Flanagan.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jun 29</span>
  • Friends and fellow teachers gathered outside the Westhampton Beach Elementary School on June 22 to give a loud sendoff to physical education teacher Patty Ziparo-Dalton (second from right in front row) on the last day of her 42-year teaching career. JOHN NEELY<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jun 29</span>
  • Student Frank Lapinski is sponsored in the Boys State program by the Westhampton American Legion Post #834. He was at the post's  Memorial Day service with Post Adjutant Paul Haines, left, and Commander Tom Hadlock. Boys State is a one-week American Legion leadership/citizenship program held at this time in upstate NY; candidates are carefully screened against key criteria for final selection.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jun 29</span>
  • Donning white and green caps and gowns, members of the Westhampton Beach High School Class of 2018 provided inspiration to elementary school students as they walked the halls of Westhampton Beach Elementary School on June 18 for the district’s annual senior walk. As the seniors made their way through the elementary school’s hallways, they were greeted by students cheering, clapping and holding signs of congratulations.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jun 22</span>