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  • 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>
  • George Motz, center, recently presented a check to two local veterans organizations on behalf of Warriors Rock, a benefit concert honoring veterans, held at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center on April 7. Accepting the donations, totaling $3,480, for their respective organizations are Westhampton Beach VFW Commander William Hughes, left, and Hampton Bays American Legion Post Commander Christopher Ramos.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jun 20</span>
  • George Motz, center, recently presented at check to two local veterans organizations on behalf of Warriors Rock, a benefit concert honoring veterans, held at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center on April 7. Accepting the donations, totaling $3,480, for their respective organizations are Westhampton Beach VFW Commander William Hughes, left, and Hampton Bays American Legion Post Commander Chtistopher Ramos.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jun 20</span>
  • Congratulations Graduates from the Class of 2018 at the Eastern Suffolk BOCES Westhampton Beach Learning Center.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by Parker, Patchogue, Jun 19</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Elementary School kindergartners, from left, Maggie McCarthy, Brooke Stoehr, Claire Robesch and Dakota Macedonio  were dressed for the occasion as the school celebrated Flag Day, with a morning flag ceremony. Student council members read flag facts and members of the school band performed patriotic songs.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jun 18</span>
  • As part of its Community Hero initiative, the Westhampton Free Library will recognize Westhampton Beach resident Ann Nowak on June 13. See Westhampton section in Community for more information.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jun 11</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Elementary School students met author and poet Darren Sardelli during an assembly on May 31. As part of the energy-filled event, Mr. Sardelli spoke to the students about poetry, his children’s books and his journey to becoming a writer.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jun 7</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Middle School held a rededication ceremony for its 9/11 memorial on May 25. The memorial, which sits at the base of the school’s flagpole, was designed by Westhampton Beach High School eighth-grader Gianna Gattuso with the assistance of area artist Clare Bennett and middle school art teacher Lise Frielinghaus, who passed away earlier this year.  From left,  Superintendent of Schools Mike Radday, artist Clare Bennett and Westhampton Beach High School student Gianna Gattuso.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jun 7</span>
  • Robert Eckles, Jr., center, holding plaque, was honored as Firefighter of the Year at the Westhampton Beach Fire Department’s installation dinner which was held  Friday evening at the Westhampton Country Club. With firefighter Eckles are, from  left, Third Assistant Chief Kevin Raynor, Chief Engineer Billy Dalton, Second Assistant Chief Mauro DiBenedetto, and First Assistant Chief Halsey Stevens.  COURTESY WESTHAMPTON BEACH FIRE DEPARTMENT<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jun 4</span>
  • Forty-five Westhampton Beach High School juniors were inducted into the National Honor Society during a ceremony on May 29.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jun 4</span>
  • Kylie Pincus and Zachary Pincus were among those who did their part helping children in need by participating in the Westhampton Free Library's celebration of Red Nose Day on May 24. As part of the event, patrons who donated nonperishable food items received a red nose. All of the items collected were donated to local food pantries.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jun 4</span>
  • In celebration of National Poetry Month, Westhampton Beach Middle School students participated in a blackout poetry contest, for which students created poems by circling specific words, and redacting others, from pages taken out of torn or damaged library books. The winners were, from left, eighth-grader Alie Fitt, Best Overall Poem; sixth-grader Charlie Bookamer, second place for Best Artistic Poem; sixth-grader Nolan Michalowski, third place for Best Artistic Poem; sixth-grader Laurel Nathan, first place for Best Artistic Poem; sixth-grader Brooke Donahue, third place for Best Overall Poem; and sixth-grader Brynn Reilly, second place for Best Overall Poem.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted May 30</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Elementary School second-graders Maria Macario Lindo and Michael Casciolein hold chicks that were hatched in the classroom as part of a lesson on the life cycle of a chicken.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted May 30</span>
  • Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5350 and Boy Scout Troop 62 placed American flags at the. graves of veterans in Westhampton Beach and Quogue on the Saturday prior to Memorial Day. Oakland Cemetery was decorated by the East Quogue Fire Dept and Good Ground Cemetery by Troop 483. Many of these flags were donated by Shinnecock Hardware in Hampton Bays.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted May 28</span>
  • 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>