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  • The Westhampton Free Library’s March Community Hero, Laura Fabrizio, second from right, with Moriches Bay Project cohorts James Hulme,left, Aram Terchunian and Dwight Surgan, right.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 22</span>
  • Tara Hudson’s kindergartners at Westhampton Beach Elementary School marked their 100th day of school on February 15 with a number of themed activities. They decorated “100 Days of School” hats and made paper gumball machines and cupcakes featuring 100 gumball sprinkles. They also teamed up with their third-grade buddies for the 100 Olympics, in which they completed 10 repetitions of 10 athletic activities to reach 100.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 22</span>
  • Dr.  Mauro DiBenedetto and his dental team from Westhampton Center for Dentistry & Facial Aesthetics visited the first grade class at Westhampton Beach Elementary School.  February is National Children’s Dental Health Month.  The students were educated on good dental habits, choosing healthy snacks and how to brush their teeth.  <br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by pattycowbells, westhampton beach, Feb 18</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Elementary School student  Patrick Fay took on a marshmallow building challenge during the school’s Makerspace Night on February 6. The event was designed to inspire students to engage in science, technology, engineering and math.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 14</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Elementary School student Catherine Robesch has been named the first honoree in the Westhampton Free Library’s new Community Hero initiative.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 14</span>
  • Representatives of the Kiwanis of Greater Westhampton, Fr. Slomski Council of the Knights of Columbus, and the Rotary Club of Westhampton presented a check for $12,000 to Father Michael Bartholomew of the Church of the Immaculate Conception Food Pantry, the proceeds of the Food Pantry Dinner and Fundraiser.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 8</span>
  • Four Westhampton Beach School District students were recognized by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5350 as local winners in the VFW’s annual Patriot’s Pen and Voice of Democracy essay contests. During a January 25 ceremony, the students received certificates and read their essays to a crowd of family, friends and veterans. Students were asked to craft essays based on the Patriot’s Pen theme of “America’s Gift to My Generation” and the Voice of Democracy’s subject, “American History: Our Hope for the Future.” Middle school students Arthur Smyth and Morgan Thomson, and high school students Emma Bender and Juliet Tomaro, were honored for their entries in their respective contests.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 8</span>
  • Four Westhampton Beach School District students were recognized by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5350 as local winners in the VFW’s annual Patriot’s Pen and Voice of Democracy essay contests. During a January 25 ceremony, the students received certificates and read their essays to a crowd of family, friends and veterans. Students were asked to craft essays based on the Patriot’s Pen theme of “America’s Gift to My Generation” and the Voice of Democracy’s subject, “American History: Our Hope for the Future.” Middle school students Arthur Smyth and Morgan Thomson, and high school students Emma Bender and Juliet Tomaro, were honored for their entries in their respective contests.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 8</span>
  • Students at Westhampton Beach Elementary School used the Super Bowl as a way to collect donations for the food pantry. Students brought in soup cans for the "Souper Bowl" and placed them in the box marked with the team they thought would win. The final tally revealed that 248 students believed the Eagles would win, while 65 placed their soup bets on the Patriots.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 8</span>
  • St. Mark's Church hosted a parishioner/guest chili cook-off event on January 27. Among those attending were, left to right,  Kurt Daisley, Father Michael Ralph, and  Chris Adams.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 5</span>
  • St. Mark's Church hosted a parishioner/guest chili cook-off event on January 27. Helping in the kitchen were, left to right, Deborah Rutigliano, Diane Stewart,  Lloyd Becker, Eileen Becker and Michael Rutigliano.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 5</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Middle School students made a “kindness web” as part of the Great Kindness Challenge held the week of January 22. The challenge encouraged to be especially kind to their peers and activities included random acts of kindness and hands-on character education lessons related to the trait. They also created a paper chain bearing benevolent messages and gave each other compliments while making a web out of yarn.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 31</span>
  • The Westhampton Beach Fire Dept. held a hook and ladder drill at the department's Seabreeze facility last week.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by Neely, Westhampton Beach, Jan 30</span>
  • With the 105 year old Westhampton beach resident Evelyn who was crowned by Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming as one of the county's most inspiring elders. As a Rabbi serving many in the East End community, it gladdens my heart to see a community fulfilling the Biblical duty to honor our elders.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by Rabbi Levi, west hampton beach, Jan 29</span>
  • The Kiwanis Club of Southampton Town held its 48th annual Police Awards Ceremony at the Atlantis Ballroom in Riverhead on Friday night. Police Officer Gennaro Descalo, left, was the recipient of the club’s award for Police Officer of the Year for the Westhampton Beach Village Police Department. He was presented with the award by Chief Trevor Gonce. JOHN NEELY<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 29</span>
  • The 2018 Westhampton Beach High School Hurricane robotics team turned out in force to serve pasta at its annual fundraising dinner on Sunday, January 21, at Buoy One in Westhampton Beach. Westhampton Beach Rotary President Paul Haines and Anthony LoPresti, president of Hurricane Robotics with Fuzzy Bear.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 23</span>
  • The 2018 Westhampton Beach High School Hurricane robotics team turned out in force to serve pasta at its annual fundraising dinner on Sunday, January 21, at Buoy One in Westhampton Beach.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 23</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Elementary School fifth-graders performed “Dig It,” a musical about ancient civilizations, on January 18.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 22</span>
  • Westhampton Beach cousins Tara Gomez, left, and Kelly Gomez crocheted octopuses as part of a Westhampton Free Library community service project. the crocheted items will be donated to Stony Brook University Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit. For the project, teen are spending their Wednesday afternoons at the library working on the octopuses that are designed to allow infants to pull and grasp at its woven tentacles rather than grabbing medical tubes.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 22</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Elementary School fifth-graders performed “Dig It,” a musical about ancient civilizations, on January 28.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 22</span>
  • Rescuer uses the Rescue Alive sled to reach his victim.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by Westhampton Beach Fire Department, Westhampton Beach, Jan 16</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Elementary School kindergartners in Patricia DeCicco’s class marked Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday by reading about and discussing Dr. King’s life and using this knowledge to create colorful posters about the famous civil rights leader.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 15</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Elementary School fourth-graders worked collaboratively to paint their school’s first student-designed mural. Once complete, the giant work of art will depict a tree and local wildlife, as well as the “seven habits of happy kids” that aligns with the school’s new leadership program, “Leader in Me.” The initiative aims to teach students to be proactive; begin with the end in mind; put first things first; think win-win; seek first to understand, then be understood; synergize; and sharpen the saw.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 11</span>
  • Technical Sergeant James Dougherty, stationed at the 106th Rescue Wing of the Air National Guard, ws recently honored as a Westhampton Free Library Hometown Hero. He has served in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa. At the presentation were, left to right, library Trustee Mitchell Schecter, library Director of Operations Laura Spillane, library Director Danielle Waskiewicz, Mr. Dougherty, VFW Post 5350 Commander William Hughes, and Liz Sutton, chief legislative aide for Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 2</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Elementary School first-graders, from left, Olivia Parker, Mary Rose Atkinson, Kellan Magner and Isaiah Feltongunn took part in a monthlong kindness initiative at their school. Throughout the month of December, the students are writing kind thoughts on red paper hearts that are then displayed on a hallway bulletin board. Every heart added to the display is intended to make the Grinch's heart soften and grow bigger.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Dec 29</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Elementary School students, from left, Grace Hart, Michael Garcia, Juan Vicente and Jude Dawson wrote uplifting messages for a holiday-themed display at their school.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Dec 29</span>
  • Members of the Westhampton Beach Fire Department’s Juniors spread some holiday cheer before Christmas by delivering cookies to retired department members, widows of former members, and members currently on medical leave. The juniors are shown above making a delivery at the home of Peggy Lawless, widow of Chief Steve Smith. Courtesy Westhampton Beach Fire Department<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Dec 29</span>
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars altedong with many others participated in Wreaths across America on December 16th, 2017<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by jollyg, Hampton Bays, Dec 17</span>
  • The Westhampton Beach Elementary School fifth grade Student Council, under the leadership of Kerri Beaver, did the judging for the Village of Westhampton Beach's holiday light contest. They visited village hall recently to present the winners and have a tour while there.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Dec 15</span>
  • Village Clerk Elizabeth Liindtvit spearheaded a successful Toys For Tots campaign this month!<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by Mayor Moore, Westhampton Beach, Dec 15</span>