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  • Westhampton Beach Elementary School first-graders, left to right, Romeo Rivas, Maria Macro Lindo, Cameron Hipp, Madeleane Chavez, Yeshua Estrada, William Sultan, Grace Hart and Jason Bookmaker, in Meaghan Moran’s class celebrated the presidential inauguration by learning about the White House.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 20</span>
  • Westhampton Beach High School seniors Stephen Forte and Sophie Cohen are the Westhampton Beach Rotary Students of the Month for December and November, respectively.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 18</span>
  • Line Dancing class held every Tuesday at VFW Post 5350 Westhampton Beach 7PM. This vibrant group is led by Terry Barrett with Ed Barrett spinning the tunes.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by jollyg, Hampton Bays, Jan 18</span>
  • Westhampton Garden Club members are learning to propagate native plant seeds as part of the club's conservation initiative. Chris McHugh, production manager of the Long Island Native Plant Initiative with  Westhampton Garden Club President Joy Flynn and Horticulture Chairwoman Nina Lawson, right, led a hands-on workshop on propagation methods so each member could learn how to produce sustainable drought-tolerant seeds to plant in their own gardens as well as the public gardens the club maintains.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 16</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Elementary School students in  Lorraine Portcelli’s class marked Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday by participating in a number of activities. During the week of January 9, students read about the civil rights activist’s life and discussed positive character traits, including kindness and politeness. They followed up their discussions by writing about their own positive character traits and attached them to paper cutouts drawn in their own image.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 16</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Firefighters Fine-Tune Their Ice Rescue Techniques During Drill
  • Westhampton Beach Elementary School fifth-graders are continuing their school’s tradition of leaving their mark at the school through a wildlife art project. With the assistance of local environmental artist Tony Valderrama, the students are working collaboratively to paint several murals on ceiling tiles that will be displayed in a hallway leading to the fifth grade wing at the school. The colorful tiles, that feature Long Island Wildlife, will hang alongside tiles created by former fifth-graders.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 9</span>
  • The Westhampton Beach Fire Department held its annual Super Sunday, a day of mandatory refresher courses, on January 8. Instruction included information on blood borne pathogens, hazardous materials, communications, and fire extinguishers. After these sessions the volunteer firefighters were checked out on the proper use of the self contained breathing apparatus that all interior firefighters must use at a fire. Captain Dave Slover, left, inspects the SCBA of firefighter Robert Eckles. WESTHAMPTON BEACH FIRE DEPARTMENT<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 9</span>
  • The Westhampton Beach Fire Department's Ladies Auxiliary hosted a dinner for Maureen's Haven at the Church of the Immaculate Conception Church on Quiogue recently. About 30 guests were served. From left,Pat Gonce, Cody Hoyle, Carl Del Vecchio, Joy and John Makarewicz.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 9</span>
  • :The Westhampton Beach High School boys varsity lacrosse and girls varsity basketball teams made the holiday wishes of 30 children come true as part of the nonprofit Christmas Magic program. The student-athletes, with the assistance of coach Drew Peters, spent more than 10 hours shopping, organizing and wrapping gifts for those in need. The student-athletes also helped Santa hand out the gifts during an annual party in Center Moriches.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 2</span>
  • :The Westhampton Beach High School boys varsity lacrosse and girls varsity basketball teams made the holiday wishes of 30 children come true as part of the nonprofit Christmas Magic program. The student-athletes, with the assistance of coach Drew Peters, spent more than 10 hours shopping, organizing and wrapping gifts for those in need. The student-athletes also helped Santa hand out the gifts during an annual party in Center Moriches.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 2</span>
  • To provide a festive atmosphere for fellow students, members of the Westhampton Beach High School Key Club, under the direction of teacher Kristin Kalisak, spent a December afternoon creating numerous colorful holiday decorations that were then hung in the school’s main lobby.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 2</span>
  • To provide a festive atmosphere for fellow students, members of the Westhampton Beach High School Key Club, under the direction of teacher Kristin Kalisak, spent a December afternoon creating numerous colorful holiday decorations that were then hung in the school’s main lobby.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 2</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Middle School students in Camille Pedersen’s reading workshop recently celebrated the holiday season by creating poetry trees. The decorated paper trees each featured holiday poetry penned by the students. Sixth-graders James Mercready and Caroline Eliot show off their trees.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 2</span>
  • Westhampton Beach High School’s Virtual Enterprise class recently visited Westhampton Beach Elementary School third-graders as part of a business project that they are working on. During the visit, which is part of a Virtual Enterprise lesson on corporate social responsibility, the high school students talked to the third-graders about their virtual business, called “Prizm.” They also presented the younger students with cardboard reality glasses that they are branding. The glasses play video related to the third-grade curriculum.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 2</span>
  • The Village of Westhampton Beach received some extra holiday decorating with help from the Wehampton Beach High School Student Government and the local Girl Scouts troop. The Girl Scouts decorated Village Hall November 30, and the Village Green the next day, December 1. Members of the Student Government decorated trees along Main Street and then gathered at the gazebo.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Dec 19</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Elementary School kindergartners in Lynn Marshall’s class have been using their artistic talents to create holiday decorations.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Dec 15</span>
  • Westhampton Garden Club members Robbie Young, left, and Nancy Irace helped decorate holiday topiaries during the Club's annual workshop held at the Quogue Firehouse on December 9. The finished topiaries will be distributed to East End Hospice patients .<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Dec 14</span>
  • Westhampton Beach High School Interact Club members, left to right, Emma Bender, Grace O’Hare, Sophie Cohen and Caitlin Schleede, purchased holiday gifts for a local family in need. Club members held several bake sales to raise the money to purchase items for several families. The items will be delivered to the Church of the Immaculate Conception to be districuted to the families.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Dec 14</span>
  • Irene Gazza, right, founder of the Southampton Montessori School who recently retired, was presented with Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center's Educator of Distinction award on Saturday by  Julienne Penza-Boone, WHBPAC's arts education director. The award recognized her involvement with the WHBPAC and  contributions to the East End of Long Island’s education scene.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Dec 13</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Elementary School fifth-graders participated in an "Hour of Code" event during Computer Science Education Week. Liam Parsons, left, and Lewis Gibbons were among those who learned computer coding.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Dec 9</span>
  • Three Westhampton Beach Elementary School fifth-graders in Jennifer Kast’s class learned about journalism by writing an article for Newsday’s Kidsday. The students--Brynn Reilly, Stephanie Reynoso and Zoe Sokes, interviewed New York Times best-selling author Linda Fairstein for an article that will appear in Kidsday the week of March 25, 2017.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Dec 8</span>
  • For the second year in a row, Westhampton Beach Elementary School has been recognized as a Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified School. To earn the recognition, fifth-graders, during their library media classes, completed an interactive Digital Passport Program offered through the nonprofit Common Sense Education organization. The digital citizenship program’s curriculum covered topics including cyberbullying, internet safety, citing digital sources and effective online keyword searching.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Dec 1</span>
  • Westhampton Beach sophomore Sydney Sheren was awarded $50 cash from the League of Women Voters for questions she posed following a congressional debate between Congressman Lee Zeldin and challenger Anna Throne-Holst, held at Westhampton Beach High School. The contest sought feedback from students that can assist in improving future political debates. In total, 11 students participated.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Dec 1</span>
  • WHB High School Student Government Holds Polar Bear Plunge
  • Westhampton Beach student athletes signed their letters of intent to continue playing athletics in college. From left, Tristan Hogan (SUNY Cortland-lacrosse), Jessica Abrams (Wingate-lacrosse), Ben Osborne (Herkimer-baseball), Catherine Hall (Florida Southern-lacrosse) and Chris Merle (Lafayette-lacrosse).<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Nov 28</span>
  • The Westhampton Beach Fire Deptartment's Ladies Auxiliary adopted families for Thanksgiving. Packing baskets with provisions are, left to right, Tara Kappel, Susan Balogh, Kim Marks, Carol Del Vecchio, Ilona Lowenthal, Meena Chockalingam, Michelle Thompson, Kerry Everhart, Joy Makarewicz, Rena Mootoo, Pat Gonce and Cody Hoyle. We also want to thank Simon's Beach Bakery, Justin's Chop Shop,Tonino's and WHB 7-Eleven donated items for the baskets.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Nov 28</span>
  • Sundy Schermeyer and Clint Greenbaum in the lobby of The Hampton Synagogue. To the left of Sundy, on permanent display, is a picture of Arma "Ham" Andon (in the white jacket), at the Synagogue's ground breaking in 1993. Mr. Andon was honored at the Hamptons Interfaith Council Thanksgiving Celebration at the Hampton Synagogue on Saturday evening.  COURTESY ELISA GREENBAUM<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Nov 21</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Elementary School Student Council recently organized a schoolwide food drive. All of the items collected will be donated to the local community food pantry at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Westhampton Beach.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Nov 18</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Elementary School kindergartners in Patricia DeCicco’s class have been busy learning about Thanksgiving through creative art. In the week leading up to the holiday, students designed paper turkeys, cornucopias, pilgrim hats and Native American headdresses. Students also wrote about what they are thankful for.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Nov 18</span>