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  • Kym Laube, executive director of Human Understanding and Growth Seminars, better known as HUGS, was the guest speaker at the Westhampton Rotary Club's meeting on Tuesday, August 25. Ms. Laube, right, discussed the ongoing efforts of her organization, which was established nearly 15 years ago and strives to provide local teenagers with after-school social and educational activities to keep them away from drugs and alcohol. She is joined by Westhampton Rotary Club Treasurer Sharon Abbondondelo.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Aug 28</span>
  • The "Ronald McDonald" show came to the Westhampton Free Library.  Children enjoyed a magic show by Ronald McDonald himself on August 18.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by Westhampton Free Library, Westhampton Beach, Aug 25</span>
  • Cake Day at Eastern Suffolk BOCES Westhampton Beach. A Paint Palette made completedly of cake and icing.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by Parker, Patchogue, Aug 19</span>
  • A hamburger and french fried made totally from cake! Oh yes. Eastern Suffolk BOCES students at Westhampton Beach Learning Center created this for Cake Day!<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by Parker, Patchogue, Aug 19</span>
  • Bean bag toss fun at Beach Day. Eastern Suffolk BOCES Westhampton Beach Learning Center.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by Parker, Patchogue, Aug 19</span>
  • Students at Eastern Suffolk BOCES Westhampton Beach Learning Center enjoy Beach Day!<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by Parker, Patchogue, Aug 19</span>
  • Quogue Association Hosts Annual Duck Race Friday
  • Elisa Greenbaum of the Pioneer Chapter of Hadassah, presents Sarabeth Levine, right, award-winning baker, jam maker, cookbook author, and international restaurateur with Pioneer’s 2015 Woman of the Year Award at the organization's sold-out 20th annual summer luncheon at Oceanbleu in the Ocean Resort at Bath & Tennis.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Aug 17</span>
  • Charlie, Dagny and Georgia Beasley set up a lemonade stand on Aspatuck Road in Westhampton Beach on August 9 to raise money for The Kanas Center for Hospice Care, now under construction by East End Hospice. They raised $280 in honor of the late George Donneson, thanks to the support of special guests like John Kanas of East Moriches, the president and CEO of BankUnited in Florida.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Aug 17</span>
  • WHB PAC Hosts 'Be Our Guest' Gala
  • Children baked, decorated and displayed cupcakes based on the theme of "spring".  
Pictured is Isabella Blanco.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by Westhampton Free Library, Westhampton Beach, Aug 7</span>
  • The Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) hosted a slew of programs earlier this month at The Hampton Synagogue in Westhampton Beach, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary. More than 1,500 people gathered at the Sunset Avenue synagogue on August 1 to participate in programs while also raising more than $100,000 for Israeli soldiers. FIDF IMPACT! scholarship recipients Israel Defense Forces Captain Roman and Staff Sergeant Elle, the latter of whom is a combat paramedic and one of the few female soldiers to enter Gaza during last summer's Operation Protective Edge.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by COURTESY JEFFREY LEAN, , Aug 6</span>
  • The Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) hosted a slew of programs earlier this month at The Hampton Synagogue in Westhampton Beach, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary. More than 1,500 people gathered at the Sunset Avenue synagogue on August 1 to participate in programs while also raising more than $100,000 for Israeli soldiers. In attendance were former Israel Defense Forces soldiers, FIDF National Director and CEO Major General (Reserves) Meir Klifi-Amir, FIDF National Young Leadership Director Dan Haskell, FIDF Tri-State Real Estate Division Director Olivia Lichaa and Hampton Synagogue Founding Rabbi Marc Schneier. Rabbi Schneier with Major General Meir Klifi-Amir right.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by COURTESY JEFFREY LEAN, , Aug 6</span>
  • The Suffolk County Community College Culinary Arts Knowledge Bowl Team placed second in the nation for the second consecutive year at the National American Culinary Federation Conference Knowledge Bowl in Orlando, Florida, last week. Suffolk competed against three other regional winning teams from across the United States. Suffolk County Community College Knowledge Bowl Team, from left, comprises, assistant coach Sherry Mazze, (Farmingville), coach/Assistant Professor Andrea Glick (Riverhead), captain Lillian Senior (North Brunswick, NJ), Samuel Keymel (Shirley), Leonardo Figueredo (Bellport) and Jennifer Scherer (Westhampton Beach).<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Aug 6</span>
  • Laura Spillane Jean Bean Lois McLaughlin, Jane Dell, Eileen Wooden, Carolyn Wojcik, Danielle Waskiewicz<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by Westhampton Free Library, Westhampton Beach, Aug 4</span>
  • Laura Spillane, Jean Bean, Lois McLaughlin, Jane Dell, Eileen Wooden, Carolyn Wojcik and Danielle Waskiewicz at the Friends of the Westhampton Free Library's second annual Library Literacy Project reception on Saturday. Over 150 people attended the event. Funds raised from the reception will benefit the Literacy Outreach Program at the Westhampton Free Library.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Aug 3</span>
  • This weekend in WHB<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by GWCofC, Westhampton Beach, Aug 1</span>
  • Eastern Suffolk BOCES art teacher Karen Massari introduced a metalworking technique to special education students from several local school districts at the Westhampton Beach Learning Center Summer Camp. The ancient technique, called repoussé, involves the shaping malleable metals like copper, brass and aluminum by hammering or pressing from the reverse side to create a low relief. Ms. Massari works with Marcellous, who attends the Patchogue-Medford School District, and Luke, right, a student with the Three Village School District.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jul 31</span>
  • Eastern Suffolk BOCES art teacher Karen Massari introduced a metalworking technique to special education students from several local school districts, including Eastport South Manor, at the Westhampton Beach Learning Center Summer Camp. The ancient technique, called repoussé, involves the shaping malleable metals like copper, brass and aluminum by hammering or pressing from the reverse side to create a low relief. Ms. Massari works with Dalton, a student from the Eastport South Manor School District, during the camp.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jul 31</span>
  • The Maureen’s Haven Board of Directors at its recent disco-themed annual gala at the Hyatt Place in Riverhead. Joining Rechler Equity Partners Director of Tenant and Community Relations Ellen Cea, second from left, are fellow board members, from left, Jacqueline Stein, Emelia Klonoswski, Tracey Lutz, Joann Piche, Maria Moore, and Philip Grossman.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jul 31</span>
  • Students attending the Eastern Suffolk BOCES Westhampton Beach Learning Center recently decorated and played with beach balls during the appropriately named Beach Ball Day. They also enjoyed beach ball volleyball, beach ball parachute, beach ball soccer and beach ball hot potato, according to summer supervisor Kyle Valentine. Paige, another student from the Longwood School District, plays a game of hot potato with an aide.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jul 30</span>
  • Students attending the Eastern Suffolk BOCES Westhampton Beach Learning Center recently decorated and played with beach balls during the appropriately named Beach Ball Day. They also enjoyed beach ball volleyball, beach ball parachute, beach ball soccer and beach ball hot potato, according to summer supervisor Kyle Valentine. Najai, a student from the Longwood School District, shows off her decorated beach ball.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jul 30</span>
  • Pictured is Colm Parsons.  He attended the SuperHero Cooking event at Westhampton Free Library.  A Librarian read a book from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle series.  Then they made the turtles favorite food, pizza.  Everyone had a great time.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by Westhampton Free Library, Westhampton Beach, Jul 30</span>
  •  Pictured is Matthew Keller, Elaina Keller and Sophie DePierro of Westhampton.  They attended the Harry Potter Potions Class on Monday, July 27 at the Westhampton Free Library. Children concocted three potions based on the Harry Potter books.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by Westhampton Free Library, Westhampton Beach, Jul 29</span>
  • Pictured is Westhampton resident Alex Garcia at the Canvas Light Art Program held on Wednesday, July 22 at the Westhampton Free Library.  Children designed artwork using canvas and lights.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by Westhampton Free Library, Westhampton Beach, Jul 29</span>
  • Quogue Association Holds Annual Beach Party Friday On Village Beach
  • Zoppe Italian Family Circus Brings Global Flair To Westhampton Beach
  • Members of the Westhampton Garden Club celebrated a year of achievements with a "Decorate Your Hat" Tea at the Quiogue home of president Mary Kelberg (second from right) on July 20.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jul 27</span>
  • From left, Danny Strebel, Matt Linehan and Wally Dawydiak of the Westhampton Yacht Squadron with their medals won at the "Area B" U.S. Sailing Sears Cup regional championship for triple-handed racing at the Bay Shore Yacht Club on Saturday.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jul 21</span>
  • Moriches Bay Project Organizes Oyster Planting Saturday Morning