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  • Dance Centre of the Hamptons and Manorville  was named Top Intermediate Studio on Sunday at the Kids Artistic Review Regional Competition Tour in West Islip. More than 100 dancers from Dance Centre competed Thursday through Sunday at St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School in West Islip. The Top Intermediate Studio award is presented to the school with the highest point total in the Intermediate category over the four day competition.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Mar 24</span>
  • Winners were announced for the Westhampton High School Juried Art Show hosted by the Westhampton Free Library at a reception on March 18. First place went to Katherine Fucigna, second place, Madeline Neuberger, and third place, Haley Pisciotta. Five honorable mentions went to Harrison Aponte, Laura Halsey, Liam O’Brien, Daniel Qua and Hannah Wagner. Pictured are Madeline Neuberger and Katherine Fucigna.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Mar 23</span>
  • Westhampton Beach High School juniors Sammy Tiska and Yesha Dalao, right, are working to raise $5,000 for the Cookies for Cancer organization before they graduate next June.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by COURTESY OF THE WESTHAMPTON BEACH SCHOOL DISTRICT, , Mar 23</span>
  • Michael Garcia of Westhampton greets a friend during the Westhampton Free Library's "Meet The Leprechaun" program on Sunday, March 15. In addition to having their photos taken with the library's leprechaun, children sampled Irish soda bread and played games.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Mar 19</span>
  • Westhampton Beach High School student volunteers Claire Beaver, Grace Gilbakian, Catherine Penn, Brandi Gene Spano and Caity DeCara, from left, helped their school host a Special Olympics basketball tournament on March 8.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by COURTESY OF THE WESTHAMPTON BEACH SCHOOL DISTRICT, , Mar 19</span>
  • Marching in the rain - they were troopers!<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by jaspomroy34, Westhamtpon, Mar 19</span>
  • Westhampton Free Library Read Across America Event.  To celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday, children read stories and dressed up as their favorite book characters.  Pictured is Collin Roberts. <br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by Westhampton Free Library, Westhampton Beach, Mar 15</span>
  • Jackie W. Vogel of Manorville has been appointed Drug Demand Reduction (DDR) officer of the 9th Suffolk Cadet Squadron Civil Air Patrol, whose members meet weekly at Francis S. Gabreski Airport in Westhampton. A senior member of the Civil Air Patrol, the auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, Mr. Vogel is a research specialist at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, as well as an 8-year veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve. A DDR officer is charged with educating cadets about drug abuse awareness and prevention.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Mar 13</span>
  • In recognition of Dr. Seuss' birthday, Westhampton Beach Elementary School students wore "Cat In The Hat" hats on Monday, March 2, and also read some of his classic stories.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by COURTESY OF THE WESTHAMPTON BEACH SCHOOL DISTRICT, , Mar 5</span>
  • The Hampton Synagogue Hebrew School, on a recent field trip to the Beach Bakery Cafe in Westhampton Beach, learned how to make the traditional "Hamentashen" for  Jewish holiday of Purim.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Mar 5</span>
  • At a candle-lighting ceremony on February 26, 66 Westhampton Beach Middle School eighth-graders were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by COURTESY OF THE WESTHAMPTON BEACH SCHOOL DISTRICT, , Mar 5</span>
  • Purim with Simon at Beach Bakery<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by MerylSpiegel, , Mar 5</span>
  • Westhampton Beach firefighters held a rescue drill at their Seabreeze Avenue headquarters on what was a cold evening last Tuesday, February 24. Volunteers practiced using power saws, which are important tools when cutting ventilation holes in roofs of buildings.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by COURTESY OF THE WESTHAMPTON BEACH FIRE DEPARTMENT, , Mar 2</span>
  • Library Day Draws Big Crowds

The Westhampton Free Library was a busy place on Saturday, February 7. Over 400 children and their families attended Take Your Child To The Library Day.  Activities and events were scheduled throughout the day.  The event is organized each year by Idea Place Librarian Melissa Fried.  It is a day to celebrate the great programs offered by libraries.




Elizabeth Sultan with the Valentine's Day Teddy Bear.





Colm Parsons having fun Facepainting.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by Westhampton Free Library, Westhampton Beach, Feb 22</span>
  • The Library Board of Trustees, administration and staff wish to thank the Woman’s
Club of Westhampton for their donation of $500 to go toward adult programs in the
Library. A part of the Woman’s Club mission is to support local activities and this
donation accomplishes that goal.
<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by Westhampton Free Library, Westhampton Beach, Feb 22</span>
  • Westhampton Beach athletes, from left, Ben Bruzga (SUNY Cortland/football), Jordan Laube (Bryant/football) and Alex Patricolo (U.S. Naval Academy/squash), all signed their letters of intent last week to continue playing sports in college.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 16</span>
  • The Westhampton War Memorial Ambulance Juniors recently delivered 30 "blizzard bags," each containing nonperishable items, like flashlights and blankets, as well as emergency contact numbers, to those in the community who are elderly, disabled or live alone. Group members, who range in age from 15 to 18, meet every other Sunday at the ambulance company barn to receive emergency medical training.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by COURTESY OF CHRIS ISOLA, , Feb 12</span>
  • Spaghetti And Meatballs On The Menu At Westhampton Rotary Fundraiser
  • The Woman's Club of Westhampton recently donated $500 to the Westhampton Free Library to help support adult programming at the Westhampton Beach facility. From left, Westhampton Free Library Adult Programmer Nola Thacker, Woman’s Club Co-President Verna Merkel and Library Director Danielle Waskiewicz.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 30</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Fire Department volunteers Robert Eckles Jr. and Paul Capozzola, right, inspect their self-contained breathing apparatus, or SCBA, during a special training event dubbed "Super Sunday," held at the temporary firehouse on Seabreeze Avenue. Volunteer firefighters learned how to handle exposure to blood-borne pathogens and hazardous materials before focusing on proper communication procedures.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by COURTESY OF WESTHAMPTON BEACH FIRE DEPARTMENT, , Jan 25</span>
  • Lorraine Porcelli, a kindergarten teacher at the Westhampton Beach Elementary School, took home Suffolk Asset's "Bright Light" award during a luncheon held on January 14 at the Timber Point Country Club in Great River. The award recognizes those educators who enhance classroom learning with the help of technology.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by COURTESY OF THE WESTHAMPTON BEACH SCHOOL DISTRICT, , Jan 25</span>
  • Westhampton Beach High School Key Club members are trying to raise $10,000 so they can pay for the installation of a freshwater well in a developing African nation. Club members are about halfway to their goal and still seeking donations.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by COURTESY OF THE WESTHAMPTON BEACH SCHOOL DISTRICT, , Jan 23</span>
  • Winter fest sponsored by The GreaterWesthampton Chamber of Commerce<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by Shock, , Jan 19</span>
  • WHB  Ice Skaters enjoining  the Rink on The Great Lawn<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by Shock, , Jan 19</span>
  • U.S. Army Sergeant Ronan Seltenreich visited with seniors in Glenn Dorskind's 9th period English class at the Westhampton Beach High School on Friday. A 2011 graduate of the district, Sgt. Seltenreich answered questions and discussed the life of a soldier in Afghanistan. From left, Victoria Calvaruso, Mary Reid, Sgt. Seltenreich and Taylor Oudeans.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by COURTESY OF GLENN DORSKIND, , Jan 16</span>
  • "Mike the Caveman," a scientist with Mad Science of Long Island, entertained Westhampton Beach Elementary School students during an assembly on January 8. Students enjoyed watching experiments during his hour-long program, titled "Fire & Ice."<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by COURTESY OF THE WESTHAMPTON BEACH SCHOOL DISTRICT, , Jan 15</span>
  • The new leaders of the Westhampton Beach Fire Department: From left, 2nd Assistant Chief William Dalton, 3rd Assistant Chief Halsey Stevens, 1st Assistant Chief William "Bo" Overton and Chief Ross Donneson.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by COURTESY OF THE WESTHAMPTON BEACH FIRE DEPARTMENT, , Jan 15</span>
  • Tom Hadlock, commander of American Legion Post 834 in Westhampton, presented a $500 check to Westhampton Beach Historical Society President Bob Murray, right, during the group's annual meeting on Sunday at the Westhampton Free Library. The money will be used to promote various walking tours planned for this summer.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 12</span>
  • Two Westhampton Beach School District students--Ryan Gilmartin, a seventh-grader at the middle school, and Emma Edwards, a fourth-grader at the elementary school--were recently recognized for their culinary creations. Ryan was selected for the new culinary award for his steamed potato side dish while Emma was recognized for her pasta dish that featured a mix of olives, sun-dried tomatoes and capers.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by COURTESY OF THE WESTHAMPTON BEACH SCHOOL DISTRICT, , Jan 5</span>
  • Two Westhampton Beach School District students--Ryan Gilmartin, a seventh-grader at the middle school, and Emma Edwards, a fourth-grader at the elementary school--were recently recognized for their culinary creations. Ryan was selected for the new culinary award for his steamed potato side dish while Emma was recognized for her pasta dish that featured a mix of olives, sun-dried tomatoes and capers.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by COURTESY OF THE WESTHAMPTON BEACH SCHOOL DISTRICT, , Jan 5</span>