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  • Westhampton Beach Elementary School marked the 100th day of school on February 14 with a number of hundred-themed activities. For Meaghan Moran’s first-graders, activities included counting 100 drops of water, writing 100 words, stacking 100 cups and measuring 100 centimeters. From left, Mila Nathan, Claire Robesch and Gabriella Yervasi with their measuring ribbon.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 20</span>
  • To mark the 100th day of school on February 15, Southampton Elementary School kindergartners participated in a number of 100-themed activity centers. Applying the “100th Day of School” motif, they created hats, 100 days of school displays and pictures of gumball machines containing 100 paper gumballs.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 20</span>
  • The Hampton Bays School District honored veteran Rick Robinson with a flag-raising ceremony on February 15. At the ceremony was Hampton Bays High School senior Kevin McNamara, who will be entering the Army upon graduation.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 20</span>
  • In gratitude of his service and sacrifice, the Westhampton Free Library paid tribute to William Matthews, a Navy veteran from  Westhampton Beach, during a ceremony on February 16, as part of its new Hometown Heroes initiative. With him is Westhampton Free Library Director Danielle Waskiewicz.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 20</span>
  • To celebrate their 100th day of school on February 13, Hampton Bays Elementary School students took part in several projects related to the milestone number. They counted 100 blocks and other items, painted murals and added 100 items to them, and made “100th Day of School” hats.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 20</span>
  • Our Lady of the Hamptons School third-graders presented an original assembly program, Color the World with Kindness, featuring a Scripture-based narrative, with modern and rap songs centered on virtues and Christian living.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 19</span>
  • Hampton Bays High School student journalists were recognized with top honors and several Quill Awards for their work on the school newspaper, The Tide, at this year’s Press Day, held January 28 at Adelphi University.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 19</span>
  • During the government shutdown, Julie Hopson, a volunteer at the Bridgehampton Community Outreach, delivered gift cards to help the Coast Guard members who went unpaid for almost 30 days. Accepting the donation are Chief Warrant officer Gregg Pescume, left, and and Chief Heath Watson.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 19</span>
  • Each year every interior firefighter in the Westhampton Beach Fire Department must take a refresher course in the use of the bailout gear that allows them to safely lower themselves from an upper story window in the event that all other means of escape are unavailable. Firefighter Kristen Gordon is shown bailing out of a window blindfolded during a drill held this Sunday at the department’s Seabreeze Avenue facility. Photo courtesy Westhampton Beach Fire Department)<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 19</span>
  • Enzo Morabito with WHB Team 3171<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by America, East Quogue, Feb 19</span>
  • Luna, held by ARF staffer Cyrena McIntyre, was among the many dogs and cats receiving low-cost vaccinations on Friday at the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons center. KYRIL BROMLEY<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 18</span>
  • Harpist Emily Hopkins performed at Bookhampton on Saturday afternoon. KYRIL BROMLEY<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 18</span>
  • Staff writers for Hampton Bays High School’s student newspaper, The Tide, took home top Quill Awards during Adelphi University’s Press Day on January 28. From left, Schuyler Dorchak, Dylynn von Bartheld, Kiera Hughes and Julia Heming. Hampton Bays High School student journalists were recognized with top honors and several Quill Awards at this year’s Press Day, held Jan. 28 at Adelphi University. Among the awardees was Dylynn von Bartheld, who earned an honorable mention as most outstanding reporter; Julia Heming, who was honored with a third-place award for best news article; Kiera Hughes, who placed third in the opinion category; and Schuyler Dorchak, who placed third for best feature. All of the winning pieces had been published in The Tide.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 18</span>
  • East Quogue Elementary School fourth-graders, from left, Lily Blenk, Lila Davin and Sarah Beckman, learned recently not to judge a book by its cover and selected one of the mystery books in the library.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 15</span>
  • The winners of the recent Knights of Columbus, Fr. Slomski Council "Keep Christ in Christmas" poster contest were recently announced by Grand Knight Thomas Day and contest chairman Barney Ryan. They are (not in order) Peyton and Riley Parkes, Abigal Halloran, Ashley Sciortino, Megan Raber, Anna Blanco, and Trevor Hayes.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 15</span>
  • Tuckahoe School students, from left, Ava Lima, Emma Cervone, Mya Halsey and Stella Lima were among those who were selected to participate in the annual Hamptons Music Educators Association's festival recently.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 15</span>
  • Nicholas Maddock, a senior at Southampton High School, has been named the Rotary Student of the Month for February.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 14</span>
  • As part of a community service leadership project, second-graders at Westhampton Beach Elementary School are returning water bottles that they collected at home and in school. The students plan to donate the nickels earned from the returns to the community at the end of the school year. Their project was inspired by the school’s new character education program, the Leader in Me, which aims to build leadership qualities and promote success within and beyond the classroom.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 14</span>
  • South Fork Bakery, which employs individuals with developmental disabilities on the East End, recently secured nonprofit status and will host its first fundraiser on March 27 at Hamptons Hawaiian in Sag Harbor.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 14</span>
  • Cristian Schroder, a 2015 graduate Of Westhampton Beach High School, graduates from Suny Cortland this May with a Bachelors’ Degree in Exercise Sciences and Kinesiology.  
Cristian will continue his studies in graduate school at Clarkson University where he has been accepted into the DPT (Doctor Of Physical Therapy) Program, Class of 2022. Cristian drew inspiration for his career path from Mr. Scotty Leogrande, Athletic Trainer at WHB, and his mentor Mr. Christopher Schwenker, PT;  as well his staff at Complete Rehab and Sports.  Cristian says his motivation, determination and perseverance, is a direct result of the guidance and teachings from his parents, family members, and the educators at both WHB and SUNY Cortland.  He would like to give special thanks to both Ms. Reed’s, Ms. King, Ms. Martrano, Ms. Habbersaat and Professor Jack Carr.  We wish him continued success on his journey!
<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by Charlene Schroder, East Quogue, Feb 13</span>