I must start this week’s column with an apology to Melissa Kirschenbaum; she is the real Halloween Queen of Summit Boulevard, not her sister Amy, whom I mistakenly mentioned in last week’s column. To Melissa and her mother, Deborah: I apologize and keep up the ghoulish decorating!
Now there are a bunch of folks in the village to congratulate. First is Nancy Hallock, who was named as one of the top 50 Ben and Jerry’s All-Star workers in the country. Nancy has worked at Main Street Sweets/Ben and Jerry’s for 17 years. Owner Ken Schnabel says Nancy does a “fantastic job with customer service” and “knows most customers on a first-name basis.” Nice job, Nancy!
Next in line is Charles Bass, who was awarded the fifth annual St. Agnes Medal of Service by Bishop William Murphy of the Diocese of Rockville Centre. Father Joseph Mirro, pastor of the Immaculate Conception Church on Quiogue, nominated Charlie for his generosity and unselfishness. Way to go, Charlie!
Also, members of the Westhampton Beach varsity football team deserve accolades for defeating the Bellport Clippers last Friday night in the Hurricanes’ first playoff game under the lights on Hansen Field. They next face Islip at home this Friday, November 11, at 6:30 p.m. Make sure you bundle up and show your support. Go Canes!
Last but not least, congratulations go out this week to members of the Westhampton Beach Boys Middle School soccer team for going undefeated (8-0-1) this season. I can hear the chants now: “Ole, ole, ole, ole!”
Garden Club Trifecta: The Westhampton Garden Club hosted a tri-club meeting with the Remsenburg and Bellport garden clubs last week at the Westhampton Country Club. Janet Marinelli, former director of publishing at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, was the guest speaker. There was also a flower show featuring beautiful topiaries and horticulture.
My mother always told me that the two most important things you need to keep warm on a cold winter’s day are a hat and warm socks. “Socks for Seniors” is a community event to help collect socks for seniors residing in nursing homes during the holidays. Organizers are looking for help to expand this program to Westhampton Beach. Check out www.socksforseniors.com where you can find a volunteer form and help warm up some feet!
Kym Laube and Allison Galasso from HUGS (Human Understanding and Growth Seminars) wanted me to remind everyone about the Westhampton Beach Middle School Drop-In Center that opened on November 2. The center is open to all middle school students from Southampton Town. For more information, call HUGS at 288-9505.
The Quogue Association will host the next meeting of the Gabreski Airport Community Advisory Board on Thursday, November 10, at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held at Quogue Village Hall on Jessup Avenue. Attendees will hear about pending applications at the Westhampton airport and will be allowed to ask questions. All are invited.
Honoring All Veterans: The Knights of Columbus Father Joseph Slomski Council 7423 of Westhampton will hold its annual wreath laying ceremony at the Westhampton Cemetery on Saturday, November 12, at 11 a.m. The Knights will also be conducting a memorial service on Sunday, November 13, during the 11 a.m. Mass of the Immaculate Conception Church on Meeting House Road on Quiogue. Don’t forget to thank a veteran if you run into one, not only this week, but any time your paths cross. If it wasn’t for their sacrifices and dedication to our country, who knows where we would be.
The Westhampton Beach PTO is having its annual Holiday Fair on Saturday, November 19, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., in the gymnasium of the Westhampton Beach High School, located at 49 Lilac Road. There will be vendors selling wreaths, jewelry, stocking-stuffers, baked goods and much more.
Also, there will be many holiday characters—Santa Claus, Frosty the Snowman and Mickey Mouse to name a few—on hand from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. to take pictures with the kids for your holiday cards. The photos fee is $10 per family; there is no charge to attend the fair. There will also be a Chinese auction, with proceeds going to support events and programs at the high school. For more information, call Diane Brooks at 288-3584 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holiday Drive Set: The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center is holding a food and toy drive this month. Officials are collecting nonperishable foods and new, unwrapped toys for local food banks and pantries. The drive goes until December 1. Those interested in participating should drop off their donated goods in the lobby of the Main Street theater. The box office is open from noon until 6 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, and later on evenings of performances and films.