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Dec 12, 2011 11:01 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Westhampton Community Notes, December 15

Dec 13, 2011 2:03 PM

Did you know that every year since 1995 the Westhampton Garden Club has donated its time and assembled holiday topiaries for East End Hospice patients? This year’s event, coordinated by club member Kathy Kohler, created 50 topiaries to be delivered by hospice nurses and social workers to patients and families at home or in local hospitals.

Priscilla Ruffin, president of East End Hospice and a Garden Club member said, “not only is it a beautiful floral arrangement, but it sends the message that they are not forgotten.”

The Westhampton Garden Club was founded in 1928 and its members are dedicated to promoting interest in horticulture, floral design and environmental conservation projects. The club tends to gardens from Westhampton to Quogue and helps keep our community looking and feeling its best. Keep up the great work!

If you are having trouble with debt, there is help out there for you. A local 12-step meeting of Debtors Anonymous gathers every Sunday at 8 p.m. at the parish center of the Immaculate Conception Church on Meeting House Road on Quiogue. For more information, call Margaret at 288-5507.

Congratulations to the Westhampton Beach Middle School football team, which went undefeated this year, finishing up with a record of 6-0. Nice job, team! I’m sure Coach Parry is eagerly waiting for your arrival to the varsity team in a few years.

I would like to send happy birthday wishes to a past Around Our Village columnist and former editor of the Southampton Press Western edition, W. Michael Pitcher, who turns another year older on Saturday, December 17. Happy birthday, Michael!

If you need some help getting into the holiday spirit, or if you are looking to volunteer to help out a worthy cause, the folks at the Salvation Army are looking for people to ring the bell at the King Kullen in Eastport. Call Joyce Kelley at 325-1582 to sign up for an hour or more and afterward you are sure to feel less like a Scrooge.

Don’t forget about the 10th annual Westhampton Beach Village Holiday Lighting Contest. It will be judged on Thursday, December 15. Participating village residents and businesses should leave their holiday lights on that day from 5 until 10 p.m. The first-prize winner will receive $100 and all winners will receive a color photo of their decorated home or business. (In case of rain or snow, the judging will take place on Friday, December 16, during the same time.) The winners will be announced in a future edition of The Press and prizes will be awarded at the Village Board’s first meeting of the new year, which is set for Thursday, January 5, at 7 p.m. For more information, call 631-702-1558.

The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center will be holding private auditions for the Teen Theater Project on Saturday, January 7. Auditions are open to teen actors 12 and older and are by appointment only. Those auditioning are asked to prepare a two-minute monologue for a non-musical play. Those cast in the production will meet daily during the April school break in preparation for performances of “You Can’t Take It With You” on April 13 and April 14 at the WHBPAC. For more information contact Julienne Penza at 288-2350, ext. 114, or email

Speaking of the WHBPAC, a recent gathering of the Arts Education Advisory Council was held to celebrate another year of the center’s School Day Performance Series. The group reflected on this year’s success and discussed potential titles for next year’s series and strategies on how to involve more schools. The council is comprised of 20 teachers, administrators and parents from nine school districts.

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