I would like to give some gold stars this week to a bunch of my coworkers who, for the third year in a row, participated in the Adopt-a-Family program here in Westhampton Beach. A gold star also goes to Deborah Busking, who helped organize the event and provided us with the families we have adopted for the holidays over the last three years.
You can really feel the holiday spirit when you walk into the Parish Center of the Immaculate Conception Church on Quiogue and see all the piles of gifts for families who are truly in need. Most of them would not be receiving any gifts this holiday if not for the efforts of some very charitable people around our community. I’m glad we were able to help spread some holiday cheer.
Speaking of holiday spirit, members of the Westhampton Beach Fire Department’s Junior Firefighters sure were busy last week. They baked more than 1,200 cookies last Thursday, December 15, at the firehouse and delivered them on Saturday to the widows and widowers of former volunteers, as well as a number of shut-ins around the area. They traveled to each recipient by fire truck, escorted by members of the fire department, and sang carols at every stop.
Not all the cookies they baked were hand-delivered that day. Our junior members set aside 200 cookies and sent them to U.S. Army Sergeant Jacob Lappin, a member of the Fire Department of New York and a volunteer with the Center Moriches Fire Department, who is serving our country in Afghanistan. Way to go, folks!
The results of the Village of Westhampton Beach’s 10th annual Holiday Lighting contest have been announced!
The Walsh family on Potunk Lane took first place in the Residence Division, besting the Lindtvit family on Sunset Avenue and the Jones family on Main Street, who finished second and third, respectively. The Beach Bakery on Main Street took the top prize in the Large Business Division, with Jonesey’s Restaurant on Montauk Highway and John’s Pools on Old Riverhead Road rounding out the top three. Hampton Dentistry on Old Riverhead Road was the winner of the Small Business Division, with the Morgan House on Potunk Lane taking second and O’Suzanna/Mustique on Main Street finishing third. The Westhampton Beach firehouse and the Nesbitt family earned honorable mentions.
Retta and I drove around and photographed all of the top finishers and I have to say we were quite impressed. You can see all the photos in a gallery on 27east.com.
As we headed south on Sunset Avenue, I told Retta to stop the car in front of a house that had a plethora of lights and decorations in its front yard, and I assumed it was the second-place finisher in the Residence Division. While standing there, I felt like I was visiting the Griswold residence in “Christmas Vacation,” and kept waiting for Cousin Eddie Johnson to pull up in a beat-up Winnebago, wearing his bathrobe and smoking a cigar. Unfortunately for me, the house did not belong to the Lindtvits; it turned out it was actually the house belonging to the Belson family. Please forgive my mistake because both houses looked great!
Thank you to all the winners and everyone else who participated for making our village feel festive and bright during the holiday season.
Kelsey Boeshore of Westhampton, a freshman at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, recently participated in the annual Run/Walk for Hunger at her school. Kelsey and other participants walked across campus and along local Route 9 to help raise money for hunger awareness. Nice job, Kelsey!
On a sad note, I would like to offer my condolences to the Vogel family and the entire “Mutt Pack” of Westhampton Beach. Oliver Vogel, a Komondor with long white dreadlocks that you all have probably seen strolling around Main Street with his owners, recently passed away at age 13. He was one of the last surviving members of the “Mutt Pack,” a group of dogs and their owners who met each day for walks and coffee here in Westhampton Beach. We did a nice story about them in the January 20, 2000, issue of The Southampton Press Western Edition. The last remaining member of the Mutt Pack is my neighbor, Sabrina Louis, a sweet Rottweiler mix who is 13 years young. Keep on trucking girl!
I would like to wish you all a happy and safe holiday and new year. To quote my favorite Christmas song: “And so I’m offering this simple phrase. To kids from one to 92. Although it’s been said many times, many ways. Merry Christmas to you.”