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  • Westhampton resident and Westhampton Beach High School graduate Jordan Daniel won the 22nd annual Lazer, Aptheker, Rosella and Yedid Kings Park 15K on March 23. Crossing the finish line in 51:36, a mile pace of of 5:32 on a hilly course, this was Daniel’s second competitive race ever, and he has won both of them, the previous being the Hamptons Marathon last October. The Kings Park race is the second in the prestigious Long Island Running Series that also includes the NEFCU Long Island Marathon/ Half Marathon in May, the Shelter Island 10K in June, the Great Cow Harbor 10K in September, and the Catholic Health Services Suffolk County Marathon/Half Marathon in October.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Mar 25</span>
  • Westhampton youth teams cleaned up during the SYS winter league, with its third and fourth grade teams and fifth and sixth grade teams each going undefeated to win their respective divisions. The third and fourth grade team, shown here, went 9-0, and included, front row from left, Gabe Monserrate, Kyle Coffey, Dylan Blenk and assistant coach Donovan “Lil Kyrie” Bullock, and back row from left, Liam McGinness, Nicolas Simone, Brady Hudson, Anias Mitchell, Jake Calloway, Attis Smorginas, Zion Stokes, Noah Beren, Aiden Calamita, and head coach Lance Bullock.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Mar 25</span>
  • Westhampton's fifth and sixth grade team went 10-0 and were champions of the SYS league this past winter. The team included, bottom row, from left, Drew Calloway, Finn Norton, James Monserrate, Aidan Collins, Dante Quinos, and assistant coach Donovan “Lil Kyrie” Bullock, and, back row from left, Max Beren, Javon Trent, head coach Lance Bullock and Kelvin Highsmith.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Mar 25</span>
  • Celebrating approval of the Westhampton Garden Club's new plan for "An English Garden by the Sea" that will bloom on the Westhampton Village Green are, from left, Andrew DeRubeis, Department of Public Works; Doug Nappi of Dragonfly Design; Mayor Maria Moore; and Inger Mejean, club president. Dragonfly will help implement club members' design for a garden that will educate residents on plants that thrive in the local climate as well as serve as a beautiful backdrop for outdoor events. The Westhampton Garden Club established and has maintained a public garden on the Green for over 50 years.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Mar 15</span>
  • As part of a life skills project, Westhampton Beach Middle School students learned how to stamp tote bags for a local business, Justin’s Chop Shop. Teacher Alison Hansson said the project gave students an opportunity to learn about a local business through a hands-on activity.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Mar 13</span>
  • Westhampton Beach High School student cast members in a scene from "9 to 5," which they Drama Department will present March 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. and March 24 at 2 p.m. at Westhampton Beach High School. Admission is free.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Mar 13</span>
  • Michelle Wilcox, an Eastern Campus student, has been named a 2019 Coca-Cola Academic Team Gold Scholar and will be awarded a $1,500 scholarship.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Mar 8</span>
  • Melissa Morgan Nelson received the Joseph M. Garrison Bideawee Volunteer of the Year award, at the group's annual luncheon recently. She has been a dedicated Bideawee volunteer since 2012 and has donated over 4,200 hours of service in the support of finding loving families for homeless animals. In 2018, she donated an impressive 790 hours of her time volunteering at Bideawee. With years of volunteer experience, she is “Red Cat and Dog Trained,” which allows her to work with animals that require special handling due to guarding, aggression and other issues. Melissa serves as a “dog mentor” and helps with overseeing interactions between dogs, education and outreach efforts, showing dogs and cats to potential adopters and volunteering at events.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Mar 6</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Middle School eighth-graders were honored by the New York Islanders for teaming up to raise money for East End Disability Associates through a polar bear plunge that they organized in January. The students were invited to attend the Islanders’ March 1 game, where they were recognized with the Ladd’s Leaders award after being nominated through the Team Up 4 Community organization.  From left, from left, Reilly Mahon, Islander Andrew Ladd, Anthony Agudelo and Lauren Goss.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Mar 6</span>
  • Westhampton Beach High School math teacher Nick Kochis, center, was recently recognized with a Suffolk ASSET Bright Lights Award. With him are, left, Dr. Thomas Short, Westhampton Beach School District’s director of math, science and instructional technology, and William Fisher, assistant superintendent for personnel and instruction. He earned the recognition for engaging his students through innovative learning platforms. He has used Google Classroom to pair his students with those in other states to collaboratively solve math problems. He also uses the math website GeoGebra to bring visual understanding to a variety of concepts, and this year introduced an augmented reality app to engage them even further.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Mar 4</span>
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars Suffolk County Council held a ceremony for the student winners of its Patriots Pen essay competition on February 26 at the Centereach VFW Post. From left, Southampton Post Commander Bob Grisnik, Suffolk County Quartermaster Andy Veiga, second-place winner Michaela Ligon, of Riverhead Middle School, first-place winner Emily Barnes of Hampton Bays Middle School, third-place winner Ulises Munguia of Tuckahoe School, Westhampton Post Commander William Hughes, and Riverhead Post Commander Tommy Najdzion.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Mar 4</span>
  • Westhampton Beach High School has named Chris Bender and Frank Lapinski as its Class of 2019 valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 27</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Elementary School students helped illustrator Jeff Mack draw an original character during a school assembly on February 14. As part of the high-energy event, students listed physical traits that the new character should have as Mr. Mack drew them on an easel. They also learned about Mr. Mack’s career and how he become an illustrator and author. The event was sponsored by the Westhampton Free Library.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 27</span>
  • The weather was not exactly perfect for an ice rescue drill, but that did not stop the volunteers of the Westhampton Beach Fire Department from holding one anyway this past Saturday. Probationary firefighter Jordan Caccavalla, left, is using the department’s rescue sled to retrieve his “victim,” Captain Dave Slover. WESTHAMPTON BEACH FIRE DEPARTMENT<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 25</span>
  • As part of the Westhampton Beach Middle School’s physical education curriculum, sixth-graders recently traveled to the Buckskill Winter Club in East Hampton to ice skate. Many of the students were thrilled with the opportunity to try something new, while more experienced skaters helped their peers gain their balance and confidence on the ice.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 25</span>
  • 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>
  • 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>
  • 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>
  • 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>
  • 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>
  • Westhampton Beach had five student-athletes sign their letters of intent to continue to compete in athletics in their college careers. That included, from left to right, McKinley Skala (SUNY Geneseo-soccer), Jon Mendoza (Yale-football), Maeve Murphy (Boston University-track), Liam McIntyre (Brown-football) and Brooke Walker (NYIT-softball).<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 11</span>
  • Westhampton Beach High School's Robotics Team recently held its annual Chinese Auction fundraiser on  at Buoy One. The event was sponsored by real estate broker Enzo Morabito.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 11</span>
  • Members of the Westhampton Beach Middle School Lego Robotics Club competed in the FIRST Lego League competition at Mineola High School on January 26. The team developed and programmed a robot that would complete various challenges. They also successfully identified and developed a unique solution to a problem astronauts face during prolonged space travel. “They worked as a team and saw firsthand how hard work and determination can pay off with success,” said coach Richard Michta.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 31</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Elementary School music teacher Ali Gogas introduced the students to playing ukelele. By the end of the school year, students will be able to play the four-stringed instrument while singing a short song.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 31</span>
  • The Knights of Columbus Father Joseph Slomski Council #7423 recently hosted its annual Free-throw Championship in Westhampton Beach, drawing competitors from across the East End.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 31</span>
  • The Knights of Columbus Father Joseph Slomski Council #7423 recently hosted its annual Free-throw Championship in Westhampton Beach. Among those who competed were, from left, Lucas Paton, Patrick Fay, and Jacob Permakoff.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 31</span>
  • VFW Post 5350 held it's Voice of Democracy and Patriots Pen Celebration at the Post on Thursday. The Country is in great hands with citizen/students like these, representing their schools in Westhampton Beach, Hampton Bays and Raynor County Day School. God Bless America. #vfwpostpride<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by jollyg, Hampton Bays, Jan 28</span>
  • Three Westhampton Beach Fire Department probationary firefighters, from left, Sal DiBenedetto, Jordan Caccavalla, and Matt Leanza, participated in a search-and-rescue drill at the firehouse last week. Nine tires were set out in a grid, each containing a piece of PVC pipe. The volunteers had to locate each tire, bringing the pieces back to a central location, and assembling the pieces into a predetermined form, all while wearing bunker gear and air packs, and blindfolded. It might sound like a game, but the drill was meant to give the “probies" more confidence in their breathing apparatus while also improving their search and communication skills. COURTESY WESTHAMPTON BEACH FIRE DEPARTMENT<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 28</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Elementary School students now have new, extra large games to play when Mother Nature decides to send snow or rain, forcing recess indoors. The large-scale games include Jenga and chess, along with other popular board games. Students can access the new items in the school’s small gym during indoor recess.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 25</span>