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  • 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>
  • East Quogue Elementary School student Dominic Strong sits next to Coach Maloney, who allowed students to cover his face with shaving cream as a reward for raising money for the school's Boosterthon.<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>
  • Speech language pathologists Erin Lynch and Andrea Casserly worked with Hampton Bays resident Sabastian Monsalve during a Child Find workshop sponsored by the Hampton Bays School District. The purpose of the screening is to assess educational, motor and language skills prior to starting kindergarten.<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>
  • Hampton Bays High School has named Christina Coulton, left, Class of 2019 salutatorian, and Ava Bianchi valedictorian.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Mar 13</span>
  • East Quogue Elementary School kindergartners celebrated Read Across America day by reading Dr. Seuss books.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Mar 11</span>
  • Semih Torun was named the East Quogue School PTA Student of the Month.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Mar 11</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>
  • East Quogue Elementary School fifth-graders, from left, Maggie Koltzan, Riley Parkes and Zane King in  Angelica Capolino's Spanish class are virtually shopping at the furniture store Ikea. Students are furnishing an imaginary apartment in Madrid, Spain. They must purchase all necessary furniture and household items on the Ikea Spanish website, using euros instead of dollars.<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>
  • 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>
  • 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>
  • 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>
  • 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>