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  • Eva Casale finished the fourth of seven back-to-back marathons at VFW Post 5350 in Westhampton Beach on April 30. She donates all the money raised by her efforts to the nonprofit Hope for the Warriors to support veterans and their families in Suffolk County. The fourth leg of the seven-day effort was dedicated to SSGT. Louis Bonacasa who was killed in action two years ago.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by jollyg, Hampton Bays, May 9</span>
  • Marine Corps veteran Frederick Bauer was honored as a Hometown Hero by the Westhampton Free Library at a ceremony on April 27. Westhampton Free Library Director Danielle Waskiewicz presented him with a flag.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted May 6</span>
  • Eva Casale finished the fourth of seven back-to-back marathons at VFW Post 5350 in Westhampton Beach on April 30. She donates all the money raised by her efforts to the nonprofit Hope for the Warriors to support veterans and their families in Suffolk County. The fourth leg of the seven-day effort was dedicated to SSGT. Louis Bonacasa who was killed in action two years ago.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted May 6</span>
  • Westhampton Beach High School Class of 2019 wore apparel to show off their choice of college on May 1.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted May 6</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Elementary School held a wellness week during the week of April 8. Throughout the week, students participated in a variety of healthy activities at school and home, as part of a healthy homework initiative. They learned to make healthy snacks, took part in physical activities – including Walk to School Day and yoga sessions – and participated in mental health discussions, including learning how to “calm your butterflies.”<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Apr 23</span>
  • After practicing all year, Westhampton Beach Elementary School third-graders participated in a recorder concert for friends and family on April 16. The students performed several pieces, including “Hot Cross Buns,” “Merrily We Roll Along,” “The Grand Old Duke of York” and “Lightly Row.”<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Apr 23</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Middle School students met primatologist and anthropologist Jane Goodall over a Skype call on April 11. They learned about Goodall’s love of animals, how she became interested in studying chimpanzees, her foundation, Roots & Shoots, and how every person can play a role in preserving the planet.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Apr 23</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Middle School seventh-graders, including, from left, Patricia Dirzius, Sullivan Norton, Cassandra Dennehy and Brooke Donahue, designed "imperial eggs" as part of a unit in art about sculpture.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Apr 12</span>
  • Westhampton Beach High School Science Research students presented their research projects at the Long Island Science Congress competition on April 10 at St. Anthony’s High School. The 16 students have been working on their extensive research under the direction of science teacher Dr. Dianna Gobler. Research topics included microplastic accumulation in sediments and shellfish, the elemental composition of paleontological samples and nicotine’s effect on the behavior of Caenorhabditis elegans, among others. Results of the competition will be available in May.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Apr 12</span>
  • Southampton High School senior Luke Collum has been named the Rotary Student of the Month for April.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Apr 12</span>
  • The HYAL fifth and sixth grade went undefeated this winter. The team included, from top left, coach Missy Capozzoli-Vignieri, Makayla Vignieri, Jasmine Taylor, Kelly Moran, Regan Moran, Aurora Blowes, and, from bottom left, Shannon Thompson, Shannon KiIloran, Zoe Jankowski, Margaret Falvey and Margaret Gilbride.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Apr 9</span>
  • Westhampton Beach High School Science Research students, from left, Jack Halloran, Evan Lockwood, Jane Paulson, Casey Gallagher, Jade Hawkesworth and Matt Daleo, recently participated in the Medical Marvels competition hosted by the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research at Northwell Health in Manhasset. As part of the competition, the students were challenged to find a solution to a major health issue in New York State: vaping in schools. The students, under the direction of teacher Dr. Dianna Gobler, designed a plan that included infrared technology and microchips in student identification cards to reduce incidents of vaping in high-use areas.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Apr 8</span>
  • Westhampton Beach Elementary School now features sensory paths in several of its hallways. The paths are marked with colorful decals that prompt students to jump, spin, squat, hop, count and spell. “We encourage movement throughout the day,” said Principal Lisa Slover. “The paths are just another opportunity for students to get a bit of energy out and take a break.”<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Apr 5</span>
  • The Westhampton Beach sixth grade AAU basketball team defeated Manhasset on Saturday to win the Long Island Division II AAU Championship at Island Garden Basketball in Garden City, capping off an 11-1 season.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Apr 2</span>
  • 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>