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Easter came quickly this year. It was Saint Patrick’s Day and then, suddenly, it was Easter.

My care package to my daughter, who is studying in Grenada, contained a Saint Patrick’s Day card, a green plastic shamrock necklace from the parade, flip-flops and a “Kiss Me I’m Irish” T-Shirt. I had to double up and mail her jelly beans and a few packages of Peeps. My Saint Patrick’s Day card included this message: P.S. This Sunday is Easter, don’t forget and please get to mass!

Eva Capozzola of Westhampton Beach is one of 17 alumni from the College of Charleston who traveled to Vietnam in December to work in under-served villages through a program called Think About The Children. The initiative was created by members of the Teach Vietnam Teachers’ Network. The founding concept of the program is that teachers and students in the United States can study global poverty and, at the same time, help improve the lives of children.

The idea that a solution can be found in students and teachers making small sacrifices is the idea behind this program. Thousands of students making small sacrifices means thousands of children can go to school and change their family’s future.

Westhampton Beach High School recently held a 30-Hour Famine that raised more than $4,000, a portion of which went to Think About The Children. The kids from CURE (Classmates United in Restoring the Environment) presented World Vision and Think About The Children with $2,000 raised through their fund-raiser during the March 3 School Board meeting. With this generous donation, volunteers have been able to distribute food, including meats, vegetables, fruit and infant formula, to the Duc Son Orphanage in Vietnam where the children have eaten nothing but rice for three months.

Ms. Capozzola has been hard at work creating a photo documentary and oral history of these children living at the orphanage, which is located near Hue, Vietnam. Her works will be on display this summer at the Art & Soul Gallery in Eastport.

Attention local artists! The Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce is now accepting entries for its 36th annual Mary O. Fritchie Poster Competition. There is a limit of two submissions per artist and all works must be original, not reproductions. The judging will take place at the Chamber of Commerce dinner meeting set for Wednesday, April 16, at 6:30 p.m., at Q Restaurant, 47 Quogue Street, Quogue. For more information, call Maggie Burbank at 288-3337, or Mary and Kevin Fitzgerald at the Fitzgerald Gallery at 288-6419.

Westhampton Beach High School will host its fifth annual Job Fair on Wednesday, April 16, from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., in the high school gymnasium. An estimated 400 high school students will attend the fair during their lunch periods. The fair is designed to offer students the opportunity to meet local employers who are looking for summer employees, full-time workers and student interns. There is no cost to attend.

Business owners and employees who are participating in the event are asked to arrive at the school after 9:30 a.m. A continental breakfast will be provided for all business participants. The school will provide a table and sign for each business. Businesses are encouraged to bring information, applications, displays and advertisements for their tables. A free raffle will also be held for all students who bring a resumé to the fair. For more information or to sign up, call Amy Demchak at 288-3800, ext. 286.

The next Waging Peace Meditation gathering will be held this Wednesday, April 2, from 7 to 8 p.m., at The Center for Well-Being, 32 Mill Road, Westhampton Beach. As always, there is no charge to attend and everyone is welcome. No meditation experience is needed. Waging Peace Meditations are held on the first Wednesday of every month. For information, call Nancy Privett at 325-1402.

The popular Spring Fling Sidewalk sale on Main Street in Westhampton Beach is scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 11-13. The sales will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Merchants are making room for their summer collections and will be selling items at great prices. Come out and enjoy shopping locally.

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