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One of the early signs of spring is the sprays of little flowers, in purple and yellow that sprout almost without warning. Another is the fragrant breeze that stops you for a moment, making you hold your face up to the sun and enjoy a deep breath of a sweet smell.

The family of happy birds that wakes you each morning, and greets you later the same day, is another sign of the new season. And, finally, as you make you way home from work, the sun is still up and it feels much more like it’s 3 in the afternoon, and makes it seem as though you have the rest of the day ahead of you.

This weekend you can enjoy some shopping outdoors at the Spring Fling Sidewalk sale on Main Street in the village. The shop owners are making room for their summer collections and new items, and will be selling their inventory at reduced prices. Come out on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 11, 12, 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and take advantage of some discounted sales.

Congratulations to Scott Hofmann, owner of Fluid Imagery Computing, and his wife, Kathleen, on the birth of their first child, Brady James. Brady was born at St. Charles Hospital on Wednesday, March 26. Congratulations to Kurt and Edie Hofmann of Westhampton who are the very proud grandparents!

The Westhampton Beach High School Music Department will present “Titanic, the Musical.” The story was written by Peter Stone with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston. The musical is based on the true story of the ship’s voyage from England to the collision with an iceberg and the subsequent sinking of the ship.

The production will feature many talented Westhampton Beach High School students under the direction of Linda Howard. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 13. There is no charge to attend and all performances will be held in the high school auditorium.

Westhampton Beach High School’s fifth annual Job Fair will be held this 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.

Business owners and employees who are participating in the event are asked to arrive at the school after 9:30 a.m. The school will provide a table and sign for each business. Businesses are encouraged to bring information packets, applications, displays and advertisements for their tables. For more information or to sign up, call Amy Demchak at 288-3800, ext. 286.

Westhampton Beach’s Department of Public Works is now conducting leaf and brush pickups throughout the village. Homeowners are asked to place their leaves and brush, in separate piles, on the shoulder of the road in front of their homes. Biodegradable paper bags for leaves are available at Village Hall; leaves placed in plastic bags will not be collected.

All property owners are encouraged to utilize this village service. Due to regulations at local dump sites, tree stumps, household garbage, furniture, and construction and landscaping debris will not be picked up. Leaf and brush pickup will end on Wednesday, April 30.

Employee Competition Night Round III at the Westhampton Bowl on Sunset Avenue is set for Friday, April 18, at 8 p.m. It’s time again to enjoy some fun competition. If you are planning on attending, please e-mail whbowl@aol.com to reserve a lane for your group. For more information, call Joe and Nancy Albanese at 888-646-2695.

This is the last weekend to catch The Hampton Theatre Company’s adaptation of “The Oldest Living Graduate” by Preston James. Remaining shows will be offered tonight, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2:30 p.m., at the Quogue Village Theater. Call 653-8955 for ticket information or visit www.hamptontheatre.org.

This is the last call for local artists who are looking to enter works in the 36th annual Mary O. Fritchie Poster Competition, sponsored by the Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce. There is a limit of two submissions per artist and the deadline for entries is this Wednesday, April 16. Judging will take place at the chamber dinner scheduled for that night at 6:30 p.m. at Q Restaurant, located at 47 Quogue Street in Quogue. For more information, call Maggie Burbank at 288-3337, or Mary and Kevin Fitzgerald at the Fitzgerald Gallery 288-6419.

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