Notes from Westhampton Beach

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It is not a secret society. Actually, it is practically in your backyard! I’m talking about the Nature Lyceum, Westhampton’s own School for Environmental Horticulture.

After hearing so much new information, and collecting a notebook full of notes and handouts (love those!), you are able to create your own reference manual. The course is packed with vital information that is shared over two days. And then I always need a day to regroup, organize my information, and figure out how to apply a new skill to an old project, knowing that if I don’t try something immediately it might never become part of my plan.

The instructors are available to answer questions and offer consultations down the road, or so I am told. So why not give it a try? It’s organic and you cannot make any fatal mistakes.

I’m now a “Green Guerrilla.” I’m starting small but I am still working with the environment, instead of against it. And there is no telling where this might lead …

Randi and Thomas DeMayo of Westhampton are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Kimberli Paige to Matthew Gibney, the son of Robert and Salley Gibney of Dorset, Vermont.

A 1999 graduate of Westhampton Beach High School, Kimberli received her bachelor’s degree in environmental science from the University of Vermont in 2003. Matthew received a degree in political science, also from the University of Vermont.

Kim and Matt have just completed a year teaching English in China and are now traveling throughout Laos, Cambodia and Thailand, returning home in June. A July wedding is planned. Congratulations!

Though ground has not yet been broken on the new Westhampton Free Library, plans are now being made to relocate some of the programs offered at the educational institution located on Library Avenue in the village.

The Book Club will meet at The Open Book while the Bridge Club will meet at St. Marks Episcopal Church, both located on Main Street in Westhampton Beach. All of the senior and exercise programs will be offered at Immaculate Conception Church Parish Hall in Quiogue. The Brown Bag Movie series and AARP defensive driving courses will be held at the Westhampton Community Center on Mill Road in Westhampton.

Other programs have also found new temporary homes in Westhampton Beach school buildings, Rogers and Lashley beaches, Transform Yoga and Hamptons In Training, all in Westhampton Beach, and the Remsenburg Community Church. For more information about program locations and times, call the Westhampton Free Library at 288-3335.

The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. The new 2008 events calendar is now in the mail and the schedule is full of exciting events. There is something for everyone and for all ages. If you don’t get your mailing, or cannot wait to receive it, visit whbpac.org or call 288-1500 for a summer schedule of events.

Members of Hampton Bays/East Quogue Boy Scout Troop 483 will be holding their annual plant sale this Saturday and Sunday, May 17 and May 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. The sale will be held on the grounds across the street from the Hampton Bays Fire Department on Montauk Highway. They will also have a booth at the Hampton Bays School District’s Centennial Celebration this Saturday.

Flats of annuals, herbs, patio planters, hanging baskets and vegetables will be available for purchase. Funds will be used to help offset the cost of summer camp. Stop by and support your local Scouts.

Galerie BelAge in Westhampton Beach invites everyone to attend the grand opening of the Survivors Art Foundation’s “Breaking the Walls of Bias” exhibit this Saturday, May 17. All of the artists featured in this show have overcome some type of disability or trauma. A reception will be held on Saturday, June 7. Please visit survivorsartfoundation.org for more information about the exhibit.

There seems to be a lot of misinformation and an equal amount of controversy regarding the Hampton Synagogue’s proposed plans to create an eruv, a special religious zone, in Westhampton Beach. The Village Trustees were not ready to vote on this issue during their most recent meeting and, as a result, have scheduled a special informational meeting for Wednesday, May 28. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at Village Hall. It is not clear at this time whether or not the trustees will vote on the measure but, regardless, it makes sense for all concerned parties to attend. Some in attendance at the last meeting have suggested that the vote be put off until after the June elections. We’ll see what happens.

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