It was an experience to watch the inauguration from outside of the United States, and then arrive home a short time later, with hundreds of other travelers. Watching the conveyor belt, I observed scores of black suitcases, most featuring some kind of identifying marker such as pom-poms, ribbons, rabbits’ feet, whistles and bandanas. People certainly have gotten creative out of necessity. And once you spot your luggage, the race is on!
Finally, it is on to customs and, after answering a short list of questions, you are finally home. It felt pretty terrific this time. It felt like change had come and we all made history together—all of us. We witnessed something extraordinary in electing and swearing in our new president.
One very lucky seventh-grader from the Westhampton Beach Middle School attended the inauguration as part of the Junior Presidential Youth Inaugural Conference. Michael J. Zarro Jr. of East Quogue got to witness history in the making! Congratulations.
Good work, Ham! Arma E. “Ham” Andon, a civil rights leader and a former Westhampton Beach mayor, was recently recognized for a lifetime of community service by Southampton Town Supervisor Linda Kabot. Mr. Andon was recognized for his years of service and for carrying out the “clarion call of freedom and equality” echoed by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Cadet Joshua Nathan Kandell of Quogue was recently honored for outstanding academic achievement at The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, during the fall semester. Cadet Kandell is a graduate of Westhampton Beach High School, and he is seeking a bachelor’s degree in history. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. David Kandell.
The wait is almost over. The 13th annual “Snowball” will be held this Saturday, January 31, at 8 p.m., at Atlantica restaurant on Dune Road in Westhampton Beach. The event, which had been run by the Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce, is now being sponsored by the brand new Westhampton Alliance of Merchants. The “Snowball” is being chaired by Erin Finley, owner of Sydney’s “Taylor” Made Cuisine on Main Street in Westhampton Beach.
A cocktail hour featuring a cash bar begins at 8 p.m. and will be followed by a sit-down dinner. There will be music, dancing and activities throughout the evening. Dress is black-tie optional.
Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased in advance only at Lynne’s Cards & Gifts, The Beach Bakery, Sydney’s “Taylor” Made Cuisine, or Brunetti Hair, all located on Main Street in the village. Proceeds will benefit Human Understanding Growth Seminars, better known as HUGS, and future improvements in the Westhampton Beach business district. For more information, call 288-4722.
The Teacher Center of the Western Hamptons is offering a workshop facilitated by Amanda Wellman that will serve as a forum for conversation among educators, parents and guardians so they can discuss the challenges faced by today’s adolescents. The series will be offered from 9 a.m. until noon every Saturday starting on February 7 and concluding on March 28. (The group will not meet on March 14 and 21.) The sessions will be held in the Westhampton Beach High School library.
Parents and guardians can attend for $50 each; teachers looking to receive credit for the course must pay $95. For more information about the workshops, contact Susan Kearns at 288-3800, ext. 264, or at email@example.com.
Edward J. Zero, superintendent of Eastern Suffolk BOCES and interim superintendent of Western Suffolk BOCES and Nassau BOCES, has received the 2009 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award from the Suffolk County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission. More than 300 people attended an awards luncheon held at the Hyatt Wind Watch Hotel in Hauppauge.
Mr. Zero became superintendent in 2006. Congratulations and thank you for your dedication and commitment to the BOCES community.
Bideawee on Old Country Road in Westhampton will hold a “Love Your Pet Art Expo” on Valentine’s Day, Saturday, February 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibit will feature children’s handmade art that creatively portrays their love for animals. Winners will be chosen by gallery attendees and prizes will be awarded in four age groups: kindergarten to grade three; grades four to six; grades seven to nine; and grades 10 to 12.
Children have until this Saturday, January 31, to submit their cat- or dog-themed artwork to Bideawee. All submissions must include the artist’s name, age and title. Entries can include photos, paintings, sculptures, finger paintings, etc. Please drop off your artwork at Bideawee’s Westhampton Adoption Center, located at 118 Old Country Road, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. seven days a week. For more information, visit bideawee.org.
The first 40 people who attend will receive a free Bideawee T-shirt or tote bag. Admission for this event is $5 and refreshments will be served. For more information, call 325-0200.
Nancy Privett will offer an Introduction to The Emotional Freedom Technique workshop on Saturday, February 7, from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., at The Center for Well-Being, 32 Mill Road, Westhampton Beach. The Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT, is a needle-free version of acupuncture that is based on new discoveries regarding the connection between your body’s subtle energies, emotions and health. Call Nancy at 325-1402 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org for a brochure and registration form.
Save the date and get your tickets early. The sixth annual Red Dress Dinner is scheduled for Friday, March 6, in the Atlantica Ballroom at the Bath & Tennis Hotel on Dune Road in Westhampton Beach. Tickets are $60 in advance and must be purchased prior to Sunday, February 1. The fee includes a sit-down dinner, dancing, tax and gratuities.
Attendees are asked to wear “special occasion” red, which is the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness. Call 723-3174, 728-0663 or 723-0753 for tickets and more information. After February 1, tickets will cost $65 each.