Westhampton Community Notes, March 28

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On Sunday evening, after Retta and I finished dinner, we wandered down Main Street to check out the “soft-opening” of the remodeled and revamped Main St. Sweets/Ben and Jerry’s. The store is now owned by our friends, Antoinette and Shawn Mundinger, whose names you might recognize.

Antoinette owns Toni’s Barbershop on Mill Road and Shawn is the former owner of East End Sanitation. Sunday’s event was for family and friends, to see what they have done to the store and, of course, sample some treats.

We got to taste a number of the ice cream flavors and Retta loved the Coconut Seven Layer Bar, so she had a couple scoops in a waffle cone, topped with fresh whipped cream and a little hot fudge. I went for the Sweet Cream and Cookies.

The interior of the store looks fantastic—clean and bright. It almost calls out to you as you pass by, “Come eat some ice cream or have some candy!”

I would like to wish Antoinette and Shawn the best of luck with their new endeavor, and must note that we love your motto, “Living the Dream, Scooping the Cream!” The store officially opened this past Tuesday, March 26, so make sure you stop down for Free Cone Day on Tuesday, April 9. Don’t forget to like them on Facebook, too.

The Westhampton Beach Fire Department held a heavy rescue drill on March 19 to help fine-tune their emergency extrication skills. Some of the probationary members were able to practice with the “Jaws of Life” and hydraulic cutters to remove the doors and roof from a junked car donated by Rapid Recovery in Hampton Bays.

Three sixth-graders from Westhampton Beach Middle School are collecting old sneakers to help raise money for their soccer team. Comeragh Sheehan, Spencer Trager and Cole Hempel have founded an organization called GreenSneakers that collects used sneakers and recycles them to be distributed to people in need around the world.

These young men will receive 50 cents for every pound of sneakers they collect. They hope to raise enough money to buy new uniforms and gear. Soon there will be collection boxes set up at the Westhampton Free Library, at all three Westhampton Beach schools, and at both the East Quogue and Remsenburg-Speonk elementary schools. Other boxes will be set up at Sportime in Quogue and Lift Gym in Speonk.

So, dig in to those closets, find those old sneakers you haven’t worn in a while and donate them to a good cause.

Ariana DeMattei, a seventh-grader at our Westhampton Beach Middle School, is organizing a special event, which she has called a “Spring Splash,” that will take place on Sunday, April 7, at Rogers Beach. Proceeds from the event, which is similar to a polar bear plunge, will benefit her new charity, Backpacks For Fellow Students. The event is being sponsored by Human Understanding and Growth Seminars, and Ariana’s goal is to fill 150 backpacks with school supplies that will be given away next fall to elementary school students in need.

Participants are asked to raise at least $25 in donations and encouraged to register ahead of time at www.backpacksforfellowstudents.org. Same-day registration will begin at 11 a.m. on April 7, with the plunge starting at noon.

There will be music, beverages and a bake sale with tasty items. There will also be prizes for the winners of various contests, including Best Costume and First “Splasher” In the Water. For more information, email BFFS.info@gmail.com.

The Kiwanis of Greater Westhampton will host its annual casino night at Villa Tuscano, located at 335 West Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays, on Friday, April 5, from 7 until 11 p.m. There will be many games of chance, including poker, blackjack, craps and roulette, as well as raffles and auctions, both silent and Chinese. There will be passed appetizers and a cash bar.

Tickets are $90 each, which includes $500 in fake chips. For more information, visit www.whkiwanis.net or call Greg Menegio at (631) 905-4869.

Finally, the West Hampton Dunes Barrier Beach Preservation Association and the Westhampton Free Library are cosponsoring a beach cleanup on Saturday, April 13, in honor of Earth Day. Folks are asked to meet at 906 Dune Road in West Hampton Dunes before 9 a.m. The cleanup is expected to run from 9 until 11 a.m.

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