Westhampton Community Notes, May 9

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Congratulations go out this week to Robert Turitto of Westhampton, who was recently promoted to the rank of specialist. He is a member of the New York Army National Guard and serves with the 145th Maintenance Company that’s based on Staten Island. Nice job, Robert!
Eliza and Clint Greenbaum of Westhampton Beach also deserve a round of applause. They received the 2013 Myrtle Wreath Award from the Suffolk Region of Hadassah at Temple Beth Torah in Dix Hills on April 29. The award is given those who have made contributions in one of the following fields: education, the arts, medicine, literature, journalism or social welfare.

Eliza and Clint are very big supporters of the Making Headway Foundation and Seats of Dreams. Way to go, Greenbaums!

Kudos go out to a number of local students who performed in the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center’s production of the “Swan Lake Ballet.” In alphabetical order, they are: Riley Arm, Sara Brook, Ava Conte Dieckmann, Maggie Gilbride, Rebecca Gutierrez-Haefeli, Angelina LeMaire, Regan Moran, Lily and Selena Pereyra, Brynn Reilly, Caroline Sans, Fallon Spellman, Skyler Trager and Camryn Tuccillo.

The Hampton Synagogue will honor Bonnie Katz as its “Woman of the Year” on Saturday, May 11, at 11 a.m., at the Sunset Avenue house of worship. Bonnie is being honored for her “exemplary character, motherhood and generous commitment to philanthropy and the arts.”

This ceremony is open to everyone. If you need more details, please call (631) 288-0534. Congratulations, Bonnie.

There’s a new fishmonger in town! Sherin’s Seafood has opened in the old Bennett Seafood location at 11 Parlato Drive here in Westhampton Beach. The new owner, Neil Hanrahan, stopped by and told me they will have all types of fresh fish and prepared foods for sale.

He also told me they have a special “de-sanding tank” for their shellfish that circulates fresh saltwater from 100 feet below sea level through the holding tank, so you don’t have to rinse the sand out of your mussels and steamers before you toss them in your pots.

Good luck, Neil. I look forward to trying your lobster rolls, one of my favorite summer staples.

The opening day of the Westhampton Beach Farmer’s Market is this Saturday, May 11. There will be a vine-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. to kick off the season.

There will be lots of vendors selling veggies, cheeses, flowers and loads of other items. The market will be open every Saturday, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., through November 16.

Book & Books and the Westhampton Free Library are hosting author Lisa Lillien on Saturday, May 11, as she discusses her newest book, “Hungry Girl: 200 Under 200—Just Desserts: 200 Recipes Under 200 Calories.” The discussion will take place at 3 p.m. at the library, off Library Avenue in Westhampton Beach.

There is no charge to attend, but reservations are required. They can be made by calling the library at (631) 288-3335 or Books & Books at (631) 998-3260.

The Forget Me Not Horse Rescue and Sanctuary will be holding a country music and line dancing fundraiser on Saturday, May 11, at Agave’s on Mill Road in Westhampton Beach. The doors open at 7 p.m. and there will be three floors of fun, including two live bands, a Chinese auction, and a 50/50 and premium raffles.

For more information, visit www.forgetmenothorserescue.com. Proceeds will help the horses of Harts Cove in East Moriches.

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will be holding its annual Great Strides Walk on Saturday, May 18, on the Village Green in Westhampton Beach, at the corner of Main Street and Mill Road. Registration begins at 9 a.m., followed by the walk at 10 a.m.

If you would like to donate to a local team, Lauren Cunneen’s Dream Team is a great option. You can email her at maria.cunneen@corcoran.com or just mail your checks, which should be made out to the “Cystic Fibrosis Foundation,” to P.O. Box 772, Westhampton, NY 11977. Call 516-827-1290 for more information.

You might want to mark your calendars for this one. The Westhampton Rotary Club’s 28th annual golf outing will be held at the Westhampton Country Club on Monday, June 3.

Registration begins at 11:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The cost is $350 per player, which includes greens fees and cart, lunch, cocktails, dinner, clam bar and tons of prizes. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

For more information, please call Herb Phillips at (516) 356-4040, Tom Otis at (631) 653-4000, ext. 123, or Michael Schwenk at (631) 723-4140 during normal business hours.

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