Little ghosts and ghouls will once again haunt Main Street in Westhampton Beach this Halloween after the Village Board of Trustees signed off on the annual parade during its meeting last Thursday evening.
The event will begin at the Westhampton Beach Elementary School on Mill Road at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 31, and marchers will head toward Main Street, with plenty of time for trick-or-treating until 5 p.m. Mill Road will be closed temporarily during the parade and Main Street will be closed from Library Avenue to Mitchell Road while the children trick-or-treat as they visit local merchants.
Sarah Mendenhall-Luhmer, president of the Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce, said the event is open to local children and organizers are expecting about 300 children. In addition to the chamber, the festivities are being co-sponsored by the Westhampton Beach Elementary School PTA, the Westhampton Beach Middle School PTO, the Quogue Elementary School PTA and the Remsenburg-Speonk Elementary School PTO.
She said local businesses have signed on to help the chamber purchase candy this year after the costs of the parade, as well as complaints from merchants that the road closure would harm business, almost forced its cancellation last fall. The chamber spent about $2,500 on about 1,000 pounds of candy last year, though Hurricane Sandy ultimately spoiled the fun and the parade was canceled. Ms. Mendenhall-Luhmer said a portion of last year’s candy went to the schools, some was packed up and shipped to troops serving overseas, and the rest went to Maureen’s Haven and other local charities.
This year, children will also receive trick-or-treating bags that list the members of the chamber. Ms. Mendenhall-Luhmer said all local business owners are looking forward to the event and hoping for good weather.
The trustees breezed through the remainder of the agenda during last week’s meeting, which lasted about 15 minutes and included scheduling a public hearing for Thursday, November 7, on their 2014 Community Development Block Grant Funding. The funding is handed out to the village through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and earmarked for community development projects.
Village Clerk/Treasurer Elizabeth Lindtvit said that last year the village used $6,500 of the grant money to support Family Health Services, and about $3,500 to install curb cuts to allow better handicap access throughout Westhampton Beach. She said the trustees do not yet know how much funding they will receive or how it will be dispersed; they intend to discuss the matter soon.
The trustees also authorized the expenditure of $16,775 for power washing and sealing at Village Hall, $7,900 for the renewal of the village’s heating, ventilating and air conditioning contract with Dynaire Corp. in Mineola, and $3,540 for a lease agreement for the village copy machine with Central Business Systems in Melville. In addition, the trustees authorized the refund of $7,030 total to five village property owners who received a reduction in their assessed property values.