Westhampton Community Notes, November 7

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Westhampton Beach High School Business Advisory Board members hosted their 10th annual Senior Skills Breakfast on Friday, November 1, at the Westhampton Country Club. Mentors were paired with 65 high school seniors who were interested in their respective fields of employment, and volunteers answered questions to assist students with their future career choices.The financial sponsors of the event included the Rotary Club of Westhampton, the Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce, the Westhampton Kiwanis, Suffolk County National Bank and Bridgehampton National Bank.

The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center would like to announce that James Burke has been selected as the Main Street theater’s new executive director, replacing Clare Bisceglia, effective Monday, November 18. Mr. Burke has served as general manager and then director of Arts and Cultural Programs at the City Parks Foundation. (Check out the article by reporter Carol Moran appearing in this week’s issue for more details.)

Mr. Burke will be moving to the Westhampton area with his wife and three children, and we would like to welcome them all to the neighborhood. We look forward to working with you, Mr. Burke!

Next week includes one of the few holidays that has not been over-commercialized and has dear meaning to many—Veterans Day. The holiday will be observed on Monday, November 11. Please make sure you take time during your day to thank a veteran, young or old, for their service to our country.

I would like to send a special thank you to all the veterans I know personally, especially those who I run into on a regular basis at the Quogue Veterans of Foreign Wars Dayton-Soehlke-Ohlhorst Post 5350, the Hand-Aldrich American Legion Post 934 in Hampton Bays, the Eastport American Legion Post 1545 and the Arthur Ellis Hamm American Legion Post 834 in Westhampton. Thank you all for everything you have done and still do for our country.

Raynor Country Day School in Speonk will be holding one of the many Veterans Day ceremonies in our area over the next few days. Their event is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. today, Thursday, November 7, and the ceremony will include performances by the student choirs and bands, and members of all five military branches will be honored. Lunch for the veterans will follow. Please call the school office at (631) 288-4658 for more details.

The Knights of Columbus Father Slomski Council will host a wreath-laying ceremony at the Westhampton cemetery at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, November 10. A mass will follow at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Immaculate Conception on Quiogue to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Bideawee of Westhampton, located at 118 Old Country Road, will host a free Classic and Custom Car Show from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 10. There will be food, vendors, music and, of course, many adoptable pets.

Human Understanding and Growth Seminars Inc. will co-host a conference titled “Strengthening Communities” on Friday, November 15, from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., at the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center on East Main Street in Riverhead. Tickets are $75. Call (631) 288-9505 for tickets and additional information.

The Westhampton Free Library will host a “Hunger Games—Capitol” party at 5 p.m. on Thursday, November 21, at the Westhampton Beach library, located at 7 Library Avenue. Tweens, those between 12 and 18, can watch the original “The Hunger Games” movie and celebrate the release of its sequel, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” that will hit theaters on Friday, November 22. Attendees can watch the original film as if they were living in the fictional, Utopian city featured in the film and books.

There is no fee to attend, though registration is required. Food and drinks will be served. For more information or to register, call (631) 288-3335 or email whamprograms@gmail.com.

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