Westhampton Community Notes, December 12


I think it makes the most sense to start this week’s column by congratulating Westhampton Beach Fire Department Chief John “Chip” Bancroft on his reelection last week, not to mention all that he does to protect his neighbors. Chief Bancroft, along with other fire department officers, were reelected to year-long terms during last week’s elections at the Sunset Avenue firehouse.Additionally, 1st Assistant Chief Ross Doneson, 2nd Assistant Chief William “Bo” Overton and 3rd Assistant Chief Bill Dalton were all reelected as assistant chiefs. Halsey Stevens, Thomas Glover, Mauro DiBenedetto and Nancy Lynch were selected as captains, while John Cable, Larry Saccente, Robert Cooke and Tom Betjemann were chosen as lieutenants.

James Hadley was elected president and James Czachur was elected vice president of the fire department’s Executive Board, while Padriac Smith was named to the board.

Congratulations to all and thank you for what you do for our village and beyond!

There are lots of happy birthday wishes to send out this week, mostly for current and former co-workers.

First off, Brandi Buchman, the last editorial assistant to work in the western office—and someone we miss tremendously—is celebrating down in Texas today, Thursday, December 12. My pals and local boys Joe Caggiano and Brian Tymann will celebrate their big day on Friday, December 13.

The editorial assistant in the eastern office, Alea Harkawik, will celebrate her birthday on Sunday, December 15, while The Press’ own saleswoman, Kris Vanderslice, and sports editor, Cailin Riley, share the same birthday: Monday, December 16. And former Western Edition editor W. Michael Pitcher and former classified manager Debbie Riccio celebrate their birthdays on Tuesday, December 17.

Happy birthday to all of you almost Christmas babies!

Entries in the Westhampton Beach Holiday Lighting Contest will be judged tonight, Thursday, December 12, weather permitting, so make sure to leave on your elaborate electrical exhibits between 5 and 10 p.m. this evening. The judges will be making their rounds between those hours and you don’t want to miss out.

The three categories again this year are Large Business, Small Business and Residential. The top three finishers in each category will receive a photograph of their holiday displays and the winners in each division will receive $100 each—money that, no doubt, will go to help pay those December LIPA bills!

And if you are competing, please keep your displays illuminated for a few days after the judging, so I can snap a few pictures for the newspaper.

The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center will host two performances of “The Nutcracker Sweet” this weekend. The PAC student ensemble will be joined by professional ballet dancers as they perform shows at 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 14, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 15.

Tickets are only $15 each. What gets you into the holiday spirit more than sugar plum fairies dancing or snowflakes waltzing?

Amy’s Ark Studio, located at 10 Hollow Lane in Westhampton, is having a holiday artisan sale every Saturday and Sunday in December, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on those days. They have handmade ornaments, pottery, jewelry, and even hot cider and cookies. You will also be able to put together your own wreath.

A portion of the proceeds will go toward the ongoing relief effort in the Philippines. For more information, please call (631) 902-3655.

Lastly, be sure to mark your calendars now for this event. The Westhampton Beach Lacrosse Club is hosting a flapjack fundraiser on Sunday, January 12, from 8 until 10 a.m., at the Applebee’s located on County Road 58 in Riverhead. Tickets cost $10 per person and will be sold at the door.

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