I would like to start off this week by thanking members of the Knights of Columbus, Father Slomski Council for inviting me to attend their “Patron’s Night” on Saturday evening. The event celebrated the group’s 35th anniversary.It was nice to put down the camera and enjoy a delicious meal with the company of some great people. Happy anniversary and thank you for all you guys do for our community.
We have a few birthday wishes to send out this week. First one goes to Clint Greenbaum, who celebrates his birthday today, Thursday, October 23. Clint is getting an early birthday present as his favorite baseball team, the Kansas City Royals, are playing in the World Series for the first time since 1985. Go Royals!!
Happy birthday wishes are also going out to Matt Dean, who celebrates his big day on Saturday, October 25, and to my fellow columnist over in Remsenburg, Jennifer Bigora, who celebrates her birthday on Monday, October 27. Happy birthday everyone!
Congratulations also go out this week to Alan Clark of Westhampton, who has been named a leading personal injury/medical malpractice plaintiff attorney in the 2014 New York Metro Super Lawyers publication for seven consecutive years. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers who cover more than 70 practice areas.
Mr. Clark often takes on complex cases that other attorneys refuse. For example, 25 years ago he represented a developmentally-disabled, blind man who became permanently disabled after suffering neurological injuries due to physician negligence and error. A six-week trial resulted in a $2.5 million verdict and set a precedent for protecting severely disabled individuals. Great work, Alan!
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island and the Rotary Club of Westhampton are teaming up once again for their annual East End Poker and Blackjack night. Shuffle up and deal takes place today, Thursday, October 23, at the Hotel Indigo, 1830 West Main Street in Riverhead. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. and the tournament starts at 7:30 p.m.
The cost is $100 per person, which gets you entered in either the poker or blackjack tournament, as well as dinner and an open bar. If you don’t play cards, tickets cost $65 for just dinner and drinks. Some sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information or to register, visit www.bbbsli.org and click on the “East End Poker and Blackjack” link.
The Greater Westhampton Food Pantry community fundraising dinner will be held on Saturday, October 25, in the Parish Hall of the Church of the Immaculate Conception on Quiogue. As it is every year, this fundraising dinner is a combined effort of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Westhampton, the Knights of Columbus, Father Slomski Council and the Rotary Club of Westhampton. This year is the Kiwanis’ turn to take the lead and “run” the show.
Doors open at 5 p.m. and dinner will be served until 8:30 p.m. The cost is $17 in advance for adults (or $20 at the door), and $8 for children 12 and under. There are discounts for those families with multiple children. It is also suggested that folks bring a canned food item to help stock the pantry.
The buffet-style dinner will be provided by Sydney’s “Taylor Made” Cuisine, there will be ice cream courtesy of Shock for dessert and, of course, plenty of delicious Hampton Coffee. You can also take your chances with the straw raffle and the silent auction. There will be artists painting children’s faces and kids are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes for a short pre-Halloween parade.
Tickets are now available at Lynne’s Cards and Gifts, the Hentschel Agency, Flowers by Rori, or from just about any member of the three charitable entities involved.
The Westhampton Free Library is getting in the Halloween spirit. The Westhampton Beach facility will host a “Haunted Library” this Saturday, October 25. Stop by the library between 7 and 11 p.m. that evening and try to make your way through the library without getting too scared. (This event is not recommended for children under 10 years of age.)
Then on Sunday, October 26, bring your pet down to the Westhampton Beach Village Green between 1 and 3:30 p.m. for the second annual Pet Parade and Expo. There will be animals from Bideawee up for adoption, veterinary booths to answer any questions you might have, and treats for both people and our four-legged friends.
The pet parade will step off at 2 p.m. All well-behaved animals are invited to participate; owners need to make sure their pets are properly leashed. There is no charge to participate, though pre-registration is encouraged. Please visit www.westhamptonlibrary.net to sign up or obtain more information.