Westhampton Community Notes, October 30


As some of you might already know, I was in a pretty nasty car accident on East Main Street in Riverhead last Wednesday, October 22. An oncoming car was waiting to turn left across my lane when it was rear-ended by another vehicle and pushed into my driver’s side door. It was a textbook example of me being at the wrong place at the wrong time, and why you should always keep your wheels straight while waiting to make a turn.The damage to my car was so bad that members of the Riverhead Fire Department had to cut off my door in order to get me out. Usually, I’m the one taking photos at these scenes; this was the first time I was on the other side of the camera. I think I’ll stick to taking the photos instead being extricated.

I would like to thank the Riverhead Police Department, the Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps and the staff over at the Peconic Bay Medical Center for taking all the necessary precautions and for their professionalism and courtesy. When it came time to do paperwork at the hospital, it was nice to see a familiar face when Tonya Schunk wheeled her computer into my room and acted as my administrator.

On a sad note, I would like to extend my condolences to the Werner and Birk families, both of which lost their patriarchs this week. Gordon Werner passed away last Thursday, October 23, while vacationing in Florida and Joseph “Norm” Birk died at his home in Westhampton Beach on October 22.

These were two of the nicest, most caring gentlemen I have ever met and they will be sorely missed in our community. Rest in peace.

Congratulations go out this week to several members of the Westhampton Beach High School chorus who were named All-State and All-National performers by the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA). Based on their performances last spring, Alexandra Fee was named an All-National performer while Emma Galasso, Stephanie Fitt and Nicholas Arpino were named All-State performers.

Alexandra traveled to Nashville on October 26 and performed in the mixed choir. Emma, Stephanie and Nicholas will travel to Rochester in early December and perform at NYSSMA’s 79th annual Winter Conference. In addition, Sarah Blumenthal and Maura Sitzmann were selected as All-State alternates. Nice job, folks!

I would also like to congratulate Alexandra Garcia, the daughter of my friends Kristi and George Garcia of Westhampton. Alex was selected to participate in the 2014 Miss Jr. Pre-Teen New York pageant. It will be held on Sunday, November 16, in Brooklyn.

If Alexandra were to win the title, she would represent New York at the national competition that will take place in Orlando, Florida. Community businesses, organizations and private individuals are being asked to assist Alexandra by becoming an official sponsor. Through sponsorships, each contestant receives all the necessary training, rehearsals and financial support that will prepare them for this year’s pageant.

Those interested in sponsoring Alexandra are asked to call the Miss Jr. Pre-Teen New York pageant coordinator at (877) 403-6678.

Congratulations go out this week to Brittany Ryzuk of Westhampton and Derek Philcox of Kings Park. The couple, who met while attending New York College of Health Professions in Syosset, got engaged on September 27! They are planning a fall 2015 wedding.

The Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce, along with the Westhampton Beach Elementary School PTO, will host “Halloween on Main Street” this Friday, October 31, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Since I have not received any information regarding this event other than the date and time, I don’t know if they are still having the parade from the Westhampton Beach Middle School to Main Street this year. There is, unfortunately, no information about this event on the chamber website.

My suggestion is to grab your kids, their cousins and the neighbor’s kids from down the street and head on over to Main Street, between Mitchell Road and Mill Road, at around that time on Halloween.

East End Hospice will hold its next Children’s Bereavement Group for those between the ages of 7 and 11 on Monday, November 3. The group meets every Monday, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at 195 Mill Road in the village. The parent/guardian bereavement group will meet at the same time. To register or obtain more information, please call Angela Byrns at (631) 288-8400.

Westhampton Beach High School thespians will be performing “The 39 Steps” next month. Showtimes are as follows: 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 7, and Saturday, November 8, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 9. All performances will be in the auditorium of the high school on Lilac Lane. There is no charge for tickets and all are welcome.

The Westhampton Free Library, located at 7 Library Avenue in Westhampton Beach, will host a book signing for former Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy on Saturday, November 15. Mr. Levy will be signing copies of his new book, “Bias in the Media,” starting at noon. He will also discuss highlights of the book during a question-and-answer period. There is no charge to attend.

There are only a few weeks left to enjoy the Westhampton Beach Farmers Market, which runs from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturdays, and is held in the parking lot off Mill Road in the village. The final market of the year will be on November 22, giving you just enough time to stock up for those Thanksgiving meals.

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