Westhampton Community Notes, April 23

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It was so nice to finally feel some spring weather this past weekend. I was in Manhattan for my cousin’s wedding on Saturday and it couldn’t have been a more perfect day. The mercury hit the 70-degree mark and there was a nice breeze so that the heat, and odors of the city, weren’t too much of a shock to your system.It was even better to hang with my family for a truly happy event rather than the funerals we have been gathering for recently. Still, with my family, we make the most of every opportunity whenever we get together, and usually end up sharing more than a few laughs.

I would like to wish my cousin Jaclyn, and her new husband, Chris, the very best and I hope your life together will be filled with joy, happiness and lots of love! Congratulations!

There are some birthday wishes to send to a couple folks this week. Jackie Bennett celebrates her day on Friday, April 24, and Mike Crennan finally turns the big 2-1 on Saturday, April 25. Happy birthday to you both!

I will see you tomorrow, Friday, April 24, over at the Wildwood Lanes in Northampton for Human Understanding and Growth Seminars’ 13th annual “Spring Fling” bowling fundraiser.

The fun starts at 7 p.m. and includes raffles galore, including a $10-per-ticket one in which someone will take home a beautiful Weber grill, courtesy of Westhampton True Value. There’s also a “Can’t Give Back” 50/50 raffle, as well as both Chinese and silent auctions. There will be plenty of food and a cash bar as well. So, stop down and check it out.

Tickets are $40 per bowler, and it is suggested that attendees be over 21 years of age. For tickets, to help sponsor the event or for more information, call (631) 288-9505.

HUGS is particularly busy this weekend as it has teamed up with Backpacks For Fellow Students again this year for the third annual Spring Splash Fundraiser and KanJam Tournament. The events will take place on Saturday, April 25, over at Rogers Beach (105 Dune Road) in Westhampton Beach.

Registration commences at 10 a.m., the KanJam tournament will go from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., and splashers will make their plunge at 12:30 p.m. There will be prizes for the first “splasher” to go under water, most creative costume, youngest and oldest participant, and first parent in the water.

If you have any questions about the event, including how to register or donate, please call Backpacks For Fellow Students at (917) 517-7773, or email them at bffs.info@gmail.com.

Also on Saturday, April 25, you can celebrate Earth Day by helping to clean up the beaches or checking out the festival in the afternoon on the Village Green.

Folks will meet up at 906 Dune Road in the Village of West Hampton Dunes at 9 a.m. to clean sections of our public beaches. Then a festival will take place on the Westhampton Beach Village Green, on the corner of Main Street and Mill Road, from 1 to 4 p.m. on the same day. There will be live music, face painting, pop-up yoga and other activities (such as a class on how to build a bat house).

You can also reduce some clutter in your garage or basement by donating recyclables, including electronics, office equipment, pots and pans, small kitchen appliances and even used pet supplies. Visit www.facebook.com/whbearthday or www.morichesbayproject.org.

If you would like to take a nice bike ride from one end of Dune Road to the other, you are in luck. Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck in Center Moriches is hosting its inaugural Inlet Ride fundraiser in our neighborhood on Saturday, May 2, starting at 8 a.m. The ride will take place on Dune Road and runs from Cupsogue Beach (aka Moriches Inlet) to the Shinnecock Inlet and back. (That’s a total of 28 miles, if you were wondering.)

You can sign up at www.inletride.com for a nonrefundable registration fee of $25. Refreshments will be served along the route, and the first 400 riders will receive a complimentary T-shirt. Proceeds of the event will go toward the camp, which is for children from Long Island with special needs.

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Peconic Bay Medical Center will host its 20th annual Garden Festival from Thursday, May 7, through Sunday, May 10, at three locations: on the Great Lawn here in Westhampton Beach; at the Tanger Outlets in Riverhead; and at Peconic Bay’s medical campus off Route 111 in Manorville.

Hours are 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 7 to 9, and 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 10, which is also Mother’s Day. Call Peconic Bay’s foundation office at (631) 548-6080 if you have any questions.

Stop by one of the locations and get your mom a nice plant she can put in her yard; that way, she can think of you every time it blooms!

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