Westhampton Community Notes, April 30


It was three years ago that I first photographed the Human Understanding and Growth Seminars’ “Spring Fling” bowling fundraiser over at Wildwood Lanes. It looked like so much fun that, for the past two years, I have left my camera at home and enjoyed two amazing nights filled with laughter.This year my friend Deirdre and I attended and we were teamed up with a great group of people. First, there was Brian Tymann and his wife, Kerri, his friend Brian and his fiancée, Jaime Cunningham, and, last but not least, Don and his wife, Felicia. I think the eight of us had the best time of all those in attendance. We were laughing from the moment we put on those fashionable shoes.

HUGS’ annual bowling fundraiser is quickly becoming one of my favorite days of the year. Kym Laube and her gang always do a fantastic job. I’m already looking forward to the next Spring Fling and, hopefully, will be teamed up with the same great crew.

The kids over at St. Mark’s Bright Beginnings Pre-School in Westhampton Beach enjoyed participating in a Trike-A-Thon benefiting the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital last week. The school raised more than $9,000 this year! Great job, everyone.

At the April 14 meeting of the Westhampton Woman’s Club, group members collected gently used business outfits for the charity Dress for Success. The clothing drive was held in conjunction with a program on fashion trends and tips. Betty Ann Catanzaro, a wardrobe consultant for the Carlisle Collection, spoke about developing one’s personal style and the connection between looking your best and doing your best.

The Westhampton Beach Summer Recreation Program will soon hold registration for students entering grades K-8 in September 2015. Students from the Westhampton Beach area are welcome to enroll.

The program runs from July 6 to 31, from 9 a.m. until noon daily, at the Westhampton Beach Elementary School. Registration forms will be sent home with students and can also be found on the school district website, www.whbschools.org, starting in early May. The cost is $300 per student.

The Westhampton Beach Farmers Market will open for the season this Saturday. May 2. It will be open every Saturday, from 9 until 1 p.m., through November 21, in the municipal lot off Mill Road in the heart of our village.

After you check out the market, you can take a stroll down Main Street for the second weekend of the Sidewalk Sale. Most of our merchants will be selling items at prices well below their usual ticket price. Call the Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce at (631) 288-3777 for more details.

Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck in Center Moriches is hosting its inaugural Inlet Ride fundraiser 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 Center Moriches camp, which is for children from Long Island with special needs.

Westhampton Beach will host its annual Arbor Day Celebration at 2:45 p.m. on Friday, May 1, over at Village Hall. Mayor Maria Moore will read a proclamation and Trustee Patricia DiBenedetto will accept the village’s Tree City USA Award from Sally Kellogg of the State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Division of Urban Forestry. All are welcome.

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. They will also be selling raffle tickets for a chance to win “His and Her” Raleigh bicycles, a Weber gas grill, a 40-inch television or a garden utility wagon.

Tickets are $5 each, or five for $20. Call Peconic Bay’s foundation office at (631) 548-6080 if you have any questions.

The Westhampton Free Library will help you celebrate the “Pitch Perfect 2” movie release with Columbia University’s a cappella ensemble, Nonsequitor, on Friday, May 8. The show starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Library Avenue venue and there is no charge to attend.

The Westhampton Beach Amazing Rase will be held this year on Saturday, May 23. This race is for teams of two to six people who will have both their minds and bodies tested with clues and challenges.

Teams are asked to arrive on the Westhampton Bach Village Green at 10:30 a.m. Please make sure your application forms are filled out and that you have your check for $100 made out to the “Hurricane Education Foundation.” They will also accept cash.

You can pick up an application at Lynne’s Cards and Gifts on Main Street or at the Hentschel Agency on Montauk Highway. You can also download a form at the Hurricane Education Foundation website, www.westhamptonbeach.k12.ny.us/Page/6894. For more details, visit the Westhampton Beach Amazing Rase Facebook page or email organizers at amazingrasewhb@gmail.com.

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