First off, Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours; I hope your day is filled with family and friends, fabulous food and, of course, some football. I don’t know what I enjoy more, the feasting festivities or just having five days off from work. I hope yours is a safe and happy one. Gobble, gobble.Speaking of turkey day, have you seen the rafter of turkeys wandering around our village over the last month or two? I have seen groups of more than 10 and also a few stragglers flying solo, yes flying. I have had two almost fly into my windshield, and they are not small birds. Keep an eye out, maybe they are just looking to get through the holiday without landing on someone’s dinner table.
Congratulations go out this week to three Westhampton Beach High School students: Allyson Downs, Emily Jaquin and Peyton Bigora. These three students have advanced to the regional level of the Veterans of Foreign Wars annual Voice of Democracy essay contest. Nice job!
Talia Rosmarin, a former Westhampton Beach Hurricane attending Buffalo State majoring in painting, was one of seven students who helped paint a mural celebrating the history of Ellicott Creek Park and the unique use of an island as a dog park. The park is located near the college in Erie County. The students created the mural as part of a service-learning course in mural painting. Way to go, Talia.
Congratulations to the Westhampton Free Library for being one of several libraries in Suffolk County to be awarded American Star designation from Library Journal. This is the eighth year in a row the library has received star status and the fourth year in a row to earn five-star status. The ratings are based on the number of patron visits, circulation, program attendance and public internet computer use.
This week the library will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, but still there are lots of activities and events for kids through adults. For folks who are looking to become legal citizens, stop by the library on Mondays from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. All are welcome to this free class, but registration is required by calling or emailing the library at 631-288-3335 or visiting www.WesthamptonLibrary.net.
The Moriches Bay Project has teamed up with Cor-J (aka Mill Road) Seafood and has brought back its cocktail sauce called “Shucks.” Each 6-ounce jar of cocktail sauce costs $8 each or $6 if you buy six or more jars, plus $4 for shipping and free gift-wrapping. A portion of the proceeds will go toward helping keep our bays and inlets clean. Order online by December 1 or before they run out by going to MorichesBayProject.org or by emailing MorichesBayProject@gmail.com.
Speaking of holiday gifts, make sure you help out our community and do some holiday shopping in our village on Small Business Saturday, November 26. Most of the shops on or around Main Street will have sale specials and some will even have activities to keep your tiny companions occupied while you shop.
And for all you local shop owners, The chamber has ordered many promotional items from American Express for Shop Small Saturday, so make sure you stop in the office on Glovers and pick something up for your store while they last.
The Westhampton Presbyterian Church will hold its annual Tea and Bazaar on Saturday, December 3, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at 90 Meeting House Road. Gift items will be for sale, including fresh greens, jewelry, baked goods, and handmade ornaments and a miniature Norman Rockwell Village with all the trimmings. For more information, call the church office at 631-288-2576.
Peconic Bay Medical Center and WALK 97.5 radio have teamed up and are holding a community toy drive on Saturday, December 3, from 12 to 2 p.m. You are welcome to drop off an unwrapped gift in the lobby located at 1300 Roanoke Avenue in Riverhead.