Westhampton Community Notes, December 19

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The judging for the 12th annual holiday lighting contest in Westhampton Beach Village took place last Thursday evening and the results are in. Overseeing the judging this year were Ridgie Barnett, Carrie Dansky and Terry McEntee, who braved frigid temps and drove around the village to make their decisions.In the Residence category, third-place honors went to the Garcia family on Rogers Avenue, second-place honors to the Heffernan family on Oneck Lane and the top honors, in addition to $100 and a photo of their holiday masterpiece, went to the Matlock family on Depot Road. There were two honorable mentions in this category and they were the Braat family on Bridle Path and the Belson family on Sunset Avenue, the latter of whom have been in the running the last few years.

In the Small Business category, Hampton Properties on Main Street placed third, the combination of O’Suzanna and Mustique took second, and the grand prize winner was Hampton Estates on Sunset Avenue.

In the Large Business category, Margarita Grille on Main Street came in third, the Morgan House (with that amazingly lit tree in the front yard) placed second and in a shocker and totally unexpected win, The Southampton Press Western Edition office on Mitchell Road took home the first-place ribbon this year.

I must say that this is a great honor. The Press intends to donate its $100 in winnings to the food pantry over at the Church of the Immaculate Conception on Quiogue.

The prizes and photos will be given out at the first trustee meeting of 2014 at Village Hall, scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 2.

Congratulations to all those mentioned here and all who participated—thank you for lighting up our village with your holiday spirit. It’s nice to drive around and see so many homes and businesses decked out for the season.

Monica Klug asked me to give her son Brian Jr. a shout out this week. Brian, a graduate of Westhampton Beach High School and Manhattan’s Cooper Union, is now a professional engineer in civil construction. Congratulations, Brian!

Congratulations also go out this week to the students in Amy Demchak-Connell’s virtual enterprise class at the high school, who took first place at the annual Briarcliffe College Long Island High School Business Plan Competition. The team includes eight students: Alex Camacho, Ashley Cunniff, Freesia Ferrantino, Jack Fink, Justin Grieco, Tashin Korur, Frank Leotta and Sisi Sandager Schou.

The students were asked to develop a business plan for a new or improved product and presented one for “Helios, Inc.,” a company offering a line of ecofriendly products. A few of the fictional products available through the website the students created included a bicycle-powered phone charger, a solar-powered charging backpack and a device called “Signal+,” which allows consumers to plug into their mobile device and extend the signal through the power of satellite technology. Nice job, folks!

Nancy Burner and Associates, located on Main Street here in Westhampton Beach, is having a winter donation drive to provide needed items to the victims of domestic violence. Some of the items they need are canned and boxed food, women’s and children’s clothing (both new and gently used), cleaning supplies, new and used toys, and gift cards to name a few. Donations can be dropped off at any Nancy Burner and Associates office during regular business hours. For more information, please call Emma at (631) 941-3434.

If you have some last-minute holiday items to pick up on your list, head on over to the East End Hospice Thrift Shop, located at 58 Old Riverhead Road. They have tons of great items for sale, including clothing, furniture, china, glassware, linens, jewelry and lots of holiday finds.

The shop is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day. All of the proceeds help fund Camp Good Grief, a bereavement camp for children who have lost a parent, sibling or other loved one. They are also accepting donations during regular business hours.

Peconic Bay Medical Center is offering a free stroke support group for those who have suffered or have a loved one who has suffered a stroke. The group will meet on Friday, December 20, from 11 a.m. until noon, in Conference Room C at the hospital, located at 1300 Roanoke Avenue in Riverhead. There will be guest speakers on hand to discuss physical and occupational therapies, as well as nutrition. For more information, call (631) 548-6744.

The Westhampton Free Library is offering a Food Manager Certification class from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 8. The course fee is $140, which includes all required materials and the test. Registration closes on Friday, December 20, so make sure you call (631) 288-3335 today if you are looking to get your certification.

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