Westhampton Beach Community Notes, February 6

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Let’s start this week off right by sending our congratulations to a few local scholars:Ethan Mitchell, a Westhampton resident, graduated from SUNY at Oswego in December and completed his baccalaureate studies in adolescence education. Nice job, Ethan.

Justin LaGrasse, a senior at the University of Hartford, Taylor Hernandez, a junior at Salve Regina University on Rhode Island, and Musashi Osaki, a sophomore at Ithaca College’s School of Business, were all named to the dean’s list for the fall semester. Way to go, folks.

Congratulations also go out to the winners of the Westhampton Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee’s annual Texas Hold ‘em Poker Tournament held at Agave’s on Friday night. Fifty players entered the tournament with Darren Ginas and Terry Villano, both of Medford, calling it a draw at the final table and splitting the first and second place prizes. Ed Mansfield, a former top finisher in the event, took third place honors.

And while we’re on the subject, the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade fundraiser will take place on Saturday, March 8, from 7 until 11 p.m., at Agave’s on Mill Road. So stop down, have a beverage and some food, buy a few raffle tickets and join me in congratulating 2014 Grand Marshal Donna Conti!

Save this date: the parade will be held on Saturday, March 15, and steps off at noon from the Westhampton Beach Middle School off Mill Road. The theme of this year’s event is “Dream Green,” which leaves open many interpretations for float ideas. I am picturing a lot of green Coneheads.

The Westhampton Beach Fire Department held an ice rescue drill Sunday on Quantuck Bay. Approximately 20 firefighters and officers participated in the drill that was overseen by Captains Thomas Glover and Halsey Stevens. Participants took turns acting as victims and rescuers, recovering a submerged swimmer 100 yards from shore who had “fallen” through the ice, using a tethered surfboard and more modern Rescue Alive ice rescue sled.

Capt. Stevens offered the best explanation for the drill: “We live in a village that is surrounded by water … and we have kids playing hockey on local ponds. We need these skills.” Let’s just hope they never have to be used for real.

The Westhampton Free Library will have an interesting reading “specialist” at the library on Thursday evenings until February 27. Rosie, a 14-year-old golden retriever, is a therapy dog trained to help children practice their reading aloud skills and become more confident. She is a member of Therapy Dogs International and has even helped traumatized children testify in court.

Rosie will be at the library from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. each Thursday and children will be able to meet with Rosie, one on one, for 15 minutes. You must register for these free sessions and can do so by calling (631) 288-3335, ext. 112, or by stopping by the library.

Get out of the cold and stop by the Westhampton United Methodist Church, located at 116 Montauk Highway, this Friday, February 7, for a free dinner and a movie. They will be showing the movie “Unstoppable” starring Kirk Cameron and there will be free popcorn, dinner and dessert. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and you can call Audrey at (631) 996-2509 or email whumcoutreach@gmail.com to register.

The Dance Centre of the Hamptons, located at 10 Mitchell Road in Westhampton Beach, will offer a free class with master fitness instructor Oscar Gonzalez on Saturday, February 8, at 1:30 p.m. The class will run for 90 minutes (half Zumba and half Ultimate Conditioning) and will be followed by a reception and refreshments. Call (203) 536-1159 or email denisefreda@gmail.com to register or obtain more information.

The 22nd annual Westhampton Rotary Spaghetti Dinner is all set for this Sunday, February 9, from 1 until 7 p.m., at Casa Basso Restaurant located at 59 Montauk Highway in Westhampton. Tickets are $12 for adults, and $10 for children under 12 and senior citizens, and can be purchased at Lynne’s Cards and Gifts on Main Street, Bridgehampton National Bank on Mill Road and at the door the day of the dinner.

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