As you have probably noticed, there has been an abundance of obituaries appearing in The Press since the start of 2014. This week was no exception as our community lost two great men over the weekend: Vincent “Uncle Vin” Zorbo and Charles “Charlie” Bass.To be honest, I didn’t know “Uncle Vin” very well—I had met him only a few times—but I can tell by the Facebook posts, and the stories that I’ve heard, that he had a very positive influence on many of you.
Charlie, on the other hand, I met more than a decade ago and considered a friend. He always had a smile on his face and could always make me smile. I will always picture him either wearing his Navy uniform or his Westhampton Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal sash, both of which he was very proud.
My condolences go out to both the Zorbo and Bass families. Our village lost two men who will long be remembered for the influence they had on so many of us, and the great things they had accomplished in our village. Rest in peace, neighbors.
On a lighter note, we have some more congratulations to send out this week. Karlyn Sabo and Morgan Wilcox, who both attend SUNY Cortland, and Brianna Spano, who is enrolled at the University of Vermont, were named to the dean’s list for the fall semester. Nice job, folks!
Select Westhampton Beach High School students in the school’s band, chorus, orchestra and jazz ensemble were chosen to perform at the Hampton Music Educators Association High School Concert, held on January 25 over at the Eastport South Manor High School in Manorville.
The Westhampton Beach band members who participated were: Nathan Alford, Margaret Barr-Forget, Sarah Blumenthal, Kasey Chockalingam, Lucy DiBenedetto, Erin Dyer, Mike Flynn, Ivonne Grunseich, Tim Hoare, Kaitlyn Keller, Robert Love, Peter Ostie, Katherine Pulsonetti, Chase Rubio, Rourke Sekelsky and Kimberly Vish.
Participating chorus members included: Nick Arpino, Emily Blumenthal, Alexandra Fee, Matt Higgins, Tyler Hill, Reed Kneski, Molly Magee, Jackie Moore, Connor Regan, Maura Sitzmann, Kiera Solomon and Dan Taylor. Alaina Cruse represented the orchestra, and Kasey Chockalingam, Peter Ostie and Katherine Pulsonetti represented the jazz ensemble. Way to go!
Members of Girl Scout Troop 3993 will be weaving fabric at the Westhampton Free Library from 1:30 until 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 22. The girls are helping out a young cancer patient in California named Max whose wish was to create the longest rainbow loom chain in the world for his seventh birthday, which is on Saturday, March 1.
Stop down at the library and help loom a few chains, drop off any chains you have already made, or you can make a birthday card for Max. For more details, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family Service League, located at 40 Main Street in Westhampton Beach, is holding a social skills class for children age 6 to 14 who are on the autism spectrum. The class will meet for eight weeks starting on Monday, March 3, at 6 p.m., and the cost is $25 per session. Call Barbara Silverstein at (631) 288-1954 to register, which must be completed before March 3.
Saturday, March 8: The Westhampton Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee fundraiser at Agave’s on Mill Road, from 7 until 11 p.m. A donation of $20 gets you in the door. Visit go to www.whbstpats.com.
Saturday, March 15: The Westhampton Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at noon and starts in front of the middle school on Mill Road. The parade route continues west to Main Street.
Saturday, April 12: Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce’s annual Easter Egg Hunt and Village Scavenger Hunt on the Great Lawn in Westhampton Beach, from noon until 2 p.m.
Saturday, May 3: The Westhampton Beach Farmers Market opens for the summer 2014 season. It will be open every Saturday, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., until November. Visit www.WesthamptonBeachFarmersMarket.com.
Saturday, June 28: East End Hospice Summer Gala, “Celebrate The Red, White and Blue,” at the Sandacres Estate in Quogue, from 7 until 11 p.m. For tickets or more information, call (631) 288-7080 or visit www.eeh.org.
Saturday, July 12: Family Service League Summer Gala will be held on the Great Lawn in Westhampton Beach from 7 until 9 p.m. Call (631) 288-1954 for more information.