Westhampton Community Notes, March 6

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Happy (belated) birthday wishes go out this week to Rose Loos, who celebrated her 98th birthday on Monday, March 3.My apologizes to Rose and her daughter Ellen, who sent me the birthday wish reminder a few weeks ago. With all the hustle and bustle of everyday life, I mistakenly forgot to mention Rose’s birthday in last week’s column.

Perhaps in a couple of years, in addition reading it in The Press, Rose will be watching as Willard Scott wishes her a happy 100th birthday on the Today Show!? One more time: happy birthday, Rose!

I would also like to wish a happy birthday to Kym Laube who will celebrate her special day on Sunday, March 9. Happy birthday, Kym!

Congratulations go out this week to Westhampton Beach High School’s Virtual Enterprise class. Members of team “Helios, Inc.” bested nearly 40 other squads competing in the Long Island Virtual Enterprise competition held last month and, in turn, punched their ticket for the National Virtual Enterprise Business Plan Competition scheduled for Wednesday, April 2, in New York City.

The “Helios, Inc.” team, whose virtual enterprise offers technology devices that are powered by renewable energy, includes: Frank Leotta, Jack Fink, Justin Grieco, Ashley Cunniff, Tahsin Korur and Freesia Ferrantino. They are led by advisor Amy Demchak-Connell. Nice job and good luck next month!

If you are thinking about adding a furry friend to your family, Bidawee has a great offer for the month of March. All cats and dogs six months and older will be available for adoption for free. You can head up to Bidawee, located at 118 Old Country Road in Westhampton, or you can check out some adoptable pets at two upcoming mobile adoption clinics.

On Wednesday, March 19, they will be at Citarelli’s Gourmet Deli, 525 Montauk Highway in Eastport, and on Sunday, March 23, they will be stopping at Beach Auto Wash, 114 Old Riverhead Road in Westhampton Beach. The adoption clinics will run from noon until 3 p.m. both days. Visit www.bideawee.org for more information.

The Spring Into Action Fundraiser will be held at Buoy One Restaurant, 62 Montauk Highway in Westhampton, from 5 until 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 8. Organizers are trying to raise money to help Liz Liggon honor her son-in-law, Donnie Phillippe, by running in the women’s half-marathon in Washington, D.C., on April 27. Donnie has been battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma since he was 4 years old and Liz will be training and running the marathon with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society team.

Tickets are $15 each and there will be plenty of hors d’oeuvres, a Chinese auction and music by the Bredfrys. For more information, please email retromac@optonline.net or call (631) 338-5487.

One of the first signs of spring for me will arrive this weekend. The Westhampton Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee fundraiser will be held on Saturday, March 8, from 7 until 11 p.m., at Agave’s, located at 142 Mill Road right here in the village.

Despite the venue change, the cost is the same: $20 for those 21 and over. This year, however, there will be a deejay, live music courtesy of the band Strecker, as well as plenty of raffles and bagpipers.

They are running out of the $100 raffle tickets; only 300 are sold, so make sure you get in on the chance to win anywhere from $250 to $5,000. There will be additional raffles and the winners will take home a nice vacation package and the famous “Wagons of Cheer.”

To buy raffle tickets, or obtain more information about the fundraiser, call (631) 560-6392 or stop down at Lynne’s Cards and Gifts on Main Street in Westhampton Beach.

The Rotary Club of Westhampton will host the Harlem Wizards next Friday, March 14, from 7 until 10 p.m., in the Westhampton Beach High School gymnasium. The Wizards will take on an all-star cast of alumni, teachers and local business people. They will also put on a halftime show for all ages and will sign a few autographs, too.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students and children 6 years and under are admitted for free. You can purchase tickets at Lynne’s Card and Gifts or at Bridgehampton National Bank, both here in Westhampton Beach, or from any Rotarian. Visit www.westhamptonrotary.org if you have any questions.

The next sign of spring—at least for me—is the village’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which steps off at noon sharp on Saturday, March 15, from the Westhampton Beach Middle School. This year’s theme is “Dream Green” and marchers will be led by 2014 Grand Marshal Donna Conti.

Let’s hope the wind will be at our backs, the sun will shine upon our faces and NO rain falls until after the last marchers—or horses, in this year’s case—pass the grand stand at the end of the parade route.

Don’t forget to SPRING your clocks forward before you head to bed on Saturday, March 8. We will lose an hour of sleep, but I know we will all enjoy the extra daylight in the evenings.

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