Westhampton Community Notes, May 8

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For starters, I would like to thank Kym Laube, Allison Galasso and the entire Human Understanding and Growth Seminars (HUGS) team for hosting a great night of bowling at their Spring Fling fundraiser last Friday night. It was held at Wildwood Lanes in Northampton.It was such a fun event that those gathered around our two lanes could not stop laughing the entire evening. I’ll have to practice my left-handed, through-the-legs and seated-bowling techniques before next year’s fundraiser.

Additionally, I would like to thank whoever is responsible for placing the radar speed indicator on Mitchell Road, just outside The Press’s western office, for the past few weeks. We have always had a problem with cars and trucks driving too quickly up and down our street, and the radar’s presence seems to have alleviated the problem—at least for the time being.

My friend Dave and I also tried to use it to find out how fast his radio-controlled car would go. Unfortunately, it was too quick for the radar to register; we got a top reading of only 55 mph!

The Westhampton Beach High School Business Advisory Council hosted its annual “Career Café” on April 25 in the high school gymnasium. Approximately 260 sophomores were able to learn about possible careers from 70 local professionals. Some of those in attendance included: architects, engineers, cosmetologists and doctors. Press reporter Kyle Campbell attended and helped represent local journalists.

Next year, as juniors, these students will get the chance to shadow a professional for a day and learn what that particular career is really like.

Westhampton True Value held a two-day grand opening celebration this past weekend at their new Montauk Highway location. There was a ribbon-cutting with members of the Westhampton Beach Village Board, discount coupons and a complimentary barbecue lunch for customers.

Congratulations to Ted and Kristin Jankowski, and their entire crew! You can visit www.westhamptontruevalue.com for their specials and the store’s hours of operation.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church will host the eighth annual Seeds of Hope Tanzania Outreach Chinese auction at the Westhampton Beach church tonight, Thursday, May 8, starting at 7 p.m. Proceeds from the auction will fund various projects, including the continued maintenance of an orphanage for 14 children in the African nation.

The Westhampton Beach Farmers Market will reopen for the season this Saturday, May 10, in the municipal parking lot at 85 Mill Road. There will be more than 40 vendors selling locally grown, caught or homemade items every Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., through November 22.

Peconic Bay Medical Center’s annual Garden Festival begins today, Thursday, May 8, and runs through Sunday, May 11. An assortment of plants and flowers will be sold on the Great Lawn here in Westhampton Beach, as well as the hospital’s new medical campus, located on Route 111 in Manorville, and at the Tanger Outlets in Riverhead.

Sale hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Sunday, which is Mother’s Day. Visit www.pbmchealth.org for more information.

The Westhampton Beach Dugout Club will hold a clothing drive fundraiser on Saturday, May 10, from 9 a.m. until noon, in the rear parking lot of the Westhampton Beach High School. They will accept coats, shoes, belts, purses, scarves, linens, stuffed animals and bikes.

Residents of Westhampton Beach, as well as village employees and fire department and ambulance company volunteers, can head on over to Village Hall, 165 Mill Road, this Saturday, May 10, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., to pick up their beach stickers for the season. Then the following Saturday and Sunday, May 17 and 18, everyone else can stop by Rogers Beach on Dune Road anytime between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to pick up their passes and stickers.

International fitness instructor Oscar Gonzalez is offering a free 90-minute Master Class of Zumba and Body Barre this Saturday, May 10, starting at 1:30 p.m. The class will take place at Dance Center of the Hamptons, 10 Mitchell Road in Westhampton Beach. There will also be a dietician and chiropractor present to answer any health and fitness questions you might have.

To register for the class, call Denise at (203) 536-1159 or email her at denisefreda@gmail.com.

The Fresh Air Fund is looking for local families to host children from disadvantaged communities for a week this summer. If you’re interested, they will be holding an open house on Saturday, May 17, from 10 until 11:30 a.m., at the Southampton Inn, located at 91 Hill Street in Southampton.

To RSVP or obtain more information, call (800) 367-0003, ext. 8969, or email dasirifi@freshair.org.

Bideawee of Westhampton, located at 118 Old Country Road, is waiving the adoption fee on all cats and kittens for the month of May. If you are thinking about adding a feline to your family, now is a great time to do so.

Bideawee will also be hosting a classic car show and adoption fair on Sunday, May 18, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. For more information on any of these events, please visit www.bideawee.org.

East End Hospice will host its 20th annual North Fork Pig Roast on Saturday, May 31, from 4 to 7 p.m., over at Pindar Vineyards in Peconic. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for kids age 14 and under, which gets you roasted pig and all the fixin’s. There will also be an inflatable bounce house, face painting, and arts and crafts for the kids.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, please call (631) 288-7080 or visit www.eeh.org.

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