Well, the unofficial beginning to summer has finally arrived and brought with it the warm weather that we’ve all been looking forward to following the “winter of our discontent.” The rising temps have also brought with them longer lines and busier roads, so I’m urging everyone to take a deep breath and, when you find yourself in a “summer situation,” just remember that the crazy season lasts only a few months.In honor of Memorial Day, I would like to congratulate former Westhampton Beach mayor and World War II veteran Arma “Ham” Andon, who is being inducted into the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame for the sacrifices he made fighting for our country. During his service he had some pretty serious hardware pinned to his uniform; he was awarded the Bronze Star with Cluster, two Purple Hearts with Cluster, and a Presidential Unit Citation. In 2005, he was honored with the Austrian Medal of Honor and, in 2006, with the French President’s Legion of Honor Medal.
Congratulations, Ham, and thank you for all you have done for our country.
If you didn’t get your fill of good barbecue over the weekend, you’re in luck. East End Hospice’s 20th annual North Fork Pig Roast is all set for this Saturday, May 31, over at Pindar Vineyards, 37645 Route 25 in Peconic. Food will be served from 4 until 6 p.m., and the drinks and fun will continue until 7 p.m.
Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for kids age 14 and under. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please call (631) 288-7080 or visit www.eeh.org.
I would like to send a shout-out to Emma Galasso, who was selected to attend the 14th annual Students Inside Albany Conference on May 19. The conference brought students together from across the state to learn how things work up in Albany, and how citizen participation influences public policy. Way to go, Emma!
Congratulations also go out this week to Lexie Cable, who recently finished up her junior year at the University of Rhode Island and was named to the dean’s list for the spring semester. Nice job, Lexie.
Speaking of the Cables, Lexie’s brother, David, a local Boy Scout in the process of completing his Eagle Scout project, will be holding a car wash at the Westhampton Beach Firehouse on Sunset Avenue on Saturday, May 31, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. He is raising funds to build a special box at the Westhampton cemetery that holds flags to be placed on veterans’ graves in honor of their service.
Runners in our area must be excited for the upcoming 5K race season. The Peg Larkin Memorial 5K Run/Fun Walk will be held this Sunday, June 1, starting at 9:30 a.m., at the Remsenburg-Speonk Elementary School on Mill Road in Remsenburg.
The fee to enter is $25 for preregistered adults, ($30 on the day of the race), and $20 for children 17 and under. There will also be a kid’s half-mile fun run. For more information or to register, visit www.justregister.net or call (631) 707-5391.
Another upcoming race all you runners can look forward to is the 24th annual Joe Koziarz Memorial 5K, which will be held on Saturday, July 19. Registration will begin at 7 a.m. on the Westhampton Beach Village Green and the race will start promptly at 8:30 a.m.
The cost is $20 if you preregister before Monday, June 30, or $25 if you wait until the day of the race. For the youngsters, there will also be the sixth annual “Kids Fun Run,” a one-kilometer race for kids age 10 and younger. It will start immediately following the Koziarz 5K.
For more information on either event, or to download a registration form, visit the Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce’s website, www.whbcc.org, and click the Joe Koziarz 5K Memorial link.
Local seniors participating in the Westhampton Beach Performing Art Center’s Melodies and Memories program will pay tribute to their lives and loves with a free performance at the theater at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 1. Tickets will be given out on a first come, first served basis. You can also pick up tickets ahead of time by calling (631) 288-2350, ext. 112, or by emailing MorganV@whbpac.org.
Family Service League will offer a six-week Social Skills program for children on the autism spectrum beginning on Monday, July 7, at the Westhampton Beach office located at 40 Main Street. The sessions will be offered every Monday, from 6 to 7 p.m., for six consecutive weeks.
Preregistration is required and costs $25 per session. For more information, call Barbara Silverstein at (631) 288-1954, ext. 2237, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday and Sunday, June 7 and 8: The Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce’s annual Spring Arts and Crafts Show, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. both days, on the Westhampton Beach Village Green.