Let’s jump right in this week as there is quite the number of people to congratulate!First up is Lucy DiBenedetto, who was recently inducted into the National Honor Society and the Tri-M Music Honor Society. She is also one of only 1,000 outstanding high school juniors selected to experience life at West Point for a week. She will live in the barracks, eat in the mess hall and participate in academic, leadership, athletic and military workshops to help her decide her path following graduation. Very cool, Lucy.
Meanwhile, Lucy’s brother, Sal DiBenedetto, will be dedicating his Eagle Scout project to the Village of Westhampton Beach at 10 a.m. this Saturday, June 14. Sal has built a life jacket loaner station at the Westhampton Beach Marina to help improve safety on the water. Nice job, DiBenedettos!
Speaking of Eagle Scouts, I would like to send out a big congratulations to Justin Kuey for completing his Eagle Scout project and earning the highest honor a Boy Scout can achieve. I know that his parents, Barbara and John, are very proud and that his success is a reflection of their solid parenting skills. Also, I must note that Justin’s sister, Cayla, played a beautiful rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner on the flute at her brother’s ceremony. Congratulations, Kuey clan!
Last, but certainly not least, congratulations go out to Jenn Greiner of Westhampton Beach who graduated sum cum laude from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts last month with a master’s degree in art therapy. Jenn is a graduate of Westhampton Beach High School and the University of New Hampshire.
The Westhampton Beach Historical Society will host a benefit and exhibit opening this Friday, June 13, from 4-6 p.m., at Starr Boggs on Parlato Drive in Westhampton Beach. This year’s exhibit will include photographs and artifacts tracing the evolution of Westhampton’s business district through the years. Considering the changes I’ve personally witnessed over the past 10 years, I can only imagine the changes made over the past several decades.
Tickets to the reception and benefit are $40 each. The exhibit will be housed at the Westhampton Beach Historical Society headquarters, located at 101 Mill Road in the village, and will open to the public starting on Saturday, June 14. The exhibit will be on display until September 20. For tickets or more information, please call (631) 288-1139.
Human Understanding and Growth Seminars Inc., aka HUGS, will be holding a fundraising yard sale on Saturday, June 21, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., at the group’s office located at 108C Mill Road here in Westhampton Beach. There will be “cash and carry” Life Is Good merchandise, baked goods and coffee from the Hampton Coffee Company, as well as some great yard sale items.
They are also looking for donations and are willing to pick up any items. If you can contribute, please call the HUGS office at (631) 288-9505.
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. Tickets are $250 per person; $125 “junior” tickets are available for those 35 and younger if purchased in advance (that price goes up to $150 if you buy them at the door). For tickets or more information, call (631) 288-7080 or visit www.eeh.org.
Friday, July 11: The Westhampton Garden Club House and Garden Tour, 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., includes visits to six beautiful homes and gardens. There will also be a luncheon at the Quogue Club at Hallock House, which is limited to tour participants. Tickets range from $50 to $200 per person, and reservations will be taken until next Friday, June 20. Visit www.westhamptongardenclub.org. to purchase tickets.
Saturday, July 12: The Family Service League’s Caribbean Beach Party Summer Gala, 7 to 9 p.m., on the Great Lawn in Westhampton Beach. Tickets cost $250 each. For more information, tickets or sponsorship opportunities, please call (631) 288-1954.
Saturday, July 19: The 24th annual Joe Koziarz Memorial 5K. Registration begins at 7 a.m., followed by the races at 8:30 a.m. sharp. Cost is $25 if completed in advance; price jumps to $30 if you register on the day of the race. Visit www.westhamptonchamber.com for more information.
Saturday, July 26: The Quogue Wildlife Refuge will host its eighth annual “Wild Night for Wildlife” benefit, from 7 until 10 p.m., at the historic home of the Rich/Post family in Quogue. Tickets start at $175 per person. For tickets or more information, call (631) 653-4771 or visit www.quoguewildliferefuge.org.