We have many people to congratulate this week, so let’s get right to it!First, we need to recognize a few Westhampton Beach High School alumni who made the dean’s list at their respective colleges. Danielle Parry was named to the list at the University of Delaware while Tyler Giancola earned the same honor at Suffolk County Community College, also for the spring semester. (Tyler, incidentally, will be heading to SUNY Oneonta this fall to major in education.)
And Mike Lennon recently graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh with a Bachelor of Science degree in film and television. He also finished up his final semester by making the dean’s list. Nice job, folks!
Next we should congratulate those special Westhampton Beach firefighters who were recognized for their service during the department’s annual awards ceremony, held on June 6 at the Westhampton Country Club in the village.
Tom Glover was named 2013 Officer of the Year, Larry Saccente took home Firefighter of the Year honors, Lester Gutierrez was recognized as the Top Responder for 2013 and John Neely was presented with the Chief Stephen Smith Award.
In addition, five longtime volunteers, each boasting a half-century of service or more, were honored at the dinner. They include: John Comba, Fred Overton, Westhampton Beach Mayor Conrad Teller, Don Griffin and Jim Bachman.
Thank you all for your service to our community, gentlemen.
More congratulations! Please put your hands together for the Rotary Club of Westhampton members who were sworn into office last Tuesday, June 10. They are: Michael Flannery (president), Jayne Ebert (president-elect), Thomas Terry (vice president), Michael Schwenk (secretary) and Danielle Waskiewicz (treasurer).
And a big thank you and happy birthday to Chad Vanderslice, who just completed his tenure as president of our Rotary club. You did a fantastic job, Chad!
Don’t forget to vote in the Westhampton Beach Village election this Friday, June 20. The polls open at noon and you can cast your ballots until 9 p.m.
Two incumbent trustees, Ralph Urban and Charles Palmer, are running unopposed to retain their seats while our longtime mayor, Conrad Teller, is being challenged by political newcomer Maria Moore. Please remember that, when you enter the booth, you should vote for the person you think is the best candidate for the job—and do not rely on the opinions of neighbors or friends.
The Friends of the Westhampton Free Library will hold its monthly book sale on Sunday, June 22, from 12:30 until 3:30 p.m., in the large meeting room of the library in Westhampton Beach. The sale will boast a large selection of military books, as well as a new collection of cookbooks. Assorted paperbacks will also be available for 50 cents each.
Human Understanding and Growth Seminars Inc., aka HUGS, will be holding a fundraising yard sale this 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 still 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.
Monday, June 30: The Kiwanis of Greater Westhampton 22nd annual golf outing at The Vineyards Golf Course (formerly Old Vine) located at 9 Tyler Drive in Riverhead. The cost is $195 per player, which includes lunch, golf with cart, cocktails and dinner, plus raffles and prizes. For more information or to make a reservation, call Jim at (917) 941-8117.
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 Friday, June 20. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.westhamptongardenclub.org.
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. 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 hosts its eighth annual “Wild Night for Wildlife” benefit, 7 until 10 p.m., at the historic home of the Rich/Post family in Quogue. Tickets start at $175 per person. For tickets, call (631) 653-4771 or visit www.quoguewildliferefuge.org.