Westhampton Community Notes, June 26


You know that the end of the school year is fast approaching simply by the volume of emails that come in announcing various student achievements. With that said, here we go again!Rachel Lucas, who attends Boston University, was named to the Dean’s List for the spring semester.

Before graduating from Providence College last month, Connor O’Rourke was also named to the Dean’s List for his final semester.

Ashley Farrell recently graduated from Fairfield University with a bachelor of science degree from the Dolan School of Business.

Also, Taylor Ryzuk graduated from SUNY Oswego with a degree in senior operations management and information systems.

And Justin LaGrasse graduated, magna cum laude, from the University of Hartford Barney School of Business with a degree in marketing. Way to go, peeps!

Congratulations go out this week to the Westhampton Beach Village’s first female mayor in its 86-year history!

Political newcomer Maria Moore bested Mayor Conrad Teller by almost 100 votes on Friday to take over the helm of the “Bench by the Beach.” Good luck, Maria, and thank you, Conrad, for your many years of service to our village.

The Westhampton Cultural Consortium has announced the lineup for its 25th annual Thursday night Gazebo Concert Series, held on the Westhampton Beach Village Green. All the concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and there is no charge to attend, though donations are always accepted.

The North Shore Pops will kick off the concert series next Thursday, July 3. They will perform songs written by some of the greats, including Gershwin, Porter and Ellington, and those penned by more modern artists, like Stevie Wonder and Carole King.

Here is the rest of the lineup for this season: The Boomers, a 1960s and 1970s rock band, will take the stage on July 10; the Long Island Opera Company should perform some Puccini on July 17; Billy Ray will perform a number of Paul McCartney songs on July 24; and Stefani Izzo will bring music from the Great American Songbook to the gazebo on July 31.

Also, the Swingtime Big Band will get the crowd moving on the August 7; The Sound Symphony will grace the gazebo on August 14; Rhonda Denet will bring some soul and jazz to the green on August 21; and The Atlantic Wind Symphony will usher out the summer season with a show on August 28.

Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs or blankets, and maybe even some snacks. In case of a rain, the Thursday night concerts will be held indoors over at the Westhampton Beach High School auditorium.

East End Hospice will host its annual summer gala, “Celebrate The Red, White and Blue”, from 7 until 11 p.m., on Saturday, June 28. As usual, it will be held at the Sandacres Estate in Quogue.

John R. Gamblin will serve as the master of ceremonies, Michael J. Cruise will be presented with the 15th annual Dorothy P. Savage Good Samaritan Award and the honorary chairperson this year is Yvonne Elliman. Cocktails and dinner will be provided by Robbins Wolfe Eventeurs, with music from Code Bleu from Skyline Orchestras. And, of course, there will be games of chance to enjoy, as well as great live and silent prizes.

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.

The Kiwanis Club of Greater Westhampton will hold its 22nd annual golf outing at The Vineyards Golf Course (formerly Old Vine), located at 9 Tyler Drive in Riverhead, on Monday, June 30. 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.

On The Calendar

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. Luncheon tickets have already sold out; tour tickets are still available. Visit www.westhamptongardenclub.org for more details.

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 registration is 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.

Sunday, July 27: The four annual “Tour De Pour” bicycle bar crawl, in honor of Mark Raynor and dedicated this year to Cory Hubbard. It begins at 3:30 p.m. and attendees will visit various watering holes around Westhampton Beach Village to help raise money for pancreatic cancer research. For more information, please visit www.tourdepour.webs.com.

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