When Dominic Lodato first served on the bench, he was assigned the David Berkowitz, AKA Son of Sam, case. Berkowitz told his lawyer he was going to put a curse on him. Judge Lodato was presiding over the civil case in which the victims were suing Berkowitz. “He was one nasty fellow,” Judge Lodato said. … [Read more…]
In gratitude for their service and sacrifice, the Library community will recognize local veterans throughout 2017. Stop by the Library to learn about our Hometown Heroes project and find out how you can reach out to a veteran through local service organizations.
As part of its Hometown Heroes initiative, the Westhampton Free Library paid tribute to four veterans at a ceremony at VFW Post 5350 on May 25. During the posthumous ceremony, the service and sacrifices of Arma “Ham” Andon, William “Bud” Kavan, Ben Larson and Frank Matthews were recognized. Their family members were presented with an … [Read more…]
In gratitude of his service and sacrifice, the Westhampton Free Library paid tribute to Marine Sgt. Paul Haines, a Vietnam veteran, at a ceremony on April 27 as part of its Hometown Heroes initiative. In front of fellow veterans, library representatives and public officials, Haines was presented with a proclamation and bestowed the Vietnam 50th … [Read more…]
Women’s History Month, March 2017 Sherri L. Huppert grew up in Shirley where she graduated from William Floyd High School in 1988. After graduation, in 1989, she was employed as a civilian federal technician, working Inventory Management, for the Air National Guard at Francis S. Gabreski Airport in Westhampton Beach. Her future husband, Eugene Grassie, … [Read more…]
The Second World War began in 1939 when Adolf Hitler invaded Poland, although historians continue to debate the origins of the most widespread war in history. Over the six-year period, the Allied nations of Britain, the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics fought the Axis nations of Nazi Germany, Imperial Japan and … [Read more…]
Korea is known as the forgotten war. It began on June 25, 1950 when North Korea invaded South Korea. The American-led United Nations command (UNC) came to the aid of South Korea. China and the Soviet Union fought for the North to expand their interests beyond the 38th parallel line established at the end of … [Read more…]
Our Hometown Heroes initiative is featured in this week’s issue of the Southampton Press. “Thump. Even after 60 years, that innocuous sound can still cause 87-year-old Korean War veteran Peter Cuthbert to shiver—and it does not matter where he hears it. He shared that detail this week while seated at The Beach Bakery on Westhampton … [Read more…]