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Top 10 Stories From the Summer of 2011

Sharks kicked off the summer in Westhampton Beach and Irene ended the season with a punch.

Westhampton-Hampton Bays Patch is counting down to the New Year with several top ten lists. Here's the third installment in this series: Stories from the Summer.

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Local shark enthusiasts and New York media outlets set their sights on Cupsogue Beach Wednesday, as several sharks could still be spotted off the shoreline.

2.

Only hours after graduating from , celebration turned to grim tragedy and friends are mourning East Quiogue resident Cameron Nicholls, 18, who they say lost his life in a tragic DWI car crash.

3.

Despite the support of a community who tried desperately to save him, East Quogue resident died from complications related to a bone marrow transplant.

4.

Police arrested a 54-year-old woman from Manhasset on Aug. 3 after she allegedly slapped her 19-year-old daughter – who police had arrested just moments before for hosting a booze-filled party at the family's Westhampton summer home.

5.

Alan Ceppos and Frederic Rambaud added their names to Southampton Town's ledgers, as the two became the first gay couple to legally wed in the town's 371-year history.

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On Fourth of July weekend, Matt and Karen Worrell of East Quogue had an Independence Day celebration of a different magnitude — their youngest son arrived home safely from a year-long tour of duty in Iraq.

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In a heated race, voters elected Planning Board member Patricia DiBenedetto and Hank Tucker to the Westhampton Beach Board of Trustees.

8. Quogue Association Holds First Annual Duck Race

All ages were on the Post Lane Bridge to watch the expected splash and flotilla of 2,000 ducks emerge under the bridge on their way to the finish line.

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Mark Williams, head of Westhampton’s First Amendment Alliance, was before the village board to discuss a controversial plan to establish a symbolic Jewish boundary called an eruv in Westhampton Beach. He said an Eruv needs a governmental proclamation under Jewish law before it can be built.

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Hurricane Irene hit long Island, packing a punch, wiping out electic to much of the Island and causing damage, breaching Dune Road and knocking down trees.

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