Brewster's HamletHub Tue, 27 Jun 2017 23:39:57 -0400 Brewster Library hoping to expand

Due a lack of space for books, periodicals and other media as well as to try and accomadate the enormous interest in other programs they offer the public. The Trustees of the Brewster Public Library has decided to try and expand the library in order to better serve the community. They currently have a petition circulating around town to allow a bond referendum to be placed onto the ballot in November for voter approval.

The proposal is for a 2.9 million dollar bond to be approved by the voters and would basically double the size of the current library. The plan would expand the children's room and add several more public access computers along with new restrooms, storage and utility areas. There are also plans to add a large community room for programs and community events which would also be available for private rentals during off hours. A public conference room and several 2-3 person private study/tutor rooms are also in the mix. The bond would also allow the library to be able to accommodate their current programs and add several new ones.The referendum, if passed, would raise the library portion of the average homeowners tax bill from approximately $45 - $75 per year.

If you would like more information regarding the referendum or you would like to sign the petition to allow the referendum to go to a vote, you can contact a Board Member at You can also contact the Library Director Gina Loprinzo at

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Cast of Zany Characters for Summer's "Urinetown"

The Brewster Theater Company, a non-profit community theater group now in its 17th year, has become popular for its full season of quality plays and summer musical. Last summer's Spamalot sold-out its seven-show run. BTC performs in the theater space at Drew Methodist Church, 28 Gleneida Avenue, in Carmel.
BTC is now in rehearsal for the Tony-award winning "hilarious musical satire," Urinetown, by Mark Hollman an Greg Kotis. The cast of 25 includes performers of all ages from Brewster, Mahopac, Patterson, Pawling, Poughkeepsie, Carmel, Westchester and Connecticut: Jim DeBlasi, Bob Dumont, Jenna Isabella, Judy Brewster, Gina Stanton, Mario Riccobon, Pam DeHuff, Paul Stein, Steven Zerilli, Brandy Mae Hughes, Ken Shelby, Christopher Moser, Marty Posner, Stacy Dumont, Janette Devine, Emily Malavenda, Anthony Bollella, Scott Wooley, Sean O'Hara, Jesse DeHuff, Amanda Bevacqua, Martina Rossi, Michele Dugan, GaBriella Decicco and Talia Rubeo
Urinetown's production staff includes: director Christopher Gladysz of Brewster / NYC; musical director Melissa Jones of Brewster; and producers Judy Brewster of Brewster and Stacy Dumont of Patterson. 
This project is made possible, in part, through the Putnam Arts Council’s Arts Link Grant Program, with public funds provided through the NYS Council on the Arts with support from Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NY State Legislature.
The production runs from August 3 - 12, 2017. Early tickets can now be purchased at
Photo credit: Chris Moser. Pictured are many of the cast and production team of Urinetown outside Brewster Theater Company's new performing space, the Theater at Drew Methodist Church in Carmel.
]]> (Brewster Theater Company) Life Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:27:11 -0400
Local Cat Tests Positive for Rabies

 Last Friday, June 23, in the area of Tanager Road and Wright Road in Mahopac, a gray tabby cat tested positive for rabies. The cat was seen earlier in contact with other cats in the area, according to reports to the Putnam County Department of Health (PCDOH). Since rabies can spread through the saliva of an infected animal, other cats may be infected as well. Any person or pet who may have had physical contact with this cat, or other cats or wild animals in the area, should contact the Health Department immediately at 845-808-1390.

         “Rabies is a potentially fatal disease, but the only way to get it is through a bite from a sick animal or saliva in an open wound,” interim Commissioner of Health Michael Nesheiwat, M.D., reminds residents. “All animal bites or contact with wild animals should be reported promptly to the Department of Health. To reduce your risk for rabies exposure, it’s best to avoid going near wild or stray animals and keep pets up to date on rabies vaccination.”

         Ongoing programs to reduce the chance of spreading rabies include the Putnam County Feral Cat Task Force and the PCDOH- sponsored, free pet vaccination clinics. The next free rabies vaccination clinic will be held Saturday, July 15, at Hubbard Lodge, 2880 Route 9 in Cold Spring, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., and is open to all Putnam County residents. Dogs must be leashed and well-controlled, and cats and ferrets must be in a carrier.

         Please bring photo ID as proof of Putnam County residency, as well as written proof of prior rabies vaccination. Tags are not acceptable. If you do not have a written certificate documenting prior rabies vaccination, your pet will receive a one-year rabies vaccine. An animal information/release form will be available and can be completed at the clinic site. For more information and directions, please call the PCDOH at (845) 808-1390 ext. 43127.


The Department of Health’s mission is to improve and protect the health of the Putnam County community, composed of nearly 100,000 residents. Core services include community health assessment, disease surveillance and control, emergency preparedness, environmental health protection, family health promotion and health education. For more information, please visit the PCDOH website at or visit our social media sites on Facebook at, and Twitter @PutnamHealthNY.  

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Kids Home Depot Workshop: Bug House

Kids Workshop: Bug House

Join our hands-on workshop and you and your child can celebrate our 20th Anniversary of Kids Workshops by building a bug house you can use to get a closer look at some many-legged friends in your own backyard. Once the project is complete, your child can personalize their bug house with paint. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin.

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Saturday, Jul 1, 2017

Register online

Southeast/Brewster Home Depot
80 Independence Way Se Brewster, NY 10509 
(845) 279-9669

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School's Out for Summer Movie Night

Celebrate the start of summer vacation at the Homestead’s Family Outdoor Movie Night featuring Grease. Enjoy dinner from popular food trucks Melt Mobile and Walter’s Hot Dogs, gourmet popcorn from Mill River Confections, wines from South Salem Winery and craft beers generously donated by Captain Lawrence Brewery. Live performances by School of Rock’s House Band and kids activities by Breezemont Day Camp. Bring a chair or blanket to eat, play, watch and relax! The night is sponsored by Breezemont Day Camp. Presented by Friends of John Jay Homestead & Delamata Designs. Food and activities begin at 6pm, movie starts at dusk.

Admission: $5/car

Food, beer, wine and soft drinks will be available for purchase.



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Online Registration System for our Athletic Teams

The Brewster School's release a letter informing parents and caregivers information about the online registration system for athletic teams.

An excerpt is below:

During the past few sports seasons, the Athletic Department, along with our school nursing staff, has implemented an online registration system for our athletic teams.

The system, called Family ID, is currently being used by many school district’s locally and throughout the country with the goals of making the athletic registration process paperless and more efficient. When the system is successfully implemented a parent or caregiver can enter essential information once and update it season by season during the career of the student-athlete. In addition, the District has worked with our legal counsel and insurance carriers to review and approve of FamilyID and their security measures.

In order to prepare for the fall and future seasons for the 2017-2018 school year, we are asking that our Brewster Central School District athletes register online at

The registration program for Brewster High School varsity and junior varsity athletes will be open from Monday, July 24, 2017 until Thursday, August 10, 2017.

The registration program for Wells Middle School modified athletes will be open from Monday, August 21, 2017 until Friday, September 8, 2017. 


Letter online

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Summertime Crafts for Preschoolers

Get creative in this six-week arts and crafts program! Preschoolers and their caregivers will make a fun summertime craft to take home! Some projects may be messy; please dress accordingly. For ages 3-5. Space is limited. Registration is required.

06/28/2017 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Brewster Public Library, 79 Main St, Brewster, NY 10509
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Deputy Anthony Tolve Graduates Motorcycle School

Congratulations to Deputy Sheriff Anthony Tolve who graduated as Top Rider at the Yonkers Police Department Motorcycle school. The ceremony was held at the Yonkers Police Department 1st Precinct. Certificates were presented by Yonkers Police Commissioner Charles Gardner.

Yonkers Police Department Traffic Division Motorcycle Unit hosts a two week motorcycle safety school for law enforcement agencies throughout the region including Putnam, Westchester and Connecticut. Principles of proper breaking and turning are covered in this school. Members of the public are also encouraged to be aware of increased motorcycle usage in the warm weather on our area roadways.

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Ridgefield High School will once again play host to the Ridgefield Family Fourth annual fireworks extravaganza on Tuesday July 4 (rain date July 5).  Sponsored by Fairfield County Bank, the sky will light up at dusk but attendees are encouraged to come earlier for a picnic dinner with family and friends.  The gates open at 6pm and parking will be available at the High School, including handicapped parking, and shuttle buses will provide rides to and from secondary parking lots at Scotland School and Barlow Mountain School complex.

There will be a variety of food available for purchase on site from hamburgers served up by Zawack Shack and Only the Hungry to gourmet hot dogs with all the toppings from Main Streets own Chez Lenard.  New this year, there will also be pizza from the soon to open Romolo and yes, there will be tacos from Big Little Taco!  While there are no grills allowed, guests really pull out all the stops when setting up their own dining areas including tables and chairs. “We are very excited to bring in some new food options as well as our old favorites,” said Family Fourth Committee member Jennifer Zinzi. 

Feel free to toss a Frisbee or play a game or corn hole as the DJ entertains the crowd before the show.  Novelty items such as glow bracelets, hats, stuffed animals and more will also be available for purchase.  After you enjoy your dinner, cool off with ice cream from annual favorites like the Good Humor truck or Circusman.

Each year the cost to put on the pyrotechnic display is about $40,000 of which Fairfield County Bank contributes $20,000 and the balance is paid through the parking pass sales and vendors.  “While Fairfield County Bank continues their generosity year after year in support of this all American tradition for the town, it would be fantastic to get some additional, new sponsors on board in years to come,” said Zinzi.  “This is a time honored tradition in town and community support, both financially and as committee members, is critical to the viability of the event. The food and novelty vendors are another way the committee raises money for this annual event but we do cut it close most years.”

Parking passes are required at both sites, and the cost is $20 per car — payable in cash or by check. All proceeds from the sale of parking passes goes to the Family Fourth Committee. Parking passes are available at Ridgefield Town Hall, the Chamber of Commerce office located at 13 Grove St. and in town branches of Fairfield County Bank. There are no refunds due to weather or other circumstances.

For more information, please contact Jennifer Zinzi- 203-438-5992.

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Harry Potter comes to Brewster

Photo by Shana Maresca

Hogwarts came alive in Brewster this past Saturday afternoon. The Studio Around the Corner located beneath the Southeast Museum at 67 Main Street in conjunction with the Town of Southeast Cultural Arts Coalition (TOSCAC) was turned into the mythical magical school from Harry Potter's world in celebration of 20th Anniversary release of the first Harry Potter book "The Sorcerers Stone."

About a dozen local youths, along with a parent or two, all dressed as characters from the movie, entertained more then 100 children over the course of almost 3 hours. There was a herbology class where kids got to take home a small potted plant. Other classes included a tea leave reading and divination station, coloring stations and even a general store where attendees could buy chocolate frogs, Bertie beans jelly beans, magical candy wands and assorted other movie themes treats. Local teens dressed as witches and goblins held face painting demonstrations and a free screening of the movie played on the studios HD TV as well.

The event was free and open to all age groups but focused on children not yet old enough to have been with us when the first movie came out.

The day started when you entered the lobby and Professor McGonagall (Margaret Carey) greeted each youngster personally and "sorted" them into their respective houses. The children then wandered inside the studio which had been decorated to resemble Hogwarts. From there each child received a coupon book for each station ensuring that all attendees were able to partake of all the festivities. Several dozen parents escorted their children while some waited outside and chatted. Still other parents also joined in the fun as several were seen getting lightning bolts painted on their foreheads or chatting with the Divination Professor (Antonia Carey) who read tea leaves and assorted talisman to ascertain the guests futures. Rowena Ravenclaw (Jacqueline Carey) was on hand to tally each house' points to determine the house cup winner at the end of the day. Judy Marano, a TOSCAC Board Member with Margaret Carey taught the Herbology course out on the Studio's newly refurbished patio. More then several of the parents in attendance remarked how realistic and enthusiastic all of the volunteers were and that made the day eve more enjoyable for the kid several of whom are running around shoving green chocolate frogs in the mouths and casting spells at each other. Parents seemed ecstatic that something new and exciting for kids had come to town with several asking when the Studio was going to have another event such as this. All proceeds from the events at the Studio are used to help renovate the theater on the third floor of the building which also houses the Southeast museum.

For more information on TOSCAC and the Studio around the Corner visit

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Saint Lawrence O'Toole Vacation Bible School

Spark imagination with faith-building fun! Imagine a world where curious kids become hands-on inventors who discover they're lovingly crafted by God. Makers Fun Factory Vacation Bible School will have your child buzzing with excitement for God! Any questions call Kim Santerre at 646-739-1123. 

Register at

June 24 - 28

9:15am - 4pm

Fee: $125 for week, free with adult volunteer.

Before care (from 8:00am) and After Care (till 5:00pm) available at $10/hour

St. Lawrence O'Toole 
31 prospect Street
Brewster, NY 10509  
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State Police Investigate Sexual Assault on 12 Year Old

According to documents filed in Danbury Superior Court, Luis Emilio Cruz of Bridgeport was arrested on charges of sexual assault in the 4th degree. Connecticut State Police say he committed the alleged assault on Wednesday January 25, 2017 in Newtown, CT on a 12 year old female victim.  The victim had been exiting a transportation bus owned by Connecticut Transportation Services, LLC (CTS) when she told her foster mother that the driver, later identified as Cruz had touched her inappropriately.

Due to confusion in communication between CTS and the Department of of Children and Families (DCF), the act was originally thought to have been committed on January 26, 2017 by a different driver.

The victim is currently living with a foster parent and has been diagnosed as intellectually disabled, described as operating on an intellectual level much younger than her chronological age.

The victim has scheduled visits with her biological parents every Tuesday and Thursday.  Following the visits, she is transported back to her foster home in Bridgeport by CTS.  On March 8, 2017, the victim’s regular driver was questioned.  He had been the one to drive her on Thursday, January 26 - the date originally thought to be the date of occurrence of the assault.  However, CTS vehicles are equipped with GPS systems that confirmed the regular drivers’ story.  He claimed to have picked her up on time (4:30), and driven to Bridgeport with no stops.  The GPS shows him leaving the pickup location at 4:31 and driving straight through to Bridgeport.  The regular driver also told police that the victim was typically “joyful” and sang along with the radio.  However, on the day in question, the victim was much more reserved and did not sing.  When he neared his typical exit, she suddenly started screaming, “Don’t get off!  Stay on the highway!  Don’t get off!”  The driver was able to calm the victim without stopping the vehicle and the rest of the trip was uneventful.  GPS data corroborated the account.

On March 9, 2017, police received documentation from DCF that CTS had performed a one-time transport of the victim from her biological parents’ residence in New Fairfield to her foster home in Bridgeport on Wednesday, January 25.  Normally, CTS transports do not occur on Wednesdays.  The driver on that date was Luis E. Cruz.  

A licensed clinical social worker with training in administering forensic child interviews in cases of suspected sexual assault interviewed the victim on March 9.  The victim was able to indicate that she had been touched on her intimate parts but was not able to tell the interviewer who was responsible.

GPS data for Cruz’s vehicle on the date of the assault were examined.  Cruz picked the victim up at 4:33pm at her biological parent’s residence.  He drove the expected route towards Bridgeport but made an unscheduled stop off route at 5:15pm when he pulled into the National Shooting Sports Foundation parking lot.  Cruz’s vehicle remained stationary in the lot for one minute and forty-one seconds.  He then pulled back onto the road and continued to Bridgeport with no further unexplained stops.

Cruz was questioned by police on March 13.  Cruz initially claimed to have made no unscheduled stops.  When confronted with GPS evidence to the contrary, he admitted to having stopped in the National Shooting Sports Foundation parking lot for a short period to make sure that the victim was still wearing her seatbelt.  Cruz was unable to explain why he had reason to believe that the victim had removed her seatbelt.  When asked if he had verbally asked the victim, “Did you take your seatbelt off?”  he answered that he tried not to talk to the victim.  When asked how he determined that the seatbelt was still fastened, Cruz maintained that he had pulled into the parking lot at dusk and without activating any interior lights was able to turn and see that the seatbelt was fastened.  However, this fails to account for about 90 seconds of time.  Cruz could provide no other explanation for the unaccounted 90 seconds other than “he lost track of time.”  

When Cruz dropped off the victim in Bridgeport, he admitted to police that he had seen the girl turn back to him and point while declaring to her foster parent that “that man touched my vagina.”  Cruz says he was shocked but gave no verbal response to the claim.  He claims that the foster parent told him, “Don’t worry about it” and made a spiral hand gesture to indicate that the victim was “not all there.”  After that, Cruz claims to have forgotten about the incident.

On March 16, police interviewed the foster parent at her home in Bridgeport.  She described the victim as happy and generally honest.  She reported that she had been working on “Boundary Issues” with the victim, who is not afraid to voice a concern to her foster mother when she perceives a problem.  She is also teaching the victim to use proper terms to describe her own body.  The foster parent claims that her foster daughter pointed directly at Crus and stated, “That man touched my vagina,” before rushing inside.  Cruz reportedly responded, “She’s lying.”  The foster parent indicated to Cruz to wait while she went to check with the victim, but when she returned, Cruz had left.  She claims to have never told Cruz “not to worry” and says she would never indicate that a child was “not all there.”  The foster parent returned inside to the victim, who told her without prompting that “That man touch my vagina with his finger.”  The foster parent immediately began making calls to the DCF to report the incident.

On March 16, Cruz was again questioned by police.  He claimed to have remembered an alibi - he was texting a friend during the one minute forty second period  he was stopped in the parking lot.  However, there were no active texts in the thread that Cruz showed to police that matched the time of the crime.  Cruz ultimately provided a verbal statement that he had pulled into the parking lot with the sole intent of touching the victim’s vagina.  He believed that she was asleep and would be unaware of the contact.  After stopping the vehicle, he took off his own seatbelt before spinning around to the victim.  He stated that his intent was to touch the Victim’s vagina on top of her clothing but he only touched her inner, upper thigh on top of her clothing

On March 23, police examined the vehicle in which the crime had occurred.  They determined that from the driver’s seat, it would not have been possible to see whether the passenger had been wearing a seatbelt.  The floor plan of the vehicle also allows for the driver to move about to the second row unobstructed.  Though Cruz maintains he was seated while he touched the victim, it is possible that he left his seat.  However, given Cruz’s physical stature and the distance between the driver’s seat and the second row of seats, it is possible for Cruz to have touched the victim without leaving his seat.

Given all evidence, police believe suspect Luis Emilio Cruz, DOB 08/28/1977, 39 years old at the time of the incidence, committed the crime of sexual assault in the fourth degree on Wednesday, January 25, 2017.  The victim was 11 years old at the time and suffers from some degree of mental impairment.  He touched her inner thigh, which qualifies as an intimate part of her body.


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Mad Hatter Chorus to Perform at Free Concert at the Southeast Museum

The Southeast Museum - In Honor of their Centennial Look Back Exhibit are bringing popular songs of yesteryear with the Mad Hatter Chorus

Sunday August 13 at 1:00pm

FREE CONCERT @ Southeast Museum
67 Main Street, Brewster, NY

The Mad Hatter Chorus has been making music in the Danbury area for more than 50 years. Founded in 1966, it is a group of men who share a love of singing great a cappella arrangements of popular songs, often—but not always—in the barbershop style. For more information please call 845-279-7500.

This project is made possible, in part, through the Putnam Arts Council’s Arts Link Grant Program, with public funds from Putnam County. 

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Free Echoes of Sinatra Concert at Patterson Library

Spend a wonderful summer evening in our beautiful library park listening to your favorite Frank Sinatra songs with the Tony T. Orchestra. This four piece quartet will have you singing and dancing.
Registration is required as inclement weather will move us indoors.

July 19 at 6pm

Free Program. To register call 878-6121 X 10 or visit and click on calendar.

Patterson Library

1167 Route 311 Patterson, NY


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Discover amazing FREE camps for kids at the Apple Store

Discover amazing camps for kids at the Apple Store

Join Apple Camp, a free three-day program for kids ages 8 to 12. They’ll broaden their creative horizons by making movies, composing musical stories, coding games and robots, and more using Apple products.

Apple Danbury Fair Mall
Seven Backus Avenue
Danbury, CT 06810

Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Some camp dates are already full, so register ASAP to reserve your spot.
Camps include:

Coding Games and Programming Robots

In this three-day session for kids ages 8-12, we’ll introduce programming through interactive play. Kids will learn visual-based coding by solving puzzles with Tynker. Then they’ll learn how to program Sphero robots, and even create fun stories starring Sphero as the main character.

Creating Characters and Composing Music

Kids ages 8-12 will create their own stories through drawings and sounds. Campers will start their session by sketching characters and scenes with iPad Pro and Apple Pencil, then they’ll explore the basics for composing a track using GarageBand. They’ll bring their story to life by adding vocals and finishing touches.

Stories in Motion with iMovie

Future filmmakers ages 8-12 will explore the creative process of turning their ideas into real movies. In this three-day session, Campers will learn how to brainstorm and storyboard. Then they’ll get hands-on with movie-making techniques like learning camera angles and editing with iMovie. On the final day, they’ll present their masterpieces.


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