Brewster's HamletHub Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:49:47 -0500 BHS Track & Field Athletes Headed to NY State Championships

Left: Reggie Titre-Barnor Center: Elsa NeubauerRight: Amelia Cuomo

Congratulations to the three athletes who just qualified for the New York State Championships! These athletes just performed well at this past Friday’s Section 1 State Qualifier Championship at the NYC Armory:  Senior Reggie Titre-Barnor qualified in the triple jump with 43’9.5’’; senior Amelia Cuomo qualified for her second state meet in the 1500 meter racewalk with 6:57.4; and last but not least, freshman Elsa Neubauer qualified for the intersectional relay, after running a personal best in the 1500 meter race with a 4:55.5. She will be running the 1600 meter anchor leg, with Tori Fears from Tappan Zee (1000), Annelyse Benn from Suffern (200), and Gabby Johnson from New Rochelle (600).

The state championship meet is this upcoming Saturday, March 4th at Ocean Breeze in Staten Island, NY.

The Eastern States Meet is tomorrow, Tuesday, February 28th. From Brewster there will be a girls 4x800 meter relay team of Florence Cuomo, Amelia Cuomo, Marissa Crowley, and Elsa Neubauer. The Boys 4x800 meter relay team includes Luca Riolo, Dayshawn Siranaula, Scott Jacobsen, and Erik Jacobsen.

Good luck to all athletes competing tomorrow and at the NY State Championships. We are so proud of our runners!  

(taken from Coach Joseph Scelia)


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Free Kids Workshop: Build a Rain Gauge at Home Depot

Build a Rain Gauge

09:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
Saturday, Mar 4, 2017

Join our hands-on workshop and you and your child can build a rain gauge house, so you and your budding scientist can measure the rain dropped by spring storms. Once the gauge is built, your child can paint their project to personalize it.
o All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last.
o Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin.

Home Depot Southeast/Brewster #1271

80 Independence Way Se Brewster, NY 10509
Phone: (845)279-9669

Photos courtesy of Home Depot.

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Plays Performed Live in Vintage Radio Style


Inspired by the Lux Radio Theatre of the 1930’s and 40’s, Gotham Radio Theatre brings you the experience of actors performing in vintage radio style!  Masterpiece plays and screenplays are performed live, by an ensemble of actors and sound performers as if you were in a radio sound stage.


On March 4th - Sherlock Holmes - Redheads and Bohemians

On March 18th - Around the World in 80 Days
by Jules Verne​

Tickets: Individual $ 20 Senior $ 18

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Save the Date: April 9 Adult Easter Egg Hunt

How about some grown up fun to support the dogs & cats of the Putnam Humane Society?!

An ADULT EASTER EGG HUNT will be held at PHS on Sunday, April 9th at 1 PM!

Every egg is a winner, and the Grand Prize is a 50 inch LED TV!

Pre-registration is required; the fee is $ 30.00 per “Egg Hunter.”

Enjoy Free Refreshments and a special appearance by the Easter Bunny too! Please call our office for more information and to register for the Easter Egg Hunt. (845) 225-7777.

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Brewster Relay for Life First Team Captain Meeting

Want to learn more about Relay for Life, but don't know where to start? 
Join us for the first Team Captain meeting to learn more about how you can start a team, lead that team and host successful fundraisers.

It will be held in the library of
Henry H Wells Middle School located at:
570 Route 312 
Brewster, NY 10509

Visit to sign up for the first Brewster Relay for Life.

First Team Captain Meeting

Tuesday, March 7 at 7 PM - 8 PM

Henry H Wells Middle School
570 RT-312, Brewster, New York 10509

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Free Technology Help Saturdays at Somers Library

The Somers Library is offering technology help for patrons at the library!

Do you need help with email, smart phones, laptops or just general computer help? Then please sign up for
one of the 30-minute sessions!

Saturday, March 11: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Saturday, March 25: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Saturday, April 22: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
You will meet one-on-one with our technology instructor to help you with your technology needs. You are welcome to use a library laptop or bring your technology device to the library fully charged (or bring your charging cords). Also, if you need help with your email account please have/know your email password.

IMPORTANT: You must register by calling the reference desk at 914-232-5717. If you need to cancel, please give 24 hour notice.
The Somers Library

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Drew Nursery School Open House this Week. Drop in!

Drew Nursery School

Open House

February 27th – March 3rd, From 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

March 4th 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Thinking of enrolling your child in preschool for the 2017-2018 school year?

Drew Nursery School invites you to visit during our open house being held this week! Open houses are open to the public and offer the perfect opportunity for you to meet our wonderful teachers and see their classrooms. You’ll find our main goal is to see your child learn, grow, and achieve in our nurturing environment.

Contact info: Jen Finney

Tel: 845-228-1364


Address: 28 Gleneida Avenue, Carmel, NY 10512

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Mr. Brewster 2017 A Success

Winner Brendan Feehan

This year’s Mr. Brewster competition was a ginormous success; not only did the contestants raise a record high of $33,000, the Brewster High School Performing Arts Center was packed. This was a huge fundraising opportunity which raised awareness for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and brought people together. In the six years it’s been running, Mr. Brewster has raised a total of $113,500 for CFF. This number is still counting because ticket sales have not yet been included.

Cystic Fibrosis is a “progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time,” according to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. There are more than 30,000 people living with CF in the United States and 1,000 cases are diagnosed each year. The Brewster SALTY Hands club has been dedicated to raising money for the foundation for research and care treatments for those already diagnosed, since there is expensively rigorous therapy management patients: airway clearance with a vibrating vest, inhaled medications, and pancreatic enzyme supplements. SALTY Hands is run by advisor Mrs. Donna Lieval, with assistance from Mrs. Ann Marie Chalmers.

This year’s judges included BHS faculty, Peter Goumas, Michael Castaldo, Terry Schumacher, and Nicole Vitale Sweeney, with chaperones Mrs. Ferris and Mrs. Fine. The esteemed and highly anticipated Master of Ceremonies Matthew Cunningham didn’t fail to make us laugh, as he has for the last six years of hosting Mr. Brewster. Aside from the amazing fundraising benefits of Mr. Brewster, the competition itself was worthy of praise. 

The competitors were Anthony Aiello, Nathan Beal, Spencer Bera, Tim Catalano, Connor Dignan, Brendan Feehan, Jack Guida, Ryan Hecht, Kevin Heintz, Austin Kaelin, Sean Kelly, Nick Leahy, Sebastian Melchiori, Sean Nevin, Luca Riolo, Ryan Wynne, and Christopher Zavras—a record 17 people for the 2017 year! There were many memorable moments from last night: We’ve got Sean Nevin describing his last kiss, Tim Catalano serenading Mrs. Wynne with his own rendition of Stacy’s Mom, Austin Kaelin’s shrimp legs, Spencer Bera’s undying love for Mrs. Chalmers, Brendan singing Sweet Caroline with the crowd, Sean Kelly promposing to Lindsey McLaughlin, Connor’s sad attempt at reciting Shakespeare to Mrs. Schumacher, Ryan Wynne’s impression of Coach Castaldo and Mr. Cunningham, the list could go on. Ryan Hecht was a crowd favorite, and Connor Dignan described his last lie to Cunningham as being, “You look good tonight.”

The night was full of laughter, sarcasm, and pure talent. The boys performed a spectacular 7-minute dance routine (choreographed by girls from the BHS dance team) with everything from ballet, synchronized swimming (don’t ask how they did it), hip hop dancing, to Irish step dancing. 

Brendan Feehan took the crown as the winner of Mr. Brewster 2017, with Jack Guida, Sean Kelly, and Sean Nevin following as second, third and fourth place winners. Brendan himself raised over $7,000. We are so proud of the boys for going out of their comfort zone for such a good cause, the members of the SALTY Hands club for doing an unimaginable work to put this together, and for the Brewster community for coming out to support.

The Great Strides Walk for CF will take place Sunday May 21st with check-in at 9 AM and the walk at 10. The chapter is the greater NY in Westchester, at Lyndhurst Castle, Tarrytown.


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Open House at Six Diamonds Tree Services

SiX Diamonds  Tree Services & Landscaping, Inc.

NEW LOCATION: 2180 Route 22, Patterson, NY 12563

You're invited to join us... Monday, February 27th, 6:00-7:00pm

Open House Space is limited. RSVP today!
Come find out more about our company and how we can help you!

Take this opportunity to present YOUR business also.
Call or email us today for more information!

RSVP: Tel: (845) 878-7888


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Promote Literacy through United2Read Book Donations

Putnam Family and Community Services, Inc. (PFCS) is thankful for the United2Read program’s recent donation of books to promote literacy among its youngest clients. United2Read’s mission is to improve students’ reading outcomes and close achievement gaps for high-need students.

United Way of Westchester and Putnam’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Alana Sweeny, and Peter West, Director of Resource Development, visited PFCS’ newly remodeled children’s therapeutic playroom to personally deliver over 45 reading kits in bright red and blue bags. The kits will be distributed to children in PFCS’ Family Empowerment Program as well as given to children who receive supportive services at PFCS for social, emotional, and mental health issues.

Founded by the United Way of Westchester and Putnam, United2Read’s recent book drive resulted in 5000 books collected for families in need throughout the two counties. Once the books were collected, volunteers came together to assemble “reading kits” that include age-appropriate books, activity cards for children and their families that are written in both English and Spanish, worksheets, pencils, stickers, and information on community resources.

"Reading is fundamental to a child's future success in school and beyond. 61% of low income minority children do not have one children's book in the home and come to school already behind. United2Read aims to change that paradigm," states Sweeny. 

“We are excited to receive and be able to share the books and information from the United2Read program. The reading kits are a wonderful tool for our staff to use as they help clients make positive changes in their lives,” adds Diane Russo, Chief Executive Officer at PFCS.

PFCS offers a broad range of services for people of all ages to address mental health needs, social and emotional issues, and substance use prevention and treatment. For more information about PFCS and its services, visit or call (845) 225-2700. 

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Kindergarten Registration Begins Monday Feb 27

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION​ for the Brewster School District​ will be held during the week of February 27, 2017​, through March 3, 2017.​

Any child who lives within the Brewster School District and will be five years old on or before December 1, 2017, is eligible to register for kindergarten.

Registration forms were mailed to parents of potential kindergarten children in the middle of February. If you have a child who is eligible for kindergarten and did not receive a mailing, please call the school office.

Parents/Guardians of children who reside in the Brewster Central School District​ area are asked to call the main office at 845-279-2087, extension 4111.


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Putnam Hospital Center brings back Kids’ Day

Putnam Hospital Center’s Dr. Bear has come out of hibernation to announce the return of Kids’ Day.

After a two-year hiatus, the popular community celebration is back and will take place from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, on the hospital campus at 670 Stoneleigh Avenue. 

This will be the 11th Kids’ Day hosted by the Putnam Hospital Center Auxiliary.

“We are so excited for the return of this beloved community event and look forward to bringing together organizations from all over Putnam County to celebrate children and families,” said Michelle Piazza, director of Volunteer and Pastoral Services at the hospital.

The fun-filled day includes a host of interactive health and safety exhibits, along with crafts, child identification program and a teddy bear clinic. Hospital departments will be on hand to provide information on nutrition, emergency care, physical therapy and more. There will be demonstrations on car seat safety, proper helmet use and heart monitoring, as well as fire truck and ambulance tours. 

Families can also enjoy a variety of games, inflatable bouncy attractions, face painting and balloon animals. Raffles and children’s baskets created by hospital departments will also be awarded.

With preparations underway, Kids’ Day still needs the support of the community to make it a bona fide success. Event organizers are looking for child-friendly vendors and local groups to take part in this community event. 

For more information on Kids’ Day or to volunteer, please contact Piazza at or 845-279-5711 ext. 4752.

If you would like to set up an informational booth or learn about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Priscilla Weaver, executive director of the Putnam Hospital Center Foundation, at or 845-230-4763. 

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Save the Date: July 9 Community Bicycle Ride Tour of Putnam


At the Putnam County Veterans Memorial Park in Carmel, NY 10512. 

Help bring cycling back to Putnam and join the community for a fun ride in the country. The new Tour of Putnam has three road routes to choose from of varying difficulty, all showing the beauty of the County. The routes will be well marked with color coded arrows on roadways. In addition, signs, traffic marshals, and support stations with food, water, and basic mechanics will assist for a fun and safe ride. 

Online registration is $35.00 at BikeReg.Com and $40 for day of registration. No refunds (Rain or Shine). 

A Kids loop and Mountain bike loop will be in the park too ($10/including food). 

Hang out after your ride and enjoy some food (included) and live music! 

The three road routes consist of rolling terrain and road riding experience is necessary. Route 1 is a 14 Mile loop and great for all levels of riders. Route 2 is a 26 Mile loop that mimics Sybil Ludington's famous ride when she awoke the local militia to counter attack the British at Danbury. Route 3 is a 62 Mile or Metric Century loop that encompasses the entire county. The riders must wear helmets, start at appropriate times, and always obey all New York traffic laws. 

Putnam County has so much to offer with beautiful rolling back roads, expansive lakes, and amazing history. Robert Kelley and Pawling Cycle & Sport are passionate about biking and want to give cyclists the opportunity to see the county by bicycle. Pawling Cycle & Sport has always promoted sanctioned (racing) events, but this year we are excited to host the Tour of Putnam which offers something for anyone. 

For further information, please contact Robert Kelley at Pawling Cycle & Sport at  (845) 878-7400 or email: 


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Free Workshop: Outdoor Lighting in Brewster

Outdoor Lighting

Join this class to learn more about outdoor lighting. An associate will lead you through a discussion about the different options in outdoor lights. Then, we will break down the differences between decorative and security lighting. Finally, we will show you a variety of different ways to get your outdoor lighting powered up.

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM 
Saturday, Mar 11, 2017

Home Depot Southeast/Brewster #1271

80 Independence Way Se Brewster, NY 10509
Phone: (845)279-9669

Photos courtesy of Home Depot.

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2017 Kids' Choice Awards Party March 11

2017 Kids' Choice Awards: Saturday, March 11  7:30 PM

Now you can watch the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards on the big screen! Strut down our red carpet in your party clothes and enjoy snacks while watching the 2017 Kids' Choice Awards! Patterson Library Kids' Choice Awards will be given out during commercial breaks, so be sure to prepare your speeches! For grades 1-5, registration required. 


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