Brewster's HamletHub Tue, 24 Jan 2017 10:07:51 -0500 Praxair is Named Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality

DANBURY, Conn., January, 2017 — Praxair, Inc. (NYSE: PX) has been named to the 2017 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) with a perfect score of 100 percent. Praxair satisfied all of CEI’s criteria and has been designated a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality. The CEI is a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

Praxair is one of more than 1,000 businesses rated in the report, which evaluates LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBT community.

"This award recognizes Praxair’s dedication to its core values of workplace diversity and inclusion,” said Praxair Chief Diversity Officer Vanessa Abrahams-John. “Workplace diversity drives competitive advantage and is essential to our ability to sustain our company success over the long term. We thank our employees for their commitment to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for everyone.”

Praxair supports a number of initiatives that reinforce the company’s focus on diversity and inclusion, including:

  • employee resource groups that provide support, development and networking opportunities for the LGBT community, millennials, women, veterans and ethnic minorities;
  • unconscious bias training for managers across the company;
  • formal and informal mentoring programs; and
  • scholarship support for students of diverse backgrounds who are studying engineering or other STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines.

About Praxair

Praxair, Inc., a Fortune 300 company with 2015 sales of $11 billion, is a leading industrial gas company in North and South America and one of the largest worldwide. The company produces, sells and distributes atmospheric, process and specialty gases, and high-performance surface coatings. Praxair products, services and technologies are making our planet more productive by bringing efficiency and environmental benefits to a wide variety of industries, including aerospacechemicalsfood and beverageelectronicsenergyhealthcare, manufacturing, primary metals and many others. More information about Praxair, Inc. is available at

]]> (Praxair) Neighbors Mon, 23 Jan 2017 16:57:16 -0500
Free Winter Festival at Creative Kids in Brewster

Join us on Saturday January 28th for our Annual Winter Festival. 

11am - 1pm

Creative Kids Brewster
1515 Route 22, Brewster, New York 10509

Fun for all ages
Arts & Crafts
Make your own snowman
Hot Cocoa & Treats
Free Portraits by PM By Lina Photography with your choice of a backdrop

Poster & Snowflake Decorating Contest
Raffles for kids and adults
**First 50 Children receive a free gift bag!! **

Visit their Facebook Event for more details.

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Valentines Photo Box Workshop at Home Depot

Valentines Photo Box

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

Join our hands-on workshop and you and your child can build a Valentine-themed photo box, perfect for keeping photos of loved ones front and center. Once the box is built, your child can decorate it with paint and The Home Depot stickers.
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.

Home Depot Southeast/Brewster #1271

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

Photos courtesy of Home Depot.

]]> (Brewster Home Depot) Places Mon, 23 Jan 2017 11:21:10 -0500
Friends & Family CPR Course

Friends & Family CPR Course

Saturday, February 4, 2017
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

The Family & Friends CPR Course teaches the lifesaving skills of adult Hands-Only® CPR, child CPR with breaths, adult and child AED use, infant CPR with breaths and relief of choking in an adult, child or infant. Skills are taught in a dynamic group environment by using the AHA’s research-proven practice-while-watching technique, which provides students with the most hands-on CPR practice time possible. Family & Friends CPR is for people who want to learn CPR but do not require a certification card in CPR for their job. This course is ideal for schools, community groups, new parents, grandparents, babysitters and others interested in learning how to save a life. This course is NOT suitable community professions that require a CPR certification card. This one day class is held from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm. You must call (845) 475-9742 to register & pay – class sizes are limited. Cost: $35.00 includes text & materials.

Contact Info

Contact: Health Quest Community Education 
Phone: 845-475-9742 

Location Info

Putnam Hospital Center 
670 Stoneleigh Avenue 
Carmel, NY  10512 

]]> (My Health Quest) Events Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:08:54 -0500
Ballet Movie Day on January 29th

Ballet Movie Day on January 29th

Join Seven Star School's Ballet Director, Miss Anita and watch the box office hit “First Position” which follows 6 ordinary dancers as they prepare for the chance to enter the world of professional ballet. A showcase of awe-inspiring talent, tenacity and passion.

January 29 2017 9:45 AM to 11:45 AM at Empire Cinemas in Value Village Route 22 in Brewster.

Tickets are $10 per person. The concession stand will be open for purchases. 

Tickets can be purchased in advance at Seven Star School at 509 Route 312 in Brewster, NY or at the box office at 9:30am on January 29th. For more information call 845.278.0728 or visit


]]> (Seven Star School) Events Mon, 23 Jan 2017 09:52:36 -0500
The Aldrich Celebrates a Decade of First Fridays

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is pleased to announce the ten-year anniversary of its popular social series, First Fridays – A Contemporary Cocktail Party!

To celebrate this landmark year, Festivities Catering & Event Planning, one of Fairfield County’s favorite catering companies will be the exclusive caterer for the event series.

On Friday, February 3, from 7 to 9 pm, Hudson Valley’s versatile Shovel Ready String Band will take the stage while Litchfield Distillery hosts an on-site spirits tasting.

Tickets are available at the door. $20; $15 members; Free for $250+ members.

For questions, please contact Jamie Pearl, head of special events and rentals, or 203.438.4519, extension 118.

More info:

The Aldrich is located at 258 Main Street in Ridgefield.

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Reschedule of How To Detox Your Body Naturally – And Lose Weight!

How To Detox Your Body Naturally – And Lose Weight!

January 30 at 7PM

 We live in a toxic world. 70,000 chemicals are in use today, 95% are known to cause disease. Added to this fact, is a poor quality diet, sedentary lifestyles and excessive stress and sugar intake and there can be a breakdown in our natural detoxification systems.  

Dr. Kenneth Hoffman, the Medical Director for SOPHIA Natural Health Center in Brookfield, CT, will explain how this can lead to a variety of health issues such as insomnia, fatigue, obesity, nutritional deficiency, thyroid dysfunction, cancer risk and more. Find out how you can detoxify your body naturally, optimize your health and lose weight!


Monday, January 23, 2017  Rescheduled due to inclement weather

Monday, January 30, 2017

When:  7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Where:  Studio Around The Corner,

             67 Main St, Suite 101, Brewster, NY

Cost:  FREE!

RSVP:  Online, or 845-363-8330

]]> (Cultural Arts Coalition) Events Mon, 23 Jan 2017 08:23:49 -0500
National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® (NDAFW) is a national health observance for teens to promote local events that use NIDA science to SHATTER THE MYTHS® about drugs.

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® links students with scientists and other experts to counteract the myths about drugs and alcohol that teens get from the internet, social media, TV, movies, music, or from friends. It was launched in 2010 by scientists at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to stimulate educational events in communities so teens can learn what science has taught us about drug use and addiction. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism became a partner starting in 2016, and alcohol has been added as a topic area for the week. NIDA and NIAAA are part of the National Institutes of Health.

During National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® and year round, teens can test their knowledge about drugs, alcohol, and drug abuse by taking the interactive National Drug and Alcohol IQ Challenge quiz.

]]> (NIH) Public safety Mon, 23 Jan 2017 07:58:09 -0500
At the Old Town Hall in Brewster

In 1913, the day before the inauguration of Woodrow Wilson, Wilson was forced to quietly slip into town using back alleys to get to his hotel.  He was avoiding the thousands of women who had  descended upon Washington to march in the Woman Suffrage Procession, the first of its kind in Washington, DC.  The march was pivotal in the movement to garner a woman's right to vote, and sadly carried, similar to today, concerns of racism, and mistreatment of marchers by the crowds and police.  The Suffrage Parade  and subsequent inauguration were big news then, but if you lived in Brewster and had not purchased the $10.35 New York Central round-trip excursion fare to Washington for the inauguration ceremonies, it would be 10 days before you could see the inauguration day festivities unfold before you. 

Frank A. Holmes was the man who ran the moving picture shows at the Brewster Town Hall in 1913,  (and Dykeman's Hall in Carmel), and he had secured the use of the inauguration reels only 2 days after their release for 15 dollars.  According to the Brewster Standard, the "pictures were fully up to expectations and every phase of the days event were shown clearly on the canvas." 

Holmes also owned several housing lots in the Village, which he leased, but he was perhaps best known for his General Store  located on East Main Street, which he partnered with his brother.  The store was described as "quaint," and there he seemed to have a knack for salesmanship.  He was the sole proprietor in the area for Borden's milk products, Butterick sewing patterns, and was a vanguard at promoting the trendy entertainments of bicycles, roller skates, and novelties such as stereopticons, motion picture machines and postal cards.  

Thankfully, F. A. Holmes, in selling post cards, was also responsible for making many of the post card series showing  the historic vistas of Brewster - this card included.  In 1906 he earned the nickname 'The Postcard Man' by selling over 1,000 Thanksgiving greeting cards.  Seeing the earning potential, he soon expanded his card line to commemorate Valentine's Day, Easter, etc.

 Holmes first venture into the moving picture business was short-lived.  He attempted to show films at the Town Hall in 1909*, but abandoned the idea stating that "night entertainments are unpopular in a village the size of Brewster."  He revived his idea in 1912, and combined the shows with other entertainments such as vaudeville performers, and roller skating carnivals.  Given that the films were without sound, a piano player, organist, mandolin, or banjo would accompany the moving pictures.  Opera singers, jugglers, magicians, comedy sketches, and small orchestras would also be added features to the shows.  

Holmes also recruited a local retired circus man, Frank Townsend, who had a trained black bear, named 'Clem,'  that was given to him when it was a cub.  Frank and Clem performed tricks on the platform created by the bifurcated stairs in front of Town Hall to the delight of some 300 children on matinee days.   The matinee cost 5 cents for children,  10 cents for adults, and all seats were 15 cents in the evenings, but seeing Frank and Clem perform was free.  Show dates were usually Wednesday and Saturdays.

The initial years of operation were tough and it was difficult to operate the shows during the winter and spring months due to impassable roads by snow or mud, and also to the fact that the Town Hall was heated with coal, and when it was cold there would be shortages of it. But Holmes plugged on, showing hit's such as 'Brewster's Millions'  (DeMille - 1914) which showed, according to the Standard,  in "five exceptionally long reels," and concluded with "an interesting reel showing the catching, cleansing and packing of salt water fish."

Broncho, Pathe News reels and documentaries, and Kay-Bee Civil War movies and the films of Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, D.W. Griffiths, etc.  were also popular.  The best-attended screenings seemed to also involve a local flavor.  On a Tuesday night in January, Mr. Holmes had 2 motor trucks, bring close to 100 people from Crafts and Carmel to see 'The Time of Peril,' (1913) a film showing T.W. Carroll's Putnam division train and the big trestle at Crafts.  It also featured Howard Craft, an old resident of that hamlet.  Total attendance for that night reached 660 patrons with overcrowded and dangerous conditions.

After this Holmes started having two showings at 6:30 and 8:15 pm, which were monitored by the local fire chief to ensure that no tickets were sold after seating was filled.  

Griffith's 'Birth of a Nation' (1915) also had a good attendance (the battlefield portions of the film were shot in Somers at the Crane and Flood farms), and the short films of local events such as the Putnam County Fair, (aka the Carmel Fair), as well as the above-mentioned performance by Frank Townsend and his trick bear, Clem were always a hit.   

Holmes, and other cameramen were also on hand to film local events such as the auction of Brewster Livery and Transportation fleet of wagons and sleighs. local flooding, carnivals and fairs, parades and baseball games, and fires in those early years of movie making, and If you should have any old movie reels in your attic or basement, please consider donating them to your local historical society, or some other preservation organization.

During W.W.I , the Town Hall  became the 'Brewster Theatre' with Robert A. Jennings , who would later gain acclaim as a cameraman for Fox News and Universal Pictures; and William H. O'Neill, both managing different events that sometimes played war propaganda films, and cartoon comedies.  But attendance was down considerably during that time, possibly because prices for children had risen to 10 cents with a 2 cent war tax.  Adult seats cost 20 cents with the war tax included.   

Post war, America was changing and chaotic.  How better to relieve ones mind of the strife than to imbibe in a little cinema?  By 1923, there were several venues in the Village to watch moving pictures.  The Cameo and the Strand were born and both offered different film options in any given week.  F.A. Holmes retired and moved to Florida.  Time passes, and now, a little over 100 years later we find that the more things change, the more they stay the same.  Women will again be marching on Washington to a backdrop of world unrest, racism, economic and labor issues.  The inauguration and march will be live-streamed and televised, and can be viewed instantly on your phone, or in your home.  However, should you wish to see a movie instead, that option is currently no longer available in the Village of Brewster - the Cameo is closed.  However, the Old Town Hall in Brewster is currently undergoing renovations.  perhaps when finished they'll host a moving picture night?

*The Edison Projectoscope Company, American Cameragraph, D.W. Robinson's Entertainment Company, etc. hosted moving pictures at the Town Hall , Fireman's Hall, and various churches through  the years 1904 -1923 showing various films such as the 'Great Train Robbery.'

]]> (Lori Kemp) Life Mon, 23 Jan 2017 04:36:18 -0500
How to Save Lives with Narcan Overdose Prevention Training

Saving Lives One Person at a Time

How to Save Lives with Narcan Overdose Prevention Training

Saturday, January 28, 2017


Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce

953 South Lake Blvd. Mahopac, NY 10541

1PM to 3PM

Donation $10 Trainer: Lillian Neuman

Registration is required 

Naloxone (Narcan) is a prescription medicine that reverses an overdose by blocking heroin or other opioids in the nervous system for 30 to 90 minutes. Naloxone is administered by injection or intranasal.

Sponsored by:


]]> (Drug Crisis in Our Backyard) Events Mon, 23 Jan 2017 03:52:43 -0500
Knitting Class for Kids at Brewster Library

Knitting Class for Kids. The Brewster Public Library is offering a four week knitting class for children ages 7 and up on Tuesdays, Feb 7, 14,21 and 28 from 5-6pm. Children will learn the basics of knitting and apply these skills to create fun projects. All materials will be provided. Class size is limited; children should be able to attend all four classes. Registration is required. For more information call 845-279-6421 or visit 

]]> (Brewster Library) Places Sun, 22 Jan 2017 14:35:13 -0500
Sheriff Smith Appoints Paul Boscia as Undersheriff

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith announces that he has named Paul Boscia as the new Undersheriff of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office. Mr. Boscia’s appointment fills a vacancy in the position following the untimely death on November 15, 2016 of the previous long-time Undersheriff, Peter Convery. Mr. Boscia’s official appointment as Undersheriff will commence on February 6, 2017 and is effective through the remainder of Sheriff Smith’s current elected term of office, which runs through December 31, 2017.

Mr. Boscia’s appointment caps a 28-year career in the Sheriff’s Office. He began his career with Putnam County as a correction officer in 1988. He was appointed as a deputy sheriff in 1989 and assigned to the Patrol Division, later becoming a K-9 officer. In 2000, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and in 2007 he was temporarily designated at the noncommissioned officer in charge of the Patrol Division during a vacancy in the patrol captain’s position.

Mr. Boscia was promoted to the rank of First Sergeant in 2008, a position he held until his retirement from the Sheriff’s Office last month. He received several letters of commendation during his career, including an award for negotiating the surrender of a barricaded man, another for peacefully disarming a suicidal man armed with a knife, and a lifesaving award for aiding a heart attack victim. A firearms instructor, he and other instructors were commended for improving the firearms training program of the Sheriff’s Office.

In addition to his long police service, Mr. Boscia has served his country in the Air Force, first serving as an active member for ten years before joining the Sheriff’s Office and then continuing as a member of the Air Force Reserve until retiring in 2006 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Mr. Boscia holds a bachelor’s degree from Manhattan College and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He and his wife, Regina, reside in Putnam County, where they have raised their four children.

“The death of Undersheriff Peter Convery left a big hole in our hearts and it also left big shoes to fill in leading the men and women of the Sheriff’s Office and in serving our citizens,” said Sheriff Smith. “I am grateful to Paul Boscia and to his wife, Regina, for temporarily putting their retirement plans on hold and for answering the call to duty for the people of Putnam County,” he said.

Following the Sheriff’s announcement, Mr. Boscia said that he is “honored by the Sheriff’s appointment” and that he is “privileged to serve as his Undersheriff.” Mr. Boscia went on to express confidence that his long experience in the Sheriff’s Office will enable him to serve the County well in his new role: “The Sheriff is an outstanding leader and I am prepared, together with the very capable command staff of the Sheriff’s Office, to assist him in fulfilling our mission to serve and protect the community with professionalism and dedication,” he said.



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Master Class with Tony Award Nominee and American Idol Finalist Constantine Maroulis

Master Class with Tony Award Nominee and American Idol Finalist Constantine Maroulis 

Saturday, January 28 from 3 to 7pm

at the Cortlandt School of Performing

Arts 24 Old Albany Post Road, Croton on Hudson

Includes: AUDITIONING • getting the audition • getting the callback • getting the best to prepare and to make it an experience that you can learn from • mastering the 16 bar audition • connecting to the people you are auditioning for • PROMOTION • social media branding • how to stand out among the crowd • getting the agent • networking • MATERIAL AND ORGANIZING REPERTOIRE • organizing repertoire • telling a story that connects to an audience • picking the right monologue that is age-appropriate • having the right contrasting material • MANAGING YOUR CAREER • how to be a part of the team • components for Broadway and television work • how to best fit in • question and answer session • EDUCATION • how to prepare your college auditions • PROGRAM CHOICES • College • conservatory • performing arts school or private instruction


Includes photos and autographs with Constantine!

$150 PER PERSON Maximum of 25 students, by paid reservations. Call 914-402-4250 to reserve your spot!

Registration available online.


]]> (Margaret Carey) Neighbors Sun, 22 Jan 2017 11:02:31 -0500
Titans Outdoor Classic on The Pond at Brewster Ice Arena

The Danbury Titans are excited to announce our second annual Outdoor Classic on the pond at the Brewster Ice Arena! 

Bundle up Fans! The Titans will take on the Watertown Wolves outside at Brewster Ice Arena at 4:30pm! 

i95 will be the sponsor for the evening, and there will be numerous food trucks and an outdoor bar for fans! There will be merchandise for sale as well.

So pack up your chairs, blankets and mittens, and come cheer on the Titans! Everyone loves a little pond hockey!

Following the game all fans are welcome to join the Titans on the ice and skate with the players! Bring your skates, or use rentals provided by BIA at no cost.

$14.50 adults and $9 kids 10 and under

Online special of $13 adults and $7 for kids!

Sunday, January 29 at 4:30 PM - 8:05 PM

The Brewster Ice Arena
63 Fields Ln, Brewster, New York 10509

Facebook Event


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Nominate a Local Business for the 2016 Trailblazer Awards

Nominate a Local Business for the 2016 Trailblazer Awards

Each year the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce nominates the best and brightest in the Putnam County business and nonprofit community for a series of awards to recognize their dedication and achievements. In March 2017 we will host the 7th annual event to honor those chosen by their peers during the selection process, known as the “Best in Business” Trailblazer Awards.

There are many awards recognizing a wide swath of companies/organizations and a vast array of talent. Putnam County is only as good as its business community and community organizations, and the dedicated people who make things happen every day. This is our chance to recognize them.

Nominations are being accepted for the 2016 Trailblazers "Best In Business" awards.

Go to  to nominate or be nominated. The Voting cut off date is February 16th, 2017.

Hosted at Villa Barone in Mahopac, NY, this year’s Trailblazer Awards event will honor several professionals and businesses across 18 categories of achievement on March 23rd, 2017.


]]> (Putnam County Chamber of Commerce) Neighbors Sun, 22 Jan 2017 07:57:17 -0500