Brewster's HamletHub Sun, 17 Dec 2017 01:07:02 -0500 New Year's Day Concert for Peace

Concerts Around the Corner, 

New Year’s Day, Concert for Peace

Concerts Around the Corner,

New Year’s Day, Concert for Peace

Women Composers and Celebrating 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage


The Cultural Arts Coalition presents: New Year’s Day Concert for Peace, Monday, January 1st, 2:00pm, Studio Around the Corner, Brewster NY.

Start your new year at a peaceful gathering, with music, readings and camaraderie. This year’s concert will highlight women composers and celebrate the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote! Jennifer Tao, piano; Robert Zubrycki, violin;  Sebu Sirinian, violin;  Adria Benjamin, viola; and Anik Oulianine, cello. Poetry by Maya Angelou and more will be recited. Amy Campanaro, director of the Southeast Museum, has prepared a talk about women’s suffrage.

The program will feature Jeffrey Marano singing “True Colors” by Cyndi Lauper; the Mel Bonis (Mélanie Hélène Bonis) Piano Quartet; works by Mary Rhoads, Jennifer Higdon, Cécile Chaminade, Lili Boulanger, Rebecca Clarke, and Woodworks, by the Danish String Quartet. To celebrate the New Year, a few Waltzes by Johann Strauss II and Auld Lang Syne. 

Mélanie Hélène Bonis, (1858-1937) taught herself the piano, in a hostile family environment, until the age of twelve, when her parents, influenced by one of their friends, a professor at the prestigious Conservatoire, resigned themselves to give her a musical education. She was introduced to César Franck, who was so impressed with her abilities that he made arrangements for her to be admitted to the then all-male Paris Conservatory, in 1876. While at the Conservatoire, she fell in love with a fellow student, a relationship her parents disapproved of, so she was removed from the school and later forced into an arranged marriage. Since women composers were not taken seriously at the time, she composed under the pseudonym, Mel Bonis. Camille Saint-Saëns highly praised her chamber music and could not believe a man had not composed it. This was both a compliment and a sad commentary on the fact that women composers were basically ignored and regarded as second rate. We’re thrilled to perform her gorgeous piano quartet at the Studio Around the Corner.

Mary Rhoads (Lotus Pond, Lament for the Lost Children) was a jazz and classical performer, composer a feminist and the mother of local artist and teacher, Sharon Nakazato. Mary taught at the University of Northern Colorado and later settled in Seattle, where she continued composing and performing. 

Violinist, Robert Zubrycki, is currently Concertmaster for the New York City Chamber Orchestra, a member of the American Symphony Orchestra, the Stamford Symphony, and has performed in the orchestra for the American Ballet Theater at Lincoln Center. He has recently performed as Concertmaster for the New York Choral Society at Carnegie Hall, Encores! at City Center, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic and for Pope Francis at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. A veteran of dozens of Broadway shows, Bob performed in the orchestra for “She Loves Me” and previously performed in “A Gentleman's Guide To Love and Murder”, winner of the 2014 Tony Award for Best New Musical and he can be heard on the recent cast recordings of “She Loves Me”, “An American in Paris” and “Paint Your Wagon” (violin and mandolin). He has won an Emmy Award for his musical contribution to the documentary, “The Curse of the Bambino”. As the first violinist for the Queen’s Chamber Band and the Abaca String Band, Robert has recorded extensively and toured United States, including performances at the Chautauqua Institute and the White House. At this performance, Bob will be joined by his colleagues from The American Symphony, Amici New York, New York City Chamber Orchestra and Broadway. 

Tickets are a suggested donation of $10; $5 for children under 12.  Reservations are recommended, as seating is limited. Tickets can be purchased online at or call (845) 363 - 8330 or email for reservations.

For more information on this and other Cultural Arts Coalition events, visit: or on Facebook.

Concerts Around The Corner is made possible in part by the NYS Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature. In Putnam County, this grant program is administered and monitored by the Putnam Arts Council, Mahopac, NY.


Photo Credit: Laurie Rhodes


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]]> (Cultural Arts Coalition) Places Sat, 16 Dec 2017 13:42:59 -0500
Last HV Regional Farmers Market of the Year This Sunday in Brewster

Santa at the Market This Weekend!!

**HVR Farmers Market WILL NOT BE OPEN ON THE 24th or the 31st!**


Ace Endico Farm Table is Back!
Offering Fresh Italian Specialty Foods!

The Bakers Wife
Will be accepting Christmas Bread Pre-Orders to be picked up on the morning of Christmas Eve at the Market location. Offering a gorgeous Traditional Rum Stollen by Order only!

Bartolo Prepared Foods
Bartolo will be Back with his wonderful variety of prepared foods and his mouth watering cheesecake! Now taking Holiday Orders, Cut-off date for Cheesecakes, Lasagna and Eggplant Parmesan orders will be Dec.22nd. Pick up will be done the Morning of December 24th at the market location. They will be fine in the refrigerator until Xmas. If you would like if before, the Cheesecakes will freeze fine. Allow two days to thaw in the fridge.

DoReMeFarms with Fresh Market Produce!

Kookie Kueen Gluten Free Baked Items

Kas Spirits
Serving Hot apple cider Sunday and in addition to having a regular discount for multiple bottle purchase they will also offer an additional discount, $1 off per each 750ml and 375ml bottle purchased this Sunday Only!

FRESH Snappy Pickles, and luscious varieties of Marinated Olives!

HVR Farmers Market Shop will have delicious ORGANIC Sacred Grounds Coffee , along with Pastries from Brewster Pastry, Honey Products from Sweet Pea Farms, and Crown Maple Syrup!

General Cochran Farms
Will provide your family with a full array of Grass Fed pasture raised Beef, Pork, Chicken and Turkey; Farm Fresh Eggs and Milk, Yogurt, Delicious Egg Nog and Ice Cream, Salted and Unsalted Creamy European style Butter, Garlic and Cinnamon Butters. Upon Special order ONLY they can provide Goose and Lamb.

Laurel Maud Jams with a growing organic Jam Selection! Varieties including mixed berry, apple-cinnamon, and more! Her Savory Jams are especially delicious served with soft cheeses and chilled white wine. Laurel Maud will be featuring Seasonal Spiced Jams for the fall!

Ryder Farm Organic Their Season is over but they will be back Next Season!

Smellz Good Goats Milk Products
Will be offering an amazing and beneficial selection of Activated Charcoal Products to help you detox and restore yourself during the Holiday Hustle and Bustle. Activated Charcoal not only cleanses your body and skin of multiple toxins, but also whitens teeth, filters water and more!

Get yourself Centered and Aligned with a BEMER session with Betty Prinsen.

Handmade Jewelry
One of a Kind Handmade pieces in Sterling Silver, Gold, and Copper with semi-precious stones and fresh-water pearls are featured alongside Swarovski crystal, Czech, Venetian and dichroic glass to add sparkle and shine. Inspired by Nature, each piece is as unique as they are beautiful!

The HVR Farmers Market Shop will be offering Embroidery again this year, purchase Stockings, Scarves, Blankets and More and have them customized with a beautiful logo or design while you wait!

And So Much More!!!

Come on Down, let the kids meet Santa and you can stock up!

**Reminder** This is the Last Official Market before The Holidays, we will not be open on 12/24 or 12/31!


Kids Activities in addition to Santa will include Ornament Painting, T-Shirt Coloring, crafts and More!!

]]> (HVR Farmers Market) Places Sat, 16 Dec 2017 12:02:05 -0500
Brewster Pastry St. Jude Raffle Winners Receive $1300 in Gift Certificates

Brewster Pastry held the drawing for their Holiday Raffle to benefit St. Jude Children's Hospital today (Saturday, December 16) at 11am. The first prize of $700 in gift certificates for area merchants was won by Mary Butler and 2nd prize of $600 in gift certificates was won by Thomas Kane. Over $1000 was raised - all proceeds of the raffle will be donated to St. Jude's Children's Hospital. 

Brewster Pastry owner, Thierry Danvin, is keeping the donation jar up until the end of the year in hopes people will donate in the season of giving. Brewster Pastry is located in the Towne Center Shopping Plaza at 1620 Route 312, Brewster, NY. 

I suggest placing your order for the holidays ahead of time by calling (845) 278-2555.


]]> (Margaret Carey) Charities Sat, 16 Dec 2017 09:55:34 -0500
Festive Time at Brewster Rotary Annual Applebee's Breakfast

This morning, Saturday, December 16, Brewster Rotary Club held their annual Flapjack Fundraiser event. Guest were treated to a free pancake and bacon breakfast with coffee, tea and juice. Past President, Bob Cinque stated that they had a steady stream of people attending the event. Live Christmas music and a visit from Santa (Al King) helped create a festive atmosphere.

An early bird drawing was held for the Brewster Rotary Super Bowl LII Raffle. Winner Wiliam Dimezza won $500. Video of the drawing can be found on the Brewster Rotary Facebook page. Tickets are still available for the grand prize - click here for more details.


]]> (Margaret Carey) Life Sat, 16 Dec 2017 09:44:47 -0500
Deadline Nears for Recertifying Handgun Licenses

Putnam County Sheriff Department is reminding Putnam County handgun license holders that a state-imposed deadline to re-certify many licenses is approaching.

Holders of handgun licenses issued prior to January 15, 2013 must recertify their licenses with the New York State Police by January 31, 2018. Covered licensees who fail to recertify by that date could be subject to having their licenses suspended or revoked without further notice.

The State Police offers an on-line recertification process for all handgun licenses issued in New York State (with the exception of those issued by New York City and by Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester Counties).

Licensees can download forms and complete the recertification process online at

]]> (Putnam Sheriff) Public safety Sat, 16 Dec 2017 09:38:51 -0500
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Book Discussion for kids 8-11 at the Kent Library

Wizards from ages 8-11 are invited to join us for a thoughtful discussion of the nineteen-years-later play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Wednesday, December 27th starting at 3:00pm at the Kent Library. Complete with trivia questions and a Time-Turner craft, this is a program you don't want to miss! Please read the book before the meeting! Costumes are, as always, encouraged, and registration is required.You may register for the program by going to or calling the Kent Public Library at 845-225-8585. The library is located at 17 Sybil's Crossing, Kent Lakes, NY 10512.

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]]> (Kent Public Library) Neighbors Sat, 16 Dec 2017 06:25:38 -0500
Brewster Library Breaks Ground on Phase One of Renovation

The Brewster Public Library broke ground this past week on phase one of its long planned renovation. Work crews erected a handicapped ramp to the original main entrance and began demolition of the ramp that led into the library for more then a decade.

The area under the ramp is to be excavated and a new lower level addition added with office and storage space. The roof of that addition with have a street level courtyard with bistro seating and a secondary library entrance.

Phase 1 is being financed entirely by the library's reserves and a matching construction grant from NYS. The work is scheduled to be completed in the spring. Phase 2 which was approved by the voters back in November is currently being developed and the library board hopes to submit the plans to the village for approval in the spring and hope to break ground in fall 2018.

When completed in 2019 the rear of the library will see a 2 story addition with expanded children's and teen areas. A 50 seat community room, several private study rooms are also planned along with expanded computers work spaces, a 10-12 person conference room available for public use and the library collection. An elevator will also be installed to make the library fully handicapped accessible. Architectural renderings of both projects are currently on display at the library and inn the library website

See past articles on the Library Expansion here:


Photo credit: Peter Carey, Brewster HamletHub Editor

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]]> (Peter Carey) Places Sat, 16 Dec 2017 03:00:27 -0500
Feehan Serious Jazz Sunday Series: Kristina Koller

Our Feehan Serious Jazz Sunday Series which features consummate professional jazz musicians, will conclude with contemporary jazz vocalist Kristina Koller. The series, which offers live jazz performances by notable jazz professionals, has been made possible for the Feehan Insurance Agency. They have graciously underwritten some of the costs in order to support the mission of furthering the understanding and experience of hearing this truly American music genre. 

Champagne, coffee, light refreshments, and pastries will be offered by donation. 

$12.00 General Admission 
$10.00 Member Admission 

About the Event

“Her music connects with new audiences outside of the jazz music circle, melding jazz, funk, R&B & alternative sounds into her arrangements and compositions.

Kristina was selected and performed as a Jazz Discovery Artist for the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival. Kristina and her Quintet were semi-finalists in the 2017 DCJazzPrix competition.

Kristina Koller is a very original contemporary jazz vocalist, one that anyone interested in jazz, or for that matter progressive music, needs to hear.”

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]]> (Arts on the Lake) Neighbors Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:18:26 -0500
Drewville Road Bridge Reopened

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell announces the reopening of the Drewville Road Bridge in Carmel. The New York State Department of Transportation has approved the reopening today, Friday, December 15, after the Putnam County Highways and Facilities Department completed the necessary repairs to the infrastructure.

"I am so proud of our highway department workers who came through as promised to have the bridge open in two weeks’ time, even under the recent harsh weather conditions,” said Odell. “Repairing our aging infrastructure is a priority for the county so we can ensure the safety of our residents.”

The highway department constructed temporary shoring for the bridge that will support the safe travel across the Drewville Road Bridge.

“The process required two weeks to make the repair,” explained Fred Pena, Highways and Facilities Commissioner. “Week 1 included designing the shoring, gathering equipment and material, obtaining permits and developing a work plan. During Week 2 the execution of the repair was done.”

A full replacement of the Drewville Road Bridge is scheduled for 2019.

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]]> (MaryEllen Odell) Politics Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:34:08 -0500
Free Winter Holiday Party at Walter Brewster House

Please join us!

Landmarks Preservation Society of Southeast's Winter Holiday Party 

December 17, 2017 4 P.M. — 7 P.M.

Walter Brewster House

43 Oak Street, Brewster, New York

Light Dinner Buffet

Carols by Putnam Chorale Singers

Silent Auction & Seasonal Raffle

Bring family and friends to share the holiday spirit in our historic treasure beautifully decorated for the season by the Brewster Garden Club

No charge - Donations are gladly accepted

Kindly RSVP by email

Or call Nancy H at 914-656-0097 (ify ou forget to RSVP, come anyway!)

Landmarks Preservation Society of Southeast, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation and contributions are tax deductible. Cash or check, please.


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]]> (Landmarks Preservation Society of Southeast) Events Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:11:41 -0500
White plains man arrested following domestic dispute in Southeast

On December 13, 2017 the New York State Police from the Brewster barracks arrested Alejandro Sanchez, age 17, of White Plains, NY, for Grand Larceny in the 4thdegree, a class E felony, Unlawful Imprisonment in the 2nd degree, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and Criminal Mischief in the 4th degree, all class A misdemeanors.

Troopers responded to the Shell Gas Station at 590 Route 22 in the town of North Salem for a domestic dispute called in by the station attendant.  Investigation found Sanchez picked up the victim in the town of Southeast and a domestic dispute ensued in the vehicle.  The victim attempted to call 911 for help at which time Sanchez took the phone to prevent police assistance.  The victim was able to escape the vehicle, run to the nearby gas station, and alert the attendant.  Sanchez fled with the phone but was later located and arrested.

Sanchez was arraigned before the town of Southeast Court and remanded to the Putnam County Jail in lieu of $500.

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]]> (NYS Police) Public safety Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:07:00 -0500
Despicable Me 3 Movie Screening at Keeler Library

Keeler Library in North Salem is offering a free screening of the newly released movie Despicable Me 3 on Wednesday, December 27th at 3:00 PM.

Open to all ages. Perfect Saturday activity for the whole family!

No registration required.

If you have any questions, please email the library by calling at 914-669-5161 or emailing at

Ruth Keeler Memorial Library
276 Titicus Road, North Salem, NY

]]> (Carolyn Reznick) Neighbors Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:14:13 -0500
$40 for ANY Tree at Brewster Fire Department

Final sale days of Christmas Trees at Brewster Fire Department, not many remain! $40 ANY TREE & $10 WREATHS!

We are still collecting new, unwrapped toys for the Toys for Tots fundraiser. Come on down!

501 N Main St, Brewster, NY 10509

]]> (Linda Hayes) Places Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:34:13 -0500
Keep Your Dogs and Cats Safe From Holiday Hazards


This holiday season, while you’re busy decorating, cooking, and wrapping gifts, remember to watch out for holiday temptations for your pets. FDA veterinarian Carmela Stamper tells how to keep your animals safe.

Stocking Stuffers and Pet Treats

If your dog received a stocking full of pet treats, make sure he doesn’t gobble them all up at once. According to Stamper, if he eats the treats whole, or eats too many at once, he may not be able to digest them. Unchewed pet treats can get stuck in the trachea (windpipe) or gastrointestinal tract (esophagus, stomach, and intestines), particularly in small dogs.

If your dog is in obvious distress from eating too much too fast, says Stamper, contact your vet immediately. Some telltale signs are drooling, choking, or vomiting.

Take note of timing. If a bone or chew toy lodges in your dog’s stomach or intestines, the symptoms might not be immediate. Hours to days later, he may vomit and have diarrhea, be less active, not want to eat, and have stomach pain. If the blockage stays there too long, your dog may become very ill. The worst-case scenario is when a hole develops at the blockage site, causing a life-threatening infection.

“When in doubt, contact your veterinarian, who may need to take x-rays or use an endoscope to see what and where the problem is,” Stamper says. Your dog may even need surgery to remove blockages in the intestines.

Tinsel and Ribbons

When decorating your tree and wrapping or unwrapping gifts, keep a close eye on where you leave your leftover tinsel, string, and ribbons.

“Your cat may find these decorations irresistible because they look like easy-to-catch, sparkly, and wiggly prey,” Stamper says. In fact, they can cause serious stomach and intestinal damage.

Symptoms may take a few hours or several days to appear, and include vomiting, diarrhea, lack of appetite, and decreased activity. Play it safe by keeping tinsel off the tree and collecting all ribbons and strings after gifts are opened.

Holiday Plants

If you have holiday plants such as poinsettias, holly, or mistletoe around, take care. When you display (or dispose of) these plants, your cat may decide they’re good to eat, Stamper says.

Poinsettias, for example have a milky white, latex sap that can irritate your animal’s mouth and stomach and may cause vomiting and diarrhea. “If your cat has snacked on poinsettia leaves, you can help him by picking up his food and water dishes for a couple of hours to let his stomach settle,” Stamper advises.

The National Animal Poison Control Center (NAPCC) states that the major toxic chemicals in mistletoe are lectins and phoratoxins. These chemicals affect the heart, causing low blood pressure and slowed heart rate.

“Fortunately for your cat, severe mistletoe toxicity is uncommon and usually occurs only if your pet eats a large amount,” Stamper explains. Symptoms include vomiting and diarrhea, difficulty breathing, slowed heart rate, low blood pressure, and odd behavior.

While holly isn’t as harmful, you should still discourage your pets from eating the berries and leaves, Stamper says. In both dogs and cats, the plant’s toxins can cause drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, and decreased activity.

Table Scraps

Resist the temptation to give your pet table scraps that are high in fat, such as fat trimmed from meat or skin from your roasted turkey or chicken. “In addition to the typical gastrointestinal upset, rich, fatty foods can cause a potentially life-threatening and painful disease called pancreatitis,” Stamper says. The most common symptoms of pancreatitis in dogs include vomiting, stomach pain, restlessness, shaking, diarrhea, fever, and weakness.

In cats, the symptoms are less clear and harder to notice, such as decreased appetite and weight loss.

And be careful what you put in the trash can, Stamper warns. Dogs, especially, are notorious for helping themselves to the turkey carcass or steak bones disposed of there. As with too many treats, bones can get stuck in your dog’s esophagus, or trachea. Sharp pieces of bones can also injure your dog’s mouth, esophagus, and stomach, and can cause severe internal injuries.

“Don’t forget, once dinner is done, dispose of the leftovers and bones somewhere where your pets can’t get to them,” Stamper says.

Other Human Treats, Including Alcohol

As many pet owners know, chocolate can be dangerous to your dog or cat. Chocolate toxicity depends on the type and amount of chocolate your dog has eaten, his body weight, and if he’s extra-sensitive to the toxic compound in chocolate called theobromine, Stamper says.

Moreover, the seemingly harmless mints common in the holiday season cause life-threatening problems for your dog if they contain xylitol, also found in food items such as candy, gum, some peanut butters, and baked goods, and personal hygiene products, such as toothpaste and mouthwash. Symptoms occur quickly after dogs eat xylitol-containing items, Stamper says. Vomiting is generally first, followed by symptoms associated with the sudden lowering of your dog’s blood sugar (hypoglycemia), such as decreased activity, weakness, staggering, incoordination, collapse, and seizures. Check the package labels to see if they contain xylitol.

After eating chocolate, some pets develop more severe complications, including liver failure, bleeding disorders, and death. If you suspect your dog has eaten chocolate or xylitol-containing items, consider it an emergency and call your veterinarian immediately.

Finally, there’s alcohol. Depending on how much they drink, pets that consume alcohol can develop serious problems. The most common symptoms in pets associated with the consumption of alcoholic beverages are vomiting, diarrhea, incoordination, weakness, decreased activity, difficulty breathing, and shaking. In severe cases, coma and death from respiratory failure (lungs stop functioning) can occur. “Don’t accidentally leave your eggnog on the coffee table,” Stamper says.

December 17, 2015


]]> (FDA.GOV) Life Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:26:53 -0500
Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” Ballet in Brewster - New Show Added Due to Snow

Important Notice: 

Due to Brewster Schools cancelling after school activities because of the incoming inclement weather, Friday December 15th’s performance of the nutcracker is postponed to Sunday, December 17th at 6:30 PM.

Add some sparkle to your holiday season with a magical adventure into a glittering world of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” presented by Seven Star School of Performing Arts. Perfect for young audiences and the young at heart; follow Clara and her Nutcracker Prince as they travel through the Land of the Sugarplum Fairy. This holiday tradition of includes a cast of over 175 local performers, beautiful choreography and stunning costumes and picturesque sets.

Performances will be held at the Brewster High School Performing Arts Center at 50 Foggintown Road in Brewster, NY on Friday, December 15th at 6:30 PM; Saturday, December 16th at 3 PM & 7:30 PM and Sunday, December 17th at 3 PM and 6:30 PM. 

Purchase tickets in advanced for only $15. Discounts for Senior Citizens (65+) and Girl Scouts are available for advance ticket purchase by December 6th. All tickets are $20 at the door. Tickets are available at Seven Star School of Performing Arts 509 Route 312 in Brewster, NY.

Visit, email or call (845) 278-0728 for more information.

]]> (Seven Star School) Events Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:19:11 -0500