Pleasantville's HamletHub Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:51:51 -0400 Rock and Roll Family Playhouse Saturday March 25 at the CAP

On Saturday, head to the Captiol Theatre in Port Chester for the Rock and Roll Playhouse Family concerts.  These “are unique, interactive, and educational live music experience for children set in the remarkable Garcia's venue at the Capitol Theatre. 60-minute concerts focus on specific eras, artists, and genres of music. During each fun-filled show, children will explore live music, movement, and collaborative creativity. Young talents will gain knowledge and develop their musical skills through laughter and imagination.

We invite the whole family to join us and play as we aim to build creativity in children ages 10-years-old and younger.  Parking during the show is included in the lot directly across the street from the main entrance of the  venue.”  Doors open at 2:30 and the show begins at 3.  Prices are $12 - 15 /person or child (under 2 free.)  This Saturday’s concert showcases The Music of The Who.

For more information an tickets follow this link: Rock and Roll Playhouse at the Capitol Theatre

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Musical Munchkins

Musical Munchkins will present an interactive music program for children ages 2-5 using multi-cultural inspired instruments, drumming, movement, multi-language songs, pretend play, and even song versions of your favorite story books.  

Join us on Saturday, April 1 from 11:00 - 11:45AM at the Mount Pleasant Public Library, 350 Bedford Road, Pleasantville, NY 10570.

Space is limited, and registration is required. Please click here to register.

]]> (Mount Pleasant Public Library (MPPL)) Events Fri, 24 Mar 2017 06:55:52 -0400
Medical Marijuana Delivery Service

Vireo Health of New York (“Vireo”), one of only five companies licensed by New York State to cultivate, manufacture and dispense medical marijuana, announced that it received approval from the New York State Department of Health to launch a medical marijuana home delivery program.

 The medical marijuana ‘from our greenhouse to your front door’ home delivery program was designed by a team of security experts, pharmacists and physicians to serve homebound patients with life-threatening and debilitating diseases, like Cancer and ALS. Initially, deliveries will cover an eight-county zone, including all five New York City Boroughs, Long Island and Westchester.

Numerous measures have been taken to ensure the safety of patients and the delivery staff. In accordance with State regulations that prohibit outsourcing in New York’s ‘seed-to-sale’ medical marijuana industry, all deliveries will be handled exclusively by Vireo employees. The deliveries will be handled by at least two employees, and company-owned delivery vehicles will be outfitted with cutting-edge safety features, including GPS tracking devices.

“New Yorkers have increasingly come to expect home delivery and we plan on leveraging ‘last mile’ supply chain technologies to meet and exceed patient expectations,” said Ari Hoffnung, CEO of Vireo Health of New York. “We are grateful to the State’s public health and safety officials for their help making this Compassion Care Act program a reality.”

“Day-in and day-out our goal at Vireo Health of New York is to provide the best possible care and service to our patients,” said Dr. Stephen Dahmer, Vireo Health’s Chief Medical Officer. “Home delivery will not only help us to improve upon current services, but also expand our reach to those patients who are unable to travel. Our team is excited to provide this service to all of our existing patients, and to have the opportunity to meet new patients in other parts of the state.”

The Company plans to launch the program within 90 days. Delivery pricing and other details will be released over the coming weeks. Certified patients or family members of patients interested in receiving more information can sign-up for home delivery program updates by visiting:


]]> (Vireo Health Center) Public safety Fri, 24 Mar 2017 05:05:00 -0400
Glass Ceiling Breakers at Axial Theatre

Our next production, Glass Ceiling Breakers, celebrates Women's History Month with seven original one-act plays by New York-based women playwrights!
The Plays
A DAY OF WONDERFUL , by Alexandra Angeloch (directed by Laura Credidio)
DEAR CROSSING , by Lisa Kimball (directed by Rachel Jones)
DRY BAY LEAF , by Linda Giuliano (directed by Rachel Jones)
FREE SHIPPING EVERY DAY , by Jill Maynard (directed by Christina Neubrand)
SMALL TALK , by Evelyn Mertens (directed by Christina Neubrand)
THE LATE GORDON KAPLAN , by Robin Anne Joseph (directed by Ms. Joseph)
THE SECOND COMING , by Gabrielle Fox (directed by Jennifer Siciliano)
The Actors
Bruce Apar, Kendra Augustin, Catherine Banks, Anthony Barresi, Jr., Michael Boyle, Alexia Braxton, Marilyn Collazo, Anna Fawcett, Michael Raymond Fox, Lori Franzese, Gail Greenstein, Samuel Joseph, Dan Kausch, Joe Lima, Pat McGuinness, Aisling Mulhern-Dono, Mickey Pantano, Mary Roberts, Portia Rose, Duane Rutter, and Michael Sullivan.
Buy your Glass Ceiling Breakers tickets here.
Production Staff

Production Manager Mary Cate Mangum
Stage Manager Sabrina Fuchs
Lighting Designer Christine Dorsey
Set Designer Matthew Crane
Sound Designer Jim Simonson
Technical Director   Diana Dávila
Performances run from March 24-26 and March 31-April 2
Fridays at 8 p.m.
Saturdays at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sundays at 4 p.m.
Axial at St. John's
8 Sunnyside Avenue
Pleasantville, New York
Buy tickets at
 Brown Paper Tickets  (search:  Axial Theatre) OR call 800-838-3006
(student, senior and group discounts are available) 
Howard Meyer, Artistic Director
Linda Giuliano, Associate Artistic Director
Betsy Klampert, Managing Director/General Counsel
]]> (Axial Theatre) Places Fri, 24 Mar 2017 04:24:00 -0400
DOT Job Fair Today


  There is  a NYSDOT Job Fair today, Friday, March 24, 2017 at the Greenburgh Public Library, from 11:30 am – 2:30 pm.  The DOT Job Fair, sponsored by the Westchester Assembly Delegation, will have information on full-time positions in the areas of Highway Maintenance, Motor Equipment Mechanics and Structural Engineering.  Participants can fill out applications at the Job Fair, and all brochures and information sheets will be available in Spanish as well as in English.  The DOT will also have a Spanish translator at the event.   

The Job Fair will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room at the Greenburgh Public Library, 300 Tarrytown Road, Elmsford, New York.   

]]> (DOT) Life Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:19:35 -0400
Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2017 at Jacob Burns Film Center

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2017 Mar. 16–Apr. 2, 2017

This year we feature 38 engaging, thought-provoking, and entertaining films—a robust mix of documentaries and narratives, along with all eight episodes of False Flag, one of the latest in Israel’s brilliant streak of political thrillers made for TV.

From Israel, we also present Ori Sivan’s visually stunning and emotionally complex Harmonia, Avi Nesher’s suspenseful and engaging Past Life, and Michal Vinik’s stunning, award-winning feature debut, Blush. In addition, we’re featuring extraordinary new films from around the globe, including Daniel Burman’s The Tenth Man (a delicious and wry peek into Buenos Aires’ bustling Jewish quarter) Maria Schrader’s timely Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe (chronicling the writer’s life in exile in the Americas during Hitler’s rise to power) and this year’s festival centerpiece, from daring US director Ferne Pearlstein: The Last Laugh, which deftly explores the taboo subject of humor in the Holocaust.

All this plus a very special look at pioneer filmmaker Joan Micklin Silver’s “Jewish trilogy.”

The festival kicks off with Academy Award–nominated director Joseph Cedar’s (Footnote) dramatic comedy Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer, with a fabulous central performance by Richard Gere! Please plan to join us—and our wonderful slate of guests—throughout the festival.

—Bruni Burres, festival programmer

Directed by Joan Micklin Silver and coproduced by The National Yiddish Book Center, Great Jewish Stories from Eastern Europe and Beyond is a collection of tales by the giants of Jewish literature, read by celebrated Jewish performers. You can hear a curated selection of these recordings during the festival in the Jane Peck Gallery on the 3rd floor of the Theater, or listen to them here on our website.

See an at a glance version of the WJFF 2017 schedule!

The Jacob Burns Film Center is located at 364 Manville Road Pleasantville, NY 10570

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A Tasting of Southern California Wines

This week's tasting: Southern California Red & White Wines on Friday, March 24th 7:00-8:00 pm at Best Wine Purveyors,located at 210 Marble Avenue in Pleasantville

Taste the sunshine! California's abundant sunshine ensures a consistent and long grape growing season while its diverse terroir supports numerous varietals. The Spanish Jesuit and Franciscan missionaries that arrived in the 18th century founded what have now become the most prominent vineyards in North America. Join us as we sample several red and white wines from the coastal locales of 'El Camino Real'.

Seats fill up quickly for these popular tastings so please reserve yours early! 

A reservation fee of $10 per person will be collected and applied as a store credit toward purchases made the evening of the tasting only. If you must cancel avoid forfeiting your credit by cancelling the reservation at least 24 hours in advance. To reserve call us at 914-579-2280 or email us. 

]]> (Thierry Pradines) Events Thu, 23 Mar 2017 04:30:00 -0400
Pleasantville indoor Farmers Market Open Saturday March 25

The Market completes its indoor season this Saturday, March 25th, before moving to Memorial Plaza to begin the outdoor season next week. And yes, access to fresh Aba's Falafel starts with the outdoor season on April 1.

At the Outdoor Market shoppers will greet new vendors, notice many Rotation Vendors shift to weekly schedules (or increased visits), and see Little Seed Gardens, Cowberry Crossing Farm, Neversink Farm and Gajeski Produce bring mounds of fresh, indoor-grown produce while we wait for the region's outdoor-growing season to get underway.

Our kick off for another great summer of weekly programs (Culinary, Music, Kids events) remains in late May, and once again it will start with Marco the Magician. At that time all remaining seasonal vendors (ie: North Winds Lavender Farm, J&A Farm) will joins us as well.

Open When, and Park Where?

The Indoor Market is open Saturday from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Click here for directions to the Indoor Market. Click here for a map showing our three parking lots and nearby street parking.

Who's In This Week?

View our Map of the Market to see where vendors visiting this Saturday will be located in the marketplace. You can also have a look at our Vendor Page by clicking here -- note that each vendor's "Frequency" is listed, clarifying how often they will visit the Indoor Market each month.

In addition to our Weekly Vendors the following Rotation Vendors will also be in this Saturday: 


Phelps Health Tip:

Nature's Plants ARE A Healthy Recipe

Lead Sponsor Phelps Hospital Northwell Health shares the following: "The benefits of antioxidants show up everywhere, but the synergy that occurs between the vitamins, minerals, fiber, phytochemicals, and antioxidants when we eat whole plant foods may reduce the risk of some serious chronic conditions and cancers. Eat more whole plant foods and do it more frequently!"

What A Fine School District It Is

Saturday marks the end of the indoor season. We thank the Pleasantville Union Free School District Board of Education and administration for their generosity, hospitality, and community spirit. It cannot be overstated how much the farmers and area residents appreciate the cozy Middle School and its dedicated support staff each winter.

More Thank Yous

Thank you to our Lead SponsorsSponsorsSupporters and to the community members who help make the Market happen. Thanks to the Village of Pleasantville, the Pleasantville Chamber of Commerce and the many local businesses and neighbors who support the Pleasantville Farmers Market's mission. And thanks to you for coming out to shop and having a delicious good time with us, week after week.

Finally: Great Vendors Make A Great Market

As much as great foods make the Market, so do great relationships. Market shoppers know that our roster of farmers and food artisans is one of the best. And we really appreciate our vendors for their positive, diligent and careful service. Enjoy a look at many (but not all) of the wonderful vendors that have supported our community all winter by clicking here.

Greek Independence Day

Last week everyone was Irish. This week celebrate the flavors of Greek Independence Day, which is observed annually in Greece on March 25. Items to gather can include: Greek Extra Virgin olive oil from Demi Olive Oil (of course), lamb from Cowberry Crossing Farm (25% OFF this week by the way), Greek oregano from Spice Revolution, feta from Edgwick Farm, Greek olives from Pickle Licious, and artisanal breads from Orwasher's Bakery, Bread Alone Bakery or Bobolink Dairy & Bakehouse.

Mead Orchards: Squash!

Mead Orchards still has colorful, delicious winter squash every week. Sauté or bake some to enjoy as a side or main dish.

Go-Go Pops is Back

Go-Go Pops will return this Saturday. Welcome them back by picking up some of their prepared items for an easy night in the kitchen, or a nice lunch.

Cowberry Crossing Farm: 25% OFF SALE 

Cowberry Crossing Farm will have leg of lamb. They'll also offer their lamb shoulder chops at a 25% OFF sale this week.

Kiernan Farm: 25-30% OFF SALE

Enjoy some comfort foods such as a nice roast, or some easy to make ribs. This week, beef roasts (Sirloin Tip, Top, Bottom, Shoulder) are 25% OFF at $10.75/lb. Also (Nitrate-Free) Smoked pork chops are 30% OFF at $9.75/lb. Finally, for ground beef, by 5 one pound packages at $10.25/lb., get $10.00 OFF the total for your ground beef.

Spice Revolution: $1 OFF Sea Salts 

This week Spice Revolution is featuring sea salts. and they're offering $1 OFF any size. Varieties include: Irish whisky smoked sea salt, French grey sea salt, applewood smoked sea salt, pink Himalayan salt, western Sicilian sea salt & more.

Way to go Mr. Trotta!

Trotta Foods has been shopping in the Market again to cook up another unique, fresh ravioli. Using goat cheese from Edgwick Farm they've created a batch of Beet & Goat Cheese Ravioli. Try them with a little butter and tarragon, or with the Trotta's Alfredo sauce.


Business Supporters Program

Fundraising provides an important contribution to the Market's operating funds, ensuring it can continue to showcase a diverse and unique selection of farm fresh, regional products for Village residents. Support of the Market by area businesses is gratefully acknowledged through our Business Supporter Program. Supporters are listed on the Market Kiosk, on the Market's website with live links, as well as in other digital and print media. Please visit the Supporters page to see our current Business Supporters. Consider supporting them with your patronage, and use the email link there to send a message if you would like to have your business join this program as well.



March 25: LAST Indoor Market

April 1: OPENING DAY outdoors at Memorial Plaza


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Shadow of the 60’s: A Tribute to Motown this Saturday at WPPAC


White Plains Performing Arts Center is proud to present SHADOW OF THE 60’S – A TRIBUTE TO MOTOWN on Saturday, March 25 at 8:00 pm. 

Featuring top industry musicians and singers dressed in exquisitely designed costumes and performing dazzling choreography, SHADOWS OF THE 60’s present the music of Motown with the intensity of the original recorded performances.  Each singer and musician were chosen because they embody the spirit, style and excitement of the original artists in concert.

Close your eyes and you will hear the magic of Motown, open them and you will see and feel the raw “front row” experience of attending a live Motown concert, circa 1964.

SHADOWS OF THE 60’S pays tribute to the tremendous legacy of Motown’s legendary stars such as The Supremes, The Four Tops and Temptations, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and The Marvelettes.

SHADOW OF THE 60’S – A TRIBUTE TO MOTOWN will play the White Plains Performing Arts Center on Saturday, March 25 at 8:00 pm. White Plains Performing Arts Center is located on the third level of City Center off Mamaroneck Avenue and Main Street in downtown White Plains, minutes from the White Plains Metro North Station.

Tickets are $29-$44. For tickets visit the theatre box office Monday-Friday (11am-6pm), purchase the tickets online at or call 914-328-1600. For Group Sales, please contact

]]> (Kathleen Davisson) Events Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:02:02 -0400
Strong, Smart & Bold Gala for Girls Inc. of Westchester

Girls Inc. of Westchester County will be holding their Strong, Smart & Bold Gala to honor notable Westchester women in the fields of business, philanthropy, entertainment, science, and the arts on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 6:00pm at the Westchester Marriot, 670 White Plains Road, Tarrytown, NY 10591. This year’s honorees are Andrea Gilman, Erica Hill, and Sandra L. Richards, each of whom exemplify the mission of Girls Inc. by being strong, smart, and bold.

Attendees will be treated to cocktails, dinner, as well as live and silent auctions.  Emceed by Kim Berns, host of the radio show - Anything Goes with Kim Berns on 1490 WGCH, the evening will also showcase personal stories of the program participants.  Tickets are $250 per person and can be purchased online at  For more information about the event and the sponsorship opportunities available, please contact Heather Apollonio, Development Coordinator at Girls Inc. at (914) 419-0764,, or visit their event website at

]]> (Patrick Buckiewicz) Neighbors Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:56:22 -0400
Jill Singer Named “Community Partner of the Year” by Association of Development Officers

Left to right: Fran Higgins, Interim President, Association of Development Officers ​ and Jill Singer, Founder, Jill Singer Graphics.

Jill Singer, founder of Jill Singer Graphics, was recently honored as the “Community Partner of the Year” by the Association of Development Officers (ADO) at the organization’s annual Philanthropy Awards Breakfast at Tappan Hill in Tarrytown, NY. Singer was recognized alongside Betsy Steward (Fundraiser of the Year), Peter Samaha (Outstanding Philanthropist Award), the Pro Bono Partnership Board of Directors (Board Philanthropic Award) and David Singer (Outstanding Corporate Philanthropy).

Each year, ADO brings together nonprofit staff and Board members, philanthropists, foundation and corporate directors, elected officials, and community members to showcase outstanding examples of philanthropy, fundraising and volunteerism and celebrate the impact these actions have on the quality of life in our area.

Jill Singer, a member of the ADO Board of Directors, was chosen as Community Partner of the Year in recognition of her contributions to the organization – she donates graphic design and marketing services to encourage membership and promote events – as well as her career-long commitment to supporting Westchester nonprofits professionally and personally.

“Jill is a wonderful and generous partner, helping us showcase our offerings in a beautiful and exciting way, so we can attract more people and grow our organization,” said ADO Interim President Fran Higgins of the Arc of Westchester Foundation.

Addressing attendees, Singer credited them for their hard work and giving her career its purpose. “I feel so lucky to have a career that allows me to contribute, in a small way, to the miracles you perform,” she said. “I know it’s not easy, and that your challenges can sometimes feel overwhelming. But through my clients and colleagues I’ve heard so many of your success stories — It may be one person, animal or acre at a time, but to the one you have helped – you have changed the world. And those victories add up.”

Singer also reminded the business community of their responsibility, adding: “None of this would get done without you, and I hope you not only feel proud, but continue to keep this in the forefront of your life’s mission. It’s incumbent upon all of us to do what we can to help.”

In addition to serving on the Board of ADO, Jill Singer is an Ambassador and the Chair of the Solopreneurs Council for the Business Council of Westchester, a member of the Building and Reality Institute, and a member of this year’s class of Leadership Westchester. She established Jill Singer Graphics in 1985, two years after graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design. She has worked with more than 400 business and nonprofit clients. For more information, visit

]]> (Hillary Millman) Neighbors Tue, 21 Mar 2017 03:44:00 -0400
PUFSD Board of Education Meeting Agenda March 21

Agenda Pleasantville BOE Meeting Tuesday March 21, 2017 7:30pm PHS Library Media Center

A. Approval of Board of Education Meeting minutes of February 28, 2017

A. Budget Review – Staffing REPORTS FROM THE DAIS

  1. Superintendent’s Report

  2. Liaison Reports



RESOLVED, that, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education accepts the following resignations:

  1. Douglas, Khyle Teacher Aide

    Effective Date: End of day 2/16/2017

  2. Garbuio, Lauren Teacher Aide

    Effective Date: End of day 2/15/2017

  3. Longo, Thomas Teacher Aide

Effective Date: End of day 3/3/2017


Agenda High School Library Media Center March 21, 2017 7:30p.m.


RESOLVED, that, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves the following Appointments/Reappointments:

1. Substitute Teacher – 2016-2017 School Year
a) Crowe, John Step 1 (uncertified)

  1. Substitute Teacher Aides – 2016-2017 School Year:

    1. a)  Crowe, John Step 1 (uncertified)

    2. b)  Ruggiero, Ariella Step 1 (uncertified)

  2. Teacher Aide – 2016-2017 School Year:

a) Mancini, Kelly Step 1 (uncertified)

  1. Spring Coaches – 2016-2017 School Year:

    1. a)  Bordonaro, Paul – Lacrosse, JV - Volunteer

    2. b)  Gomerman, Gary – Softball, JV – Volunteer Coach

    3. c)  Marino, Andrew – Baseball, Varsity - Volunteer

  2. For your information:

    1. a)  Tristan Pagliari, a student from Pace University, will serve as an unpaid Student Observer in the High School effective 3/1/2017, under the supervision of Chris Welsh.

    2. b)  Juliana Saric, a student from Mercy College, will serve as an unpaid Student Teacher in the High School effective 3/20/2017 under the supervision of Phyllis Grella.

    3. c)  Annabel Rusoff, a student from Lehman College, will serve as a Student Intern in the Bedford Road School from 3/15/17 – 6/16/17 under the supervision of Christine Harris.

    4. d)  Elyssa Federici, a student from Lehman College, will serve as a Student Intern in the Bedford Road School from 3/15/17 – 6/16/17 under the supervision of Liz Sebring.

    5. e)  Lillian Mintev, a student from Lehman College, will serve as a Student Intern in the Bedford Road School from 3/15/17 – 6/16/17 under the supervision of Eileen Prizeman.

    6. f)  Stephanie Zimei, a student from Lehman College, will serve as a Student Intern in the Bedford Road School from 3/15/17 – 6/16/17 under the supervision of Eileen Eustace.

    7. g)  Jennifer Rakoff, a student from Lehman College, will serve as a Student Intern in the Bedford Road School from 3/15/17 – 6/16/17 under the supervision of Ann Brown.

    8. h)  Lindsey Rosenthal and Nicole Mattison will be taking their second year of Child Rearing Leave for the 2017-2018 School Year.

    9. i)  Mary O’Malley will be returning from Child Rearing Leave for the 2017-2018 school year.




BE IT RESOLVED, that, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools and the Committee on Pre-School Special Education, the Board of Education reviews the following classifications and arranges for the following placements and/or services for cases numbered: 0916, 3015.


BE IT RESOLVED, that, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools and the Committee on Special Education, the Board of Education reviews the following classifications and arranges for the following placements and/or services for cases numbered: 321617, 361617, 221617, 291314, 301617, 821314, 231314, 411415, 311213.


RESOLVED, that the Board of Education accepts the following non-resident tuition student for the 2016-17 school year and authorizes the Superintendent of Schools to sign a contract delineating tuition rates for this special education student.

Sending School District Student ID Program Location 1. Mt. Pleasant CSD # 20048 TSP PHS


1. RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the appointment of Asset Works, for professional services, to provide a Web Based Software Application for Fixed Asset Tracking, for May 1, 2017 –
April 30, 2018, at a maximum of $1,600.

2. RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the appointment of Westchester County Department of Health, for professional services, to provide Maintenance for Special Education Students, for the 2016-17 school year, at a maximum of $142,305.

3. RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the appointment of Summit School, for professional services, to provide Tuition for a Special Education Student, for February 2017, at a maximum of $3,408.80.


    1. RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the appointment of Rosemary Williams, for additional professional services in the amount of $1,000, to provide Orientation & Mobility Services, bringing the 2016-17 school year maximum to $2,500.


BE IT RESOLVED, that the Superintendent of Schools is hereby authorized to execute an Affiliation Site Agreement between the Pleasantville School District and the University of Scranton, effective February 17, 2017 and authorizes the Superintendent of Schools to sign said agreement.


RESOLVED, that the Board of Education hereby appoints the following individuals to work as Election Inspectors at the Annual School District Meeting and Election on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at a rate of $14.50/hour and authorizes the District Clerk to hire substitutes for Election Inspectors who cannot serve on the day of the vote:

  1. Carol Kelly

  2. Thomas Puls

  3. Mary Joan Maher

  4. Vicki Cory


RESOLVED, that the Board of Education hereby ratifies the Memorandum of Agreement dated March 3, 2017, between the Pleasantville Union Free School District and the Civil Service Employees Association effective July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2019, and appropriates the monies to fund the 2016-19 Agreement between the parties;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the President of the Board of Education is hereby authorized to execute a collective bargaining agreement between the parties based upon the Memorandum of Agreement which incorporates all of the agreed upon conditions of employment.


RESOLVED, that the Board of Education hereby authorizes the President of the Board of Education to execute a contract for services during the 2016-17 school year with Southern Westchester BOCES.



RESOLVED, that, upon the recommendation of the Assistant Superintendent for Business, the Board of Education approves the following Health Services Contract for the 2016-17 school year:

White Plains City School District – 6 students at $996.58; total cost of $5,979.48



]]> (PUFSD Board of Education) Politics Mon, 20 Mar 2017 07:16:11 -0400
Economic Complexity in 2017 Is Discussed at Building and Realty Institute Event

Left to right is now as follows: Monica Chandra, 3EDGE Asset Management Company of Boston; Albert Annunziata, executive director, Building and Realty Institute (BRI); Steven Cucchiaro (speaker), founder and president of 3EDGE Asset Management Company of Boston; Jerry Houlihan, vice chair, Apartment Owners Advisory Council (AOAC) of the BRI; and Eric Abraham, chairman, BRI.​

A total of 96 members of the building, realty and construction industry attended the recent event at The Crowne Plaza Hotel in White Plains. The program, which delivered an economic outlook for 2017, served as the General Membership Meeting for the Building and Realty Institute. 

Steve Cucchiaro, President and Chief Investment Officer of 3EDGE Asset Management said, “Thank you for inviting me to share my thoughts on the global capital markets at BRI’s inaugural meeting for the year. I was delighted by the terrific turnout and the active engagement of your members. Congratulations on celebrating your 70th year and best wishes for many more.”​

The Building and Realty Institute (BRI) is one of the largest construction, development and real estate-related industry trade associations in New York State.

Founded in 1946, the Westchester County, N.Y. based organization consists of more than 1,500 members, primarily in the Westchester and Mid-Hudson Valley region.

The BRI is supported by a multi-talented professional and consultant staff versed in all facets of the building industry: planning, engineering, law, insurance, environmental regulations and governmental relations on a state, county and local level. Their services extend to all facets of the building and realty industries.

For more information about the Building and Realty Institute, please contact Maggie Collins at 914-273-0730 or visit the

Photo: Left to right is now as follows: Monica Chandra, 3EDGE Asset Management Company of Boston; Albert Annunziata, executive director, Building and Realty Institute (BRI); Steven Cucchiaro (speaker), founder and president of 3EDGE Asset Management Company of Boston; Jerry Houlihan, vice chair, Apartment Owners Advisory Council (AOAC) of the BRI; and Eric Abraham, chairman, BRI.​

]]> (Michael Dardano) Life Mon, 20 Mar 2017 05:06:32 -0400
InspiriaMedia Group announces partnership with creative professionals Karen Spencer and Donvil Collins

Left ot right: Donvil Collins, Video Consultant and Karen Spencer, Consulting Art Director for InspiriaMedia Group.

Karen Spencer and Donvil Collins have recently partnered with White Plains-based outdoor advertising and inbound marketing agency, InspiriaMedia Group (IMG).

IMG is a three-time winner of Inc. 5000 America’s Fastest Growing Companies Award and 2016 winner of 914INC. magazine’s Small Business Award in general excellence. IMG co-founders Ronnie Ram and Nick Simard are committed to growing their business by collaborating with top talents like Spencer and Collins.

"Bringing in these two exceptional entrepreneurs is an example of our dedication to provide an exceptional level of value to our clients and the broader business community. Our combined experience translates into greater success for everyone involved and an ability to deliver on both simple and complex projects," says Ram, CEO and President of IMG.

Spencer will provide art direction for IMG’s clients’ websites, help with business development, and contribute to project management as the Consulting Art Director. Founder of Spencer Creative Group and Karen Spencer Design Inc., she specializes in advertising, print, web and multimedia design. Spencer has developed award-winning local, national, and international marketing campaigns for her clients, including Montblanc North America, Westchester Community College and WCC Foundation, New York Blood Center, Propel Orthodontics, and Westchester Hyperbaric Medicine Serendipity Labs. She has worked with IMG in the past and considers her 25+ years of business experience and “IMG’s cutting edge approach a perfect match.”

Collins, CEO and President of VeeKast Media, will serve as IMG’s video consultant. He has about twenty years of experience in media and technology, as he started his first business at age 12. Collins has been awarded the Business Council of Westchester’s 40 under 40 Rising Star Award and the Wunderkinds Award for 914INC. magazine. He will use his extensive knowledge of corporate and nonprofit video production and event technology to develop professional videos for IMG’s clients. Some of his previous clients include TD Bank, United Way, YWCA, and Malibu Rum. “What I bring to the table for InspiriaMedia Group is a vast knowledge of how video can be used to maximize the impact their clients can make,” he says.

Simard, Chief Marketing Officer of IMG, says, “Karen and Donvil have each brought new and unique skill sets, deep creative talent and client experience to IMG. There has been wonderful working rapport with the whole IMG team from day one. It's remarkable when you find relationships that click so well and so immediately.”

The expertise of Spencer and Collins, combined with Ram and Simard’s specialized focus on inbound marketing and outdoor advertising will help provide IMG’s diverse client base with customized marketing campaigns and targeted results.

InspiriaMedia Group​ (IMG) is a three-time winner of the prestigious Inc. 5000 America’s Fastest Growing Companies award and a top-tiered Hubspot Inbound Marketing partner currently ranked among the top 15% of partners worldwide. As a New York-based strategic outdoor advertising, media buying, digital and inbound marketing firm, IMG works with successful clients and agencies across a variety of industries throughout the United States to help them increase visibility and market share. IMG provides a full range of services from comprehensive, long-term marketing strategy to daily marketing management. Their mission is to provide exceptional visibility and business-driven results for their clients through strategic media placements and inbound marketing.

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Three from PHS Present at Westchester Science and Engineering Fair (WESEF)

Pleasantville High School seniors Vincent Ferraiuolo, Silpaa Gunabalan, and Ana Malfa presented their multi-year science research projects at the Westchester Science and Engineering Fair (WESEF).

Ana Malfa earned a first place award in Medicine and Health for her science research project on alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma, an aggressive pediatric soft tissue cancer. Ana and six other first place winners were selected to participate in the International World (Engineering Energy Environment) Project Olympiad (ISWEEEP) in Houston, Texas, May 3-8. They received awards from Regeneron that will cover the costs of their attendance. Earlier this year, Ana was one of 300 students nationwide to be named a scholar (semifinalist) in the Regeneron Science Talent Search.

Silpaa Gunabalan and Vincent Ferraiuolo received fourth place awards in Cellular & Molecular Biology and Mathematics, respectively.

WESEF, a showcase for the best high school science research students in Westchester and Putnam counties, is the regional version of the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair. This year, over 550 students presented projects in 15 categories. 

Photo: PHS Science Department

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