Pleasantville's HamletHub Mon, 23 Jan 2017 23:59:24 -0500 Best of Westchester: Pleasantville Farmers Market Wants Your Vote

Please take a moment to vote for your favorite farmers market and other local, small restaurants and businesses that have earned your loyalty. Voting for this first round of the 2017 Best of Westchester contest closes January 25. Once you have voted, encourage fellow shoppers and family members to vote to help the contest garner more participation.

Come experience the Pleasantville Farmers Market, the largest farmers market in Westchester, the one voted Best of Westchester in 2014, 2015, and 2016 by the readers of Westchester Magazine. Right in the center of Westchester County, and in the heart of our beautiful, historic walking village, the Pleasantville Farmers Market is perfectly positioned on your way to your destination or better yet, as a destination in itself.

Run by Foodchester, Inc., a Pleasantville-based not-for-profit, our continuing goals are to support regional agriculture, healthy eating, community togetherness, visitorship to Pleasantville, and patronage of our neighboring shops, entertainment venues, and eateries that make Pleasantville a great destination.

The Pleasantville Farmers Market strives to provide a great experience for shoppers and vendors, year-round. For three years in a row the Market has been among local businesses awarded the honor of "Best of Westchester" by those who voted in Westchester Magazine's annual contest. As a community-based service, we're proud of this feedback -- if customers are pleased, we are pleased -- we're fulfilling our mission to our community, farms and food artisans. To begin voting use this link:

Best of Westchester

]]> (Steven Bates) Neighbors Sun, 22 Jan 2017 03:56:00 -0500
January 24th Agenda for PUFSD Board of Education Meeting

Agenda High School Library Media Center January 24, 2017 7:30p.m. BOARD OF EDUCATION Pleasantville Union Free School District


    1. Approval of Board of Education Meeting minutes of January 10, 2017

    2. Approval of Board of Education Meeting minutes of January 13, 2017



    1. Technology Update

    2. Testing Report


    1. Superintendent’s Report

    2. Liaison Reports



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

1. Ritch, Jennifer Teacher Aide

Effective Date: End of day January 18, 2017 B. APPOINTMENTS/REAPPOINTMENTS

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

  1. Substitute Teachers/Chaperones – 2016-2017 School Year:
    NYS Certified

    1. a)  Bruni, Patricia 40 days

    2. b)  Wooten, Patricia 40 days

  2. Substitute Teacher Aide/Chaperone – 2016-2017 School Year:

a) Wooten, Patricia Step 1 (uncertified)

3. Additional Assignment – 2016-2017 School Year:
a) Rehearsal accompanist for High School Spring Musical - 40 hours at $30.00 per hour:

1) Vercesi, Jon

4. Mittler, Melissa
Position: School Psychologist (Emp. #2872)
Type of Appointment: Regular Substitute
Effective Day of Employment: February 1, 2017
Termination Day of Employment: June 30, 2017 or at the will of the Board Salary: Level D, Step 3
Certification: School Psychologist.
Tenure: N/A

5. Teacher Aide – 2016-2017 School Year: Special Education:

a) Sniffen, Joanna – MS C. NEW POSITION

High School Library Media Center

Step 1 (uncertified)

RESOLVED, that, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education creates one (1) full-time teacher aide position effective January 25, 2017. This position will be funded through the General Fund through budgetary transfers.




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 classification and arranges for the following placement and/or services for case numbered: 0216.


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: 221415, 291213, 120910, 221011, 211314.


1. RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the appointment of Smart Moving & Storage, Inc. for professional services, to provide transportation of voting machines for the May 16, 2017 Annual Board Election & Budget Vote, at a maximum of $1,000.

2. RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the appointment of Greenburgh-North Castle UFSD, for professional services, to provide a Special Education program for the 2016-17 school year, at a maximum of $42,278.49.


RESOLVED, that the Board of Education accepts non-resident student #19979, from Somers Central School District, for the 2016-17 school year and authorizes the Superintendent of Schools to sign a contract delineating CSE services for this Special Education student.


RESOLVED, that the Board of Education hereby adopts the 2017-18 Non-Instructional Calendar; a copy of which shall be incorporated by reference within the minutes of this meeting.


RESOLVED, that the Board of Education hereby adopts the Annual Meeting Notice for the May 16, 2017 Annual Meeting, as attached.



BE IT RESOLVED, that, upon the recommendation of the Assistant Superintendent for Business, the Board of Education accepts the December 2016 Treasurer’s Report. Additional reports submitted for informational purposes only.


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

  1. Somers Central School District – 5 students at $1,079.49 per pupil; total cost $5,397.45

  2. Mamaroneck Union Free School District – 2 students at $1,011.86 per pupil; total cost $2,023.72


RESOLVED, that, upon the recommendation of the Assistant Superintendent for Business, the Board of Education approves the following late transportation request, at no additional cost, for the 2016-17 school year:

One (1) student attending Soundview Preparatory – Yorktown Heights, NY D. ACCEPTANCE OF DONATION

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education accepts a donation of $250 from Mr. & Mrs. Hipwood, for Bedford Road School.



]]> (PUFSD Board of Education) Events Sun, 22 Jan 2017 03:04:00 -0500
Agenda for Pleasantville Trustee Meeting January 23rd

80 WHEELER AVE Monday, January 23, 2017 7:00 PM

Pleasantville Day Update by Pleasantville Day Committee Farmers Market Update/Foodchester Committee COPsync Security System Quote
Traffic Calming Evaluation by Maser Consulting Encroachment Agreement-10 Wilton Road



80 WHEELER AVE Monday, January 23, 2017 8:00 PM

Scheduled Meetings - All meetings are held at Village Hall, 80 Wheeler Avenue, 2nd floor, unless otherwise noticed. The next scheduled meeting is Monday, February 13th at 8:00pm with a Work Session at 7:00pm. – Call In #914-769-1677.

Mayor Scherer acknowledged receipt of the 2017 Unpaid Taxes 2nd Installment from the Village Treasurer.



Res. No. 2017-11 Approval of Pre-Check Register

Res. No. 2017-12 Authorization to Notice of Public Hearing/Local Law Amending Chapter 173 Vehicles & Traffic, Section 173-75; Schedule XXVII Parking Meter Zones

Res. No. 2017-13 Authorization to Sign Agreement with Westchester County-Re: Cablevision/Lightpath Services

Res. No. 2017-14 Authorizing Closure of Varous Capital Accounts Res. No. 2017-15 Approval of Budget Amendments
Res. No. 2017-16-Approval of Out of State Conference
Res. No. 2017-17 Approval of Minutes

Meeting Adjourned 


]]> (Village of Pleasantville) Politics Sat, 21 Jan 2017 08:41:04 -0500
The Chocolate Expo Returns Jan. 29 at The Maritime Aquarium!

The Chocolate Expo Makes its Decadent Return to the Maritime Aquarium January 29!

More than 35 regional vendors - including top chocolatiers - will set up in our galleries, offering samples and sales of their delicious chocolates, baked goods and specialty foods. Plus, demonstrations by celebrity chefs, the Amazing Kreskin and more!


Parking will be available in the Maritime Garage (across from the Aquarium's main entrance) and a short walk away in the city's Webster Lot. Find an open parking space by using a smart-phone app called Parker that displays "real-time" parking availabilities in South Norwalk


  • Online: $15 adults, $10 children 3-12
  • Day-of, at the door:  $20 adults, $15 children
  • Aquarium members:  $13 adults, $8 children
  • Off-peak entry (5 to 7 pm):  $10 all ages.

Save by buying in advance online!

Buy Online



]]> (The Maritime Aquarium) Places Sat, 21 Jan 2017 03:29:00 -0500
Have Coffee with a Pleasantville Cop on January 28th

"Coffee With a Cop" will take place in Pleasantville on Saturday, Jan. 28th  at the Recreation Department located at 48 Marble Avenue.

The 9 a.m. to noon event will give people the chance to drop by, say hi, ask questions, and introduce themselves and their family to members of the Village's police force.

This event is sponsored by the Pleasantville PBA.

About the Pleasantville Police Department:

The Village of Pleasantville Police Department is a full time police agency with a staff of sworn police officers who provide law enforcement services within the Village of Pleasantville.

The department is comprised of two divisions: the Patrol Division and the Detective Division. The Patrol Division is headed by a Lieutenant who also performs administrative functions. The Detective Division is headed by a Sergeant and is staffed with a certified Youth Officer.

Our mission is to preserve the rights of citizens and reduce fear in the community through the prevention of crime, arresting of violators, protection of persons and property, and the maintenance of order in public places; and to anticipate and respond to events that threaten public order, and to threats to life and property.

About Coffee with a Cop:

Coffee with A Cop was launched in Hawthorne, California in 2011, as a result of a brainstorming session. Members of the Hawthorne Police Department were looking for ways to interact more successfully with the citizens they served each day.

Community policing has long been considered a framework for establishing trust between the community and the police. However, over time the character and composition of our nation’s communities have changed due to shifting demographics, more commuters, and the introduction of different communication methods such as websites and social media.

In less than five years, Coffee with a Cop events have been hosted in all 50 states and is one of the most successful community oriented policing programs across the country. The program has also expanded to outside the Unites States. The key to Coffee with a Cop’s growing success is that it opens the door for interactions outside of the crisis situations that typically bring law enforcement officers and community members together.



]]> (Pleasantville PBA/Village of Pleasantville) Events Sat, 21 Jan 2017 03:14:00 -0500
On the Children's Shelf Throwback: Books you *have to* read

At the start of a new year, when we're thinking about reading resolutions and new releases and unwieldy to-be-read lists, it feels like the right time to be reminded of what it's all about: finding joy and community through reading.  
Lately, I have seen several lists going around on social medial of books that authors believe you *have to* read. Some are lists you should read to your child by a certain age. Others are lists of books every little girl should ready. There are lists of children's books adults should read.
I love lists. I am a list keeper. I have shared in this column lists of books that I would like others to consider reading. I keep lists of books I want to read. I keep lists of books I have read.
So today, I sat down to write my list of *have to* read books, except the more I thought about it, the more I don't want to say "you have to read these books." I would love for many of you to at least check out the books I recommend, but I want reading to be without pressure. I want to introduce you to great books. I want you to take suggestions from this column and create your own book lists. 
Instead of a list of specific books to read, today I just want to say, please read.
Read any book that makes you happy.
Read a book in a new genre.
Read a book you have been meaning to read and that has been sitting on your "to be read" list for months (or years).
Read an old favorite that you have read 20 times already.
Read a book your child recommended to you.
Read a book your best friend says changed her life.
Read a book I have mentioned on this column in the past.
Still don't have a book you want to read? Email me at, and I will recommend a few of my favorites.
My list today is very simple ... READ. And if you want more on that list, reply to this and let me know what book you decided to read.
This piece was originally published on April 8, 2016.
]]> (Jessica Collins) Life Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:56:13 -0500
Free CEO Training: "Emerging Leaders Program" 2017 in Manhattan or Yonkers



Is your business ready to grow? Would you benefit from building a three-year strategic business plan? Does networking with other business owners in a supportive environment sound like it would be good for your company? Could you benefit from a free, six-month mini-MBA course? Will you be able to attend classes in Manhattan or Yonkers?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then SBA wants you to apply for its 2017, Manhattan/Yonkers Emerging Leaders Program. (Learn more by visiting the SBA Emerging Leaders website).

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Between $400,000 and $10 million in annual sales
  • At least 3 years in business
  • Employ at least one person in addition to the owner
  • Participation in the program open to key decision makers in the company, such as CEOs, COOs, CFOs, Owners and Presidents

The course runs from mid-April to October. There will be two cohorts made-up of 17 participants: one cohort in Manhattan, the other in Yonkers. The program is sponsored by the SBA and is provided at no cost to participants. It requires 100 total hours, including 40 hours of classroom training (one weekday evening, every two weeks), seven (7) CEO mentoring meetings and requisite coursework.

Follow this link to apply by February 24th. 

*All applications will be reviewed and you will be notified of your status* Questions: email Man-li lin man-li.lin@sbagov or call Bailey Wolff 212-264-1489

Photo 2016 graduates celebrate with a selfie. (L-R) Ian Minerve, Carla Tellez, Mary Stetson and Michelle Huff Elliott.

]]> (SBA) Life Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:13:57 -0500
Three from Pville on SUNY Oneonta Dean's List

Alexander Manzi, Charles Montgomery and Thomas Marrone of Pleasantville earned Dean's List honors at SUNY Oneonta for the fall 2016 semester. To qualify for the Dean's List, a student must earn a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher while carrying a course load of 12 hours or more.

A liberal arts institution with a strong focus on undergraduate research and service learning, SUNY Oneonta consistently gains recognition for delivering excellence and value. The college has been named to Kiplinger's list of "100 Best Values in Public Colleges" for 10 years running and sits at No. 12 on the 2017 U.S. News and World Report list of the best public institutions in the region. SUNY Oneonta enrolls 6,000 students in its 70 undergraduate majors and 14 graduate programs.

]]> (SUNY Oneonta) Neighbors Fri, 20 Jan 2017 02:47:27 -0500
News From Will Shortz at WTTC

Dear Ponger,

Lots of announcements and news about the Westchester Table Tennis Center. In no particular order:
• Kokou has returned after 2-1/2 weeks' vacation in Togo ... rested and ready to resume giving lessons. Welcome him back.
• Azeez Jamiu, one of the top players in Nigeria, is due to arrive next Monday for two weeks of training and playing at the club (and to compete in our January Open). Azeez was runner-up in men's singles in his country's national championships last November. Check him out in this 90-second YouTube video of a TV news story from May. He's briefly interviewed at the end, too. (As a bonus, if you listen carefully, you'll hear a shoutout to our own Courage Nanevie at the :38 mark!)
• Speaking of Courage, he took it upon himself to remove, hand-wash, iron, and replace all 100 cloth barriers in the club. If you think the place is looking nicer than usual, that's because of him.
• Next Thursday, Jan. 26, CBS News is returning to the club for final filming of a piece about yours truly and table tennis.
• Said piece is tentatively scheduled to appear on "CBS Sunday Morning" a week from Sunday, Jan. 29 -- subject, as always, to last-minute change.


]]> (Will Shortz) Places Fri, 20 Jan 2017 02:41:21 -0500
White Plains Performing Arts Center presents Cinderella on January 28

White Plains Performing Arts Center presents Ballet for Young Audiences’ CINDERELLA

Two Performances on Saturday, January 28 ~ 1:00 PM & 4:00 PM

Ballet for Young Audiences presents CINDERELLA for two performances on Saturday, January 28 at 1:00 pm & 4:00 pm. This production of Cinderella follows a young woman and her cat through the classic fairy tale. It combines all the romance of the Masked Ball with all the slapstick comedy of Cinderella’s bungling stepsisters.

Ballet for Young Audiences presents full stage productions, featuring beautiful dancers, exquisite scenery and costumes, and compelling drama, fully narrated to ensure understanding of the dance vocabulary for newer audiences.

CINDERELLA will play the White Plains Performing Arts Center on Saturday, January 28 at 1:00 pm & 4:00 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 $18 (12 & younger) and $22 adults. 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) Places Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:29:00 -0500
Open Call for Art Entry at Front Street Gallery theme for February: UNITY

Front Street Gallery theme for February: UNITY

Deadline for entries: Monday, Feb 13th 2017

Opening: Sunday March 10th - 10am to 2pm

UNITY. Togetherness or oneness. Whole is holy and healthy and hearty. We share the same biology, the same planet. Love of country is love of countryside--the land we share. More unites us than divides us. Unity begins at home: in the mind, body, in relationships, family, community. Art that expresses unity--or its opposite.

Important Dates
Feb. 13: Deadline for submission of work by mail or email.
Feb. 17: Notification of accepted work sent to artists
Feb. 24-26: Delivery of accepted work to gallery
March 10: Opening Reception at Front Street Gallery, 10am-2pm
April 28-30: Show closing and removal of work

Up to four images may be submitted. Email images to In the subject line please write “UNITY”. Image files at 72 DPI, RGB, Jpegs, at least 6 inches on the longest side. Please label image files clearly: Artist name, title, medium, dimensions of work, and price of each item submitted. Links may be submitted as long as all of the above information is included.

Hanging fee: $25 for each accepted work. Fees due upon delivery to gallery. We prefer that some of the artwork be created for this show, keeping in mind the theme. Works in all mediums will be considered.

An artist statement reflecting on the body of work represented is optional. Curated by Jeanette Rodriguez. If you have any questions feel free to email us at

Eligibility: Hangable artwork including prints, drawings, photographs, paintings, and mixed media, plus sculpture. Works may not exceed 48" in any dimension. All works must be suitably prepared to hang and include wire or fixed hardware. No sawtooth hangers. All work must be for sale. A 40% commission will be charged by the gallery, and must be included in artist’s set price. Hanging fees are non-refundable. Every care will be taken to provide for the safety of all artwork. FSG its officers and agents will not be responsible for any loss or damage. FSG does not insure entries and exhibits. Works will be handled and exhibited at artist’s own risk. Front Street Gallery reserves the right to reject or replace any work that it deems substantially different from the work as represented in digital form and description. All packaging material must be removed by the artist at the time of drop off. Packing material WILL NOT be stored or provided at time of drop off and pick up. Reasonable requests will be considered and answered.

Front Street Gallery
21 Front Street
Patterson NY 12563


]]> (Front Street Gallery) Places Thu, 19 Jan 2017 03:51:00 -0500
Hemingway's Paris Literary Program at Library


On Tuesdsay, January 31, 2017, at 7:00pm, please join Elizabeth Kemble of Travellati Tours for Hemingway’s Paris, an illustrated talk about the places and people of Paris that influenced Ernest Hemingway's work. Included will be La Closerie des Lilas, the cafe where Hemingway penned The Sun Also Rises in a six-week sprint. You will meet Gertrude Stein, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and contemporary painters.  Find out where Hemingway lived, worked, and partied, and which places you can still visit today.

The main branch of the Mt. Pleasant Public Library is located at 350 Bedford Road in Pleasantville

For more information on this or other programs please visit our website or call 914-769-0548.

]]> (Martha Mesiti) Events Thu, 19 Jan 2017 03:10:22 -0500
Digital Content Specialist Joins Hudson Valley Graphic Design

Award winning branding agency Hudson Valley Graphic Design based in Croton on Hudson recently appointed Stephen Crociata as Digital Content Specialist in charge of managing clients’ digital media accounts, digital media training, and assisting in marketing strategy creation and social media implementation. Crociata, a resident of Cortlandt Manor is a self-taught specialist in digital content, first working in the field professionally eight years ago at the age of 18, and since building his expertise in digital media, blogging, email marketing, and analytics.

Crociata joins the team at Hudson Valley Graphic Design made up of designers, marketing professionals and production specialists that have created hundreds of brand programs for businesses over the past 20 years. According to Janeen Violante, Owner and Lead Designer at HVGD, she created this position to fill a need for her growing business and Crociata specializes in taking the visions and messages of each client and turning it into reality through digital content. “HVGD is thrilled to have a digital content specialist to add to our team who is always eager to expand his knowledge in this field and pass along his expertise by teaching others new social media skills. Stephen has an innate ability of looking at things from a new angle and offering unique perspectives and creative problem solving solutions,” said Violante. Crociata earned a Bachelor’s degree from Iona College followed by his Master’s Degree from Manhattanville College and is an avid sports fan who enjoys spending quality time with his family.

Hudson Valley Graphic Design has been offering smart design solutions and brand consultation to businesses for over three decades and specializes in logos, websites, marketing collateral, strategic marketing plans, product packaging and social media implementation. Connect with them on social media or check out their website at .

]]> (pr2) Life Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:21:27 -0500
Table Tennis League and More at Westchester Table Tennis Center

Happy new year!

Four quick bits of news for the Westchester Table Tennis Center:
1) Winter/Spring 2017 League Night  will run for 19 weeks, through May 11. Same format (2x2 team) as before. $100 to the player who is on a winning team most often during the season. Arrive by 7:30 pm, or call the club by then to let us know you're coming, in order to be included in the draw. Cost: $30/season, or $3 per evening.
Fyi, the League Night ratings have again been re-synced with USATT ratings for players who compete in both. You can see the updated League Night ratings here.
Btw, I ended up not applying the bonuses and penalties from last week's Challenge League Night, as they skewed the ratings too much. Sky Shatz, for example, challenged a lot of much higher-rated players and would have been penalized more than 200 points for his losses -- making his rating unnaturally low for regular League Night. I need to think this through some more. So only the regular adjustments were applied.
2) Kids' Training Program with Rawle Alleyne is offered on Monday and Wednesday, 4:30-6:00 pm, and Saturday, 10am-Noon. You can sign up for one, two or three sessions a week. The cost is $15/session, or a reduced amount per day if you sign up for the season. Details here as well as at the club.
3) An Accomplished Nigerian Table Tennis Player, Agunbiade Tajudeen, will stay with us for three months. He was a double gold medalist in table tennis at the 2000 Paralympics in Sydney, and he counts himself among the top 30 able-bodied players in Nigeria. Ben Lerman's family has graciously agreed to host him for the beginning of his visit. Please welcome him when he arrives.
]]> (Wil Shortz) Places Tue, 17 Jan 2017 04:35:00 -0500
The Princeton Review's College Admissons Book is Top Named Top in Industry

The Princeton Review “The Best 381 Colleges, 2017 Edition: Everything You Need to Make the Right College Choice” was named one of the best college admissions books by Great Schools, the leading national nonprofit that provides ratings and school information for parents.

“Here are our top picks for books that lead you through the college admissions process,” Great Schools says. “When you scan the array of college prep books, there are a scarily huge number of look-alike titles...we’ve boiled it down to five great books that really get it right.”

The Princeton Review started publishing The Best Colleges in 1992 with surveys from 30,000 students. “A quarter-century and more than a million student surveys later, we stand by our claim that there is no single “best” college, only the best college for you… and that this is the book that will help you find it!” declares The Princeton Review.

Great Schools says, “ Don’t be misled by the hyperbolic title and the Ivy publisher (Princeton Review); this book is fun! Two notable pats on the back: Seventeen magazine calls it, Our favorite college guidebook, and according to Rolling Stone, it’s the most efficient of the college guidebooks… [with] entertaining profiles.

Listen to The Princeton Review Editor-in-Chief  and author of “The Best 381 Colleges, 2017 Edition: Everything You Need to Make the Right College Choice”, Rob Franek talk about the book here.

Read the article in its entirety here.

Meet the Executive Director of The Princeton Review in Westchester, CT., and Rockland County here.

Learn more about The Princeton Review here.

Learn more about The Best 381 Colleges, 2017 Edition here.

]]> ( Tara Daly) Life Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:57:35 -0500