Riverdale's HamletHub http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale Mon, 23 Jan 2017 21:57:29 -0500 HamletHub.com Our First Hundred Days http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/charities/3972-our-first-hundred-days3972-our-first-hundred-days http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/charities/3972-our-first-hundred-days3972-our-first-hundred-days

Among the more unique charitable ideas that has arisen in the new political climate, comes this one started by a friend on Facebook.

Here’s a thought:

Many people are going to suffer over the next four years.

But we are not powerless. We can make a statement about who we are as a nation.

Let’s make the first 100 days of the next presidency #OurFirst100Days.

Let’s use those 100 days to FIGHT BACK. Let’s use them to support HILLARY’S priorities, and OUR priorities: reproductive rights, gun control, Black Lives Matter, climate change, LGBTQ rights, tolerance, human decency.

Starting on January 20th, 2017, for 100 days we will post a link to a charitable organization— big ones like Planned Parenthood, the Alzheimer’s Association, Human Rights Campaign, the ACLU, and the Sierra Club, as well as scrappy, boots-on-the-ground local organizations. We will identify worthy charities in all 50 states— even the Red ones, because those folks are likely to be hurting the most.

Join us in giving $10 a day.

For us, the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency don’t have to be about bigotry, climate denial, sexism, and the roll back of civil rights.

They can be about giving. They can be about action.

If 10 of us come together, we’ll be donating $10,000.

If 100 of you join in—$100,000

If 1000 of us do this together—$1,000,000

If 10,000 of us unite— $10,000,000

There are over three million people in #PantsuitNation alone. So let’s GO CRAZY and say…

If even 100,000 of us commit to #OurFirstHundredDays, we will raise $100,000,000.

Together, we can both mitigate harm and accomplish some of the vital things that Hillary now won’t be able to— things like protecting our rights and our world.

Are you in?

NOTE: We chose $10 a day. You may choose $1. Or $5. Or $25. Or $100. The point is to unite behind the things we believe in. To raise our voices as one. To make those first 100 days… #OurFirst100Days.

Please share.

Join the #OurFirst100Days Group for updates and to get the daily links starting on January 20th.

mcalarney.23@gmail.com (Cia McAlarney) Charities Sun, 22 Jan 2017 10:57:09 -0500
Riverdale Joins Women's March on Washington http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/politics/3971-riverdale-joins-women-s-march-on-washington3971-riverdale-joins-women-s-march-on-washington http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/politics/3971-riverdale-joins-women-s-march-on-washington3971-riverdale-joins-women-s-march-on-washington


Dozens of Riverdalians joined together to travel early Saturday morning to Washington, D.C. to participate in a post-inauguration day march and rally. One such bus, nicknamed "Rosie the Riverdaler", left Broadway at 4 am, arriving at Washington's RFK Stadium parking lot slightly before 11 am. The enthusiastic riders, many of whom commented on the overwhelming number of buses encountered along the way, spent the day in Washington making their presence felt to the new administration. Bus Captain Mikka concluded, "Let's just remember as we go back to our lives that to bring the love."

Thanks to Mikka Burns and Tiffany Bakker, bus co-captains and all our fellow Rosie the Riverdaler riders. Keep the faith.

mcalarney.23@gmail.com (Cia McAlarney) Politics Sun, 22 Jan 2017 10:49:17 -0500
Call to Action in Support of Autistic People http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/politics/3970-call-to-action-in-support-of-autistic-people3970-call-to-action-in-support-of-autistic-people http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/politics/3970-call-to-action-in-support-of-autistic-people3970-call-to-action-in-support-of-autistic-people


A friend who is a local attorney writes:

If you know or love someone with Autism or is different in any other way, you are going to want to read this article.  When you are done, PLEASE call and write to all of your elected representatives (your Senators, representatives in the House, Governors, state legislators, and local officials) to tell them you expect them to protect your loved ones from Pres. Trump.

Here is the article:


Here’s an excerpt from the article.  There’s a lot more to it but if you don’t have time for the whole thing, this sums up why I think we should all call our elected officials and tell them to oppose Trump:

If Donald Trump has his way, the rights of autistic people to a free and appropriate education in the least restrictive environment could slip through their fingers just as they will be allowed to slip through our nation’s educational cracks. If Donald Trump has his way, autistic people will lose healthcare and coverage and access to treatment and therapies, and some of them will die.

. . . if it can happen to autistic people because of their disabilities, it can happen to you because the odds are high that you or someone you love will be disabled in your lifetime. So if Donald Trump is coming for autistics, don’t look away. He’s coming for you or someone you love, too.” (Emphasis added).

Steven L. Goldstein is a local attorney who specializes in the education field. If you would like to know more about his practice, or if you wish to consult him on a legal matter, you can contact him at slgattorney@gmail.com or by phoning 212.812.8295

Facsimile: 212.214.0917


mcalarney.23@gmail.com (Cia McAlarney) Politics Sun, 22 Jan 2017 10:35:16 -0500
Submit your Lego-themed film to The Prospector by January 29 http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/events/3969-submit-your-lego-themed-film-to-the-prospector-by-january-293969-submit-your-lego-themed-film-to-the-prospector-by-january-29 http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/events/3969-submit-your-lego-themed-film-to-the-prospector-by-january-293969-submit-your-lego-themed-film-to-the-prospector-by-january-29

The Prospector Theater "Lego Film Festival" deadline for submissions is fast approaching! Submit your films by January 29 at midnight. The screening will take place at The Prospector Theater on February 4 at 10:00 am.

Admission is $7.00

Films must be: 

- Lego themed or legos used as props

- Family friendly

- One to Five minutes in length

- Original works

Submissions should be emailed to  jeff.bonistalli@prospectortheater.org.

The deadline to submit is Sunday, January 29th at midnight. 

The screening will be on Saturday, February 4th at 10am. Admissions is $7.

Tarad@hamlethub.com (Tara Daly) Events Fri, 13 Jan 2017 07:47:19 -0500
Pleasantville Indoor Farmers Market is open Saturday, January 14th, 9:00am - 1:00pm http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/events/15-todays-events/3968-pleasantville-indoor-farmers-market-is-open-saturday-january-14th-9-00am-1-00pm3968-pleasantville-indoor-farmers-market-is-open-saturday-january-14th-9-00am-1-00pm http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/events/15-todays-events/3968-pleasantville-indoor-farmers-market-is-open-saturday-january-14th-9-00am-1-00pm3968-pleasantville-indoor-farmers-market-is-open-saturday-january-14th-9-00am-1-00pm

For farmers and shoppers, this month is back-to-work, often with some pretty cold weather. While spring seems distant to us in January this is the month most farmers work on plans to invest in the outdoor season to come. In NYS there are currently almost 650 farmers markets, up nearly 35% from five years ago. This customer driven economic model, the direct-to-consumer sector, is growing due to shopper support, because it continues offer shoppers a way to connect directly with the farmers that supply their food (and because that food is of great quality). In January shopper feedback (from the previous outdoor season, and in conversations at the current indoor market) is taken into account as farmers carry out their plans to sustain or expand the items they'll bring in the coming season.

One of the places that helps farmers develop their investment dollars is the year-round indoor market. With under 25% of NYS farmers markets staying open year-round, each indoor market dollar received by a farmer is a key asset in their farm program. And farmers have a great line of items to justify that winter support with indoor-grown fresh items, well-stored fall crops, sumptuous meats, fine cheeses and more. If you're inspired to support regional farms, or simply want to create a delicious menu for the week, shop the Pleasantville Farmers Market and you accomplish both. See you indoors!

Open When, and Park Where?

The Indoor Market, located in the Cafeteria of the Pleasantville Middle School on Romer Avenue,  is open Saturdays from 9:00am to 1:00pm. And please, adhere to the 9:00am start to allow our vendors the opportunity to prepare. Click here for directions to the Indoor Market. Click here for a map showing our three parking lots and nearby street parking.

Vendors: 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 for this winter's roster by clicking here -- note that each vendor's "Frequency" is listed, clarifying how often they will visit indoors each month.

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


Want To Do More To Help?

The Pleasantville Community Garden, with produce grown in the Garden, foods collected as donations from our farmers at the end of the market day, and working with partners such as Hillside Food Outreach, donated 16,300 pounds of FRESH food to four local organizations in 2016 -- making a total of 29,160 pounds of food donated since June 2014 when this project was begun! All this food has gone to kids, adults and seniors who don't have enough. This provides nutrition, which is expensive, but is very needed for people to remain healthy. Collection continues after every market day, right through the winter. Contribute food: The Market maintains a bin every Saturday for shoppers who want to "buy an extra item of produce" so they can make donations of their own. This bin is located at the Manager's Table, with items collected at the end of the day (along with those from farmers), and then delivered promptly to those in need.

Phelps Health Tip:

Artisanal Cheeses Can Be A Healthy Dietary Choice

Lead Sponsor Phelps Hospital Northwell Health shares the following tip: "Authentic artisanal cheeses aid digestion through the presence of enzymes and/or anti-viral MCTs (medium-chain triglycerides). They also contain less salt than processed cheeses, and none of the dyes, preservatives, stabilizers and other unnecessary ingredients found in more conventional cheese products."

Satisfyingly Unique Cheeses

A cheese plate of artisanal cheeses has the potential to lift one's menu out of the doldrums. This week all three farms with cheeses are in: Chaseholm Farm Creamery, Bobolink Dairy & Bakehouse, and Edgwick Farm. When speaking with our cheese producers collect some recipe ideas from them too. Edgwick Farm has recently been managing many, many successful births of baby goats on their farm. To enjoy multiple posts of adorable newborn goats visit Edgwick Farm's Facebook page by clicking here.

Rootin' For Non-Gluten

This week gluten-free vendor Healing Home Foods will have new batches of their Apple Chips, created using a number of apple varieties from Mead Orchards. They peel the skins and dry the apples gently, creating a pure and healthy snack -- great for lunch boxes and munching on the go. Also, this Saturday gluten-free bakery Spoonful of Sugar Bake Shop will make their visit for the month of January. Stock up on gluten-free treats such as Black & White Cookies, Raspberry Almond Swirl Cakes, Grain-free Brownies, and GF/no refined sugar Strawberry-Filled Cookies.

The Peanut Principle: Gingerbread, on SALE

The Peanut Principle visits Saturday with their line of sweet and savory peanut butters. What's new? Gingerbread Peanut Butter, and it's discounted to $5 a jar.


Kiernan Farm: SALE

Again this week beef Bottom Round Roasts are discounted to $11.25/lb (avg. weight 3.5 lbs). Also pork Sirloin Chops are discounted too at $9.50/lb (one per package, average weight .75 to 1.0 lb).


Cowberry Crossing Farm: SALE

Certified Organic/Biodynamic, Cowberry Crossing Farm has produce visible each week on their tables. Somewhat less visible, in their coolers, they have great meats. This week they have discounts on a number of items including Pork Chops, Pork Jowl, Lamb Shoulder Chops and Leg of Lamb.


Dutch Desserts Visits Saturday

In January, February and March Dutch Desserts visits on the 2nd & 4th Saturdays of the month. This Saturday seek them out for their their delicious fruit tarts, awesome chocolate tarts and unique Stroopwafels.


Go-Go Pops Returns Saturday

Back from some rest & relaxation in the UK, Go-Go Pops is energized and ready to go. They'll be in Saturday with their fruit pops, soups and veggie tarts.


Spice Revolution: Curry

This week Spice Revolution is featuring all things curry. They will have 1/2 dozen varieties of curry from hot to sweet. Spice Revolution will also have NEW Kafir Lime Leaves, Coconut Milk Powder, and their signature Salted Chocolates. With only 5 markets left before Valentine's Day they'll have chocolate every week leading up to the big day.



We will be handing out free Market Coasters on Saturday to highlight that voting is open for the 2017 Best of Westchester contest. Please take a minute to VOTE TODAY for your favorite farmers market and other local, small restaurants and businesses that have earned your loyalty. Once you have voted, encourage fellow shoppers and family members to vote to help the contest garner more participation. 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, then we're pleased -- we're fulfilling our mission to our community, farms and food artisans. This year, the Pleasantville Farmers Market is one of several farmers markets in the "Best of Westchester" first round voting, which opened up December 5, and concludes January 25. To begin voting use this link:

Best of Westchester


milosun@optonline.net (Steven Bates) Todays events Thu, 12 Jan 2017 15:10:28 -0500
Mystery Shopper: A Late Night Dilemma http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/life/3966-mystery-shopper-a-late-night-dilemma3966-mystery-shopper-a-late-night-dilemma http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/life/3966-mystery-shopper-a-late-night-dilemma3966-mystery-shopper-a-late-night-dilemma

I'm accustomed to finding things outside my apartment door... an empty gum wrapper, some petals from a flower delivery, dust bunnies.  But this morning as I was leaving for work, there was something I had never seen before... two gigantic supermarket bags, filled with food,  tied together.

Since I was late as usual, I didn't have a whole lot of time to investigate.  I peered into the first bag and saw several bags of potato chips.  That's all I had time to see.  I debated whether to leave the bag in the hall or bring it in.  If I was meant for me, it would be insulting to the person who left it for me to leave it out.  So I quickly put it inside the apartment and ran(limped) off to work.
The mystery bags bothered me all day.  What did they mean?  The only thing I saw before I left was the potato chip bag.  It was an unusual brand, and it had a sticker that said "Patel- 99Cents"
Why would someone leave me a bag of potato chips?  I don't exactly look like I am starving.  For the first couple of hours, I decided that someone had made a New Years Resolution- no junk food-- didn't want to throw it out, and thought they'd give it to the old lady down the hall.
By hour three, I had decided that the children down the hall (the nice ones) had a festival at Church and these were the leftovers and their parents thought it would nice to give it to me since one time I returned a $20 bill they dropped on the floor.
By hour five, I had decided that the maintenance man found them in the compactor room (back to the theory that they had been thrown out for New Years) and decided to leave them near my door rather than throwing them out.   I am always friendly to the maintenance man.
By hour six, I thought :  But wait-- if those bags were in the garbage room--they might be full of bugs.  They might be poisonous.  Where exactly did I leave them?  Could Coco get into them?  Should I leave work early?
Since I only had one hour left at work, I decided to wait, but sat on the edge of my seat in the car service car.  I rushed upstairs, opened the door, grabbed the bags and put them on the counter.  They were heavy!
I didn't see any bugs.  The first bag had a couple more bags of potato chips (I determined they were an Indian brand), a container of DAL, a head of cauliflower, string beans and some papadums.  The second bag contained a 5 lb bag of basmati rice, more canned vegetables, peanut oil and laundry detergent.  
I could breathe again.   It wasn't New Years resolutions, the maintenance man, the kids down the hall.  It was obviously a mistaken delivery.  
I packed the bags up and wrote a note:  "These groceries were put outside the wrong door.  If they are yours, please take them."  Feeling foolish, I put the bags and the note near the elevator and ran inside the apartment so I wouldn't be caught.
Now it is 2 am, and I'm thinking how the innocent actions of an inept delivery man who you never met could change the course of one's life for a day.  Chain reactions.  Imagine the family telling the store they never received their groceries, and the delivery man swearing that he delivered them.  Now I have something else to worry about.  Was the delivery man fired?  Oh no!  I'll be up all night!  

Susan Neill is a local writer and artist with a gift for capturing the mysteries of everyday life. If you left groceries for her, thanks.
mcalarney.23@gmail.com (Susan Neill) Life Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:05:47 -0500
You and your Valentine can dance the night away with The Commodores on February 14 at The Ridgefield Playhouse http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/events/3967-you-and-your-valentine-can-dance-the-night-away-with-the-commodores-on-february-14-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-14839983483967-you-and-your-valentine-can-dance-the-night-away-with-the-commodores-on-february-14-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-1483998348 http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/events/3967-you-and-your-valentine-can-dance-the-night-away-with-the-commodores-on-february-14-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-14839983483967-you-and-your-valentine-can-dance-the-night-away-with-the-commodores-on-february-14-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-1483998348

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Pop and Motown Legends, The Commodores – and dance the night away with your sweetheart to three decades of hit songs. From romantic hits like “Still,” “Easy,” “Three Times a Lady,” “Oh No” and “Sail On” to dance party classics like “Brick House” “Night Shift,” “Lady (You Bring Me Up)” and more! This Grammy Award winning group has sold more than 80 million records for Motown and defined the sound of a generation. The Ridgefield Playhouse and Pepsi Rock Series Powered by Xfinity invite you to celebrate Valentine’s Day in style with dessert, a complimentary glass of champagne for every ticket holder courtesy of Chloe Wine Collection, raffle prizes, live auction and more. Raffle tickets will be available to take a chance of winning at $750 gift certificate to “pamper yourself” courtesy of Adam Broderick Salon & Spa, A night out for two – including a chauffeured BMW for an evening, dinner at an area restaurant as well as two tickets to a mutually agreed upon show at The Ridgefield Playhouse courtesy of BMW of Ridgefield or a beautiful Honora 17 inch, 12-15 mm white ming freshwater, cultured pearl strand with 33 pearls. 14K yellow gold, satin finish, oval clasp courtesy of Craig’s Fine Jewelry. This Valentine’s Day fundraiser is sponsored by Lori and John Berisford and is partially underwritten by Adam Broderick Salon and Spa, BMW of Ridgefield, Craig’s Fine Jewelry and Chloe Wine Collection.

For three decades, the Commodores have remained a force in the music industry. The Commodores aren’t just any group. They have staying power. Just like their hit song "Brick House," the Commodores have created a foundation that just won’t budge. After churning out hit after hit in the Motown days, the Commodores still hadn’t achieved Grammy recognition. This wasn’t to be until 1986, without Lionel Richie, when the Commodores released “Nightshift”.

In 1968 the group was formed while all the members were in college at Tuskeegee University. After being discovered by Berry Gordy, the Commodores went on to sell over 60 million records for Motown. With hits like “Machine Gun” and “Sail On,” the Commodores became proven artists. They proved it then. They proved it in 1986 with “Nightshift,” and now they are ready to prove it again.

For tickets ($135), call the box office at 203-438-5795, or visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT.

marketingasst@ridgefieldplayhouse.org (Lisa Barrett) Events Mon, 09 Jan 2017 11:45:08 -0500
Whether Weather is Climate: the Local Snow Line http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/life/3962-whether-weather-is-climate-the-local-snow-line3962-whether-weather-is-climate-the-local-snow-line http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/life/3962-whether-weather-is-climate-the-local-snow-line3962-whether-weather-is-climate-the-local-snow-line


First a true confession: the title of this piece should really be “When Weather is Climate”, but a clever (?) use of a homophone seemed more catchy.

Many of us in Riverdale believe that there is a “snow line” that extends south and east of  231st St. Above (north and west) of this line it often snows and sticks, even when below the line the ground may be clear. For those of us who live above the line, it often leads to complicated discussions with bosses and dinner dates that may be below the line:

“I’m snowed in…”


Now even if you live elsewhere, you may have noticed similar areas of local weather or climate difference, and it is this difference that got us thinking. At first, like any intrepid reporter and bad scientist we went looking for the facts to back up our poorly conceived hypothesis. Finally though, like any good English professor, we decided the difference was somehow rooted in the vocabulary itself, because after all, words matter. They shape our perception of reality.

The difference here is perhaps the nuanced difference between weather and climate.

The word weather is an interesting word, one of those that can function as both a noun and a verb. Weather has its origin in Germanic/Dutch roots with a word that meant “wind.” As a noun it refers to a state of the atmosphere, implicitly in an area where a person can feel the wind: i.e., right here.

The local color of the word weather extends to its use as a verb.  To weather is to erode, or wear away. The word then is fraught with the seeds of connotation. Inherently it suggests the local, as well as personally feeling the effects of the wind. A wind that can wear you down. A thing which is imposed from without which we cannot control.

Climate on the other hand is derived from Greek and Latin words. Remember that Greek and Latin through the long march of history were international languages, suggesting the sweep of things global. Originally, climate meant a slope or zone, and it referred to an atmospheric phenomena between at least two lines of latitude. Depending on the longitude at which you are measuring, this could be at least 69 miles: definitively not local.

Don't let it escape you though that local weather is inextricably tied to climate in ways that are impossible to untangle. Remember that it has been argued that a butterfly beating her wings locally can spur climatic change across the globe. Between the words there is a range of connection in the physical world.

So where does this leave us? Is there a snow line on 231st St, or where you live? Only a local would know. One more persnickety detail: News 12 take note, “Hyperlocal Weather” is a truly ridiculous redundancy.

mcalarney.23@gmail.com (Cia McAlarney) Life Sun, 08 Jan 2017 06:51:20 -0500
Tim Tebow Foundation sponsors Night to Shine for 14-21 year olds with special needs http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/charities/3963-tim-tebow-foundation-sponsors-night-to-shine-for-14-21-year-olds-with-special-needs3963-tim-tebow-foundation-sponsors-night-to-shine-for-14-21-year-olds-with-special-needs http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/charities/3963-tim-tebow-foundation-sponsors-night-to-shine-for-14-21-year-olds-with-special-needs3963-tim-tebow-foundation-sponsors-night-to-shine-for-14-21-year-olds-with-special-needs

Grace Community Church in New Canaan in is inviting 14-21 year olds with special needs who live in Darien, Fairfield, New Canaan, Norwalk, Ridgefield, Weston, Westport & Wilton to "Night to Shine" on Friday, February 10 from 6-9pm. The event is sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation.

They are taking reservations on a first come basis and have a limit of 75 guests. There is still space available! 

Also, If you are interested in volunteering to help during the event, please email Monica@gracecommunity.info

Grace Community Church at Grace Farms is located at 365 Lukes Wood Road in New Canaan.

Tarad@hamlethub.com (Tara Daly) Charities Sat, 07 Jan 2017 13:56:05 -0500
MLK Day Poetry Contest http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/events/3964-mlk-day-poetry-contest3964-mlk-day-poetry-contest http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/events/3964-mlk-day-poetry-contest3964-mlk-day-poetry-contest

 Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Edwin Quezada today launch the 2017 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Poem/Video contest. This year’s theme is Challenging Yourself & Those Around You and asks Yonkers students to reflect on what they can do for themselves and their peers to reach their full potential. 

“Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s message, ideals and beliefs are as prominent today as it was since the days of some of the greatest movements for equality and social change. The very fundamental beliefs that every man and woman despite their differences are all capable of greatness is a true testament to what Dr. King preached, it just takes someone or something to uncover that untapped potential,” said Mayor Mike Spano. “I’m excited to see the amazing poetry and videos that will be on display by our students as they express their views on Dr. King’s message through the different platforms.”

Mayor Spano will select three poems from grades 1-2; 3-4; 5-6 and two videos from grades 7-8 and 9-12. Winning poems and videos will be displayed at City Hall and online for Yonkers residents to enjoy. Winners will be presented a certificate from Mayor Spano and also will be asked to present their work at the City’s Annual Black History Month Celebration at City Hall on Tuesday, February 9, 2017 at 5:30 pm.

“The magnificent work of Dr. King is as important and relevant today as it was so many years ago,” said Dr. Edwin M. Quezada, Superintendent of Schools.  “Our children need to learn about and emulate Dr. King’s courage and dreams; and we must encourage them to become an upstander and not a bystander.  This contest is one more opportunity for our children to learn about and embrace the wisdom of exceptional leaders.  I encourage our students to participate and I look forward to hearing and seeing the winners’ interpretations.”

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Poem Contest is open to all primary and secondary Yonkers students; only one poem/video may be submitted per student. Guidelines and specifications for the contest can be found at www.yonkersny.gov/mlk. Poem and video submissions are due January 20, 2016 and may be emailed to contest@yonkersny.gov, dropped off to the Mayor’s Office  or by mail to MLK, Jr. Poem Contest, Mayor’s Office, City Hall, 2nd Floor, 40 South Broadway, Yonkers, NY 10701. Winners will be notified on January 27.

aseward100@aol.com (City of Yonkers) Events Sat, 07 Jan 2017 11:35:44 -0500
Fire Safety Tips for Winter Months http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/publicsafety/3965-fire-safety-tips-for-winter-months3965-fire-safety-tips-for-winter-months http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/publicsafety/3965-fire-safety-tips-for-winter-months3965-fire-safety-tips-for-winter-months

All winter long, families should take simple steps to protect their homes and their families from the dangers of household hazards that can cause electrical and heating fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.

Fireplaces Fireplaces that go unused for most of the year, get lots of use around the holidays and during winter as they provide a source of heat and a cozy atmosphere.  Yet, they also provide a great source of danger if you don't know what preventive steps to take to keep your home and family safe. 

Extension cords Residents are encouraged to read the label on extension cord or make sure their electric heater is set up safely. It is simple actions like these that prevent home fires during the winter months.

During a typical year, home electrical problems account for 67,800 fires, 485 deaths, and $868 million in property losses across the country, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.

Electrical appliances Some of these fires are caused by electrical system failures and appliance defects, but many more are caused by the misuse and poor maintenance of electrical appliances, incorrectly installed wiring, and overloaded circuits and extension cords. Fire deaths are highest in winter months which call for more indoor activities and increase in lighting, heating, and appliance use, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.

Carbon monoxide poisoning The heating season also increases the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is a clear, odorless and potentially fatal gas produced by home heating systems, hot water heaters, faulty chimneys, kerosene or fuel oil room heaters, gas stoves, fireplaces, charcoal grills and car exhaust. It can cause flu-like symptoms, vomiting, loss of consciousnss, brain damage and eventually death.

Our flyer "Is Your Family Safe From Fire?" suggests simple steps you can take to prevent electrical and heater fires and prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Installing smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors and having a home escape plan are essential components of family fire safety. It is also important to have a fire extinguisher near the cooking area but be certain you know how to use it safely.

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gsped1015@yahoo.com (Westchester County) Public safety Sat, 07 Jan 2017 03:00:00 -0500
NYS Proposal for Making College Tuition-Free for New York’s Middle Class Families http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/politics/3960-nys-proposal-for-making-college-tuition-free-for-new-york-s-middle-class-families3960-nys-proposal-for-making-college-tuition-free-for-new-york-s-middle-class-families http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/politics/3960-nys-proposal-for-making-college-tuition-free-for-new-york-s-middle-class-families3960-nys-proposal-for-making-college-tuition-free-for-new-york-s-middle-class-families

First-in-the-Nation Program Provides Free Tuition to New Yorkers Making Up to $125,000 Per Year at all SUNY and CUNY Two- and Four-Year Colleges

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, with U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, today unveiled the 1st signature proposal of his 2017 agenda: making college tuition-free for New York’s middle class families at all SUNY and CUNY two- and four-year colleges. New York’s tuition-free college degree program, the Excelsior Scholarship, is the first of its kind in the nation and will help alleviate the crushing burden of student debt while enabling thousands of bright young students to realize their dream of higher education.

Under this groundbreaking proposal, more than 940,000 middle class families and individuals making up to $125,000 per year would qualify to attend college tuition-free at all public universities in New York State. The Excelsior Scholarship program will ensure that students statewide, regardless of their socio-economic status, have the opportunity to receive a quality education and gain the skills they need to succeed in our global economy.

"A college education is not a luxury – it is an absolute necessity for any chance at economic mobility, and with these first-in-the-nation Excelsior Scholarships, we’re providing the opportunity for New Yorkers to succeed, no matter what zip code they come from and without the anchor of student debt weighing them down," Governor Cuomo said. "New York is making a major investment in our greatest asset – our people – and supporting the dreams and ambitions of those who want a better life and are willing to work hard for it. I am honored to have the support of Senator Sanders, who led the way on making college affordability a right, and I know that together we can make this a reality with New York leading the way once again." 

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders said, “If the United States is to succeed in a highly competitive global economy, we need the best educated workforce in the world. With exploding technology, and with most of the good paying jobs requiring more and more education, we need to make certain that every New Yorker, every Vermonter and every American gets all the education they need regardless of family income. In other words, we must make public colleges and universities tuition free for the middle class and working families of our country. That is what Governor Cuomo is fighting for here in New York and it's something I strongly support. I urge New York legislators to pass this enormously important proposal, and become a model for the rest of the nation.”

New York’s tuition-free degree program, the Excelsior Scholarship, requires participating students to be enrolled at a SUNY or CUNY two- or four-year college full-time. The initiative will cover middle class families and individuals making up to $125,000 through a supplemental aid program. Currently 80 percent of NY households statewide make $125,000 or less with an estimated 940,000 households having college-aged children that would be eligible for the program. Based on enrollment projections, the plan will cost approximately $163 million per year once fully phased in.

The new initiative will be phased in over three years, beginning for New Yorkers making up to $100,000 annually in the fall of 2017, increasing to $110,000 in 2018, and reaching $125,000 in 2019. 

As student debt continues to soar – reaching $1.2 trillion nationwide and surpassing credit card debt, car debt and home equity lines of credit as the second largest source of consumer debt, this program will work to make college affordable for students and families. 

The initiative will work by leveraging New York State’s generous aid programs. Currently, the Tuition Assistance Program or TAP provides nearly $1 billion in grants to college students statewide and New York is one of only two states in the nation that offers this type of entitlement. Under the program, eligible students would still receive TAP and any applicable federal grants. Additional state funds would cover the remaining tuition costs for incoming or existing eligible students.

New York’s Tuition Free Degree Program also incentivizes students to graduate from college on time. In 2013, only 38.7 percent of students attending a four-year public university and roughly 8.5 percent attending a two-year public college in New York completed their degrees on time. Moreover, in 2015, the average student loan debt in New York was $29,320. 

With an average annual tuition ranging from $6,470-$6,330 at SUNY and CUNY for a bachelor’s degree and $4,350-$4,800 for an associate’s degree, the more time a student spends in college, the higher the level of debt. By mandating that students be enrolled full-time, New York’s free tuition program will work to improve graduation rates and alleviate the heavy burden of student debt by encouraging more students to graduate on time in two to four years.

New York is also the only state in the nation to offer a need-based loan forgiveness entitlement program that provides awards to New York State college graduates regardless of their degree or profession. The Governor’s “Get on Your Feet Loan Forgiveness” program provides up to 2 years of student loan forgiveness to recent New York State college graduates. This program, coupled with New York’s new Excelsior Scholarships Program, will ensure New York continues to lead the way forward on college affordability.

A college degree is necessary for increased earning power. Studies show a person with a bachelor’s degree, on average, will earn about 66 percent more over his or her lifetime than a person without a college degree. Those with an associate’s degree can expect to earn 24 percent more than a person with a high school diploma. Moreover, a college education is increasingly becoming a necessity, not a luxury. According to projections by the New York State Department of Labor, approximately 3.5 million jobs statewide will require an associate’s degree or higher by 2024. As the landscape of the global economy continues to shift, investing in a highly-qualified, highly-educated workforce has never been more important.

Cuomo released the following request: "Please join me if you believe college should be a right for all middle class New Yorkers. "


keytocomputing@gmail.com (Governor Cuomo) Politics Tue, 03 Jan 2017 12:06:06 -0500
Mount Vernon Police Make Arrests http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/publicsafety/3961-mount-vernon-police-make-arrests3961-mount-vernon-police-make-arrests http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/publicsafety/3961-mount-vernon-police-make-arrests3961-mount-vernon-police-make-arrests

The Mount Vernon Police Department made two separate arrests on January 2, 2017.  Unconfirmed sources state the one of the arrests was in connection with the recent fatal shooting of thirteen year old Shamoya McKenzie, who was the innocent victim of a stray bullet.

This video indicates two separate arrests.  Details are being investigated at this time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ws08ZVh62G0

Check out www.yonkersvoice.com  for more information. 


aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Public safety Tue, 03 Jan 2017 10:31:45 -0500
Learn the craft of songwriting from Emmy Award winning songwriter Kevin Briody in January http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/events/3957-learn-the-craft-of-songwriting-from-emmy-award-winning-songwriter-kevin-briody-in-january-14834556593957-learn-the-craft-of-songwriting-from-emmy-award-winning-songwriter-kevin-briody-in-january-1483455659 http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/events/3957-learn-the-craft-of-songwriting-from-emmy-award-winning-songwriter-kevin-briody-in-january-14834556593957-learn-the-craft-of-songwriting-from-emmy-award-winning-songwriter-kevin-briody-in-january-1483455659

Do you dream of taking your music beyond singing in the shower? A song unleashes its power and who knows where it’ll go? Songs fuel desire, inspire hope, break hearts, rock worlds, unite people, shake booties, turn blahs into blues, and sometimes make us feel as good as James Brown. Learn songwriting from Emmy-Award Winning Songwriter Kevin Briody! The class meets on Thursdays from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m., January 19 – March 9.

Students will also have the opportunity to have a Q&A with artists in our upcoming Doyle Coffin Architecture Singer Songwriter Series! You don’t have to play an instrument to write a song, in Songwriting with Kevin Briody you can take your poetry or thought and learn the elements of songwriting with the Emmy Award winner. Award Winning Musician Kevin Briody will teach you how to structure songs, create “hooks,” craft lyrics, manipulate melody, rhythm and harmony, merge words with music, and write toward genre. Whether you favor pop, rock, hip-hop, R&B, country, music, lyrics, or both, he’ll show you how to write songs that soar! No musical background required – if you have a great idea and love to write songs….now is your time!

To register for class for this class ($240), call or visit the box office at The Ridgefield Playhouse, 203.438.5795. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a not-for-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT; ridgefieldplayhouse.org.

marketingasst@ridgefieldplayhouse.org (Lisa Barrett) Events Tue, 03 Jan 2017 05:00:24 -0500
Rye Town Park Commission Seeking Food Providers for 2017 Season http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/neighbors/3958-rye-town-park-commission-seeking-food-providers-for-2017-season3958-rye-town-park-commission-seeking-food-providers-for-2017-season http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/neighbors/3958-rye-town-park-commission-seeking-food-providers-for-2017-season3958-rye-town-park-commission-seeking-food-providers-for-2017-season


Commission (RTPC) is seeking letters of interest from qualified vendors to provide food service and related amenities for its park patrons for the spring/summer season of 2017.

The selected company or companies would take over the facilities formerly occupied by Seaside Johnnies. These include a beach side restaurant, beach shop and snack bar located next to the Park’s iconic Administration Building, Pavilions and Bath House. In addition there is a second snack bar located at the north entrance of the park. The restaurant comprises approximately 1,260 square feet plus a bar of 1,581 square feet and 3,176 square foot outdoor terrace. Proposals may be for one, some, or all of the facilities.

Included in the letter of interest would be the following:

A formal expression of interest;

A concept of the use of the space(s);

A summary of experience and ability to operate;

A statement of readiness to commence operations on or about May 1, 2017;

A proposed fee arrangement.

The Commission is also planning an extensive search for a long-term licensee for the period 2018 and beyond. A formal RFP (Request for Proposals) process will commence early next year.

Rye Town Park consists of 62 acres and is located at 95 Dearborn Avenue in the City of Rye. The park is directly south of Playland Amusement Park.

Letters of interest including the above details should be emailed to Deborah Reisner at DReisner@TownofRyeNY.com on or before Thursday, January 12. For further information or questions, Ms. Reisner can be reached at 914 939-3075, ext. 101.


Debbie Reisner, (914) 939-3553w or (917)817-9796m

William Lawyer (914) 967-0474

Visit the park’s web site: www.ryetownpark.org 

Nikkicaps@yahoo.com (Nicole Ball) Neighbors Mon, 02 Jan 2017 06:38:02 -0500