Riverdale's HamletHub http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale Sat, 29 Apr 2017 17:23:16 -0400 HamletHub.com Bronx Photo Exhibit on Belfast in Riverdale http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/places/4016-bronx-photo-exhibit-on-belfast4016-bronx-photo-exhibit-on-belfast http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/places/4016-bronx-photo-exhibit-on-belfast4016-bronx-photo-exhibit-on-belfast

Michael Schwartz was born and raised in Bronx, NY. He has been a freelance photographer for the NY Daily News since 1994. Prior to that he was a staff photographer at the NY Post for 10 years.  He has published a book “Irish Eyes,” which was acquired for the Brooklyn Museum’s permanent collection. He will hold a book signing and photo exhibit at An Beal Bocht Cafe on March 3rd and 4th from 7 pm til 10 pm. He documented the uprising in Belfast over a period of many years.

"I began my travels to Belfast in the summer of 1988 because I thought it would be a place to satisfy my curiosity about its political situation, as news media in America was reporting bombings and unrest regularly. When I arrived there, I was astounded by the presence of heavily armed military patrols and security efforts everywhere.

After a day or two I could see marked differences in housing and income in neighborhoods defined by their religion. Belfast was a unique city. It was physically divided into two warring sections by primarily political, but with strong sectarian and ethnic dimensions. Roman Catholics, called Republican/Nationalists, wanted Northern Ireland to leave the United Kingdom. Protestants, called Loyalists/Unionists, who considered themselves British, wanted to remain within the United Kingdom.

I saw West Belfast, with its Catholic residents, as a virtual ghetto under martial law, with "Peace Walls" built by the British to separate Republican from Loyalists neighborhoods. Unemployment and poverty were widespread. Houses and streets were reduced to rubble and vacancy after firefights. Huge concrete barriers and large stones made many streets "cul de sacs" to prevent escape routes for the IRA, the Irish Republican Army, an armed movement. There was an incessant droning of Army surveillance helicopters often mixed with the stench of burning rubber from bonfires."

An Beal Bocht is located at: 445 W 238th St, Bronx, NY 10463   (Riverdale, NY)

aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Places Sun, 26 Feb 2017 15:54:47 -0500
Additional Audition Date for "You've Got Hate Mail" http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/events/4013-additional-audition-date-for-you-ve-got-hate-mail4013-additional-audition-date-for-you-ve-got-hate-mail http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/events/4013-additional-audition-date-for-you-ve-got-hate-mail4013-additional-audition-date-for-you-ve-got-hate-mail

The Cultural Arts Coalition announces auditions for their production of You’ve Got Hate Mail by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore. This production will be directed by Margaret Carey and produced by Judy Marano. Proceeds will help raise funds for the renovation Old Town Hall Theater in Brewster, NY.

A hilarious broadband comedy of errors, You've Got Hate Mail takes a hysterical look at the world of on-line hook-ups and break-ups. Love "bytes" when an extra-marital affair goes horribly wrong, thanks to a juicy e-mail sent to the wrong mailbox. The story is told entirely in e-mail from laptop computers, although the play still manages to have an unforgettable chase scene fueled by cell phones and PDAs.

The play consists of 3 female and 2 male characters between the ages of 20 – 50. Auditioning actors should have excellent comedic timing, energy, and script memorization skills. All roles are open. Please be aware: this show is for mature audiences only due to intense adult themes and strong language.

You will be asked to perform a reading from the script. Sides will be provided at the auditions only. Visit their website at www.oththeater.org for more information.

The auditions will be held on Monday, February 27, from 7-9PM at the Studio Around the Corner at 67 Main Street, Suite 101 in Brewster, NY. The entrance is located at the back of the building. There has been a change to the original show dates. The performances will now be held on April 28 & 29, 2017.

For more information or to schedule an audition, email brewsteracting@gmail.com, call 845.363.8330 or visit www.oththeater.org. 

keytocomputing@gmail.com (Cultural Arts Coalition) Events Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:44:26 -0500
Yonkers Public Library Offers Free Dance Classes http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/events/4014-yonkers-public-library-offers-free-dance-classes4014-yonkers-public-library-offers-free-dance-classes http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/events/4014-yonkers-public-library-offers-free-dance-classes4014-yonkers-public-library-offers-free-dance-classes

The Yonkers Public Library is presenting free dance classes starting in February.  The classes include Zumba, Indian Masala Bhangra, and Middle Eastern Belly dance.

The Belly dance class will be held on February 25th (Saturday) from 3 - 4 pm.

Zumba class is February 23rd and March 9th (Thursday) from 6 - 7 pm.

Masala Bhangra scheduled February 28th (Tuesday) from 6 - 7 pm.

All classes are held at the Larkin Plaza branch in downtown Yonkers.

aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Events Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:39:47 -0500
DeCicco’s Tours New York: Hudson Valley Beer Edition http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/life/4015-decicco-s-tours-new-york-hudson-valley-beer-edition4015-decicco-s-tours-new-york-hudson-valley-beer-edition http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/life/4015-decicco-s-tours-new-york-hudson-valley-beer-edition4015-decicco-s-tours-new-york-hudson-valley-beer-edition

DeCicco's Tours New York: Hudson Valley Beer Edition

Friday, March 3 at 5 PM - 10 PM

DeCicco & Sons Brewster
50 Independent Way, Brewster, New York 10509

Join us for our first event in the DeCicco’s Tours New York series where we will explore the beer from different regions in New York. First up is our backyard, the Hudson Valley.

Current Tap List (Subject to Change):

  • Captain Lawrence Brett Dry Hopped IPA
  • Decadent Kona Coffee Stout
  • Equilibrium Vulgur Display of Flower
  • Equilibrium Fractal Citra 
  • Hudson Valley Brewery Animal Balloon
  • Hudson Valley Brewery King Wavy
  • Peekskill Juices Flowin'
  • Rushing Duck Belgian Strong (Finback Collab)
  • Sloop Chocolate Milk Baked
  • Suarez Family Homespun
  • And more to come!

Breweries so far (Subject to Change):


keytocomputing@gmail.com (DeCicco & Sons Brewster) Life Sun, 19 Feb 2017 15:10:47 -0500
May the Fork be With You: Adventures for the Slightly Curious but Sedentary http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/life/4009-may-the-fork-be-with-you-adventures-for-the-slightly-curious-but-sedentary4009-may-the-fork-be-with-you-adventures-for-the-slightly-curious-but-sedentary http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/life/4009-may-the-fork-be-with-you-adventures-for-the-slightly-curious-but-sedentary4009-may-the-fork-be-with-you-adventures-for-the-slightly-curious-but-sedentary


Adventure is a loaded word. For many it connotes the exotic, the difficult or the unusual. The little frisson of thrill that is built into this word evokes steamy jungles, long treks in hazardous conditions or at least breaking from a comfort zone. As we get older though, perhaps “adventure” loses some of its lustrous appeal: the siren call of the couch outweighs the call of the wild.

It is for this reason that of late we have taken to journeys that are more suited to our, shall we say predisposition. Yesterday for example we decided to supplement our errand to a local store with a side trip for lunch to a distinctive restaurant in New Jersey. The internet makes it easy to seek these out. A quick search of Trip Advisor in the city we were visiting revealed Destination Dogs to be the “best in the area.” A few turns later, there we were beneath an Amtrak station in New Brunswick, across the street from Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center, trains roaring overhead.

The restaurant itself is a small  bar on the corner (parking available in a public lot across the street) with high bar stools and tables, along with additional  seating upstairs. The logo, a stylized hot dog with the elliptical wings of a 1950s prop plane, gives away the premise: “gourmet sausages, inspired by the world’s best cuisine.”

The menu is divided into “domestic” and “international” dogs, each labeled with an airport acronym. There is the sort of standard fare: “the Nicky Newarker: Newark (EWR), all beef hot dog with fried potatoes, peppers, onions, spicy brown mustard.” You can also choose the more exotic:” Bun Mi: Vietnam (HAN) Cantonese sausage w/ shaved foie gras, pickled vegetables, fresh jalapeños, Sriracha mayo, cilantro.”

The most adventurerous in our party had the “Andouille Armstrong: Louisiana (MSY) Andouille Alligator and shrimp sausage w/ cabbage, tomatoes, jalapeño remoulade, scallions, lemon wedge, “which she pronounced “light and not over powered by the condiments.” Those of us whose culinary comfort zone is more down to earth tried the “Paul Bunyon: Minnesota (MSP) Breakfast sausage w/ fried potatoes, bacon, maple syrup, topped w/ a fried egg.”

Overall the service was fast and friendly, though it was crowded, and the food was good, as well as filling. Leave room to try the appetizers, particularly the Scottish Eggs.

If you are truly adventurous, the restaurant offers a “Mile High Club” competitive eating challenge. Remember too that adventures are possible for those who like to be able to drive, park and stay in a comfort zone. The Latin roots of the word adventure, are after all “arrival.”

Thank you to my sister-in-law Pat for the title of this piece.

Destination Dogs is located at 101 Paterson St in New Brunswick, NJ. To view their menu, visit their website.

mcalarney.23@gmail.com (Cia McAlarney) Life Sun, 19 Feb 2017 02:53:39 -0500
Webcam Spying, How to Protect Yourself and Your Family http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/publicsafety/4010-webcam-spying-how-to-protect-yourself-and-your-family4010-webcam-spying-how-to-protect-yourself-and-your-family http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/publicsafety/4010-webcam-spying-how-to-protect-yourself-and-your-family4010-webcam-spying-how-to-protect-yourself-and-your-family

We’ve all seen movies about hackers breaking into people’s phones and computers to access their cameras. Webcam spying isn't Hollywood fiction, it happens everyday. You may be thinking, “Who would want to break into my boring life?”  Think about where and when you and your family are using a smartphone or computer.  Now imagine someone being able to view what you are doing in the privacy of your own home. Or worse yet, spying on your children. Frightening, to say the least. This blatant violation of privacy is more common then we would like to believe.

The United States' National Security Agency intelligence-gathering operation has “turned our nation's Internet and telecommunications companies into collection partners by installing filters in their facilities, serving them with secret court orders, building back doors into their software and acquiring keys to break their encryption.”

Any low level hacker can easily access electronic devices. Remote Administration Tools (RAT) are software or applications that allow a remote user to control a system as if they were accessing it physically. Although they have many legal uses, "RAT" software is usually associated with illegal or malicious activity.  

According CNBC, a company “launched a tool last year that lets users access publicly available webcams all over the world. Recently, the company added freeze-framed images from those webcams.” Making it easy for an average person to access a variety of webcams worldwide.

Are you wondering if someone is taking photos or video of you right now? How can you protect yourself?   

If it is an external webcam you can just unplug it. If not, there are a number of ways you can disable your camera depending upon your computer or phone. But it isn’t easy and you can’t use your camera when you want to video chat or take photos or video. You can also use antivirus software in conjunction with a malware tool. But hackers are always finding ways around antivirus software and new virus are created every day. You will need to be diligent in keeping your software updated

A simple solution would be to just cover it up. Be careful with tape or something that can leave a gooey residue on your camera lens. There are a variety of inexpensive commercial options you can find. You can search for Webcam Covers or Sliding Webcam Covers. If you use your webcam/camera frequently, the sliding webcam cover will be a more convenient option. 

Remember if you are buying on Amazon, use FakeSpot to check the soundness of the reviews.

Follow Key to Computing for more tips, tricks and site reviews.

keytocomputing@gmail.com (Margaret Carey. Key to Computing) Public safety Sat, 18 Feb 2017 08:22:08 -0500
On the Children's Shelf: When Books are Sad http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/life/4008-on-the-children-s-shelf-when-books-are-sad4008-on-the-children-s-shelf-when-books-are-sad http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/life/4008-on-the-children-s-shelf-when-books-are-sad4008-on-the-children-s-shelf-when-books-are-sad

Last night, I had a few free minutes while I waited for dinner to finish cooking. I grabbed the book that I can't put down right now (a young adult series) with the plan to read a few pages while I waited. I dove in and found myself in the middle of my kitchen sobbing. One of the key characters in the story was killed. 
I was furious and devastated at the same time. I immediately texted a friend who had also read this series and proceeded to type furiously the myriad emotions I was feeling. I pulled myself together to serve dinner but had to finish reading the book last night to see how the story could possibly continue.
I am reading this series before my children, and after this character died, one of my first thoughts was, "I don't want my children to read this and be sad." As I kept reading, I realized they need to read this because sometimes life is sad. Sometimes bad things happen. As much as I may wish to shield them from every sad thing in life, I can't. I kept reading and saw how the main character was devastated by this loss, but she kept going. I want my children to see this. 
As young readers, we learn from the characters in our favorite books. We learn how they deal with challenges, pain, success, etc. We see how things may go wrong if they handle situations the wrong way. These are learning experiences. Just like the learning experiences my children experience by making mistakes, by making poor choices, by making the right choices. They keep the memories from those events and draw on them when faced with future challenges. Characters in books give young readers more opportunities to learn, more memories to draw on when they are faced with a similar challenge in their own lives.
While I may wish to spare my children from sadness, I need to give them the tools to be prepared for when something sad or upsetting or painful happens to them. Seeing characters they know and love go through challenges reminds them that others face difficulties too. Sometimes when life is difficult, we need a friend who understands, and sometimes the one friend we can find who gets it lives inside the pages of a really good book. The shared experience with a friend (human or fictional) can give us a sense of comfort. So while I am still sad this character died, I want my children to see how the main character deals with her grief while continuing on her journey in this series.
mcalarney.23@gmail.com (Jessica Collins) Life Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:45:28 -0500
New Legal Referral Service http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/politics/4007-new-legal-referral-service4007-new-legal-referral-service http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/politics/4007-new-legal-referral-service4007-new-legal-referral-service

There is a new service for people who are seeking a lawyer. The statewide referral service is free. A half hour consultation with your lawyer of choice is $35 with no obligation to continue the arrangement. 

Check out the link:  http://readme.readmedia.com/FINDING-A-LAWYER-MADE-EASIER-FOR-NEW-YORKERS-WITH-NEW-YORK-STATE-BAR-ASSOCIATION-S-ONLINE-SITE/14590493?utm_source=newswire&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=media_pr_emails

aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Politics Thu, 16 Feb 2017 11:12:13 -0500
Trump's Very, Very Interesting Speech Patterns http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/life/4002-trump-s-very-very-interesting-speech-patterns4002-trump-s-very-very-interesting-speech-patterns http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/life/4002-trump-s-very-very-interesting-speech-patterns4002-trump-s-very-very-interesting-speech-patterns


If you are an English teacher you are bound someday to have a cocktail party conversation that goes something like this:

Other guest: what do you do for a living?
Teacher: I’m an English teacher.
Other guest: Ohh, I guess I better watch what I say!

The perception that we might be attentive to other people’s grammar is actually only partly wrong. Generally it is very hard to know too much about English. It is a little like living without any filter at all. It can be difficult to resist the temptation to correct menus, signs and other written material. For the most part though, you have to filter out the things that people say because as a friend says, that way madness lies…

Nonetheless there are many reasons to study grammar, from the ways it can improve your writing to the insights it can offer into another’s thinking process. Case in point, the speech patterns of our new President, which are nothing if not bizarre.

It does not take an advanced grammarian to notice that the President cannot seem to pronounce the colloquial expression “big league,” morphing it into something that sounds “bigly.” Beyond this phrase though, the President peppers his speech with intensifiers, a grammatical construction designed to make an adjective (a word that describes a noun) more intense. In other words, the house is not only red, it is very, very red.

Semantically speaking an intensifier is a non-entity: it adds no meaning to a sentence beyond prompting a specific emotional response, dissolving into the background even as it is used. These are the words and phrases best left out of good writing, which should be as Orwell once said “…like a window pane.” The analogy here is apt and clear. Good prose, Orwell thought, stands out of its own way pointing to reality without compelling a particular response.

Of course the operative word here is reality. When a writer or speaker has, shall we say a flexible approach to said reality, perhaps intensifiers are mandatory. In this context a certain President’s verbal tic in resorting to intensifiers is disturbing. Why does he pepper his speeches with these semantical blips? He has told us that he is, “like a smart person,” and he has been successful in a variety of contexts in which we might suppose being clever with language is an asset. Yet still his propensity for liberally sprinkling intensifiers in his speech is noticeable, if not annoying.

Use of intensifiers, especially repeated in the same sentence would suggest to me a lack of vocabulary, or depth of thinking. If a word with the correct set of connotations is chosen, the right color if you will, no repetition would be necessary.

So why does he do it? In many contexts this type of language (great, really, really important, very, very dangerous) would only undercut his credibility. It is language that is inherently skewed to be persuasive, in a kind of petulant child dynamic. “Look at me, look at me,” shrieking in a whiny voice.

Perhaps it is a compulsion that arises from a narcissistic impulse to parade his conclusions along with his musings. Perhaps he simply can’t resist the self-referential feedback loop that is an intensifier, as it inevitably leads back to the thinker himself. Or perhaps he simply needs to follow the advice of Mark Twain who once advised, “Substitute 'damn' every time you're inclined to write 'very;' your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.”

So, if you happen to meet me at a party, please ignore my red pen: I am trying very, very hard not to correct you.

mcalarney.23@gmail.com (Cia McAlarney) Life Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:53:07 -0500
Danbury Restaurant Week Kicks Off on Monday! http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/places/4006-danbury-restaurant-week-kicks-off-on-monday4006-danbury-restaurant-week-kicks-off-on-monday http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/places/4006-danbury-restaurant-week-kicks-off-on-monday4006-danbury-restaurant-week-kicks-off-on-monday

Danbury Restaurant Week is planned for Monday, February 20 through Sunday, February 26

Check out the prix-fixe menus available during Restaurant Week 2017!

Augie's Numero 1 - (Coming Soon)

Bambu - View Menu

Black Angus - View Menu  (Extended until March 3rd! Does not include Saturdays)

Cafe on the Green - (Lunch)/(Dinner)

Castello - (Coming Soon)

Chuck's Steakhouse - View Menu

Dolce Restaurant & Wine Bar - View Menu

Hanna's Middle Eastern Restaurant - View Menu

Jim Barbarie's - View Menu

La Mitad Del Mundo - View Menu

Marketplace - (Coming Soon)

Mazzo - (Coming Soon)

Nico's Pizza & Pasta - View Menu

Niko's Grill & Subs - View Menu

Outback Steakhouse - (Coming Soon)

Tivoli - (Coming Soon)

Two Steps - View Menu

Widow Browns Cafe - View Menu

VIVO! Bar & Grill - View Menu

Danbury Restaurants: Email t.obrien@danbury-ct.gov a prix-fixe Restaurant Week Menu to participate!

Tarad@hamlethub.com (City of Danbury) Places Wed, 15 Feb 2017 16:09:09 -0500
NYS Maple Weekend Offers Tours, Samples and more! http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/events/4003-nys-maple-weekend-offers-tours-samples-and-more4003-nys-maple-weekend-offers-tours-samples-and-more http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/events/4003-nys-maple-weekend-offers-tours-samples-and-more4003-nys-maple-weekend-offers-tours-samples-and-more

Maple Weekend 2017

March 18-19 & 25-26, 2017

Every spring, the members of the New York State Maple Producers Association invite families and friends into their “sugar houses” to experience the world of pure NY maple syrup. Located at approximately 160 farms and museums across New York State, Maple Weekend offers a delicious, fun-filled outing that has a little something for all maple-lovers to taste and experience.

Join them this year March 18-19 & 25-26, 2017 for sugar house tours, samples, activities and much more.

Locate your nearest participating maple farm.

Find Pancake Breakfasts.

To learn more about the Maple Weekend, please visit our About Maple Weekend or on Facebook.


keytocomputing@gmail.com (New York State Maple Producers Association ) Events Wed, 15 Feb 2017 07:58:36 -0500
New Rochelle Man Found Guilty in Shooting Death of Iona College Student http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/publicsafety/4004-new-rochelle-man-found-guilty-in-shooting-death-of-iona-college-student4004-new-rochelle-man-found-guilty-in-shooting-death-of-iona-college-student http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/publicsafety/4004-new-rochelle-man-found-guilty-in-shooting-death-of-iona-college-student4004-new-rochelle-man-found-guilty-in-shooting-death-of-iona-college-student

Feb. 14, 2017 Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. announced that Stivenson Desir of 759 Main St., New Rochelle, NY was found guilty today after a jury trial in front of Judge Barry Warhit of:

  • one count of Murder in the Second Degree, a class “A” Felony,
  • two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, class “C” Felonies,

in the death of Brandon Lawrence.  

On April 3, 2016 at approximately 3:17 a.m., the New Rochelle Police Department received several 911 calls reporting that shots had been fired in Lincoln Park. When they arrived on the scene, they found the victim lying face down in the center field area of the ball field. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

An intensive investigation carried out by the New Rochelle Police Department and the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office revealed that both the victim and the defendant had attended a party hours earlier at an apartment in the city described as off campus housing used by Iona College.

Following the party, a group of five male attendees including the victim and the defendant, went to Lincoln Park. While at the park, two of the men engaged in a pre-arranged fist fight.

As they were watching, the defendant pulled a handgun and fired at the victim, hitting him once in the torso resulting in his death.

Later that day, the defendant was located at his apartment by New Rochelle Police and placed under arrest.

Defendant’s remand continues.

He will be sentenced on May 3, 2017.

The defendant faces 25 years to life in state prison.

Assistant District Attorney Christine O’Connor and Assistant District Attorney Shameika Mathurin of the Superior Court Trial Division are prosecuting the case.

Tarad@hamlethub.com (Westchester County DA) Public safety Wed, 15 Feb 2017 03:41:04 -0500
Students Advocate for Higher Ed in Albany http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/life/4001-students-advocate-for-higher-ed-in-albany4001-students-advocate-for-higher-ed-in-albany http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/life/4001-students-advocate-for-higher-ed-in-albany4001-students-advocate-for-higher-ed-in-albany


Students from the College of Mount Saint Vincent joined 1,000 others from around the state in Albany on a day of Advocacy yesterday. The students, a mixed group of freshman and upperclassmen, traveled by bus to the state capitol to express their concerns to a series of lawmakers, including State Senator Ruben Diaz, Sr, State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, and Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas

They were concerned, they said, about Governor Cuomo's recent budget proposals for higher education, which could have an adverse effect on private colleges, and may impact the ability of future students to choose a college that fits their needs.

Damarcus Williams, the Student Government Association President, speaking to Assemblyman Victor Pichardo, noted that the students were feeling "anxious" in general. "We are not sure," he said, "how the Governor's proposals are going to effect our college. We care about our education," he continued, "and it seems that the proposals will have a disproportionate impact on the tuition support we receive." Mr. Williams went on to detail the ways in which Mount Saint Vincent provided support for students, that was not possible at the public collegesnbecause CMSV offers smaller class sizes, and more interaction with faculty.

Assemblyman Pichardo met with the students outside the Senate chamber, listening attentively as they expressed their concerns. Freshmen Jasmarie Molina, a biology major, noted the ways that faculty have helped her adjust to the campus. "It feels like home now," she said.

Dean of Student Affairs Kelli Bodrato, accompanying the students on the trip, noted the college has been very successful in changing students lives. "We provide students a chance at a life changing educational experience," she said, noting that in a comprehensive new study on student economic mobility by UC Berkeley and the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the College of Mount Saint Vincent shares third place among 578 selective independent colleges and universities nationwide.

Freshmen Molina noted that the college's large HEOP program, a state-funded scholarship and academic support program, made it possible for many of her peers to attend the college. Mount St. Vincent's HEOP program is one of the largest in New York State, serving over one hundred students. 

Posing on the steps of the capitol rotunda for a group picture at the end of a long day, the students were exhausted but happy. "This was fun," one said, "and maybe change will happen."

mcalarney.23@gmail.com (Cia McAlarney) Life Wed, 15 Feb 2017 01:09:22 -0500
State Police search for runaway Cortlandt teen http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/publicsafety/4005-state-police-search-for-runaway-cortlandt-teen4005-state-police-search-for-runaway-cortlandt-teen http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/publicsafety/4005-state-police-search-for-runaway-cortlandt-teen4005-state-police-search-for-runaway-cortlandt-teen

The New York State Police in Cortlandt are looking for Samantha Lucero, age 17, who ran away from her Cortlandt home in January of 2017. Lucero is believed to be staying with friends in the Westchester County area. 
A recent update received by police indicates that Lucero is in the Westchester County area, traveling in a gray 2014 BMW with a Hispanic male driver believed to be in his 20s.  The BMW has a NY Registration of HBM 4746.
Lucero is a white female who is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs approximately 140 pounds.  She has long red hair and brown eyes.  
Anyone with information regarding Samantha’s whereabouts is asked to contact the New York State Police in Cortlandt by calling (914) 769-2600 or 911. Refer to SJS# 7337680.


kerry@ducey.org (NYS Police) Public safety Tue, 14 Feb 2017 16:25:26 -0500
Mustard Seed: the Bayonne Mosque http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/charities/3999-mustard-seed-the-bayonne-mosque3999-mustard-seed-the-bayonne-mosque http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/charities/3999-mustard-seed-the-bayonne-mosque3999-mustard-seed-the-bayonne-mosque

He set another man before them, saying, "The Kingdom of Heaven is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field; which indeed is smaller than all seeds. But when it is grown, it is greater than the herbs, and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in its branches."

We are deluged lately with stories of contention: ugly stories that unspool into a chain of angry statements and retorts. The politics which plays out on a national stage is filled with hatred, and angry opposition, all of it stalled dialogue that smacks of monologue.

How do we respond when the national political scene is awash with fear, violence and alienation? Where do we find comfort to sustain our core values when confronted with daily images of despair and hopelessness? How do we build connections across ideological difference?

The answer lies perhaps in a return to small moments of kindness and generosity: it lies in local acts of charity. Many religious figures from the Christ to the Buddha cite the mustard seed as a metaphor for a tiny kernel of potential when explaining faith, the size of the universe or the universality of death. Perhaps too the mustard seed could be our starting place for building gratitude. Small acts of kindness that have the potential to grow larger.

Take for example the case of a local mosque in Bayonne, NJ. When this community outgrew its space, it raised money to build a new mosque, choosing a long abandoned warehouse. Some in the area moved to block this move, citing zoning laws, parking issues and then more overtly terrorism. The ensuing battle has been characterized by ugly discourse, Facebook pages with racist overtones, and angry local meetings.

But there is another side to this controversy, the mustard seed if you will. There is the local Christian church that provided meeting space in its basement, the individual witnesses against vandalism who contacted the police, and the scores of people, many of them religious Jews who have come to town meetings in solidarity with a people under siege for no rational reason.

Here is the mustard seed, or as the great Rabbi Hillel once said, “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? And if I am only for myself, then what am I? And if not now, when?

mcalarney.23@gmail.com (Cia McAlarney) Charities Tue, 14 Feb 2017 01:40:47 -0500