Brewster's HamletHub Thu, 19 May 2022 23:20:54 -0400 Putnam County to Participate in Statewide Memorial Day Stop-DWI High Visibility Engagement Campaign

STOP-DWI Impaired Driving High Visibility Engagement Campaign
runs from May 27, 2022, through May 31, 2022

Putnam County Sheriff Kevin McConville, Town of Carmel Police Department Chief Anthony Hoffmann and Kent Police Department Chief Kevin Owens have announced that Putnam County police agencies and STOP-DWI Coordinators will participate in special efforts to bring awareness to the dangers of impaired driving.

The statewide STOP-DWI High Visibility Engagement Campaign will start on May 27, 2022 and will end on May 31, 2022. Memorial Day is one of the busiest travel holidays of the year and marks the official start of summer. New York State Police, County Sheriffs, municipal law enforcement agencies and local STOP-DWI Programs will collaborate across the state and will be out in force in this coordinated effort to reduce the number of impaired driving-related injuries and deaths.

The STOP-DWI Memorial Day Weekend High Visibility Engagement Campaign is one of many statewide initiatives promoted by STOP-DWI NY and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. The Statewide STOP-DWI High Visibility Engagement Campaign also targets the 4th of July, Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Holiday Season, Super Bowl weekend, and St. Patrick’s Day.

Highly visible, highly publicized efforts like the STOP-DWI High Visibility Engagement Campaign aim to further reduce the incidence of drunk and impaired driving.

You can help to make a difference by Having a Sober Plan! Download our mobile app – “Have a Plan” and you will always be able to find a safe ride home Impaired driving is completely preventable. All it takes is a little planning.

]]> (Putnam County Sheriff) Public safety Thu, 19 May 2022 03:30:08 -0400
Trevor Scheuing an Award Winner at Hamilton College Class & Charter Day

Trevor Scheuing, of Somers, was named the recipient of The James L. Bennett Prize at Hamilton College's annual Class & Charter Day, held on May 10. Established in 1950, the event combines the traditional Class Day celebrating the end of classes with a commemoration of the granting of College's charter on May 26, 1812.

The James L. Bennett Prize is awarded to a rising senior who has completed the junior year with distinction.

Scheuing, a junior majoring in mathematics and physics, is a graduate of North Salem High School.

Hamilton College, a leading liberal arts institution located in Clinton, New York, is where exceptional students explore passions through an open curriculum and robust research, internship, and off-campus study opportunities. Students graduate ready to lead purposeful lives thanks to highly regarded faculty mentors, generous resources that support each student's interests, and a loyal alumni network. The College's need-blind admission policy ensures access for talented students with limited financial means. Learn more at

]]> (Hamilton College) Life Wed, 18 May 2022 15:40:40 -0400
Fundraiser for Ukrainian Refugees A Big Success

The Putnam County Mother’s Day Weekend fundraiser to help the Ukrainian refugees in Poland was a big success, organizers said.

“So many people donated and so many people volunteered to help, it was just amazing,” said Sylwia Wojcik, a Mahopac resident and native of Poland, who worked with Putnam County government officials to create the three-day event. “People just kept coming. They donated a little bit of everything – baby products, clothing, shampoos, first aid kits – everything.”
Wojcik said that Putnam residents and businesses donated enough to fill a 40-foot shipping container to send to Poland, where millions of Ukrainian refugees have taken shelter. Now volunteers will organize, pack the shipping container and send it off to Poland.

While every donation was greatly appreciated, Wojcik noted the remarkable generosity of some businesses and individuals. The Unilever corporation donated $100,000 worth of diapers and feminine hygiene products; Tops Friendly Markets donated a variety of foods and products; Liffey Van Lines donated moving boxes; Jean and Don Rhuda, of Mahopac, donated $2000 for shipping; Giorgio Spanu and Nancy Olnick, founders of Magazzino Italian Art Museum and Foundation in Cold Spring, donated $2,000; and a Carmel dentist, Dr Mark Sawycky, who is Ukrainian, donated gifts for children and adults – and he volunteered all day on Saturday.

“I’m not surprised that the fundraiser was big hit,” Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell said. “I know our residents. This is a county that steps up to help people in need.”

Odell’s administration helped organize the event, which ran from May 6 to May 8 at the Paladin Center in Carmel, and publicized it with a website — — designed by Thomas Lannon, Director of the county’s Information, Technology & GIS Department. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Department helped staff the event, but it was Putnam County Legislature Chairman Neal L. Sullivan who first reached out to Wojcik in March to see how the county could help.

“The war in Ukraine with and the massive exodus of refugees is a global tragedy,” Sullivan said. “But it is also a local tragedy, since Putnam County is home to many Eastern Europeans. As Putnam County leaders, we did this for the world, but also for our neighbors.”
Neighbors helped neighbors throughout the event.

The Paladin Center donated its space for the collection drive and is allowing all of the items to be stored on its property until the shipment can be made. “A big shoutout to our Putnam County residents who are always there during trying times like Brendan McDonnell and Denis Hanrahan who always show up rain or shine.”

“I want to give a really big ‘Thank you’ to all volunteers, especially Karolina Zaba, Beata Michalczuk, Marta Gil, Sylwia Urbanski, Magda and Andrzej Rusinowski,” Wojcik said. “I also want to thank all the Ukrainian people who came and helped tremendously, and, of course, all the American citizens who helped.”

While the collection drive is over, those who want to help the Ukrainian refugees can buy medical supplies directly through an Amazon page set up by the county. Monetary donations are also still being accepted at the sites Wojcik recommended. For links to the Amazon page and donation sites see:

For more information on Putnam County, see

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RENT on stage at ACT of CT May 26 - June 19, Get Your Tickets Today!

Don't miss ACT of CT's last show of the 2021-2022 season, RENT!

In this Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical written by Jonathan Larson, a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggle to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side. These young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves and conflicts and learn that there is “no day but today!”

RENT runs from Thursday, May 26 through Sunday, June 19

Get your tickets HERE.

Performance Schedule: 

Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm, Sundays at 2pm

Additional Performances: 

Sunday, June 12 at 7pm

Thursday, June 16 at 2pm

Special Opening Night Performance

Saturday, May 28 at 8pm - Special Opening Night performance tickets include an exclusive pre-show cocktail reception in the lobby of the theater. There is nothing like the energy and excitement of an ACT of CT Opening Night performance!!! You’ll be amongst the show’s creative team members, reviewers, and other ACT patrons who love being “the first”!

Tickets are selling quickly! Get yours HERE.

]]> (ACT of CT) Life Wed, 18 May 2022 14:02:45 -0400
CV Starr Students Create New Creatures with Hybrid Puppets

“My favorite part is painting them,” Gia said, applying a thin coat of paint to her koala-snow-leopard-panda puppet. She and her fifth-grade classmates sat in Danielle Michielini’s sun-soaked art room at CV Starr, chatting excitedly as they worked on hybrid puppets.

“First we used tape, tin foil and magazines to make our structure and then we papier-mâchéd over it,” Aliyah Browne explained. “After that, we put gesso on them before we could paint and add things like yarn.”

Michael Biancamano noted the importance of the gesso step.

“Papier-mâché is very soft,” he said. “It's not hard enough to paint on, so the gesso helps with that.”

Michielini said students were having a lot of fun while learning some of the foundational skills for sculpture.

“They had to choose two or three animals and combine them to create something new,” she said. “We did some research at the beginning. They printed images and did some sketches of what they thought their plan would be. And then we talked about how, as you're working, your plan might develop into something different and what that might look like.”

Students said that’s exactly what happened.

“I didn’t want to make an owl at first,” one student said. “But while I was making it, I realized it looked like an owl. The wings were really hard to make though.”

“I wanted to make a wolf-bird in the beginning,” said another student who was working on a goat-giraffe-cat-horse. “Soon I added horns and it’s actually pretty good.”

Other animal hybrids students came up with include a tiger-dragon-elephant-bee, a panda-lion and a rainbow panda-cat.

The project incorporated engineering concepts and many of the district’s SCP skills. Students had to use critical thinking as they adapted their puppets while they worked. They also communicated with each other about their ideas, offering advice as they problem solved.

]]> (Jennifer Garry) Life Wed, 18 May 2022 13:29:03 -0400
BCSD Budget Passes. Jamie Callahan and Leonor Volpe Elected to BOE







Proposition 1
School Budget




Proposition 2
Bus Purchase




Proposition 3
Capital Reserve Fund






School Board Candidates (for two vacant seats)




Board of Education
Jamie Callanan


  Term: 7/1/22 -   6/30/25


Board of Education

Scott Seaman


  Term: 7/1/22 -         6/30/25


Board of Education

Leonor Volpe


  Term: 7/1/22 - 6/30/25


]]> (Brewster Central School District) Life Wed, 18 May 2022 13:09:08 -0400
Brewster-Carmel Garden Club: Garden Tour

You're Invited! S A T U R D A Y,   J U N E  1 0 th,  10 am - 4 pm   

The Brewster-Carmel Garden Club is hosting a spring garden tour - join us for this fun filled and enjoyable day! 

In this drive-it-yourself tour participant’s travel to five gardens showcased throughout Brewster and Carmel neighborhoods. Be inspired by an amazing variety of gardens: perennial, shade, woodland, alpine rock, cottage and more. Be refreshed and delighted by ponds, fountains, streams, and waterfalls. Relax to the music of a melodious Celtic harp and enjoy displayed artwork. Learn how to transform your property, get composting tips, and have your gardening questions answered. Plus, a garden giveaway you won't want to miss! 

Tour benefits the Club’s Civic Plantings and Putnam County Children's Committee. 

  • Tickets on sale the day of tour at:                                                                                                                                           Kent Public Library, 17 Sybils Crossing, Kent Lakes, NY 10512                                                                                           Brewster Public Library, 79 Main St, Brewster, NY 10509                                                                                                         where advance sale will-call tickets can also be picked up from  9:30 am - 12 noon.  
  • Advance Sale Tickets can also be purchased through June 10th at Salinger's Orchard, 230 Guinea Road, Brewster, NY 10509 daily from 9am - 6:00pm.
  • Tickets are required for everyone over the age of 5 and are nonrefundable.
  • Tour takes place rain or shine.

For more information visit our tour webpage:

]]> (Maureen Galway-Perotti) Life Wed, 18 May 2022 12:28:29 -0400
FREE Music Series in Brewster this Summer 2022!

The Town of Southeast Cultural Arts Coalition (TOSCAC) in Brewster, NY is excited to announce the lineup for the 2022 FREE Outdoor Summer Music Series at Veterans Park Gazebo.

The 7-week music series is Saturday evenings June 11 through July 23rd at 6-8 pm.


June 11 -Light Warriors (Global Rock, Funk, Reggae)

June 18 - Fat City Rockers (Rockabilly, Surf, Oldies) 

June 25 - Plåsm (Explorative Progressive, Funk, Improvisation)

July 2 - Real Stormin Norman (Latin, New Orleans Jazz, Boogie Woogie, Blues) 

July 9 - 1/3 of Sophie (Sweet, Funky, Spacey Arrangements)

July 16 - La Pompe Attack (Gypsy, Jazz, Hot Swing Sound)

July 23 - Way Behind the Sun (Traditional & Original Country Music)

Plan to bring your lawn chairs, blankets, picnic dinners, cold beverages, etc. Plans for the 2022 summer music series include joint promotions with local food vendor Country Kitchen for pre-ordered family picnics to go. Any local vendors interested in participating as a pre-ordered picnic basket vendor, should reach out to the series committee at

Supplementing an Arts Alive Recovery NY Grant, many community-minded businesses donated to the Coalition’s efforts. Sponsoring this event are; Ace Endico, Artis Senior Living in Somers, Carmucci Wealth Management, Casa Fina Warehouse, Examiner Media, Fogbank Weather, HamletHub Brewster, Hear It There, Tamara Lanza State Farm  Insurance, Professional Water Systems, Suburban Carting, Tompkins Mahopac Bank, and the Town of Southeast Rotary and Town of Patterson Rotary.

An appeal for sponsorship is ongoing offering a variety of benefits to both business and individual patrons. If you have not been contacted and would like further information, please reach out to concert organizers at

Located at the corner of Railroad and Morningthorpe Avenues in Brewster, the park is easily accessed via multiple transportation options including a scenic drive along the East Branch Reservoir along Route 22 North. The location is also a 10-minute drive from exit 10 along Route 684. Concert attendees may also find convenience traveling via MTA Metro-North’s Hudson Line to the Brewster Station, as the gazebo is a 5-minute walk away. Hartransit runs a shuttle bus service for those traveling between Danbury, CT and the Brewster Train Station.

TOSCAC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, dedicated to developing an accessible and affordable performing arts venue and cultural center for the Village of Brewster, the Town of Southeast, and surrounding communities in Putnam, Westchester, Dutchess, and Fairfield counties. 

For more information about the organization visit the website.

]]> (Jacque Roche) Events Wed, 18 May 2022 11:48:20 -0400
Meet the Local Effectv Team: Account Executive Patrick Oliver

Editor's note: here on HamletHub, we are excited to introduce you to the team at Effectv! Over the next few months, we will spotlight local Effectv employees and learn about what they love about their community, their job, and working with local small businesses. 

Meet the Local Effectv Team!

Patrick Oliver, Account Executive at Effectv

Where do you call home? ​

I am a lifetime resident of Milford, CT.

How many years have you worked at Effectv? 

I just celebrated my 14th year with Effectv. 

Best part of your job? 

As an Account Executive, I truly enjoy working with my clients to navigate the media landscape.  Helping them fine-tune their media budget to target potential customers is very challenging. When clients see the results of an effective campaign there is no better satisfaction. 

What do you love about your community?

I love that Milford is a city where everyone seems to know everyone. Milford is a waterfront community whose motto is “A small city with a big heart.” The city is rich with history and tradition, has miles of beautiful coastlines, and a great variety of local shops and restaurants. It’s a great place to raise a family.

What do you like most about serving local businesses in the area?  

I really enjoy working with local businesses and seeing them be successful. It is not only good for the business, but also for the community. 

What is a fun fact about you?

One day in 1995 my dad and I stopped at Subway to have lunch.  There was a box that said “Enter to win a free trip to Super Bowl 29” so we did.  Our entry was picked out of over 80,000 and we were off to Miami to see the San Francisco 49ers vs San Diego Chargers.

You can reach Patrick via email

Learn more about Effectv HERE.

For questions about Effectv services, contact Rusty Beers 

]]> (HH) Neighbors Tue, 17 May 2022 11:41:32 -0400
Meet the Local Effectv Team: Jeff Reinhardt

Editor's note: here on HamletHub, we are excited to introduce you to the team at Effectv! Over the next few months, we will spotlight local Effectv employees and learn about what they love about their community, their job, and working with local small businesses. 

Meet the Local Effectv Team!

Jeff Reinhardt, Account Executive at Effectv

Where do you call home? ​

I have been living and raising my family in Fairfield County for the past 35 years.

How many years have you worked at Effectv?

The last three years of my 30+ year career in the media and marketing industry have been spent working in the Danbury office of Effectv. Live local – work local! ​

Best part of your job? ​

I love learning about each unique business I work with: their strengths, challenges, and goals.  There is great satisfaction when one of my clients shares their success in leveraging my experiences combined with the impact of Effectv. ​

What do you love about your community? ​

I believe that community is the people within it. A great community is comprised of local businesses that thrive from the people who shop and support locals.

What do you like most about serving local businesses in the area? ​

Businesses in Connecticut have characteristics that are unique to our region. The businesses in our communities truly care about their customers, employees, and the residents they serve. I have met some really wonderful people in my career and hope HamletHub introduces me to some more! 

What is a fun fact about you?

In addition to being a media professional, I’m also a magician. Over the past two years, I’ve evolved to Zoom Performances for executives at businesses around the world.

You can reach Jeff Reinhardt, Account Executive via email

Learn more about Effectv HERE.

For questions about Effectv services, contact Rusty Beers 


]]> (HH) Neighbors Tue, 17 May 2022 06:49:12 -0400
Remember to Vote on May 17th

The 2022-23 Brewster Central School District's Budget Statement has been released and is available on the School District's Budget Website, along with many other useful resources to help voters gain a better understanding of the 2022-23 Budget,

Proposition #2: Bus Purchases, and Proposition #3: Capital Reserve Fund.

Please take a moment to review this information leading up to the annual Budget Vote on Tuesday, May 17th (6:00am - 9:00pm @ Brewster High School).

As a reminder, the annual Budget Newsletter will be mailed to all Brewster homes during the week of May 9th.

If you have any questions, kindly email us at

]]> (Brewster Central School District) Politics Mon, 16 May 2022 15:14:55 -0400
Severe Weather Warning in the NY Region thru 8 Pm Tonight

A strong thunderstorm will impact portions of north central Fairfield, northern Westchester, southeastern Orange, Putnam and
Rockland Counties through 530 PM EDT...

At 440 PM EDT, Doppler radar was tracking a strong thunderstorm near Fahnestock State Park, or near Cold Spring, moving northeast at 45

HAZARD...Winds in excess of 30 mph and half inch hail.

SOURCE...Radar indicated.

IMPACT...Gusty winds could knock down tree limbs and blow around
         unsecured objects. Minor damage to outdoor objects is

Locations impacted include...
Newburgh, Ossining, Peekskill, Haverstraw, Mahopac, Monroe, Lake
Carmel, West Point, Sherman, Brewster, Cold Spring, New Windsor, New
Fairfield, Carmel and Harriman.


If outdoors, consider seeking shelter inside a building.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch remains in effect until 800 PM EDT for
southern Connecticut...and southeastern New York.
]]> (HH) Public safety Mon, 16 May 2022 13:09:54 -0400
Maloney Votes to Protect Seniors from Financial Scam

This week, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) voted to pass H.R. 5914, the Empowering States to Protect Seniors from Bad Actors Act, legislation to increase protections against scams and protect seniors’ savings. Rep. Maloney has been a leading advocate in the effort to address predatory robocalls and other malicious scam techniques.

“As scammers use increasingly sophisticated tricks to target our seniors, it's essential that we invest in tools to combat their scams and protect seniors' hard-earned savings,” said Rep. Maloney. “This week, I was proud to help pass legislation to better protect seniors from scams. The Empowering States to Protect Seniors from Bad Actors Act will go directly after scammers by increasing the resources available to investigators and will help protect seniors by investing in anti-fraud, educational programs.”

"Because seniors find it hard to imagine why anyone would deliberately take advantage of them, they often become a target of the unscrupulous,” said Vincent Begley, Local Senior and Member of Rep. Maloney’s Senior Advisory Board. “Thanks to Representative Sean Maloney's efforts to successfully pass legislation to protect seniors like me from fraud and financial scams, a great weight has been lifted from my shoulders. I stand behind my Congressman because he stands behind me.”

“As a coordinator for a town of Newburgh senior program, I hear this all the time. Our seniors worried about being scammed out of their savings and needing help to identify scams,” said Anita Manley, Coordinator, Town of Newburgh Friends of Seniors. “Thank you to Congressman Maloney for taking the necessary steps to resolve these issues.”

Background on H.R. 5914 Empowering States to Protect Seniors from Bad Actors Act:

  • H.R. 5914 was passed with bipartisan support by a vote of 371 – 48.
  • The Empowering States to Protect Seniors from Bad Actors Act will: 
  • Invest $10 million annually for investigative staff, technology, and training for law enforcement.
  • Invest in equipment and increase the number of regulators to educate seniors on financial fraud.
  • Create a Senior Investor Protection Grant Program to protect investors.
  •  Full text of the legislation is available here
]]> (Office of Rep. Sean Maloney) Politics Sat, 14 May 2022 15:54:53 -0400
The Carnival is in Town, May 18 - May 22, 2022

The Carnival returns to Somers.

The Somers Lions Club Annual Fair returns to Fireman's Field on Rt 202 this Wednesday, May 18 through Sunday, May 22, 2022.

Rides open Wednesday - Friday at 6p.

Saturday and Sunday at 6pm.

]]> (Somers Lions Club) Life Fri, 13 May 2022 14:19:33 -0400
Obituary: Robert Verraster of Brewster

Robert Verraster died at his home in Brewster, New York on May 4, 2022.

Robert was born and grew up in Waterbury, Connecticut he was predeceased by his wife Shirley Verraster, his parents, James V. Verraster Jr. and Helen Reardon Verraster, as well as his maternal and paternal grandparents.

After graduating from Naugatuck High School, he began an active career in plant security starting at Handy and Harman of Fairfield, Connecticut in the 1980s. He shifted gears in the late 1990s when he and Shirley moved to Florida, and he entered the auto parts business reaching the level of foreign and domestic parts specialist and Regional Manager for two national retail chains.

While in Florida he was a primary caregiver for his mother, Helen, until her passing in July of 2013.
Rob returned to the Northeast shortly before retiring in 2015. He was a dedicated and faithful member of the Knights of Columbus attaining the level of a Third Degree Knight. In his later years he pursued a lifelong passion - learning to play the guitar without professional instruction.

He was a true friend to animals and was very fond of his dogs, Lou and Sammy.

Rob loved his family and is survived by his sister, Linda Verraster of San Clemente, CA and his brother James V. Verraster III and his wife Lynn (Nocera) Verraster of Naples, Florida; his nieces Lindsay, Jillian, and Agiana Verraster as well as many loving cousins on both the Verraster and Reardon sides and his Aunt Rebecca Reardon all of whom remain in the Waterbury, Connecticut area.

Rob loved his family and was proud to be an American and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him

Condolences may be left for Robert's family at


]]> (Beecher Funeral Home) Life Fri, 13 May 2022 03:50:30 -0400