Brewster's HamletHub Thu, 09 Feb 2023 03:22:21 -0500 Marisa Milani, of Brewster, Graduated from The University of Tampa

Marisa Milani, of Brewster, graduated from The University of Tampa on Saturday, Dec. 16. Milani earned a Biology BS degree.

The commencement ceremony included 985 undergraduate and graduate candidates. The ceremony included remarks by Kim Morris, assistant professor of health sciences and human performance, and the student challenge speaker.

The University of Tampa is a private, comprehensive university located on 110 acres on the riverfront in downtown Tampa. Known for academic excellence, personal attention and real-world experience in its undergraduate and graduate programs, the University has about 200 programs of study and serves about 11,000 students from 50 states and most of the world's countries.


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REACH Programs Strive to Decrease Health Disparities

On February 8, 2023, CDC announced new funding for the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program. Funding is for a five-year period, pending the continued availability of funding.

Recipients will plan and carry out local, culturally appropriate programs. Activities will be designed to improve health among racial and ethnic populations with the highest risk of chronic diseases. Applicants must propose activities to:

• Improve nutrition by promoting nutrition standards and using fruit and vegetable incentive and produce prescription programs.

• Increase physical activity through community design.

• Work in one of these areas: continuity of care for breastfeeding; nutrition, physical activity, and breastfeeding in early care and education; family healthy weight programs; or commercial tobacco prevention and control.

Applicants may opt to include a strategy related to flu, COVID-19, and other routinely recommended adult vaccines.

CDC seeks to remove barriers to health linked to race or ethnicity, education, income, location, or other social factors. Since 1999, REACH has worked with more than 180 communities to create environments that make healthy choices easier. REACH recipients work specifically among African American, Black, Hispanic, Latino, Asian American, Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander, American Indian, and Alaska Native populations.

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Megan Cyprus named to Dean's List at Endicott College

Endicott College, the first college in the U.S. to require internships of its students, is pleased to announce its Fall 2022 Dean's List students. In order to qualify for the Dean's List, a student must obtain a minimum grade point average of 3.5, receive no letter grade below "C," have no withdrawal grades, and be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits for the semester.

Megan Cyprus of Brewster is among those named to the Dean's List at Endicott College for the Fall 2022 semester. Cyprus is majoring in Nursing. She is the daughter of Cynthia Cyprus and Eric Cyprus.

About Endicott College
Endicott College offers doctorate, master’s, bachelor’s and associate degree programs at its campus on the scenic coast of Beverly, Mass., with additional sites online and at U.S. and international locations. Endicott remains true to its founding principle of integrating professional and liberal arts education with internship opportunities across disciplines. For more, visit



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Table Talk Tuesdays with CoveCare Center

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INCubatorEdu Is A Hit At Brewster High School

INCubatorEdu–a brand new business class at Brewster High School–is a hit. The class is similar to the show Shark Tank, with investors called “sharks” and student entrepreneurs who pitch their ideas looking to impress judges–a group of local community professionals–and get them to invest or win funding to continue their work.

But one of the special perks of the class is that it offers students the opportunity to work with mentors to create their own start-up businesses around a product or service while getting a taste of the real world.

The instructor, Ed Schmidt, who has been in Brewster for 20 years teaching chemistry, environmental studies and research science, is also a serial entrepreneur who brings real life experience to the table.

There are three student companies in Schmidt’s class in various stages of planning for their pitch to the community.

The product: A2B Tracking

The pitch: A bus tracking app for students and parents.

“There are no bus tracking apps that work for all groups. We want to create an app to track the bus so parents and students can have peace of mind by allowing them to view in real-time their school bus location and be in direct communication with the transportation department. Parents and students can plan for delays and receive alerts via notifications,” said group member Lauren Dunn.

Natalia Navarro said, “we took feedback from students and parents and based on the feedback, we have made improvements to the app like linking a button to send communications to the transportation office and special alerts for early dismissals–that we will incorporate. We sent out a survey through Parent Square and had over 150 responses.”

Jim Carey, Senior VP for Sales and Marketing at Clancey Relocation and Logistics, and Melinda Baglio, a lawyer and director of an energy capital management company, are the two mentors for A2B Tracking.

Schmidt explained that, “students even met with Mary Smith, Brewster Transportation Director–she was happy with the idea that parents and the transportation department would all be on the same platform. It would avoid all the parent calls on her end. There would be a help desk ticketing system and a dashboard. It’s a win-win.”

“We are not doing the coding ourselves. If we win the money for investment, we will hire a company to design the app. We have a PowerPoint explaining our idea,” said Cadence Golash.

The product: Corzeman (it’s a combination of the group members' names, Carlos Coronado, Jose Perdomo, and Herman Recinos).  

The pitch: A  comfortable cleat for everyone.

“I’m a soccer player and I have struggled with finding comfortable cleats–my feet are wide–Adidas and Nike just don’t make cleats for wide feet. There’s a gap in the market. We aren’t re-inventing a new shoe, we are going to use stretchy material and memory foam to make our cleats fit and comfortable,” said Carlos Coronado.

Jose Perdomo opened up a cleat which had been cut in half–”right now the insulation is thin, we’ll add grip and foam, we will design it using photoshop to make a rough draft. The plan is to pitch it to the community for money to invest.”

Corzeman is being mentored by Sandy Resnick, a local business woman with Honey-Do-Men and Teresa Izzo-Dortch who has worked in the footwear industry for the last 20 years. 

The product: Sticks & Stones

The pitch: A special deodorant for men

It’s deodorant for men’s nether regions. “It just popped into my head one day, “ said Colin Krebs. “Our target audience is young active men–sporty.”

“We have made a prototype. It’s all natural and smells really good. Now we have to nail down the marketing. Then we can start taking sales. We have pre-orders. We are thinking of making commercials, going on the Morning Brew, and with flyers,” said Mark Syrko.

Dr. Lori Wagner and Dawn Ruggerio are the two mentors for Sticks & Stones. Using their experiences as a psychiatrist and a marketing leader, they are inspiring the students to dig deep and pull out core ideas to strengthen the team and the product.

“Our mentors have guided us through the process,” said Michelle Maher.  One is in the health field and the other is in marketing. When people first hear about our product, it seems like a silly idea, but we need to get past this to get to a bigger audience. Mr. Schmidt has been really helpful too. He had a business of his own–so he's got first-hand experience and actual business connections in the world who come in and speak to our class.”

Jim Carey said, “I did not have any class like this available when I got out of college. I didn’t know what my next step would be. To be entrepreneurial is a lot different than just creating a resume. It took me 15 years before I started doing my own entrepreneurial things. My mom was a nurse and my dad worked for the telephone company. I had no one to guide me. I would have loved to have a class like this.”

Kendra Gonzalez took this class because she wanted to learn skills to run her own business. “I sell desserts outside of school–cake pops, cupcakes, brownies. If I get enough money, I’d like to open my own bakery. “

“I love Mr. Schmidt,” said Mark Syrko. “He is laid back and good with students. We learn so much.  This class has made me want to start my own brand. Like drop shipping. Mr. Schmidt taught us how to make a brand for ourselves. I don’t know my company name yet, but that’s what I want to do. “

Jose Perdomo said, “I like the class because it has allowed me to be creative. This class is great. We have lots of independence. It has given us insight on how to work for ourselves and how to make money,”

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Homework Help from The Brewster Public Library

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Putnam Restructures Budget, Saving Taxpayers Tens of Thousands

County Executive Byrne requested budget reallocation to streamline and centralize services

Last night, the Putnam County Legislature authorized a budget reallocation request by Putnam County Executive Kevin Byrne to restructure the executive branch in order to streamline and centralize services administered by his administration. The legislation passed with bipartisan support.

“When I was elected, I was given a mandate from the residents of Putnam County to govern in an open and responsible manner. Being able to make some key personnel changes in my first weeks in office will be enormously helpful in finding creative solutions to problems, and save taxpayer dollars,” said County Executive Byrne. “I thank Chairman Paul Jonke and all other legislators, from both sides of the aisle and from both sides of the county, who helped pass this important budget transfer package. The public display of bipartisanship is refreshing and will help enable us to restructure positions, compensation and save the residents of Putnam County thousands of dollars in the process.”

“This move saves taxpayers over $64,000. Plain and simple,” said Putnam County Legislative Chairman Paul Jonke. “I applaud our new County Executive for finding an opportunity for real savings so early in his term. And quite honestly, he deserves to be able to structure his executive staff as he sees best fit to serve this county. I’m encouraged and excited for what’s next for our community.”

“County Executive Byrne is our new, duly elected chief executive and he deserves to be able to restructure his office however he sees fit,” said Legislator Bill Gouldman, who served as a vital member of County Executive Bryne’s transition team. “This move falls within the allocated budget, and in fact it will cut operating costs. In addition, I believe that given a few more months, this administration will realize even greater savings for the people of Putnam County.”

“I am encouraged by the creation of executive positions assigned to communications, compliance and intergovernmental relations,” said Legislator Nancy Montgomery. “I applaud the County Executive’s bipartisan approach in including me, the minority leader, on these negotiations. Establishing these areas as administrative priorities and values is a great start and I am eager to be part of setting the same tone on the Legislature.”

This move creates two positions, a Director of Communications and a Director of Compliance and Intergovernmental Relations. At the same time, it eliminates two positions, the Director of Constituent Services in the County Executive’s Office, and an unfilled Purchaser position in the Purchasing Department. The work of these positions is being reassigned to different individuals in the County Executive’s Office, including the Deputy County Executive, who will receive increased compensation as a result.

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ABC's For you and Me!

ABCDEFG! Won't you come and learn with me?

Come to the Brewster Public Library!

Join Miss Jen for a story, songs, and a simple craft featuring a letter of the alphabet. This program is geared for kids ages 2-4

Registration is required!

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Drawing From Imagination

Open to people living with breast, ovarian, or any gynecological cancer. Pre-registration is required no later than 5pm (NY time) on Tuesday, February 14. Space is limited to 20 participants. To learn more or to pre-register, call Support Connection: 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290.

Relax, unwind and enjoy yourself, in this virtual drawing program, which is offered in collaboration with The Art Effect. No previous drawing experience is necessary.

Drawing from imagination encourages taking what’s important to you specifically and embellishing it.

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Teen Game Afternoon




AGES 13-18

Registration Required

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Ronald McDonald House Announces Partnership with Volunteer New York!

Ronald McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley (RMHGHV) recently forged a partnership with Volunteer New York! to regularly engage corporate volunteers for their Day of Service volunteer program, Chef for a Day. The program which was launched last Fall calls for local chefs to bring their culinary talents to the newly renovated kitchen in the House and lead cooking demonstrations. Chef for a Day, connects local chefs with RMHGHV volunteers who commit to a day of service and create, prepare and serve brunch, dessert and dinner to the families that stay at the House.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with the team at RMHGHV to share our knowledge and insight about volunteering in the Westchester community to potential corporate volunteer groups,” said Katie Pfeifer, Senior Director of Programs for Volunteer New York!. “Through this partnership, we can bring to the table our vast knowledge of corporate engagement while aligning with the needs and culture of the Ronald McDonald House.”

Based in Tarrytown, Volunteer New York! inspires, mobilizes and equips individuals, groups and organizations to take positive action to address pressing challenges, support nonprofits and strengthen the quality of life in the community. Through this partnership, the Corporate Relations Team at Volunteer New York! will serve as a liaison between interested volunteer groups and RMHGHV while providing top notch volunteer engagement for companies participating in this program.

“Partnering with Volunteer New York! is just one more step toward our continued goal of cultivating corporate volunteerism here at our House through our Day of Service programs,” said Christina Riley, Executive Director RMHGHV. “Our Chef for a Day program will continue to flourish through this partnership and we are looking forward to working with the dedicated leadership team at Volunteer New York! to continue to create hope, help, and comfort through delicious meals for our families.”

The House, just steps away from the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital in Valhalla, provides a home-away-from-home for families of sick children and serves two meals a day, 365 days a year. Since the House was opened over a decade ago the staff and volunteers have prepared almost 75,000 meals through their Meals that Heal volunteer program. The new Chef for a Day program gives the local business community an exciting opportunity to fulfill their social responsibility while enjoying a new experience. The guest chefs create the menus, prepare the meals and guide the volunteers through the cooking demonstration. The volunteers work alongside the chefs and then serve the meals to the families currently staying at the House. The Chef for a Day program, which runs on Wednesdays only, offers three Tiers for corporations to choose from, allowing  groups to fully immerse themselves in activities at the House. Interested Chefs can contact Ashlyn Hay at For more information about Chef for a Day visit


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Holden Caulfield For President!

“Welcome to Holden Caulfield's PowerPoint Party!” said Kim Perillo to her eleventh-grade Brewster High School English class.

“Remember, this is a competition and there are golden tickets at stake,” she added.

The classroom had the feel of a party–with decorations, dimmed lights, popcorn and party blowers. 

A PowerPoint Party comes straight from TikTok. It is a party where people get together and present a slideshow of their random opinions and then defend them with facts, reason, and evidence. These topics are usually funny (i.e: why cereal is actually a soup), and there are typically prizes and lots of laughs involved. 

The class has just finished reading “The Catcher in the Rye” and are learning about the components of an effective argument. Among the major concepts that students are learning about are the persuasive appeals–ethos, pathos, and logos. Students prepared what they know about persuasion and argument and were ready to persuade the class about something to do with protagonist Holden Caulfield's future.

Some of the questions posed were humorous, such as would Holden survive the zombie apocalypse? Others were more serious, such as does Holden marry Jane Gallagher, a key character in the book? The students learned that any argument can be presented using persuasive appeals. Students were asked to judge each other’s presentations on their effective use of persuasive appeals and the soundness of their claims, reasons, evidence, and counter arguments.

Janelle Portocarrero, Marvin Morales and Heydi Zamor suggested that Holden would be a great English teacher: “He likes to read, he loved ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘Out of Africa,’ saying ‘the book didn’t stink,’ and English was the only subject at school he didn’t fail.”

Aaron Armisto, Alex Abzun Urrutia, Michael Sandoval, and Jose Benitez posed the question: Will Holden Caulfield be President of the United States?

The group argued yes–”with Holden’s mastery of satire, his empathy for others as shown by the way he took care of his sister Phoebe, and his persuasiveness–he would be a good albeit flawed–president. In fact, they argued, Holden would provide hope and determination for the country.”

The class gave the group a round of applause and blew their horns in support of Holden Caulfield for President.

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1,2,3, Learn Spanish with Me

Come to the Brewster Public Library and  join Miss Jen in this intro to Spanish as we focus on basic language skills through storytelling, crafts and songs!

This program is geared for kids 1st-5th Grade.

Registration Required

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Tips to Prevent You or a Family Member from Being Burned

Watch what you heat! 47% of all home fires are caused by cooking, making it the number one cause of home fires. Preventing a burn injury is always better than the pain and trauma of medical treatment afterward.
  1. The best time to cook is when you are wide awake, and not drowsy from medication or alcohol.
  2. Always wipe clean the stove, oven, and exhaust fan to prevent grease buildup.
  3. Wear short or close-fitted sleeves when cooking.
  4. Keep a pan lid and dry potholders or oven mitts near you EVERY time you cook.
  5. Turn the pot or pan handles towards the back of the stove.
  6. When heating food in the microwave, use microwave-safe cookware that allows steam to escape.
  7. Allow food to rest before removing it from the microwave.
  8. When frying, use a pan lid or splash guard to prevent grease splatter.
  9. Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave, turn off the stove.
  10. If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly. Remain in the home while food is cooking and use a timer to remind you to check on you're cooking. 
  11. After cooking, check the kitchen to make sure all burners and other appliances are turned off. 
If your food does catch fire
  1. Cover the pan with its lid. A cookie sheet works too. Leave covered until the pan is cool. NEVER move the pot or carry it outside- the pot is too hot to handle, and contents may splash, causing a severe burn.
  2. Turn the heat off. With the lid on and the heat off, the fire should quickly put itself out. NEVER use water to put out a kitchen fire. Water will cause the oil to splash and spread the fire or scald you as it vaporizes.
  3. If the fire is inside the oven or microwave, keep the door shut and turn it off. Keep closed until the oven is cool. 
  4. If the fire gets out of control-GET OUT, stay out, and call 911. Don't return inside for any reason.
Should the unfortunate occur, and you find yourself in need of fire restoration, SERVPRO is here to help you recover and restore the damage done to your home or office. Call us at 845.228.1090, we’re available 247 for emergency help.
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Teen Planning Event

Are you between the ages of 13 to 18, and have an idea for something you'd like to see or do at your local library?

Join us Monday, February 6th @ 5:30

Registration Required

Have a slice of pizza, and let us know what you and your friends would like to do here in the library.

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