Brewster's HamletHub Fri, 07 Oct 2022 07:41:16 -0400 Writing Coach Makes A Splash


Period 1: Toni-Ann

Period 2: Nina

Period 3:  Kristen

Period 4:  Juliet

Period 5:  James

Period 6: Autumn

That’s the jam-packed schedule of students on a typical day for Samantha Davidson, the new writing coach for Brewster Central Schools. Students are signing up for one-on-one coaching sessions through teacher referrals, but mostly through word of mouth–Tori-Ann told Juliet, who told Autumn. 


There is that kind of buzz.

The Writing Coach position is new to the district. Of course, teachers know the importance of giving students feedback throughout the writing process and the importance of having students write authentically. But classroom teachers cannot always meet with each student one-on-one to edit and give feedback on multiple drafts of a writing assignment. Which is why Brewster has created the new position -- Writing Coach – this year. It’s in perfect alignment with Vision 2026, the district’s strategic plan, which aims to inspire students to think critically and be authentic, while nurturing their overall well-being. Deputy Superintendent Michelle Gosh said “we are thrilled that the Board of Education and the community supported this position through the budget.  It is aligned with Vision 2026 and the idea that we want to provide students with the skills needed to achieve their version of success, whichever path they choose to pursue and whatever they desire to do.” 

It is college application time and Brewster High School seniors have been signing up for sessions with Davidson in droves. They are looking for editing help while writing the personal essays that are part of every application. Students come to see Davidson during a study hall or after school. The setting, which is one-on-one, offers a unique opportunity. They get Davidson’s complete attention for an entire class period, during which she asks questions and reads their narratives closely. It is a collaborative process. For some students, the help is minimal. For others, it means starting over. 

Juliet came to Davidson with a personal essay about her love of ceramics. After talking it over, it became clear that the essay did not feel authentic to Juliet. “I hate it! It’s not me!” They brainstormed ideas. Davidson asked Juliet questions: “What makes you unique?” “What are you passionate about?” They had a conversation, and, through that conversation, Juliet came up with the essay she truly wanted to write. 

Tori Ann had written two drafts before she came to Davidson. “She read my essay, we collaborated, line by line, changed it–my essay has matured. It was a lost cause! I am happy with it now. It was transformed.  It has gone from being a baby to a grown up! I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders!”

Davidson said students tend to underwrite, merely touching the surface of their subject. That’s why she likes to get back to basics -- what do you know, how do you know -- then blend the answers to those questions with the student’s own thoughts. The hope is that students will open themselves up to the writing process–and dig deeper–whether it is for a personal essay or a formal research paper. 

Davidson is available to help students in grades 9-12. In addition to writing sessions set up by appointment, she will be going into classrooms to explain the writing process. She has already visited  Tom Mullane’s room, Michael Nicastro’s room, and Robert LoAlbo’s room.

Next, she will go into Global History classes, where she will explain how to research and write the Enduring Issue essay for Regents. After that, Davidson said she plans to go into the Science Research classes to assist with writing Abstracts and doing research. 


Though application season ends, essay-writing season never really does. It goes on, and, as it goes on, Davidson will be there.  For Davidson, who loves to edit and write, the experience is already rewarding–she is learning about her students; it is like therapy. And she’s already having an impact. 

Juliet says she enjoyed her experience with. Davidson because “she relieved me of the stress I had over my college essay. She was very helpful and reassuring.  I felt like I could easily connect and talk with her. I love how animated and cheerful she is as well. I would give her a 10 out of 10. She’s a cool teacher and a vital resource here at Brewster High School.”


Now that the word is out, students and teachers will need to plan ahead.

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Jacqueline A. Ryan of Patterson, NY, passed away in Brewster, NY on Sunday October 2, 2022

Jacqueline A. Ryan of Patterson, NY, passed away in Brewster, NY on Sunday October 2, 2022, at the age of 60. Jackie worked at Green Chimneys for thirty years as an administrator, retiring in 2020.

Jacqueline A. Ryan of Patterson, NY, passed away in Brewster, NY on Sunday October 2, 2022, at the age of 60.

Jackie was born March 6, 1962, in Mt. Kisco, NY, daughter of Joan (Zecchin) Murtha of Danbury, CT and the late James F. Murtha. She graduated from Brewster High School in 1980. Jackie worked at Green Chimneys for thirty years as an administrator, retiring in 2020.

Besides her mother Joan, Jackie is survived by her daughter Amie Ryan and her husband Ed of Stanfordville, NY; son Kerry Ryan and his wife Alex of Poughquag, NY; sister Janice Law and her husband Robert of Safety Harbor, FL; grandchildren Isabella, Lilliana and Eddie Buehler and Fern and Levon Ryan. 

Calling hours took place last evening,Wednesday October 5, 2022, at Beecher Funeral Home in Brewster, NY. Interment will be private.

Contributions in Jackie’s memory may be made to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.


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Obituary: Michael V. Barbarossa of Brewster.

Michael V. Barbarossa of Brewster, NY, passed away unexpectedly at home Sunday October 2, 2022, at the age of 44

Michael V. Barbarossa of Brewster, NY, passed away unexpectedly at home Sunday October 2, 2022, at the age of 44. Michael was born October 20, 1977, in Carmel, NY, the son of George and Linda (Spellman) Barbarossa of Brewster, NY. He graduated from North Salem High School in 1996, then received an associates degree from the San Diego Golf Academy. Michael worked as a Manager for Ultimate Auto in Peekskill, NY. He was a talented golfer, enjoyed fishing, the Mets, Jets, Rangers and most of all playing with his nieces. Besides his parents, Michael is survived by his brother, George Barbarossa, his wife, Lindsay and his nieces, Grace and Vivian.

Calling hours will take place at Beecher Funeral Home, 1 Putnam Ave., Brewster, NY on Saturday, October 8, 2022, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, followed by a graveside service in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Somers, NY.

Contributions in Michael’s memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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Leanne Budnick Explores Northeast During 'GEOFYRST' Trip

Leanne Budnick Explores Northeast During 'GEOFYRST' Trip

Leanne Budnick of Patterson, NY, was one of 16 students who took part in this year's GEOFYRST trip, an immersive outdoor experience for new SUNY Oneonta students.

Pitching tents, cooking and camping under the starry night sky, jumping into swimming holes, hiking, and seeing the geology of the Adirondack Region first-hand? All in a day's work during GEOFYRST (Geologic Experience Outdoors: the First-Year Regional Summer Trip), a one-credit pre-semester fall course exploring New York and the Northeast. Budnick is studying Geology at SUNY Oneonta.

On Aug. 18, students dropped off their belongings for the semester at their residence hall rooms on campus, then packed up vans with gear and hit the road, returning six days later with observations, photos, stories and new friends.

Students were accompanied by lead instructor Dr. Keith Brunstad and assisted by Dr. Les Hasbargen along with three student mentors - Nicholas Walters (Geology), Sam Martin (Adolescence Education Earth Science/Earth Science), and Samantha DeSousa (Meteorology), who took this course when she was an incoming first-year student.

An exciting highlight of the trip included visiting Barton Garnet Mine on Gore Mountain, where the hardest, most rare garnet in the world is found. Garnet is the New York State gemstone, but most of the garnets found here are not gemstone quality, instead being used as abrasives in waterjet cutting, blast media, grinding and polishing around the world.

While on Gore Mountain, students also went on a scenic gondola "sky ride" to the summit of the mountain, which is 3,563 feet in elevation. They also visited Split Rock Falls and the Champlain Thrust Fault at Rock Point in Burlington, Vermont. On the last day of their trip, students stayed at the Thayer Farm Complex at the SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station in Cooperstown, NY, relaxing and preparing for the start of the fall semester.

The annual trip, which began in 2007 and is open to all first-year students regardless of major, is special for a number of reasons, Hasbargen said, including the fact that "the outdoors becomes our classroom."

"It engages new students and fosters a welcoming, inclusive environment in which a cohort of students can build life-long friendships and connections," he said, "while at the same time exposing students to the outdoor environment through geology to gain an appreciation of how the Earth works. As always, I thoroughly enjoyed meeting and getting to know all of the students."

SUNY Oneonta is a public, four-year college in Central New York, enrolling about 6,000 students in a wide variety of bachelor's degree programs and several graduate certificate and degree programs. The college is known as both an exemplary residential campus that values inclusion, service and sustainability, and a nurturing community where students grow intellectually, thrive socially and live purposefully. Visit

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Pets in the Park in Danbury This Sunday

Pets in the Park Danbury! Sunday, October 9th from 11:00a.m to 4:00p.m at the Danbury Town Park. (across from the Danbury PAL Building).

Pet owners and animal lovers are invited to for a day of shopping, demonstrations, rescues, adoptions, and more! BRING YOUR PET to the event! (Please note that all pets must be on a leash or in a carrier).

DRESS YOUR PET for our super fun Parade of Pets Costume Contest at 2:30p.m with amazing prizes from Choice Pet, Hartz Pets and Stew Leonard's BUBBA’S BARKREE” and other local business!

Animal Blessing Ceremony at 3PM with Pastor Kriss from the First Congregational Church Of Danbury.

FREE Face Painting, sponsored by Elmer's Diner in Danbury! Plus, Jason's Ice Cream Truck! Streetside Hot Dogs! Admission is just $2.00 for 12 years and older. FREE parking! A portion of the admission fee will go directly to local area animal shelter! Contact for more information, or call 203-894-6455.


Directions to Danbury Town Park

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TRELAWNY: A Love Letter to The Theater!, A Zoom Matinee

The Schoolhouse Theater presents Trelawny of the 'Wells' in a Zoom Matinee Saturday @ 3pm

The Schoolhouse Theater presents Trelawny of the 'Wells' in a Zoom Matinee Saturday @ 3pm

TRELAWNY: A Love Letter to The Theater!

Rose Trelawny is the brightest star at The Sandler’s Wells Theatre.


She is prepared to give it all up for the love of Arthur, her noble

stage door suitor, descended from knights and judges and

commanders of the realm.

Saturday, October 8th at 3:00 pm (EST)


her colleague at “The Wells”, Tom Wrench, (loosely based on a young Sir Henry Irving), is writing a new kind of play for Rose to star

in. And her friend, Imogen Parrot, hopes to take a theatre in which to produce it.

Rose will be forced to choose between her two great loves…

Long before “Noises Off” and long after “Twelfth Night”, Arthur Wing Pinero bestrid the Victorian Theatre-the internet of his day-like a Colossus. Those of us who are keeping score remember LincolnCenter, Mary Beth Hurt, Meryl Streep, John Lithgow and Mandy Patinkin in their fetching irresistible revival…

Come revive your spirits with this comedic Calliope played to

perfection by our riotous Pandemic Players-

Curtain going up at 3pm!

Meeting ID: 867 9293 7601
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Tri-State Weather Conference is in Danbury on October 15!

On Saturday, Oct. 15, Western Connecticut State University will host the Eighth Tri-State Weather Conference in the Science Building on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White Street in Danbury. Registration is $35 and the event is open to the public.

Register online at

The conference will begin at 8:15 a.m. with a continental breakfast in the Science Building Atrium, and will run to 5 p.m. with presentations from several National Weather Service offices, various weather predictors and modelers, a freelance storm chaser and more.

“The background of the attendees is as diverse as a year’s worth of New England weather extremes,” said Gary Lessor, assistant to the director of Meteorological Studies and Weather Center at WCSU.

The purpose of the conference is to improve education, professional development and communication among private and public sector meteorologists, researchers, educators, students, emergency management officials and weather enthusiasts.

“We are honored to have legendary tri-state broadcaster Craig Allen as Master of Ceremonies,” Lessor said. “Our two keynote speakers, while unintentionally scheduled for their topics, will closely relate to last week’s Hurricane Ian. Lourdes Avilés from Plymouth State University will present ‘The 1938 Hurricane’ and Andrew Kruczkiewicz from Columbia University will discuss ‘Remote Sensing into Early Warning Systems for Extreme Events to Inform Preparedness Actions and Risk Assessment within the Humanitarian Sector.’

“After the COVID19 pandemic we felt it important to give back to the community,” Lessor said, “so this year we are joining forces with Hope for Youth Foundation Inc. as our first charitable fundraiser in conference history. The foundation has donated nearly six million dollars over the past 38 years to help children. The excitement from those already registered for the conference has been unparalleled. Without doubt, this conference is a must for anyone interested in meteorology.”

More details about the conference can be found at

Presented by the WCSU Meteorology Program, the conference is co-sponsored by the WCSU Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society (AMS); the New York City/Long Island Chapter of the AMS; NOAA/National Weather Service/Upton, New York; NOAA/National Weather Service/Albany, New York; NOAA/National Weather Service/Albany Boston/Norton, Massachusetts; and Weather Routing Inc.

For more information, contact Gary Lessor at or WCSU Public Relations at

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NYSP Troop K: Week In Review

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Spooktacular Halloween Celebration with the Brewster Public Library

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New MNRR Schedules Start Sunday, October 16

New Metro North schedules will be in effect beginning Sunday, October 16, 2022.

Plan your trip on their TrainTime app, at, or by calling 511 (877-690-5114 CT.)

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I-Hop Opens in Danbury

If you like pancakes, you're in luck. IHop has officially opened in Danbury at 32 Newtown Road. Danbury Mayor Dean Esposito was on hand this past Sunday for a ribbon cutting ceremony at the restaurant. The location is the site of the former Pizzeria Mazzo Mozzarella and Wine Bar, which closed in April 2021 due to impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic and other factors.

According to the corporate website, the new Danbury iHop is one of just 10 in Connecticut, joining franchises in Bloomfield, Hamden, Manchester, Newington, Orange, Southington, Stamford, Wallingford and Waterbury.

IHop will be open from 7:00 am. until 10:00 pm. seven days a week.

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Celebration of the Great Swamp

Friends, supporters, members, and all residents in the surrounding communities are invited to join FrOGS for a weekend celebrating the awesome beauty, incalculable value, and prominent benefits of the Great Swamp. Each year this premier event is full of fun, educational, and inspirational activities for the whole family. The “26th Annual Celebration of the Great Swamp” will take place on Saturday and Sunday, October 22 and 23, 2022, at Christ Church on Quaker Hill (17 Church Road, Pawling, NY). The Celebration will be open from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm on Saturday and Noon until 4:00 pm on Sunday. Admission is free to all.

The event will feature educational exhibits and talks as well as many hands-on activities for children, who will receive a Game Pack booklet and a “Passport to Fun” to document their travels through the event. Activities will include a live hawks and owls exhibit by Sharon Audubon Center (Saturday) and Master Falconer Jim Eyring’s popular “Birds of Prey” demonstration (Sunday). Learn about “Native Plants for Pollinators” and “What’s So Great About the Great Swamp?” from expert speakers. Exhibits include a hands-on watershed demonstration table, live swamp animals, a macro-invertebrate display (insects, worms, crayfish), a clay animal sculpting table, and a matching animal-to-habitat game. The drawing for a Kayak Raffle will occur Sunday afternoon.

A highlight of the Celebration is a juried Art Show and sale, as well as a vendor section with local arts and crafts for sale, including pottery, silk and woven scarves, glass items, and jewelry. Last year, the Art Show featured more than 60 artists with over 100 works of painting, drawing, collage, and photography. It has been considered to be the finest autumn show of painting, plein air work, collage, textile art and photography in the Lower Hudson Valley. Colorful and inventive interpretations of the plants and animals of the Great Swamp created by students from local schools will greatly enliven the show.

This annual event celebrates the Great Swamp, a 6,000 acre wetland stretching 20 miles through a valley at the eastern edge of the Hudson Highlands, from Dover in Dutchess County to Brewster in Putnam County. Although one of the largest freshwater wetlands in the state and called one of New York’s “last great places”, it remains mostly unknown to people who live beyond the watershed’s borders. FrOGS hosts the Celebration to bring attention to the value of the Great Swamp and to encourage its conservation as a source of clean water, a site for recreation, and a home for diverse and rare wildlife.

Proceeds from the Celebration go to both the artists and to FrOGS, which uses the money to further educational efforts, purchase land, and promote and protect the Great Swamp. For more information on the Great Swamp and FrOGS, the schedule of events for the 26th Annual Celebration of the Great Swamp, or other upcoming events such as hikes and paddles, visit

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Five things to do to protect yourself online

Your online accounts, computer, and phone hold a lot of your personal, financial, and health information. Information that’s valuable to you — and to scammers who try to steal it. Here are five things to do to keep hackers out of your accounts and your personal business.

1. Lock down your online accounts

Your password is the key to all the personal information in your account. Make it long. Avoid common words. And don’t re-use it.

If it’s available on your accounts, turn on multi-factor authentication for an extra layer of security.

2. Secure your home Wi-Fi network

Your wireless network is the hub that connects your devices. To protect it from hackers

  • encrypt it
  • change your default passwords
  • and keep it up to date

Here’s detailed advice about how to secure your home Wi-Fi network.

3. Protect your computer and phone

Once your home Wi-Fi network is secure, focus on protecting your devices.

If you use a computer to go online, make sure your security software, operating system, and Internet browser are up to date. Turn on automatic updates to keep up with the latest protections.

Keep your phone up to date, too.

4. Recognize attempts to steal your personal information

Scammers try to trick you into giving them your personal information. They’ll pretend they’re with an organization you know well — like Apple or Amazon — and make up a reason they need some info from you. They’ve also impersonated FedEx, the Postal Service, the Social Security Administration, and the FTC.

If you get a phishing email or text message, report it.

5. Back things up

Back up important information you have on your computer and phone. That way, if something does happen, you can recover your information. Here’s how to back up your computer and your phone.

Concerned about protecting your privacy online? Check out the FTC's guide to protecting your privacy online.

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“Ketiva v’chatima tova”

Yom Kippur is the holiest, most important day of the year in Judaism, known as the “Day of Atonement.”

It begins at today at sundown Tuesday, October 4, 2022, and ends Wednesday evening, October 5th—the last of the ten days of penitence that began with Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year).

Yom Kippur commemorates the day Moses came down from Mount Sinai after seeking God’s divine forgiveness for the Israelites who sinned against him by worshipping a golden calf idol.

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5 Reasons NOT to Miss the Hat Tricks Season Opener on Friday, October 21

The Danbury Hat Tricks are a premier attraction in Fairfield County. A champion professional hockey team based out of Danbury Arena, The Hat Tricks are the reigning Eastern Division champions and the hottest ticket in town.

Here are five reasons why you don’t want to miss The Hat Tricks Season Opener on October 21!

1. The Hat Tricks have a Championship Pedigree 

The Hat Tricks finished FIRST in the 2020 East Division and won a Playoff Series against Binghamton in the 2022 Playoffs before falling in the FPHL Semi-Finals. 

2. It’s the best value for your entertainment dollar

Hat Tricks games are affordable, fun, family entertainment. Adult tickets are just $15, with children under 12 priced at $11. Not to mention the delicious food and drink available at the newly renovated Rabbit Hole bar and grill located in the main concourse!

3. Prizes every night

There’s never a dull moment at Danbury Arena, even when the players aren’t on the ice. During intermissions and breaks in the action, there’s plenty of interactive games and contests where fans can win cash prizes, merchandise, or other great deals like free wings from TK’s American Café. Whether it’s finding a chicken blindfolded or dressing in an inflatable bubble to play some soccer, you won’t be able to control your laughter!

4.  Meet and greet the players after every game

Win, lose or draw, the Hat Tricks are always available after every home game for special autograph and photo sessions. You can’t get closer to professional athletes than this!

5.  Where else can you see a rabbit in a top hat?

I mean, just look at that logo. How can you not fall in love with that? Grab some fresh merch and rep the Rabbits around town!

To purchase tickets for any game this season, please click here.

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