Brewster's HamletHub Tue, 22 May 2018 17:02:51 -0400 Harry Potter Discussion Group for Adults at the Kent Library

Are you an adult that loves Harry Potter?! If so, come to the Kent Library on Monday, June 4th from 6:30-7:30 and join in   talking all things Harry Potter. Books, Movies, Pottermore, crafts. and more! Registration is required. Program is for adults.  Program is for adults.  

Registration is required. You may register for the program by calling the Kent Public Library at 845-225-8585.  The library is located at 17 Sybil's Crossing, Kent Lakes, NY 10512.

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Great Hollow Announces Important Event and Trail Status Updates

A message from Great Hollow Nature Preserve & Ecological Research Center

A significant number of trees at Great Hollow came down in last week's storm, but thankfully no buildings were damaged and nobody was hurt. As we continue to clean up and recover from the storm, please note that we have to postpone some of our recently scheduled events. The juried Painting and Photography Show that was originally scheduled for May 18-20 will be held June 15-17, beginning with the Artist Reception at 6:30pm on Friday, June 15. Our World Turtle Day event that was scheduled for this Saturday, May 25th has been postponed indefinitely. We will soon announce a new date for this event. Please check our website and Facebook page for the most up-to-date information. Kids' Nature Night on Saturday, June 2nd will be held as scheduled. Please also note that our trails are blocked by fallen trees in many places and hiking is not advised at this time. We are hoping to have all trails cleared by the end of this week. Thank you for your understanding.


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World Turtle Day Postponed

TheWorld Turtle Day event that was scheduled for this Saturday, May 25th has been postponed indefinitely. They will soon announce a new date for this event.


World Turtle Day is Saturday, May 26 at 1 PM - 4 PM

Great Hollow Nature Preserve
225 Route 37, New Fairfield, Connecticut 06812

Join us for our second annual celebration of World Turtle Day! Come see and touch live 200 pound African tortoises and other exotic species from all over the world, in addition to several turtles that call Connecticut home. There will also be presentations about turtle conservation and captive breeding of endangered species, and lots of fun turtle-themed activities and games for kids. A suggested donation of $5/person or $10/family for this event is greatly appreciated.

*Rain date Sunday May 27th

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Welcome New Reporters to Brewster and New Fairfield HamletHub

HamletHub is thrilled to announce the addition of our new reporters and photographers. Hamlethub is a network of “hyper-local” sites that provide locally sourced news about a community. Brewster HamletHub joined the HamletHub community in February 2015 and our team was assigned New Fairfield HamletHub in February 2018. We empower people to tell their own stories.  HamletHub has proven to be an effective vehicle for delivering local news.  It gives businesses a much-needed platform to market efficiently, connects residents to their town, and brings awareness and support to charities and town governments.

Please help us welcome the following community members to HamletHub!

Candice Sciarrillo ~ Features & Children’s Event Reporter

Candice Sciarrillo, a Brewster resident, is the General Manager of the Carmel Cinema, our local neighborhood movie theater and Grant Writer for Pegasus Therapeutic Riding, which is a local non-profit serving individual with special needs and at-risk youth. In addition, she serves as the Treasure of the Board for the Brewster Chamber of Commerce and handles their Social Media/Marketing. She and her husband have lived in Brewster for 5 years along with their son, and they all enjoy supporting local businesses, attending community events and Broadway shows. Click here to read one of Candice’s stories.

Stefani Gosselink ~ Arts Correspondent

Stefani Gosselink has been teaching piano for over 39 years. She has written about art and artists for The Putnam Times, Halston Media as well as for her own blog at  She was the founder and director of Culture Camp (a camp for the arts) in Brewster for 15 years.  To date, she teaches Music History and acts as evaluator for music at SUNY Empire State College. She has a BA in Music as well as an MALS (A Masters Degree with a special focus in Music History and Music Education).  She has written 3 books on Music History as well as my own piano method.  Recently, she has authored 3 children’s books about studying piano. A 4th in this series will be in print September. Click here to read one of Stephani’s stories.

Tim Court ~ Community/Event Photographer:

Tim Court grew up in The Bronx and is currently living in Carmel NY with his fiancé Rose.  He worked in cable TV in Mt. Kisco back in the 80’s.  He was in radio broadcasting for 15 years.  Stations included 106.3 WVIP Mt. Kisco, NY, Kool 96.7 Stamford Ct., Majic 105.5 Patterson, NY and finally Oldies 97.7 In Poughkeepsie NY. Click here to view a Facebook album of Tim’s photos.

Jacqueline Carey ~ Student Editor/Administrative Assistant

Jacqueline Carey is a student at Binghamton University pursuing a degree in Psychology. She is the events coordinator for the Rainbow Pride Union at Binghamton. She volunteers at the Cultural Arts Coalition to help them in the restoration of the Old Town Hall Theater. She is a former graduate of Brewster High School where she was involved in the performing arts department. She is an avid reader and movie buff. She works with Putnam County as a summer intern in their P.I.L.O.T. program. Click here to read one of her stories. 

Chess Cabrera ~ Student Reporter

Chess Cabrera is one of the high school reporters for HamletHub. She is very involved in her community by volunteering at the Patterson Library, being a part of a vast diversity of school clubs, and has even helped create an app for her high school newspaper called CHS Rampage (she is also the president of her newspaper club; despite only being a sophomore). Chess has always been interested in volunteering and hopes to use journalism to help others later on in life. Click here to read one of Chess’s stories. (By the way, her photograph of the tornado has been used by other media sources)

Emma Duffy ~ Student Reporter

Emma Duffy is a sophomore at New Fairfield High School. She is an active member of many clubs such as choir, Peace Project, and the theater department. She has also won several writing awards, both through her school and on a national level. Click here to read one of her stories.

Grace Curley ~ Student Reporter

Grace Curley is a junior at Brewster High School and is thrilled to be a Student Reported for Brewster Hamlet Hub. Grace is an AP English student and plans on majoring in English in college and pursuing it as a career. Grace loves to read and write, and does it as much as she can in and out of school. Grace also enjoys singing and acting in Brewster School’s theatrical productions. When she is not writing or performing, Grace works as a camp counselor and is a member of the Girl Scouts Heart Of The Hudson organization. Grace is very thankful for this opportunity as a student reporter and looks forward to writing more for Hamlet Hub. Click here for one of Grace’s stories.

Charlie Fitzpatrick ~ Student Reporter

Charlie Fitzpatrick is a sophomore at BHS who is active in the performing arts department at BHS. She is apart of every production at the high school and plays in the bands. Charlie also loves to read and write. In her free time, she can be found reading a book or practicing one of her many instruments. Click here to read one of Charlie’s stories.

Keep in the loop! Click here to sign up Brewster HamletHub's free Nightly Newsletter, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram



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Solar Energy Options Workshop Rescheduled to May 30

Solar Energy Options

Rescheduled from May 16 to Wednesday, May 30   7:00 PM

Learn the facts about solar energy and the many options it offers. The licensed sustainable energy consultation team from EZ Clean Energy will discuss everything you need to know to decide if solar energy is for you. For more information or to register, contact the Patterson Library at 845-878-6121 x10 or go to and click Calendar.

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Pride in the Park 2018 on June 9 at Mathews Park in Norwalk

Pride in the Park 2018, Fairfield County's LGBTQ Pride festival, will take place on Saturday, June 9 at Mathews Park in Norwalk from noon to 8:00 pm. Admission is FREE and this event is open to ALL. The event is sponsored by Triangle Community Center.

Pride in the Park is a family-friendly Pride festival that brings you, internationally-known entertainers and local performers. Past entertainers have included Trixie Mattel, Julie Goldman, Crystal Waters, Raven and JuJubee, Tiffany, and Haus of Edwards. 

Pride in the Park is the Connecticut experience for the LGBTQ community. We hope you visit Pride this year, stop by one of the vendor booths selling local crafts or delicious food, or get connected with a local agency or organization that supports the LGBTQ community. You and your family are invited to Pride not just for exciting entertainment and vendors, but activities for you and your kids, like face painting, hula hooping, and so much more! Pride in the Park also offers a 21+ VIP area!

There's a lot for families at Pride in the Park as well. Our activities include a special reading circle with the Darien Library, hula hooping, face painting, and other fun activities for you and your kids! We welcome all at Pride in the Park.

Since its inaugural year in 2014, Pride in the Park has welcomed hundreds of guests. We are proud today that in the following years, Pride in the Park has welcomed over 3,000 guests each year. If you or your business wants to support the event while reaching thousands of LGBTQ people in our area, take a look at sponsoring Pride in the Park or taking out an ad in the 2018 Fairfield County Pride Guide by following the links provided above and in the images below.

Be part of the celebration. Be part of our community. Be proud!

Learn more about Pride in the Park and volunteer HERE.

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Update on Brewster Library Construction

The Phase 1 construction project is finishing up at the library! The side entrance has been reopened with the new walkway and outdoor seating area. There will be a ribbon cutting celebration on Saturday, June 30th at 11am. All are invited to attend; light refreshments will be served. At noon that day, the library will be having their summer program kick-off event, featuring Jester Jim! People of all ages are sure to enjoy this interactive show. For more information about this and other events at the library, visit and click on “calendar.”

We are excited to move on to the larger construction project (Phase 2) which was approved by voters of the Town of Southeast. At this time, Phase 2 is in the planning stage; however, the hope is that we will break ground this fall. This project includes renovations to the existing building, as well as the addition of a large community room, private tutor/study rooms, and enlarged children/teen spaces. We are looking forward to providing enhanced services to the community when this phase is complete.

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June 2nd Julia’s Wings Foundation 5th Annual Evening of Hope

Julia’s Wings Foundation 5th Annual Evening of Hope

The Julia’s Wings Foundation will hold their 5rd Annual “Evening of Hope” as they honor the life of Julia Malsin by raising funds to help families battling Aplastic Anemia, PNH, and MDS stay together. This event will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at Quaker Hill Country Club, 1013 Quaker Hill Road, Pawling, NY from 7:00-10:00pm. Come enjoy live music, complimentary wine and beer, heavy hors d’oeuvres, door prizes, a silent auction and other special surprises. Cash bar for liquor available.

The cost is $65 per person until May 25th and $70 per person thereafter and at door. Tickets are available for purchase at or by mailing a check made out to Julia’s Wings Foundation to P.O. Box 581, Sherman, CT 06784. Julia’s Wings Foundation is a 501(c)(3).

Thank you for your generous support of Julia’s wish—that children fighting this disease will not be alone in the hospital. Your generosity allows us to “Be the Change” for Julia and bring Hope and financial assistance to these families.

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GoFundMe Fundraiser to Help Danbury 8th Grader

From GoFundMe's  Lloyd Thyne Recovery Fund Lloyd Thyne is an eighth grade honor student at Rogers Park Middle School and was recently critically injured during a storm that has devastated our area. Lloyd sustained a broken femur, fractured clavicle, fractured skull, several broken ribs and a punctured lung after being struck by a large piece of metal roof while attending a freshman orientation at Abbott Technical High School. He was rushed by ambulance to Danbury Hospital and then transported to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. He was recently released from intensive care and his parents have not left his side while he remains hospitalized. This fundraiser is to help the Thyne Family stay focused on helping Lloyd get back to the many things he loves and relieve any financial burden they may be left with. 


]]> (Lloyd Thyne Recovery Fund) Charities Mon, 21 May 2018 14:09:54 -0400
UMAC Carmel Summer Camps Beat Boredom and Build Character

Is your child dreading another boring summer?

Would you like your child to be in a trusted safe environment so you will feel guilt free while you’re at work?

At United Martial Arts Centers we specialize in children's Summer Camp. UMAC provides a clean, healthy, safe and positive environment in which our Professional Instructors teach martial arts fitness classes developing qualities such as: respect, discipline, and confidence. Working parents will feel at ease knowing that their children are safe, spending their summer with positive people that care. 

Why UMAC is Uncommon:

1.       Professional Martial Artists: The Masters of United Martial Arts Centers are full-time professional martial artists who train and teach for a living. It is our lifestyle, not something we do part-time. We wake up every morning filled with energy and passion to teach your children and help them with their martial arts education.

2.       The "UMAC Character Building Board": We utilize the "UMAC Character Building Board" in every class we teach to help reinforce the martial arts values. We ask the students, "What is important to a martial artist?" Students answer with values such as, "self-control," "respect," and "confidence." As the students demonstrate those values, they receive positive recognition by writing their names on the board so the rest of the class can see.

3.       UMAC Character Development Programs: At UMAC, we have an array of incentive programs, unique to our organization, to help our students take the UMAC values and bring them outside our centers. We have special incentive programs to encourage reading and improve responsibility along with accountability so the UMAC values could be brought to the student's home and school.

4.       Exciting Field Trips: Since all of the United Martial Arts Centers have their own transportation with late model vans; we have the freedom to take our campers to exciting field trips throughout the community. Check the Summer Calendar to see all of the field trips planned for your location.

5.       Extended hours available: UMAC's convenient hours accommodate the working parents schedule with a drop off time as early as 7:30 am and pick up as late as 6:00 pm. This ensures that parents may drop off their children early enough and still get to work on time.

We sincerely appreciate the opportunity to work with families to teach and guide our UMAC children to become respectful, confident, disciplined, members of the community. Our After-School students ultimately become our greatest Black Belts, Instructors and Staff because they train daily. An added (and the most important) benefit is that our staff has the ability to reinforce the martial arts values outside of classes as well as in class. This makes UMAC’s After-School Martial Arts Program a one-of-a-kind experience for all families and students involved.

We offer 10 Weeks of Summer Camp: Starting June 25th ending August 31st 

For registration, and book your weeks, please click here  

For more information visit: 

Find UMAC on Social Media on Facebook at or Instagram at

UMAC has 3 Convenient Locations:

114 Old Rt 6 Carmel, NY 10512

1054 Main St Fishkill, NY 12524

5153 RT 9w Newburgh, NY 12550

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Annual Wine Tasting for Patterson Relay for Life on May 2

Please join us for our 11th Annual Wine Tasting to benefit the Patterson Relay for Life. Saturday May 26 at 6 PM at the Patterson Firehouse Let's taste some wine, have some food and raise a ton of money to fight back against Cancer! This is fun for a girls night out, date night, etc - grab a bunch of friends and reserve a table! There will be wine trivia, a silent auction and a Wine Auction at the end of the event. Suggested donation of $20 per person also includes 6 ft wedge, coffee and dessert Please RSVP to Siobhan Trippodo at: or 914-760-5641

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Danielle O'Brien Graduates from York College of Pennsylvania on May 12

Danielle O'Brien of Brewster, NY, 10509 graduated Cum Laude from York College of Pennsylvania on May 12. O'Brien earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and was has been named to the Dean's List for the Spring 2018 semester.

A private college located in southcentral Pennsylvania, York College offers more than 50 baccalaureate majors in professional programs, the sciences and humanities to its 4,600 undergraduate students. The College also offers master's programs in business, education and nursing, and a doctorate in nursing practice. York College students enjoy a high-quality education that emphasizes practical application and a community invested in their success. The College provides a personal plan to help students focus their passions and attain their goals so they are prepared for a lifetime of meaningful careers - ready to meet the challenges of their profession and feeling confident and proud of their achievements.

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ZACC ATTACK Fundraiser Success

Over 70 community members joined Zach and team to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

Thank you to all those that joined Zachary Schwartz and his ZACC ATTACK (Zach Attacks Childhood Cancer) Relay for Life team on Sunday, May 20th, at Spins Bowl in Carmel.  Together the event raised over $1,600 for the American Cancer Society through bowling participants, 50-50 sales and generous donations.  The sports-themed event felt like a grand slam when HH Wells principal, John Clark, showed up giving his donation and support to the team!

Brewster’s Relay for Life community event will be held the weekend after Memorial Day on Saturday, June 2nd beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the Brewster High School track. At Relay For Life, teams of people take turns walking in order to raise money for cancer research, patient support, and other essential programs.  Games, raffles, food and additional opportunities to support this event happen throughout the evening until midnight.

To learn more information or donate to ZACC you can visit his fundraising page.

JRCNBGREENE@GMAIL.COM (Robin Greene) Charities Mon, 21 May 2018 05:31:11 -0400
Brewster Schools will open on time Monday May 21 with Modified Bus Route

Message from Brewster Schools regarding changes to bus schedule for Monday, May 21:

Good Evening Brewster Families and Staff,

All Brewster Schools will be opening on time tomorrow.  However, there are some changes to transportation routes and stops that are occurring due to road closures. We appreciate your patience during this extended storm cleanup.


There will be shuttle buses at the SACRED HEART CHURCH


  • BHS  -7:10

  • WELLS -7:00

  • CV STARR - 8:00

  • JFK 8:10


These buses will leave the church and proceed on Haviland Dr and pick up all students whose stops are located in the Hilltop area of Putnam Lake.

These buses will stop at all intersecting roads of Haviland Dr.


All students with stops on Lakeshore Drive of Putnam Lake will be picked up from The beginning of Haviland & Lakeshore, the bus will proceed to pick up all stops on Lake Shore Dr to Jackson Rd. The bus will then return back to Haviland Dr from Jackson Rd. Please be at your stop at your designated time.


All students residing on the other side of Lakeshore, and Jackson including Rhinecliff; Can meet a shuttle bus at Lakeshore and Palmyra.



  • BHS/WELLS 7:10

  • CVS/JFK 8:20


All students with stops located on East Branch Rd.

Can meet a shuttle bus at the VFW located on Fairfield Dr in Putnam Lake.



  • BHS/ WELLS: 7:10 am

  • CV STARR/JFK 8:30 am

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Become an Aldrich Family Member in May & Give the Gift of Art to a Family in Need

Become a Family member at The Aldrich in May and the Museum will donate a free membership to a family in need. 

Now is the perfect time to become a Family member of The Aldrich Museum! When you join in May, The Aldrich will give a free membership to a family in need.

A Family membership is just $125 ($110 tax deductible) and includes the following benefits:

  • Unlimited admission per cardholder
  • $5 guest admission
  • Invitations to members-only events
  • Complimentary current exhibition catalogues
  • Fairfield/Westchester Museum Alliance reciprocal benefits*
  • Priority registration and program discounts
  • Early access to tickets and special pricing for premier social gatherings
  • Free admission to curator and artist-led family tours
  • Unlimited admission for immediate family
  • 10% discount on Camp Aldrich
  • Free admission for two adults and up to 4 children (17 and younger) to Storm King Art Center in New Windsor, NY. (Members must show their Aldrich membership cards and photo ID’s)

New Benefit for 2018! Enjoy 10% off café purchases at Franklin Street Works, Stamford with your Aldrich membership card.

*Bruce Museum, The Barnum Museum, Hudson River Museum, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Katonah Museum, Neuberger Museum of Art, Wave Hill

Become a member HERE or, if you prefer, please mail a check made payable to The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, 258 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877.

For further assistance, contact Kris Honeycutt, Development Associate, at, or 203.438.4519, extension 125.

Support the arts, support your community:

The Aldrich is located at 258 Main Street in Ridgefield.

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