Brewster's HamletHub Wed, 23 Sep 2020 14:11:14 -0400 Brewster Rotary Celebrates 75 Years of 'Service Above Self'

The Brewster Rotary Club has been proud to provide “Service Above Self” for 75 years. Although this has been a difficult year in many ways, the Club has come up with a way to share this milestone with the Brewster community.

The Club will “give back” to the Brewster community with a 75th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, September 26 (rain date is Sunday, September 27) honoring Willis H. Stephens, Sr., a member of our Club for many years, as well as past Rotarians and community members Dr. Samuel “Rollo” Ross, Bennie Rosenberg, and founding member Jack Wittenberg. 

The Celebration will start at Brewster High School at noon with a commemorative ceremony, and continue with a motorcade, leaving the High School and progressing through the Village of Brewster and past the Green Chimneys campus.

Since the Brewster Rotary’s founding in 1945, the Club has supported service projects and charitable organizations locally, nationally and worldwide, from the announcer’s booth at the Brewster High School football field to natural disaster relief efforts and the Rotary Foundation’s Polio Eradication Program.

For more information visit, or call (845) 278-3123.

]]> (Brewster Rotary) Events Wed, 23 Sep 2020 07:02:26 -0400
SPCA's Top Hat and Virtual Tails Benefit

Due to Covid-19 our annual Top Hat and Cocktails Gala had to be reimagined into an online event. While we'll miss celebrating with everyone in person, we’re excited to come together with our loyal friends to raise funds for the SPCA animals, virtually. We cordially invite you to join us for Top Hat & Virtual Tails!

A video presentation will be shown on October 30th at 7 p.m. featuring heartwarming animal stories, updates on our rebuilding project and so much more. Plus a few exciting celebrity appearances!

Funds raised from this special event enable us to provide life-saving rescue and community outreach programs, helping thousands of animals every year who depend on us.

A video presentation will be shown on October 30th at 7 p.m. featuring heartwarming animal stories, updates on our rebuilding project and so much more. Plus a few exciting celebrity appearances!

Funds raised from this special event enable us to provide life-saving rescue and community outreach programs, helping thousands of animals every year who depend on us.

While this is an open event for all to view and enjoy, purchase a virtual ticket and you'll receive a limited addition SPCA t-shirt as a keepsake from this special evening!

You may also choose to make a general gift to support this special benefit for the animals.

NEW this year is our first ever Halloween Costume Contest! To enter, post your your pet(s) in their most creative Halloween costume under our contest promo on the SPCA's Facebook page or email your photo to The winner will be announced during our Top Hat & Virtual Tails video and awarded with a name placement on the Hero Wall of our new animal care campus!

While this is an open event for all to view and enjoy, purchase a virtual ticket and you'll receive a limited addition SPCA t-shirt as a keepsake from this special evening!

You may also choose to make a general gift to support this special benefit for the animals.

Top Hat & Virtual Tails is the SPCA's most important annual fundraiser and Sponsorships are critical to its success especially this year with the challenges faced due to Covid-19. Sponsors will receive various acknowledgments during the video to show our deepest gratitude and thanks. To learn please view our Sponsor Form and email for more details.

Be sure to tune into our Youtube page on October 30th at 7 p.m. to join us

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Hudson Valley Hot Air Balloon Festival This Weekend

The 29th Annual Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival will be held drive-in style on September 25, 26, & 27, 2020 at Tymor Park in Union Vale, New York. This event has been re-formatted with health and safety top of mind.

Originally scheduled for July at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, NY, the event has been moved to the weekend of September 25, 26 & 27, 2020 at Tymor Park, Union Vale, NY to accommodate a drive-in style format. What does that mean? Watch the hot-air balloons from the comfort of your own vehicle. Bring food, beverages, blankets and chairs and stay socially distanced in your own space.

Watch in awe as hot-air balloons fill the skies and as they light the night with an illumination moon glow, all from the comfort of your own vehicle.

Reservations can be made on a per vehicle basis for a donation of $10. A reservation must be made in advance as donations will not be accepted at the gate. Donation is non-refundable and non-transferable.

Please note, due to New York State on PAUSE order restrictions we have re-imagined the 2020 event to provide a safe environment for all who attend. As a result, restroom facilities are not available on premise, so plan accordingly. There will not be any family activities, no live music, no yard games, and no food or beverage vendors on-site. Balloon rides are not available to the public.

Face coverings are required when social distancing cannot be observed, and failure to follow this state regulation will result in your removal from the grounds.

As always, balloon inflations are at the sole discretion of the pilot, and is dependent on ideal wind and weather conditions. Hot-air balloons may not inflate or fly.

Individuals are welcome to bring blankets and chairs to set up outside their car in a socially distanced manner, and masks are required when social distancing cannot be observed.

The reservation is only good for one vehicle on the date and time selected. No refunds. No Exceptions. Due to wind and weather conditions, hot-air balloons may not inflate or fly. Your donation will be applied towards maintaining the integrity and future of the Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival - as part of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce - a not-for-profit community organization. To find out more about the Chamber please visit



Donation for parking can be used on (Parking valid only for date of purchase):

Friday, September 25

3:00PM - Gates Open

4:30PM - Scheduled Hot-Air Balloon Launch

7:00PM - Hot-Air Balloon Illumination Moon Glow

8:00PM - Gates Close

Saturday, September 26

5:00AM - Gates Open

6:30AM - Scheduled Hot-Air Balloon Launch

8:00AM - Gates Close

Saturday, September 26

3:00PM - Gates Open

4:30PM - Scheduled Hot-Air Balloon Launch

7:00PM - Hot-Air Balloon Illumination Moon Glow

8:00PM - Gates Close

Sunday, September 27

5:00AM - Gates Open

6:30AM - Scheduled Hot-Air Balloon Launch

8:00AM - Gates Close

Reservations must be made online, in advanced, in the form of a donation of $10.00 per vehicle, plus tax and convenience fees.
Parking is very limited and only a limited number of parking spaces will be reserved.
Parking is not available day of without a reservation.
All patrons must stay at their vehicles. This will be strictly enforced.
Chairs, picnic blankets and outside food are welcome.
All garbage is carry-in and carry-out.
Bathroom facilities will NOT be provided onsite due to COVID regulations. Please plan accordingly.
Face coverings must be worn at all times when 6’ social distancing cannot be observed. Guests not following this policy will be asked to leave.
No returns, exchanges, or refunds. No exceptions.
RV’s, vehicles with trailers and buses will not be accommodated.
Not tents allowed.
No overnight parking.
No dogs or pets allowed.
No alcohol.
No guests will be admitted without a vehicle. No drop-offs allowed.
No drones allowed.
All bags and vehicles are subject to search.
Any vehicle larger than a 7 passenger SUV must purchase two vehicle passes.

Dress appropriately including sturdy, closed-toe footwear and clothes you won’t mind getting dirty as parking is in a field. Face coverings are mandatory when 6’ social distancing cannot be observed. The donation ticket voucher allows for one vehicle to enter the parking area of Tymor Park and is not refundable under any circumstances as the proceeds from your donation will be applied toward the continuation of the festival next year. The use of bug and tick repellent and sunscreen is STRONGLY recommended. Please feel free to bring food or beverages. Picnic blankets and chairs are welcome, but please be courteous to other guests, observe 6’ social distancing and face coverings when social distancing cannot be observed.

There is not special parking for handicapped placard vehicles as parking is first-come first-serve in a field and individuals will not leave their vehicles.

ALL BALLOONS TAKE-OFF AT THE SOLE DISCRETION OF THE PILOT. All Hot-Air Balloon launches are wind and weather permitting. Sometimes, due to impending weather, wind, or other conditions, balloons will launch early, late or not at all. Please plan to arrive roughly 30 minutes prior to the scheduled launch time to ensure you see the balloon inflate and rise. Up-to-the-minute information about launch times and delays, will be available via the Chamber’s Facebook and Twitter postings throughout the festival. All balloon activities are weather-and wind-permitting at the discretion of the pilot. If wind and weather conditions are not ideal and safe for ballooning the pilot(s) will not inflate or fly.

By making a donation you agree to all of the above terms and conditions and understand refunds and exchanges will not be issued under any circumstances.

Visit the Facebook page for more details and important information on attending the festival.

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Back to School at Green Chimneys

The 2020-21 Green Chimneys School year is well underway. Students returned to both campuses on Sept 2 and have been acclimating to their new teachers and classrooms. Transitions are not always easy, and for many of our students the shifts in routine, places, spaces or even sounds can be extra challenging. We're proud of the resilience of our children who are adapting, asking for help, and applying coping skills. Just last week, students participated in the time old tradition of picture day. This week families met with teachers and staff for a Virtual Open House, and clinicians continue to host online group meetings and trainings for families, too. Thank you to all those who've already reached out to wish our students and staff a successful year ahead!

For some students in our Residential Treatment program, the start of a new school year may align with their own readiness to return home and attend Green Chimneys School as a day student. This is an achievement not as readily seen by the public eye, but it’s an accomplishment that signifies the great work of the child and all those who support them. Read one parent's perspective >

Just before the end of the school's summer session, students witnessed quite a sight: the release of a rehabilitated juvenile Bald eagle. Full story and video >

In response to the shifting needs of the community, Green Chimneys has launched a series of outdoor programs for children this fall. Helping children connect with the natural world has been a part of our nearly 75-year history and we understand that now more than ever, families need additional means to help kids stay active, get outdoors and socialize. Learn more about fall programs at Clearpool >

]]> (Green Chimneys) Life Wed, 23 Sep 2020 05:36:45 -0400
Southeast Building Department Closure - 9/29, 10/1 and 10/2 9 am to 12 pm

The Town of Southeast Building Department, located at 1 Main Street in the Village of Brewster, will be closed on the following dates and times due to training.

Tuesday September 29, 2020 - 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Thursday October 1, 2020 - 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Friday October 2, 2020 - 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Please plan your visit accordingly.


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NY State Office for the the Aging launches online tool to help aging NY-ers in th efight against Covid-19

The New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA), in partnership with BellAge, Inc., and the Association on Aging in New York (AgingNY) has announced the launch of CV19 CheckUp in New York State, a free, anonymous, personalized online tool that evaluates an individual’s risks associated with COVID-19 based on their life situation and individual behavior and provides recommendations and resources to reduce those risks.“There has been a lot of misinformation about COVID-19 and the risks associated with contracting and spreading the virus,” said NYSOFA Acting Director Greg Olsen. “This tool, which we will make available to all New Yorkers, helps individuals understand their risk based on their life situation and personal behavior and offers recommendations to reduce those risks while also connecting people to services, if needed.”

The tool was developed by BellAge to help people be safer, healthier, and ensure their individual needs are met during the pandemic. CV19 CheckUp fills a critical need for a comprehensive resource that educates, advises, and empowers individuals to help protect themselves from COVID-19.

CV19 CheckUp employs artificial intelligence to analyze data each person provides by completing an online questionnaire. It is designed for those who are considered high risk, including older adults, low income individuals, ethnic and racial minorities, and LGBTQ communities. The tool’s algorithms are driven by science and medicine, using data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). CV19 CheckUp is free to users. It is anonymous and does not require a name, email address, or identifier of any type.

Upon completion of the anonymous questionnaire, CV19 CheckUp immediately delivers a personalized report.

The report answers questions such as:

  • How likely am I to get COVID-19 or spread it to others?
  • If I get COVID-19, how severe would it likely be?
  • What steps can I take to reduce my risks of getting COVID-19?
  • Where can I find help to ensure my needs are met during the pandemic?

The individualized approach that defines CV19 CheckUp will deliver much needed support to those who are hardest hit by COVID-19, including the more than 4.3 million New Yorkers age 60 and older, as well as those with underlying health conditions and/or compromised immune systems. The CDC has described these people as being at higher risk of severe or fatal consequences if they are infected with COVID-19.

Some high-risk individuals are not following all the recommended behaviors to lessen their chances of becoming infected, and some may be experiencing unmet service needs due to Matilda’s Law. And as New York State continues to move forward with reopening, some lower-risk individuals have begun to relax social distancing and practice unsafe behaviors, which threaten the health and well-being of those who are at higher risk.

CV19 CheckUp assesses each person’s unique situation and presents options to help reduce risk and enhance quality of life.

Jim Firman, Chief Innovation Officer, BellAge, Inc., said, “CV19 CheckUp was developed to fill an urgent public need. Our team realized that although there are many resources with information about the virus, all of them require a lot of effort by the user. The average person has to spend considerable time on numerous websites, digging through pages of information looking for answers that are relevant to their specific situation. CV19 CheckUp does the work for them. We developed a hyper-personalized tool that makes it easy for anyone to understand their level of risk and take steps to reduce those risks.” 

Becky Preve, Executive Director, Association on Aging in New York said, “The ability to provide this tool to older New Yorkers, their families, and caregivers will ensure accurate information and screening of those at risk. We are extremely excited for this partnership, and for our network to continue to provide such vital services to New York State. The Association on AgingNY is thankful to NYSOFA and BellAge for this innovative new approach to combating the spread of COVID-19.”

Prabhjot Singh, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Medical & Scientific Advisor, BellAge, Inc., said, “As New York continues reopening, at-risk residents need personalized and scientifically sound information to stay safe during the ongoing pandemic. CV19 CheckUp was developed to ensure that every New Yorker has access to guidance that fits their circumstance.”

In addition, through CV19 CheckUp, governments and health organizations also receive data that will help facilitate developing methods to help target populations that are at high risk for COVID-19. Data are completely anonymous, and findings can be used to gain insights on:

  • What people know and believe about the pandemic
  • Compliance levels with recommended safety protocols
  • Behaviors by location, race, ethnicity, economic status, etc.
  • Unmet needs for health care, social services, financial support

To learn more, please visit

About the New York State Office for the Aging and Health Across All Policies/Age-Friendly New York
The New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) continuously works to help the state’s 4.3 million older adults be as independent as possible for as long as possible through advocacy, development and delivery of person-centered, consumer-oriented, and cost-effective policies, programs, and services that support and empower older adults and their families, in partnership with the network of public and private organizations that serve them.
New York is nationally recognized for being the first age-friendly state in the nation. Using the state’s Prevention Agenda as the overarching framework, in 2017, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo launched a Health Across All Policiesapproach, where public and private partners work together to positively impact population health by marrying health care, preventive health, and community design, in concert with addressing social determinants of health, to improve the lives of all New Yorkers, young and old.
Stay connected—download the NYSOFA mobile app for iOS or Android; visit the NYSOFA Facebook page; follow @NYSAGING on Twitter and NYSAging on Instagram; or visit

About BellAge, Inc.
BellAge, Inc. is a public benefit company founded in April 2020 by nationally recognized leaders in aging, technology and artificial intelligence. The company’s mission is to help millions of older adults across the world age better through systems that use artificial intelligence and emerging technologies. BellAge’s first expert system, CV19 CheckUp, was developed to provide hyper-personalized assistance by educating and informing people of their risk levels associated with COVID-19, and offering recommendations about how to mitigate those risks. More information is at

About the Association on Aging in New York
The Association on Aging in New York (AgingNY) supports and advocates for New York’s 59 mostly county-based Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) and works collaboratively with a network of organizations that exist to promote independence, preserve dignity, and provide support for residents of New York State as they age. For more information, visit or call 518-449-7080. 

]]> (New York State Office for the Aging) Public safety Wed, 23 Sep 2020 04:22:41 -0400
Common Cause/NY Launches GOTV Campaign: "Skip The Crowds: Vote Early, Absentee or In Person"

Yesterday on National Voter Registration Day, Common Cause/NY launched a GOTV campaign called "Skip the Crowds: Vote Early, Absentee or In Person." Thanks to a grant from Craig Newmark Philanthropies, the branded campaign will consist of targeted social media ads, instructional videos, and informational emails. Additionally, the PSA will be shown on rotating billboards throughout the city on donated space from F.Y. Eye.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, New York lawmakers expanded who qualifies for absentee voting to include folks who are worried about contracting COVID-19. Voters with disabilities, those who require translation services and anyone else can also vote in-person safely and securely.

The two ways voters can skip the crowds:

  • Early in person:
  • Early voting runs from October 24 - November 1 throughout the state.
  • Voters can find their early voting poll site here.
  • Absentee
  • All voters who do not want to vote in person because of COVID-19 must request an absentee ballot by October 27, but voters are urged not to wait for the deadline.
  • Once they fill out the absentee ballot in blue or black ink and sign the envelope properly, they must return it by mail no later than November 3.

"Common Cause/NY is encouraging folks to get ahead of the curve, request your absentee ballot now or make a plan to vote early. Voters need to know their options so they can cast their ballot as easily and safely as they choose. We hope every New Yorker will take advantage of their new rights and get out the safe vote," said Susan Lerner, Executive Director of Common Cause/NY.

Poll sites, of course, will be open on Election Day, November 3, throughout the state from 6am to 9pm. Boards of Elections will be taking proper health and safety precautions, practicing social distancing and following the most recent CDC sanitary and mass gathering protocol. Voters can find their poll site here.

Previously, New York State has a very narrow set of reasons as to why voters can request an absentee ballot and vote absentee. Governor Cuomo temporarily expanded those reasons to include anyone who is concerned over the spread of an illness during a state of emergency for the June primary. Senator Biaggi introduced and passed a bill expanding those qualifications to include the general election and beyond.

In January 2019, New York joined 37 other states to establish Early Voting, giving voters nine days ahead of Election Day to cast their ballots. Common Cause/NY was among one of the leading voices calling for reform in New York.

]]> (Common Cause/NY) Politics Tue, 22 Sep 2020 20:00:42 -0400
League of Women Voters Registration Events Today

The League of Women Voters of Putnam County will be holding several voter registration events around Putnam today, which is National Voter Registration Day.

From Noon until 3pm., they will be at the Putnam Valley Free Library located at 30 Oscawana Lake Road in Putnam Valley, NY.

The Brewster Public Library, 79 Main Street in the Village of Brewster, from 4pm until 6 pm and the Mahopac Library, 668 US-6,  from 4pm until 6pm.

]]> (Peter Carey) Events Tue, 22 Sep 2020 07:33:02 -0400
Today is National Voter Registration Day

National Voter Registration Day on the Fourth Tuesday in September urges citizens to register to vote. Make your vote count!

More than 300,000 Americans registered to vote in the inaugural day the observance in 2012. That number jumped to 800,000 in 2018. The day helps to ensure eligible voters register in their districts each year. The awareness campaign provides valuable information for each state, too. Timed ideally a few months before some of the bigger elections of the year, the day places information in the hands of the voters at the right time.  

There are hundreds of local, state and national organizations driving the day and bringing it to you, too. Partner organizations help also by coordinating thousands of public events to bring awareness about ballot initiatives, local elections, and voter registration.

HOW TO OBSERVE #VoterRegistrationDay

If your right to vote means anything to you, make sure you’re registered. While registration isn’t required in every state, every state has minimum requirements. Knowing what they are and being prepared to vote is an important part of a democracy.

Learn about your voter rights and requirements. Be informed by checking where your polling place is. You can also learn more about mail-in voting. If you have any questions about voter registration, all the answers are conveniently located in one place. Each state has different requirements. So, if you’ve moved recently, be sure to know the requirements where you live. Make your vote count. Visit to learn more.

Register to vote and use #VoterRegistrationDay to post on social media.


The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) established the first National Voter Registration Day on September 25, 2012.  In 2014, the NASS established the Fourth Tuesday of September as the official day for National Voter Registration Day.

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Get The Latest NASA News About Hurricanes and Wildfires

From space and in the air, NASA'S fleet of satellites and aircraft are observing the effects of natural disasters and providing information to local governments to aid their recovery efforts. In addition to working with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to provide updates on hurricanes, NASA is tracking the extent of the burn areas and studying the chemistry of the record-setting wild fires in the Western United States.

For more than five decades, the agency has used the vantage point of space to understand and explore our home planet, improve lives and safeguard the planet's future. NASA brings together technology, science, and unique global Earth observations to provide societal benefits and strengthen our nation.

Fire and Smoke – NASA satellites image the wildfires from space, as scientists are flying over burn areas, using smoke-penetrating technology to better understand the damage. They fly their  powerful Uninhabited Air Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar (UAVSAR) this month, beginning a science campaign to learn more about wildfires that have scorched vast areas of California.

Latest NASA News on Wildfires

Hurricanes and Tropical Storms – The Atlantic hurricane season has broken many records so far, and it still has two months to go. This week, five tropical storm systems were swirling in the Atlantic Ocean, and our Earth-observing satellites are carefully tracking this slew of storms.

Latest NASA News on Hurricanes

]]> (NASA) Life Tue, 22 Sep 2020 06:42:43 -0400
Meet the Official I LOVE NY Fall Foliage Leaf Peepers!

This year, I LOVE NY is thrilled to welcome exciting new additions to our dedicated team of spotters for the Fall Foliage Report. Meet the “Official I LOVE NY Leaf Peepers” who will be reporting expected changes in fall color from across New York State throughout the season. Follow along on the I LOVE NY Instagram (and their personal accounts!) as they share their most mesmerizing fall color shots and the best areas to find New York State’s spectacular autumn leaves!

Official Fall Foliage Leaf Peepers TEAM!

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Chill Bucket Productions presents War of the Worlds: The Radio Play virtually October 2nd & 3rd

War of the Worlds: The Radio Play

Broadcast from New York's Mercury Theatre in 1938, this infamous radio play, based on the novel by H. G. Wells, had many terrified listeners convinced that an actual alien invasion of Earth was taking place. Adapted by Howard E. Koch, co-writer of Casablanca, and directed and narrated by Orson Welles, this original script detailing the frightening tale of an extraterrestrial takeover is sure to thrill and chill audiences.

Blurring the lines of reality and fiction, this new virtual production harkens us back to Mercury Theatre on the Air’s 1938 War of the Worlds, an attempted Halloween prank which morphed into pandemonium when listeners missed the broadcast’s introduction and believed that reporters were live in Grovers Mill, New Jersey witnessing a real alien invasion. 

Chill Bucket Productions presents War of the Worlds: The Radio Play virtually October 2nd & 3rd, 2020 via Broadway On Demand streaming.​

Tickets are $7.95 and if you miss the initial 8pm (eastern) start time you can watch for up to 24 hour hours afterward.

Chill Bucket Productions is a theatrical group dedicated to advancing classic theatre and showcasing our history to inform our present, bringing issues and thought-provoking theatre to new and old audiences.


]]> (Chill Bucket Productions) Neighbors Mon, 21 Sep 2020 17:20:13 -0400
The American Cancer Society in Putnam County is Stomping Out Pediatric Cancer

Cancer doesn’t fight fair at any age, but it is particularly devastating for children. Substantial progress has been made against some types of pediatric cancers, boosting survival for those cancers. However, there are still several types of kids’ cancers with low survival rates or no known cure. 

With your help through the American Cancer Society's Gold Together campaign, we can change the odds, and fight back together. During childhood cancer awareness month, Gold Together Champions here in the Lower Hudson Valley area are raising awareness and funding the fight to end childhood cancer with a virtual Dino Fun run!

On your mark, get set, RAWWWRRR!
Find your best dinosaur getup, channel your inner T-Rex and run/walk/bike to support #GOLDTOGETHER, raising awareness and money for pediatric cancer during the month of September.
  1. Sign up to become a #GOLDTOGETHER Champion or donate to an existing Champion- donate or sign up here
  2. Take the pledge to run/walk/bike, sharing your personal fundraising link. Don’t forget to challenge 3 of your friends to do the same!
  3. September 20-26: Grab a costume, or a Dino shirt, and run! Post pictures to social media along the way to show others how you’re helping to #STOMPOUTPediatricCancer

For more information and to join the fight against cancer please contact Kate Corsitto- American Cancer Society Community Development Manager for Putnam County at

]]> (Kate Corsitto) Charities Mon, 21 Sep 2020 17:15:46 -0400
Have Bats Invaded Your Home? Learn to Detect the Signs of an Infestation

Have you ever seen what you may have thought was a fast, flying bird around dusk? Well, you probably saw a bat having his dinner! Bats are amazing, and often misunderstood animals. They are the only mammal that can truly fly, as oppose to glide, and if you have witnessed these little acrobats flying around after dark, you may not have known that they were chowing down on a buffet of flying insects! Bats spend their nights chasing and consuming 20 - 50% of their body weight in insects every night!

New York is home to nine different bat species. Three bat species in NY are tree bats and the other six species are cave bats. Baby bats, or pups, are born in the summer months of June and July. As they develop and grow quite quickly, young bats are usually ready to begin flying and hunting within a month of being born. Unlike southern states, the caves and mines of New York are too cold for raising young. 

Therefore, when these nocturnal little creatures return from feeding at night, they sleep during the hot summer days in a variety of places, including buildings, bridges, beneath loose bark, or in crevices in trees and rocks. Despite the old saying "blind as a bat," many bats see extremely well. However, despite their vision and keen hearing, New York bats often wind up sleeping and even getting trapped in places where they do not belong, such as your house!

Since bats can cause pest problems as well as carry diseases, including rabies, it is very important to call a wildlife professional at the very first sign of a bat infestation. There are several ways in which a homeowner or business owner may detect bats. The signs of a bat infestation are listed below!


  • Seeing a bat (may be seen exiting the home/building around dusk/early evening hours)
  • Hearing a bat (bats can cause noises inside the home from their routine activities)
  • Visible droppings (bat droppings, as opposed to mouse droppings are segmented and full of insect parts)
  • Brown to black stains (stains result as bats enter and leave an opening, the oils from their fur get deposited)

Remember - Any opening 3/8 inch or larger provides a possible entry for bats! To keep you and your family safe, contact our professionals at Tri-County Wildlife Control and Removal to inspect and successfully manage your bat infestation!

Call Tri-County Wildlife Control and Removal at 845-225-6562 or call 914-804-8444 for emergency service!

For more information, follow us on Facebook or visit

Source: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

]]> (Tri-County Wildlife Control and Removal) Public safety Mon, 21 Sep 2020 13:40:06 -0400
It's not Too Late to Get Involved With the Support-A-Walk

Support Connection, Inc., a not-for-profit organization offering free support services to people affected by breast and ovarian cancer, says it’s not too late to get involved with their 2020 Annual Support-A-Walk , scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 4.

There are many ways to get involved! Ask friends and family to donate by setting up an fundraising page or asking for donations via cash or check. You can raise funds alone or as part of a Team. You can also donate directly to the Walk. To learn about all of these options, visit

The Support-A-Walk was founded twenty-six years ago by local residents as a way to focus attention on breast and ovarian cancer, and to raise funds for Support Connection’s free, year-round support services for those living with these diseases. Since the organization was founded in 1996, thousands of people locally and across the country have received help from Support Connection.

The theme for this year’s Support-A-Walk is “Walk With Us, Wherever You Are.” In lieu of gathering by the thousands in the park, Support Connection invites people to walk in their own town or city, neighborhood, or even on a treadmill at home.

This year more than ever, raising funds for these critically needed services is necessary, because cancer doesn’t stop for a pandemic. The Support-A-Walk is Support Connection’s most important annual fundraiser. 88¢ of every dollar donated directly funds their free breast and ovarian cancer support services. Support Connection does not receive funds from any national cancer organizations including Relay for Life, Susan G. Komen, or Making Strides.

To learn more or for any questions, visit, or contact Support Connection: 914-962-6402,

]]> (Support Connection) Charities Mon, 21 Sep 2020 07:53:58 -0400