Brewster's HamletHub Sat, 14 Dec 2019 15:36:28 -0500 Free Christmas Luncheon Buffet in Brewster

On Christmas Day, we are hosting a community lunch for ALL that would like to join us. Many local restaurants are providing food.

Please be our guest 

Meet New Friends and Families

FREE: Luncheon Buffet

TIME: 12 pm – 2 pm

Luncheon Location:FBC Church Brewster / 460 N. Main St. Brewster, N.Y. 10509


For more information, check out the flyers or click this link 
]]> (FBC Brewster) Events Sat, 14 Dec 2019 05:36:18 -0500
November Reads in Review

In November, I discovered a new favorite scholarly work and began two other books that I already can say I love, even though I have not yet finished them (Patrick Rothfuss’ The Name of the Wind and a new-to-me transition of The Iliad).

As for the rest of the books I completed, they are quite a mixed bag. I’m not sure whether to credit this to 1) the impending end of the year freaking me out and making me hypercritical, 2) the unexpected week-long trip I took to Istanbul mid-month distracting me, or 3) the books that I read themselves being unremarkable. I suspect it’s a combination of all three, to varying intensities.

1) With each year that passes, time overall seems to pass more quickly. Has anyone else noticed this? Perhaps eventually, if I make it to 80 or 90 years, this increasing sense of speed may become less startling? Maybe I'll be able to relax and not feel that time is slipping away before I've had time to read all the books that I want to read?

2) I realized this year that I find it difficult to concentrate on reading when I’m traveling. My mind becomes absorbed in experiencing places and people, and I don’t want to take myself out of that by plunging into a book world. I can do a bit of light reading, say on my Nook, right before bed, in the dark, to empty my mind so that I can sleep. But I don’t seem to want to expend concentration and focus on complicated books.

3) As for the books I read, let’s assess:

Number of books read: 8

Number of pages read: 3,767

Books over 400 pages: 4

Number of formats read: 3
Hardcover (1)
Paperback (3)
Ebook (4)

Number of genres read: 5
Adult SFF (2)
Adult contemporary (1)
Ancient history/scholarship (1)
YA fantasy (3)
YA contemporary (2)

Regarding Penelope: From Character to Poetics by Nancy Felson

Penelope is one of my favorite Homeric characters. She may also be one of the most often underestimated and misunderstood, either dismissed or elevated as the “faithful wife,” where “faithful wife” means sexual fidelity and subordination. Her portrayal in Homer is a bit more ambiguous, on both counts. Her sexual fidelity is never explicitly stated, though her fidelity to Odysseus as her husband—her preference for him and desire for his return—is. As for subordination, I’ve always found it fascinating that the only character in the entire poem who upsets Odysseus’ famous self-control is Penelope, in book 23. Throughout the poem, she demonstrates her cunning and trickery, qualities that Odysseus shares. Also, they both cry a lot.

One of the reasons modern readers struggle to value Penelope is, I believe, because of our rejection of the notion that separate can be equal (in the case of archaic Hellas, separate male and female realms) and because we believe in the existence and sanctity of individuals, which don’t figure in the ancient world.

Felson’s study illuminates Penelope’s significance in the poem and its world. Felson draws on psychoanalytic theory, dialogism, and narratology to craft her argument. She explores the various roles Penelope plays in the poem—weaver, wife, mother, heroine, siren—and how her decisions open and close narrative avenues. This book assumes familiarity with theoretical frameworks, but I like to think that even if you don’t have a theory background, the book can be eye-opening. Felson shows how epic in archaic Hellas can be understood as an act of courtship between the performing poet and the live audience, and that performance aspect mirrors the second-phase courtship between Odysseus and Penelope in The Odyssey.

In the process of illuminating how epic functioned in archaic Hellas, Felson shows us Penelope’s agency and power, a refreshing vision to counteract the common generalizations about female characters in Greek mythology (as I’ve suggested, a confusing term).

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

This YA fantasy features mermaids, sirens, and humans combatively coexisting. Lira is a siren destined to inherit her mother’s undersea queendom. Elian is a prince destined to inherit his father’s kingdom. Both experience conflicting feelings about their inheritances. Both have been raised to despise the other species and actively seek to destroy it. Can you guess what happens when they meet? My favorite thing about this book: The sirens’ undersea language is transliterated Greek. I had been ignoring it until I realized that it was making sense.

Legacy (Keeper of the Lost Cities #8) by Shannon Messenger

Messenger’s series was initially planned to unfold over seven books, but its popularity led to the addition of two books. To be frank, this showed in the seventh book, which took an unexpected turn that felt unrelated to the narrative that had been developing. Book eight managed to fold that plot development into the larger arc in a way that made more narrative sense. There was a lot for me to love in this book, first and foremost much more time with my favorite character (Keefe, if you happen to have read any of the books).

Still, Legacy feels rushed, a hazard of forcing output in order to meet a fan base’s desire for immediate gratification. It felt like I was reading the first draft in which Messenger had arrived at an understanding of where the characters needed to go next but before she had time to tease out this understanding. I can’t help but wonder how this book would have turned out had the author had more time to consider pacing, balance between interior reflection and external action, and thinking through the actions characters take. Eight books into this series, I’m invested in the characters, and Messenger is a talented prose stylist and storyteller. I look forward to the ninth book and hope that Messenger is given time to let the story develop before rushing it to the audience.

25 Days ’Til Christmas by Poppy Alexander

A British Christmas romance, 25 Days ’Til Christmas brings two grieving souls together. Widowed single-mom Kate seeks to turn her life around during the holiday season. Meantime, Daniel is facing his first Christmas without his sister and struggling to find joy and purpose. Events conspire to bring them together, and, well, you know what happens.

The novel kept me reading and had some lovely moments. My primary issue with the narrative has to do with the balance of tones. The dramatic swing from negative to positive felt extreme and subsequently jarring. It was like a thunderstorm in Florida: catastrophicly raging one minute and completely and totally gone the next. Kate’s life was falling apart at the seams one moment, and the next, an avalanche of good fortune set everything right, in a matter of hours in some cases, quite independently of any choices Kate makes or actions she takes. I wish Kate had more agency to influence events.

Just One Damned Thing After Another (The Chronicles of St. Mary’s #1) by Jodi Taylor

Can we talk briefly about how much I love historical fantasy? There, we’ve done it. This series follows time-traveling historians as they record seminal events across time, with the strict prohibition that they not attempt to influence timelines. I read this for the Buzzword readathon, which regrettably coincided with my whirlwind trip to Islanbul. However, the novel turned out to be the perfect travel complement: fast-paced, silly fun that entertained and amused me without taxing my brain.

Six Impossible Things (Six Impossible Things/Wildlife #1) by Fiona Wood

The second book I read for the readathon, Six Impossible Things, acquired during one of those Nook book sales I’m always banging on about, had been languishing on my virtual bookshelf for an age. The novel follows Dan’s efforts to get his (and his mother’s) life back on track. In pursuit of, he crafts the eponymous list of six things that seem unlikely to occur, one of which is kissing the girl of his dreams, Estelle. I don’t know that I’m the best source for YA contemporary recommendations, as I read them so infrequently, but I found this one quite affecting and sweet and endearing and charming. All the snuggly, cuddly modifiers.

Do You Dream of Terra-Two? by Temi Oh

My final, and admittedly favorite, readathon pick was this science fiction novel recommended by Tori Morrow, my go-to source for SFF recommendations (among others). The novel is set in a familiar world but with the twist that space and travel to it were invented much earlier than they were in our world. With anxiety about the long-term prospects of Earth's inhabitability, astronauts plan to populate an Earth-like planet, Terra-Two, in a galaxy far away. Intrepid teens are trained from the age of 13 to lead the colonization. Why are they trained from so young, you ask? Well, it takes 23 years to get to get to Terra-Two, so they need to get going asap. The larger group is eventually weaned down to six, who are selected to set off at the ages of 19.

You don’t need to know much more about the plot. Just let it unfold. It’s a thought-provoking psychological consideration of individuals willing to sacrifice everything for adventure, to leave behind everything and everyone they have known, and to invest every part of themselves in a dream. Also, there are action, adventure, and a touch of romance.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4) by J. K. Rowling

I filed this under ebook because that is the primary format in which I read the book, but I did also flip through the recently released illustrated edition and listen to a few of the chapters on audio during my literal journey (by plane, from Istanbul). This isn’t my favorite book in the series, but I do find revisiting Harry Potter soothing this time of year.

How was your month of reading in November? How’s your December going?

]]> (Sally Allen) Life Sat, 14 Dec 2019 04:06:35 -0500
FDA underscores that consumers should not use drugs, dietary supplements and devices recalled from Basic Reset and Biogenyx following consent decree for federal violations

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting consumers of a recall of 25 drug, dietary supplement and medical device product lines distributed by Basic Reset and Biogenyx of Hendersonville, Tennessee. In September, a federal court entered a consent decree of permanent injunction between the United States and the two companies and their owner, Fred R. Kaufman III. Under the consent decree, Basic Reset and Biogenyx must recall and stop distributing products until the companies comply with the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and other requirements listed in the consent decree.

Basic Reset and Biogenyx products that have been recalled include drugs such as Earth Wash and Ionyte, as well as dietary supplements Mello-Tonin and Body Mass Reset and device Energy FX among others. Basic Reset and Biogenyx issued recall notices by email to their customers on Sept. 23 and Oct.18, requesting disposal or return to the place of purchase for products sold, purchased or distributed after Nov. 7, 2017. Given these products do not comply with appropriate FDA standards, they have the potential to be unsafe or ineffective for their particular uses, and could lead to adverse health impacts. The FDA is reminding consumers who may still have these products not to use them and distributors not to sell any of the recalled products as they do not meet FDA regulations.

“The FDA’s laws are designed to protect the public health by ensuring, among other things, that drugs and medical devices are safe and effective for their intended uses and that dietary supplements are manufactured and distributed appropriately,” said Melinda K. Plaisier, FDA Associate Commissioner for Regulatory Affairs. “All companies must follow the appropriate standards and are given the opportunity to ensure their actions are in accordance with these laws. We will continue to prevent the distribution of products that do not comply with applicable FDA requirements and ultimately place the public health at risk.”

Basic Reset and Biogenyx have not received the FDA’s approval for the sale of their drugs and one device,  despite the companies’ claims that these products can be used to diagnose, cure, mitigate, treat or prevent conditions such as inflammation, chronic diarrhea, bacterial infections, head lice, allergies and pain. Consumer use of an unapproved product that claims to treat diseases may cause them to delay seeking appropriate medical care. Additionally, unapproved products have not been reviewed by the FDA for quality, safety or effectiveness. Basic Reset and Biogenyx also unlawfully distributed dietary supplements that are adulterated and misbranded.

This action follows multiple FDA inspections conducted at Basic Reset and Biogenyx between 2012 and 2017 and a 2016 warning letter. Despite assurances that the violations noted in the warning letter would be corrected, follow-up inspections revealed that the companies failed to make the necessary corrections. Basic Reset, Biogenyx and the other defendants cannot receive, label, hold or distribute dietary supplements, drugs or devices until they take certain steps to ensure that all of these products comply with the law. Operations can only resume after receiving written permission from the FDA.

The FDA has not received any adverse event reports related to these products. The FDA encourages patients and health care professionals to report any adverse events to the agency’s MedWatch program.

The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency also is responsible for the safety and security of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products.

]]> (The U.S. Food and Drug Administration) Public safety Fri, 13 Dec 2019 05:05:38 -0500
Cookie Exchange at Brewster Library

Did someone say cookies? 

Come to the Brewster Library on Monday December 16th from 5:30pm until 6:30 pm and bring a dozen of your favorite homemade cookies as well as the recipe. You will get to meet with others and trade recipes as well as taste all different sorts of cookies. 

*Please bring a container to be able to bring some extra cookies home!

 All programs are free but registration is required unless indicated otherwise.

Call 845-279-6421 for more information or visit

Click here to be directed to the Brewster Library Event registration page.

Photos or videos taken during programs may be used fo publicity purposes

]]> (Brewster Library Programs) Events Fri, 13 Dec 2019 03:01:16 -0500
Fifth Annual James "JO" O'Neill Memorial Men's Beefsteak at Knights of Columbus in Carmel

Join us for our  Dinner on Saturday, January 11th at the KofC Council Hall 10 Fair Street . This is one of our main benefits that supports Saint James the Apostle parish and assorted local community charities . We have paid for a school generator and a list of other items needed for our community and will continue to do so but we need your support. This is a fun night and you support the church and the community you live in you at the same time . Win ! Win! We continue the tradition started by J.O. by gathering at our Council to enjoy great food, watch the NFL Playoffs on our BIG screen TVs, and have lots of fun while we raise funds to benefit St. James the Apostle Parish! We will have a spectacular door prize for one lucky person.
There are no strangers at this event but only friends you have not met yet.
Doors open at 3 p.m. for the afternoon playoff game and cash bar. Dinner at 5 p.m. includes gourmet filet mignon, fries, unlimited draft beer or wine, dessert and coffee.
Stay after dinner and watch the evening playoff game with us. $50 if prepaid by Jan. 4 - $60 after Jan. 4. SEATING IS LIMITED - RESERVE TODAY!!!!!!!
Make reservations today with GK Steve Gheduzzi (<>) , call 914-494-4452 or mail your check and list of guests to KofC Council 6318, Attn: Beefsteak 10 Fair Street, Carmel NY 10512.
NOTE: We need donations of items for our live auction and raffle table, including sporting event tickets, theater tickets, gift certificates to local restaurants and other businesses, items for gift baskets, and stays in vacation homes. Please contact GK Steve about any donations you may be interested in making or soliciting for us.
]]> (Michael McDonald) Events Thu, 12 Dec 2019 20:05:12 -0500
The Countdown is on! Celebrate the holidays with Aversano’s

The Countdown is on! Celebrate the holidays with Aversano’s.

Enjoy our signature dishes:

  • Stuffed pasta with white truffle cream sauce
  • Shrimp and Asparagus
  • Aversano Salad

Pair with a Peach Prosecco Sangria or a Holiday martini!

Aversano’s Gift Cards are the perfect gift for anyone on your list

Place your holiday orders soon. The last day to place your order is December 17th.

Join us on December 31st to celebrate the New Year!

Enjoy a relaxing New Year’s Eve with seatings at 6PM and 9PM

An all-inclusive menu will include choices for appetizer and entrée, dessert, coffee, and a champagne toast!

PLUS an Open Bar - excludes top shelf

Live music will entertain you throughout your meal.


RSVP today! (845) 279-2233

Aversano’s will be open on Christmas Eve for catering orders only and closed on Christmas Day.

Join Aversano’s email club to receive emails with discounts and offers.

Save time before you head out to Aversano's:

  •        Reserve your table online 
  •        Order online
  •        Call to Book your party, Place your catering order, or Make reservations (845) 279-2233
  •        Remember the last day to place your holiday order is 12/17!

Aversano's Restaurant - celebrating their 34th year in business!
1620 Route 22 (Towne Centre)
Brewster, NY 10509

What are people saying about Aversano's?

We used this restaurant for our rehearsal dinner on November 9th, 2019. We met with the two brothers who own the restaurant to set up the menu. They were extremely accommodating and flexible with the changes we asked for. The wait staff was very professional and attentive. We had a very relaxing, fun, and delicious time celebrating at Aversano's! Thank you for helping us create memories! – Ryan W. (Review on Google)

We ordered our food to go and ate it in the car while we had an hour drive. Everything was AMAZING! We ordered 2 different pizzas and 2 Salmon salads and garlic bread. All 6 of us were raving about everything that was ordered. The portions were incredibly generous. They were happy to provide us with utensils and plates for the ride along with cups for our drinks we had in the car. They accommodated us with special dietary restrictions and the order was 100% correct! Definitely would recommend! – Tavo L. (Google Local Guide Reviewer)






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]]> (Margaret Carey) Neighbors Thu, 12 Dec 2019 07:05:01 -0500
County Legislature voted overwhelmingly against a last-minute Sheriff’s Department request to transfer funds to cover overtime.

Public safety has always been the Putnam County Legislature’s first priority, but faced with unexpected overtime costs and budget manipulations by the County Sheriff’s Department, the Legislature took a stand to protect taxpayers.

In its December meeting, the Legislature voted overwhelmingly against a last-minute Sheriff’s Department request to transfer $121,115.11 in funds to cover overtime for the road patrol. The money requested had been allocated during the 2019 budget process to cover Sheriff’s Department expenses in 40 different spending categories, not for overtime.

“Public safety is our top priority,” Legislature Chairman Joseph Castellano said. “There has certainly been an increase in overtime and we don’t know why it is going higher and higher every year. We definitely need to have a better conversation with the Sheriff’s Department about that.  Moving money from 40 different budget lines to cover a portion of this overtime is concerning to me, and it should be to all of us.”

The Sheriff’s deputies who worked the overtime have been paid but, in a nearly unanimous vote, the Legislature expressed its displeasure at the Sheriff’s Department’s budget maneuvers.  Only Legislator Nancy Montgomery voted in favor of the transfer.

“No elected official can exceed the budget expense line without consequences,” Legislator Neal Sullivan, who couldn’t attend the meeting, wrote in a statement Castellano read. “The practice of transferring funds from one line to another should be used solely for extenuating circumstances. The systemic use of transferring money to cover overtime has become a major concern. Policies and procedures need to be put in place so we can work together to make sure we are not continually dealing with this.” 

The discussion came up as part of an end-of-year budget reconciliation.

“This is not a public safety issue, this is a respect for taxpayers’ issue,” Legislator Paul Jonke said. “We gave him the parameters within which he needed to work.”

Legislator Ginny Nacerino said it was time for the Sheriff’s Department to take a more realistic approach to budgeting.

“It is our job to be good stewards of taxpayer money, and I take that job very seriously,” Nacerino said. “This transfer is not openly transparent. It begs the question of why in the twelfth month of this year there is so much left in these lines and whether these 40 lines were overinflated. We can’t operate like this. It is not best practice.”

“This really boils down to proper planning,” Legislator Carl Albano said. “We should have an idea where the budget is going and it should be in the ballpark. Surprises at the end of the year shouldn’t go down like this.”

 “I’m not in favor of moving money around to cover road patrol overtime that has already been incurred,” Legislator Amy Sayegh said. “When we approve the budget for books and postage and furniture it should be used for those purposes and not overinflated to pay for something else down the road. It is understood that we need to pay the deputies for the work they performed and they deserve to be paid. What I have a problem with is deficit scheduling.”

“Moving forward we need policy and procedure to improve the process,” Legislator Toni Addonizio said. “We need more transparency and openness moving forward.”

]]> (Putnam County) Politics Thu, 12 Dec 2019 06:43:00 -0500
Earn Extra Money by Working for the 2020 Census!

Apply, and with one application you may be considered for several positions, including census taker, recruiting assistant, office clerk, and supervisory staff—and help your community while getting paid.

Jobs for the 2020 Census are located throughout the United States and Puerto Rico and include both field and office positions. Pay rates can vary by position and location.  Select your state (or Puerto Rico) and county (or municipio) to find the pay rates in your area.

Find Pay Rates in Your Area

]]> (U.S. Census Bureau) Neighbors Thu, 12 Dec 2019 05:58:12 -0500
State Police in Troop K remove twenty-two impaired drivers from the public roadways during the December 7, 2019, weekend

The New York State Police report that during the December 7th weekend, State Troopers from Troop K removed 22 impaired drivers from area roadways. Several of those arrested were allegedly operating while impaired on local roads or have ties to the Brewster, Carmel, Somers and Yorktown area.

On December 8, 2019, State Police from SP Brewster arrested Joseph R. Dilascio, age 21, of Brookfield, CT, for DWI.  He was traveling on State Route 6 in the town of Southeast, when he was stopped for a violation of the vehicle and traffic law.  Investigation revealed he was under the influence of alcohol, and was subsequently arrested.

On December 8, 2019, State Police from SP Brewster arrested Jhon J. Penaherrera, age 19, of Danbury, CT, for DWI.  He was traveling on State Route 6 in the town of Southeast, when he was stopped for a violation of the vehicle and traffic law.  Investigation revealed he was under the influence of alcohol, and was subsequently arrested.

On December 8, 2019, State Police from SP Brewster arrested Sergio V. Castro Torres, age 45, of Danbury, CT, for DWI.  He was traveling on North Salem Road in the town of Southeast, when he was stopped for a violation of the vehicle and traffic law.  Investigation revealed he was under the influence of alcohol, and was subsequently arrested.

On December 7, 2019, State Police from SP Wappinger arrested Herber Gonzalez Salazar, age 36, of Brewster, NY, for DWI.  He was traveling on North Main Street in the village of Brewster, when he was stopped for a violation of the vehicle and traffic law.  Investigation revealed he was under the influence of alcohol, and was subsequently arrested.

On December 8, 2019, State Police from SP Cortlandt arrested Arielle L. Kaufman, age 30, of Carmel, NY, for DWI.  She was traveling on State Route 9 in the city of Peekskill, when she was stopped for a violation of the vehicle and traffic law.  Investigation revealed she was under the influence of alcohol, and was subsequently arrested.

]]> (New York State Police) Public safety Thu, 12 Dec 2019 04:56:05 -0500
Wreck the Halls is a Wrecking Ball of Laughs

              Ah, the holidays. That time of year when heavy snow is not the sign of the apocalypse and it becomes socially acceptable to convert front yards into light shows. For many, it’s the best time of year, full of love, togetherness, and joy. However, there are those of us who, for whatever reason, hate this time of year. My excuse is that I have held retails jobs over the past ten holiday seasons and the joy that people exude with their loved ones does not carry over into my line of work. And this sentiment is one of the many feelings parodied in Wreck The Halls, now playing at TheatreWorks New Milford.

              Wreck the Halls is not your typical Christmas offering. Most Christmas shows resemble a Hallmark movie. A character – usually mid-twenties to mid-thirties, blonde, and career-driven, or older, female, devastated over the loss of her husband – returns home to their small town reluctantly and then throws away everything they know and what have worked for when they “unexpectedly” find the love of their life, filling the viewer with joy and hope for the future. If you are looking for that kind of holiday fare, Wreck the Halls is not for you. However, if you’re up for a good laugh and some choice adult humor, then it’s worth checking out.

              Wreck the Halls is a musical review comprised of original songs written and directed by Bradford Blake. It has had two previous incarnations at the Ridgefield Theatre Barn and is now playing at Theatreworks New Milford. Upon entering, the audience is treated to a set that seems innocent enough. The arch is decorated with candy cane stripes, and snowflakes adorn the back of the set. Even as the cast begins their opening number, everything points to a normal holiday show….and then it all changes. Every number is the show is adult in nature. No aspect of the holiday season is safe from mockery as it evokes feelings that an audience who view productions of Avenue Q or Spamalot experience.

Original cast members Pricilla Squiers, Diana Matson, Carey van Hollen, and Alexis M. Vournazos return for another round and are joined by Austin Tewksbury and Bret Bisaillon. All six are strong performers who Blake clearly handpicked for the songs they have been given to perform. Memorable numbers include “Someone Spiked the Eggnog” (Matson), Snow-Where to Go (Van Hollen), I Wanna Be A Rockette (Van Hollen and Vournazos) and Holiday Cheer (Female Cast).

If you enjoy the warm and fuzzy feeling a sappy holiday film can give you, Wreck the Halls may not be for you. But if you’re a jaded and sarcastic Grinch like me or you enjoy raunchy humor, this show is right up your alley and may even help you enjoy this time of year, even if only for a moment. Just keep an eye on the eggnog, you never know what may be in it.

The production runs Fridays and Saturdays from through Saturday December 28th, 2019. Curtain time is 8:00 p.m. on Fridays & Saturdays, and at 2:00 p.m. on TWO Sunday matinees, December 15th and 22nd. There will be an additional performance on Thursday December 26 at 8:00pm. Tickets are $30 for reserved seating. Students and Military personnel and Veterans with ID will be admitted for $25.00.

On Thursday December 12th at 8:00 p.m. is TheatreWorks' Pay-What-You-Want night where you name the price of your ticket. Doors open on  Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Reservations can be made online at  or by calling the box office at (860) 350-6863.

]]> (Morgana Kate Watson) Neighbors Thu, 12 Dec 2019 04:13:36 -0500
Wreaths for Our Heroes

On Saturday 12/14/2019 please join us to lay Wreaths for Our Heroes.
We will begin at St Lawrence O’Toole Cemetery in Brewster with a ceremony beginning promptly at Noon. Please arrive early and park in the designated parking area.
Immediately upon completion at St Lawrence, we will then go to Milltown Cemetery in Brewster.
All are welcomed to join and place a wreath.

Saturday December 14th from noon until 2 pm beginning at St Lawrence O'Toole Cemetery on Route 22

This day and time is weather permitting as we are not allowed into the cemeteries during a heavy snowfall. So please check our Facebook page for updates if the is any impending snowfall.

]]> (New York Riders - Putnam County) Events Thu, 12 Dec 2019 03:58:42 -0500
Local History Holiday Gift Guide

 Looking for a unique holiday gift that promotes hometown pride and supports a great cause? Well, look no further! The Putnam County Historian’s Office has curated a gift guide in support of local history, and related historical societies, non-profits and museums.  These gifts  include T-shirts, mugs, historical prints suitable for framing, books on local history and historical fiction, and the all-important membership packages that help keep these organizations up and running during their pursuit of preserving Putnam County’s rich history.

The organizations include: Boscobel, Town of Carmel Historical Society, Kent Historical Society, Landmarks Preservation Society of Southeast, Patterson Historical Society, Putnam History Museum in Cold Spring, Putnam Valley Historical Society, and Southeast Museum in Brewster.

“The Local History Holiday Gift Guide not only provides gift tips but important information on each organization and their mission,” says Jennifer Cassidy of the County Historian’s Office. “Supporting them with the purchase of a T-shirt, book or membership package, all aid their important missions of preservation.” Complete contact information for the Historian’s Office, societies, and museums is included in the guide.

Book highlights from the guide include: “Vignettes of Patterson’s Past”, a collection of Patterson’s histories by the Society in a hardback book illustrated with maps, photos and more; “History of Putnam County, New York”, by William S. Pelletreau, the quintessential linen bound hardcopy local history book reprinted by Landmarks Preservation Society; and the respective societies offering of Bicentennial profiles of Town of Kent and Historic Carmel, Mahopac & Mahopac Falls.

Mugs and a great selection of local history books and exhibit catalogues are available at Putnam History Museum while the Southeast Museum offers iconic reprints of the village of Brewster from 1867 and 1870 as well as local historical fiction titles by Putnam County author Deborah Rafferty Oswald.

Know someone who loves baseball? The Putnam Valley Historical Society has a limited run of rare images of Babe Ruth playing baseball at Lake Oscawana, suitable for 8” x 10” framing. 

The guide may be viewed online at the Historian’s website: and a limited amount of printed copies are available upon request by calling 845-808-1420 or emailing

]]> (Putnam County) Places Thu, 12 Dec 2019 03:21:46 -0500
Breakfast with Santa at Putnam County Golf Course

Come Join Us For Our 7th Annual Breakfast with Santa
2 Dates to Pick from or come to both!
Sunday, December 15th
& Sunday, December 22nd
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM 
Enjoy our famous Breakfast Buffet,
Orange Juice, Coffee and Hot Tea. BRING YOUR CAMERA, So you can take a photo of your child on Santa's lap!
Space is limited, we only have one seating time - a ticket is required in advance to secure seating for this event.
Adults $19.00 plus tax and gratuity
Children Ages 12 and Under $12.00 plus tax and gratuity. Gratuity will be charged at the time of ticket purchase.
For more information and group reservations, contact the Event's Manager, Lorin Guido at 845-808-1881
]]> (Peter Carey) Events Thu, 12 Dec 2019 03:10:17 -0500
Traffic stop on I-684 leads to heroin arrest

Southeast, New York – On December 6, 2019, the New York State Police from the Brewster barracks arrested Thomas R. King, age 26, of Waterbury, CT, for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree, and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree with intent to sell, both class B felonies.
At approximately 9:08 a.m., Troopers conducted a vehicle and traffic stop of a 2019 Nissan Sentra operating as a taxi service on Interstate 684 for a violation of the vehicle and traffic law.  Investigation by the Trooper led to a probable cause search of the vehicle, and the discovery of approximately 95 decks of heroin belonging to the passenger Thomas King.
King was arraigned before the town of Patterson Court, and remanded by the Honorable Judge Anthony Mole to the Putnam County Jail in lieu of $1,500.00 cash bail or $3,000.00 secure bond.  King is next scheduled to appear before the Court on December 19, 2019, at 1:00 p.m.

]]> (New York State Police) Public safety Wed, 11 Dec 2019 12:22:26 -0500
Brewster Central School District Superintendent Holiday Letter To The Community

 The Following is an open letter from the Brewster Central School District Superintendent to the community.

"Dear Brewster School Community,

The first months of our school year have been off to a great start! Students
across the District are engaged in vigorous learning. Our teachers and
administrators are committed to providing academic rigor and social
emotional support which will help prepare all of our students for the future.

With 2020 around the corner, we have an opportunity to reflect and
celebrate the great work that we all do together! I would like to thank our
teachers, staff, administrators, students, parents and community for their
hard work and dedication to the Brewster Central School District. On behalf
of the Board of Education and the entire administration team, our warmest
thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and a very happy
New Year. It is my hope you will spend quality time with your family, rest,
rejuvenate and take time for yourself during this holiday break.

May your holiday season be filled with acts of generosity and kindness,
loving appreciation of family and friends, and thankfulness for all that is
good in this world. Thank you for working together and striving to make the
Brewster Central School District a better place each and every day.

Laurie Bandlow"

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