Brewster's HamletHub Sat, 31 Jul 2021 10:28:51 -0400 Intuitive Astrology August 2021

Mercury will conjure the sun in Leo until July 31; this aspect will flow into the first few weeks. It will be a positive journey and will bring many hidden surprises for all! Mercury brings mental stimulation for August, helping everyone redefine their inner selves. The focus will be on everyone finding their individuality and learning to be more self-expressive and confident in their skin. Everyone needs to know to love themselves more and embrace themselves more. This aspect embraces new thoughts and attitudes and a sense of being more bold and daring! A nice change, especially after how 2020 was.

Mars will start to settle in the sign of Virgo for the whole month while pushing stability and practicality. Actions will come easy. There will be a focus on correcting past mistakes to get to what we desire faster. Everyone should make steady, precise steps towards our objectives as we strive for perfection. The planet Mars does not believe in impossibilities, and it charges through any obstacle in its way. 

There will be a New Moon on August 8, and it will be squaring with Uranus. Uranus will be at the middle stages of a 7-year long transit in Taurus. This lunar cycle will be pretty powerful for helping everyone redefine themselves and help us love ourselves. The moon in Leo teaches everyone to lead themselves more.

Venus will be transiting through Libra on the 16th. This aspect will bring balance to our intimate relationships. Singles will have many opportunities to meet eligible mates this month.

There will be a Full Moon on August 22 in Aquarius. Everyone should use this period to create positive actions, mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. This particular full moon will help everyone revamp and rebrand themselves and lay the foundation for the rest of the year.

Leo (July 23 – August 23) —Happy birthday, Leo! A work project will expand in a different direction than you had expected. Travel through work is likely over the next quarter. Be open to growth and change. Career expansion may follow. Leo It is a time of perseverance but ultimately leads to great potential for reward. Indeed your long efforts will pay off—good things to happen on their own. You should be frank with your loved ones and share your feelings. There will be opportunities to make new friendships and love alliances. Your essential nature of aggression will help you in these matters. 

Virgo (August 24 – September 22) —Use your passion in the areas that suit you. Pay more attention to your children and your family. They need your playful energy focused on them. Be cautious of what you say in a public forum. Use discretion. If you think you shouldn't know it, don't gossip, as it may come back to haunt you. Let go of self-doubts, and do not limit yourself. 

Libra (September 23 – October 22) —You tend to be temperamental with authority figures. You pose a very independent nature and need to feel appreciated. However, you also are creative, aggressive, and impatient. It would be best if you had freedom, and clingy people make you uncomfortable. 

Focus on thoughts that create matter. If you believe you can make it happen! Plant the seeds of your vision for the future. Use creative visualization to create your dreams. Allow love to bloom slowly.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21) —Flakey individuals turn you off. Keep looking for a lover with a strong character. Conclude one project before diving into a new one. New employment opportunities can spark your personal life. Although you have a job, it won't hurt to see what's out there. No favor goes unpunished. You may feel emotionally blinded by someone you've just done a favor for; let it go. Let go of the past, and do not be resentful of your past decisions. You will be successful in your quest for success. Your relationships in all areas will continue to grow, remain confident that everyone will do their part. Single people will have plenty of opportunities for getting into relationships. 

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 22) —This month, being more daring will ignite a romance with the possibility of a permanent partner. Your wittiness and intense energy will help potential romantic partners pursue you—many doors to open. Singles persons will find love relationships during the third week of the month. 

Capricorn (December 22 – January 20) — New contracts can open up your world. Take control of your ability to focus more. You need to accept unexpected invitations and get out and circulate. Don't try to force any issues involving personal affairs. Your work ethics are impeccable, giving you the ability to do complex or exacting work. You will gain the satisfaction of doing excellent work. In the coming months, promotion is possible. Start an exercise regime, and it will be a wonderful time to stay the course and create a more healthy lifestyle. Do not be afraid to seek what you want and focus on your goals. Communication is the key to keeping your relationship going.

Aquarius (January 21 – February 19) —Your rebellious side comes out more, making you ready to speak your mind. Bite your tongue and keep your thoughts to yourself. Say nothing at all. Try being more politically correct and diplomatic. You have the restraint to do so. These are significant full moons that are approaching that will affect all Aquarians. The full moon is on August 22 and is on the Leo-Aquarius. The focus will be on creativity and learning to work with others. Make presentations that highlight the role you have played. Your ideas are excellent, and there will be no problem in accomplishing your goals. Love relationships are highly charged. Singles may face some drama. They will find that they will have three choices in possible love partnerships. Spend time with all three while not committing any commitments to allow what the universe wants you to learn about yourself. Do not choose until you find the person that is on your level in all areas. There is a possibility that you could fall in love at first sight, so calm your jets. 

Pisces (February 20 – March 20)—Many people want your attention. Don't act out of emotions, and remain meticulous. Beware of disreputable individuals that promise everyone the world. You could be pulled into shady situations by those individuals that have their agenda. You are way more intelligent than that; use your intuition and common sense. Be cautious of new people as they may not be as they first appear. Your love life will be exciting. You will have two potential love partnerships to choose from so enjoy the excitement!

Aries (March 21-April 20) —Your romantic life is the focus this month. Romance is on the horizon. Be positive and let go of all your insecurities. Do not let yourself be vulnerable or question that you deserve a reasonable person in your life. Hasty action could attract evil people. Being more will help attract like-minded individuals. You tend to be a bit irritable and defensive while using the pretense of being reactionary as a defense mechanism. Recognize that you are using this defense to mask pain and the inability to trust the right people. By this personality defect, you push away potential suitors. Try giving others the benefit of the doubt while restraining caution, while following this new attitude and lease on life. Singles will have the potential of new love relationships this month. Use your sensuality and magnetic personality to attract the opposite sex. 

Taurus (April 21-May 21) —You are vibrant, talkative, and exciting. Use your dynamic magnetism to prepare for August. August will have a long astrological transit aspect that will effectively fulfill your goals and dreams for the future. Use meticulous ways to plow through, but work on your time management more! August will be an excellent time for socializing and making new contacts. Love relationships require more attention; learn to be more vocal and not so approach defensive. 

Gemini (May 22- June 21)—A new work connection may have someone to consider romantically. Your career is at the forefront this month. However, try to be more open-minded as far as the "universe's big picture." Be patient; in a few weeks, you'll be able to see the road ahead. Remember, there are no accidents! The next three weeks will require more demands on your time, be flexible and create a better work-life balance.  Romance will play an important role this month. In addition, social contacts will help balance your emotional life. 

Cancer (June 22 – July 22) —A close relationship appears to be at a crucial turning point. Negotiations and financial details will be particularly complex and demanding. But you will make successful work deals. Take the time to do your research and evaluate the facts rather than accept the word of others. Focus on your own emotional needs more by setting boundaries. On a financial note, be more frugal. It would be best if you were careful in spending money. Romance will be passionate and exciting.  

Francine Tesler, Psychic Medium Medical Intuitive. Psychic Medium for People that usually don't go to psychics. So what do you Really Want to Know?For more information, contact Francine at,, call 914.469.6693, or visit

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Independent Redistricting Commission of New York State will hold public meeting on August 2nd

The Independent Redistricting Commission of New York State will hold a virtual public meeting on August 2, 2021, at 2 pm to seek comments from the residents of the Mid-Hudson Valley and Capital Region.

The Commission would appreciate your help in publicizing the meeting for your
residents. They can sign up to participate in and stay updated about the process at our website:

The Commission is seeking input from your community's residents as it embarks on this process. This includes, but is not limited to information such as:

• How do residents feel about the current lines outlining their district?
• What would residents like the IRC to know about their community of interest?

Participants will have up to three (3) minutes of speaking time, with no question or
answer period. Residents are also invited to create their own maps using resources
available on our website. The Commission invites residents to submit written comment as well through our website.

All meetings will be recorded for future public record and will be live streamed as they occur.

These public meetings are the first and best opportunity for New Yorkers to give public comment before the Commission begins drawing the first round of district maps after the Census Bureau releases its data on August 16, 2021. Initial district maps will be released to the public for review by September 15, 2021. After which, the Commission will hold a series of hearings where residents may testify. Then, final district maps will be voted on and certified by the Commission and presented to the New York State Legislature.

Any person who wishes to request auxiliary aids or services, including translation, to participate in this public meeting of the Commission, in accordance with State or Federal law, should indicate this when they sign up no less than 24 hours
prior to the meeting.

The IRC is a ten-member body created by the voters of New York State to redraw
Congressional and State Legislature lines fairly and equitably. Public participation in
drawing these districts is critical to ensuring that communities throughout New York
continue to have the strongest voice possible to express their preferences. When voters with similar interests are drawn into a district together, their voices multiply giving them a greater opportunity to express their views, elect candidates of their choice and hold their leaders accountable. We urge your constituents to stay updated on this process by signing up at and connecting with us on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

The Commission is seeking public comment and participation from New York residents. Visit to sign up for updates and register to give public comments, suggested maps, and written comment.

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Westchester County Hosts the 149th Firemen’s Association of the State of New York’s Annual Convention, August 5-7

Westchester County Executive George Latimer will welcome the Fireman’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) to the Sonesta White Plains Downtown for its 149th Annual Convention this summer, August 5-7.

With hundreds of volunteer firefighters, EMS personnel and their families from around the state expected to attend, the convention is among the first major business events in Westchester County since the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the global meetings industry in 2020. It is estimated to generate $800,000 in economic activity for the region.

FASNY has also committed to bring its convention back to Westchester for its 150th Anniversary. The largest gathering of volunteer firefighters in the state, the annual event brings together members from every corner of New York with renowned speakers from across the country for three days of training, presentations and information sharing.

Latimer said: “We are thrilled to welcome the FASNY to Westchester County next month. It is both a great honor and a vote of confidence in the readiness of Westchester’s hospitality businesses to provide a productive, enriching and entertaining environment for the brave firefighters, EMTs and their families who have given so much to our community and to communities throughout the state. We are particularly mindful of those sacrifices in the wake of the darkest days of the pandemic and as the 20th anniversary of 9/11 approaches.”

Westchester County Tourism & Film Director Natasha Caputo said: “Westchester salutes the members of FASNY and invites attendees to enjoy the best of our destination. This convention will bring a great buzz and economic boost to our tourism partners across the County.”

FASNY President John P. Farrell said: “The annual FASNY convention is one of the most critical events of the year for the volunteer fire service and EMS providers around the state. We are happy to be back in Westchester County and have the opportunity to train, exchange ideas, gain knowledge about important safety approaches, and to overall improve the fire service so we can protect the residents of New York.”


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House Passes Maloney Amendment to Modernize the Small Business Administration

Today, an amendment offered by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney passed the House as part of H.R. 4502, a package to fund the federal government in the next fiscal year. The Congressman’s amendment would allocate funding for the Small Business Administration (SBA) to provide real-time status updates for SBA loan applicants and recipients.  As the SBA works to improve its information technology systems, specific emphasis should be placed on modernizing loan applicant information and transparency. 

“Through the course of this pandemic, I have helped hundreds of my constituents access federal pandemic relief through the SBA.  From the Paycheck Protection Program to Economic Injury Disaster Loans, the SBA loans I fought for in Washington saved thousands of jobs and stopped businesses from shuttering their doors,” said Rep. Maloney. “My office was able to step in and help folks access their cash, but the lack of transparency and access to real-time updates on their loan status from the SBA slowed the process down. This amendment would help bring the SBA into the 21st Century, cut through red tape and get folks the money they need to keep their doors open and their employees on payroll.” 

Currently, the loan application process does not allow constituents to access the status of their application leading to redundant work and confusion. Rep. Maloney introduced this amendment to address the concerns of his constituents and help ensure no American small business owner is left in the dark during their greatest time of need. This amendment will prioritize the modernization of the SBA, help small businesses get the assistance they need, and, in turn, keep New York’s economic recovery going strong.


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'UNTOLD' to premiere at Danbury Arena, Danbury Trashers documentary open to fans

The Danbury Arena is proud to announce it will host a public premiere for ‘UNTOLD,” a Netflix documentary about the Danbury Trashers. The event will begin at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, August 31st in Danbury Arena. The viewing will begin at 7:30 p.m. on the arena video board.

Prior to the start of the viewing, fans will be able to speak with special guests, visit concessions and purchase merchandise.  After the viewing, fans can stick around for a Q&A with Trashers players and the producers of the documentary.

The night is open to Danbury hockey fans of all ages. Tickets will be complimentary and distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

To claim your ticket, you must register individually at this link:

 For more information regarding the event, contact Josh Starr at

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Teen Tie-Dye Event at Brewster Library

Teens of all ages are welcome to come to this FREE Tie-Dye program! You can either bring one personal item or we will provide T-shirts. Please make sure to give us the size shirt you will be needing ahead of time.

Teen Tie-Dye Event

August 27th 12:00pm-1:00pm

For Ages 13-18

Rain date is Friday September 3rd

Register online at: 

For more information visit our social media pages at:

Twitter: @BrewsterLibrary


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Southeast Saturday Summer Music Series!

The Town of Southeast Cultural Arts Coalition is excited to be sponsoring a weekly concert series at the Electrozone gazebo at 1 Morningthorpe Avenue in Brewster, right across from the Brewster train station. Saturdays throughout the summer from 6:30-8:30pm.  Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy some great outdoor music!

July 31 - Spinbox Spinoff band! Coming from Bleeker Street in NYC, The Spin Box Band’s Spinoff will feature Brewster Alumni Genevieve Faivre on vocals/keys with Rob Silverbush on vocals/guitar, playing your favorite covers to dance and sing to.

August 7 - Brewster Fire Departments 150th Anniversary Party!  They are bringing “The Red, White and Blues Band” who will be performing from 4-8pm. This free event is supported by the Town of Southeast Cultural Arts Coalition and sponsored by the BFD to thank all the members of the village and the town for their ongoing support.

August 14  - 1/3 of Sophie!  Putnam based 1/3 of Sophie Band brings you funky, spacy, interesting covers of familiar and not-so-familiar tunes.  With local music teachers and musicians Matt Vanacoro, Brian Sanyshyn, Seamus Carey, Rob Davies, and Jess Vanacoro, this is a night of music that is sure to entertain.

August 21 - Tamed Roses!  Tamed Roses is the music of acoustic duo TJ Legeret and Aimee Buck who will play some of your favorite tunes and jams as well as originals from their two albums.

August 28 - Cross Purpose!  Cross Purpose will be playing original rack and blues tunes from their many original albums. Members include Bob Stanhope, Roy Ellingson, Doug Bolin and Greg Flower are  there to entertain family and friends of the town and the village with popular cover songs

These free events are sponsored by the Town of Southeast Cultural Arts Coalition and we will be accepting donations from the audience to support the Old Town Hall Restoration project. Suggested donation of $10!


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Attention Treasure & Bargain Hunters!

Sherman Historical Society Barn Sale

Sherman Library Book Sale plus Bags, Bangles & Baubles event 

        We’ve waited through a year plus pandemic to come back bigger and better than ever, so much so that we’ve expanded our sales to three full days!

        Sync your calendars: August 13, 14, 15, hrs: 9-4. Sherman Center, Sherman, CT.

        HISTORICAL SOCIETY BARN SALE: Come early for the awesome bargains, fantastic finds, and wonderful quality items including several estate donations, quality furniture, antiques, collectibles, art, fine china/crystal, garden, tools, toys & games, lamps, dishware, household & outdoor items.

        Please note: cash and personal checks only. No credit cards. There will be a self-packing station with supplies, but feel free to bring your reusable totes for your purchases.

        The Historical Society’s Old Store Gift Shop, which always has wonderful items in stock, will be open as well. The Historical Society is located at 10 Route 37 Center.

        Convenient parking nearby at the Sherman School (2 Route 37 East) or at Veterans’ Field (on Sawmill Road). Limited Handicapped parking in the Society lot.

        Proceeds from this volunteer-run non-profit’s fundraiser go toward maintenance of Society properties and its programming. For more:

        SHERMAN LIBRARY BOOK SALE plus Bags, Bangles & Baubles sale: Check out the Sherman Library Book Saleat 1 Sherman Center. There will be thousands of books, organized for easy browsing, plus rare books, audio books and DVDs.

        Plus, on Saturday and Sunday only, during sale hours: enjoy the Bags, Bangles & Baubles sale. This special event offers off-the-rack items of new and like-new handbags, scarves, jewelry and more—all sales to benefit the library. For more:

        Parking at the Library with overflow at the Sherman School or Veteran’s Field.

        Come, shop, and enjoy!

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CoveCare Center Receives Grant from United Way of Westchester and Putnam

CoveCare Center is honored to be the recipient of a $3500 grant from the United Way of Westchester and Putnam as part of its COVID-19 Response efforts. The grant will support CoveCare Center’s ability to provide essential items to those in need throughout our community. Since 2018, CoveCare has provided items such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, diapers and more to children up to age 19 and their families. The funding from the United Way of Westchester and Putnam will allow CoveCare to expand its reach and help even more community members in need of assistance. 

“We are very grateful to the United Way of Westchester and Putnam for the opportunity to offer our community the items they need to remain healthy and safe,” stated Eric Toth, CEO of CoveCare Center. “Over the past 16 months, we know that families have faced increased financial burdens; to be able to offer essential items to families in need and relieve some of that burden reflects our mission and vision for our community.”

United Way of Westchester and Putnam helps local residents become self-sufficient and thrive in a stronger community. For more information about their efforts, including the 211 Helpline of the Hudson Valley, please visit  

A nonprofit organization, CoveCare Center has provided mental health, substance use, and supportive services for individuals throughout the Lower Hudson Valley since 1997.

CoveCare Center is currently accepting new clients in all programs. Please call 845.225.2700 or send an email to for more information. 

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Historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal

On Wedneday, the President and a bipartisan group announced an agreement on the details of a once-in-a-generation investment in our infrastructure, which will be taken up in the Senate for consideration. In total, the deal includes $550 billion in new federal investment in America’s infrastructure. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal will grow the economy, enhance our competitiveness, create good jobs, and make our economy more sustainable, resilient, and just.

The deal will create good-paying, union jobs. With the President’s Build Back Better Agenda, these investments will add, on average, around 2 million jobs per year over the course of the decade, while accelerating America’s path to full employment and increasing labor force participation.

President Biden believes that we must invest in our country and in our people by creating good-paying union jobs, tackling the climate crisis, and growing the economy sustainably and equitably for decades to come. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal will deliver progress towards those objectives for working families across the country. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal:

  • Makes the largest federal investment in public transit ever
  • Makes the largest federal investment in passenger rail since the creation of Amtrak
  • Makes the single largest dedicated bridge investment since the construction of the interstate highway system
  • Makes the largest investment in clean drinking water and waste water infrastructure in American history, delivering clean water to millions of families
  • Ensures every American has access to reliable high-speed internet
  • Helps us tackle the climate crisis by making the largest investment in clean energy transmission and EV infrastructure in history; electrifying thousands of school and transit buses across the country; and creating a new Grid Deployment Authority to build a clean, 21st century electric grid

The President promised to work across the aisle to deliver results for working families. He believes demonstrating that democracies can deliver is a critical challenge for his presidency. Today’s agreement shows that we can come together to position American workers, farmers, and businesses to compete and win in the 21st century.

Historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal Fact Sheet

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'Godspell' at Richter is a foot tapping delight!

When the COVID-19 pandemic started, many performers and theater companies, local and
professional, watched their entire world disappear overnight. Many had to make heartbreaking
decisions – would they keep performing when all this was over? Would theater ever open back up?

And would anyone even want to come see anything they put up? Musicals at Richter was hit doubly hard, as in December the storms destroyed the free-standing and outdoor stage. Would Richter even be able to function as a useable theater this year?

It is only natural, then, that their comeback performance is Godspell, the joyful free-spirited
musical that retells the biblical parables.

Unlike the other biblical musicals written in the 70’s – notable Jesus Christ Superstar and Joseph
and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – Godspell is not a musical that requires a huge cast or even a complicated set. In fact, all it requires is 10 performers and a box full of props which allows the Richter production to use a chain link fence in place of the wings that were destroyed over the Winter.

Furthermore, Godspell is a musical that, over anything else, is an expression of joy.
Brad Blake’s production is no exception to this. Throughout the entire production, my ten-year-
old buddy who accompanied me to the production could not stop smiling as the ten performers sang and danced their way across the stage. Interwoven through the production were eight (That I counted) musical theater references, several video game references, and countless movie and television references that made me cackle loudly.

The performers were clearly happy to be back on stage. Billy Hicks was likeable as Jesus and Kyle
Riedinger gave Judas a soul that you can’t help but feel compassion for. Zach Theis, Sarah vonEgypt, Kevin Sayour, Renee Brown, Tori Vacca, Daisy Stott, Samantha LaMendola, and Victor Garry Rolden made up the hardworking ensemble. As an audience member, I could not help but feel the joy that radiated from every one of them. But two numbers above all stood out – Renee Brown’s Day by Day was heartfelt and left the viewer with a sense of satisfaction and Daisy Stott’s version of By My Side was so moving it left me with chills that I was not expecting to feel.

If you can get to Richter to see this energetic performance, do it. It will leave your foot tapping
and a smile on your face.

Visit for more information or to purchase tickets

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Pediatric Offices are Returning to In-Person Visits, But Telehealth Will Continue to Play a Role

Over the last 18 months, telehealth provided a critical bridge for patients hoping to connect with their doctors and yet avoid in-person visits to their providers’ offices for fear of exposure to COVID-19.  

Open Door Family Medical Center pediatricians like Dr. Andrew Swiderski found connecting by telephone, through video or the exchange of photos, helpful in engaging the parents of his young patients.  It was effective for such things as displaying rashes, discussing the reasons for getting children vaccinated against the virus, and giving tips on toilet training. When telehealth did not suffice, he met patients in the parking lot next to his Ossining Open Door office or under the awning of nearby retailers, creating meaningful connections and ensuring consistent medical care. 

According to Dr. Swiderski, however, most parents now want to return to some degree of not only in-person schooling, but also in-person doctors’ visits. “While telehealth allows patients and their parents to connect with providers,” he says, “it does not replace regular screenings when vaccinations need to be given, milestones measured, or tests administered.”    

Dr. Sharon Joseph, a pediatrician at Open Door’s Port Chester site, also believes that telehealth has a permanent place in patient care but cannot always take the place of face-to-face visits. “We can see on video if the belly button looks good or we can examine a rash,” she says. “But, when necessary, we tell people ‘you need to come in.’ ”

Permanent changes have been made at Open Door’s offices to isolate acute patients and emphasize infection control awareness, including hand washing, mask wearing and separate entrances for sick and well patients.

“Right now,” she adds, “pediatricians at Open Door and around the country are playing catch-up with patients. This means conducting a full court press in terms of going through our electronic medical records to identify and reach out to the many parents whose children, primarily preschoolers, fell behind schedule in seeing the doctor.” 

Along with their colleagues across the country, they are also finding themselves bolstering many parents who have been overwhelmed during the past 18 months.  “We’re seeing an uptick of parents coming in after hearing from teachers that their children couldn’t focus or lost skills - all natural consequences of the past school year,” observes Dr. Joseph. “With some of our families, first grade students are learning in English with parents who don’t know enough English to help them do their homework. The school year was so topsy turvey and parents feel it.”

Another major nationwide consequence of the pandemic has been the rise in childhood obesity, according to Dr. Joseph.  “Many of our kids sat at home, bored and eating, and not exercising,” she says. “By not having in-person visits, they missed out on the preventive care offered by Open Door in terms of services such as access to nutritionists who can provide them with information about healthy and culturally appropriate meals. Among some of our families, they can’t just say to their kids ‘go out to the backyard and burn off steam.’ They may not have that option and their only exercise was walking to school or being in gym class, neither of which, for the most part, existed.” 

The verdict is still out when it comes to deciding whether interventions such as talking with teens exhibiting high-risk behaviors can be solely done remotely. “A lot of people say it is too impersonal to do online,” says Dr. Swiderski, “but others say with a little more distance it can actually get people to open up more.”

“Virtual visits have huge potential around the country in places where medical resources are limited,” says Dr. Swiderski. “It makes more sense, in some cases, than traveling or needing to take time off from school or work. There are things we can do that we didn’t know we could, like diagnosing a rash over the phone or listening to a child snoring. But it doesn’t work when you talk about checking joints, ears, eyes, heart, and lungs. There are limitations.” 

Pediatrics require more in-person visits than adult medicine. According to Dr. Swiderski, “You can’t weigh patients, measure vitals, do lab tests, or check their hearing remotely. Vaccinations, obviously, can only be given in-person. This all suffered during the height of the pandemic and many fell behind. I could do some annual checkups remotely, but patients would still have to come in at a later time.” 

In-person visits are essential from birth to 18 months, and at four, 11 and 16 years old. Certain sick visits can be discussed through telehealth, but some respiratory conditions, such as asthma, are better monitored in-person.  

In addition, virtual visits are challenging for many of his patients who lack the digital capabilities of more affluent families in terms of such things as bandwidth, internet access, screen size, and digital skills. “Some of our families don’t have laptops and it can be hard to send video from a 3 by 3-inch screen,” he says. To address these gaps, Open Door launched a digital literacy effort, including education to strengthen skills and access to laptops and Wi-Fi to increase access. 

“There is a whole new world and a lot of progress has been made. We’re getting back to normal, but it’s certainly not the same. Pediatricians have learned a great deal about how to accommodate patients and their families,” says Dr. Swiderski, who adds that incorporating different modalities of care offers a broader range of access to services.

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DEC to Host 10th Annual Great Hudson River Fish Count on July 31

DEC's 10th Annual Great Hudson River Estuary Fish Count will take place at multiple sites along the banks and piers of the Hudson River on Saturday, July 31.

The public is invited to join naturalists to explore the variety of creatures usually hidden below the river's surface. Fresh upriver and salty at New York City, the Hudson River's estuary and watershed are home to more than 200 fish species, including several that migrate into the river from the Atlantic Ocean each spring to spawn. Eleven sites, including several in Region 3, will offer in-person opportunities for the public and three will livestream the fish count on DEC's Facebook page at 10:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.

During the fish count, participating organizations encourage visitors to help collect fish using seine nets, minnow traps, or rods and reels. Seining involves pulling a 30-foot net through the water and checking out the fish, crabs, and other river-life caught in its mesh. Participants may watch from shore or jump into available waterproof waders and help pull in the net. The fish are released after everyone has a chance to see them up close.

Participating groups share their catch results by posting to DEC's Twitter feed with the hashtag #hudsonriverfishcount. Comparing notes builds understanding of the diversity of fishes and habitats in the Hudson, the vitality of the estuarine ecosystem in urban and rural settings, and the influence of salinity and tides. A list of participating public and virtual sites follows. For more information, visit the Great Hudson River Estuary Fish Count page on DEC's website and watch a clip about seining in the Hudson River on DEC's YouTube Channel.

All Fish Count programs are family-friendly and free of charge. The event is sponsored by DEC's Hudson River Estuary Program in partnership with the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve and other environmental organizations. For more information email

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Generac Recalls Portable Generators Due to Finger Amputation and Crushing Hazards

Generac Inc.,  has recalled approximately 400,000 portable generators due to risk of amputation and serious injury.

Recalled is the XT8000E Generator

Generac® and DR® 6500 Watt and 8000 Watt portable generators
Hazard: An unlocked handle can pinch consumers’ fingers against the generator frame when the generator is moved, posing finger amputation and crushing hazards. 
Remedy: Repair. 

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled portable generators, unless the locking pin has been inserted to secure the handle in place before and after moving the generator, and contact Generac for a free repair kit. 

Consumer Contact: Generac toll-free at 844-242-3493 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or online at or and click on Important Safety Information for more information. 

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Incidents/Injuries: Generac has received eight reports of injuries, seven resulting in finger amputations and one in finger crushing. 

Sold at: Major home improvement and hardware stores nationwide and online, including Ace Hardware, Amazon, Blain’s Farm & Fleet, City Electric Supply, Costco, Do it Best, Fastenal, Home Depot, Lowe’s Stores, Napa Auto Parts, Northern Tool & Equipment, Orgill, Power Equipment Direct, Ravitsky Bros., True Value, and W.W. Grainger from June 2013 through June 2021 for between $790 and $1,480.

Manufacturer: Generac Power Systems, of Waukesha, Wis.

Manufactured in: United States and China

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Brewster Students Named to University of Hartford Honors Lists

The University of Hartford is pleased to announce the students who have been named to the President's Honors List and/or the Dean's List for Spring 2021.

Jennifer Desantis of Brewster: President's Honors List and the Dean's List

Eric Waclawski of Brewster: Dean's List

Marissa Zarelli of Brewster: Dean's List

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