Brewster's HamletHub Tue, 21 Jan 2020 17:34:06 -0500 Prevent Type 2 Diabetes, a Free Program

Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Lower the risk of developing diabetes while improving your health

For more information on this free diabetes prevention program, email or call 845.228.7457 extension 1106 914.259.8036 (VP), Fill out the eligibility questionnaire and registration.

If you have been diagnosed with prediabetes, you have a serious condition. Many people with prediabetes who don’t change their lifestyle may develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years.

Type 2 diabetes can lead to serious health issues such as:

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Blindness
  • Kidney failure
  • Loss of toes, feet, or legs

Do you have risk factors?

  • You are overweight
  • You are 45 years of age or older
  • Your parent or sibling has type 2 diabetes
  • You are physically active fewer than 3 times per week
  • You ever gave birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds
  • You ever had diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes)

Click to take the CDC Risk Test 

If you have prediabetes, join our CDC-recognized lifestyle change program. It can help you lose weight, become more active, and prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.

  • Eat healthy without giving up all the foods you love
  • Add physical activity to your life
  • Deal with stress
  • Cope with challenges that can derail your hard work
  • Get back on track if you slip up (we all do!)

PreventT2 runs for 1 year

  • During the first 20 weeks you will meet once a week
  • During the second six months you’ll meet once or twice a week


  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be overweight (body mass index ≥25; ≥23 if Asian)
  • Have no previous diagnosis of type 1 or type 2 diabetes
  • Take the Could You Have Diabetes quiz to assess your risk OR
  • Have a blood test result in the prediabetes range within the past year:
  • Hemoglobin A1C: 5.7%–6.4% or
  • Fasting plasma glucose: 100–125 mg/dL or
  • Two-hour plasma glucose (after a 75 gm glucose load): 140–199 mg/dL orBe previously diagnosed with gestational diabetes
  • Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
  • Health Care Provider Referral Form_11.13.18
]]> (Putnam Independent Living Services) Public safety Tue, 21 Jan 2020 11:30:27 -0500
Spotlight Family Support Groups for Those Struggling with Addiction

A Family Support and Education Group. This is a guided recurring support group for

family and friends suffering the effect of a loved one’s struggle with addiction.

Mahopac (Putnam) 6:45-8:00PM
Mahopac Library 3rd floor. 668 Rt 6, Mahopac, NY
Meetings are held on Tuesdays unless noted:

January 2020: 14, 28 

February 2020: 11, 25 

March 2020: 10, 24 

April 2020: 7, 21 

May 2020: 5, 19 

June 2020: 2, 16, 30 

July 2020: 14, 28

August 2020: 11, 25 

September 2020: 8, 22 

October 2020: 6, 20

November 2020: 3, 17 

December 2020: 1, 15, 29

Yorktown (Westchester) 6:45-8:00PM

Cappellini Community and Cultural Center, 1974 Commerce Street, Yorktown, NY,
Room 26 (Enter through the theater entrance on Veterans Rd.)

All dates are on Tuesday
January 2020: 7, 21 Feb 2020: 4, 18
March 2020: 3, 17, 31
April 2020: 14, 28
May 2020: 12, 26
June 2020: 9, 23

July 2020: 7, 21
Aug. 2020: 4, 18

Sept. 2020: 1, 15, 29

Oct. 2020: 13, 27

Nov. 2020: 10, 24

Dec. 2020: 8, 22

Sharon and Jim Herring of the Herring Foundation have a group in Fishkill:

Keeping It Real with G’ma, 33 Herring Drive, Fishkill, NY
Meets the first, third and fifth Thursday of every month.

For more info: or call 914-582-8384

All meeting are open to the public. No registration required.

]]> (Putnam County Coalition That Cares) Charities Tue, 21 Jan 2020 11:21:19 -0500
Senator Harckham's Statement on Stabbing of a Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Deputy

New York State Senator Pete Harckham issued the following statement yesterday upon receiving news that a Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Deputy was stabbed while responding to an altercation in Putnam Valley:

“I am saddened to learn that a deputy from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office has been stabbed in the line of duty, and has undergone surgery for his serious injury. Thankfully, his assailant has been captured and charged for his reprehensible actions. But let this be a reminder to us all that our law enforcement officers put their lives at risk the minute they begin to wear the badge, every single day, while serving and protecting us. Along with all of the residents of Putnam County and throughout the Hudson Valley, I offer my best wishes to the deputy for a quick recovery.”

]]> (Office of Senator Harckham) Politics Tue, 21 Jan 2020 11:05:56 -0500
This year's "Brewster Got Talent" set for January 24th

This year's Brewster's Got Talent has a myriad of talent from the HH Wells Middle School, Brewster High School and includes several adult performers as well. The show will be Friday,  January 24th at 7pm in the Brewster High School PAC.  Tickets are available online at and also can be purchased at the high school through Mrs. Chalmers for $15.  There will be $1,000 in prizes offered to our winners.
The 2020 show includes the following performers from Wells Middle School-  Singers, Teresa Boissonault, Rody Cassidy, Natasha Larencule and Arianna Arocho.    Dancers include Gia Santos, Matt Jones and Ivellisse Arocho and a Cheerleader/ Gymnastic Act called "Cheernastics 22 that includes Sophia Bartolomeo, Jessica Grace, Ella Riofrio, Sofia Rosamillia and Amelia Walsh.
Our Brewster High School performers include Singer/Musician Jade Carbone, Musician Chris Saas, Dancer, Bianca Torke and Singer , Evan Pellot.
The adult acts include two Brewster School staffers (Singer/Musician David Thomson and Crooner, Anthony Loiacono.  Other adults acts include Singers Maddie and Trista Majette, Shayne Pelliccio and Emily Bellantoni and Modern Dancer, John Delgado..
"This show gets better and better every year and we are all amazed at how many talented students and community members perform every year," said Brewster's Got Talent Chairman Joe Cavanagh.
All proceeds from this sixth annual version of Brewster's Got Talent will go to the Brewster Education Foundation.
]]> (Joe Cavanagh) Events Tue, 21 Jan 2020 10:39:07 -0500
Newtown Teen Identified as victim in I-84 crash

Lian Declan Devine 2002-2020

I-95 Radio host Jose Echevarria reported earlier today that the lone victim of a crash o I-84 near exit 8 last Friday evening has been identified as 17 year old Liam Declan Devine of Newtown, Ct.

According to the Connecticut State Police, 17-year-old Liam Declan Divine was headed west on I-84 at around 10:24 PM on Friday (January 17) in the area of exit 9 in Newtown when, for an unknown reason, the Mazda 6 he was driving left the roadway and travelled up a grass embankment before colliding with a tree. Police say that once the vehicle came to an uncontrolled stop facing south, the car became fully engulfed in flames.

When first responders arrived on the scene, Devine was found to be deceased.

According to Liam's obituary, the 17-year-old was a very talented honor student at Immaculate High School in Danbury, and was recognized by the State of Connecticut as being a gifted individual. He was an avid sports fan who enjoyed graphic design and had received many merit awards for his superb academics.

The family will receive friends from 4:00pm-8:00pm on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 at the Green Funeral Home, 57 Main St., Danbury. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Liam’s memory, to Immaculate High School, 73 Southern Blvd., Danbury, CT 06810.

Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to call Connecticut State Police Troop A at 203-267-2240, as case remains under investigation.

]]> (Peter Carey / I-95 Radio) Life Tue, 21 Jan 2020 10:21:18 -0500
Putnam County Children’s Committee Awards Scholarship

The Putnam County Children’s Committee is pleased to announce it has awarded a scholarship to Brianna Sayegh, a Brewster High School senior. “Ms. Sayegh is a hard-working, deserving student,” said a Committee member, “and the $2,000 gift will be of benefit as she heads off to SUNY Oneonta in the fall.”

The PCCC, which celebrated their 100th anniversary last year, is a local non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to Putnam County’s children in need of aid for health, education and/or welfare. The PCCC uses the monies it raises to contribute to scholarships, as well as various programs and activities. These include: caring for victims of poverty, abuse, family hardships and emergencies, as well as those children in foster care. PCCC also contributes throughout the year for school supplies, foster children’s care, and holiday gifts. Requests are made by social workers, school personnel, recreation directors and pastors. Upon examination and approval, the Committee will fund as many of these requests as possible.

One hundred percent of all donations go toward these programs that give direct help to Putnam County residents. The Committee members are all volunteers and pay for the cost of all fundraising and operational expenses.

If you would like to donate to the Putnam County Children’s Committee for the good of local children in need, please mail your check or gift card donation to: PCCC, P.O. Box 187, Carmel, NY 10512.

]]> (Doris Tomaselli/Jo Ann Johnston) Life Tue, 21 Jan 2020 10:08:09 -0500
Get up-to-date information this tax filing season with redesigned IRS e-News Subscriptions

As the 2020 tax season approaches, the Internal Revenue Service today encouraged taxpayers, businesses, tax professionals and others to take advantage of a variety of improved e-mail subscription services.

The e-News Subscription Service has been redesigned and updated in recent months to make it easier to subscribe to specific areas that people and organizations are interested in. Among others, the IRS offers subscription services tailored to tax exempt and government entities, small and large businesses and individuals.

The IRS currently has 20 registration-based e-News options, including: 

  • IRS Tax Tips – These brief, concise tips in plain language that cover a wide-range of topics of general interest to taxpayers. They include the latest on tax scams and schemes, tax reform, tax deductions, filing extensions and amending a return. IRS Tax Tips are distributed daily during tax season and periodically throughout the year.
  • IRS Newswire − Subscribers to IRS Newswire receive news releases the day they are issued. These cover a wide range of tax administration issues ranging from breaking news to details related to legal guidance.
  • IRS News in Spanish (Noticias del IRS en Español) − Readers get IRS news releases, tax tips and updates in Spanish as they are released. Subscribe at Noticias del IRS en Español.
  • e-News for Tax Professionals − Includes a weekly roundup of news releases and legal guidance specifically designed for the tax professional community.  Subscribing to e-News for Tax Professionals gets tax pros a weekly summary, typically delivered on Friday afternoons.
  • IRS Outreach Connection − This newest IRS subscription offering delivers up-to-date materials for tax professionals and partner groups inside and outside the tax community. The material for Outreach Connection is specifically designed so subscribers can share the material with their clients or members through email, social media, internal newsletters, e-mails or external websites. Subscribe by visiting

For more information and other IRS subscriptions designed for specific groups, visit IRS e-News Subscriptions. The resources will help taxpayers and organizations keep up with the latest information during and after filing season.

Tax Tip 2020-14

]]> (Internal Revenue Service) Life Tue, 21 Jan 2020 07:33:40 -0500
Interview with Yoga in the Adirondacks at The Divine Acres

Yoga in the Adirondacks at The Divine Acres

“Where yoga embraces nature.”

“A Participant’s Interview”

   by Kathleen Troy

Good afternoon, I am Kathleen Troy from Second Spring Life Coaching and I am here with Rhodella Hughes from Yoga in the Adirondacks at The Divine Acres. I had the pleasure of participating in your first weekend retreat and had a fabulous time and I am very interested in knowing how this all transpired?...KT

Thank you Kathleen, I am excited to be here and to have you, one of our first participants at our “Spring into Summer” 2019 Retreat, interview me.

I am Rhodella Hughes. My husband, Patrick and I live in Somers, NY where we’ve raised our three children our youngest is now a junior in college. We would spend many weekends at our second home up in the Adirondack Mountains.

In raising our children it was important for Patrick and I to maintain and teach the core values and simplicity of life that we were fortunate to grow up with. I come from a long line of farmers and I lived on farms as a small child. We settled in Somers, planted many home gardens and raised our own chickens for the fresh eggs and poultry. After our busy week of school and work in Somers we would head out for the weekend to the Adirondack Mountains enjoying all that nature had to offer. We would go skiing, fishing, hiking, swimming, kayaking and practice yoga at the studio down the road. The 19 acre property with the yoga studio was being sold and I knew it would be a great opportunity for us. I had a vision to one day create and share a place that would provide the same breath of fresh air I was so grateful to have over the years. I like to call it jumping off the hamster wheel.

In 2015, we purchased what we now call The Divine Acres home to Yoga in the Adirondacks (YitA), where yoga embraces nature. The 1905 Farmhouse has been fully renovated. Our organic farm provides for our seasonal farm to table meals at our retreats.  We have chickens and ducks and sell our fresh organic eggs at the Divine Acres store. We have mapped out hiking trails for different levels throughout the property. I am a yoga instructor, having completed my 500 hour certification this Spring 2020 and a passionate essential oil enthusiast.

You really had an inkling - as you’ve said “the light bulb went on”…KT

Yes, it’s all the grace of God, listening to the opportunities. The timing was perfect as Patrick had just retired from working in Manhattan for over 25 years and our children are all adults.

Clearly you are motivated by dreams and are a Visionary, what do you see for the next 5-10 years…KT

We see incredible opportunities for growth. Our retreats, yoga classes, workshops and events will create opportunity for community health and wellness.

The Divine Acres, nestled in the beautiful Adirondacks State Park is a very special place of healing within the quiet and solitude of the Adirondack Mountains. We are working with wonderful facilitators Beth Mendoza of Evolution yoga by beth and Stacy Hendrie a nutritious delicious foods chef. Stacy prepares our farm to table meals and will also be teaching a healthy cooking class at our next January 12th, 2020 “Fall into Winter” Retreat. Patrick is the Property Manager and leads our retreat hikes. He will be demonstrating “How to make Maple Syrup” during our Spring Retreat March 27th-29th, 2020. In addition, we will be growing our facilitators directory and we encourage anyone who may desire to be a teacher of our community to attend one of our retreats. Our on-site store in the Farmhouse will continue to expand.

Patrick and I feel very blessed to have so much support from our family and friends during this time creating and building YitA at the Divine Acres.

I wanted to ask you as well about yoga beginners and novices. I went to your retreat as my first, not knowing what I signed up for.   What message would you give to other people who might be hesitant?...KT

Well I can relate, because I once was a hesitant participant as well. However, I chose not to let the “not knowing” stand in my way of a new experience. Letting go of my fears and opening up to new potential and opportunities within life. Showing up and being present is one of the greatest gifts I give myself. And always remembering growth can only be measured from where I’ve been. 

Well I can verify that I did not feel left behind in anyway. Even though I went in fearing that I would be the least qualified participant, it simply wasn’t true…the nature walks, the fire pit and the delicious foods and the conversations in-between felt like I had been away much longer then a weekend. For me I felt like I came back restored and can not exactly explain it. Even the eating healthy was a break from eating on the run…KT 

Thank you, Kathleen for sharing your experience. That is our mission to create an opportunity for people to be with themselves for a few days. Letting go of worries, concerns, and responsibilities for a moment in time while enjoying nature.

The experience you’ve created is priceless…KT

Visit us at: and join our community of health and wellness.




]]> (Kathleen Troy) Neighbors Tue, 21 Jan 2020 07:02:02 -0500
UPDATE on Deputy Stabbed During Altercation

The Deputy who was stabbed while investigating the disturbance in the Town of Putnam Valley is out of surgery. He suffered a severed artery which, though repaired during the surgery, he may need to undergo additional surgeries. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office is thankful for the support from the community, NY State Police, Town of Carmel Police, Westchester County Police and the City of Peekskill Police. We would also like to thank the Hudson Valley Hospital Center for all their support during this time. And thank you to everyone who has sent good wishes his way. It worked!

Sheriff Robert L. Langley, Jr. reported earlier today, January 20, 2020  that at approximately 10 AM, Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to a disturbance at a residence in the the Town of Putnam Valley. Upon investigation at the residence, a male subject confronted Deputies with a knife.

The subject was taken in custody. During this confrontation one of the Deputies was stabbed and sustained injuries. Currently the Deputy is undergoing surgery for his injuries. At this time the investigation is continuing, and there is no threat to the public.


]]> (Putnam County Sheriff's Office) Public safety Mon, 20 Jan 2020 13:30:08 -0500
Sheriffs Deputy Stabbed

A Putnam County Sheriff's deputy responding to a domestic dispute was stabbed at a home in Putnam County Monday morning.

It happened at a home on Peekskill Hollow Road in Putnam Valley around 10 a.m.

 Authorities say two deputies responded to the home after a son stabbed his father and were confronted by that son who was still brandishing a knife.

A struggle ensued, and the officers attempted to use a Taser on the son. In the process, the deputy was cut and suffered a severed artery.

The deputy, who has only been identified as a seven-year veteran of the force, was rushed to the hospital by police car and taken into surgery as doctors tried to control the bleeding.

"His injuries they weren't able to stabilize, so he immediately had to be brought into surgery to repair the damage that was done," Sheriff Robert Langley told ABC News in New York City. "They were able to repair the artery and stop the bleeding. The deputy may have to undergo additional surgeries as a result of those injuries."

The suspect, whose name has not been released, was taken into custody. His father is said to be OK and refused medical attention.

 Officials described the scene as a red flag house they had visited in the past.

"Could they have used deadly physical force in this instance, absolutely," Langley said. "But with all the training we provide our officers, they used what means they had necessary. Unfortunately, due to the proximity of the suspect with the knife and the Taser not working, it became a physical struggle."

Investigators remain at the scene gathering evidence.

Authorities said this is the first time in history of the department there has been a life threatening attack against one of its members.

The deputy is expected to survive.

]]> (Putnam County Sheriff's Office/ABC TV News) Public safety Mon, 20 Jan 2020 12:57:57 -0500
Colonial Kids program at Brewster Public Library

The Brewster Public Library presents "Colonial Kids" Tuesday, February 18th through Friday, February- 21st from 10:00am until - 11:00am

Children ages 7-11 are welcome to come and make a different educational craft each day that teaches them about life during Colonial Times.

This is a joint program with the Southeast Museum but will take place at the Brewster Library

This program is part of Revisiting the Founding Era, a three-year national initiative of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History presented in partnership with the American Library Association, and the National Constitution Center, with generous support from The National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information visit or call 845-279-6421.

All library programs are free but registration is required unless noted. Please be advised that photos and video taken during library programs may be used for publicity.


]]> (Brewster Public Library) Events Mon, 20 Jan 2020 06:33:00 -0500
Stixx & Stonz at La Famiglia

Join Stixx & Stonz and enjoy great food and drink while dancing the night away to classic rock at La Famiglia in Lake Carmel at 9:30 on Jan 18th. 

]]> (Stixx & Stonz) Events Mon, 20 Jan 2020 05:53:00 -0500
LIFE ON EARTH - open call for artwork

Mahopac Public Library invites professional artists to submit artwork for a show entitled:
to be exhibited in the Third Floor Gallery
February 1-26, 2020

How do you depict the biodiversity that exists on our planet, the elements that make up your connection to the earth? What is your response to the environmental changes that are occurring and how do you depict all the wonders, and the destruction, that we are experiencing - both personally and universally?

  • Artists must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Work must be hand-delivered, framed, and ready to hang with hooks, wire, and/or sawtooth hangers.
  • Two-dimensional painting, drawing, photography, mixed media, or wall work will be accepted.
    • Work must not exceed 36" with frame. 

Drop-off dates:
Sun, January 26, 1-4:30 pm
Mon, January 27, 10 am - 4 pm
Tues, January 28, 12-6 pm
Wed, January 29, 10 am - 4 pm

Public reception: Sunday, February 2, 2-4 pm. 

For more information visit, or call 845-628-2009, ext 108.



]]> (Mahopac Public Library) Events Mon, 20 Jan 2020 03:52:53 -0500
The Journey of Success Symposium - Westchester

TheNetWorks Organization presents our signature event, The Journey of Success!

Join us on Saturday, January 25th at Mercy College in Yorktown for speakers, presentations, networking, and exhibitor tables as we redefine success and explore topics including entrepreneurship, knowledge/education, self-care, positive mindset, philanthropy, and more.

Sponsors, partners, speakers, exhibitors, and attendees include: Mercy College MBA Program, Westchester Community College Gateway to Entrepreneurship Program, PCSB Bank, the Yorktown Small Business Association, the Women’s Empowerment Institute, SaLaurMor Prosperity Coaching, M&M Projects, Inc., NY Life, Support Connection, Grow Now Marketing, Tanya Marie Naturals, Tupperware, Arbonne, and others.

Admission is free. Invite your colleagues and friends and bring your business cards! A light, continental breakfast will be provided.

Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 8 AM – 12 PM

Mercy College
2651 Strang Blvd # 1, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598, Yorktown Heights


Visit to learn about TheNetWorks.

Email for more information.

]]> (Cheryl Sanchez) Events Mon, 20 Jan 2020 03:02:12 -0500
Books and Bites at the Brewster Library

Books & Bites at the Brewster Public library on Tuesday January 21st from 4:30pm until 5:15pm.

Children in 2nd and 3rd grade can come to this monthly book club! We will read and discuss a
book together while having a snack and then do an activity to go along with it! 

Register online at or give us a call at (845) 279-6421

For more information visit our social media pages at:
Twitter: @BrewsterLibrary

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