Brewster's HamletHub Wed, 23 Oct 2019 05:57:32 -0400 Cut the Cord. Alternatives to Cable TV at Patterson Library

Cut the Cord
Tuesday, November 19 1:00 PM
Tired of dealing with your cable company? Join us a Ryan Biracree discusses different types of streaming services
and devices like Hulu, Netflix, and Apple TV and how they can offer you more reliable and versatile services! For
more information or to register, contact the Patterson Library at 845-878-6121 x10 or go to and click Calendar.

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Brewster students enroll at SUNY Delhi

SUNY Delhi welcomed more than 1,100 new students for the Fall 2019 semester. The following local students enrolled at the college which is located in Delhi, NY:

Anthony Aiello of Brewster (BREWSTER HIGH SCHOOL), pursuing a degree in Business Administration.

Jonathan Walch of Brewster (BREWSTER HIGH SCHOOL), pursuing a degree in Recreation & Sports Facility Management.

Franco Soccodato of Brewster (BREWSTER HIGH SCHOOL), pursuing a degree in Automotive Mechanics.

Christopher Rupolo of Brewster (BREWSTER HIGH SCHOOL), pursuing a degree in Electrical Construction & Instrumentation.

SUNY Delhi's hands-on approach to teaching and learning includes over 60 academic programs in specialized areas, including applied technologies, nursing, veterinary sciences, applied sciences, and liberal arts. SUNY Delhi offers certificates, associate's degrees, bachelor's degrees, as well as master's degrees in a combination of on-campus and online settings.

Enrolling over 3,000 students, SUNY Delhi is a member of the State University of New York. For more information about SUNY Delhi, call 607-746-4000 or visit

]]> (SUNY Delhi) Life Tue, 22 Oct 2019 13:27:46 -0400
Maloney Helps Hudson Valley Veterans Obtain $10 Million in Benefits

Today, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) announced his office has helped Hudson Valley veterans obtain over $10 million in earned benefits since taking office in 2013.

“Before I got to Congress, my father – a service-disabled veteran himself – instilled in me the utmost respect for veterans and military families. So from day one, my focus in this job has been on serving those who have served our country. I’m proud to work with our veterans and their families to get whatever benefits they’ve earned and deserve,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney.

Since 2013, Rep. Maloney and his team have helped over 1,800 servicemembers, veterans, and military families cut through government red tape. Hudson Valley veterans assisted include the Schultz family of Port Jervis, and Charles Parachinni of Walden.

“I would like to thank Representative Maloney and his staff for helping my husband when he needed assistance after being diagnosed with Leukemia from the Camp Lejeune water contamination problem. We were going through a lot of red tape to get the benefits my husband William deserved after his years of service. One of the Representative’s caseworkers comes to Port Jervis every month and I reached out to her and she put us in touch with the veterans’ advocate who helped us quickly and efficiently to get the benefits we needed,” said Mary Ann Schultz, of Port Jervis.

“I’d like to thank Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney for helping me at a time when I felt like it was a struggle to get my benefits. And I took a chance with the Congressman. I would have had to wait a year or two, and it was a last resort. I didn’t think it would work, but it did. If Rep. Maloney didn’t intercede on my behalf, I wouldn’t have gotten it,” said Charles Parachinni, of Walden.

Rep. Maloney’s office has talented caseworkers and veterans’ advocates who can help resolve issues with the federal government, including claims for educational, disability, retirement, medical, burial, spousal and dependents' benefits and correction of military records and medals. New York servicemembers, veterans and military families with questions about VA benefits, benefit applications, or case mitigation with the VA are urged to contact Rep. Maloney’s Newburgh office by calling 845-561-1259 or by visiting

]]> (Office of Sean Patrick Maloney) Politics Tue, 22 Oct 2019 13:22:37 -0400
Fake followers: A social media hoax

Influencers, celebrities and other people with strong online followings can be, well, influential. When considering whether you want to buy something or use a service – especially when you’re buying online – you might look at a person’s or company’s social media. A bigger following might mean something to you, maybe telling you something about their legitimacy or how good their product or service is.

A company called Devumi knew that and sold fake followers to help people and organizations gain strong “followings.” The FTC has reached a settlement with Devumi for its illegal actions that deceived consumers.

So how did Devumi work? It operated several websites, including,,, and People could go to these pages and buy fake followers, subscribers, views and likes for their social media accounts. That included accounts on Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Pinterest, Vine and SoundCloud.

So how can you be sure that the person or company you’re interested in has real followers? Truth is, you can’t be sure.

So, as you’re shopping online, go beyond the number of followers and likes. Check out independent reviews of the product or service. Of course, those can be faked, too, so read a bunch of reviews to see what you can figure out. Also, search onllne for the name of the product or service, plus the word “complaint.” Looking for more tips about shopping online? Check out Comparing Products Online.

]]> (by Ari Lazarus Consumer Education Specialist, FTC) Public safety Tue, 22 Oct 2019 13:18:04 -0400
Zombie Special Effects Workshop with NYC Artist

Zombie Special Effects

Sunday November 17th, 11:00am - 3:00pm

Join special effects NYC artist, Christina Vida, for a fun hands-on workshop. Learn how to create a professional zombie make-up just like they do on TV and in films. Limited to 17 spaces only. 

For ages 12 - 18 pre-registration required, there is a $20 materials fee due at registration. For questions, you can email the library at or call at (914) 669-5161

To learn about other programs we offer at the library, please visit our website:

This program will be held at Ruth Keeler Memorial Library: 276 Titicus Road, North Salem, New York


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Utilizing Nature-Based Programs to Provide Sensory and Self-Regulation Strategies for Children

Nature has a calming effect on most of us, and many of us seek nature and animals to comfort us when we are in distress or sad. How does this help children who have difficulty in the school environment? 

The Sam and Myra Ross Institute at Green Chimneys is hosting a one-day symposium at the Leir Retreat Center in Ridgefield, Connecticut to share how nature-based settings are valuable in helping children cope with sensory integration issues. Strategic and varied experiences with animals and plants, facilitated by trained specialists, can rapidly develop coping skills and help a child succeed at school, at home, and in the bigger world

  • To identify common challenges faced by children who have difficulty with sensory modulation and self-regulation.
  • To understand how these challenges impact students, and what it looks like within the school setting.
  • To understand how nature, animals, and outdoor environments can provide a sensory-rich and motivating place to increase self-awareness leading to self-regulation.
  • To share strategies and steps to help young people develop coping skills around sensory and self-regulation.
  • To provide examples of how skills developed utilizing nature and animals can be transferred to coping skills used inside the classroom.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019
8:30am - 3:30pm

The Leir Retreat Center, Inc.
220 Branchville Road
Ridgefield, CT 06877
The symposium is FREE but space is limited.
To register for the Symposium follow this link to the Registration Page.

Click Here for a Symposium Information packet.

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Movie Matinee: Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Movie Matinee: Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Wednesday, November 13 1:00 PM
This month’s Movie Matinee at the Patterson Library is “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” Based on the memoir of author
Leonore Carol "Lee" Israel, the film tells the story of how a once successful author resorts to fraud and deception to
make ends meet when her career begins to spiral. Rated R: for language including some sexual references and brief
drug use. Starring: Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant. For more information or to register, contact the
Patterson Library at 845-878-6121 x10 or go to and click Calendar.

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Westchester Broadway Theatre Presents An American In Paris

Westchester Broadway Theatre

Is Proud to Present

An American In Paris

Music & Lyrics by Music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin

Book by Craig Lucas

Directed & Choreographed by Richard Stafford

Musical Direction by Ryan Wise


Our Most Lavish Production! The thrilling story of a young American soldier, a beautiful French girl, and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war.

Hoping to start a new life, World War II veteran Jerry Mulligan chooses newly liberated Paris as the place to make a name for himself as a painter. But Jerry's life becomes complicated when he meets Lise, a young Parisian shop girl with her own secret - and realizes he is not her only suitor.

Described as an extended symphonic poem, George Gershwin’s 1928 “An American in Paris rapidly became one of his most famous compositions. The 1951 MGM film starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron was inspired by Gershwin’s score and became one of the studio’s most acclaimed and famous movie musicals, winning six Academy Awards. In 2015.

The stage musical was inspired by the Academy Award-winning film and features a score which includes the Gershwin songs “I Got Rhythm,” “'S Wonderful,” “But Not for Me,” “Stairway to Paradise,” “They Can’t Take That Away”  and “An American In Paris.”

Starring: Brandon Haagenson as Jerry MulliganDeanna Doyle as Lise Dassin, Erika Amato as Madame BaurelTommaso Antico as Adam Hochberg, Lauren Sprague as Milo Davenportand Jonathan Young as Henri Baurel. 

With: Danielle Behrens, Rachel Beiswenger, Joseph Cullinane, Jamie Foord, Tim Fuchs, Rachael Britton Hart, Leeds Hill, Katy Kauffman, Ian Knauer, Ryan Lambert, Garrett Marks, Leisa Mather, Georgina Moore, Collin Sanderson, Rebecca Shulla, Joey Simon, Charity Van Tassel, Kate Wesler, Kent Zimmerman.

Directed & Choreographed by Richard StaffordThe Associate Choreographer is Joseph Cullinane, The Musical Direction is by Ryan Wise, Set Design by Steve LoftusLighting Design by Andrew GmoserSound Design by Mark ZuckermanThe Costume Designer is Keith Nielsen, Wig & Hair Design by Gerard Kelly, the Production Stage Manager is Victor Lukas, ASM is Theresa Stark, and Properties are by Grumpy’s Props. Lisa Tiso is the Associate Producer.


Show Times:

Wednesday & Thursday & some Friday Matinees: Lunch: 11:30 am & Show 1 pm.

Thursday, Friday, & Saturday Evenings: Dinner: 6:30 pm & Show: 8 pm.

Sunday Matinees: Lunch: 12 pm & Show: 1:30 pm

Sunday Evenings: Dinner: 5:30 pm & Show: 7 pm.

Ticket Prices: Dinner & Show range between $61.00 to $91.00 PLUS TAX depending on the performance chosen. Beverage Service & Gratuities are not included in the ticket price. Discounts are available for children, students, and senior citizens at selected performances. Also check the website for on-going Special Offers!

Reservations: Call (914) 592-2222.  Visit:

Photos by John Vecchiolla




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WCSU Host Workshop for Families Completing Aid Application for Connecticut Undocumented Students

WCSU to host information workshop for families completing Aid Application for Connecticut Undocumented Students

Financial aid season is underway as new and returning college students and their families seek to obtain funds to assist with college expenses. One segment of the student population - undocumented students - until recently could not obtain access to institutional financial aid. That changed last year.

In April 2018, the Connecticut General Assembly, with the support of then-Gov. Dannel Malloy, enacted a new state law that allows undocumented students to apply for institutional financial aid. In response, the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system unveiled the Aid Application for CT Undocumented Students  (AACTUS) exclusively for a specific group of undocumented students who cannot apply for federal student aid.

The Western Connecticut State University Office of Financial Aid & Student Employment, the WCSU UndocuAlly Taskforce and CT Students for a Dream will host an information workshop for students and their families who require assistance completing the Aid Application for CT Undocumented Students. The session will be from 2 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24, in Room 127 of White Hall on the university's Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury.

The AACTUS application requires several criteria: In order to receive institutional financial aid, students must meet certain age, residency and criminal history requirements, along with an affidavit with the institution they are attending about their intent to legalize their immigration status when they are eligible to do so.

To learn more and download the application, click HERE. The deadline to submit the application and all supporting documentation is Friday, Nov. 1, for spring 2020 awards.

For more information, contact the WCSU Office of Financial Aid & Student Employment at (203) 837-8580 or

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Legal Notice – Public Hearing on Tentative 2020 Budget 10/24/19


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Legislature of the County of Putnam will hold a Public Hearing on the Tentative Budget for the year 2020, as presented by the County Executive and the Report of the Budget & Finance Committee of the Legislature, on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 7:00 P.M. in the Historic Courthouse, Carmel, New York.

NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN that any interested persons may review a copy of the Tentative Budget for the year 2020 at the Office of the Clerk of the Legislature, Room 321, 40 Gleneida Avenue, Carmel, New York, any time during regular business hours after October 1, 2019. A copy of the Tentative Budget may also be found on line at under the Department of Finance.

PURSUANT TO SECTION 359 OF THE COUNTY LAW, the maximum salary that may be fixed and payable during the fiscal year 2020 to the members of the Putnam County Legislature and Chairperson, thereof, respective, is as follows:

Legislator’s Compensation _______________________ $40,839
Chairperson’s Stipend ___________________________ $ 8,959


Diane Schonfeld


]]> (Putnam County) Politics Mon, 21 Oct 2019 07:18:57 -0400
Carmel Knights of Columbus Council #6318 Annual Dinner Dance and Awards Ceremony

Join us for our EVENT OF THE YEAR on Saturday, November 2nd at 7 p.m.: Our 48th Anniversary Annual Dinner Dance and Awards Ceremony. Fine dining, LIVE MUSIC, GREAT FOOD, dancing, raffles, and recognition of our members who do so much to make our council so special.

As always, we will be honoring our "Knight of the Year," and the "Family of the Year." Read on for more about them.

The last three years were such a great success that we are once again holding our Annual in the St. James school gymnasium so we have plenty of room to spread out, host the band and DANCE! This year's Annual promises to be MEMORABLE and HUGE FUN, so get in your reservation today! (RESERVATIONS ARE A MUST!)

You loved 'em, you wanted 'em back, and we're proud to once again feature the musical stylings of SOULMATES ("Music from the Heart and Soul")!

Also back by popular demand is our FUN PHOTO BOOTH! (Bring your funniest face or take a nice couples' shot for a memento.)

Last year's food was so good that we're bringing back caterer Sauro's Town Square Cafe, featuring outstanding Italian cuisine including antipasto, hot appetizers, a hot buffet dinner, and fine desserts. Plus, since nobody does a carving station better than we do, we'll once again be serving hand-carved filet mignon with dinner prepared by our own in-house chefs! If you've enjoyed our masterpiece of charcoal grilled prime beef at the Council Golf Outing, Men's Beefsteak, or the Ladies Auxiliary Appreciation Dinner, you know that this is something really special!

The night will start with a cocktail hour with plenty of hot hors d’oeuvres and cold antipasto, followed by a great hot buffet dinner with lots of delicious selections, our brief awards ceremony, live entertainment and dancing, and delicious desserts & coffee. OPEN BAR ALL NIGHT!

Raffles ♦ Live Band ♦ Dancing ♦ Awards Ceremony ♦ Fun Photo Booth ♦ Souvenir Journal

$80 each or $150 per couple*
Reservations required by October 25th
(*$90 each / $175 per couple after 10/25 and at the door)

RSVP to GK Steve Gheduzzi and send your check to Treasurer, Council 6318, 10 Fair Street, Carmel NY 10512.


There's no better way to remember this special event and congratulate the Council and our award winners than by taking out an ad in our beautifully produced souvenir journal. Journal ads also help us defray the cost of the event, and give you an opportunity to congratulate our honorees and/or promote your business.

Download this year's ad form here:

Contact Deb McDonald by email at or call (914) 589-6751 with questions or to place your ad. Please get in your order by 10/25!


Our Annual Dinner Dance & Awards Ceremony is our opportunity to recognize and appreciate those who have given outstanding and dedicated service to our Council. In addition to important service awards, we present our Council's highest annual award to a deserving member: "Knight of the Year." We also honor a Brother Knight and his family who exemplify the true spirit of the Knights of Columbus as the "Family of the Year."

On this the occasion of our 48th Anniversary, we are proud to announce our 2019 Knight of the Year and Family of the Year. Please join us in congratulating them, and show your support by attending our Annual to celebrate them together as a council.

This year's KNIGHT OF THE YEAR is our own MICHAEL BOCK!

In his six years as a member, Mike has been very active in a variety of roles and helps out at numerous events. He has served in Council officer positions including Guard and Chancellor, and continues to serve in the important role as chairman of the Admissions Committee. Mike also serves as Rentals Chairman for our Home Corporation, handling bookings and showings of our facilities. He is also the chairman and head chef for our annual Oktoberfest celebration, bringing it to new levels of greatness.

Mike retired from NYPD as a Sergeant Detective Squad Supervisor after 25 years of service, having held positions in several investigative units including Narcotics, Internal Affairs, and Special Victims. He spent his last 10 years as a supervisor in Manhattan Special Victims and Special Victims Cold Case DNA Squad supervising over 15,000 cases. Mike is now a NY and NJ licensed private investigator, with his own firm: First-Rate Investigations and Consulting.

This year's FAMILY OF THE YEAR is THE MCDONALD FAMILY - Timothy, Deborah, Sean and Ryan!

Tim is a Third Degree member who joined our Council in 2014 and quickly became very active. Tim served as a Guard before ascending to the core officer position of Chancellor this fraternal year. He is also one of our Lounge's top bartenders and an invaluable member of our Kitchen Crew, cooking dinners for meetings and working numerous events including Fish Fry Fridays and Oktoberfest.

Deb is also very active around our Council, serving as a Trustee of our Ladies Auxiliary and helping out with their many fundraising efforts. Deb is masterful at securing sponsorships and donations for events, and she was a key player in the Ladies' wildly successful fundraiser for Make-A-Wish. Never one to shrink from a challenge, Deb took on the responsibility of managing our busy dining room during Fish Fry Fridays, ensuring things run smoothly for our customers. And this year, she also took charge of our Annual Dinner Dance Journal, which is sure to be something even more special this year.

Tim and Deb moved to Kent 16 years ago and live there with their sons Sean and Ryan, and dog Duffy. A Third Degree member, Sean joined our Council last year and currently works at Cassidy Plumbing. Ryan is a Junior at Carmel High School and serves as a bar-back in our Lounge. Tim is a Field Technician for Verizon, and Deb works as a Teaching Assistant at Mahopac Middle School.

So join us at the Annual on November 2nd as we present Mike Bock and the McDonald Family with our Council's highest honors!

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Defensive Driving Course at Brewster Community Learning Center

Brewster Community Learning Center

Is pleased to offer a


Attendance at this course:

- guarantees a 10% Car Insurance Discount
- reduces Up to 4 Points on Your License

Instructor: Peter Dandreano
When: Saturday, November 2, 2019

Time: 9am-3pm

Location: JFK Elem. School IDEA Room
Cost: $40.00 per class*

* We apologize but we are unable to offer any discounts for this course

Please contact Ann Marie Kovaleski @ with any questions.

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Come and celebrate with the "Economic Development Leader" 2019 Trailblazer Winners

Come and celebrate with the  
"Economic Development Leader" 
2019 Trailblazer Winners
in Putnam County!
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
from 11:30am to 2:00pm
Villa Barone Hilltop Manor 
466 US-6, Mahopac, NY 10541
11:30am - 12:30pm

12:30pm- 2:00pm
Lunch & Awards

$55 per ticket (up to 9 seats) or

10 tickets for $500 

Go to

 to purchase tickets
For Sponsorship Opportunities at 
  Deadline is 12:00pm, October 22nd, 2019
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Maloney Encourages Hudson Valley Seniors to Take Advantage of Medicare Open Enrollment Period

October 15th marks the beginning of the Medicare Open Enrollment for Medicare beneficiaries across the state of New York. The Open Enrollment period is the best opportunity for current and potential Medicare beneficiaries to find coverage or change their plan based on their health needs.  Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) released the following statement:

“Open Enrollment is the best time to get on Medicare or make changes to your plan or prescription drug coverage. Every current and eligible Medicare beneficiary across the Hudson Valley should take advantage of the Open Enrollment period before it closes on December 7th. Don’t know where to start or need to change your plan? Contact my office in Newburgh to get connected to the help you need to stay healthy in 2020 and beyond,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney.

New Yorkers can sign up for Medicare or make changes to their plans by visiting Rep. Maloney’s talented caseworkers can also help individuals and families in the Hudson Valley navigate the Medicare Open Enrollment period or connect them to a trained Medicare Navigator in a community near them. New Yorkers living in the 18th Congressional District are encouraged to call Rep. Maloney’s Newburgh office: 845-561-1259, or visit to send an email. 

Over 3.6 million New Yorkers enrolled in Medicare plans in 2018. Medicare is generally available for people ages 65+, younger people with disabilities, people with some end-stage diseases, and people with Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

The Medicare Open Enrollment period can bring an uptick of Medicare-related scams from con artists and bad actors. New Yorkers should be smart about who they share personal identifying information with and are reminded that Medicare will never contact current or prospective beneficiaries for their Medicare Number or other personal information unless given permission in advance. Medicare will also never call to sell a plan, product or device, or visit a beneficiary at their home. New Yorkers can report suspicious behavior by calling 1-800-MEDICARE.

The Open Enrollment period for the 2020 Marketplace (Affordable Care Act healthcare plans) runs November 1-December 15, 2019.

]]> (Office of Sean Patrick Maloney) Politics Sun, 20 Oct 2019 01:10:38 -0400
Danbury Police Ask for Help in Identifying A Person Of Interest In Vehicle Burglaries

In a Facebook post earlier today, the Danbury PD asked for the public’s assistance in identifying the individual pictured here. This person is wanted for questioning regarding a series of vehicle break-ins in the Sienna Drive/Woodcrest Drive area. The person pictured may be operating the black SUV seen in the background. Anyone with information is asked to call Ofc. Katkocin at 203-797-4611 ext.618 or call the confidential tips line at 203-790-8477.

]]> (Danbury Police Department) Public safety Sat, 19 Oct 2019 14:28:16 -0400