Carmel's HamletHub Fri, 25 Sep 2020 15:19:31 -0400 Reed Memorial Library Referendum

Reed Memorial Library Referendum 

On Monday October 5th the Reed Memorial Library will be holding a referendum for open positions on the Library’s Board of Trustees. 

There are currently two named candidates for the board.  

Vote for two (2)

________________Vicky Cause

________________Carla Taylor.

________________ Write - in Candidate

_________________Write - in Candidate

Voting will take place on Monday, October 5th, 2020 from noon until 5pm at the Gilead Presbyterian Church located at 9 Church Street in Carmel, NY.

To vote in the library's election, you most be a registered voter and reside in the Reed Memorial Library District (the portion of the Town of Carmel that is not in the Mahopac School District).

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10 Ways to Experience the Beauty of Fall in Putnam and Dutchess Counties - 2020

When the weather is cool and the leaves begin to turn, Putnam and Dutchess Counties truly come alive. We have some of the most incredibly picturesque landscapes as the leaves change color. But don’t just view it, experience it. Here are 10 of our favorite ways to experience the beauty of fall in Putnam and Dutchess Counties, NY.

Please follow state guidelines requiring everyone to wear face coverings and to social distance.

1. Dykeman Farm: At Dykeman’s, you can meander through the pumpkin patch and pick your own pumpkin while enjoying the fall foliage. It’s also a great place to purchase some farm fresh vegetables. Open weekends, pumpkin picking is offered every weekend in October. Located at Dykeman Lane, Pawling N.Y.  

2. Salinger’s Orchards: It’s apple season at Salinger’s. Here in their Putnam County Orchard, Salinger’s grows 18 varieties of New York’s finest apples. The harvest times are different for each, but check their website for the schedule. They bake daily too. Try their home-made donuts and take home some mouthwatering pies. Located at Guinea Road, Brewster, NY

3. Southern Dutchess Flea Market: Formerly Stormville Flea Market, what better way to spend your Saturdays from September 26th through November 7th then browsing through a huge variety of merchandise in an open-air market! They’re one of New York’s largest outdoor flea markets with over 600 vendors. Located at 428 NY-16 Stormville, NY

4. Bannerman Castle Tours: One of the best things to do along the Hudson River is to visit Pollepel Island, a tiny jewel in the Hudson Highlands. Enjoy a guided walking tour of the island, visit the famous Bannerman Castle ruins, and a hike to the summit on Bannerman Island. The fall foliage is bound to be stunning. Tours are offered on select days from September through October. Located at Beacon Institute Floating Dock, Beacon, NY

5. Cold Spring Historic District: On the shores of the Hudson River this picturesque town has a unique collection of antique shops, coffee houses, and restaurants. It’s a great way to spend a chilly afternoon and admire the changing leaves. Located in Cold Spring, NY

6.West Point Foundry Preserve: An outdoor museum in Cold Spring, it showcases the remains of foundry buildings and interpretive features that tell the story of the site’s contribution to the Industrial Revolution and the Civil War, as well as the land’s astonishing ecological renewal. It’s a great place to escape life’s background noise while connecting with the valley’s past. Located at 80 Kemble Ave., Cold Spring, NY

7. Boscobel Gardens: Overlooking Constitution Marsh, Boscobel’s landscape showcases dramatic views of the Hudson River and is even more striking as the foliage changes in vivid color. They’re open for outdoor programs and admissions. Located at 1601 NY-9D, Garrison, NY 

8. Magazzino Italian Art Museum: Reservations are required to visit this museum devoted to Postwar and Contemporary Italian art. Located at 2700 U.S. 9, Cold Spring, NY

9. Liberty Paint Ball: There are 17 unique playing fields featuring two and three-story towers, helicopters, spaceships, tanks, trenches, and much more! It’s a fun way to warm up when there’s a chill in the air. Saturday and Sunday all year-round by reservation only. Located at 50 Thunder Ridge Road, Patterson NY

10. Soukup Farms Harvest Festival:  Pick your own pumpkin and get lost in the hay-maze. Fun for the whole family. Enjoy pumpkin pie and other fall treats. Sunday, Oct 19 & 20. Located at 271 Halls Corners Rd, Dover Plains, NY.

Are there any other autumn activities in Putnam or Dutchess counties you think people will enjoy? Share in the comments below! 

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Patterson Cub Scouts Pack 133 accepting new Cub Scouts

Patterson Pack 133 invites students in grades K-5 to join the pack!

This is a family-oriented organization where scouts and siblings have fun, learn new things and make friends.

Come to Scout Skills Day at Durland Scout Reservation in Putnam Valley on October 3 from 9:30am-3pm.

This is a free event offering fun outdoor activities and opportunities to learn a variety of scout skills. Families interested in scouting welcome!

Registration is required-visit

To learn more about Pack 133 visit or contact Cubmaster Matt Steinberg

Patterson Pack 133 is a Cub Scout Pack for scouts in Kindergarten through fifth grade.  We have scouts enrolled in all three Carmel elementary schools, George Fischer Middle School, surrounding school districts and home/private schools. 

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Carmel Students can get free blue light reading glasses at Reed Library

The Reed Memorial Library on Rt 6 is offering complimentary Blue-Light blocking glasses to Carmel Central School District students.

Students should stop by the library to pick up a pair on Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 10am-3pm and Tuesday/Thursday from 3-7pm.




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Carmel School Drivers Ed Program Important Information

FALL DRIVERS ED PROGRAM: Information and registration will be available on the Carmel High School webpage starting Tuesday, September 29 through Friday, October 23 or when all slots are filled.
Due to COVID-19 the program will run a little differently this year and the price has changed. Please read all information before registering. As always, in-car times will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.
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Federal Judge Orders Census to continue through Oct. 31st

The deadline for U.S. citizens to fill out the 2020 census has been extended to October 31st by a Federal Judge in California.

The ruling, issued Thursday by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh for the Northern District of California requires the Census Bureau to keep trying to tally the country's residents through Oct. 31.

That ruling is expected to be appealed by the Justice Department in what has become the latest twist in a long-running political dispute over the once-a-decade survey of the United States population.

The new timeline hopes to account for delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The original deadline was July 31 and had been pushed back to September 30th. In July, the Census Bureau's director, Steven Dillingham said that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who oversees the bureau, had directed them to speed up all counting efforts in order to provide, by law, a report to the President by December 31st.

The census helps determine the amount of federal funds allotted to each state for various needs.

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Looking For Work? Dutchess County Chamber of Commerce Virtual Job Fair is Oct. 1st

Are you seeking a new job? If so, the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s upcoming Work Local First Job Fair is for you.
The Job Fair is free and open to the public and will be held virtually from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday October 1. For more information about the Job Fair and to see what companies are participating, visit or call (845) 454-1700, ext. 1006. Individuals are encouraged to register in advance.
The Work Local First Job Fair is sponsored by: Dutchess One Stop, Ethan Allen Workforce Solutions, Poughkeepsie Galleria, and Quality Environmental Solutions and Technologies, Inc. (QuES&T). Media sponsor is Poughkeepsie Journal Media.
Employers will be given an opportunity to give a short presentation on the types of jobs available, what qualities they are looking for in an employee, and how perspective employees can contact them to learn more. Perspective employees will have the opportunity to ask questions, contact the employers directly, and apply for jobs located locally.
Founded in 1907, the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce is committed to the growth and development of local businesses and the economy. For more information about Chamber happenings, the complete events calendar, or to find out how we might best serve as an advocate for you and your business, please visit
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Carmel Knights OktoberFest in ON!

Join The Knights of Columbus, Our Lady of The Lakes Council #6318 on Saturday, October 3rd for authentic German food, German beer, and live German music from the famous Austrian Boys Band!

This year we have to do things a little differently. First, this is a fundraiser for St. James the Apostle Parish and School, which was forced to cancel its annual summer Feast of St. James due to COVID-19 restrictions. That was a major hit to the parish's finances, and the Council is going to donate proceeds from Oktoberfest to assist the parish and it's needs.

To comply with the restrictions and also give more opportunities for their guests to help raise funds,The Council is serving dinner in four 2-hour seatings to a maximum of 50 guests in their spacious, air-conditioned dining room. The seatings are from Noon to 2 p.m., 2 to 4 p.m., 4 to 6 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.

You must purchase tickets in advance for a seating. There are no walk-ins or sales at the door.


For your $25 donation you will receive admission, appetizers, dinner, live music, and one draft German beer. Additional beer will be available for purchase for those 21 and older (with proper identification)

When placing your ticket order, select one of the following two dinners:

Full Schnitzel Dinner: Pork schnitzel with hunter gravy, red cabbage, mashed potatoes, green beans amandine, pumpernickel roll & butter.


Wurst Platter: Grilled bratwurst and knackwurst, homestyle sauerkraut (cabbage, onions, meat), German potato salad, European-style hard roll.

You may also purchase either dinner to-go for only $15. To-go order tickets are sold separately.

Our beer garden (back patio) and driveway will be open for outdoor seating in compliance with state and local restrictions for guests before and after their dinner seatings.

Seating is very limited, so buy your tickets today!!! The Council thanks you for your support of St. James parish!

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Year’s Eve Confirm this year's Ball Drop Event will Be Virtual

The virtually enhanced celebration will bring Times Square and the Ball to you digitally no matter where you are.

With January 1, 2021 now 100 days away, the organizers of the New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square provided a preliminary teaser of how the event will change in response to the changes and challenges of 2020: a virtually enhanced celebration that brings Times Square and the Ball to you digitally no matter where you are, scaled-back and socially distanced live elements still to be determined, and an extremely limited group of in-person honorees, socially distanced, who will reflect the themes, challenges and inspirations of 2020. "People all over the globe are ready to join New Yorkers in welcoming in the new year with the iconic Ball Drop. I commend the Times Square Alliance, Jamestown, and Countdown Entertainment on finding a safe, creative and innovative way for all of us to continue to celebrate this century-old tradition.

"A new year means a fresh start, and we’re excited to celebrate,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “One thing that will never change is the ticking of time and the arrival of a New Year at midnight on December 31st,” said Tim Tompkins, President of the Times Square Alliance, which co-produces the event with Countdown Entertainment. “But this year there will be significantly new and enhanced virtual, visual and digital offerings to complement whatever limited live entertainment or experiences – still in development -- will take place in Times Square. And because any opportunity to be live in Times Square will be pre-determined and extremely limited due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be the opportunity to participate virtually wherever you are. Because more than ever in these divided and fear-filled times, the world desperately needs to come together symbolically and virtually to celebrate the people and things we love and to look forward with a sense of renewal and new beginnings.

” The owner of One Times Square, Jamestown, where the New Year’s Eve Ball drops, has built the virtual world of Times Square and a complementary broadcast app to allow everyone to experience Times Square and celebrate with us in these unusual times.

Jeff Straus, President of Countdown Entertainment, noted that, "We will miss everyone this year but we will bring our celebration to you, whether you want to turn off and turn away from the bad news of 2020, or turn to the new year with a sense of hope, renewal and resolution, you’ll be able to join us virtually like never before as part of the Times Square 2021 celebration."

The organizers noted that as in past years, news, people and pop culture from the year will be woven into the celebration. “No one needs to be reminded of what the dominant news of 2020 has been so far: COVID-19 and a host of racial, economic and climate crises. Through a limited number of honored guests we will note where we’ve been but more importantly we will honor and celebrate the courageous and creative spirits who have helped and will help us travel through these challenging times into the New Year,” said Tompkins “More details to come; either way, we will be celebrating with you in some form on the 31st.”

Accordingly, through digital, virtual and analogue means, the organizers and Jamestown will invite the world to participate in a celebration of the best of the human spirit, across different categories, ranging from essential workers and first responders to doctors and scientists, and of course both emerging and established entertainers, musicians and artists.

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FDA Approves SUNY's individual saliva swab diagnostic test for COVID-19

On Wednesday, the Food and Drug Administration authorized the individual saliva swab diagnostic test for COVID-19 developed by SUNY Upstate Medical University and Quadrant Biosciences for emergency use. The saliva swab test has been used to conduct testing at all SUNY campuses and this approval allows us to expand the use of the tests statewide. The test will be used as a part of the innovative "pool testing" process, which allows for 10 to 25 samples to be tested for COVID at once. If the entire pool is negative, then all samples are cleared, and if the pool is positive, the samples that make up the batch are individually tested. Pool testing helps labs test more samples more quickly and efficiently. 
From the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, it's been clear that testing is one of the most critical tools we have to slow the spread. The more tests performed, the more accurate the infection rate becomes. This saliva swab test is the latest example of New York's relentless focus on testing. At the beginning of the pandemic, we were the first state to receive  FDA approval for our COVID-19 test. We will continue to expand testing in every way possible. 
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The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze of the Hudson Valley 2020

Meander through an 18th-century landscape and discover a breathtaking display of more than 7,000 illuminated jack o’ lanterns—all designed and hand-carved on site by our team of artisans. New for 2020, a fire truck—making a special rescue—and witches stirring up a spell. Tour the Museum of Pumpkin Art, where classic paintings get the gourd treatment, see who let the (pumpkin) dogs out, listen for the Headless Horseman—and watch out for swooping jack o’lantern bats. See the Pumpkin Carousel twirl and the Pumpkin Windmill whirl and step inside the Pumpkin Planetarium for a star show like you’ve never seen. You’ll certainly hold a torch for the 25-foot-tall jack o’lantern Statue of Liberty and get personal with Instagrammable signs of the zodiac.

Complete with synchronized lighting and an original soundtrack, this one-of-a-kind event is not to be missed!

To ensure the safety and enjoyment of our visitors, capacity is extremely limited. By purchasing a ticket, visitors agree to follow our COVID Courtesy Code, which includes wearing a mask and maintaining at least six feet of social distance.

All proceeds from Blaze and our other Halloween events support the programs of Historic Hudson Valley, a non-profit education organization.

Click the link below to get your tickets

Blaze: Hudson Valley 2020

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'Stop Making Sense' at The Ridgefield Playhouse

Cohen and Wolf P.C. Movie Series
Pepsi Rock Series powered by Xfinity

Director Jonathan Demme captures the frantic energy and artsy groove ofTalking Heads in this concert movie shot at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre in 1983. The band’s frontman, David Byrne, first appears on an empty stage, armed with only an acoustic guitar, and is gradually joined by bassist Tina Weymouth, drummer Chris Frantz, keyboardist Jerry Harrison and a cadre of backup singers as they perform the band’s hits, culminating in an iconic performance featuring Byrne in an enormous suit. The group’s energy virtually explodes from the screen in this innovative concert film.

The Ridgefield Playhouse is following Connecticut Safety Guidelines in order to continually serve and protect our patrons and community. We ask that you observe the following:

Keep it “contactless” and save money! Tickets purchased online are only $10! Please purchase your tickets online and you’ll save $2!
Purchase concession via our mobile site Available up to two hours prior to the start of the movie- you can pick up your concessions on your way in! The app will be open throughout the film as well.
Ushers will seat you – All tickets are General Admission.
Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the lobby and bathrooms.
And remember: FACEMASKS ARE REQUIRED AT ALL TIMES! Please maintain a 6 foot distance from others.


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Outdoor Movies & Food Trucks at Jefferson Valley Mall

The Jefferson Valley Mall Parking lot will be transformed this into an outdoor movie theater this weekend, 9/25 & 9/26!!!  There is a limit of only 100 vehicles per show. Reserve your tickets now!

Please visit: for tickets

***Friday, September 25th***
School of Rock | Friday 9/25 @ 7:30p (Parking opens at 6:30p)

The High Note | Friday 9/25 @ 10:00p (Parking opens at 9:30p)

***Saturday, September 26th***
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade | Saturday 9/26 @ 7:30p
(Parking opens at 6:30p)

The Fast and the Furious | Saturday 9/26 @10:00p
(Parking opens at 9:30p)

Food trucks and concession onsite!

Click the link to attend movie, and for additional info:

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United For The Troops Collection Drive

United for the Troops, the non profit organization whose sole purpose is to make life while at war a little better for our brave men and women serving in the U.S. Military by collecting food, money, and goods that the military does not provide them, is holding a collection drive this Saturday September, 26, 2020 from 10 am until 2pm at the Michael Geary Memorial Roller Hockey Rink Parking Lot directly across from the Mahopac Firehouse on Rt. 6., in Carmel.

Some of the items include cookies, dvd’s, cd’s, snacks, t shirts, and other food items. Refer to the accompanying photo for more information and a list of items accepted.

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Voice your opinion to help shape the future of the Reed Library

The Reed Memorial Library is currently working on its 5 year Long Range Plan and is asking for public input. Please complete the short survey (link below) and your answers can help set the course for the library for the next five years.

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