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]]> (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Public safety Tue, 26 Oct 2021 11:29:21 -0400
Pumpkin Patch Train Event Extended An Extra Day

Due to demand, the Danbury Railway Museum announces that an extra day has been added to its popular Pumpkin Patch event.  The fun continues on Saturday, October 30 from 10:00AM to 4:00PM, with trains departing hourly beginning ½-hour after opening for a short ride on a vintage train to the Danbury Railway Museum’s Pumpkin Patch.  Admission is $15.00 for ages 2 and over; children under 24 months are free.  

Ride the Pumpkin Patch Train through the historic railyard in a 1920's passenger coach, pulled by a 1947 GE 44-ton switching locomotive to the special pumpkin patch where each child ages 2-18 can select a free pumpkin.  Everyone can enjoy some free cider & cookies    Of course, the exhibits, artifacts, and multiple operating model train layouts inside the restored over 100-year old Danbury station will be open for your education and entertainment. Out in the railyard, go inside real railroad cars and locomotives (and the haunted caboose, if you dare!).  There is a fully-stocked gift shop on the premises.  The event will be held rain or shine. If desired, reservations can be made online at  Children are encouraged to come in costume.

The Danbury Railway Museum is a non-profit organization, staffed solely by volunteers, and is dedicated to the preservation of, and education about, railroad history.  The museum is located in the restored 1903 Danbury Station and rail yard at 120 White Street, Danbury, CT and has many artifacts of area railroading on display, including over 70 vintage railroad cars and locomotives.  For further information, visit the Web site at, E-mail to, or call the museum at 203-778-8337.

]]> (Peter Carey) Life Tue, 26 Oct 2021 10:06:27 -0400
Ronald McDonald House Dashing for Dylan Month Long Challenge Crosses the Finish Line

Ronald McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley (RMHGHV) concluded their Dashing for Dylan month long endurance challenge and participants logged 5,533 miles which raised over $78,000 to support the families staying at the House.

The event which ran for the entire month of September was hosted by the House in conjunction with the Hoffman Family of Wilton, CT. and celebrated Dylan’s 10 th Birthday and the thousands of families who have stayed at the Ronald McDonald House for the past decade.

A grand finale celebration, Family Fun Day, was held at Crawford Park in Rye Brook at the end
of September. Families and supporters enjoyed a fun-filled day with kid-centered activities and
events donated by Rye Nature Center, Yonkers Fire Department, East Pointe Dance, DJ Johnny
G, Spavia Thornwood, Rye Children’s Book Fair, Magical Moments, Marla Beth Designs, face
painting by Fidelis, JT Caricatures, balloon twisting and more. Families enjoyed free BBQ food,
games, music and raffle chances. Our Dashing for Dylan challenge winners were Mary Benko
with 308 Miles logged and Brian & Kara Jacobi with a total of $4,100 raised. The miles winner
received a $100 Athleta gift card and our fundraising winners received a woman’s and men’s Fit
Bit and Amazon gift card. All runner ups in the challenge received a Dashing for Dylan Gear

“We are so grateful for the Hoffman family for choosing Ronald McDonald House of the Greater
Hudson Valley to honor Dylan's memory and keep his spirit shining,” said Christina Riley,
Executive Director, RMHGHV. “The success of this year’s Dashing for Dylan Challenge and
Family Fun Day will allow us to provide over 400 nights of comfort to families while they care
for their sick child.”

]]> (Ronald McDonald House Charities) Life Tue, 26 Oct 2021 08:58:35 -0400
Elena Ashnault of Mahopac enrolls at the University of Utah

Elena Ashnault, of Mahopac, NY, is among the 5,361 students who make up the University of Utah's Class of 2025 - the largest freshmen class in school history. Ashnault's major is listed as Undeclared Pre Medicine BS and Pre Business BS. They are also enrolled in the Honors College.

Enrollment of first-time freshmen increased 19.6% from fall 2020 and is the first class of over 5,000 students at the U. Last fall, first-time freshmen increased 5.5%.

"This is an incredible and exciting milestone for the University of Utah," Taylor Randall, university president. "It speaks to the value and quality we offer and reflects our solid reputation as one of the nation's top public research universities. I am pleased to welcome all our students-new and continuing-and look forward to seeing all they will accomplish at the U."

Overall enrollment increased 4.2% to 34,424-up from 33,047 in fall 2020. The number of new transfer students also increased, up 2.3% to 1,448. The university also saw record highs in undergraduate and graduate enrollment with graduate students up 2.3% and undergraduates up 4.8%.

"We are excited to welcome our largest class to Imagine U," said Dan Reed, senior vice president of Academic Affairs. "The enthusiasm of our faculty, staff and students for the fall educational experience is extraordinary."

The U also enrolled historically high numbers of domestic students of color, international students and both in-state and out-of-state students.

Steve Robinson, senior associate vice president for Enrollment Management, attributes the tremendous growth to recognition of the quality of a degree from the U, a new scholarship award strategy and extensive outreach to new students.

"The fact that we continued to significantly grow our enrollment throughout a pandemic demonstrates that we are succeeding in expanding access to the U," said Robinson. "It's clear the U continues to be an academic destination, not only in Utah but nationally and increasingly internationally as well."

This is the first class admitted to the U since launching a two-year pilot study on a test-optional admissions process. Robinson said most students still chose to submit a test score as part of their application and that average GPA remained about the same.

"This tells us that, so far, going test-optional has not impacted the academic preparation of our student applicants," said Robinson. "As a top research institution and a leader of our state, we continue to have a competitive admissions process which attracts those ready for transformative, engaged learning experiences."

About the U

The University of Utah, located in Salt Lake City in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains, is the flagship institution of higher learning in Utah. Founded in 1850, it serves over 32,000 students from across the U.S. and the world. With over 100 major subjects at the undergraduate level and more than 90 major fields of study at the graduate level, including law and medicine, the university prepares students to live and compete in the global workplace. In 2019, the university was selected as a new member of the Association of American Universities-an invitation-only, prestigious group of 65 leading research institutions marked by excellence in academic expertise and research impact, student success, and securing resources in support of core missions. Known for its proximity to seven world-class ski resorts within 40 minutes of campus, the U encourages an active, holistic lifestyle, innovation and collaborative thinking to engage students, faculty, and business leaders.


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Green Chimneys Announces Walk-In Wednesday

Putnam County’s 3rd largest employer offers job seekers immediate access

 Green Chimneys is reaching out to the community with new ways to connect job seekers with new employment opportunities. As the third largest employer in Putnam County, Green Chimneys offers numerous options for career professionals, recent graduates, retirees, and individuals returning to work following a break in employment.

To facilitate the interview process and help applicants learn more about the positions they wish to pursue, Green Chimneys’ Recruitment Team has launched Walk In Wednesdays. Each week, several hours are designated for prospective candidates to meet Green Chimneys staff face-to-face to ask questions, hear about the organization, and even get direct assistance applying online.

Green Chimneys is a large nonprofit education and human services agency, primarily serving youth with special needs. The majority of the positions eligible for walk-in interviews are within the Therapeutic Day School, the Residential Treatment Center, and the agency’s Community-Based Services department, which provides a range of social services and mental health support for youth across Putnam County.  

Starting October 27th, applicants can come to Green Chimneys’ campuses (400 Doansburg Road in Brewster and 33 Clearpool Road in Carmel) on any Wednesday from 2:00pm to 3:00pm and request an interview.

Upon arrival, applicants will have the opportunity to meet with a Department Hiring Manager or Recruiter, either in-person or via ZOOM for an instant interview. Computers will be available for any ZOOM interviews. For the most efficient meeting possible, Green Chimneys’ recruiters recommend reviewing current job openings and bringing a current resume.

For a complete list of current openings, access the Green Chimneys Job Portal at

Green Chimneys is a multi-faceted nonprofit organization helping young people to maximize their full potential by providing residential, educational, clinical and recreational services, in a safe and supportive environment that nurtures connections with their families, the community, animals and nature. Founded in 1947 and headquartered on a farm and wildlife center in Brewster, NY, Green Chimneys is recognized as a worldwide leader in animal-assisted therapy and educational activities for children with special needs. Services include an accredited special education school on two campuses, residential treatment center, animal-assisted and nature-based therapeutic programs, public education and recreation programs, and community based support for underserved youth and families.

]]> (HH) Life Tue, 26 Oct 2021 06:37:25 -0400
SALSA WITH CELIA CRUZ! @ George Fisher Middle School

Can you dance the Salsa?

Students in Colette Calderón's Grade 8 Spanish classes at George Fischer Middle School can! Recently, the students danced their way through an informative and fun lesson highlighting the life of the famous Cuban American singer Celia Cruz during Hispanic Heritage Month.

“I chose Celia Cruz because she is an iconic Latin entertainer who has had such an impact on salsa music,” said Calderón. “I also find her life story about having to leave her home country of Cuba and having to make her own way here in this country truly remarkable.”

For the lesson, students read a book about Cruz, watched videos of her performances and colored images depicting her vibrant hairstyles and costumes. But, the most favored part of the lesson was the opportunity to try dancing salsa just like Cruz!

A friendly classroom trivia competition on Cruz’s life and career brought the lesson full-circle and was a fun capstone to the day.

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Support Connection, Inc. announces a free national educational webinar presented in partnership with White Plains Hospital: Genetic Counseling and Testing for Breast and Ovarian Cancer will be offered on Tuesday, Nov. 9, from 8 - 9pm (NY time.) Open to people nationwide who have or have had breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer. Pre-registration is required. To learn more or to register, call Support Connection at 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290 by 5 pm (NY time) on Mon., Nov. 8.

This educational webinar will provide information about genetic counseling and genetic testing as pertains to breast and ovarian cancer.

The presentation will include the following topics: Who should undergo genetic testing; The genetic testing process; New updates to genetic testing; What to do with test results; Myths and facts; Case examples; Discussing genetics with relatives/family members.

Following the presentation, there will be a question and answer period.

SPEAKER: Nicole Boxer, MS. Certified Genetic Counselor at White Plains Hospital Center for Cancer Care, White Plains, NY. Ms. Boxer earned her Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and went on to pursue a Master’s degree from the Joan H. Marks Graduate Program in Human Genetics at Sarah Lawrence College. 

Ms. Boxer has been practicing at White Plains Hospital for nine years, specializing in genetic counseling for hereditary cancer syndromes. Throughout her time at White Plains Hospital, she has worked with thousands of patients and their families to help them better understand genetic risk for cancer in their families. Ms. Boxer is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors.

SUPPORT CONNECTION, INC. is a 501 (C) (3) not-for-profit organization that provides free, confidential support services and programs to people affected by breast and ovarian cancer. Founded in 1996, Support Connection is based in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., but through our toll-free hotline and website we serve people throughout the country. Services include: One-on-one peer counseling and support groups, offering women the opportunity to connect with other cancer survivors; Ongoing wellness classes; Holistic health workshops; Educational programs; Information and referral services; A toll-free cancer information and support hotline (800-532-4290.) To learn more, visit" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl="" style="color:rgb(17, 85, 204)"> or call 914- 962-6402. Support Connection Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support: We’ve been there. We care.

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PCDOH Schedules Booster Clinic

The CDC and the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) have now authorized boosters for all three  COVID-19 vaccines—Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. The CDC announcement on Thursday, October 21, also allows those eligible to choose which vaccine they wish to receive in what is being referred to as “mix and match” dosing, depending on availability. The Putnam County Department of Health has scheduled a booster clinic for this Thursday, October 28, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Philipstown Recreation Center in Garrison. Only Moderna and Pfizer vaccine boosters will be available. For more info or to register:

Eligibility explained

For individuals who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine,  a single booster shot at 6 months or more after their initial series is recommended for anyone in the following groups:

  • 65 years and older
  • Age 18+ who live in in long-term care settings
  • Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions
  • Age 18+ who work or live in high-risk settings

For individuals who got the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, a single booster shot is recommended for all those 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago.

You can read the CDC announcement here:

The authorization of boosters for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson follows authorization of the Pfizer vaccine booster in September. The rigorous process includes FDA authorization, CDC endorsement of the recommendation of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), and NYSDOH review and approval.

]]> (Putnam County Dept. of Health) Public safety Mon, 25 Oct 2021 13:40:40 -0400
Danbury an't Overcome 3 Goal Third Period, Lose 4-0

The Danbury Hat Tricks wrapped up a weekend series with a Saturday night tilt against the Johnstown Tomahawks. The Hat Tricks kept the game close until late, but surrendered three goals in the third period, and fell 4-0.
Johnstown and Danbury were scoreless through one period but Danbury gave up a goal only 1:38 into the second period. After the second period, the Hat Tricks trailed 1-0. Danbury struggled offensively all night and got outshot 39-22 through the second period.
“We need to work on our consistency,” said Hat Tricks head coach Billy McCreary. “We were chasing a goal into the third period, and we didn’t have the urgency we needed.”
The third period saw the Tomahawks score three times in the first nine minutes. Zachary Murray, David Matousek, and TJ Koufis lit the lamp for Johnstown and that would prove to be enough as the Tomahawks cruised to a 4-0 victory.
Adam Johnson started in his second-straight game for the first time in his NAHL career and did not disappoint. The Chicago native put out an outstanding performance, making an astounding 52 saves.
 “He just plays strong,” mentioned Hat Tricks goaltending coach Matt Voity when speaking about Johnson. “He is firing on all cylinders right now.”
The Hat Tricks took two points on the weekend against Johnstown and now await the arrival of Maryland for a series next weekend. Both Friday and Saturday’s games will be at 3 p.m.
Make sure to come out and support the Hat Tricks at home on Friday and Saturday! You can stay after the completion of the NAHL game and support the FPHL Hat Tricks as they open the season with a two-game set against Port Huron.
Tickets can be purchased at the gate or online. If you can’t make it to the game, make sure to follow the Hat Tricks on social media and HockeyTV.
]]> (Danbury Hat Tricks) Life Mon, 25 Oct 2021 09:43:37 -0400
A Starry Night at Carmel High School

It’s a starry night in the art hallway at Carmel High School with the recent addition of artwork from a Personal, Academic & Community Experience (PACE) Program art class with teacher Danielle Marino.

 In true Carmel form, the art project was an extension of a lesson in the student’s regular academic classes. Each week, students in Erin Appelle and Allison Woolston’s classes review current events through News2You, an online newspaper designed for students with unique learning needs. A recent article that the student’s reviewed highlighted a new Van Gogh immersive experience museum exhibit – and from there, the Van Gogh art project was born. 

Under Marino’s guidance, students had the opportunity to create their own interpretation of Van Gogh’s most famous painting, Starry Night, using an array of materials. First, students created backgrounds using paint and then added a moon and stars using watercolor paints and oil pastels.  

“I liked using the oil pastels because they blended the colors,” said senior student Kate Smith. 

The oil pastels also helped replicate the textured appearance of Van Gogh’s famous work. 

Once their backgrounds were complete, students used special stickers to make the stars three-dimensional.  

“I liked when I did the stars and I like that they are bright,” remarked sophomore student Kayla Federico. 

The project was the perfect opportunity to reinforce the current events lessons and help bring the concept of the museum exhibit to life without having to leave the Carmel High School building. 

The artwork is currently on display in the art hallway for all to see, and Marino urges everyone to stop by and immerse themselves in the Carmel High School Van Gogh exhibit! 

See more photos of the students creating Van Gogh art by clicking here!

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View A 3-D Model of HVSF's New Home

Artistic Director Davis McCallum and Managing Director Kate Liberman invite the community to see site plans to scale, discuss Hudson Valley Shakespeare's future, and answer your questions about the project 

All are welcome to see site plans to scale and discuss HVSF’s future with staff available to answer your questions.

We will be happy to accommodate all guests who wish to attend, however to be mindful of safety. We are monitoring registration. Please fill out the form on the website here for the date you wish to attend.

Dates available include:

Masks will be required indoors.

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Green Chimneys Welcomes Camel Named Bunni

Bunni is a 9-year-old male Arabian camel, also known as a dromedary – the breed characterized by one hump – and his name (pronounced boo-knee) is Arabic for “brown.” Bunni joins Bactrian camels Sage and Phoenix, who have been at Green Chimneys since 2012. The pair has been cautiously curious but the three camels are now sharing a paddock and getting accustomed to each other.

Bunni was accompanied by Doug Baum, who is recognized as one of the top camel trainers in the United States. He is also proprietor of Texas Camel Corps, a camel trekking business that does guided tours of the Chihuahuan Desert and also offers educational camel demonstrations for museums, schools and community groups. His heartfelt concern for the welfare of his animals is what brought Bunni to Green Chimneys.

Having some special needs of his own, Bunni is a perfect addition to Green Chimneys. He has a genetic condition known as sunken fetlocks, which means his ankle joints are hyperextended, preventing him from be ridden or performing other weight-bearing activities. In recent months, Doug noticed that Bunni was having increasing difficulty within his herd. It was determined that moving Bunni to a smaller herd where he’d have extra attention and care from humans, would suit him well. It’s a most relatable story for the children who attend Green Chimneys, many of whom have experienced difficulty fitting in or feeling safe and supported. And, of course, living with a significant challenge.

The students and staff of Green Chimneys are simply thrilled to have a third camel on campus and all look forward to the learning opportunities and enjoyment to come. Welcome Bunni!


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Rare No'Easter Heading into the Tri-State Region.

Local Officials and the Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services are preparing to respond to 2 potentially hazardous weather events heading into the New York/New England Region this week.

“An early season tempest could bring a wind-driven, chilly rain to portions of the Northeast from Monday through Wednesday," AccuWeather meteorologist Randy Adkins has said, adding that flooding could be a significant concern across southern New England.

While severe thunderstorms will be confined in the Ohio and Tennessee River valleys, rain and showers will spread farther north ahead of the storm Monday and Monday night. By Tuesday, the storm will strengthen as it moves off the southern New England coast, bombarding residents with heavy rain and increasingly windy conditions.

According to The nor'easter, which, simply put, is any large storm that brings northeasterly winds along the Atlantic coast of North America, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) definition, is expected to move up the New England coastline Monday night through Wednesday. Flooding downpours will set up from southern Maine to eastern New York in cities such as Boston and Worcester, Massachusetts, which are expected to pick up 4 inches to the AccuWeather Local Stormmax™ of 8 inches as the storm intensifies off the coast.

A second storm that is bringing heavy rain in several western states at this time, will move eastward near mid week and reach the east coast at the end of the week. This storm is expected to bring heavy rans and winds to the area Friday afternoon or evening.

The Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services posted on their Facebook page Sunday evening that Putnam County is expected to receive rainfall in excess of 3 inches, between Monday night and Thursday morning. Wind gusts for our area are expected in the 20-30 mph range. 

Storm Total Rainfall: 2 to 4 inches, with locally higher amounts possible.
Rainfall Rates: ½-1”/hour at times.
Rain Impacts: Localized flash flooding of urban and poor drainage areas. Fast-responding rivers and small streams may experience flooding.
A Flash Flood Watch in is effect for the region from 8pm Monday through 5pm Tuesday



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Migrant Children Flown into Westchester County, Bussed to Ct.?

The New York Post reported last Monday that migrant children are being flown to Westchester County Airport in NY and are then being bused to Danbury, Bridgeport and Newburgh, NY.

A NY Post analysis of online flight-tracking data suggests that around 2,000 of the underage migrants have arrived at the airport outside White Plains on 21 flights since Aug. 8. Records show some of the planes landed between midnight and 6:30 a.m., when a voluntary curfew is in effect at the airport, with two arriving from Houston at 2:13 a.m. and 4:29 a.m. on Aug. 20.

The Danbury News Times reported on Friday that Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal, Danbury Mayor Joe Cavo and Ct. Governor Lamont's Office have no knowledge of the claims made in the NY Post report.

Danbury Mayor Joe Cavo told the News-Times “We’re trying to find out, but I have nothing that says that’s happening at this moment,” he said. “We’re just trying to do our due diligence.”

The New York Post reported Monday that an unnamed “source familiar with the operation” at the Westchester airport said the children typically arrive with backpacks and are bused to Bridgeport and Danbury, as well as various locations in New York.


A Westchester County Spokesperson, Catherine Cioffi, told the paper that the flights are normal and that Westchester County can not "amend or stop it, or agree to it".

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki confirmed in her press briefing on Tuesday that children have passed through the Westchester County Airport on their way to be “unified” with a parent or vetted sponsor. This is happening across the country and is part of the Office of Refugee Resettlement’s process to facilitate travel for children in its custody, she said.

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Mahopac Knights of Columbus Annual Car Show Today

The Mahopac Knights of Columbus - Father Mooney Council # 5743 are holding their annual Car Show today at 288 Route 6 in Mahopac. (Next to Park Ford)

Hundreds of cars, raffles and prizes. the event is free to attend but they do ask you to bring canned food or toy donation to be donated to local charities. There will be lots of food and live music as well.

The event runs until 3 pm.

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