Carmel's HamletHub Tue, 10 Dec 2019 02:31:01 -0500 Pet Pictures with Santa to support the Putnam Humane Society

Santa will be coming to The Feed Barn in Mahopac for ONE day on Saturday, December 14th from 11-4! Bring your pets, kids, or whole family for a picture with Santa while helping The Putnam Humane Society in Carmel, New York! Hope to see you there!

$25 suggested donation.

The Feed Barn is located at 166 Rte 6 in Mahopac, NY.

Phone: 845-621-2276 for more information or visit their website

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Green Chimney's announces Newmans Own Brand to match donations through December 31st

A letter to the community from the Executive Director of Green Chimneys Edward W. Placke.
"Thanks to a generous matching gift from Newman’s Own, every dollar you give — up to $50,000 — before December 31 will double!
Your gift will go directly to The Campaign for the Farm & Wildlife Center, a facility which requires substantial, consistent, and permanent funding.
We believe that the human-animal bond is powerful and transformative. We believe that being surrounded by animals and nature can bring healing and growth.
And here’s a perfect example. A new boy on the Green Chimneys campus was feeling nervous on his first day. When Aimee O’Brien, our Head Equine Program Instructor, heard about him, she orchestrated with his teacher for a visitor. Aimee rode a horse named Chief over to the boy’s open classroom window. Chief stuck his head inside to greet the boy, who stroked the horse’s face and said, “I think he likes me!”
“My heart melted,” Aimee says. “The horses are my therapeutic partners and teachers, and I feel blessed to have these extremely meaningful interactions.”
I’m sure your heart melts too. And I’m sure you, like me, want to ensure that such stories keep occurring at Green Chimneys for years to come.
So please make one last, tax-deductible gift in 2019. It will double to provide twice as much help and hope.
Edward W. Placke, Ed.D.
Executive Director
Click here to donate to Green Chimneys via PayPal.
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Using strong password is a strong defense against identity thieves

Two things taxpayers can do to prevent themselves from identity theft is to use strong passwords and keep those passwords secure.

While many people use fingerprint or facial recognition technology to protect their devices, sometimes it's still necessary to use a password. In recent years, cybersecurity experts' recommendations on what constitutes a strong password has changed. With that in mind, here are four tips for building a better password:

  • Use word phrases that are easy to remember rather than random letters, characters and numbers that cannot be easily recalled.
  • Use a minimum of eight characters; longer is better.
  • Use a combination of letters, numbers and symbols, i.e., XYZ, 567, !@#.
  • Avoid personal information or common passwords.

Writing strong passwords isn't the only way to keep data secure. Here are a few more tips for folks to remember. People should:

  • Change default and temporary passwords that come with accounts or devices.
  • Not reuse passwords. Rather use a completely different password for every account and device.
  • Give a password a total makeover when changing it. For example, simply changing Bgood!17 to Bgood!18 is not good enough.
  • Not use email addresses as usernames, if that's an option.
  • Store any password list in a secure location, such as a safe or locked file cabinet.
  • Not disclose passwords to anyone for any reason.
  • Use a password manager program to track passwords if you have numerous accounts.

Whenever it is an option for a password-protected account, users also should opt for a multi-factor authentication process. Many email providers, financial institutions and social media sites now offer customers two-factor authentication protections.

Two-factor authentication helps by adding an extra layer of protection. Often two-factor authentication means the returning user must first enter credentials like a username and password. Then they must do another step, such as entering a security code texted to a mobile phone.

More information:

Tax Tip 2019-172

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The Women's Center in Danbury is Seeking Candidates for Bilingual Administrative Assistant

The Women's Center is currently seeking candidates to join our administrative team as a Bilingual Administrative Assistant. The primary role of this full-time position is to welcome and direct all clients both in person and on the telephone, as well as to provide administrative support to all staff. 

If you or someone you know is interested in these positions, please see the required qualifications posted on the "Career Opportunities" page of our website here, then send your resume and cover letter to our Director of Administration & Human Resources at or (203) 731-5207 (fax).

And please feel free to share these opportunities with your networks!

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4 Showings of "The Nutcracker" at Danbury High School presented by Danbury Music Centre

This wonderful Danbury tradition, now in its 52nd year of production, features over 200 dancers, accompanied by the Danbury Symphony Orchestra which plays Tchaikovsky’s score, live!  

GET TICKETS HERE! 2019 Performances  Friday, 12/13  at  7:30 pm Additional performances: Saturday, 12/14  at  2:30 & 7:00 pm  Sunday. 12/15  at 3:00 pm  More information

Danbury High School Auditorium

43 Clapboard Ridge Road
Danbury, CT 06811 United States + Google Map


Danbury Music Centre

256 Main Street Danbury, CT 06810 203-748-1716
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"Deck The Mall" at Jefferson Valley with Relay For lIfe

Join us for our 3rd Deck the Mall Event where Relay for Life of Yorktown & the Jefferson Valley Mall team up again!

This is a great time to get your holiday shopping done all while supporting small, local businesses! We'll be your one stop shop for jewelry, makeup, candles, skincare, clothing, kids items, ornaments, signs & SO much more!

Need gifts wrapped? We can do that too for a donation! So you can leave the mall with every item wrapped & ready for the holiday season!

Keep checking in here to see what vendors will be joining us & other fun surprises we have in store! This is free to enter- so bring the whole family by!

Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 11 AM – 4 PM

Jefferson Valley Mall

650 Lee Blvd.

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Holiday on the Lake Parade and Tree Lighting TOMORROW!

Holiday on the Lake Parade and Tree Lighting

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Sponsored by The Hamlet of Carmel Civic Association 

 Schedule of Events

8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Carmel Firehouse
Pancake Breakfast
& Photos with Santa
Holiday Crafts
Contact Carmel Fire Dept. for info

11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Reed Memorial Library
11:00-11:45 Holiday Crafts & Snacks
11:45-12:45 Holiday Songs & Sing-Along
1:00 - 2:00 Santa Visits!

Starting at 3:00 PM 
Carmel High School Cafeteria

Family Fun Activities
4H – Face Painting
Children’s Crafts

4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Cornerstone Park

Caroling by Local Choirs
Hayrides with Santa
Cocoa & Cookies
Chowder Tasting
Community Tree Lighting

5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Live Music on the steps of the historical County Courthouse, outside Drew Church and at Lake Gleneida near Sybil’s statue

6:15 Santa Stroll
A fun stroll before the start of the parade. Cheer on all those strolling on Gleneida Ave. to raise funds for the
American Cancer Society. Strollers start from Cornerstone Park

6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Holiday Blessing
Parade of Lights
Watch more than 40 community groups and floats

7:30 PM to 7:45 PM

Caroling & Tree Lighting at the Lake
Caroling by local school groups
Tree Lighting Ceremony
Santa appears at the end of the parade!
“It’s A Wonderful Life” will air outdoors in the Hamlet during the parade

Free Hot Chocolate Juice Cookies

Holiday Bazaars, Craft Fairs and Events (throughout the day) at St. James School, Drew Methodist Church, and VFW Memorial Hall

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Sensitive Santa At Jefferson Valley Mall

Santa is for everyone. But for children and families with special needs, seeing Santa can bring on stress, anxiety and even panic. For those on the autism spectrum and those with related sensory sensitivities, a Santa visit can mean crowded spaces, long lines and a swirl of competing noise that can create an overstimulating and upsetting environment.

That’s why we’ve created a sensory-friendly experience that welcomes guests with all types of special needs to enjoy a magical morning with Santa before regular center activities begin.

Sensitive Santa is coming to the Jefferson Valley Mall on December 8th from 8AM until 10 AM. Join us for a sensory-friendly Santa experience for families with sensory sensitivities. There will be a variety of sensory friendly activities for everyone to enjoy while meeting Santa before the hustle and bustle of regular
mall hours. RSVP here to join us

Jefferson Valley Mall is located at 650 Lee Blvd, Yorktown Heights, New York 10598

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This Holiday Season ..Give the Child You Love a Gift That Will Last a Lifetime

To all Parents, Grandparents, and Relatives:

This Holiday Season ..Give the Child you Love a Gift that will last a lifetime

The Holiday season is upon us and no doubt you’ll be thinking about what to get those loved ones in your life …
Something special ..something they’ll enjoy .. that will last.

We’ve all thought about this and each and every year we go thru it!

What about this year .. would you consider doing something different??

A Gift that:

  1. Will never wear out
  2. Can’t be outgrown
  3. Won’t lose Value
  4. Guaranteed to grow
  5. Keep on Giving

It’s a gift of a Permanent Life Insurance Policy from NYLIFE for the loved one.

It will provide the gift of financial security for the rest of their life and for when they raise their own family . It will grow in value and Build a Cash Value for later in life and the premiums will never change . We can also structure it to guarantee their future insurability regardless of health later in life.

To learn more about this and see how you could give that special gift this year contact

Kevin T Tunney - New York Life

Phone (914) 356 7626


Article sponsor 

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Reed Library Celebrates "FREEDOMLAND"


Freedomland USA was celebrated as the "Disneyland of the East". Operating in the Bronx from 1960-1964, the park still generates fond memories among baby boomers who enjoyed its American history-themed attractions.

Author Michael Virgintino's presentation includes an entertaining history of the park with vintage film, lots of photos and a memorabilia display. Register here.

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Lake Carmel Fire Department Candy Cane Run

On Saturday December 14th, starting at 9 am, Santa will once again be escorted around town by the merry elves of the Lake Carmel Fire Dept. on our big red and white sleighs. Listen for the sirens and Christmas music! Santa will be handing out candy canes ( and sometimes dog treats) to all the good boys and girls in town.

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"The Bathrobe Ball" to Assist Women Veterans

The Barbara Giordano Foundation asks for "The pleasure of your absence" on Saturday, December 7 , 2019 when you can do whatever you want.

  • Spend a quiet evening at home.
  • Enjoy dinner at your favorite restaurant.
  • Dodge traffic.
  • Avoid speeches.
  • Skip the Silent Auction.
  • Pass on small talk.

No need to buy a new outfit or make a hair appointment. All you need to do is donate to enable us to continue providing services to help women veterans.

Your generous donation will provide therapies for PTSD, sexual trauma, difficulty transitioning to civilian life and services to improve social and economic independence.


5 Sessions of Equine Therapy: $1000

1 Session of Equine Therapy: $200

1 Session of Music Therapy: $100

1 Session of Art Therapy: $100

Employment Coaching: $50

Resume Writing: $25

General Donation: Any amount

The Barbara Giordano Foundation, Inc.’s vision is to create a holistic wellness model which can be replicated throughout the United States and result in the emotional, economic and physical empowerment of women who served.F or more information visit their webpage at

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Light Up The Holidays With Less Waste

During the holiday season, between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, Americans will generate 25 percent more trash than any other time of the year (U.S. EPA, 2016). Remember to spread the joy, not trash this holiday season!

Holiday Gift Guide

  • Experiences over objects: Plan a weekend getaway to hit the slopes (skiing or snowboarding), go hikingcross country skiing or snowshoeing. Enjoy a cooking, art or fitness class with a friend or family member, visit a museum, or see a musical or theater production together. ILoveNY can help plan your trip!
  • Reusables on the Go: Give a gift that never stops giving by gifting a reusable on the go kit filled with a reusable mug, water bottle, plate, silverware, to go container, shopping bag, bulk fruit and vegetable mesh bags, etc.
  • Give back to the community: Donate to a non-profit organization in the name of a loved one or donate your time together helping out a local organization.
  • Instill a love of nature: Purchase an Empire Pass or Campground Gift Card to experience NYS parks and campgrounds with family and friends.
  • Make your own gifts: Spend the time creating, baking or crafting your gifts. Make edible gifts to share like breads, cookies, fruit & nut mixes, jams, jellies and herbed vinegars or olive oils. Knit a scarf, crochet a hat or mittens, paint a watercolor, embroider or woodburn a design, carve a spoon or design your own jewelry.
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Penny Social at The Knights of Columbus Council Hall This Sunday

The Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus Council # 6318, Invites You To Our Annual

Penny Social

Sunday, December 8th 2019 KofC Hall - 10 Fair Street — Carmel, NY 10512

Proceeds to Benefit Local Charities

Please join us!!!

Doors Open at 1 p.m.

Calling Begins at 2 p.m.

Raffles Baskets 50/50 Grand Prize Raffles Snacks & Refreshments for Sale

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National Tax Security Awareness Week: Don’t take the bait: Recognize, avoid phishing scams from identity thieves

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s the holiday season approaches, the IRS and Security Summit partners warned taxpayers to watch out for phishing scams in the deluge of holiday email messages coming from retailers and others.

More than 90% of all data thefts begin with an email phishing scam. The IRS, state tax agencies and the nation’s tax industry – working together as the Security Summit – warned people to watch out for phishing scams during the busy holiday shopping period and in advance of the 2020 tax season.

“Identity thieves are looking for new and different ways to use phishing schemes to obtain sensitive information from people in hopes of filing fraudulent tax return,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. “This is the season of giving but be careful and don’t give your sensitive financial or tax information to an identity thief.”

Guarding against phishing scams is the focus of Day 2 of National Tax Security Awareness Week. For the fourth year in a row, the IRS, state tax agencies and the nation’s tax industry are highlighting the holiday period as a time to remember important safety tips everyone should take to protect their sensitive tax and financial data.

The week continues through Dec. 6 with a series of special educational efforts taking place at more than 25 partner events across the country to raise awareness about protecting taxpayers and tax professionals from identity theft. The week includes special social media efforts on platforms including Twitter and Instagram, including a special Twitter chat on @IRSnews and #TaxSecurity on Thursday.

Phishing scams remain a year-round threat to taxpayers.

“The best defense against these scams is a well-informed user. Remember: Don’t take the bait,” Rettig said.

Here’s what you need to know to protect yourself from phishing scams:

  • First, the most common way thieves steal identities is simply by asking for it. Their favorite tactic is a phishing email. Phishing emails “bait” users into opening them. They pose as a trusted company like a bank, a favorite retailer or even a tax professional.
  • Second, learn to recognize and avoid these phishing emails. The scams tell an urgent story – like there’s a problem with your account or your order. The message then instructs the receiver to open an embedded link or download an attachment.
  • Third, don’t take the bait. The email link may send users to a familiar website to login, but the username and password goes to the thieves. Or, the scam suggests users open an attachment, which secretly downloads malicious software.  Either method works for identity thieves.

These scam emails can show up in personal inboxes or even to a work inbox, endangering the entire organization. And mobile phone users are especially prone to responding more than those working on laptop or computer. If at home, just delete the email. If at work, follow the organization’s guidance on handling the email.

Watch out for scam letters, phone calls

Emails aren’t the only phishing tactic. Thieves may use letters or phone calls, especially when impersonating the IRS.

For example, recent letters claiming to be from the IRS are demanding payment of an overdue tax bill. The letter requests the check be paid to IRS, but it provides an incorrect telephone number. Remember: Letters for taxes due always request payment be made to the “United States Treasury.” If unsure, taxpayers can register at the official web site and check their account balance if in doubt.

And no, that’s not the IRS calling with angry demands of payment and threats of jail or a lawsuit. The IRS does not make threatening phone calls, nor does the IRS request payment via gift cards or debit cards like iTunes.

People who receive an IRS-imposter email scam should send it to To report fraudulent letters and telephone calls, contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at

A new avenue is social media. Increasingly, thieves are embedding their links or malware in social media commentaries, tweets or posts. Do not open links from social media unless you are certain of the source.

The IRS, state tax agencies, the private sector tax industry, including tax professionals, work in partnership as the Security Summit to help protect taxpayers from identity theft and refund fraud. This is the second in a week-long series of tips to raise awareness about identity theft. See for details.



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