Chappaqua's HamletHub Thu, 11 Aug 2022 17:02:05 -0400 Bristol Myers and Ability Beyond Increasing Access to Experimental Drugs for the Disabled

BETHEL, CT – People with disabilities comprise nearly one-quarter of the population and have traditionally been excluded from clinical drug trials. However, a new initiative is looking to change that and give people with disabilities access to potentially life-saving medications.

Disability Solutions, a division of Ability Beyond based in Chappaqua, NY, entered into a joint initiative with Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS) to launch Disability Diversity in Clinical Trials.  The collaboration will examine ways to improve access, engagement, enrollment, and participation of people with disabilities in clinical trials, and ensure all patient groups are reflective of the real-world population.

“For too long, those with disabilities have been excluded from clinical drug trials,” said Jane Davis, the Chief Executive Officer of Ability Beyond. “I couldn’t be more excited for Disability Solutions, a division of Ability Beyond, to be partnering with Bristol Myers Squibb to examine ways that more people with disabilities can be given access to research and life-saving medications. Through this collaboration, we can have a positive impact on the national health care system for those with disabilities.”

Current common clinical trial practices exclude up to one-fourth of the U.S. population-based on disability status. Studies have shown some of the barriers for disability participation within clinical trials are caused by inaccessible trial sites, medical equipment, and ableist biases which deter this community from receiving potentially life-saving treatments.

“The long-term goal of the program is to develop and pilot trials that are accessible to the widest variety of patients,” said BMS CMO Samit Hirawat.  “Through their extraordinary work for nearly 70 years, including this transformational work with BMS, Ability Beyond and Disability Solutions continue to change minds, create a more inclusive society, and improve the lives of people with disabilities.”

Ability Beyond launched Disability Solutions nearly a decade ago to help companies create more inclusive work environments and show the value those with disabilities can provide to their organizations. Since then, the division has worked with numerous Fortune 500 companies including Pepsi, Synchrony Financial, Uber and more to drive true disability inclusion.

“It is clear fundamental change is needed to improve healthcare for the disability community,” said Julie Sowash, the Executive Director of Disability Solutions. “The need for inclusion in health care settings for people with disabilities is pervasive. By taking action, BMS becomes the leader in the pharmaceutical industry in breaking down one of barriers keeping people with disabilities in poorer health than our non-disabled counterparts. And we are proud to partner in the initiative.”

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Chappaqua AYSO Soccer Registration is open for the Fall/Spring 2022-23 season

The Fall 2022 soccer season will run from September to November. The Spring 2023 season will run from April to June. Please register, and a coach or coordinator will reach out to you as soon as the exact dates are finalized. 

The U5, U6, U7, U8, U10 & VIPs will practice and play on Saturdays.
The U12, U14, & U19s practice on Saturdays and play games against other Westchester towns on Sundays.

We have a new registration system so you’ll have to re-register if you are a returning player.

Sign up today here.

Questions? Email:

]]> (AYSO) Neighbors Fri, 05 Aug 2022 12:52:12 -0400
Putnam Chorale is Looking for Singers!

The Putnam Chorale is searching for singers to augment its 35-person chorus.  Directed by Dr. Douglas Anderson, the Chorale draws performers from Putnam, Westchester, Dutchess counties in NY and Fairfield County in CT.  The fall program will present an All-JS Bach concert in early December, consisting of well-known cantatas written by the renowned composer. The cantatas include: 

  • Lobet den Herrn, Alle Heiden (BWV 230)

  • Christ Lag in Todesbanden (BWV 4)

  • Wachet Auf, Ruft Uns die Stimme (BWV 140)

The Chorale will begin rehearsals on Monday, August 29 at the Carmel High School Music Building (adjoining the main school building).  The first rehearsal will start at 6:30 pm, to allow for registration and music distribution.  Subsequent rehearsals will begin on Monday, September 12, 2022, from 7 pm to 9 pm.  Tuition (including music) is $140 for the fall semester.

There is a special need for singers for the tenor and bass sections, but all singers are welcome.  While there is no audition requirement, it is expected that the participants have some music background, or prior experience in singing in a choral/choir group.

Questions are welcome and can be directed to:

If you are interested, you may also call 845.279.5099 for more information.. 


]]> (kgambinony) Neighbors Fri, 05 Aug 2022 12:41:34 -0400
ACT of CT to hold Sensory Friendly performances of GUYS AND DOLLS and THE SECRET GARDEN

ACT of CT is thrilled to announce the return of our Sensory Friendly performances during our upcoming 2022-2023 season!

The Sensory Friendly series is designed exclusively for patrons who require adjusted production elements in order to fully enjoy the performance and tickets to these performances are not open to the general public.

Our Sensory Friendly GUYS AND DOLLS performance will take place on Sunday, November 13 at 2pm, and THE SECRET GARDEN Sensory Friendly performance will take place on Sunday, May 28 at 2pm. 

This free performance is reserved only for our friends with sensory sensitivities and is not open to the general public. In order to reserve space, please contact the Box Office at (475) 215-5497 or!

For additional information about the Sensory Friendly performances at ACT of CT, click HERE.

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White Plains Hospital Screenings Under the Stars continues with Boss Baby 2 - Family Business on Wednesday, Aug. 17 at Kensico Dam Plaza

White Plains Hospital Screenings Under the Stars continues with Boss Baby 2 - Family Business on Wednesday, August 17 at Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla!

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and movies begin at sundown. The event is rain or shine. Admission and parking are free. Moviegoers should bring blankets, folding chairs, and a picnic. Refreshments will be available for sale.
The White Plains Hospital Screenings Under the Stars is presented by Westchester County Parks and Sharc Creative Inc with Westchester Parks Foundation, and support from Westchester Talk Radio, 100.7 WHUD, 107.1 The Peak, Palisades Mazda, The Premier Collection, Look Cinemas, Valley Bank, Hamlet Hub, Robison Oil, Inspiria Outdoor, and Westchester Magazine.
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Adult Playwriting Lab in Mount Kisco

Join Serena Norr of Let's Make a Play for a 6-week playwriting lab where you will develop a short play or monologue, going from an idea to a finished play. Writers will be guided throughout the process in a collaborative environment as they learn about developing characters, dialogue, tone, setting, place, mood, and more! Readings and shared texts are also part of the course. The last class ends with a staged reading of your work.

The class is for all adult creatives -- no experience needed. Reach out to with any questions.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Mt. Kisco Arts Council.

Class runs from Mon, Sep 12, 2022 at 6:00 PM - Monday, October 17th at 6:00pm
175 Main St, Mt Kisco, NY, 10549

More info:

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New Castle Community Day is planned for Saturday, Sept. 17 and registration is OPEN!

New Castle Community Day on Saturday, September 17, 2022 at the downtown Chappaqua Train Station Plaza from 10am to 2pm.

Registration is OPEN! Click HERE.

The Rotary Club of Chappaqua is pleased to plan New Castle Community Day 2022 for our Chappaqua neighbors and friends. It will be a great opportunity for catching up with people we haven’t seen recently and enjoy all the fun offerings of the day.

Please see the registration form for the annual Community Day sponsored by the Rotary Club of Chappaqua in cooperation with the Town of New Castle. 

This event is a community gathering with entertainment, food and refreshments, rides for kids, music, informational booths for community organizations, vendors, service providers, volunteer corps, religious groups, etc. Space is limited. Please submit your application at your earliest convenience.

We look forward to your participation in welcoming and celebrating our community in person!

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Chill in the Chappaqua hamlet tomorrow and listen to Orange Jelly!

Back by popular demand, Orange Jelly will be playing tomorrow, Saturday, July 30 from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM at the Plaza at the corner of King Street and Greeley Avenue in the Chappaqua hamlet.

They will bring a chill, farmer’s market vibe to add to the ambiance of a Saturday morning in the Chappaqua hamlet.

Grab a coffee and a smile and join us on the plaza!

If you are interested in performing your music outdoors in town on a Saturday, please send an email to

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July New Moon Women’s Circle With Breathwork in Westchester

Join Misha Vayner, a holistic health coach for a magical evening of connection and self care. Women will harness the energy of the new moon and one another to bring ourselves into balance and harmonyJoin Misha Vayner, a holistic health coach for a magical evening of connection and self care. Women will harness the energy of the new moon and one another to bring ourselves into balance and harmony.

Drawing on the cosmic energy, in community with other women and within a sacred and safe space, we’ll connect deeper with ourselves and one another, set new intentions, cleanse and release toxicity and fill up our cups, allowing us to enter the world feeling more sparkly and whole.

This new moon circle will include a breathwork session to further activate and alchemize our energy, giving us a more powerful and impactful experience. To effectively raise our vibration to match what we want to embody in the next cycle ahead, we’ll be led through a “Heart Beat Movement” meditative practice that involves drumming.

You'll have opportunity to journal to connect to your intuition, set your intentions in conjunction with sharing to connect, and fill your cups.

What to bring:



✨Comfy clothes

✨Blanket or yoga mat

✨yourself as is ✨

Location: O2 Living Sanctuary 792 NY-35, Cross River, NY 10518

*5% of proceeds going back to the non-profit organization WMN Unite. Their mission is to help support women by providing financial support for education centered on health, wellness, financial growth and sustainability.

]]> (Misha Vayner) Events Mon, 25 Jul 2022 10:21:12 -0400
Acclaimed Trumpeter Ingrid Jensen Four at Westchester Collaborative Theater

On August 6th at 7:30pm and 9:00pm, the Ingrid Jensen Four, a quartet of internationally acclaimed jazz virtuosos headed by trumpeter Jensen, will make a rare return local appearance in Westchester Collaborative Theater (WCT)’s Music in the Box Series.

Ossining-based Jensen, hailed by the JJA (Jazz Journalists Association) as 2019’s Trumpeter of the Year, is recognized as one of the most gifted trumpeters of her generation. Her quartet includes Nate Radley on guitar, bassist Richie Goods, and Jon Wikan on drums.

To purchase tickets:

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Local High School Student's 10,000,000 Push-Up Challenge Goal to Help First Responders

Henry Della Penna, a rising junior at Fox Lane High School in Bedford, has created a push-up challenge to raise money and awareness to help firefighters and first responders through the 501(c)3 non-profit Tunnel to Towers Foundation and their Fallen First Responder Home Program.

During the pandemic, Henry became a member of the First Responders Club at his high school and a junior firefighter in training. He was inspired to do this because he saw his father volunteer to become trained as a first responder to help others.

As Henry says, “I’ve seen firsthand how dedicated the first responders are at the fire department in my neighborhood, so I wanted to create a way to get my friends, my community and other communities involved to help families where a member has given the ultimate sacrifice.”

Henry started this 10,000,000 push-up challenge where he is keeping track of the number of push-ups that he’s doing and he’s asking others to join him by doing push-ups and posting the number done on this social media to help reach this 10 million push-up goal.

As Henry says, “The great thing about push-ups is that they can be done anywhere and no special equipment is needed. They also help people stay fit!”

Similar to the ice bucket challenge, Henry is encouraging supporters who want to participate to post videos or photos of themselves doing push-ups and challenge their friends to do the same. Donations aren’t required to participate, but any donation made will go directly to Tunnel to Towers and change lives.

Here is the links to Henry’s Facebook page (, Instagram page ( and the link to his GoFundMe page:

Henry is running his fundraiser now through 9/11/23 which is the 22nd anniversary commemorating September 11th.

Since Henry is a high school student, he, his friends and his whole generation were not around when 9/11 happened and this fundraiser helps to teach young adults about an important part of our history and honor the victims of the attack.

The Tunnel to Towers Foundation is committed to ensuring we never forget 9/11, the sacrifices made, and those that continue to be made by our first responders in the line of duty. Through the Fallen First Responder Home Program, Tunnel to Towers aims to pay off the mortgages of fallen law enforcement officers and firefighters who lose their lives in the line of duty or to 9/11-related illness and leave behind young children. The Foundation’s goal is to ensure stability and security for these families facing sudden, tragic

]]> (HH) Neighbors Mon, 25 Jul 2022 10:17:39 -0400
New Castle Recreation & Parks FREE Movie Night on August 5

New Castle Recreation & Parks FREE Movie Night on Friday, August 5th

Watch The Bad Guys - 8:15 pm start!

Ice cream will be available for purchase. 


Movie Night - Friday, August 5th

]]> (HH) Events Thu, 21 Jul 2022 15:31:34 -0400
Chappaqua’s Summer Sidewalk Sale Kicks Off! Shop Small, Save BIG!

Shop Small and Save Big!

Chappaqua’s Summer Sidewalk Sale kicked off today!  It is New Castle’s decades-long tradition with shoppers visiting downtown Chappaqua from across the region. Attendees will enjoy special sales, promotions, music, food and fun - with savings of up to 75 percent off!

Join your favorite local merchants now through Saturday, July 23rd from 10AM to 6PM daily. There will also be a DJ on Saturday for your shopping and dancing pleasure! Hope you can snag some goodies!

Learn more here.

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Harvey Offering Local Families Immersive Cultural Experience

The Harvey School in Katonah is offering local families an extraordinary opportunity to host a student from abroad on weekends and short holidays during this school year and experience a dynamic cultural exchange in their own homes.

High school students from Brazil, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and Thailand will be arriving soon to join Harvey’s International Student Program (ISP). They will live on campus and attend classes during the week and spend weekends and short holiday breaks in the homes of their host families living in Westchester, Putnam, and Fairfield counties.

Harvey pays the host family a stipend of $5,250 per student to cover costs incurred while hosting for the 32 weekends of the school year.

The hosting begins the week of September 16. The final weekend is June 2-4. During the winter holidays and the spring break in March, each two weeks long, international students return to their homes abroad.

Those interested in hosting a student from abroad should email Alex Lindquist at or call her at 914-232-3161, ext. 160. Only a few hosting opportunities remain. The deadline to apply is August 1.

]]> (Chris DelCampo) Neighbors Thu, 21 Jul 2022 14:04:02 -0400
The Robison Summer Concert Series at Kensico Dam Plaza kicks off Thursday with Garcia’s presents Dead Meat

Get out your dancing shoes! Westchester County Parks is hosting The Robison Summer Concert Series at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla! This Thursday, July 21, 2022 rock to Garcia’s presents Dead Meat.

Concerts will run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.; gates open at 6 p.m. 

The price per ticket is $10 per person and parking is free. Seating will be general admission style. We encourage guests to bring chairs, blankets, and a picnic.

Get tickets

Line-up is as follows:

  • Thursday, July 21 – Garcia’s presents Dead Meat

  • Tuesday, July 26 – The Nerds

  • Saturday, Aug. 13 – Songs in the Attic

  • Friday, Aug. 26 – 45 Riots and SAGE

Get tickets for concerts!

The Robison Summer Concert Series is presented by Westchester County Parks and Sharc Creative with Westchester Parks Foundation, and support from Westchester Talk Radio, 100.7 WHUD, 107.1 The Peak, Garcia's at The Capitol Theatre, HamletHub, Palisades Mazda, The Premier Collection, Inspiria Outdoor Advertising, and Westchester Magazine.

All attendees must show proof of purchase upon entry. For more information, call (914) 231-4564.


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