Harrison's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison Thu, 19 Sep 2019 00:32:20 -0400 HamletHub.com Harrison Resident and Convent of the Sacred Heart Graduate Earns Dean's Award with Distinction at Colgate University https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/neighbors/4633-harrison-resident-and-convent-of-the-sacred-heart-graduate-earns-dean-s-award-with-distinction-at-colgate-university4633-harrison-resident-and-convent-of-the-sacred-heart-graduate-earns-dean-s-award-with-distinction-at-colgate-university https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/neighbors/4633-harrison-resident-and-convent-of-the-sacred-heart-graduate-earns-dean-s-award-with-distinction-at-colgate-university4633-harrison-resident-and-convent-of-the-sacred-heart-graduate-earns-dean-s-award-with-distinction-at-colgate-university

Maggie Davis, a member of the Colgate University Class of 2021, has earned the spring 2019 Dean's Award with Distinction.

Davis is a graduate of Convent of the Sacred Heart, and is from Harrison, NY.

Students who receive a term grade point average of 3.6 or higher while completing at least three courses during the spring 2019 semester earn the Dean's Award with Distinction.

Colgate is a leading American university for students who want classes with rigor, faculty with passion, and confidence in knowing they will learn how to thrive in work and life. Colgate offers 56 majors and supports 25 Division I athletic teams on a campus of about 2,900 students in central New York.

kerry@ducey.org (Colgate University) Neighbors Tue, 17 Sep 2019 10:37:19 -0400
White Plains Performing Arts Center presents LUCIE ARNAZ on Friday, September 27 https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/events/4632-white-plains-performing-arts-center-presents-lucie-arnaz-on-friday-september-274632-white-plains-performing-arts-center-presents-lucie-arnaz-on-friday-september-27 https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/events/4632-white-plains-performing-arts-center-presents-lucie-arnaz-on-friday-september-274632-white-plains-performing-arts-center-presents-lucie-arnaz-on-friday-september-27

White Plains Performing Arts Center is proud to present LUCIE ARNAZ on Friday, September 27, 2019 at 8:00 pm. 

Lucie began her career on television at 12 in a recurring role on The Lucy Show, starring her mother, Lucille Ball.  At 15, she became a series regular on Here’s Lucy.  In 1985 she starred in her own series, The Lucie Arnaz Show, and in 1989 in the critically acclaimed Sons and Daughters, all on CBS.

On film, Lucie co-starred in The Jazz Singer with Neil Diamond and Sir Laurence Olivier, in several made-for-television movies including Who Killed the Black Dahlia, and Down to You. On the stage, Lucie created the role of Kathy in the West Coast Premiere of Vanities at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles before starring as Gittel Mosca in the first national company of Seesaw alongside Tommy Tune. Lucie’s Broadway credits include They’re Playing Our Song, Lost in Yonkers, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Pippin. During her distinguished career, Lucie has received numerous accolades including a Golden Globe nomination, a Theatre World Award, and Chicago’s famed Sarah Siddons award.

Join us for an evening of music and anecdotes from a career that has spanned nearly three decades!

LUCIE ARNAZ with musical director RON ABEL will play the White Plains Performing Arts Center on Friday, September 27 at 8:00 pm. White Plains Performing Arts Center is located on the third level of City Center off Mamaroneck Avenue and Main Street in downtown White Plains, minutes from the White Plains Metro North Station. For tickets visit the theatre box office Monday-Friday (11am-6pm), purchase the tickets online at wppac.com or call 914-328-1600. For Group Sales, please contact boxoffice@wppac.com.

kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Events Thu, 12 Sep 2019 09:18:32 -0400
Purchase College Presents Brenda Shaughnessy on Sept. 14 https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/events/4631-purchase-college-presents-brenda-shaughnessy4631-purchase-college-presents-brenda-shaughnessy https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/events/4631-purchase-college-presents-brenda-shaughnessy4631-purchase-college-presents-brenda-shaughnessy

Purchase College-SUNY will present A Reading and Conversation with Brenda Shaughnessy on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. The program, which is free and open to the public, will take place at Purchase College in the Recital Hall of the Music Building (735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY). The acclaimed poet will launch the new season of Durst Distinguished Lectures.

Brenda Shaughnessy is the author of five highly regarded poetry collections, including The Octopus Museum, So Much Synth, and Our Andromeda, which was a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award, the International Griffin Prize, and the PEN Open Book Award. Her writing has appeared in Best American Poetry, The New Yorker, Poetry Magazine, Paris Review, O Magazine, and other prestigious publications.

“Brenda Shaughnessy is a fearless writer with dazzling imaginative gifts. Her newest collection, The Octopus Museum, which confirms her stature as one of our preeminent poets, takes on the subject of climate change and the growing inhumanity of these difficult times, by focusing not on the darkness, rather on the light—how we save what has meaning from the ruins, how we protect those we love,” said Monica Ferrell, associate professor of creative writing at Purchase College. “Shot through with wonder for the world, this is a poetry that knits us together, consoles and enchants us, and does so with bravery and tremendous heart.”

Anthony Domestico, associate professor of literature at Purchase College, commented, “Through their superb craft and generous spirit, Brenda Shaughnessy's poems urge us to care for language and for the world we find ourselves within. We're honored to have her visit Purchase.”

The Durst Distinguished Lecture Series and the Roy and Shirley Durst Distinguished Chair in Literature are funded by the Roy and Shirley Durst Distinguished Chair in Literature Endowment. The mission of the Durst programs is to infuse the experience and intellect of leading writers into the Purchase community, while providing diverse opportunities for these writers to interact with students and influence campus life.

As a small public college, Purchase is proud to introduce students to the level of expertise provided by the Durst Distinguished Lectures. The roster of current and past Durst Lecturers have won an impressive array of the highest level of literary honors, including National Book Awards, MacArthur Foundation Grants, Pulitzer Prizes, Guggenheim Foundation Fellowships, and Man Booker Prizes for Fiction.
The renowned novelist Edwidge Danticat, who has been named the 2019-2020 Roy and Shirley Durst Distinguished Chair in Literature, will be featured in programs on October 3 and November 14-15. Music critic and journalist Kelefa Sanneh (October 9) and short story writer David Means (October 21) will also be presenting Durst Distinguished Lecture programs, ensuring an exciting literary season for the Westchester community.
For more information, please visit: https://www.purchase.edu/academics/school-of-humanities/lectures/durst-distinguished-lectures/ or call 914.251.6550.

abell@30-ink.com (Leslie Wells) Events Wed, 11 Sep 2019 14:49:10 -0400
Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Establishing September 11th Remembrance Day and Moment of Silence at Public Schools https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/politics/4630-governor-cuomo-signs-legislation-establishing-september-11th-remembrance-day-and-moment-of-silence-at-public-schools4630-governor-cuomo-signs-legislation-establishing-september-11th-remembrance-day-and-moment-of-silence-at-public-schools https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/politics/4630-governor-cuomo-signs-legislation-establishing-september-11th-remembrance-day-and-moment-of-silence-at-public-schools4630-governor-cuomo-signs-legislation-establishing-september-11th-remembrance-day-and-moment-of-silence-at-public-schools

on September 9th, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation (S.4166A/A.1801B) establishing September 11th Remembrance Day. The new law allows for a brief moment of silence in public schools across the state at the beginning of the school day every September 11th to encourage dialogue and education in the classroom, and to ensure future generations have an understanding of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks and their place in history. The law is effective immediately.

"9/11 was one of the single darkest periods in this state's and this nation's history, and we owe it to those we lost and to the countless heroes who ran toward danger that day and the days that followed to do everything we can to keep their memory alive," Governor Cuomo said. "By establishing this annual day of remembrance and a brief moment of silence in public schools, we will help ensure we never forget — not just the pain of that moment but of the courage, sacrifice and outpouring of love that defined our response."

Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., said, "I am grateful for Governor Cuomo's approval of my 9/11 observance bill. I am hopeful that this new law will mean that the significance of the tragic events of September 11th, whether it be the loss of loved ones or the largest rescue operation our nation ever witnessed, will be forever acknowledged by school students too young to have witnessed this life-changing day."

Assembly Member Stacey Pheffer Amato said, "Students graduating from High School as part of the Class of 2019 were just newborns during the terrorists attacks of September 11, 2001, and soon enough there will be no students in the national public school system born at the time of 9/11. By mandating a brief moment of silent reflection every year, we may ensure that future generations will better understand this day and its significance in our history. Governor Cuomo understands the importance of educating our children about our state and country's history. I applaud him for signing this bill into law and for his continued partnership."

commandercarey@gmail.com (Office of the Governor. ) Politics Tue, 10 Sep 2019 02:00:59 -0400
40th Annual Wheelchair Games Comes to Burke Rehabilitation Hospital https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/events/4629-40th-annual-wheelchair-games-comes-to-burke-rehabilitation-hospital4629-40th-annual-wheelchair-games-comes-to-burke-rehabilitation-hospital https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/events/4629-40th-annual-wheelchair-games-comes-to-burke-rehabilitation-hospital4629-40th-annual-wheelchair-games-comes-to-burke-rehabilitation-hospital

Burke Rehabilitation Hospital will host the 40th annual Wheelchair Games and Spinal Cord Injury Sports and Vendor Expo on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019. The events will be held on Burke’s beautiful White Plains campus (785 Mamaroneck Ave.).

The Wheelchair Games provide an opportunity for athletes of all abilities to showcase their skills and participate in friendly competition. This year’s Games will include a variety of track, field, table tennis and basketball events, as well as an obstacle course. Participants will be organized into divisions based on age and ability.

The Wheelchair Games have become a community favorite during the four decades since the tradition started at Burke. The inclusive nature of the Games promises an afternoon of confidence building for athletes and inspiration for all those who come to support them.

“I’m so honored to be a part of the 40th installment of the Wheelchair Games,” said Eileen Andreassi, MA, CTRS, Director of Burke’s Recreational Therapy & Adaptive Sports. “This event provides an inclusive and supportive environment where athletes can discover the very best parts of themselves. It’s a great privilege to provide them with the chance to participate in sporting events they otherwise might not have access to.”  

Field and table tennis events will begin at 9 a.m., followed by the basketball free throw competition at 11 a.m. and track events beginning at 1:30 p.m. Awards for morning events will be presented during lunch and track awards will be presented at the end of the day.

In addition to the athletic events, Burke will mark Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Awareness Month by hosting the SCI Sports and Vendor Expo. The Expo will include vendor presentations on topics such as adaptive equipment, new technologies, services and products relevant to life after SCI. The event will showcase adaptive sports and interactive product demonstrations. For more information on the SCI Expo, email Kaitlynn Hammerton at khammerton@burke.org.

For more information about the 40th Wheelchair Games, please call (914) 597-2850. Registration packet and volunteer forms are available at https://www.burke.org/community/special-events-programs/wheelchair-games

Spectator admission is free and community members are encouraged to attend and cheer on the athletes. There will be live music performances throughout the day, as well as carnival games, silent auctions and chance raffles for families. For sponsorship information, please call (914) 597-2846.

abell@30-ink.com (Leslie Wells) Events Mon, 09 Sep 2019 10:24:17 -0400
White Plains Performing Arts Center 2019 Fall Season https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/places/4628-white-plains-performing-arts-center-2019-fall-season4628-white-plains-performing-arts-center-2019-fall-season https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/places/4628-white-plains-performing-arts-center-2019-fall-season4628-white-plains-performing-arts-center-2019-fall-season

We are delighted to announce our new productions for the 2019 Fall season:

  • Emmett Cohen Quartet – September 14
  • Sinatra: The 1962 ‘World Tour’ starring Frankie Sands with comedian Chris Monty – September 22
  • Lucie Arnaz “I Got the Job: Songs from My Musical Past” – September 27
  • Elton John & Tim Rice’s AIDA  – October 11-27
  • An Evening with Lainie Kazan – November 9
  • Disney’s NEWSIES – December 20 – January 12

White Plains Performing Arts Center is located on the third level of City Center off Mamaroneck Avenue in downtown White Plains.  For tickets: visit the theatre box office Monday-Friday (11am-6pm), purchase the tickets online at www.wppac.com or call 914-328-1600. For Group Sales, please contact barbara@wppac.com.

kerry@ducey.org (WPPAC) Places Wed, 04 Sep 2019 12:33:29 -0400
58th Annual Armonk Outdoor Art Show Sept. 21 & 22 https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/events/4627-58th-annual-armonk-outdoor-art-show4627-58th-annual-armonk-outdoor-art-show https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/events/4627-58th-annual-armonk-outdoor-art-show4627-58th-annual-armonk-outdoor-art-show

58th Annual Armonk Outdoor Art Show

The 58th Annual Armonk Outdoor Art Show features 185 juried artists from 26 states, Canada, and Israel, including 34 new artists. The show is ranked #2 Fine Art and Design Show in the Nation, based on sales reported by exhibitors to Sunshine Artist, a premiere art and craft show publication. A broad range of art in every medium and price point will be on display, including painting, printmaking, drawing, pastels, mixed mediums, sculpture, photography & digital art, wearable art, and fine crafts. Free personal consultants, trained in fine art and interior design, are available to assist visitors in selecting art that best fits their taste and decor.

“The Armonk Outdoor Art Show is a must-see event every fall for thousands of discerning art lovers from the Hudson Valley and NYC metro area” said Anne Curran, Executive Director of the show. “It’s also a fun experience for the whole family with free activities for kids and collaborative art projects, great food vendors, and beer and wine. So, come for the art and stay for the fun.”

Come for the Art...

The 58th Annual Armonk Outdoor Art Show continues its long tradition of showcasing well curated and diverse fine art.

Learn about what inspires our 2019 Featured Artists:
Jennifer Ardolino, Michael Patterson, Evan Lorberbaum, Natalya Khorover Aikens and Nnamdi Okonkwo.

Stay for the Fun! 

Free Fun-Filled Activities for All Ages

Art and entertainment for kids ages 1-5 with adult participation
Interactive programs for kids ages 5-12, sponsored by The Harvey Schooland Emerald Tree & Shrub Care Company
And an Engaging Alliance of Arts Organizations:
Food, Craft Beer and Wine – Diverse Vendors and New Additions!
Including: Luke’s Lobster, Captain Lawrence Brewing, Fortina and BBQ by Taylored Menus
General $14.00, Seniors $12.00, 18 and under: Free

Ample free parking on site. Sorry, no dogs allowed.

58th Annual Armonk Outdoor Art Show
Saturday & Sunday, September 21 & September 22
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Rain or Shine.
205 Business Park Drive, Armonk, NY 10504
Show Benefits North Castle Public Library

Learn more: https://armonkoutdoorartshow.org

kerry@ducey.org (Michael Dardano) Events Wed, 04 Sep 2019 10:10:20 -0400
Wartburg Receives a $50,000 Grant from the Field Hall Foundation https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/neighbors/4626-wartburg-receives-a-50-000-grant-from-the-field-hall-foundation4626-wartburg-receives-a-50-000-grant-from-the-field-hall-foundation https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/neighbors/4626-wartburg-receives-a-50-000-grant-from-the-field-hall-foundation4626-wartburg-receives-a-50-000-grant-from-the-field-hall-foundation

Wartburg Receives a $50,000 Grant from the Field Hall Foundation to provide Scholarships for Wartburg’s Adult Day Care Program

Wartburg is proud to announce that it is the recipient of a $50,000 grant from The Field Hall Foundation.  This grant will provide financial assistance towards the cost of attendance and transportation for Wartburg’s Adult Day Care program.

Family caregivers are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  It’s a tough job, especially for those balancing work, kids and other obligations.  Paying for an adult day care program alone is a hardship and transportation costs create an added burden.  Through Wartburg’s Caregiver Assistance for Respite Expenses (CARE) “scholarship program”, Wartburg will provide access to their adult day care program and all its benefits to seniors and their caregivers with financial need.  CARE aligns with Wartburg’s mission of helping those with the greatest need continue to live independently and with dignity. 

Wartburg’s Adult Day Care program provides a safe, stimulating environment for seniors, with special support for those with Alzheimer’s or dementia – and a much needed break for the caregivers who love them.

We are grateful to President Ahearn and the Field Hall Foundation Board of Directors for their support of an adult day care option in this county. This is a special honor coming from an organization with such a great legacy of quality care for seniors,” said Dr. David J. Gentner, Wartburg’s President and CEO. 

The Field Hall Foundation was incorporated in 1986 to assist Field Home – Holy Comforter, a not-for-profit nursing home, and Catherine Field Home, a home for older women, in providing high-quality caring services to its residents and patients.  In 2018, Field Home was sold to a for-profit organization, with the assets from the sale invested in the Foundation.  The Foundation’s aim is to provide grants that will improve the lives of older adults and their caregivers in Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess Counties, NY.

Wartburg, located in Westchester County, NY, offers integrated, comprehensive senior residential and healthcare services.  Unlike conventional retirement communities, Wartburg provides a wide range of services to both residents living on their beautiful 34-acre campus and people in their own homes. From independent, assisted living and award-winning nursing home care to inpatient/outpatient rehabilitation, home care and adult day care services, their continuing care approach has earned them a trusted reputation in Westchester. Wartburg also provides caregiver support at every stage with an array of options to find the level of care that considers the whole family. Wartburg was named one of the “Best Nursing Homes in New York State” by U.S. News & World Report for the eighth consecutive year in 2018.

mjdardano@gmail.com (Michael Dardano) Neighbors Wed, 04 Sep 2019 05:24:17 -0400
NYS Red Flag Law Goes Into Effect Today https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/publicsafety/4625-nys-red-flag-law-goes-into-effect-today4625-nys-red-flag-law-goes-into-effect-today https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/publicsafety/4625-nys-red-flag-law-goes-into-effect-today4625-nys-red-flag-law-goes-into-effect-today

As of the school year 2019-2020, New York educators, families and law enforcement can take legal action to potentially prevent violence when they spot so-called red flags in a person’s behavior, which may indicate future violence.

The suspect student or other community members may be posting threats on social media, making verbal threats or changing behaviors that appear as warning signs to others. The law, also known as the Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) law, through a judicial process, prevents individuals who show signs of being a threat to themselves or others from purchasing or possessing any kind of firearm.

According to Gov. Cuomo, this is the first red flag law in the country, which distinctly empowers school personnel to report their concerns and seek an emergency protection order based on a person’s potential actions. Early intervention, such as a court-ordered ERPO, may save lives.

The NYS Red Flag law provides all necessary procedural safeguards to ensure that no firearm is removed without due process.

This common-sense gun safety measure becomes effective Aug. 24, 2019.

New York is now one of 14 states with a red-flag law. According to EveryTown, an advocacy group,

“The United States Secret Service and the United States Department of Education studied targeted school violence incidents and found behavioral warning signs that caused others to be concerned in 93 percent of cases. They also found that in 81 percent of incidents, other people, most often the shooter’s peers, had some type of knowledge about the shooter’s plans.

For example, students and teachers reported that the mass shooter in the February 2018 Parkland, FL, tragedy displayed threatening behavior. His mother had contacted law enforcement on multiple occasions regarding his behavior, and he was known to possess firearms. In response to that tragedy, Florida passed its own Red Flag law.”

In February, after advocating for the passage of this common-sense gun safety law, Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. said, upon the Governor’s signing,

“We are very happy the Red Flag Law is now available to safeguard New Yorkers who are a risk of using guns to hurt themselves or others. It will help us make Westchester safer and more secure. Families, community members, school personnel and law enforcement can now make a case for the courts to imposed Extreme Risk Protection Orders, to remove weapons temporarily from a person in crisis. As District Attorney, I joined other DA’s and lawmakers in calling for its passage. It is an important tool in preventing situations of mass violence in schools, workplaces, houses of worship or public spaces, and in our homes where suicide and domestic violence become deadly when a gun is involved.”

If you are concerned someone you know or love, is in crisis, has access to weapons and has exhibited signs–whether in person or through social media-he or she may hurt themselves or others, call your local police and tell them.

Tarad@hamlethub.com (NYS Police) Public safety Sat, 24 Aug 2019 05:27:04 -0400
Harrison Resident Honored by United Way at Day of Golf https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/neighbors/4624-harrison-resident-honored-by-united-way-at-day-of-golf4624-harrison-resident-honored-by-united-way-at-day-of-golf https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/neighbors/4624-harrison-resident-honored-by-united-way-at-day-of-golf4624-harrison-resident-honored-by-united-way-at-day-of-golf

Hilary Tuohy, Past President of the National Board of the Executive Women’s Golf Association and a top-notch golfer, will be this year’s honoree at the United Way of Westchester and Putnam’s Day of Golf & Tennis.  The event will be held September 26 at the Mount Kisco Country Club.

Tuohy, a Harrison resident originally from Ireland, led the organization which is now LPGA Amateurs through a transition that reversed declining membership and ultimately led to a merger with the LPGA in April 2018.  In her job as a financial advisor for Lumina Financial Consultants, she works to empower women through financial education.  She has an MBA in Finance from Queen's University in Belfast and earned her undergrad in Financial Services from University College Dublin. Tuohy has dedicated much of her time to causes that promote inclusion and equality, serving on the boards of My Sister’s Place as well as the LPGA Foundation.

“Hilary is an amazing person and a terrific golfer,’’ said Alana Sweeny, President and CEO of the United Way of Westchester and Putnam. “Not only is she a competent leader dedicated to empowering women, but she is someone who cares about the advancement of others. We are very fortunate that she has agreed to lend her time and talents to the United Way as this year’s honoree for our Day of Golf & Tennis.’’

Raised in the small village of Moy in Country Tyrone, Northern Ireland, Tuohy said the political strife in her homeland during her growing up years helped to shape her outlook on life. She credits her mother, who she refers to as “Mum” with her success, adding that her family mantra was always “I’ll try” and never “I can’t.”  Her mother also impressed upon her the value of education and the need to advocate for others.

“I learned that one of the best ways to change mindsets is through education and enabling people to get exposure to different concepts and to provide different experiences.  Ideally everyone should have access to the same opportunities in life regardless of their circumstances" she said.

Tuohy said she was recently drawn to the United Way because of its work to level the playing field. 

“I was impressed by the breadth of services which they provide locally in each community where they operate to help address the roots of poverty through early literacy, financial stability and access to community resources through their 2-1-1 helpline,’’ she said.  “The collaboration between the NFP organizations in the community is incredibly powerful and the 2-1-1 helpline is a wonderful tool to support this.” 

With a golf handicap of 10, Tuohy is a skilled golfer, who with her husband Mick, has played on courses around the world. Some of her favorites: Manele Golf Club in Lanai, Hawaii; Tralee, County Kerry Ireland, and The Ocean Course, Kiawah Island.

The only thing she loves more than golf is travel having been to Europe, Far East, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, South America and throughout the US. She also enjoys planning trips to her homeland of Ireland for her friends.

For more information on the golf outing, to become a sponsor or sign up for a foursome, visit www.UWWP.org/golf or contact Faith Ann Butcher, Acting Chief Impact Officer at (914) 997-6700, ext. 753, or fbutcher@uwwp.org.

Tarad@hamlethub.com (Vicky Hochman) Neighbors Wed, 21 Aug 2019 08:37:37 -0400
Wartburg Awarded Green Business Partnership Award https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/places/4623-wartburg-awarded-green-business-partnership-award4623-wartburg-awarded-green-business-partnership-award https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/places/4623-wartburg-awarded-green-business-partnership-award4623-wartburg-awarded-green-business-partnership-award

Gregory Poole-Dayan and Paul Lippolis

Wartburg was recently awarded the Green Business Partnership Award through the Green Business Partnership (GBP) and The Business Council of Westchester making Wartburg the first long term care facility to receive this certification in Westchester County.  GBP recognized Wartburg for demonstrating “extensive accomplishments across all program areas:  organization commitment, energy, waste management, transportation, land use and water” and for “going above and beyond in their commitment to environmental sustainability and corporate citizenship.”

This isn’t the only first for Wartburg, a premier senior residential and healthcare facility in Mt. Vernon, NY, with a long-standing commitment to protecting the environment.  In 2014, the facility’s Rehabilitation and Adult Day Care Center become the first health care facility in Mount Vernon to gain Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification, immediately followed by the same certification for their Friedrich Affordable Housing. Friedrichs was the first new construction building in Mount Vernon to become LEED certified. This certification signifies that a building is exemplary in conserving energy, lowering operating costs and being healthy for occupants. 

Wartburg has also created a “Green Committee” as part of its campus-wide Green Initiative.  This group, made up of staff, board, residents and volunteers, helps ensure all members of their community are educated about the company’s efforts to promote environmental sustainability and be involved in supporting their environmental goals.

As part of this initiative, Wartburg upgraded approximately 5,000 fixtures across its 34-acre campus to include 11,000 new LED lamps, earning them an inaugural Eco Award from County Executive George Latimer and the Westchester County Department of Environmental Facilities. The awards recognize outstanding contributions to the County’s local environment and sustainability made by residents, students and schools, municipalities, businesses and other organizations.  Benefits from this project include outdoor lighting that is 40 percent brighter than previous lighting, helping to improve visibility and safety for its residents, clients and staff.  This change will save 736,004 kWh a year, which is the equivalent of 548 metric tons of greenhouse gas, by replacing fluorescent and incandescent bulbs with LEDs.  These savings are also equivalent to 599,285 pounds of coal burned and 61,635 gallons of gasoline consumed.  In addition, the savings also translate monetarily, and the project, assisted by Con Edison rebates and incentives, will pay for itself in decreased energy costs after 18 months.

Lippolis Electric, Inc. of Pelham partnered with Wartburg on the replacement of all florescent and incandescent bulbs with LEDs on the Wartburg campus.

Wartburg has also conducted a campus-wide energy assessment to further determine ways to reduce their environmental footprint as well as save energy costs including analyzing heating and cooling, appliances and renewable.  

“We, at Wartburg, are committed to reducing our environmental footprint and promoting environmental stewardship at all levels of our organization. Our goal is to minimize our organization’s impact on the environment and maximize our future generations’ ability to live, work and play in our shared natural environment, with equal access to clean air, clean water and natural resources,” said Dr. David J. Gentner, Wartburg President & CEO. “We will strive to minimize pollution and waste, conserve energy and water, protect habitat and support renewable energy resources, purchase environmentally friendly products and ensure environmentally preferable transportation by contracting with vendors and supplies to meet our standards and environmental commitment.”

mjdardano@gmail.com (Michael Dardano) Places Wed, 21 Aug 2019 03:53:08 -0400
Progressive Computing Celebrates 25th Anniversary https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/neighbors/4622-progressive-computing-celebrates-25th-anniversary4622-progressive-computing-celebrates-25th-anniversary https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/neighbors/4622-progressive-computing-celebrates-25th-anniversary4622-progressive-computing-celebrates-25th-anniversary

Progressive Computing Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

For 25 years, Progressive Computing has adapted to numerous industry innovations while providing vigilant and cost-effective information technology service to the needs of businesses in the New York City area and across the country.

The company recently commemorated this milestone at its new headquarters near Midland Avenue in Yonkers with a bash attended by several local luminaries. Founded by Robert Cioffi, chief operating officer, and Ugo Chiulli, chief executive officer, who grew up in Yonkers, Progressive Computing has always called the city home.

Jim Cavanaugh, Yonkers deputy mayor, read from a proclamation announcing Progressive Computing Day. “Small businesses are the backbone of any community and for this firm to survive and thrive through so many business cycles is a testament to their success,” said Cavanaugh. “We’d love for them to be here another 25 years.”

Nader J. Sayegh, New York State assemblyman from Yonkers, singled out the achievement along with Progressive Computing’s many years of giving back to the community. Progressive Computing employees work with local educators to teach about careers in technology under the STRIVE program along with many other volunteer educational and community-building endeavors.

“They are part of the fabric of Yonkers,” said Sayegh, who bestowed Progressive Computing with a special citation from the New York State Assembly. “The most important aspect about this is the way they take a real interest in providing Yonkers students with job training and job placement and helping them achieve positive results.”

Bridget Gibbons, Westchester County deputy director of economic development, also singled out the role Progressive Computing plays in the county’s Element 46 incubator initiative and issued a proclamation marking the event.

Progressive Computing is a mainstay of the Business Council of Westchester, the county’s premier professional and business organization. “Progressive Computing proves that it’s possible to grow as an organization when you do good things,” said Marsha Gordon, business council president and CEO. “They’re such a valuable company to have in Westchester because they are serious about their obligation to help others and to provide superior services.”

Cioffi and Chiulli, who graduated from Gorton High School in Yonkers, became friends and informal business associates at Iona College during the early home and business computing revolution in the 1980s.

They began developing software programs for local businesses with the open source DOS interface and then expanded as computer technology evolved. Their first clients included a telemarketing company, an HVAC concern and a wholesale meat delivery business.

At first, businesses required the build out of computer networks that could talk with each other, so they installed servers and desktops. “We worked on the break-fix model with an hourly rate, but this generated the idea of selling maintenance packages with managed services for a flat fee per month,” said Cioffi.

Cioffi and Chiulli began helping their clients gain competitive advantage through budgeting and strategy. They also helped standardize computer systems for clients’ vendors and other businesses with which they interacted.

The cloud, the latest metamorphosis in computing, “changes the nature of what we’re doing and opens up the ability to expand our geographical footprint,” said Cioffi. “When we installed hardware, we had to stay in our own backyard, but now we can connect with anyone.”

In addition to around 80 clients – known as partners – in the New York City metropolitan region, the company now services businesses in San Jose, Dallas and Denver, along with another firm that supports 26 offices nation-wide.

“Ugo and I are two very different people but we share the same core values,” said Cioffi. “We’re fortunate because we’ve been able to surround ourselves with quality people who can live up to those values. The feedback we always get from customers is that we have a great team of people who are a pleasure to work with. Everyone has an inner geek here, and we celebrate that, but we care about being human beings first. We’re more than just technology.”

With offices in Westchester County and Manhattan, Progressive Computing, Inc. is a leader in computer network installation, design and maintenance, offering professional, cost-effective IT services, computer consulting, technical support and computer repair to leading edge businesses. Clients regard them as their "on-demand" information technology department, entrusting that their recommendations, services and products will help them save money, become more efficient and grow their businesses. Progressive Computing can support all IT outsourcing needs with customized solutions to meet clients’ exacting needs.

mjdardano@gmail.com (Michael Dardano) Neighbors Wed, 21 Aug 2019 03:52:13 -0400
Osborn Home Care’s Michele Thomas Elected President of SPRYE https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/neighbors/4621-osborn-home-care-s-michele-thomas-elected-president-of-sprye4621-osborn-home-care-s-michele-thomas-elected-president-of-sprye https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/neighbors/4621-osborn-home-care-s-michele-thomas-elected-president-of-sprye4621-osborn-home-care-s-michele-thomas-elected-president-of-sprye

Michele Thomas, the executive vice president of The Osborn’s Home Care division, has been recently elected as president of SPRYE, which serves residents of Harrison, Port Chester, Rye and Rye Brook. SPRYE is a non-profit, membership-based organization for adults 60 years and older who want to live confidently at home in the communities they love.

“I am so happy to be working with such a dedicated group of community volunteers,” said Thomas, who has been volunteering at SPRYE for the past four years and will continue to be a volunteer in her new role. “SPRYE helps seniors enjoy a satisfying lifestyle by providing important and needed services.”

Thomas, who was elected president of SPRYE at its Annual Meeting at Rye Town Pavilion in June, is the executive vice president of Osborn Home Care, a licensed home health agency. She is also the host of Good Living, a radio program heard in Fairfield and Westchester Counties on WGCH 1490 AM, Tuesday mornings from 9:30-10:00 a.m. She is active with the Alzheimer's Association and New York and Connecticut state home care associations, and is a member of the Hospice of Westchester Advisory Board.

About The Osborn

The Osborn (www.theosborn.org) is a private, non-profit, continuum of care community, founded in 1908 and based in Rye, New York. It offers Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, a Five-Star Skilled Nursing Facility, as well as In- and Outpatient Rehabilitation care. In addition to residential and healthcare services on its 56-acre campus, the organization provides home care in Westchester and Fairfield Counties through Osborn Home Care. For Osborn Home Care, please visit www.osbornhomecare.org.

abell@30-ink.com (Leslie Wells) Neighbors Tue, 20 Aug 2019 10:39:38 -0400
NYS Police ID Victims of Union Vale Plane Crash https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/publicsafety/4619-nys-police-id-victims-of-union-vale-plane-crash4619-nys-police-id-victims-of-union-vale-plane-crash https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/publicsafety/4619-nys-police-id-victims-of-union-vale-plane-crash4619-nys-police-id-victims-of-union-vale-plane-crash


Union Vale, New York – August 18, 2019, the New York State Police have tentatively identified those involved in Saturday's plane crash at 235 South Smith Road in the town of Union Vale.
The aircraft pilot was tentatively identified as Francisco Knipping-Diaz, age 61, of Woodmere, NY, who died at scene.  His two passengers were identified as Eduardo Tio, age 50, also of Woodmere, NY, and Teoflio Antonio Diaz Pratt, age 52, of the Dominican Republic, both of whom sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

At the time of the crash, the home at 235 South Smith Road was occupied by Gerard Bocker, age 61, who has been tentatively identified pending confirmation at autopsy.  Also present in the home was Hannah Bocker, age 21, who was critically injured, and Sarah Bocker, age 30, who sustained non-life-threatening injuries.  

The New York State Police, NTSB, and FAA continue to investigate the cause of the crash. 

Tarad@hamlethub.com (NYS Police) Public safety Mon, 19 Aug 2019 04:40:55 -0400
Book Club for Women with Cancer to Meet August 22 https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/events/4620-book-club-for-women-with-cancer-to-meet-august-224620-book-club-for-women-with-cancer-to-meet-august-22 https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/events/4620-book-club-for-women-with-cancer-to-meet-august-224620-book-club-for-women-with-cancer-to-meet-august-22

Support Connection, Inc. announces that the next session of their Book Club For Women With Cancer is scheduled for Thursday, August 22 from 7-9 pm at NY-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital in Cortlandt Manor, NY. Open to people living with breast, ovarian and gynecological cancers. To learn more or to pre-register (PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED) call Support Connection at 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290.

Book to be discussed: All The Light You Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. This Pulitzer Prize winning novel occurs during the German occupation of France, when the paths of a blind French girl and a German orphan boy collide. “Doerr presents us with two intricate stories, both of which take place during World War II; late in the novel, inevitably, they intersect… Doerr captures the sights and sounds of wartime and focuses, refreshingly, on the innate goodness of his major characters.” Kirkus Review.

Discussion Leader:  Amy Curran Baker, author of Now What? A Guide to Recovery After Mastectomy, will lead the discussion.

keytocomputing@gmail.com (Support Connection) Events Mon, 19 Aug 2019 04:16:15 -0400