Harrison's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison Fri, 28 Jan 2022 20:49:37 -0500 HamletHub.com Westchester in the Spotlight as HBO’s The Gilded Age Premieres Tonight! https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/life/4931-westchester-in-the-spotlight-as-hbo-s-the-gilded-age-premieres-january-24th4931-westchester-in-the-spotlight-as-hbo-s-the-gilded-age-premieres-january-24th https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/life/4931-westchester-in-the-spotlight-as-hbo-s-the-gilded-age-premieres-january-24th4931-westchester-in-the-spotlight-as-hbo-s-the-gilded-age-premieres-january-24th

Westchester is in the spotlight with the January 24 premiere of the new HBO historical drama series, “The Gilded Age.”

The new show is set in the rapidly changing world of 1880s New York, during a time of unprecedented industrial growth in America. The story follows the millionaire titans at the upper echelons of New York society engaged in a battle between the nouveau riche and old money. It’s the latest creation from Julian Fellowes, the writer and producer best known for “Downton Abbey,” and a showcase for glamorous costumes and beautiful backdrops — many of right here in Westchester.

County Executive George Latimer said: “It’s no surprise that producers of “The Gilded Age” chose to film in Westchester. We have fantastic locations — including several historically significant sites — and a huge diversity of spaces that can be used creatively to accommodate everything a production needs.” 

The story starts with a young Marian Brook, played by Louisa Jacobson, who moves after the death of her father from rural Pennsylvania to live with her rich aunts, Agnes van Rhijn and Ada Brook, acted by Christine Baranski and Cynthia Nixon, respectively. The plot follows Marion as she becomes enmeshed in a social war between one of her aunts, a scion of the old money set, and her rich neighbors, a ruthless railroad tycoon and his wife.

Filming for “The Gilded Age” took place over several months in late 2020 and early 2021. Scenes were filmed on dirt roads and in historic cabins at the Edith Macy Conference Center in Briarcliff Manor, Glenview at Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, Sleepy Hollow Country Club, and inside the mansion and on the grounds at Lyndhurst and Belvedere Estate in Tarrytown. Pace University in Pleasantville was used as a film location and cast and crew basecamp.

Seeking a variety of looks that would recreate 1880s New York, producers scouted Westchester County, where wealthy New Yorkers actually escaped city life during the Gilded Age, according to David Crockett, executive producer.

Crockett said: “We were committed to an authentic feel and wanted the show to be a New York show, an American show. And Westchester came through for us. We created Manhattan locations of the era including a grand mansion and hotel exteriors, the interior of coffee and cake saloon, a downtown printing press, tavern, and the exterior of a ferry terminal. Westchester offered unbelievable assets and we will be back.”

Filming during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic presented production challenges that were eased by filming in Westchester, according to Lauri Pitkus, location scout. “On any given day our production involved 150 to 300 people. So, we were not only looking for historic looks but larger properties where we could park our trucks, construct tents for cast and crew operations, and have park-like grounds where we could operate like a campus. Westchester offered flexibility in that we could stay for multiple days, find as many creative looks as possible in one place, and observe COVID protocols.”

All the glamor – and practical benefits too

Westchester County Tourism & Film Director Natasha Caputo said: “It’s a point of hometown pride to see our locations featured in glamorous productions like The Gilded Age. Not only does film activity provide excitement, it’s a great boon for local businesses that welcome cast and crew to their hotels, restaurants, and tourist destinations.”

Lyndhurst, for example, is one of the places open to the public that people can visit after seeing the show. “The period of the Gilded Age is a major part of Lyndhurst’s history and we worked closely with the production team to bring this to life,” said Howard Zar, executive director.  “Our staff has a long history of helping our film industry collaborators achieve their objectives and succeed. Working with the Gilded Age and other marquee productions over the years has been  a positive experience for us. It allows Lyndhurst to reach new audiences in a completely different way.”

Added Crockett: “After especially long days on set, we appreciated having hotels nearby for our cast and crew to stay. We were also happy to source construction materials and equipment in Westchester. The County was very responsive to our needs.”

Latimer added: “Productions like The Gilded Age showcase the amazing assets Westchester has to offer to film and television productions. They also shine a light on the importance of the film industry, which generates $45.7 million in economic impact in Westchester.”

The Gilded Age premieres January 24 at 9pm on HBO.

View the trailer here.

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kerry@ducey.org (Westchester County) Life Fri, 21 Jan 2022 13:03:49 -0500
Wartburg’s Friedrichs Affordable Senior Housing Receives Neighborhood Grant Award https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/places/4930-wartburg-s-friedrichs-affordable-senior-housing-receives-neighborhood-grant-award4930-wartburg-s-friedrichs-affordable-senior-housing-receives-neighborhood-grant-award https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/places/4930-wartburg-s-friedrichs-affordable-senior-housing-receives-neighborhood-grant-award4930-wartburg-s-friedrichs-affordable-senior-housing-receives-neighborhood-grant-award

Robert Ranieri presented the check to Wartburg CEO Dr. David J. Gentner.

As part of NorthMarq’s Community Involvement program, Wartburg’s Friedrichs Affordable Senior Housing program received one of this year’s Neighborhood grant awards.

Wartburg, nominated by Robert Ranieri, NorthMarq’s White Plains’ Managing Director and Wartburg’s Board Chairman, has received a grant each of the four program years.

“This year’s grant funds were targeted for social programs at the housing complex designed for seniors such as exercise classes, transportation to local events, shopping excursions, and wellness classes.  Since the grants have been provided, they have been able to offer more programs and services to these low-income senior residents,” said Ranieri.

In 2018, NorthMarq created a community fund to support organizations that focus on improving access to affordable housing or eradicating homelessness in the markets where the company operates. This initiative aligns with the Pohlad Companies’, NorthMarq’s parent company, and the Pohlad Foundation’s focus on these areas of community need.

“This was a wonderful year-end surprise.  It will help us carry on our work on wellness and issues of loneliness and isolation,” said Dr. David J. Gentner, Wartburg’s President and CEO. “The pandemic continues to impact isolation and loneliness, particularly for seniors.  While social distancing and self-quarantine limits the exposure to infection, it also limits social interactions and thus brings about feelings of isolation.” according to Gentner.

The Friedrichs Building opened on Wartburg’s 34-acre campus in 2013, offering beautiful studio and one-bedroom handicap-accessible apartments for the 62+ community of active seniors.  Residents have access to amenities such as a sunlit multipurpose community room, a state-of-the-art fitness room, a library, laundry on each floor, and free assigned parking.  The first Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certified building in Mount Vernon, Friedrichs boasts bamboo floors and individually thermostatic heating and air-conditioned units.

“I am proud that NorthMarq again was able to recognize the importance of supporting non-profits in this community that help support affordable housing, and of course, I am personally pleased that Wartburg was a well-deserved recipient of these funds,” said Ranieri.

Learn more: www.wartburg.org

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mjdardano@gmail.com (Michael Dardano) Places Tue, 18 Jan 2022 13:25:14 -0500
PCSB Bank Donates $20K to Girls Inc. Westchester https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/charities/4928-pcsb-bank-donates-20k-to-girls-inc-westchester4928-pcsb-bank-donates-20k-to-girls-inc-westchester https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/charities/4928-pcsb-bank-donates-20k-to-girls-inc-westchester4928-pcsb-bank-donates-20k-to-girls-inc-westchester

PCSB Bank has announced a donation of $20,000 to Girls Inc. Westchester to support the organization’s work to empower young girls to succeed and achieve healthy lives. This was the bank’s third installment in support of a successful program Girls Inc. has developed for girls at the Benjamin Turner Middle School in Mount Vernon.

As a community-focused bank, PCSB has a proud history of utilizing its time and resources to improve the lives of people throughout the Lower Hudson Valley. Pictured (L to R): Michelle A. Nicholas, SVP, Chief Diversity Officer & Director of Community Development, PCSB Bank; Dr. Sharlise Smith-Rodriguez, Executive Director, Girls Inc.; Joseph D. Roberto, Chairman, President & CEO, PCSB Bank.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Leslie Wells) Charities Tue, 18 Jan 2022 13:24:04 -0500
A New Start for Youth Mentorship in Westchester County https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/life/4929-a-new-start-for-youth-mentorship-in-westchester-county4929-a-new-start-for-youth-mentorship-in-westchester-county https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/life/4929-a-new-start-for-youth-mentorship-in-westchester-county4929-a-new-start-for-youth-mentorship-in-westchester-county

The Westchester chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) today announced that it has spun off to become its own entity from Family Services of Westchester (FSW), the social service agency that has sponsored it for the past 64 years.  Effective immediately, BBBS is an independent 501(c)(3) agency officially named The Westchester chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) today announced that it has spun off to become its own entity from Family Services of Westchester (FSW), the social service agency that has sponsored it for the past 64 years.  Effective immediately, BBBS is an independent 501(c)(3) agency officially named Big Brothers Big Sisters of Westchester County, Inc.  The regional chapter of the federation of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America will now be headquartered at 10 Midland Avenue in Port Chester, NY.

“This is the logical next step in the evolution of our mission to help the youth of Westchester and Putnam counties achieve their full potential,” said Valerie Brown, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Westchester County, Inc.  “We are extremely excited about increasing our powerful programs and overall presence in our community during 2022 and beyond.”
“As this transformation takes place, Family Services of Westchester will continue to refer children in need of mentors to our organization, as we will continue to refer our families to FSW for much needed ancillary services,” adds Brown.  “We have built a strong support network with them these past six decades and that’s something that will not change for our children and families, who can expect the same conscientious level of care and collaboration in all of our programs.”
Independence from FSW will allow BBBS of Westchester to expand its mission to serve more children in need and attract more volunteers within broader geographic and programmatic areas.  Brown notes that organizational independence from FSW will also help streamline the BBBS grant application process, reduce intra-agency competition for various capital supply and allow the new chapter to participate in, and benefit from, national BBBS fundraising initiatives.
Current key initiatives of BBBS of Westchester County include: Community-Based Mentoring, where children between the ages of 7 and 17 (Littles), who are facing adversity, are matched with adult role models, ages 21 or older (Bigs) to spend 4-6 hours of time together during 2 scheduled low or no-cost outings per month; Site-Based Mentoring, in which Littles enjoy structured activities with their Bigs, including homework help, art projects, games, career exploration, and one-on-one quality time; Waitlist Events - fun, monthly group events like bingo and bowling designed for children who are waiting to be matched with an adult mentor; Big Futures College and Vocational Training that provides educational guidance to help Littles graduate from high school and earn scholarships to colleges or post-secondary vocational programs; Virtual Tutor, a two-hour-per-week commitment during the school year helping a child with his or her studies and homework.
A ceremonial Open House Ribbon Cutting event in the new office space is targeted for early spring and as always, the organization’s Annual Appeal will occur in February.
About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Westchester County, Inc.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Westchester County, Inc. is a youth mentoring organization that serves children who face adversity in New York’s Westchester and Putnam counties to help keep them in school, away from violence and substance abuse, while assisting them to achieve their full potential in life. This mission is achieved through professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships under a Big/Little model which matches adult volunteers (Bigs) with children ages 7 to 17 (Littles).  Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is the oldest and largest youth mentoring program in the United States with 238 agencies in over 5,000 communities. More than 275,000 mentors volunteer their time as Bigs and over 135,000 new mentoring matches were formed last year alone. Visit www.bigswestchester.org for more information on becoming a Big, to donate and for a calendar of upcoming events.
PHOTO:
Big Brother Arthur Gill takes Little Brother Dameon Moody to an exciting outing. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Westchester County, Inc. is in need of male role models ages 21 or older to mentor children ages 7 to 17 to help keep them in school, away from violence and substance abuse, while assisting them to achieve their full potential in life.  The Westchester chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) today announced that it has spun off to become its own entity from Family Services of Westchester (FSW), the social service agency that has sponsored it for the past 64 years.  Effective immediately, BBBS is an independent 501(c)(3) agency officially named Big Brothers Big Sisters of Westchester County, Inc.  The regional chapter of the federation of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America will now be headquartered at 10 Midland Avenue in Port Chester, NY.
“This is the logical next step in the evolution of our mission to help the youth of Westchester and Putnam counties achieve their full potential,” said Valerie Brown, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Westchester County, Inc.  “We are extremely excited about increasing our powerful programs and overall presence in our community during 2022 and beyond.”
“As this transformation takes place, Family Services of Westchester will continue to refer children in need of mentors to our organization, as we will continue to refer our families to FSW for much needed ancillary services,” adds Brown.  “We have built a strong support network with them these past six decades and that’s something that will not change for our children and families, who can expect the same conscientious level of care and collaboration in all of our programs.”
Independence from FSW will allow BBBS of Westchester to expand its mission to serve more children in need and attract more volunteers within broader geographic and programmatic areas.  Brown notes that organizational independence from FSW will also help streamline the BBBS grant application process, reduce intra-agency competition for various capital supply and allow the new chapter to participate in, and benefit from, national BBBS fundraising initiatives.
Current key initiatives of BBBS of Westchester County include: Community-Based Mentoring, where children between the ages of 7 and 17 (Littles), who are facing adversity, are matched with adult role models, ages 21 or older (Bigs) to spend 4-6 hours of time together during 2 scheduled low or no-cost outings per month; Site-Based Mentoring, in which Littles enjoy structured activities with their Bigs, including homework help, art projects, games, career exploration, and one-on-one quality time; Waitlist Events - fun, monthly group events like bingo and bowling designed for children who are waiting to be matched with an adult mentor; Big Futures College and Vocational Training that provides educational guidance to help Littles graduate from high school and earn scholarships to colleges or post-secondary vocational programs; Virtual Tutor, a two-hour-per-week commitment during the school year helping a child with his or her studies and homework.
A ceremonial Open House Ribbon Cutting event in the new office space is targeted for early spring and as always, the organization’s Annual Appeal will occur in February.
About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Westchester County, Inc.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Westchester County, Inc. is a youth mentoring organization that serves children who face adversity in New York’s Westchester and Putnam counties to help keep them in school, away from violence and substance abuse, while assisting them to achieve their full potential in life. This mission is achieved through professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships under a Big/Little model which matches adult volunteers (Bigs) with children ages 7 to 17 (Littles).  Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is the oldest and largest youth mentoring program in the United States with 238 agencies in over 5,000 communities. More than 275,000 mentors volunteer their time as Bigs and over 135,000 new mentoring matches were formed last year alone. Visit www.bigswestchester.org for more information on becoming a Big, to donate and for a calendar of upcoming events.
PHOTO:
Big Brother Arthur Gill takes Little Brother Dameon Moody to an exciting outing. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Westchester County, Inc. is in need of male role models ages 21 or older to mentor children ages 7 to 17 to help keep them in school, away from violence and substance abuse, while assisting them to achieve their full potential in life.  

The regional chapter of the federation of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America will now be headquartered at 10 Midland Avenue in Port Chester, NY.

“This is the logical next step in the evolution of our mission to help the youth of Westchester and Putnam counties achieve their full potential,” said Valerie Brown, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Westchester County, Inc.  “We are extremely excited about increasing our powerful programs and overall presence in our community during 2022 and beyond.”
 
“As this transformation takes place, Family Services of Westchester will continue to refer children in need of mentors to our organization, as we will continue to refer our families to FSW for much needed ancillary services,” adds Brown.  “We have built a strong support network with them these past six decades and that’s something that will not change for our children and families, who can expect the same conscientious level of care and collaboration in all of our programs.”
 
Independence from FSW will allow BBBS of Westchester to expand its mission to serve more children in need and attract more volunteers within broader geographic and programmatic areas.  Brown notes that organizational independence from FSW will also help streamline the BBBS grant application process, reduce intra-agency competition for various capital supply and allow the new chapter to participate in, and benefit from, national BBBS fundraising initiatives.
 
Current key initiatives of BBBS of Westchester County include: Community-Based Mentoring, where children between the ages of 7 and 17 (Littles), who are facing adversity, are matched with adult role models, ages 21 or older (Bigs) to spend 4-6 hours of time together during 2 scheduled low or no-cost outings per month; Site-Based Mentoring, in which Littles enjoy structured activities with their Bigs, including homework help, art projects, games, career exploration, and one-on-one quality time; Waitlist Events - fun, monthly group events like bingo and bowling designed for children who are waiting to be matched with an adult mentor; Big Futures College and Vocational Training that provides educational guidance to help Littles graduate from high school and earn scholarships to colleges or post-secondary vocational programs; Virtual Tutor, a two-hour-per-week commitment during the school year helping a child with his or her studies and homework.
 
A ceremonial Open House Ribbon Cutting event in the new office space is targeted for early spring and as always, the organization’s Annual Appeal will occur in February.
 
About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Westchester County, Inc.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Westchester County, Inc. is a youth mentoring organization that serves children who face adversity in New York’s Westchester and Putnam counties to help keep them in school, away from violence and substance abuse, while assisting them to achieve their full potential in life. This mission is achieved through professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships under a Big/Little model which matches adult volunteers (Bigs) with children ages 7 to 17 (Littles).  Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is the oldest and largest youth mentoring program in the United States with 238 agencies in over 5,000 communities. More than 275,000 mentors volunteer their time as Bigs and over 135,000 new mentoring matches were formed last year alone. Visit www.bigswestchester.org for more information on becoming a Big, to donate and for a calendar of upcoming events.
 
PHOTO:
Big Brother Arthur Gill takes Little Brother Dameon Moody to an exciting outing. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Westchester County, Inc. is in need of male role models ages 21 or older to mentor children ages 7 to 17 to help keep them in school, away from violence and substance abuse, while assisting them to achieve their full potential in life.  
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kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Life Mon, 17 Jan 2022 04:54:30 -0500
The Osborn Pavilion Named a “Best Nursing Home” by U.S. News & World Report https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/places/4923-the-osborn-pavilion-named-a-best-nursing-home-by-u-s-news-world-report4923-the-osborn-pavilion-named-a-best-nursing-home-by-u-s-news-world-report https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/places/4923-the-osborn-pavilion-named-a-best-nursing-home-by-u-s-news-world-report4923-the-osborn-pavilion-named-a-best-nursing-home-by-u-s-news-world-report

The Osborn Pavilion in Rye has been recognized as a “Best Nursing Home” for 2021-22 by U.S. News & World Report and it is one of only two skilled nursing facilities in Westchester County to achieve the prestigious designation this year. For the past several years, The Osborn Pavilion has been rated as one of the top nursing homes in Westchester County.

The “Best Nursing Home” status is attained by achieving the top rating of “High Performing” for both Short-Term Rehabilitation and Long-Term Care. U.S. News gives the premier designation of “Best Nursing Home” only to those organizations that meet or exceed its assessment of key services and consistent performance in quality measures.

According to Matthew G. Anderson, President and CEO of The Osborn, “We are proud that The Osborn Pavilion has once again been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top nursing homes in Westchester County and New York State. This designation reflects our staff’s outstanding dedication to delivering the highest quality services to our residents in skilled nursing, as well as throughout our entire continuum of care on campus and home care services off campus.”

Established in 2009, the U.S. News Best Nursing Homes rating and profile offers comprehensive information about care, safety, health inspections, staffing, and more for nearly all of the nation’s 15,000-plus nursing homes. The Best Nursing Homes ratings reflect the U.S. News exclusive analysis of publicly available data using a methodology that evaluates factors that it has determined most greatly affect patient and resident care, safety, and outcomes.

The Best Nursing Homes finder features ratings on both long-term and short-term care. The Short-Term Rehabilitation rating is based on the U.S. News assessment of 10 quality measures, including staffing, medical outcomes, resident complaints, and processes of care.

The Long-Term Care rating is based on the U.S. News assessment of nine quality measures, including staffing, medical outcomes, resident complaints, and processes of care, such as vaccinations and appropriate use of some medications.

The Osborn is a private, non-profit continuum of care community which offers Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Memory Care, in addition to The Osborn Pavilion nursing home, which offers long-term care as well as in-patient and outpatient short-term rehabilitation. Osborn Home Care offers home care services to residents of Westchester and Fairfield Counties in their own homes.

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abell@30-ink.com (Ann Davis) Places Wed, 15 Dec 2021 13:38:51 -0500
Burke Rehabilitation Hospital Awarded Federal Grant of More Than $300,000 to Create BRAVE Program https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/life/4926-burke-rehabilitation-hospital-awarded-federal-grant-of-more-than-300-000-to-create-brave-program4926-burke-rehabilitation-hospital-awarded-federal-grant-of-more-than-300-000-to-create-brave-program https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/life/4926-burke-rehabilitation-hospital-awarded-federal-grant-of-more-than-300-000-to-create-brave-program4926-burke-rehabilitation-hospital-awarded-federal-grant-of-more-than-300-000-to-create-brave-program

Burke Rehabilitation Hospital announced an award of $336,532 from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Adaptive Sports Programs for Disabled Veterans and Disabled Members of the Armed Forces, to support the new Burke Rehabilitation Adaptive Sports for Veterans Program (BRAVE).

Burke’s Adaptive Sports team developed BRAVE as a comprehensive plan for disabled veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces residing in New York’s Lower Hudson Valley (Westchester, Rockland, Orange, and Putnam counties), Bergen County, New Jersey, and Fairfield County, Connecticut. The intent of BRAVE is to provide disabled veterans with more equitable access to adaptive sports and recreation opportunities.

“We are deeply committed to bringing adaptive sports opportunities to people who are interested but are without a way or means to pursue these activities,” said Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Mooyeon Oh-Park, MD, MS. “With our knowledge and experience, we are certain we can implement a successful, veteran-focused adaptive sports program to meet the needs of the community. We are honored to give back to those who have given so much for us.” 

Research using Quality of Life (QOL) indicators has shown that veterans with a myriad of mobility and emotional challenges greatly benefit physically, emotionally, and socially from active engagement in sports and interactive recreations.

The BRAVEProgram will offer 13 different sports to veterans and service members, enabling them to participate in sports in which they have an existing interest and ability, and providing opportunities to learn new sports and develop their abilities regardless of physical or emotional status. Participants can successfully engage in all activities with some or no adaptive equipment. Clinics and trainings will take place at multiple sites.

Adaptive Sports include:

  •          archery                                                           
  •          ATV riding
  •          bowling
  •          boxing
  •          golf
  •          hand cycling
  •          hiking
  •          kayaking
  •          rock climbing
  •          sailing
  •          snow skiing
  •          water skiing
  •          virtual relaxation/meditation and yoga

According to Therapeutic Recreation Director Eileen Andreassi, “The BRAVEProgram showcases a broad selection of sports that will be of interest to both active and more inactive veterans who want to engage with other veterans, challenge themselves, and satisfy physical, mental, and social needs. Each event is adapted with specialized equipment and participatory styles so veterans with almost any type of diagnosis and ability level will be able to successfully participate.”

The BRAVE Program staff and Burke Adaptive Sports Team will work collaboratively with Veterans’ Affairs therapists from the VA Hudson Valley Health Care System in Montrose, NY and Wappingers Falls, NY, to identify veterans who may be interested in the program.

The design and implementation of this new program is a direct result of participant requests and desires. In early Spring of 2020, at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Burke’s Adaptive Sports Team conducted a survey of their sports program members to gain insight and to expand upon an already thriving platform.

Funding is allocated for one dedicated Adapted Sports Director and one BRAVE program-dedicated Recreational Therapist who will work closely with Burke’s Sports Medicine and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physicians. Funding also includes the purchase of adaptive sports equipment and transportation for participants.

Burke has a tradition of supporting and tending to members of the United States Military. During World War I, the hospital treated approximately 2,000 sailors and received the nickname “Burke’s Navy.”  

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abell@30-ink.com (Leslie Wells) Life Wed, 15 Dec 2021 13:38:11 -0500
'A Christmas Carol; The Musical', Live on Stage in White Plains Through December 30! https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/events/4927-a-christmas-carol-the-musical-live-on-stage-in-white-plains-16396113934927-a-christmas-carol-the-musical-live-on-stage-in-white-plains-1639611393 https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/events/4927-a-christmas-carol-the-musical-live-on-stage-in-white-plains-16396113934927-a-christmas-carol-the-musical-live-on-stage-in-white-plains-1639611393

Come to A Christmas Carol: The Broadway Musical, a spectacular musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ most well-known story happening through December 30!
 
This timeless story enjoyed a decade-long run at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden. Order your tickets now for this Mainstage production. 
 
A Christmas Carol: The Musical
Originally presented by Radio City Entertainment at the Theater at Madison Square Garden
Book & Lyrics by LYNN AHRENS and MIKE OCKRENT
Music by ALAN MENKEN
 
 
 
It's the perfect show for the whole family.
 
It’s hard to imagine a more thrilling way of representing Scrooge’s ghost-led journeys through his past, present, and future. A Christmas Carol – The Musical is an unabashedly entertaining show with plenty of good music and a great deal of spectacle. Theatergoers of all ages and levels of experience are likely to find quite a bit to enjoy – the show is well worth taking in if you’ve never seen it, or revisiting if you have. ~ TheaterMania
 
No matter how many times you see this beloved story in whatever incarnation…it never gets old. ~ BroadwayWorld
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kerry@ducey.org (White Plains Performing Arts Center) Events Wed, 15 Dec 2021 06:40:00 -0500
Apply to become a Seasonal NY State Park Ranger in 2022 https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/neighbors/4924-apply-to-become-a-seasonal-ny-state-park-ranger-in-20224924-apply-to-become-a-seasonal-ny-state-park-ranger-in-2022 https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/neighbors/4924-apply-to-become-a-seasonal-ny-state-park-ranger-in-20224924-apply-to-become-a-seasonal-ny-state-park-ranger-in-2022

Calling all Park fans, students, retirees, and moms and dads who know people! Spread the word: we’re hiring. Applications for our 2022 Park Ranger positions are being accepted NOW thru Dec. 31.

The duties are wide-ranging in scope; current salary is $20.56 an hour, position is seasonal-- generally from mid-May through Labor Day. 
 
Positions for Park Rangers exist in all eleven regions of the NY State Park system: Allegany, Central, Finger Lakes, Genesee, Long Island, New York City, Niagara, Palisades, Saratoga, Taconic, and Thousand Islands.

Candidates must:
  • be at least age 18 at time of appointment
  • have a High School Diploma or its equivalent
  • have a valid driver's license when expected to drive state vehicles
  • meet certain physical and medical requirements
  • be of good moral character and successfully complete a background investigation
  • successfully complete 24 hours of Security Guard training

Come work in some of the most beautiful places in New York State!

For job description, and application visit: Park Ranger Employment

Application Deadline is December 31, 2021

 

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kerry@ducey.org (New York State Parks) Neighbors Mon, 29 Nov 2021 06:02:16 -0500
Burke Rehabilitation Hospital Receives $200,000 Grant https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/charities/4915-burke-rehabilitation-hospital-receives-200-000-grant-16349274524915-burke-rehabilitation-hospital-receives-200-000-grant-1634927452 https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/charities/4915-burke-rehabilitation-hospital-receives-200-000-grant-16349274524915-burke-rehabilitation-hospital-receives-200-000-grant-1634927452

Burke Rehabilitation Hospital announced an award of $200,000 from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation - Creating Opportunity & Independence Community (CO&I) Community Support Grants to help patients with spinal cord injuries gain freedom and independence.

The goal for Burke Rehabilitation Hospital’s Taking Back Control: Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel Management Program is to preemptively address potential bladder/bowel infections and/or complications through intensive patient and caregiver education that can be implemented across the continuum of care and in the community. Those living with spinal cord injuries are more susceptible to such complications, often feel inhibited and limit their social interactions.

“Additional resources will make our current program more comprehensive and increase the scope of what we can offer,” said Spinal Cord Injury and Neurology Program Director Elizabeth Dominick, PT, DPT. “The grant will provide us with the funding to bring caregivers into the process of recovery earlier and successfully return the person living with a spinal cord injury to their home, allowing them to do tasks and activities that they performed prior to their injury.”

Taking Back Control provides funding for a part-time nurse educator and a part-time care coordinator to augment Burke’s Spinal Cord Injury Program. The funds will also allow the hospital to purchase catherization training models for inpatient, outpatient and community use as well as catheter kits and accessories for educational purposes, and create and produce neurogenic bladder and bowel education videos and materials.

According to Jennie Valles, M.D., a board certified neurologist with a specialty in spinal cord injury, the grant will improve patient experiences. “Individuals living with spinal cord injury need reliable educational resources and tools. Empowered with these tools, they can take charge of their health and prevent medical complications such as infections, skin breakdown and ultimately readmissions to the hospital,” said Dr. Valles. “These medical setbacks impede recovery and prevent patients from returning to an independent and fulfilling lifestyle.”

The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation is the largest private funder of spinal cord injury research, rehabilitation, clinical training, and programmatic support in the United States and Canada. The Foundation partners with scientific, charitable and educational organizations conducting spinal cord injury research and training in spinal cord medicine, while supporting grassroots organizations providing services to assist individuals affected by spinal cord injury. Drawing ongoing inspiration from its founder, the Foundation is dedicated to a future where individuals with spinal cord injuries live full and productive lives as active participants in their communities.

Darrell Musick, Craig H. Neilsen Foundation CO&I Program Officer, concluded, “We are proud to support Burke Rehabilitation Hospital and this project which addresses critical issues for people living with spinal cord injury.” 

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abell@30-ink.com (Dee Davis) Charities Mon, 15 Nov 2021 11:37:41 -0500
Osborn Resident Unveils Art Collection https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/neighbors/4920-osborn-resident-unveils-art-collection4920-osborn-resident-unveils-art-collection https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/neighbors/4920-osborn-resident-unveils-art-collection4920-osborn-resident-unveils-art-collection

Sterling Park Resident Abigail Gerdts, an art historian by profession, remains active and engaged in her community by exploring a treasure trove of artworks at The Osborn as she records the senior living community’s collection.

Opened in 1908 to residents, The Osborn is exceptional in its art and architectural legacy as well as its majestic 56-acre campus. The grounds feature an arboretum with expansive opportunities for plein-air painters to capture the beauty of nature.

“Art and culture along with nature are integral aspects of the lifestyle that we offer,” said The Osborn’s President and CEO, Matthew G. Anderson. “We are so honored to have an expert like Mrs. Gerdts to enhance our knowledge and appreciation of the art that surrounds us.”

The community’s founder, Miriam Osborn, left a generous portion of her estate to ensure ongoing support and care for seniors. After her death, friend and attorney John Sterling, along with architect Bruce Price, designed and built the impressive neo-Georgian structure that still stands today. One of the noteworthy paintings in the collection is a magnificent portrait of Mrs. Osborn that graces the sweep of a majestic staircase.

According to Mrs. Gerdts, “The nature of the art in The Osborn admirably suits the different buildings. At the collection's core are paintings and sculpture tracing back to Mrs. Osborn, Mr. Sterling and their circle which bring a sense of great homes of the late nineteenth century into The Osborn's founding buildings. As residency buildings have been added, the collection has kept pace with acquisitions focused on artists from the immediate area, Westchester County and southern Connecticut. This modern expansion includes the graphic arts and fine examples of photography, as well as paintings and sculpture.”

Mrs. Gerdts concentrated on nineteenth century American painting and sculpture in her career, which divided about evenly between museum and academic functions. She organized special exhibitions of American art at the American art museum division of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, and then, also for the Smithsonian, created a massive research database of American paintings held in public and private collection around the world (now available on the Internet). Transplanting to New York she became curator and archivist at the National Academy of Design, before turning to editing and publishing the five-volume catalogue raisonné of the works of Winslow Homer.

According to Sterling Park resident Sandy Motland, who partners with Mrs. Gerdts on this project, “Abigail Gerdts came to The Osborn with a wealth of knowledge and experience in art history. She immediately set about bringing order to the Osborn collection. All this work has made the art more available to the rest of us and her writing about specific pieces in the monthly newsletter enriches our understanding and enjoyment.”

Mrs. Gerdts and her late husband, also an historian of American art, had access to a series of films on great European art and artists which they gave to The Osborn for showing over its closed circuit television channel. She keeps up with this series, providing new releases to The Osborn audience, and also serves on the Cinema Committee which selects new and classic films shown daily on The Osborn channel. She commented, “Those of us who are specialists in an area are encouraged to share our knowledge and find a receptive audience in our fellow residents. It is a very congenial community.”

 

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abell@30-ink.com (Leslie Wells) Neighbors Mon, 15 Nov 2021 11:36:16 -0500
'A Christmas Carol; The Musical', Live on Stage in White Plains https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/events/4921-a-christmas-carol-the-musical-live-on-stage-in-white-plains4921-a-christmas-carol-the-musical-live-on-stage-in-white-plains https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/events/4921-a-christmas-carol-the-musical-live-on-stage-in-white-plains4921-a-christmas-carol-the-musical-live-on-stage-in-white-plains

The holidays are here! In this season of coming together with family & friends, enjoy the tradition of experiencing live theatre again. Come to A Christmas Carol: The Broadway Musical, a spectacular musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ most well-known story.
 
This timeless story enjoyed a decade-long run at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden. Order your tickets now for our December Mainstage production. 
 
A Christmas Carol: The Musical
Originally presented by Radio City Entertainment at the Theater at Madison Square Garden
Book & Lyrics by LYNN AHRENS and MIKE OCKRENT
Music by ALAN MENKEN
 
Opens in Just 2 Weeks | December 3 -30
 
 
It's the perfect show for the whole family.
 
It’s hard to imagine a more thrilling way of representing Scrooge’s ghost-led journeys through his past, present, and future. A Christmas Carol – The Musical is an unabashedly entertaining show with plenty of good music and a great deal of spectacle. Theatergoers of all ages and levels of experience are likely to find quite a bit to enjoy – the show is well worth taking in if you’ve never seen it, or revisiting if you have. ~ TheaterMania
 
No matter how many times you see this beloved story in whatever incarnation…it never gets old. ~ BroadwayWorld
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kerry@ducey.org (White Plains Performing Arts Center) Events Mon, 15 Nov 2021 06:40:53 -0500
Ronald McDonald House Dashing for Dylan Challenge Crosses the Finish Line https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/charities/4916-ronald-mcdonald-house-dashing-for-dylan-challenge-crosses-the-finish-line4916-ronald-mcdonald-house-dashing-for-dylan-challenge-crosses-the-finish-line https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/charities/4916-ronald-mcdonald-house-dashing-for-dylan-challenge-crosses-the-finish-line4916-ronald-mcdonald-house-dashing-for-dylan-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 and celebrated Dylan’s 10th 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 Kit.

“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.”

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kerry@ducey.org (pr2) Charities Mon, 25 Oct 2021 09:58:46 -0400
National Drug-Take Back Day Tomorrow: Dispose Unused Medications in Valhalla https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/events/4913-national-drug-take-back-day-tomorrow-dispose-unused-medications-in-valhalla4913-national-drug-take-back-day-tomorrow-dispose-unused-medications-in-valhalla https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/events/4913-national-drug-take-back-day-tomorrow-dispose-unused-medications-in-valhalla4913-national-drug-take-back-day-tomorrow-dispose-unused-medications-in-valhalla

On October 23rd, National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, Westchester County’s Department of Environmental Facilities (DEF) will provide residents with the opportunity to dispose of prescription and over-the-counter medications at the Household Hazardous-Material Recovery Facility (H-MRF) in Valhalla by appointment from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Residents who cannot make it to the DEF event on October 23 can safely dispose of their unwanted medications at many convenient police department drop-off locations throughout the year. Additionally, DEF accepts medications by appointment on the first Tuesday of each month at the H-MRF. Schedule an appointment or contact the Recycling HelpLine at (914) 813-5425 or 211. The County also has installed locked and secured collection boxes at 38 police department headquarters throughout Westchester, where medications can be dropped off (most are available 24 hours a day/7 days a week). 

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kerry@ducey.org (Town of New Castle) Events Fri, 22 Oct 2021 10:18:03 -0400
Purchase College Presents Tamara Payne on Pulitzer Prize-Winning Biography of Malcolm X on Thursday https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/events/4908-purchase-college-presents-tamara-payne-on-pulitzer-prize-winning-biography-of-malcolm-x4908-purchase-college-presents-tamara-payne-on-pulitzer-prize-winning-biography-of-malcolm-x https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/events/4908-purchase-college-presents-tamara-payne-on-pulitzer-prize-winning-biography-of-malcolm-x4908-purchase-college-presents-tamara-payne-on-pulitzer-prize-winning-biography-of-malcolm-x

Purchase College-SUNY will present Tamara Payne in Conversation with Professor Andrew Salomon on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.Payne will be discussing her late father’s award-winning book, The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X.

The program, which is free and open to the public, will be held digitally via Zoom. The event continues the exciting fall season of the Durst Distinguished Lecture Series, a premiere cultural offering that features leading guest authors.

The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X won the Pulitzer Prize in Biography and the National Book Award for Nonfiction, was longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, and was named a best book of the year by the New York TimesThe Washington Post, and many other publications. Les Payne, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who served as an editor and columnist at Newsday, worked on The Dead Are Arising for nearly 30 years. Tamara, his daughter, was the lead researcher and co-author, completing the book after he passed away in 2018 at the age of 76.

“Les Payne and Tamara Payne have added greatly to the understanding of Malcolm X and the ongoing struggle for many Americans to achieve the full promise of American ideals,” said Andrew Salomon, an associate professor of Journalism at Purchase.Tamara continues the legacy of her father to follow the facts and write the truth, and to hold those in power to account.”

Anthony Domestico, an associate professor of Literature at Purchase and Chair of the Literature Department, added, “The Dead Are Arising ​is an awesome work of history, graceful in its style and meticulous in its research. It's also a record of, and tribute to, scholarly collaboration and familial love.” 

To register for the event, visit https://purchase.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJItdu-vpz4tGdIeWyXdkvK2qxfPnOm0_ytH

As a small public college, Purchase is proud to introduce students to the level of expertise provided by the Durst Distinguished Lectures. 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.

This season of Durst Distinguished Lectures will continue with Lynda Barry, the leading cartoonist, painter, and writer, at an in-person and simulcast event on Oct. 28. Ms. Barry was selected as this year’s Roy and Shirley Durst Distinguished Chair in Literature. Kaitlyn Greenidge will be featured on Nov. 9 in a virtual program.

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.

For more information, please visit: https://www.purchase.edu/academics/school-of-humanities/lectures/durst-distinguished-lectures/; call 914.251.6550, or email humanities@purchase.edu.

About Purchase College-SUNY

Purchase College, part of the State University of New York (SUNY) network of 64 universities and colleges, was founded in 1967 by Governor Nelson Rockefeller. His aspirations for Purchase were to combine on one campus conservatory training in the visual and performing arts with programs in the liberal arts and sciences. Today, Purchase College-SUNY is a community of students, faculty, and friends where open-minded engagement with the creative process leads to a lifetime of intellectual growth and professional opportunity. For more information about the College, visit www.purchase.edu

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abell@30-ink.com (Anne Welles) Events Tue, 19 Oct 2021 12:03:48 -0400
SPCA of Westchester, Virtual Gala November 18th https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/charities/4910-spca-of-westchester-virtual-gala-november-18th4910-spca-of-westchester-virtual-gala-november-18th https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/charities/4910-spca-of-westchester-virtual-gala-november-18th4910-spca-of-westchester-virtual-gala-november-18th

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Westchester is very excited to present the SPCA's Welcome Home Virtual Gala! Be sure to mark your calendar for this special online event airing on our youtube page on Thursday, November 18th at 7pm.

While a donation is not required to watch our Virtual Gala video, for a gift of $100 you can purchase a “virtual ticket and will receive an SPCA tote bag as our thanks for supporting this important fundraiser for the animals!

Simply tune into our youtube page to take part (no code needed to join) and enjoy a behind the scenes video tour of our new Rescue Center and meet some very special guests, two-and-four-legged.

To learn more about becoming a Sponsor or for further details about our Welcome Home Virtual Gala, please contact Lisa Bonanno, Director of Development at Lisa@spcawestchester.org or call (914) 941-2896 ext. 154.

SPCA Westchester is located at 590 North State Road, Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510

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commandercarey@gmail.com (SPC Westchester) Charities Tue, 19 Oct 2021 11:20:34 -0400