Harrison's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison Fri, 18 Jun 2021 17:21:54 -0400 HamletHub.com See Trolls World Tour Under the Stars on June 25, Tickets On Sale NOW! https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/events/4865-see-trolls-world-tour-under-the-stars-on-june-25-tickets-on-sale-now4865-see-trolls-world-tour-under-the-stars-on-june-25-tickets-on-sale-now https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/events/4865-see-trolls-world-tour-under-the-stars-on-june-25-tickets-on-sale-now4865-see-trolls-world-tour-under-the-stars-on-june-25-tickets-on-sale-now

This summer, Sharc Creative and Westchester County Parks will showcase a family-friendly movie series on a 50 ft screen at the Kensico Dam in Valhalla. 

The next White Plains Hospital Screening under the Stars drive-in movie will take place on Friday, June 25 and feature Trolls World Tour!

  • $25 per vehicle
  • Movies begin at dusk, gates open one hour before

Click here for tickets.

Thank you to the following sponsors:

  • HOLTEC International
  • Sharc Creative
  • The Premier Collection
  • HamletHub
  • Lippolis Electric
  • Robison Oil
  • Tompkins Mahopac Bank
  • Westchester Magazine
  • 100.7 WHUD
  • Iona College
  • The Peak 107.1
  • Inspiria Outdoor Advertising
  • Westchester.Gov
  • Westchester Parks & Rec
  • Westchester Parks Foundation

For ticket sale dates and times and additional information, click here.

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Events Fri, 18 Jun 2021 12:51:35 -0400
Westchester Children’s Museum Reopens on June 26, Begins Search for New Executive Director https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/places/4864-executive-director-search-begins4864-executive-director-search-begins https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/places/4864-executive-director-search-begins4864-executive-director-search-begins

After thirteen years as Executive Director of the Westchester Children’s Museum, Tracy R. Kay has announced plans to step down by the end of June to take a new position as CEO of Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens in Stamford, CT.

During Tracy’s tenure, the Museum grew from a plan on the drawing board to become a beloved, vital educational institution serving the children of Westchester and the surrounding region. His departure coincides with the highly-anticipated reopening of the Museum on June 26 following the pandemic-related shutdown. Tracy's leadership allowed for robust, creative programming during the forced closure pivoting Museum educational resources to support at-home learning and socially distanced programming with a focus to reopen. 

“The reopening of the Westchester Children’s Museum after a 15-month closure is cause for celebration and is a fitting capstone to Tracy’s legacy as our executive director,” says Carolyn Carr Spencer, President of the Museum Board of Directors. “The Board of Directors of the Westchester Children’s Museum extends its deep gratitude to Tracy for his dedication and professional leadership during his long tenure. Tracy’s direction enabled the Museum to become a reality – turning the passion of the founding Board to build a welcoming, vibrant learning space in our County into an institution that has now served over 300,000 visitors since opening its doors in 2016. The relationships that Tracy built with the staff, community, donors, public officials and most importantly, families and schools, position us for success in this new era.”

Tracy successfully led the Museum through the challenges of securing the Museum’s site at the North Bathhouse at Rye Playland and overseeing renovations that infused new life into the previously unused, nearly dilapidated landmark building. He built a passionate staff of educators and behind the scenes museum facilities and visitor services specialists. Tracy oversaw the opening of the Museum in 2016 followed by a $1.2 million expansion and renovation completed in 2020 that brought the Museum’s space to over 20,000 square feet. The expanded space was completed just before the pandemic forced the museum to close and will finally be available to the public when the museum reopens. 

Tracy Kay comments, “I am extremely proud of what has been accomplished during my tenure with the Museum and wish to thank the many individuals who contributed their time, resources, and support to see us through our critical formative years. In spite of considerable challenges along the way, we have worked as a team to create a significant, welcoming space for interactive educational programming that will serve all of the region’s children for years to come.” 

The Museum Board of Directors is forming a committee to actively embark on a search for a new executive director to lead the institution into the next phase. The Board will appoint an acting director to oversee operations in the interim. 

kerry@ducey.org (Corinne Zola) Places Mon, 14 Jun 2021 11:15:38 -0400
Westchester County Parks and Sharc Creative Present Screenings Under the Stars at Kensico Dam in Valhalla https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/events/4863-westchester-county-parks-and-sharc-creative-present-screenings-under-the-stars-at-kensico-dam-in-valhalla4863-westchester-county-parks-and-sharc-creative-present-screenings-under-the-stars-at-kensico-dam-in-valhalla https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/events/4863-westchester-county-parks-and-sharc-creative-present-screenings-under-the-stars-at-kensico-dam-in-valhalla4863-westchester-county-parks-and-sharc-creative-present-screenings-under-the-stars-at-kensico-dam-in-valhalla

This summer, Sharc Creative and Westchester County Parks will showcase a family-friendly movie series on a 50 ft screen at the Kensico Dam in Valhalla. 

White Plains Hospital Screening under the Stars drive-in movies kick off on Friday, June 11 with Disney's "Onward".

  • $25 per vehicle
  • Movies begin at dusk, gates open one hour before

Click here for tickets.

Thank you to the following sponsors:

  • HOLTEC International
  • Sharc Creative
  • The Premier Collection
  • HamletHub
  • Lippolis Electric
  • Robison Oil
  • Tompkins Mahopac Bank
  • Westchester Magazine
  • 100.7 WHUD
  • The Peak 107.1
  • Inspiria Outdoor Advertising
  • Westchester.Gov
  • Westchester Parks & Rec
  • Westchester Parks Foundation

For ticket sale dates and times and additional information, click here.

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Events Wed, 09 Jun 2021 13:15:12 -0400
Westchester County Celebrates Pride Month By Making History https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/life/4862-westchester-county-celebrates-pride-month-by-making-history4862-westchester-county-celebrates-pride-month-by-making-history https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/life/4862-westchester-county-celebrates-pride-month-by-making-history4862-westchester-county-celebrates-pride-month-by-making-history

For the first time in Westchester County history, the LGBTQ Advisory Board and County officials raised two Progress Pride Flags at Playland Amusement Park, and unveiling a Progress Pride Flag mural painted by The LOFT in front of the Playland Fountain.



The Progress Pride Flag was designed in 2018 by Daniel Quasar to bring focus on inclusion and progress within the LGBTQ+ community.  While retaining the common six-stripe rainbow design as a base, the "Progress" design adds a chevron along the side that features black, brown, light blue, pink and white stripes to recognize people of color, trans individuals, those living with HIV/AIDS and those who have been lost to HIV/AIDS.

County Executive George Latimer said: “Here in Westchester County we want all to know they are welcome and they are respected.  When it was brought to my attention that we needed to do more than raise the Pride Flag, that we had to include the Progress Pride Flag, I immediately said yes.  Anything we can do to show the love and support we have for our LGBTQ+ family we will do.  The arrows on the Flag point to show the forward movement, but it also shows the progress that still needs to be made.  We will get there together my friends!”

Along with the two Progress Pride Flags being raised on top of the Playland Ice Casino joining the American Flag, the Progress Pride Mural was painted at the request of The LOFT by members of LGBTQ+ community.  

LGBTQ Advisory Board Chair Chris Oldi said: “We are proud that Westchester County under County Executive George Latimer has been flying the Pride Flag since 2019 in celebration of Pride Month.  We are also proud that the County is now using the Progress Pride Flag, which represents the all-embracing and beautiful spectrum of the LGBTQ+ community.  We look forward to continuing to work with the County Executive and Legislators to ensure that Westchester continues to be a safe, open and warm place for all LGBTQ+ persons.”

The LOFT Executive Director Judy Troilo: "This is what the Progress Pride Flag mural at Playland represents: We are part of the Westchester family, we are loved and we belong. The LOFT LGBTQ+ Community Center is deeply fortunate to have a County government that is so responsive in addressing our community needs.  We hope to use this foundation to continue the good work of strengthening and empowering the LGBTQ+ Community." 

Click here to see the Progress Pride Flag being painted.


kerry@ducey.org (Westchester County) Life Sat, 05 Jun 2021 10:23:36 -0400
Burke Rehabilitation Hospital and El Centro Hispano Partner to Vaccinate Members of Hispanic Community https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/neighbors/4859-burke-rehabilitation-hospital-and-el-centro-hispano-partner-to-vaccinate-members-of-hispanic-community4859-burke-rehabilitation-hospital-and-el-centro-hispano-partner-to-vaccinate-members-of-hispanic-community https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/neighbors/4859-burke-rehabilitation-hospital-and-el-centro-hispano-partner-to-vaccinate-members-of-hispanic-community4859-burke-rehabilitation-hospital-and-el-centro-hispano-partner-to-vaccinate-members-of-hispanic-community

Burke Rehabilitation Hospital in White Plains has stepped up to help ensure that all eligible people in the community who want the COVID-19 vaccine can receive it, including those who are medically underserved. To enhance accessibility, Burke and El Centro Hispano, a White Plains not-for-profit organization serving the needs of the Hispanic population in Westchester County, have teamed up to provide a steady source of vaccines to clients of the organization. 

To facilitate vaccine distribution, Burke set aside appointment times which staff at El Centro Hispano filled for their community members who do not have access to a computer for registration, or who do not speak proficient English. The program to date has resulted in 166 clients of El Centro Hispano receiving vaccinations through Burke.

Burke and El Centro Hispano urge all eligible people to receive a vaccination to protect their health and the well-being of their loved ones, friends and community members.

abell@30-ink.com (Leslie Wells) Neighbors Fri, 04 Jun 2021 14:17:13 -0400
BandJam Finalists Perform Before a LIVE Audience and Celebrity Judges on June 6 at Ridgefield Playhouse https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/events/4861-bandjam-finalists-rock-ridgefield-on4861-bandjam-finalists-rock-ridgefield-on https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/events/4861-bandjam-finalists-rock-ridgefield-on4861-bandjam-finalists-rock-ridgefield-on

Meet the 2021 Ridgefield BandJam FINALISTS!

The competition is heating up and the finalists have been named for BandJam 2021 at The Ridgefield Playhouse! 

High School Finalists are: Electric Jane, Freedom Rockets, Gremlin Daycare, Groove Haven and Hablo Pescobar. 

This year’s Middle School Finalists include: Fortuna, Skynet and Speed Limit.

On Sunday, June 6 at 4pm these talented musicians will perform before a LIVE and virtual audience with this one-of-a-kind fundraiser that supports these teen musicians’ love for music.  The event is hosted by award-winning comedian Christine O'Leary and will include a special performance by the Emperor of Rock and Roll - Richie Scarlet The Show of Shows.  

Celebrity judges will be on hand as we mark the 11th year that The Ridgefield Playhouse presents BandJam!  Our judges include:  “American Idol” finalist Kimberley Locke, i95fm’s Morning Show host Ethan Carey, founder of Entourage Talent, Wayne Forte, and multi-platinum record producer Aaron Accetta.  

Get your tickets here to see which of these next-generation rockers will be our 2021 BandJam Winner on June 6th!

Prizes for the winning bands include cases courtesy of Calzone Case Co. and the chance to perform on the Playhouse stage before an upcoming show!

Originally created by kids for kids in 2009, BandJam was a call to action when the venue, like so many other theaters, took a hit during the financial crisis. "Kids who grew up with the Playhouse couldn't imagine not having it in their town, so they started an event to help raise money to keep our doors open," recalls Executive Director Allison Stockel.

Now those "children" are in their 20's and many BandJam winners have gone on to make a name for themselves in the music industry. From The Voice's Drew Cole and many more, past BandJam performers have gone on to have real careers as music professionals.  "Every year the talent is extraordinary." Says Stockel. "We love this community event because it really encourages kids to pursue their love and passion for music and it's a great thrill for them to be performing on the stage where so many legends have performed." 

So, if you want to see a great show with lots of talent and encourage the next generation of musicians, this is an event not to be missed!

For more information or to purchase touchless print at home ticket ($20) go online at www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org or, you can visit or call the box office (203) 438-5795.  The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT and is committed to keeping the arts alive and available to all.

Follow us on Instagram: @RidgefieldPlayhouse Twitter: @RPlayhouse Facebook: here


kerry@ducey.org (KA) Events Thu, 27 May 2021 11:48:48 -0400
Armonk Outdoor Art Show Returns in 2021! https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/events/4860-armonk-outdoor-art-show-returns-in-20214860-armonk-outdoor-art-show-returns-in-2021 https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/events/4860-armonk-outdoor-art-show-returns-in-20214860-armonk-outdoor-art-show-returns-in-2021

Westchester's top-ranked show returns to the great outdoors this fall, with inspiring original art, in a safe and welcoming environment. Mark your calendars - The Armonk Outdoor Art Show returns September 25 and September 26!

This fine art and fine crafts juried show is sponsored by the Friends of the North Castle Public Library, Inc. Proceeds benefit the North Castle Public Library and its Whippoorwill Hall theater. The Art Show is run by community volunteers. 

The Armonk Outdoor Art Show takes place at 205 Business Park Drive in Armonk.

View Artist Profiles and stay up to date on Art Show happenings on Facebook HERE.

kerry@ducey.org (Katie) Events Tue, 18 May 2021 11:49:31 -0400
Burke Rehabilitation Hospital Launches Neurorehabilitation Gym https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/places/4858-burke-rehabilitation-hospital-launches-neurorehabilitation-gym4858-burke-rehabilitation-hospital-launches-neurorehabilitation-gym https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/places/4858-burke-rehabilitation-hospital-launches-neurorehabilitation-gym4858-burke-rehabilitation-hospital-launches-neurorehabilitation-gym

Burke Rehabilitation Hospital announced the launch of a new inpatient neurorehabilitation gym designed to facilitate an innovative multi-disciplinary approach to therapy. The expanded facility enables the entire rehabilitation team to treat the patient in the same space, allowing for collaborative work and continuous communication with patients and their families/caregivers.

“This outstanding facility enables patients to continue to receive the excellent therapy that Burke is known for while providing the opportunity for further advancements in care,” said Burke President and CEO Jeffrey Menkes. “Our dedicated physicians and therapists are thrilled to offer patients the ultimate coordinated care in the new gym throughout their journey to recovery.”

Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, a member of the Montefiore Health System, is headquartered at 785 Mamaroneck Avenue in White Plains. A renowned institution in the region, Burke has been offering the highest level of patient-centered rehabilitative care since 1915.

The new neurorehab gym is 4,200 square feet, more than doubling the size of the previous facility. Artwork will further enhance the well-appointed space, which provides a spacious and healing environment for patients to work with therapists.

Burke’s neurological patients can utilize a variety of new specialty equipment in the facility including:

  • Bioness Vector Overhead Intuitive Body Weight Supported System - A 117-foot track system provides body weight support during mobility activities, allowing therapists to safely work with patients on these tasks and push their limits earlier in the hospital stay.
  • Biodex Gait Trainer Treadmill with Handrails - This treadmill connects with the Bioness Vector Overhead System to allow patients to work on walking or stepping skills, while audio cuing and music can be incorporated to provide performance-enhancing feedback.
  • Electric Parallel Bars - Utilized for early standing and walking activities as well as therapeutic exercise, these 16-foot parallel bars allow patients to use their arms to balance and support themselves.
  • Motomed Viva 2 - An upper and lower body trainer similar to a bike that can be used in a seated position, allowing individuals to participate in the benefits of exercise from a wheelchair.
  • Rex Bioness - This robotic device helps people stand and engage in upright functional activities, such as stepping and squatting.
  • Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) bikes - These provide electrical stimulation to muscles in patients who have lost all or some ability to move their arms or legs, enabling them to pedal a bike (legs) or crank a bike (arms).

In addition, home automation training devices, such as iPads, adaptive switches and smart home accessories are available for training purposes and education for patients and their families. These devices will help to facilitate the transition back home as well as maximize independence and quality of life in keeping with Burke’s core mission.

abell@30-ink.com (Leslie Wells) Places Tue, 18 May 2021 11:42:26 -0400
Children’s Jewish Education Group Opens Enrollment for 2021-2022 School Year https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/places/4857-children-s-jewish-education-group-opens-enrollment-for-2021-2022-school-year4857-children-s-jewish-education-group-opens-enrollment-for-2021-2022-school-year https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/places/4857-children-s-jewish-education-group-opens-enrollment-for-2021-2022-school-year4857-children-s-jewish-education-group-opens-enrollment-for-2021-2022-school-year

Rye Brook, NY – Enrollment is now open for the 2021-2022 school year at Children’s Jewish Education Group (CJEG). All who are interested in learning more about CJEG’s programs are invited to an informative virtual Open House on April 20th at 7pm. Zoom guests will hear from current parents and staff as they give an overview of the programs and answer questions. Contact CJEG at info@cjeg.org for the Zoom link and for more information. Parents who are unable to attend on April 20 are welcome to contact CJEG for information by calling (914) 200-1520.

CJEG is an alternative Jewish cultural school run as a cooperative by parents. Children thrive meeting new friends and enjoy learning through and engaging, creative curriculum. Students learn Jewish culture, tradition, history and values through a series of lessons that integrate art, music and various hands-on activities. All lessons are especially designed to be age-appropriate for children in grades K-7. This is a great option for families looking for an alternative to temple-based Hebrew School.

Throughout the school year, CJEG provides many opportunities for the school community to celebrate together. Among them are a Rosh Hashanah celebration, Purim celebration, Family Seder, High Holiday services, music program, moving up ceremony and family tzedakah projects. For more information, visit their website www.CJEG.org.

kerry@ducey.org (Beth London) Places Fri, 16 Apr 2021 10:08:49 -0400
Feeding Westchester Tackles Food Waste with Recovery Initiative https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/charities/4856-feeding-westchester-tackles-food-waste-with-recovery-initiative4856-feeding-westchester-tackles-food-waste-with-recovery-initiative https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/charities/4856-feeding-westchester-tackles-food-waste-with-recovery-initiative4856-feeding-westchester-tackles-food-waste-with-recovery-initiative

A major problem around the world, food waste has serious environmental, financial and cultural implications globally, but also right in our own backyard. This Earth Day, Feeding Westchester, the county’s largest nonprofit hunger-relief organization, is calling attention to the ongoing problem of food waste and their partnership with local farmers, wholesalers and retailers to keep nutritious food out of landfills and in the hands of those who need it most.

Each year, 1.3 billion tons of food is thrown out worldwide. With nearly half of all fruits, vegetables and seafood getting tossed, uneaten food is the number one item in America’s landfills and accounts for a substantial portion of U.S. methane emissions. Recognizing the need to address this sobering reality, chief among the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are to waste less food, support local farmers and donate what you don’t use.

The Natural Resources Defense Council estimates that 40 percent of food in the United States is wasted – the equivalent of $165 billion each year. And, according to a 2021 Food Waste Study released by Woodard & Curran, Westchester is also generating a significant amount of food waste – roughly 125,000 tons annually among commercial businesses with an additional 85,537 tons from residential homes.

Even with this staggering amount of discarded food, roughly one in six individuals across New York State struggles with hunger. This includes more than 200,000 Westchester residents who are either food insecure or at risk and in need of assistance.

“While these numbers can be overwhelming to digest, we have the power to effect real change,” said Ryan Brisk, Senior Director, Operations at Feeding Westchester. “The way we purchase, store, consume and discard food can add up to a massive collective impact. At Feeding Westchester, our food recovery initiatives support local communities and food-insecure people. Perfectly good food is wasted at every step in the supply chain – from farm to table. Food recovery programs divert food from landfills and instead get it into the hands of hungry people. It’s a win-win.”

Feeding Westchester’s Food Recovery Program includes nearly 100 farmers, wholesalers and retailers. Last year, 3.4 million pounds of fresh fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy products were rescued through the program – the equivalent of 2.8 million meals. In the first quarter of 2021, Feeding Westchester diverted 810,935 pounds of nutritious food from ending up in landfills.

Brisk continued, “Our fleet of ten trucks pick up the food and transport it to our distribution center. Once sorted, the food is promptly delivered to hungry people through our approximately 300 programs and partners, such as food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and day care centers. We rely on the generosity of program participants like Stop & Shop to make this possible.”

“Stop & Shop is proud to continue our Retail Recovery work with Feeding Westchester to help prevent food waste across Westchester County and provide much needed support to those in our community facing food insecurity," said Bob Yager, Stop & Shop's Senior Vice President of Operations Strategy and Support. “We look forward to continuing in our commitment to sustainability, waste minimization and environmental improvements across all areas of our business. Through our Retail Recovery work with Feeding Westchester, we are able to continue in our efforts to minimize food waste while providing wholesome, nutritious food to neighbors in need year-round.”

For those looking to minimize their food waste at home, Feeding Westchester has created resources on their website including six surprising food waste facts and eight tips for reducing food waste. A food dating guide is also available to help consumers avoid date labeling confusion.

Every $1 donated to Feeding Westchester provides up to three meals for local children, seniors, and families struggling with hunger. To find help, or give help, visit feedingwestchester.org or call (914) 923-1100. For the latest news and updates, follow @FeedingWestchester on Facebook and Instagram and @FeedWestchester on Twitter.

About Feeding Westchester

Feeding Westchester is the county’s leading nonprofit hunger-relief organization at the heart of a network of nearly 300 community partners and programs. With a mission to nourish their neighbors in the fight against hunger, the organization sources and distributes good, nutritious food and other resources throughout every community in Westchester County. In the last year, Feeding Westchester delivered 22 million pounds of food or 18.4 million meals through soup kitchens, food pantries, schools, shelters, residential programs, and mobile distributions. The nonprofit is committed to creating a community where all people have access to the food they need today, and the fundamental resources to build a better tomorrow. Feeding Westchester is located at 200 Clearbrook Road, Elmsford, NY 10523. For more information, visit feedingwestchester.org.

kerry@ducey.org (Co-Communications) Charities Fri, 16 Apr 2021 10:07:12 -0400
Updated Guidance From New York State for Graduation and Commencement Ceremonies https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/life/4855-updated-guidance-from-new-york-state-for-graduation-and-commencement-ceremonies4855-updated-guidance-from-new-york-state-for-graduation-and-commencement-ceremonies https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/life/4855-updated-guidance-from-new-york-state-for-graduation-and-commencement-ceremonies4855-updated-guidance-from-new-york-state-for-graduation-and-commencement-ceremonies

Effective May 1, Indoor and Outdoor Ceremonies Will Be Allowed with Limited Capacity, Depending on Event Size and Location

All Event Organizers and Venues Hosting Events Subject to Strict Health and Safety Protocols

Detailed Guidance is Available Here

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo yesterday announced new updated guidance for graduation and commencement ceremonies organized by schools, colleges and universities.

Effective May 1, indoor and outdoor graduation and commencement ceremonies will be allowed with limited attendee capacity, depending on the event size and the location (e.g., stadium, arena, arts and entertainment venue). All event organizers and venues hosting ceremonies must follow the State's strict health and safety protocols, including requiring face masks, social distancing, health screenings and collection of contact tracing information. Detailed guidance for graduation events is available here.

"We're once again approaching the end of the academic year which means we need strict rules in place to ensure commencement ceremonies are done safely in the context of the ongoing pandemic," Governor Cuomo said. "With more people getting vaccinated every day, we are so close to the light at the end of the tunnel, but we all need to continue being vigilant and I am urging everyone to celebrate smart."

For events that exceed the social gathering limits of 100 people indoors or 200 people outdoors, event organizers and venues must notify the local health department and require attendees to show proof of a recent negative test result or proof of completed immunization prior to entry. These requirements are consistent with the State's guidance for other congregate commercial and social activities, including catered receptions, performing arts, and sports competitions.

Outdoor Events:

  • Large-scale ceremonies of over 500 people at outdoor venues will be limited to 20 percent of capacity, applicable to venues with a total capacity of 2,500 or more.
  • Medium-scale ceremonies of 201-500 people at outdoor venues will be limited to 33 percent of capacity.
  • Small-scale ceremonies of up to 200 people or 2 attendees per student at outdoor venues will be limited to 50 percent of capacity. Proof of recent negative test result or proof of completed immunization is optional.

Indoor Events:

  • Large-scale ceremonies of over 150 people at indoor venues will be limited to 10 percent of capacity, applicable to venues with a total capacity of 1,500 or more.
  • Medium-scale ceremonies of 101-150 people at indoor venues will be limited to 33 percent of capacity.
  • Small-scale ceremonies of up to 100 people or 2 attendees per student at indoor venues will be limited to 50 percent of capacity. Proof of recent negative test result or proof of completed immunization is optional.

This announcement builds on the Governor's recent measures to further re-open the economy amid a steady decline in New York's COVID-19 positivity and hospitalization rates. Governor Cuomo announced that professional sports in large outdoor stadiums that hold 10,000 people or more will be allowed to reopen at 20 percent capacity and smaller, regional sports venues that hold 1,500 people indoors or 2,500 people outdoors can also reopen, with an initial capacity limited to 10 percent indoors and 20 percent outdoors, beginning April 1. The Governor also announced, event, arts and entertainment venues can reopen at 33 percent capacity, up to 100 people indoors and up to 200 people outdoor, beginning April 2nd. Additionally, on March 15th, Governor Cuomo announced wedding receptions and catered events could expand to larger scale events subject to following the Department of Health guidance.

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kerry@ducey.org (Office of the Governor. ) Life Thu, 15 Apr 2021 06:54:00 -0400
Unlawful Entry into School Buildings Leads to Multiple Charges for Mount Vernon Man https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/publicsafety/4854-unlawful-entry-into-school-buildings-leads-to-multiple-charges-for-mount-vernon-man4854-unlawful-entry-into-school-buildings-leads-to-multiple-charges-for-mount-vernon-man https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/publicsafety/4854-unlawful-entry-into-school-buildings-leads-to-multiple-charges-for-mount-vernon-man4854-unlawful-entry-into-school-buildings-leads-to-multiple-charges-for-mount-vernon-man

- A Mount Vernon man who unlawfully entered school buildings in communities across Westchester and in some instances stole items was arraigned today in County Court on multiple charges.

Donald Mack Bennett, 61, is charged with seven counts of Burglary in the 3rd Degree, six counts of Grand Larceny in the 4th Degree and two counts of Petit Larceny in connection with incidents in 2020 and 2021.

The incidents took place at Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Scarsdale, Waverly School in Eastchester, Masters School in Dobbs Ferry and Mercy College in Irvington.

Bennett was taken into custody on March 4 and remains in the Westchester County Jail.

“I share the concern of parents and other residents who recognize that it is both deeply disturbing and absolutely unacceptable for anyone to enter a school building unlawfully,” said Westchester District Attorney Miriam E. Rocah. “I am committed to keeping our children, teachers and school staff safe and feeling as secure as possible.”

The incidents involving Bennett were investigated by the Dobbs Ferry, Eastchester, Irvington, New Rochelle and Scarsdale Police Departments.

The case is before Judge Robert Neary.

The charges against Bennett are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

kerry@ducey.org (Westchester DA) Public safety Mon, 12 Apr 2021 09:28:00 -0400
Playland Park to Hold Virtual Interviews on Saturday, April 10 https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/places/4853-playland-park-to-hold-virtual-interviews4853-playland-park-to-hold-virtual-interviews https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/places/4853-playland-park-to-hold-virtual-interviews4853-playland-park-to-hold-virtual-interviews

With the green light from New York State to open amusements parks in place, the Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation plans to reopen Playland Park this year and is looking to fill seasonal positions.

Virtual interviews will be held on Saturday, April 10.

County Executive George Latimer said: “Working at Playland during the summer is a tradition for many young people in our County, their energy makes our park come alive. We look forward to seeing familiar faces and welcoming new ones.”

Job seekers are encouraged to explore Playland’s job board and apply ahead of the virtual interview day.

Open positions include:

  •          Cashier
  •          General Office
  •          Park Supervisor
  •          Lifeguard
  •          EMT
  •          General Maintenance
  •          Beach/Pool Attendant
  •          Admissions/Greeter
  •          Housekeeping
  •          Custodial
  •          Ride Operators

Commissioner of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation Kathy O’Connor said: “Our staff makes the operation of our parks possible and they have done an outstanding job the past year, despite many challenges. We are looking for dedicated applicants who want to enhance the experience of our parks for our guests.”

For more information visit https://playlandpark.org/ or call (914) 813-7019.

About Westchester County  

Westchester County, located in the heart of the historic Hudson Valley, covers 500 square miles and has a population of just under a million.  Originally home to Native Americans, who were members of the Lenape tribe, it is today a rich mix of many cultures and landscapes.  The County is a blend of bustling cities, quaint villages and picturesque towns as well as open spaces and a network of beautiful parks. Westchester is made up of 6 cities, 19 towns and 20 villages.  Westchester County is known for top-notch public schools, and a high quality of life.  The County is also an intellectual capital, boasting a highly educated workforce, competitive colleges and universities, Fortune 500 companies, world changing non-profits, and cutting-edge research centers.  Westchester is led by County Executive George Latimer, who took office in January 2018 as the ninth County Executive. Using inclusion and openness as a foreground, Latimer is fighting to make Westchester a destination for all people to live, work and enjoy. Learn more about Westchester County by visiting www.westchestergov.com

kerry@ducey.org (Westchester County) Places Wed, 07 Apr 2021 12:33:03 -0400
Smart D2 Playrooms Partners with Ronald McDonald House https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/neighbors/4842-smart-d2-playrooms-partners-with-ronald-mcdonald-house4842-smart-d2-playrooms-partners-with-ronald-mcdonald-house https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/neighbors/4842-smart-d2-playrooms-partners-with-ronald-mcdonald-house4842-smart-d2-playrooms-partners-with-ronald-mcdonald-house

Ronald McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley announced their partnership with Smart D2 Playrooms, a lifestyle playroom brand that designs high end playrooms and gives back to the community through their Flower Power Fund. Smart D2 Playrooms plans to remodel the existing playroom at the Ronald McDonald House that was built almost decade ago when the House first opened.

The playroom is dedicated in memory of Jamie Levy, the niece of Ronald McDonald House Board Chairman, Rich Landau whose family named the room in her honor.

Smart D2 Playrooms Co-founders Denise Davies and Karri Bowen-Poole are going to completely transform the space into a vibrant, modern educational playroom for the families served by the Ronald McDonald House. “Smart D2 Playrooms started the Flower Power Fund initiative as a way to give back to our community and every year we will transform a playroom for a nonprofit organization,” said Davies. “We are thrilled to work with Ronald McDonald House this year and be a part of their anniversary celebration while helping to make a difference in the community,” added Bowen-Poole. Smart D2 Playrooms is on a mission to change the way kids play and their products are designed by child development experts who understand how to engage children in all types of play and learning.

As part of Ronald McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley's 10 year anniversary, Smart D2 Playrooms is giving the playroom a much needed update next month including: new interactive toys, a reading corner, a safe climbing structure, new entryway doors, lighting and carpeting. “As we celebrate our 10 year anniversary of keeping families together and facilitating access to the best pediatric medical care in our community, we are thrilled that Smart D2 Playrooms is donating their talent to remodel our playroom for the children who will call the House their home,” said Christina Riley, Executive Director of RMHGHV. “So many families will enjoy this new interactive, safe and colorful play space for another decade and beyond.”


pr2marketingbiz@gmail.com (pr2) Neighbors Tue, 06 Apr 2021 09:11:15 -0400
PCSB Bank Campaign Wins Gold in Service Industry Advertising Awards https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/places/4846-pcsb-bank-campaign-wins-gold-in-service-industry-advertising-awards4846-pcsb-bank-campaign-wins-gold-in-service-industry-advertising-awards https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/places/4846-pcsb-bank-campaign-wins-gold-in-service-industry-advertising-awards4846-pcsb-bank-campaign-wins-gold-in-service-industry-advertising-awards

The Service Industry Advertising Awards (SIAA) announced that PCSB Bank and its agency Hologram Advertising won the Gold Award for its work featuring “The Incredibly Neighborly Commercial Bank” campaign.

SIAA is an annual national competition with 500 marketing/advertising agencies, representing 1,000 institutions participating and more than 1,200 entries this year.

“We are honored to receive this highly prestigious industry recognition,” said Stephen Elser, PCSB Bank first vice president, director of marketing. “It’s been exciting to work with Hologram Advertising on this notably creative campaign, which resonates deeply with our current and prospective customers.”

In addition to the top award for Total Advertising Campaign, other SIAA awards were presented for the PCSB Bank campaign including silver for Magazine Advertising-Single and Television Advertising-Series as well as a bronze for Television Advertising-Single.

According to Joseph D. Roberto, chairman, president & CEO of PCSB Bank, “This advertising campaign truly captures the unique value proposition that our bank offers. We have a tradition of personalized service and understanding of local communities that dates back 150 years. This gives us an ability to provide versatile, customized commercial banking services that help local businesses manage their money and grow their enterprises.”

Founded in 2003, SIAA is the only advertising awards to specifically recognize the advertising achievements and excellence of the service industry. Awards are given to entrants whose programs and materials display exceptional quality, creativity and message effectiveness.

abell@30-ink.com (Leslie Wells) Places Tue, 06 Apr 2021 09:09:55 -0400