Katonah's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/katonah Mon, 10 Aug 2020 12:01:11 -0400 HamletHub.com August at the John Jay Homestead, Virtually https://news.hamlethub.com/katonah/places/5497-august-at-the-john-jay-homestead-virtually5497-august-at-the-john-jay-homestead-virtually https://news.hamlethub.com/katonah/places/5497-august-at-the-john-jay-homestead-virtually5497-august-at-the-john-jay-homestead-virtually

The John Jay Homestead’s expert staff offers a guided exploration of our collection – join us on Instagram Live for short curatorial talks. This month’s programs include:

August 6 - Women’s Objects from Everyday Life

August 13 - Amusements

August 20 - Pardon My French

August 27 - Objects from Everyday Life

Visit johnjayhomestead.org to learn more.

Follow John Jay Homestead on Instagram

commandercarey@gmail.com (John Jay Homestead) Places Wed, 05 Aug 2020 20:17:17 -0400
Con Ed Distributing Ice to Westchester Residents Without Power https://news.hamlethub.com/katonah/neighbors/5496-con-ed-distributing-ice-to-westchester-residents-without-power5496-con-ed-distributing-ice-to-westchester-residents-without-power https://news.hamlethub.com/katonah/neighbors/5496-con-ed-distributing-ice-to-westchester-residents-without-power5496-con-ed-distributing-ice-to-westchester-residents-without-power

Con Edison personnel will be at two locations in Westchester County providing ice to customers who lost service due to Storm Isaias:

The company will also have a mobile information center at each location with workers available to answer questions until 7 p.m.

The company is following safety guidelines issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, State, City and County for COVID-19 and asks that customers practice social distancing with other members of the public and the Con Edison employees at the location. That will help ensure that everyone remains safe during the health crisis.

For additional information or questions, customers can call us at 1-800-752-6633 or visit the Con Ed website at www.coned.com.

commandercarey@gmail.com (Vedat Gashi, West Co. Legislator) Neighbors Wed, 05 Aug 2020 13:00:38 -0400
The Sharing Announces Kick Off of Annual Backpacks to School Initiative https://news.hamlethub.com/katonah/charities/5494-the-sharing-announces-kick-off-of-annual-backpacks-to-school-initiative5494-the-sharing-announces-kick-off-of-annual-backpacks-to-school-initiative https://news.hamlethub.com/katonah/charities/5494-the-sharing-announces-kick-off-of-annual-backpacks-to-school-initiative5494-the-sharing-announces-kick-off-of-annual-backpacks-to-school-initiative

Each summer, The Sharing Shelf organizes its “Backpacks to School” initiative to buy new backpacks and fill them with grade appropriate school supplies for low-income children in Westchester County. The program works with individuals and businesses County-wide to raise the funds needed to purchase everything needed for this initiative, from new backpacks to binders, notebooks, folders, crayons, pencils, pens and paper.

At this moment the last days of being in a school are a distant blur and back to school is filled with uncertainty, whether our children will return to school as we know it, shift into a hybrid system, or continue with home-based schooling.

The Sharing Shelf, in consultation with educators, has decided to proceed with its annual program. These educators have told us that regardless of what form school will be, children still need to learn. They will not only need the usual supplies but also resources to keep them mentally engaged and enriched. It is The Sharing Shelf’s plan to provide not just the basics, but enhanced materials such as age-appropriate educational magazines, puzzles, activity sets and books.

Even before the pandemic and economic downturn, Westchester County was a community with a mix of great wealth yet home to nearly 60,000 low-income children. In some of our communities, 8 in 10 public school students qualify for free or reduced lunch. We believe that number, given the current environment, is probably much higher. In April 2020, unemployment in Westchester county skyrocketed to over 14% from 4% in January 2020.  Meanwhile, the average family spends $122 on school supplies, a sum out of reach for families struggling financially.  

The Sharing Shelf plans to fill at least 1,500 backpacks and seeks to raise $45,000 for this project. Volunteers will help assemble the backpacks, using social distancing in a special area at The Sharing Shelf’s Port Chester warehouse during the month of August. The backpacks and supplies are critical to the academic success of low-income children and will allow them to return to school prepared, confident, and ready to learn.

To find out more about how to help or to donate, please contact The Sharing Shelf Program Director, Deborah Blatt at dblatt@sharingshelf.org or (914) 305-5950. You may also visit www.sharingshelf.org and click on Backpacks to School

About The Sharing Shelf

Founded in 2009, The Sharing Shelf is Westchester’s Clothing Bank for Children. The program collects new and gently used clothing for infants, children and teens. The clothing is distributed to local, low-income children through area social service agencies, schools, hospitals and other non-profits at no cost. The children receive a week’s worth of seasonally appropriate clothing matched to their sizing needs. Since 2011, The Sharing Shelf has been filling new backpacks with fresh supplies for back to school. For more information, visit www.sharingshelf.org

commandercarey@gmail.com (Westchester County) Charities Tue, 04 Aug 2020 06:14:21 -0400
Coast Guard celebrates 230 years of Service https://news.hamlethub.com/katonah/life/5495-coast-guard-celebrates-230-years-of-service5495-coast-guard-celebrates-230-years-of-service https://news.hamlethub.com/katonah/life/5495-coast-guard-celebrates-230-years-of-service5495-coast-guard-celebrates-230-years-of-service

The US Coast Guard celebrates its 230th birthday today. Created by the U.S. Congress on 4 August 1790 at the request of Alexander Hamilton as the Revenue-Marine, it is the oldest continuous seagoing service of the United States. As Secretary of the Treasury, Hamilton headed the Revenue-Marine, whose original purpose was collecting customs duties at U.S. seaports. By the 1860s, the service was known as the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service and the term Revenue-Marine gradually fell into disuse.

The modern Coast Guard was formed by a merger of the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service and the U.S. Life-Saving Service on 28 January 1915, under the U.S. Department of the Treasury. In 1939, the U.S. Lighthouse Service was also merged into the Coast Guard. As one of the country's six armed services, the Coast Guard has been involved in every major U.S. war since 1790, from the Quasi-War with France to the Global War on Terrorism.

As of 2018, the Coast Guard had 40,992 active duty personnel, 7,000 reservists, and 8,577 full-time civilian employees, and 31,000 auxiliary members for a total workforce of 87,569.

Thank you all who serve our country in this vital organization. Happy Birthday and Semper Paratus

commandercarey@gmail.com (Peter Carey/Wikipedia) Life Tue, 04 Aug 2020 05:56:39 -0400
Celebrate Summer! The Ridgefield Playhouse Announces Three New Outdoor Concerts! https://news.hamlethub.com/katonah/events/5491-celebrate-summer-the-ridgefield-playhouse-announces-three-new-outdoor-concerts5491-celebrate-summer-the-ridgefield-playhouse-announces-three-new-outdoor-concerts https://news.hamlethub.com/katonah/events/5491-celebrate-summer-the-ridgefield-playhouse-announces-three-new-outdoor-concerts5491-celebrate-summer-the-ridgefield-playhouse-announces-three-new-outdoor-concerts

After opening their doors last month for socially distanced movies, The Ridgefield Playhouse is now bringing 3 new outdoor concerts to celebrate summer and bring LIVE music to the community!  

The August line-up kicks off with Grace Potter on Saturday, August 15 with two special solo acoustic performances at 4pm and 8pm in Ballard Park (485 Main Street, Ridgefield). 

The music continues on August 28 and 29 at the field next to The Playhouse with two stellar nights of music and musicians who also happen to be Connecticut natives! 

American Idol winner and Guilford resident Nick Fradiani and Fairfield County’s own The Alternate Routes perform a double bill on Friday, August 28 at 7pm and , on Saturday, August 29 at 7pm,  Season 1 Winner of NBC’s The Voice, and Stratford native as well as a University of Hartford Hartt School of Music graduate, Javier Colon wraps up the music-filled weekend. 

Opening for Colon is singer/songwriter Dante Palminteri. All three shows are part of the Pepsi Rock Series, powered by Xfinity as well as the Doyle Coffin Architects Singer/Songwriter series. 

 Tickets are currently on sale to members and will be on sale to the public this Friday, July 31 at 10am.  Visit the website at www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call the box office at 203.438.5795

kerry@ducey.org (The Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Wed, 29 Jul 2020 13:54:49 -0400
Meet Me Under The Playhouse Marquee and a New Food & Beverage Manager at Bedford Playhouse https://news.hamlethub.com/katonah/events/5492-meet-me-under-the-playhouse-marquee-and-a-new-food-beverage-manager-at-bedford-playhouse5492-meet-me-under-the-playhouse-marquee-and-a-new-food-beverage-manager-at-bedford-playhouse https://news.hamlethub.com/katonah/events/5492-meet-me-under-the-playhouse-marquee-and-a-new-food-beverage-manager-at-bedford-playhouse5492-meet-me-under-the-playhouse-marquee-and-a-new-food-beverage-manager-at-bedford-playhouse

This Friday, join friends at the Playhouse Cafe in our newly re-imagined outdoor dining space - right underneath our historic marquee! With your safety in mind, Bedford Playhouse has implemented all necessary health protocols.

Come celebrate our first night open to the public. Enjoy a Mediterranean or New American to-share plate for $25, along with refreshing cocktails. Strawberry Basil Margarita or Blueberry Lavender Collins anyone? Seating is limited and on a first come first served basis. As a reminder, outdoor dining facilities cannot serve alcohol without the purchase of food according to the Governor's Executive Orders. 

The Bedford Playhouse is located at 633 Old Post Road in Bedford, NY. Phone 914-234-6704 or visit bedfordplayhouse.org for more information.

The Bedford Playhouse is pleased to introduce Gerald Massoud as the Playhouse Cafe's new Food & Beverage Manager!

Gerald Massoud has worked in the hospitality and arts for nearly two decades. He has managed restaurants, cafes, catering, and special events in the Tri-State area. Gerald is excited to be joining the Bedford Playhouse and to bring his expertise to the dining experiences for all guests. While he is away from the Playhouse, Gerald enjoys playing music, gardening, and spending time with his wife and two kids.

commandercarey@gmail.com (Bedford Playhouse) Events Wed, 29 Jul 2020 13:17:32 -0400
Governor Cuomo Announces Preservation of 5,789 Acres in Taconic Mountains https://news.hamlethub.com/katonah/life/5493-governor-cuomo-announces-preservation-of-5-789-acres-in-taconic-mountains5493-governor-cuomo-announces-preservation-of-5-789-acres-in-taconic-mountains https://news.hamlethub.com/katonah/life/5493-governor-cuomo-announces-preservation-of-5-789-acres-in-taconic-mountains5493-governor-cuomo-announces-preservation-of-5-789-acres-in-taconic-mountains

Thousands of Acres Added to Taconic Ridge State Forest and Berlin State Forest, Increasing

Recreational Opportunities and Protecting Critical Habitat 

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo yesterday announced the preservation of 5,789 additional acres in the Taconic Mountains that will protect critical open space and expand recreational opportunities to support the local economy. The preserved areas include the recent State acquisition of 2,446 acres adjoining the Taconic Ridge State Forest and 3,343 acres being added to the Berlin State Forest through a partnership with The Conservation Fund.

"Getting outside and enjoying nature has been one of the few pleasures for many New Yorkers during these challenging times and with the continued expansion of preservation we are providing even more opportunity for recreation while ensuring that critical open spaces are protected," Governor Cuomo said. "The Taconic Ridge provides stunning, sweeping views of the rich environment and thanks to our preservation efforts it will be a destination for New Yorkers for generations to come."

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation recently acquired the four old Cowee Forest parcels, known as the Stickles, Nugent, East Mountain, and Misery Mountain tracts, from The Conservation Fund using $4.85 million from the EPF. These acquisitions will double the size of the Taconic Ridge and Berlin state forests and provide critical connections to recreational resources, including access to the Taconic Crest Trail. The purchases also protect tributaries of the Little Hoosic River, one of New York State's wild trout streams. As part of DEC's state forests, these lands will be managed for multiple uses, including timber production, watershed protection, wildlife habitat, and recreation. 

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said, "New Yorkers and visitors alike will have new opportunities for outdoor recreation in the Taconics thanks to these significant acquisitions, which will expand the Capital Region's State Forests and the many benefits they provide to wildlife, habitat, water quality, and our ongoing fight against climate change. We are grateful to our partners at The Conservation Fund, and especially for Governor Cuomo's continued commitment to the Environmental Protection Fund, the introduction of the Restore Mother Nature Environmental Bond Act, and other critical investments in forest conservation and preservation." 

Vice President and Northeast Representative for The Conservation Fund Tom Duffus said, "These forests are part of a larger 16,000-acre working forest landscape that The Conservation Fund is working with the state and other local partners to protect in order to support the vitality of the Rensselaer Plateau and Taconic Region's forest economy. Now part of the New York State Forest System, the valuable resources of this forestland, including wood supply to local mills, recreational access, protection for water quality and wildlife habitat, will be ensured."

In addition to expansive forest, the Rensselaer Plateau supports several unique wetland communities, including sedge meadow, dwarf shrub bog, spruce-fir swamp, and kettle hole bog, an impressive mammal diversity not typical of the greater Capital District, including black bear, fisher, otter, bobcat, and moose, and is included on National Audubon Society's list of Important Bird Areas in New York. The Rensselaer Plateau's large forest blocks serve as core areas from which wildlife corridors to other forested areas extend and, according to the Natural Heritage Program, provide potential refuge for wildlife moving from southern areas or lower elevations in response to climate change.

Located in Rensselaer County along the Massachusetts and Vermont border, the DEC's Taconic Ridge and Berlin State forests are primary gateways in the Taconic Mountains that conserve important natural resources and provide diverse outdoor recreational opportunities. Their rolling hills, forests, scenic vistas and over 34 miles of trails, including the Taconic Crest Trail, are ideal for hiking. For more information about the Taconic Ridge State Forest, visit https://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/72874.html.

Governor Cuomo's 2020-21 enacted State Budget sustains EPF funding at $300 million, the highest level of funding in the program's 25-year history. In addition, this year's Budget added $500 million to the State's already historic $3 billion commitment to water quality improvements. The Budget also creates the Restore Mother Nature Environmental Bond Act. If approved by voters in November, the Bond Act would fund critical environmental restoration and climate mitigation projects in every corner of the state to ensure New York is able to adapt to the intensifying impacts of climate change, and reduce emissions, while creating jobs and local economic development.

commandercarey@gmail.com (Office of the Governor. ) Life Wed, 29 Jul 2020 07:40:12 -0400
The Katonah Museum of Art is OPEN! https://news.hamlethub.com/katonah/places/5490-the-katonah-museum-of-art-is-open5490-the-katonah-museum-of-art-is-open https://news.hamlethub.com/katonah/places/5490-the-katonah-museum-of-art-is-open5490-the-katonah-museum-of-art-is-open

Katonah Museum of Art (KMA) reopened to the public on Sunday, July 26!

Now that the Museum is open, we invite you to visitPlease click the link below to access our timed-entry ticketing system to purchase tickets. Admission is by advance reservation to ensure the comfort and safety of visitors and staff.
Not a member? Join now.
Purchase tickets HERE.
Guests must arrive at and depart from the Museum within their reserved time slot.Please direct all inquiries to events@katonahmuseum.org. Tickets for the KMA's Learning Center are also required and must be reserved for the same time slot as your main Museum admission.
kerry@ducey.org (KMA) Places Tue, 28 Jul 2020 08:26:05 -0400
Upcoming Westchester County Mobile Food Pantries https://news.hamlethub.com/katonah/charities/5489-upcoming-westchester-county-mobile-food-pantries5489-upcoming-westchester-county-mobile-food-pantries https://news.hamlethub.com/katonah/charities/5489-upcoming-westchester-county-mobile-food-pantries5489-upcoming-westchester-county-mobile-food-pantries

Please see below for a list of upcoming mobile food pantries. This resource is available to all Westchester County residents. 

Tuesday, July 28, 2020, 3:30 PM- 5:30 PM @ Peekskill-Cortlandt 7th Day Adventist Church, 123 Oregon Road, Cortlandt Manor
Wednesday, July 29, 2020 11:00 AM 2:00 PM @ Jefferson Valley Mall 650 Lee Blvd. Yorktown Heights
Wednesday, July 29, 2020 12:30 PM 2:30 PM @ Ossining Church FP @ Star of Bethlehem Church 304 Spring Street Ossining


commandercarey@gmail.com (Westchester County) Charities Mon, 27 Jul 2020 15:14:28 -0400
Katonah Nights continues on Friday, August 7 https://news.hamlethub.com/katonah/events/5488-katonah-nights-continues-on-friday-august-75488-katonah-nights-continues-on-friday-august-7 https://news.hamlethub.com/katonah/events/5488-katonah-nights-continues-on-friday-august-75488-katonah-nights-continues-on-friday-august-7

Katonah Nights continues on Friday, August 7 from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM with live music in the Gazebo by Stephanie & Friends

Join us for the third event of our Katonah Nights series. Outdoor dining and shops will be open! Come rain (as long as it's not a tropical storm) or shine. But don’t come without a mask, or if you or your children won’t be able to follow social distancing requirements.

Katonah strong, Katonah safe.

kerry@ducey.org (Katonah Chamber) Events Mon, 27 Jul 2020 14:07:56 -0400
Ridgefield Academy and Landmark Preschool Plan for On Campus Opening https://news.hamlethub.com/katonah/places/5486-ridgefield-academy-and-landmark-preschool-plan-for-on-campus-opening5486-ridgefield-academy-and-landmark-preschool-plan-for-on-campus-opening https://news.hamlethub.com/katonah/places/5486-ridgefield-academy-and-landmark-preschool-plan-for-on-campus-opening5486-ridgefield-academy-and-landmark-preschool-plan-for-on-campus-opening

Students of Ridgefield Academy (RA) and Landmark Preschool (LPS) will be pleased to know that their teachers and other members of the school community are looking forward to their return to campus on September 1. After months of planning and consultation with health professionals, RA/LPS has released its “Roadmap to Reopening” plan that offers multiple learning scenarios for the year. Most significantly, this plan offers choice, something that many other local schools may struggle to provide. 

Head of School Tom Main comments, “Where your child attends school this fall is now more important than it has ever been before. We have created options for families to make certain that all students will be able to safely engage with our teachers and their classmates - whether they are learning on campus or from home. To that end, the school made a significant investment in technology to allow students to engage in parallel learning from home should they need to remain out of school or if a family wishes to keep their child out of school.

Parallel learning allows students who remain home for any number of reasons to still participate in their classes happening in real-time on campus through the use of classroom cameras and monitors. Students will have the opportunity to interact with their teachers and classmates, engage in discussions, and make presentations. The school’s quality connection between students and teachers that leads to powerful and authentic learning experiences will take place regardless of the participation path, offering a more positive and comprehensive learning experience and important student-teacher-class connection.

And, as a small, independent school with low teacher-student ratios and large classroom and outdoor spaces, grouping students in cohorts and obtaining safe social distancing will be much more easily accomplished here than many other schools. Ridgefield Academy’s scenic 42-acre campus is already undergoing additional outdoor classroom development to facilitate allowing students and teachers to bring their learning outside in nature. The school’s Landmark Preschool campus in Westport offers two large outdoor play spaces and the Landmark Bedford campus enjoys a beautiful slice of open land and a large 30x60 tent, and a large outdoor playground area.

Students in K - grade 8 will also use a new online lunch ordering system where they can select from up to 60 menu choices on a mobile device in their classroom and have their lunch of choice boxed and and ready for dining in either the cafeteria with plexiglass dividers on tables, in the classroom with social distancing, or outside on the school grounds.

Regardless of the learning environment, RA and Landmark students will continue to thrive academically and emotionally because the school's mission to celebrate childhood, pursue excellence, and cultivate kindness informs all that is done in our classrooms - on campus or virtually. Our comprehensive and intellectually inspiring curriculum ensures that students will be prepared for the next challenge, and our talented teachers create a forward-thinking, top-rate educational experience for their students that is rooted in a keen understanding of child development. 

To learn more about Ridgefield Academy (K-8) or Landmark Preschool (2 - 5yrs), contact Suter at dsuter@ridgefieldacademy.org or 203-894-1800 x112 or visit www.ridgefieldacademy.org or www.landmarkpreschool.org


kerry@ducey.org (RA) Places Mon, 27 Jul 2020 08:48:09 -0400
"Buckle Up NY" in the parks operation in FDR Park https://news.hamlethub.com/katonah/publicsafety/5487-buckle-up-ny-in-the-parks-operation-in-fdr-park5487-buckle-up-ny-in-the-parks-operation-in-fdr-park https://news.hamlethub.com/katonah/publicsafety/5487-buckle-up-ny-in-the-parks-operation-in-fdr-park5487-buckle-up-ny-in-the-parks-operation-in-fdr-park

On July 26, 2020, New York State Police conducted an occupant safety enforcement detail at Franklin D. Roosevelt park in Yorktown to ensure that visitors to state parks are buckling up for safety. The total tickets issued were 58; which resulted in 52 Child Restraint tickets, 1 seat belt ticket, and 5 other tickets. 

commandercarey@gmail.com (New York State Police) Public safety Mon, 27 Jul 2020 06:38:23 -0400
College Admissions, the Holistic Review Process and Community Service in the time of COVID-19 https://news.hamlethub.com/katonah/events/5485-college-admissions-the-holistic-review-process-and-community-service-in-the-time-of-covid-195485-college-admissions-the-holistic-review-process-and-community-service-in-the-time-of-covid-19 https://news.hamlethub.com/katonah/events/5485-college-admissions-the-holistic-review-process-and-community-service-in-the-time-of-covid-195485-college-admissions-the-holistic-review-process-and-community-service-in-the-time-of-covid-19

College Admissions, the Holistic Review Process and Community Service in the time of COVID-19 on Wednesday, July 29th at 7:00 pm

Ron Feuchs and Jackie Tepper, partners at Stand Out For College, LLC, are giving an updated Zoom presentation hosted by the Lewisboro Library to help families understand how the college admissions landscape is changing due to COVID-19 and what impact it will have on rising Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors.

The college admissions situation is undergoing massive changes this year with many schools going test-optional. All the Ivies, Duke, UVA, Penn State, Ohio State and many other high profile colleges have announced that they are test-optional for this upcoming admissions cycle. (Princeton announced that it is test-optional and will not allow early applications this fall so the situation is fluid and changing daily.)

This means that admissions officers will give more weight to college essays, extracurricular activities, teacher recommendations and community service projects when they review applications as part of the holistic review process which will be explained.

This program covers how admissions officers are handling the current situation and how students can position themselves to develop a compelling narrative to stand out and increase their chances for admission.

Please RSVP to ron@standoutforcollege.com. You will receive a private invitation with a Zoom link in reply. There is no charge for this event.


kerry@ducey.org (HH) Events Mon, 27 Jul 2020 05:33:53 -0400
Katonah Nights on Friday features Live Music by Smallworld Trio https://news.hamlethub.com/katonah/events/5484-katonah-nights-on-friday-features-live-music-by-smallworld-trio5484-katonah-nights-on-friday-features-live-music-by-smallworld-trio https://news.hamlethub.com/katonah/events/5484-katonah-nights-on-friday-features-live-music-by-smallworld-trio5484-katonah-nights-on-friday-features-live-music-by-smallworld-trio


Katonah Nights continues this Friday, July 24 from 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM with live music from Smallworld Trio in the Gazebo

Join us for the second event of our Katonah Nights series. Outdoor dining and shops will be open! Come rain (as long as it's not a tropical storm) or shine. But don’t come without a mask, or if you or your children won’t be able to follow social distancing requirements.

And, on Saturday, July 25 - head downtown for the best deals around -- Katonah's Sidewalk Sales Day will take place Saturday, July 25th from 10AM-5PM.

Katonah strong, Katonah safe.

kerry@ducey.org (Katonah Chamber) Events Wed, 22 Jul 2020 10:17:21 -0400
Big FTC win against student loan debt relief firm https://news.hamlethub.com/katonah/politics/5483-big-ftc-win-against-student-loan-debt-relief-firm5483-big-ftc-win-against-student-loan-debt-relief-firm https://news.hamlethub.com/katonah/politics/5483-big-ftc-win-against-student-loan-debt-relief-firm5483-big-ftc-win-against-student-loan-debt-relief-firm

Just about a year ago, we told you about a case the FTC brought against a student loan debt relief firm. The FTC alleged that the operators of Mission Hills Federal, Federal Direct Group, National Secure Processing, and The Student Loan Group bilked borrowers out of millions of dollars. The FTC said the companies lured people with false promises to pay down student loans and lower monthly payments. The FTC also claimed the companies lied about taking over the servicing of the loans, which tricked people into submitting loan payments directly to them. In fact, the defendants diverted borrower payments to themselves.

Today, we have some great news to share: a federal court in California has ruled in our favor. What does that mean? The defendants will be permanently banned from the telemarketing and debt relief businesses. What’s more, the ruling also imposes a $27.6 million judgment. The portion of that amount collected by the FTC may be used to refund people affected by the defendants’ scheme. Stay tuned for more information on possible refunds.

If you or someone you know feels overwhelmed by student loan debt, know this: It’s illegal for companies to charge you for debt relief services before they help you, and some of the companies that promise relief are scams. If you have questions about federal student loans, start with StudentAid.gov/repay. If you have private loans, talk with your loan servicer. For more information, check out ftc.gov/StudentLoans.

Watch the accompanying video above for a few tips to help avoid debt relief scams.


commandercarey@gmail.com (Colleen Tressler Consumer Education Specialist, FTC) Politics Wed, 22 Jul 2020 06:50:40 -0400