Katonah's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/katonah Fri, 17 Jan 2020 19:58:28 -0500 HamletHub.com Katonah Museum of Art Director's Series Tickets Available https://news.hamlethub.com/katonah/life/5295-katonah-museum-of-art-director-s-series-tickets-available5295-katonah-museum-of-art-director-s-series-tickets-available https://news.hamlethub.com/katonah/life/5295-katonah-museum-of-art-director-s-series-tickets-available5295-katonah-museum-of-art-director-s-series-tickets-available

Katonah Museum of Art Director's Series Tickets Available -  February 27, 2020, @ 6:00 PM — May 14, 2020, @ 8:00PM 

Join Michael Gitlitz, KMA Executive Director, along with cultural leaders in the arts, for salon-style conversations at unique and interesting private homes and venues around Katonah and NYC.

February 27 in New York City, NY

David R. Brigham, President & CEO, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and artist Holly Trostle
Brigham whose work has recently entered the collections of the Smithsonian, the National Museum of Women in the Arts and Beinecke Library at Yale, will join Michael Gitlitz for a conversation about the future of the museum from a leader's and an artist's perspective.

April 16 in Bedford Hills, NY

Stephanie Wiles, Henry J. Heinz II Director of the Yale University Art Gallery, and most recently the
Richard J. Schwartz Director of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum at Cornell University, will speak about
the Yale University Art Gallery and the driving forces for change in today’s museums.

May 14 in Yorktown Heights, NY

Courtney J. Martin, Director of the Yale Center for British Art, recently Deputy Director and Chief
Curator at the Dia Art Foundation and esteemed scholar of historical and contemporary art, will
discuss her experience at Dia and Yale and her thoughts about the future of the museum.

Individual Tickets: $150

Series of Three Evenings: $375

Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. All proceeds benefit the KMA. $100 per individual ticket and $300 per trio of evenings is tax-deductible. For more information, please contact Deena Kaye at 914-767-2971 or dkaye@katonahmuseum.org.

The Future of The Museum

Purchase your tickets to Director's Series here. 

kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Life Thu, 16 Jan 2020 12:22:42 -0500
Imagine Your Summer At Harvey Camp! Open House on Feb. 22, Registration OPEN https://news.hamlethub.com/katonah/places/5291-imagine-your-summer-at-harvey-camp-open-house-on-feb-22-registration-open5291-imagine-your-summer-at-harvey-camp-open-house-on-feb-22-registration-open https://news.hamlethub.com/katonah/places/5291-imagine-your-summer-at-harvey-camp-open-house-on-feb-22-registration-open5291-imagine-your-summer-at-harvey-camp-open-house-on-feb-22-registration-open

The Harvey Summer Camp celebrates its 25th year with a 2020 session that offers an extraordinary interactive summer experience for children entering grades 1 through 9. With more than 50 courses to choose from, there is plenty for everyone to enjoy!

Attend Harvey Summer Camp OPEN HOUSE on Saturday, February 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Learn more and register HERE.

Northern Westchester’s premier summer program, the Harvey Camp offers children entering grade 2 and up the unique opportunity to create their own schedules, allowing them the freedom to explore their own interests in art, theater, sports, science, and so much more. Children entering first grade get a taste of a “big camp” experience as directors and counselors guide them through their days of fun, learning activities.

With 125 sprawling acres of woods, open fields, and state-of-the-art facilities, the Harvey campus offers an ideal location for a summer day camp. The magnificent Walker Center for the Arts, the impressive Fenstermacher Athletic Center, the iconic Evarts Memorial Ice Rink, the John G. Davis Tennis Courts and an outdoor pool are just some of the wonderful facilities campers will enjoy!

The 2020 session will also feature several “specialty camps.” One will give girls entering grades 5-12 a chance to learn how to play lacrosse under the exceptional tutelage of local lacrosse legend Sammy Jo Tracy. For children entering grades 8-10 who are interested in STEM, Harvey offers a Robotics Camp, housed in the school’s robotics lab and taught by highly successful RoboCavs coach Chris Kelly. For kids curious to explore the fun and thrill of high-wire balancing and aerial movement, the professional performers of Westchester Circus Arts return for another spectacular summer under the Big Top in Circus Camp.

The six-week session of Harvey Summer Camp runs from June 29 through August 7. Weekly options are available. Tuition includes daily lunch in Harvey’s cafeteria, a complimentary camp 

T-shirt and a sports bag. Depending on a camper’s home location, transportation options are available for an additional fee.

Be part of our 25th-anniversary celebration and allow your child a chance to enjoy a summer of his or her own making. Tell your child what we tell our campers: “It’s your summer. Imagine it.”

To find out more about the tuition and the programs, visit www.harveycavaliercamp.org

Attend Harvey Summer Camp OPEN HOUSE on Saturday, February 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Learn more and register HERE.



kerry@ducey.org (The Harvey School) Places Wed, 15 Jan 2020 02:27:08 -0500
John Jay Community Trail Race Event Set for April 19, 2020 https://news.hamlethub.com/katonah/life/5294-jj5k20205294-jj5k2020 https://news.hamlethub.com/katonah/life/5294-jj5k20205294-jj5k2020

The John Jay Community Trail Races return for a 3rd year on April 19, 2020 at the John Jay Campus in Cross River, NY. 

There are three events set for Sunday morning starting at 9am:

  • JJ5K Trail Race on the trails, bridges, and boardwalks behind John Jay High School and Middle School.
  • 4k "Jay Walk" fitness walk and hike on the same trails, just a bit shorter.
  • 200 meter "Kids Jay Dash" on the John Jay Contest Track & Field after the 5k and 4k finish.

Registration is here: https://runsignup.com/jjtrail - sign up before Feb 29, 2020 to get the early registration rate. 

The first 175 registrants for the 5k & 4k receive race shirts. The first 50 kids to register for the Kids Jay Dash receive kids shirts. Sign up before they run out!

For more information on the trail and the community efforts to fund and build the trail (all volunteer and donor driven!), please visit http://jjtrail.org.



kerry@ducey.org (rob) Life Mon, 13 Jan 2020 11:28:57 -0500
John Jay High School Get Musical This Week: Orchestra, Choral and Band https://news.hamlethub.com/katonah/events/5292-john-jay-high-school-get-musical-this-week-orchestra-choral-and-band5292-john-jay-high-school-get-musical-this-week-orchestra-choral-and-band https://news.hamlethub.com/katonah/events/5292-john-jay-high-school-get-musical-this-week-orchestra-choral-and-band5292-john-jay-high-school-get-musical-this-week-orchestra-choral-and-band

John Jay High School Orchestra & Choral Concert on Tuesday, January 14 and Band Concert on January 16

Orchestra & Choral Concert

Performances by the Symphonic Orchestra, conducted by Elissa Leventhal, and the John Jay Chorale, conducted by Joanna Giordano.    Highlights include “Bacchanale” by Camille Saint-Saens; “Winter Song" by Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson, performed by the Chorale and accompanied by the string section of the Symphonic Orchestra; and "Somebody to Love" by Queen.

Learn more here.

Band Concert

A program of music featuring three ensembles conducted by Emily Pierson: John Jay’s Concert Band, a freshman ensemble; Symphonic Band, made up of sophomores through seniors; and Wind Ensemble, a select group.    Highlights include Leroy Anderson's "Bugler's Holiday," featuring three solos played by four trumpet players, and selections from Hans Zimmer's "The Lion King" performed by all three bands.

Please save the date for JJHS Jazz Concert on January 28!

kerry@ducey.org (JJHS ) Events Mon, 13 Jan 2020 11:25:05 -0500
New York Public Library Releases Top Checkouts of All Time https://news.hamlethub.com/katonah/life/5293-new-york-public-library-releases-top-checkouts-of-all-time5293-new-york-public-library-releases-top-checkouts-of-all-time https://news.hamlethub.com/katonah/life/5293-new-york-public-library-releases-top-checkouts-of-all-time5293-new-york-public-library-releases-top-checkouts-of-all-time

Classic Children’s Story The Snowy Day tops The New York Public Library’s All-Time Checkouts List

The top 10 list kicks off the Library’s year-long 125th-anniversary celebration

The beloved, innovative, award-winning children’s story—written and illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats—is the most checked out book in The New York Public Library’s 125-year history. 

A team of experts at the Library analyzed a series of factors to compile—for the first time ever—the 10 books that have been borrowed most since The New York Public Library was founded in 1895. Today’s release of the list—as well as a limited-edition library card and MetroCard featuring artwork from The Snowy Day—launch a year-long celebration of The New York Public Library’s 125th anniversary. 

The year will focus on appreciating and reaffirming the Library’s values of trust, inclusion, respect, and free and open access to information and knowledge, as well as its unique role supporting a true love of reading. The celebration will include special author talks, book lists, public programs, the much-anticipated reopening of the system’s completely renovated central circulating library, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library, and the opening of the Polonsky Exhibition of The New York Public Library Treasures, a permanent, free exhibition showcasing items from the Library’s robust research collections. 

More information on plans is available at nypl.org/125.

To develop the list of most checked out books, the Library evaluated a series of key factors—including historic checkout and circulation data (for all formats, including e-books), overall trends, current events, popularity, length of time in print, and presence in the Library catalog. The full list:

  1. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats / 485,583 checkouts
  2. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss / 469,650 checkouts

  3. 1984 by George Orwell / 441,770 checkouts

  4. Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak / 436,016 checkouts

  5. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee  / 422,912 checkouts

  6. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White / 337,948 checkouts

  7. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury / 316,404 checkouts

  8. How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie / 284,524 checkouts

  9. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling / 231,022 checkouts

  10. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle / 189,550 checkouts

The list also includes an honorable mention: children’s book Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, which would have been among the system’s top checkouts if not for an odd piece of history: extremely influential New York Public Library children’s librarian Anne Carroll Moore disliked the story so much when it was published in 1947 that the Library didn’t carry it . . . until 1972. 

“For 125 years, the Library has uniquely sparked, supported, and fostered a true love of reading in the people of New York City and beyond,” said New York Public Library President Anthony W. Marx. “Among our many roles, we look to connect people with the stories that capture their imaginations, take them places, stay with them over time, encourage them to keep turning pages, and greatly impact and shape their lives. The books on this list have transcended generations and, much like the Library itself, are as relevant today as they were when they first arrived. This list tells us something about New Yorkers over the last 125 years—what moves them, what excites them, what stands the test of time. It’s a perfect way to kick off our celebration of the Library’s 125th anniversary . . . and it’s just the beginning.”

The Snowy Day

The Snowy Day, in print and in the Library’s catalog continuously since 1962, is a charming, beautifully-illustrated tale of a child enjoying the simple magic that snow brings to his city. It is one of the Library’s top circulated books every year (across all neighborhoods). Andrew Medlar, director of the Library’s BookOps selection team and one of the experts who helped compile the list, attributes the book’s success to its universal appeal, its fame (being a Caldecott winner and one of the earliest examples of diversity in children’s books), its wide availability in other languages, and its many years in print. 

“At the end of the day, though, it’s all about the story, and it is absolutely brilliantly told,” Medlar said. “It is such a relatable story, and pure magic for kids and adults alike. It’s on people’s radar screens, they remember when they first heard it, and they want to share that experience with their kids. And the artwork is just gorgeous.” 

To celebrate the top checkout, all 92 New York Public Library locations are offering a special, limited-edition The Snowy Day library card beginning today (existing cardholders can move their accounts to the new card for a $1 donation). And a special edition MTA MetroCard will be available this week in the following 10 stations across the five boroughs:

  • Grand Central – 42nd St (S,4,5,6,7)

  • 42nd St Bryant Park (B,D,F,M)

  • 34th St Penn Station (1,2,3)

  • 59th St Columbus Circle (A,B,C,D)

  • 3rd Ave – 149th St (2,5)

  • St. George Terminal (Staten Island Railway)

  • Broadway-Lafayette St (B,D,F,M)

  • 125th St (4,5,6)

  • Jay St MetroTech (A,C,F,R)

  • Sutphin Blvd. Archer Ave (E,J,Z)

Both special edition cards are limited and available while supplies last. 

Additionally, branches will hold special storytime and craft programming around The Snowy Day in January and February.

“For The Snowy Day to be recognized as the most checked out book in the history of The New York Public Library would have been for Ezra Jack Keats, as it is for us at the EJK Foundation, the highest honor he could ever receive,” said Deborah Pope, executive director of the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation. “As a young boy, Ezra found a safe haven and inspiration in the public library. Part of his legacy has been to extend the welcome of public libraries by creating books that reflect the diverse faces of the children who use the library. The popularity of children’s books on this top ten list shows that literacy and the love of reading is a high priority for all of us in New York City’s and we, along with the beloved NYPL, are happy to help achieve this goal.” 

Key Factors

According to Medlar, there are several key criteria that seem to influence whether a book is a top checkout:

  • Length: The shorter the book, the more turnover, or circulation (this is why children’s books are often amongst the most circulated). The adult books on the list tend to be shorter, such as 1984 and To Kill A Mockingbird

  • Length of time in print: Clearly, the longer a story is in print, the longer the public has to check it out. The oldest book on the list is Dale Carnegie’s ultimate self-help book, How to Win Friends and Influence People, which has been in print continuously since 1936. The newest book is Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, which came out in the United States in 1998 and was only able to crack this list because it was an absolute phenomenon. 

  • Languages available: In a city like New York City, the more languages offered means more checkouts.

  • Universal appeal: The more a story appeals to a wide variety of tastes, the more checkouts it will receive.

  • Current events: Particularly with adult books, what is happening in the world greatly impacts checkouts. 1984 and Fahrenheit 451 see spikes in circulation depending on what’s happening in the world, and have currently seen increased popularity due to the rise of dystopian fiction, particularly in teen books.

  • School: If a book has been on school lists for many decades, it is more likely to be a top checkout. 

  • Awards and acknowledgment: Awards generate awareness and excitement, which also generate checkouts. Several of the books on the list are Caldecott winners, for example.


kerry@ducey.org (NYPL) Life Mon, 13 Jan 2020 08:27:46 -0500
Harvey Hosting Forum on Dangers of Youth Vaping January 14 https://news.hamlethub.com/katonah/events/5288-harvey-hosting-forum-on-dangers-of-youth-vaping-january-145288-harvey-hosting-forum-on-dangers-of-youth-vaping-january-14 https://news.hamlethub.com/katonah/events/5288-harvey-hosting-forum-on-dangers-of-youth-vaping-january-145288-harvey-hosting-forum-on-dangers-of-youth-vaping-january-14

The Harvey Parent Association, in coordination with the American Lung Association, is inviting area parents to a special presentation of “What Parents Need to Know About Vaping” on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m.

The presentation will offer parents of middle school and high school students practical information about vaping, vape pens, e-cigarettes, JUUL, how to spot the signs that their child may already be vaping and how to talk to their child about the dangers of vaping.

Vaping among young people is reaching epidemic proportions with an estimated 5,700 kids starting to vape every single day, according to the American Lung Association. Misconceptions, peer pressure, and marketing tactics all contribute to the staggering rise of vaping among our youth, and it is vital that we are proactive in educating them on the dangers of e-cigarette use, the association says.

The special program, to be held in the Lasdon Theater of Harvey’s Walker Center for the Arts, will feature a panel discussion with American Lung Association representatives and Harvey’s Head of School Bill Knauer, Dean of Upper School Gary Dunn, and Dean of Middle School Dr. Stephanie Metz.

The event is free and open to all parents in the surrounding community. In order to reserve a seat, individuals are asked to register at https://www.harveyschool.org/arts/harvey-presents/vaping

kerry@ducey.org (Harvey School) Events Fri, 10 Jan 2020 12:02:16 -0500
Free Admission to the Katonah Museum of Art every 3rd Thursday of the month https://news.hamlethub.com/katonah/places/5290-free-admission-to-the-katonah-museum-of-art-every-3rd-thursday-of-the-month5290-free-admission-to-the-katonah-museum-of-art-every-3rd-thursday-of-the-month https://news.hamlethub.com/katonah/places/5290-free-admission-to-the-katonah-museum-of-art-every-3rd-thursday-of-the-month5290-free-admission-to-the-katonah-museum-of-art-every-3rd-thursday-of-the-month

FREE Admission Third Thursdays at KMA
Beginning January 16, 2020, the Katonah Museum of Art will roll out its #ThirdThursday program to provide free admission to all visitors on the third Thursday of every month. 
Click here for more information.
The Katonah Museum of Art is located at 134 Jay Street, Katonah, NY
kerry@ducey.org (KMA) Places Fri, 10 Jan 2020 06:22:20 -0500
RA Faculty Learn a New Approach to Curriculum Design at Harvard Graduate School of Education https://news.hamlethub.com/katonah/neighbors/5289-ra-faculty-learn-a-new-approach-to-curriculum-design-at-harvard-graduate-school-of-education5289-ra-faculty-learn-a-new-approach-to-curriculum-design-at-harvard-graduate-school-of-education https://news.hamlethub.com/katonah/neighbors/5289-ra-faculty-learn-a-new-approach-to-curriculum-design-at-harvard-graduate-school-of-education5289-ra-faculty-learn-a-new-approach-to-curriculum-design-at-harvard-graduate-school-of-education

After preparing for a great start to the school year for their students, a team of six Ridgefield Academy (RA) faculty members also went back to school — to Harvard Graduate School of Education — for an online professional development course called Teaching for Understanding: Educating for the Unknown.

A New Approach to Curriculum Design

By taking the course, developed by HGSE Project Zero’s Tina Blythe, the RA instructors learned a new approach to curriculum design that goes beyond the simple relay of information between teachers and students. The course challenged the RA team to help students develop transferable knowledge and skills they can apply in situations they have never encountered before. Using the Teaching for Understanding framework, the team developed an interdisciplinary unit on space exploration that fosters deeper, more transferable learning for their classes. The process engaged the RA team in educational discourse with approximately 50 teams from schools around the world.

“I consider myself a lifelong learner. Taking this course has opened my mind to a whole new level of thinking. It has enhanced the way I think about what I teach. Giving my students more autonomy in the classroom has allowed for a greater investment in their learning. That is something truly lifeworthy,” said Upper School Mathematics Teacher Adele Dominicus.

Lifeworthy Education

The impetus for taking the Harvard course came from the Ridgefield Academy and Landmark Preschool all faculty summer read, Future Wise: Educating Our Children for a Changing World, written by David Perkins, a professor at Harvard Graduate School of Education. The book challenged RA and Landmark educators to consider the “life worthiness” of what they teach – whether the information is likely to matter in a student’s future.

“It is exciting to be a part of a faculty group that is challenging every assumption that we make about schools, what and how we teach in them, and the purpose of education today and tomorrow, and we’re already looking forward to another cohort of teachers taking the next offering of the course early in 2020,” said Director of The Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning Basil Kolani.

The Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning is at the heart of the RA experience. The Center ensures that RA programming is cutting-edge and forward thinking, is informed by the latest research, and continues to find new ways for students to have defining and unique experiences. The course aligned well with the three focus areas of the Center, which are curriculum design, learning support and enrichment, and continual teacher growth.

Understanding as a Goal of Contemporary Education

The RA team explored the nature of understanding as a central goal of contemporary education, considered what they should teach to foster understanding, and how to prioritize content. They learned how to design learning experiences that foster true understanding.

Grade 4 History and Math Teacher Nancy Freyre and Grade 4 English and Language Arts Teacher Stacy Hynes found the course provided a framework to embed the well-developed and thoughtful instruction RA teachers are already doing. “It encouraged me to hone in on what it is I want students to fully understand not only each day, but throughout a unit and even the year, and how a variety of assessment methods can be linked to showing (and further practicing!) this understanding. It was also an important nudge to all of us to design learning experiences that allow our students to develop the ability and confidence to communicate, create, collaborate, and think critically. These are the skills that will be necessary for their futures,” said Grade 4 History and Math Teacher Nancy Freyre.

“The framework helps me to better focus instruction and thus helps the students be more focused on goals and understandings and ultimately learn better. I also rethought assessment and the many types of assessment and the goal of assessment. I have a new unit that I will start in a few weeks in which I have been able to plan completely within the TfU framework,” said Grade 4 English and Language Arts teacher Stacy Hynes.

The result of the team implementing what they learned through the course in their classrooms is that their students are placed in control of their own learning. For instance, in Mrs. Clasby’s Grade 3 class, writing students developed their own rubric, a guide that listed the specific criteria for different levels of success. The rubric included instructions such as “use dialogue, end all sentences with proper punctuation, use a good intriguing title, and describe your characters.” Mrs. Dominicus’s Grade 8 Geometry class created a rubric for a project on logic and advertising that listed the following criteria for high marks: many correct details for the conditionals, each form for the slogan is shown (conditional, converse, inverse, and contrapositive), and writing and mechanics are neat and clean. The teachers know what they wanted their students to take away from their project and this is part of the assessment strategy.

The challenge for educators today is much greater than simply relaying content information to their students. Teachers are preparing students for a future that cannot yet be defined. The challenge is now to instruct for greater understanding while preparing students with lifeworthy skills they will apply in the situations, classrooms, and the jobs of the future. RA teachers, with the help of The Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning and professional development courses such as this are well equipped to meet that challenge.

The Ridgefield Academy and Landmark Preschool community celebrates childhood, pursues excellence, and cultivates kindness. Our education program is intellectually inspiring, and we foster joyful learning and mutual respect in all that we do. We empower each student to rise to their authentic self, preparing confident graduates who shape their future with ingenuity and integrity.

kerry@ducey.org (Andrea Grady) Neighbors Fri, 10 Jan 2020 02:03:00 -0500
Local High School Students Exhibit Work at Katonah Museum or Art, February 9 - March 1 https://news.hamlethub.com/katonah/life/5287-local-high-school-students-exhibit-work-at-katonah-museum-or-art-february-9-march-15287-local-high-school-students-exhibit-work-at-katonah-museum-or-art-february-9-march-1 https://news.hamlethub.com/katonah/life/5287-local-high-school-students-exhibit-work-at-katonah-museum-or-art-february-9-march-15287-local-high-school-students-exhibit-work-at-katonah-museum-or-art-february-9-march-1

Katonah Museum of Art Young Artists Exhibit February 9 – March 1, 2020

Opening Reception: Sunday, February 9, 3-5pm.
Now in its 37th year, this exhibition of senior high school students' artwork gives aspiring artists an opportunity to participate in all aspects of a museum exhibition. With the guidance of professionals, the young artists organize, publicize, curate and install their own exhibition of nearly 400 artworks from 40 regional schools. 
Contact education@katonahmuseum.org to learn how your school can participate. 
kerry@ducey.org (KMA) Life Thu, 09 Jan 2020 09:28:52 -0500
Climate Education Project Lecture at Katonah Village Library https://news.hamlethub.com/katonah/events/5286-climate-education-project-lecture-at-katonah-village-library5286-climate-education-project-lecture-at-katonah-village-library https://news.hamlethub.com/katonah/events/5286-climate-education-project-lecture-at-katonah-village-library5286-climate-education-project-lecture-at-katonah-village-library

Monthly Lecture at the Katonah Village Library. A presentation on Climate Change. Join us for our monthly lecture presentation at the Katonah Village Library as we explore the essential facts we need to know to understand global warming and climate change, including the role humans play compared to nature, the current and future consequences and their projected timeline, viable clean energy options to fossil fuels, and finally, specific actions that we can take both as groups and individually to mitigate the damage and protect future generations.

The presenter for the evening is Robert Whittaker, a recently retired trial attorney who specialty included cases involving complex scientific and medical issues. Trying hundreds of such cases, Mr. Whittaker became skilled at explaining scientific concepts and data in language and using illustrations that non-scientists can easily understand. He now uses that skill as a presenter for the Climate Education Project (CEP).

Wednesday, January 8th, 7:30 pm. Katonah Village Library. Cost: Free. Advance registration is not required. Join us at 7:00 pm for refreshments.

commandercarey@gmail.com (Bedford Audubon Society) Events Tue, 07 Jan 2020 14:04:30 -0500
Boy Scout Troop 1 Lewisboro Holds Court of Honor for New Eagle Scouts Ryan Comstock and Jack Mango https://news.hamlethub.com/katonah/neighbors/5285-boy-scout-troop-1-lewisboro-holds-court-of-honor-for-new-eagle-scouts-ryan-comstock-and-jack-mango5285-boy-scout-troop-1-lewisboro-holds-court-of-honor-for-new-eagle-scouts-ryan-comstock-and-jack-mango https://news.hamlethub.com/katonah/neighbors/5285-boy-scout-troop-1-lewisboro-holds-court-of-honor-for-new-eagle-scouts-ryan-comstock-and-jack-mango5285-boy-scout-troop-1-lewisboro-holds-court-of-honor-for-new-eagle-scouts-ryan-comstock-and-jack-mango

New Eagle Scouts Ryan Comstock and Jack Mango are Honored

Boy Scouts of America Troop 1 Lewisboro held a Court of Honor on January 4th to celebrate two new Eagle Scouts: Ryan Comstock and Jack Mango, both of South Salem. They were the 101st and 102nd Troop 1 Scouts to achieve the top rank since the Troop’s first Eagle Scout in 1953. Nationally, only about 5% of Boy Scouts advance to the rank of Eagle Scout.

The ceremony was held at the South Salem Presbyterian Church, where Troop 1 regularly meets. Guest speakers included George Latimer, Westchester County Executive ; Kitley Covill, Westchester County Legislator, Maureen Koehl, Lewisboro Town Historian; and Jay Singer, Leading Knight Mid-Westchester Elks Lodge #535. Troop 1 Senior Patrol Leader, Clayton Hadlock, served as Master of Ceremonies, along with Scoutmaster Peter Hadlock and Assistant Scoutmaster Larry Mango.

Ryan Comstock served as a Senior Patrol Leader and Troop Guide during his years with Troop 1. He graduated from John Jay High School in the class of 2019 and is currently a freshman attending James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Ryan served his community for 12 years while in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, volunteering at many town events, and participating as a three season Varsity athlete at John Jay High School. He is also a Volunteer Firefighter and was Junior Firefighter of the Year in 2018 with the South Salem Fire Department.

Ryan’s Eagle service project beneficiary is the Lewisboro Parks and Recreation Department. He designed and constructed a Gaga pit at Lewisboro Town Park. A Gaga pit is a wooden structure in the shape of an octagon that is 3 feet tall with each side being 8 feet long. Gaga is a very popular game that kids of all ages can play that can only be played in this type of pit. The children in the community benefit from having access to this game as well as Lewisboro Day Camp. Over the summer, the Gaga pit was well used and appreciated by campers and children who visited the Town Park. 

Ryan Comstock said,I thought of the idea of a Gaga pit and immediately shared it with the Lewisboro Parks and Recreation Department. After fully explaining the game and the structure that needed to be built, the Board was in support. The planning process was rigorous, but I enjoyed it, as well as the satisfaction of seeing the results of the troops’ work. I am very happy I could share this with the children of our community.” 

Jack Mango is 18 years old and has been active in Scouting for 12 years. He attends John Jay High School, where he is on the honor roll, in the National Honor Society, and is active in many activities including Varsity Track and Cross Country. He has enjoyed camping, backpacking and hiking with the Troop since his first campout at Onatru Farm in 2011. His favorite Scout outing was a backpacking overnight through the Devil’s Pass in the Shawangunk Mountains. At Camp Read, where he attended summer camp, he fondly recalls winning three BOSS (Best of Scouting Skills) awards with his Troop. Over the years he has held various leadership positions in the Troop including Librarian, Webmaster, Quartermaster, and Troop Guide. For his Eagle Scout Service project, he created a system of wayfinding and informational kiosks for the trail system within Ward Pound Ridge Reservation. As he is often running there with the JJHS Cross Country team, he was inspired to work on a project in WPR. He worked closely with the Park Supervisor and the Town Historian on the project and thanks his friends and fellow Scouts for their assistance in completing the project.

Jack Mango said, "I designed nine informational wayfinding signs for my project in Ward Pound Ridge Reservation. One of the largest in Westchester County, the park is rich with history dating back centuries and is often the destination for hikers from all around. Unfortunately, it’s hard to find most of the park’s history outside of books and articles. I designed my signs to inform visitors about some of the most popular sites, such as the Leatherman’s Cave, Boutonville Oak, and Old Mill Site. Over the workdays, we built the signs and installed them on 9 miles of trails throughout the park. I’m very thankful for all those who helped me through the process —   I couldn’t have done it without all of you.” 

Left to right: Jack Mango, Ryan Comstock — Photo by Paul Mango.
kerry@ducey.org (submitted) Neighbors Tue, 07 Jan 2020 05:59:27 -0500
Kindergarten Through Grade 8 In-House Open House at Ridgefield Academy https://news.hamlethub.com/katonah/events/5283-kindergarten-through-grade-8-in-house-open-house-at-ridgefield-academy5283-kindergarten-through-grade-8-in-house-open-house-at-ridgefield-academy https://news.hamlethub.com/katonah/events/5283-kindergarten-through-grade-8-in-house-open-house-at-ridgefield-academy5283-kindergarten-through-grade-8-in-house-open-house-at-ridgefield-academy

At Ridgefield Academy, imaginations flourish and academic excellence takes root! Learn how your child can be encouraged and challenged to expand the boundaries of their capabilities during our In-House Open House on Thursday, January 16, from 8:45-11:00 am. An In-House Open House offers parents an opportunity to explore a day in the life of an RA student by sitting in on classes, meeting our teachers and administrators, and hearing from students in each of our divisions. Come and learn what lies ahead for your child in kindergarten through Grade 8!

Research proves that a strong, early academic foundation is critical to ensure future success in high school, college and beyond. Ridgefield Academy’s inspiring and empowering academic curriculum and rich arts programs helps students in Kindergarten-Grade 8 build that foundation. RA's Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning ensures that our program is cutting-edge and forward-thinking, is informed by the latest research, and continues to find new ways for students to have defining and unique experiences. A strong emphasis on communication and language arts using the Harkness table, accelerated math program, public speaking and leadership training, character development through service learning, a student-student buddy system, and athletics are all a part of the RA student experience. Our entire community is dedicated to helping students build the necessary skills to become accomplished leaders, public speakers, and critical thinkers. RA students graduate as authentically self-assured individuals who have a strong sense of self, exceptional confidence, and are prepared for what comes next.

To learn more and to RSVP, please visit https://www.ridgefieldacademy.org/open-house.

The Ridgefield Academy and Landmark Preschool community celebrates childhood, pursues excellence, and cultivates kindness. Our educational program is intellectually inspiring, and we foster joyful learning and mutual respect in all that we do. We empower each student to rise to their authentic self, preparing confident graduates who shape their future with ingenuity and integrity. RSVP today!

kerry@ducey.org (Andrea Grady) Events Tue, 07 Jan 2020 04:06:44 -0500
Learn about Vaping and Our Kids at Harvey School in Katonah https://news.hamlethub.com/katonah/events/5284-learn-about-vaping-and-our-kids-at-harvey-school-in-katonah5284-learn-about-vaping-and-our-kids-at-harvey-school-in-katonah https://news.hamlethub.com/katonah/events/5284-learn-about-vaping-and-our-kids-at-harvey-school-in-katonah5284-learn-about-vaping-and-our-kids-at-harvey-school-in-katonah

Harvey Parent Association Presents: Vaping and Our Kids on Tuesday, January 14 at 7pm

Representatives from The American Lung Association give a presentation and join Harvey Head of School for a panel discussion.

What Parents Should Know About Vaping is free and open to all. Please register here.

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Events Tue, 07 Jan 2020 03:33:11 -0500
State Police investigate serious New Year's Day crash on I-684 in Bedford https://news.hamlethub.com/katonah/publicsafety/5281-state-police-investigate-serious-new-year-s-day-crash-on-i-684-in-bedford5281-state-police-investigate-serious-new-year-s-day-crash-on-i-684-in-bedford https://news.hamlethub.com/katonah/publicsafety/5281-state-police-investigate-serious-new-year-s-day-crash-on-i-684-in-bedford5281-state-police-investigate-serious-new-year-s-day-crash-on-i-684-in-bedford

Bedford, New York – On January 1, 2020, the New York State Police from the Somers barracks investigated a serious personal injury motor vehicle crash on Interstate 684 in the town of Bedford.
Initial investigation found the driver, Maribel Mota, age 49, of Waterbury, CT, operating a 2019 Toyota Corolla, northbound on Interstate 684 in the area of mile marker 11.2, fell asleep while behind the wheel at approximately 11:09 a.m.  The Corolla drifted into the left guiderail then across all lanes into the right guiderail.  This caused the Corolla to spin and overturn before striking the left guiderail for a second time.
Maribel Mota and the front seat passenger Maria Mota, age 29, were secured with seatbelts, and sustained minor injuries.  Three children in the rear seats were not secured with seatbelts and sustained serious, but believed at this time to be non-life-threatening injuries.  Two of the children, a 16-year-old and an 8-year-old, were both ejected from the vehicle as it rolled both sustaining serious to critical injuries.  The 12-year-old was not ejected.
Interstate 684 was closed until approximately 2:00 p.m. while emergency services helped the victims, and the State Police processed the scene.  A detour utilizing Exit 3N for State Route 22 northbound was put in place at the time of the accident.
Bedford Fire Department, Armonk Fire Department, and Westchester Paramedics all responded to the scene to help the victims.
This remains an ongoing investigation.
kerry@ducey.org (NYS Police) Public safety Fri, 03 Jan 2020 09:05:46 -0500
Annual Meet the Media Panel with HamletHub's Margaret Carey on January 14 https://news.hamlethub.com/katonah/events/5282-annual-meet-the-media-panel-on-january-145282-annual-meet-the-media-panel-on-january-14 https://news.hamlethub.com/katonah/events/5282-annual-meet-the-media-panel-on-january-145282-annual-meet-the-media-panel-on-january-14

Professional Women of Westchester invites you to join them on January 14th for our annual Meet the Media Panel!

Moderator: Lisa Kaslyn of Prosper Communications


Valerie Abrahamas, Editor in Chief, Scarsdale Inquirer
Margaret Carey, Editor of Putnam and Northern Westchester HamletHub
Jeanne Muchnick, Food and Dining Reporter, LoHud
Susan Ross, Publisher, Westchester Senior Voice

Location: Sam's of Gedney Way
50 Gedney Way
White Plains, NY

$25 pp Non Members
$20pp PWW Members
Includes appetizers. Cash Bar.

MUST Register to Attend: www.professionalwomenofwestchester.com

PWW provides its membership with a broad array of opportunities for networking, information sharing, and professional development. All are welcome to attend this educational event.


keytocomputing@gmail.com (Professional Women of Westchester) Events Fri, 03 Jan 2020 08:06:00 -0500