Lewisboro's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/lewisboro Thu, 09 Feb 2023 04:58:28 -0500 HamletHub.com 40th Annual Young Artists Exhibition at The Katonah Museum of Art https://news.hamlethub.com/lewisboro/neighbors/2649-40th-annual-young-artists-exhibition-at-the-katonah-museum-of-art2649-40th-annual-young-artists-exhibition-at-the-katonah-museum-of-art https://news.hamlethub.com/lewisboro/neighbors/2649-40th-annual-young-artists-exhibition-at-the-katonah-museum-of-art2649-40th-annual-young-artists-exhibition-at-the-katonah-museum-of-art

Wooster students Lizzie Lee, Sophia Cilento, Shelby Bernstein, Lillian Zhao, and Sahara DiClemente have work on display at The Katonah Museum of Art (KMA) this month as part of the 40th Annual Young Artists exhibition which features the work of high school seniors from public and private schools throughout the region.

An impactful program that supports the growth of student artists, the exhibition plays an integral role in the senior experience, providing a unique opportunity for students who plan to pursue the arts beyond high school.

Because it is the 40th anniversary of the exhibition, the Museum commissioned a mural artist to work with a small group of high school students on a mural in the lobby of the museum. Lizzie Lee was one of the artists who worked with artist Tom Christopher to complete the mural. Lizzie along with Sophia Cilento also had the opportunity to participate behind-the-scenes with the mounting of the museum exhibition. The exhibition features approximately 400 senior student artworks from over 40 high schools in Dutchess, Fairfield, Putnam, Rockland, and Westchester counties.

The exhibition will be on view until February 26. Admission to this exhibition is free to the public.

To reserve general admission tickets, please click here.

To learn more, visit http://www.woosterschool.org/ or contact Wooster School Admissions at (203) 830-3916.

kerry@ducey.org (Lori Kriegel) Neighbors Wed, 08 Feb 2023 10:23:13 -0500
Charis Chamber Voices Concert https://news.hamlethub.com/lewisboro/events/2648-charis-chamber-voices-concert2648-charis-chamber-voices-concert https://news.hamlethub.com/lewisboro/events/2648-charis-chamber-voices-concert2648-charis-chamber-voices-concert


Charis Chamber Voices presents “American Elegy: Songs of the 19th and 20th Centuries.” The centerpiece of the program is Jeffrey Van’s A Procession Winding Around Me, his haunting setting of Civil War poems by Walt Whitman, for chorus and classical guitar. Black spiritual settings, songs by Stephan Foster, and other American songs round out the program. Artistic Director Jeremy Wiggins conducts, with accompaniment by Oren Fader, guitar and Terrence J. Flanagan, piano. 

Two concerts are scheduled in area churches: on Saturday, March 4 at 4:00 p.m. at Bedford Presbyterian Church, Village Green, Bedford, NY, and Sunday, March 5, at 4:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan, 178 Oenoke Ridge Road, New Canaan, CT.

Charis is an auditioned chorus of about 30 men and women from Westchester County, NY, and Fairfield County, CT. Founded in 1994, the group is renowned for its diverse repertoire, unique blend of voices and captivating performances. Dr. Wiggins is Assistant Professor of Music, Coordinator of Choral Activities and Graduate Studies, at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury.      

Tickets are $25 ($20 for seniors and $15 for students).

They may be purchased in advance through the Charis website, www.charisvocals.com, or at the door.

            Note: Charis’s singers have all received Covid-19 vaccinations. Masks are optional.

kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Events Sun, 05 Feb 2023 10:38:58 -0500
Celebrate Ground Hog Day at Muscoot Farm in Katonah! https://news.hamlethub.com/lewisboro/events/2647-celebrate-groundhog-day-at-muscoot-farm2647-celebrate-groundhog-day-at-muscoot-farm https://news.hamlethub.com/lewisboro/events/2647-celebrate-groundhog-day-at-muscoot-farm2647-celebrate-groundhog-day-at-muscoot-farm

Is Westchester County EGG-specting an early spring or six more weeks of winter? Flock to Muscoot Farm’s annual Groundhog Day celebration where all eyes will be on its weather-predicting chicken, Cluxatawney Henrietta, to see if she will lay an egg, signaling an early spring

Thursday, Feb. 2 at 10 a.m. Muscoot Farm at the outdoor stage near Activity Barn

Watch live on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/muscootfarm

For its fifth year, Muscoot Farm celebrates Groundhog Day with a twist of relying on one of its very own farm animals to predict the weather in a way that mirrors Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer said, “Muscoot Farm has put Westchester County on the map of highly anticipated Groundhog Day celebrations across the state and this tradition is a fun way for residents to acknowledge the day.”

Westchester County Parks Commissioner Kathy O’Connor said, “Year after year, Muscoot Farm has built up the excitement of Groundhog Day by putting Cluxatawney Henrietta in the spotlight and I’m thrilled that Westchester County Parks has its own weather-predicting chicken!”

Muscoot Farm Manager Jonathon Benjamin said, “Muscoot Farm loves an homage to any animal and groundhogs are no exception. Since we don’t have a groundhog at the farm, Cluxatawney Henrietta has accepted the challenge of being our resident weather-predicting animal.”

kerry@ducey.org (Westchester County) Events Mon, 30 Jan 2023 14:44:10 -0500
Navigating College Admissions Successfully in 2023 https://news.hamlethub.com/lewisboro/events/2646-navigating-college-admissions-successfully-in-20232646-navigating-college-admissions-successfully-in-2023 https://news.hamlethub.com/lewisboro/events/2646-navigating-college-admissions-successfully-in-20232646-navigating-college-admissions-successfully-in-2023

Learn how to navigate the college admissions process on Wednesday, February 15 at 7:00 pm via ZOOM

Recommended for parents and their high school teens, this presentation will help families understand how the lingering effects from the pandemic have changed the college admissions landscape for Juniors, Sophomores and Freshmen.

Learn about current college admissions trends, the importance of researching and visiting colleges to find schools that are a good fit for your child, a timeline and other action steps that can be taken to make this second half of the school year productive and help reduce the stress around the college admissions process. Hear about the importance of community service, how it can provide an opportunity for personal growth and a way to showcase a student’s character.

For more details and to register for the Zoom link, click HERE.

kerry@ducey.org (Lewisboro Library) Events Thu, 26 Jan 2023 11:42:47 -0500
Mark Saturday, March 11 on your calendar: Pluck & Rail return to Lewisboro! https://news.hamlethub.com/lewisboro/events/2645-mark-saturday-march-11-on-your-calendar-pluck-rail-return-to-lewisboro2645-mark-saturday-march-11-on-your-calendar-pluck-rail-return-to-lewisboro https://news.hamlethub.com/lewisboro/events/2645-mark-saturday-march-11-on-your-calendar-pluck-rail-return-to-lewisboro2645-mark-saturday-march-11-on-your-calendar-pluck-rail-return-to-lewisboro

The Lewisboro Library Concert Series continues with the return of Pluck & Rail to the Library Stage on Saturday, March 11!

 Tickets go on sale on February 1.

Look for the eblast from Lewisboro Library with the ticket link and details next week.

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Events Thu, 26 Jan 2023 11:39:34 -0500
Annual Meeting Featuring Lewisboro Home Movies on February 5 https://news.hamlethub.com/lewisboro/events/2644-annual-meeting-featuring-lewisboro-home-movies-on-february-52644-annual-meeting-featuring-lewisboro-home-movies-on-february-5 https://news.hamlethub.com/lewisboro/events/2644-annual-meeting-featuring-lewisboro-home-movies-on-february-52644-annual-meeting-featuring-lewisboro-home-movies-on-february-5

Lewisboro Home Movies on Sunday, February 5 at 3:00 pm 

This year’s Annual Meeting features a glimpse into Lewisboro of yesterday.

Town historian Maureen Koehl offers a look into our town’s past via a series of short films. The selection includes the bicentennial production, “Prisoner of Gilbert House,” the story of the condemned spy John Andre and his imprisonment in South Salem during the Revolutionary War.

The film features narrator Colleen Dewhurst and a cast of local actors, neighbors and friends. Also featured are scenes of Lake Waccabuc in the 1920s and ‘30s and Rye Playland.

Please register HERE.

The film presentation will be preceded by a short business meeting.

During the Annual Meeting, we will be drawing the Winning Ticket for our Taste of the Town Raffle. Winner need not be present

kerry@ducey.org (Lewisboro Library) Events Thu, 19 Jan 2023 11:35:40 -0500
Longtime South Salem resident Hank Strickrodt, 94, has died https://news.hamlethub.com/lewisboro/events/2643-longtime-south-salem-resident-hank-strickrodt-94-has-died2643-longtime-south-salem-resident-hank-strickrodt-94-has-died https://news.hamlethub.com/lewisboro/events/2643-longtime-south-salem-resident-hank-strickrodt-94-has-died2643-longtime-south-salem-resident-hank-strickrodt-94-has-died

Henry "Hank" Strickrodt, 94, longtime resident of South Salem, NY, died peacefully on Friday, January 13, 2023. Henry was born November 6, 1928, to Henry & Anni (Kampmeier) Strickrodt, in the Bronx, New York, where he lived for all of his childhood. Henry was married to his late wife Joan (Wolf) in 1951. Henry and Joan moved to South Salem, NY in 1960 after building their lifetime home on Lake Oscaleta.

Henry worked for General Electric in NYC and Bridgeport, CT as a Distributions Manager and later at Black and Decker, before retiring in the early 1980’s. 

Henry was a member of the United States Marine Corps Reserves based at Fort Schuyler in NY.  He was a longtime volunteer of the Twin Lakes Water Works and Two Lakes Club. 

After retirement, Henry enjoyed traveling the world with Joan visiting most of Europe, including Morocco and Egypt, as well as several cruises to the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, and the Intracoastal Waterway of Florida with friends. Summers were spent at their dock on the lake in Twin Lakes Village, spending time swimming, fishing, and boating with their family and friends. 

Henry is survived by his son, Mark Strickrodt, granddaughter Lynn Strickrodt and great grandsons Charles, Nathaniel, and Thomas, grandson Brian Strickrodt and wife Cathy, Diane Strickrodt, and longtime caregiver Fati Adam.

Friends and family will be received on Saturday, January 21, 2023 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Noon) at Kane Funeral Home; 25 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield. Interment will take place privately.

Contributions in Mr. Strickrodt's memory may be made to the Lewisboro Volunteer Ambulance Corps - PO Box 694; Cross River, NY 10518, http://lewisborovac.org/

kerry@ducey.org (Kane Funeral Home) Events Tue, 17 Jan 2023 04:02:44 -0500
Employed, Engaged, & Excited for the Next Journey - Aaron’s Prospector Story https://news.hamlethub.com/lewisboro/neighbors/2642-employed-engaged-excited-for-the-next-journey-aaron-s-prospector-story2642-employed-engaged-excited-for-the-next-journey-aaron-s-prospector-story https://news.hamlethub.com/lewisboro/neighbors/2642-employed-engaged-excited-for-the-next-journey-aaron-s-prospector-story2642-employed-engaged-excited-for-the-next-journey-aaron-s-prospector-story

Meaningful work is a vehicle through which we can grow, dream, and transform our lives. For many, the road to employment is filled with roadblocks and detours, revving up feelings of frustration, isolation, and insecurity. However, with the right support, and a drive to succeed, a job can help us reach our dream destination. That’s exactly what former Prospect Aaron Miller is doing with his life.

Aaron’s journey at the Prospector began over eight years ago. As a high schooler, Aaron worked nights and weekends as an usher, concessionist, and member of the Prospector’s Clean Team. The team at the Prospector soon discovered Aaron’s sparkle - or talents and passions. It was ultimately Aaron’s introduction to the Facilities team that sparked a passion for hands-on, hard work. Through performing regular maintenance and repairs around the Theater and grounds, Aaron began to shine - keeping the property in tip-top shape. From touch-up painting to landscaping, cabinet-making to concessions repairs, Aaron established a reputation as a handyman-extraordinaire. 

His technical and mechanical skills led him to Gemstone Farm - a working farm in Connecticut that partners with the Prospector to create competitive and inclusive employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Gemstone’s operation spans over 160 acres and features a garden, orchard, beehives, lakes, ponds, chickens, goats, sheep, pigs, and much more. With plenty of farm machinery and vehicles needing maintenance and upkeep, Aaron became a vital part of the Gemstone program.

The road before Aaron became clear. He put the pedal to the metal and began automotive school. Prospector’s Facilities Manager, Steven St. Germain saw the wheels turning for Aaron, and helped him kick it into high gear. “We had talked about his internship in order to get his auto mechanics license,” recalls St. Germain. “I encouraged him to pursue this to start his career and dream of working on cars. We had conversations about the future; how to save money, the importance of following your dreams while you're young, and well, leading that good life.”

A few months later, Aaron had big news to share with Steve. “One day he came in and told me he had gotten his internship and was planning a move to Florida,” says St. Germain. But there was more. Aaron proposed to his longtime girlfriend and they were moving to Florida to build a life together and pursue Aaron’s dream of becoming an automotive mechanic. 

“We’re so proud of him and how much he’s grown,” says Jane Swiatek, head of the Prospector’s Clean Team. “I am so proud and honored to have worked alongside Aaron.” The team at the Prospector will certainly miss seeing Aaron around the Theater, fixing and tinkering, working and smiling. They’re sad to see him go, but excited for the new opportunities and life he will build. 

“Between the time he told me about his plans and his leaving, we had conversations about the future,” remembers St. Germain. “How to save money, the importance of following your dreams while you're young, and well, leading that good life. The life we all want for ourselves, for others, wish for others.”

Aaron is in the driver’s seat, on the road to the good life. Enjoy the ride, Aaron!  

Learn more about The Prospector www.prospectortheater.org


A Prospect Life - Aaron Miller

kerry@ducey.org (The Prospector) Neighbors Tue, 17 Jan 2023 03:28:50 -0500
County Executive George Latimer Gives Westchester Weekly Update https://news.hamlethub.com/lewisboro/politics/2640-county-executive-george-latimer-gives-westchester-weekly-update-16733075502640-county-executive-george-latimer-gives-westchester-weekly-update-1673307550 https://news.hamlethub.com/lewisboro/politics/2640-county-executive-george-latimer-gives-westchester-weekly-update-16733075502640-county-executive-george-latimer-gives-westchester-weekly-update-1673307550

January 9, 2023 County Executive George Latimer Gives Westchester Weekly Update

 Watch full briefing here: https://youtu.be/igFXWFcokmU

During his weekly Westchester briefing, Latimer discussed:

  •          Guest: Town of Rye Supervisor Gary Zuckerman
  •          Office of Economic Development to discuss Launch1000 Initiative


The benefit to the traveling public was approximately $2.9 million

In November, Westchester County Executive George Latimer announced the return of fare-free Bee-Line buses just in time for the holidays. The program ran from November 19 through November 27, and again on December 7 through December 26. 

Over the course of the program, more than 1.7 million passengers rode the fixed route bus system, generating a 10 percent increase in ridership on weekdays and Saturdays compared to average fall 2020 ridership. Weekdays and Saturday ridership during the fare-free period reached 95 percent of pre-pandemic ridership, while Sundays were closer to 90 percent.

The free fares were also valid on Bee-Line’s ParaTransit system, a shared ride service for which reservations must be made in advance. Throughout the fare-free period, over 19,000 ParaTransit reservations were made. 

The benefit to the traveling public was about $2.8 million on the fixed route bus system and over $95,000 on ParaTransit.

Latimer said: “My Administration is constantly looking for ways to save Westchester residents money – and when it came to fare-free buses – Westchester residents certainly took advantage. By both saving some extra cash around the holiday season and taking the environmentally friendly mass transit option to get where they needed to go, our state-of-the-art Bee-line bus system showed just how valuable it is for those who live, work or visit Westchester.”  

During the summer of 2022, the County offered its first free rides program and saw a dramatic increase in ridership. The system experienced a 37 percent increase in ridership during the three-month period of June, July and August, compared to the prior three-month period in March, April and May.

The Bee-Line is Westchester County's bus system, serving over 27 million passengers annually with convenient service connecting residents to jobs, recreation, shopping and other regional transportation services. It is the second largest transit bus fleet in New York State, operated by the County’s Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPW&T).

Over 65 percent of all Westchester County residents are within walking distance of a Bee-Line bus route, making the bus both close and convenient. The system has over 3,300 bus stops and almost 60 routes. All Bee-Line buses are accessible, and designed with many accessibility features including “kneeling” buses, ramps and lifts.

commandercarey@gmail.com (Westhester County) Politics Mon, 09 Jan 2023 13:38:44 -0500
This Week On The Children's Shelf: Waiting for the next book in a Series https://news.hamlethub.com/lewisboro/life/2641-this-week-on-the-children-s-shelf-waiting-for-the-next-book-in-a-series2641-this-week-on-the-children-s-shelf-waiting-for-the-next-book-in-a-series https://news.hamlethub.com/lewisboro/life/2641-this-week-on-the-children-s-shelf-waiting-for-the-next-book-in-a-series2641-this-week-on-the-children-s-shelf-waiting-for-the-next-book-in-a-series

I love a good series. I like that there is another book to look forward to. I often read series after multiple books are out which is nice because I can run and grab the next book as soon as I finish one. Over the past few years, I’ve gotten into a few series as they were being written, so I’ve had to wait for the next book.

While I may not be the most patient person, I recommend reading a series while it is being written and following the author on social media during that process. Following the author is great because they give little glimpses into the next book. One author we follow has shared small bits of conversation from the next book giving just enough to make you really curious about where the story is going. Sometimes they share a few deleted scenes from the book as well.

The authors tend to do a lot of buildup on social media prior to the release of the next book. If the previous books are already best sellers, the authors may do pre-order incentives. We’ve preordered multiple books in Shannon Messenger’s “Keeper of the Lost Cities” series and Messenger does a great pre-order incentive (which has been different for each book so it’s worth pre-ordering all of them). When you pre-order the book and send in your receipt, you may receive a signed bookplate sticker, other stickers related to the book, a drawing of a character, or other items that make young readers excited about the book to come. The authors also will share social media if they are doing a book tour or online book discussions.

While it is exciting to be able to race through an entire series, reading one as it is being written brings its own excitement. All of these things build anticipation for a book and make young (and older) readers so excited to read the next book. Waiting for the next book builds anticipation and teaches readers like me patience.

Jessica Collins is an award-winning writer and photographer. Follow Collin's reading journey On The Children's Shelf HERE.

kerry@ducey.org (Jessica Collins) Life Sat, 07 Jan 2023 06:55:17 -0500
Enter Lewisboro Library’s Taste of the Town raffle for a chance to win an assortment of local restaurant gift certificates! https://news.hamlethub.com/lewisboro/neighbors/2639-enter-lewisboro-library-s-taste-of-the-town-raffle-for-a-chance-to-win-an-assortment-of-local-restaurant-gift-certificates2639-enter-lewisboro-library-s-taste-of-the-town-raffle-for-a-chance-to-win-an-assortment-of-local-restaurant-gift-certificates https://news.hamlethub.com/lewisboro/neighbors/2639-enter-lewisboro-library-s-taste-of-the-town-raffle-for-a-chance-to-win-an-assortment-of-local-restaurant-gift-certificates2639-enter-lewisboro-library-s-taste-of-the-town-raffle-for-a-chance-to-win-an-assortment-of-local-restaurant-gift-certificates

“Taste of the Town” returns for 2023!

 Enter the Lewisboro Library’s “Taste of the Town” Raffle for a chance to win an assortment of local restaurant gift certificates. Perfect for dining in or ordering to go.

The Raffle is a great way to sample the finest dining at our area’s best restaurants. 

The winner will receive a package that includes the following gift certificates:


  • Prize has a retail value of over $350
  • Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased at the Library or online HERE.
  • (Weather permitting, you may also find “pop-up” sales tables in Town.)
  • We will draw the winning ticket at the Annual Meeting on Sunday, February 5. The winner need not be present.
  • Tickets are on sale now. Online ticket sales end Saturday, February 4, but tickets will be available for sale at the Annual Meeting.

Buy your tickets HERE so you can be a winner – and graze your way through the long winter!


kerry@ducey.org (Lewisboro Library) Neighbors Fri, 06 Jan 2023 11:16:02 -0500
Prospector spreads its mission through local partnerships: spotlight on J. Mulvaney Plumbing and Heating https://news.hamlethub.com/lewisboro/charities/2638-prospector-spreads-its-mission-through-partnerships-spotlight-on-j-mulvaney-plumbing-and-heating2638-prospector-spreads-its-mission-through-partnerships-spotlight-on-j-mulvaney-plumbing-and-heating https://news.hamlethub.com/lewisboro/charities/2638-prospector-spreads-its-mission-through-partnerships-spotlight-on-j-mulvaney-plumbing-and-heating2638-prospector-spreads-its-mission-through-partnerships-spotlight-on-j-mulvaney-plumbing-and-heating

Spirit, Strength, & Sparkle - J. Mulvaney Plumbing and Heating

Take a walk on Prospect Street and you’ll pass by the Prospector Theater. When you do, pause for a moment to find the “Brick Walkway'' right below the 1930s-inspired front facade. Among hundreds of bricks, you will notice dozens of local Ridgefield businesses are represented.

The Prospector's success and sparkle are boosted through the community support they receive from donations, grants, and sponsorships. By collaborating with businesses through their sponsorship program, the Prospector shares its mission and model with more employers, allowing them to see how sparkle can benefit their bottom line.

One local Ridgefield business has supported the Prospector from the beginning, deeply believing in its mission and goals. 

J. Mulvaney Plumbing and Heating signed on as a Prospector sponsor when the Theater opened in 2014. Both Prospector and Mulvaney provide exceptional services to Ridgefield and the surrounding community, and together they’ve combined to form a collaborative partnership that betters both businesses.

“Our mission of competitive and integrated employment is possible because of the support of our community,” says James Mase, the Director of Community & Corporate Engagement. “J. Mulvaney has fully supported our mission and sparkle from the beginning and their sponsorship is the perfect example of the success of the program.”

With thousands of weekly moviegoers flocking to Prospect Street for the latest blockbuster, the 25,000-square-foot facility relies on efficient systems and regular maintenance. For any plumbing and heating need, the Prospector taps J. Mulvaney Plumbing and Heating to quickly and efficiently diagnose and fix the problem.

And as a sponsor, J. Mulvaney receives in-Theater signage, pre-show recognition, social media collaborations, and other sparkling surprises. These marketing tools help to promote J. Mulvaney’s industry-leading knowledge and service, demonstrated through work performed for the Prospector Theater. 

When you find the J. Mulvaney brick outside the Theater, you’ll notice they chose a simple message to engrave: “Spirit, Strength, Sparkle!”.

Joe and Joann Mulvaney - pillars of the Ridgefield community - love being a part of the Prospector's success and the value the Theater has added to the community. Joe says, “working with the Prospector Theater and getting to know many of the Prospects has been a very rewarding experience. Ridgefield is fortunate to have this business and its wonderful employees - you all are the sparkly gems of our town!”

With the mission in mind, J. Mulvaney has supported the jobs of hundreds of Prospects, who in return, use their sparkle to create magical moviegoing experiences for Ridgefield residents. Two organizations, coming together, pushing the community further in 2023. Just wait and see what they have planned for the April 7th release of the Super Mario Bros. Movie…

If you are interested in learning more about sponsorship opportunities at the Prospector, email James Mase at james.mase@prospectortheater.org.

kerry@ducey.org (The Prospector) Charities Thu, 05 Jan 2023 10:46:18 -0500
The Maritime Aquarium Welcomes New Harbor Seals https://news.hamlethub.com/lewisboro/places/2637-the-maritime-aquarium-welcomes-new-harbor-seals2637-the-maritime-aquarium-welcomes-new-harbor-seals https://news.hamlethub.com/lewisboro/places/2637-the-maritime-aquarium-welcomes-new-harbor-seals2637-the-maritime-aquarium-welcomes-new-harbor-seals

The Maritime Aquarium is celebrating the New Year with some new faces. This week, adult harbor seals Feisty and Gracie were introduced to the aquarium’s largest exhibit, Pinniped Cove.  

Both seals came to The Maritime Aquarium from ABQ BioPark in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Feisty is a gentle 33-year-old male. He is the second male to call The Maritime Aquarium home in its 35 year history, and is currently the only male in Pinniped Cove. Gracie is a curious 20-year-old female. She was rescued off the coast of Maine after suffering an injury to her optic nerve that left her unable to survive in the wild.  

“This is an extremely exciting moment for The Maritime Aquarium,” said Senior Trainer Dylan Salamone. “Gracie and Feisty are the first new seals to be introduced to the group since 2005, and they have acclimated to their new home quicker than we expected. We hope you’ll visit them as they continue to explore Pinniped Cove.”  

Prior to being introduced to their new habitat, they underwent a 30 day quarantine to protect the health of the harbor seals already living there. Once the quarantine was complete, Feisty and Gracie were slowly introduced to the other seals through a safety gate that connects the holding pools behind the exhibit.  

Since Feisty and Gracie are both blind, they were given ample time to explore their new home and map their surroundings without the other seals. This process went exceptionally well with Feisty and Gracie displaying signs of comfort within minutes of entering Pinniped Cove. After they acclimated to their new surroundings, they were joined by the aquarium’s other seals – Rasal, Ariel, Polly, Tillie, and Leila. 

Pinniped Cove opened in June of 2021. It is eight times larger than the aquarium’s previous exhibit and allows guests to view the seals from three sides and two levels. Visitors can watch Seal Training Demonstrations at the exhibit daily at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. For more info, visit www.maritimeaquarium.org

kerry@ducey.org (Emily Lavin) Places Thu, 05 Jan 2023 09:21:14 -0500
How A High School Field Trip to The Prospector Led to Jobs https://news.hamlethub.com/lewisboro/neighbors/2636-how-a-high-school-field-trip-to-the-prospector-led-to-jobs2636-how-a-high-school-field-trip-to-the-prospector-led-to-jobs https://news.hamlethub.com/lewisboro/neighbors/2636-how-a-high-school-field-trip-to-the-prospector-led-to-jobs2636-how-a-high-school-field-trip-to-the-prospector-led-to-jobs

For the parents of children with disabilities, many sleepless nights can be attributed to the question: “what happens when my child finishes school?” The basis of a healthy and independent lifestyle is meaningful employment, and without the prospect of a job, the future can be uncertain and worrisome for people with disabilities and their families.

For those of us who have experienced employment for most of our working-aged lives, we might take the benefits of meaningful work for granted. Jobs provide us with independence, community, purpose, belonging, and the paychecks needed to achieve a higher quality of life. For millions of people with disabilities and their loved ones, these joys might seem like a pipe dream; around 80% of Americans with disabilities are without jobs.

Transition programs in high schools are designed to prepare young people with disabilities (up to 22 years old) for the workplace. Despite the best effort of these programs, a terrifying gap exists between aging out of educational services and finding competitive employment. “As a parent of a high school senior with Down Syndrome, the consideration of graduation was overwhelming,” reveals Melissa Ettere-Showah, Prospector’s Events Manager.

Melissa works at the Prospector with her high school-aged daughter, Brooklyn. “I wondered how she would perceive all her friends going off to college and if she'd feel left out. Brooklyn getting a job this past April at the Prospector alleviated all my concerns. She has grown so much since she started working here and now has a whole new network of friendships who have become like a second family to her. I see her potential as endless.”

Creating hundreds of jobs is just one way that the Prospector is trying to change the employment landscape for people with disabilities. A huge part of their strategy is educational programming, designed to make school communities more accessible, inclusive, integrated, and supportive of all students.

Over 15,000 students have participated in Prospector service-learning programs since opening, each experience custom-tailored to match classroom objectives. Their Transition Program serves as a resource for how to find, retain, and/or create meaningful employment in their community.

“Everyone - teachers, students, parents - recognizes that after graduation, there are not many opportunities to work and be supported in the employment process,” says James Mase, Prospector’s Director of Corporate & Community Engagement at the Prospector. James found his way to the Prospector after working several years as an educator, motivated to find solutions to the challenges his students would face upon graduating. “So many individuals with disabilities are worried about life after school. It was a constant question; what happens after someone ages out?”

Most recently, it was at James’ alma mater - New Canaan High School - where these questions were being asked. New Canaan High students, Mark and Ethan, both had questions about their futures prior to a school field trip to the Prospector. But after a day spent touring the Prospector and hearing from the Human Resources team, Mark and Ethan soon discovered they could transform their sparkle into a job. Both were participants in a transition-focused service learning program offered by the Prospector. During these sessions, members of the Prospector’s Human Resources department welcome local, high school transition programs to learn about the process of applying for a job, how to request accommodations, what employers want to see in an application, as well as the various roles offered at the Prospector. 

Now, both Ethan and Mark are proud Prospects.

Ethan, a natural people-person, works regularly in the box office and concessions stand, and also as an usher, where he greets, seats, and interacts with thousands of weekly moviegoers.

Mark has transformed his love of cinema into roles in the projection booth and front-of-house. In fact, Mark has left his mark on the Prospector by reimagining their DVD wall - an art installation made of DVD movies, inspired by the era of video rental stores and designed to use movies as a conversation starter. The wall is a stop along all service learning tours, where Prospects use the installation to connect with students through the shared love of movies. Mark’s journey has now come full circle, further underscoring the importance of Prospector’s educational outreach.

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable contributions fuel the mission and model of the Prospector. Tax-deductible donations to the Prospector are invested into programs like service learning. With your support, Prospector will continue to change the employment landscape for thousands of young people with disabilities and their families in our community and across the world.

* To make a donation to the Prospector, click here.

* To begin the Service Learning booking process, please fill out our Service Learning Form or email Kathleen Eubanks kathleen.eubanks@prospectortheater.org

* To book your next service learning experience, visit prospectortheater.org/servicelearning 

The Prospector is improving the employment landscape for people with disabilities. With your support, we can continue our work and create jobs for millions more. Click here to support our mission!

The Prospector Theater, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, provides meaningful employment to people with disabilities through the operation of a premium, first-run movie theater located in the heart of historic downtown Ridgefield, Connecticut.




kerry@ducey.org (Prospector) Neighbors Tue, 27 Dec 2022 12:43:02 -0500
Celebrate the New Year with a First Day Hike https://news.hamlethub.com/lewisboro/life/2635-celebrate-the-new-year-with-a-first-day-hike2635-celebrate-the-new-year-with-a-first-day-hike https://news.hamlethub.com/lewisboro/life/2635-celebrate-the-new-year-with-a-first-day-hike2635-celebrate-the-new-year-with-a-first-day-hike

Looking forward to a fresh start in 2023? Why not plan for something fun on New Year's Day?

Celebrate the new year in the outdoors with a First Day Hike at one of the many events across the state and nation 

DEC, State Parks, and the Canal Corporation invite New Yorkers to kick off 2023 by participating in one of the many hikes being held at state parks, historic sites, wildlife areas, trails, and public lands across the Empire State.

The 12th annual event includes options for hikes that are staff - or volunteer-led hikes, with some locations offering multiple options allowing people the time and space to enjoy natures' winter wonders.

Most walks and hikes are family-friendly, and typically range from one to five miles depending on the location and conditions.

See photos from this 2021's event on DEC's Flickr album and check out photos from previous hikes on Flickr.

Many New Yorkers thrive in winter and are eager for falling temperatures and consistent snowfalls. To these hardy adventurers, a few extra layers of gear combined with the snowy terrain of parklands is winning recipe for fitness, togetherness and outdoor fun. If you've never been on a First Day Hike, save the date and get out there!

See State Parks website for a listing of hikes at State Parks locations .in your area

commandercarey@gmail.com (New York State Department of Environmental Conservation) Life Tue, 27 Dec 2022 10:26:09 -0500