Mountkisco's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/mountkisco Sun, 20 Jun 2021 06:21:02 -0400 HamletHub.com Westchester County Parks and Sharc Creative Present Screenings Under the Stars at Kensico Dam in Valhalla https://news.hamlethub.com/mountkisco/events/1560-westchester-county-parks-and-sharc-creative-present-screenings-under-the-stars-at-kensico-dam-in-valhalla1560-westchester-county-parks-and-sharc-creative-present-screenings-under-the-stars-at-kensico-dam-in-valhalla https://news.hamlethub.com/mountkisco/events/1560-westchester-county-parks-and-sharc-creative-present-screenings-under-the-stars-at-kensico-dam-in-valhalla1560-westchester-county-parks-and-sharc-creative-present-screenings-under-the-stars-at-kensico-dam-in-valhalla

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

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

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

Click here for tickets.

Thank you to the following sponsors:

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

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

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Events Wed, 09 Jun 2021 13:15:12 -0400
Local Student Creates Virtual Community to Bring Westchester Together Around the One-Year Anniversary of the Pandemic https://news.hamlethub.com/mountkisco/neighbors/1558-local-student-creates-virtual-community-to-bring-westchester-together-around-the-one-year-anniversary-of-the-pandemic1558-local-student-creates-virtual-community-to-bring-westchester-together-around-the-one-year-anniversary-of-the-pandemic https://news.hamlethub.com/mountkisco/neighbors/1558-local-student-creates-virtual-community-to-bring-westchester-together-around-the-one-year-anniversary-of-the-pandemic1558-local-student-creates-virtual-community-to-bring-westchester-together-around-the-one-year-anniversary-of-the-pandemic

“We Are Westchester” - Fox Lane High School Student Creates Virtual Community to Bring Westchester Together Around the One-Year Anniversary of the Pandemic

Ella Bahari, a junior at Fox Lane High School, is creating a virtual community within Westchester where she is inviting people to share their experiences during this time of social distancing to come together in a visual way.

Ella has created an inspirational photo sharing project called  “We Are Westchester” on Facebook and Instagram pages for community members to share photos of themselves holding up signs that say: “We Are _____”.  People are encouraged to fill in the blank with a word that is unique to themselves, such as “We Are Heroes” or “We Are Hopeful”, etc. You can send your photos to wearewestchester.20@gmail.com, or through Instagram and/or Facebook messages. Here are the links to Ella's We Are Westchester social media pages:

On her social media pages, Ella has gotten posts that say: “We Are Strong Together”, “We Are Learning” and “We are Winners”, just to name a few. Ella’s idea is to help people express how they have been keeping their spirits up during this past year and to remain hopeful that we will emerge from this in the not too distant future.

Ella says, “The idea is to create awareness and to solidify a sense of community to express how COVID-19 has affected life in Westchester. With this project, my goal is to create a platform to help inspire and support one another, and to remind us that as a community, we will make it through this challenging time. We are all looking forward to when life returns back to normal, but we want to be here now to support one another.”

In addition to creating virtual community, Ella has created a fundraiser on GoFundMe to benefit the Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry which has been significantly challenged during this past year as the issue of food insecurity has affected many families in Westchester. Ella says, “I didn’t just want to create a virtual community without giving back to the most vulnerable in our area in a real, substantive way. As a community, we should feel the need to help out however we can.”

The Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that feeds our neighbors in need in Westchester. Before the pandemic, the food pantry served 300 families per week but, now due to COVID-19, 500 families per week rely on the donations from the food pantry.  

When it’s safe again to be out in the community, Ella’s plan is to print out and display some of the photos in an area in Northern Westchester that will become a public art space where Westchester residents can congregate and remember the challenges that we all faced and overcame with each other's support during the pandemic.

As Ella says to all of her supporters, “Thank you for helping to create virtual community at a time when we need it most.”

 
 
 
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kerry@ducey.org (Submitted) Neighbors Mon, 15 Mar 2021 09:56:04 -0400
ACT of CT Announces Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook, Collaboration with Academy Award-winning Composer Stephen Schwartz https://news.hamlethub.com/mountkisco/events/1557-act-of-ct-announces-snapshots-a-musical-scrapbook-collaboration-with-academy-award-winning-composer-stephen-schwartz-16115832461557-act-of-ct-announces-snapshots-a-musical-scrapbook-collaboration-with-academy-award-winning-composer-stephen-schwartz-1611583246 https://news.hamlethub.com/mountkisco/events/1557-act-of-ct-announces-snapshots-a-musical-scrapbook-collaboration-with-academy-award-winning-composer-stephen-schwartz-16115832461557-act-of-ct-announces-snapshots-a-musical-scrapbook-collaboration-with-academy-award-winning-composer-stephen-schwartz-1611583246

ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) of CT is excited to announce their newest endeavor; a collaboration with Academy Award-winning composer Stephen Schwartz, which will combine the mediums of theater and film to create a world-premiere experience exclusively for ACT of CT audiences.

Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook is an original musical which incorporates over two dozen of Mr. Schwartz's songs, including songs from Wicked, Pippin, Godspell, The Baker’s Wife, Rags, Working, Children of Eden, and Enchanted. The show is a touching and authentic look into how we fall in love and the poignant power of trusting our hearts and memories.

Snapshots will be available for streaming on-demand from February 13 through 28, 2021. Visit actofct.org to learn more and purchase tickets. All ticketholders will have 48 hours to watch this exciting new movie musical as many times as they like. Tickets are available starting at $20.

Mr. Schwartz and ACT of CT’s Artistic Director, Daniel C. Levine have collaborated on this unique and exciting production. Instead of presenting a limited on-stage run of this endearing musical at ACT of CT, Snapshots was captured on film and a brand-new full length movie musical has been created. This is not a livestream recording of a stage production, but rather a true movie musical filmed on location in Ridgefield, CT.

Director, Daniel C. Levine says, “This is one of the most exciting projects that ACT of CT has created to date. Blending the worlds of theater and film to produce this exhilarating movie musical has been thrilling for us. We worked with a brilliant NYC based cinematographer, and our Snapshots cast is truly extraordinary! Movie musicals have become wildly popular over the past few years, and we thought that this was the perfect time for us to bring Snapshots to life in this way. Just like the success of the recently released The Prom, I truly believe that this version of Snapshots will be a home-run for our patrons!”

R. Erin Craig, Producing Director adds, "The health and safety of our cast, crew and musicians is ACT of CT’s top priority. This movie musical was created in accordance with strict health and safety protocols and guidelines, adhering closely to state and industry regulations which included a “closed set” for rehearsals and filming, multiple tests per week, mask & shield wearing, thorough sanitization procedures, and more. All Snapshots cast and crew “bubbled” in Ridgefield for the entire process, therefore helping to ensure that everyone stayed safe and healthy. We can’t wait to share this heartfelt movie musical with our audiences!”

ACT of CT is committed to creating brand-new and exclusive theatrical opportunities such as this movie musical of Snapshots for their audiences - even during a pandemic. If you are a fan of Stephen Schwartz musicals like Wicked, Working and Godspell you will not want to miss this unique film.

Snapshots will be available for streaming on-demand from February 13 through 28, 2021. Visit actofct.org to learn more and purchase tickets. All ticketholders will have 48 hours to watch this exciting new movie musical as many times as they like. Tickets are available starting at $20.

Snapshots, A Musical Scrapbook has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, book by David Stern, was conceived by Michael Scheman and David Stern, with additional music and lyrics by David Crane, Seth Friedman, Marta Kaufman, Alan Menken and Charles Strouse, and arrangements and orchestrations by Steve Orich.

About ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) of Connecticut

ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) of Connecticut is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) professional theatre located in Ridgefield, CT. Founded in 2018, and led by Katie Diamond, Daniel C. Levine, and Bryan Perri, ACT of CT presents limited engagement runs of well-known musicals, as well as world-premiere productions by the next generation of writers and composers. In addition to its fully produced mainstage productions, ACT of CT hosts an annual new works series, a “Broadway Unplugged” series, and an extensive education program including individual training (virtual and in person), masterclasses, summer camp, professional workshops, and a year-round conservatory program for high school students. ACT of CT is dedicated to inspiring, creating and nurturing a diverse and equitable environment for its staff, creative teams, cast, musicians, crew members and audiences. For more information about ACT of CT, to purchase tickets and to learn more about ACT of CT’s education programs, please visit www.actofct.org.

 

 

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kerry@ducey.org (ACT of CT) Events Mon, 25 Jan 2021 03:56:04 -0500
How to Navigate College Admissions for Students & Parents in the Face of the Coronavirus https://news.hamlethub.com/mountkisco/events/1554-how-to-navigate-college-admissions-for-students-parents-in-the-face-of-the-coronavirus1554-how-to-navigate-college-admissions-for-students-parents-in-the-face-of-the-coronavirus https://news.hamlethub.com/mountkisco/events/1554-how-to-navigate-college-admissions-for-students-parents-in-the-face-of-the-coronavirus1554-how-to-navigate-college-admissions-for-students-parents-in-the-face-of-the-coronavirus

Virtual Program on Monday, May 4 at 7pm: How to Navigate College Admissions for Students & Parents in the Face of the Coronavirus

This Zoom presentation will focus on how the Coronavirus is affecting college admissions and what impact it will have on high school students, especially sophomores and juniors. The program will cover how admissions officers are handling the current situation and what impact this will have on how applicants for the Class of 2025 will be reviewed, with respect to grades, standardized tests and extracurricular activities. We will also discuss how timing for preparing college applications will change and ways for students to use their time productively NOW to prepare.

Current high school juniors are facing several unprecedented challenges including grades for this spring marking period will be looked at with "an asterisk", several ACT and SAT tests have been cancelled and more colleges are going test optional so meaningful activities that juniors can do this summer (assuming we're past the current Coronavirus situation) will be even more heavily weighted in the college admissions process. Juniors can be proactive by using their time constructively now to work on their Personal Statement (Common App) essay, define as best they can their college list, and determine which teachers they will ask to write their recommendations. For current seniors, colleges will be using their waitlists strategically because most are concerned about filling their class, especially for schools where international students, who might not be able to get visas, make up a significant portion of their student body.

Since colleges have cancelled classes for the remainder of the Spring semester, students will not have the opportunity to tour schools when they are in session until the Fall. Therefore, planning and scheduling tours for the Fall becomes even more important.

Come join us to learn about these changes and other insights regarding the college process. The presentation will be led by Ron Feuchs and Jackie Tepper, partners at Stand Out For College, LLC.

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. 

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kerry@ducey.org (Ron Feuchs) Events Fri, 01 May 2020 08:23:05 -0400
The Ella Jewell Foundation, Halloween Spooktacular is THIS Sunday, October 27 at at Grand Prix New York https://news.hamlethub.com/mountkisco/charities/1551-the-ella-jewell-foundation-halloween-spooktacular-is-this-sunday-october-27-at-at-grand-prix-new-york1551-the-ella-jewell-foundation-halloween-spooktacular-is-this-sunday-october-27-at-at-grand-prix-new-york https://news.hamlethub.com/mountkisco/charities/1551-the-ella-jewell-foundation-halloween-spooktacular-is-this-sunday-october-27-at-at-grand-prix-new-york1551-the-ella-jewell-foundation-halloween-spooktacular-is-this-sunday-october-27-at-at-grand-prix-new-york

 

The Ella Jewell Foundation, Halloween Spooktacular is THIS Sunday, October 27 from 4-7 Grand Prix New York Racing & Entertainment

The Ella Jewell Foundation, a local non-profit organization, raises funds for neutropenia and other childhood bone marrow failure diseases research. A local family is on a mission to raise funds for research, raise awareness and make a difference! Please join us for a fun-filled evening while supporting an amazing cause. 

Every penny the foundation raises is donated and benefits research being conducted at the University of Washington in Seattle by Dr. David C. Dale and Team.  Please help us to support your local charity and help to make a difference!

Purchase tickets and learn more about the Ella Jewell Foundation www.ellajewellfoundation.org

Ella and Family thank you for your continuous love and support. You give our family and many other families a great amount of hope and help us to stay positive! XOXXO 

"Together, we can make a difference."

Grand Prix New York Racing & Entertainment is located at 333 North Bedford Road in Mount Kisco.

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Charities Mon, 21 Oct 2019 08:24:18 -0400
58th Annual Armonk Outdoor Art Show This Weekend! https://news.hamlethub.com/mountkisco/events/1548-58th-annual-armonk-outdoor-art-show1548-58th-annual-armonk-outdoor-art-show https://news.hamlethub.com/mountkisco/events/1548-58th-annual-armonk-outdoor-art-show1548-58th-annual-armonk-outdoor-art-show

58th Annual Armonk Outdoor Art Show

The 58th Annual Armonk Outdoor Art Show features 185 juried artists from 26 states, Canada, and Israel, including 34 new artists. The show is ranked #2 Fine Art and Design Show in the Nation, based on sales reported by exhibitors to Sunshine Artist, a premiere art and craft show publication. A broad range of art in every medium and price point will be on display, including painting, printmaking, drawing, pastels, mixed mediums, sculpture, photography & digital art, wearable art, and fine crafts. Free personal consultants, trained in fine art and interior design, are available to assist visitors in selecting art that best fits their taste and decor.

“The Armonk Outdoor Art Show is a must-see event every fall for thousands of discerning art lovers from the Hudson Valley and NYC metro area” said Anne Curran, Executive Director of the show. “It’s also a fun experience for the whole family with free activities for kids and collaborative art projects, great food vendors, and beer and wine. So, come for the art and stay for the fun.”

Come for the Art...

The 58th Annual Armonk Outdoor Art Show continues its long tradition of showcasing well curated and diverse fine art.

Learn about what inspires our 2019 Featured Artists:
Jennifer Ardolino, Michael Patterson, Evan Lorberbaum, Natalya Khorover Aikens and Nnamdi Okonkwo.

Stay for the Fun! 

Free Fun-Filled Activities for All Ages

Art and entertainment for kids ages 1-5 with adult participation
Interactive programs for kids ages 5-12, sponsored by The Harvey Schooland Emerald Tree & Shrub Care Company
And an Engaging Alliance of Arts Organizations:
Food, Craft Beer and Wine – Diverse Vendors and New Additions!
Including: Luke’s Lobster, Captain Lawrence Brewing, Fortina and BBQ by Taylored Menus
 
 
Admission:
General $14.00, Seniors $12.00, 18 and under: Free

Ample free parking on site. Sorry, no dogs allowed.

58th Annual Armonk Outdoor Art Show
Saturday & Sunday, September 21 & September 22
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Rain or Shine.
205 Business Park Drive, Armonk, NY 10504
Show Benefits North Castle Public Library

Learn more: https://armonkoutdoorartshow.org

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kerry@ducey.org (Michael Dardano) Events Fri, 20 Sep 2019 10:10:00 -0400
Harvey and NY Rangers Offering Kids Free Hockey Introduction https://news.hamlethub.com/mountkisco/life/1550-harvey-and-ny-rangers-offering-kids-free-hockey-introduction1550-harvey-and-ny-rangers-offering-kids-free-hockey-introduction https://news.hamlethub.com/mountkisco/life/1550-harvey-and-ny-rangers-offering-kids-free-hockey-introduction1550-harvey-and-ny-rangers-offering-kids-free-hockey-introduction

The Harvey School has announced it is partnering with the New York Rangers to offer area children a free introduction to the sport of hockey at Evarts Rink on the campus of the Katonah school.

“Part of the Junior Rangers Rookie Series, "Try Hockey For Free" invites girls and boys ages 5 to 9 to come to the rink for an exciting introduction to ice hockey,” Harvey Head of School Bill Knauer said. All equipment is provided, and instruction will be given by the New York Rangers Hockey Development team and local qualified, experienced coaches.

Harvey’s Evarts Rink, selected as an official host site for the New York Rangers program, will set aside two dates for the introductory events. The first one is scheduled for Veteran’s Day, Monday, November 11. The second session is slated for the Martin Luther King Junior holiday, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. Each date offers two sessions, the first one starting at 10 a.m. and the second one at 10:50 a.m.

To register for this program open only to children ages 5 to 9 with little or no hockey experience, parents should visit the Rangers Rookie Series website at https://www.nhl.com/rangers/community/junior-rangers-rookie-series

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kerry@ducey.org (Chris DelCampo) Life Tue, 10 Sep 2019 12:48:15 -0400
Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Establishing September 11th Remembrance Day and Moment of Silence at Public Schools https://news.hamlethub.com/mountkisco/politics/1549-governor-cuomo-signs-legislation-establishing-september-11th-remembrance-day-and-moment-of-silence-at-public-schools1549-governor-cuomo-signs-legislation-establishing-september-11th-remembrance-day-and-moment-of-silence-at-public-schools https://news.hamlethub.com/mountkisco/politics/1549-governor-cuomo-signs-legislation-establishing-september-11th-remembrance-day-and-moment-of-silence-at-public-schools1549-governor-cuomo-signs-legislation-establishing-september-11th-remembrance-day-and-moment-of-silence-at-public-schools

on September 9th, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation (S.4166A/A.1801B) establishing September 11th Remembrance Day. The new law allows for a brief moment of silence in public schools across the state at the beginning of the school day every September 11th to encourage dialogue and education in the classroom, and to ensure future generations have an understanding of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks and their place in history. The law is effective immediately.

"9/11 was one of the single darkest periods in this state's and this nation's history, and we owe it to those we lost and to the countless heroes who ran toward danger that day and the days that followed to do everything we can to keep their memory alive," Governor Cuomo said. "By establishing this annual day of remembrance and a brief moment of silence in public schools, we will help ensure we never forget — not just the pain of that moment but of the courage, sacrifice and outpouring of love that defined our response."

Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., said, "I am grateful for Governor Cuomo's approval of my 9/11 observance bill. I am hopeful that this new law will mean that the significance of the tragic events of September 11th, whether it be the loss of loved ones or the largest rescue operation our nation ever witnessed, will be forever acknowledged by school students too young to have witnessed this life-changing day."

Assembly Member Stacey Pheffer Amato said, "Students graduating from High School as part of the Class of 2019 were just newborns during the terrorists attacks of September 11, 2001, and soon enough there will be no students in the national public school system born at the time of 9/11. By mandating a brief moment of silent reflection every year, we may ensure that future generations will better understand this day and its significance in our history. Governor Cuomo understands the importance of educating our children about our state and country's history. I applaud him for signing this bill into law and for his continued partnership."

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kerry@ducey.org (Office of the Governor. ) Politics Tue, 10 Sep 2019 02:00:59 -0400
Entergy Screenings Under the Stars Brings Free Outdoor Movie TONIGHT https://news.hamlethub.com/mountkisco/events/15-todays-events/1547-entergy-screenings-under-the-stars-brings-free-outdoor-movie-tonight1547-entergy-screenings-under-the-stars-brings-free-outdoor-movie-tonight https://news.hamlethub.com/mountkisco/events/15-todays-events/1547-entergy-screenings-under-the-stars-brings-free-outdoor-movie-tonight1547-entergy-screenings-under-the-stars-brings-free-outdoor-movie-tonight

Entergy Screening Under the Stars TONIGHT "How To Train Your Dragon 3"

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

Friday, August 2 - HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 3

The public arrives a few hours before dusk, blankets are scattered across the lawn, picnics are abundant, and the show lights up the sky. Memories are created.

Admission and parking are free.

Moviegoers should bring blankets, folding chairs and a picnic. Refreshments will also be available for sale. In the event of rain, the movie will be canceled.

Entergy Screenings Under the Stars is presented by Westchester County Parks and Sharc Creative.

Learn more here.

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Todays events Fri, 02 Aug 2019 07:32:48 -0400
Entergy Screenings Under the Stars Brings Free Outdoor Movies to Westchester July 12 and August 2 https://news.hamlethub.com/mountkisco/events/1544-entergy-screenings-under-the-stars-brings-free-outdoor-movies-to-westchester-july-12-and-august-21544-entergy-screenings-under-the-stars-brings-free-outdoor-movies-to-westchester-july-12-and-august-2 https://news.hamlethub.com/mountkisco/events/1544-entergy-screenings-under-the-stars-brings-free-outdoor-movies-to-westchester-july-12-and-august-21544-entergy-screenings-under-the-stars-brings-free-outdoor-movies-to-westchester-july-12-and-august-2

Entergy Screening Under the Stars Summer of 2019

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

Friday, July 12 - HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3
Friday, August 2 - HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 3

The public arrives a few hours before dusk, blankets are scattered across the lawn, picnics are abundant, and the show lights up the sky. Memories are created.

Admission and parking are free.

Moviegoers should bring blankets, folding chairs and a picnic. Refreshments will also be available for sale. In the event of rain, the movie will be canceled.

Entergy Screenings Under the Stars is presented by Westchester County Parks and Sharc Creative.

Learn more here.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Sharc Creative) Events Thu, 11 Jul 2019 08:24:00 -0400
CHADD Meeting June 10: The Psychopharmacology of ADHD https://news.hamlethub.com/mountkisco/neighbors/1543-chadd-meeting-mon-june-10-the-psychopharmacology-of-adhd1543-chadd-meeting-mon-june-10-the-psychopharmacology-of-adhd https://news.hamlethub.com/mountkisco/neighbors/1543-chadd-meeting-mon-june-10-the-psychopharmacology-of-adhd1543-chadd-meeting-mon-june-10-the-psychopharmacology-of-adhd

CHADD (Children and Adults With Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) is a national non-profit, parent-based organization that offers support and information on AD/HD.

There will be no meetings during July and August.

Support Session: 6:15 - 7:15 PM

Facilitated by our Social Workers

General Meeting: 7:30 PM

Topic: ”The Psychopharmacology of ADHD”

SpeakersAbraham Bartell, MD, MBA - Associate Director of the Department of Psychiatry at Westchester Medical Center and Vice Chair of the department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at New York Medical College.

                 Namitha Menon, MD - Fellow in child and adolescent psychiatry at Westchester Medical Center.

                 Stephanie Cristofano-Casella, MD - Fellow in child and adolescent psychiatry at Westchester Medical Center.

A $5.00 Donation is requested of nonmembers.

This can be applied toward membership the same evening

Our location: Select Human Services, Inc., 17-19 Marble Ave in Pleasantville, NY. Learn more here

It is a brick building with 'Select' in the glass window. Look for our yellow CHADD signs too.

Free Parking after 6 PM:

  • At meters on the street
  • OR in the lot behind the building. Even though there are names on the spaces, they are also available.

4-minute walk from Pleasantville train station, where you can catch a Harlem line train or a Westchester Bee Line bus.

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kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Tue, 04 Jun 2019 10:34:57 -0400
Muddy Puddles Mess Fest 2019 on Augusst 3 https://news.hamlethub.com/mountkisco/events/1539-muddy-puddles-mess-fest-20191539-muddy-puddles-mess-fest-2019 https://news.hamlethub.com/mountkisco/events/1539-muddy-puddles-mess-fest-20191539-muddy-puddles-mess-fest-2019

Muddy Puddles Mess Fest 2019 on Saturday, August 3 at Kiwi Country Day Camp.

Ty Campbell dreamed of jumping in muddy muddles when his cancer was cured, but he never got the chance. In his memory, his parents launched the Muddy Puddles Project to benefit the Ty Louis Campbell Foundation for childhood cancer research. The Mess Fest is a HUGE, fun-filled, annual event that includes the kinds of activities that kids dream of!

Join us on August 3 and enjoy the giant mud pit, 'slopstacle' course, pie tosses, food fights, splatter paint, beauty tent, swimming, zip lining, water balloons, slime time, climbing walls, paddle boats, magic shows, laser tag, bounce houses, music by NYCE Productions. Meet Peppa Pig, our celebrity ambassador along with brother George!

Learn more here.

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mjones@superty.org (Marie Jones) Events Wed, 22 May 2019 10:02:04 -0400
BCSD Official 2019 BoE Election and Budget Vote Results https://news.hamlethub.com/mountkisco/politics/1540-bcsd-official-2019-boe-election-and-budget-vote1540-bcsd-official-2019-boe-election-and-budget-vote https://news.hamlethub.com/mountkisco/politics/1540-bcsd-official-2019-boe-election-and-budget-vote1540-bcsd-official-2019-boe-election-and-budget-vote

Please see the Official 2019 Results of the BoE Trustee Election and Budget Vote

Dr. Christopher Manno, Superintendent of Schools thanks community members who participated in the election and vote.

"We especially thank and commend the five BoE candidates for their participation in the democratic process," he said.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (BCSD) Politics Wed, 22 May 2019 09:54:43 -0400
On the Children's Shelf: Because of Winn-Dixie https://news.hamlethub.com/mountkisco/life/1541-on-the-children-s-shelf-because-of-winn-dixie1541-on-the-children-s-shelf-because-of-winn-dixie https://news.hamlethub.com/mountkisco/life/1541-on-the-children-s-shelf-because-of-winn-dixie1541-on-the-children-s-shelf-because-of-winn-dixie

"I ate my Littmus Lozenge slowly. It tasted good. It tasted like root beer and strawberry and something else I didn't have a name for, something that made me feel kind of sad. I looked over at Amanda. She was sucking on her candy and thinking hard.

'Do you like it?' Miss Franny asked me.
'Yes ma'ma,' I told her.
'What about you, Amanda? Do you like the Littmus Lozenge?'
'Yes ma'am,' she said. 'But it makes me think things I feel sad about.'...
'There's a secret ingredient in there.' Miss Franny said.
'I know it,' I told her. 'I can taste it. What is it?'
'Sorrow,' Miss Franny said. 'Not everybody can taste it.'" - Kate DiCamillo, Because of Winn-Dixie
 
I've never read a description of a small item in a book that so perfectly summed up the entire book...it was sweet and sad...like root beer and strawberry and melancholy. It's where all those things came together. It was like life. Sweet and wonderful and sad and feeling one somehow makes you feel all of them.
 
I think I might be a bit older than Kate DiCamillo's target audience, but readers of all ages can identify with the characters in her books. She brilliantly captures life...the pain, the sorrow, the happiness, the root beer and strawberry, and her characters feel all of those emotions.
 
Because of Winn-Dixie is the story of young Opal who lives with her preacher father in a new town. A dog finds his way into the grocery store, causes mayhem, and Opal's life changes. She saves this poor lost dog who in a way saves her. Her new pet, named Winn-Dixie after the grocery store where she found him, gives her the courage to ask her father about her mother who left when Opal was three. In her adventures with Winn-Dixie, Opal makes friends and finds a community around her and most importantly, Opal learns that things aren't always what they seem. Those whose lives appear perfect are real and filled with happiness and pain and those who are mean are most often in need of a friend.
 
Because of Winn-Dixie is an incredible book that should be read by readers of all ages.
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sally.stra@gmail.com (Jessica Collins) Life Wed, 22 May 2019 03:38:00 -0400
Mt. Kisco Artist Rich Alexander Featured in All About Color Exhibit https://news.hamlethub.com/mountkisco/neighbors/1538-wilton-library-s-art-exhibition-is-all-about-color-opening-may-101538-wilton-library-s-art-exhibition-is-all-about-color-opening-may-10 https://news.hamlethub.com/mountkisco/neighbors/1538-wilton-library-s-art-exhibition-is-all-about-color-opening-may-101538-wilton-library-s-art-exhibition-is-all-about-color-opening-may-10

When the group of eight artists came together to discuss the upcoming exhibition at Wilton Library, they decided that their collective works were “All About Color” and so was born the name of the exhibit opening on Friday, May 10, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The eight local artists exhibiting their colorful works are Sally Aldrich, Ridgefield; Rich Alexander, Mt. Kisco; Sharon Cavagnolo, Chappaqua; Hans Fischer, Ridgefield; Jennifer Moné Hill, Danbury; Nancy Moore, Ridgefield; Erin Nazzaro, Redding; and Kris Davenport Toohey, Westport. Whether the artists have embraced their passion from their early days, through their college lives, or more recently become immersed in the discipline, their works highlight a range of styles, subject matter and media choices that are bold and impressive.

Ed MacEwen, Wilton Library’s art chair noted, “I was fortunate to see this group of artists in an exhibition in Ridgefield last year and I was taken by their collective works. I thought they would be well-received by the Wilton community and their paintings would show very well in the gallery throughout the library.”

The artists come to their craft from a range of backgrounds:

Sally Aldrich studied Fine Arts at Connecticut College and taught art in Pleasantville, NY becoming the Art Department Chair for K-12, inspiring the students through Ceramics, Drawing and Painting, and Advanced Placement Studio Art. Since retiring almost 25 years ago, she intensified her study of pottery and sculpture. She continues to teach at her studio in Ridgefield. Sally served as president of the Katonah Museum Artists Association, writes its newsletter and works on the Hammond Museum’s exhibition committee. Her work is exhibited in galleries in New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

Rich Alexander is a trained draftsman and owned and operated a sign company, hand lettering signs and trucks with letter enamels. He became a NYC fire fighter and during his 21-year career, he designed, built and painted dozens of firehouse tables and murals. In 2009, while designing the 9/11 Firefighter Memorial in Mt. Kisco, NY, he met illustrator Alan Reingold who encouraged Rich to attend Reingold’s portrait classes in Mt. Kisco and at Parsons School of Design in NYC. That led to Rich meeting fine artist Geoff Barbey who instructed Rich in oil painting. Barbey introduced Rich to landscape painter John Osborne who taught traditional painting at the Ridgewood Art Institute where Rich has been painting ever since.

Sharon Cavagnolo received her BFA in Painting and Illustration from Parsons School of Design in NYC and studied with Larry Rivers, Elaine de Kooning and Jane Wilson. Sharon did postgraduate work at Pratt Institute, New York University and Isabel O’Neil Studio. She has exhibited in numerous solo exhibitions and participated in group exhibitions in Connecticut, Westchester and New York City.

Hans Fischer was born in Holland, raised in Harrington, NY, and currently lives in Ridgefield, CT where he maintains his studio. By his own admission, his budding career as a “fine artist” was sidetracked by the U.S. Army and the decade of The Sixties. His artistic talents took him into careers in industrial design, interior architecture, graphic design, art direction and corporate communications and management. He established his own graphic design firm in the late ’80s. Over the past fifteen years, he has been able to concentrate on his love of art. His work is in galleries and private collections in the U.S. and abroad.

            Jennifer Moné Hill lives and works in Danbury, CT. Born and raised in White Plains, NY, she studied Visual Arts at SUNY Purchase, and then began working as a commercial photographer for over twenty years. Jennifer’s curiosity has led her simultaneously to pursue many creative outlets of which painting is now her greatest passion. Jennifer comes to painting with great enthusiasm, curiosity, love of color, nature, and positive energy. Her work has been in recent exhibitions at the Mattatuck Museum, Rene Soto Gallery, Carriage Barn Arts Center, and Ridgefield Guild of Artist.

Nancy Moore’s artwork has garnered many awards, along with the interest of a broad collector base from Vermont to California. In 2018, Moore was lucky enough to exhibit her work in four museums: the Katonah Museum (Katonah), the New Britain Museum of American Art (New Britain), the Mattatuck Museum (Waterbury), and the Fuller Craft Museum (Brockton MA). This year, the artist marked her debut in New York City, at the Susan Eley Fine Art gallery. In 2014, Moore was inducted into the National Association of Women Artists. She is an artist guild member of the Silvermine Arts Center (New Canaan), Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Katonah Museum Artists Association, Surface Design Association, and Artists Collective of Westport.

Erin Nazzaro was born and raised in Connecticut and started her artistic pursuit with pencil. Working in this medium, she learned to develop and refine her images. Drawing is the foundation of her work today. She moved from pencil to paint in the 1980s and color changed everything for her. Her next big influence was traveling to the American Southwest where she embraced “the people, their beautiful families and the land they lived and worked on.” The artist noted that she appreciates all the swirling bright colors so integrated into the landscape, fabrics, dress and folk art. Her work is driven by this energy.

Kris Davenport Toohey is a landscape painter who works primarily in oils. She discovered her love of painting and art history as a student, graduating with a BA in Art from Williams College and an MBA from Columbia University. She now lives and works in Westport, CT where she is a part of The Art Studio – a shared artists’ workspace. Kris is an Exhibiting Member of The Rowayton Arts Center, winning 1st Place in Oils at the 2018 Marine & Coastal Show, as well as an active member of the Artists Collective of Westport and the Ridgefield Guild of Artists.

The opening reception is free and the public is invited with the exhibition running through Friday, May 31. The majority of the works will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Wilton Library. Wilton Library hours are Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays, 1 to 5 p.m. The library is located at 137 Old Ridgefield Road in the heart of Wilton Center. The media sponsor for the exhibition is The Wilton Bulletin. For information and directions, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org or call 203-762-6334.

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kerry@ducey.org (Wilton Library) Neighbors Thu, 18 Apr 2019 08:22:44 -0400