Newfairfield's HamletHub Tue, 28 Jan 2020 08:57:42 -0500 Brewster Theater Company Opens Season with HINDSIGHT is 20/20

The Brewster Theater Company will open its 20th season with a celebratory cabaret, HINDSIGHT IS 20/20, an all-star blast from its summer musical past. Enjoy selections from BTC’s musicals with many of the original Brewster Theater cast members singing popular numbers from Nunsense, Bye Bye Birdie, The Full Monty, Drowsy Chaperone, Scrooge, Spamalot, Urinetown, City of Angels, and more. The cabaret is directed by Pam DeHuff of Pawling, with assistant direction by Emma Burke-Covitz. It is produced by Amanda Bevacqua, with musical direction by Melissa Jones of Brewster. Music is performed by Kim Papa and Nate Brewster.

The show features Rob Ansbro, Amanda Bevacqua, Judy Brewster, Emma Burke-Covitz, Philip Corso, Shannon Courtney-Denihan, Pam DeHuff, Stacy Dumont, Barbara Kessler, Gabriel Montanaro, David Neilsen, Robin O'Leary, Phil Pineau, Carly Phypers, Rebecca Pokorski Cebollero, Mario Riccobon, Ted Schwartz, Pat Sebastian, Ken Shelby, Steven Sylvia,and Nina Wilson.

Performances are Saturday, February 15 at 7:30, and Sunday, February 16 at 2pm at The Theater at Drew Church, 28 Gleneida Avenue, Carmel. Suggested donation is $15. Visit for more information and to purchase your seats. Contact or call 845-206-9013 for additional information or weather-related announcements. 

The Brewster Theater Company is a non-profit community theater celebrating its 20th year. This project is made possible, in part, through the Putnam Arts Council’s Arts Link Grant Program, with public funds provided through the NY State Council on the Arts with support from Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NY State Legislature.


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Relay for Life "Community Kick-off!"

Relay for Life of New Fairfield announces their 2020 Community Kick Off to be held on Tuesday January 28, 2020 at the New Fairfield Fire Department Company A Firehouse at 302 Ball Pond at 7pm.
Small town, big heart, bigger party. Join us for a FREE FAMILY FRIENDLY NIGHT as we kick off the 2020 Relay season with the best community around!

Raffles, door prizes, games, food, guest speaker, photobooth, swag and more!

Come party with us!! Visit us on Twitter at @RelayForLifeNF or on Facebook or join us in the fight at on the American Cancer Society Web Page.

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Aversano’s in Brewster

Celebrate Valentine's Day at Aversano's: A special place for a special occasion

Valentine's Day is Friday, February 14th

One day is not enough. We will be celebrating all week!

Make Reservations – call 845.279.2233


Featured Valentine Drink: Chocolate Cherry Martini


  • Chicken Meatballs: Swiss, asiago, roasted peppers and asparagus with a cream sauce
  • Colossal Crabmeat Cocktail with lemon cocktail sauce
  • Black Truffle Burrata tomato, basil, roasted peppers, pesto, black truffle oil, endive slaw
  • Bacon-Wrapped Short Ribs teriyaki glaze, sweet potato garnish
  • Lobster Bread Pudding lobster, shitake mushrooms, bread and brandy with a sherry cream sauce


  • Panzanella heirloom tomatoes, fresh olive oil crispy croutons, red onion


  • Filet Oscar 8 oz. center-cut filet, topped with crabmeat in bearnaise sauce, fingerling potatoes, asparagus
  • Veal Chop 16 oz. center French cut, vinegar pepper sauce, homemade potato chips
  • Veal Bolognese with strigoloni (handmade imported pasta)
  • Stuffed Shrimp crabmeat, tomatoes, spinach, with a white wine lemon butter, served with potatoes
  • Chicken Mediterranean artichokes, feta, tomatoes, kalamata olives, potatoes with a white wine sauce
  • Roasted Pepper Ravioli roasted pepper and cheese-filled, served with a pink cream sauce, topped with roasted peppers and mozzarella garnish

Featured Dessert: Chocolate Mousse & Strawberries

Regular Menu Available

RSVP today! (845) 279-2233

Aversano's Restaurant - celebrating their 34th year in business!

1620 Route 22 (Towne Centre)

Brewster, NY 10509


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Taxpayer Bill of Rights begins with the right to be informed

Taxpayer Bill of Rights begins with the right to be informed

When something happens to a taxpayer’s account, that person has the right to be informed about the activity. In fact, this right is one of ten in the Taxpayer Bill of Rights.

The Taxpayer Bill of Rights takes the multiple existing rights in the nation’s tax code and groups them into 10 categories for easier use and reference.

The right to be informed leads the list. This means taxpayers have the right to:

  • Know what they need to do to comply with the tax laws.
  • Have clear explanations of the laws and IRS procedures in all forms, instructions, publications, notices and correspondence.
  • Be informed of IRS decisions about their tax accounts.
  • Receive clear explanations of the outcomes of IRS decisions.

To make sure taxpayers are informed, the IRS will:

  • Include within certain notices any amount of the tax, interest and certain penalties the taxpayer owes.
  • Explain why the taxpayer owes any taxes.
  • Explain the specific reasons why it denied a refund claim.
  • Post information on to help taxpayers understand their IRS notice or letter.
  • Send a letter when the agency assesses a tax. That letter must include:
       o Information on how the taxpayer can appeal the
       o An explanation of the entire process from audit
          through collection.
       o Details on how the Taxpayer Advocate Service can
  • Send an annual statement to taxpayers who enter into a payment plan. The statement will include how much the taxpayer:
       o Owes at the beginning of the year.
       o Paid during the year.
       o Still owes at the end of the year.
  • Make forms and publications available on Taxpayers can also have hard copies mailed to them by calling 800-829-3676.
  • Use social media to provide helpful tax information to a wide audience of taxpayers.

Share this tip on social media -- #IRSTaxTip: Taxpayer Bill of Rights begins with the right to be informed

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The Actors’ Studio Theater of Westchester Holding Auditions

AUDITIONS FOR: 13 The Musical


Music & Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown Book by Dan Elish and Robert Horn 

AUDITIONS: MON 1/27, 7:30-9PM; THURS 1/30, 6:30-8PM; WED 2/5, 7:30-9PM, CALLBACK THURS 2/6, 6-8PM at South Salem Presbyterian Church (SSPC), 111 Spring Street, South Salem, NY. Please prepare a song. You will be asked to read from the script.

AUDITION SIGN UP: Walk-ins welcome PERFORMANCES: 5/29 eve, 5/30 mat and eve, 5/31 mat at The Schoolhouse Theater, 3 Owens Road, Croton Falls, NY

REHEARSALS: SATURDAYS 2/8-5/23 @ SSPC; 10AM-12:30PM (2pm for some on a regular basis; earlier and later times as needed.

DRESS REHEARSALS: SUN 5/24, 11AM-7PM; MON 5/25, 3-8PM; TUES 5/26 THRU THURS 5/28, 4-9PM @ the theater (times are approximate and subject to change) COST: $600


The Actors’ Studio Theater which brought you “Sweeney Todd” last year, is part of The Actors’ Studio of Westchester, mounting full-scale theatrical productions in which young adults perform. Performers are instructed by theater professionals on acting, singing, building a character and all of the tools necessary to “putting on a show”. It also provides a forum for working together with peers in a respectful, supportive way while culturally enriching the community. 

For more information contact Debbie Feinstein at (914) 924-7669 or 

]]> (The Actors’ Studio of Westchester) Neighbors Mon, 27 Jan 2020 09:40:00 -0500
Update: Outbreak of Novel (New) Coronavirus

The Center for Disease Control is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (termed “2019-nCoV”) that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and which continues to expand. Chinese health officials have reported hundreds of infections with 2019-nCoV in China, including outside of Hubei Province. A number of countries, including the United States, have been actively screening incoming travelers from Wuhan. Human infections with 2019-nCoV have been confirmed in other countries, including the United States. The United States announced their first infection with 2019-nCoV detected in a traveler returning from Wuhan on January 21, 2020.

Early on, many of the patients in the outbreak in Wuhan, China reportedly had some link to a large seafood and animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. However, a growing number of patients reportedly have not had exposure to animal markets. Investigations are ongoing to learn more, but person-to-person spread of 2019-nCoV is occurring. Some viruses are highly contagious (like measles), while other viruses are less so. It’s not clear yet how easily 2019-nCoV spreads from person-to-person. It’s important to know this in order to better assess the risk posed by this virus, and our investigation is ongoing. While CDC considers this a serious public health concern, based on current information, the immediate health risk from 2019-nCoV to the general American public is considered low at this time. Nevertheless, CDC is taking proactive preparedness precautions.

This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available. 

Check the CDC Web Site for additional information and steps the CDC is taking to protect the public


]]> (Center for Disease Control) Public safety Mon, 27 Jan 2020 08:32:12 -0500
Brian Sacco of New Fairfield, CT Named to Dean's List at Wilkes University

Brian Sacco of New Fairfield, CT, was named to the Dean's List at Wilkes University for the fall semester 2019. To be named to the Dean's List, students must obtain a minimum 3.5 grade point average and carry at least 12 credits.

About Wilkes University:

Wilkes University is a private, independent, non-sectarian institution of higher education dedicated to academic and intellectual excellence through mentoring in the liberal arts, sciences and professional programs. Founded in 1933, Wilkes is on a mission to create one of the nation's finest doctoral universities, offering all of the programs, activities and opportunities of a large university in the intimate, caring and mentoring environment of a small college, open to all who show promise. The Economist named Wilkes 25th in the nation for the value of its education for graduates. In addition to 46 majors, Wilkes offers 24 master's degree programs and five doctoral/terminal degree programs, including the doctor of philosophy in nursing, doctor of nursing practice, doctor of education, doctor of pharmacy, and master of fine arts in creative writing. Learn more at

]]> (Wilkes University) Life Mon, 27 Jan 2020 08:27:39 -0500
VOB Film Festival - Call for Film Submissions

The VOB Film Festival, Putnam County's Film Festival, is calling for submissions for its 2020 season.  Independent Films created after June 1st, 2018 are eligible.  The Film Festival is also accepting screenplays for short films. Screenplay winners can have their work read at the festival.
Films can be submitted at  Film categories for 2020 include short films (less than 30 minutes), feature films (less than 100 minutes), experimental, virtual reality, animation, experimental, drama, comedy, horror, and many others.  Films can be submitted through June 10th, 2020. 
The VOB Film Festival will be held from August 29th-September 6, 2020 at various locations in Putnam County.
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Five Guys Named Moe at the Westchester Broadway Theatre

In celebration of Black History Month, we pay tribute to Louis Jordan, the 1940s rhythm-and-blues singer, songwriter, and bandleader, whose new approach to jazz paved the way for rock and roll in the 1950s.

Westchester Broadway Theatre Presents 


Music & Lyrics by LOUIS JORDAN
Directed and Choreographed by Richard Stafford
Musical Direction by John Daniels
January 30th – March 1st, 2020

Guys Named Moe opens with our hero, Nomax, who is single, broke and drinking his sorrows away while listening to the radio at 5:00 in the morning. Five guys named Moe - Big Moe, Little Moe, Eat Moe, Know Moe and Four-Eyed Moe – emerge from his radio to help him straighten out, ease his broken heart, and sing and dance his way to love!

This joyful, jazzy show is the winner of London’s coveted Lawrence Olivier award and was originally produced by Cameron Mackintosh, (Phantom of The Opera, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Cats). Set to Jordan's iconic rhythm and blues/jazz score, including, “Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby”, “Choo Choo Ch’Boogie” and, “Saturday Night Fish Fry.”

Starring: Napoleon M. Douglas as NoMax, Quentin Avery Brown as Eat Moe, Tyler Johnson-Campion as No Moe, Douglas Lyons as 4 eyed Moe, Tony Perry as Big Moe, Isaiah Reynolds as Little Moe. With: John E. Lucas and Markcus Blair.

Directed and choreographed by Richard Stafford, the associate choreographer is Kristyn Pope, Set Design by Steve Loftus, Lighting Design by Andrew Gmoser, Sound Design by Mark Zuckerman, Costumes by Allison Kirstukas, Victor Lukas is the PSM. Lisa Tiso is the Producer.



Ticket Prices: Dinner & Show range between $61.00 to $91.00 PLUS TAX depending on the performance chosen. Beverage Service & Gratuities are not included in the ticket price. Discounts are available for children, students, and senior citizens at selected performances. Also check the website for on-going Special Offers!

Show Times: Wednesday & Thursday & some Friday Matinees: Lunch: 11:30 am & Show 1 pm.

Thursday, Friday, & Saturday Evenings: Dinner: 6:30 pm & Show: 8 pm.

Sunday Matinees: Lunch: 12 pm & Show: 1:30 pm

Sunday Evenings: Dinner: 5:30 pm & Show: 7 pm.

Reservations:  Call (914)-592-2222. Also at:   

Group Reservations:  Discounts for Groups of 20 or More: Call 592-2225.

Luxury Boxes:  Call 592-8730, for private parties of 6 to 22. Enjoy dining and theatre in an elegant private box. Additional features include an expanded dinner menu, hot and cold hors d'oeuvres, private powder room, andLuxury Box reserved parking. Additional cost, call for details.    

WBT Mainstage:

All Shook Up – March 5th – May 3rd
Cinderella – May 7th – July 5th
9 To 5 – July 9th – September 9th
Kinky Boots – September 24th – November 29th
A Christmas Carol– December 3rd – December 27th


]]> (Westchester Broadway Theatre) Neighbors Sun, 26 Jan 2020 16:06:06 -0500
Bolen-Porter, Hat Tricks rout Rumble Bees 9-2

Shayne Morrissey opened the scoring just 2:56 into the opening frame, receiving a faceoff win from linemate Carter Shinkaruk and wiring a shot past Michal Marcinek. Minutes later, Shinkaruk would tally one of his own. Casper Dyrssen would bang home a rebound on the powerplay, extending the Hat Tricks' lead to 3-0. Just 25 seconds after the powerplay goal, Phil Bronner would spin a backhander home for Danbury's fourth goal.

A second goal from Shayne Morrissey chased Marcinek from the net, replaced by Morgan Hudson.

The second period was equally unkind to Hudson, as Kendall Bolen-Porter erupted for a hat trick- his first as a professional. Carter Shinkaruk would also tack on a goal in the frame.

Danbury would cruise to the finish line, skating away with a 9-2 victory.

Perhaps most impressive about the Hat Tricks' performance this weekend is their ability to keep scoring without some of their key contributors in the lineup. Gordy Bonnel and Steve Mele were both missing from the forward lines, while Aaron Atwell was held out from the blueline as he recovers from an undisclosed injury.

"We were just looking to improve on the Danbury game," said assistant coach John Krupinsky, assuming head coaching duties as Billy McCreary skated on defense. "[Bolen-Porter] had a great weekend, he was hitting everything that was standing up. That third goal he scored, that was an NHL move."

The Hat Tricks now turn their attention towards a marquee matchup with the Western Division-leading Carolina Thunderbirds next Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Danbury Arena. Friday is Auto Worker Appreciation Night and Youth Sports Night, while Saturday is Jamaican Vacation giveaway night.

Tickets are available by clicking here or by calling 203-794-1704.

]]> ( Casey Bryant ) Life Sun, 26 Jan 2020 03:03:29 -0500
CDC Lifts Advice to Avoid Romaine Lettuce from Salinas, California

CDC has lifted its advice that people avoid romaine lettuce from the Salinas Valley growing region in California. Contaminated romaine lettuce that made people sick in this outbreak is no longer available for sale.

 A total of 167 people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 were reported from 27 states. This outbreak was caused by the same strain of E. coli O157:H7 that caused outbreaks linked to leafy greens in 2017 and to romaine lettuce in 2018FDA continues to investigate possible sources of the contamination.

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Big Game Ideas at Aversano’s

Big Game Ideas at Aversano’s

Place a catering order today for the big game

Have fun, and enjoy the game

Wedges 3 – 6 ft


Antipasto Platters

Panini Platters

Chicken Parmesan

Baked Ziti

Penne Vodka

Calzone Platters

And of course: Pizza!

For your convenience  you can order online or order on Facebook

Call today! (845) 279-2233

Aversano's Restaurant - celebrating their 34th year in business!
1620 Route 22 (Towne Centre)
Brewster, NY 10509

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Leap into St. Patrick's Day with the Mighty Ploughboys!

Leap into St. Patrick's Day with the Mighty Ploughboys!
Saturday, February 29th 7:00PM @ the JCC in Sherman
Opening Act: Kyle Coughlin

General Admission Tickets: $25

VIP Member Tickets: $40 | VIP Non-Member Tickets: $50

VIP Tickets include: Mighty Ploughboys CD & T-shirt, meet and greet with the band after the show with dessert and coffee. It is highly recommended that tickets be purchased in advance as we cannot guarantee there will be tickets available at the door. Please kindly RSVP by Friday, February 28th.

Snow Date: March 28th 7PM

]]> (JCC in Sherman ) Events Sat, 25 Jan 2020 05:38:30 -0500
Funding for Nutrition Benefits Programs Informed by Census Statistics

We all know fresh fruits and vegetables are key to good health. Yet many low-income neighborhoods have limited access to fresh produce.

That’s why programs such as the federally funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the National School Lunch Program are vital to the health of communities.

 “I believe in the census. I believe that numbers matter.”

— Betti Wiggins, officer of nutrition services for the Houston Independent School District

Knowing how many children are in an area helps federal, state and local officials evaluate funding for nutrition programs.

“It’s important that a child is adequately nourished before attempting any activity,” said Betti Wiggins, officer of nutrition services for the Houston Independent School District, the nation’s seventh largest school district.

Every day, the district serves 280,000 meals to students, she said. 

SNAP, previously known as Food Stamps, provides nutrition benefits to supplement the food budgets of families ”so they can purchase healthy food and move towards self-sufficiency,” according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), which manages the program.

The 2020 Census will help officials plan for SNAP and other federal nutrition programs for the next 10 years. SNAP receives approximately $71 billion a year in federal funds, according to a report by the U.S. Census Bureau

This story is part of an occasional series on the important community benefits that come from responding to the 2020 Census.

]]> (America Counts Staff) Neighbors Sat, 25 Jan 2020 03:46:13 -0500
NF parks and Rec upcoming events

Check the NF town website for our Brochure and up coming programs! Tone & Flow Yoga with Lara Ward begins Jan 27th at CS. Teen & Tween Yoga , Myofascial Release and Pilates Barre are all available at HYCT studio and drop- ins are welcome. Afterschool programs including: Mindfulness / Movement, Harry Potter and Wilderness Hikes begin on Jan 27th & Feb.5th   NEW this Feb. for MS students -Cookies & Baking 101 in the Culinary Center at NFHS.

Our Red Cross Babsitting class is Sat. Mar. 21st. 

Follow us on facebook for details or @ or call 203-312-5633.



]]> (Town of New Fairfield Parks and Recreation Department) Events Sat, 25 Jan 2020 02:27:20 -0500