Peekskill's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/peekskill Sat, 25 May 2019 04:07:18 -0400 HamletHub.com It’s Autumn in Peekskill! Time to Get Lost! https://news.hamlethub.com/peekskill/events/894-it-s-autumn-in-peekskill-time-to-get-lost-1538067298894-it-s-autumn-in-peekskill-time-to-get-lost-1538067298 https://news.hamlethub.com/peekskill/events/894-it-s-autumn-in-peekskill-time-to-get-lost-1538067298894-it-s-autumn-in-peekskill-time-to-get-lost-1538067298

Get lost in the beauty of the season! Strolling (or running, skipping, walking) through a corn maze is one of the adventures of fall (and it’s perfect for all ages!) Lucky for us, Connecticut is home to several corn mazes that boast beauty, art, and creativity!

According to Corn Mazes America, the first modern corn maze was created in the early 1990s in the United States. By 1998 there were between 50-100  and a decade later, 2008, it’s estimated that there were over 800 corn mazes in the United States! We did some searching but could not find the exact number of corn mazes that exist in American today, but safe to say, the number exceeds one thousand! 

Below please find the Maze or Mazes within forty miles of Peekskill.  

Place Town Address Phone
Plasko's Farm Trumbull 670 Daniels Farm Road 203-268-2716
Castle Hill Farm Newtown 25 Sugar Lane 203-426-5487
Jones Family Farm's Pumpkinseed Hill Shelton 120 Beardsley Road 203-929-8425
Benedict's Home and Garden Monroe 480 Purdy Hill Road 203-268-2537

Most corn mazes are open on weekends, but we recommend calling ahead of time or checking the Farm’s website for exact dates and times of operation. In addition to the joys of getting lost in the cornstalks, many of the farms offer fun fall activities including hayrides and pumpkin picking.

 

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (Laurie Gibbons) Events Thu, 27 Sep 2018 06:57:25 -0400
10 Things Peekskill Residents Can Do in Connecticut This Fall (No Pressure) https://news.hamlethub.com/peekskill/life/891-10-things-peekskill-residents-can-do-in-connecticut-this-fall-no-pressure-1537902035891-10-things-peekskill-residents-can-do-in-connecticut-this-fall-no-pressure-1537902035 https://news.hamlethub.com/peekskill/life/891-10-things-peekskill-residents-can-do-in-connecticut-this-fall-no-pressure-1537902035891-10-things-peekskill-residents-can-do-in-connecticut-this-fall-no-pressure-1537902035

Remember in years past when everyone feared missing out on summer - that mythical, shimmering, relaxed yet activity-packed, summery summer? That era is over; summer has lost its FOMO-inducing glow. Fall has taken over.

Now, I love fall. (Except for the part where I turn a year older and the other part where I have to rake my lawn.) But lately, fall - or rather, the hype surrounding it - has gotten out of hand. These days, we can't just appreciate the foliage and buy a new sweater, we have to hoard sickly-sweet orange candles, expertly style a nursery full of mums on our front steps, sprinkle everything with pumpkin spice (which, come on people, is nutmeg and cinnamon, doesn't that sound a thousand times more appetizing anyway?), and go apple-picking in leather boots even though it's still 75 degrees out. And that's before we even get to Halloween, and the whole thing really goes into full faux-spider-web-covered overdrive. (It is interesting that Thanksgiving doesn't factor into the autumnal craziness too much; could it be because the holiday has mostly resisted commercialization?) The Fall Industrial Complex is real, and the pressure is intense.

And in Connecticut, the seasonal mania is especially strong, because while summer weather lasts for three months or more in a good year, fall weather - that perfect, crisp-but-not-cold, sunny, leaf-saturated, booties and scarf weather - lasts about two weeks. (Unless we get one bad storm in September or early October and skip straight from summer to snow.) Fall is limited edition, and limited edition products always come with especially frenzied promotion.

This year, the fall craziness began weeks ago, weather and the calendar date be damned, but now it's picking up the pace as a few signs of actual autumn have appeared. It's getting cooler overnight, pumpkins have started popping up at farm stands, and last week, in Litchfield County, I saw not only some orange-tinged branches but an entire grove of bright red trees.

So I thought I'd write a list. These fall suggestions, all of which I have done recently or hope to do soon, are ways to take advantage of the season without losing your mind over it. In other words, you could put on a $150 flannel shirt and Instagram these activities while jumping in a leaf pile, but you don't have to.

Eat all the apples.

I'm probably not going to be picking apples this year (and I'm definitely not going to be doing it while dressed like a fashion blogger) but I will certainly stop by some farm stores and grab some local apples and cider. (In fact, I already have the apples, from Scott's Yankee Farmer in East Lyme. The Connecticut Department of Agriculture has a listing of farm stores and stands by county.

Check a farm winery off the list.

I love visiting Connecticut wineries, both because they tend to be gorgeous and because, well, they have wine. And ever since first I stopped at the adorable farm market at Holmberg Orchards in Gales Ferry, I've wanted to try their wines. Unlike most local wineries, Holmberg produces mostly fruit wines and ciders. I've never gotten into these - I've always been strictly a red wine person - but if I'm ever going to like them, it will be on a pretty Connecticut farm in the fall. They're open for tastings Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. through October.

Hike amongst the leaves.

I have a long list of Connecticut attractions I intend to get to someday, and not a few of them are hikes. Two in particular have been on the list for years and, more to the point, seem like particularly good bets for capturing fall foliage. (Because as much as I hate the whole leaf-peeping thing, I can't stop myself from trying to get some good leaf pics each year.) They are Mount Tom State Park in Litchfield, and Mohawk Mountain State Park in Cornwall and Goshen. Both involve towers. Hopefully I'll get to one; maybe I'll manage to get to both. But even if I have to stick to parks closer to me, I'm sure I'll spend at least a little time this fall in the colorful outdoors.

Go to a country fair or festival.

Growing up in Westport, fall was synonymous with the Apple Festival, which brought decadent food, crafts, student dance recitals, and campaigning politicians together in our local high school. The Apple Fest, as we called it, is no more, but other fall fairs and festivals live on elsewhere throughout the state. If you've never been to a traditional agricultural fair, the kind with animal barns, rides, tractor pulls, and fried dough, this is a must. Most of Connecticut's fairs end in late summer, but three take place in the fall: the Harwinton Fair, October 5, 6 & 7 and the Portland Fair, also October 6, 7, and 8. There are also festivals all over Connecticut, with themes ranging from apples to pumpkins to oysters to foliage to...well, just search for one near you, or by date, on ctvisit.com.

Browse in a garden store.

I plan to go to to one or two of Connecticut's awesome garden stores (garden centers? nurseries? you know, the ones that aren't just a place to buy mulch and bulbs, but an experience) to take in the atmosphere and gaze at all the seasonal plants and gifts. I'm fond of Smith's Acres, but one of my other favorites, Salem Herbfarm, closed two years ago, so maybe this year I'll find a new favorite. (Any suggestions? Comment below!)

Get the beach to yourself.

Though summer is my favorite season, summer's favorite activity is my favorite activity to do in the fall. I avoid beaches as much as possible between Memorial Day and Labor Day, but as soon as they're FREE, nearly deserted, and neither too sticky nor too cold, I'm back. This fall, I'm sure I'll hit some favorites close to home, like Rocky Neck State Park in East Lyme, Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, Ocean Beach Park in New London, and Waterford Beach Park. But I'd also like to go back to Cove Island Park if I'm in the Stamford area, and maybe discover some new beaches, if there are any I haven't found yet.

Sneak in some day or weekend trips.

I know, I know, this isn't a something to do in Connecticut. But if you live here, this is the season to take advantage of living in a wonderful place that's also very close to many other wonderful places which happen to be crowded in summer and freezing (or nearly shut down) in winter. Among the places I'd like to return to are Long Island's east end, just a ferry ride away from New London; some Hudson Valley towns like Saugerties and Catskill; Providence; and Block Island. Some I haven't been to yet that I hope I can squeeze in are Boston's Harbor Islands; City Island, NY; and perhaps some new-to-me small towns in New Hampshire or Maine.

Stroll around some downtowns.

This is as simple as it gets, but Connecticut is packed with extremely pretty towns and historic cities that really come to life when you take the time to explore them on foot. And there's something special about walking around a town green or along an old-fashioned Main Street when it's cool enough to order a warm drink, but not too cold to consume it outside. I hope I have time to add some more City Walks and Town Center Strolls to the blog this season. I'd like to get back to Pawcatuck, New Milford, and Hartford, among many others.

Wander through a historic cemetery.

For some reason, I usually find myself in old cemeteries in summer, sweating and fighting off mosquitoes, or in winter, unable to read headstones covered in snow. (See: my trips to the Old Norwichtown Cemetery in Norwich and Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford.) But autumn is a far superior time to lose yourself in the details of the dead. It's a way to get that Halloween-y vibe without having to make a costume or go to a party with dry ice in the punch. Plus, weather-wise, fall is a much more comfortable time to go searching for notable graves in venerable little burial grounds or exploring some of the larger, park-like cemeteries built as serene public spaces for the living as well as final resting places for the deceased. Some particularly haunting options (among many) are Griswold's Kinne Cemetery, Bridgeport's Mountain Grove Cemetery, and Hartford's Ancient Burying Ground, but often, in New England especially, the best cemetery is the one you discover unintentionally by the side of the road.

Stretch out your summer.

Labor Day, the start of the school year, and the crickets chirping might make you feel like summer is over and gone. But many seasonal businesses stay open well into October - and sometimes beyond - and lots of stereotypically "summer" activities are just as enjoyable in the fall. Many of Connecticut's ice cream stands, for instance, keep serving frozen treats past whatever date you might imagine is your last chance to indulge. Lobster shacks, too, usually stay open, if with limited hours, into the fall. Captain Scott's Lobster Deck and Fred's Shanty in New London and Abbott's and Ford's in Noank stay open into October. Farmers' Markets get the most attention when their tables are overflowing with summer berries, but in addition to the larger markets that are open (usually indoors) year-round, regular smaller markets often extend their season into the fall. The Department of Agriculture provides a list of markets with dates, and there's almost certainly one open in September or October near wherever you may be going. Recently I got into a conversation about picnics, and realized they're also a summer staple that doesn't have to end in August. For a classy picnic option, grab some food at the Marketplace at Guilford Food Center in Guilford and eat on a bench on the town green. For an old-fashioned, rustic experience, get lunch at Heirloom Market at Comstock Ferre and eat at Wethersfield Cove. And for cheesy fun and a huge variety of food choices, shop at Stew Leonard's in Norwalk, Danbury, or Newington. Outdoor eating options for those towns include two spots that have been on my Connecticut to-do list for years, Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk, and Tarrywile Park in Danbury. As for Newington, any excuse to go to the park with America's smallest natural waterfall, right?

Johnna Kaplan is a freelance writer and editor living in New London. You can find her on Twitter @johnnamaurie, on Instagram @johnnakaplan, and on her website, johnnakaplan.com. This post was originally published at The Size of Connecticut.

Photo by Johnna Kaplan

 

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (Johanna Kaplan) Life Tue, 25 Sep 2018 09:57:31 -0400
Tompkins Excavation Joins The Fight Against Hunger And Homelessness In Peekskill https://news.hamlethub.com/peekskill/neighbors/769-tompkins-excavation-joins-the-fight-against-hunger-and-homelessness-in-peekskill769-tompkins-excavation-joins-the-fight-against-hunger-and-homelessness-in-peekskill https://news.hamlethub.com/peekskill/neighbors/769-tompkins-excavation-joins-the-fight-against-hunger-and-homelessness-in-peekskill769-tompkins-excavation-joins-the-fight-against-hunger-and-homelessness-in-peekskill

Stacey Tompkins, President of Tompkins Excavation, and her son Michael recently volunteered to prepare and hand out a warm healthy meal to the residents of the Jan Peek House in Peekskill, NY. The Jan Peek House is at the center of the Caring for the Homeless (CHOP) program. It serves as a safe haven for the area’s homeless men and women of all ages. The 19-bed facility is open 365 days a year, and provides shelter, food, and a conduit to comprehensive support services to assist the homeless attain independent living. 

“This was a wonderful experience for my son and myself”, said Stacey. “It is so important for those of us who are fortunate enough to give back to our local communities to assist others that are less fortunate. It is a great feeling to be able to help in some small way”. 

Besides her recent efforts on behalf of the Jan Peek House Shelter for the Homeless, Stacey is a former PTA Executive Board Member in Putnam Valley, as well as a member of the Citizen Advisory Board for the Putnam Valley Central School District and a Parent Representative for the Putnam Valley HS Building Steering Committee. Tompkins has offered support to charities including Caring for the Homeless of Peekskill, Inc., Habitat for Humanity Putnam County, Community Cares of Mahopac, Antonia Arts Studio, and Support Connection.

Tompkins Excavating began as a lawn mowing service until a subdivision was established in Yorktown in the late 1980’s which transformed the business into a full-service residential and commercial landscape construction company. The company is family-owned and operated and has faithfully served clients in Westchester and Putnam Counties over the past 30 years. For more information, visit their website at TompkinsExcavating.com.

Photo left to right: Daniel Malloy, Lindsey Malloy, Ryan Malloy, Michael Tompkins, Stacy Tompkins and Trish Malloy.

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mjdardano@gmail.com (Michael Dardano) Neighbors Mon, 03 Nov 2014 15:28:56 -0500
Book signing "Beyond Soccer Mom: strategies for a fabulous balanced life" at Barnes and Noble in Mohegan Lake https://news.hamlethub.com/peekskill/events/770-dr-leonaura770-dr-leonaura https://news.hamlethub.com/peekskill/events/770-dr-leonaura770-dr-leonaura

Connecticut based author Dr Leonaura Rhodes is teaming up with Barnes and Noble, Mohegan Lake for an in store book signing and discussion on Thursday November 06, at 6:00 PM.

 Leonaura will be signing copies of her new book Beyond Soccer Mom: strategies for a fabulous balanced life, a book to help moms and their families thrive.  Leonaura will be talking about the need for women to nurture themselves, to decide what they really want from life and to consciously create a better life, for themselves and their family. The event is open to the public. Click here to learn more.  

Rhodes’s book “Beyond Soccer Mom” is a strategic “how-to” guide for moms to improve their lives, so their whole family will thrive. Dr Rhodes believes that children suffer when their mom is neglecting her own needs; when mom is stressed, bored, resentful, depressed, unfulfilled and unhealthy. The book helps moms take an active role in creating a fabulous, balanced life, for the whole family. The book is available at Barnes and Noble stores, online and in ebook format. They author’s website www.beyondsoccermom.com. Purchase of the physical book gives the reader access to a free ebook version and downloadable workbook. 

Barnes and Noble, Mohegan Lake is located at Mohegan Lake, Cortlandt Town Center, 3089 E Main Street, Mohegan Lake, NY 10547 and hosts regular author events and children’s story-time sessions. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr Leonaura Rhodes is a Health and Happiness Coach, physician, neuroscience expert, speaker, and a busy soccer mom. She is also host of a video blog show “The Busy Mom Show” where she interviews top experts on matters relating to moms and families, and she is an expert health blogger for Hearst Media. 

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leonaurarhodes@gmail.com (Dr Leonaura) Events Mon, 03 Nov 2014 15:28:08 -0500
Send out a Healthy Halloween ecard from the CDC https://news.hamlethub.com/peekskill/neighbors/773-send-out-a-healthy-halloween-ecard-from-the-cdc773-send-out-a-healthy-halloween-ecard-from-the-cdc https://news.hamlethub.com/peekskill/neighbors/773-send-out-a-healthy-halloween-ecard-from-the-cdc773-send-out-a-healthy-halloween-ecard-from-the-cdc

The CDC has a free and fun way to keep Halloween safe!

You can now send your friends a Halloween ecard from the The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

click here to see all the Halloween ecards available

Halloween Health and Safety Tips

Children in halloween costumesFall celebrations like Halloween and Harvest Day are fun times for children, who can dress up in costumes, enjoy parties, and eat yummy treats. These celebrations also provide a chance to give out healthy snacks, get physical activity, and focus on safety.

Check out these tips from the CDC to help make the festivities fun and safe for trick-or-treaters and party guests.

Going trick-or-treating?

  • Swords, knives, and other costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
  • Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
  • Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
  • Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.
  • Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always WALK and don't run from house to house.
  • Always test make-upExternal Web Site Icon in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
  • Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.External Web Site Icon
  • Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
  • Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
  • Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
  • Enter homes only if you're with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Never accept rides from strangers.
  • Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

Expecting trick-or-treaters or party guests?

Follow these tips to help make the festivities fun and safe for everyone:

  • Provide healthier treats for trick-or-treaters such as low-calorie treats and drinks. For party guests, offer a variety of fruits, vegetables, and cheeses.

  • Use party games and trick-or-treat time as an opportunity for kids to get their daily dose of 60 minutes of physical activity.
  • Be sure walking areas and stairs are well-lit and free of obstacles that could result in falls.
  • Keep candle-lit jack o'lanterns and luminaries away from doorsteps, walkways, landings, and curtains. Place them on sturdy tables, keep them out of the reach of pets and small children, and never leave them unattended.
  • Remind drivers to watch out for trick-or-treaters and to drive safely.

 

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cortlandtmanor@hamlethub.com (Rob Smith) Neighbors Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:50:29 -0400
Cardinal McCloskey Community Services Talent Show https://news.hamlethub.com/peekskill/events/772-cardinal-mccloskey-community-services-talent-show772-cardinal-mccloskey-community-services-talent-show https://news.hamlethub.com/peekskill/events/772-cardinal-mccloskey-community-services-talent-show772-cardinal-mccloskey-community-services-talent-show

Come, join us on Saturday, November 22nd to see the stars of CMCS as they shine!

Since 2002, the annual Taking the Stage talent show has impressed audiences and continues to provide an artistic outlet for at-risk children and teens. All performers are youngsters served in CMCS programs who have dedicated many hours perfecting their talents and rehearsing for the show. The afternoon is a powerful reminder of the obstacles our youth, our future, continue to face, yet also a tribute to their indomitable spirit and the unwavering support CMCS gives so that they can achieve their goals and lead successful lives.

Doors Open: 1:00 PM

Show Starts: 1:30 PM

Art Gallery open from 1:00 - 4:00 PM . All participants, art work, literay pieces and performances are original, created by and performed by youth in CMCS' care.

For tickets and more information, please click here

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cortlandtmanor@hamlethub.com (Rob Smith) Events Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:10:15 -0400
Friends of Karen Fundraiser at Mama Rosa https://news.hamlethub.com/peekskill/charities/771-friends-of-karen-fundraiser-at-mama-rosa771-friends-of-karen-fundraiser-at-mama-rosa https://news.hamlethub.com/peekskill/charities/771-friends-of-karen-fundraiser-at-mama-rosa771-friends-of-karen-fundraiser-at-mama-rosa

Somers Chamber of Commerce is hosting their 2nd annual Italian Dinner Party at Mamma Rosa. All proceeds of the dinner and auction to be donated to Friends of Karen.

The dinner will be held on November 3rd, 2014, at Mamma Rosa Ristorante, 252 Route 100 in Somers between 6:30 and 9:00pm.

Friends of Karen is a non-profit whose Mission is to provide emotional, financial and advocacy support for children with a life-threatening illness and their families, in order to help keep them strong, functioning and able to cope.

Friends of Karen is a registered 501(c)(3) charity and the only organization in the New York metropolitan area to provide a comprehensive range of services -- at no cost -- to families caring for a child with a life-threatening illness.

Driven by compassion for families facing the most difficult experience imaginable, our expert social workers, committed staff and dedicated volunteers provide vital, practical and comprehensive services tailored to the specific needs of each family -- and each family member -- to help free them of everyday concerns so they have more time to love.

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cortlandtmanor@hamlethub.com (Somers Chamber) Charities Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:31:39 -0400
WAEYC Conference 10.25.14 https://news.hamlethub.com/peekskill/events/762-waeyc-conference-10-25-14762-waeyc-conference-10-25-14 https://news.hamlethub.com/peekskill/events/762-waeyc-conference-10-25-14762-waeyc-conference-10-25-14

WESTCHESTER ASSOCIATION FOR THE EDUCATION OF YOUNG CHILDREN to Hold Annual Conference

On Saturday, October 25, 2014, the Westchester Association for the Education of Young Children will hold its 50th October Conference.  The theme of the conference is "Keeping the Wonder in Early Childhood".

There will be a variety of workshops available for professionals who work in the field of early childhood education to attend as well as a presentation by Ken Fisk from Wondergy, entitled: “Wonder about the World: Playing with our Perceptions”.  This conference is co-sponsored by Mercy College Department of Early Childhood Education and Westchester Association for the Education of Young Children.

The Conference will be held from 8:00am to 3:00pm in the Mercy Hall Rotunda at Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry NY. 

For additional information or how to register to attend please contact: Elena Nitecki at enitecki@Mercy.edu  

 

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KattPascale@gmail.com (Jennifer LeFebre, EdD) Events Fri, 03 Oct 2014 02:37:11 -0400
Will You Wear Orange TODAY to help End Hunger? https://news.hamlethub.com/peekskill/charities/756-will-you-wear-orange-to-end-hunger756-will-you-wear-orange-to-end-hunger https://news.hamlethub.com/peekskill/charities/756-will-you-wear-orange-to-end-hunger756-will-you-wear-orange-to-end-hunger

 

Join the Food Bank for Westchester today, September 4th, as we kick off our month-long effort to turn the county orange to end hunger. We encourage everyone to play a role and show your support by wearing orange! Send your photo to info@foodbankforwestchester.org and we will post it on our Facebook page. Post on your own wall and use #FB4W and #hungeraction

Westchester County's Fight Against Hunger

We estimate that one in five Westchester County residents are hungry or at-risk of being hungry and of the approximately 200,000 people, one-third are children and 22% are seniors over the age of 60.

September is Hunger Action Month, a nationwide campaign mobilizing the public to take action on the issue of hunger. Organized by the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks, the campaign brings greater attention to the issue of hunger in America and promotes ways for individuals everywhere to get involved with the movement to solve it.

To learn more about Hunger Action Month click here!

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annaleder@yahoo.com (Food Bank for Westchester) Charities Thu, 04 Sep 2014 10:00:06 -0400
Computer Drop-in Instruction at the Hendrick Hudson Free Library in Montrose https://news.hamlethub.com/peekskill/life/755-computer-drop-in-instruction-at-the-hendrick-hudson-free-library-in-montrose755-computer-drop-in-instruction-at-the-hendrick-hudson-free-library-in-montrose https://news.hamlethub.com/peekskill/life/755-computer-drop-in-instruction-at-the-hendrick-hudson-free-library-in-montrose755-computer-drop-in-instruction-at-the-hendrick-hudson-free-library-in-montrose

Would you like to learn more about computer basics, email, and searching the Internet? 
 
As a result of a generous grant from the Hendrick Hudson Community Educational Foundation, we have purchased four laptop computers for hands-on instruction here at the library. 
 
Bring your questions (and your own laptop if you have one), and in a small-group setting, we will offer help with Internet basics and safety, email, and Microsoft Office applications.
 
Please register to use one of our four laptops during the workshop beginning September 2 - call 914-739-5654. If you will use your own laptop, just drop in. 
 
Tuesdays from 10:00AM to Noon:
September 16, 30, October 14, 21, 28,
November 4, 18
 
At the Hendrick Hudson Free Library
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Nsatin23@gmail.com (Hendrick Hudson Free Library) Life Thu, 04 Sep 2014 07:25:10 -0400
Check Out an Encore R&B/Soul Performance with Qu Boii & Eclectic Paradise at 12 Grapes in Peekskill https://news.hamlethub.com/peekskill/events/753-check-out-an-encore-r-b-soul-performance-with-qu-boii-eclectic-paradise-at-12-grapes-in-peekskill753-check-out-an-encore-r-b-soul-performance-with-qu-boii-eclectic-paradise-at-12-grapes-in-peekskill https://news.hamlethub.com/peekskill/events/753-check-out-an-encore-r-b-soul-performance-with-qu-boii-eclectic-paradise-at-12-grapes-in-peekskill753-check-out-an-encore-r-b-soul-performance-with-qu-boii-eclectic-paradise-at-12-grapes-in-peekskill

Last week, we were turning people away at the door, but they couldn't help but stand outside and listen in as Qu Boii took 12 Grapes, and Peekskill, by storm!
 
Come dance to classic R&B and Soul music from this talented group. Jaquon "Qu Boii" Welch has a tenor voice that smoothly transitions from old-time Gospel to modern Urban Soul and R&B, drawing inspiration from legendary artists like Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, John Legend and others.
 
$7 Cover, plus $20 per person minimum for table reservations.
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Nsatin23@gmail.com (12 Grapes) Events Wed, 03 Sep 2014 10:24:10 -0400
'Community Day' Celebration at the Jefferson Valley Mall on September 14th https://news.hamlethub.com/peekskill/events/752-community-day-celebration-at-the-jefferson-valley-mall-on-september-14th752-community-day-celebration-at-the-jefferson-valley-mall-on-september-14th https://news.hamlethub.com/peekskill/events/752-community-day-celebration-at-the-jefferson-valley-mall-on-september-14th752-community-day-celebration-at-the-jefferson-valley-mall-on-september-14th

Jefferson Valley Mall and Yorktown Organizations United would like to welcome the public to the 2nd Annual Community Day, set for Sunday, September 14th from 12:00 - 4:00 PM at the main entrance parking lot and also inside the mall (rain or shine).

Join us for a day filled with fun, food and festivities! Come support organizations and businesses from around the local area, learn about their missions and discover opportunities within the community. 

Here’s a preview of the fun to come! 

Many local emergency services teams will be at the event, including Mahopac Fire Department, Yorktown Police Department, Carmel Police Department, Putnam County ERT team and many more! Each service team will be conducting live demonstrations, vehicle tours, safety presentations and showcasing their K9 Units.

There will be a number of fun and exciting events for kids, including a giant bounce house, sidewalk chalk contest, face paining, interactive games and more! 

Local organizations like Harrison Apar Field of Dreams Foundation, Support Connection, Friends of Jaclyn, Yorktown Love in Action and many more will be showcasing their causes

And of course… there will also be food, music and a ton of family fun! 

Are you interested in participating? For more information, please contact:

Alexa O’Rourke, Marketing and Business Development Director, 914-245-4688, aorourke@simon.com

Katie Kavanagh, Marketing Assistan

(Photo from Jefferson Valley Mall's Facebook page)

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Nsatin23@gmail.com (Jefferson Valley Mall) Events Wed, 03 Sep 2014 09:45:23 -0400
CVS Decides to Stop Selling Cigarettes; What's Your #OneGoodReason? https://news.hamlethub.com/peekskill/life/754-cvs-decides-to-stop-selling-cigarettes-what-s-your-onegoodreason754-cvs-decides-to-stop-selling-cigarettes-what-s-your-onegoodreason https://news.hamlethub.com/peekskill/life/754-cvs-decides-to-stop-selling-cigarettes-what-s-your-onegoodreason754-cvs-decides-to-stop-selling-cigarettes-what-s-your-onegoodreason

Today, CVS Health became tobacco-free by ending the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products at its 7,700 pharmacies across the country.

CVS Heath’s tobacco free policy is an unprecedented step in our Department's continued efforts to collectively make the next generation a tobacco free generation. 

We're asking you to join us in this effort. We cannot do this alone. We need to partner with the business community, government and local elected officials, schools and universities, the medical community, the faith community, and committed citizens in communities across the country to make the next generation tobacco free. 

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Nsatin23@gmail.com (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services) Life Wed, 03 Sep 2014 05:50:09 -0400
Jackie Gleason's "Round House" in Peekskill is Profiled on Yahoo https://news.hamlethub.com/peekskill/neighbors/751-gleason-the-great-one-s-peekskill-home-profiled-on-yahoo-1409747006751-gleason-the-great-one-s-peekskill-home-profiled-on-yahoo-1409747006 https://news.hamlethub.com/peekskill/neighbors/751-gleason-the-great-one-s-peekskill-home-profiled-on-yahoo-1409747006751-gleason-the-great-one-s-peekskill-home-profiled-on-yahoo-1409747006

Never known for opting for the "conventional", Jackie Gleason's local "digs" all crafted in the round were entirely in keeping with his offbeat approach to life. The home, which is sited in Peekskill, was the ultimate getaway boasting both solitude and incredible Hudson River sightlines. It is currently the subject of a feature on "Curbed and  Yahoo news.

While Gleason technically resided in Peekskill, some of his most productive hours were spent at "Mary's" on North Riverside, which was the precursor to "Honey's", which preceded the well known eatery "The Tavern".

He immortalized "Mary's" in a song called "Moustache Mary's" on his 1958 release"Riff Jazz". The big band disc, which featured Jazz greats Hank Jones, Jimmy Cleveland, Charlie Shavers and Charlie Ventura was heavily larded with local themed tracks, including Buchanan Bustout, Sawmill Slides, Route 9a Romp, Harmon Hum, Croton Craze, and of course  Mary's Pizza Mart.

http://blog.modernmechanix.com/jackie-gleasons-round-house/1/#mmGal

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rivrlivr1@aol.com (Ken Sargeant) Neighbors Wed, 03 Sep 2014 04:23:26 -0400
Family Services of Westchester is Awarded nearly $250K to Aid Veterans in Our Community https://news.hamlethub.com/peekskill/politics/750-family-services-of-westchester-is-awarded-nearly-250k-to-aid-veterans-in-our-community750-family-services-of-westchester-is-awarded-nearly-250k-to-aid-veterans-in-our-community https://news.hamlethub.com/peekskill/politics/750-family-services-of-westchester-is-awarded-nearly-250k-to-aid-veterans-in-our-community750-family-services-of-westchester-is-awarded-nearly-250k-to-aid-veterans-in-our-community

On August 20th, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that New York State has received nearly $6 million in competitive AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service, which will support more than 460 AmeriCorps members Statewide that serve in nearly two dozen organizations to combat challenges facing New Yorkers. An additional $10 million was awarded in May, bringing the total amount of funding in 2014 to approximately $16 million.

AmeriCorps State and National supports a wide range of local service programs that engage thousands of Americans in intensive community service each year. They provide grants to a network of local and national organizations and agencies committed to using national service to address critical community needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment.

Among this approved funding is $247,375 allocated to Family Services of Westchester (FSW) to provide economic opportunity for unemployed veterans within our community.  FSW launched the Veterans Outreach and Support Project in January 2012 to meet the needs of returning veterans and their families.  Since then, the program has expanded to veterans and families of all ages without restrictions to service dates, discharge or dependency status. 

To reach FSW about this program, contact Jessica Encarnacion, at 914-872-5257 or at jencarnacion@fsw.org.

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Nsatin23@gmail.com (Catherine Borgia - 9th District Legislator) Politics Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:28:19 -0400