Pleasantville's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/pleasantville Tue, 23 Jul 2019 13:33:24 -0400 HamletHub.com Entergy Screenings Under the Stars Brings Free Outdoor Movies to Westchester July 12 and August 2 https://news.hamlethub.com/pleasantville/events/4314-entergy-screenings-under-the-stars-brings-free-outdoor-movies-to-westchester-july-12-and-august-24314-entergy-screenings-under-the-stars-brings-free-outdoor-movies-to-westchester-july-12-and-august-2 https://news.hamlethub.com/pleasantville/events/4314-entergy-screenings-under-the-stars-brings-free-outdoor-movies-to-westchester-july-12-and-august-24314-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 on Monday, April 8: Special Education Is Not Just Academics https://news.hamlethub.com/pleasantville/events/4308-chadd-meeting-mon-april-8-special-education-is-not-just-academics4308-chadd-meeting-mon-april-8-special-education-is-not-just-academics https://news.hamlethub.com/pleasantville/events/4308-chadd-meeting-mon-april-8-special-education-is-not-just-academics4308-chadd-meeting-mon-april-8-special-education-is-not-just-academics

 

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. Meetings are the 2nd Mon of each month.

Support Session: 6:15 - 7:15 PM - facilitated by our Social Workers

General Meeting: 7:30 PM

  • Topic: "Special Education Is Not Just Academics" Addressing Social-Emotional Well Being
  • Speaker: Michael Gilberg, Esq. -- Special Education/Disability Attorney

A $5.00 Donation is requested of nonmembers. This can be applied toward membership the same evening.

Our new location:

Select Human Services, Inc.

17-19 Marble Ave 

Pleasantville, NY 10570 (Visit us online http://selecthumanservices.org/). 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.

http://www.chadd.net/376

westchester-putnamvicinity@chadd.net

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kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Events Tue, 19 Mar 2019 11:38:14 -0400
POSTPONED! Harvey Cavalier Summer Camp OPEN HOUSE is Now Saturday, March 9! https://news.hamlethub.com/pleasantville/events/4306-harvey-cavalier-summer-camp-open-house-on-saturday4306-harvey-cavalier-summer-camp-open-house-on-saturday https://news.hamlethub.com/pleasantville/events/4306-harvey-cavalier-summer-camp-open-house-on-saturday4306-harvey-cavalier-summer-camp-open-house-on-saturday

Harvey Cavalier Summer Camp, originally planned for today, Saturday, March 2, has been postponed due to the weather. The Open House will now take place on Saturday, March 9 from10:00 am to 2:00 pm. 

At The Harvey Cavalier Camp, kids design their own camp day. They can choose from more than 50 engaging activities within technology, dance, crafts, athletics, swimming, ice skating, fine arts, and performance. If kids can imagine it, we probably offer it! Create a camp day that works with your family's schedule and summer plans. Full-day programs include lunch, a T-shirt, and a sports bag.

Call today (914-232-0581) to register and learn more Harvey Cavalier Summer Camp.

Visit Harvey Cavalier Summer Camp online here.

Harvey School is located at 260 Jay Street, Katonah.

Harvey Cavalier Summer Camp

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Events Sat, 02 Mar 2019 03:31:00 -0500
25 Prospect Street Comes to Jacob Burns Film Center Tomorrow! https://news.hamlethub.com/pleasantville/events/4297-25-prospect-street-comes-to-jacob-burns-film-center-on-february-274297-25-prospect-street-comes-to-jacob-burns-film-center-on-february-27 https://news.hamlethub.com/pleasantville/events/4297-25-prospect-street-comes-to-jacob-burns-film-center-on-february-274297-25-prospect-street-comes-to-jacob-burns-film-center-on-february-27

Documentary 25 Prospect Street at Jacob Burns Film Center on February 27

On Wednesday, February 27 beginning at 7pm, 25 Prospect Street will be shown at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, NY.

25 Prospect Street is a documentary about the Prospector Theater, which is an incredible theater located in Ridgefield, CT which provides employment opportunities to people with disabilities.

The Town of New Castle hopes to follow the model of the Prospector Theater for our Chappaqua Performing Arts Center, working with our Every Person is Connected (EPIC) Committee.

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kerry@ducey.org (Town of New Castle) Events Tue, 26 Feb 2019 11:10:00 -0500
Paul Shaffer Announced as Special Guest Performer Thursday Night at Harvey https://news.hamlethub.com/pleasantville/events/4298-paul-shaffer-announced-as-special-guest-performer-thursday-night-at-harvey4298-paul-shaffer-announced-as-special-guest-performer-thursday-night-at-harvey https://news.hamlethub.com/pleasantville/events/4298-paul-shaffer-announced-as-special-guest-performer-thursday-night-at-harvey4298-paul-shaffer-announced-as-special-guest-performer-thursday-night-at-harvey

Bedford’s Paul Shaffer, longtime late-night TV band leader and sidekick for David Letterman, will be a special guest performer this Thursday at 7 p.m. at Harvey Presents: Grace Kelly and Kirsten Maxwell in the Walker Center for the Arts in Katonah.

In what promises to be an outstanding evening of musical entertainment, Shaffer, a singer, composer and musician, will take Harvey’s Lasdon Theater stage in the show headlining two young, rising stars in the music industry.

Grace Kelly, a singer and saxophonist who tours nationally and internationally, has also performed several times in the house band for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” She is a recent winner in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Kirsten Maxwell, who accompanies herself on guitar, has been compared to Joan Baez, Judy Collins and Joni Mitchell. The New York native has opened for several top acts, including Melissa Etheridge. Each young artist will perform as part of a double bill. 

Tickets for Harvey Presents: Grace Kelly and Kirsten Maxwell are $30 for adults and $20 for students.

For more information or to purchase tickets for the event, visit https://www.harveyschool.org/arts/harvey-presents

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kerry@ducey.org (Chris DelCampo) Events Mon, 18 Feb 2019 09:12:59 -0500
Pleasantville Blood Donors Will Receive $5 Amazon Gift Card https://news.hamlethub.com/pleasantville/events/4292-pleasantville-blood-donors-will-receive-5-amazon-gift-card-15432630134292-pleasantville-blood-donors-will-receive-5-amazon-gift-card-1543263013 https://news.hamlethub.com/pleasantville/events/4292-pleasantville-blood-donors-will-receive-5-amazon-gift-card-15432630134292-pleasantville-blood-donors-will-receive-5-amazon-gift-card-1543263013

 Urgent need for blood and platelet donations

Donate by Dec. 19 and receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card

The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donors from Pleasantville to give now to ensure blood is available for medical treatments and emergencies during the holiday season.

Blood and platelet donations often decline during the holidays. Regular donors are busy with holiday activities, and travel and severe winter weather may cause blood drive cancellations. Yet donations remain critical for patients like 4-year-old Wyatt Monacelli who is in the midst of intense chemotherapy treatments for leukemia. He has received a number of transfusions since his diagnosis in June and will likely need more. Locations in and around Pleasantville are:

town date time location address
Greenwich 12/1/2018 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. First Presbyterian Church 1 West Putnam Ave
Greenwich 12/8/2018 8 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. Greenwich Public Safety Complex/New Greenwich Police Department 11 Bruce Place
Greenwich 12/12/2018 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Greenwich Town Hall 101 Field Point Road
Stamford 11/30/2018 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Bobby Valentine's Sports Academy 4 Largo Drive S
Stamford 12/8/2018 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Tully Health Center 32 Strawberry Hill Court
Stamford 12/15/2018 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. St Cecilia Catholic Church 1184 Newfield Ave.

“We are fortunate to have had so many donors give the gift of life to our child so far throughout the course of his treatment, and even more so, we are lucky to have had a supply of blood available for him when he needed it,” said Julianna Monacelli, Wyatt’s mother.

Donors are urged to give now to ensure that families like Wyatt’s don’t have to worry about the availability of blood this winter. In thanks for helping meet the urgent need around the holidays, all those who come to donate blood or platelets now through Dec. 19, 2018, will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email. (Restrictions apply; see amazon.com/gc-legal. More information and details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Together.)

Make an appointment to donate blood or platelets by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Another way to help keep the blood supply strong is to host a Red Cross blood drive this winter. To learn more about hosting a blood drive and to sign up, visit RedCrossBlood.org/HostADrive.

How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (Red Cross) Events Mon, 26 Nov 2018 09:47:25 -0500
IT'S HERE! The 57th Annual Armonk Outdoor Art Show will take place on September 29 and September 30 https://news.hamlethub.com/pleasantville/events/4281-the-57th-annual-armonk-outdoor-art-show-will-take-place-on-september-29-and-september-304281-the-57th-annual-armonk-outdoor-art-show-will-take-place-on-september-29-and-september-30 https://news.hamlethub.com/pleasantville/events/4281-the-57th-annual-armonk-outdoor-art-show-will-take-place-on-september-29-and-september-304281-the-57th-annual-armonk-outdoor-art-show-will-take-place-on-september-29-and-september-30

The 57th Annual Armonk Outdoor Art Show will take place on September 29 and September 30 at 205 Business Park Drive in Armonk.

This fine art and fine crafts juried show is sponsored by the Friends of the North Castle Public Library, Inc. Proceeds benefit the North Castle Public Library and its Whippoorwill Hall theater. The Art Show is run by community volunteers. Armonk, part of the Town of North Castle, is located in Westchester County, which has a population of 949,113.

It is 35 miles north of New York City. Nearby communities include Bedford, Chappaqua, Rye, Scarsdale and Greenwich. Fairfield County, CT, which includes Greenwich and Stamford, has a population of 916,829. You can learn more about Armonk by visiting the Town of North Castle, Armonk Chamber of Commerce, and All About Armonk websites.

The Show is 1/4 mile from Exits 3/3S off Route I-684, 10 miles north of I-287 and I-95, 5 miles from the Merritt and Hutchinson Parkways, 20 minutes from the Tappan Zee Bridge (see where we are on the map for traveling directions). Parking is free and within walking distance. Food is available for purchase at the Show.

If you would like to become an Art Show volunteer, please let us know. For more information about the Art Show, e-mail us at info@armonkoutdoorartshow.org.

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kerry@ducey.org (Armonk Outdoor Art Show) Events Sat, 29 Sep 2018 06:55:00 -0400
Enjoy a cold one, Pleasantville! https://news.hamlethub.com/pleasantville/neighbors/4284-enjoy-a-cold-one-pleasantville-15381731714284-enjoy-a-cold-one-pleasantville-1538173171 https://news.hamlethub.com/pleasantville/neighbors/4284-enjoy-a-cold-one-pleasantville-15381731714284-enjoy-a-cold-one-pleasantville-1538173171

TGIF and raise your glass because today, Friday, September 28, is National Drink A Beer Day!

A recent report by 247WallStreet indicates that beer drinking among Connecticut residents has dwindled as of late. Come on Connecticut! We’re ranked #49 of #50 for beer drinking, consuming 20.7 gallons of beer annually. That might seem like a lot, but not in comparison to New Hampshire which placed first by consuming 40.6 gallons of beer annually!

In the past decade, local breweries have been popping up all over Connecticut and around Pleasantville. The State of Connecticut coined the phrase  “The Connecticut Beer Trail” to highlight the many beer destinations. According to Connecticut Brewers Guild, promoters of Connecticut breweries, as of September 2018, there are 80 operational breweries (with many more on the horizon).

Here is a list of local breweries near Pleasantville that you can check out:

Name Location Phone Website
Half Full Brewery 43 Homestead Ave, Stamford, CT 06902-7204 (203) 274-8788 www.halffullbrewery.com
Lock City Brewing 54 Research Dr, Stamford, CT 06906-1428 (203) 313-6454 www.lockcitybrewing.com

(courtesy of Wikipedia)

Enjoy a cold one while taking in the magnificent colors of fall in New England. Of course, safety first - before hitting the trail (beer trail) name a designated driver.

For more information check out Connecticut Breweries here.

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (National Drink a Beer Day) Neighbors Fri, 28 Sep 2018 12:52:52 -0400
It’s Autumn in Pleasantville! Time to Get Lost! https://news.hamlethub.com/pleasantville/events/4282-it-s-autumn-in-pleasantville-time-to-get-lost-15380672494282-it-s-autumn-in-pleasantville-time-to-get-lost-1538067249 https://news.hamlethub.com/pleasantville/events/4282-it-s-autumn-in-pleasantville-time-to-get-lost-15380672494282-it-s-autumn-in-pleasantville-time-to-get-lost-1538067249

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 Pleasantville.  

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 Pleasantville Residents Can Do in Connecticut This Fall (No Pressure) https://news.hamlethub.com/pleasantville/life/4280-10-things-pleasantville-residents-can-do-in-connecticut-this-fall-no-pressure-15379020404280-10-things-pleasantville-residents-can-do-in-connecticut-this-fall-no-pressure-1537902040 https://news.hamlethub.com/pleasantville/life/4280-10-things-pleasantville-residents-can-do-in-connecticut-this-fall-no-pressure-15379020404280-10-things-pleasantville-residents-can-do-in-connecticut-this-fall-no-pressure-1537902040

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
Blood Emergency!! Summer Blood Drive in Pleasantville on August 8 https://news.hamlethub.com/pleasantville/charities/4273-blood-emergency-summer-blood-drive-in-pleasantville-on-august-84273-blood-emergency-summer-blood-drive-in-pleasantville-on-august-8 https://news.hamlethub.com/pleasantville/charities/4273-blood-emergency-summer-blood-drive-in-pleasantville-on-august-84273-blood-emergency-summer-blood-drive-in-pleasantville-on-august-8

While it is not unusual for the blood donations and supplies to decrease towards the end of summer, this year a state-wide blood emergency was declared on June 11th and is still in effect. In this situation, shortages have to be dealt with on a day-to-day basis. If the need for blood were to spike due to any reason, lives could be lost if supplies are not on the shelf and blood needs to be shipped in from other areas. Those potentially affected include accident and burn victims, cancer patients, premature babies, women with complications of labor and delivery, etc.

If you haven’t already donated this summer, the Pleasantville Volunteer Fire Department and the Pleasantville Volunteer Ambulance Corps will be hosting a Summer Blood Drive at the Pleasantville Fire House, 75 Washington Ave, on Wednesday, August 8 from 2:30 pm - 8:30 pm. Since it is also difficult to organize community drives during the summer, blood donors from all towns are welcome to come to lend their help.

For questions regarding eligibility (travel, medications, last donation, etc): call (800) 688-0900. To sign up: on-line at www.nybloodcenter.org/donate-blood/ or call (800) 933-2566. Although it is helpful to let the organizers know in advance that you plan to come, walk-ins are always accepted.

Direct access to online registration: https://drm.nybloodcenter.org/PublicScheduler/GroupLanding.aspx?GroupCode=09181

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angela.usobiaga@verizon.net (Angela Usobiaga) Charities Mon, 16 Jul 2018 13:25:45 -0400
State Police remove 23 impaired drivers from the public highway over the weekend of July 14th https://news.hamlethub.com/pleasantville/publicsafety/4275-state-police-remove-23-impaired-drivers-from-the-public-highway-over-the-weekend-of-july-14th4275-state-police-remove-23-impaired-drivers-from-the-public-highway-over-the-weekend-of-july-14th https://news.hamlethub.com/pleasantville/publicsafety/4275-state-police-remove-23-impaired-drivers-from-the-public-highway-over-the-weekend-of-july-14th4275-state-police-remove-23-impaired-drivers-from-the-public-highway-over-the-weekend-of-july-14th

On July 13, 2018, State Police from SP Brewster arrested Amy F. Centurione, age 29, of Wyoming, PA, for Aggravated DWI, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the 2nd degree, both misdemeanors, and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana, a violation.  She was traveling on State Route 22 in the town of Patterson, NY, when she was stopped for a vehicle and traffic law violation.  Investigation revealed that she was impaired by alcohol, and was subsequently arrested.
 
On July 13, 2018, State Police from SP Brewster arrested Jason Hahnen, age 42, of Union City, NJ, for DWI with a previous conviction, a class E felony, Resisting Arrest, and Obstruction of Governmental Administration, both class A misdemeanors.  He was involved in a domestic dispute at a residence on Harmon Road in the town of Patterson, NY, and was stopped in order to be interviewed.  Investigation revealed that he was impaired by alcohol, and was subsequently arrested.
 
On July 13, 2018, State Police from SP Wappinger arrested Robert W. Evans Jr., age 61, of Wappinger, NY, for DWI.  He was traveling on State Route 9 in the town of Wappinger, when he was stopped for a vehicle and traffic law violation.  Investigation revealed that he was impaired by alcohol, and was subsequently arrested.
 
On July 13, 2018, State Police from SP Somers arrested Wilson Supliguicha, age 42, of Danbury, CT, for DWI and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the 3rd degree, both misdemeanors.  He was traveling on Interstate 684 in the town of Bedford, NY, when he was stopped for a vehicle and traffic law violation.  Investigation revealed that he was impaired by alcohol, and was subsequently arrested.
 
On July 14, 2018, State Police from SP Livingston arrested Kaushal Chinnusamy, age 28, of Hudson, NY, for DWI.  He was traveling on Atlantic Avenue in the town of Stockport, NY, when he was involved in a motor vehicle collision.  Investigation revealed that he was impaired by alcohol, and was subsequently arrested.
 
On July 14, 2018, State Police from SP Cortlandt arrested Dery Duarte Ipina, age 27, of Peekskill, NY, for DWI.  He was traveling on Albany Post Road in the town of Cortlandt, NY, when he was stopped for a vehicle and traffic law violation.  Investigation revealed that he was impaired by alcohol, and was subsequently arrested.
 
On July 14, 2018, State Police from SP Somers arrested Ricardo Zambrano Espinoza, age 23, of Jersey City, NJ, for DWI.  He was traveling on Interstate 684 in the town of Southeast, NY, when he was stopped for a vehicle and traffic law violation.  Investigation revealed that he was impaired by alcohol, and was subsequently arrested.
 
On July 14, 2018, State Police from SP Poughkeepsie arrested Jaime L. Arroyo, age 27, of Poughkeepsie, NY, for DWI.  He was traveling on State Route 55 in the town of Lagrange, NY, when he was stopped for a vehicle and traffic law violation.  Investigation revealed that he was impaired by alcohol, and was subsequently arrested.
 
On July 14, 2018, State Police from SP Cortlandt arrested Erik A. Villafane, age 28, of Newburgh, NY, for DWI.  He was traveling on Lexington Avenue in the town of Cortlandt, NY, when he left the roadway and crashed into a building.  Investigation revealed that he was impaired by alcohol, and was subsequently arrested.
 
On July 14, 2018, State Police from SP Somers arrested Juan P. Chimbo Villazhinay, age 30, of Ossining, NY, for DWI.  He was traveling on State Route 118 in the town of Somers, NY, when he was stopped for a vehicle and traffic law violation.  Investigation revealed that he was impaired by alcohol, and was subsequently arrested.
 
On July 14, 2018, State Police from SP Hawthorne arrested Luis A. Sanchez II, age 27, of Queens, NY, for DWI.  He was traveling on the Sprain Brook Parkway in the village of Elmsford, NY, when he was involved in a property damage motor vehicle collision.  Investigation revealed that he was impaired by alcohol, and was subsequently arrested.
 
On July 14, 2018, State Police from SP East Fishkill arrested Lynda Stasiak, age 45, of Wappingers Falls, NY, for DWI.  She was traveling on Interstate 84 in the town of Southeast, NY, when she was stopped for a vehicle and traffic law violation.  Investigation revealed that she was impaired by alcohol, and was subsequently arrested.
 
On July 15, 2018, State Police from SP Somers arrested Shawn M.  Kraemer, age 40, of Brookfield, CT, for DWI.  He was traveling on Interstate 684 in the town of Lewisboro, NY, when he was stopped for a vehicle and traffic law violation.  Investigation revealed that he was impaired by alcohol, and was subsequently arrested.
 
On July 15, 2018, State Police from SP Brewster arrested Angelica A. Jara, age 24, of Carmel, NY, for DWI.  She was traveling on Interstate 684 in the town of Southeast, NY, when she was stopped for a vehicle and traffic law violation.  Investigation revealed that he was impaired by alcohol, and was subsequently arrested.
 
On July 15, 2018, State Police from SP Poughkeepsie arrested Isaiah Thomas, age 31, of Poughkeepsie, NY, for DWI.  He was traveling on Cannon Street in the city of Poughkeepsie, NY, when he was stopped for a vehicle and traffic law violation.  Investigation revealed that he was impaired by alcohol, and was subsequently arrested.
 
On July 15, 2018, State Police from SP New Lebanon arrested Jeffrey D. Pike, age 37, of Pittsfield, MA, for DWI.  He was traveling on State Route 20 in the town of New Lebanon, NY, when he was stopped for a vehicle and traffic law violation.  Investigation revealed that he was impaired by alcohol, and was subsequently arrested.
 
On July 15, 2018, State Police from SP Wappinger arrested Mark Buchberger, age 58, of Wappinger, NY, for Aggravated DWI.  He was traveling on All Angels Hill Road in the town of Wappinger, NY, when he was stopped for a vehicle and traffic law violation.  Investigation revealed that he was impaired by alcohol, and was subsequently arrested.
 
On July 15, 2018, State Police from SP Somers arrested Kenny M. Vargas, age 23, of Bronx, NY, for DWAI Drugs.  He was traveling on Interstate 684 in the town of Bedford, NY, when he was stopped for a vehicle and traffic law violation.  Investigation revealed that he was impaired by drugs, and was subsequently arrested.
 
On July 15, 2018, State Police from SP Poughkeepsie arrested Daniel M. Pelton, age 43, of East Fishkill, NY, for DWI.  He was traveling on State Route 55 in the town of Lagrange, NY, when he was stopped for a vehicle and traffic law violation.  Investigation revealed that he was impaired by alcohol, and was subsequently arrested.
 
On July 15, 2018, State Police from SP New Lebanon arrested Benjamin A. Brickle, age 30, of Pittsfield, MA, for Leandra’s Law Aggravated DWI, an E felony.  He was traveling on State Route 20 in the town of New Lebanon, NY, when he was stopped for a vehicle and traffic law violation with a child in the vehicle.  Investigation revealed that he was impaired by alcohol, and was subsequently arrested.
 
On July 15, 2018, State Police from SP Somers arrested Luis Nugra Guzman, age 39, of Danbury, CT, for Leandra’s Law Aggravated DWI, an E felony.  He was traveling on Interstate 684 in the town of North Salem, NY, when he was stopped for a vehicle and traffic law violation with children in the vehicle.  Investigation revealed that he was impaired by alcohol, and was subsequently arrested.
 
On July 15, 2018, State Police from SP Brewster arrested Aladino B. Maldonado Guzman, age 25, of Ossining, NY, for DWI.  He was traveling on Interstate 84 in the town of Southeast, NY, when he was stopped for a vehicle and traffic law violation.  Investigation revealed that he was impaired by alcohol, and was subsequently arrested.
 
On July 15, 2018, State Police from SP Brewster arrested John D. Woytowicz, age 60, of Greenwich, CT, for DWI.  He was traveling on Interstate 84 in the town of Southeast, NY, when he struck a State Police vehicle with its emergency lights active conducting an unrelated traffic stop on the shoulder of the road.  Investigation revealed that he was impaired by alcohol, and was subsequently arrested.

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kerry@ducey.org (NYS Police) Public safety Mon, 16 Jul 2018 10:46:47 -0400
Pleasantville Music Festival ROCKS this Saturday, July 14! https://news.hamlethub.com/pleasantville/events/4274-pleasantville-music-festival-rocks-on-july-144274-pleasantville-music-festival-rocks-on-july-14 https://news.hamlethub.com/pleasantville/events/4274-pleasantville-music-festival-rocks-on-july-144274-pleasantville-music-festival-rocks-on-july-14

Saturday, July 14, the Pleasantville Music Festival will once again rock. Thousands of friends, families and lovers of live, world-class rock, setting out their chairs, blankets and tents, going up to the stage and dancing. 

Purchase tickets here.

Food and drink, a beer & wine garden for the adults, fun activities to keep the kids happy, and a zero-waste program to keep the Earth happy. Plus stuff to buy, charities to learn about, and a warm, positive backyard vibe.

All combined with world-class headliners, breakout stars and local artists you need to know, hand-picked and brought to our stages by dedicated music fans, and presented once again by Westchester Medical Center.

Purchase tickets here.

Learn more about the Pleasantville Music Festival here.

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kerry@ducey.org (Pleasantville Music Festival) Events Thu, 12 Jul 2018 09:22:00 -0400
Holiday Train Show is Open at NYBG https://news.hamlethub.com/pleasantville/events/4243-holiday-train-show-opens-at-nybc-november-224243-holiday-train-show-opens-at-nybc-november-22 https://news.hamlethub.com/pleasantville/events/4243-holiday-train-show-opens-at-nybc-november-224243-holiday-train-show-opens-at-nybc-november-22

The magical Holiday Train Show returns to New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) Wednesday, November 22, 2017 – Monday, January 15, 2018

Enchanting model trains zip through a display of 150 landmarks, each re-created with bark, leaves, and other natural materials—all under the twinkling glow of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Marvel at G-scale locomotives humming along among familiar sights such as the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and Rockefeller Center on nearly a half-mile of track. This year’s exhibition showcases Midtown Manhattan, with iconic skyscrapers and other architectural wonders sharing the spotlight among old and new collection favorites that define this celebrated district.

Learn more about the Holiday Train Show and purchase tickets HERE.

New York Botanical Garden is located at 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx NY.

 

 

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (New York Botanical Garden) Events Fri, 24 Nov 2017 04:29:00 -0500
NYS Police Encourage use of Have a Plan App during Halloween holiday https://news.hamlethub.com/pleasantville/publicsafety/4244-nys-police-encourage-use-of-have-a-plan-app-during-halloween-holiday4244-nys-police-encourage-use-of-have-a-plan-app-during-halloween-holiday https://news.hamlethub.com/pleasantville/publicsafety/4244-nys-police-encourage-use-of-have-a-plan-app-during-halloween-holiday4244-nys-police-encourage-use-of-have-a-plan-app-during-halloween-holiday

The New York State Police will increase patrols to crackdown on drunk driving and underage drinking through the Halloween holiday.  The effort will begin on Friday, October 27, 2017 and continue through Wednesday, November 1, 2017.
 
In an effort to keep this Halloween safe and prevent needless tragedies caused by impaired and distracted drivers, the New York State Police will conduct a special traffic enforcement effort during the upcoming weekend and through Halloween. Troopers will be vigilant in keeping drunk and reckless drivers off the roadways.  State Police will also conduct underage drinker enforcement details statewide.
 
Superintendent George P. Beach II said, “Halloween can be a fun holiday, but it can also be deadly when someone makes the wrong choice to drink and drive. Children and their parents will be out walking and we urge drivers to be aware of this and exercise caution. Our message is simple: Never drink and drive. Troopers will be out in force to ticket and arrest those who threaten the safety of our roadways and endanger the lives of those who travel them.”
 
Motorists who are traveling this weekend can expect a number of sobriety checkpoints and additional DWI patrols. Law enforcement will also be looking for motorists who are using their phones and other electronic devices while behind the wheel. Drivers should also remember to “move over” for stopped emergency and hazard vehicles stopped on the side of the road. State Police will also be targeting the illegal sale of alcohol to minors.
 
Troopers will be using both marked State Police vehicles and Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement (CITE) vehicles as part of this crackdown in order to more easily identify motorists who are violating the law. CITE vehicles allow the Trooper to better observe driving violations.  These vehicles blend in with every day traffic but are unmistakable as emergency vehicles once the emergency lighting is activated.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that nationwide pedestrian fatalities are at their highest in 26 years with 5,987 fatalities in 2016. Halloween is a particularly deadly night due to the high number of impaired drivers on the roads. 
 
During last year’s initiative there were 1,142 accidents, more than 166 of which resulted in someone being injured. Four people were killed.  Troopers also arrested 245 people for DWI and issued more than 12,327 tickets for speeding, distracted driving and other traffic violations.

The GTSC and the NYS STOP-DWI Foundation have made the “Have a Plan” app available to allow people to locate and call a taxi or ride share service, program a designated-driver list, and educate themselves on Blood Alcohol Content levels.  It also provides information on DWI laws and penalties and even enables app users to report a suspected impaired driver.  The app is free and available for Apple, Andriod, and Windows smart phones.  You can download the app here.

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keytocomputing@gmail.com (NYS Police) Public safety Tue, 31 Oct 2017 08:43:00 -0400