Pleasantville's HamletHub Sat, 24 Mar 2018 17:50:38 -0400 Holiday Train Show is Open at NYBG

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.



]]> (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

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.

]]> (NYS Police) Public safety Tue, 31 Oct 2017 08:43:00 -0400
Gleaning Event at Hilltop Hanover Farm November 24

Friday, November 24th - 10am to noon at   Hilltop Hanover Farm
Great opportunity to get your guests out and moving after your Thanksgiving feast!  Last year, with 50 volunteers, we harvested about 2000 pounds of vegetables which were donated to our partners to help people all across Westchester! 
Please email or call me with any questions or to RSVP - to make sure you reserve a spot for your family!  
Email me at if you'd like more information about volunteering with us! Kids and adults are welcome! 
Thank you! 
Pleasantville Community Garden
(m) 914-262-5531
]]> (David Juros) Neighbors Tue, 31 Oct 2017 04:10:43 -0400
Halloween Safety: Costumes, Makeup, Candy and Colored Contact Lenses


Whether you’re a ghost or zombie, vampire or witch, poor costume choices—including decorative (colored) contact lenses and flammable costumes—and face paint allergies can cause injuries that haunt you long after Halloween.

Enjoy a safe and happy Halloween by following these guidelines from FDA, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • Wear costumes that say “flame resistant” on the label. If you make your costume, use flame-resistant fabrics such as polyester or nylon.
  • Wear bright, reflective costumes or add strips of reflective tape so you’ll be more visible; make sure the costumes aren’t so long that you’re in danger of tripping.
  • Wear makeup and hats rather than masks that can obscure your vision.
  • Test the makeup you plan to use in advance. Put a small amount on the arm of the person who will be wearing it. If a rash, redness, swelling, or other signs of irritation develop where the makeup was applied, that's a sign of a possible allergy.
  • Vibrantly colored makeup is popular at Halloween. Check FDA’s list of color additives to see if the colors are FDA approved. If they aren’t approved for their intended use, don’t use them. This is especially important for colored makeup around the eyes.
  • Don’t wear decorative (colored) contact lenses unless you have seen an eye care professional for a proper fitting and been given instructions for how to use the lenses.

Safe Treats

  • Eating sweet treats is also a big part of Halloween fun.
  • Before you or your children go trick-or-treating, remember these tips:

    • Don’t eat candy until it has been inspected at home.
    • Eat a snack before heading out to avoid the temptation of nibbling on a treat before it has been inspected.
    • In case of a food allergy, check the label to ensure the allergen isn’t present. Tell children not to accept—or eat—anything that isn’t commercially wrapped.
    • Parents of very young children should remove any choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies, or small toys from the Halloween bags.
      • Inspect commercially wrapped treats for signs of tampering, such as an unusual appearance or discoloration, tiny pinholes, or tears in wrappers. Throw away anything that looks suspicious.

      For partygoers and party throwers, FDA recommends the following tips for two seasonal favorites:

      • Unpasteurized juices and juices that have not been further processed are at higher risk of food- borne illness. Look for the warning label to identify juice that hasn’t been pasteurized or otherwise processed, especially packaged juice products made on site. If unsure, always ask if juice has been pasteurized or not. Normally, juice in boxes, bottles or cans from your grocer’s frozen food case, refrigerated section, or shelf has been pasteurized.
      • Before bobbing for apples—a favorite Halloween game—reduce the risk of bacteria by thoroughly rinsing the apples under cool running water. As an added precaution, use a produce brush to remove surface dirt.

      Eye Safety

    • FDA joins eye care professionals—including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, the Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists and the American Optometric Association—in discouraging consumers from using illegal decorative (colored) contact lenses. These are contact lenses that have not been approved by FDA for safety and effectiveness. Consumers should only use brand name contact lenses from well-known contact lens companies.

      If you have never worn contact lenses before, Halloween should not be the first time you wear them. Experts warn that buying any kind of contact lenses—which are medical devices and regulated as such—without an examination and a prescription from an eye care professional can cause serious eye disorders and infections, which may lead to permanent vision loss. Despite the fact that it’s illegal to sell decorative contact lenses without a valid prescription, FDA says the lenses are sold on the Internet and in retail shops and salons—particularly around Halloween.

      The decorative lenses make the wearer’s eyes appear to glow in the dark, create the illusion of vertical “cat eyes,” or change the wearer’s eye color.

      Although unauthorized use of decorative contact lenses is a concern year-round, Halloween is the time when people may be inclined to use them, perhaps as costume accessories. When they are bought and used without a valid prescription, without the involvement of a qualified eye care professional, or without appropriate follow-up care, it can lead to significant risks of eye injuries, including blindness.

      This article appears on the FDA’s Consumer Updates page, which features the latest on all FDA-regulated products.

      Updated: October 20, 2017

      Published: October 26, 2010


]]> (FDA.GOV) Public safety Mon, 23 Oct 2017 10:10:36 -0400
Pleasantville Man Arraigned in Scheme to Pocket Clients’ Business Taxes

Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. announced today that Stefan Malgarinos, forty-seven years old of Pleasantville, New York was arraigned on a felony complaint today in Village of Pleasantville Court and charged with:

  • two counts of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, class “C” Felonies,
  • two counts of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, class “D” Felonies,
  • one count of Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree, a class “E” Felony,
  • one count of Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, a class “E” Felony.

The defendant is the owner of Manos Business Management and was hired by businesses to file withholding tax returns, to pay the withholding taxes collected from employees, and to remit unemployment insurance premiums to both state and federal tax and labor authorities.  As such, the defendant collected payments from businesses that hired him and was responsible for sending these payments on behalf of his clients to state and federal tax authorities.

The defendant collected the full amount due from his clients but failed to remit the entire amount collected to authorities and used the funds he failed to remit instead for defendant’s personal use without the knowledge or permission and authority of defendant’s clients.

Specifically, the defendant received in excess of $35,000 from the CT/NY Lighting Company located in Stamford, CT and represented to the bookkeeper of CT/NY Lighting Company,that funds were remitted to the Internal Revenue Service for the third Quarter of 2012.  The return was actually filed by the defendant on behalf of CT/NY Lighting Company with the Internal Revenue Service on Oct. 31, 2012 without any payment of the employment taxes due. 

The defendant also received in excess of $150,000 from Mid Bronx Haulage, Corp., located in the Bronx, which was meant to pay the quarterly tax payments due for the fourth quarter of 2013 and the first and fourth quarters of 2014.  Defendant provided to the office manager of Mid-Bronx Haulage, a copy of the Employer’s Quarterly Federal Tax Return for the fourth quarter of 2013 which reflected a zero balance due and represented that this form was the one filed with the Internal Revenue Service when it had not been.  As further proof that payment was made, defendant also presented a copy of] the front of a check which was written to the Internal Revenue Service for the benefit of Mid Bronx Haulage on his company’s account. The check was actually never sent. It was later re-deposited into defendant’s personal account.  

In 2015, defendant also received approximately $22,000 from Gordo’s restaurant, located in Hawthorne, which was supposed to be remitted by defendant to the Internal Revenue Service on its behalf, but defendant instead sent $2,820.45 instead and used the remainder of the funds to pay his mortgage and other personal expenses while representing full payment had been made. That same year, the defendant also received in excess of $107,000 from Blueline Tactical Supply and Shooting Sports, located in Elmsford, to be used to pay the company’s tax obligations, but defendant remitted only $17,690.48 to authorities and used the remaining $89,532.84 without permission or authority.

The defendant pled not guilty.

His bail was set at $5,000 cash over $5,000 bond.

His next court date is Oct. 24, 2017.

The defendant faces up to fifteen years in state prison.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Nicole Gamble of the Economic Crime Bureau.

]]> (Westchester DA) Public safety Wed, 18 Oct 2017 08:06:03 -0400
Pleasantville H.S. Students Score on Merit Scholarship Test

Seven Pleasantville High Schhol seniors are among the 50,000 top scorers of the over 1.6 million students who took the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test in October 2016

Allegra Copland and Olivia DeMeo attained Semifinalist status and will continue in the competition for 7500 scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be awarded in Spring 2018. 

 Hannah Collins, Michael Kokkat, Kayley Lewis, Arthur Rogers, and Andrew Song were named Commended Students.

 Of the 50,000 students who scored 211 or above on the qualifying test, approximately 16,000 were designated Semifinalists. The remaining 34,000 have been named Commended Students.

Semifinalists are selected on a state representational basis; that is, the number of Semifinalists for a state is proportional to that state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors. For example, a student with score of 220 might be a Semifinalist in one state, but a Commended Student in another; and vice versa.  

 Photo - Inset: Allegra Copland; Front: Michael Kokkat, Olivia DeMeo, Andrew Song; Back: Hannah Collins, Arthur Rogers, Kayley Lewis 

]]> (PUFSD) Neighbors Wed, 18 Oct 2017 03:27:33 -0400
Chappaqua Cookie Scavenger Hunt on Sunday

The Chappaqua-Millwood Chamber of Commerce is planning a Chappaqua Cookie Scavenger Hunt on the same day as the Ragamuffin Parade -- Sunday, October 22nd.

This fun event will begin at the same time as the pre-parade carnival -- at 12 noon until the start of the parade at 3:30pm.

The Chamber invites children and their families to pick up an official "scavenger hunt map/checklist" at the Chamber tent (to be located at the carnival). Children will then collect cookies from each participating downtown business and at the end of their "hunt," they will need to return their checklist to the Chamber tent to be entered into a raffle for gift certificates from their favorite stores and businesses.

For more information on business participation or for general information on the scavenger hunt, please contact our Chamber Manager Cate Danyko-Sage.

Please mark your calendars for these other important upcoming Chappaqua-Millwood Chamber events:

  • Thursday, November 16th, 6:00pm-8:00pm: "Meet the Town Supervisor and Town Board Members: Business in Chappaqua-Millwood 2018.
  • Friday, December 1st, 6:00pm-9:00pm: Wine Around Town! Our community's favorite annual downtown event!

For more information on the Chappaqua-Millwood Chamber of Commerce, please contact Dawn Dankner-Rosen.

]]> (Chappaqua-Millwood Chamber of Commerce) Life Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:42:34 -0400
Pleasantville Music Festival Announces 2018 Concert Date


The annual Pleasantville Music Festival, sponsored by Westchester Medical Center, will take place on July 14th, 2018 at Pleasantville's Parkway Field. Discounted Early Bird ticket offers will be announced in the coming months on the festival Facebook page and website.

Since 2005, the Pleasantville Music Festival has brought world-famous artists and breaking national acts together with local up-and-comers.   The thirteenth annual festival, held on July 8, 2017, saw the biggest, most successful festival yet as record-breaking crowds gathered to enjoy Blues Traveler, Living Colour, Suzanne Vega, & Hollis Brown among many others.

The Pleasantville Music Festival, known as New York’s Backyard Jam, has become a must-attend summer event for the whole family, with great local food & drink, a warm positive vibe, and of course, world-class rock.

Up-to-the-minute information will be posted on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and at

Photo by Linda Shenkman Curtis

]]> (Landa Lamotta) Events Mon, 16 Oct 2017 08:01:40 -0400
New Rochelle is only NY city to make USA Today's most liveable in America list

In an article published on Friday, October 13, USA Today named Danbury one of "America's 50 best cities to live in". New Rochelle was the only city in New York to make the list.

The article states, "24/7 Wall St. created an index of over three dozen socioeconomic measures to identify the 50 best American cities to live in. The most livable cities span the country — from the Deep South to New England and from the Mid-Atlantic to the Pacific Northwest."

Here's what USA Today had to say about #50, New Rochelle:

New Rochelle is the only city in New York among the 50 best places to live in the United States. An estimated 19.4% of commuters in New Rochelle use public transportation, nearly four times the national share. Many of those commuting from New Rochelle travel on the Metro-North Railroad to high-paying jobs in New York City. The typical New Rochelle household earns $75,757 a year, far more than the $57,617 the typical American household earns a year.

In addition to providing access to the economic opportunities of a major metropolitan area, New Rochelle offers the quality of life of a wealthy suburb. The area has roughly one park and five golf courses per 100,000 residents, among the most of any city nationwide.

Read the article in its entirety here.

]]> (Sarah) Life Sun, 15 Oct 2017 15:19:42 -0400
USA Today Names Danbury Best City To Live In

In an article published on Friday, October 13, USA Today named Danbury one of "America's 50 best cities to live in". Danbury was the only city in Connecticut to make the list. 

The article states, "24/7 Wall St. created an index of over three dozen socioeconomic measures to identify the 50 best American cities to live in. The most livable cities span the country — from the Deep South to New England and from the Mid-Atlantic to the Pacific Northwest."

Here's what USA Today had to say about the Hat City:

Located in Fairfield County, Connecticut, Danbury is one of the most expensive places in the United States. Goods and services cost an average of 30.8% more than in the area than they do nationwide. Though the median income in Danbury is nearly $13,000 higher than it is nationwide, bigger paychecks are not enough to offset the area’s high cost of living.

Despite the high cost of living, based on a range of socioeconomic measures, Danbury is the most livable city in Connecticut and one of the most livable in the United States. Danbury boasts a higher concentration of restaurants, sports teams, and theatre companies than is typical nationwide. For physically active residents, the city also has a relatively high concentration of recreation centers, golf courses, and nature parks.

Read the article in its entirety here.

]]> (Sarah) Life Sun, 15 Oct 2017 14:53:42 -0400
Wartburg Partners with Westchester Community College for an Enhanced Clinical Care Professional Development Program for Home Health Aides

Mount Vernon, NY (Oct 10, 2017) - Wartburg, a premier senior residential and healthcare facility in lower Westchester, has partnered with Westchester Community College (WCC) to provide workforce development to Wartburg staff and management.  In support of Wartburg's mission to provide comprehensive services to those entrusted to their care, WCC's Professional Development Center developed an enhanced clinical care program to increase the skills of the Home Health Aides of Wartburg Care At Home's Home Care Agency.

Based on the needs of seniors today and Wartburg's commitment to stay innovative in clinical care, a select group of 12 Wartburg Home Health Aides received enhanced clinical care training focused on critical patient areas such as specialized care for diabetes and memory care including Alzheimer's and dementia.

"These enhanced clinical care programs enabled us to advance the skill and knowledge of our Home Health Aides as we continue to deliver outstanding care to all those in need in the community," said Dorothea Bell, Executive Vice President of Human Resources at Wartburg. She went on to say, "Creating access to quality education is often a challenge, particularly for this underserved population of clinical care employees.  Wartburg considers itself to be very fortunate to have been able to partner with WCC in bringing this opportunity forward."

"Our goal is to support the professional and workforce development needs of our business community throughout Westchester and Putnam Counties," stated Jim Irvine, Director, Corporate Education and Continuing Professional Education for WCC's Professional Development Center.  "We're excited to be working with Wartburg to help them proactively manage their workforce development needs and respond to the changes in patient needs and demographics."

The program participants recently graduated with Certificates of Completion from Westchester Community College.  Wartburg's Care At Home clients will benefit from the enhanced clinical skills of Wartburg's Home Health Aides with partnerships and programs of this type continuing to be made available to the community.

About Wartburg


Wartburg, located in Westchester County, NY, offers integrated, comprehensive senior care services for all stages of life.  Unlike conventional retirement communities, they provide a wide range of services to both residents living on campus and people in their own homes. From independent, assisted living and award-winning nursing home care to inpatient/outpatient rehabilitation, home care and adult day care services, their continuing care approach has earned them a trusted reputation in Westchester. They also provide caregiver support every at every stage, with an array of options to find the level of care considers the whole family.

Most recently, Wartburg received the 2016 Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award from the American College of Health Care Administrators and the 2015 Legacy Award from the Westchester County Chapter of the Links. In addition, Wartburg was named one of the "Best Nursing Homes in New York State", by U.S. News & World Report for the seventh consecutive year in 2017.

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]]> (Wartburg) Life Fri, 13 Oct 2017 14:06:27 -0400
Learn about the Rockefeller State Park Preserve on October 16

Learn about the Rockefeller State Park Preserve on October 16 from 7:30-8:30 pm at the Mount Pleasant Public Library (350 Bedford Road, Pleasantville).

Susan Antenen, Rockefeller State Park Preserve’s Park Manager, will describe upcoming changes, trail improvement projects, and new land stewardship practices that help keep the landscape as enjoyable today as it was for the Rockefellers 100 years ago. You are invited to bring your questions about the Preserve’s ecology, management, and history.

Co-sponsored by the Mount Pleasant Public Library. 

For information: 914-631-1470 x 107

350 Bedford Rd, 350 Bedford Rd, Pleasantville

]]> (Susan Antenen) Places Fri, 13 Oct 2017 12:59:43 -0400
Pleasantville Chamber of Commerce to Recognize Patti Dwyer

Patricia Dwyer is a professional municipal manager, responsible for implementing governing board policy and supervising operations, including personnel and finances. She is also the recipient of the 2017 Chamber Appreciation Award. She'll be honored at a reception Oct. 24.

Here's what Chamber officials had to say:

Dwyer's successful and storied career was launched at age 23 when she was appointed to the post of Village Manager in Walden, New York. Over a span of 30 years, she has served as either CEO Manager or CAO administrator for several municipalities in New York State. She is currently the Village Administrator for the Village of Pleasantville, a position she cumulatively has held for over 18 years.

Since 2007, Dwyer has also been employed as a part-time adjunct Associate Professor at Pace University, her alma mater. She lectures on the graduate level, specializing in courses such as Intergovernmental Relations, Municipal Management, and Public Administration. Dwyer obtained Master's Degrees in Accounting and Public Administration from Pace University, after completing a B.A. in Sociology.

In 2012 Dwyer was asked to serve on Pace University’s Dyson Board of Advisors. She remains active on the Board.

In 2011, Dwyer was elected to the Board of Governors of NYMIR, a publicly owned municipal insurance reciprocal that serves over 80 municipalities. 

She has actively served on NYMIR's Finance Committee and chaired its Planning and Development
Committee. In May of 2015 she was elected to serve a two-year term as President of NYMIR's Board of Governors. 

Originally from Queens, New York, her leisure time is spent enjoying the people, sights and sounds of New York City. Her hobbies and passions include recreational cycling, golf, philately and rooting for her beloved New York Mets.

The Chamber will honor Patti Dwyer at a reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Unique Affair Restaurant, Pleasantville Country Club, 110 Nannahagan Rd., Pleasantville, NY.

Event fee: $25. Visit to register.

Formed in 1951, the Pleasantville Chamber of Commerce is an organization of retail, service, professional,
industrial and civic members interested in living and working in a friendly and prosperous Pleasantville.
The Chamber has initiated many programs and annual events that help keep the business climate of
Pleasantville vibrant. All of our programs and events involve networking among Chamber members,
community leaders and civic organizations, as part of the fulfillment of our mission: “linking business and

]]> (Pleasantville Chamber of Commerce) Neighbors Thu, 12 Oct 2017 03:54:47 -0400
Harvey Presents: An Afternoon with Actress Glenn Close on Sunday, November 5


Stage, screen and TV actress Glenn Close will appear at The Harvey School on Sunday, November 5 at 4:00 p.m. as part of the community program series Harvey Presents. Close, a six time Academy Award nominee and winner of three Tonys and three Emmys, will appear at Harvey’s Walker Center for the Arts. The event will be moderated by special guest host, acclaimed film and theater critic Pat Collins.

General admission is $50. Seating is limited.

To order tickets go to or call (914) 232-3161 ext. 161 for more information.

More on Glenn Close and Pat Collins

A six-time Academy Award nominee, Close stars in the title role of the film adaptation of Meg Wolitzer’s bestselling novel, The Wife, with Jonathan Pryce and Christian Slater for Swedish director Bjorn Runge. The film had its world debut at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival premiering to rave reviews for her performance. Close is also in Julian Fellow’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Crooked House alongside an all-star cast that included Max Irons, Christina Hendricks, Gillian Anderson and Terence Stamp.

Close reprised her Tony Award-winning role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Sunset Boulevard in a new production at the London Coliseum in the Spring of 2016.  For that performance she won a London Evening Standard Award and was nominated for an Olivier Award. The full production, starring Close, opened on Broadway this February, for an exclusive limited engagement.

Close made her feature film debut in George Roy Hill's The World According to Garp, earning her awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the National Board of Review as well as her first Academy Award nomination. She was subsequently Oscar-nominated for The Big Chill, The Natural, Fatal Attraction and Stephen Frears' Dangerous Liaisons (for which she was also a BAFTA Award nominee).

Close received her sixth Academy Award nomination in 2012, along with Golden Globe and SAG nominations, for Albert Nobbs. She wrote the screenplay with (Man Booker prize-winning novelist) John Banville. Close was also a producer on the film and composed the lyrics for the Golden Globe and World Soundtrack-nominated song, “Lay Your Head Down.” For Albert Nobbs, she received the Irish Film and Television Award (IFTA) as “Best Foreign Actress,” was voted “Best Actress” at the 2011 Tokyo International Film Festival, and was honored for her performance by the San Sebastian Film Festival (Donostia Award), Hollywood Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival and the Palm Springs Film Festival.

Her recent film appearances include What Happened to Monday, The Girl With All the Gifts, Wilde Weddingand the upcoming comedy Bastards. Her film credits include Richard Marquand's Jagged Edge, Barbet Schroeder's Reversal of Fortune, Franco Zeffirelli's Hamlet, István Szabó's Meeting Venus, Ron Howard's The Paper, Stephen Herek's 101 Dalmatians, Kevin Lima's 102 Dalmatians, Wolfgang Petersen's Air Force One, Robert Altman's Cookie's Fortune, Rose Troche's The Safety of Objects, Merchant Ivory's Le Divorce, Chris Terrio's Heights, Rodrigo García's Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her and Nine Lives, Evening, Low Down, 5 to 7, Anesthesia, The Great Gilly Hopkins and Guardians of the Galaxy.

In 2012, Close headlined the fifth and final season of the critically-acclaimed original legal thriller, Damages. For her riveting portrayal of high-stakes litigator ‘Patty Hewes’, Close won two consecutive Emmys as “Best Actress in a Drama Series” and two subsequent Emmy nominations, along with a Golden Globe Award and three SAG Award nominations.

Close’s twelve Golden Globe nominations include a Best Actress win for Andrei Konchalovsky's adaptation of The Lion in Winter (which also earned her a SAG Award). Among the television projects that have brought her twelve Emmy nominations, is an Emmy Award for her performance as Margarethe Cammermeyer in Serving in Silence: the Margarethe Cammermeyer Story (for which she also received a Peabody Award as executive producer).

Other television credits include The Shield, The Elephant Man, Something About Amelia, Stones for Ibarra, The Ballad of Lucy Whipple and In the Gloaming, for which she won a CableACE Award. She executive produced and starred in Richard Pearce's musical remake of South Pacific for ABC TV. She also executive produced the Sarah, Plain and Tall trilogy for the Hallmark Hall of Fame, starring in all three opposite Christopher Walken.

Close made her theatre, and Broadway, debut in Harold Prince's revival of Love for Love. Her theater credits include The Crucifer of Blood, The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs (Obie Award), Barnum (Tony nomination) and Tony Awards for her performances in The Real Thing and Death and the Maiden, both directed by Mike Nichols. In London, she reteamed with the director of the original Sunset Boulevard stage production, Trevor Nunn, in his Royal National Theatre revival of A Streetcar Named Desire. She returned to Broadway for the 2014 revival production of Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance.

In 2009, Glenn Close co-founded Bring Change 2 Mind, a charity dedicated to confronting, head-on, the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness by empowering people to start the conversation. The idea for the organization came about following Close’s first-hand observation of battles with mental illness within her family. For more information, please visit

Close actively supports Puppies Behind Bars and their program Dog Tags: Service Dogs for Those Who’ve Served Us. Close is a Founding Member and current Co-Chair of the Conservation Council for Panthera.  Panthera is an international nonprofit whose sole mission is conservation of the world’s 36 species of wild cats. She is a trustee emeritus of The Sundance Institute, having served as a board member for 16 years.

Pat Collins

Pat Collins, an Emmy Award-winning critic, has enjoyed a long professional relationship with Glenn Close from the actress's early roles on screen and on Broadway. Collins won Emmys for “The Pat Collins Show” and as a member of the news team at WCBS TV where she served as its film and theater critic. Subsequently, she covered entertainment news for “Good Morning America” and “The CBS Morning News.” At WWOR-TV, Collins hosted a number of behind-the-scenes-Broadway specials in addition to reviewing film and theater for the “10 O' Clock News.” Collins has hosted several specials for CUNY TV including "Kinky Boots: The Road To Broadway,” a three-part series on independent films, and a special marking the 50th anniversary of “Fiddler On The Roof." 

Collins serves as the president of The Joe Raposo Music Group which administers the catalogue of compositions of her late husband Joe Raposo, a co-creator of “Sesame Street” and its longtime musical director. Pat and her husband William Sarnoff live in Bedford.

Photo by Brigitte Lacomb

]]> (Karen Grazia) Events Tue, 10 Oct 2017 04:37:25 -0400
Say BOO at The Bronx Zoo weekends through Sunday, October 29

Say BOO at The Bronx Zoo weekends through Sunday, October 29

Our annual Bronx Zoo tradition has upped the spook factor this year. Plan a trip to see what's new and enjoy yearly favorites. Come dressed in your Halloween best, or leave the costume home and show off your good looks. See you soon!

Purchase tickets online here.

View the Boo at the Zoo attractions HERE.

]]> (Bronx Zoo) Places Mon, 09 Oct 2017 08:57:24 -0400