Riverdale's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale Mon, 25 Oct 2021 23:28:40 -0400 HamletHub.com SPCA of Westchester, Virtual Gala November 18th https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/charities/4792-spca-of-westchester-virtual-gala-november-18th4792-spca-of-westchester-virtual-gala-november-18th https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/charities/4792-spca-of-westchester-virtual-gala-november-18th4792-spca-of-westchester-virtual-gala-november-18th

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Westchester is very excited to present the SPCA's Welcome Home Virtual Gala! Be sure to mark your calendar for this special online event airing on our youtube page on Thursday, November 18th at 7pm.

While a donation is not required to watch our Virtual Gala video, for a gift of $100 you can purchase a “virtual ticket and will receive an SPCA tote bag as our thanks for supporting this important fundraiser for the animals!

Simply tune into our youtube page to take part (no code needed to join) and enjoy a behind the scenes video tour of our new Rescue Center and meet some very special guests, two-and-four-legged.

To learn more about becoming a Sponsor or for further details about our Welcome Home Virtual Gala, please contact Lisa Bonanno, Director of Development at Lisa@spcawestchester.org or call (914) 941-2896 ext. 154.

SPCA Westchester is located at 590 North State Road, Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510

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commandercarey@gmail.com (SPC Westchester) Charities Tue, 19 Oct 2021 11:20:34 -0400
Westchester County Celebrates Third Annual International Day Of The Girl With Video Montage https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/life/4791-westchester-county-celebrates-third-annual-international-day-of-the-girl-with-video-montage4791-westchester-county-celebrates-third-annual-international-day-of-the-girl-with-video-montage https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/life/4791-westchester-county-celebrates-third-annual-international-day-of-the-girl-with-video-montage4791-westchester-county-celebrates-third-annual-international-day-of-the-girl-with-video-montage

The Westchester County Youth Bureau, in conjunction with its International Day of the Girl (IDG) planning committee, has released a video called “Our Voices, Our Rights, Our Movements,” to celebrate International Day of the Girl. Inspired by the United Nations’ International Day of the Girl Child, which is observed on October 11, the County is celebrating the observance and collective investment in Westchester County’s girls with a video montage.

Watch the International Day of the Girl Video Here.

The video features students and key stakeholders such as Westchester County Executive George Latimer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, NYS Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, NYS Attorney General Tish James, Senators Shelley Mayer, NYS Assemblywomen Amy Paulin and Sandy Galef. The video includes workshops conducted by Girls Inc. and Family Services of Westchester, which were attended by Westchester County Legislators Nancy Barr, Mary Jane Shimsky and Ruth Walters. The IDG video is dedicated to Dr. Corrine Whitaker, who passed away tragically while hiking out of town this year.

Executive Director of the Westchester County Youth Bureau Dr. DaMia Harris-Madden said: “Corrine was a fierce advocate for equity and justice. She was an inspirational and international giant who contributed greatly to the advancement of girls and the good work of Westchester County’s IDG projects.”

Westchester County Executive George Latimer said: “Today, we celebrate YOU. We want all of you to know that you can make a difference. You inspire change in your communities. Follow your voice, and be heard, and be empowered to get involved in your communities and leave your footprint.”

The IDG planning committee collectively addresses the structural challenges that youth who identify as female encounter through programming and funding. Members of the Committee included the following nonprofit organizations: Apple Bank, Girls Inc. of Westchester County; Greater Hudson Valley Chapter, Links Inc.; Home Run Against Drugs; League of Women Voters of Westchester County; New York Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital; New York Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital; One Love Foundation; Ossining Parents Advocating Collectively for Children; Peekskill Youth Bureau; Sister to Sister International, Inc.; United Nations Association-- Southern New York State Division; United Nations Association—Westchester; White Plains Youth Bureau; and YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester.

For more information, contact the Westchester County Youth Bureau at (914) 995-2745. 

 

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Westchester County) Life Tue, 19 Oct 2021 02:04:00 -0400
Riverdale Residents Protest Homeless Shelter at Yonkers Border https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/life/4790-riverdale-residents-protest-homeless-shelter-at-yonkers-border4790-riverdale-residents-protest-homeless-shelter-at-yonkers-border https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/life/4790-riverdale-residents-protest-homeless-shelter-at-yonkers-border4790-riverdale-residents-protest-homeless-shelter-at-yonkers-border

 Leafy North Riverdale has been described as, "the last bastion of gracious living in New York City." The neighborhood is affluent and mostly free of serious crime with the exception of automobile vandalism. It features a mixture of private residences and apartment buildings. The most northern portion rests on the south west Yonkers border. 

Traditionally a bastion of Irish Catholics,  the neighborhood has seen an influx of Orthodox Jewish families.

Yet although it remains relatively crime free, it is not without problems. In a neighborhood where the average single family home is valued at $800k, developers and the City of New York have made consistent attempts to build high rises and homeless shelters in the area. Having failed in their attempts, they sought out other locations in Riverdale.

Thirty blocks south, in Kingsbridge, The City of New York succeeded in 2017 by authorizing a new building destined for luxury living to be converted into an 80 unit dwelling for homeless families. Riverdale Assemblyman, Jeffrey Dinowitz referred to it as a “bait and switch.” The community was outraged but North Riverdale was spared. North Riverdale was not immune to the homeless problem but it remained relatively isolated to Ewen Park. Learn more on Riverdale Press here.

But things changed In 2016, The City of New York quietly moved 50 homeless men into the Van Cortlandt Motel located at 6389 Broadway. Eventually, the men were moved elsewhere, only to be replaced with 40 homeless families. Once again, the community protested and once again, their fears were validated.

In 2016, Paul Taylor 48. a resident of the Van Cortland Motel, was charged with robbing the Chase Bank at 5656 Riverdale Avenue. Six days later, he robbed the Citibank across the street from that location.

It would be only a matter of time before, The City of New York would look further north in Riverdale for more locations. And early in October 2021, they found one at the Bronx/Yonkers border.

Bronx Community board 8 was duly informed by the City of New York that 6661 Broadway, a row of small commercial stores would be purchased and managed by a contractor to the Department of Homeless Services. The proposal is for a five story facility to be constructed that will house 130 homeless men. The shelter, according to the City will be staffed with social workers, job counselors, and an abundance of cameras and security. The men will be allowed to work, and are free during the day to pursue their own interests. Curfew is set at 10pm.

No sooner than the notice was made public, an outcry from community residents was launched on Facebook. It was followed by a zoom meeting held by Community Board 8 on Wednesday, October 13th.

Over 400 people attended. A rep, Erin Drinkwater, from the City of New York, defended the proposal while irate neighbors held sway over the City Hall missive. Her words fell upon deaf ears. The “I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it any more.” mantra had begun to take effect.

Also in attendance was the proposed contractor, Matthew Okebiyi an accomplished Nigerian born entrepreneur and the son of Nigerian diplomats.

Okebiyi's experience with social services began in 1998. He formed the African American Planning Commission also known as AACPI, which established a domestic violence center in an undisclosed borough. Other facilities followed to fulfill the needs of persons with HIV and temporary housing for the homeless in general.

All housing for the general homeless population sponsored by AACPI. is situated in low income areas throughout Queens. The Bronx and Brooklyn.

On March 8, 2019, Randy Santos 24, a resident of the Hotel Fortune, which was managed by AACPI, sexually assaulted a female employee who was in the process of letting him into a room.

Six months later, and no longer residing at the Hotel Fortune, Santos was charged with bludgeoning four homeless men to death in unprovoked attacks in Chinatown. At that time, he had fourteen prior arrests.

Yet, both DHS and Okebiyi propose to provide a well managed operation that will not interfere with the North Riverdale neighborhood.

Many dispute that.

Ruby and her family own King Wok. The Chinese take out restaurant has been a staple in the community for twenty five years. She was raised nearby. They have been told that although they have a four year lease, there is the probability that the building will be razed where their business is located. They will have to start all over again.

Homeowners are deeply concerned. The average price of single family houses surrounding 6661 Broadway is $800k. Owners work diligently to maintain the pristine appearance of the largest investments they have ever made. Pumpkins, American flags, and the occasional baby carriage dot the landscape. Children run and bounce along the sidewalk with abandon. It is a good life for families.

Contrary to statements made by Erin Drinkwater at the zoom meeting regarding, the drop in property values, it has been shown that homeless shelters do cause a decline. Learn more in New York Times here.

Despite the assurance by both the City of New York and AACPI, there is no guarantee on the cap of the number of homeless men. There is no guarantee of the vetting process. There is no guarantee that it will not be populated with sex offenders or those with a criminal background

A tremendous amount of money is involved. Will the AACP budget allow for all the expenditures necessary? Learn more in New York Times here.

The GuideStar website charity navigator profile lists the current AACPI  receipts as $46,305,607. Their assets total $19,204,981.

If not, will more residents be added to boost revenue? In addition, due to the fact that the proposed shelter is on the border of Yonkers, has there been an outreach to the City of Yonkers soliciting cooperation? Yonkers is presently experiencing an increase in crime. As a result, policing strategy has changed and personnel placed in high crime areas. Can Yonkers police handle cross border incidents related to the proposed shelter?

West 262nd Street and Broadway stands significant. The outcome is poised to impact the future of tidy middle and upper middle income residents who labored tirelessly to earn their “piece of the rock.” A poorly operated shelter could signal the destruction of the neighborhood. as well as the political aspirations of elected officials involved.

Both Alessandra Biaggi and Jamal Bowman have adopted a “wait and see” position. Although they sent political aids to the zoom meeting, they have yet to make an official statement either for or against.

Biaggi's term is up in 2022 and Bowman's in 2023. Both garnered huge support in the Riverdale community. And although both benefited from the Democratic Progressive wing agenda as well as endorsements from political superstars such as Elizabeth Warren and Hillary Clinton, that was yesterday.

Today, the people of North Riverdale are restless. A rally was held on October 16th 2021 at the proposed site. A large crowd gathered at 10:30am. They carried signs and chanted in protest. They took a break from raking leaves and playing with the grandchildren. They moved appointments at the beauty salon to be there. They caucused with familiar faces and chatted with new ones. Their sense of betrayal is palpable.  

Some will move, retreating in desperation. Some will stay and face the consequences of a misguided political agenda. Ruby's family will be forced to re format their retirement plans. And North Riverdale residents will be forced to re think which politicians they will support.

It is different this time because the people are mad as hell and they aren't going to take it anymore.

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aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Life Sun, 17 Oct 2021 13:00:31 -0400
The Rink at Rockefeller Center opens November 6 https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/places/4789-the-rink-at-rockefeller-center-opens-november-64789-the-rink-at-rockefeller-center-opens-november-6 https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/places/4789-the-rink-at-rockefeller-center-opens-november-64789-the-rink-at-rockefeller-center-opens-november-6

Ice skating under the Christmas Tree on The Rink at Rockefeller Center is one of New York’s quintessential winter activities. It’s a tradition that has never failed to delight. The Rink is a gathering place for everyone, and you’re always invited to join in on the fun. 

Starting on Saturday, November 6, The Rink will be open daily from 9am – Midnight.

Tickets are required and can be purchased now by clicking on the link below.

BUY TICKETS

 

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Rockefeller Center) Places Fri, 15 Oct 2021 06:31:00 -0400
Watch Goosebumps 2 - Haunted Halloween at Kensico Dam Plaza on Friday! https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/events/4787-screenings-under-the-stars-drive-in-screenings-expanded-16340591304787-screenings-under-the-stars-drive-in-screenings-expanded-1634059130 https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/events/4787-screenings-under-the-stars-drive-in-screenings-expanded-16340591304787-screenings-under-the-stars-drive-in-screenings-expanded-1634059130

 

 Pumpkin spice season brings an expanded drive-in movie line up to Westchester County Parks as Screenings Under the Stars, sponsored by White Plains Hospital, continues at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla and Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer said, “Through the generosity of our partner, White Plains Hospital, we are delighted to extend the popular family-friendly, drive-in movie program into sweater weather. I am grateful for the support of our partners who make such programming a reality for the families of Westchester.”

Commissioner of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation Kathy O’Connor said: “There’s no better way to spend a crisp, fall night than watching a fun Halloween movie with family and friends on the big screen. Thank you to our dedicated staff for making this event possible.”

All movies will be held on Friday night after dark:

October 15 Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween PG (2018) at Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla

October 22 Hocus Pocus PG (1993) at Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson

Gates open at 5:30 p.m., movies at dusk. Event is rain or shine.

All movies will be ticketed-admission events, with purchase available by online pre-sale only.

 Tickets go on sale for Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween today, Wednesday, October 6, at 2 p.m. online here

Tickets go on sale for Hocus Pocus Wednesday, October 13, at 2 p.m. online at here

Tickets are $25 per car and there will be limited capacity following distancing protocols.

White Plains Hospital’s Screenings under the Stars is presented by Westchester County Parks and Sharc Creative with Westchester Parks Foundation, and support from Westchester Talk Radio, 100.7 WHUD, 107.1 The Peak, Hamlethub, Iona College, Palisades Mazda/The Premier Collection, Robison, LLP, Tompkins Mahopac Bank, Holtec International, Inspiria Outdoor Advertising, and Westchester Magazine.

The ticket link will be listed at parks.westchestergov.com.

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kerry@ducey.org (Westchester County) Events Tue, 12 Oct 2021 08:59:00 -0400
Yonkers Synagogue Welcomes Police https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/places/4788-yonkers-synagogue-welcomes-police4788-yonkers-synagogue-welcomes-police https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/places/4788-yonkers-synagogue-welcomes-police4788-yonkers-synagogue-welcomes-police

The rain did not stop the festivities at the Greystone Jewish Center/Chabad of Yonkers.

The Yonkers community gathered to take part in the Faith in Blue weekend which promotes building bridges and breaking biases with law enforcement.

The event was held at the synagogue which is located at 600 North Broadway in Yonkers.

Yonkers police and community members turned out for a day of fun, hand shaking, cotton candy and chess.

One officer sweetened the event by becoming the official cotton candy maker. Another YPD member, Detective Autumn Edwards, was the queen of the chess board.

Rabbi Mendy Hurwitz performed his duties by putting on Tefillin with officer Dean Campana of the 3rd precinct in Yonkers. (see video by Robert Kalfus) here

The Chabad's mission is to reach out to others with acts of goodness and kindness. They are a community-based nonprofit organization whose efforts are rooted in traditional Jewish values.  Many of the programs help the needy regardless of background.

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aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Places Sun, 10 Oct 2021 17:15:58 -0400
FREE Community Event in Peekskill, NY! https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/events/4785-free-community-event-in-peekskill-ny4785-free-community-event-in-peekskill-ny https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/events/4785-free-community-event-in-peekskill-ny4785-free-community-event-in-peekskill-ny

There is a FREE community event, this Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 8 pm at the Paramount Hudson Valley and everyone who reads this article is welcome to attend!

Motherland Featuring Eva Sita is comparable to a live Broadway show, where the main character is the audience being transported into a fantasy world, while discovering a completely different way of life and celebrating West African culture through our American lens.

This storytelling show will appeal to all senses and all ages! There are sound effects, graphic designs and visuals on the surrounding screens, illustrating the story while providing background for the performance.

The audience will be taken on a journey through different countries via a wide musical repertoire, which will range from original compositions, African Standards, to famous songs covered with a modern twist.

The community is encouraged to come out and enjoy this FREE interactive musical experience, using their imagination.  Expect to be clapping and singing while enjoying a live-band and immersive dancing.

Contact the box office by phone at 914-739-0039 or email boxoffice@paramounthudsonvalley.com to reserve your FREE Tickets!  Feel free to reach out to me directly at Jacque@wbutterfly.net if you prefer, and I will ensure you are placed on the list!

For more information about Eva Sita (pronounced Ava Sita) listen to the music and visit her website here.

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kerry@ducey.org (Jacque Roche) Events Thu, 07 Oct 2021 10:24:46 -0400
Starting Today Westchester County Department of Health will be holding Pfizer vaccine booster clinics https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/neighbors/4783-starting-today-westchester-county-department-of-health-will-be-holding-pfizer-vaccine-booster-clinics4783-starting-today-westchester-county-department-of-health-will-be-holding-pfizer-vaccine-booster-clinics https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/neighbors/4783-starting-today-westchester-county-department-of-health-will-be-holding-pfizer-vaccine-booster-clinics4783-starting-today-westchester-county-department-of-health-will-be-holding-pfizer-vaccine-booster-clinics

Beginning today, Wednesday, October 6, the Westchester County Department of Health will be holding Pfizer vaccine booster clinics, by appointment only, every Wednesday and Thursday, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, at 134 Court Street in White Plains.

To be eligible to receive a Pfizer booster dose at one of our clinics, you must have completed your original Pfizer vaccine series at least six months ago and you must fall into one of the following categories:

To schedule an appointment, click here

Please be advised that at the current time, only the Pfizer booster has been approved by the FDA for most populations. The Westchester Health Department is waiting for approval of the Moderna booster before it will schedule appointments for those who received the Moderna shots initially. You cannot “mix and match” the vaccines and boosters, so Moderna recipients must wait until the appropriate booster is available. I will keep you updated about this ongoing situation.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Town of Bedford) Neighbors Wed, 06 Oct 2021 13:26:47 -0400
SCREENINGS UNDER THE STARS Drive -in screenings expanded https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/events/4786-screenings-under-the-stars-drive-in-screenings-expanded4786-screenings-under-the-stars-drive-in-screenings-expanded https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/events/4786-screenings-under-the-stars-drive-in-screenings-expanded4786-screenings-under-the-stars-drive-in-screenings-expanded

 Pumpkin spice season brings an expanded drive-in movie line up to Westchester County Parks as Screenings Under the Stars, sponsored by White Plains Hospital, continues at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla and Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer said, “Through the generosity of our partner, White Plains Hospital, we are delighted to extend the popular family-friendly, drive-in movie program into sweater weather. I am grateful for the support of our partners who make such programming a reality for the families of Westchester.”

Commissioner of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation Kathy O’Connor said: “There’s no better way to spend a crisp, fall night than watching a fun Halloween movie with family and friends on the big screen. Thank you to our dedicated staff for making this event possible.”

All movies will be held on Friday night after dark:

October 15 Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween PG (2018) at Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla

October 22 Hocus Pocus PG (1993) at Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson

Gates open at 5:30 p.m., movies at dusk. Event is rain or shine.

All movies will be ticketed-admission events, with purchase available by online pre-sale only.

 Tickets go on sale for Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween today, Wednesday, October 6, at 2 p.m. online at

https://www.showclix.com/event/screenings-202

Tickets go on sale for Hocus Pocus today Wednesday, October 13, at 2 p.m. online at

https://www.showclix.com/event/screenings-2021

Tickets are $25 per car and there will be limited capacity following distancing protocols.

White Plains Hospital’s Screenings under the Stars is presented by Westchester County Parks and Sharc Creative with Westchester Parks Foundation, and support from Westchester Talk Radio, 100.7 WHUD, 107.1 The Peak, Hamlethub, Iona College, Palisades Mazda/The Premier Collection, Robison, LLP, Tompkins Mahopac Bank, Holtec International, Inspiria Outdoor Advertising, and Westchester Magazine.

The ticket link will be listed at parks.westchestergov.com.

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kerry@ducey.org (Westchester County) Events Wed, 06 Oct 2021 12:59:07 -0400
WNBC & The Kelly Clarkson Show invite local youth choirs to enter, win opportunity to perform on NBC's Christmas in Rockefeller Center broadcast https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/neighbors/4782-wnbc-the-kelly-clarkson-show-invite-local-youth-choirs-to-enter-win-opportunity-to-perform-on-nbc-s-christmas-in-rockefeller-center-broadcast4782-wnbc-the-kelly-clarkson-show-invite-local-youth-choirs-to-enter-win-opportunity-to-perform-on-nbc-s-christmas-in-rockefeller-center-broadcast https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/neighbors/4782-wnbc-the-kelly-clarkson-show-invite-local-youth-choirs-to-enter-win-opportunity-to-perform-on-nbc-s-christmas-in-rockefeller-center-broadcast4782-wnbc-the-kelly-clarkson-show-invite-local-youth-choirs-to-enter-win-opportunity-to-perform-on-nbc-s-christmas-in-rockefeller-center-broadcast

NBC 4 New York/WNBC is teaming up with “The Kelly Clarkson Show” to offer a special opportunity to a local youth choir. Starting now and continuing through October 31, local choral groups can enter for the chance to sing at the 2021 Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting. Visit nbcnewyork.com/choir for details and to submit your entry.

“WNBC has created a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the youth of our community.  Performing on the world’s holiday stage during our ‘Christmas in Rockefeller Center’ is an experience unlike any other and we are excited to offer this to one lucky youth singing group from our area,” said Eric Lerner, President and General Manager of NBC 4 New York.

WNBC’s “Star Choir” winner will be announced in November on NBC’s "The Kelly Clarkson Show".

Specific holiday singing competition rules include:

  • The contest is restricted to participants residing within WNBC’s viewing areas in New York, New Jersey, Fairfield County, Connecticut and Pike County, Pennsylvania.
  • Singing groups must have a minimum of 10 members and a maximum of 35 members.
  • All entrants must be between the ages of 6 and 18 years of age.
  • Entrants can submit a video performance of any holiday-themed song, up to 5 minutes long.

Entrants chosen for a second round:

  • Will be required to submit formal parental consent to proceed in the process.
  • Will be asked to perform and submit an original, :90 second performance of “Silent Night”, “Joy to the World” or “Up on a Housetop.”

The winning choir will be required to comply with all current COVID-19 protocols.

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kerry@ducey.org (John Durso, Jr.) Neighbors Mon, 04 Oct 2021 15:28:52 -0400
Westchester to Kick Off Italian-American Heritage Month Tomorrow at Kensico Dam Plaza https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/events/4781-westchester-to-kick-off-italian-american-heritage-month-tomorrow-at-kensico-dam-plaza4781-westchester-to-kick-off-italian-american-heritage-month-tomorrow-at-kensico-dam-plaza https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/events/4781-westchester-to-kick-off-italian-american-heritage-month-tomorrow-at-kensico-dam-plaza4781-westchester-to-kick-off-italian-american-heritage-month-tomorrow-at-kensico-dam-plaza

To commemorate Italian-American Heritage and Culture Month, which is celebrated to honor the achievements and contributions of Italian immigrants and their descendants living in the United States, a flag raising ceremony will be held on Tuesday, October 5 at 3:15 p.m. at Kensico Dam Plaza. The heritage month is in October to coincide with Columbus Day, the American national holiday traditionally celebrated on the second Monday in October.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer said, “Many Italians-American residents live in Westchester County because this is where their ancestors chose to settle down and work hard to provide for their families, dating all the way back to the early 1900s at Kensico Dam as it was built by Italian immigrant masons with stone quarried from the adjacent Cranberry Lake Preserve. I feel especially close to this part of our history as my great-grandparents were part of that migrate wave, from Benevento, Italy. Raising the Italian flag at Kensico Dam Plaza is a reminder of the important role Italians had in making Westchester what it is today.”

Westchester County Parks Commissioner Kathy O’Connor said, “Kensico Dam Plaza is home to where we celebrate many of the cultures that make up Westchester County. Having the Italian flag here for October representing Italian-American Heritage and Culture Month is just one way parks can help honor the diversity of Westchester.

Italian-American Heritage Month celebrates the distinguished cultural contributions of Americans with Italian lineage. 

Tuesday, October 5

3:15 p.m.

Kensico Dam Plaza

1 Bronx River Parkway

Valhalla, NY 10595

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kerry@ducey.org (Westchester County) Events Mon, 04 Oct 2021 08:38:53 -0400
Brandi Burkhardt, Julian Decker and more to Lead New York Premiere of new Andrew Lloyd Webber show at WPPAC https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/events/4780-brandi-burkhardt-julian-decker-and-more-to-lead-new-york-premiere-of-new-andrew-lloyd-webber-show-at-wppac4780-brandi-burkhardt-julian-decker-and-more-to-lead-new-york-premiere-of-new-andrew-lloyd-webber-show-at-wppac https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/events/4780-brandi-burkhardt-julian-decker-and-more-to-lead-new-york-premiere-of-new-andrew-lloyd-webber-show-at-wppac4780-brandi-burkhardt-julian-decker-and-more-to-lead-new-york-premiere-of-new-andrew-lloyd-webber-show-at-wppac

New York Premiere of new Andrew Lloyd Webber show at White Plains Performing Arts Center October 8-24 

Cast Announced for MASQUERADE: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber
 
The White Plains Performing Arts Center (WPPAC) is proud to announce the cast for its upcoming Mainstage production of Masquerade: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, playing October 8-24.
 
The cast of MASQUERADE features the talents of Brandi Burkhardt* (Hart of Dixie, A Tale of Two Cities), Aaron Richard Burt, Julian Decker* (Sunset Boulevard, Les Mis), Andrew Foote* (Jekyll & Hyde), Rebecca Kuznick* (Sistas), Shannon Rakow, Emily Royer and Cartreze Tucker (The Color Purple, Motown).
 
MASQUERADE is Directed and Choreographed by Antoniette DiPietropolo with Music Direction by Stephen Ferri. Scenic Design by Christopher & Justin Swader, Lighting Design by Matt Guminski, Sound Design by Don Hanna, Projections by Kevan Loney, Costumes by Antonio Consuegra, Stage Managed by T. Rick Jones. Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Lyrics by Alan Ayckbourn, Don Black, T.S. Eliot, Christopher Hampton, Charles Hart, Tim Rice, Glenn Slater, Jim Steinman, Richard Stilgoe & David Zippel. Produced in association with THE REALLY USEFUL GROUP LTD.
 
"There are no words to describe the energy and excitement of putting this show together. After a year and half of not being able to do live theatre, this show allows us to deliver a performance that will not only be memorable but the perfect way to welcome audiences back to the theatre.” says Executive Producer Stephen Ferri. 
 
One of the most successful musical theater composers of all time takes audiences behind the scenes in MASQUERADE!  This New York Premiere features stories and songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s remarkable life and celebrated work.  A funny and warm musical portrait and a concert for the theater, offers an intimate look at Lloyd Webber’s five decades in the spotlight and beyond, from his quirky family and bohemian youth in London to the creation of such smash hits as Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Cats, Phantom of the Opera, Sunset Boulevard and many more.  You’ll hear new and sometimes unexpected interpretations of his best-loved songs and rediscovered gems.
 
MASQUERADE will play the White Plains Performing Arts Center Friday, October 8 8pm; Saturday, October 9 8pm; Sunday, October 10 2pm; Thursday, October 14 2pm; Friday, October 15 8pm; Saturday, October 16 8pm; Sunday, October 17 2pm; Thursday, October 21 2pm; Friday, October 22 8pm; Saturday, October 23 8pm; Sunday, October 24 2pm.
 
The White Plains Performing Arts Center is located on the third level of City Center off Mamaroneck Avenue in downtown White Plains, minutes from the White Plains Metro-North Station.
 
For tickets visit the theatre box office Monday-Friday (11am-6pm), purchase the tickets online at wppac.com or call 914-328-1600. For Group Sales, please contact boxoffice@wppac.com.
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kerry@ducey.org (WPPAC) Events Wed, 29 Sep 2021 10:15:40 -0400
County Executive to unveil new playground at Kensico Dam Plaza https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/places/4778-county-executive-to-unveil-new-playground-at-kensico-dam-plaza4778-county-executive-to-unveil-new-playground-at-kensico-dam-plaza https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/places/4778-county-executive-to-unveil-new-playground-at-kensico-dam-plaza4778-county-executive-to-unveil-new-playground-at-kensico-dam-plaza

Children can slide, swing and play again at the Kensico Dam Plaza on a brand new updated playground!  The new, brightly-colored play structures, one of which includes a ramp for wheel chairs, all sits on top of a rubber safety surface and is part of a $1.86 million dollar capital project.

Friday, September 17

11 a.m.

Kensico Dam Plaza

1 Bronx River Pkwy Rd

Valhalla, NY  10595

Westchester County Executive George Latimer said, “The new Kensico Dam Plaza playground is another example of updating the already great facilities Westchester County has to offer. In my administration we get things done and we fix what needs to be fixed.  I’m excited to welcome the children back to experience the new play structures and make fond memories with family and friends.”

The new accessible playground replaced previous structures that were over 20 years old and features two new structures, one for children ages 5 through 12 and one for ages 2 through 5. The area also includes a new paved seating area with benches and picnic tables and the entrance features new landscaping with trees, flowering shrubs and perennials. New pavements and an increased number of new and accessible picnic tables have been added to the main picnic area.

Westchester County Parks Commissioner Kathy O’Connor said, “Kensico Dam Plaza is the “Central Park” of Westchester County as the park receives a large number of visitors and keeping the facility up-to-date is important to keeping children safe and happy.”

The capital project also includes a new memorial dedicated to first responders who lost their lives to 9/11 related illnesses, which is located next to The Rising. The landscaped backdrop to the memorial has been fully renovated with new trees, shrubs and perennials.

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Westchester County) Places Thu, 16 Sep 2021 13:31:16 -0400
The NY Premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Masquerade Opens in Three Week https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/events/4779-the-ny-premiere-of-andrew-lloyd-webber-s-masquerade-opens-in-three-week4779-the-ny-premiere-of-andrew-lloyd-webber-s-masquerade-opens-in-three-week https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/events/4779-the-ny-premiere-of-andrew-lloyd-webber-s-masquerade-opens-in-three-week4779-the-ny-premiere-of-andrew-lloyd-webber-s-masquerade-opens-in-three-week

MASQUERADE is LIVE ON STAGE October 8 to 24 at the White Plains Performing Arts Center!

One of the most successful musical theater composers of all time takes audiences behind the scenes in Masquerade! This NY premiere features stories and songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s remarkable life and celebrated work. A funny and warm musical portrait and a concert for the theater, offers an intimate look at Lloyd Webber’s five decades in the spotlight and beyond, from his quirky family and bohemian youth in London to the creation of such smash hits as Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Cats, Phantom of the Opera, Sunset Boulevard and many more. You’ll hear new and sometimes unexpected interpretations of his best-loved songs and rediscovered gems.

Visit the White Plains Performing Arts Center (WPPAC) on the web for tickets and more information

WPPAC

11 City Place, 3rd Floor

White Plains, NY 10601

914.328.1600
Email

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commandercarey@gmail.com (White Plains Performing Arts CEnter) Events Thu, 16 Sep 2021 12:50:40 -0400
Watch SOUL this Friday Under the Stars at Croton Point Park https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/events/4777-watch-soul-this-friday-under-the-stars-at-croton-point-park4777-watch-soul-this-friday-under-the-stars-at-croton-point-park https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/events/4777-watch-soul-this-friday-under-the-stars-at-croton-point-park4777-watch-soul-this-friday-under-the-stars-at-croton-point-park

The Croton Point Park parking lot will be transformed into a drive-in theater, presenting Disney PIXAR's Soul this Friday, September 10 allowing movie-goers to enjoy a classic, family-friendly film in a socially-distanced way.

The movie is presented by White Plains Hospital as part of Westchester County Parks’ and Sharc Creative's Screenings under the Stars series.

Purchase your tickets here and see below for additional Screening Under the Stars movies.

  • Sept. 24 Disney’s Mulan (2020) at Tibbetts Brook Park
  • Oct. 15 Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018) at Kensico Dam Plaza
  • Oct. 22 Hocus Pocus (1993) at Croton Point Park

All movies are shown on Fridays, right after dark.

All movies are ticketed-admission events, with purchase available online pre-sale only. Tickets are $25 per car and there will be limited capacity following distancing protocols.

White Plains Hospital’s Screenings under the Stars is presented by Westchester County Parks and Sharc Creative with Westchester Parks Foundation, and support from Westchester Talk Radio, 100.7 WHUD, 107.1 The Peak, Hamlethub, Robison Oil, Tompkins Mahopac Bank, Inspiria Outdoor Advertising, Palisades Mazda/The Premier Collection, Iona College and Westchester Magazine.

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Events Tue, 07 Sep 2021 07:37:41 -0400