Riverdale's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale Fri, 04 Dec 2020 19:43:13 -0500 HamletHub.com Free Flu Vaccines Available This Week at the Westchester County Center in White Plains https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/neighbors/4719-free-flu-vaccines-available-this-week-at-the-westchester-county-center-in-white-plains4719-free-flu-vaccines-available-this-week-at-the-westchester-county-center-in-white-plains https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/neighbors/4719-free-flu-vaccines-available-this-week-at-the-westchester-county-center-in-white-plains4719-free-flu-vaccines-available-this-week-at-the-westchester-county-center-in-white-plains

Westchester County Executive George Latimer Announces Free Flu Vaccines Available This Week

Health Commissioner urges all residents to schedule a flu shot.

Flu season is here and Westchester County Executive George Latimer announced that the County Health Department will partner with Westchester Medical Center Advanced Physicians Services to offer free flu shots to residents ages seven and older this Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at the Westchester County Center in White Plains.

Latimer said: “I encourage you to get a flu shot, and it is especially important this year, because you don’t want to suffer through the flu on top of COVID-19, and a flu shot will help you protect yourself and the most vulnerable around you well into 2021.”

Advance registration is required.  Appointments are available as follows:

  • Thursday, Dec. 3, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 5, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 6, 9 a.m. to noon

These flu vaccine appointments are open to all. The County Health Department has focused its public vaccination efforts on people who are unable to get vaccinated elsewhere by bringing flu shots to homeless shelters and food pantries throughout Westchester.

Health Commissioner Sherlita Amler, MD, said: “Flu vaccines are safe, effective and widely available now. I urge you not to wait until flu season peaks to get a flu shot, because the vaccine becomes fully effective in about two weeks. With the COVID-19 pandemic still posing a strain on our healthcare systems and a risk to us all, a flu shot is more important than ever. It can help you avoid flu and COVID-19 overlap and help doctors determine how best to treat you if you become sick.”

Although it is light now, flu activity usually peaks between December and February and can last into May. One flu vaccine now provides protection all season long and can prevent illness or reduce the severity of flu symptoms.

Dr. Amler said that anyone with respiratory infection symptoms should get tested for COVID-19 and influenza and avoid exposing others until they receive their test results. They also should cough or sneeze into their elbow, wash their hands frequently with soap and water, stay home until 24 hours after their fever subsides to avoid spreading germs, clean surfaces they touch frequently, such as doorknobs, water faucets, refrigerator handles and telephones, and get plenty of rest.

kerry@ducey.org (Westchester County Executive George Latimer) Neighbors Wed, 02 Dec 2020 11:43:44 -0500
Westchester County To Break Ground On The Compost and Education Center In Valhalla https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/places/4718-westchester-county-to-break-ground-on-the-compost-and-education-center-in-valhalla4718-westchester-county-to-break-ground-on-the-compost-and-education-center-in-valhalla https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/places/4718-westchester-county-to-break-ground-on-the-compost-and-education-center-in-valhalla4718-westchester-county-to-break-ground-on-the-compost-and-education-center-in-valhalla

County Executive George Latimer will join Westchester County’s Department of Environmental Facilities (DEF), Solid Waste Division, to break ground on the Compost and Education Center (CompostED) in Valhalla. 

Monday, November 30


Watch on https://www.facebook.com/westchestergov/ or  twitter.com/westchestergov

CompostED will be a small-scale food scrap composting demonstration and education site. The site will provide educational opportunities for County residents, students, and municipal officials on the environmental benefits of composting, the process of composting, and explore the ability of local municipalities to incorporate food scraps into existing organic yard waste composting sites. Westchester-based R. Pugni and Sons, Inc. will be constructing the facility for the County.

Latimer said: “CompostED and the educational opportunity it will bring, is the next step in my commitment to addressing food waste.  We urge all of our residents and businesses to first reduce waste, then donate excess food to organizations serving those in Westchester who are food insecure. However, for food scraps that cannot be donated, recycling is the best option. This facility will promote food scrap recycling and educate residents, students and municipal officials on implementing it.”

Backyard composting is one way residents can recycle food scraps, and municipal participation in DEF’s Residential Food Scrap Transportation and Disposal Program (RFSTAD) is another way. Under RFSTAD, Refuse District municipalities have access to transportation and disposal of residential food scraps for the same—or less—than disposing of the material as solid waste.

Even during these challenging times, the County and DEF have continued their commitment to the County’s residents and the environment. 

DEF Commissioner Vincent Kopicki praised the project adding, “The CompostED facility will raise awareness about food scrap recycling through composting, and will add to the County’s already robust recycling education portfolio. With the support of County Executive Latimer, my Solid Waste team has shown great initiative and effort to imagine and bring this facility to fruition.”

Deputy Commissioner Louis Vetrone noted: “DEF’s Solid Waste Division has developed programs to make food scrap programs accessible for all municipalities, and modified existing programs such as our Household Recycling Days and Shredder Events for safe access. The increased amount of recycling that has been processed during the COVID-19 pandemic shows that County residents have reinforced their commitment to recycling, and we are thankful for the County Executive’s leadership and support in our efforts.” 

For more information on Westchester County environmental programs and events follow us on Facebook at:

www.facebook.com/WestchesterCountyDEF, visit www.westchestergov.com/recycling, or call the Recycling HelpLine at (914) 813-5425.

commandercarey@gmail.com (Westchester County) Places Mon, 30 Nov 2020 00:35:10 -0500
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Broadcast ONLY, No Public Access to Event https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/life/4717-rockefeller-center-christmas-tree-lighting-broadcast-only-no-public-access-to-event4717-rockefeller-center-christmas-tree-lighting-broadcast-only-no-public-access-to-event https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/life/4717-rockefeller-center-christmas-tree-lighting-broadcast-only-no-public-access-to-event4717-rockefeller-center-christmas-tree-lighting-broadcast-only-no-public-access-to-event

The grand tree has arrived at 88th Rockefeller Center from Oneonta, New York.

According to the official Rockefeller Center website, this year's Christmas Tree is a 75 feet tall Norway Spruce, 45 feet wide, and weighs 11 tons!

There will be no public access to this year’s tree lighting ceremony, however, you’re invited to view the live national broadcast “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” from home on NBC on December 2!

For additional details regarding the 2020 Christmas Tree and how to visit the lit Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, click HERE.

  • Dec. 2—The Tree will be lit for the first time on Rockefeller Plaza.
  • Dec. 25—On Christmas Day, the lights shine for a full 24 hours.
  • Dec. 31—On New Year’s Eve, visiting hours are from 6 am to 9 pm.


kerry@ducey.org (HH) Life Tue, 17 Nov 2020 11:50:02 -0500
Macy's Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade Is Going Virtual This Year https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/life/4696-macy-s-annual-thanksgiving-day-parade-is-going-virtual-this-year4696-macy-s-annual-thanksgiving-day-parade-is-going-virtual-this-year https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/life/4696-macy-s-annual-thanksgiving-day-parade-is-going-virtual-this-year4696-macy-s-annual-thanksgiving-day-parade-is-going-virtual-this-year

The iconic holiday event will be reimagined safely for a national television presentation

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will air nationwide on NBC-TV Thursday, November 26 from 9 a.m. – Noon, in all time zones

Macy’s traditional Giant Balloon Inflation public event on Wednesday will not take place


Macy’s and the City of New York earlier today announced details of the reimagined plan for the safe production of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® celebration. For the first time in its more than 90-year history, the annual Macy’s Parade will be modified to safely bring the magic to more than 50 million viewers nationwide on Thanksgiving Day, while maintaining all of the spectacle and wonder of this cherished holiday tradition. This year the celebration will shift to a television only special presentation, showcasing the Macy’s Parade’s signature mix of giant character helium balloons, fantastic floats, street performers, clowns and heralding the arrival of the holiday season with the one-and-only Santa Claus.

“New York City is always proud to join Macy's to ring in the holiday season with New Yorkers and viewers around the world. We’ve worked closely with the Macy’s team on a safe and creative plan this year, and we look forward to keeping this tradition going on Thanksgiving Day,” said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

“Macy’s believes in celebration and the joy of marking milestone moments with family and friends. The Macy’s Parade is our love letter and gift to the City of New York and the nation. Under the unique challenges of these unparalleled times, we felt it was important to continue this cherished holiday tradition that has been the opening act to the holiday season for generations of families,” said Susan Tercero, executive producer of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. “While it will certainly look different in execution, this year’s Macy’s Parade celebration will once again serve its historical purpose – to bring joy into the hearts of millions across the nation.”

For nearly 100 years, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been synonymous with the official start of the holiday season in the United States. Growing from a two block-long collection of Macy’s colleagues dressed in whimsical clown outfits, playing instruments and adorning floats in 1924, to the world-famous spectacle we know today, at the core of the Macy’s Parade has been the warm memories that fill the hearts and minds of generations of American families.

To safely produce this icon of American culture during this unprecedented time, Macy’s partnered with the City of New York to create a safe plan that would keep the tradition alive. Following the success of this summer’s reimagined Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks® show, the Macy’s team meticulously reviewed every area of the Thanksgiving Day playbook to put in place enhanced health and safety practices that align with CDC guidelines, as well as local and state government protocols.

The safety of participants and spectators is Macy’s number one priority and this year’s 94th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade celebration will be produced solely as a television event allowing millions of New Yorkers and the nation to safely experience it from the comforts of home.

As part of Macy’s comprehensive health and wellness plan a number of changes will be implemented in order to execute this event safely. These changes include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Reducing the overall number of participants by approximately 75%, and splitting the remaining participants over two days
  • All participants will be appropriately socially distanced during performances and be required to wear face coverings and additional personal protective equipment depending on their role
  • Shifting to a television-broadcast-only production with staging for Parade elements focused solely in/ around the Herald Square area of Midtown Manhattan
  • The traditional 2.5-mile Parade route will not be utilized this year
  • No participant in the Parade will be under 18 years of age
  • Previously selected regional High School and College Marching Bands performances will be deferred to the 2021 Macy’s Parade, with locally based professional marching and musical ensembles taking musical duties in the lineup
  • Macy’s traditional Giant Balloon Inflation public event on Wednesday will not take place
  • Macy’s signature giant character balloons will be flown without the traditional 80-100 handlers and instead employ an innovative, specially rigged anchor vehicle framework of five specialty vehicles tested and approved by the NYCDOT and NYPD

The 94th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will air nationwide on NBC-TV, Thursday, November 26, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon, in all time zones. For more information visit macys.com/parade. To follow and participate in the excitement, check out @macys on various social platforms and follow #MacysParade.

commandercarey@gmail.com (Macy's) Life Tue, 10 Nov 2020 06:23:00 -0500
Pet Valu to Close Westcheater Locations, Stores Severely Impacted by COVID-19 https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/places/4716-pet-valu-in-danbury-to-close-stores-severly-impacted-by-covid-194716-pet-valu-in-danbury-to-close-stores-severly-impacted-by-covid-19 https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/places/4716-pet-valu-in-danbury-to-close-stores-severly-impacted-by-covid-194716-pet-valu-in-danbury-to-close-stores-severly-impacted-by-covid-19


Pet Valu announced in a press release plans close all of its stores due to the severe impact from COVID-19.

"The Company expects that all of its 358 stores and warehouses in the Northeastern and Midwestern U.S., as well as its corporate office in Wayne, PA, will close by the end of the wind-down process," the company wrote. Effective immediately, U.S. customers will no longer be able to place orders on the Pet Valu U.S. e-commerce site at www.petvalu.com/us/."

As this photo shows, dog owners have come to know, love, and rely upon the store's $10.00 dog washing stations.

Not closed yet

All Pet Valu stores in the U.S. are currently open and ready to serve their devoted pet lover customers through the wind-down process. Customers in the U.S. can continue to use Pet Valu gift cards and loyalty rewards for purchases. 

Pet Valu Canada, which is a separate company based in Markham, Ontario is not impacted by this wind down, according to the press release.




kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Mon, 09 Nov 2020 09:20:02 -0500
NY Won't Have Final Vote Tallies on Election Night https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/politics/4715-ny-won-t-have-final-vote-tallies-on-election-night4715-ny-won-t-have-final-vote-tallies-on-election-night https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/politics/4715-ny-won-t-have-final-vote-tallies-on-election-night4715-ny-won-t-have-final-vote-tallies-on-election-night

Absentee ballots can not be counted by law until seven days after the election and military ballots may not even be received until 16 days after the election.

New York State has experienced massive early voting turn-out in the 2020 election, with an unprecedented number of absentee ballots as a result of the pandemic. We will not have final election results on Tuesday evening, since absentee ballots can not be counted -- by law -- until seven days after the election. Military ballots may not even be received until 16 days after the election. Most immediately, BOE will first count ballots from early voting, and then provide election day vote totals on election night. Statewide nearly 20% of the potential electorate voted early while, as of last week, roughly 2 million absentee ballots were returned.

"New York voters should understand that they will not know the results of many close races until more than a week later, and that this is not the death of democracy but a sign of life. The BOE can and must count absentee ballots carefully. Any candidate who declares victory too soon or seeks to invalidate the legal counting of ballots diminishes both military and other absentee voters as less worthy than those able to cast their vote in person," said Susan Lerner, Executive Director of Common Cause/NY.

Last week, Common Cause/NY launched an Election Protection program with over 800 volunteers statewide who serve as either virtual poll monitors or roving poll monitors to assist voters with urgent questions, protect voting rights, and make sure poll sites are taking adequate safety protections.


kerry@ducey.org (Common Cause/NY ) Politics Mon, 02 Nov 2020 17:20:25 -0500
Burke Rehabilitation Hospital Chief Medical Officer Receives ‘Doctors of Distinction’ Honor https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/neighbors/4712-burke-rehabilitation-hospital-chief-medical-officer-receives-doctors-of-distinction-honor4712-burke-rehabilitation-hospital-chief-medical-officer-receives-doctors-of-distinction-honor https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/neighbors/4712-burke-rehabilitation-hospital-chief-medical-officer-receives-doctors-of-distinction-honor4712-burke-rehabilitation-hospital-chief-medical-officer-receives-doctors-of-distinction-honor

Burke Rehabilitation Hospital Senior Vice President & Chief Medical Officer Dr. Mooyeon Oh-Park has been honored for “Exceptional Leadership in Healthcare” as one of Fairfield & Westchester Counties’ 2020 ‘Doctors of Distinction’. The honor was announced at the Recognizing Compassionate Care Virtual Event on Sept. 24, 2020, presented by the Fairfield & Westchester County Business Journals.

“We are extremely proud that Dr. Oh-Park has received this well-deserved honor,” said Burke President and CEO Jeffrey Menkes. “Her exceptional leadership has been more evident than ever during the recent COVID-19 pandemic. Led by Dr. Oh-Park, our Burke team kept patients and staff safe while providing the highest level of expert care to COVID-19 survivors, so that they could make their best possible recovery. Her leadership directly impacted the hundreds of COVID-19 survivors that Burke treated and their loved ones.”

Dr. Oh-Park has been actively involved in every aspect of strategizing Burke’s approach to managing the COVID-19 crisis, including establishing daily communication, proper use of PPE, medical management, implementing surge units and ensuring staff wellbeing. Under her leadership, Burke has developed and implemented protocols and strategies to establish clinical integration with hospitals within Montefiore Health System and beyond. Dr. Oh-Park and her team established a working model of addressing the rehabilitation needs of COVID-19 survivors and an essential role of post-acute partner for acute care hospitals in New York City and the Hudson Valley region.

Dr. Oh-Park commented, “I am honored to receive this award along with my colleagues in the healthcare industry – all of whom have proven to be such remarkable heroes during the pandemic. It has been a great privilege to work with the Burke team, which has been unwavering in its dedication to helping all of our patients, including COVID-19 survivors, recover and go home to their families.”

Jeffrey Menkes concluded, “Everything Dr. Oh-Park does is based on supporting the mission and vision of Burke, which is to provide the highest level of care to patients. Undoubtedly, she is a collaborator, problem solver, communicator, advocate, educator, mentor and leader of the highest caliber.”

As Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President, Dr. Oh-Park oversees the clinical, educational and research activities at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital and plays a key role in strategic planning and expansion of Burke’s programs and academic integration with the Montefiore Health System. She is a Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and the Department of Neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She is an internationally known leader in the field of rehabilitation medicine and serves in leadership roles on various professional associations and editorial boards.

kerry@ducey.org (Leslie Wells) Neighbors Mon, 02 Nov 2020 12:37:17 -0500
Iconic Horror Props and Costumes Auctions Online https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/life/4714-iconic-horror-props-and-costumes-auctions-online4714-iconic-horror-props-and-costumes-auctions-online https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/life/4714-iconic-horror-props-and-costumes-auctions-online4714-iconic-horror-props-and-costumes-auctions-online

Props from The Omen, An American Werewolf in London, Saw plus more to go under the hammer in upcoming London auction 

Prop Store sells original movie props and costumes and related memorabilia, regularly hosting live and online prop and costume auctions. Over 8,000 items are also available for sale at fixed price on www.propstore.com.

Operating since 1998, Prop Store founder Stephen Lane’s love for movies led him to begin hunting for the same props and costumes that were used to create his favourite films. He found that he could not only provide collectors with access to their most coveted pieces, but also establish archival standards for a new, pop-culture hybrid of fine art and memorabilia collecting – prop art. Prop Store handles prop disposal, sale, archive and auction services to production companies and distributors as well as fixed price item sale on its website.

Rick Baker SFX Mechanical Werewolf Transformation Bust from AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (1981) est. £30k - 50k ($38.7k - 64.5k)

The Prop Store Live Auction will feature:

  • Rick Baker SFX Mechanical Werewolf Transformation Bust from AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (1981). Estimate £30,000 - 50,000 ($38,700 - 64,500)
  • Keith Jennings' (David Warner) Special Effects Severed Head from THE OMEN (1976). Estimate £30,000 - 50,000 ($38,700 - 64,500)
  • Headless Horseman's (Christopher Walken) Costume from SLEEPY HOLLOW (1999). Estimate £30,000 - 50,000 ($38,700 - 64,500)
  • Adam Stanheight's (Leigh Whannell) Broken Hacksaw from SAW (2004). Estimate £2,000 - 3,000 ($2,580 - 3,870)
  • Shaun's (Simon Pegg) Sales Advisor Costume from SHAUN OF THE DEAD (2004). Estimate £800 - 1,200 ($1,032 - 1,548)
  • Hero Dagger of Megiddo from THE OMEN (1976). Estimate £30,000 - 50,000 ($38,700 - 64,500)
  • Blade's (Wesley Snipes) Final Battle Costume from BLADE: TRINITY (2004). Estimate £6,000 - 8,000 ($7,740 - 10,320 

The auction will be live streamed online for fans to track the action and participate in bidding themselves. Bids can be placed online or by phone from anywhere in the world. Auction lots can be viewed by appointment at Prop Store’s office facility in Hertfordshire, UK. Lots can be viewed by appointment only, please email auction@propstore.com for more details.

Prop Store will hold a virtual preview exhibition event in November via social media, with opportunities to see props from the auction up close and ask questions of the specialists.

Registration is now open and online proxy bids can be submitted here: https://ukm.propstoreauction.com/m/view-auctions/info/id/244

A selection of auction lot images can be downloaded from the following link:



kerry@ducey.org (Prop Store) Life Mon, 02 Nov 2020 09:39:04 -0500
Open Door Medical Holiday Toy Drive https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/charities/4704-open-door-medical-holiday-toy-drive4704-open-door-medical-holiday-toy-drive https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/charities/4704-open-door-medical-holiday-toy-drive4704-open-door-medical-holiday-toy-drive

Now through December 22, Open Door will accept new, unwrapped toys (for newborns through 14 years old) for this year’s Toy Distribution. Community members can host toy-drives, volunteer as a Holiday Helpers, and promote the drive on social media.
“COVID-19 has brought so many unexpected changes to our daily lives and has created further financial hardships for those less fortunate in our communities,” said Jane Levy, Senior Manager of Volunteer Programs, Open Door. “This holiday season, we want to make sure that every child we serve has a gift to open.”
This year, the Open Door expects to distribute over 5,000 toys to underserved children. To learn more about how you can donate gifts, host a toy-drive and be a Holiday Volunteer, email Jane Levy.

Learn more about Open Door Family Medical Centers by clicking on one of their office locations below.

kerry@ducey.org (Open Door) Charities Mon, 02 Nov 2020 07:53:00 -0500
New Seat Belt Law in Effect in New York State https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/politics/4713-new-seat-belt-law-in-effect-in-new-york-state4713-new-seat-belt-law-in-effect-in-new-york-state https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/politics/4713-new-seat-belt-law-in-effect-in-new-york-state4713-new-seat-belt-law-in-effect-in-new-york-state

You must now buckle up in a motor vehicle in New York State no matter where you are riding in a motor vehicle.  Effective November 1st, 2020 all passengers in a vehicle operated on the public highway in NY State must wear a seat belt regardless of age. 

On August 11th Governor Cuomo signed legislation (S.4336/A.6163) requiring all passengers in motor vehicles over the age of 16 to wear a seat belt. Previously, passengers aged 16 and older were only required to wear a seat belt in the front passenger seat next to the driver. 

"We've known for decades that seat belts save lives and with this measure we are further strengthening our laws and helping to prevent needless tragedies," Governor Cuomo said. "It was under my father's leadership that New York became the first state in the country to pass a seat belt law, and the nation followed his lead. Now we are building upon this legacy and helping to create a safer and stronger Empire State for all." 

Over the last decade, 296 rear seat passengers over the age of 16 who were not buckled up were killed in New York state and over 25,000 suffered injuries, according to AAA.

The new law set applies to almost all cars in New York State. Another law, which is set to take effect in January of 2021 requires stretch limousines already on the road to have seat belts installed at every seating position by 2023.

Unbuckled passengers in a rear seat are twice as likely to be killed and eight times as likely to be seriously injured when flung forward compared to those who are wearing seat belts. 

commandercarey@gmail.com (Peter Carey) Politics Mon, 02 Nov 2020 05:45:40 -0500
Westchester Broadway Theatre Takes Its Final Bow https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/places/4711-new-york-s-longest-runninwestchester-broadway-theatre-takes-it-s-final-bow4711-new-york-s-longest-runninwestchester-broadway-theatre-takes-it-s-final-bow https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/places/4711-new-york-s-longest-runninwestchester-broadway-theatre-takes-it-s-final-bow4711-new-york-s-longest-runninwestchester-broadway-theatre-takes-it-s-final-bow

New York’s Longest Running Actor’s Equity Theatre Goes Dark after 45 Years  
White Plains Performing Arts Center will try to accommodate ticket holders at a future date after Covid-19 restrictions are lifted

The Westchester Broadway Theatre will close it’s doors after 45 years of business due to COVID 19. The work that WBT has done over the years has been truly historic and will go down in history, not only in Westchester, but in the theatre industry as New York’s longest running Equity theatre. Over the years, WBT has produced 217 musicals, hosted numerous concerts, benefits and fundraisers, employed 5,000 theatre professionals, many who have gone on to Broadway and beyond, and served over 6 million customers. 
As the world has been plugged into an intense emergency; we have determined there is no way we can reopen when the ban is lifted on live theatre. Dinner- theatre, because of social distancing requirements, will be the last entertainment category to be given permission. Our landlord does not want to continue supporting our lease. Sadly, the interior is to be destroyed and the building turned into a warehouse. “It is with a great sadness that we say goodbye. We wish you much good will in the future. We will miss you!” said Bob Funking, Bill and Von Ann Stutler, founders of the Westchester Broadway Theatre, in a letter to employees. 
The art of presenting live theatre is one of NY State’s largest industries. It has been greatly affected by the pandemic leaving many shows on hold, 12 million people out of work, and numerous patrons with outstanding tickets to shows. 
However, Westchester residents will still have a professional Equity theatre in their backyard to attend when restrictions are lifted. The White Plains Performing Arts Center, which is located in downtown White Plains, has used this down-time to make many new renovations to accommodate the “new world of theatre” when Governor Cuomo authorizes theaters to reopen. Everything from air purification systems, to advanced cleaning solutions and social distancing has been put in place. 
“As someone who grew up seeing and working on shows at WBT, it’s with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to our colleague. The work they have done over the years was remarkable. When we heard of this news, we knew we had to do something to not only honor their legacy but also make sure we keep professional theatre alive in Westchester. We are honored to have the torch passed to us at White Plains PAC to take on that task!” said Stephen Ferri, White Plains PAC’s Executive Producer. 
White Plains PAC has generously offered to try assisting affected WBT ticket holders by honoring outstanding tickets and gift cards for a future WPPAC show. This will be a way to give back to the community and keep the industry alive; as well as fulfill the outstanding obligations to patrons. Eligible patrons will be contacted in the coming weeks with details about the exchange program.
kerry@ducey.org (Westchester Broadway Theatre) Places Mon, 26 Oct 2020 12:16:03 -0400
Stew Leonard’s in Yonkers Halloween Happenings https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/events/4710-stew-leonard-s-in-yonkers-halloween-happenings4710-stew-leonard-s-in-yonkers-halloween-happenings https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/events/4710-stew-leonard-s-in-yonkers-halloween-happenings4710-stew-leonard-s-in-yonkers-halloween-happenings

Stew Leonard’s in Yonkers Halloween Happenings NOW through Saturday, October 31, 2020 from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., daily

Stew Leonard’s invites all little ghouls and goblins to our first-ever drive-through Halloween celebration! Cars will follow a path through more than a dozen family-friendly Halloween-themed scenes featuring inflatable characters, located in our parking lot just steps from Stew’s pumpkin patch. Customers can also tune their car’s radio to WSTU-FM where Clover the Cow’s spooky Halloween soundtrack will delight kids of all ages. This free, socially distanced event is open to the community starting Friday, October 2 through Saturday, October 31, 2020.

Plus, all kids under age 12 who wear their Halloween costume to Stew Leonard’s from Monday, October 26 – Saturday, October 31, 2020 will receive a free ice cream cone at our Ice Cream Parlor. And, if they say “Trick or Treat” at the checkout lane, they’ll receive a free small treat bag!

Learn more here.

Stew Leonard's is located at 1 Stew Leonard Dr., Yonkers, NY

kerry@ducey.org (Stew Leonard's ) Events Wed, 21 Oct 2020 13:40:20 -0400
Mets Dom Smith named as a Finalist for 2020 Hank Aaron Award https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/neighbors/4709-mets-dom-smith-named-as-a-finalist-for-2020-hank-aaron-award4709-mets-dom-smith-named-as-a-finalist-for-2020-hank-aaron-award https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/neighbors/4709-mets-dom-smith-named-as-a-finalist-for-2020-hank-aaron-award4709-mets-dom-smith-named-as-a-finalist-for-2020-hank-aaron-award

Dom Smith of the NY Mets has been named a National League finalist for the 2020 Hank Aaron Award.

Established in 1999 to honor the 25th anniversary of Aaron breaking Babe Ruth's all-time home run record, the Hank Aaron Awards are officially sanctioned by MLB and recognize the most outstanding offensive performers in each League. Aaron and a panel of fellow Hall of Famers will combine with a fan vote to determine the winners.

Smith's breakout season for the Mets included a .316/.377/.616 slash line, a .993 OPS, 10 home runs and 42 RBIs. The 25-year-old first baseman and left fielder ranked fourth in the NL in slugging and OPS, tied for fifth in RBIs and finished eighth in the batting race.

Although the fan voting window has closed you can click here to see all the finalists in both leagues. Winners will be announced by Major League Baseball at a later date.


commandercarey@gmail.com (New York Metropolitan Baseball Club) Neighbors Tue, 20 Oct 2020 17:30:00 -0400
Three States added to New York's Travel Advisory List https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/politics/4706-three-states-added-to-new-york-s-travel-advisory-list4706-three-states-added-to-new-york-s-travel-advisory-list https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/politics/4706-three-states-added-to-new-york-s-travel-advisory-list4706-three-states-added-to-new-york-s-travel-advisory-list

Yesterday, Governor Andrew Cuomo added three states to the NY State Travel Advisory list.

Ohio, Michigan and Virginia have been added to New York's COVID Travel Advisory. These three states join 35 other states and territories reported yesterday from which travelers arriving to New York must self-quarantine for 14 days. See the full list here

commandercarey@gmail.com (Peter Carey) Politics Wed, 14 Oct 2020 08:50:24 -0400
Mother Cabrini Memorial Unveiled in Manhattan's Battery Park https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/life/4707-mother-cabrini-memorial-unveiled-in-manhattan-s-battery-park4707-mother-cabrini-memorial-unveiled-in-manhattan-s-battery-park https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/life/4707-mother-cabrini-memorial-unveiled-in-manhattan-s-battery-park4707-mother-cabrini-memorial-unveiled-in-manhattan-s-battery-park

Located in View of the Statue of Liberty, Memorial Honors the Heroic Legacy of Mother Cabrini, Who Dedicated Her Life to Serving Immigrants and the Needy

New Memorial Educational Website and Audio Tour Here


Yesterday, (Columbus Day) Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled New York State's Mother Cabrini Memorial located in Battery Park City, just south of South Cove along the Battery Park City Esplanade. With a direct view of both the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, this area provides a fitting location to pay tribute to the patroness of immigrants. The Memorial was unveiled one year after the Governor first announced plans for its creation on Columbus Day of last year. The Memorial includes interpretive panels highlighting  Mother Cabrini's service to Italian-American immigrants and the poor in New York including building dozens of orphanages, hospitals, and schools. The plaza is surrounded by seating and a mosaic created from stones from Mother Cabrini's birthplace of Sant'Angelo Lodigiano, Italy. 

Mother Cabrini arrived to the United States in 1889 on a mission to help Italian immigrants. While in New York, she taught at St. Joachim’s parish, the Church of Our Lady of Pompeii, and the Transfiguration Catholic Church – all in Manhattan – as well as St. Rita of Cascia in The Bronx and the Church of St. Stephen in Brooklyn. She also founded the Columbus Hospital, which was eventually named the Cabrini Medical Center in Manhattan. During her lifetime, she founded 67 orphanages, schools and hospitals in New York and around the world.

Mother Cabrini was originally buried in West Park and is now interred at the St. Frances Cabrini Shrine in Manhattan, which she founded. In 1946, nearly 30 years after her death, Mother Cabrini became the first naturalized U.S. citizen to be canonized. She is recognized as the patron saint of immigrants. Several academic institutions, religious buildings and hospitals across New York are named after her.

In October 2019, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the appointment of the Mother Cabrini Memorial Commission to oversee the creation of a statue honoring Mother Cabrini. The Commission received submissions from artists from around the world, each movingly telling the story of her life and her many contributions to immigrants in New York and worldwide.

From these submissions the Commission selected the artist team of Jill and Giancarlo Biagi to create the Mother Cabrini Memorial. The creative team included architectural and site design work by Martin Sendlewski and lighting design by Ken Farley.

"Today the lesson of Mother Cabrini is even more vital because of the difficulties that we are facing. We all know that these are challenging times, but we also know that in the book of life, it is not what one does when the sun is shining that tests our metal - it's what one does in the fury of the storm. And that's where we are today. The pressure, the stress, the difficulty revealed a true character of people and of society." Cuomo said.



commandercarey@gmail.com (HH) Life Tue, 13 Oct 2020 17:05:29 -0400