Riverdale's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale Tue, 07 Feb 2023 01:01:44 -0500 HamletHub.com Celebrate the New Year with a First Day Hike https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/life/4839-celebrate-the-new-year-with-a-first-day-hike4839-celebrate-the-new-year-with-a-first-day-hike https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/life/4839-celebrate-the-new-year-with-a-first-day-hike4839-celebrate-the-new-year-with-a-first-day-hike

Looking forward to a fresh start in 2023? Why not plan for something fun on New Year's Day?

Celebrate the new year in the outdoors with a First Day Hike at one of the many events across the state and nation 

DEC, State Parks, and the Canal Corporation invite New Yorkers to kick off 2023 by participating in one of the many hikes being held at state parks, historic sites, wildlife areas, trails, and public lands across the Empire State.

The 12th annual event includes options for hikes that are staff - or volunteer-led hikes, with some locations offering multiple options allowing people the time and space to enjoy natures' winter wonders.

Most walks and hikes are family-friendly, and typically range from one to five miles depending on the location and conditions.

See photos from this 2021's event on DEC's Flickr album and check out photos from previous hikes on Flickr.

Many New Yorkers thrive in winter and are eager for falling temperatures and consistent snowfalls. To these hardy adventurers, a few extra layers of gear combined with the snowy terrain of parklands is winning recipe for fitness, togetherness and outdoor fun. If you've never been on a First Day Hike, save the date and get out there!

See State Parks website for a listing of hikes at State Parks locations .in your area

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kerry@ducey.org (New York State Department of Environmental Conservation) Life Tue, 27 Dec 2022 10:26:09 -0500
Bronx Zoo Holiday Lights are MAGICAL Now Through January 8, 2023 https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/events/4838-bronx-zoo-holiday-lights-are-magical-now-through-january-8-20234838-bronx-zoo-holiday-lights-are-magical-now-through-january-8-2023 https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/events/4838-bronx-zoo-holiday-lights-are-magical-now-through-january-8-20234838-bronx-zoo-holiday-lights-are-magical-now-through-january-8-2023

Join The Bronx Zoo for a family holiday festival now through January 8, 2023

During the evenings, the park comes to life with holiday cheer as immersive light displays, custom-designed animal lanterns and animated light shows sparkle across the zoo. The celebration includes festive entertainment, seasonal treats, the Holiday Train, and classic holiday music. The walk-through experience is a beloved tradition, enchanting and fun for all ages.

Lantern Trails, Light Show Experiences, and More!

More than 360 lanterns representing almost 90 animal and plant species will connect you to the real wildlife and wild places that WCS staff works to protect through our field programs around the world and our zoos and aquarium in New York. 70 new lanterns representing 30 new animal species will make their debut at this year’s Holiday Lights!

This year’s Holiday Lights includes enhanced light shows that provide perfect photo ops for friends and family. On Astor Court, a new holiday tree show features synchronized musical light performances featuring more trees than ever before. And the walk-through Light Tunnel will dazzle you with animal-themed light shows.

Learn more and purchase your tickets HERE.

*Image courtesy The Bronx Zoo Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/bronxzoo

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kerry@ducey.org (The Bronx Zoo) Events Mon, 28 Nov 2022 11:46:20 -0500
Riverdale Resident, Former HamletHub Editor, Pens Debut Novel "The Unmasking of the Truth" https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/life/4837-former-hamlethub-editor-pens-debut-novel-the-unmasking-of-the-truth4837-former-hamlethub-editor-pens-debut-novel-the-unmasking-of-the-truth https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/life/4837-former-hamlethub-editor-pens-debut-novel-the-unmasking-of-the-truth4837-former-hamlethub-editor-pens-debut-novel-the-unmasking-of-the-truth

Former HamletHub editor, writer, professor, and Riverdale, NY resident adds “author” to her list of accomplishments!

Bayley Seton has just released her first book, a novel, titled “The Unmasking of the Truth”.

The novel tells the story of Billy Quinn, a sanitation worker in Brooklyn, and his Irish-American family. The sociopathic behavior of one of the Quinn’s adult children propels the family into mayhem and it becomes evident that Billy isn't the only one hiding behind a mask.

“The Unmasking of the Truth” is now available as a Kindle book, as an EPub and on BookBaby as a paperback (coming to Amazon in late December.)

Bayley Seton has worked as an editor, college professor, freelance journalist, and corporate technical writer. Bayley's journalism earned her a press club award in 2014. This is her debut novel. She lives in New York with her wife, sons, and a cat named "Nicodemus."

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Life Mon, 21 Nov 2022 13:13:50 -0500
Rob Mathes Holiday Concert is Back Live and In-Person at The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/events/4836-rob-mathes-holiday-concert-is-back-live-and-in-person-at-the-performing-arts-center-at-purchase-college4836-rob-mathes-holiday-concert-is-back-live-and-in-person-at-the-performing-arts-center-at-purchase-college https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/events/4836-rob-mathes-holiday-concert-is-back-live-and-in-person-at-the-performing-arts-center-at-purchase-college4836-rob-mathes-holiday-concert-is-back-live-and-in-person-at-the-performing-arts-center-at-purchase-college

Annual Rob Mathes Holiday Concert is Back Live and In-Person at The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College
Two Shows December 16 & 17
 
The annual Rob Mathes Holiday Concert is back live and in-person this year at The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College. Two shows will be presented on Friday, December 16, and Saturday, December 17, at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are available through artscenter.org or first and second row seats can be purchased through the concert’s nonprofit beneficiary Food Rescue US - Fairfield County. Rob Mathes is an Emmy award-winning, Grammy, Tony and Drama Desk Award nominated musician and Greenwich, Connecticut, resident. He is usually the man behind the music, producing albums, arranging and orchestrating, and is a sought-after music director. His annual holiday concert, a holiday tradition in the New York City/Connecticut area for 29 years, is his time to take center stage to the delight of his many fans.
 
“After two years of COVID, so many are grateful for the return of LIVE music,” said Rob Mathes. “We are desperate for it. I know I am! To be back performing live at The Performing Arts Center at Purchase is a gift. I cannot wait for this year’s concerts! We filmed the Holiday Concert the last two years at a church in Old Greenwich and that was great, but a live audience is EVERYTHING!! The live concert dynamic is so powerful and the audience are half of it. My whole band and choir will be back and we will be rockin’ the house, ringing in the Holiday like nobody’s business!!”
 
The Rob Mathes Holiday Concert puts a new, intensely musical spin on a holiday concert. Featuring some of NY’s finest musicians, it is an eclectic evening of high-energy pop, jazz, and rhythm and blues, with original holiday songs and many newly arranged classics. They all have a unique Rob Mathes touch on them. Rob’s Dad is a Dylan fan, his Uncle a big band trombonist and his Mother and Aunt play Mozart and Chopin all day. Rob brings together influences from Duke Ellington to Joni Mitchell, from Jeff Beck to Vaughan Williams, and the evening is always quite a musical journey. Joining Rob on stage is his all-star band with a six-piece horn section featuring Jeff Kievit on Trumpet, Will Lee from the Late Show with David Letterman and The Fab Faux on bass, Billy Masters on guitar, Gunnar Olsen on percussion, Rick Knutsen on keyboards, and James "D Train" Williams and Vaneese Thomas, two local legends who sing RnB and Gospel and who have stolen the show for the better part of two decades. Also performing with Rob is a 40 voice choir.
 
Rob Mathes has had a busy year working on some big projects, one of the most recent being his debut conducting the New York Philharmonic orchestra for the opening of the new David Geffen Hall at the Lincoln Center in New York City. Joining Rob on stage for the opening gala night’s performance called The Journey, were Lin-Manuel Miranda and the cast of Hamilton, Sara Bareilles, Brandon Victor Dixon, Renée Fleming, Brian Stokes Mitchel, Joaquina Kalukango, Bernadette Peters, Vanessa Williams and the Juilliard School Preparatory Division Chorus. In 2022, Rob also recently worked with Bruce Springsteen, arranging strings and horns on his newest album Only the Strong Survive, which featured a collection of fifteen soul music classics; he also orchestrated Panic at the Disco’s new record Viva Las Vengeance and worked with Sting and Shaggy on their new album titled Com Fly Wid Mi, a compilation of the Frank Sinatra songbook sung in reggae style. 
 
Rob Mathes' credits are many and also include conducting the orchestrations for new artist Scarypoolparty's debut album The Act of Forgiveness on Hollywood Records, arranging and conducting the orchestra for Weezer's new album OK Human, conducting a live performance of Weezer's record with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA, orchestrating the songs for the film of Lin Manuel Miranda's In The Heights, and also orchestrating Lin's directorial debut Tick, Tick, Boom, written by Jonathan Larson, composer of Rent. Rob worked closely with Hamilton's music producer Alex Lacamoire on both projects, and worked on “Spaces”, a new album by artist Pete Muller. In September 2020, Rob musically directed the first in-person show since the start of the pandemic performed at the Kennedy Center, featuring soprano Renée Fleming and singer Vanessa Williams. He won an Emmy for his long-time musical direction of the Kennedy Center Honors and was nominated for a Tony for his work on Sting’s The Last Ship. 
 
Over the years, Rob has written orchestrations for a number of artists all over the stylistic spectrum, from Elton JohnTony BennettLou Reed, and Mavis Staples to Jay ZLenny KravitzMary J. Blige, and Beck, from Aretha FranklinMariah CareyHarry Connick Jr., and Fall Out Boy, to work with classical artists such as Renée FlemingBryn TerfelDeborah Voigt, and Yo-Yo Ma. His arrangement of the Star-Spangled Banner for the 2013 Super Bowl for Renée Fleming and the New Jersey Symphony was published by Hal Leonard and his arrangement of Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven for the band Heart (Ann and Nancy Wilson), performed at the Kennedy Center Honors, led to him being asked by Robert Plant and Jimmy Page to testify at the trial over the song’s publishing rights, which they won. 
 
This year's concert benefits the nonprofit Food Rescue US - Fairfield County, which uses its proprietary online and app technology as a platform for volunteer food rescuers to directly transfer excess food from local businesses and restaurants to social service agencies that feed the food insecure. Food Rescue US - Fairfield County has provided 30+ million meals to individuals who are food insecure in our community while keeping 41+ million pounds of excess food out of landfills.
 
“I really can’t wait to be back on stage at The Performing Arts Center,” noted Rob Mathes. “It is my ‘home away from home.’ For myself and my incredibly loyal fans, all of whom are family at this point, the Holiday Concert helps kick-off the holiday season. Many have said to me, ‘it isn’t the holidays without your concert,’ That means so much to me and I don’t take it lightly. We’ll be bringing our all to the PepsiCo Theater at The Performing Arts Center Friday and Saturday nights.”
 
To purchase tickets for the Rob Mathes Holiday Concert, visit artscenter.org. To purchase premium front row seats that come with a VIP meet-and-greet with the band after the show, visit Food Rescue US - Fairfield County. To learn more about Rob Mathes, visit robmathes.comFacebook, and Twitter @RobMathesMusic and Instagram @robmathes.music and youtube.com/user/RobMathesMusic.
 
The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College (The PAC), is a four theatre complex located on the campus of Purchase College, SUNY, and is the major professional, nonprofit arts presenter in the southeastern New York and southwestern Connecticut region. For more than 40 years, The PAC has been the hub of a creative community that brings together internally acclaimed artists and rising stars, creative practitioners, civic and academic leaders, community activists, and an inspirational array of loyal volunteers and friends who recognize the power of investing in the performing arts to spark creativity and connection.
 
To learn more about The PAC, visit artscenter.org or on FacebookInstagram and Twitter @purchasepac.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Jenifer Howard) Events Thu, 17 Nov 2022 11:37:50 -0500
The Master Networks Tri-State Region Community Council Hosts a Business Expo in support of local charities on October 27 https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/charities/4835-the-master-networks-tri-state-region-community-council-hosts-a-business-expo-in-support-of-local-charities4835-the-master-networks-tri-state-region-community-council-hosts-a-business-expo-in-support-of-local-charities https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/charities/4835-the-master-networks-tri-state-region-community-council-hosts-a-business-expo-in-support-of-local-charities4835-the-master-networks-tri-state-region-community-council-hosts-a-business-expo-in-support-of-local-charities

Business Expo and Networking event: – Thursday, October 27th, at Mulino’s Restaurant at Lake Isle Country Club, 660 White Plains RD, Eastchester, NY - Multi-state networking organization, Master Networks Tri-State Region, invites entrepreneurs, business people, and the community to attend their Business Expo and networking event.

Proceeds from this event will go to the Community Council fund which provides grants to local charities.  

Join us on the 27th and Network with people from all over the tri-state region while you help make a difference in your community. Visit our vendors in Health & Wellness, Food & Beverage, Fashion, Insurance, Real Estate, and more. Find out more about over 20 local businesses that will be featured and get a jump start on holiday shopping. Take your chances on the Tricky Tray auction and enjoy light fare and a cash bar. There is so much to take advantage of, don’t miss out.
 
Pre-register online at https://tinyurl.com/Oct27MN. Tickets are $35 in advance and $45 at the door (cash and check only).
 
We are also collecting new or gently used coats to be distributed to shelter organizations in our area. Please help us care for our community as the winter weather approaches.  
 
About the Master Networks Tri-State Region Community Council
 
The work of the Community Council is to serve as a resource for raising awareness, volunteers, and grants for local non-profits that Master Networks members hold dear. Its strength lies in
the breadth and depth of all of the businesses in the regional community.
 
Tina Campbell, Head of the Master Networks Eastern Territory, launched the Community Council to enhance the organization’s mission of “building a group of entrepreneurs and business leaders who are learning-based and community-minded.” Her vision was to bring together member experts and volunteers with a passion for community outreach and create a grassroots effort to connect with those in need.
Master Networks hosts a variety of events throughout the year, each of which has a community support component. This includes helping to raise money for the Grant Fund which is administered by the Rockland Community Foundation.
 
For more information, visit www.masternetworksnyct.com

Instagram: @networkingny

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kerry@ducey.org (Master Networks) Charities Fri, 21 Oct 2022 09:46:40 -0400
BOO at the Bronx Zoo Weekends Through October 30 https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/events/4834-boo-at-the-bronx-zoo-weekends-through-october-304834-boo-at-the-bronx-zoo-weekends-through-october-30 https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/events/4834-boo-at-the-bronx-zoo-weekends-through-october-304834-boo-at-the-bronx-zoo-weekends-through-october-30

Spooktacular FUN at The Bronx Zoo on Saturdays and Sundays NOW through October 30 (including the holiday, Monday, October 10).

Our annual family-friendly Halloween tradition is back at the Bronx Zoo. Come dressed in your Halloween best and enjoy!

Tickets must be purchased in advance. Please click HERE to reserve your spot.

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kerry@ducey.org (The Bronx Zoo) Events Mon, 03 Oct 2022 10:56:13 -0400
Celebrating 60 Years of the Armonk Outdoor Art Show https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/events/4833-celebrating-60-years-of-the-armonk-outdoor-art-show4833-celebrating-60-years-of-the-armonk-outdoor-art-show https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/events/4833-celebrating-60-years-of-the-armonk-outdoor-art-show4833-celebrating-60-years-of-the-armonk-outdoor-art-show

The Armonk Outdoor Art Show will celebrate six decades of fine art and fine crafts this fall on Saturday, October 1 through Sunday, October 2.

The Armonk Outdoor Art Show will celebrate six decades of fine art and fine crafts this fall on Saturday, October 1 through Sunday, October 2. It’s an incredible milestone for this nonprofit, annual show, marking sixty years of raising funds for the Friends of the North Castle Public Library, Inc.

As visitors enjoy the exceptional artists, large selection of food and drink, and complimentary children’s activities, they are helping to support the library’s vibrant educational and entertainmentprograms at the same time.

When art show volunteers set up for that first show on the lawn of Armonk’s Methodist Church in 1961, they could not have envisioned the 9,000 visitors that would one day flock to Community Park’s field each year. Sixty years later the Armonk Outdoor Art Show remains almost entirely volunteer-run and offers the perfect community activity to enjoy on a fall day!

Consistently ranked among the top fine art and fine crafts show in the nation, our jury carefully selects approximately 140 artists each year from close to 600 applicants. The show’s chosen exhibitors are innovators in their fields, representing twelve different mediums including: oils/acrylics/watercolors, mixed media, printmaking/drawing/pastels, sculpture, photography/digital art, wearable art, and fine crafts. This extensive variety of mediums, styles, and price points ensures that all visitors can discover a piece that they just can’t live without.

New for this year’s 60th anniversary show is a specially commissioned exhibition entitled “The Art of Storytelling,” featuring work that utilizes a book as the artist’s “canvas.” This exhibition celebrates the connection between our art show and our local North Castle Public Library, highlighting the library’s vital role within our community. Just as art can elicit powerful emotions and transport the viewer to a world of
imagination, so too do the stories that are found in our favorite books. These compelling pieces will be auctioned to benefit the Friends of the North Castle Public Library, Inc.

Key Details:
• Saturday & Sunday, October 1 and 2 from 10:00am to 5:00pm, Rain or Shine
• Community Park, 205 Business Park Drive, Armonk, NY 10504
• ArmonkOutdoorArtShow.org showcases each artist exhibiting this fall
• Tickets go on sale in August and can be purchased through our website
• Follow us @ArmonkOutdoorArtShow for inspiration, announcements, and previews of our artists.

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kerry@ducey.org (Nicole Blum) Events Fri, 23 Sep 2022 04:45:07 -0400
Autism Speaks Walk Unites Westchester Greater Hudson Valley Area Autism Community https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/charities/4832-autism-speaks-walk-unites-westchester-greater-hudson-valley-area-autism-community4832-autism-speaks-walk-unites-westchester-greater-hudson-valley-area-autism-community https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/charities/4832-autism-speaks-walk-unites-westchester-greater-hudson-valley-area-autism-community4832-autism-speaks-walk-unites-westchester-greater-hudson-valley-area-autism-community

The Westchester Greater Hudson Valley Walk will be held on Sunday, October 2 at New York-Presbyterian Westchester Behavioral Health Center in White Plains.

The Westchester Greater Hudson Valley Autism Speaks Walk is back to promote acceptance and raise vital funds for people with autism. This year, the Westchester Greater Hudson Valley Autism Speaks Walk will be held in person at New York-Presbyterian Westchester Behavioral Health Center, bringing the community together to fuel the Autism Speaks mission and help create a world where all people with autism can reach their full potential. 

To learn more and participate, click here.

To join the conversation on social by finding @autismspeaks on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter and using #AutismSpeaksWalk.  

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Lori Kiehle) Charities Thu, 22 Sep 2022 06:19:58 -0400
White Plains Hospital Screenings Under the Stars Continues on Saturday with Spider-man: No Way Home https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/events/4831-white-plains-hospital-screenings-under-the-stars-continues-with-spider-man-no-way-home4831-white-plains-hospital-screenings-under-the-stars-continues-with-spider-man-no-way-home https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/events/4831-white-plains-hospital-screenings-under-the-stars-continues-with-spider-man-no-way-home4831-white-plains-hospital-screenings-under-the-stars-continues-with-spider-man-no-way-home

White Plains Hospital Screenings Under the Stars presented by Westchester County Parks and Sharc Creative continues with the family comedy, Spider-man: No Way Home (2021-PG13) on Saturday, Sept. 17, at Glen Island Park in New Rochelle.

County Executive George Latimer said, “What better way to end a week back in school then with an outdoor movie with your closest friends and family. Join us for a crisp Saturday night under the stars filled with fantasy, action and adventure!”

Parks Commissioner, Kathleen O’Connor said, “Even though summer is coming to an end, we still have fun-filled fall events planned! Take this opportunity to spend another lovely evening in our parks.”

The gates open at 5:30 p.m. and movies begin at sundown. Event is rain or shine. Admission and parking are free. Moviegoers should bring blankets, folding chairs, and a picnic. Refreshments will be available for sale.

The final movie in the series is The Addams Family 2 (2021-PG) on Friday, Oct. 21, at Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson.

The White Plains Hospital Screenings Under the Stars is presented by Westchester County Parks and Sharc Creative Inc with Westchester Parks Foundation, and support from Westchester Talk Radio100.7 WHUD107.1 The PeakPalisades MazdaThe Premier CollectionLook CinemasValley Bank, HamletHub, Robison OilInspiria Outdoor, and Westchester Magazine.   

Movies may be cancelled due to inclement weather conditions.

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kerry@ducey.org (Westchester County) Events Mon, 12 Sep 2022 04:43:56 -0400
Kaplan Educational Foundation Announces 2022 College Acceptances https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/neighbors/4828-kaplan-educational-foundation-announces-2022-college-acceptances4828-kaplan-educational-foundation-announces-2022-college-acceptances https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/neighbors/4828-kaplan-educational-foundation-announces-2022-college-acceptances4828-kaplan-educational-foundation-announces-2022-college-acceptances

Leadership Program Helps Community College Students Transfer and Earn Four-Year Degrees From Top Colleges and Universities

 The Kaplan Educational Foundation (KEF) celebrates the latest college acceptances from their 15th cohort of  scholars in the Kaplan Leadership Program.  

Established in 2006, the Kaplan Leadership Program helps high-potential, low-income and underrepresented community college students complete their associate's degree, successfully transfer and go on to earn a four-year bachelor's degree at the nation's most highly-selective schools. The program focuses on a holistic approach – providing extensive tutoring, academic advisement services, leadership and career training, stipends for living expenses, and other resources and support to help them expand their personal goals, and eventually attain leadership roles in their professions and communities. 

The 2022 Kaplan Leadership Scholars and their college acceptances: 

  • Marlon Arteaga, Union County College -  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • Elhadj Barry, Bronx Community College - Brown University

  • Angel Beebe, Hudson County Community College - Smith College

  • Fambougouri Diane, Bronx Community College - Tufts University

  • Aïssata Diop, Bronx Community College -  Smith College

  • Sybel Francois, Union County College - Claremont McKenna College

  • Raquel Hernandez, Borough of Manhattan Community College - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 

  • Quiana James - Borough of Manhattan Community College - New York University

  • Belicia Kensah - Union County College - Rutgers University - New Brunswick

  • Gabriel Morillo - Bronx Community College - Haverford College

  • Ndongo Njie - Hostos Community College - Princeton University

Students also received acceptances from Pomona College, Mt. Holyoke College, Occidental College, University of Rochester, University of Michigan, and Wellesley College.

Since KEF’s inception, Kaplan Leadership Scholars have been accepted to the country’s most competitive schools. This year, KEF has its first acceptances to Princeton University and Haverford College. Eighty-seven percent of Kaplan Scholars earn a bachelor’s degree. 

"While COVID-19 continued to create challenges for our scholars, given the fact that the diverse and resilient talent that the nation needs to fuel the economy can be found in our community colleges, we felt it was particularly important that we remain committed to our mission and celebrate the achievements of our students at this time,” says Nolvia Delgado, Executive Director of KEF. “This year’s cohort continues to represent the wide diversity that exists in U.S. community colleges, including non-traditional age students, recent immigrants, first-generation and ESL learners, and others pursuing degrees in education, STEM, computer science, medicine, law and other fields. We’re excited to continue to remove barriers and provide greater access to higher education for talented, motivated individuals."

For more information on the Kaplan Leadership Scholars and how to apply to be a scholar:

http://www.kaplanedlfoundation.org

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Tue, 16 Aug 2022 12:37:28 -0400
Swim Across America Long Island Sound’s 30th Anniversary Events Raise Record-Breaking $1.64 Million to Fight Cancer https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/charities/4830-swim-across-america-long-island-sound-s-30th-anniversary-events-raise-record-breaking-1-64-million-to-fight-cancer4830-swim-across-america-long-island-sound-s-30th-anniversary-events-raise-record-breaking-1-64-million-to-fight-cancer https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/charities/4830-swim-across-america-long-island-sound-s-30th-anniversary-events-raise-record-breaking-1-64-million-to-fight-cancer4830-swim-across-america-long-island-sound-s-30th-anniversary-events-raise-record-breaking-1-64-million-to-fight-cancer

LARCHMONT, N.Y. – August 16, 2022 – Hundreds of swimmers made even greater waves this summer at Swim Across America Long Island Sound chapter’s open-water and seven pool events, raising a record-breaking $1.64 million for local cancer research, prevention and treatment.

Swim Across America Long Island Sound chapter (SAA-LIS) was founded thirty years ago with only 17 swimmers, who raised $15K for the cause. Since 1992, SAA-LIS has grown to be the organization’s largest chapter whose swimmers now have raised over $23 million life-saving dollars.

“Unfortunately, everyone knows someone who has cancer or has lost a loved one to the disease,” says SAA-LIS Executive Director Tony Sibio. “We at SAA-LIS are a family of incredibly dedicated swimmers, kayakers, and volunteers, who participate year after year because we know we play a key role in helping to eradicate cancer forever. I couldn’t be more proud or thankful to our participants who over the years have continued to bring hope to those battling cancer.”

The fundraising activities of SAA-LIS have already had a profound impact. The chapter was instrumental in funding some of the most exciting cancer news this year with the announcement of a clinical trial at Memorial Sloan Kettering which was published in

The New England Journal of Medicine and showed a 100 percent success rate in treating patients in a phase 2 clinical trial for advanced rectal cancer with dostarlimab, an immunotherapy treatment produced by GlaxoSmithKline. The clinical trial at Memorial Sloan Kettering was funded by early-stage grant funding from SAA-LIS.

Proceeds from the swims support the Swim Across America research lab, Dr. Luis Diaz and the MSK Kids Department of Pediatrics at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; pediatric oncology research at Morgan Stanley Columbia University Medical Center; and patient services with Cancer Support Team.

Although the swim season is officially over for 2022, donations are always welcome and can be sent to SAA-Long Island Sound, P.O. Box 217, Larchmont, NY 10538.

“SAA-LIS has come a long way in the past three decades, but we won’t stop swimming and fighting until cancer is gone for good,” adds Mr. Sibio. 

* aerial photography by Bedford Photo-Graphic, Inc.

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kerry@ducey.org (Jeannette Boccini) Charities Tue, 16 Aug 2022 12:36:08 -0400
CDC Call to Action: Add Routine & COVID-19 Vaccinations to the Back-to-School Checklist https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/publicsafety/4829-cdc-call-to-action-add-routine-covid-19-vaccinations-to-the-back-to-school-checklist4829-cdc-call-to-action-add-routine-covid-19-vaccinations-to-the-back-to-school-checklist https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/publicsafety/4829-cdc-call-to-action-add-routine-covid-19-vaccinations-to-the-back-to-school-checklist4829-cdc-call-to-action-add-routine-covid-19-vaccinations-to-the-back-to-school-checklist

Late summer is usually a time many families begin preparing to send their children back to school. This is a crucial time when healthcare providers need to communicate with families to add routine childhood and COVID-19 vaccinations to their back-to-school checklist.

During the 2020-2021 school year, vaccination coverage among kindergarteners nationwide dropped more than one percent. With most schools now back to in-person learning, efforts must be made to ensure:

  • All school-aged children are up to date on their routine vaccines and have received recommended COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Routine vaccination coverage is equitably distributed and sufficiently high to protect children, their families, and their communities against vaccine-preventable diseases.

Healthcare providers are trusted sources of information for parents and guardians. They can also help families make the informed decision to vaccinate. Here are some ways they can help catch school-aged children up on vaccination.

Healthcare providers can help make vaccines more accessible

  • Send reminders to families whose children are behind on well-child visits and routine vaccination.
  • Notify families when children are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines. Tell them where they can find COVID-19 vaccines for their children if they’re not offered in the office or clinic.
  • Offer vaccination-only appointments or hold vaccination clinics.
  • Administer COVID-19 vaccines at the same time as other routinely recommended vaccines, if recommended and appropriate.

Help share the facts

Catch-up vaccination will require efforts from healthcare systems, healthcare providers, schools, state and local governments, and families by sharing the facts about routine and COVID-19 vaccines and answering families’ questions using resources such as CDC’s Quick Conversation Guide on COVID-19 Vaccines for Children.

 Facts about routine vaccines

  • Vaccines are safe and effective for your child to receive at the recommended age, and at the recommended dose.
  • Did you know your child may be eligible for free vaccines? CDC’s Vaccines for Children (VFC) program helps provide free vaccines to children who qualify.
  • Getting your young child vaccinated may reduce disruptions to childcare and in-person learning and activities.
  • Facts about COVID-19 vaccines
  • Clinical trials and ongoing safety monitoring show that COVID-19 vaccines are safe for children 6 months and older.
  • Emerging evidence indicates people can get added protection by getting vaccinated after having been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. So even if a child has had COVID-19, they should still get vaccinated.
  • COVID-19 vaccines and other vaccines can be given at the same visit.

Healthcare providers should make strong recommendations

Healthcare providers should be encouraged to use every visit – including well-child checks, sports physicals, and other appointments – as an opportunity to administer COVID-19 vaccines, as well as other vaccines that are due or might have been missed because of pandemic-related disruptions. Routine vaccination and well-child visits or check-ups are all key to helping keep children safely in school, childcare, and participating in other activities.

Fewer children have been sick with COVID-19 compared to adults, but they can be infected with and spread the virus. There is no way to tell in advance if a child will get a severe or mild case. 

Vaccinating children is the single best way to protect them from post-COVID conditions and severe illness associated with COVID-19. Health departments have reported thousands of cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) since the beginning of the pandemic. Vaccination reduces the likelihood of MIS-C in children ages 12–18 years by 91%.

According to the CDC COVID DATA TRACKER, 75% of children 12-18 years of age are fully vaccinated, and 50% of those children have received a booster dose. For kids 5 and older, 71% are fully vaccinated, and 48% of those kids have received a booster dose. Rates dropped for both fully vaccinated and boosters in younger children. 

Vaccination is critical to helping protect those disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. They include children from certain racial and ethnic minority groups and children with disabilities.

Help protect children by doing what you can to get kids caught up on recommended vaccines.

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commandercarey@gmail.com (National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ) Public safety Tue, 16 Aug 2022 10:56:11 -0400
White Plains Hospital Screenings Under the Stars continues with Boss Baby 2 - Family Business on Wednesday, Aug. 17 at Kensico Dam Plaza https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/events/4827-white-plains-hospital-screenings-under-the-stars-continues-with-boss-baby-2-family-business-on-wednesday-aug-17-at-kensico-dam-plaza4827-white-plains-hospital-screenings-under-the-stars-continues-with-boss-baby-2-family-business-on-wednesday-aug-17-at-kensico-dam-plaza https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/events/4827-white-plains-hospital-screenings-under-the-stars-continues-with-boss-baby-2-family-business-on-wednesday-aug-17-at-kensico-dam-plaza4827-white-plains-hospital-screenings-under-the-stars-continues-with-boss-baby-2-family-business-on-wednesday-aug-17-at-kensico-dam-plaza

White Plains Hospital Screenings Under the Stars continues with Boss Baby 2 - Family Business on Wednesday, August 17 at Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla!

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and movies begin at sundown. The event is rain or shine. Admission and parking are free. Moviegoers should bring blankets, folding chairs, and a picnic. Refreshments will be available for sale.
 
The White Plains Hospital Screenings Under the Stars is presented by Westchester County Parks and Sharc Creative Inc with Westchester Parks Foundation, and support from Westchester Talk Radio, 100.7 WHUD, 107.1 The Peak, Palisades Mazda, The Premier Collection, Look Cinemas, Valley Bank, Hamlet Hub, Robison Oil, Inspiria Outdoor, and Westchester Magazine.
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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Events Thu, 04 Aug 2022 06:41:52 -0400
Scarsdale Scout Troop 4 to have girls’ linked troop for the first time in its history https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/neighbors/4826-scarsdale-scout-troop-44826-scarsdale-scout-troop-4 https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/neighbors/4826-scarsdale-scout-troop-44826-scarsdale-scout-troop-4

Scarsdale’s Troop 4 is pleased to announce that this fall, it will have a girls’ linked troop for the first time in its history. 

Nationwide, in 2019, Scouts BSA, formerly known as the Boy Scouts of America, opened membership to girls ages 11 - 17. Scouting develops character, civic mindedness, leadership and physical fitness. Middle and high school-aged Scouts, with guidance from adult leaders, create and lead activities such as hikes, outdoor games, community service, and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) activities.

Any interested girl from Westchester is encouraged to join the troop. Girls in Troop 4 will design and lead their own activities. Additionally, they will participate in some events with the boys in the troop. Troop 4’s regular meetings are on Monday evenings. Troop 4 embodies the values of inclusion, tolerance, and mutual respect for all people.

Troop 4’s Scouts develop character, civic mindedness, and physical fitness. The troop achieves these aims through camping, outdoor activities, and community service, all while having a lot of fun. Middle and high school-aged Scouts, with guidance from adult leaders, create and lead activities such as hikes, outdoor games, community service, and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) activities. 

A diverse set of parent leaders support Scouts in their goal to achieve the highest rank in Scouting, Eagle Scout. Each year, less than 7% of eligible Scouts have attained the rank of Eagle, since its inception in 1911. Due to its rigor, earning the Eagle Scout rank can offer lifelong academic, social, and professional networking benefits. Troop 4 is committed to supporting any youth wanting to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.

The first cohort of female Eagle Scouts was recognized in 2020. In 2021, Rebecca Gilder, of White Plains, became the first female Eagle Scout in Westchester County.

Amongst other requirements, to attain the level of Eagle Scout, Scouts must earn a minimum of 21 merit badges. All Eagle Scouts earn badges in 14 required topics touching on issues of citizenship, the outdoors, personal responsibility and leadership. Other merit badges are electives.

There are over 100, such as American Business, Animation, Archery, Art, Bird Study, Chemistry, Chess, Crime Prevention, Disability Awareness, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Fingerprinting, Game Design, Gardening, Journalism, Kayaking, Moviemaking, Music, Sports, and Theater.  Scouts in Troop 4 can also participate in activities to improve their leadership and foreign language skills. 

Together with Scarsdale’s Cub Scout Pack 440, Troop 4 will host two recruiting events on Sept. 18 (outdoor games and sports) and Oct. 23 (pumpkin carving). Any rising sixth through 11th graders interested in joining Scarsdale’s Troop 4 may contact Scoutmaster Ted Mazza.  Please visit Troop 4’s website and Facebook page.  

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Wed, 03 Aug 2022 11:57:25 -0400
Provide Feedback on Westchester County's Mobility & Transit Plan https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/neighbors/4825-provide-feedback-on-westchester-county-s-mobility-transit-plan4825-provide-feedback-on-westchester-county-s-mobility-transit-plan https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/neighbors/4825-provide-feedback-on-westchester-county-s-mobility-transit-plan4825-provide-feedback-on-westchester-county-s-mobility-transit-plan

Over the last two years, Westchester County has been diligently working to better align our mobility network with the needs of our residents, workers and visitors. We wanted to share with you the ideas for potential changes that our consultant team has developed for the Bee-Line Bus and mobility network.

Please visit www.westchestermobility.org to learn about the suggested improvements and share your feedback, either through the website’s comment page, by attending one of the pop-up events listed on the homepage, or by participating in a virtual forum to be scheduled for mid-August.  We would also like to ask that you share the below social media post with your constituents through any outlets you may have.

In-person meetings:

  • July 25, 2022 2:30-4:30 p.m. in Peekskill by the Field Library
  • July 26, 2022 2:30-4:30 p.m. on plaza outside Dunkin Donuts in Getty Square (Yonkers)
  • July 27, 2022 2:30-4:30 p.m. at Mount Vernon City Hall
  • July 29, 2022 12:30-1:30 p.m. at Westchester Medical Center (top of the oval)

Note: In case of inclement weather the events in Peekskill, Yonkers, and Mount Vernon will be held the following week. The Westchester Medical Center event will be held at the same time in the basement cafeteria.

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Town of Yorktown) Neighbors Wed, 20 Jul 2022 08:07:54 -0400