Riverdale's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale Wed, 24 Feb 2021 13:18:59 -0500 HamletHub.com Library of Congress Announces Spring Concert Programming https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/life/4727-library-of-congress-announces-spring-concert-programming4727-library-of-congress-announces-spring-concert-programming https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/life/4727-library-of-congress-announces-spring-concert-programming4727-library-of-congress-announces-spring-concert-programming

The Library of Congress will continue its critically acclaimed season of Concerts from the Library of Congress with an offering of virtual concerts, interviews and conversations with artists and composers, lectures, curator talks and educational programs. The spring series kicks off on March 12 with a performance from the young musicians of the New World Symphony, followed by performances from Scottish pianist Steven Osborne on March 19 and the Dudok Quartet Amsterdam on March 26.

All events will be made available at 8 p.m. ET on the scheduled premiere date on loc.gov/concerts, the Library’s YouTube channel and the Performing Arts at the Library of Congress Facebook page. All events of the season are free, and tickets are not required.

Click here for more information.

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Library of Congress) Life Fri, 19 Feb 2021 08:50:02 -0500
Eastern Connecticut State University announces special tuition rate for New York residents https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/places/4728-eastern-connecticut-state-university-announces-special-tuition-rate-for-new-york-residents4728-eastern-connecticut-state-university-announces-special-tuition-rate-for-new-york-residents https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/places/4728-eastern-connecticut-state-university-announces-special-tuition-rate-for-new-york-residents4728-eastern-connecticut-state-university-announces-special-tuition-rate-for-new-york-residents

Tri-State Rate presents 40 percent savings on tuition

Eastern Connecticut State University will offer a special tuition rate for students from New York beginning in the fall 2021 semester. Based on 2020-21 academic year costs, the new Tri-State Rate for New York and New Jersey students would be $15,386 in tuition and fees, compared to the standard out-of-state rate of $25,708 - an annual savings of more than $10,000 or 40 percent. Room and board is $14,434 annually for all students living on campus.

"We are pleased to be able to offer our neighbors from New York and New Jersey admission to Eastern at this lower tuition rate," said Director of Enrollment Management Christopher Dorsey. "These students will be able to pursue a high-quality bachelor's degree on Eastern's residential campus at a cost that is comparable to attending a public university in their home state."

Eastern provides a primarily undergraduate education that is rooted in the liberal arts and grounded in a variety of applied learning opportunities - internships, undergraduate research, service learning and more. Students can choose from 40 majors and 60 minors spanning the arts, sciences and humanities. Small class sizes foster close relationships with faculty. Through a well-rounded and interpersonal education, Eastern students develop strong communication, critical thinking and collaboration skills, and become informed and engaged citizens who succeed in a range of careers.

Located in Willimantic, CT, Eastern is a short drive from Hartford, CT, and Providence, RI, and less than three hours from Boston, New York City and the mountains of Vermont. The majority of the University's approximately 4,000 students live on campus in 14 residence halls. In addition to attracting students from 162 of Connecticut's 169 towns, Eastern also draws students from 33 other states and 20 countries.

Eastern also boasts 19 NCAA Division III athletic teams, more than 90 student clubs and organizations, and numerous state-of-the art academic facilities. Eastern was the #1 ranked public regional university in New England in U.S. News and World Report's 2021 edition of "Best Colleges" and has been awarded "Green Campus" status by the Princeton Review 11 years in a row.

For more information on the Tri-State Rate, call or text the Admissions Office at (860) 606-3688 or visit https://www.easternct.edu/admissions/tri-state-rate.html. Questions can also be directed to Raena Beetham, acting associate director of admissions, at beethamr@easternct.edu.

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Eastern Connecticut State University) Places Fri, 19 Feb 2021 06:53:36 -0500
The Flag Project: Submit Your New York City–Inspired Photos https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/neighbors/4726-the-flag-project-submit-your-new-york-city-inspired-photos4726-the-flag-project-submit-your-new-york-city-inspired-photos https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/neighbors/4726-the-flag-project-submit-your-new-york-city-inspired-photos4726-the-flag-project-submit-your-new-york-city-inspired-photos

It’s been a year since Covid upended life as we know it in New York City—and beyond. But in characteristic fashion, we soldiered on.

Due to the overwhelming response to The Flag Project 2020 at Rockefeller Center, The management of Rockefeller Center is doing it again, only this time, the flags will bear photos submitted by you. In partnership with Aperture Foundation, the New York based not-for-profit photo foundation and publisher, we invite you to take part and submit a photo inspired by the City.

Artists of all abilities and from all locations are invited to submit their photos for consideration from Feb. 8–26, 2021. Aperture Foundation will select 83 photographs to be produced as 8-foot by 5-foot flags that will be displayed at Rockefeller Center from March 27–April 30, 2021. The exhibition will be free, non-ticketed and open to the public.

SUBMIT YOUR PHOTO

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kerry@ducey.org (Rockefeller Center ) Neighbors Mon, 08 Feb 2021 10:06:25 -0500
Cuomo Announces Lowest Daily Positivity Rate Since November 28 https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/neighbors/4725-cuomo-announces-lowest-daily-positivity-rate-since-november-284725-cuomo-announces-lowest-daily-positivity-rate-since-november-28 https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/neighbors/4725-cuomo-announces-lowest-daily-positivity-rate-since-november-284725-cuomo-announces-lowest-daily-positivity-rate-since-november-28

7,967 Patient Hospitalizations Statewide - Lowest Since January 2

1,506 Patients in the ICU; 986 Intubated

Statewide Positivity Rate is 4.38% - Lowest Daily Statewide Rate Since November 28

Lowest 7-Day Average Positivity Since December 3 - 27 Consecutive Days of Decline

All Regional 7-Day Avg. Positivity Below 6%

135 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday

Governor Cuomo: "As we enter into Super Bowl weekend, we cannot get cocky with COVID."


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the lowest COVID-19 daily positivity rate since November 28, with net hospitalizations dropping 553 over the last week. 

"The good news is New York's numbers continue to show progress as the holiday surge recedes," Governor Cuomo said. "Our positivity rate has been steadily declining, and that success is a reflection of New Yorkers' commitment to defeating this beast. We know the weapon to win the war is the vaccine and more and more needles are getting in arms every day, but the federal supply is still not enough. This has been a long road, but I commend New Yorkers for their determination through it all. As we enter into Super Bowl weekend, we cannot get cocky with COVID - we must remain vigilant: be smart, wear a mask, socially distance and stay New York Tough."

Today's data is summarized briefly below:

  • Test Results Reported - 169,186
  • Total Positive - 7,414
  • Percent Positive - 4.38%
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive - 4.72%
  • Patient Hospitalization - 7,967 (-115)
  • Net Change Patient Hospitalization Past Week -  -553
  • Patients Newly Admitted - 961
  • Hospital Counties - 57
  • Number ICU - 1,506 (-16)
  • Number ICU with Intubation - 986 (-17)
  • Total Discharges - 130,302 (+924)
  • Deaths - 135
  • Total Deaths - 35,767

The regional hospital bed capacity and occupancy numbers, including the number of hospitalizations as a percent of the region's population, is as follows: 

Region

COVID Patients Currently in Hospital in Region

COVID Patients as Percent of Region Population

Percent of Hospital Beds Available Within 7 Days Under Surge Plan

Capital Region

392

0.04%

27%

Central New York

180

0.02%

32%

Finger Lakes

501

0.04%

36%

Long Island

1,383

0.05%

31%

Mid-Hudson

926

0.04%

43%

Mohawk Valley

212

0.04%

30%

New York City

3,667

0.04%

31%

North Country

91

0.02%

53%

Southern Tier

229

0.04%

44%

Western New York

386

0.03%

37%

Statewide

7,967

0.04%

34%

The regional ICU bed capacity and occupancy numbers are as follows:

Region

Total ICU Beds in Region

Total Occupied ICU Beds in Region

Percent of ICU Beds Available in Region (7-day Avg)

Capital Region

247

216

17%

Central New York

262

190

28%

Finger Lakes

397

286

28%

Long Island

860

674

21%

Mid-Hudson

683

406

40%

Mohawk Valley

131

99

25%

New York City

2,583

2,054

21%

North Country

59

37

39%

Southern Tier

126

82

33%

Western New York

545

339

39%

Statewide

5,893

4,383

26%

 

Yesterday, 169,186 test results were reported to New York State, and 4.38 percent were positive. Each region's 7-day average percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:

 

REGION

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

Capital Region

4.67%

4.52%

4.11%

Central New York

3.08%

3.03%

2.88%

Finger Lakes

3.79%

3.57%

3.31%

Long Island

6.03%

5.89%

5.65%

Mid-Hudson

5.76%

5.66%

5.65%

Mohawk Valley

4.09%

4.05%

3.69%

New York City

5.09%

5.07%

5.01%

North Country

5.51%

5.25%

5.10%

Southern Tier

1.92%

1.83%

1.76%

Western New York

5.01%

4.96%

4.96%

Statewide

4.95%

4.86%

4.72%

Each New York City borough's 7-day average percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:

BOROUGH

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

Bronx

6.47%

6.31%

6.33%

Brooklyn

5.17%

4.99%

5.14%

Manhattan

3.06%

3.04%

3.12%

Queens

5.21%

4.97%

4.96%

Staten Island

4.65%

4.47%

4.47%

Of the 1,440,718 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

County

Total Positive

New Positive

Albany

19,100

162

Allegany

2,629

18

Broome

13,038

119

Cattaraugus

3,881

38

Cayuga

4,973

15

Chautauqua

6,667

71

Chemung

6,119

20

Chenango

2,175

29

Clinton

2,824

25

Columbia

3,051

11

Cortland

2,889

19

Delaware

1,241

7

Dutchess

19,512

70

Erie

58,612

513

Essex

1,153

19

Franklin

1,602

13

Fulton

2,685

32

Genesee

4,085

22

Greene

2,406

20

Hamilton

237

16

Herkimer

4,282

14

Jefferson

4,088

30

Lewis

1,793

16

Livingston

3,097

28

Madison

3,539

13

Monroe

48,781

247

Montgomery

2,737

12

Nassau

131,544

611

Niagara

14,016

130

NYC

613,285

2,939

Oneida

18,598

80

Onondaga

30,421

71

Ontario

5,278

41

Orange

32,830

166

Orleans

2,250

35

Oswego

5,561

28

Otsego

2,048

17

Putnam

7,456

24

Rensselaer

8,133

69

Rockland

35,094

144

Saratoga

10,795

77

Schenectady

9,953

72

Schoharie

1,047

2

Schuyler

816

5

Seneca

1,422

4

St. Lawrence

4,539

28

Steuben

5,147

29

Suffolk

146,293

651

Sullivan

4,278

20

Tioga

2,525

16

Tompkins

3,100

43

Ulster

8,955

46

Warren

2,534

40

Washington

1,942

35

Wayne

4,167

14

Westchester

95,989

347

Wyoming

2,538

24

Yates

968

7

Yesterday, 135 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 35,767. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

Deaths by County of Residence

County

New Deaths

Bronx

10

Broome

4

Cattaraugus

1

Chautauqua

4

Columbia

1

Cortland

1

Delaware

1

Dutchess

4

Erie

4

Franklin

1

Kings

18

Manhattan

8

Monroe

4

Montgomery

1

Nassau

9

Oneida

3

Onondaga

3

Orange

4

Queens

17

Richmond

2

Rockland

3

Saratoga

1

Schenectady

3

Seneca

1

St. Lawrence

1

Suffolk

10

Tompkins

3

Ulster

1

Washington

1

Westchester

10

Wyoming

1

 
 
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kerry@ducey.org (Office of the Governor. ) Neighbors Fri, 05 Feb 2021 12:53:39 -0500
Cuomo Announces Eight Community Vaccination Kits Deployed to Churches & Cultural Center https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/politics/4723-cuomo-announces-eight-community-vaccination-kits-deployed-to-churches-cultural-center4723-cuomo-announces-eight-community-vaccination-kits-deployed-to-churches-cultural-center https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/politics/4723-cuomo-announces-eight-community-vaccination-kits-deployed-to-churches-cultural-center4723-cuomo-announces-eight-community-vaccination-kits-deployed-to-churches-cultural-center

Manhattan Site at Abyssinian Baptist Church Opened Sunday, January 17; All Other Sites Opened Monday, January 18

Furthers Governor's Directive to Distribute Vaccine in Communities Underserved by Traditional Health Care Institutions

More Photos of Abyssinian Baptist Church Site Here

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced eight community vaccination kits have been deployed to churches and cultural institutions in New York City, Long Island and Westchester. These sites bolster New York State's efforts to equitably distribute the COVID-19 vaccine to communities of color and low-income communities that are underserved by traditional healthcare institutions. The Manhattan site at Abyssinian Baptist Church opened yesterday and the remaining sites opened today, January 18. Reverend Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III of the Abyssinian Baptist Church was the first to be vaccinated at the site. The sites opened to all eligible New Yorkers. The state is planning similar pop-up vaccination sites in upstate communities.

Since federal supply severely limits the ability to distribute vaccines, New Yorkers are encouraged to remain patient and are advised not to show up at vaccination sites without an appointment. New York's vast distribution network and large population of eligible individuals far exceed the vaccine supply coming from the federal government. This week, New York is only receiving 250,000 doses from the federal government for a universe of over 7 million people who are eligible.

"The State is working quickly to open vaccination sites across the state to get needles into the arms of eligible New Yorkers as quickly and fairly as possible, despite the low supply from the federal government," Governor Cuomo said. "We've said from day one of the vaccination effort that we will not allow communities of color and low-income neighborhoods in healthcare deserts to be left behind when it comes to the COVID vaccination effort. Churches and cultural institutions are critical partners in this effort, and these eight sites will help get the vaccine to more eligible New Yorkers faster even as we contend with the federal government's supply shortages."

The establishment of these eight sites was made possible through partnerships with both SOMOS and Northwell Health. The eight sites are located at the addresses below:

Opened January 17

  • Manhattan: Abyssinian Baptist Church, 132 W 138th St., New York, NY 10030

Opened January 18

  • Brooklyn: Christian Cultural Center, 12020 Flatlands Ave., Brooklyn, 11207
  • Bronx: Community Protestant Church 1659 E Gun Hill Rd, The Bronx, NY 10469
  • Queens: Queens Baptist Church, 93-23 217th St., Queens Village, NY 1142
  • Nassau County: Grace Cathedral International, 886 Jerusalem Ave., Uniondale NY, 11554. 
  • Suffolk County: Prayer Tabernacle COGIC, 3550 Great Neck Rd., Amityville, NY 11701
  • Staten Island: Mt. Sinai Center for Community Enrichment, 382 Jersey St., Staten Island, NY 10301
  • Westchester County: Calvary Baptist Church, 188 Orawaupum St., White Plains, NY 10606

SOMOS Community Chairman Dr. Ramon Tallaj said, "During the first wave of the pandemic, and through our years of work treating lower income communities of color - who historically fall through the cracks - my network has created a national model of quality, preventative healthcare on behalf of the most underserved communities of the United States—a model based on cultural competency, increased access, equity, and the ability of community-based medicine to successfully address the social determinants of health. Now, amidst a COVID 19 vaccine roll-out marked by mistrust, scarcity, and urgency, this national model has never been so critical to protecting our people - in New York and nationally in similar communities. With the support of city & state leadership like Governor Cuomo and faith leaders like Reverend Butts and community icons like Ruth Hassell Thompson - and a steady allocation of vaccine doses, my network alone can reach over 1 million high-need, at-risk New Yorkers in a month. These are New Yorkers who would never go to a hospital to be vaccinated. But they'll come to see their family doctors. And that's who we are. But we need the doses consistently in order to deliver on that promise. I cannot underscore this enough: doses in our hands means doses in New Yorker's arms. We're grateful for our ongoing collaboration with Governor Cuomo, who recognizes this urgency and the ability of our network to do what we do best: serve the underserved, treat our own neighborhoods, and vaccinate the members of our hardest-hit communities."

"The COVID-19 vaccinations Northwell is administering today at Grace Cathedral International in Uniondale and Prayer Tabernacle Church in Amityville are an important step in our outreach efforts to communities of color that were hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic," said Northwell Health President & CEO Michael Dowling. "As part of the Health Equity Task Forces that Governor Cuomo has established statewide, Northwell is taking the lead on Long Island, working with leaders of diverse communities on how best to inform and educate residents about the availability, efficacy and safety of the vaccines."

The state has continued to build Community Vaccination Kits and work with public housing officials, churches, and community centers to support these efforts and deploy kits to the appropriate locations. Each kit includes step-by-step instructions for how to set up a site, and critical supplies and equipment such as:

  • Office Supplies
  • Workstation Equipment
  • Communications Equipment
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Lighting Equipment
  • PPE
  • Crowd/Traffic Control Equipment
  • Vials
  • Syringes
  • Room Dividers
  • Privacy Curtains 
     

The opening of these sites furthers Governor Cuomo's goal of ensuring the fair and equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. In late 2020, the Governor announced the launch of New York's Vaccine Equity Task Force chaired by Secretary of State Rossana Rosado, Attorney General Letitia James, National Urban League President & CEO Marc Morial, and HealthfirstPresident & CEO Pat Wang. The Task Force is working to ensure vulnerable and underserved communities are not left behind by breaking down the barriers to vaccination and ensuring there is equitable distribution of the vaccine across the state.

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kerry@ducey.org (Office of the Governor. ) Politics Tue, 19 Jan 2021 13:03:17 -0500
NYC High School Student Creates Non-Profit to Help New Americans with Diaper Essentials https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/neighbors/4724-local-high-school-student-creates-non-profit-to-help-new-americans-with-diaper-essentials4724-local-high-school-student-creates-non-profit-to-help-new-americans-with-diaper-essentials https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/neighbors/4724-local-high-school-student-creates-non-profit-to-help-new-americans-with-diaper-essentials4724-local-high-school-student-creates-non-profit-to-help-new-americans-with-diaper-essentials

“Diaper Bag Essentials for Refugee Mothers”

Ariel Kirman, a high school junior, has created a non-profit called “DENA” which stands for Diaper Essentials for New Americans to help refugee and immigrant new mothers.

Ariel created the 501(c)3 non-profit organization to raise money to purchase diaper essentials for new mothers who come to the United States. While a number of charities, like diaper banks, provide diapers to low-income new mothers, Ariel discovered that there is a gap when it comes to other essential diaper supplies such as diaper bags, baby wipes, changing pads, and anti-rash products. Ariel formed DENA to fill this gap for new Americans, who often lack not only the means to buy these supplies, but often also the knowledge to seek them out.

DENA works with immigrant and refugee service groups to get these essential baby products into these new mothers’ hands. In only a few months, DENA has rapidly expanded and has partnered with four refugee organizations including IRIS (Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services), the first organization to sign on, located in New Haven, to which it sends diaper essentials to be distributed to the new mothers they serve in Connecticut. Ariel expects to sign up a half dozen new partners in the coming months, focusing on organizations located in Connecticut, New Jersey and her home state of New York.

Working with other high school volunteers across the tri-state area, Ariel is focused on making sure that 100% of raised funds go to purchase the DENA “starter diaper bag kits.” She is working with Google’s Nonprofit initiative and has obtained a $10,000 per month Google Ad allowance to minimize marketing costs.

As the daughter of refugees herself, this project is personal for Ariel. She knows how much her own refugee family benefited from others who chose to help them start their life in America. DENA is part of the way she’s hoping to close the circle and give back to a new generation of those in need.

Ariel came up with the idea last summer while volunteering at IRIS, where she continues to volunteer, preparing teaching tools for immigrants and refugees. After preparing a presentation on diaper bags, she realized that diaper bags might be too expensive and unknown for struggling immigrant and refugee moms. She decided to do something about it and created DENA.

As Ariel says, “The mission is to fill this critical need by working with partner organizations to spread the use of these essential baby supplies in immigrant and refugee communities. I want our newest Americans to also be healthy Americans.”

Follow DENA on its Facebook page (here) where supporters can follow the impact of DENA’s efforts and a website (https://www.dena.charity) where supporters can donate. 100% of donations go toward purchasing diaper bag supplies for immigrants and refugees.

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Neighbors Tue, 19 Jan 2021 05:58:41 -0500
Burke Rehabilitation Hospital Opens New Outpatient Site in Elmsford https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/places/4721-burke-rehabilitation-hospital-opens-new-outpatient-site-in-elmsford4721-burke-rehabilitation-hospital-opens-new-outpatient-site-in-elmsford https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/places/4721-burke-rehabilitation-hospital-opens-new-outpatient-site-in-elmsford4721-burke-rehabilitation-hospital-opens-new-outpatient-site-in-elmsford

To further its commitment to delivering quality and convenient rehabilitation services to the community, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital has announced the opening of an outpatient rehabilitation location in Elmsford, NY. Located at 555 Taxter Road, this new site provides state-of-the-art physical, occupational, speech and specialty therapy treatment for patients who have experienced an illness, injury or surgery. Burke’s expert therapists use the latest research-based techniques available to ensure each patient reaches their maximum recovery.

“The healthcare demands of our local communities have shifted toward outpatient services,” said Jeffrey Menkes, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital President & CEO. “Now more than ever, patients need high quality, compassionate rehabilitation therapy care close to their homes. Our expanding network of outpatient sites helps meet that need.”

The Elmsford site is the first location in the river towns area of Westchester and the 10th outpatient therapy site in Burke’s network. Other locations include: Armonk, two in the Bronx, Mamaroneck, Purchase, Somers, two in Yonkers and Burke Rehabilitation Hospital’s main campus in White Plains.

Steve Tisser, PT, MBA, Vice President of Outpatient Services said, “The demand for our exceptional physical, occupational and speech therapies is incredibly high in the region, and we’re thrilled to open an additional location that will provide more care to more patients. We will be able to better address the needs of this community and help patients achieve their maximum recovery.”

For more information about the services offered at the new Elmsford location, or to make an appointment, call (914) 597-3870. For more on Burke’s outpatient services, visit www.burke.org/outpatient.

With patient safety always a priority at Burke, all Burke locations follow all recommended Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and New York State Department of Health guidelines relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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kerry@ducey.org (Leslie Wells) Places Wed, 13 Jan 2021 12:22:31 -0500
Westchester County Statement On Security Efforts Through Inauguration Day https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/publicsafety/4722-westchester-county-statement-on-security-efforts-through-inauguration-day4722-westchester-county-statement-on-security-efforts-through-inauguration-day https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/publicsafety/4722-westchester-county-statement-on-security-efforts-through-inauguration-day4722-westchester-county-statement-on-security-efforts-through-inauguration-day

The Westchester County Department of Public Safety continues to follow events in Washington D.C. and is monitoring all available law enforcement intelligence information about any potential protests in New York. The County Police are working in conjunction with all of its federal, state and local law enforcement partners in this effort.

In addition, the County Police have detectives assigned to several federal task forces, including the FBI Joint Terrorist Task Force, which gives us real-time access to any credible threats against Westchester or the New York metropolitan region. 

Additional police patrols will be deployed from now through Inauguration Day to enhance public safety and ensure our ability to respond to any situation that may arise.

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Westchester County) Public safety Wed, 13 Jan 2021 11:07:02 -0500
Westchester County’s Covid-19 Memorial Moves Indoors for Winter https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/places/4720-westchester-county-s-covid-19-memorial-moves-indoors-for-winter4720-westchester-county-s-covid-19-memorial-moves-indoors-for-winter https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/places/4720-westchester-county-s-covid-19-memorial-moves-indoors-for-winter4720-westchester-county-s-covid-19-memorial-moves-indoors-for-winter

Westchester County has moved the Ribbons of Remembrance, a memorial dedicated to those lost to Covid-19, from Lenoir Preserve in Yonkers to the main floor of the Michaelian Office Building in White Plains.

County Executive George Latimer said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has taken a toll on us all. We have lost family, friends and neighbors, and we were not able to mourn them properly. Lenoir Preserve provided us with a quiet place to reflect and pay tribute to those who are no longer with us. As we being to see snow, we must move the display indoors to protect it from the weather.”

Visitors can still view the rope structure and ribbons collected from surrounding trees in the display case next to the entrance of the Department of Human Resources. Ribbons are available for those who have recently lost a loved one and are interested in adding their name to the memorial.

The Michaelian Office Building is open to the public Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Commissioner of Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation Kathy O’Connor said: “When this idea was developed, we were honored to have the memorial at Lenoir. Our conservation division has done an outstanding job with this project, and has ensured our residents will continue to have access to the memorial throughout the winter months.”

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kerry@ducey.org (Westchester County) Places Tue, 22 Dec 2020 05:20:02 -0500
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.

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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

12:30p.m.

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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

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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.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Common Cause/NY ) Politics Mon, 02 Nov 2020 17:20:25 -0500