Rye's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/rye Sun, 09 Aug 2020 16:12:19 -0400 HamletHub.com Tips for Summer Recycling https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/publicsafety/5070-tips-for-summer-recycling5070-tips-for-summer-recycling https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/publicsafety/5070-tips-for-summer-recycling5070-tips-for-summer-recycling

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle Right This Summer


Whether you're breaking out the water toys, outdoor furniture, goggles and s'more sticks, planning to recreate locally, or having a cookout at home, it's important to remember how to properly recycle, reduce waste, and dispose of trash properly. Follow these tips to reduce, reuse, and recycle right this summer.

Reduce Waste

  • Choose reusable plates, cups, cutlery, napkins and straws if possible. There are many non-breakable, lightweight options you can use outdoors.
  • Learn how to make your own drinks with simple ingredients that create less waste than single-serving beverage containers.
  • When switching from spring to summer items, donate items you find that you no longer need. Follow your local rules regarding COVID-19.
  • Repair summer items you find that are broken.
  • Reduce wasted food and stretch your food dollars by meal planning.
  • Compost food scraps if you can.

Recycle Right

  • Most recycling programs can't accept single-use paper or plastic plates, cups, straws, and cutlery. Check your local recycling program rules.
  • Only recycle foil that is free of food residue.
  • Paper napkins, tissues, paper towel and wipes do not belong in the recycling bin.
  • Clean out ketchup and mustard bottles using a little water, shaking the bottle, and pouring liquid out before recycling them. Keep a small spatula by the sink with your dish washing supplies to clean out jars.
  • Grill beyond repair? Contact your local recycling coordinator, transfer station, or scrap metal yard to ask if it can be recycled in a scrap metal program.
  • Gas tanks and canisters from grills cannot be recycled in your home recycling bin.
  • Not in the bin! Gardening gloves, tools, flip flops, goggles, pool toys, like jackets, beach chairs, and outdoor furniture do not belong in your recycling bin.

Prevent Litter

  • Dispose of trash responsibly, avoid placing trash in overflowing bins, and keep a lid on curbside bins and totes.
  • Do not litter disposable masks and gloves. Keep a small baggie or container with you on the go to place used items in to throw away later if a trash container is not available. Masks and gloves do not belong in home recycling bins.
commandercarey@gmail.com (NY State Dept. of Environmental Conservation) Public safety Fri, 19 Jun 2020 07:21:38 -0400
Drop In, Saturdays at Clay https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/places/5062-drop-in-saturdays-at-clay5062-drop-in-saturdays-at-clay https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/places/5062-drop-in-saturdays-at-clay5062-drop-in-saturdays-at-clay

DROP-IN CLAY is a one-time class at CLAY ART CENTER for families & friends (Ages 5 & up) interested in playing with clay!

Every Saturday at 1pm or 3:30pm (through March 28) adults & children explore their inner artist in this 2 hour introduction to clay. Children under 12 must attend with a guardian enrolled in the class.

Tickets go on sale at the front desk 10am the day of the class, by calling 914-937-2047 to register. Fee: $30 Adults, $20 Children under 12. For more information: https://www.clayartcenter.org/saturday-drop-in

Nikkicaps@yahoo.com (Nicole Ball) Places Wed, 26 Feb 2020 07:23:20 -0500
Mark Cordes’ The Spouse Whisperer at White Plains Performing Arts Center Saturday, March 21 https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/5059-mark-cordes-the-spouse-whisperer-at-white-plains-performing-arts-center-saturday-march-215059-mark-cordes-the-spouse-whisperer-at-white-plains-performing-arts-center-saturday-march-21 https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/5059-mark-cordes-the-spouse-whisperer-at-white-plains-performing-arts-center-saturday-march-215059-mark-cordes-the-spouse-whisperer-at-white-plains-performing-arts-center-saturday-march-21

It's never a dull moment with award-winning comedian Mark Cordes as he delivers his critically acclaimed one-man show, The Spouse Whisperer. Take a comedic journey that starts with 'love at first sight', ends at 'til death do us part', and covers all of the ups and downs in between. Enjoy a hilarious peek into the real world of relationships, a decidedly positive view of ‘sweet togetherness’.

Whether you’re searching or already with the man or woman of your dreams, you will love this refresher course on relationships. The Spouse Whisperer is fast-paced, hysterical and enlightening, filled with Mark’s sharp wit and a healthy dose of audience participation. Mark Cordes takes an uproarious look at the ups and downs of dating, relationships, marriage, and divorce, providing a fun, unique experience for either date night or girls’ night out.

“Charming, clean, clever. Never misses a beat.” — The Denver Post 

The Spouse Whisperer will play the White Plains Performing Arts Center on Saturday, March 21 at 8:00 pm.

The White Plains Performing Arts Center is located on the third level of City Center off Mamaroneck Avenue in downtown White Plains, minutes from the White Plains Metro North Station. For tickets visit the theatre box office Monday-Friday (11am-6pm), purchase the tickets online at wppac.com or call 914-328-1600. For Group Sales, please contact boxoffice@wppac.com.

apisano@houlihanlawrence.com (amiepisano) Life Tue, 25 Feb 2020 07:54:50 -0500
WEEKLY EVENTS IN WESTCHESTER COUNTY PARKS March 3 - 8, 2020 https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/5060-weekly-events-in-westchester-county-parks-march-3-8-20205060-weekly-events-in-westchester-county-parks-march-3-8-2020 https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/5060-weekly-events-in-westchester-county-parks-march-3-8-20205060-weekly-events-in-westchester-county-parks-march-3-8-2020




Muscoot Farm, Route 100, Somers: (914) 864-7282

Caregiver and Me Pop-In: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

3- to-5-year-olds can enjoy a story, then help Farmer Brandy cook in the kitchen. Registration and fee required at (914) 864-7286. Also 3/10, 17 and 24.





Muscoot Farm, Route 100, Somers: (914) 864-7282

Caregiver and Me Book and Cook Pop-In: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

3- to-5-year-olds can enjoy a story, then help Farmer Brandy cook in the kitchen. Registration and fee required at (914) 864-7286. Also 3/12, 19 and 26.




Muscoot Farm, Route 100, Somers: (914) 864-7282

Sugaring Hike: 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.

Join the curator for a hike to see the areas used for the farm's maple sugaring operation. 


Sugaring: 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Sugaring is in full swing at the farm. Stop by the sugar shack to see how maple sap is turned into syrup.


Cranberry Lake Preserve, 1609 Old Orchard St., North White Plains: (914) 428-1005

Meet the Animals: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Meet and learn about the animals who live at the nature center. Registration by 3/4 at (914) 428-1005.


Edith G. Read Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Playland Parkway, Rye: (914) 967-8720

The Wonder of Seeds: 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Learn about the nature of how seeds work, then plant some sunflower seeds and watch them grow at home. 


Trailside Nature Museum at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Cross River: (914) 864-7322

Maple Sugaring Past to Present: 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Northeast North America's history comes alive during a demonstration of the origins of this amazing product.


Marshlands Conservancy, Route 1, Rye: (914) 835-4466

Volunteer Work Project: Inspecting Osprey Island: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Please bring work gloves. All hand tools will be provided.




Lasdon Park, Arboretum and Veterans Memorial, Route 35, Somers: (914) 864-7268

Composting Basics: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Learn how to recycle yard and food waste to produce compost, a valuable soil amendment for the garden.


Marshlands Conservancy, Route 1, Rye: (914) 835-4466

Create an Edible Bird’s Nest: 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Learn how to make your own edible nest to take home with you, followed by a hike afterwards. Please contact the staff ahead of time if there are any food allergies.


Miller House, 140 Virginia Road, North White Plains: (914) 428-1005

“Shadow Patriots, Lady Spies of the Revolution:” 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Hear a first-hand account of how these remarkable brave patriots risked their lives to make America great and to create a better future for all of us, as told by “Ann Fisher Miller.” 

commandercarey@gmail.com (Westchester County ) Life Mon, 24 Feb 2020 13:12:00 -0500
Get to Know New York's Natives: Eastern Hemlock https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/5061-get-to-know-new-york-s-natives-eastern-hemlock5061-get-to-know-new-york-s-natives-eastern-hemlock https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/5061-get-to-know-new-york-s-natives-eastern-hemlock5061-get-to-know-new-york-s-natives-eastern-hemlock

With its deep green, flat and stubby needles and its small cones, the eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) is a familiar sight in many parts of New York State. But don't be fooled by its sometimes-scraggly shape. The eastern hemlock tree plays an irreplaceable role in New York's forests. In warmer months, hemlock stands provide cool shade for wildlife seeking refuge from the heat. The shade created by hemlocks along streams also maintains the cooler temperatures necessary for many aquatic species, including our native brook trout.

In the eastern U.S., our hemlocks are susceptible to attack by hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA), an invasive insect. HWA feeds off hemlocks and damages its host tree by disrupting the flow of nutrients to the tree’s twigs and needles. HWA can be difficult to see because of its small size, so infestations are best identified by the white, woolly masses the insects create to protect themselves and their eggs. The woolly masses can be most easily seen from November through April and are found at the base of the needles on infested hemlock trees. For HWA identification information and photos, or for details on how to report HWA, visit our website. Want to get involved in protecting hemlocks? Volunteeer with the New York State Hemlock Initiative.

Photo: One way to help identify the eastern hemlock is by the two parallel white stripes on the underside of each needle.

commandercarey@gmail.com (NY State Dept. of Environmental Conservation) Life Sat, 22 Feb 2020 03:56:33 -0500
Summer at Clay https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/places/5058-summer-at-clay5058-summer-at-clay https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/places/5058-summer-at-clay5058-summer-at-clay

Have your kids unplug with mud and discover the mindfulness benefits of working with clay at Clay Art Center’s award winning weekly themed half & full-day SUMMER CAMPS for children & teens ages 6 – 15.  

June 29 – August 28, 2020 

Discover the Art of Summer - Make Friends, Memories and Art! Clay Art Center offers week long, half-day and full-day clay camps for children and teens ages 6 to 15 from June 29 – August 28.  Weekly themes include "Selfies, Emojis and Memes”, "Rebel Alliance vs. The Empire", “Down on the Farm”, “Pop Art Pots”, "Wheel Throwing Boot Camp" and many more.   

In the classroom, aspiring young artists will develop their imaginations and build confidence, while working in the transformational medium of clay.  Our nurturing teachers, who specialize in kindling a passion for creative expression in children, know how to make our camps special by creating an atmosphere of learning, fun and friendship.  Focusing on wheel throwing, hand-building and sculpture, campers will be shown a variety of techniques on and off the wheel.  In today’s technology driven world your child will discover the satisfaction of creating something with their own hands. They will craft everything from fantastic beasts, animals and emojis to handmade cups, bowls and plates that your family will treasure forever. Winner Westchester Family Favorite 2018 & Kids Out & About Reader Favorite 2019. 


Morning Camp (9am – 12pm)$300/week 

Afternoon Camp (1pm – 4pm)$300/week 

Full-Day Camp (9am – 4pm)$490/week 

Early Bird Drop Off (8:30am)$40/week 


Sibling Discount – 10% off each additional child’s registration 

Port Chester Discount – 20% off for Port Chester Public School Students. 

Full & Partial Scholarships available by emailing education@clayartcenter.org for an application.  

Camp (9am – 12pm) $260 members | $280 non-members 

Register online starting February 10th at https://www.clayartcenter.org  


Clay Art Center was founded in 1957 by Katherine Choy and Henry Okamoto. Unknown to them at the time, Clay Art Center would grow into an 11,000 square foot non-profit art center that delivers programming for professional artists, students, collectors, and the Port Chester community at large.  

Clay Art Center is a nationally recognized non-profit center for the advancement and practice of ceramic arts offering exhibitions, clay classes for adults and children, studio spaces for clay artists and outreach programs in the community.  It is located in the heart of Port Chester at 40 Beech Street, Port Chester, NY 10573. Gallery and SHOP hours are Tuesday - Friday, 10am-5pm, Saturday, 10am – 4pm or by appointment.Tel: 914-937-2047 www.clayartcenter.org 

Nikkicaps@yahoo.com (Clay Art Center) Places Mon, 10 Feb 2020 08:49:04 -0500
WESTCHESTER AWARDED $3M FOR HYBRID-ELECTRIC BUSES FROM NEW YORK STATE https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/politics/5057-westchester-awarded-3m-for-hybrid-electric-buses-from-new-york-state5057-westchester-awarded-3m-for-hybrid-electric-buses-from-new-york-state https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/politics/5057-westchester-awarded-3m-for-hybrid-electric-buses-from-new-york-state5057-westchester-awarded-3m-for-hybrid-electric-buses-from-new-york-state

Westchester County Executive George Latimer is pleased Governor Andrew Cuomo has awarded the County $3 million toward the procurement of clean fuel hybrid-electric buses. 

Latimer said: “Thank you to Governor Cuomo for recognizing the need here in Westchester County to provide safe, clean and green transportation.  This money will go a long way to furthering the electrification of our fleet.”

Federated Conservationists of Westchester County Program Director Anne Jaffe Holmes said: “With many of our members throughout Westchester County---especially students---dependent on Beeline buses for transportation, the support for new electric buses addresses an ever-increasing need for affordable public transportation.  The health problems and economic challenges associated with poor air quality in urban communities will be immediately and measurably alleviated with the addition of electric buses.”

Director of Energy Conservation and Sustainability Pete McCartt said: “This funding will help as we further electrify our fleet, doing our part to reducing our carbon footprint by mitigating our greenhouse gas emissions. We are on track to have our entire transit bus fleet running on either electric or electric-hybrid by 2025.”

Early in his administration Latimer, announced that the County’s Bee-Line Bus fleet would be expanding with 78 diesel-electric 60 foot buses, 40 diesel-electric 40 foot buses and 2 full electric busses.  The clean diesel-electric buses and the full electric busses have been credited with already saving the County over 1 million gallons of fuel, while preventing 18,400 tons of greenhouse gas emissions from polluting the environment.

Cuomo’s announcement on Westchester County today is part of a larger announcement where Cuomo designated $14.2 million in new State funding to 13 counties, cities, and regional authorities to modernize and enhance municipally sponsored public transportation services. This State-funded initiative, which is part of a larger $435 million five-year commitment to Upstate and Downstate Suburban services, will enhance consumer convenience through the modernization of shelters; deployment of new contactless fare collection systems; and procurement of new accessible clean-fuel vehicles.

commandercarey@gmail.com (Westchester County) Politics Mon, 10 Feb 2020 02:05:38 -0500
Stamford Downtown Winter Restaurant Weeks Starts Feb. 17 https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/neighbors/5054-stamford-downtown-winter-restaurant-weeks-starts-feb-175054-stamford-downtown-winter-restaurant-weeks-starts-feb-17 https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/neighbors/5054-stamford-downtown-winter-restaurant-weeks-starts-feb-175054-stamford-downtown-winter-restaurant-weeks-starts-feb-17

Stamford Downtown Winter Restaurant Weeks is BACK beginning February 17 with participating restaurants offering prix fixe lunches and dinners for the public to enjoy. Click Each Price Point to See Menus:

Learn more here.

kerry@ducey.org (Stamford Downtown) Neighbors Sat, 08 Feb 2020 12:52:43 -0500
White Plains Performing Arts Center presents Kimberley Locke “The Sum of All Parts” https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/places/5055-white-plains-performing-arts-center-presents-american-idol-s-kimberley-locke-the-sum-of-all-parts5055-white-plains-performing-arts-center-presents-american-idol-s-kimberley-locke-the-sum-of-all-parts https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/places/5055-white-plains-performing-arts-center-presents-american-idol-s-kimberley-locke-the-sum-of-all-parts5055-white-plains-performing-arts-center-presents-american-idol-s-kimberley-locke-the-sum-of-all-parts

Kimberley first gained fame with her participation in the 2003 American Idol Television series where she place third behind Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken.  Accompanied by a full orchestra, she will perform from the Great American Songbook and some of her recent hits.

Kimberley Locke “The Sum of All Parts” will play the White Plains Performing Arts Center on Saturday, February 15 at 8pm.

The White Plains Performing Arts Center is located on the third level of City Center off Mamaroneck Avenue in downtown White Plains, minutes from the White Plains Metro North Station. For tickets visit the theatre box office Monday-Friday (11am-6pm), purchase the tickets online at wppac.com or call 914-328-1600. For Group Sales, please contact boxoffice@wppac.com.



When Kimberley isn’t helping other artists to make their dreams come true, she’s creating and performing her own music.

Auditioning for the 2003 series of TV talent show American Idol® was a life-changing decision for Kimberley. She successfully passed the audition and became a firm fan favorite, eventually placing third behind Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken and setting her on a new career path in the music industry. 

Kimberley signed to Curb Records immediately after her American Idol journey, where she became a very successful recording artist and released three full-length albums with the label. Among her many achievements she’s had eight Top 20 Adult Contemporary hits and four #1 Dance hits across various Billboard charts. Her #1 club hit, a remake of the Freda Payne classic “Band of Gold,” was included on Billboard’s “Top 50 Dance Songs of the Decade” list. She’s also made history as being the only recording artist to score a #1 Christmas song on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart three years in a row.  

In 2009, Kimberley parted ways with Curb Records and became the first artist to sign a deal with Randy Jackson’s record label, Dream Merchant 21 Entertainment. Two years later, she announced she was launching her own artist consulting company, I AM Entertainment, LLC. She released her first independent EP album, “Four for the Floor” through I AM Entertainment in July 2011, followed by a cover of “Silver Bells” four months later, and “Finally Free” the following year.

Most recently she was seen at the 2016 finale of American Idol, which was watched by around 13 million viewers.  At the finale she sang her hugely successful 2004 single “8th World Wonder,” along with additional solo and group performances with other American Idol favorites.

In 2018, Locke released her single "Raise Your Hands.” In 2019, she released "Sleep Tight Baby Bright," the first single off her upcoming album of lullabies. 

Kimberley is also seen daily on television as a cohost of Dr. and the Diva with Dr. Steve Salvatore. The show is daytime talk show that discusses health, food, fashion and fitness.

apisano@houlihanlawrence.com (Kathleen Davisson) Places Thu, 06 Feb 2020 09:07:00 -0500
Director's Series 2020 The Future of The Katonah Museum https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/events/5056-director-s-series-2020-the-future-of-the-katonah-museum5056-director-s-series-2020-the-future-of-the-katonah-museum https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/events/5056-director-s-series-2020-the-future-of-the-katonah-museum5056-director-s-series-2020-the-future-of-the-katonah-museum

6:00 – 8:00 PM
Join Michael Gitlitz, KMA Executive Director, and cultural leaders in the arts, for salon-style conversations at unique and interesting private homes and venues around Katonah and NYC.
FEBRUARY 27 in New York City
David R. Brigham, President & CEO, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and a surprise guest artist.
APRIL 16 in Bedford Hills
Stephanie Wiles, Henry J. Heinz II Director of the Yale University Art Gallery and most recently the Richard J. Schwartz Director of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum at Cornell University.
MAY 14 in Yorktown Heights
Courtney J. Martin, Director of the Yale Center for British Art and previously Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the Dia Art Foundation.
To purchase tickets click here. Purchase the series of three and save.
commandercarey@gmail.com (Katonah Museum of Art) Events Thu, 06 Feb 2020 06:04:24 -0500
March Madness is Coming! https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/events/5052-march-madness-is-coming5052-march-madness-is-coming https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/events/5052-march-madness-is-coming5052-march-madness-is-coming

March Madness is coming! Buy your tickets now!
Saturday, March 28 - 7-11pm; Rye Grill and Bar 
Join us for an informal evening of food, fun and basketball! March Madness raises funds for our Y Cares Financial Assistance Program which allows us to keep our doors open to all! For family sponsorship information and tickets click here.
Thanks to our Sweet Sixteen Sponsors: Michele & Michael Allison, Mary & Robert Capaldi, Sarah & Ken Handy, Uma & Sanjeev Khemlanim, Allyson & Charlie Kim, Kim & Rich Morgner, Staci & Anand Ramachandranm, Alison & Richard Relyea and Sarah & Scott Snell
Nikkicaps@yahoo.com (Rye YMCA) Events Tue, 04 Feb 2020 08:27:56 -0500
8 Simple Things You Can Do to Stage Your House for Sale https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/5051-8-simple-things-you-can-do-to-stage-your-house-for-sale5051-8-simple-things-you-can-do-to-stage-your-house-for-sale https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/5051-8-simple-things-you-can-do-to-stage-your-house-for-sale5051-8-simple-things-you-can-do-to-stage-your-house-for-sale

This article originally appeared in the Rye Record on January 16, 2020. appeared in the Rye Record on January 16, 2020.

As homeowners, we all seem to have a long list of things we’d like to do to our homes. As sellers, however, many of us aren’t enthusiastic about investing money into a space that will soon no longer be ours. We may feel emotionally overwhelmed and find it difficult to physically change the setting of our cherished memories. And even if we’re okay with sprucing up a bit, we may not know where to begin, how much to spend, or how best to allocate a budget.

Not to fear, preparing your home to sell doesn’t have to be a huge headache. In fact, with the right advice, it can actually be fun! Together with local staging expert, Lotte Meister, we’re here to guide you through the process with these eight tips to get your home ready to stand out from the crowd and make the buyers swoon.

  1. Remember, staging is not the same as decorating. In some ways, it’s more like undecorating, especially if your décor is more than a decade old.
  1. Start by removing dated elements, like heavy draperies, dated colors (think reds, greens and yellows), oriental rugs (even very pricey ones), and brown wood (it’s okay to paint).
  1. Next, focus on curb appeal. Pay special attention to the front entrance. Fix the walkway, get rid of cobwebs, clean light fixtures, and have a nice doormat and proper mailbox. You should also trim or replace overgrown foundation plantings.
  1. Think about merchandising your home to highlight its best features and deemphasize its flaws. You want buyers to feel an emotional connection to the space. If you have a pretty view, make sure it’s not obstructed. If you have a front porch, make sure you have inviting furniture to sit on. A walk-in closet should be styled like a nice boutique. If the house is dark, bring in more lights. If a room is small, don’t crowd it with furniture.
  1.  When selling an occupied home, you’re often competing with new construction. A lived-in looking home may not be as appealing. This means clearing your kitchen counters of everything except a few select accessories, removing toiletries from bathrooms, and packing away photos and memorabilia. Get rid of the dog bowl and litter box, too.
  1. Your house should be spotless. Avoid scented candles — they give the impression that you’re covering something up. Stained carpets should be replaced. Windows should be sparkling.
  1. Take care of all repairs before listing. Fix broken tiles, ripped screens, and chipped paint. Today’s buyers will impute the cost to fix these items much higher than the actual cost of repair.
  1. Each room should have a clear purpose — no drum sets in the living room, nor desks in the dining room, nor Pelotons in the bedroom.

Getting your home ready for sale in today’s market can be overwhelming, especially if you’ve lived there for a long time and have a lot of stuff. A professional stager can be invaluable in breaking the project down into manageable steps and taking care of the styling and decorative elements that might not come easily to you.

It may not feel convenient to undertake a staging project or live in a staged home, but it is far less convenient to have your house sitting on the market for a long time or not selling for the best price.

<Nicole Ball and Amie Pisano are real estate agents with Houlihan Lawrence in Rye. For more staging ideas, check out @lottemeister on Instagram.

  • Before and after photos by Lotte Meister
Nikkicaps@yahoo.com (Nicole Ball and Amie Pisano) Life Tue, 04 Feb 2020 08:19:03 -0500
Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival's 2020 Summer Calendar Has Arrived! https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/5049-hudson-valley-shakespeare-festival-s-2020-summer-calendar-has-arrived5049-hudson-valley-shakespeare-festival-s-2020-summer-calendar-has-arrived https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/5049-hudson-valley-shakespeare-festival-s-2020-summer-calendar-has-arrived5049-hudson-valley-shakespeare-festival-s-2020-summer-calendar-has-arrived

Cure Your Winter Discontent: Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival's 2020 Summer Calendar Has Arrived!

Take a peek, pick your dates, connect with your crew, and start planning your summer. Tickets go on sale to the general public March 9, 2020. Buy early to get the best prices of the season!

Click here for calendar

Want Even Earlier Ticket Access?

Join us as a Member to get tickets ahead of the crowds! 

Member On-Sale Dates:

Festival Circles: February 24, 2020

Saints & Poets Society: March 2, 2020

Attention Teens and Young Adults

The Revelers (ages 20 - 35) and Teen Revelers (ages 16-19) is a free membership program for young theater lovers. HVSF Revelers gain exclusive access to huge ticket discounts each week throughout the summer, invitations to special events and artist meet and greets, merch giveaways, discounts at the HVSF Café, and so much more.

Attention Military Personal and Veterans

HVSF has a long-standing commitment to the military personnel in our community. As a Blue Star Theatre, we offer 15% off performance tickets to military personnel and their immediate families, as well as 15% off Shakespeare Summer Camp registration for military children.

keytocomputing@gmail.com (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival) Life Tue, 04 Feb 2020 07:52:38 -0500
FDA approves first drug for treatment of peanut allergy for children https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/publicsafety/5048-fda-approves-first-drug-for-treatment-of-peanut-allergy-for-children5048-fda-approves-first-drug-for-treatment-of-peanut-allergy-for-children https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/publicsafety/5048-fda-approves-first-drug-for-treatment-of-peanut-allergy-for-children5048-fda-approves-first-drug-for-treatment-of-peanut-allergy-for-children

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Palforzia [Peanut (Arachis hypogaea) Allergen Powder-dnfp] to mitigate allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, that may occur with accidental exposure to peanuts. Treatment with Palforzia may be initiated in individuals ages 4 through 17 years with a confirmed diagnosis of peanut allergy and may be continued in individuals 4 years of age and older. Those who take Palforzia must continue to avoid peanuts in their diets.

Peanut allergy affects approximately 1 million children in the U.S. and only 1 out of 5 of these children will outgrow their allergy. Because there is no cure, allergic individuals must strictly avoid exposure to prevent severe and potentially life-threatening reactions,” said Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. “Even with strict avoidance, inadvertent exposures can and do occur. When used in conjunction with peanut avoidance, Palforzia provides an FDA-approved treatment option to help reduce the risk of these allergic reactions in children with peanut allergy.”

Peanut allergy is a condition in which the body’s immune system mistakenly identifies even small amounts of peanut as harmful. Allergic reactions to peanut are unpredictable in occurrence and in how they present, with some individuals experiencing severe reactions from even trace amounts. Physical symptoms can develop within seconds of exposure and may include skin reactions (e.g., hives, redness or swelling), digestive discomfort, or more dangerous reactions, such as constriction of the throat and airways, and loss of adequate blood flow to vital organs of the body. Antihistamines and epinephrine can be used to treat allergic reactions, but severe reactions can  be fatal even with appropriate, prompt treatment. Palforzia cannot be used for the emergency treatment of allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis.

Treatment with Palforzia consists of three phases: Initial Dose Escalation, Up-Dosing, and Maintenance. The Initial Dose Escalation phase is given on a single day. The Up-Dosing phase consists of 11 increasing dose levels and occurs over several months. Initial Dose Escalation, and the first dose of each Up-Dosing level, are administered under supervision of a healthcare professional in a healthcare setting with the ability to manage potentially severe allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis. While anaphylaxis can occur at any time during Palforzia therapy, patients are at highest risk during and after the Initial Dose Escalation and the first dose of each Up-Dosing level. During Up-Dosing, if the patient tolerates the first dose of an increased dose level, the patient may continue that dose level daily at home. After a patient completes all Up-Dosing levels, they may begin the daily maintenance dose. Patients who experience certain allergic reactions due to Palforzia may need to discontinue treatment or have their dosing schedule modified.

Palforzia is a powder that is manufactured from peanuts and packaged in pull-apart color-coded capsules for Dose Escalation and Up-Dosing, and in a sachet for maintenance treatment. The powder is emptied from the capsules or sachet and mixed with a small amount of semisolid food - such as applesauce, yogurt, or pudding - that the patient then consumes.

The effectiveness of Palforzia is supported by a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study conducted in the U.S., Canada and Europe in approximately 500 peanut-allergic individuals. Effectiveness was assessed by evaluating the percentage of study participants tolerating an oral challenge with a single 600 mg dose of peanut protein (twice the daily maintenance dose of Palforzia) with no more than mild allergic symptoms after 6 months of maintenance treatment. The results showed that 67.2% of Palforzia recipients tolerated a 600 mg dose of peanut protein in the challenge, compared to 4.0% of placebo recipients.

The safety of Palforzia was assessed in two double-blind, placebo-controlled studies in approximately 700 peanut-allergic individuals. The most commonly reported side effects of Palforzia were abdominal pain, vomiting, nausea, tingling in the mouth, itching (including in the mouth and ears), cough, runny nose, throat irritation and tightness, hives, wheezing and shortness of breath and anaphylaxis. Palforzia should not be administered to those with uncontrolled asthma.

To mitigate the risk of anaphylaxis associated with Palforzia, the FDA is requiring a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) with this approval, which includes elements to assure safe use. Palforzia will only be available through specially certified healthcare providers, health care settings, and pharmacies to patients who are enrolled in the REMS program. The FDA is requiring that healthcare providers who prescribe Palforzia - and healthcare settings that dispense and administer Palforzia - are educated on the risk of anaphylaxis associated with its use. In addition, the Initial Dose Escalation phase and first dose of each Up-Dosing level must only be administered to patients in a certified healthcare setting equipped to monitor patients and to identify and manage anaphylaxis. Patients or their parents or caregivers must also be counseled on the need for the patients to have injectable epinephrine available for immediate use at all times, the need for continued dietary peanut avoidance, and how to recognize the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis.

The FDA granted approval of Palforzia to Aimmune Therapeutics.

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commandercarey@gmail.com (US Food and Drug Administration) Public safety Mon, 03 Feb 2020 06:18:00 -0500
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commandercarey@gmail.com (Internal Revenue Service) Life Sat, 01 Feb 2020 03:34:26 -0500