Rye's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/rye Fri, 07 May 2021 21:09:24 -0400 HamletHub.com Cuomo Says NY State Fair is On! https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/events/5153-cuomo-says-ny-state-fair-is-on5153-cuomo-says-ny-state-fair-is-on https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/events/5153-cuomo-says-ny-state-fair-is-on5153-cuomo-says-ny-state-fair-is-on

Mark your calendars—the Great New York State Fair will be returning this year. New York State  announced the 2021 Reimagined New York State Fair, a special end-of-summer celebration at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse from August 20 to September 6.

The Fair will feature New York's best food and drink, live music and entertainment, rides, and more in four different concurrent festivals that will take place exclusively in the outdoor areas of the fairgrounds. Officials said they hope it can serve as a unique celebration for New Yorkers who have made so many sacrifices during this pandemic, while allowing visitors from across the state and the country to enjoy some of the best attractions the Fair has to offer with all necessary safety guidelines in place. This is an important step towards the full return of New York's largest events as NY continues to reopen and reimagine the state's economy.  

kerry@ducey.org (Andrew Cuomo) Events Tue, 27 Apr 2021 03:08:14 -0400
New Location For County's Slam Dunk Basketball Camp https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/5152-new-location-for-county-s-slam-dunk-basketball-camp5152-new-location-for-county-s-slam-dunk-basketball-camp https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/5152-new-location-for-county-s-slam-dunk-basketball-camp5152-new-location-for-county-s-slam-dunk-basketball-camp

 The Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation has secured a new location for Slam Dunk Basketball Camp as the Westchester County Center in White Plains continues to be used as a vaccination site.

House of Sports in Ardsley will host Slam Dunk Basketball Camp this summer. The first session will be held July 5 – 9 and the second will be held August 16 – 20, both from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

County Executive George Latimer said: “We feel we can operate our youth sports, including basketball, safely. Kids have gone through a lot in the past year with remote learning and isolation, we look forward to welcoming them back to the courts this summer.”

Commissioner of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation Kathy O’Connor said: “Slam Dunk Basketball Camp is something we look forward to every year. It’s a rewarding program, especially when we see our campers reach the varsity level and compete in the Section One tournament.”

The Slam Dunk Basketball Camp provides summer instruction for boys and girls entering grades 3 to 9 (as of Sept. 2021). We are dedicated to providing campers with the opportunity to increase their knowledge of the game and develop their basketball skills. The camp’s environment fosters cooperative learning and enthusiasm. Campers improve their skills at various teaching stations and play games designed to utilize the newly learned skills.

Registration is open.

Slam Dunk Basketball Camp aims to increase knowledge of the game and develop skills while fostering enthusiasm.

The camp is open to boys and girls entering grades 3 – 9 in September. Parents are encouraged to register their children early as spaces are limited. Tuition is $350 per camper, per session.

For more information, visit https://parks.westchestergov.com/activities/childrens-camps or call (914) 231-4673.

commandercarey@gmail.com (Westchester County) Life Fri, 23 Apr 2021 14:34:40 -0400
Children’s Jewish Education Group Opens Enrollment for 2021-2022 School Year https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/places/5151-children-s-jewish-education-group-opens-enrollment-for-2021-2022-school-year5151-children-s-jewish-education-group-opens-enrollment-for-2021-2022-school-year https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/places/5151-children-s-jewish-education-group-opens-enrollment-for-2021-2022-school-year5151-children-s-jewish-education-group-opens-enrollment-for-2021-2022-school-year

Rye Brook, NY – Enrollment is now open for the 2021-2022 school year at Children’s Jewish Education Group (CJEG). All who are interested in learning more about CJEG’s programs are invited to an informative virtual Open House on April 20th at 7pm. Zoom guests will hear from current parents and staff as they give an overview of the programs and answer questions. Contact CJEG at info@cjeg.org for the Zoom link and for more information. Parents who are unable to attend on April 20 are welcome to contact CJEG for information by calling (914) 200-1520.

CJEG is an alternative Jewish cultural school run as a cooperative by parents. Children thrive meeting new friends and enjoy learning through and engaging, creative curriculum. Students learn Jewish culture, tradition, history and values through a series of lessons that integrate art, music and various hands-on activities. All lessons are especially designed to be age-appropriate for children in grades K-7. This is a great option for families looking for an alternative to temple-based Hebrew School.

Throughout the school year, CJEG provides many opportunities for the school community to celebrate together. Among them are a Rosh Hashanah celebration, Purim celebration, Family Seder, High Holiday services, music program, moving up ceremony and family tzedakah projects. For more information, visit their website www.CJEG.org.

kerry@ducey.org (Beth London) Places Fri, 16 Apr 2021 10:08:49 -0400
Feeding Westchester Tackles Food Waste with Recovery Initiative https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/charities/5150-feeding-westchester-tackles-food-waste-with-recovery-initiative5150-feeding-westchester-tackles-food-waste-with-recovery-initiative https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/charities/5150-feeding-westchester-tackles-food-waste-with-recovery-initiative5150-feeding-westchester-tackles-food-waste-with-recovery-initiative

A major problem around the world, food waste has serious environmental, financial and cultural implications globally, but also right in our own backyard. This Earth Day, Feeding Westchester, the county’s largest nonprofit hunger-relief organization, is calling attention to the ongoing problem of food waste and their partnership with local farmers, wholesalers and retailers to keep nutritious food out of landfills and in the hands of those who need it most.

Each year, 1.3 billion tons of food is thrown out worldwide. With nearly half of all fruits, vegetables and seafood getting tossed, uneaten food is the number one item in America’s landfills and accounts for a substantial portion of U.S. methane emissions. Recognizing the need to address this sobering reality, chief among the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are to waste less food, support local farmers and donate what you don’t use.

The Natural Resources Defense Council estimates that 40 percent of food in the United States is wasted – the equivalent of $165 billion each year. And, according to a 2021 Food Waste Study released by Woodard & Curran, Westchester is also generating a significant amount of food waste – roughly 125,000 tons annually among commercial businesses with an additional 85,537 tons from residential homes.

Even with this staggering amount of discarded food, roughly one in six individuals across New York State struggles with hunger. This includes more than 200,000 Westchester residents who are either food insecure or at risk and in need of assistance.

“While these numbers can be overwhelming to digest, we have the power to effect real change,” said Ryan Brisk, Senior Director, Operations at Feeding Westchester. “The way we purchase, store, consume and discard food can add up to a massive collective impact. At Feeding Westchester, our food recovery initiatives support local communities and food-insecure people. Perfectly good food is wasted at every step in the supply chain – from farm to table. Food recovery programs divert food from landfills and instead get it into the hands of hungry people. It’s a win-win.”

Feeding Westchester’s Food Recovery Program includes nearly 100 farmers, wholesalers and retailers. Last year, 3.4 million pounds of fresh fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy products were rescued through the program – the equivalent of 2.8 million meals. In the first quarter of 2021, Feeding Westchester diverted 810,935 pounds of nutritious food from ending up in landfills.

Brisk continued, “Our fleet of ten trucks pick up the food and transport it to our distribution center. Once sorted, the food is promptly delivered to hungry people through our approximately 300 programs and partners, such as food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and day care centers. We rely on the generosity of program participants like Stop & Shop to make this possible.”

“Stop & Shop is proud to continue our Retail Recovery work with Feeding Westchester to help prevent food waste across Westchester County and provide much needed support to those in our community facing food insecurity," said Bob Yager, Stop & Shop's Senior Vice President of Operations Strategy and Support. “We look forward to continuing in our commitment to sustainability, waste minimization and environmental improvements across all areas of our business. Through our Retail Recovery work with Feeding Westchester, we are able to continue in our efforts to minimize food waste while providing wholesome, nutritious food to neighbors in need year-round.”

For those looking to minimize their food waste at home, Feeding Westchester has created resources on their website including six surprising food waste facts and eight tips for reducing food waste. A food dating guide is also available to help consumers avoid date labeling confusion.

Every $1 donated to Feeding Westchester provides up to three meals for local children, seniors, and families struggling with hunger. To find help, or give help, visit feedingwestchester.org or call (914) 923-1100. For the latest news and updates, follow @FeedingWestchester on Facebook and Instagram and @FeedWestchester on Twitter.

About Feeding Westchester

Feeding Westchester is the county’s leading nonprofit hunger-relief organization at the heart of a network of nearly 300 community partners and programs. With a mission to nourish their neighbors in the fight against hunger, the organization sources and distributes good, nutritious food and other resources throughout every community in Westchester County. In the last year, Feeding Westchester delivered 22 million pounds of food or 18.4 million meals through soup kitchens, food pantries, schools, shelters, residential programs, and mobile distributions. The nonprofit is committed to creating a community where all people have access to the food they need today, and the fundamental resources to build a better tomorrow. Feeding Westchester is located at 200 Clearbrook Road, Elmsford, NY 10523. For more information, visit feedingwestchester.org.

kerry@ducey.org (Co-Communications) Charities Fri, 16 Apr 2021 10:07:12 -0400
Updated Guidance From New York State for Graduation and Commencement Ceremonies https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/5149-updated-guidance-from-new-york-state-for-graduation-and-commencement-ceremonies5149-updated-guidance-from-new-york-state-for-graduation-and-commencement-ceremonies https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/5149-updated-guidance-from-new-york-state-for-graduation-and-commencement-ceremonies5149-updated-guidance-from-new-york-state-for-graduation-and-commencement-ceremonies

Effective May 1, Indoor and Outdoor Ceremonies Will Be Allowed with Limited Capacity, Depending on Event Size and Location

All Event Organizers and Venues Hosting Events Subject to Strict Health and Safety Protocols

Detailed Guidance is Available Here

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo yesterday announced new updated guidance for graduation and commencement ceremonies organized by schools, colleges and universities.

Effective May 1, indoor and outdoor graduation and commencement ceremonies will be allowed with limited attendee capacity, depending on the event size and the location (e.g., stadium, arena, arts and entertainment venue). All event organizers and venues hosting ceremonies must follow the State's strict health and safety protocols, including requiring face masks, social distancing, health screenings and collection of contact tracing information. Detailed guidance for graduation events is available here.

"We're once again approaching the end of the academic year which means we need strict rules in place to ensure commencement ceremonies are done safely in the context of the ongoing pandemic," Governor Cuomo said. "With more people getting vaccinated every day, we are so close to the light at the end of the tunnel, but we all need to continue being vigilant and I am urging everyone to celebrate smart."

For events that exceed the social gathering limits of 100 people indoors or 200 people outdoors, event organizers and venues must notify the local health department and require attendees to show proof of a recent negative test result or proof of completed immunization prior to entry. These requirements are consistent with the State's guidance for other congregate commercial and social activities, including catered receptions, performing arts, and sports competitions.

Outdoor Events:

  • Large-scale ceremonies of over 500 people at outdoor venues will be limited to 20 percent of capacity, applicable to venues with a total capacity of 2,500 or more.
  • Medium-scale ceremonies of 201-500 people at outdoor venues will be limited to 33 percent of capacity.
  • Small-scale ceremonies of up to 200 people or 2 attendees per student at outdoor venues will be limited to 50 percent of capacity. Proof of recent negative test result or proof of completed immunization is optional.

Indoor Events:

  • Large-scale ceremonies of over 150 people at indoor venues will be limited to 10 percent of capacity, applicable to venues with a total capacity of 1,500 or more.
  • Medium-scale ceremonies of 101-150 people at indoor venues will be limited to 33 percent of capacity.
  • Small-scale ceremonies of up to 100 people or 2 attendees per student at indoor venues will be limited to 50 percent of capacity. Proof of recent negative test result or proof of completed immunization is optional.

This announcement builds on the Governor's recent measures to further re-open the economy amid a steady decline in New York's COVID-19 positivity and hospitalization rates. Governor Cuomo announced that professional sports in large outdoor stadiums that hold 10,000 people or more will be allowed to reopen at 20 percent capacity and smaller, regional sports venues that hold 1,500 people indoors or 2,500 people outdoors can also reopen, with an initial capacity limited to 10 percent indoors and 20 percent outdoors, beginning April 1. The Governor also announced, event, arts and entertainment venues can reopen at 33 percent capacity, up to 100 people indoors and up to 200 people outdoor, beginning April 2nd. Additionally, on March 15th, Governor Cuomo announced wedding receptions and catered events could expand to larger scale events subject to following the Department of Health guidance.

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kerry@ducey.org (Office of the Governor. ) Life Thu, 15 Apr 2021 06:54:00 -0400
Unlawful Entry into School Buildings Leads to Multiple Charges for Mount Vernon Man https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/publicsafety/5148-unlawful-entry-into-school-buildings-leads-to-multiple-charges-for-mount-vernon-man5148-unlawful-entry-into-school-buildings-leads-to-multiple-charges-for-mount-vernon-man https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/publicsafety/5148-unlawful-entry-into-school-buildings-leads-to-multiple-charges-for-mount-vernon-man5148-unlawful-entry-into-school-buildings-leads-to-multiple-charges-for-mount-vernon-man

- A Mount Vernon man who unlawfully entered school buildings in communities across Westchester and in some instances stole items was arraigned today in County Court on multiple charges.

Donald Mack Bennett, 61, is charged with seven counts of Burglary in the 3rd Degree, six counts of Grand Larceny in the 4th Degree and two counts of Petit Larceny in connection with incidents in 2020 and 2021.

The incidents took place at Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Scarsdale, Waverly School in Eastchester, Masters School in Dobbs Ferry and Mercy College in Irvington.

Bennett was taken into custody on March 4 and remains in the Westchester County Jail.

“I share the concern of parents and other residents who recognize that it is both deeply disturbing and absolutely unacceptable for anyone to enter a school building unlawfully,” said Westchester District Attorney Miriam E. Rocah. “I am committed to keeping our children, teachers and school staff safe and feeling as secure as possible.”

The incidents involving Bennett were investigated by the Dobbs Ferry, Eastchester, Irvington, New Rochelle and Scarsdale Police Departments.

The case is before Judge Robert Neary.

The charges against Bennett are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

kerry@ducey.org (Westchester DA) Public safety Mon, 12 Apr 2021 09:27:58 -0400
Playland Park to Hold Virtual Interviews on Saturday, April 10 https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/places/5147-playland-park-to-hold-virtual-interviews5147-playland-park-to-hold-virtual-interviews https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/places/5147-playland-park-to-hold-virtual-interviews5147-playland-park-to-hold-virtual-interviews

With the green light from New York State to open amusements parks in place, the Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation plans to reopen Playland Park this year and is looking to fill seasonal positions.

Virtual interviews will be held on Saturday, April 10.

County Executive George Latimer said: “Working at Playland during the summer is a tradition for many young people in our County, their energy makes our park come alive. We look forward to seeing familiar faces and welcoming new ones.”

Job seekers are encouraged to explore Playland’s job board and apply ahead of the virtual interview day.

Open positions include:

  •          Cashier
  •          General Office
  •          Park Supervisor
  •          Lifeguard
  •          EMT
  •          General Maintenance
  •          Beach/Pool Attendant
  •          Admissions/Greeter
  •          Housekeeping
  •          Custodial
  •          Ride Operators

Commissioner of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation Kathy O’Connor said: “Our staff makes the operation of our parks possible and they have done an outstanding job the past year, despite many challenges. We are looking for dedicated applicants who want to enhance the experience of our parks for our guests.”

For more information visit https://playlandpark.org/ or call (914) 813-7019.

About Westchester County  

Westchester County, located in the heart of the historic Hudson Valley, covers 500 square miles and has a population of just under a million.  Originally home to Native Americans, who were members of the Lenape tribe, it is today a rich mix of many cultures and landscapes.  The County is a blend of bustling cities, quaint villages and picturesque towns as well as open spaces and a network of beautiful parks. Westchester is made up of 6 cities, 19 towns and 20 villages.  Westchester County is known for top-notch public schools, and a high quality of life.  The County is also an intellectual capital, boasting a highly educated workforce, competitive colleges and universities, Fortune 500 companies, world changing non-profits, and cutting-edge research centers.  Westchester is led by County Executive George Latimer, who took office in January 2018 as the ninth County Executive. Using inclusion and openness as a foreground, Latimer is fighting to make Westchester a destination for all people to live, work and enjoy. Learn more about Westchester County by visiting www.westchestergov.com

kerry@ducey.org (Westchester County) Places Wed, 07 Apr 2021 12:33:03 -0400
Enroll to become an NYS Citizen Public Health Leader https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/neighbors/5146-enroll-to-become-an-nys-citizen-public-health-leader5146-enroll-to-become-an-nys-citizen-public-health-leader https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/neighbors/5146-enroll-to-become-an-nys-citizen-public-health-leader5146-enroll-to-become-an-nys-citizen-public-health-leader

Enroll to become an NYS Citizen Public Health Leader. 

To continue the fight against COVID and prepare for the next public health emergency, the State announced the launch of a free, online Citizen Public Health Training course for New Yorkers. This innovative course, delivered by the New York State Department of Health in partnership with Cornell University and supported by the State University of New York, will prepare, and equip New Yorkers to become NYS Citizen Public Health Leaders and build an informed network of community health leaders across the state. For more information and to enroll visit, https://www.ny.gov/programs/citizen-public-health-training-program.

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us that America was not prepared for a public health crisis. But when New York was ambushed by the virus, we rose to the occasion, supported each other, and bent the curve. Information - listening to the scientists and following the facts - has been a key weapon in our battle to defeat COVID.

To continue to empower New Yorkers, we are launching a new Citizen Public Health Training where you will learn from top experts from Cornell on preventing and responding to public health emergencies. This innovative course will help New Yorkers support themselves, their families, and their communities. You will become a leader of health and preparedness in your community.

We are calling on New Yorkers in every neighborhood and community in the state to become trained Public Health Leaders. As a New York State Public Health Leader, you will better understand the coronavirus and other public health issues facing our communities and will gain the tools to understand the facts and be a trusted source of information and support in your community.

commandercarey@gmail.com (Mid-Hudson Library System and NY State) Neighbors Tue, 06 Apr 2021 09:03:47 -0400
Age 16 And Over Are Eligible To Receive Covid Vaccine Starting Today! https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/5145-age-16-and-over-are-eligible-to-receive-covid-vaccine-starting-tomorrow5145-age-16-and-over-are-eligible-to-receive-covid-vaccine-starting-tomorrow https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/5145-age-16-and-over-are-eligible-to-receive-covid-vaccine-starting-tomorrow5145-age-16-and-over-are-eligible-to-receive-covid-vaccine-starting-tomorrow

New York state has announced that starting TODAY, Tuesday, April 6, all New Yorkers age 16 and older will be able to get vaccinated.

As universal eligibility goes into effect, NY will continue to work with local leaders to make sure all New Yorkers have access to the vaccine. But Governor Cuomo also wants to remind everyone that universal eligibility does not mean we can let our guard down. The truth is millions of our neighbors still need to get their shots and we are still in a footrace against the infection rate.

It is imperative that we do not let down our guard and that we continue exercising safety protocols. Wear a mask, social distance, remain vigilant—but most importantly, get vaccinated. It's how we'll get back to the things we love and how we protect the ones we love. 

kerry@ducey.org (NY State Governor Cuomo) Life Tue, 06 Apr 2021 08:10:33 -0400
Glen Island Park Opens to Westchester County Residents https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/places/5144-glen-island-park-opens-to-westchester-county-residents5144-glen-island-park-opens-to-westchester-county-residents https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/places/5144-glen-island-park-opens-to-westchester-county-residents5144-glen-island-park-opens-to-westchester-county-residents

One year after New Rochelle became the epicenter of the Covid-19 pandemic in the United States, and Glen Island Park was turned into a drive-thru testing site by New York State, the park has been reopened to Westchester County residents.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer said: “Glen Island was the first mobile testing site in the State and allowed us to conduct a robust testing program. Today, we’re happy to announce it has reopened to pedestrian and vehicular traffic, just in time for spring. This is great news for residents of New Rochelle, Pelham and all other County residents who frequent the park.”

Glen Island remains a Covid-19 testing center with new traffic and security patterns in place. At this time there is no parking fee, but space is limited to 300 vehicles. Residency will be checked prior to parking.

Commissioner of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation Kathy O’Connor said: “Glen Island is our largest beach and a beautiful place to walk around. We’re proud our facility was able to help slow the spread of Covid-19 in our community, and we look forward to welcoming back our neighbors in New Rochelle.”

The park is open daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Currently, buses and boat launches are prohibited, and the Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation is not taking picnic reservations at Glen Island.

kerry@ducey.org (Westchester County) Places Tue, 30 Mar 2021 19:10:47 -0400
Spring for Abilis: 70th Anniversary Celebration https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/charities/5143-spring-for-abilis-70th-anniversary-save-the-date5143-spring-for-abilis-70th-anniversary-save-the-date https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/charities/5143-spring-for-abilis-70th-anniversary-save-the-date5143-spring-for-abilis-70th-anniversary-save-the-date

Save the Date! Saturday, May 1, is the virtual 70th Anniversary Spring for Abilis!
This annual event is Abilis’ biggest fundraiser of the year and is traditionally held the first Saturday in May. Last year’s virtual event raised more than $400,000 for Abilis’ crucial programs and services that support more than 800 individuals with special needs and their families in Fairfield County. This year’s May 1st Spring for Abilis event will be an hour packed with comedy, entertainment, a live auction cause appeal and so much more! Hosted by entertainer and comedian Brett Walkow, Spring for Abilis is FREE to attend, but registration is required at SpringforAbilis.givesmart.com. The event begins at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, May 1.
For more information, please contact Jennifer Flatow at 203-531-1880 x161 or flatow@abilis.us.
Spring for Abilis host Brett Walkow has been making audiences laugh all over the world with his signature blend of silliness, warmth, and off-the-cuff audience interaction. He's performed alongside Melissa McCarthy & Jimmy Fallon, appeared on The Tonight Show, and in Seinfeld's movie Comedian. 
Brett’s credits include: The Golden Globes, Comedy Central, HBO, NBC, FOX, CBS, Just For Laughs Festival, Lollapalooza, 11 years in Las Vegas (Harrahs & MGM Casinos), a 200 episode celebrity talk show (with guests including Kevin Nealon, George Wallace, The Simpsons, Family Guy), Hollywood red carpet specials, and live venues worldwide. Brett has been a beloved host at previous Spring for Abilis galas and has a lot of fun planned for this year’s event!
Spring for Abilis will specifically be raising funds to support new initiatives within Abilis and to replenish and invigorate the lives of the 800+ Abilis program participants. Special thanks to Spring for Abilis sponsors Holland & Knight, DARCARS Automotive Group - Lexus of Greenwich, Infiniti of Greenwich and Lexus of Mt. Kisco, the Martinez family, paycom, Alera Group, Margot Michalski, Leslie Clarke Homes, the Cincotta family and the Halper family. Thanks as well to the Spring for Abilis family co-chairs the Michalski family and to our supporters Charity Booster, Greenwich Magazine Moffly Media and Connecticut Community Bank.
To learn more, visit SpringforAbilis.givesmart.com.


Abilis is celebrating its 70th year in 2021 of being a 501c3 non-profit organization that supports more than 800 individuals with special needs and their families from birth throughout their lives. Abilis is a leader serving the special needs community in Fairfield County, Connecticut, in towns including Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Ridgefield, Stamford, Westport, Weston and Wilton, and has a long-standing reputation for individualized, high quality care. For more information, visit www.abilis.us, or facebook.com/Abilisinc, twitter.com/Abilis, or instagram.com/abilis_us.
kerry@ducey.org (Abilis) Charities Wed, 24 Mar 2021 15:47:54 -0400
Cuomo Lifts Quarantine Travel Restrictions, Updated Exposure and Travel Guidance from NYS DOH https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/politics/5141-cuomo-lifts-quarantine-travel-restrictions-updated-exposure-and-travel-guidance-from-nys-doh5141-cuomo-lifts-quarantine-travel-restrictions-updated-exposure-and-travel-guidance-from-nys-doh https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/politics/5141-cuomo-lifts-quarantine-travel-restrictions-updated-exposure-and-travel-guidance-from-nys-doh5141-cuomo-lifts-quarantine-travel-restrictions-updated-exposure-and-travel-guidance-from-nys-doh

Governor Cuomo announced that beginning April 1 domestic travelers to NY will no longer be required to quarantine, lifting his order made in June. Travelers will still be required monitor symptoms for 14 days upon arrival and to self-isolate if symptoms occur. A contact-tracing form must also be completed by travelers; Failure to do this can result in a $10,000 fine. No written guidance from the NYS DOH has been released on this announcement.

Earlier this month, Cuomo had also announced those who are asymptomatic and have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will no longer have to quarantine when traveling to or returning to New York within the first 90 days of their second dose. Written guidance from the NYS DOH on this travel-related announcement was released to local health departments on March 10, along with additional guidance on Quarantine for Community Persons exposed to COVID-19.

Some key points on the travel restrictions, which remain in effect until April 1, are outlined below. Refer to the links at the bottom for full written guidance. Full written guidelines on Cuomo’s announcement yesterday regarding complete removal of the travel quarantine is expected by April 1.

For now, in keeping with CDC guidance, domestic travelers to New York who are asymptomatic and have been vaccinated against COVID-19 do not need to quarantine during the first 3 months after full vaccination if they satisfy all three of the following criteria:

  • Are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine); AND
  • Are within 3 months following receipt of the last dose in the series; AND
  • Have remained asymptomatic since last COVID-19 exposure.

NYS DOH guidance allows fully vaccinated individuals with a known COVID exposure to avoid quarantine if they satisfy all three criteria listed above. NYS officials continue to monitor the data and guidelines may change as more information becomes available.

COVID vaccines have demonstrate high efficacy at preventing severe and symptomatic COVID-19, limited data is available on how much the vaccines may reduce transmission, how long protection lasts, and their efficacy against the emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants.

Quarantine for Community Persons exposed to COVID-19 Travel.https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2021/03/update-to-covid19-community-quarantine-advisory-march-10-2021_0.pdf

Interim Guidance on Travelers Arriving in NYS following Out-of-State https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2021/03/update-interim-travel-advisory-march-10-2021_0.pdf


kerry@ducey.org (Putnam County Department of Health) Politics Tue, 16 Mar 2021 17:59:58 -0400
Wedding Receptions and Catered Events Can Now Resume Statewide https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/5142-wedding-receptions-and-catered-events-can-now-resume-statewide5142-wedding-receptions-and-catered-events-can-now-resume-statewide https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/5142-wedding-receptions-and-catered-events-can-now-resume-statewide5142-wedding-receptions-and-catered-events-can-now-resume-statewide

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that wedding receptions and catered events can now resume statewide. All venues hosting weddings and catered events must follow the State's strict health and safety protocols, including the following requirements:

  • Venues are restricted to 50% capacity, with no more than 150 attendees per event
  • All attendees must have proof of recent negative test result or proof of immunization prior to the event
  • Sign-in with contact information required to assist with potential contact tracing
  • Venues must notify local health departments of large events, above the social gathering limit, in advance
  • Masks will be required at all times except when seated and eating or drinking
  • Ceremonial and socially-distanced dancing allowed in designated areas

Detailed guidance for in-person and catered events is available here.

"New Yorkers have remained resilient throughout this entire pandemic, and the numbers show how effective our behavior has been in stopping the spread of this virus," Governor Cuomo said. "As the state's positivity and hospitalization numbers continue to decline and we ramp up vaccinations, the light at the end of the tunnel is getting closer and we can focus on safely reopening different sectors of our economy without compromising the progress we've made. Weddings and catered events will now be allowed to resume across the state, with strict protocols in place to protect the health and safety of New Yorkers. This is great news - but we must continue with the practices that we know work to defeat this virus once and for all."

The reopening of wedding receptions and other catered events builds on the Governor's recent measures to further re-open the economy amid a steady decline in New York's COVID-19 positivity and hospitalization rates. Effective March 19th, New York City indoor dining will expand to 50 percent capacity and the rest of New York State will increase to 75 percent capacity for indoor dining. On February 15th, the Governor announced the MTA will partially restore overnight service on the New York City Subway. On February 14th, the Governor issued an Executive Order extending closing times to 11 p.m. statewide for restaurants, bars, gyms and fitness centers, casinos, billiards halls and any other location with an SLA license. The Governor also announced beginning April 2, event, arts and entertainment venues can reopen at 33 percent capacity, up to 100 people indoors and up to 200 people outdoors."

kerry@ducey.org (Office of the Governor. ) Life Tue, 16 Mar 2021 17:06:58 -0400
Happy St. Patrick's Day: Some History Behind the Special Day https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/5140-happy-st-patrick-s-day5140-happy-st-patrick-s-day https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/5140-happy-st-patrick-s-day5140-happy-st-patrick-s-day


Saint Patrick was a 5th-century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland. Much of what is known about Saint Patrick comes from the Declaration, which was allegedly written by Patrick himself. It is believed that he was born in Roman Britain in the fourth century, into a wealthy Romano-British family. His father was a deacon and his grandfather was a priest in the Christian church. According to the Declaration, at the age of sixteen, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Gaelic Ireland. It says that he spent six years there working as a shepherd and that during this time he found God. The Declaration says that God told Patrick to flee to the coast, where a ship would be waiting to take him home. After making his way home, Patrick went on to become a priest.

According to tradition, Patrick returned to Ireland to convert the pagan Irish to Christianity. The Declaration says that he spent many years evangelising in the northern half of Ireland and converted thousands. Patrick's efforts against the druids were eventually turned into an allegory in which he drove "snakes" out of Ireland, despite the fact that snakes were not known to inhabit the region. 

Tradition holds that he died on 17 March and was buried at Downpatrick. Over the following centuries, many legends grew up around Patrick and he became Ireland's foremost saint.

Celebration and traditions

According to legend, Saint Patrick used the three-leaved shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to Irish pagans.

Today's Saint Patrick's Day celebrations have been greatly influenced by those that developed among the Irish diaspora, especially in North America. Until the late 20th century, Saint Patrick's Day was often a bigger celebration among the diaspora than it was in Ireland. 

Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, Irish traditional music sessions, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks. There are also formal gatherings such as banquets and dances, although these were more common in the past. Saint Patrick's Day parades began in North America in the 18th century but did not spread to Ireland until the 20th century. The participants generally include marching bands, the military, fire brigades, cultural organisations, charitable organisations, voluntary associations, youth groups, fraternities, and so on. However, over time, many of the parades have become more akin to a carnival. More effort is made to use the Irish language, especially in Ireland, where the week of Saint Patrick's Day is "Irish language week".

Since 2010, famous landmarks have been lit up in green on Saint Patrick's Day as part of Tourism Ireland's "Global Greening Initiative" or "Going Green for St Patrick's Day". The Sydney Opera House and the Sky Tower in Auckland were the first landmarks to participate and since then over 300 landmarks in fifty countries across the globe have gone green for Saint Patricks day. 

Christians may also attend church services, and the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol are lifted for the day. Perhaps because of this, drinking alcohol – particularly Irish whiskey, beer, or cider – has become an integral part of the celebrations. 

The Saint Patrick's Day custom of "drowning the shamrock" or "wetting the shamrock" was historically popular, especially in Ireland. At the end of the celebrations, a shamrock is put into the bottom of a cup, which is then filled with whiskey, beer, or cider. It is then drunk as a toast to Saint Patrick, Ireland, or those present. The shamrock would either be swallowed with the drink or taken out and tossed over the shoulder for good luck. 

Today, St Patricks day is celebrated with parades all over the world, most notably the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade, which is celebrating it's 260th anniversary. The parade is the world‘s oldest civilian parade and the largest in the United States, with over 150,000 participants. Nearly 3 million people line the 1.5-mile parade route to watch the procession each year and it takes more than five hours to complete the parade in a normal year. Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia and Savannah also celebrate the day with parades involving between 10,000 and 20,000 participants each.

In 2020, the New York City parade was one of the first major city events to be cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; it is again "cancelled" in 2021, although organizers are planning a virtual parade and on March 17th the Parade leaders will join a select number of First Responders and Essential Workers (listed below) to offer a prayer for all the victims of the pandemic and the “Twin Towers” to mark the 20th anniversary of 9/11.


2021 NYC St Patrick’s Day Parade Honor Guard
James T. Callahan – General President, I.U.O.E. & Parade Grand Marshal
Bishop Edmund J. Whalen – Archdiocese of New York – Vicar for Clergy
Christine J. Flaherty – NYC Health + Hospitals Corporation, SVP
Edward Grayson – Commissioner, N.Y.C. Dept. of Sanitation
Kate B. O’Neill MSN RN – Northwell Health – Emergency Medicine, AVP
Thomas J. Ryan – Sergeant, Port Authority Police Department
Dr. Thomas G. McGinn – Parade Medical Advisor & EVP Common Spirit Health
Clive J. Anderson – Pelham Funeral Home, Proprietor
Dr. Brian P. McKenna – Northwell Health – Physician Partner & VP
Josef M. Daggett (Joe) – Emerald Guild Society Resident Managers
Sean F. Kennedy – Catholic Faith Network, Senior Executive Producer
Col. James P. Tierney – “The Fighting 69th” / National Guard
Kevin Barry – Home Healthcare Workers, IUJAT – Business Agent
Megan O’Malley – Deputy Inspector, N.Y.P.D.
Edward P. Boles – Battalion Chief, F.D.N.Y.
Patricia M. Farrell RN, BSN, MSN NEC – Northwell Health – Hospital Operations, VP
Robert F. Ellis – Captain, N.Y.C. Dept. of Correction
Edward M. Moloney – Sergeant, New York State Courts
John G. Farrington – NYC MTA Bus Operator & Past TWU
John T. Conroy – Director of Security 9/11 Memorial & Museum

 Click here to go to the NYC St Patricks Day Parade home page for the time and the link to view the 2021 virtual parade and other St Patrick's Day Virtual celebrations.




kerry@ducey.org (HH) Life Tue, 16 Mar 2021 15:45:00 -0400
Local Student Creates Virtual Community to Bring Westchester Together Around the One-Year Anniversary of the Pandemic https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/neighbors/5139-local-student-creates-virtual-community-to-bring-westchester-together-around-the-one-year-anniversary-of-the-pandemic5139-local-student-creates-virtual-community-to-bring-westchester-together-around-the-one-year-anniversary-of-the-pandemic https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/neighbors/5139-local-student-creates-virtual-community-to-bring-westchester-together-around-the-one-year-anniversary-of-the-pandemic5139-local-student-creates-virtual-community-to-bring-westchester-together-around-the-one-year-anniversary-of-the-pandemic

“We Are Westchester” - Fox Lane High School Student Creates Virtual Community to Bring Westchester Together Around the One-Year Anniversary of the Pandemic

Ella Bahari, a junior at Fox Lane High School, is creating a virtual community within Westchester where she is inviting people to share their experiences during this time of social distancing to come together in a visual way.

Ella has created an inspirational photo sharing project called  “We Are Westchester” on Facebook and Instagram pages for community members to share photos of themselves holding up signs that say: “We Are _____”.  People are encouraged to fill in the blank with a word that is unique to themselves, such as “We Are Heroes” or “We Are Hopeful”, etc. You can send your photos to wearewestchester.20@gmail.com, or through Instagram and/or Facebook messages. Here are the links to Ella's We Are Westchester social media pages:

On her social media pages, Ella has gotten posts that say: “We Are Strong Together”, “We Are Learning” and “We are Winners”, just to name a few. Ella’s idea is to help people express how they have been keeping their spirits up during this past year and to remain hopeful that we will emerge from this in the not too distant future.

Ella says, “The idea is to create awareness and to solidify a sense of community to express how COVID-19 has affected life in Westchester. With this project, my goal is to create a platform to help inspire and support one another, and to remind us that as a community, we will make it through this challenging time. We are all looking forward to when life returns back to normal, but we want to be here now to support one another.”

In addition to creating virtual community, Ella has created a fundraiser on GoFundMe to benefit the Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry which has been significantly challenged during this past year as the issue of food insecurity has affected many families in Westchester. Ella says, “I didn’t just want to create a virtual community without giving back to the most vulnerable in our area in a real, substantive way. As a community, we should feel the need to help out however we can.”

The Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that feeds our neighbors in need in Westchester. Before the pandemic, the food pantry served 300 families per week but, now due to COVID-19, 500 families per week rely on the donations from the food pantry.  

When it’s safe again to be out in the community, Ella’s plan is to print out and display some of the photos in an area in Northern Westchester that will become a public art space where Westchester residents can congregate and remember the challenges that we all faced and overcame with each other's support during the pandemic.

As Ella says to all of her supporters, “Thank you for helping to create virtual community at a time when we need it most.”

kerry@ducey.org (Submitted) Neighbors Mon, 15 Mar 2021 09:56:04 -0400