Rye's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/rye Tue, 21 Jan 2020 17:52:20 -0500 HamletHub.com Rye Athletes Performing Well Across the Board https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/5034-rye-athletes-performing-well-across-the-board5034-rye-athletes-performing-well-across-the-board https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/5034-rye-athletes-performing-well-across-the-board5034-rye-athletes-performing-well-across-the-board

Congrats to these Rye athletes!

 

● The boys varsity soccer team received a number of awards at the All Section awards dinner (see caption above for individual honors). They also received the Section 1 sportsmanship award given by the Athletic Administrators Association

● All of Rye High School’s fall varsity sports teams received Scholar Athlete Team Awards from NYSPHAA, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association. To earn the moniker, a team’s average GPA for 75% of the roster must be greater than, or equal to, 90

● Senior boys varsity soccer team captain Jonathan Mehrara was named the Con Edison Scholar-Athlete for the week of December 1

● The boys varsity basketball team won the Cliff Clinton Classic Tournament sponsored by the Rye City Lions Club on December 7

● Senior girls varsity swimming and diving team captain Katie Laverty was named the Con Edison Scholar-Athlete of the week for the week of December 8

● In her debut race, freshman Leyla Murati broke Rye’s 9th grade school record for the 600M and placed second at the Section One Kickoff Meet on December 8

● The girls varsity basketball team won the Rye Rotary Holiday Classic on December 13 and 14

● Midland fourth grader Tino MacKinnon and third grader Kilian MacKinnon competed in the USA Track & Field National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championship in Wisconsin on December 14. Kilian placed 17th overall in the boys 8U 2K, and Tino placed 7th overall in the boys 9-10 3K

● Katie Coyne, Leyla Murati, Christina Nievas Molina, and Caroline Stevens broke the school’s 800 meter relay record at the New York City Armory on December 14.

 

Photo, Left to right: Michael Traynor (All State, All Section, All League); Nic Logan (All Section, All League); Jonathan Mehrara (Honorable Mention, All League); Coach Jonathan Tuttle; Jake Creus (All Section, Conference II, League D MVP, All League); Kai Haesslein (Honorable Mention, All League). Not pictured: Kevin Abbondanza (All League); Malcolm McQueeney (All League)

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Nikkicaps@yahoo.com (RCSD) Life Tue, 14 Jan 2020 07:46:32 -0500
Valentine Drop-In Classes Coming Soon! https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/events/5032-valentine-drop-in-classes-coming-soon5032-valentine-drop-in-classes-coming-soon https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/events/5032-valentine-drop-in-classes-coming-soon5032-valentine-drop-in-classes-coming-soon

Clay Art Center Valentine’s Day Themed Project * Drop-In Clay Class Have your child make a hand-made gift for Valentine’s Day. Projects will be fired and available for pick up before February 14. Fun for the Whole Family (Ages 5 -99) Saturday, January 25th, 1:00 – 3:00pm or 3:30 – 5:30pm.

Looking for something fun to do with your family? Every Saturday families & friends come to our studio, for this one-time class, and play with clay while spending quality time together. Professional ceramic artists guide themed weekly hand-building projects. For adults, children, family & friends ages 5 – 99. No previous experience necessary! Beginners welcome. There will be 2 sessions each Saturday from January – April. Session 1, 1:00 – 3:00, Session 2, 3:30 – 5:30pm. SPACE IS LIMITED. Tickets go on sale each Saturday starting at 10am. Please call to book your spot at 914-937-2047. On January 25th we will have a Valentine’s Day Themed Project class from 1:00 – 3:00 or 3:30 – 5:30. For ages 5 – 99. Children under 12 must attend with a guardian. Fee: $30 Adult, $20 Children under 12 & seniors – includes materials and firing. Projects can be picked up 2 – 3 weeks after class. For more info: https://www.clayartcenter.org/saturday-drop-in

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 Westchester County 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 - Saturday, 10am-5pm or by appointment.

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Nikkicaps@yahoo.com (Nicole Ball) Events Tue, 14 Jan 2020 07:34:30 -0500
Bowling For Bears https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/charities/5033-bowling-for-bears5033-bowling-for-bears https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/charities/5033-bowling-for-bears5033-bowling-for-bears

 

Join us for our
5th Annual
Bowling For Bears Event
to support
Pediatric Programs at
White Plains Hospital!
 
 
Sponsored by the Junior Friends of White Plains Hospital
 
Bring your family and friends for a fun night
of bowling for a great cause!
 
Sunday, January 26, 2020
5:00pm-7:00pm
Bowlmor White Plains
47 Tarrytown Rd, White Plains, NY 10607
 
$50 per child and $75 per adult
includes bowling, shoe rental, pizza and soda
 
Sponsor your own lane
$500 Split Sponsor
$750 Spare Sponsor
$1,000 Strike Sponsor
 
To register, click here!
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annaleder@yahoo.com (White Plains Hospital) Charities Tue, 14 Jan 2020 07:30:12 -0500
New York Public Library Releases Top Checkouts of All Time https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/5031-new-york-public-library-releases-top-checkouts-of-all-time5031-new-york-public-library-releases-top-checkouts-of-all-time https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/5031-new-york-public-library-releases-top-checkouts-of-all-time5031-new-york-public-library-releases-top-checkouts-of-all-time

Classic Children’s Story The Snowy Day tops The New York Public Library’s All-Time Checkouts List

The top 10 list kicks off the Library’s year-long 125th-anniversary celebration

The beloved, innovative, award-winning children’s story—written and illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats—is the most checked out book in The New York Public Library’s 125-year history. 

A team of experts at the Library analyzed a series of factors to compile—for the first time ever—the 10 books that have been borrowed most since The New York Public Library was founded in 1895. Today’s release of the list—as well as a limited-edition library card and MetroCard featuring artwork from The Snowy Day—launch a year-long celebration of The New York Public Library’s 125th anniversary. 

The year will focus on appreciating and reaffirming the Library’s values of trust, inclusion, respect, and free and open access to information and knowledge, as well as its unique role supporting a true love of reading. The celebration will include special author talks, book lists, public programs, the much-anticipated reopening of the system’s completely renovated central circulating library, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library, and the opening of the Polonsky Exhibition of The New York Public Library Treasures, a permanent, free exhibition showcasing items from the Library’s robust research collections. 

More information on plans is available at nypl.org/125.

To develop the list of most checked out books, the Library evaluated a series of key factors—including historic checkout and circulation data (for all formats, including e-books), overall trends, current events, popularity, length of time in print, and presence in the Library catalog. The full list:

  1. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats / 485,583 checkouts
  2. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss / 469,650 checkouts

  3. 1984 by George Orwell / 441,770 checkouts

  4. Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak / 436,016 checkouts

  5. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee  / 422,912 checkouts

  6. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White / 337,948 checkouts

  7. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury / 316,404 checkouts

  8. How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie / 284,524 checkouts

  9. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling / 231,022 checkouts

  10. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle / 189,550 checkouts

The list also includes an honorable mention: children’s book Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, which would have been among the system’s top checkouts if not for an odd piece of history: extremely influential New York Public Library children’s librarian Anne Carroll Moore disliked the story so much when it was published in 1947 that the Library didn’t carry it . . . until 1972. 

“For 125 years, the Library has uniquely sparked, supported, and fostered a true love of reading in the people of New York City and beyond,” said New York Public Library President Anthony W. Marx. “Among our many roles, we look to connect people with the stories that capture their imaginations, take them places, stay with them over time, encourage them to keep turning pages, and greatly impact and shape their lives. The books on this list have transcended generations and, much like the Library itself, are as relevant today as they were when they first arrived. This list tells us something about New Yorkers over the last 125 years—what moves them, what excites them, what stands the test of time. It’s a perfect way to kick off our celebration of the Library’s 125th anniversary . . . and it’s just the beginning.”

The Snowy Day

The Snowy Day, in print and in the Library’s catalog continuously since 1962, is a charming, beautifully-illustrated tale of a child enjoying the simple magic that snow brings to his city. It is one of the Library’s top circulated books every year (across all neighborhoods). Andrew Medlar, director of the Library’s BookOps selection team and one of the experts who helped compile the list, attributes the book’s success to its universal appeal, its fame (being a Caldecott winner and one of the earliest examples of diversity in children’s books), its wide availability in other languages, and its many years in print. 

“At the end of the day, though, it’s all about the story, and it is absolutely brilliantly told,” Medlar said. “It is such a relatable story, and pure magic for kids and adults alike. It’s on people’s radar screens, they remember when they first heard it, and they want to share that experience with their kids. And the artwork is just gorgeous.” 

To celebrate the top checkout, all 92 New York Public Library locations are offering a special, limited-edition The Snowy Day library card beginning today (existing cardholders can move their accounts to the new card for a $1 donation). And a special edition MTA MetroCard will be available this week in the following 10 stations across the five boroughs:

  • Grand Central – 42nd St (S,4,5,6,7)

  • 42nd St Bryant Park (B,D,F,M)

  • 34th St Penn Station (1,2,3)

  • 59th St Columbus Circle (A,B,C,D)

  • 3rd Ave – 149th St (2,5)

  • St. George Terminal (Staten Island Railway)

  • Broadway-Lafayette St (B,D,F,M)

  • 125th St (4,5,6)

  • Jay St MetroTech (A,C,F,R)

  • Sutphin Blvd. Archer Ave (E,J,Z)

Both special edition cards are limited and available while supplies last. 

Additionally, branches will hold special storytime and craft programming around The Snowy Day in January and February.

“For The Snowy Day to be recognized as the most checked out book in the history of The New York Public Library would have been for Ezra Jack Keats, as it is for us at the EJK Foundation, the highest honor he could ever receive,” said Deborah Pope, executive director of the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation. “As a young boy, Ezra found a safe haven and inspiration in the public library. Part of his legacy has been to extend the welcome of public libraries by creating books that reflect the diverse faces of the children who use the library. The popularity of children’s books on this top ten list shows that literacy and the love of reading is a high priority for all of us in New York City’s and we, along with the beloved NYPL, are happy to help achieve this goal.” 

Key Factors

According to Medlar, there are several key criteria that seem to influence whether a book is a top checkout:

  • Length: The shorter the book, the more turnover, or circulation (this is why children’s books are often amongst the most circulated). The adult books on the list tend to be shorter, such as 1984 and To Kill A Mockingbird

  • Length of time in print: Clearly, the longer a story is in print, the longer the public has to check it out. The oldest book on the list is Dale Carnegie’s ultimate self-help book, How to Win Friends and Influence People, which has been in print continuously since 1936. The newest book is Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, which came out in the United States in 1998 and was only able to crack this list because it was an absolute phenomenon. 

  • Languages available: In a city like New York City, the more languages offered means more checkouts.

  • Universal appeal: The more a story appeals to a wide variety of tastes, the more checkouts it will receive.

  • Current events: Particularly with adult books, what is happening in the world greatly impacts checkouts. 1984 and Fahrenheit 451 see spikes in circulation depending on what’s happening in the world, and have currently seen increased popularity due to the rise of dystopian fiction, particularly in teen books.

  • School: If a book has been on school lists for many decades, it is more likely to be a top checkout. 

  • Awards and acknowledgment: Awards generate awareness and excitement, which also generate checkouts. Several of the books on the list are Caldecott winners, for example.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (NYPL) Life Mon, 13 Jan 2020 08:27:46 -0500
Greenwich Historical Society Honors Centennial of 19th Amendment with Exhibition https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/neighbors/5026-greenwich-historical-society-honors-centennial-of-19th-amendment-with-exhibition5026-greenwich-historical-society-honors-centennial-of-19th-amendment-with-exhibition https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/neighbors/5026-greenwich-historical-society-honors-centennial-of-19th-amendment-with-exhibition5026-greenwich-historical-society-honors-centennial-of-19th-amendment-with-exhibition

Greenwich Historical Society Honors Centennial of 19th Amendment with Exhibition Spotlighting Local Women Who Became National Leaders in the Fight for the Right to Vote

Greenwich Historical Society will unveil a dynamic exhibition that showcases the role Greenwich women played on the national stage in achieving the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment. Opening February 5th and on view through September 6th, An Unfinished Revolution: The Woman’s Suffrage Centennial features a wide variety of historic objects from museums, libraries, private collections and descendants of suffragists to illustrate the long struggle for the right to vote. Through educational and interpretive programming, the Historical Society will explore broader social and civic issues that resonate today, such as voter registration, voter suppression and the Equal Rights Amendment.

“While we take the right to vote for granted today, the debate over granting women suffrage was a minefield that shook our community and the nation to the core,” says Maggie Dimock, Greenwich Historical Society Curator of Museum Collections. “This exhibition will serve as a platform for educating the community on this historic Amendment that empowered women in their fight for political and economic equality, while furthering the Historical Society’s commitment to informing broad audiences on complex social issues that have affected Greenwich.”

An Unfinished Revolution is curated by Kathleen Craughwell-Varda, a 30-year veteran in the museum field who has extensive knowledge of Connecticut history and the contributions of women in the state from settlement through the 21st century. According to Craughwell-Varda the descendants of many prominent suffragists were instrumental in creating an authentic voice for the exhibition: “The suffragists were frequently criticized for stepping outside of a woman’s sphere, even by their own families, but today their descendants take great pride in their accomplishments in the face of so much opposition.”

Visionary Greenwich Women Championed the Cause

The early history of the suffrage movement is dominated by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton; however, several leaders who campaigned for the passage of the 19th Amendment lived in Greenwich, either full-time or for part of the year. They were often wives of New York and Connecticut’s wealthy elite who had the time and financial means to dedicate to the fight, with or without the support of their spouses and families. Their contributions, and those of other women in the region who broke away from social convention to stand up for a cause they believed in, will be highlighted. They include:

  •          Louisine Havemeyer, a noted New York art collector who maintained an estate in Greenwich. Havemeyer joined the movement on the encouragement of friend and famed impressionist Mary Cassatt. She was the oldest of the suffragists who protested at the White House to be arrested.
  •          Valeria Hopkins Parker, a Greenwich physician and advocate for awareness of women’s health issues. The Greenwich Equal Franchise League was founded in her home and she was a founding member of the Connecticut Woman Suffrage Association.
  •          Caroline Ruutz-Rees, the founding headmistress of Rosemary Hall in Greenwich. Ruutz-Rees was active in several state-wide and national suffrage organizations, and was responsible for founding the Junior Suffrage Corps, which counted several Greenwich children among its members, including the twin daughters of Elmer and Constant MacRae of Cos Cob.
  •          Grace Gallatin Seton, an accomplished artist and writer who was active in national, state and local suffrage organizations, serving as Vice President of the Connecticut Woman Suffrage Association. Seton was ultimately denied the right to vote because her husband, Ernest Thompson Seton, was Scottish.

In addition to exploring the stories of Greenwich’s preeminent suffragists, An Unfinished Revolution will also address the equally important impact of the women and men who opposed suffrage.The exhibition also highlights the participation of working women, women of color, and middle-class families in the fight for equal suffrage, with a special focus on the suffragist activities of Elmer and Constant MacRae, proprietors of the Holley Boarding House in Cos Cob (now the Bush-Holley House Museum).

Featuring striking protest banners and historic clothing, sashes, and heirlooms worn by prominent suffragists, visitors to the exhibition will be immersed in the thrilling atmosphere of activism that defined the Progressive Era. Original correspondence, vintage photographs, and works of art from the Greenwich Historical Society’s collections open a further window into this tumultuous period.

Gallery interactives testing visitors’ knowledge of American voting rights today provide an opportunity for visitors of all ages to reflect on the changes that have taken place in our society over the last 100 years – and the important work still ahead to ensure equal rights for all.

“This is the second exhibition we’ve hosted since the newly reimagined campus opened in 2018,” says Greenwich Historical Society Executive Director and CEO Debra Mecky. “Attendance has doubled since then and we expect this exhibition to add even greater momentum, appealing broadly to young adults and families – key aspects of our mission to strengthen the community’s connection to our past, to each other and to our future.”

A preview reception for members of the Historical Society will be held on February 4th.

The Greenwich Historical Society Museum galleries, located at 47 Strickland Rd., Cos Cob, are open Wednesday – Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults; $8 for seniors and students and free for children under age 18. Free admission to the public is available on the first Wednesday of each month. Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more, group reservation rate is $7 per person.

Visits to the museum will be complemented by the Historical Society Store and Café, which are open Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm and Saturday and Sunday, 12 – 4pm.

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kerry@ducey.org (Laura McCormick) Neighbors Mon, 13 Jan 2020 07:37:00 -0500
NOMINATIONS NEEDED FOR 2020 WESTCHESTER COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH AWARDS https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/politics/5030-nominations-needed-for-2020-westchester-county-public-health-awards5030-nominations-needed-for-2020-westchester-county-public-health-awards https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/politics/5030-nominations-needed-for-2020-westchester-county-public-health-awards5030-nominations-needed-for-2020-westchester-county-public-health-awards

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Westchester County Board of Health to Recognize Adult and Youth Volunteers

 

The Westchester County Board of Health is now seeking nominations for the 2020 Public Health Service Awards. The Board wants to recognize adults, young people and not-for-profit programs that demonstrate creativity and commitment in their efforts to improve public health in Westchester.

The Board encourages community leaders, healthcare professionals, educators and residents to nominate worthy people or programs by February 11 using the nomination forms at www.westchestergov.com/health

“Talented and selfless people work hard every day to make our communities healthier,” said Robert Baker, MD, president of the Westchester County Board of Health. “By nominating these volunteers for recognition, you can help inspire others to join our efforts to promote and protect public health in Westchester.”

The Dr Harold Keltz Distinguished Public Health Service Award is presented annually to a person or community-based organization, whose efforts have made an extraordinary contribution to the public health of Westchester residents but who is not professionally engaged in public health work.

The J.R. Tesone Youth Public Health Service Award is an annual award to a student up to age 21 for his or her creative contribution to public health in Westchester. The award was created in 2014 in memory of J.R. Tesone, a Board of Health member with a lifelong commitment to Westchester children.

The Board also will highlight the compassion, creativity and commitment demonstrated by a select group of nominees, who will be named Public Health Honorees.

These awards will be announced and presented in April to spotlight National Public Health Week, and the honorees and their achievements will be featured on the health department’s web pages. Recent youthful winners have promoted youth awareness of the dangers of vaping, advocated for restrictions on tobacco sales, promoted awareness of the opioid crisis on campus or increased sustainability and Earth Day programming, advocated for children affected by cancer or created an app to foster communication betweenteens with Type 1 diabetes. Adult volunteers were recognized recently for promoting awareness of mental health and addiction among young people, promoting the construction and preservation of affordable housing and advocating for comprehensive mental health care for low-income residents. Non-profit programs also have been selected for their work to reduce health disparities, improve health literacy, and improve access to care.

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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

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Westchester County Department of Health) Politics Mon, 13 Jan 2020 01:53:00 -0500
New York Botanical Gardens Hosts A Gathering of Stones: Dan Snow on Jan. 20 https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/events/5029-new-york-botanical-gardens-hosts-a-gathering-of-stones-dan-snow-on-jan-205029-new-york-botanical-gardens-hosts-a-gathering-of-stones-dan-snow-on-jan-20 https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/events/5029-new-york-botanical-gardens-hosts-a-gathering-of-stones-dan-snow-on-jan-205029-new-york-botanical-gardens-hosts-a-gathering-of-stones-dan-snow-on-jan-20

New York Botanical Gardens hosts A Gathering of Stones: Dan Snow on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 from 1 PM – 3 PM

Stone underlies all earthly life. It is grist for loam and the bedrock of megacities. But because it's so ubiquitous, it tends to disappear in plain sight. Dan Snow's work brings stone into sharp focus by elevating this humble, natural material to new heights. His hand-crafted, site-specific dry stone installations fuse environment and art, offering new perspectives on both. Dan's lushly illustrated talk will trace his long career in partnership with Earth's most basic elements.

An outdoor craftsman and art maker, Dan Snow creates practical landscape structures and playful environmental artworks in dry stone. A life-long Vermonter, Dan has traveled widely for more than four decades producing public and private site specific installations.

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kerry@ducey.org (NYBG) Events Sat, 11 Jan 2020 10:39:00 -0500
Free Admission to the Katonah Museum of Art every 3rd Thursday of the month https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/places/5027-free-admission-to-the-katonah-museum-of-art-every-3rd-thursday-of-the-month5027-free-admission-to-the-katonah-museum-of-art-every-3rd-thursday-of-the-month https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/places/5027-free-admission-to-the-katonah-museum-of-art-every-3rd-thursday-of-the-month5027-free-admission-to-the-katonah-museum-of-art-every-3rd-thursday-of-the-month

FREE Admission Third Thursdays at KMA
 
Beginning January 16, 2020, the Katonah Museum of Art will roll out its #ThirdThursday program to provide free admission to all visitors on the third Thursday of every month. 
 
Click here for more information.
 
The Katonah Museum of Art is located at 134 Jay Street, Katonah, NY
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kerry@ducey.org (KMA) Places Fri, 10 Jan 2020 06:22:20 -0500
Let NY Vote Celebrates as NYS Senate Passes Automatic Voter Registration https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/politics/5028-let-ny-vote-celebrates-as-nys-senate-passes-automatic-voter-registration5028-let-ny-vote-celebrates-as-nys-senate-passes-automatic-voter-registration https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/politics/5028-let-ny-vote-celebrates-as-nys-senate-passes-automatic-voter-registration5028-let-ny-vote-celebrates-as-nys-senate-passes-automatic-voter-registration

Let NY Vote Celebrates as NYS Senate Passes Automatic Voter Registration - Coalition urges Assembly to follow suit

Today, the New York State Senate passed Automatic Voter Registration (AVR): a process that would register or pre-register eligible New Yorkers to vote when they interact with a government agency (i.e., the DMV, Department of Health), unless they opt out. AVR was part of package of election reform bills that included poll sites on college campuses and reforms to early voting.

Currently, there are 1.1 million New Yorkers who are eligible to vote, but remain unregistered. AVR would streamline the registration process, making it easier for eligible New Yorkers to vote. Since 2015, 16 states and Washington DC have already implemented some form of AVR.

"It is exciting that the Let NY Vote coalition started 2020 the same way we did in 2019: by standing with the State Senate as our priorities passed. Automatic voter registration will streamline the way eligible New Yorkers register to vote, while providing adequate safeguards to protect the most vulnerable populations. Now the Assembly must follow the Senate's lead and bring New York in line with the 16 other states that already have some form of AVR. We can't wait, it's time to let New York vote!" said Susan Lerner, Executive Director of Common Cause/NY and co-founder of Let NY Vote.

In January 2019, the Let NY Vote coalition led the successful campaign to overhaul the state's outdated and antiquated voting laws. The Legislature passed - and Governor Cuomo signed into law -- early voting, consolidation of primaries, pre-registration of 16 and 17 year olds, and registration portability, which allows New Yorkers who move within the state to have their voter registration automatically updated via the USPS.

Automatic Voter Registration benefits historically disenfranchised communities like veterans, low-income people who have regular contact with the government, and young people who are often transient. This year, 1 in 10 Generation Z and close to one third of Millennials will be eligible voters in the country. Studies show that voting is habit forming: a person is more likely to vote in the next election if they voted in the one prior. By making voter registration opt-out, instead of opt-in, AVR increases registration rates and encourages eligible voters to participate in our elections. AVR also keeps the voter rolls more accurate, since voters update their registration information (like their address) when they interact with state agencies.

Automatic voter registration will also save money by cutting down on mail costs since all transfers are electronic. This will also reduce handwritten errors and mistakes from election officials.

"Stringent voting laws in New York have historically made our state one of the hardest places for people to cast a vote," said Perry Grossman, Senior Staff Attorney for the New York Civil Liberties Union's voting rights project. "Obstacles to the polls particularly impact low-income New Yorkers of color and have made for an exclusive democracy that represents some rather than all. With today's passage, New York has taken an enormous step forward in creating a more inclusive democracy by making it much easier for people to vote," said Erika Lorshbough, Asst. Dir. for Legislative Affairs at NYCLU.

"We are excited to see that the State Senate is recognizing the importance of expanding our democracy with this package on the first day of session. In particular, automatic voter registration and mandating on campus poll sites are key steps to breaking down barriers to participation for young voters. We hope that this is followed by continued action to protect youth voting rights and expand democracy for the next generation of voters," said Brianna Cea, CEO and Co-Founder of Generation Vote.

"Indivisible groups across New York are thrilled that the Senate has passed automatic voter registration. This measure is critical to making New York a leader in voting rights nationwide, during a time when voter suppression and election security are national concerns," said Lauren Boc, the State Policy Manager of Indivisible Project.

"We are proud to once again be a part of passing a historic package of election reforms to modernize voting in New York State. This package of reforms will further empower voters and ensure maximum voting accessibility in all regions of New York State. Thank you to the Senate for passing these comprehensive voting rights reforms," said Jennifer Wilson, Deputy Director of the League of Women Voters of New York State.

"For generations, communities of color have suffered from a voter registration gap that has reinforced our under-representation in New York's political system," said Javier H. Valdés, Co-Executive Director of Make the Road New York. "Automatic voter registration will be a key tool for addressing that deficit and ensuring that our communities are registered and heard."

"The New York Senate should be commended for leading the way on democracy reform. The combination of automatic voter registration, early voting and other key election reforms implemented in New York will break down barriers to voting and provide a path for all communities to have a voice in our democracy. We urge members of Congress to take note of the progress being made in New York and enact these reforms on the national level by passing the For the People Act (HR 1)," said Christine Wood, Democracy Organizer at Public Citizen.

"Automatic Voter Registration is the next important step in electoral reform. Our democracy is strengthened when we expand enrollment and increase voter participation. I applaud this important reform and call on the state legislature to make it law," said Stuart Appelbaum, President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU).

"We do not have to register for free speech rights nor do we have to register for the right to a fair trial. So, why should we have to register to be permitted to vote? It makes no sense. AVR is long overdue," said Michael Quackenbush of Dutchess county Progressive Alliance.

"Last year, New York saw a number of crucial pro-democracy reforms become law and we are pleased to see that work continue in 2020 with the passing of Automatic Voter Registration in the Senate, today. This law will allow more voters to participate in the electoral process. In states where this reform has been implemented, voting rolls have become more accurate, and states have saved money. With some of the lowest voter turnout numbers in the country, New York must take all possible steps to make voting more accessible," said Betsy Gotbaum, Executive Director of Citizens Union.

"Why are we letting a piece of paper--the voter registration form--stand in the way of allowing citizens to participate in democracy? If you are eligible to vote, you should be able to vote. Voters shouldn't have to jump though hoops just to exercise their fundamental rights. Automatic Voter Registration serves to eliminate one of the biggest hoops and helps to bring more people into our democracy," said Erica Cohen of Brooklyn Voters Alliance.

"Historically, New York's antiquated election laws barred low-income voters, voters of color, and newly naturalized voters from exercising their rights and ultimately, from accessing power. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are eligible to register to vote at higher rates that many other naturalized groups -- but a lack of language access, tailored resources, and direct outreach prevent many would-be voters from fully participating in our democracy," said Amy Torres, Director of Policy & Advocacy at the Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC). "Last year, the legislature closed a historic wave of voting reforms with a promise to pass Automatic Voter Registration at the start of session. Today's package of voting bills demonstrates that New York is not yet finished passing bold, progressive reforms that unlock political potential for people across the state."

Background

The Let NY Vote Coalition is a statewide network of over 175 member organizations ranging from 32BJ, to NAACP New York to New York State Indivisible. Full coalition list here.

The Let NY Vote coalition has been demanding common sense voting reform in New York for years such as:

  • Early Voting (enacted in law): in place in 37 other states and now New York, allowing citizens to cast ballots in person days, sometimes weeks, before an election.
  • Pre-registration of 16 and 17-year-olds (enacted in law): 13 states plus DC allow for pre-registration for voting at 16 and 17 years old. Pre-registration increases the likelihood of voter participation among young adults. Engaging potential voters at a young age and bringing them into the voting process early helps create lifelong voters.
  • Consolidation of Primary Dates (enacted in law): Currently New York has two primary days in June and September, confusing voters. New York is the only state with two primaries.
  • Vote by mail (passed, constitutional amendment required): No eligible voter should have to provide a reason to be able to vote absentee.
  • Same day registration (passed, constitutional amendment required): 18 states and DC have Same Day Registration. Same Day Registration enables voters to register and vote at the same time and increases voter turnout.
  • Flexibility to Change Party Affiliation (passed): New York has the most restrictive deadline in the country, locking out hundreds of thousands of voters during the primaries. The change of party deadline must be shortened to allow people to make an informed decision.
  • Voting Rights for People on Parole: the restoration of voting rights for people on parole needs to be codified in law, so that restoration becomes an automatic process.
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kerry@ducey.org (readMedia) Politics Thu, 09 Jan 2020 09:45:14 -0500
Tons of Fun Going on at Rye Rec https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/5025-tons-of-fun-going-on-at-rye-rec5025-tons-of-fun-going-on-at-rye-rec https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/5025-tons-of-fun-going-on-at-rye-rec5025-tons-of-fun-going-on-at-rye-rec

Check out all the fun going on at Rye Rec!

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

FAMILY FUN DAY

All Ages

Session 1: Mon, Jan. 20, 2:15 - 4:30 p.m.

Session 2: Mon, Feb. 17, 2:15 - 4:30 p.m.

Program Site: Rye County Day School

Fee: FREE

Join Rye Recreation for open skate and open gym at Rye Country Day School. All participants must provide their own skates and children 16 years or younger MUST wear a helmet. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

PARENT & ME PAINT WITH ME

Grade K and older

Session 1: Sat, Feb. 8, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Session 2: Sat, Mar. 28, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Program Site: Damiano Recreation Center

Fee: $20 per person; parent must register

Come enjoy painting with your child as you create an adorable masterpiece and wonderful memories. Two companion canvases, one for you and one for your child with step by step instruction by local artist Kathy Pasquale. Juice and snacks will be served.

WINTER PROGRAMS

Pre-School Programs:

Lil' Cooks, Preschool Prep 3’s Can Read, Rye Reads Kindergarten Readiness

Youth Programs:

Guitar, Basketball, Baseball, Wrestling, Soccer, Piano, Golf, Parent & Me Paint w/Me, Babysitting Training, Cheerleading, Coding with Python, Fun with Scratch Programming, AI and Machine Learning, Wall Street,

Adult Programs:

Yoga, Open Gym Basketball, Paint w/ Me

DAY CAMP

Check out the New and Exciting Enhancements to our Summer Camp Programs (Underlined and in Italic)

 Camp 2020 Brochure 

KIDDY CAMP (Campers ages 3-5 not entering Kindergarten)

                It is a 6-week, half-day, classroom based program. Every day the children will participate in free play, story time, songs, outdoor play, art, sports and much more! Special events and entertainment are held weekly to enhance the program. Campers are grouped by age. Camp fee includes a camp t-shirt. Children must be 3 by April 30, 2020 and be toilet trained (no pull ups) to be eligible. Please note there is limited enrollment for this camp. 

Location: Christ Church Nursery School

LOWER CAMP (Campers grades K-3)

Lower Camp offers an active, supervised camp program for children enrolled in grades K-3 as of September 2020. Camp groups are co-ed by grade. Sports, group games, arts & crafts, scavenger hunts, science, jewelry & beading, dance & movement, indoor rec, animal embassy and special theme days are just part of the fun planned for these campers. Camp fee includes ALL programs (except swimming), themed days, entertainment and a camp t-shirt.
We strive to maintain a 1:6 counselor to camper ratio with our younger campers and up to 1:8 with our older campers in this camp.

Location: Rye Recreation Center & Park 

Upper Camp (Camper grades 4-6)

The New and Improved Upper Camp is specifically for children enrolled in grades 4-6 as of September 2020. Campers are grouped by gender and grade. This camp program gives campers the opportunity to participate in off-site trips 2 days a week (except for the first week) and programs including sports, games, arts & crafts, sewing, yoga, lego, golf, engineering, aviation, henna art and balloon twisting. A variety of special events, and themed days such as Circus Art, Carnival Day, Color Wars and Laser Tag will be offered. Camp fee includes all camp trips (admission and transportation), programs, special events and a camp t-shirt. We strive to maintain a 1:8 counselor to camper ratio. Tentative camp calendar to be posted online prior to registration opening. Please note there is limited enrollment per session.

Location: Resurrection Grammar School & Recreation Park 

Camp 78 (Campers grades 7 & 8)

If you are going into 7th or 8th grade and you’re looking for something exciting to do this summer, Camp 78 is for you! This camp goes on different adventures daily. We have an array of trips and activities planned for this summer. Trip calendar will be posted online by the end of January. Please note there is limited enrollment per week. 

Drop Off & Pick Up Location: Nursery Field 

 2020 Camp Dates: 

Kiddy Camp, Lower Camp & Upper Camp: Tuesday, June 30 - Friday, August 7, 2020 (no camp 7/3)
Camp 78: Monday, June 29 - Friday, July 31, 2020 (no camp 7/3)

Camp Registration Dates:

Camp Resident Registration Opens On-line:
Kiddy Camp Thursday, February 6, 10 am
Lower Camp Thursday, March 19, 10 am
Upper Camp Thursday, March 19, 10 am
Camp 78 Thursday, March 5, 10 am

ADULT

OPEN GYM MEN’S BASKETBALL

18 & Over - Tue, Nov. 12 - Mar. 3, 8:00 - 10:00 p.m.

30 & Over - Thu, Nov. 14 - Mar. 5, 8:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Program site: Rye High School Gym

Fee: $ 5 drop-in per night

** No sessions when school is closed

PAINT NIGHT’S

Session 1: Thu, Jan. 23, 7:00 - 9:30 p.m.

Session 2: Thu, Feb. 20, 7:00 - 9:30 p.m.

Session 3: Thu, Mar. 28, 7:00 - 9:30 p.m.

Program Site: Damiano Recreation Center

Per Session Fee: $35

Never painted before... No worries. Paint Night’s blends fun, friendship, food and drink while creating a beautiful piece of artwork. Light refreshments starts at 7:00 p.m. sharp followed by painting instruction by Kathy Pasquale from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. You don’t have to be an expert painter, Kathy will teach you step by step what you need to know. Space is limited, sign up today!

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Nikkicaps@yahoo.com (Nicole Ball) Life Thu, 09 Jan 2020 05:49:44 -0500
Family Wheel Nights Are Coming! https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/places/5024-family-wheel-nights-are-coming5024-family-wheel-nights-are-coming https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/places/5024-family-wheel-nights-are-coming5024-family-wheel-nights-are-coming

Have fun in this one-time class for parents, tweens and teens interested in learning to use the potter’s wheel.

Fun for the Whole Family (Ages 9 - 99)!

Last Saturday of the Month, 6 – 8pm January 25, February 29, March 28, April 25

Looking for something fun to do with your family? Adults & kids can get messy and play with clay in this one-time class to learn how to use the potter’s wheel. Plan a great evening and bond with your family while receiving a lesson from experienced and dedicated ceramic artists. Choose your favorite glaze colors and return in 2 – 3 weeks to pick up your masterpiece. No previous experience necessary! Beginner’s welcome.

Fee: $45 per person Register online at: https://www.clayartcenter.org/youth-families-classes

 

Also, don't miss:

Weekends on the Wheel (Ages 9 – 99)

April 5 & 12, Sundays, 12:30 – 2:30pm

Take a spin on the potter’s wheel in this one-time class for parents, tweens and teens. This guided class is led by enthusiastic artists with experience teaching both children and adults. Treat yourself to some family fun as you get your hands dirty while creating memories and art. Beginners are welcome and no previous experience is necessary.

Fee: $45 per person Register online at: https://www.clayartcenter.org/youth-families-classes

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 Monday - Saturday, 10am-5pm or by ap

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Nikkicaps@yahoo.com (Nicole Ball) Places Thu, 09 Jan 2020 05:23:40 -0500
Real Estate Investing 101 https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/5023-real-estate-investing-1015023-real-estate-investing-101 https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/5023-real-estate-investing-1015023-real-estate-investing-101

Now May Be a Good Time to Invest in Real Estate, But Plan Before You Leap

Buying real estate is a big decision. When shopping for a home, buyers generally know exactly what they’re looking for—from objective considerations like square footage, acreage, and carrying costs, to intangibles like style, vibe, and community. When shopping for an investment property, however, buyers may be in unfamiliar territory.

To help put you on the path to profit, here are eight things every new investor should consider.

  1. Come up with a business plan.

Don’t let emotions factor into your decision. Make a business plan, set a budget, and don’t deviate. Figure out how much money you have and what you can afford to borrow before shopping. Determine how much money you’ll need to purchase, renovate, operate, and list a property for rent. Take a look at comparable properties’ rental prices, resale prices, maintenance costs, and vacancy rates. Aim to buy at the lowest price possible. Once you’ve done the math, you can figure out how much rental income you’ll need to have a positive cash flow.

  1. Understand your mortgage options. 

Most investors will require a loan. Start discussing your options with a reputable mortgage broker, an online marketplace, or your local bank. Any loan provider will look at your credit score, credit history, debt-to-income ratio and down payment. To get the best mortgage rates and avoid paying fees, try to keep your credit score over 740 and clear your existing debts, like student loans. Make sure the product you choose lines up with your business plan.

  1. Market the property.

Make a plan regarding how you’ll find tenants if your property is vacant. Think about hiring a real estate agent and/or drafting a marketing plan. Maintain a screening process to use for all prospective tenants to be fair. If tenants are already in place, be sure to ask the previous owner for credit/background checks, applications and payment history. Have a lease in place and a method of receiving rent — online payments can be easy and inexpensive.

Consider hiring a reputable management company. Managers can handle repair calls, tenant screening, rent payments, and property inspections. Management fees typically cost around 10% of rent received.

Make sure your property is properly insured. Standard homeowner’s insurance doesn’t cover rentals; owners need dwelling insurance to cover the building, and renters need renter’s insurance to cover personal items and liability.

  1. Consult a tax expert.

Rental income — everything you earn on the property minus deductible expenses — is taxable as ordinary income that must be declared on your tax return. Deductible expenses include mortgage interest and repairs to restore your property to its minimally functional condition. Although you can’t deduct capital investments like new buildings, additions or renovations, these may be depreciated. Things can get complicated, so always consult with your attorney and accountant to get this right.

  1. Find the best rental property.

Think about starting with a single-family home, condo, or townhouse with one tenant. Single-family homes may realize the most appreciation, while condos remove concern over exterior maintenance. Another good option is to buy a two- to four-family home and live in one of the units. Multi-family homes may reduce vacancy and cash flow risks.

Choosing a move-in ready property is often easier to manage and presents less uncertainty than buying a fixer-upper (think escalating construction costs and unpredictable timelines). Take note, though, brand-new properties can be more vulnerable to depreciation.

Overall, you’ll want to buy a property that targets what local renters are looking for.

  1. Think and act locally.

It’s easiest to start with a property that is near your home or in an area with which you are familiar. If the property is far away, you may need to do more homework on the market history and may need to hire a property manager.

As a general rule, properties with outdoor spaces and/or proximity to public transportation and amenities have wide appeal.

You’ll also want to make sure zoning laws allow for rentals. Know the local rent-control regulations. Read co-op/condo documents carefully to make sure rentals are permitted and to what extent. Most importantly, talk to a local real estate attorney to address these issues prior to purchase.

  1. Choose investor partners with care. 

Even with friends and family, talk through your agreement thoroughly and commit it to writing before you buy. Remember, owning investment property is a business transaction.

  1. Have an exit strategy.

Even with the best planning, life can be unpredictable. If you find yourself in a situation where you need cash quickly, you’ll want to have an exit strategy. This can include selling or refinancing but be sure to consider the tax implications that go along with selling.

 

Again, these are just the basics. Be sure to consult your attorney and accountant before investing in real estate.

 

The authors, Nicole Ball and Amie Pisano, are real estate agents with Houlihan Lawrence in Rye, NY. Thinking of buying or selling? Contact Nicole or Amie at nball@houlihanlawrence.com or apisano@houlihanlawrence.com.

 

This article was originally published in the Rye Record on November 4, 2019.

 

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Nikkicaps@yahoo.com (Nicole Ball and Amie Pisano) Life Mon, 16 Dec 2019 07:12:45 -0500
OKO, FEATURING JAPANESE INSPIRED CUISINE FROM CHEF BRIAN LEWIS, SET TO OPEN IN RYE ON PURCHASE STREET DECEMBER 18 https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/places/5022-oko-featuring-japanese-inspired-cuisine-from-chef-brian-lewis-set-to-open-in-rye-on-purchase-street-december-185022-oko-featuring-japanese-inspired-cuisine-from-chef-brian-lewis-set-to-open-in-rye-on-purchase-street-december-18 https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/places/5022-oko-featuring-japanese-inspired-cuisine-from-chef-brian-lewis-set-to-open-in-rye-on-purchase-street-december-185022-oko-featuring-japanese-inspired-cuisine-from-chef-brian-lewis-set-to-open-in-rye-on-purchase-street-december-18

 

OKO, featuring Japanese inspired cuisine and Nigiri sushi from celebrated chef and Westchester native Chef Brian Lewis, is set to open in Rye, New York at 29 Purchase Street (the corner of Locust Avenue) on December 18, 2019.

“Having grown up in Westchester and kicked off my culinary career in local restaurants, I’m ecstatic to be back for the first time in years with OKO,” said Lewis.  “This is a true passion project for me, combining my love for classic Japanese cooking techniques with sourcing the freshest, highest-quality ingredients, all in a lively, fun and welcoming atmosphere.  Named in honor of okonomiyaki, or “OKO,” a savory pancake filled with seasonally-inspired ingredients that I introduced at The Cottage as my first Japanese-inspired dish on a menu a few years ago in Westport, I’m looking forward to meeting new and old friends in the Westchester community at our second OKO location.”

The food menu at OKO will include several styles of Japanese-influenced cuisine, including Sushi Nigiri, Sashimi and Temaki (hand rolls), as well as vegetable tempura, seasonally inspired salads and vegetable dishes, okonomiyaki, homemade tofu, hand-cut soba, Bento Boxes and meat dishes from the tepinyaki grill.  A traditional Omakase menu will also be available at the Chef’s Table, offering a spontaneous, multi-course menu of the chef’s choosing, as well as a “Chef’s Selection” offering of Nigiri Sushi, Sashimi or Chirashi Sashimi.  A special children’s menu will offer younger guests a variety of Bento Box options.  Dessert will include house-made soft serve ice cream and build-your-own sundaes and cones, OKO – Chokobols (housemade chocolates), housemade Matcha Kit-Kats and the restaurant’s signature Ooey Gooey Chocolate-Matcha Birthday Cake.

The beverage program at OKO will also celebrate the Japanese culture with seasonal, local ingredients.  A robust offering of Sake (by the bottle and on tap), Japanese, European and American Beer (by the bottle and on tap), hot and cold iced tea, matcha and wine will be offered.  Custom cocktails and Highballs will integrate traditional Japanese ingredients – sake, barley shochu, Japanese craft whiskey and matcha – with spirits including gin, brandy, rye and tequila.  Creative, non-alcoholic drinks will also complement food options.

“I’m excited to share that Charlie Gilhuly, Chef Christian Wilki and Ralph Leon, who were the opening team at our first Westport location, will be involved here in Rye, with Charlie overseeing operations and front-of-house activities, Christian serving as my Chef de Cuisine and Ralph running the beverage program,” added Lewis.  “We’re pleased to welcome Jen Morris as General Manager, Tan Tandy as our Sushi Chef and Fecedio Douglas as our Sous Chef.  Jen brings 20 years of food and catering experience throughout Fairfield and Westchester Counties to our team, Tan has specialized in creating creative sushi and Japanese-inspired cuisine for more than 20 years at New York City restaurants such as Nobu and Morimoto and Fecedio comes to us from such recognizable restaurants as Homewood in Dallas and The Dutch in New York City.”

Architect Rick Hoag from Frederick William Hoag Architect and Interior Designer Megan Zwick from MZ Interiors once again collaborated with Lewis and his team to create the vibrant dining space offering a direct view of the heart of Rye’s downtown. The interior continues to take inspirational cues from OKO’s distinctive palette of culinary colors, featuring a post-industrial scheme of natural ash, concrete greys and black steel, combined with large windows, exposed brick walls and a restored tin ceiling with a decorative pattern.  Ash wood furniture, slender wood LED lights and Japanese-inspired, geometric lighting fixtures add to the creative element of the restaurant.  A custom-designed steel structure, inspired by traditional Japanese scaffolding, is suspended over the pass to the kitchen, offering an exciting, behind-the-scenes view of the team at work.  Traditional and banquette style seating, including two round tables to host large parties in the restaurant’s front bay windows, a high-top Chef’s table and bar seating offer several choices to savor OKO’s cuisine.

OKO will be open Tuesday-Saturday for dinner service, expanding to offer Sunday dinners, lunch and OKO TO-GO options in the new year, as well as on- and off-site private event options. 

The restaurant accepts reservations via OpenTable.com, or by contacting the restaurant at 914-481-8660.

About Chef Brian Lewis:

Brian Lewis is one of Connecticut’s most celebrated chefs, lauded for his commitment to quality and seasonally driven American cuisine featured at his restaurant, The Cottage, as well as his love for Japanese cuisine at his newest venture, OKO.  The Cottage, based in Westport, Connecticut, was recognized with an “Excellent” review in the New York Times, after only being open for four months, commending Lewis’ sophisticated menu in a cozy setting. 

Lewis was also honored in 2018 as a semi-finalist for the James Beard Awards’ Best Chef: Northeast in the 2018.

He first received national recognition as the opening Executive Chef of actor Richard Gere’s The Bedford Post Inn, a Relais & Chateaux property that featured two destination restaurants, The Barn and The Farmhouse. There, he acquired national acclaim including Esquire Magazine’s “Best New Restaurant” list in 2009, and an “Excellent” review in the New York Times for his thoughtful and consciously sourced cuisine. He launched his first solo venture in March 2012 with elm, where he was once again named to Esquire Magazine’s “Best New Restaurant” list, this time in 2012, before leaving to focus on launching The Cottage in Connecticut’s Westport neighborhood.  Lewis has had the honor of being invited to cook three dinners at the historic James Beard House in New York City, most recently in January 2017 on behalf of The Cottage.  He has made appearances on “The Martha Stewart Show” and “TODAY.”

Raised in Westchester, New York, Lewis discovered his love for cooking at a very early age. He graduated from the Culinary Institute of America with honors and went on to earn his Bachelor’s degree in business Management from Johnson and Wales University. Early experiences working under the guidance of legendary chefs like Jean Louis Palladin and Marco Pierre White strongly shaped Lewis’ culinary style to what it is today.

About OKO: 

OKO is the heartfelt interpretation from Chef Brian Lewis of Japanese ingredients, cooking methods and cuisine, paired with seasonal, local ingredients from New York, Connecticut, the United States and the Toyosu Market (formerly Tsukiji Fish Market) in Tokyo.  Showcasing Lewis’ innovative take on traditional Japanese cuisine and sushi, casual, small plate dining meant for sharing is encouraged, in a lively and charming atmosphere. 

OKO’s first location is located in the historic Vigilant Hose Company Firehouse in Downtown Westport, Connecticut (6 Wilton Road), with a newly opened second location in the heart of Rye, New York (29 Purchase Street).  For more information, including hours and reservations, visit www.okokitchen.com

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Nikkicaps@yahoo.com (Nicole Ball) Places Fri, 13 Dec 2019 04:39:43 -0500
This December at Wainwright House https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/events/5017-this-december-at-wainwright-house5017-this-december-at-wainwright-house https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/events/5017-this-december-at-wainwright-house5017-this-december-at-wainwright-house

Join in the fun at the Wainwright House this month:
 
Wainwright House Holiday Party
Saturday, December 14
6:00-9:00pm
You're invited to our Winter Wonderland Holiday Cocktail Party Fundraiser featuring entertainment by Rhythm on Rye!
Join us for hors d'oeuvres, drinks and dessert.
 
Classics on the Sound: Concert Series
Saturday, December 21
7:00pm-9:30pm
A Classical Winter Solstice: Classical music for Flute & Harp
Featuring: Laura Falzon, Flute | Susan Jolles, Harp | 7:00pm wine and cheese, 7:30pm Concert
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Nikkicaps@yahoo.com (Nicole Ball) Events Wed, 11 Dec 2019 07:41:10 -0500
Dog of the Week- Jessie! https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/charities/5018-dog-of-the-week-jessie5018-dog-of-the-week-jessie https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/charities/5018-dog-of-the-week-jessie5018-dog-of-the-week-jessie

Jessie is a Female Shepherd & Labrador Retriever mix puppy. Her vaccinations up to date, and she is spayed.

She is good with other dogs, cats and children.

SPCA of Westchester, Inc.
590 North State Road,
Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510
info@spca914.org914-941-2896
10AM-4PM Mon-Sat, 1PM-4PM Sun

We do not accept adoption fee deposits in advance, nor do we hold animals, unless it is an animal that requires more than one visit prior to adoption. In this case, an appointment can be scheduled with a senior staff member or trainer. Some dogs require all residents of your home and household dog(s) to be present for a meet and greet. If they are not present, we cannot hold the dog.

 Adoption Fees; What’s Included:

All dogs and puppies are spayed/neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and dewormed (age appropriate), and come with a free veterinary visit from a participating vet within seven days of adoption. Pre-existing medical conditions are covered via our Simpson Clinic free of charge within the first 30 days of adoption.

Adults dogs over 1 year of age: $225-$375

All Puppies: $375

Seniors and Lonely Hearts Club members: $85

When to Come: (Unless different date stated above)

Unless noted differently above, our hours are Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 1pm-4pm. Our adoptions are first come, first served based on the best match.

What to Bring:

Please bring a copy of your current pet(s)’ vaccination records and a copy of your lease (if you rent or own a condo/co-op/townhouse) in case we are unable to get hold of your veterinarian or landlord/management company on the day you come in.

Please visit: http://www.spca914.org/adoptanimal.htm to read our Adoption Policy and Procedures in full.

Feel free to e-mail shelter@spca914.org or call (914) 941-2896 ext. 11 with any questions or for more details on the dog(s) in which you are interested.

NYS Registration # RR056

If you do no wish to or can not adopt at this time, you can still help by making a donation for the care of the animals by clicking here.

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commandercarey@gmail.com (SPCA of Westchester) Charities Mon, 09 Dec 2019 11:14:08 -0500