Rye's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/rye Thu, 27 Jan 2022 18:17:48 -0500 HamletHub.com Westchester in the Spotlight as HBO’s The Gilded Age Premieres Tonight! https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/5234-westchester-in-the-spotlight-as-hbo-s-the-gilded-age-premieres-january-24th5234-westchester-in-the-spotlight-as-hbo-s-the-gilded-age-premieres-january-24th https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/5234-westchester-in-the-spotlight-as-hbo-s-the-gilded-age-premieres-january-24th5234-westchester-in-the-spotlight-as-hbo-s-the-gilded-age-premieres-january-24th

Westchester is in the spotlight with the January 24 premiere of the new HBO historical drama series, “The Gilded Age.”

The new show is set in the rapidly changing world of 1880s New York, during a time of unprecedented industrial growth in America. The story follows the millionaire titans at the upper echelons of New York society engaged in a battle between the nouveau riche and old money. It’s the latest creation from Julian Fellowes, the writer and producer best known for “Downton Abbey,” and a showcase for glamorous costumes and beautiful backdrops — many of right here in Westchester.

County Executive George Latimer said: “It’s no surprise that producers of “The Gilded Age” chose to film in Westchester. We have fantastic locations — including several historically significant sites — and a huge diversity of spaces that can be used creatively to accommodate everything a production needs.” 

The story starts with a young Marian Brook, played by Louisa Jacobson, who moves after the death of her father from rural Pennsylvania to live with her rich aunts, Agnes van Rhijn and Ada Brook, acted by Christine Baranski and Cynthia Nixon, respectively. The plot follows Marion as she becomes enmeshed in a social war between one of her aunts, a scion of the old money set, and her rich neighbors, a ruthless railroad tycoon and his wife.

Filming for “The Gilded Age” took place over several months in late 2020 and early 2021. Scenes were filmed on dirt roads and in historic cabins at the Edith Macy Conference Center in Briarcliff Manor, Glenview at Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, Sleepy Hollow Country Club, and inside the mansion and on the grounds at Lyndhurst and Belvedere Estate in Tarrytown. Pace University in Pleasantville was used as a film location and cast and crew basecamp.

Seeking a variety of looks that would recreate 1880s New York, producers scouted Westchester County, where wealthy New Yorkers actually escaped city life during the Gilded Age, according to David Crockett, executive producer.

Crockett said: “We were committed to an authentic feel and wanted the show to be a New York show, an American show. And Westchester came through for us. We created Manhattan locations of the era including a grand mansion and hotel exteriors, the interior of coffee and cake saloon, a downtown printing press, tavern, and the exterior of a ferry terminal. Westchester offered unbelievable assets and we will be back.”

Filming during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic presented production challenges that were eased by filming in Westchester, according to Lauri Pitkus, location scout. “On any given day our production involved 150 to 300 people. So, we were not only looking for historic looks but larger properties where we could park our trucks, construct tents for cast and crew operations, and have park-like grounds where we could operate like a campus. Westchester offered flexibility in that we could stay for multiple days, find as many creative looks as possible in one place, and observe COVID protocols.”

All the glamor – and practical benefits too

Westchester County Tourism & Film Director Natasha Caputo said: “It’s a point of hometown pride to see our locations featured in glamorous productions like The Gilded Age. Not only does film activity provide excitement, it’s a great boon for local businesses that welcome cast and crew to their hotels, restaurants, and tourist destinations.”

Lyndhurst, for example, is one of the places open to the public that people can visit after seeing the show. “The period of the Gilded Age is a major part of Lyndhurst’s history and we worked closely with the production team to bring this to life,” said Howard Zar, executive director.  “Our staff has a long history of helping our film industry collaborators achieve their objectives and succeed. Working with the Gilded Age and other marquee productions over the years has been  a positive experience for us. It allows Lyndhurst to reach new audiences in a completely different way.”

Added Crockett: “After especially long days on set, we appreciated having hotels nearby for our cast and crew to stay. We were also happy to source construction materials and equipment in Westchester. The County was very responsive to our needs.”

Latimer added: “Productions like The Gilded Age showcase the amazing assets Westchester has to offer to film and television productions. They also shine a light on the importance of the film industry, which generates $45.7 million in economic impact in Westchester.”

The Gilded Age premieres January 24 at 9pm on HBO.

View the trailer here.

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kerry@ducey.org (Westchester County) Life Fri, 21 Jan 2022 13:03:49 -0500
PCSB Bank Donates $20K to Girls Inc. Westchester https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/charities/5231-pcsb-bank-donates-20k-to-girls-inc-westchester5231-pcsb-bank-donates-20k-to-girls-inc-westchester https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/charities/5231-pcsb-bank-donates-20k-to-girls-inc-westchester5231-pcsb-bank-donates-20k-to-girls-inc-westchester

PCSB Bank has announced a donation of $20,000 to Girls Inc. Westchester to support the organization’s work to empower young girls to succeed and achieve healthy lives. This was the bank’s third installment in support of a successful program Girls Inc. has developed for girls at the Benjamin Turner Middle School in Mount Vernon.

As a community-focused bank, PCSB has a proud history of utilizing its time and resources to improve the lives of people throughout the Lower Hudson Valley. Pictured (L to R): Michelle A. Nicholas, SVP, Chief Diversity Officer & Director of Community Development, PCSB Bank; Dr. Sharlise Smith-Rodriguez, Executive Director, Girls Inc.; Joseph D. Roberto, Chairman, President & CEO, PCSB Bank.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Leslie Wells) Charities Tue, 18 Jan 2022 13:20:59 -0500
New York State DOH issues booster requirement for after school activities https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/5233-new-york-state-doh-issues-booster-requirement-for-after-school-activities5233-new-york-state-doh-issues-booster-requirement-for-after-school-activities https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/5233-new-york-state-doh-issues-booster-requirement-for-after-school-activities5233-new-york-state-doh-issues-booster-requirement-for-after-school-activities

New guidance from the New York State Department of Health will restrict some students, teachers, and school staff from being able to participate in sports, extracurriculars, and other after-school activities, depending on their booster status.

The guidance — issued to school districts and local health departments last Monday — says anyone ages 12 and older who are eligible for a COVID-19 booster shot, and who are not yet boosted, will not be allowed to participate in extracurricular or after school activities if they are exposed to an individual with COVID-19.

This new guidance only impacts extracurriculars, and says all fully vaccinated students who have been exposed may continue to attend school regardless of booster shots. This same rule applies for teachers and school staff members.

Additionally, the new guidance states that students, teachers, and staff who are in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 should quarantine for at least five days, but are still eligible for “Test to Stay” programs to continue normal activities.

“We hope this clarification is useful for ensuring that schools remain both safe and open for in-person instruction,” acting Commissioner of Health Mary Bassett wrote in a message to schools. “Detailed guidance reflecting these parameters will be forthcoming soon.” 

 
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commandercarey@gmail.com (New York Sate Dept. of Health) Life Tue, 18 Jan 2022 03:15:10 -0500
A New Start for Youth Mentorship in Westchester County https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/5232-a-new-start-for-youth-mentorship-in-westchester-county5232-a-new-start-for-youth-mentorship-in-westchester-county https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/5232-a-new-start-for-youth-mentorship-in-westchester-county5232-a-new-start-for-youth-mentorship-in-westchester-county

The Westchester chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) today announced that it has spun off to become its own entity from Family Services of Westchester (FSW), the social service agency that has sponsored it for the past 64 years.  Effective immediately, BBBS is an independent 501(c)(3) agency officially named The Westchester chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) today announced that it has spun off to become its own entity from Family Services of Westchester (FSW), the social service agency that has sponsored it for the past 64 years.  Effective immediately, BBBS is an independent 501(c)(3) agency officially named Big Brothers Big Sisters of Westchester County, Inc.  The regional chapter of the federation of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America will now be headquartered at 10 Midland Avenue in Port Chester, NY.

“This is the logical next step in the evolution of our mission to help the youth of Westchester and Putnam counties achieve their full potential,” said Valerie Brown, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Westchester County, Inc.  “We are extremely excited about increasing our powerful programs and overall presence in our community during 2022 and beyond.”
“As this transformation takes place, Family Services of Westchester will continue to refer children in need of mentors to our organization, as we will continue to refer our families to FSW for much needed ancillary services,” adds Brown.  “We have built a strong support network with them these past six decades and that’s something that will not change for our children and families, who can expect the same conscientious level of care and collaboration in all of our programs.”
Independence from FSW will allow BBBS of Westchester to expand its mission to serve more children in need and attract more volunteers within broader geographic and programmatic areas.  Brown notes that organizational independence from FSW will also help streamline the BBBS grant application process, reduce intra-agency competition for various capital supply and allow the new chapter to participate in, and benefit from, national BBBS fundraising initiatives.
Current key initiatives of BBBS of Westchester County include: Community-Based Mentoring, where children between the ages of 7 and 17 (Littles), who are facing adversity, are matched with adult role models, ages 21 or older (Bigs) to spend 4-6 hours of time together during 2 scheduled low or no-cost outings per month; Site-Based Mentoring, in which Littles enjoy structured activities with their Bigs, including homework help, art projects, games, career exploration, and one-on-one quality time; Waitlist Events - fun, monthly group events like bingo and bowling designed for children who are waiting to be matched with an adult mentor; Big Futures College and Vocational Training that provides educational guidance to help Littles graduate from high school and earn scholarships to colleges or post-secondary vocational programs; Virtual Tutor, a two-hour-per-week commitment during the school year helping a child with his or her studies and homework.
A ceremonial Open House Ribbon Cutting event in the new office space is targeted for early spring and as always, the organization’s Annual Appeal will occur in February.
About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Westchester County, Inc.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Westchester County, Inc. is a youth mentoring organization that serves children who face adversity in New York’s Westchester and Putnam counties to help keep them in school, away from violence and substance abuse, while assisting them to achieve their full potential in life. This mission is achieved through professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships under a Big/Little model which matches adult volunteers (Bigs) with children ages 7 to 17 (Littles).  Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is the oldest and largest youth mentoring program in the United States with 238 agencies in over 5,000 communities. More than 275,000 mentors volunteer their time as Bigs and over 135,000 new mentoring matches were formed last year alone. Visit www.bigswestchester.org for more information on becoming a Big, to donate and for a calendar of upcoming events.
PHOTO:
Big Brother Arthur Gill takes Little Brother Dameon Moody to an exciting outing. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Westchester County, Inc. is in need of male role models ages 21 or older to mentor children ages 7 to 17 to help keep them in school, away from violence and substance abuse, while assisting them to achieve their full potential in life.  The Westchester chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) today announced that it has spun off to become its own entity from Family Services of Westchester (FSW), the social service agency that has sponsored it for the past 64 years.  Effective immediately, BBBS is an independent 501(c)(3) agency officially named Big Brothers Big Sisters of Westchester County, Inc.  The regional chapter of the federation of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America will now be headquartered at 10 Midland Avenue in Port Chester, NY.
“This is the logical next step in the evolution of our mission to help the youth of Westchester and Putnam counties achieve their full potential,” said Valerie Brown, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Westchester County, Inc.  “We are extremely excited about increasing our powerful programs and overall presence in our community during 2022 and beyond.”
“As this transformation takes place, Family Services of Westchester will continue to refer children in need of mentors to our organization, as we will continue to refer our families to FSW for much needed ancillary services,” adds Brown.  “We have built a strong support network with them these past six decades and that’s something that will not change for our children and families, who can expect the same conscientious level of care and collaboration in all of our programs.”
Independence from FSW will allow BBBS of Westchester to expand its mission to serve more children in need and attract more volunteers within broader geographic and programmatic areas.  Brown notes that organizational independence from FSW will also help streamline the BBBS grant application process, reduce intra-agency competition for various capital supply and allow the new chapter to participate in, and benefit from, national BBBS fundraising initiatives.
Current key initiatives of BBBS of Westchester County include: Community-Based Mentoring, where children between the ages of 7 and 17 (Littles), who are facing adversity, are matched with adult role models, ages 21 or older (Bigs) to spend 4-6 hours of time together during 2 scheduled low or no-cost outings per month; Site-Based Mentoring, in which Littles enjoy structured activities with their Bigs, including homework help, art projects, games, career exploration, and one-on-one quality time; Waitlist Events - fun, monthly group events like bingo and bowling designed for children who are waiting to be matched with an adult mentor; Big Futures College and Vocational Training that provides educational guidance to help Littles graduate from high school and earn scholarships to colleges or post-secondary vocational programs; Virtual Tutor, a two-hour-per-week commitment during the school year helping a child with his or her studies and homework.
A ceremonial Open House Ribbon Cutting event in the new office space is targeted for early spring and as always, the organization’s Annual Appeal will occur in February.
About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Westchester County, Inc.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Westchester County, Inc. is a youth mentoring organization that serves children who face adversity in New York’s Westchester and Putnam counties to help keep them in school, away from violence and substance abuse, while assisting them to achieve their full potential in life. This mission is achieved through professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships under a Big/Little model which matches adult volunteers (Bigs) with children ages 7 to 17 (Littles).  Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is the oldest and largest youth mentoring program in the United States with 238 agencies in over 5,000 communities. More than 275,000 mentors volunteer their time as Bigs and over 135,000 new mentoring matches were formed last year alone. Visit www.bigswestchester.org for more information on becoming a Big, to donate and for a calendar of upcoming events.
PHOTO:
Big Brother Arthur Gill takes Little Brother Dameon Moody to an exciting outing. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Westchester County, Inc. is in need of male role models ages 21 or older to mentor children ages 7 to 17 to help keep them in school, away from violence and substance abuse, while assisting them to achieve their full potential in life.  

The regional chapter of the federation of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America will now be headquartered at 10 Midland Avenue in Port Chester, NY.

“This is the logical next step in the evolution of our mission to help the youth of Westchester and Putnam counties achieve their full potential,” said Valerie Brown, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Westchester County, Inc.  “We are extremely excited about increasing our powerful programs and overall presence in our community during 2022 and beyond.”
 
“As this transformation takes place, Family Services of Westchester will continue to refer children in need of mentors to our organization, as we will continue to refer our families to FSW for much needed ancillary services,” adds Brown.  “We have built a strong support network with them these past six decades and that’s something that will not change for our children and families, who can expect the same conscientious level of care and collaboration in all of our programs.”
 
Independence from FSW will allow BBBS of Westchester to expand its mission to serve more children in need and attract more volunteers within broader geographic and programmatic areas.  Brown notes that organizational independence from FSW will also help streamline the BBBS grant application process, reduce intra-agency competition for various capital supply and allow the new chapter to participate in, and benefit from, national BBBS fundraising initiatives.
 
Current key initiatives of BBBS of Westchester County include: Community-Based Mentoring, where children between the ages of 7 and 17 (Littles), who are facing adversity, are matched with adult role models, ages 21 or older (Bigs) to spend 4-6 hours of time together during 2 scheduled low or no-cost outings per month; Site-Based Mentoring, in which Littles enjoy structured activities with their Bigs, including homework help, art projects, games, career exploration, and one-on-one quality time; Waitlist Events - fun, monthly group events like bingo and bowling designed for children who are waiting to be matched with an adult mentor; Big Futures College and Vocational Training that provides educational guidance to help Littles graduate from high school and earn scholarships to colleges or post-secondary vocational programs; Virtual Tutor, a two-hour-per-week commitment during the school year helping a child with his or her studies and homework.
 
A ceremonial Open House Ribbon Cutting event in the new office space is targeted for early spring and as always, the organization’s Annual Appeal will occur in February.
 
About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Westchester County, Inc.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Westchester County, Inc. is a youth mentoring organization that serves children who face adversity in New York’s Westchester and Putnam counties to help keep them in school, away from violence and substance abuse, while assisting them to achieve their full potential in life. This mission is achieved through professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships under a Big/Little model which matches adult volunteers (Bigs) with children ages 7 to 17 (Littles).  Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is the oldest and largest youth mentoring program in the United States with 238 agencies in over 5,000 communities. More than 275,000 mentors volunteer their time as Bigs and over 135,000 new mentoring matches were formed last year alone. Visit www.bigswestchester.org for more information on becoming a Big, to donate and for a calendar of upcoming events.
 
PHOTO:
Big Brother Arthur Gill takes Little Brother Dameon Moody to an exciting outing. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Westchester County, Inc. is in need of male role models ages 21 or older to mentor children ages 7 to 17 to help keep them in school, away from violence and substance abuse, while assisting them to achieve their full potential in life.  
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kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Life Mon, 17 Jan 2022 04:54:30 -0500
Delayed start to Westchester County Department of Health COVID-19 vaccination and testing clinics tomorrow https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/5230-delayed-start-to-westchester-county-department-of-health-covid-19-vaccination-and-testing-clinics-tomorrow5230-delayed-start-to-westchester-county-department-of-health-covid-19-vaccination-and-testing-clinics-tomorrow https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/5230-delayed-start-to-westchester-county-department-of-health-covid-19-vaccination-and-testing-clinics-tomorrow5230-delayed-start-to-westchester-county-department-of-health-covid-19-vaccination-and-testing-clinics-tomorrow

Due to the pending inclement weather expected tomorrow morning, there will be a delayed start to our Westchester County Department of Health COVID-19 vaccination and testing clinics scheduled for Friday, January 7 as follows:
 
• Testing at the Westchester County Center will begin at 10:30 a.m.
• Vaccinations at 134 Court Street in White Plains will begin at 10:45 a.m.
 
Email notifications are being sent to those who have appointments scheduled prior to the updated start times with information on when to arrive. Anyone who is unable to make their new appointment time will have the opportunity to reschedule to another upcoming clinic date if needed.
 
Follow Westchester County Gov't on Instagram here.
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kerry@ducey.org (Westchester County Government) Life Thu, 06 Jan 2022 13:56:10 -0500
Alvin and Friends at The Rye Arts Center https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/events/5229-alvin-and-friends-at-the-rye-arts-center5229-alvin-and-friends-at-the-rye-arts-center https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/events/5229-alvin-and-friends-at-the-rye-arts-center5229-alvin-and-friends-at-the-rye-arts-center

In celebration of Black History Month, Alvin and Friends will feature artist Alvin Clayton and highlight emerging Black artists from the region.

On View: January 13 – February 26, 2022

Reception: Thursday, February 3, 2022 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Artist Talk: Saturday, February 19, 2022 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Clayton is a Trinidad-born artist, restauranteur, model, and Renaissance man now represented by the world-renowned IMG Models. He is self-taught though heavily influenced by Matisse and the French Impressionist movement. His paintings express everyday life in bright bold colors. They are a reflection of his past and present experiences as a Caribbean/African American man.

His work has been featured at the Smithsonian Institute of African American Art and is found in the private collections of many celebrities and art collectors, including Ken and Kathy Chenault, Denzel Washington, Blair Underwood, Hill Harper, CCH Pounder, and Lorraine Toussaint.

“[This exhibit] spans all of my experiences: travelling, family, friends, models, my political views, and some of the issues that I’ve dealt with in the last few years. But it comes full circle. We know what the issues are, we know what the problems are, and the unity of bringing us together, which is what is our true humanity,” shares Clayton.

Curated by Kicki Storm, the Alvin and Friends show will also represent up-and-coming generations of Black artists in different mediums. These artists include Evan Bishop, Dawn-Marie Blackwell, Anthony E. Boone, Brian Cannady, Kiarra Elliot (Afrocentric), Rich Kissi, Barry Mason, Courtney Minor, Danielle Scott, Toäg, Katori Walker and Xplorefreedom.

This exhibit is made possible by Presenting Sponsor Morgan Stanley and by grants from ArtsWestchester with funds from Westchester County Government and the New York State Council on the Arts.

The Rye Arts Center is a community-based, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to inspire interest and maximum participation in the arts in Westchester and the surrounding region. We are committed to offering programs that are characterized by artistic tradition, educational value, and a spirit of innovation. For more information, please visit ryeartscenter.org.

RAC Gallery Exhibit: Alvin and Friends, Presented ...

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noahopitz@ryeartscenter.org (The Rye Arts Center) Events Tue, 04 Jan 2022 05:24:18 -0500
Tu BiShvat Pre-K & Kindergarten Drop-Off Program at Emanu-El (in-person) https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/events/5224-tu-bishvat-pre-k-kindergarten-drop-off-program-at-emanu-el-in-person5224-tu-bishvat-pre-k-kindergarten-drop-off-program-at-emanu-el-in-person https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/events/5224-tu-bishvat-pre-k-kindergarten-drop-off-program-at-emanu-el-in-person5224-tu-bishvat-pre-k-kindergarten-drop-off-program-at-emanu-el-in-person

Tu BiShvat Pre-K & Kindergarten Drop-Off Program at Emanu-El (in-person) on Sunday, January 9, 2022 9:30am-10:45am

Give your little ones a taste of Religious School! Led by our talented early childhood specialist, Gal Segall, your children will celebrate Tu BiShvat, the new year for the trees, with a multi-sensory experience of the gifts provided by our natural world. This program is free and open to the community - invite your friends, cousins, and neighbors! Register here.

Masks are required regardless of vaccination status.

Families are invited to our Tu BiShvat celebration immediately following class (10-45 - 11:45am). Masks are required regardless of vaccination status.

For more information, please contact Director of Education Naomi Fabes at nfabes@c-e-w.org or 914-967-4382 x1015.

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alevitt@congregationemanuel.org (Abbie Levitt) Events Mon, 03 Jan 2022 05:25:59 -0500
Free COVID-19 Tests being performed at Westchester County Center https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/neighbors/5228-free-covid-19-tests-being-performed-at-westchester-county-center5228-free-covid-19-tests-being-performed-at-westchester-county-center https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/neighbors/5228-free-covid-19-tests-being-performed-at-westchester-county-center5228-free-covid-19-tests-being-performed-at-westchester-county-center

Beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, December 29th, FREE COVID-19 TESTS are being done at Westchester County Center located at 198 Central Park Ave. in White Plains.

Appointments must be made in advance. Please use the link below to schedule appointments!
 
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kerry@ducey.org (Town of Bedford) Neighbors Tue, 28 Dec 2021 12:44:05 -0500
New York's New Mask Mandate https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/politics/5227-new-york-s-new-mask-mandate5227-new-york-s-new-mask-mandate https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/politics/5227-new-york-s-new-mask-mandate5227-new-york-s-new-mask-mandate

Governor Hochul Issues a New Mask Mandate as of 12/10/2021

On December 10, 2021, Governor Kathy Hochul announced masks will be required to be worn in all indoor public places unless businesses or venues implement a vaccine requirement effective Monday, 12/13/21. 

Learn more here.

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Politics Wed, 15 Dec 2021 13:54:16 -0500
BluePath Service Dogs Partners with the Rye Police Department for School Outreach Program https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/neighbors/5223-bluepath-service-dogs-partners-with-the-rye-police-department-for-school-outreach-program5223-bluepath-service-dogs-partners-with-the-rye-police-department-for-school-outreach-program https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/neighbors/5223-bluepath-service-dogs-partners-with-the-rye-police-department-for-school-outreach-program5223-bluepath-service-dogs-partners-with-the-rye-police-department-for-school-outreach-program

The Kids and Canines Learning Together Program, a school outreach initiative from BluePath Service Dogs, is unlocking potential for children with special needs in the Rye City School District. The nonprofit, which provides autism service dogs offering safety, companionship, and opportunities for independence, recently began an innovative partnership with the Rye Police Department that includes bi-weekly school visits from officers and BluePath dogs throughout the school year.

According to research conducted by the University of California, Davis, students who practiced reading skills with classroom dogs increased their reading fluency up to 30 percent. Further, a study published by the National Institute of Health states, “the presence of a dog in an educational setting seems to support concentration, attention, motivation, and relaxation reflecting reduction of high stress levels which inhibit effective learning and performance.”

Through the Kids and Canines Learning Together Program, BluePath dogs spend time in schools and work with children in a variety of classroom environments. The interactions facilitate awareness and understanding for students, while also allowing the dogs to become acclimated to different sights and sounds. Teachers incorporate their four-legged visitors into the curriculum, and they help to regulate behavior and prevent meltdowns.

“BluePath dogs have been amazing companions for our S.A.L.T. students (Students Advancing Learning Together Educational Program),” said Kristie Orlando-Bangali, Assistant Principal at Rye Middle School. “The dogs have become constant staples at our school; they have helped many of our S.A.L.T. students improve social interactions and relationships and have even helped some begin to overcome their fear of dogs!”

Dr. Eric Byrne, Rye City School District’s Superintendent of Schools, added, “It is amazing to see the impact that the visiting dogs have on our students. The connections being made and the growth we are seeing through social interactions is incredible. We are grateful for the support and partnership with BluePath and the Rye PBA.”

As part of BluePath’s new partnership with the Rye Police Department, officers join BluePath staff and dogs for visits twice each month at four Rye schools – Milton School, Midland School, Osborn School and Rye Middle School. The visits focus on self-contained special needs classrooms.

“Since the inception of the Adopt-A-School Program in 2016, our police officers have been a regular presence in the district,” said City of Rye Police Detective Gabriele Caputo. “BluePath dogs offer us a new way to connect with the kids, strengthening existing relationships and building trust. Most importantly, it’s easy to see the positive impact the dogs have in every classroom they visit; the PBA is proud to sponsor this initiative.”

A longtime supporter, the Rye Police Department has sponsored BluePath’s annual walkathon since its inception. This year, they approached the nonprofit about deepening their partnership.

“Each autism service dog we place will make a difference for a child and their extended circle, yet our time in schools reminds me how BluePath dogs touch so many lives on their journey,” said BluePath Vice President of Marketing and Development Michelle Brier. “Our work with the Rye Police Department has a transformative impact in the classroom while providing police officers with invaluable experience with kids with special needs. We extend our gratitude and admiration to the police department for investing in their city in this way.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control, one out of every 54 children born today will develop an autism spectrum disorder. It is the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States. BluePath dogs significantly reduce parents’ safety concerns and help children to lead fuller lives. Reduced stress, improved sleeping routines, and more meaningful social interactions can allow families to feel a renewed sense of hope and empowerment.

Each BluePath dog comes with thousands of hours of training from dedicated volunteers and professional staff. While the cost to prepare these incredible animals is upwards of $40,000, BluePath provides its service dogs – and intensive, ongoing follow up support – completely free of charge.

In addition to Rye, the nonprofit’s Kids and Canines Learning Together Program is also currently active in the Scarsdale and Dobbs Ferry districts and hopes to have the resources in the future to expand to more schools. For the latest news and updates, follow @BluePathServiceDogs on Facebook, @BluePathDogs on Instagram or visit www.bluepathservicedogs.org.

About BluePath Service Dogs, Inc.

BluePath Service Dogs, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 2016 to provide autism service dogs, offering safety, companionship and opportunities for independence. The organization transforms lives by providing families with expanded opportunities to unlock life’s potential. BluePath relies on the generosity of donors and volunteers to fulfill its mission. Located at 8 Country Club Road in Hopewell Junction, BluePath Service Dogs can be reached at 845-377-0477 or by visiting www.bluepathservicedogs.org.

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subscriptions@cocommunications.com (Michelle Lauricella) Neighbors Wed, 15 Dec 2021 13:24:25 -0500
Young Families Tu BiShvat Celebration at Emanu-El (in-person) https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/events/5225-young-families-tu-bishvat-celebration-at-emanu-el-in-person5225-young-families-tu-bishvat-celebration-at-emanu-el-in-person https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/events/5225-young-families-tu-bishvat-celebration-at-emanu-el-in-person5225-young-families-tu-bishvat-celebration-at-emanu-el-in-person

Young Families Tu BiShvat Celebration at Emanu-El (in-person) on Sunday, January 9, 2022 10:45am-11:45am

Families are invited to celebrate Tu BiShvat, the new year for the trees, with song, movement, crafts, stories, community, and fun! This program is free and open to the community and is appropriate for children ages 6 months through 2nd grade.

Register here.

Masks are required regardless of vaccination status.

For more information, please contact Director of Education Naomi Fabes at nfabes@c-e-w.org or 914-967-4382 x1015.

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alevitt@congregationemanuel.org (Abbie Levitt) Events Wed, 15 Dec 2021 13:23:14 -0500
'A Christmas Carol; The Musical', Live on Stage in White Plains Through December 30! https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/events/5226-a-christmas-carol-the-musical-live-on-stage-in-white-plains-16396113935226-a-christmas-carol-the-musical-live-on-stage-in-white-plains-1639611393 https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/events/5226-a-christmas-carol-the-musical-live-on-stage-in-white-plains-16396113935226-a-christmas-carol-the-musical-live-on-stage-in-white-plains-1639611393

Come to A Christmas Carol: The Broadway Musical, a spectacular musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ most well-known story happening through December 30!
 
This timeless story enjoyed a decade-long run at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden. Order your tickets now for this Mainstage production. 
 
A Christmas Carol: The Musical
Originally presented by Radio City Entertainment at the Theater at Madison Square Garden
Book & Lyrics by LYNN AHRENS and MIKE OCKRENT
Music by ALAN MENKEN
 
 
 
It's the perfect show for the whole family.
 
It’s hard to imagine a more thrilling way of representing Scrooge’s ghost-led journeys through his past, present, and future. A Christmas Carol – The Musical is an unabashedly entertaining show with plenty of good music and a great deal of spectacle. Theatergoers of all ages and levels of experience are likely to find quite a bit to enjoy – the show is well worth taking in if you’ve never seen it, or revisiting if you have. ~ TheaterMania
 
No matter how many times you see this beloved story in whatever incarnation…it never gets old. ~ BroadwayWorld
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kerry@ducey.org (White Plains Performing Arts Center) Events Wed, 15 Dec 2021 06:40:00 -0500
Local resident Victoria Lily Shaffer, daughter of music icon Paul Shaffer, pens Pup Culture: Stories Tips, and the Importance of Adopting a Dog https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/neighbors/5222-local-resident-victoria-lily-shaffer-daughter-of-music-icon-paul-shaffer-pens-pup-culture-stories-tips-and-the-importance-of-adopting-a-dog5222-local-resident-victoria-lily-shaffer-daughter-of-music-icon-paul-shaffer-pens-pup-culture-stories-tips-and-the-importance-of-adopting-a-dog https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/neighbors/5222-local-resident-victoria-lily-shaffer-daughter-of-music-icon-paul-shaffer-pens-pup-culture-stories-tips-and-the-importance-of-adopting-a-dog5222-local-resident-victoria-lily-shaffer-daughter-of-music-icon-paul-shaffer-pens-pup-culture-stories-tips-and-the-importance-of-adopting-a-dog

Bedford native Victoria Lily Shaffer, making a name for herself in the world of animal advocacy, will return to her high school alma mater, The Harvey School, next month to share her experiences and expertise on animal rescue and puppy care and to discuss her recently released first book,  "Pup Culture: Stories Tips, and the Importance of Adopting a Dog."

The 28-year-old Shaffer, whose book offers a collection of adoption and fostering stories, creative crafts and at-home recipes, checklists, and inspiring stories, has thousands of pet-loving followers of her YouTube and Instagram broadcasts and serves as the VP of Creative Development for Oso Studios in Los Angeles, the city where she now resides with her three dogs.

A staunch advocate for animal rescue and a young woman with an effervescent personality, the first-time author will be available following her presentation to autograph her book, which one reviewer called  “a fun-filled and joyous ode to man's best friend.” It features contributions from several celebrated dog-lovers, including Glenn Close, David Letterman, Dan Levy, Vanessa Williams, and Tony Bennett. The foreword of the book was written by her father, Paul Shaffer, the renowned musician, composer, musical director, and bandleader.

Also on hand for the evening will be adoptable dogs courtesy of  A New Chance Animal Rescue of Bedford Hills. The presentation, the latest installment of the school’s Cavalier Speaker Series, will take place Thursday, Dec. 9, in the Walker Center for the Arts on the school’s Katonah campus at 7 p.m.

Seating is limited. For more information or to reserve your free tickets, click here

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kerry@ducey.org (Chris Del Campo) Neighbors Tue, 30 Nov 2021 08:43:10 -0500
Apply to become a Seasonal NY State Park Ranger in 2022 https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/neighbors/5221-apply-to-become-a-seasonal-ny-state-park-ranger-in-20225221-apply-to-become-a-seasonal-ny-state-park-ranger-in-2022 https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/neighbors/5221-apply-to-become-a-seasonal-ny-state-park-ranger-in-20225221-apply-to-become-a-seasonal-ny-state-park-ranger-in-2022

Calling all Park fans, students, retirees, and moms and dads who know people! Spread the word: we’re hiring. Applications for our 2022 Park Ranger positions are being accepted NOW thru Dec. 31.

The duties are wide-ranging in scope; current salary is $20.56 an hour, position is seasonal-- generally from mid-May through Labor Day. 
 
Positions for Park Rangers exist in all eleven regions of the NY State Park system: Allegany, Central, Finger Lakes, Genesee, Long Island, New York City, Niagara, Palisades, Saratoga, Taconic, and Thousand Islands.

Candidates must:
  • be at least age 18 at time of appointment
  • have a High School Diploma or its equivalent
  • have a valid driver's license when expected to drive state vehicles
  • meet certain physical and medical requirements
  • be of good moral character and successfully complete a background investigation
  • successfully complete 24 hours of Security Guard training

Come work in some of the most beautiful places in New York State!

For job description, and application visit: Park Ranger Employment

Application Deadline is December 31, 2021

 

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kerry@ducey.org (New York State Parks) Neighbors Mon, 29 Nov 2021 06:02:16 -0500
Fair Campaign Committee Findings on Complaints of Souza & Stacks against Tannenbaum https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/politics/5217-westchester-county-fair-campaign-practices-committee5217-westchester-county-fair-campaign-practices-committee https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/politics/5217-westchester-county-fair-campaign-practices-committee5217-westchester-county-fair-campaign-practices-committee

The Westchester County Fair Campaign Practices Committee met via Zoom on October 28, 2021 to hear the complaints of Julie Souza and Ben Stacks, incumbent candidates for Rye City Council, against Lisa Tannenbaum, candidate for Rye City Council. Julie Souza and Ben Stacks were represented by Meg Cameron, their campaign manager. Lisa Tannenbaum attended with Bill Serratore from the New York State Democratic Committee and Shari Punyon, Chair of the Rye City Democratic Committee.

COMPLAINT 1: Julie Souza and Ben Stacks complain that Lisa Tannenbaum has misled voters by stating in a Rye Patch article and on her campaign Facebook page, “I am the only candidate with experience in government...” Ms. Souza and Mr. Stacks claim that this statement is “false and damaging” since they are incumbents serving four-year terms on the Rye City Council and are running for re-election.

FINDING: UNFAIR CAMPAIGN PRACTICE
Lisa Tannenbaum’s statement that “I am the only candidate with experience in government…” is false since she is not the “only” candidate with government experience. Ms. Souza and Mr. Stacks have been on the Rye City Council since 2018 and therefore have experience in government; the Rye City Council is a municipal body with legislative and administrative powers.

The statement in the Rye Patch article violates the following FCPC Principle: “The candidate will not use or condone any campaign material or advertisement that misstates, misrepresents or distorts material fact or any communication that misleads the public.”

COMPLAINT 2: Julie Souza complains that Lisa Tannenbaum has misled voters by stating that she [Ms. Tannenbaum] is “…the only candidate that is an active Democrat.” Ms. Souza claims that this statement is “false and damaging” and states “I have been an enrolled member of the Democratic party all my voting life. I am an officer of the Rye City Democratic Committee. I ran for City Council on the Democratic line in 2017 and am running for re-election on the Democratic line in 2021.”

FINDING: UNFAIR CAMPAIGN PRACTICE
Lisa Tannenbaum’s statement that she is “the only candidate that is an active Democrat” is false since she is not the “only” Democratic candidate; Ms. Souza has provided ample evidence to support that she is also an active Democrat and running for re-election on the Democratic line.

The statement in the Rye Patch article violates the following FCPC Principle: “The candidate will not use or condone any campaign material or advertisement that misstates, misrepresents or distorts material fact or any communication that misleads the public.”

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Committee Members: Susan P. Guma, [Chair], Jennifer Mebes Flagg [Coordinator], Elizabeth Bermel, Gisele Castro, Victor J. Goldberg, LaRuth Gray, Kyle-Beth Hilfer, Lee Kinnally, Robert C. Kirkwood, Carole Princer Levy, Don Marra, Paul Bennett Marrow, Joy Rosenzweig, Susan Schwarz, John Stern, Evelyn M. Stock

Party representatives (ex officio): Republican Party, Democratic Party, Working Families Party, Independence Party, Green Party                                  

The purpose of the Westchester County Fair Campaign Practices Committee is to help set an acceptable standard for political discussion by offering a forum for identifying unfair campaign practices and promoting a climate in which candidates conduct honest and fair campaigns. The Committee encourages candidates to conduct campaigns openly and fairly, to focus on issues and qualifications, to refrain from dishonest and defamatory attacks, and to avoid the use of campaign materials that distort the facts.

The Committee accepts written complaints from candidates about alleged unfair campaign practices. The Committee may then hold hearings to determine whether the action complained about is indeed unfair or whether it falls within acceptable political discourse. Among other things that the Committee will consider to be an unfair campaign practice is a misstatement of a material fact or any communication that misleads the public.

The Committee has no power to compel anyone or any group to stop doing what it has found to be unfair, nor does it have the authority or power to enforce election or other laws.

If the Committee acts on a complaint, it will release its findings to inform the public. The Committee may choose not to consider a complaint; in that case, a hearing is not held and the parties to the complaint are notified.

Statement of Principles of the Committee, as stated in its Manual, is available at www.faircampaignpractices.org. The Westchester County Fair Campaign Practices Committee believes that candidates should conduct their campaigns in accordance with the following principles:

  • The candidate will conduct a campaign for public office openly and fairly, focusing on issues and qualifications.
  • The candidate will not use or condone any campaign material or advertisement that misstates, misrepresents or distorts material fact or any communication that misleads the public.
  • The candidate will neither engage in nor be involved with false or misleading attacks upon the character of an opponent, nor in invasions of privacy unrelated to fitness for office.
  • The candidate will not participate in or condone any appeal to prejudice.
  • The candidate will clearly identify by name the funding source of all advertisements and campaign literature published and distributed.
  • The candidate will not abuse the Westchester County Fair Campaign Practices Committee process in order to obtain political advantage. This includes, but is not limited to announcing that he/she has filed a complaint, or quoting from the Committee’s Findings unless the individual Finding cited is quoted in its entirety. The Committee considers selective quotation or misrepresentation of its Findings to be an unfair campaign practice.
  • The candidate will publicly repudiate materials or actions made on behalf of their candidacy that violate this Statement of Principles.
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joy@blueinkcomm.com (Westchester County Fair Campaign Practices Committee) Politics Mon, 15 Nov 2021 11:34:11 -0500