Rye's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/rye Thu, 13 Dec 2018 17:14:43 -0500 HamletHub.com Photographs of New York Event To Benefit Local Charities This Weekend https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/charities/4893-photographs-of-new-york-event-to-benefit-local-charities-this-weekend4893-photographs-of-new-york-event-to-benefit-local-charities-this-weekend https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/charities/4893-photographs-of-new-york-event-to-benefit-local-charities-this-weekend4893-photographs-of-new-york-event-to-benefit-local-charities-this-weekend

Photographs of New York —1970s by Robert Gambee, Photographer

The Jay Heritage Center is delighted to present “Manhattan Seascapes—1970s” by Robert Gambee at its 1907 Carriage House, 210 Boston Post Road, Rye, New York Saturday, December 15 through Sunday, December 16 2-5 pm each day. A Champagne Reception, Book Signing and Print sale will take place from 2 – 5 pm on Saturday, December 15. A substantial portion of the proceeds from photographs purchased at the reception will benefit locally designated charities of the buyer’s choice including Jay Heritage CenterRye Historical SocietyRye Arts CenterArtsWestchester and Spread Wings Foundation. It’s a perfect opportunity to pick out unique and exceptional gifts for friends, family or yourself while also supporting our community non-profits!

• “Robert Gambee’s photographs speak magic!”—The New York Times

• “Brilliant Photography”—The Boston Globe

Robert Gambee has been photographing for 50 years, primarily in the United States, but also in Western Europe as well as Asia. He has published seven books with color photography and three with black and white photography.

Approximately 1,700 black & white images of New York’s Manhattan Seascapes are in the permanent collections of the following: SmithsonianNational Maritime Historical Society, The Museum of the City of NewYork, New-York Historical SocietyThe New York Public LibraryPrinceton UniversityBruce Museum, and Vassar College.

Robert Gambee has served as the Official Photographer for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Cunard Lines, Phillips Exeter Academy, Scottish Development Authority, and others. He is a Rye resident.

Nikkicaps@yahoo.com (Nicole Ball) Charities Thu, 13 Dec 2018 03:44:07 -0500
Winter Solstice Event Coming Up https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/4892-winter-solstice-event-coming-up4892-winter-solstice-event-coming-up https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/4892-winter-solstice-event-coming-up4892-winter-solstice-event-coming-up


Winter Solstice Event with Laura White, John Petersen & Mary-Lynn Masi


Winter Solstice is the celebration of light as we switch from darker days to slowly having more and more light each day.

This beautiful event includes sound healing, yin yoga and heartfulness meditation. All are welcome. 


Friday, December 21


$25 all proceeds benefit Wainwright House

For more information and to reserve your spot, go to https://www.wainwright.org/winter-solstice


Nikkicaps@yahoo.com (Nicole Ball) Life Thu, 13 Dec 2018 03:30:46 -0500
Making the Most of Your College Visit https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/4885-making-the-most-of-your-college-visit4885-making-the-most-of-your-college-visit https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/4885-making-the-most-of-your-college-visit4885-making-the-most-of-your-college-visit

It's that time of year when high school students, especially juniors, are busy talking to their peers about visiting colleges. As college counselors, we advise the families we work with to take some deep breaths and consider these suggestions for making your child's college search process more successful:

1.  Visit Colleges of Interest:  One of the most effective ways for your child to determine if he or she can see themselves going to a particular college is by actually stepping foot on campus. You and your child should attend the information session and campus tour at as many schools as is practical. These visits usually will give your child a feel for the personality of the college and whether it resonates with him or her. And don’t despair if you visit a school and your child doesn’t like it at all. It's just as important for a student to know what he or she likes as it is to know what your child does not want in a college. 

2.  Before your visit, have your child sign up for the information session and campus tour on the college’s website. Don't think you can just show up. Most colleges require a sign up and you want your child's name to be seen by the admissions office as having visited. Many schools track this information as part of assessing a student’s "demonstrated interest” in the school. 

3.  Encourage your child to take notes and photos on his or her phone. As your child visits multiple colleges, the images and feeling of each school will begin to run together. The notes and photos will help your child remember what he or she does and doesn't like about each school. Additionally, when it comes time for your child to apply in senior year of high school, many colleges have a supplemental essay question which relates to why the applicant wants to attend that school. The notes and photos taken on the campus visit can be invaluable to helping your child write a compelling, authentic essay about his or her interest in the school. 

4.  Lastly, encourage your child to get the business card of the admissions officer giving the information session. After the campus visit, your child should send a follow up thank you note to the admissions officer and, in that note, your child should be specific as to why he or she wants to attend. Even better, have your child include in that note how he or she will contribute to the campus if admitted. Depending on the college, this can help your child when it comes time to apply, and sending a thank you note is good practice and common courtesy. 

Ron Feuchs, a full-service certified college counselor and Columbia MBA, is founder of Stand Out For College, helping families with the college process in Westchester and Fairfield counties and on Long Island.  His focus is helping students develop significant community service projects that create personal growth, showcase the student’s character and leadership abilities, give back to the community and help students stand out in the college admissions process. It’s truly a win-win for all. For further information, please call Ron at 914-420-8115 or email to ron@standoutforcollege.com.  His website is www.standoutforcollege.com

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keytocomputing@gmail.com (Ronald Feuchs, Stand Out for College) Life Wed, 12 Dec 2018 12:06:00 -0500
Special Yonkers Tree Lighting Ceremony https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/neighbors/4884-special-yonkers-tree-lighting-ceremony4884-special-yonkers-tree-lighting-ceremony https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/neighbors/4884-special-yonkers-tree-lighting-ceremony4884-special-yonkers-tree-lighting-ceremony

The Untermyer Gardens Conservancy, a non-profit organization working in partnership with the City of Yonkers, announces the Opening Ceremony for its third annual Grand Holiday Illumination at the Walled Garden. The event is free and open to the public on Wednesday, December 12 at 5:30 PM.

The Walled Garden will be brilliantly illuminated with festive holiday lights, highlighting the rich architectural and horticultural elements of the garden. Beautiful seasonal music in the Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Zoroastrian traditions will be played.

The Illumination will take place every night from December 13 - January 1 from 4:00 until 8:00 PM. Hot chocolate will be served by various community groups on most evenings.

On December 12, the Illumination will be opened with the sequential lighting of various sections of the Walled Garden. We hope you will join us in celebrating the holiday season.

aseward100@aol.com (Untermeyer Gardens) Neighbors Tue, 11 Dec 2018 07:37:00 -0500
Bilingual Children's Christmas Pageant on Sunday at First Baptist Church of White Plains https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/events/4891-bilingual-children-s-christmas-pageant-on-sunday-at-first-baptist-church-of-white-plains4891-bilingual-children-s-christmas-pageant-on-sunday-at-first-baptist-church-of-white-plains https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/events/4891-bilingual-children-s-christmas-pageant-on-sunday-at-first-baptist-church-of-white-plains4891-bilingual-children-s-christmas-pageant-on-sunday-at-first-baptist-church-of-white-plains

A bilingual Children's Christmas Pageant will take place this Sunday, December 16th beginning at 11:00am at First Baptist Church of White Plains. All are invited to a bilingual, English-Spanish Christmas celebration and worship service!

This joint service with Misión Bautista Hispana de Westchester will begin at 11am and will include a children's Christmas pageant telling the story of Jesus' birth. A free community lunch will take place after the service. Free parking is available in the church parking lots. 

First Baptist Church of White Plains is located at 456 North Street, on the corner of Bryant Avenue in White Plains, NY.

Questions? Call (914) 949-5207 or visit the event on Facebook here.

Free parking available at the church parking lot!

kerry@ducey.org (submitted) Events Tue, 11 Dec 2018 06:46:55 -0500
Seal-Spotting & Birding Cruises Start Dec. 15 at The Maritime Aquarium https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/places/4883-seal-spotting-birding-cruises-start-dec-15-at-the-maritime-aquarium4883-seal-spotting-birding-cruises-start-dec-15-at-the-maritime-aquarium https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/places/4883-seal-spotting-birding-cruises-start-dec-15-at-the-maritime-aquarium4883-seal-spotting-birding-cruises-start-dec-15-at-the-maritime-aquarium

Cruise out onto Long Island Sound this winter with The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk in hopes of seeing some of the seals and birds that spend the colder months just off Connecticut’s shores.

The Maritime Aquarium’s 2018-19 season of “Seal-Spotting & Birding Cruises” begins Dec. 15 and 16, and offers outings on many weekends through April 14, 2019.

These invigorating 2½-hour cruises seek out some of the harbor seals and gray seals that annually migrate down into Long Island Sound from northern waters – such as off Cape Cod and the Gulf of Maine, which serve as their summer breeding and pupping areas.

“Seals have been coming into the Sound in robust numbers now for more than two decades,” said Dave Sigworth, the Aquarium’s associate director of communications. “But they sort of slip in and out unnoticed because they’re only here during winter when boaters aren’t out there.”

During the Aquarium cruises, seals often can be seen near the Norwalk islands resting on rocks and shoals exposed at low tide. Aquarium educators will point out these federally protected marine mammals and talk about their natural histories.

“There’s only one thing more exciting than getting close to the seals on exhibit in The Maritime Aquarium and that’s seeing some of the seals out in Long Island Sound,” Sigworth said. “These encounters are a powerful, motivating reminder that the Sound is an important, thriving natural resource that is worthy of our protection.”

The cruises also give birders unique “on-the-water” access to see and photograph visiting winter waterfowl, such as buffleheads, mergansers, Brant geese and long-tailed ducks.

Dates and departure times of the cruises vary by low tide. Initial cruises are on Sat., Dec. 15 at 10 a.m. and Sun., Dec. 16 at 11 a.m. For the full schedule, go to www.maritimeaquarium.org.

“Seal-Spotting and Birding Cruises” take place aboard The Maritime Aquarium’s R/V Spirit of the Sound™, the country’s first research vessel with quiet hybrid-electric propulsion. R/V Spirit of the Sound has a climate-controlled cabin but, because the best viewing is outside on the deck, participants should dress for the weather. Binoculars will be provided, along with hot chocolate and coffee.

Also during each cruise, participants can help Aquarium educators with plankton samplings. Data collected during the cruises is added to the Long Island Sound Biodiversity Project, which is an ongoing census of the Sound’s animal species. This online database, sponsored by the Aquarium, makes data on the physical and biological contents of Long Island Sound available to students, educators and researchers.

The Maritime Aquarium’s cruises offer memorable family fun but please note that all passengers must be at least 42 inches tall.

Tickets for a “Seal-Spotting & Birding Cruise” are $29.95, or $24.95 for Aquarium members.

Capacity is limited so advance reservations are strongly recommended. Walk-up tickets will be sold, space permitting. Reserve your spot by calling (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206, or by going online to www.maritimeaquarium.org.

kerry@ducey.org (Dave Sigworth) Places Mon, 10 Dec 2018 08:44:52 -0500
Beware of Scammers Impersonating Your Utility Company https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/publicsafety/4881-beware-of-scammers-impersonating-your-utility-company4881-beware-of-scammers-impersonating-your-utility-company https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/publicsafety/4881-beware-of-scammers-impersonating-your-utility-company4881-beware-of-scammers-impersonating-your-utility-company

As temperatures drop utility scams begin heating up. Consumers rely more on their utilities during the winter months and scammers aim to take advantage. Utility imposters call, email or knock on your door and claim to be a representative from the local water, electric or gas company.
Nov. 14 is Utility Scam Awareness Day, and Better Business Bureau wants to make sure Connecticut residents have the tools they need to not get scammed.
In most scenarios, consumers are informed that a payment is overdue, and their utilities will be shut off unless an immediate payment is made. In September, one Connecticut resident reported that they received a phone call claiming their power would be turned off in thirty minutes unless they dialed a 1-800 number and paid immediately. This particular scam was impersonating New England's largest energy company, Eversource.
Scammers also use other tactics to get into people's wallets. It's important to be cautious of anyone claiming to be able to switch energy providers while offering extreme discounts. This could be a scam or another third-party provider using deceptive business practices. There are legitimate energy providers out there. Verify that a business is legitimate or search for energy providers on www.bbb.org.
BBB offers the following red flags if consumers are contacted by someone claiming to be their utility company.
  • Pressure for immediate payment - Scammers often demand immediate payment for an alleged overdue bill. A sense of urgency is always a red flag in any scam situation.
  • A threat to disconnect service - Consumers are almost always threatened with being cut off from their utility unless an immediate payment is made. Eversource says they will always give a consumer written notice via mail first.
  • A request for payment via prepaid debit cards or wire transfer - Scammers request these types of payments since they are virtually untraceable. It is extremely difficult to retrieve funds that are lost via these methods.
  • Showing up to your home without an appointment - A legitimate utility company will never show up to your door unannounced or without an appointment. If they do, the representative should be carrying proper identification.
These tips will help you stay scam free.
  • If it doesn’t seem right, call customer service - If someone emails, calls or shows up to your door and you are unsure about their legitimacy, you can always call your utility company to verify.
  • Never allow a stranger into your home without a scheduled appointment - Be suspicious of anyone who unexpectedly arrives at your home or business demanding immediate payment or requesting access to your dwelling to check water pipes, wiring, natural gas pipes, appliances, or other utility related issues. Don't let them in without verifying their credentials with the company first.
  • Delete emails that you are unsure about - If you receive an email from your utility company that seems suspicious, delete it. Do not click the links, open attachments or respond. It could be a phishing scam.
To see if any utility scams have been reported in your area you can check BBB Scam Tracker..
keytocomputing@gmail.com (CT BBB) Public safety Fri, 30 Nov 2018 10:56:00 -0500
Gillette Castle will be open for tours during the holiday season https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/places/4880-gillette-castle-will-be-open-for-tours-during-the-holiday-season4880-gillette-castle-will-be-open-for-tours-during-the-holiday-season https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/places/4880-gillette-castle-will-be-open-for-tours-during-the-holiday-season4880-gillette-castle-will-be-open-for-tours-during-the-holiday-season

Celebrate “Holidays with Friends” at Gillette Castle State Park

Gillette Castle will be open for tours this holiday season. The former estate of actor William Gillette, famous for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, will be decorated in a rustic style that compliments its unique interior. The castle was decorated this year by many dedicated volunteers, businesses, community members and Friends of CT State Parks groups along with Park staff. 
"We would like to thank all of the volunteers who helped decorate the Castle for this exciting holiday program,” said Tom Tyler, Director of Connecticut State Parks. “Most importantly, we thank the Friends of Gillette Castle State Park for all of their work to bring back this popular program, and to acknowledge the generous donation from Dominion Energy that helped make this possible.”
Gillette Castle will be open to the public for tours on every Friday, Saturday and Sunday between November 23rd and December 23rd on Fridays from 4 p.m.-8:30 p.m. (last ticket sold at 8 p.m.) and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (last ticket sold at 3:30 p.m.). Bring your family and friends to enjoy one of the most recognized landmarks of the Connecticut River Valley.
Outdoor entertainment during the holiday season will include bonfires, carolers, and musicians. Live performances on the grounds will be at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. There will be an ongoing children’s scavenger hunt that includes the museum, visitor center, and cider mill. William and Helen Gillette, as portrayed by our friends, Harold and Theodora Niver, will greet guests in the castle on Friday nights and Sunday afternoons. Rumor has it Santa and Mrs. Claus may make a few appearances as well. Follow the Friends of Gillette Castle State Park Facebook page for updates on various events and appearances. 
Tickets to tour the castle can be purchased upon arrival at the Visitors Center. Tickets can also be pre-purchased online at reserveamerica.com. The museum entrance fee is $6 for adults, $2 for children ages 6-12, and FREE for children ages 5 and under, CT Disabled Veterans pass holders, and those CT seniors who hold Charter Oak passes. The Sherlock Grill will be open weekends during the holiday season and serving a winter menu. Additionally, the Friends of Gillette Gift shop will be open weekends in the Visitor Center.
Gillette Castle was purchased by the State of Connecticut in 1943. It is owned and operated by Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. The property includes the castle, the visitor center, concessions, and just over 200 acres of property with miles of trails.  The museum will be open weekends only. Castle tours and program of events are subject to change in the event of inclement weather. The grounds of Gillette Castle State Park are open daily, year-round, from 8 a.m. until sunset. Gillette Castle State Park is located at 67 River Road, East Haddam, 06423.


kerry@ducey.org (CT DEEP) Places Wed, 28 Nov 2018 05:41:00 -0500
NYC's Rockefeller Plaza Lights Up on November 28! https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/neighbors/4879-nyc-s-rockefeller-plaza-lights-up-on-november-284879-nyc-s-rockefeller-plaza-lights-up-on-november-28 https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/neighbors/4879-nyc-s-rockefeller-plaza-lights-up-on-november-284879-nyc-s-rockefeller-plaza-lights-up-on-november-28

The 86th Annual Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting on November 28

The 2018 tree will be lit for the first time on Wednesday, November 28 at Rockefeller Plaza.

The tree will remain lit and on display on the plaza between West 48th and 51st Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues until 9pm on January 7.

NBC is scheduled to broadcast the tree lighting live on Wednesday, November 28 between 8–10pm.

Learn more about this NYC holiday tradition and celebration HERE.

For the twelfth consecutive year, the 2018 Christmas Tree will be donated to Habitat for Humanity. To learn more about Housatonic Habitat for Humanity and to find out how you can help them change, call their Danbury office at 203-744-1340.

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Neighbors Tue, 27 Nov 2018 10:10:00 -0500
Teen Scholarships Available https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/4878-teen-scholarships-available4878-teen-scholarships-available https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/4878-teen-scholarships-available4878-teen-scholarships-available

The Jandon Foundation is looking for 15 high school seniors to earn $12,000 college scholarships each.

Students who can demonstrate a financial need and who possess strong academic records, good test scores, fine character, and a portfolio of extracurricular activities, including community service, are welcome to apply. 

Scholarships are given directly to students over their four-year college careers, to help cover expenses related to their educations. Recipients become part of the Jandon scholars’ community, which offers periodic events and ongoing networking opportunities.

If you or someone you know might be interested in this scholarship opportunity, the application can be found here: jandonscholars.org/application/.  

For more information, visit www.jandonscholars.org or contact Program Coordinator Melanie Montalto at: Melanie.Montalto@jandonscholars.org or call her at the Board of Legislators at 914-995-8620.

aseward100@aol.com (David Tubiolo) Life Tue, 27 Nov 2018 03:04:00 -0500
Rye Blood Donors Will Receive $5 Amazon Gift Card https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/events/4877-rye-blood-donors-will-receive-5-amazon-gift-card-15432624304877-rye-blood-donors-will-receive-5-amazon-gift-card-1543262430 https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/events/4877-rye-blood-donors-will-receive-5-amazon-gift-card-15432624304877-rye-blood-donors-will-receive-5-amazon-gift-card-1543262430

 Urgent need for blood and platelet donations

Donate by Dec. 19 and receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card

The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donors from Rye to give now to ensure blood is available for medical treatments and emergencies during the holiday season.

Blood and platelet donations often decline during the holidays. Regular donors are busy with holiday activities, and travel and severe winter weather may cause blood drive cancellations. Yet donations remain critical for patients like 4-year-old Wyatt Monacelli who is in the midst of intense chemotherapy treatments for leukemia. He has received a number of transfusions since his diagnosis in June and will likely need more. Locations in and around Rye are:

Rye Brook Public Library on December 4 from 10:30 to 3:30 pm. 1 Haseco Ave 1 Haseco Ave, Port Chester, NY

American Legion Hall in Scarsdale on December 6 from 1 to 6pm, 40 Bell Road, Scarsdale, NY 

For Connecticut locations, see the chart below.

town date time location address
Darien 12/14/2018 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. First Congregational Church of Darien 14 Brookside Road
Greenwich 12/1/2018 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. First Presbyterian Church 1 West Putnam Ave
Greenwich 12/8/2018 8 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. Greenwich Public Safety Complex/New Greenwich Police Department 11 Bruce Place
Greenwich 12/12/2018 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Greenwich Town Hall 101 Field Point Road
Stamford 11/30/2018 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Bobby Valentine's Sports Academy 4 Largo Drive S
Stamford 12/8/2018 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Tully Health Center 32 Strawberry Hill Court
Stamford 12/15/2018 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. St Cecilia Catholic Church 1184 Newfield Ave.

“We are fortunate to have had so many donors give the gift of life to our child so far throughout the course of his treatment, and even more so, we are lucky to have had a supply of blood available for him when he needed it,” said Julianna Monacelli, Wyatt’s mother.

Donors are urged to give now to ensure that families like Wyatt’s don’t have to worry about the availability of blood this winter. In thanks for helping meet the urgent need around the holidays, all those who come to donate blood or platelets now through Dec. 19, 2018, will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email. (Restrictions apply; see amazon.com/gc-legal. More information and details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Together.)

Make an appointment to donate blood or platelets by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Another way to help keep the blood supply strong is to host a Red Cross blood drive this winter. To learn more about hosting a blood drive and to sign up, visit RedCrossBlood.org/HostADrive.

How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (Red Cross) Events Mon, 26 Nov 2018 09:47:25 -0500
The Avon Theatre Presents FREE Holiday Screening of ELF https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/neighbors/4873-the-avon-theatre-presents-a-free-holiday-screening-of-elf-on-december-84873-the-avon-theatre-presents-a-free-holiday-screening-of-elf-on-december-8 https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/neighbors/4873-the-avon-theatre-presents-a-free-holiday-screening-of-elf-on-december-84873-the-avon-theatre-presents-a-free-holiday-screening-of-elf-on-december-8

Free Movie and Holiday Food Drive!

Please bring canned and non-perishable food items to benefit the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County 

Tickets are available at the Avon Theatre Box Office on the day of the event, December 8, on a first-come-first-served basis.


Will Ferrell stars as the ultimate fish out of water, Buddy, who as a baby crawls into Santa's toy bag and is whisked off to the North Pole, where he is raised as an elf. A misfit who grows to be three times the size of his elf family, Buddy ultimately heads to his birthplace of New York City to seek out his roots. Unfortunately, they turn out to be a "Scrooge"-like father (James Caan) and a cynical eight-year-old stepbrother who doesn't believe in Santa. Worst of all, everyone seems to have forgotten the true meaning of Christmas. But using his simple elf ways, Buddy sets out to single-handedly win over his family and save Christmas in New York, hoping to at last find his true place in the world. In addition to Ferrell and Caan, the film features an all-star ensemble cast led by Ed Asner as Santa Claus, Bob Newhart, Mary Steenburgen and Zooey Deschanel.

Rated PG | In English | 107 minutes

ABOUT THE AVON: The Avon Theatre is a member-supported, non-profit cultural hub, dedicated to presenting film in its highest form, and thriving because of the support of our patrons and community. In addition to an exciting slate of new releases, The Avon brings you one-of-a-kind special events and monthly programs. We are proud to be the community-sustained regional hub for independent art cinema presented in multiple film genres in a historic setting, providing stimulating educational programs and inspiring in-person dialogues with film and artistic luminaries.

Avon Theatre Film Center is located at 272 Bedford St., Stamford, CT 

For more information, including show times:

Box Office: (203) 967-3660 | Business Office: (203) 661-0321

avontheatre.org | @avontheatre | facebook.com/avontheatre

kerry@ducey.org (Jeanne Ronan) Neighbors Sun, 18 Nov 2018 11:13:00 -0500
Westchester Residents Can Donate Toys-for-Tots https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/charities/4870-westchester-residents-can-donate-toys-for-tots4870-westchester-residents-can-donate-toys-for-tots https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/charities/4870-westchester-residents-can-donate-toys-for-tots4870-westchester-residents-can-donate-toys-for-tots

Troop K Headquarters - Troop K once again joining forces with the United States Marine Corps
NYS Police Troop K will once again be joining forces with the United State Marine Corps to make the Holiday Season enjoyable for children in our local communities that are less fortunate.
Each Troop K barracks will have a Toys-for-Tots collection box until December 18, 2018.  There is a collection box at 81 Spring Street in Lewisboro
For a complete list and contact information to find the most convenient Troop K barracks please click here.


kerry@ducey.org (NYS Police) Charities Sat, 17 Nov 2018 09:20:00 -0500
NYBG Holiday Train Show Opens on November 17 https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/places/4869-nybg-holiday-train-show-opens-on-november-174869-nybg-holiday-train-show-opens-on-november-17 https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/places/4869-nybg-holiday-train-show-opens-on-november-174869-nybg-holiday-train-show-opens-on-november-17

New York Botanical Gardens Holiday Train Show® returns Saturday, November 17, 2018 – Monday, January 21, 2019

Enchanting model trains zip through a display of more than 175 New York landmarks, each re-created with bark, leaves, and other natural materials—all under the twinkling glow of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.

Marvel at G-scale locomotives humming past familiar sights such as the Brooklyn Bridge and Rockefeller Center on nearly a half-mile of track. This year’s exhibition showcases Lower Manhattan—the birthplace of New York City—featuring the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and iconic skyscrapers sharing the spotlight among old and new favorites. Making their debut this year are One World Trade Center and the historic Battery Maritime Building along with two vintage ferry boats.

Advance reservations are strongly recommended as tickets do sell out.

Click HERE for information and to purchase tickets.

kerry@ducey.org (NYBG) Places Fri, 16 Nov 2018 14:12:00 -0500
Rye Resident Donates Talents to Help Animals Find Forever Homes https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/4868-rye-resident-donates-his-talents-to-help-animal-find-forever-homes4868-rye-resident-donates-his-talents-to-help-animal-find-forever-homes https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/4868-rye-resident-donates-his-talents-to-help-animal-find-forever-homes4868-rye-resident-donates-his-talents-to-help-animal-find-forever-homes



Geoff Tischman, a longtime resident of Rye, NY, has been the owner and chief photographer of Tischman Pets for over 15 years. A renowned pet photographer, Geoff not only brings together his lifelong love for animals and photography to his family and corporate clients, but also to the many deserving shelter animals looking for a loving home.

Volunteering his professional photography skills, Geoff works with the Westchester-Southern Connecticut rescue community photographing adoptable pets, adoption events, fundraising events and galas and calendar images. “First impressions are everything, and as most people start their search for a new pet family member online, it’s vital to have a great image of the adoptable pet that captures the attention of potential adopters and compels them to make an appointment and meet the pet face to face. Nothing makes me happier than getting an email from a family saying it was my photo that led them to their newest family member!”

To help promote shelter pets Geoff has contributed photos for “Rye Rescues”, a regular column in the Rye Record for the last 5 years, highlighting Rye families and their adopted pets.  He is also an active member of Hearts Speak (heartsspeak.org), a global network of photographers and other creative professionals who donate their time and services pro-bono to animal shelters and animal welfare organizations across the country. “I’m super-proud to be a member of the Hearts Speak team – working with this group of fabulous, like-minded artists is the most rewarding work I do. They inspire me to give more and to be a better photographer”.

Geoff’s ability to capture the true spirits of our pets, as well as the special bond between pets and their humans, is rare and unique and has endeared him to his family and corporate clients. 

Many Westchester & Fairfield County families book a fall session with Geoff each year for family portraits and holiday cards.   If you would like to book Geoff for a fall session and get memorable family portraits (with or without a pet) he is offering a special for November/December.   With your 45 minute session, $150 weekday/$200 weekend you will receive 1 gift print, 20% off additional prints and 10% off other products and digital files. He also offers custom designed holiday cards and unique gifts for your loved ones.   He will be in Rye for the entire week and weekend of Thanksgiving – if the kids are home from college or you are having an extended family gathering get in touch with him at geoff@gmt-photo.com to set up a time for a fun family shoot!  For more information visit www.tischmanpets.com.


About Geoff Tischman

Today, while Geoff Tischman still shoots family and corporate event/head shot photography, his main focus is animals, including pet portraits, commercial work and rescue photography. His portraits of adopted animals and their owners adorn the walls of the ASPCA in New York City and his work with many celebrities and their beloved animals, including Georgina Bloomberg, Cheyenne Jackson, Bernadette Peters and Aida Turturro along with other corporate clients has garnered him a reputation as one of the country’s premier pet photographers. His pet photographs have appeared in The Journal News, The New York Daily News, The New York Post, People Magazine & Westchester Magazine, among others; his work has appeared on promotional material for Best Friends Pet Care and on packaging for Stop and Shop pet food, ASPCA pet products, and Chicken Soup for the Soul pet products.

He lives in Rye, NY with his wife and daughter and their rescue pets, an Australian Shepherd dog, Lexy and cat, Batman.

kerry@ducey.org (Nancy Yates) Life Thu, 15 Nov 2018 07:52:00 -0500