Rye's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/rye Wed, 04 Aug 2021 05:01:42 -0400 HamletHub.com Broadway to Require Proof of Vaccination for ALL Patrons, Crew, Staff & Performers https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/places/5190-broadway-to-require-proof-of-vaccination-for-all-patrons-crew-staff-performers5190-broadway-to-require-proof-of-vaccination-for-all-patrons-crew-staff-performers https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/places/5190-broadway-to-require-proof-of-vaccination-for-all-patrons-crew-staff-performers5190-broadway-to-require-proof-of-vaccination-for-all-patrons-crew-staff-performers

Shows are taking precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Do you plan on attending the theater in NYC when theaters re-open in September? All 41 Broadway theaters in New York will require audience members -- as well as performers, backstage crew and theater staff -- to be fully vaccinated before attending a show through the end of October.

Patrons will need to show proof of vaccination alongside their tickets when they enter a theater, and they will also have to wear masks, except when eating or drinking in designated locations in the venue. A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their final shot of one- and two-dose vaccines.

commandercarey@gmail.com (Peter Carey) Places Tue, 03 Aug 2021 07:37:05 -0400
Westchester County Hosts the 149th Firemen’s Association of the State of New York’s Annual Convention, August 5-7 https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/events/5189-westchester-county-hosts-the-149th-firemen-s-association-of-the-state-of-new-york-s-annual-convention-august-5-75189-westchester-county-hosts-the-149th-firemen-s-association-of-the-state-of-new-york-s-annual-convention-august-5-7 https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/events/5189-westchester-county-hosts-the-149th-firemen-s-association-of-the-state-of-new-york-s-annual-convention-august-5-75189-westchester-county-hosts-the-149th-firemen-s-association-of-the-state-of-new-york-s-annual-convention-august-5-7

Westchester County Executive George Latimer will welcome the Fireman’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) to the Sonesta White Plains Downtown for its 149th Annual Convention this summer, August 5-7.

With hundreds of volunteer firefighters, EMS personnel and their families from around the state expected to attend, the convention is among the first major business events in Westchester County since the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the global meetings industry in 2020. It is estimated to generate $800,000 in economic activity for the region.

FASNY has also committed to bring its convention back to Westchester for its 150th Anniversary. The largest gathering of volunteer firefighters in the state, the annual event brings together members from every corner of New York with renowned speakers from across the country for three days of training, presentations and information sharing.

Latimer said: “We are thrilled to welcome the FASNY to Westchester County next month. It is both a great honor and a vote of confidence in the readiness of Westchester’s hospitality businesses to provide a productive, enriching and entertaining environment for the brave firefighters, EMTs and their families who have given so much to our community and to communities throughout the state. We are particularly mindful of those sacrifices in the wake of the darkest days of the pandemic and as the 20th anniversary of 9/11 approaches.”

Westchester County Tourism & Film Director Natasha Caputo said: “Westchester salutes the members of FASNY and invites attendees to enjoy the best of our destination. This convention will bring a great buzz and economic boost to our tourism partners across the County.”

FASNY President John P. Farrell said: “The annual FASNY convention is one of the most critical events of the year for the volunteer fire service and EMS providers around the state. We are happy to be back in Westchester County and have the opportunity to train, exchange ideas, gain knowledge about important safety approaches, and to overall improve the fire service so we can protect the residents of New York.”


kerry@ducey.org (Westchester County) Events Fri, 30 Jul 2021 20:00:38 -0400
Rye Sidewalk Sale Kicks Off July 29! https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/events/5188-rye-sidewalk-sale-kicks-off-july-295188-rye-sidewalk-sale-kicks-off-july-29 https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/events/5188-rye-sidewalk-sale-kicks-off-july-295188-rye-sidewalk-sale-kicks-off-july-29

Rye Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the 2021 Rye Annual Sidewalk Sale July 29, 30, & 31

Rye retailers and shops are going to have M A J O R discounts – up to 80% OFF!!

The sale begins at 10AM!

Visit Rye Chamber on Facebook here for details.

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Events Fri, 23 Jul 2021 15:27:00 -0400
LawnChair Theatre presents A Midsimmer Night's Queen, performances July 22-31 https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/events/5182-lawnchair-theatre-presents-a-midsimmer-night-s-queen-performances-july-22-315182-lawnchair-theatre-presents-a-midsimmer-night-s-queen-performances-july-22-31 https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/events/5182-lawnchair-theatre-presents-a-midsimmer-night-s-queen-performances-july-22-315182-lawnchair-theatre-presents-a-midsimmer-night-s-queen-performances-july-22-31

We are so excited to announce the cast of our Summer 2021 production of  "A Midsummer Night's Queen!" which will take place July 22-31 in Rye, New Rochelle, Darien, Chappaqua and Bedford.

Hippolyta/Titania: Julie Thaxter-Gourlay

Theseus/Oberon: Lawrence Reina

Egeus: Phyllis Lindy

Hermia: Nicole Neurohr

Helena: Sally Rose Zuckert

Lysander: Noam Ben Yakir

Demetrius: River Glassberg

Quince: Shelley Lepetich

Flute: Chris Nigro

Snout: Kate Henerey

Snug: Charlotte Roth

Starveling: Neil Schleifer

Bottom: Mat Young

Puck: Rachel Schulte

Cobweb: Monique Castillo

Peaseblossom: Jenny Maso

Moth: Sara DeFelice

Mustardseed: Cynthia Lambertson

Arwen: Abigail Zuckert

Aurora: Lisa Spielman

Tinkerbell: Claire Kenny

To view performance venues and to purchase tickets, click HERE.

About LawnChair Theatre

What began in 2006 as a Port Chester summer youth theatre project has evolved into much more. LawnChair is a true community theatre, an organization in which the community is as important as the theatre. Over the past 15 years, our project became a mission.

We believe in theatre’s power to shine a light on our common humanity, to raise the level of empathy in our world. We feature multi-generational casts and blend professionally trained and amateur performers. Our goal is to contemporize Shakespeare, and other classic playwrights and authors, without rewriting them. 

We love this company, the work, the play, and, especially, the people.  We love our audiences, and we’re grateful for our supporters and sponsors.  

We hope you will join us, whether as artist, crew, audience, or sponsor. Thanks for checking us out.

Peter Green (he/him)
Co-Founder & Artistic Director


kerry@ducey.org (LawnChair Theatre) Events Fri, 23 Jul 2021 12:22:00 -0400
ACT of Connecticut Announces 2021–2022 Season https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/events/5187-act-of-connecticut-announces-2021-2022-season5187-act-of-connecticut-announces-2021-2022-season https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/events/5187-act-of-connecticut-announces-2021-2022-season5187-act-of-connecticut-announces-2021-2022-season

The grand moment you've been waiting for... ACT of Connecticut's Season Announcement

After a year of limitations due to COVID-19, the popular ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) of Connecticut is fully opening its doors to live audiences and is thrilled to announce its upcoming 2021–2022 season. The season features four spectacular shows: Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Nickel Mines, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Rent

ACT of CT Artistic Director, Daniel C. Levine says, “We could not be more excited to be ‘back at it’ with a full season of shows. While we’re proud of the work that we’ve produced over this past year, there is nothing like performing in front of a live (and full!) audience. Next season’s shows are incredibly exciting and there is truly something for everyone. The talent that we have coming to Ridgefield this season is not to be believed, and we just can’t wait to welcome our patrons back to ACT of CT for a full season of stunning productions!”

ACT of CT’s 2021–2022 season:

SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE – The Songs of Leiber and Stoller

One of Broadway’s most enduring hits, Smokey Joe’s Cafe is a celebration of legendary songwriting team Leiber and Stoller, who virtually invented Rock & Roll. This high-energy show features nearly 40 of the greatest songs ever recorded, including “Jailhouse Rock,” "Stand By Me,” “Yakety Yak,” “Hound Dog,” “On Broadway,” “Spanish Harlem” and many more. Smokey Joe’s Cafe is a fun-filled night of electrifying 50’s Rock & Roll that will leave you flying high! This production’s Director / Choreographer will be Smokey Joe’s Cafe’s original west-end production cast member, Stephanie Pope Lofgren. 

Words and Music by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller

Performance dates: September 30–October 24, 2021


This new musical is centered around the infamous 2006 Lancaster, Pennsylvania Amish schoolhouse shooting in which a lone gunman shot ten girls (five fatally) before taking his own life. A breathtaking piece of theater, it combines spoken dialogue, movement and original music to explore multiple viewpoints and perspectives from that fateful morning. Nickel Mines is a living memorial to the young girls who lost their lives and a powerful exploration of community, perseverance and ultimately, hope. Nickel Mines will be Directed and Choreographed by Andrew Palermo and is presented in association with Anita Donofrio. 

Conceived by Andrew Palermo

Written by Andrew Palermo and Shannon Stoeke

Music and Lyrics by Dan Dyer

Performance dates: January 20–January 30, 2022 (10 performances only).

ACT of CT is the first professional theater to premiere this fascinating, elegant and moving new musical. Due to Covid-19, “Nickel Mines” (which was originally scheduled for March 19–29, 2020) was canceled just days before opening. ACT of CT is ecstatic to be able to bring back this important and powerful new musical as part of its 2021–2022 season. 


This timeless rock opera follows the last week of Jesus Christ’s life as seen through the eyes of Judas Iscariot. The story, told entirely through song, explores the personal relationships and struggles between Jesus, Judas, Mary, his disciples and the Roman Empire. The iconic 70's rock score contains such well-known songs as “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” and “Gethsemane.” A true global phenomenon, Jesus Christ Superstar has been wowing audiences for 50 years. This production will be directed by ACT of CT’s Artistic Director, Daniel C. Levine.

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Lyrics by Tim Rice

Performance dates: March 24–April 17, 2022


Rent is a show about falling in love, following your dreams, and finding your voice! Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Rent has become a pop-cultural phenomenon. The story follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side. In this groundbreaking musical, these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves and conflicts and learn that there is “no day but today!"

Book, Music and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson

Performance dates: May 26–June 19, 2022 

Subscriptions for the 2021–2022 season are available now by visiting actofct.org or by calling the ACT of CT Box Office at 475-215-5497. Visit ACT of CT website to learn more about the exclusive season subscriber benefits.

About ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) of Connecticut

ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) of Connecticut is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) professional Equity theatre located in Ridgefield, CT. Founded in 2018 by Katie Diamond, Daniel C. Levine and Bryan Perri, ACT of CT presents limited engagement runs of well-known musicals, as well as world-premiere productions by the next generation of writers and composers. In addition to fully produced mainstage productions, ACT of CT’s programming also includes a New Works Series, a Broadway Unplugged Series and an extensive theater education program. With its 182 seats and turntable stage, the theater offers an intimate, unique and immersive theatrical experience for its patrons. Given its proximity to New York City, ACT of CT has access to top theatre talent and professionals and, in just three seasons, has become one of the most well-known and highly respected regional theatres in our area. ACT of CT is dedicated to inspiring, creating and nurturing a culturally diverse and equitable environment for its staff, creative teams, cast, musicians, crew members and audiences, and is committed to achieving a diverse workforce and to maintain an inclusive and discrimination-free environment. actofct.org

kerry@ducey.org (ACT of CT) Events Thu, 22 Jul 2021 18:03:25 -0400
Westchester County Offers Free Back to School Vaccine Clinics https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/5186-westchester-county-offers-free-back-to-school-vaccine-clinics5186-westchester-county-offers-free-back-to-school-vaccine-clinics https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/5186-westchester-county-offers-free-back-to-school-vaccine-clinics5186-westchester-county-offers-free-back-to-school-vaccine-clinics

Call Westchester County Health Department for an appointment and to determine eligibility

 The Westchester County Department of Health will now book appointments for its free back-to-school vaccine clinics in Yonkers on Mondays and Thursdays from July 26 through the end of August and on Friday in White Plains from July 23 through the end of August for children to have the vaccines they need for school.

Health Commissioner Sherlita Amler, MD, said: “Our clinics have the vaccines children need to start their in-person learning on time, including COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 12 and older. I also encourage families with their own healthcare provider to call now and avoid the September rush, because there are many families who must catch up on visits they missed during the past pandemic year.”

All children who do not have their required immunizations must have their first dose of vaccinations within 14 days from the first day of school. This requirement follows legislation enacted in 2019 that removed non-medical exemptions for children in public, private or parochial school through 12th grade as well as childcare programs. Parents and guardians of these children must show that they have made appointments for all required follow-up doses within 30 days of the start of school.

The County Health Department can help. Families with no insurance, ChildHealth Plus or Medicaid, should call the County Health Department to schedule an appointment for vaccines at no charge.  Call (914) 995-5800 to find out if you qualify and to make an appointment for these Back to School clinics:

At the County Health Department, 20 S. Broadway, 2nd floor in Yonkers:

  • Mondays, July 26, through Aug. 30 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Thursdays, July 29 through Aug. 26, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

At the County Health Department, 134 Court Street in White Plains

  • Fridays, July 23 through Aug. 27, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Anyone who would like a Covid-19 vaccine is welcome to come to these clinics with no appointment during these times.

The Westchester County Department of Health provides free immunizations by appointment to eligible children and students of all ages who are uninsured or whose insurance does not cover vaccines.

Ask your healthcare provider which vaccines your children need. All 7th and 12th graders must get the meningococcal vaccine, and all students must be vaccinated against whooping cough, measles and mumps.

Health Navigators available through the Health Department can help families and individuals sign up for the health insurance they need. Those without a regular doctor can learn where to go for ongoing primary care. For more information, call (914) 995-6350.

kerry@ducey.org (Westchester County Dept. of Health) Life Wed, 21 Jul 2021 08:32:30 -0400
See TOM and JERRY under the stars at Croton Point Park on Friday! https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/events/5184-see-tom-and-jerry-under-the-stars-at-croton-point-park-on-friday5184-see-tom-and-jerry-under-the-stars-at-croton-point-park-on-friday https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/events/5184-see-tom-and-jerry-under-the-stars-at-croton-point-park-on-friday5184-see-tom-and-jerry-under-the-stars-at-croton-point-park-on-friday

This summer, Sharc Creative and Westchester County Parks will showcase a family-friendly movie series on a 50 ft screen at the Kensico Dam in Valhalla and at Croton Point Park. 

The next White Plains Hospital Screening under the Stars drive-in movie will take place on Friday, July 23 and feature Tom & Jerry The Movie at Croton Point Park. 

  • $25 per vehicle
  • Movies begin at dusk, gates open one hour before

Click here for tickets.

Thank you to the following sponsors:

  • HOLTEC International
  • Sharc Creative
  • The Premier Collection
  • HamletHub
  • Lippolis Electric
  • Robison Oil
  • Tompkins Mahopac Bank
  • Westchester Magazine
  • 100.7 WHUD
  • Iona College
  • The Peak 107.1
  • Inspiria Outdoor Advertising
  • Westchester.Gov
  • Westchester Parks & Rec
  • Westchester Parks Foundation

For ticket sale dates and times and additional information, click here.

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Events Mon, 19 Jul 2021 13:54:16 -0400
Take the Bee-Line Bus to All Summer Destinations! https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/5185-take-the-bee-line-bus-to-all-your-favorite-summer-destinations5185-take-the-bee-line-bus-to-all-your-favorite-summer-destinations https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/5185-take-the-bee-line-bus-to-all-your-favorite-summer-destinations5185-take-the-bee-line-bus-to-all-your-favorite-summer-destinations

It isn’t just taking the bus. It’s changing your life. Where do you want to go today?

Watch the Full Press Conference here

Watch a Behind-the-Scenes Video of the Bee-Line Bus here

 It has never been easier to get where you want to go then on the Bee-Line system. Westchester County’s buses are clean, comfortable, convenient and safe – and County Executive George Latimer is encouraging residents and visitors to use them to travel throughout Westchester this summer.

Latimer said: “The Bee-Line System is a great way to travel in Westchester. I encourage everyone to take the Bee-Line to your morning meeting, to visit with a friend, to an afternoon matinee or an evening concert this summer. Our buses are clean, comfortable and most importantly – safe. Take a ride and experience it for yourself.”

Metro-North President Catherine Rinaldi said: “There are so many family-friendly events and venues that are open this summer and easily accessible by public transportation. We are proud to partner with Westchester County as we bring back many discounts and incentives for customers to ride the train and the bus safely and often.”

Westchester County is also revealing a new, robust marketing plan aimed at increasing ridership on the Bee-Line system. The revamped campaign is destination focused, and includes colorful imagery of the Bee-Line Bus and imaginable locations throughout Westchester County, with catchy headlines such as “Where Do You Want To Go Today?” A sample advertisement is attached.

Commissioner of the Westchester County Department of Transportation Hugh Greechan said: “We are excited to launch this new marketing campaign to make more people aware of the bus system here in Westchester County.  The Bee-Line gives you the freedom and independence to explore and enjoy the many destinations in Westchester County and beyond. With over 3,300 bus stops and almost 60 routes, you are never too far away from getting where you need to go.” 

Commissioner of the Westchester County Department of Planning Norma Drummond said: “The Bee-Line provides safe and reliable service for commuters, shoppers and those wanting to spend a day at the park. Taking the bus is a great travel option because it is less stressful, and better for the environment.”

Additional Bee-Line buses have been added this summer to Playland Park, so that riders can enjoy a full day of rides, food and family fun. If people want to stay at Playland later on Friday and Saturday nights, additional buses have been added at 10:45 p.m.

The Westchester County Bee-Line system serves over 27 million passengers annually, with convenient service connecting riders to work, recreation, shopping and beyond. Over 65 percent of County residents live within walking distance of a Bee-Line bus route, making the bus both close and convenient for travel throughout Westchester.

Taking the Bee-Line is a great travel choice for a number of reasons: it helps our environment by reducing air pollution and traffic congestion, is cost-effective in comparison with the out-of-pocket costs of driving, and finding and paying for parking is never a problem. Take the Bee-Line bus and enjoy the extra leisure time to read, relax, socialize, plan your day or even your next vacation.

The Bee-Line is fully accessible for seniors and includes “kneeling” steps, wheelchair ramps and designated courtesy seating. Reduced rates for seniors are also available.

Most importantly, the Bee-Line system is safe. The County has made a number of health and safety improvements on the buses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. New features on the buses are as follows:

  •          All bus drivers and riders are required to wear a mask on the bus at all times.
  •          Plexiglas shields have been installed around where the bus drivers sit.
  •          All new electric and hybrid-electric buses are significantly cleaner and more energy efficient, reducing our impact on the environment. 

Riders can travel to thousands of destinations across the County on the Bee-Line, including Westchester County’s parks, pools and beaches, shopping, business districts and more. For more information about the Bee-Line Bus, visit the Westchester County website.

commandercarey@gmail.com (Westchester County) Life Mon, 19 Jul 2021 09:29:00 -0400
Bedford Native and Fox Lane Graduate Henry Davis Selected With First Pick in Major League Baseball Draft! https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/neighbors/5183-bedford-native-and-fox-lane-graduate-henry-davis-selected-with-first-pick-in-major-league-baseball-draft5183-bedford-native-and-fox-lane-graduate-henry-davis-selected-with-first-pick-in-major-league-baseball-draft https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/neighbors/5183-bedford-native-and-fox-lane-graduate-henry-davis-selected-with-first-pick-in-major-league-baseball-draft5183-bedford-native-and-fox-lane-graduate-henry-davis-selected-with-first-pick-in-major-league-baseball-draft

In her weekly Supervisor's Update this week, MaryAnn Carr shared some exciting news about Bedford native and Fox Lane High School grad, Henry Davis!

Davis, a catcher from Louisville University, was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates with the first overall pick in the Major League Baseball Draft which took place on July 11. 

Just - WOW!

Carr writes:

The Bedford native became the first player from Westchester County to be drafted with the No. 1 pick since 1985, and the second Fox Lane student to be drafted by a professional sports team in the last 3 years.

Davis played varsity baseball for four years in high school, where he was coached by FLHS teacher Matt Hillis, and was a two-time first team all-state selection. The 6-foot-2 catcher moved on to Louisville University, one of the most highly regarded baseball schools in the country. In the 50 games he played during his college career, Davis had a .337 batting average, .435 on base percentage with 21 home runs and 84 runs batted in, while also being stellar on defense.

In college, he quickly became one of the most highly touted prospects in the nation, and, after his impressive 2021 season, he was expected to be picked with one of the top five picks in the draft. He earned All-American honors from six different publications and organizations and was a finalist for the Buster Posey Award, an annual accolade given to the best catcher in college baseball.

Davis is sure to be a critical part of the future of the Pirates, and we can’t wait to watch him succeed!

*Image courtesy Bedford Supervisor MaryAnn Carr.

View additional photos and listen (and watch) the video of Henry Davis being drafted HERE.

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Neighbors Fri, 16 Jul 2021 13:59:10 -0400
White Plains Hospital Screenings Under the Stars on Friday, July 23 Featuring Tom & Jerry https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/events/5181-white-plains-hospital-screenings-under-the-stars-on-friday-july-23-featuring-tom-jerry5181-white-plains-hospital-screenings-under-the-stars-on-friday-july-23-featuring-tom-jerry https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/events/5181-white-plains-hospital-screenings-under-the-stars-on-friday-july-23-featuring-tom-jerry5181-white-plains-hospital-screenings-under-the-stars-on-friday-july-23-featuring-tom-jerry

This summer, Sharc Creative and Westchester County Parks will showcase a family-friendly movie series on a 50 ft screen at the Kensico Dam in Valhalla. 

The next White Plains Hospital Screening under the Stars drive-in movie will take place on Friday, July 23 and feature Tom & Jerry The Movie.

  • $25 per vehicle
  • Movies begin at dusk, gates open one hour before

Click here for tickets.

Thank you to the following sponsors:

  • HOLTEC International
  • Sharc Creative
  • The Premier Collection
  • HamletHub
  • Lippolis Electric
  • Robison Oil
  • Tompkins Mahopac Bank
  • Westchester Magazine
  • 100.7 WHUD
  • Iona College
  • The Peak 107.1
  • Inspiria Outdoor Advertising
  • Westchester.Gov
  • Westchester Parks & Rec
  • Westchester Parks Foundation

For ticket sale dates and times and additional information, click here.

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Events Wed, 14 Jul 2021 12:04:06 -0400
Nick Vianna author of Ten Tidal Tales live in Rye and Bronxville https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/events/5180-nick-vianna-author-of-ten-tidal-tales-live-in-rye-and-bronxville5180-nick-vianna-author-of-ten-tidal-tales-live-in-rye-and-bronxville https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/events/5180-nick-vianna-author-of-ten-tidal-tales-live-in-rye-and-bronxville5180-nick-vianna-author-of-ten-tidal-tales-live-in-rye-and-bronxville

Local author/illustrator presents "TEN TIDAL TALES"

Want a light-hearted, engaging read this summer? 

Look no further than Nick Vianna’s third picture book, Ten Tidal Tales- a series of short whimsical ocean stories told through Larry the pizza loving seagull and G, the little sea sprite with a big heart.

Using ocean symbols to communicate, the pair unite in friendship, fun and as pen pals, sharing their unique stories of fact and fiction from different corners of the world, above and below the surface. 

Packed with colorful pictures, humor and whimsical verse, Ten Tidal Tales invites you to experience the quirky, humorous and magical mysteries of the ocean that only a seagull and a sea sprite can see.

Liza D. from Amazon notes: “My 7-year-old twins love love love this book. We’ve read it over and over and discover something new every time.”

“Nick Vianna's illustrations are extremely fun and vibrant. I highly recommend this book. Your kids will love it,” says another Amazon reviewer, Christine C.

As part of the book tour, Nick is offering elementary schools, libraries, bookstores and fairs a free live/virtual read, with interactive word games and an art display presentation.

"I really love to engage the kids with questions during the live read and then demonstrate how creating a picture book uses some of the very same skills they are learning in school now –like spelling, word association, nature, visual communication, as well as arts and crafts."

Nick will be speaking on 7/9 at 11AM in Rye at Rye Town Park and on 7/14 at 4PM at the Bronxville Library

For more information about the book, live read events or Nick, visit the www.tentidal.com website. To find out more about the author, please click here.

kerry@ducey.org (VSK) Events Tue, 06 Jul 2021 11:08:23 -0400
Westchester County Health Department issues Heat Advisory https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/publicsafety/5179-county-health-department-issues-heat-advisory5179-county-health-department-issues-heat-advisory https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/publicsafety/5179-county-health-department-issues-heat-advisory5179-county-health-department-issues-heat-advisory

Advises Residents to Drink Water, Cool off and Never Leave People or Pets in a Closed Car

With high heat and humidity in the County expected to make it feel at or above 100 degrees through Wednesday, and temperatures expected to hover in the 90s, the Westchester County Health Department is issuing a heat advisory. Residents should avoid strenuous activity, drink lots of water, avoid alcohol and caffeine and take precautions to prevent heat-related illness.

“Pace yourself -- don’t overdo it in the heat,” said County Executive George Latimer. “If you spend a lot of time outdoors, take breaks in an air-conditioned place and drink lots of water. And during a heat wave, remember to always check in on your elderly or ailing neighbors.”

Sherlita Amler, MD, Westchester County Commissioner of Health, said people who are most vulnerable to adverse effects from the heat include the very young, seniors, people who are obese and those with high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes or lung conditions.

“Heat stroke and dehydration can take you by surprise,” Amler said. “High humidity, chronic health conditions and some medications can also increase a person’s risk for heat stroke.”

Heat stroke is a serious and life-threatening condition that claims many lives nationwide each year. Symptoms include hot red, dry skin, shallow breathing, a rapid, weak pulse and confusion. Anyone suffering from heat stroke needs to receive emergency medical treatment immediately. Call 911 if you suspect heat stroke and immediately cool the overheated person while waiting for emergency help to arrive.

Amler reminded residents never to leave children, pets or people in a car. Temperatures can quickly rise to unsafe levels, so motorists should always look before they lock their vehicles.

“To avoid tragedy, it’s also vital to never leave infants, children, seniors or pets in a closed car no matter how brief the time,” Amler said. “Closed vehicles can quickly heat up to a life-threatening 140º F or more.”

Another concern during a heat wave is heat exhaustion. Seniors, young children, people who are overweight or who have high blood pressure, people who work outside or in other hot environments are most at risk. Frequent breaks and drinking lots of water can help prevent heat exhaustion. Signs include headache, nausea or vomiting, dizziness and exhaustion, as well as cool, moist, pale or flushed skin. Anyone suffering from heat exhaustion should move out of the sun and apply cool, wet cloths to their skin.

“During a heat wave, seniors, young children and people with compromised immunity especially should avoid vigorous outdoor activity, spend time in the shade, take breaks in air-conditioned locations and drink lots of water throughout the day,” Amler said. “Especially when they’re swimming and playing in the water, children often forget to drink, so parents and caregivers should prompt children to take breaks to hydrate.”

Those who plan to travel by car should prepare their vehicle before hitting the road. Always travel with a spare battery, and avoid leading radios, phone chargers and other accessories running when the engine is not.

Check to make sure your air conditioning is properly functioning and coolant is at the proper level. If you plan to travel in less populated areas, bring water and an umbrella for shade if it becomes necessary to leave the car. Always keep air flowing throughout the vehicle, and try to park in the shade. 

For tips to prevent heat-related illness and places to stay cool, residents can visit the Health Department website at www.westchestergov.com/health

Residents who need a place to cool off can go to an indoor mall. Senior centers, libraries and community centers often serve as cooling centers, but call before you go.

Elevated heat and humidity can also lead to unhealthy levels of ozone, a gas produced by the action of sunlight on organic air contaminants from auto exhaust and other sources. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation forecasts daily ozone conditions at (http://www.dec.ny.gov), or call the New York State Air Quality Hotline at 1-800-535-1345.

The County’s Department of Emergency Services is monitoring the weather forecast, tracking the opening of local Cooling Centers and is in contact with Con Edison and NYSEG concerning the potential for power outages. 

For tips to prevent heat-related illness and places to stay cool, residents can visit the Health Department website at www.westchestergov.com/health

commandercarey@gmail.com (Westchester County) Public safety Tue, 06 Jul 2021 08:36:04 -0400
Playland is the place to be for fireworks all summer https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/5177-playland-is-the-place-to-be-for-fireworks-all-summer5177-playland-is-the-place-to-be-for-fireworks-all-summer https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/5177-playland-is-the-place-to-be-for-fireworks-all-summer5177-playland-is-the-place-to-be-for-fireworks-all-summer

Get ready to ooh and aah when spectacular fireworks illuminate the sky over Playland Park this summer season.

County Executive George Latimer said: “After being closed to the public for the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I am excited to welcome thousands of people from all over Westchester County back to a Playland to gather for Friday night fireworks. It’s a summer tradition to cap off a day at the park with celebratory fireworks.”

Fireworks displays over Long Island Sound will take place Friday, July 9, at 9:15 p.m. and then every Friday evening through September 3 with a final show on Sunday, September 5,. All shows start at 9:15 p.m.

Commissioner Kathy O’Connor said: “Whether you come for the rides at the park or a dip at the beach and stay for the fireworks, you get a lot of bang for your buck.”

For the season’s full schedule and admission prices, go to PlaylandPark.org or call the park at (914) 813-7010. Parking is $10. 

Playland is located in Rye. NY., and can be reached taking the New England Thruway (I-95) to the Playland Parkway (exit 19). Follow the Playland Parkway directly into Playland.

commandercarey@gmail.com (Westchester County) Life Wed, 30 Jun 2021 12:39:00 -0400
Virtual Field Trip to the Wolf Conservation Center with Somers Library https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/events/5178-virtual-field-trip-at-the-wolf-conservation-center-with-somers-library5178-virtual-field-trip-at-the-wolf-conservation-center-with-somers-library https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/events/5178-virtual-field-trip-at-the-wolf-conservation-center-with-somers-library5178-virtual-field-trip-at-the-wolf-conservation-center-with-somers-library

Virtual Field Trip at the Wolf Conservation Center (Adults, Teens, Children & Families)

Wednesday, July 14, 6:00 - 7:00 pm

Immerse yourself in the wild world of wolves with a virtual field trip to the Wolf Conservation Center! Attendees will learn about the history and biology of wolves in North America and will meet the WCC's three ambassador gray wolves with the help of a WCC representative. Viewers will also have the opportunity to potentially see some of the endangered red wolves and Mexican gray wolves that reside at the WCC!

Please register on our online calendar here or call the library at 914-232-5717 in order to have access to these meetings. You will receive an email prior to the meeting with a Zoom invitation.

Our programs are funded by The Friends of the Library - thanks for your support!

The Somers Library ~ 914-232-5717 ~ www.somerslibrary.org

commandercarey@gmail.com (Somers Library) Events Wed, 30 Jun 2021 08:56:03 -0400
The Osborn's A- Credit Rating from Fitch Affirmed https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/5176-the-osborn-s-a-credit-rating-from-fitch-affirmed5176-the-osborn-s-a-credit-rating-from-fitch-affirmed https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/5176-the-osborn-s-a-credit-rating-from-fitch-affirmed5176-the-osborn-s-a-credit-rating-from-fitch-affirmed

Fitch Ratings has assigned an “A-“ issuer default rating (IDR) to the Miriam Osborn Memorial Home Association (The Osborn) and has affirmed its “A-“ revenue rating on revenue bonds issued on The Osborn’s behalf. The IDR rating indicates the high credit quality maintained by the organization, a non-profit continuum of care retirement community in Rye, NY. Fitch also revised The Osborn’s rating outlook from “Stable” to “Positive,” reflecting expected growth as healthcare census recovers to pre-pandemic levels.

“We are very proud of sustaining this excellent rating, especially in light of the current challenging economic times brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Matthew Anderson, President and CEO of The Osborn. “Throughout our 113-year history, we have been committed to providing an active, safe, and engaged lifestyle for our residents today while maintaining our financial stability for a successful future.”

Fitch is a leading provider of credit ratings, commentary, and research with clients throughout the world. According to Fitch, “The A-rating reflects the strength of [The Osborn’s] financial profile . . . .” Fitch’s rating action commentary went on to say, “Despite the challenges in marketing and sales brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, [The Osborn] was able to maintain average [independent living unit] occupancy of 90% in 2020.”

Further, in its previous rating action commentary, Fitch outlined that, “The Osborn has developed a very strong reputation, owing largely to its high quality services and amenities, which Fitch expects should continue to support a strong demand profile.” It was noted that the local market continues to display favorable wealth indicators, a growing population in the 65+ age group, and strong real estate values.

kerry@ducey.org (Leslie Wells) Life Tue, 29 Jun 2021 10:26:06 -0400