Rye's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/rye Sat, 14 Dec 2019 21:10:19 -0500 HamletHub.com OKO, FEATURING JAPANESE INSPIRED CUISINE FROM CHEF BRIAN LEWIS, SET TO OPEN IN RYE ON PURCHASE STREET DECEMBER 18 https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/places/5022-oko-featuring-japanese-inspired-cuisine-from-chef-brian-lewis-set-to-open-in-rye-on-purchase-street-december-185022-oko-featuring-japanese-inspired-cuisine-from-chef-brian-lewis-set-to-open-in-rye-on-purchase-street-december-18 https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/places/5022-oko-featuring-japanese-inspired-cuisine-from-chef-brian-lewis-set-to-open-in-rye-on-purchase-street-december-185022-oko-featuring-japanese-inspired-cuisine-from-chef-brian-lewis-set-to-open-in-rye-on-purchase-street-december-18

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Chef Brian Lewis:

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

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

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

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

About OKO: 

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

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

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

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

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

She is good with other dogs, cats and children.

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

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

 Adoption Fees; What’s Included:

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

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

All Puppies: $375

Seniors and Lonely Hearts Club members: $85

When to Come: (Unless different date stated above)

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

What to Bring:

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

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

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

NYS Registration # RR056

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

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commandercarey@gmail.com (SPCA of Westchester) Charities Mon, 09 Dec 2019 11:14:08 -0500
Using strong password is a strong defense against identity thieves https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/publicsafety/5019-using-strong-password-is-a-strong-defense-against-identity-thieves5019-using-strong-password-is-a-strong-defense-against-identity-thieves https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/publicsafety/5019-using-strong-password-is-a-strong-defense-against-identity-thieves5019-using-strong-password-is-a-strong-defense-against-identity-thieves

Two things taxpayers can do to prevent themselves from identity theft is to use strong passwords and keep those passwords secure.

While many people use fingerprint or facial recognition technology to protect their devices, sometimes it's still necessary to use a password. In recent years, cybersecurity experts' recommendations on what constitutes a strong password has changed. With that in mind, here are four tips for building a better password:

  • Use word phrases that are easy to remember rather than random letters, characters and numbers that cannot be easily recalled.
  • Use a minimum of eight characters; longer is better.
  • Use a combination of letters, numbers and symbols, i.e., XYZ, 567, !@#.
  • Avoid personal information or common passwords.

Writing strong passwords isn't the only way to keep data secure. Here are a few more tips for folks to remember. People should:

  • Change default and temporary passwords that come with accounts or devices.
  • Not reuse passwords. Rather use a completely different password for every account and device.
  • Give a password a total makeover when changing it. For example, simply changing Bgood!17 to Bgood!18 is not good enough.
  • Not use email addresses as usernames, if that's an option.
  • Store any password list in a secure location, such as a safe or locked file cabinet.
  • Not disclose passwords to anyone for any reason.
  • Use a password manager program to track passwords if you have numerous accounts.

Whenever it is an option for a password-protected account, users also should opt for a multi-factor authentication process. Many email providers, financial institutions and social media sites now offer customers two-factor authentication protections.

Two-factor authentication helps by adding an extra layer of protection. Often two-factor authentication means the returning user must first enter credentials like a username and password. Then they must do another step, such as entering a security code texted to a mobile phone.

More information:

Tax Tip 2019-172

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Internal Revenue Service) Public safety Mon, 09 Dec 2019 09:36:43 -0500
Clay Art Center’s Ornament Making Clay Class https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/places/5020-clay-art-center-s-ornament-making-clay-class5020-clay-art-center-s-ornament-making-clay-class https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/places/5020-clay-art-center-s-ornament-making-clay-class5020-clay-art-center-s-ornament-making-clay-class



Handmade with Heart For the Holidays!

Create a handmade personalized holiday ornament – fun for the whole family!

Saturday, December 14

Session 1: 1:30 – 3:00pm

Session 2: 3:30 – 5:00pm

For families & friends ages 5 – 99.

No previous experience necessary.

Looking for something fun to do with your family during the holidays?
Clay Art Center’s annual ornament making clay class is a special
holiday event. Create a handmade personalized holiday ornament that
your family will treasure forever. There are four sessions to choose
from on the first two Saturdays in December – December 7 or 14 at 1:30
or 3:30pm. For adults, children, families and friends ages 5 – 99. No
previous experience necessary! Beginner’s welcome.

To Register: Space is Limited. Tickets go on sale at the front desk at
10am the day of class. Call us at 914-937-2047 to register. First Come
First Served.

Fee: $20 per child under 12, $30 adult

Children under 12 must attend with a guardian enrolled in the class.

This class includes materials and firing. Ornaments will be glazed and
fired and available for pick up 2 weeks after your class.

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annaleder@yahoo.com (Clay Art Center) Places Thu, 05 Dec 2019 01:42:44 -0500
Cast Announced for Disney’s NEWSIES playing White Plains Performing Arts Center December 20 – January 12 https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/neighbors/5021-cast-announced-for-disney-s-newsies-playing-white-plains-performing-arts-center-december-20-january-125021-cast-announced-for-disney-s-newsies-playing-white-plains-performing-arts-center-december-20-january-12 https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/neighbors/5021-cast-announced-for-disney-s-newsies-playing-white-plains-performing-arts-center-december-20-january-125021-cast-announced-for-disney-s-newsies-playing-white-plains-performing-arts-center-december-20-january-12

Cast Announced for Disney’s NEWSIES playing White Plains Performing Arts Center December 20 – January 12

The White Plains Performing Arts Center (WPPAC) is proud to announce the cast for its upcoming Mainstage production of Disney’s NEWSIES, playing December 20 – January 12.

Leading the cast is Alex Prakken, reprising his role from the shows National Tour as Jack Kelly with Kristen Seggio as Katherine and Mark Bradley Miller as Mr. Pulitzer.

Completing the cast are Casey Bagnall, Noah Barnes, Dean Cestari (Davey), Nathan Cockroft, Sammy Dell, Elijah Dillehay, Zach Eisenberg, Sean Casey Flanagan, Timothy Matthew Flores, Alec Gallazzi, Christopher McHugh, Matthew Oster (Crutchie), Marcus Parfitt, Caleb Reese Paul, Talen Piner, Jack Saleeby, Steven Schroko, Alex Skarmeas, James Conrad Smith, Elisha Marie (Medda), Austin Turner and Jamie Zeidman.

“Disney’s Newsies has never been more potent than it is today as a new generation of young activists has emerged in our world.  Many teens are deeply concerned with social, economic, political and environmental issues. They are looking around at the world they are inheriting yet thinking of the one they’ll create.  Like the newsboys, these David’s are fully prepared to take on the Goliath’s so change can come once and for all. Newsies awakens the hero in all of us.  And there’s no better time to be inspired than the holiday season!” says Director Frank Portanova

NEWSIES is based on the 1992 movie and inspired by the true story of the 1899 Newsboys Strike and is a joyful, and entertaining musical capturing the strength that young people have when they join together and stand up against injustice. Winner of 2 Tony Awards, the show features a funny, poignant book by Harvey Fierstein and stunning music by Alan Menken & Jack Feldman, NEWSIES is packed with non-stop thrills and a timeless message, perfect for the whole family!

NEWSIES is Directed by Frank Portanova with Music Direction by Stephen Ferri and Choreography by Josh Assor. Scenic Design by Ryan Howell, Lighting Design by Adam Honoré, Sound Design by Jon Weston, Stage Managed by Jessie Jardon. Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Jack Feldman, Book by Harvey Fierstein. Based on the Disney Film written by Bob Tzudiker and Noni White.  Originally produced on Broadway by Disney Theatrical Productions.

NEWSIES will play the White Plains Performing Arts Center Friday, December 20, 7pm; Saturday, December 21, 7pm; Sunday, December 22, 2pm; Friday, December 27, 2pm; Saturday, December 28, 2pm & 7pm; Sunday, December 29, 2pm; Friday, January 3, 7pm; Saturday, January 4, 2pm & 7pm; Sunday, January 5, 2pm; Wednesday, January 8, 11am; Thursday, January 9, 11am; Friday, January 10, 11am; Saturday, January 11, 7pm; Sunday, January 12, 2pm.

The White Plains Performing Arts Center is located on the third level of City Center off Mamaroneck Avenue in downtown White Plains, minutes from the White Plains Metro North Station. For tickets visit the theatre box office Monday-Friday (11am-6pm), purchase the tickets online at wppac.com or call 914-328-1600. For Group Sales, please contact boxoffice@wppac.com.

NEWSIES is a WPPAC Mainstage Production which is a professional production featuring union and non-union actors from Broadway, national tours and regional theatre across the country. These productions are created from scratch, staffed with professional production teams (directors to designers), large LIVE orchestras and boast high-quality sets and costumes.

Photos: Alex Prakken; Kristen Seggio, Mark Bradley Miller

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kerry@ducey.org (Kathleen Davisson) Neighbors Wed, 04 Dec 2019 10:39:12 -0500
Holiday Howl at Wolf Conservation Center in December https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/places/5016-holiday-howl-at-wolf-conservation-center-in-december5016-holiday-howl-at-wolf-conservation-center-in-december https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/places/5016-holiday-howl-at-wolf-conservation-center-in-december5016-holiday-howl-at-wolf-conservation-center-in-december

Howl in December and check out the programs and events at the Wolf Conservation Center

Pack Chat for Kids

Date: December 1, 2019

Time: 11 am

Fee: $14 – adults / $11 – children under 12

This is the best introduction to wolves for families with young children.  Kids will learn about the mythology surrounding wolves and the important role of wolves in the natural world. This is an exciting time for wolves; they are out searching for prey as they prepare for winter!  Guests will visit Ambassador Wolves Alawa, Nikai and Zephyr, and possibly the WCC’s critically endangered red wolves and Mexican gray wolves as well.  Pre-registration is required.

Wolves of North America

Date: December 7, 2019

Time: 2 pm

Fee: $14 – adults / $11 – children under 12

Learn about the mythology, biology and ecology of wolf families and discover why it’s a special time for packs in North America. Whether the wolves are living on the Arctic tundra or the woodlands of the southwest, wolf families are out searching for prey as they prepare for winter! Guests will visit Ambassador Wolves Alawa, Nikai and Zephyr as well as potentially behold the WCC’s critically endangered red wolves and Mexican gray wolves too. Pre-registration is required.

Pack Chat for Kids

Date: December 8, 2019

Time: 2 pm

Fee: $14 – adults / $11 – children under 12

This is the best introduction to wolves for families with young children.  Kids will learn about the mythology surrounding wolves and the important role of wolves in the natural world. This is an exciting time for wolves; they are out searching for prey as they prepare for winter!  Guests will visit Ambassador Wolves Alawa, Nikai and Zephyr, and possibly the WCC’s critically endangered red wolves and Mexican gray wolves as well.  Pre-registration is required.

Wolves of North America

Date: December 14, 2019

Time: 11 am

Fee: $14 – adults / $11 – children under 12

Learn about the mythology, biology and ecology of wolf families and discover why it’s a special time for packs in North America. Whether the wolves are living on the Arctic tundra or the woodlands of the southwest, wolf families are out searching for prey as they prepare for winter! Guests will visit Ambassador Wolves Alawa, Nikai and Zephyr as well as potentially behold the WCC’s critically endangered red wolves and Mexican gray wolves too. Pre-registration is required.

Pack Chat for Kids

Date: December 14, 2019

Time: 2 pm

Fee: $14 – adults / $11 – children under 12

This is the best introduction to wolves for families with young children.  Kids will learn about the mythology surrounding wolves and the important role of wolves in the natural world. This is an exciting time for wolves; they are out searching for prey as they prepare for winter!  Guests will visit Ambassador Wolves Alawa, Nikai and Zephyr, and possibly the WCC’s critically endangered red wolves and Mexican gray wolves as well.  Pre-registration is required.

Pack Chat for Kids

Date: December 15, 2019

Time: 11 am

Fee: $14 – adults / $11 – children under 12

This is the best introduction to wolves for families with young children.  Kids will learn about the mythology surrounding wolves and the important role of wolves in the natural world. This is an exciting time for wolves; they are out searching for prey as they prepare for winter!  Guests will visit Ambassador Wolves Alawa, Nikai and Zephyr, and possibly the WCC’s critically endangered red wolves and Mexican gray wolves as well.  Pre-registration is required.

Holiday Howl

Date: December 21, 2019

Time: 11 am

Fee: $14 – adults / $11 – children under 12

Get outside during the holidays at the Wolf Conservation Center! Learn about the mythology, biology and ecology of wolf families and discover why this season is such a magical time for packs in North America. Guests will assemble "wolfy" gifts for Ambassador wolves Alawa, Nikai and Zephyr and then enjoy watching the wolves tear them open! Guests will also potentially behold the WCC’s critically endangered red wolves and Mexican gray wolves. Pre-registration is required.

Holiday Howl

Date: December 21, 2019

Time: 2 pm

Fee: $14 – adults / $11 – children under 12

Get outside during the holidays at the Wolf Conservation Center! Learn about the mythology, biology and ecology of wolf families and discover why this season is such a magical time for packs in North America. Guests will assemble "wolfy" gifts for Ambassador wolves Alawa, Nikai and Zephyr and then enjoy watching the wolves tear them open! Guests will also potentially behold the WCC’s critically endangered red wolves and Mexican gray wolves. Pre-registration is required.

Holiday Howl for Pups of All Ages

Date: December 21, 2019

Time: 4:30 pm

Fee: $16 – adults / $13 – children under 12

Get outside during the holidays at the Wolf Conservation Center! Learn about the mythology, biology and ecology of wolf families and discover why this season is such a magical time for packs in North America. Guests will assemble "wolfy" gifts for Ambassador wolves Alawa, Nikai and Zephyr and then enjoy watching the wolves tear them open! Guests will also potentially behold the WCC’s critically endangered red wolves and Mexican gray wolves. Pre-registration is required.

Holiday Howl

Date: December 22, 2019

Time: 11 am

Fee: $14 – adults / $11 – children under 12

Get outside during the holidays at the Wolf Conservation Center! Learn about the mythology, biology and ecology of wolf families and discover why this season is such a magical time for packs in North America. Guests will assemble "wolfy" gifts for Ambassador wolves Alawa, Nikai and Zephyr and then enjoy watching the wolves tear them open! Guests will also potentially behold the WCC’s critically endangered red wolves and Mexican gray wolves. Pre-registration is required.

Holiday Howl

Date: December 22, 2019

Time: 2 pm

Fee: $14 – adults / $11 – children under 12

Get outside during the holidays at the Wolf Conservation Center! Learn about the mythology, biology and ecology of wolf families and discover why this season is such a magical time for packs in North America. Guests will assemble "wolfy" gifts for Ambassador wolves Alawa, Nikai and Zephyr and then enjoy watching the wolves tear them open! Guests will also potentially behold the WCC’s critically endangered red wolves and Mexican gray wolves. Pre-registration is required.

Holiday Howl

Date: December 23, 2019

Time: 11 am

Fee: $14 – adults / $11 – children under 12

Get outside during the holidays at the Wolf Conservation Center! Learn about the mythology, biology and ecology of wolf families and discover why this season is such a magical time for packs in North America. Guests will assemble "wolfy" gifts for Ambassador wolves Alawa, Nikai and Zephyr and then enjoy watching the wolves tear them open! Guests will also potentially behold the WCC’s critically endangered red wolves and Mexican gray wolves. Pre-registration is required.

Holiday Howl

Date: December 26, 2019

Time: 11 am

Fee: $14 – adults / $11 – children under 12

Get outside during the holidays at the Wolf Conservation Center! Learn about the mythology, biology and ecology of wolf families and discover why this season is such a magical time for packs in North America. Guests will assemble "wolfy" gifts for Ambassador wolves Alawa, Nikai and Zephyr and then enjoy watching the wolves tear them open! Guests will also potentially behold the WCC’s critically endangered red wolves and Mexican gray wolves. Pre-registration is required.

Holiday Howl

Date: December 26, 2019

Time: 2 pm

Fee: $14 – adults / $11 – children under 12

Get outside during the holidays at the Wolf Conservation Center! Learn about the mythology, biology and ecology of wolf families and discover why this season is such a magical time for packs in North America. Guests will assemble "wolfy" gifts for Ambassador wolves Alawa, Nikai and Zephyr and then enjoy watching the wolves tear them open! Guests will also potentially behold the WCC’s critically endangered red wolves and Mexican gray wolves. Pre-registration is required.

Wolves of North America

Date: December 27, 2019

Time: 11 am

Fee: $14 – adults / $11 – children under 12

Learn about the mythology, biology and ecology of wolf families and discover why it’s a special time for packs in North America. Whether the wolves are living on the Arctic tundra or the woodlands of the southwest, wolf families are out searching for prey as they prepare for winter! Guests will visit Ambassador Wolves Alawa, Nikai and Zephyr as well as potentially behold the WCC’s critically endangered red wolves and Mexican gray wolves too. Pre-registration is required.

Wolves of North America

Date: December 28, 2019

Time: 11 am

Fee: $14 – adults / $11 – children under 12

Learn about the mythology, biology and ecology of wolf families and discover why it’s a special time for packs in North America. Whether the wolves are living on the Arctic tundra or the woodlands of the southwest, wolf families are out searching for prey as they prepare for winter! Guests will visit Ambassador Wolves Alawa, Nikai and Zephyr as well as potentially behold the WCC’s critically endangered red wolves and Mexican gray wolves too. Pre-registration is required.

Pack Chat for Kids

Date: December 28, 2019

Time: 2 pm

Fee: $14 – adults / $11 – children under 12

This is the best introduction to wolves for families with young children.  Kids will learn about the mythology surrounding wolves and the important role of wolves in the natural world. This is an exciting time for wolves; they are out searching for prey as they prepare for winter!  Guests will visit Ambassador Wolves Alawa, Nikai and Zephyr, and possibly the WCC’s critically endangered red wolves and Mexican gray wolves as well.  Pre-registration is required.

Evening Howl for Adults Only

Date: December 28, 2019

Time: 5:00 pm

Fee: $20 per person

Join us for a special Evening Howl and enjoy visiting the wolves during their favorite hour - dusk. Learn about the mythology, biology and ecology of wolves in North America while enjoying a lovely spread of wine and cheese. Guests will take a short sunset hike to howl with Ambassador wolves Alawa, Nikai and Zephyr and potentially behold the WCC’s critically endangered red wolves and Mexican wolves too. This program is for adults 21 years old and over. Pre-registration is required.

Pack Chat for Kids

Date: December 29, 2019

Time: 11 am

Fee: $14 – adults / $11 – children under 12

This is the best introduction to wolves for families with young children.  Kids will learn about the mythology surrounding wolves and the important role of wolves in the natural world. This is an exciting time for wolves; they are out searching for prey as they prepare for winter!  Guests will visit Ambassador Wolves Alawa, Nikai and Zephyr, and possibly the WCC’s critically endangered red wolves and Mexican gray wolves as well.  Pre-registration is required.

Sunset Photo Session

Date: December 29, 2019

Time: 2:30 pm

Fee: $100 per person

Join us for this special opportunity to photograph the WCC’s Ambassador Wolves: Nikai, Alawa, and Zephyr!  Guests will also be given access to photograph the WCC's critically endangered Mexican wolves and red wolves from vantage points not generally available during regular visits.  Pre-registration is required.  Space is very limited, so make your reservation early.

Pack Chat for Kids

Date: December 30, 2019

Time: 11 am

Fee: $14 – adults / $11 – children under 12

This is the best introduction to wolves for families with young children.  Kids will learn about the mythology surrounding wolves and the important role of wolves in the natural world. This is an exciting time for wolves; they are out searching for prey as they prepare for winter!  Guests will visit Ambassador Wolves Alawa, Nikai and Zephyr, and possibly the WCC’s critically endangered red wolves and Mexican gray wolves as well.  Pre-registration is required.

Wolves of North America

Date: December 31, 2019

Time: 11 am

Fee: $14 – adults / $11 – children under 12

Learn about the mythology, biology and ecology of wolf families and discover why it’s a special time for packs in North America. Whether the wolves are living on the Arctic tundra or the woodlands of the southwest, wolf families are out searching for prey as they prepare for winter! Guests will visit Ambassador Wolves Alawa, Nikai and Zephyr as well as potentially behold the WCC’s critically endangered red wolves and Mexican gray wolves too. Pre-registration is required.

Wolf Conservation Center, 7 Buck Run St, South Salem

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kerry@ducey.org (WCC) Places Wed, 04 Dec 2019 03:26:00 -0500
87th Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting on December 4 https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/events/5014-87th-rockefeller-center-christmas-tree-lighting-on-december-45014-87th-rockefeller-center-christmas-tree-lighting-on-december-4 https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/events/5014-87th-rockefeller-center-christmas-tree-lighting-on-december-45014-87th-rockefeller-center-christmas-tree-lighting-on-december-4

It's (almost) Christmas in the city! A magical time of year! 

The 2019 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting will take place on Wednesday, December 4 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 through Friday, January 17, 2020.

The annual tree lighting ceremony is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.

According to the Rockefeller Center website, the 2019 Christmas Tree will be donated to Habitat for Humanity. "Once the holidays have passed and crowds have dispersed, the tree comes down and is milled, treated and made into lumber that is used for home building," they explain.

Learn more about this beloved NYC holiday tradition here.

*Image courtesy Facebook (NYC Parties and events)

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kerry@ducey.org (HH ) Events Tue, 26 Nov 2019 14:31:56 -0500
Beware of Social Security Scams https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/publicsafety/5015-beware-of-social-security-scams5015-beware-of-social-security-scams https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/publicsafety/5015-beware-of-social-security-scams5015-beware-of-social-security-scams

Social Security phone scams are the #1 type of fraud reported to the Federal Trade Commission and Social Security. Over the past year, these scams—misleading victims into making cash or gift card payments to avoid arrest for Social Security number problems—have skyrocketed. Social Security encourages you to use the new online form to report Social Security phone scams to disrupt the scammers and help us reduce this type of fraud, and reduce the number of victims.

“We are taking action to raise awareness and prevent scammers from harming Americans,” said Andrew Saul, Commissioner of Social Security. “I am deeply troubled that our country has not been able to stop these crooks from deceiving some of the most vulnerable members of our society.”

Social Security employees will occasionally contact you by telephone or mail for business purposes if you have ongoing business with the agency. However, Social Security employees will not:

  • Tell you that your Social Security number has been suspended.
  • Contact you to demand an immediate payment.
  • Ask you for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
  • Require a specific means of debt repayment, like a prepaid debit card, a retail gift card, or cash.
  • Demand that you pay a Social Security debt without the ability to appeal the amount you owe.
  • Promise a Social Security benefit approval, or increase, in exchange for information or money.

Remember that Social Security employees will never threaten you. If there’s a problem with your Social Security record, Social Security will mail you a letter. If Social Security needs you to submit payments, the agency will provide instructions in the letter, including options to make those payments

“Awareness is our best hope to thwart the scammers,” said Gail Ennis, Inspector General for Social Security. “Tell your friends and family about them and report them to us when you receive them, but most importantly, just hang up and ignore the calls.”

The above article is republished from the SSA.gov website. 

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keytocomputing@gmail.com (Mike Korbey, Deputy Commissioner for Communications SSA.gov) Public safety Mon, 18 Nov 2019 05:34:00 -0500
Recipe of the Week: Butternut Squash Frittata with Fried Sage https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/5013-recipe-of-the-week-butternut-squash-frittata-with-fried-sage5013-recipe-of-the-week-butternut-squash-frittata-with-fried-sage https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/5013-recipe-of-the-week-butternut-squash-frittata-with-fried-sage5013-recipe-of-the-week-butternut-squash-frittata-with-fried-sage

Simple, savory frittata made with butternut squash, onion, Parmesan and fried sage. This delicious gluten-free, meatless recipe is perfect for brunch or dinner. Recipe yields one 10-inch frittata, which is enough for 8 modest or 6 large slices of frittata.

INGREDIENTS

 
Butternut Fritatta
  • 8 eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ¾ cup freshly grated Parmesan or Pecorino Romano cheese, divided
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¾ pound butternut squash (1 small or half of a medium butternut), peeled and chopped into ⅓-inch cubes
  • ¾ cup chopped yellow onion
  • ¾ teaspoon sea salt, divided
  • Freshly ground black pepper
 
Fried Sage
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 16 fresh sage leaves (roughly ¼ cup), chopped
 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, garlic, ¼ teaspoon salt and several twists of freshly ground black pepper. Then whisk in about half of the cheese.
  2. In a 10-inch, well-seasoned cast iron skillet or oven-safe sauté pan, warm 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and stir to coat. Cook for a few minutes, until the onions are starting to turn translucent. Add the squash and ½ teaspoon salt and stir. Cover the pan and reduce heat slightly to avoid burning the contents. Cook until the butternut is tender and cooked through, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes.
  3. Uncover the pan, raise the heat back to medium and cook until the excess moisture has evaporated and the butternut squash is starting to turn golden on the edges, about 5 to 10 minutes (add another little splash of olive oil if the squash starts sticking to the pan).
  4. Turn the heat down to low. Arrange the butternut in an even layer in the bottom of the skillet. Whisk the egg mixture one last time and pour it into the pan. Sprinkle the frittata with the remaining cheese. Put the pan in the oven and bake until you can shake the pan (wear oven mitts!) and see that the middle is just barely set, about 14 to 17 minutes.
  5. While the frittata is baking, fry the sage: Heat oil in a large (read: 12 inch) skillet over medium heat. Once the oil is shimmering, add the sage and toss to coat. Let the sage get crispy (but not brown) before transferring it to a plate covered with a paper towel. Sprinkle the fried sage lightly with sea salt and set it aside.
  6. Once the frittata is done, sprinkle fried sage on top and let the frittata rest a few minutes before slicing it into 6 large or 8 smaller wedges. Serve!


Recipe and photo courtesy of Hudson Valley Regional Farmers Market

Open Every Sunday
10am-2pm
(Closed on select holidays)

15 Mount Ebo Road, South
Brewster, New York 10509


Brewster's Year-Round Farmers Market
OPEN RAIN OR SHINE
Under the Tent or in the Lobby in Inclement Weather

www.hudsonvalleyfarmersmarket.org

Support your local farmers market!

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keytocomputing@gmail.com (HVRFM) Life Mon, 18 Nov 2019 05:02:00 -0500
MTA Announces a special Thanksgiving Holiday Timetable https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/5012-mta-announces-a-special-thanksgiving-holiday-timetable5012-mta-announces-a-special-thanksgiving-holiday-timetable https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/5012-mta-announces-a-special-thanksgiving-holiday-timetable5012-mta-announces-a-special-thanksgiving-holiday-timetable

MTA recently announced their special Thanksgiving Holiday Timetable:

Like turkey, stuffing — and for the vegans in the family, plant-based goodies — it’s a holiday tradition!

Every year we cook up a special Thanksgiving Holiday Timetable

It's ‘stuffed with sweet customer service’ from Wednesday, November 27 – Sunday, December 1, 2019.

And we serve them up at Grand Central Terminal and our outlying stations. (Take one, they are packed with excellent information!) You can also find train times online on our schedules page or on Metro-North's Train Time® App for iPhone or Android, and on our new.MTA.info app and website.

We’ve got plenty of service to take you over the river and through the woods, (wearing your little red riding hood or not), and to your holiday destination.

On Wednesday, November 27, fly like a turkey (yes, they do fly usually over our heads into a nearby tree), on one of our 18 early getaway trains, which begin departing Grand Central Terminal at around 1 PM.

Some evening trains may be cancelled or combined because of reduced ridership. See a regular September 30 timetable for details, or our schedule online.

We have a special Thanksgiving Holiday Timetable for travel...

On Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28, we will operate an enhanced Sunday schedule with additional inbound trains and cars for those of you heading to the 9 AM Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

And we will have plenty of additional outbound service to get you home to the dinner table.

Here’s our recipe for happy Thanksgiving travel:
Buy your tickets in advance (like your turkey—or for the vegans among us, your plant-based meat substitutes). Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel days of the year, and if you're leaving New York after the parade, you must have your ticket before boarding your train at Grand Central or Harlem-125th Street Station. Again, we suggest you use MTA eTtix® on your iPhone or Android (you’ll be ‘thankful’ you did!)

On the Day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 29, an enhanced Saturday schedule will be in effect with additional AM inbound and PM outbound trains, so you can take advantage of all those Black Friday sales or simply enjoy the special retail window decorations.

On Saturday and Sunday, November 30 and December 1, we will provide regular weekend schedules with additional capacity on trains.

Off-peak fares are in effect for the entire four-day holiday period Thursday–Sunday, and you can take advantage of free parking at many of our stations. (Check for signs at stations, or call 511 for details. Outside of New York, call 877-690-5114.)

For the full weekend service, please visit us amta.info/mnr, or see our interactive schedules page or download our Metro-North's Train Time® App for iPhone or Android.

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keytocomputing@gmail.com (MTA) Life Sun, 17 Nov 2019 09:32:00 -0500
Take a Look Tuesdays at Landmark Preschool in Bedford https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/events/5010-take-a-look-tuesdays-at-landmark-preschool-in-bedford5010-take-a-look-tuesdays-at-landmark-preschool-in-bedford https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/events/5010-take-a-look-tuesdays-at-landmark-preschool-in-bedford5010-take-a-look-tuesdays-at-landmark-preschool-in-bedford

Childhood is celebrated at Landmark Preschool

This is at the center of all we do in the classroom and on the playground! Our great passion is knowing our students as individuals within our vibrant community and sharing with them the joy of learning. Our intentionally connected curriculum is brought to life by our engaging teachers and fosters our students’ natural curiosity and openness to the world.

Interested in learning more? Join us at our Landmark Preschool Bedford Campus at 10:00 am on October 29 and select Tuesdays through March. Take a tour of our school. Meet our teachers. Watch a classroom in action. Feel the energy and enthusiasm they bring to all that they do. See how our talented faculty are committed to inspiring joyful learning with our students.

The strength of our programs and the culture of kindness in our community is vibrant, and you will experience it best when you come to take a look. Dates: October 29, November 12, December 3, January 14, February 4, March 10.

For more information or to RSVP, call Director Kimberly Swabsin at 914-234-2300 or visit https://www.landmarkpreschool.org/bedford-take-a-look. 


The Ridgefield Academy and Landmark Preschool community celebrates childhood, pursues excellence, and cultivates kindness. Our education program is intellectually inspiring, and we foster joyful learning and mutual respect in all that we do. We empower each student to rise to their authentic self, preparing confident graduates who shape their future with ingenuity and integrity

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kerry@ducey.org (Andrea Grady) Events Fri, 25 Oct 2019 08:02:48 -0400
ZERO WASTE DAY - DROP AND DASH https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/publicsafety/5009-zero-waste-day-drop-and-dash5009-zero-waste-day-drop-and-dash https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/publicsafety/5009-zero-waste-day-drop-and-dash5009-zero-waste-day-drop-and-dash


Recycling Event at Rye Playland on November 9 

Concerns for the environment have sparked many efforts to find new and creative ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle. One such opportunity is Zero Waste Day, held in conjunction with Westchester County’s Household Recycling Drop Off Day on Saturday, November 9. For the second year running, county residents are invited to drop off their unwanted household items for donation. The event will take place from 9am to 3pm, rain or shine, in the Rye Playland parking lot. Participating organizations are looking for a range of donations, from gently-used furniture and bicycles to dorm supplies and soccer gear. The county will accept many items that don’t qualify for regular curbside recycling, such as tires, e-waste, and household chemicals. The county shredder will also be available. Details can be found at www.zero-waste-day.org

 
The 2018 event was a huge success: organizers counted over 3,000 cars, and they are confident that the response will be equally enthusiastic this year. Student members of Rye High School’s Environmental Club have volunteered to help unload donations and direct traffic. “As awareness grows, more and more Westchester residents are grateful for the opportunity to recycle and donate,” says County Legislator Catherine Parker, one of the organizers of Zero Waste Day. “It is truly a win-win: a chance to help the environment, support worthy causes, and give unused household items a new lease on life.” 
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Nikkicaps@yahoo.com (Nicole Ball) Public safety Thu, 24 Oct 2019 09:50:41 -0400
Direct Descendant to Speak on Women’s Rights Pioneer Elizabeth Cady Stanton at Rye Meeting House https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/5008-direct-descendant-to-speak-on-women-s-rights-pioneer-elizabeth-cady-stanton-at-rye-meeting-house5008-direct-descendant-to-speak-on-women-s-rights-pioneer-elizabeth-cady-stanton-at-rye-meeting-house https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/5008-direct-descendant-to-speak-on-women-s-rights-pioneer-elizabeth-cady-stanton-at-rye-meeting-house5008-direct-descendant-to-speak-on-women-s-rights-pioneer-elizabeth-cady-stanton-at-rye-meeting-house

 

In anticipation of the upcoming 2020 centennial of passage of the 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution granting women the right to vote, the Bird Homestead and Meeting House Conservancy will present a two-part lecture series this fall on pioneers of the women's rights movement. "Breaking Barriers: Two Women of Seneca Falls, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Eunice Newton Foote" will start with a talk by Coline Jenkins, Stanton’s great-great granddaughter. She will speak on the life and work of her famous ancestor on October 26 at 3 pm at the Meeting House on Milton Road.

Stanton was one of the main organizers of the 1848 convention held in Seneca Falls, New York, calling for women’s rights. She was the author of the Declaration of Sentiments, the foundational document of the movement adopted at the convention. It was Stanton who insisted that the Declaration include the right to vote (elective franchise), when others hesitated to go that far. She prevailed.

Three years later she met Susan B. Anthony, and the two worked together closely for decades to promote the cause of women’s suffrage. Neither woman lived to see the passage of the 19th Amendment finally giving women the vote in 1920.

Ms. Jenkins is the President of the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Trust, which is dedicated to preserving the history of the women’s rights movement, to educating the public on this history, and to promoting the advancement of women’s rights. The Trust holds a collection of 3,000 historical items relating to women’s suffrage.

Ms. Jenkins, who grew up in Rye, has a personal history with the Rye Meeting House. Her mother, Rhoda Jenkins, was an original member of the Rye Friends Meeting. She was the architect, when the Friends repaired and rehabilitated the building (formerly an Episcopal chapel) c. 1960 for use as a Quaker meeting house.  Ms. Jenkins attended First Day School (Sunday School) at the Rye Meeting House as a child.

This program is supported in part by a grant from Humanities NY.

Admission free. Donations gratefully accepted.

Rye Meeting House, 624 Milton Road, Rye NY 10580

914.967.0099

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Nikkicaps@yahoo.com (Nicole Ball) Life Thu, 24 Oct 2019 09:41:58 -0400
Nicole Ball - Rye HamletHub Founder https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/1-rye-hamlethub-team1-rye-hamlethub-team https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/1-rye-hamlethub-team1-rye-hamlethub-team

 

 

Nicole has lived in Rye for the past twelve years and loves everything about this town. Nicole is a Realtor with Houlihan Lawrence in Rye. She also serves as Secretary of Board of the Rye YMCA, is co-leader for both her son's Cub Scout den and her daughter's Daisy troop, she coaches girls basketball at the Y, and leads up the Welcoming Committee at Midland School. She has served as Co-Chair of the Parents' Association at Christ's Church Nursery School and as Secretary of the Auxiliary Board of the Rye Free Reading Room, and served on the Junior Board of the Carver Center and as a Preservationist at the Jay Heritage Center.

Nicole enjoys reporting all the good news happening in Rye. You can find her out and about town with her real estate clients, walking her kids to school, working outside in her yard, and working out at the Y.

She loves being *the* local source for everything happening in Rye. If you have any ideas or suggestions, please email her at nicoleb@hamlethub.com.

 

 

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Nikkicaps@yahoo.com (Rye HamletHub) Life Thu, 24 Oct 2019 09:37:00 -0400