Rye's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/rye Mon, 01 Mar 2021 17:19:14 -0500 HamletHub.com Anthony Scarpino, Former Westchester County DA, and Paul Noto, Former First Deputy DA, Honored for Outstanding Public Service https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/neighbors/5136-anthony-scarpino-former-westchester-county-da-and-paul-noto-former-first-deputy-da-honored-for-outstanding-public-service5136-anthony-scarpino-former-westchester-county-da-and-paul-noto-former-first-deputy-da-honored-for-outstanding-public-service https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/neighbors/5136-anthony-scarpino-former-westchester-county-da-and-paul-noto-former-first-deputy-da-honored-for-outstanding-public-service5136-anthony-scarpino-former-westchester-county-da-and-paul-noto-former-first-deputy-da-honored-for-outstanding-public-service

Dozens of elected officials, prominent legal figures and community leaders joined Westchester County Executive George Latimer to honor former Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. and former First Deputy District Attorney Paul J. Noto for their combined 70 years of public service at a virtual event Feb. 11 hosted by Dorf & Nelson LLP.

“I am incredibly pleased to recognize Anthony Scarpino and Paul Noto for their significant contributions to making Westchester County a more just place for all,” said Latimer. “Today, we honor them for their leadership and steadfast commitment to public service."

Scarpino and Noto both recently joined the Westchester-based private law firm Dorf & Nelson LLP as partners in the Litigation Department.

“Public service is in my DNA,” said Scarpino, who served as Westchester County District Attorney from 2017 to 2020, overseeing a staff of 120 assistant district attorneys, 34 criminal investigators and 85 support staff personnel. “For as long as I can remember, my desire has been to serve and protect people. Being able to do just that throughout my career from my time as an FBI agent, a judge, to the DA of Westchester County, I can say I never felt I worked a day in my life. It’s been truly an honor serving the people of Westchester County.”

Noto was Deputy District Attorney and Special Counsel under Scarpino from 2016 to 2020, advising the DA on significant matters related to cases and policy initiatives.

“I have always viewed public service as a force for good. It is one way you can have a positive impact on people’s lives,” said Noto.

As DA, Scarpino enacted sweeping criminal justice reform, including putting in place the Discovery statute, ending cash-bail and pre-trial detention for non-qualifying cases, and "Raising the Age" for teen offenders. He also spent 30 years as a judge in and around Westchester County, including on the New York State Supreme Court for the Ninth Judicial District. Scarpino was elected Westchester County Surrogate in 2000, and re-elected in 2010. Earlier in his career, Scarpino was a Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Noto was mayor of the Village of Mamaroneck, N.Y., from 1985 to 1993 and served on the Westchester County Board of Legislators. As mayor, Noto expanded affordable housing options, including building senior housing. He also adopted a Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan resulting in zoning changes that protected the Mamaroneck waterfront. As County Legislator, he worked to limit airport expansion and co-authored groundbreaking reports on the challenges facing victims of domestic violence and child abuse.

Scarpino and Noto were presented awards by Jon A. Dorf, managing partner, Dorf & Nelson, and Jonathan B. Nelson, chair of the Litigation Department, Dorf & Nelson, in appreciation of their work.

“Public service is and always has been at the heart of our profession,” said Dorf. “We’re so pleased to recognize both Tony and Paul, esteemed community leaders, who have made a career out of building trust in the profession and making public service a priority.”

“An important measure of our firm is its character and the manner in which we give back to the community where we live and work,” said Nelson. “Today we celebrate two individuals who embody our ideals and values.”

Rounding out the event was Westchester’s First Youth Poet Laureate, Danielle Kohn of Scarsdale, N.Y., who spoke about the importance of public service.


Founded in 1992, Dorf & Nelson LLP is a private practice law firm headquartered in Rye, N.Y., with offices in Manhattan, Garden City, N.Y., and Los Angeles, Calif. Dorf & Nelson serves a wide range of corporations, employment and labor law, entrepreneurs, growing businesses, and successful companies as both legal counsel and trusted advisors with practice areas comprising litigation, corporate law, commercial real estate, employment and labor law, intellectual property, life sciences, medical malpractice defense, not-for-profit, and property finance. For more information, visit dorflaw.com.


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Ladies of Laughter Seeks Funny Women https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/neighbors/5137-ladies-of-laughter-seeks-funny-women5137-ladies-of-laughter-seeks-funny-women https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/neighbors/5137-ladies-of-laughter-seeks-funny-women5137-ladies-of-laughter-seeks-funny-women

-National Comedy Contest Continues and Expands Search-

 Comedy producers are searching for America’s funniest women in stand-up comedy, storytelling, and video shorts to take part in the Ladies of Laughter national comedy contest for cash prizes, comedy bookings, and the 2021 Ladies of Laughter titles virtually on Friday, May 7, 2021, at 7:30 pm; Friday, May 14, 2021, at 7:30 pm; and Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at 7:30 pm.

This year, Ladies of Laughter has expanded its reach with storytelling and video short contestants. Those chosen in these categories compete for $500.00 cash prizes and the opportunity to have their story and video shown at theaters in the 2021-22 Ladies of Laughter national tour.
The stand-up competition prizes include the Professional Winner receiving close to $10,000 in paid bookings with the Ladies of Laughter National Tour at theaters with previous years’ winners. All winners and runner-ups will receive a case of Hint water, compliments of our Hint water sponsors.
“Since it was first introduced into comedy clubs in 1999, the Ladies of Laughter series has awarded comedy bookings, major publicity, and thousands of dollars to aspiring comediennes and has been a driving force behind women getting to the next level in their comedy careers,” said Executive Producer, Peggy Boyce.  
The events have led contestants to appearances in local and national media, including ABC-Television, Comedy Central, and FOX-TV, and even featured stories in the New York Times, with winners receiving major paid bookings from comedy clubs and theaters across the United States.
In the stand-up comedy division, Ladies of Laughter have separate categories for “Professionals” and “Newcomers.” Contestants chosen to compete will be judged on audience response, originality, material, and delivery by a panel of entertainment industry judges.
Those interested in entering the Ladies of Laughter competition should go to  www.ladiesoflaughter.org. Contestants must be eighteen years or older and must enter before Tuesday, April 20, 2021, to be considered for the 2021 competition. Contestants are urged to apply early.
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Smart D2 Playrooms Partners with Ronald McDonald House https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/places/5135-smart-d2-playrooms-partners-with-ronald-mcdonald-house5135-smart-d2-playrooms-partners-with-ronald-mcdonald-house https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/places/5135-smart-d2-playrooms-partners-with-ronald-mcdonald-house5135-smart-d2-playrooms-partners-with-ronald-mcdonald-house

Ronald McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley announced their partnership with Smart D2 Playrooms, a lifestyle playroom brand that designs high-end playrooms and gives back to the community through their Flower Power Fund.

Smart D2 Playrooms plans to remodel the existing playroom at the Ronald McDonald House that was built almost decade ago when the House first opened. The playroom is dedicated in memory of Jamie Levy, the niece of Ronald McDonald House Board Chairman, Rich Landau whose family named the room in her honor.

Smart D2 Playrooms Co-founders Denise Davies and Karri Bowen-Poole are going to completely transform the space into a vibrant, modern educational playroom for the families served by the Ronald McDonald House. “Smart D2 Playrooms started the Flower Power Fund initiative as a way to give back to our community and every year we will transform a playroom for a nonprofit organization,” said Davies. “We are thrilled to work with Ronald McDonald House this year and be a part of their anniversary celebration while helping to make a difference in the community,” added Bowen-Poole. Smart D2 Playrooms is on a mission to change the way kids play and their products are designed by child development experts who understand how to engage children in all types of play and learning.

As part of Ronald McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley's 10 year anniversary, Smart D2 Playrooms is giving the playroom a much needed update next month including: new interactive toys, a reading corner, a safe climbing structure, new entryway doors, lighting and carpeting. “As we celebrate our 10 year anniversary of keeping families together and facilitating access to the best pediatric medical care in our community, we are thrilled that Smart D2 Playrooms is donating their talent to remodel our playroom for the children who will call the House their home,” said Christina Riley, Executive Director of RMHGHV. “So many families will enjoy this new interactive, safe and colorful play space for another decade and beyond.”

 For more information on RMHGHV visit www.rmh-ghv.org or https://www.facebook.com/rmhghv/

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Greenwich International Film Festival Announces 2021 Lineup With Social Impact Film Showcase https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/events/5134-greenwich-international-film-festival-announces-2021-lineup-with-social-impact-film-showcase5134-greenwich-international-film-festival-announces-2021-lineup-with-social-impact-film-showcase https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/events/5134-greenwich-international-film-festival-announces-2021-lineup-with-social-impact-film-showcase5134-greenwich-international-film-festival-announces-2021-lineup-with-social-impact-film-showcase

Greenwich International Film Festival (GIFF) announced today the lineup of films for their Social Impact Film Showcase, which will take place from February 18-21, 2021. This year’s virtual Festival will feature ten critically acclaimed films from diverse filmmakers from the US and across the globe. The Showcase will also include a variety of panels, Q&As with cast and filmmakers, as well as an award ceremony for the Best Social Impact Film, presented by Ann Bresnan Young. 

GIFF was swift to adapt to a virtual platform for the 2020 Film Festival and this year they are focusing on a carefully curated list of films that celebrate GIFF’s mission to harness the power of film to serve the greater good. The films in this Showcase highlight important issues relating to basic human rights, education, health care and maternal issues.   

“We are delighted to share with the community our 2021 virtual social impact film slate which consists of ten wonderful and inspiring films from 10 different countries.  With the pandemic in full force, mounting racial tensions globally and a large part of our audience spending more time at home with their families, film has the power to help us reclaim our common humanity. Additionally, as an all female founded and run festival, we are thrilled that 6 of our 10 films showcased this year are directed by women.  We are very proud of our selection and are so excited for our seventh season,” said Colleen deVeer, GIFF Co-Founder/Director of Programming. 

The Showcase will include the US premieres of Édouard Bergeon’s IN THE NAME OF THE LAND and Srdan Golubović’s FATHER (OTAC) and the world premiere of Tanya Chuturkova’s documentary CHOCOLATE ROAD.  GIFF is thrilled to partner with Renée Amory Ketcham, Focus on French Cinema and Alliance Française of Greenwich for the screening of Édouard Bergeon’s IN THE NAME OF THE LAND, as well as the Simon & Eve Colin Foundation for the screening of Ruthy Pribar’s ASIA. 

The award ceremony for the Best Social Impact Film will take place virtually on Saturday, February 20 at 5pm EST.  The winner of the Best Social Impact Film will be awarded $10,000 from Ann Bresnan Young.  The winner will be selected by GIFF jurors Ann Bresnan Young, President of the Bill and Ann Bresnan Foundation, Ryan Harrington, VP of National Geographic Documentary Films and filmmaker Eric Heimbold, Owner of Marabou Pictures LLC & Eric Heimbold Studio. 

Passes to the virtual Festival are available for $75 at www.greenwichfilm.org.

The films confirmed for the GIFF Social Impact Film Showcase are listed below.  Select interviews are available upon request, pending filmmaker availability.  



Writer/Director: Ruthy Pribar

Producers: Yoav Roeh, Aurit Zamir

Cast: Alena Yiv, Shira Haas, Tamir Mulla, Gera Sandler 

Asia and Vika are more like sisters than mother and daughter. Young mom Asia hides nothing about her work-hard, play-hard lifestyle, and expects the same openness and honesty from teenage Vika. But Vika is at an age where privacy and independence are paramount, and inevitably begins to rebel against her mom’s parenting style. With two stubborn and opinionated women under one roof, Asia finds herself in new territory and stumbles to achieve a balance between asserting her parental authority and respecting her daughter’s point of view. When health issues lead Vika to be confined to a wheelchair and her need for romantic experiences and sexual exploration becomes more urgent, Asia realizes she must get out of the way so that her daughter can live her life. In her debut feature film, Israeli filmmaker Ruthy Pribar focuses on a pair of Russian immigrants in Israel, candidly exploring the challenges of motherhood and the desires of the differently-abled.

This screening is presented by the Simon & Eve Colin Foundation.



Director: Srdan Golubović

Writers: Srdan Golubović, Ognjen Sviličić

Producers: Jelena Mitrovič, Čedomir Kolar, Alexander Ris, Marc Baschet, Danis Tanović, Boris T. Matić, Lana Matić, Danijel Hočevar, Amra Bakšić Čamo, Adis Djapo

Cast: Goran Bogdan, Boris Isaković, Nada Šargin, Milica Janevski, Muharem Hamzić Ajla Šantić, Vahid Džanković, Jovo Maksić, Milan Marić, Nikola Rakocevic 

A small town in Serbia. Nikola, day laborer and father of two, is ordered to give up his children to social services after poverty and hunger drive his wife to commit a desperate act. Until he can provide adequate conditions for their upbringing, the children will be placed in foster care. Despite Nikola’s best efforts and several appeals, the head of the social services center refuses to return his children and his situation seems hopeless. But when Nikola discovers the local administration may be corrupt, he decides to travel across Serbia on foot and take his case directly to the national ministry in Belgrade. Against all odds and driven by love and despair, this father refuses to give up on justice and his right to raise his children.



Director: Édouard Bergeon

Writers: Édouard Bergeon, Bruno Ulmer, Emmanuel Courco

Producers: Christophe Rossignon, Philip Boëffard, Patrick Quinet, Guillaume Canet

Cast: Guillaume Canet, Veerle Baetens, Anthony Bajon, Rufus, Samir Guesmi, Yona Kervern

Pierre was 25 when he returned from Wyoming to his fiancée Claire and took over the family farm. Twenty years later, the business has grown, and so has his family. Happy days on the surface, but the debts are accumulating and Pierre is exhausted from work. Despite the love of his wife and children, he gradually sinks. Built like a family saga, and according to the director's own story, the film takes a human perspective on the evolution of the agricultural world over the past 40 years.  

This screening is presented by Renée Amory Ketcham, Focus on French Cinema and Alliance Française of Greenwich. 


Writer/Director: Kate Tsang

Producer: Carolyn Mao

Cast: Miya Cech, Rhea Perlman, Leonardo Nam, Kannon Omachi, Paulina Lule, Keith Powell

A teenage delinquent (Miya Cech) befriends a surly magician (Rhea Perlman) who helps her navigate her inner demons and dysfunctional family with sleight of hand magic. A coming of age comedy that touches on unlikely friendships, grief, and finding hope in the darkest moments. 


Writer/Director: Christine Molloy, Joe Lawlor

Producers: David Collins, Christine Molloy, Joe Lawlor, Eoin O'Faolain, Duncan Western

Cast: Ann Skelly, Orla Brady, Aiden Gillen 

ROSE PLAYS JULIE is the story of a young woman searching for her biological mother. Set against a backdrop of misogyny, revenge and longing, Rose undertakes a journey that leads her to revelations that are both devastating and dangerous.


Writer/Director: Emma Seligman

Producers: Kieran Altmann, Katie Schiller, Lizzie Shapiro

Cast: Rachel Sennott, Dianna Agron, Molly Gordon, Danny Deferrari, Polly Draper, Fred Melamed 

A near college graduate, Danielle, gets paid by her sugar daddy and rushes to meet her neurotic parents at a family shiva. Upon arrival, she is accosted by various estranged relatives about her appearance and lack of post-grad plans, while her confident ex-girlfriend, Maya, is applauded by everyone for getting into law school. Danielle's day takes an unexpected turn when her sugar daddy, Max, arrives at the shiva with his accomplished wife, Kim, and crying baby. As the day unfolds, Danielle struggles to keep up different versions of herself, fend off pressures from her family and confront her insecurities without completely losing it. 


Director: Mohammad Rasoulof

Producers: Mohammad Rasoulof, Kaveh Farnam, Farzad Pak, Christoph Thoke

Cast: Ehsan Mirhosseini, Baran Rasoulof, Jila Shahi, Mohammad Seddighimehr, Mohammad Valizadegan, Mahtab Servati, Darya Moghbeli, Salar Khamseh, Alireza Zareparast, Kaveh Ahangar, Shaghayegh Shourian

Working in defiance of a lifelong ban on filmmaking, dissident director Mohammad Rasoulof delivers a piercing drama about a subject he knows well: the costs of living under a repressive, brutal government. Winner of the Golden Bear, the top prize at the Berlin Film Festival, THERE IS NO EVIL is a film in four chapters, each telling a different story related to the death penalty in contemporary Iran. The first story concerns a family man who, as we come to see, pays a grave moral price for his comfortable middle-class life. The second and third chapters focus on conscripted soldiers – in Iran, it is often these men are forced to perform executions – and both segments explore the tension and turmoil that can come with such harsh coercion. The final section involves a family secret, which brings the film to its powerful conclusion. Suspenseful, mysterious, and shot through with a sense of urgency, Rasoulof's work bears the mark of an artist who sets his own terms – and who knows just how to captivate an audience.  THERE IS NO EVIL is a Kino Lorber release. 



Director: Matthew Heineman

Producers: Juan Camilo Cruz, Myles Estey, Matthew Heineman, Joedan Okun

Key Subjects: J Balvin

From Academy Award®-nominated and Emmy-Nominated filmmaker Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land, City of Ghosts, A Private War) comes an astonishingly intimate portrait of one of the biggest international music superstars of our time. THE BOY FROM MEDELLÍN follows J Balvin as he prepares for the most important concert of his career--a sold-out stadium show in his hometown of Medellín, Colombia. But as the performance draws ever closer, the streets explode with growing political unrest, forcing the Latin Grammy-winning musician to wrestle with his responsibility as an artist to his country and his legions of fans around the globe. As the public pressure of the approaching concert heightens, behind the scenes Balvin also continues to deal with the anxiety and depression that has plagued him for years. Shot entirely in the dramatic week leading up to the concert, THE BOY FROM MEDELLÍN gives us unprecedented access to the “Prince of Reggaeton,” and provides an immersive look into one of the most pivotal and emotionally charged moments of his life.



Director: Tanya Chuturkova

Producers: Takayuki Yasuda, Kim E. Wang, Tanya Chuturkova, Muneo Wakabayashi

Key Subjects: Maribel Lieberman, Susumu Koyama and Mikkel Friis-Holm

CHOCOLATE ROAD is a discovery of where chocolate comes from. Three renowned chocolatiers – Maribel Lieberman, Susumu Koyama and Mikkel Friis-Holm – take us through the process of craft chocolate-making, starting from the plantations and all the way to the final chocolate piece. On their journey, each of them finds how important it is to know the roots of their prime material – the cacao bean, and the social impact of the people involved in the chocolate production chain.


Director: Loira Limbal

Producer: Loira Limbal, Jameka Autry, Sally Jo Fifer, Justine Nagan, Chris White

Key Subjects: Deloris “Nunu” Hogan, Patrick “Pop Pop” Hogan, Marisol Valencia, Shanona Tate

THROUGH THE NIGHT is a cinema verité portrait of three working NY mothers whose lives intersect at a 24-hour daycare center: a mother working the overnight shift as an essential worker at a hospital; another holding down three jobs to support her family; and a woman who for over two decades has cared for the children of parents with nowhere else to turn.  

GIFF works to bridge the worlds of film, finance, and philanthropy and this year they are using their platform to give back to the local community through the Community Impact Awards and Make An Impact campaign.  GIFF is honoring six local organizations with the Community Impact Award and $100,000 in GIFF Grant Funding.  GIFF is also highlighting another 15 organizations, known as Community Champions, and engaging the local community to learn more and get involved to #makeanimpact.  The Award recipients and Community Champions will be celebrated at the Community Impact Award Ceremony on February 6. 

Those who RSVP to this complimentary event will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite Community Champion for a chance to win the Audience Choice Award, which includes a $10,000 grant from The Stapleton Family Foundation.  For more information, please visit  www.greenwichfilm.org

kerry@ducey.org (Greenwich International Film Festival) Events Tue, 02 Feb 2021 14:12:28 -0500
County Executive George Latimer Announces Upgrades To Noise Monitors, Storm Water Treatment At Westchester County Airport https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/places/5133-county-executive-george-latimer-announces-upgrades-to-noise-monitors-storm-water-treatment-at-westchester-county-airport5133-county-executive-george-latimer-announces-upgrades-to-noise-monitors-storm-water-treatment-at-westchester-county-airport https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/places/5133-county-executive-george-latimer-announces-upgrades-to-noise-monitors-storm-water-treatment-at-westchester-county-airport5133-county-executive-george-latimer-announces-upgrades-to-noise-monitors-storm-water-treatment-at-westchester-county-airport

When Westchester County Executive George Latimer took office in 2018, he pledged to find solutions to some of the most pressing challenges at the Westchester County Airport.

To that end, Latimer announced that the upgrading of all the permanent airport noise monitors have been completed and integrated with the complaint handling system. These fixed noise monitors are in addition to the portable noise monitors that had previously been added based on where the majority of the noise complaints had been originated from. Latimer also announced the Board of Legislators authorization of his request for a $3.75M bond act to complete remediation measures at Outfall No. 7 as part of the County’s Storm Drain Replacement project at the airport. This project is in accordance with the consent order issued by the State’s Department of Environmental Conservation.

Latimer said: “The Westchester County Airport is a major economic driver for our region and it is imperative that we as the County make efforts to ensure its surrounding neighbors are protected from its environmental impact. In 2018, I made promises on key areas of this balance. I am proud to say my Administration has kept those promises while also ensuring all stakeholders have a seat at the table.”

County Legislator Nancy Barr said: “Many Westchester residents enjoy the convenience of having a local airport but the health, safety and quality of life of our residents must be protected.  Effective monitoring of air, water and noise pollution allows us to identify problems before they become more difficult and expensive to resolve.  I appreciate the County Executive’s willingness to work with me and all stakeholders to protect not only the airport’s direct neighbors and those in the flightpath, but everyone who cares about the quality of the water they drink and the air that they breathe.”

In August of 2018, Latimer outlined numerous key goals he set following his administration’s unprecedented public hearing process on the airport. The goals focused on areas of noise, air quality, water quality and the airport’s master plan and supplement.

Westchester County Airport Advisory Board (AAB) Chairman Nicholas Hartman said: "I am pleased to see the County making these investments in the airport's environmental programs. The AAB provides a consistent and open mechanism for residents and other airport stakeholders to provide valuable community input on all matters related to the airport. These investments further enable high-quality data collection on noise and other environmental factors. That in turn drives focus on where action is needed and provides consistent measurement on the impact of environmental improvement efforts implemented to date."

Coalition to Prevent Westchester Airport Expansion Chairman George Klein said: “The Coalition to Prevent Westchester Airport Expansion strongly supports the Latimer administration’s initiative on construction of Outfall No. 7 at our airport with associated soil remediation, which will protect drinking water in the Kensico Reservoir from PFAS contamination at the airport.”

On noise, as outlined above, portable monitors have been added in areas with high numbers of complaints, permanent monitors have been upgraded and integrated with complaint handling and complaint handling has also been upgraded and improved.

On air quality, the County has completed its air emissions inventory and - compared with 2007 base numbers - found significant reduction in air emissions due to reduction in total number of flights combined with airport improvements.

On water quality, the County has reinstated – through a Latimer Executive Order - its ongoing water testing and monitoring program and PFAS site characterization and remediation is underway in compliance with NYS DEC consent decree. Additionally, ongoing improvements to the County’s deicing program, including increased holding tank capacity, implementation of terminal side improvements and plans for west side deicing facility, are all underway.

In 2018 following extensive dialogue with key stakeholders, Latimer voluntarily reinstated groundwater testing at the Westchester County Airport for pollutants after the testing program was discontinued in 2011. The program was discontinued without approval of the Board of Legislators or notification to the public. PFAS are a class of toxic contaminants, previously used by firefighters during training, which pose an emerging threat to drinking water in many areas of the country.

Lastly, on the master plan supplement, the County was slated to begin its new round of public comment – with numerous public hearings planned – right as the first cases of Covid-19 pandemic hit. Latimer believes that a robust, in-person community engagement process is critical to the success of the Master planning efforts.  As soon as it safe to do so, the County will be announcing dates for those public participation sessions. 

kerry@ducey.org (County Executive George Latimer ) Places Wed, 27 Jan 2021 11:05:23 -0500
Ronald McDonald House Appoints New Board Member https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/neighbors/5132-ronald-mcdonald-house-appoints-new-board-member5132-ronald-mcdonald-house-appoints-new-board-member https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/neighbors/5132-ronald-mcdonald-house-appoints-new-board-member5132-ronald-mcdonald-house-appoints-new-board-member

Ronald McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley announced the appointment of Raquel Raoul as a new board member effective this month. Raoul joins a board of directors made up of 14 members from throughout Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess and Connecticut.

Raoul, a resident of Poughkeepsie, serves as a Director of Nursing (DON) at Maria Ferari Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. She holds a master’s degree in nursing and a bachelor’s degree in finance. Raquel brings nine years’ experience in pediatric and adult nursing specialties and leadership roles.

She also brings firsthand experience from the point of view of a family who has been a beneficiary of the service Ronald McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley provides. Having been a guest of the House in 2018 when her daughter was a patient in the hospital. Prior to her career in nursing Raquel held positions in the financial industry working with Morgan Stanley Dean Witter and other local banks. As a strong advocate for hands on learning, Raoul enjoys helping the community increase its overall health and well-being.

She has devoted time in the past to community outreach programs such as Faith and Flavor, Feed the Homeless programs, and more recently at the Ronald McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley (RMGHV). “Ronald McDonald House holds a very special place in my heart since we were guests a few years ago when my daughter was a patient at the hospital,” said Raoul. “I am truly looking forward to being an active board member and helping to continue the great work being done in this organization.”

Ronald McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley provides families with children facing medical challenges an atmosphere of comfort, hope and courage, keeping them close to the care and resources they need. The House has 12 bedrooms that are filled to capacity almost every night and provides meals, laundry and respite services for families during their stay. Located on the campus of Westchester Medical Center the House is just steps away from Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. Since opening in 2011, more than 2,000 families have called the House their home and has saved families over $5,000,000 in out-of-pocket lodging and meal costs. In May, the House will celebrate ten years of keeping families together and close to the medical care their child needs. For more information on RMHGHV visit www.rmh-ghv.org or https://www.facebook.com/rmhghv/

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Local High School Student Creates Non-Profit to Help New Americans with Diaper Essentials https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/neighbors/5131-local-high-school-student-creates-non-profit-to-help-new-americans-with-diaper-essentials5131-local-high-school-student-creates-non-profit-to-help-new-americans-with-diaper-essentials https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/neighbors/5131-local-high-school-student-creates-non-profit-to-help-new-americans-with-diaper-essentials5131-local-high-school-student-creates-non-profit-to-help-new-americans-with-diaper-essentials

“Diaper Bag Essentials for Refugee Mothers”

Ariel Kirman, a high school junior, has created a non-profit called “DENA” which stands for Diaper Essentials for New Americans to help refugee and immigrant new mothers.

Ariel created the 501(c)3 non-profit organization to raise money to purchase diaper essentials for new mothers who come to the United States. While a number of charities, like diaper banks, provide diapers to low-income new mothers, Ariel discovered that there is a gap when it comes to other essential diaper supplies such as diaper bags, baby wipes, changing pads, and anti-rash products. Ariel formed DENA to fill this gap for new Americans, who often lack not only the means to buy these supplies, but often also the knowledge to seek them out.

DENA works with immigrant and refugee service groups to get these essential baby products into these new mothers’ hands. In only a few months, DENA has rapidly expanded and has partnered with four refugee organizations including IRIS (Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services), the first organization to sign on, located in New Haven, to which it sends diaper essentials to be distributed to the new mothers they serve in Connecticut. Ariel expects to sign up a half dozen new partners in the coming months, focusing on organizations located in Connecticut, New Jersey and her home state of New York.

Working with other high school volunteers across the tri-state area, Ariel is focused on making sure that 100% of raised funds go to purchase the DENA “starter diaper bag kits.” She is working with Google’s Nonprofit initiative and has obtained a $10,000 per month Google Ad allowance to minimize marketing costs.

As the daughter of refugees herself, this project is personal for Ariel. She knows how much her own refugee family benefited from others who chose to help them start their life in America. DENA is part of the way she’s hoping to close the circle and give back to a new generation of those in need.

Ariel came up with the idea last summer while volunteering at IRIS, where she continues to volunteer, preparing teaching tools for immigrants and refugees. After preparing a presentation on diaper bags, she realized that diaper bags might be too expensive and unknown for struggling immigrant and refugee moms. She decided to do something about it and created DENA.

As Ariel says, “The mission is to fill this critical need by working with partner organizations to spread the use of these essential baby supplies in immigrant and refugee communities. I want our newest Americans to also be healthy Americans.”

Follow DENA on its Facebook page (here) where supporters can follow the impact of DENA’s efforts and a website (https://www.dena.charity) where supporters can donate. 100% of donations go toward purchasing diaper bag supplies for immigrants and refugees.

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Neighbors Tue, 19 Jan 2021 05:58:38 -0500
County Executive Latimer Promotes Blanca Lopez To Senior Operations Position https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/neighbors/5129-county-executive-latimer-promotes-blanca-lopez-to-senior-operations-position5129-county-executive-latimer-promotes-blanca-lopez-to-senior-operations-position https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/neighbors/5129-county-executive-latimer-promotes-blanca-lopez-to-senior-operations-position5129-county-executive-latimer-promotes-blanca-lopez-to-senior-operations-position

Westchester County Executive George Latimer is proud to announce the promotion of Blanca Lopez, M.S. to serve as the County’s new Assistant Director of Operations.

Currently, Lopez serves the County as an adviser on Fair and Affordable Housing.  She also serves as liaison to various county departments such as Planning, Probation, Correction, Emergency Services, Human Rights Commission and the Office for People with Disabilities. Since June, she has also served as the Team Leader for Staff Liaisons for the County’s Police Reform Task Force.

Latimer said: “Blanca is an integral part of our decision making team and has shown her immense abilities – particularly on her work during Census 2020 and the Housing Needs Assessment – during these past three years. Her dedication to the people of this County is on display every day. This promotion is well-earned.”

López said: “Working with County Executive Latimer each day to serve the people of this County is an honor. I look forward to continuing our great work on behalf of the hardworking residents of the County in this new role.”

As Assistant Director, Blanca will lead oversight of all county housing related programs, oversee the recommendations and implementation of new policies coming out of the Police Reform Task Force across all County departments, and continue to work with the Probation Department on Raise the Age implementation.

López’s experience span the areas of housing, community development, immigration, education and nonprofit management.  She is an advocate for affordable housing and community services for vulnerable families and individuals living in Westchester County. She was born in Peru, and migrated to the United States at 8 years of age. 

Director of Operations Joan McDonald said: “Blanca has been a key member of the Operations team since Day 1. We know she will continue to advance these important initiatives in her new role.”

López has a Bachelor’s Degree in Latin American and Latino Studies from Fordham University and a Master’s Degree in Urban & Public Policy and Management from the New School University.  She is a Fellow of the New York Immigration and Social Justice Institute’s Immigrant Advocacy Fellowship Program and was honored by The Business Council of Westchester as one of Forty under Forty Rising Stars in 2011.

López is also the first Latina elected to office in the Villages of Port Chester and Rye Brook, serving as Trustee for the Port Chester-Rye Union Free Board of Education from 2009 through 2012.  In 2016, she was recognized by then New York State Senator George Latimer for her noteworthy achievements as part of the Women of Distinction event Honoring Women in New York.  

kerry@ducey.org (County Executive Latimer ) Neighbors Mon, 18 Jan 2021 11:12:29 -0500
School Library System's virtual conference puts digital equity in the spotlight https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/neighbors/5128-bridging-the-digital-equity-divide5128-bridging-the-digital-equity-divide https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/neighbors/5128-bridging-the-digital-equity-divide5128-bridging-the-digital-equity-divide

The Southern Westchester BOCES School Library System's 2021 conference, “Bridging the Digital Equity Divide,” gets underway on Jan. 26 with a keynote address by Dr. Jen Cannell, School Library Program Director at St. John Fisher College and former New York Library Association President and Capital Region BOCES SLS Director.

The virtual event goes beyond what an in-person conference can provide, SLS Supervisor Eleanor Friedman says. She and her team have reinvented an annual event that has become a favorite of school librarians in this region and beyond.

Register here.

“For my planning purposes, it was how can we take the conference experience that we all know and love — librarians cherish that chance to come together — and go beyond,” Ms. Friedman said. "This enables us to broaden our reach, replicate the in-person experience as closely as possible, and create an experience that extends over time to present the opportunity to attend more sessions than possible before."

The one-day, in-person conference offered a choice of 10 workshop sessions, but participants could only pick two from the simultaneous offerings. The 2021 SLS Virtual Conference is spread over six days, with alternating morning and afternoon session times and an asynchronous option via recorded sessions. Participants can take in the entire event, keynote addresses and all.

At no more than a three-hour commitment per day, the conference is more flexible and more accessible than its prior iteration. What hasn’t changed is the substance. Digital equity is a pressing issue, and librarians are on the frontlines of leveraging technology to bring high quality instruction to every student.

Participants can choose from sessions that include, Advocacy Without Awkwardness, Bridging the Reading Gap During Hybrid Learning, Redefining the Library Through STEAM, Family Involvement Through Social Platforms, Library and Technology Partner to Bridge the Digital Divide, Padlet Possibilities, Celebrating Culture and Identity: Books as Windows and Mirrors, and Translating our Practice.

Dr. Lisa Grillo, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies at Howard University and a regular consultant colleague with the SWBOCES Center for Professional Development, delivers the closing keynote, encouraging participants to continue the work that needs to be done on digital equity.

"SWBOCES couldn't address a more critical issue at a more critical time in our nation,” Dr. Grillo said. “The digital divide has persisted for decades. Now it is time for us to seriously examine the issue and commit ourselves to action as we concertedly bridge this divide as education professionals."

Register here.

kerry@ducey.org (Brian Howard) Neighbors Mon, 18 Jan 2021 08:31:02 -0500
Miriam E. Rocah and County Police Chiefs Statement on White Nationalist and White Supremacist Intimidation of County Residents https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/publicsafety/5127-miriam-e-rocah-and-county-police-chiefs-statement-on-white-nationalist-and-white-supremacist-intimidation-of-county-residents5127-miriam-e-rocah-and-county-police-chiefs-statement-on-white-nationalist-and-white-supremacist-intimidation-of-county-residents https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/publicsafety/5127-miriam-e-rocah-and-county-police-chiefs-statement-on-white-nationalist-and-white-supremacist-intimidation-of-county-residents5127-miriam-e-rocah-and-county-police-chiefs-statement-on-white-nationalist-and-white-supremacist-intimidation-of-county-residents

District Attorney Miriam E. Rocah, New Rochelle Deputy Police Commissioner Robert Gazzola, Scarsdale Police Chief Andrew Matturro,  Sleepy Hollow Police Chief Anthony Bueti, Tarrytown Police Chief John Barbelet,  White Plains Police Chief Joseph Castelli, AndYorktown Police Chief Robert Noble’s statement on a statement on white nationalist and white supremacist intimidation of county residents.

In recent weeks, the jurisdictions listed above have encountered a number of incidents in which stickers carrying white nationalist and white supremacist messages and promoting groups that support these beliefs have been placed in public spaces.

These stickers were found in areas that are home to or frequented by racial and ethnic minorities. We strongly condemn these actions to the extent that they are intended to intimidate and cause fear in our communities.

The Westchester County District Attorney’s Office and police departments around the county are working together to investigate these incidents and all incidents targeting people because of their race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or political beliefs.

The perpetrators of one of these acts were caught on camera, and we are circulating images of them with this statement. If you have information about the identity of these persons, please contact the Sleepy Hollow Police Department Detective Division at 914-631-0300.

The District Attorney’s Office and law enforcement agencies are committed to keeping our communities safe while also respecting the First Amendment rights of all Americans.

kerry@ducey.org (Westchester DA) Public safety Mon, 18 Jan 2021 08:27:59 -0500
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" Speech https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/5130-dr-martin-luther-king-jr-s-i-have-a-dream-speech5130-dr-martin-luther-king-jr-s-i-have-a-dream-speech https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/5130-dr-martin-luther-king-jr-s-i-have-a-dream-speech5130-dr-martin-luther-king-jr-s-i-have-a-dream-speech

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day we would like to give our readers the opportunity to read his most famous speech:

"I Have a Dream" 

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we've come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.

In a sense we've come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the "unalienable Rights" of "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked "insufficient funds."

But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we've come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.

We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children.

It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. And those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. And there will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.

But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.

The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.

We cannot walk alone.

And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead.

We cannot turn back.

There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, "When will you be satisfied?" We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the negro's basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their self-hood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating: "For Whites Only." We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until "justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream."¹

I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. And some of you have come from areas where your quest -- quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive. Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed.

Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.

And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of "interposition" and "nullification" -- one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; "and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together."2

This is our hope, and this is the faith that I go back to the South with.

With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

And this will be the day -- this will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with new meaning:

My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.

Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim's pride,

From every mountainside, let freedom ring!

And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.

And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.

Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York.

Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania.

Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado.

Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California.

But not only that:

Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.

Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.

Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.

From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:

Free at last! Free at last!

Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!

delivered 28 August 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.

source: american rhetoric

kerry@ducey.org (KAD) Life Mon, 18 Jan 2021 04:46:08 -0500
Feeling Stressed? Try This: https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/5125-feeling-stressed-try-this5125-feeling-stressed-try-this https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/5125-feeling-stressed-try-this5125-feeling-stressed-try-this

There's a lot going on in the world right now. Balancing work, remote school and social isolation can be overwhelming. Without "normal" outlets to reduce stress, many of us are feeling exhausted--myself included. It was therefore perfect timing when Jaime Marks, acupuncturist, reached out to let me know about her new office opening right around the corner in Purchase!

After talking with Jaime, who is a certified licensed acupuncturist, I decided to go over to her new space for a treatment. It was such a treat! My elbow had been bothering me since the summer, and I've been searching for new ways to ease stress related to work and being a parent during this era of remote schooling (can anyone relate?).

The treatment was AMAZING!

First of all, a note about the space itself: Jaime's office is very conveniently located at 2900 Westchester Avenue in Purchase, just minutes from Rye, Rye Brook, Harrison, Mamaroneck, and White Plains. When I arrived, I was struck by how clean the building overall was, and especially how clean and fresh Jaime's office was. The office is disinfected and sanitized after each patient. Jaime only treats one patient at a time, and does so wearing a mask. Patients have their temperature taken and hands sanitized before treatment.

After my temperature was taken and hands sanitized, Jaime and I chatted about what I'd like to achieve during the treatment: for me, it was pain relief on my elbow and overall relaxation. I wore a tank top so Jaime could access my arms and shoulders. The needles used are extremely fine, and I didn't feel anything while they were being applied. Jaime then dimmed the lights, turned on peaceful music, and left the room for the treatment to kick in. I immediately felt relaxed and after about 20 minutes began to feel energized as well--similar to a post-workout feeling. The pain in my elbow improved too. 

If you haven't tried acupuncture before, I highly recommend it. And I highly recommend Jaime Marks!

In this hectic world, it's so important to carve out a little time for self-care. Acupuncture with Jaime is one excellent way to do this.


About Jaime Marks:

Jaime Marks is a New York State Certified Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.) by the National Council of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Prior to her schooling, Jaime worked in the pharmaceutical industry, where she gained knowledge about Western Medicine. It is her ultimate goal to help change the face of medicine by bridging the gap between Eastern and Western Medicine. 

To learn more or schedule a treatment, go to http://www.jaimemarksacupuncture.com/

Or contact Jaime at:

2900 Westchester Avenue, Suite 205

Purchase, NY 10577

(914) 401-8451


Nikkicaps@yahoo.com (Nicole Ball) Life Thu, 14 Jan 2021 09:01:40 -0500
Starting the New Year with Music https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/5124-starting-the-new-year-with-music5124-starting-the-new-year-with-music https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/5124-starting-the-new-year-with-music5124-starting-the-new-year-with-music

Happy New Year!
A big thank you to Harrison School of Music for keeping music in our home during the past year. 
My kids have been able to take private lessons with their teachers via Zoom since March. With more time at home to practice (and always a constant audience of parents and siblings to perform for), my kids have been able to not only develop skills but share their joy in learning during this difficult time.
If you’re looking for a new socially-distant activity for your kids (or you!) to start the new year, check out all the options at
Harrison School of Music. It’s a game changer. Here’s to 2021!
To learn more, go to https://harrisonmusicschool.com/ .
Nikkicaps@yahoo.com (Nicole Ball) Life Thu, 14 Jan 2021 08:07:24 -0500
Burke Rehabilitation Hospital Opens New Outpatient Site in Elmsford https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/places/5123-burke-rehabilitation-hospital-opens-new-outpatient-site-in-elmsford5123-burke-rehabilitation-hospital-opens-new-outpatient-site-in-elmsford https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/places/5123-burke-rehabilitation-hospital-opens-new-outpatient-site-in-elmsford5123-burke-rehabilitation-hospital-opens-new-outpatient-site-in-elmsford

To further its commitment to delivering quality and convenient rehabilitation services to the community, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital has announced the opening of an outpatient rehabilitation location in Elmsford, NY. Located at 555 Taxter Road, this new site provides state-of-the-art physical, occupational, speech and specialty therapy treatment for patients who have experienced an illness, injury or surgery. Burke’s expert therapists use the latest research-based techniques available to ensure each patient reaches their maximum recovery.

“The healthcare demands of our local communities have shifted toward outpatient services,” said Jeffrey Menkes, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital President & CEO. “Now more than ever, patients need high quality, compassionate rehabilitation therapy care close to their homes. Our expanding network of outpatient sites helps meet that need.”

The Elmsford site is the first location in the river towns area of Westchester and the 10th outpatient therapy site in Burke’s network. Other locations include: Armonk, two in the Bronx, Mamaroneck, Purchase, Somers, two in Yonkers and Burke Rehabilitation Hospital’s main campus in White Plains.

Steve Tisser, PT, MBA, Vice President of Outpatient Services said, “The demand for our exceptional physical, occupational and speech therapies is incredibly high in the region, and we’re thrilled to open an additional location that will provide more care to more patients. We will be able to better address the needs of this community and help patients achieve their maximum recovery.”

For more information about the services offered at the new Elmsford location, or to make an appointment, call (914) 597-3870. For more on Burke’s outpatient services, visit www.burke.org/outpatient.

With patient safety always a priority at Burke, all Burke locations follow all recommended Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and New York State Department of Health guidelines relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.

kerry@ducey.org (Leslie Wells) Places Wed, 13 Jan 2021 12:22:31 -0500
New York's COVID Vaccine Distribution Program https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/publicsafety/5122-new-york-s-covid-vaccine-distribution-program5122-new-york-s-covid-vaccine-distribution-program https://news.hamlethub.com/rye/publicsafety/5122-new-york-s-covid-vaccine-distribution-program5122-new-york-s-covid-vaccine-distribution-program

New York State is distributing the COVID-19 vaccine in phases based on need and risk. New Yorkers in Phase 1a and Phase 1b currently are eligible for the vaccines. Eligible groups include doctors, nurses and health care workers, and now people age 65 and over, first responders, teachers, public transit workers, grocery store workers and public safety workers. All vaccinations are by appointment only.

Am I Eligible? Visit the Am I Eligible Tool and complete a simple set of questions to determine if you are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine here. If you are eligible, the Am I Eligible tool will return a list of providers near you that you can contact to schedule an appointment. You may also schedule an appointment is through the COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline, which is open 7AM - 10PM, 7 days a week, for scheduling vaccination appointments for eligible New Yorkers: 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829).

Please note, Governor Cuomo has said that unless the federal government increases New York’s supply, it will take 14 weeks (through April 16th) to vaccinate Phase 1a and 1b. At this time, vaccines are not available to the general public. NYSDOH has indicated that they expect vaccines for patients beyond Phase 1B to become available in spring or early summer 2021.
This process is going to take a long time. Everyone, including those who have received the vaccine, must continue to wear a mask, social distance, and avoid gatherings with people outside of your household.
Need More Information? Need Help? Call the New York State Vaccination Hotline: 1-833-697-4829 (833-NYS 4 VAX).  

Sign Up for COVID and Vaccine Updates from NYS

New York State will distribute the COVID-19 vaccine in phases based on need and risk. The State is managing the vaccine program and authorizes the vaccination sites. Please sign up to receive updates every weeknight from the State.

kerry@ducey.org (Town of New Castle) Public safety Wed, 13 Jan 2021 12:11:31 -0500