Ryebrook's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook Sat, 29 Jan 2022 04:44:41 -0500 HamletHub.com Westchester in the Spotlight as HBO’s The Gilded Age Premieres Tonight! https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/life/5502-westchester-in-the-spotlight-as-hbo-s-the-gilded-age-premieres-january-24th5502-westchester-in-the-spotlight-as-hbo-s-the-gilded-age-premieres-january-24th https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/life/5502-westchester-in-the-spotlight-as-hbo-s-the-gilded-age-premieres-january-24th5502-westchester-in-the-spotlight-as-hbo-s-the-gilded-age-premieres-january-24th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All the glamor – and practical benefits too

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

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

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

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

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

View the trailer here.

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kerry@ducey.org (Westchester County) Life Fri, 21 Jan 2022 13:03:49 -0500
PCSB Bank Donates $20K to Girls Inc. Westchester https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/charities/5496-pcsb-bank-donates-20k-to-girls-inc-westchester5496-pcsb-bank-donates-20k-to-girls-inc-westchester https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/charities/5496-pcsb-bank-donates-20k-to-girls-inc-westchester5496-pcsb-bank-donates-20k-to-girls-inc-westchester

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

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

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Leslie Wells) Charities Tue, 18 Jan 2022 13:22:14 -0500
Announcing Summer Theatre Academy 2022 https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/places/5500-announcing-summer-theatre-academy-20225500-announcing-summer-theatre-academy-2022 https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/places/5500-announcing-summer-theatre-academy-20225500-announcing-summer-theatre-academy-2022

Summer is right around the corner and we are thrilled to announce our 2022 summer theatre camp programs along with a great discount! Last summer we sold out these programs over 4 months before the start of camp. Don't miss your chance to register your child today!

Now in its 18th year, our annual Summer Theatre Academy is the region's top professional theatre training program for young actors. This summer, we are delighted to offer a wide array of programs for students of all ages and levels of experience. Our camps, which range from one to three weeks, give students the chance to shine in Broadway hits, beloved musical theatre classics and this year a chance to be apart of an all new Disney show in a pilot production for Disney Theatricals!

Students spend their days training with our team of theatre professionals, working towards a performance in our state of the art theatre. All our camps end with a full production with lights, sound, costumes - the works!

Our location in downtown White Plains, along with our Before and After Care program, make STA the perfect fit for working parents. Register your child today before we are sold out!

WPPAC Education is deeply committed to providing excellent theatre training in a safe and healthy environment! See our safety protocols HERE.

ENJOY

20% OFF

Regular Registration Prices

Use Promo Code: SERD

(Expires February 15th)

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kerry@ducey.org (White Plains Performing Arts Center (WPPAC)) Places Tue, 18 Jan 2022 06:05:35 -0500
Marla Beth Designs and Mirame Drop New Activewear Collection in Colorful Collaboration https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/neighbors/5499-marla-beth-designs-and-mirame-drop-new-activewear-collection-in-colorful-collaboration5499-marla-beth-designs-and-mirame-drop-new-activewear-collection-in-colorful-collaboration https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/neighbors/5499-marla-beth-designs-and-mirame-drop-new-activewear-collection-in-colorful-collaboration5499-marla-beth-designs-and-mirame-drop-new-activewear-collection-in-colorful-collaboration

Marla Beth Enowitz, artist and founder of Marla Beth Designs, is thrilled to announce a new activewear collaboration with Melinda Huff, founder of the lifestyle brand Mirame. The two Westchester designers have teamed up to create Marla Beth Designs x Mirame, a collection of leggings, sports bras, sweatshirts and hair accessories that feature a vibrant drip design in a rainbow of colors.

“There is so much movement and personality in my drip art – it’s invigorating to create and, I hope, to look at,” said Enowitz. “When I met Melinda, I felt that, together, we could marry the energy of my work with her expertise in clothing design to create a line of activewear that empowers women to look and feel their best.”

Enowitz uses color to captivate her audience, creating bold, high-contrast works that sparkle with playful intensity and organic, fluid motion. Her art is featured in some of the most beautiful private homes and businesses in the tri-state including The First Bank of Greenwich, The Idea Kitchen and The Spa at The J House – as well as in large-scale public art displays at the Jefferson Valley Mall and Westchester Children’s Museum. Enowitz has also donated art to the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital for their Contemporary Art Collection.

“I am so excited to be working with Marla Beth Designs on this special collection,” said Huff. “Fitness is such an important aspect of my life, but I also recognize it can be hard to take the first step for some. It was important for me to find a collaborator who brought a sense of carefree and made women feel they were dripping in joy.”

With its bright colors and bubbly personality, the collection was ignited quickly after a chance encounter between the two at a networking event for the Business Council of Westchester. “We worked back and forth to discuss color choices and patterns, ultimately settling on Marla’s playful drip design. This line truly is a celebration of both our brands, and the influences that have shaped us along the way,” shared Huff.

Headquartered in White Plains, Mirame is committed to offering fashion-forward clothes that uplift women of all body types and backgrounds. The brand’s swimwear is manufactured in New York and the activewear is printed in the USA.

“Melinda and I are delighted with how our first collaboration has come to life and we’re not about to slow down now,” noted Enowitz. “A new line of sweatshirts and sweatpants is already in the works that will feature my signature dot pattern.”

The Marla Beth Designs x Mirame collection is available for purchase on mirameswim.com. For the latest news and updates, follow @marlabeth_designs and @mirameswim on Instagram.

About Marla Beth Designs

Founded by artist and designer Marla Beth Enowitz, Marla Beth Designs is transforming homes and businesses with uplifting ‘happy art’ evoking happiness, optimism and positivity. Whimsy and sophistication collide on canvas to form one-of-a-kind bespoke creations that capture Enowitz’s signature sparkle in organic drips, playful dots and mesmerizing marbling effects. Marla Beth Designs specializes in large-scale custom abstract art, working with clients from concept to completion, while also offering a full line of mini original works. For more information, visit marlabethdesigns.com.

About Mirame

Founded by designer Melinda Huff, Mirame is a collection of swimwear and clothing that seamlessly slips into a woman’s wardrobe. The brand offers silhouettes that are both fashion-forward and sophisticated. Mirame is committed to manufacturing 100% of its swimwear in the USA. The fabrics used are super luxe American made lycras that provide UPF 50. A mother of three, Huff always thinks about how a woman’s body is ever changing when designing swimwear, offering coverage without ever compromising style. For more information, visit mirameswim.com.

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kerry@ducey.org (Michelle Lauricella) Neighbors Mon, 17 Jan 2022 05:00:29 -0500
A New Start for Youth Mentorship in Westchester County https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/life/5498-a-new-start-for-youth-mentorship-in-westchester-county5498-a-new-start-for-youth-mentorship-in-westchester-county https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/life/5498-a-new-start-for-youth-mentorship-in-westchester-county5498-a-new-start-for-youth-mentorship-in-westchester-county

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

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

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

“This is the logical next step in the evolution of our mission to help the youth of Westchester and Putnam counties achieve their full potential,” said Valerie Brown, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Westchester County, Inc.  “We are extremely excited about increasing our powerful programs and overall presence in our community during 2022 and beyond.”
 
“As this transformation takes place, Family Services of Westchester will continue to refer children in need of mentors to our organization, as we will continue to refer our families to FSW for much needed ancillary services,” adds Brown.  “We have built a strong support network with them these past six decades and that’s something that will not change for our children and families, who can expect the same conscientious level of care and collaboration in all of our programs.”
 
Independence from FSW will allow BBBS of Westchester to expand its mission to serve more children in need and attract more volunteers within broader geographic and programmatic areas.  Brown notes that organizational independence from FSW will also help streamline the BBBS grant application process, reduce intra-agency competition for various capital supply and allow the new chapter to participate in, and benefit from, national BBBS fundraising initiatives.
 
Current key initiatives of BBBS of Westchester County include: Community-Based Mentoring, where children between the ages of 7 and 17 (Littles), who are facing adversity, are matched with adult role models, ages 21 or older (Bigs) to spend 4-6 hours of time together during 2 scheduled low or no-cost outings per month; Site-Based Mentoring, in which Littles enjoy structured activities with their Bigs, including homework help, art projects, games, career exploration, and one-on-one quality time; Waitlist Events - fun, monthly group events like bingo and bowling designed for children who are waiting to be matched with an adult mentor; Big Futures College and Vocational Training that provides educational guidance to help Littles graduate from high school and earn scholarships to colleges or post-secondary vocational programs; Virtual Tutor, a two-hour-per-week commitment during the school year helping a child with his or her studies and homework.
 
A ceremonial Open House Ribbon Cutting event in the new office space is targeted for early spring and as always, the organization’s Annual Appeal will occur in February.
 
About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Westchester County, Inc.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Westchester County, Inc. is a youth mentoring organization that serves children who face adversity in New York’s Westchester and Putnam counties to help keep them in school, away from violence and substance abuse, while assisting them to achieve their full potential in life. This mission is achieved through professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships under a Big/Little model which matches adult volunteers (Bigs) with children ages 7 to 17 (Littles).  Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is the oldest and largest youth mentoring program in the United States with 238 agencies in over 5,000 communities. More than 275,000 mentors volunteer their time as Bigs and over 135,000 new mentoring matches were formed last year alone. Visit www.bigswestchester.org for more information on becoming a Big, to donate and for a calendar of upcoming events.
 
PHOTO:
Big Brother Arthur Gill takes Little Brother Dameon Moody to an exciting outing. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Westchester County, Inc. is in need of male role models ages 21 or older to mentor children ages 7 to 17 to help keep them in school, away from violence and substance abuse, while assisting them to achieve their full potential in life.  
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kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Life Mon, 17 Jan 2022 04:54:30 -0500
Westchester County Partners With Volunteer New York! To Recruit Volunteers for Vaccine Clinic https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/neighbors/5501-westchester-county-partners-with-volunteer-new-york-to-recruit-volunteers-for-vaccine-clinic5501-westchester-county-partners-with-volunteer-new-york-to-recruit-volunteers-for-vaccine-clinic https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/neighbors/5501-westchester-county-partners-with-volunteer-new-york-to-recruit-volunteers-for-vaccine-clinic5501-westchester-county-partners-with-volunteer-new-york-to-recruit-volunteers-for-vaccine-clinic

Westchester County is Seeking Eligible Volunteers 18 and Older

Westchester County Executive George Latimer is announcing the County’s partnership with Volunteer New York! to assist in recruiting and training volunteers for the County Center’s vaccine clinic.

                                 Those interested in participating can visit this link

Latimer said: “As more and more people continue to get vaccinated and boosted, we want to make it easier for them to navigate through the process with trained volunteers. Westchester County has always had a strong commitment to volunteerism. We know their purpose and presence will be embraced, and we thank them for stepping up to help keep our community safe.”

Volunteer New York! is seeking eligible volunteers ages 18 and over who are willing to work in three to four hour shifts. Volunteers will be assisting with day to day operation of the vaccine clinic from aiding with traffic flow, check-in, appointment making, paperwork and taking temperatures of incoming guests. Bilingual volunteers are also being sought to help facilitate the needs of non-native English language speakers.

Executive Director of Volunteer New York! Jeanette Gisbert said: "COVID-19 vaccine accessibility is vital to the health and resiliency of our community and this partnership is a reminder of the critical support volunteers provide during times of need. We're proud to be able to support Westchester County and their leadership efforts."

The County is partnering with Volunteer New York until April 24 and will be providing all recruits with personal protection equipment (PPE). All volunteers must be vaccinated and will be required to show proof of vaccination.

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Westchester County) Neighbors Fri, 14 Jan 2022 15:54:01 -0500
Delayed start to Westchester County Department of Health COVID-19 vaccination and testing clinics tomorrow https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/life/5495-delayed-start-to-westchester-county-department-of-health-covid-19-vaccination-and-testing-clinics-tomorrow5495-delayed-start-to-westchester-county-department-of-health-covid-19-vaccination-and-testing-clinics-tomorrow https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/life/5495-delayed-start-to-westchester-county-department-of-health-covid-19-vaccination-and-testing-clinics-tomorrow5495-delayed-start-to-westchester-county-department-of-health-covid-19-vaccination-and-testing-clinics-tomorrow

Due to the pending inclement weather expected tomorrow morning, there will be a delayed start to our Westchester County Department of Health COVID-19 vaccination and testing clinics scheduled for Friday, January 7 as follows:
 
• Testing at the Westchester County Center will begin at 10:30 a.m.
• Vaccinations at 134 Court Street in White Plains will begin at 10:45 a.m.
 
Email notifications are being sent to those who have appointments scheduled prior to the updated start times with information on when to arrive. Anyone who is unable to make their new appointment time will have the opportunity to reschedule to another upcoming clinic date if needed.
 
Follow Westchester County Gov't on Instagram here.
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kerry@ducey.org (Westchester County Government) Life Thu, 06 Jan 2022 13:56:11 -0500
Alvin and Friends at The Rye Arts Center https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/events/5494-alvin-and-friends-at-the-rye-arts-center5494-alvin-and-friends-at-the-rye-arts-center https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/events/5494-alvin-and-friends-at-the-rye-arts-center5494-alvin-and-friends-at-the-rye-arts-center

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

On View: January 13 – February 26, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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kerry@ducey.org (The Rye Arts Center) Events Tue, 04 Jan 2022 05:24:15 -0500
Free COVID-19 Tests being performed at Westchester County Center https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/neighbors/5493-free-covid-19-tests-being-performed-at-westchester-county-center5493-free-covid-19-tests-being-performed-at-westchester-county-center https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/neighbors/5493-free-covid-19-tests-being-performed-at-westchester-county-center5493-free-covid-19-tests-being-performed-at-westchester-county-center

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

Appointments must be made in advance. Please use the link below to schedule appointments!
 
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kerry@ducey.org (Town of Bedford) Neighbors Tue, 28 Dec 2021 12:44:05 -0500
40 New Vaccine Pop-Ups Around the State to Fight Winter Surge https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/neighbors/5492-40-new-vaccine-pop-ups-around-the-state-to-fight-winter-surge5492-40-new-vaccine-pop-ups-around-the-state-to-fight-winter-surge https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/neighbors/5492-40-new-vaccine-pop-ups-around-the-state-to-fight-winter-surge5492-40-new-vaccine-pop-ups-around-the-state-to-fight-winter-surge

New York State is Responding to Requests from Counties for Assistance in Targeting Communities with Low Vaccine Rates

Governor Kathy Hochul announced the deployment of more than 40 new Pop-Up vaccination sites across New York State to fight the winter surge and rapidly spreading Omicron variant.

These sites will began to launch Saturday and are part of a multi-week effort, in partnership with local county health departments and community partners, to build on the State's extensive outreach efforts to get all New Yorkers fully vaccinated and boosted.

"The winter surge is in full force, but we are not defenseless. We have the tools to fight this virus and its variants: Get vaccinated, get the booster and wear a mask," Governor Kathy Hochul said. "We will continue working with local partners to make vaccines, boosters and testing widely available as soon possible so that all New Yorkers can protect themselves and their loved ones."

"I am urging everyone to get fully vaccinated and boosted now, ahead of the holidays, as it is our best defense against the virus and its variants," said Acting Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett. "By making a plan to visit one of these Pop-Ups that is convenient for you and your family, you are helping to keep your family and all New Yorkers safe. Remember, we should all prepare for the holidays by doing everything we can to keep the most vulnerable in our families and communities safe."

Two state-run vaccination sites in Queensbury and Binghamton are also offering free COVID-19 testing as COVID-19 cases increase around the State.

The following Local sites will be hosting vaccination events in the coming weeks:

Westchester County

Pfizer-BioNTech Booster, Moderna Booster
12/19: Grace Baptist Church, 52 S 6th Ave, Mount Vernon, NY 10550 (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)

Pfizer-BioNTech 12+, Pfizer-BioNTech Booster, Moderna 18+, Moderna Booster
12/29: Greater Centennial A.M.E. Zion Church, 312 S. 8th Ave, Mount Vernon, NY 10550 (9:00 AM - 2:00 PM)

1/8: Grinton I. Will Library, 1500 Central Park Ave, Yonkers, NY 10710 (11:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

1/29: Grinton I. Will Library, 1500 Central Park Ave, Yonkers, NY 10710 (11:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

New York City - The Bronx

Pfizer-BioNTech 12+, Pfizer-BioNTech Booster,
12/21: Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, 500 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10451 (Limited only to Students, faculty, and staff, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM)

12/23: Eugenio María de Hostos Community College 500 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10451 (Limited only to Students, faculty, and staff, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM)

12/28 Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, 500 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10451, (Limited only to Students, faculty, and staff, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM)

12/30 Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, 500 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10451, (Limited only to Students, faculty, and staff, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM)

Pfizer-BioNTech 12+, Pfizer-BioNTech Booster, Moderna Boosters
1/6: Part of the Solution (POTS) 2759 Webster Ave, Bronx (8:00 AM -3:00 PM)

New York City - Manhattan

Pfizer-BioNTech 18+, Pfizer-BioNTech Booster
12/19: Mt. Pleasant Christian Academy, 2009 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd, New York, NY 10027 (9:00 AM - 6:00 PM)

12/21: Washington Heights Corner Project, 500 W 180th Street, New York, NY 10033 (11:30 AM - 6:00 PM)

12/21: New York Harm Reduction Educators, 104 E 126th Street - 1A, New York, NY 10035 (10:30 AM - 5:00 PM)

12/28: NY Harm Reduction Educators, 104 E 126th Street - 1A, New York, NY 10035 (10:30 AM - 5:00 PM)

12/28: Washington Heights Corner Project, 500 W 180th Street, New York, NY (11:30 AM - 6:00 PM)

New York City - Queens

Pfizer-BioNTech 12+, Pfizer-BioNTech Booster, Moderna 18+, Moderna Booster
12/21: Queens Borough Hall,120-55 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY 11424 (8:00 AM - 6:00 PM)

12/23: Queens Borough Hall,120-55 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY 11424 (8:00 AM - 6:00 PM)

12/28: Queens Borough Hall,120-55 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY 11424 (8:00 AM - 6:00 PM)

12/30: Queens Borough Hall,120-55 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY 11424 (8:00 AM - 6:00 PM)

1/4: Queens Borough Hall,120-55 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY 11424 (8:00 AM - 6:00 PM)

1/6: Queens Borough Hall,120-55 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY 11424 (8:00 AM - 6:00 PM)

Click here for a list of pop-up sites statewide.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Office of the Governor) Neighbors Mon, 20 Dec 2021 04:18:21 -0500
New York's New Mask Mandate https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/politics/5491-new-york-s-new-mask-mandate5491-new-york-s-new-mask-mandate https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/politics/5491-new-york-s-new-mask-mandate5491-new-york-s-new-mask-mandate

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

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

Learn more here.

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Politics Wed, 15 Dec 2021 13:54:16 -0500
Snowmobile Education from New York State Parks https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/neighbors/5489-snowmobile-education-from-new-york-state-parks5489-snowmobile-education-from-new-york-state-parks https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/neighbors/5489-snowmobile-education-from-new-york-state-parks5489-snowmobile-education-from-new-york-state-parks

New York State is a leader in snowmobile education and offers one operator training course for snowmobilers of all ages beginning at age 10. This course provides fundamental information which all snowmobilers should possess in order to ensure the safety of riders and other trail users. Successful completion of this course results in the award of a NYS Snowmobile Safety Certificate.

Courses are taught by experienced snowmobilers who volunteer their time to make the sport safer and more enjoyable for everyone. They are usually sponsored by snowmobile clubs, agricultural extension offices, law enforcement agencies, or similar groups, and are available in fall and early winter. View a list of courses being offered throughout New York State. This list is updated on a weekly basis during the snowmobile season.

Youth ages 14 through 17 years old may operate a snowmobile, on lands upon which snowmobiling is allowed, without adult or other supervision if they have completed a snowmobile safety training course recognized by the State of New York. If youth ages 14 through 17 years have not completed the training course, they may operate a snowmobile if accompanied by (within 500 feet of) a person who is at least 18 years of age. Youth ages 10 through 13 may operate a snowmobile, on lands upon which snowmobiling is allowed, if they have completed a snowmobile safety training course recognized by the State of New York and are accompanied by (within 500 feet of) a person who is at least 18 years of age.

Children less than 10 years old or less than age 14 without a safety certificate may operate a snowmobile only on lands owned or leased by their parent or guardian.

A non-resident operator who is a resident of another state or country and is the holder of a valid snowmobile safety certificate issued by that state or country shall be considered the same as the holder of a New York State Safety Certificate.

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commandercarey@gmail.com (New York State Parks) Neighbors Wed, 15 Dec 2021 12:47:44 -0500
'A Christmas Carol; The Musical', Live on Stage in White Plains Through December 30! https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/events/5484-a-christmas-carol-the-musical-live-on-stage-in-white-plains5484-a-christmas-carol-the-musical-live-on-stage-in-white-plains https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/events/5484-a-christmas-carol-the-musical-live-on-stage-in-white-plains5484-a-christmas-carol-the-musical-live-on-stage-in-white-plains

Come to A Christmas Carol: The Broadway Musical, a spectacular musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ most well-known story happening through December 30!
 
This timeless story enjoyed a decade-long run at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden. Order your tickets now for this Mainstage production. 
 
A Christmas Carol: The Musical
Originally presented by Radio City Entertainment at the Theater at Madison Square Garden
Book & Lyrics by LYNN AHRENS and MIKE OCKRENT
Music by ALAN MENKEN
 
 
 
It's the perfect show for the whole family.
 
It’s hard to imagine a more thrilling way of representing Scrooge’s ghost-led journeys through his past, present, and future. A Christmas Carol – The Musical is an unabashedly entertaining show with plenty of good music and a great deal of spectacle. Theatergoers of all ages and levels of experience are likely to find quite a bit to enjoy – the show is well worth taking in if you’ve never seen it, or revisiting if you have. ~ TheaterMania
 
No matter how many times you see this beloved story in whatever incarnation…it never gets old. ~ BroadwayWorld
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commandercarey@gmail.com (White Plains Performing Arts Center) Events Wed, 15 Dec 2021 06:40:00 -0500
Cuomo Ordered to Return 5.1 mIllion he made for Covid Book Deal to State Attorney General's Office https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/politics/5490-cuomo-ordered-to-return-5-1-million-he-made-for-covid-book-deal-to-state-attorney-general-s-office5490-cuomo-ordered-to-return-5-1-million-he-made-for-covid-book-deal-to-state-attorney-general-s-office https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/politics/5490-cuomo-ordered-to-return-5-1-million-he-made-for-covid-book-deal-to-state-attorney-general-s-office5490-cuomo-ordered-to-return-5-1-million-he-made-for-covid-book-deal-to-state-attorney-general-s-office

New York State's top ethics panel on Tuesday ordered disgraced NY State ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo to pay the state $5.1 million in book profits he made on the backs of taxpayers amid the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) ruled yesterday “It is ordered that by no later than 30 days from the date of this resolution, Gov. Cuomo pay over to the attorney general of the State of New York Cuomo an amount equal to the compensation paid to him for his outside activities related to the book”. 

WTEN in Albany reported that the Attorney General’s office will decide what to do with the money.

In November, JCOPE withdrew it's  prior approval given for Cuomo’s book “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic.” The former Governor was paid $5.1 million to write the book, but an investigation later found that at least parts of the book were written by state employees while working on state time.

Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi says Jim McGuire, a lawyer who presents Cuomo on matters related to the book, called JCOPE's ruling unconstitutional, adding that “Should they (JCOPE) seek to enforce this motion, we’ll see them in court.”

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commandercarey@gmail.com (HH) Politics Tue, 14 Dec 2021 11:42:14 -0500
Local resident Victoria Lily Shaffer, daughter of music icon Paul Shaffer, pens Pup Culture: Stories Tips, and the Importance of Adopting a Dog https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/neighbors/5488-local-resident-victoria-lily-shaffer-daughter-of-music-icon-paul-shaffer-pens-pup-culture-stories-tips-and-the-importance-of-adopting-a-dog5488-local-resident-victoria-lily-shaffer-daughter-of-music-icon-paul-shaffer-pens-pup-culture-stories-tips-and-the-importance-of-adopting-a-dog https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/neighbors/5488-local-resident-victoria-lily-shaffer-daughter-of-music-icon-paul-shaffer-pens-pup-culture-stories-tips-and-the-importance-of-adopting-a-dog5488-local-resident-victoria-lily-shaffer-daughter-of-music-icon-paul-shaffer-pens-pup-culture-stories-tips-and-the-importance-of-adopting-a-dog

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

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

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

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

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

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kerry@ducey.org (Chris Del Campo) Neighbors Tue, 30 Nov 2021 08:43:10 -0500