Ryebrook's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook Fri, 18 Jun 2021 04:07:13 -0400 HamletHub.com Westchester Children’s Museum Reopens on June 26, Begins Search for New Executive Director https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/places/5437-executive-director-search-begins5437-executive-director-search-begins https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/places/5437-executive-director-search-begins5437-executive-director-search-begins

After thirteen years as Executive Director of the Westchester Children’s Museum, Tracy R. Kay has announced plans to step down by the end of June to take a new position as CEO of Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens in Stamford, CT.

During Tracy’s tenure, the Museum grew from a plan on the drawing board to become a beloved, vital educational institution serving the children of Westchester and the surrounding region. His departure coincides with the highly-anticipated reopening of the Museum on June 26 following the pandemic-related shutdown. Tracy's leadership allowed for robust, creative programming during the forced closure pivoting Museum educational resources to support at-home learning and socially distanced programming with a focus to reopen. 

“The reopening of the Westchester Children’s Museum after a 15-month closure is cause for celebration and is a fitting capstone to Tracy’s legacy as our executive director,” says Carolyn Carr Spencer, President of the Museum Board of Directors. “The Board of Directors of the Westchester Children’s Museum extends its deep gratitude to Tracy for his dedication and professional leadership during his long tenure. Tracy’s direction enabled the Museum to become a reality – turning the passion of the founding Board to build a welcoming, vibrant learning space in our County into an institution that has now served over 300,000 visitors since opening its doors in 2016. The relationships that Tracy built with the staff, community, donors, public officials and most importantly, families and schools, position us for success in this new era.”

Tracy successfully led the Museum through the challenges of securing the Museum’s site at the North Bathhouse at Rye Playland and overseeing renovations that infused new life into the previously unused, nearly dilapidated landmark building. He built a passionate staff of educators and behind the scenes museum facilities and visitor services specialists. Tracy oversaw the opening of the Museum in 2016 followed by a $1.2 million expansion and renovation completed in 2020 that brought the Museum’s space to over 20,000 square feet. The expanded space was completed just before the pandemic forced the museum to close and will finally be available to the public when the museum reopens. 

Tracy Kay comments, “I am extremely proud of what has been accomplished during my tenure with the Museum and wish to thank the many individuals who contributed their time, resources, and support to see us through our critical formative years. In spite of considerable challenges along the way, we have worked as a team to create a significant, welcoming space for interactive educational programming that will serve all of the region’s children for years to come.” 

The Museum Board of Directors is forming a committee to actively embark on a search for a new executive director to lead the institution into the next phase. The Board will appoint an acting director to oversee operations in the interim. 

kerry@ducey.org (Corinne Zola) Places Mon, 14 Jun 2021 11:15:38 -0400
Westchester County Parks and Sharc Creative Present Screenings Under the Stars at Kensico Dam in Valhalla https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/events/5436-westchester-county-parks-and-sharc-creative-present-screenings-under-the-stars-at-kensico-dam-in-valhalla5436-westchester-county-parks-and-sharc-creative-present-screenings-under-the-stars-at-kensico-dam-in-valhalla https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/events/5436-westchester-county-parks-and-sharc-creative-present-screenings-under-the-stars-at-kensico-dam-in-valhalla5436-westchester-county-parks-and-sharc-creative-present-screenings-under-the-stars-at-kensico-dam-in-valhalla

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

White Plains Hospital Screening under the Stars drive-in movies kick off on Friday, June 11 with Disney's "Onward".

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

Click here for tickets.

Thank you to the following sponsors:

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

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

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Events Wed, 09 Jun 2021 13:15:12 -0400
BandJam Finalists Perform Before a LIVE Audience and Celebrity Judges on June 6 at Ridgefield Playhouse https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/events/5435-bandjam-finalists-rock-ridgefield-on5435-bandjam-finalists-rock-ridgefield-on https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/events/5435-bandjam-finalists-rock-ridgefield-on5435-bandjam-finalists-rock-ridgefield-on

Meet the 2021 Ridgefield BandJam FINALISTS!

The competition is heating up and the finalists have been named for BandJam 2021 at The Ridgefield Playhouse! 

High School Finalists are: Electric Jane, Freedom Rockets, Gremlin Daycare, Groove Haven and Hablo Pescobar. 

This year’s Middle School Finalists include: Fortuna, Skynet and Speed Limit.

On Sunday, June 6 at 4pm these talented musicians will perform before a LIVE and virtual audience with this one-of-a-kind fundraiser that supports these teen musicians’ love for music.  The event is hosted by award-winning comedian Christine O'Leary and will include a special performance by the Emperor of Rock and Roll - Richie Scarlet The Show of Shows.  

Celebrity judges will be on hand as we mark the 11th year that The Ridgefield Playhouse presents BandJam!  Our judges include:  “American Idol” finalist Kimberley Locke, i95fm’s Morning Show host Ethan Carey, founder of Entourage Talent, Wayne Forte, and multi-platinum record producer Aaron Accetta.  

Get your tickets here to see which of these next-generation rockers will be our 2021 BandJam Winner on June 6th!

Prizes for the winning bands include cases courtesy of Calzone Case Co. and the chance to perform on the Playhouse stage before an upcoming show!

Originally created by kids for kids in 2009, BandJam was a call to action when the venue, like so many other theaters, took a hit during the financial crisis. "Kids who grew up with the Playhouse couldn't imagine not having it in their town, so they started an event to help raise money to keep our doors open," recalls Executive Director Allison Stockel.

Now those "children" are in their 20's and many BandJam winners have gone on to make a name for themselves in the music industry. From The Voice's Drew Cole and many more, past BandJam performers have gone on to have real careers as music professionals.  "Every year the talent is extraordinary." Says Stockel. "We love this community event because it really encourages kids to pursue their love and passion for music and it's a great thrill for them to be performing on the stage where so many legends have performed." 

So, if you want to see a great show with lots of talent and encourage the next generation of musicians, this is an event not to be missed!

For more information or to purchase touchless print at home ticket ($20) go online at www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org or, you can visit or call the box office (203) 438-5795.  The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT and is committed to keeping the arts alive and available to all.

Follow us on Instagram: @RidgefieldPlayhouse Twitter: @RPlayhouse Facebook: here


kerry@ducey.org (KA) Events Thu, 27 May 2021 11:48:48 -0400
Westchester Children’s Museum Explores the World of Rainbow Drip Art with Marla Beth Designs https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/places/5434-westchester-children-s-museum-explores-the-world-of-rainbow-drip-art-with-marla-beth-designs5434-westchester-children-s-museum-explores-the-world-of-rainbow-drip-art-with-marla-beth-designs https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/places/5434-westchester-children-s-museum-explores-the-world-of-rainbow-drip-art-with-marla-beth-designs5434-westchester-children-s-museum-explores-the-world-of-rainbow-drip-art-with-marla-beth-designs

On May 22,Westchester Children’s Museum welcomed ‘happy art’ artist Marla Beth Enowitz, founder of Marla Beth Designs, for a special rainbow drip art workshop. Sponsored by ArtsWestchester, children as young as three years old learned the dazzling art of drip painting as they created their own rainbow canvas masterpiece.

“Westchester Children’s Museum is such a colorful, vibrant learning space – it was a real treat to be able to work with children in this atmosphere,” said Enowitz. “We had a marvelous time exploring our creative sides and learning about the rainbow through hands-on drip art. Even our littlest artists did a phenomenal job embracing the concepts and trying something new!”

Designed for children pre-k through middle school and located in the historic landmark Bathhouses on the Boardwalk at Rye Playland, Westchester Children’s Museum is filled with interactive exhibits not found anywhere else in this region. Kids have the opportunity to create and build while experiencing physics, science, art, technology and design.

“This workshop was part of a series called ‘Exploring Art through the Artist’ supported in part by ArtsWestchester and the New York State Council on the Arts,” said Tracy Kay, Executive Director of Westchester Children’s Museum. “We enjoy featuring the talents of local artists in our interactive workshop settings. Marla’s work was a perfect fit for the program and the museum as well.”

A Rye Brook momprenuer, Enowitz turned her love of painting from hobby to business once the pandemic hit. Her designs, described as equal parts whimsical and sophisticated, are often inspired by the imaginative minds of children. Enowitz’s custom pieces are featured in some of the most beautiful private homes and businesses in the tri-state including The First Bank of Greenwich and The Spa at The J House as well as in large-scale public art displays at The Westchester, the Jefferson Valley Mall and The Palace Theatre.

Visit marlabethdesigns.com to shop available offerings or commission new work. For the latest news and updates, follow Marla Beth Designs on Instagram (@marlabeth_designs).

For more information, visit Westchester Children’s Museum at www.discoverwcm.org and follow @discoverWCM on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

subscriptions@cocommunications.com (Michelle Lauricella) Places Wed, 26 May 2021 11:04:47 -0400
Armonk Outdoor Art Show Returns in 2021! https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/events/5433-armonk-outdoor-art-show-returns-in-20215433-armonk-outdoor-art-show-returns-in-2021 https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/events/5433-armonk-outdoor-art-show-returns-in-20215433-armonk-outdoor-art-show-returns-in-2021

Westchester's top-ranked show returns to the great outdoors this fall, with inspiring original art, in a safe and welcoming environment. Mark your calendars - The Armonk Outdoor Art Show returns September 25 and September 26!

This fine art and fine crafts juried show is sponsored by the Friends of the North Castle Public Library, Inc. Proceeds benefit the North Castle Public Library and its Whippoorwill Hall theater. The Art Show is run by community volunteers. 

The Armonk Outdoor Art Show takes place at 205 Business Park Drive in Armonk.

View Artist Profiles and stay up to date on Art Show happenings on Facebook HERE.

kerry@ducey.org (Katie) Events Tue, 18 May 2021 11:49:30 -0400
Cuomo Says NY State Fair is On! https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/events/5432-cuomo-says-ny-state-fair-is-on5432-cuomo-says-ny-state-fair-is-on https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/events/5432-cuomo-says-ny-state-fair-is-on5432-cuomo-says-ny-state-fair-is-on

Mark your calendars—the Great New York State Fair will be returning this year. New York State  announced the 2021 Reimagined New York State Fair, a special end-of-summer celebration at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse from August 20 to September 6.

The Fair will feature New York's best food and drink, live music and entertainment, rides, and more in four different concurrent festivals that will take place exclusively in the outdoor areas of the fairgrounds. Officials said they hope it can serve as a unique celebration for New Yorkers who have made so many sacrifices during this pandemic, while allowing visitors from across the state and the country to enjoy some of the best attractions the Fair has to offer with all necessary safety guidelines in place. This is an important step towards the full return of New York's largest events as NY continues to reopen and reimagine the state's economy.  

kerry@ducey.org (Andrew Cuomo) Events Tue, 27 Apr 2021 03:08:14 -0400
Le Frou Frou Couture Showroom Grand Opening in Greenwich with Nonprofit Partnerships https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/charities/5431-le-frou-frou-couture-showroom-grand-opening-in-greenwich-with-nonprofit-partnerships5431-le-frou-frou-couture-showroom-grand-opening-in-greenwich-with-nonprofit-partnerships https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/charities/5431-le-frou-frou-couture-showroom-grand-opening-in-greenwich-with-nonprofit-partnerships5431-le-frou-frou-couture-showroom-grand-opening-in-greenwich-with-nonprofit-partnerships

This month, Dutch accessory and handbag designer, Antonia Raimbault, is relocating her showroom and beach-chic brand, Le Frou Frou Couture, to Greenwich, Connecticut from Miami, Florida. The showroom's public debut will be on Saturday, May 8th, and Sunday, May, 9th from noon until 5:00 PM. A percentage of proceeds will be donated to the Breast Cancer Alliance (breastcanceralliance.org). 
After traveling and managing a prestigious boutique in Paris, Monaco, St. Tropez, St. Barts, and Knokke-Le Zoute, Raimbault launched her first luxury European-inspired collection of more than a dozen handbags last summer and will launch her second collection this month with double the number of styles. “It was in Miami that I launched my first fashion fringe designs inspired greatly by the French Frou Frou chic style,” said Raimbault. “The idea came to me naturally when I realized that trendy, timeless, and colorful beach fringe bags and handbags were not easily accessible.”
Le Frou Frou Couture represents "luxury with ease" Raimbault describes, with prices that range from $129- $359 for Fringe and Fashion Handbags, $89 - $139 for Baskets, and $49 - $89 for Pochettes. Along with easy-going hats, caps, and scarfs designed by Raimbault, the showroom will also carry a small-scale fashion collection that is a mix of elegant yet bohemian apparel with vibrant colors, imported silk caftans, and semi-precious jewelry. Raimbault's seaside glamour handbags and accessories will be available for retail and wholesale by appointment following her grand opening weekend at her Greenwich showroom which is located at 23 Benedict Place above The Color Cafe. 
"As I was getting to know Greenwich I started to fall in love with the Downtown area, Greenwich Avenue restaurants like Meli-Melo, and the generous people. I quickly learned about what matters most here, giving back to the community. I'm excited to see where it goes," said Raimbault. Two of the most popular handbags from the Le Frou Frou Couture premiere collection will be featured in this year's Old Bags Luncheon benefiting Domestic Abuse Services at the YWCA of Greenwich (https://ywcagreenwich.org/events-calendar/old-bags-luncheon/). Visit Le Frou Frou Couture online for more information (www.lefroufroucouture.com). #ShopLeFrouFrou 


kerry@ducey.org (Sarah Bamford) Charities Mon, 19 Apr 2021 08:05:58 -0400
Apply:you Launches WORKshops® to Help College Grads Win Their First Jobs https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/life/5430-apply-you-launches-workshops-to-help-college-grads-win-their-first-jobs5430-apply-you-launches-workshops-to-help-college-grads-win-their-first-jobs https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/life/5430-apply-you-launches-workshops-to-help-college-grads-win-their-first-jobs5430-apply-you-launches-workshops-to-help-college-grads-win-their-first-jobs

Marketers Expert in Differentiation to Lead Program

To help recent college graduates take full advantage of opportunities to earn their first jobs, Apply:you is launching a series of practical Workshops®  to break the norm. Apply:you will instead apply Madison Avenue techniques to prepare them for job interviews because it’s not about getting a job, it’s about winning one.

Apply:you has accelerated its launch by six months to help the Class of ’21 as it enters into a job market eroded by the job-eating coronavirus.

Apply:you will use proven branding and storytelling techniques that will improve the odds of landing that first job by teaching applicants the skills they need to use in interviews. Apply:you Workshops® will focus on teaching job candidates how to take command of their interviews by pitching an engaging personal brand story rather than answering unpredictable questions.

“Apply:you will make an ideal gift for graduation,” said Peter B. Hubbell, founder and CEO of Apply:you. “Many parents spend upwards of $200,000 on a college education to prepare their child for success but the students aren’t taught the skills they need to get a job when they graduate. They’re still one class short of their first real job.

“Their education shouldn't stop just because they've graduated - they need practical, real-world learning to give them the advantage they’ll need to win their first job in a post-pandemic market of fewer jobs. Why not spend a little more to provide the essential skills graduates will need to get the best jobs? Parents prioritize the needs of their children especially when it comes to their success.”

Apply:you will launch the week of April 19 in Fairfield and Westchester counties. It will expand in May to areas that include New York City, Long Island, northern New Jersey, South Florida, Chicago, Boston, Cincinnati, Philadelphia and Cherry Hill, NJ.

Apply:you seeks to change the same approach that students entering the job market have used for years. “Their resumes all look the same and they participate in interviews that ask everyone the same questions,” said Mr. Hubbell. “Companies are looking to hire candidates that stand out. It’s hard to be different when your tactics are identical.

“Smart job applicants know they need a competitive advantage to win the best jobs. They’ve worked too hard not to get work. They need a new approach that emphasizes the power of differentiation, the ability to persuasively express what makes them a different and better candidate for the job. We are driven by discovering your you so you can apply it in interviews.”

Apply:you will offer two types of Workshops® led by experienced Madison Avenue branding experts: “101 Sessions” and “1:1 Sessions.”

The 101 Sessions will provide an inspirational introduction to the principles of the A:Y approach. These 3-hour group sessions will focus on self-discovery, personal branding and storytelling. Attendees will be given a leave-behind tool kit with step-by-step instructions for creating their unique winning approach.

The 1:1 Sessions will offer the same content as the 101 Workshop® with the added benefit of personalized attention. The 1:1 Workshop® can also be used as a follow-up to the 101s for attendees who want dedicated help creating their personal brand.

Both the 101 and 1:1 Workshops® will be taught by real-world marketing experts with a deep understanding of Madison Avenue's most effective branding and differentiation tactics.

Apply:you plans to expand its offerings later in the year with advanced Workshops®  focusing on Behavioral Interviews and the Targeted Selection Process, as well as sessions for Career or Job Change Applicants and School/College Applicants.

Apply:you, in line with its Graduation Gifting effort, will offer a special Introductory Workshop® this spring. The hour-long Zoom program will highlight the Apply:you approaches and techniques, with the $395 fee to be credited to the price of a full 101 or 1:1 session.

Peter Hubbell, the founder and CEO of Apply:you, is a recognized leader in the advertising industry with a prolific career that has spanned more than 30 years. He has held top positions at many of the world's leading ad agencies, notably Saatchi & Saatchi where he was a member of the Global Board running General Mills' international food business. Peter left Saatchi in 2011 to start BoomAgers, an agency dedicated to marketing to the world's baby boomers. It has since become the world's leading agency in aging, and Peter has emerged as one of the pre-eminent marketing communication experts in the global aging space. Mr. Hubbell is a graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, CT.

Apply:you runs a series of practical Workshops® that apply Madison Avenue branding and storytelling techniques to help graduates market their way to their first job. Our approach improves the odds by teaching them the skills they need to use interviews as opportunities to pitch an engaging personal brand story rather than answering unpredictable questions. More information is available at www.applyyou.com.

kerry@ducey.org (VSK) Life Sat, 17 Apr 2021 05:15:26 -0400
Children’s Jewish Education Group Opens Enrollment for 2021-2022 School Year https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/places/5429-children-s-jewish-education-group-opens-enrollment-for-2021-2022-school-year5429-children-s-jewish-education-group-opens-enrollment-for-2021-2022-school-year https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/places/5429-children-s-jewish-education-group-opens-enrollment-for-2021-2022-school-year5429-children-s-jewish-education-group-opens-enrollment-for-2021-2022-school-year

Rye Brook, NY – Enrollment is now open for the 2021-2022 school year at Children’s Jewish Education Group (CJEG). All who are interested in learning more about CJEG’s programs are invited to an informative virtual Open House on April 20th at 7pm. Zoom guests will hear from current parents and staff as they give an overview of the programs and answer questions. Contact CJEG at info@cjeg.org for the Zoom link and for more information. Parents who are unable to attend on April 20 are welcome to contact CJEG for information by calling (914) 200-1520.

CJEG is an alternative Jewish cultural school run as a cooperative by parents. Children thrive meeting new friends and enjoy learning through and engaging, creative curriculum. Students learn Jewish culture, tradition, history and values through a series of lessons that integrate art, music and various hands-on activities. All lessons are especially designed to be age-appropriate for children in grades K-7. This is a great option for families looking for an alternative to temple-based Hebrew School.

Throughout the school year, CJEG provides many opportunities for the school community to celebrate together. Among them are a Rosh Hashanah celebration, Purim celebration, Family Seder, High Holiday services, music program, moving up ceremony and family tzedakah projects. For more information, visit their website www.CJEG.org.

kerry@ducey.org (Beth London) Places Fri, 16 Apr 2021 10:08:50 -0400
Feeding Westchester Tackles Food Waste with Recovery Initiative https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/charities/5427-feeding-westchester-tackles-food-waste-with-recovery-initiative5427-feeding-westchester-tackles-food-waste-with-recovery-initiative https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/charities/5427-feeding-westchester-tackles-food-waste-with-recovery-initiative5427-feeding-westchester-tackles-food-waste-with-recovery-initiative

A major problem around the world, food waste has serious environmental, financial and cultural implications globally, but also right in our own backyard. This Earth Day, Feeding Westchester, the county’s largest nonprofit hunger-relief organization, is calling attention to the ongoing problem of food waste and their partnership with local farmers, wholesalers and retailers to keep nutritious food out of landfills and in the hands of those who need it most.

Each year, 1.3 billion tons of food is thrown out worldwide. With nearly half of all fruits, vegetables and seafood getting tossed, uneaten food is the number one item in America’s landfills and accounts for a substantial portion of U.S. methane emissions. Recognizing the need to address this sobering reality, chief among the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are to waste less food, support local farmers and donate what you don’t use.

The Natural Resources Defense Council estimates that 40 percent of food in the United States is wasted – the equivalent of $165 billion each year. And, according to a 2021 Food Waste Study released by Woodard & Curran, Westchester is also generating a significant amount of food waste – roughly 125,000 tons annually among commercial businesses with an additional 85,537 tons from residential homes.

Even with this staggering amount of discarded food, roughly one in six individuals across New York State struggles with hunger. This includes more than 200,000 Westchester residents who are either food insecure or at risk and in need of assistance.

“While these numbers can be overwhelming to digest, we have the power to effect real change,” said Ryan Brisk, Senior Director, Operations at Feeding Westchester. “The way we purchase, store, consume and discard food can add up to a massive collective impact. At Feeding Westchester, our food recovery initiatives support local communities and food-insecure people. Perfectly good food is wasted at every step in the supply chain – from farm to table. Food recovery programs divert food from landfills and instead get it into the hands of hungry people. It’s a win-win.”

Feeding Westchester’s Food Recovery Program includes nearly 100 farmers, wholesalers and retailers. Last year, 3.4 million pounds of fresh fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy products were rescued through the program – the equivalent of 2.8 million meals. In the first quarter of 2021, Feeding Westchester diverted 810,935 pounds of nutritious food from ending up in landfills.

Brisk continued, “Our fleet of ten trucks pick up the food and transport it to our distribution center. Once sorted, the food is promptly delivered to hungry people through our approximately 300 programs and partners, such as food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and day care centers. We rely on the generosity of program participants like Stop & Shop to make this possible.”

“Stop & Shop is proud to continue our Retail Recovery work with Feeding Westchester to help prevent food waste across Westchester County and provide much needed support to those in our community facing food insecurity," said Bob Yager, Stop & Shop's Senior Vice President of Operations Strategy and Support. “We look forward to continuing in our commitment to sustainability, waste minimization and environmental improvements across all areas of our business. Through our Retail Recovery work with Feeding Westchester, we are able to continue in our efforts to minimize food waste while providing wholesome, nutritious food to neighbors in need year-round.”

For those looking to minimize their food waste at home, Feeding Westchester has created resources on their website including six surprising food waste facts and eight tips for reducing food waste. A food dating guide is also available to help consumers avoid date labeling confusion.

Every $1 donated to Feeding Westchester provides up to three meals for local children, seniors, and families struggling with hunger. To find help, or give help, visit feedingwestchester.org or call (914) 923-1100. For the latest news and updates, follow @FeedingWestchester on Facebook and Instagram and @FeedWestchester on Twitter.

About Feeding Westchester

Feeding Westchester is the county’s leading nonprofit hunger-relief organization at the heart of a network of nearly 300 community partners and programs. With a mission to nourish their neighbors in the fight against hunger, the organization sources and distributes good, nutritious food and other resources throughout every community in Westchester County. In the last year, Feeding Westchester delivered 22 million pounds of food or 18.4 million meals through soup kitchens, food pantries, schools, shelters, residential programs, and mobile distributions. The nonprofit is committed to creating a community where all people have access to the food they need today, and the fundamental resources to build a better tomorrow. Feeding Westchester is located at 200 Clearbrook Road, Elmsford, NY 10523. For more information, visit feedingwestchester.org.

kerry@ducey.org (Co-Communications) Charities Fri, 16 Apr 2021 10:07:17 -0400
YWCA Holds Stand Against Racism https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/life/5428-ywca-wp-stand-against-racism5428-ywca-wp-stand-against-racism https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/life/5428-ywca-wp-stand-against-racism5428-ywca-wp-stand-against-racism

The YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester’s annual Stand Against Racism, being held virtually, will focus on the theme “Racism is a Public Health Crisis,” a topic that has been driven to the forefront of the national consciousness partly by the twin pandemics of COVID-19 and racial injustice. It also is a declaration that has been made by the American Public Health Association, American Medical Association, several cities and counties across the US, and the CDC also has highlighted racism as a public health threat.

“We want to explore what this designation could mean for our city and county,” says Maria Imperial, CEO, YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester, “and we have assembled an impressive panel of experts to share perspectives on the topic.”

Featured on the panel, which takes place from 9:00 – 10:30 next Thursday, are Maya Bermingham, JD, senior vice president, public policy and government affairs and former interim head of diversity equity & inclusion, Regeneron; Traci Gardner, MD, medical director and chief medical officer, The Children’s Village, and Nan Whaley, Mayor of Dayton, OH, which was one of the first cities to declare racism a public health crisis. Whaley also is vice president for the US Conference of Mayors as well as the Chair of the International Committee for the conference.

This event marks the 15th year the YWCA has taken a Stand Against Racism to build community among those who work for racial justice and raise awareness about the impact of institutional and structural racism, which plays a major role in determining the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age. It affects people’s access to quality housing, education, food, transportation, political power, and other social determinants of health.

“Understanding and addressing systemic racism from this public health perspective is crucial to eliminating racial and ethnic inequities, and to improving opportunity and well-being across communities,” Imperial points out. “And it aligns with our mission to eliminate racism and empower women.”

To fulfill that mission, the YWCA also announces today the launch of the Westchester Center for Racial Equity, a dedicated space for working towards advancing racial equity in Westchester County by providing the vision, the place and the community to sustain anti-racist work. The Center offers training programs, learning opportunities, consulting services and leadership development.

The YWCA is calling on government agencies, organizations, corporations, schools, hospitals, houses of worship and individuals in Westchester County to join with other YWCA’s across the country to hold a Stand Against Racism to build community among those who work for racial justice.

Individuals and organizations of all types can take a Stand Against Racism and attend the free virtual “Racism is a Public Health Crisis” event on April 22, at 9:00 AM. Registration is required.

Youth ages 14 to 21 are invited to engage with their peers and young facilitators in a conversation about racism and their role in combatting it. Register here for the youth event.

For more information on the Stand Against Racism, contact Ariana Quiñones, director of racial justice & youth programming at aquinones@ywcawpcw.org.

About YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester
The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Since 1929, the YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester (YWCA) has been a pioneer for social change through innovative programs that seek to improve the lives of women and families and that strive for racial justice. For more information, visit https://ywcawpcw.org/.

kerry@ducey.org (YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester) Life Fri, 16 Apr 2021 10:05:11 -0400
Aldrich Undercover: A "Secret" Art Sale Returns May 6 https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/events/5417-aldrich-undercover-a-secret-art-sale-returns-may-65417-aldrich-undercover-a-secret-art-sale-returns-may-6 https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/events/5417-aldrich-undercover-a-secret-art-sale-returns-may-65417-aldrich-undercover-a-secret-art-sale-returns-may-6

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is pleased to announce the return of its signature biennial “secret” art sale, Aldrich Undercover.

For 2021, Aldrich Undercover has been re-envisioned as a virtual event featuring live musical performances and an online art sale. Over 100 alumni artists will contribute 9 x 12-inch original works of art in any media of their choosing for sale to benefit the Museum. All works are priced at $350 and sold anonymously, the artists’ identities only revealed after purchase. Guests are encouraged to trust their instincts, follow their hearts, and make selections based on how the works move them. 

Aldrich Undercover will take place online May 6 to 9, 2021. Tickets are required to access the sale and can be purchased at thealdrich.org
The event will begin with Aldrich Undercover Covers, a pre-sale online launch party held over Zoom on Thursday evening at 7 pm, featuring contemporary artists crossing over from art to music and performing covers of popular songs! Artist musicians include Roz Chast, Michelle Segre and Steve DiBenedetto, and B. Wurtz. The online art sale will follow the music performances, opening promptly at 7:50 pm for VIP ticketholders and 8 pm for Patron and General ticketholders. VIP and Patron ticketholders will have the ability to preview the works in the sale on Wednesday, May 5, a first in Aldrich Undercover history. All ticket levels will have full access to the virtual launch party, the Aldrich Undercover Covers performances, and the art sale.
In addition to the Aldrich Undercover “secret” art sale, artists Bryan Nash Gill (1961-2013), Harmony Hammond, Andy Mister, and Hayal Pozanti have each contributed significant works to be offered for sale. These works are not part of the $350 flat rate sale. 
All proceeds benefit The Aldrich’s dynamic exhibitions and education programs. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, the Museum depends on support from fundraisers such as Aldrich Undercover. The Aldrich has been profoundly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, having to postpone exhibitions and cancel on-site public programs. To support the Museum in uncertain times, the alumni artists responded enthusiastically to our ask to create works for Aldrich Undercover.
For more information, tickets, and to see the list of participating artists, visit thealdrich.org.

Questions? Contact Jamie Pearl, Head of Special Events, at jpearl@thealdrich.org, or 203.438.4519, extension 118.
Host Committee: Sabeth and Aaron Albert; The Amadeo Family; Mitch Ancona; Apex Projects, Jackee and Brian Hyla; Diana Bowes and James Torrey; Elena Bowes and Ken McPhail; Justin Christopher Carafotes; Melinda Carroll; Janis and Charles Cecil; Antonia and Scott Davis; Eric Diefenbach and James Keith Brown; Linda and Michael Dugan; Jenn and Greg Ezring; Gail and David Gluckman; Rachel and Peter Goulding; Lin Jamison; Patricia and Lawrence Kemp; Kristina and Philip Larson; Amanda and Donald Martocchio; Kathleen O’Grady; Julie Phillips; Ann Sheffer; Carla Shen and Chris Schott; Rachel and Joe Sondheimer; Kathryn and Jamie Streator; Maya and Robert Tichio; Cecelia Wolfson; and Audrey and Richard Zinman.

kerry@ducey.org (The Aldrich) Events Thu, 15 Apr 2021 11:10:00 -0400
Updated Guidance From New York State for Graduation and Commencement Ceremonies https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/life/5426-updated-guidance-from-new-york-state-for-graduation-and-commencement-ceremonies5426-updated-guidance-from-new-york-state-for-graduation-and-commencement-ceremonies https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/life/5426-updated-guidance-from-new-york-state-for-graduation-and-commencement-ceremonies5426-updated-guidance-from-new-york-state-for-graduation-and-commencement-ceremonies

Effective May 1, Indoor and Outdoor Ceremonies Will Be Allowed with Limited Capacity, Depending on Event Size and Location

All Event Organizers and Venues Hosting Events Subject to Strict Health and Safety Protocols

Detailed Guidance is Available Here

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo yesterday announced new updated guidance for graduation and commencement ceremonies organized by schools, colleges and universities.

Effective May 1, indoor and outdoor graduation and commencement ceremonies will be allowed with limited attendee capacity, depending on the event size and the location (e.g., stadium, arena, arts and entertainment venue). All event organizers and venues hosting ceremonies must follow the State's strict health and safety protocols, including requiring face masks, social distancing, health screenings and collection of contact tracing information. Detailed guidance for graduation events is available here.

"We're once again approaching the end of the academic year which means we need strict rules in place to ensure commencement ceremonies are done safely in the context of the ongoing pandemic," Governor Cuomo said. "With more people getting vaccinated every day, we are so close to the light at the end of the tunnel, but we all need to continue being vigilant and I am urging everyone to celebrate smart."

For events that exceed the social gathering limits of 100 people indoors or 200 people outdoors, event organizers and venues must notify the local health department and require attendees to show proof of a recent negative test result or proof of completed immunization prior to entry. These requirements are consistent with the State's guidance for other congregate commercial and social activities, including catered receptions, performing arts, and sports competitions.

Outdoor Events:

  • Large-scale ceremonies of over 500 people at outdoor venues will be limited to 20 percent of capacity, applicable to venues with a total capacity of 2,500 or more.
  • Medium-scale ceremonies of 201-500 people at outdoor venues will be limited to 33 percent of capacity.
  • Small-scale ceremonies of up to 200 people or 2 attendees per student at outdoor venues will be limited to 50 percent of capacity. Proof of recent negative test result or proof of completed immunization is optional.

Indoor Events:

  • Large-scale ceremonies of over 150 people at indoor venues will be limited to 10 percent of capacity, applicable to venues with a total capacity of 1,500 or more.
  • Medium-scale ceremonies of 101-150 people at indoor venues will be limited to 33 percent of capacity.
  • Small-scale ceremonies of up to 100 people or 2 attendees per student at indoor venues will be limited to 50 percent of capacity. Proof of recent negative test result or proof of completed immunization is optional.

This announcement builds on the Governor's recent measures to further re-open the economy amid a steady decline in New York's COVID-19 positivity and hospitalization rates. Governor Cuomo announced that professional sports in large outdoor stadiums that hold 10,000 people or more will be allowed to reopen at 20 percent capacity and smaller, regional sports venues that hold 1,500 people indoors or 2,500 people outdoors can also reopen, with an initial capacity limited to 10 percent indoors and 20 percent outdoors, beginning April 1. The Governor also announced, event, arts and entertainment venues can reopen at 33 percent capacity, up to 100 people indoors and up to 200 people outdoor, beginning April 2nd. Additionally, on March 15th, Governor Cuomo announced wedding receptions and catered events could expand to larger scale events subject to following the Department of Health guidance.

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kerry@ducey.org (Office of the Governor. ) Life Thu, 15 Apr 2021 06:54:00 -0400
Playland Park to Hold Virtual Interviews on Saturday, April 10 https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/places/5425-playland-park-to-hold-virtual-interviews5425-playland-park-to-hold-virtual-interviews https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/places/5425-playland-park-to-hold-virtual-interviews5425-playland-park-to-hold-virtual-interviews

With the green light from New York State to open amusements parks in place, the Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation plans to reopen Playland Park this year and is looking to fill seasonal positions.

Virtual interviews will be held on Saturday, April 10.

County Executive George Latimer said: “Working at Playland during the summer is a tradition for many young people in our County, their energy makes our park come alive. We look forward to seeing familiar faces and welcoming new ones.”

Job seekers are encouraged to explore Playland’s job board and apply ahead of the virtual interview day.

Open positions include:

  •          Cashier
  •          General Office
  •          Park Supervisor
  •          Lifeguard
  •          EMT
  •          General Maintenance
  •          Beach/Pool Attendant
  •          Admissions/Greeter
  •          Housekeeping
  •          Custodial
  •          Ride Operators

Commissioner of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation Kathy O’Connor said: “Our staff makes the operation of our parks possible and they have done an outstanding job the past year, despite many challenges. We are looking for dedicated applicants who want to enhance the experience of our parks for our guests.”

For more information visit https://playlandpark.org/ or call (914) 813-7019.

About Westchester County  

Westchester County, located in the heart of the historic Hudson Valley, covers 500 square miles and has a population of just under a million.  Originally home to Native Americans, who were members of the Lenape tribe, it is today a rich mix of many cultures and landscapes.  The County is a blend of bustling cities, quaint villages and picturesque towns as well as open spaces and a network of beautiful parks. Westchester is made up of 6 cities, 19 towns and 20 villages.  Westchester County is known for top-notch public schools, and a high quality of life.  The County is also an intellectual capital, boasting a highly educated workforce, competitive colleges and universities, Fortune 500 companies, world changing non-profits, and cutting-edge research centers.  Westchester is led by County Executive George Latimer, who took office in January 2018 as the ninth County Executive. Using inclusion and openness as a foreground, Latimer is fighting to make Westchester a destination for all people to live, work and enjoy. Learn more about Westchester County by visiting www.westchestergov.com

kerry@ducey.org (Westchester County) Places Wed, 07 Apr 2021 12:33:03 -0400
New Mural from Rye Brook's Marla Beth Designs Celebrates the Stars of The Palace Theatre https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/life/5420-new-mural-from-marla-beth-designs-celebrates-the-stars-of-the-palace-theatre5420-new-mural-from-marla-beth-designs-celebrates-the-stars-of-the-palace-theatre https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/life/5420-new-mural-from-marla-beth-designs-celebrates-the-stars-of-the-palace-theatre5420-new-mural-from-marla-beth-designs-celebrates-the-stars-of-the-palace-theatre

Marla Beth Enowitz, artist and founder of Marla Beth Designs, is on a mission to add a little sparkle to The Palace Theatre’s Atlantic Street windows. Normally bustling with live performances, COVID-19 has kept the theatre dark. Those passing by can now enjoy Enowitz’s latest work, a large-scale mural entitled “Stars for the Stars,” which makes use of the theatre’s windows as a canvas.

“Stars for the Stars” features hundreds of abstract stars in different colors and sizes – some painted on the outside of the glass to give dimension – underneath a curtain of dreamy clouds.

“Countless stars have passed through The Palace doors in its long history – from young students exploring a newfound passion to Broadway veterans and entertainment icons,” said Enowitz. “Live theatre transports us… audience members and performers alike. I wished to convey that feeling with a rainbow starry sky. To me, this fairytale-like dreamscape evokes hope and the dreams that come true in the world of live theatre.”

A Rye Brook momprenuer, Enowitz turned her love of painting from hobby to business once the pandemic hit. Her designs, described as equal parts whimsical and sophisticated, are often inspired by the imaginative minds of children. Enowitz’s large-scale custom pieces are featured in some of the most beautiful private homes and businesses in the tri-state including The First Bank of Greenwich, The Spa at The J House and a 600 square foot mural at The Westchester.

“As a live entertainment venue, the effects of COVID-19 have hit us particularly hard,” said Michael Moran, President & CEO of The Palace. “We are a 93-year-old hub for gathering and, while we look forward to the day when we can once again welcome guests through our doors, we are grateful to Marla for making the entrance of our empty theatre alive with color. It’s a wonderful reminder that we are still here – very much an integral part of the community.”

During the 2019-2020 year, The Palace provided arts education to more than 7,500 youth – nurturing their interests in dance, playwriting, directing and performing. Arts in Education programs are held year round and have continued virtually during the pandemic.

“Art, in all its forms, is an essential part of life,” noted Enowitz. “While we see hope on the horizon, it’s important to continue coming together and supporting one another in whatever ways we can.”

Visit marlabethdesigns.com to shop Enowitz’s available offerings or commission new work. For the latest news and updates, follow Marla Beth Designs on Instagram (@marlabeth_designs).

About Marla Beth Designs

Founded by artist Marla Beth Enowitz, Marla Beth Designs is transforming homes and businesses with her uplifting ‘happy art.’ Enowitz’s signature sparkle, captured in organic drips, playful dots and mesmerizing marbling effects, inspires with a refreshing message of optimism and positivity. The Westchester County mom turned entrepreneur specializes in creating 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 The Palace Theatre

The 1,580-seat Palace Theatre is dedicated to performing arts of all genres – music, dance, theater and comedy. In addition to hosting world-renowned performers in each of those fields, the Palace partners with arts organizations like the Stamford Symphony and Connecticut Ballet for their performances. The Theatre’s three floors encompass a deeper-than-typical Broadway-size stage, a café, a Learning Center, a theatre-long art gallery and a magnificent glass-walled promenade. The Palace is dedicated to providing exciting entertainment that enriches the cultural, educational, economic and social life of the community. The Palace Theatre is located at 61 Atlantic Street in Stamford, CT. They can be reached at (203) 325-4466 or by visiting www.palacestamford.org.

subscriptions@cocommunications.com (Co-Communications) Life Tue, 06 Apr 2021 09:07:51 -0400