Ryebrook's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook Sat, 18 Sep 2021 12:08:55 -0400 HamletHub.com County Executive to unveil new playground at Kensico Dam Plaza https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/places/5470-county-executive-to-unveil-new-playground-at-kensico-dam-plaza5470-county-executive-to-unveil-new-playground-at-kensico-dam-plaza https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/places/5470-county-executive-to-unveil-new-playground-at-kensico-dam-plaza5470-county-executive-to-unveil-new-playground-at-kensico-dam-plaza

Children can slide, swing and play again at the Kensico Dam Plaza on a brand new updated playground!  The new, brightly-colored play structures, one of which includes a ramp for wheel chairs, all sits on top of a rubber safety surface and is part of a $1.86 million dollar capital project.

Friday, September 17

11 a.m.

Kensico Dam Plaza

1 Bronx River Pkwy Rd

Valhalla, NY  10595

Westchester County Executive George Latimer said, “The new Kensico Dam Plaza playground is another example of updating the already great facilities Westchester County has to offer. In my administration we get things done and we fix what needs to be fixed.  I’m excited to welcome the children back to experience the new play structures and make fond memories with family and friends.”

The new accessible playground replaced previous structures that were over 20 years old and features two new structures, one for children ages 5 through 12 and one for ages 2 through 5. The area also includes a new paved seating area with benches and picnic tables and the entrance features new landscaping with trees, flowering shrubs and perennials. New pavements and an increased number of new and accessible picnic tables have been added to the main picnic area.

Westchester County Parks Commissioner Kathy O’Connor said, “Kensico Dam Plaza is the “Central Park” of Westchester County as the park receives a large number of visitors and keeping the facility up-to-date is important to keeping children safe and happy.”

The capital project also includes a new memorial dedicated to first responders who lost their lives to 9/11 related illnesses, which is located next to The Rising. The landscaped backdrop to the memorial has been fully renovated with new trees, shrubs and perennials.

commandercarey@gmail.com (Westchester County) Places Thu, 16 Sep 2021 13:31:16 -0400
Westchester County awards West Harrison based company three County projects https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/places/5469-westchester-county-executive-annouces-mwbe-awarded-three-county-projects5469-westchester-county-executive-annouces-mwbe-awarded-three-county-projects https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/places/5469-westchester-county-executive-annouces-mwbe-awarded-three-county-projects5469-westchester-county-executive-annouces-mwbe-awarded-three-county-projects

West Harrison based company bids nearly $6 million dollars

(White Plains, NY) – Westchester County accepted bids from Laura Li Industries, LLC totaling $5.91 million dollars, awarding the West Harrison based company three County projects. Designated as a Minority/Women-owned Business Enterprise (MWBE), the construction company is spearheaded by Laura Entre, and the designation allows for eligibility for developmental benefits. More than 300 MWBE’s registered with Westchester County in 2020.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer said: “We want to empower women entrepreneurs to participate in County projects. We’ve laid out a goals for registered MWBE’s in order for them to be successful, including purchasing plans in construction, professional and non-professional services and goods. We hope a large contract like this will hopefully encourage other businesses like Laura Li Industries, LLC to aspire to work with Westchester County and know the goals we set up for these businesses to succeed can be accomplished.”

Laura Li Industries, LLC formed in 2015 and will be responsible for resurfacing and improving Theodore Fremd Avenue, from 300 feet east of North Avenue to Purchase Street in the City of Rye. Work begins September 15, with a target date of completion on May 15, 2022.

Resurfacing work will also be done along Willets Avenue from King Street to Putnam Avenue in the Village of Port Chester. Work is scheduled to begin October 1, with a target date of completion in May 2022.

The company will also work to improve Westchester County parkland at the Blue Mountain Reservation addressing utilities for the trail lodge including sewer, water and electrical work. Construction crews will also replace a wood bridge and pave pathways that extend into the Town of Cortland and the City of Peekskill. Work is scheduled to begin November 21, with a scheduled date of completion in December 2022. 

Managing Member of Laura Li Industries Laura Etre said: “Women are underrepresented in the construction industry. With my background in public administration and attention to detail coupled with my familiarity of Westchester, I know our company can make these projects shine. We love working to improve the County in which we live.”

Department of Public Works and Transportation Commissioner Hugh Greechan said: “Laura Li Industries, LLC has proven itself to be a valuable partner in addressing the County’s infrastructure needs. We look forward to continuing that partnership and creating new partnerships with other MWBE’s on these critical projects.”

Director of Minority and Women-owned Business Development Martha Lopez said: “It is the goal of Westchester County to use its best efforts to encourage, promote and increase participation of business enterprises owned and controlled by persons of color or women in contracts and projects funded by all departments of the County and to develop a policy to efficiently monitor such participation.”

Laura Li Industries, LLC has worked with Westchester County before on various school fields, rehabbing the Elm Street Bridge in the Village of Tuckahoe and site work on the south concourse of the Westchester County Airport.

Entre says she’s currently working on obtaining her commercial driver’s license so she can help haul some of the supplies and equipment for these upcoming projects.

kerry@ducey.org (Westchester County) Places Mon, 13 Sep 2021 08:30:42 -0400
Watch SOUL this Friday Under the Stars at Croton Point Park https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/events/5468-watch-soul-this-friday-under-the-stars-at-croton-point-park5468-watch-soul-this-friday-under-the-stars-at-croton-point-park https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/events/5468-watch-soul-this-friday-under-the-stars-at-croton-point-park5468-watch-soul-this-friday-under-the-stars-at-croton-point-park

The Croton Point Park parking lot will be transformed into a drive-in theater, presenting Disney PIXAR's Soul this Friday, September 10 allowing movie-goers to enjoy a classic, family-friendly film in a socially-distanced way.

The movie is presented by White Plains Hospital as part of Westchester County Parks’ and Sharc Creative's Screenings under the Stars series.

Purchase your tickets here and see below for additional Screening Under the Stars movies.

  • Sept. 24 Disney’s Mulan (2020) at Tibbetts Brook Park
  • Oct. 15 Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018) at Kensico Dam Plaza
  • Oct. 22 Hocus Pocus (1993) at Croton Point Park

All movies are shown on Fridays, right after dark.

All movies are ticketed-admission events, with purchase available online pre-sale only. Tickets are $25 per car and there will be limited capacity following distancing protocols.

White Plains Hospital’s Screenings under the Stars is presented by Westchester County Parks and Sharc Creative with Westchester Parks Foundation, and support from Westchester Talk Radio, 100.7 WHUD, 107.1 The Peak, Hamlethub, Robison Oil, Tompkins Mahopac Bank, Inspiria Outdoor Advertising, Palisades Mazda/The Premier Collection, Iona College and Westchester Magazine.

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Events Tue, 07 Sep 2021 07:37:41 -0400
Tarrytown Music Hall Presents Free Community Event https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/places/5467-tarrytown-music-hall-presents-free-community-event5467-tarrytown-music-hall-presents-free-community-event https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/places/5467-tarrytown-music-hall-presents-free-community-event5467-tarrytown-music-hall-presents-free-community-event

The Tarrytown Music Hall would like to invite the community to attend a complimentary performance of their annual Rock the Hall contest on Friday, September 10th at the historic venue at 6 pm.

Celebrating the event’s 3rd year (Rock The Hall was put on hold in 2020), The Music Hall is thrilled to bring the community together with a free concert as a "thank you" for the generous support and donations from the community and local businesses during their fourteen-months of closure.  A celebration is in order, and Rock the Hall fits that requirement perfectly!

“Rock the Hall has always been about fantastic music, camaraderie, and community-building. What better way to show our gratitude to the community than to host an event featuring six regional music acts competing to be this year's winner of Rock The Hall,” Alison Woods, Sponsorship Director exclaimed.  “We had over 120 bands enter, which made the final showcase a complicated process. In the end, we had ten preliminary judges which were very democratic, and made decisions based on a variety of factors. We always wanted to make sure we were offering a range of artists and styles. While every act deserves an opportunity to participate, due to time constraints we needed to keep the number to six” Woods explained.

Emcee, John Platt, WFUV will introduce the opening band performed by John Ciulla and The WBS Band, which begins at 6 pm. Each act receives 10 minutes to perform, with the final performance at 8:40 pm. The performers for the 2021 Rock the Hall are: Edan Archer, Natalie Forteza, Ursula Hansberry, Sarah King, Samsara and Thin Lear.

Our esteemed panel of team of judges are all music professionals in their own right and consist of:  Steve Addabbo, Shelter Island Sound, John Bongiorno, Arrival Artists, Drew Bordeaux, Songwriter/Musician, John Ciulla, Webster Bank, Rob Fraboni, Producer, Mark Franzoso, Franzoso Contracting,  Danny Goldber, Gold Village Entertainment, Ethan Isaac, Factory Underground, Steve Lurie, Music Without Borders, Nicholas Marra, Webster Bank, Stefani Scamardo, Hard Head Management, Rhonda Schoen, Engineer, Glen Taylor, Consultant, Steven Williams, Atomic Sound Record Company.

The winning act of will receive a number of prizes that will offer uplifting opportunities such as:

·   A future performance at the Music Hall (TBD)

·   Consultation with producer Rob Fraboni

·   A 2-3 minute EPK Video produced by Factory Underground

·   A half-day of recording/consultation at Shelter Island Sound Studios, NYC

This event would not be possible without the support of sponsors; Webster Bank, Arizona Sunrise Hard Seltzer, Boulevard Carroll, Dan Bucci, Coldwell Banker, Franzoso Contracting, Rey Insurance, WFUV, HearitThere.com and RadioWoodstock.

Rock The Hall is a vaccinated Patrons Only Show.  Masks are optional and encouraged.

The Music Hall, a building listed on the National Register for Historic Places, is owned, operated and loved by The Friends of the Mozartina, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, cultural and educational organization dedicated to serving close to 100,000 people every year with diverse offerings of music, theater, dance, film, family programming and residencies in schools.

Ticket sales only cover a portion of the costs associated with the programming, maintenance and restoration. The Music Hall is dependent on donations, memberships, sponsorships and volunteerism in order to survive. Your support enables The Music Hall, Westchester’s oldest theater, to continue to be culturally, educationally and economically relevant.


kerry@ducey.org (JacqueRoche) Places Fri, 03 Sep 2021 07:04:30 -0400
New NY Governor Mandates Masks In School https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/politics/5466-new-ny-governor-mandates-masks-in-school5466-new-ny-governor-mandates-masks-in-school https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/politics/5466-new-ny-governor-mandates-masks-in-school5466-new-ny-governor-mandates-masks-in-school

Directs Department of Health to Institute Universal Mask Requirement in All Schools

Governor Pursuing Options to Mandate Vaccines for School Employees

Launches COVID-19 Testing in Schools Program Using $585 Million in Federal Funds in Partnership with Counties and BOCES

Establishes Additional Back-to-School Testing Program in Partnership with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Rite Aid and BioReference, and Acquires Millions of Masks for Students and Educators

On her first day in office, Governor Kathy Hochul announced a new, comprehensive plan to help ensure a safe, productive return to schools this fall in the midst of rising COVID-19 numbers fueled by the Delta variant. As part of this plan, Governor Hochul has directed the New York State Department of Health to institute a universal mask requirement in all schools, public and private, as determined necessary at the discretion of the Commissioner. The Department of Health will issue the requirement through regulatory action established by the Public Health and Health Planning Council.

Governor Hochul will also pursue options to mandate vaccines for school employees or require weekly testing in the absence of vaccines, and will continue to work with the Department of Health, education stakeholders and the Legislature on establishing the mandate.

"As Governor, my priorities are now the priorities of the people of New York - and right now that means fighting the Delta variant," Governor Kathy Hochul said. "My number one priority is getting children back to school and protecting the environment so they can learn safely. I am immediately directing the Department of Health to institute universal masking for anyone entering our schools, and we are launching a Back to School COVID-19 testing program to make testing for students and staff widely available and convenient. We are also working to require vaccinations for all school personnel with an option to test out weekly, and we are going to accomplish all of this by working in partnership with all levels of government."

To help ensure testing is available to students as they return to school, Governor Hochul is using $335 million in federal funds to launch a new COVID-19 Testing in Schools Program in partnership with local health departments and BOCES in New York State outside of New York City. In addition, New York City has received $225 million directly to initiate a COVID-19 Testing in Schools Program there, for a total of $585 million in federal funding in New York State to support these programs.

Governor Hochul also launched an additional back-to-school COVID-19 testing program in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Rite Aid and BioReference to make testing more widely available for New York State public school students before the start of the 2021-2022 school year.

In addition to these new testing programs, New York State has available more than 4.3 million child-sized clothed face masks, about 10 million adult-sized clothed face masks and almost 55 million non-surgical face masks to provide to students and teachers in schools across the state.

State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said, "Our highest priority is helping to ensure the health and safety of our students and educators as we work together to combat COVID-19. Since early July, COVID-19 cases in New York have risen 10-fold and 95 percent of sequenced positive cases were confirmed to be Delta variant. Based on incidence and prevalence, our findings demonstrate the necessity of layered prevention strategies, including this mask requirement. While a simple measure of prevention, requiring masks now is crucial for protecting the health of our children and ensuring we can get our students back in their schools this fall."

Commissioner of Education Dr. Betty A. Rosa said, "Since the onset of the pandemic, the health and safety of our students, teachers, and school personnel has been our top priority. With the increase in COVID variant cases around the state, Governor Hochul's action, taken after consultation with educators, demonstrates her commitment to the health and wellbeing of our students and the importance of keeping our schools open. The State Education Department supports a consistent application of masking requirements in schools, easing the return to school with a common line of defense against the spread of the COVID variant. I look forward to continuing our collaboration with Governor Hochul in support of our shared focus on expanded educational opportunity for all New Yorkers."

Board of Regents Chancellor Lester W. Young, Jr. said, "The Board and I applaud Governor Hochul for supporting and protecting students and teachers alike with a statewide mask mandate for schools. We must do everything in our power to limit the transmission of COVID in our schools so students continue to receive in-person instruction throughout the school year. Requiring students, teachers and staff to wear masks is the right thing to do for all New Yorkers."

kerry@ducey.org (Peter Carey) Politics Thu, 26 Aug 2021 09:36:54 -0400
Rivertowns for Refugees Share Letters From Afghanistan https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/neighbors/5465-letters-from-afghanistan5465-letters-from-afghanistan https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/neighbors/5465-letters-from-afghanistan5465-letters-from-afghanistan

The plight of Afghan refugees becomes more dire each day. The chance to evacuate Americans and the Afghans that worked alongside them has dwindled down to a matter of only a few days. 

Their situation is dire. Attempts to reach the Kabul airport have been thwarted and threats from the Taliban have served to drive many into hiding. They hide in fear both physically and psychologically. Food is becoming scarce.

The Westchester refugee resettlement group, Rivertowns for Refugees,  has been active in not only sponsoring refugees when they arrive but active in corresponding with them as they await their departure. 

Rivertowns for Refugee has agreed to share their correspondence with HamletHub. The emails are unredacted except for the names of the senders. Volunteers for the organization state that the emails are sent on a daily basis. Although inconsistent, internet service is still active even in mountainous areas where many are in hiding. 

HamletHub will publish emails as soon as they are received. The name of the series is Afghan Letters. Anyone wishing to help should contact Rivertowns for Refugees river­towns­for­refugees@gmail.com or Hearts and Homes for Refugees here.


On Aug 20, 2021, at 5:14 AM, 


I'm not safe taliban arrive near to my home they have checkpoint and list names of
who worked for USA they try find my location because of work with USA government.
Taliban will kill me.


| received gate pass and visa to airport from this

email xxxxxx yesterday

Someone said it's fake | don't know what should | do but in the airport so rush and
crowded guide me please
On August 20, 2021 at 9:01 PM


Hello Dear Madam.
| hope you are doing well i am good now | am at home today i want to trying another
gate of airport and the situation is very dangerous i am afraid


On August 19, 2024 at 10:49 AM, This is BBC news is saying, UNHCR handed a secret
informations which says Taliban hold a list people who were working with foreign
countries to Kill even their families.


Thanks a lot for you efforts . That means a lot to us . Physically we are safe, and
nobody have disturbed us so far. But my wife and daughters are in very high stress
they lost hope for the future. They are very active and hard work.

My wife was working with a group of 10 women where she was their leader and teach
them tailor and support them to be a free women. They were under support of a
foreign company called RELIFE and was awarded the most talented and active
women of our province. My older daughter also have finished her college and was
working in an office. My second daughter just finished her school and was papering to
enter the college next year but seems everything got changed. And my last daughter
is still in elementary school. Right now they are really disappointed since Taliban
entered the country. | hope we can manage ourselves. Thanks one more time for your


Thanks for asking about our situation. Actually, we are still hide at home .

Taliban have announced their hilarious laws for men and women.

Men should grow beard never should wear pants as it's for none Muslims instead use
afghans traditional clothes.

Women can't go outside can't work cannot study. And so on.


It’s about 10 days that  l  living in mountains and disguised ourselves. The Taliban has all of our information as they accessed to the Americans Army biometric. They called on our families with exact names and address. They has chosen the exact date for our execution and according to the phone that we received from them, they are going to perform it in Pol-e-Charkhi prison. 


All my family lost their hope and petite to eat.

They think they lost their opportunity to keep their studying and working.


These are the stories of real people experiencing a life and death situation. Hopefully, they will survive long enough to clear the hurdles of  getting to Kabul airport. The road to freedom is long and arduous. But the help of good people makes the journey possible. 

kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Mon, 23 Aug 2021 17:35:36 -0400
Village of Rye Brook Free Summer Concert on Wednesday at Pine Ridge Park https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/events/5464-village-of-rye-brook-free-summer-concert-on-wednesday-at-pine-ridge-park5464-village-of-rye-brook-free-summer-concert-on-wednesday-at-pine-ridge-park https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/events/5464-village-of-rye-brook-free-summer-concert-on-wednesday-at-pine-ridge-park5464-village-of-rye-brook-free-summer-concert-on-wednesday-at-pine-ridge-park

The Village of Rye Brook is thrilled to continue our Free Summer Concert series this Wednesday, August 25th from 6:45pm-8:45pm at Pine Ridge Park. (Rain date August 26th)

This free event will feature classic rock & pop songs from Bealy Dan!   Parking and admission are free, so bring a blanket and lawn chairs and enjoy some great music outside in our beautiful park.

The entire 2021 Summer Concert Series is made possible through the generous donation and sponsorship from Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty.

Learn more here.

kerry@ducey.org (Village of Rye Brook) Events Mon, 23 Aug 2021 14:44:04 -0400
Third Dose of COVID Vaccine Recommended for Immune Compromised https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/life/5463-third-dose-of-covid-vaccine-recommended-for-immune-compromised5463-third-dose-of-covid-vaccine-recommended-for-immune-compromised https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/life/5463-third-dose-of-covid-vaccine-recommended-for-immune-compromised5463-third-dose-of-covid-vaccine-recommended-for-immune-compromised

A third dose of Moderna or Pfizer COVID vaccine is recommended by the CDC for people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems who completed their original two dose series at least 28 days ago. An additional dose is not recommended for any other population at this time. 

 People eligible for a third dose include those who have: 

  • Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood 
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system 
  • Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system 
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency 
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection 
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response 

Additional shots are only for those immunocompromised that received an mRNA vaccine series. There is currently no recommendation for an additional dose for those who received the J&J vaccine. If you are unsure if you are eligible, contact your primary care physician to discuss your options. 

To find a vaccine provider please visit https://www.vaccines.gov

commandercarey@gmail.com (Putnam County Department of Health) Life Mon, 23 Aug 2021 13:18:06 -0400
HGAR Welcomes Rye Brook Resident Christopher Pagli as Social Media Coordinator https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/neighbors/5460-hgar-welcomes-new-social-media-coordinator5460-hgar-welcomes-new-social-media-coordinator https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/neighbors/5460-hgar-welcomes-new-social-media-coordinator5460-hgar-welcomes-new-social-media-coordinator

 The Hudson Gateway Association of REALTORS® is pleased to welcome Christopher Pagli of Rye Brook as its new Social Media Coordinator. In this newly created role, Pagli will manage the Association’s digital outreach on all social media channels, as well as grow HGAR’s presence on these channels.

Pagli offers more than 25 years of sales, marketing, and customer service experience, ranging from creative marketing plans for major and independent recording artists to selling real estate. He has been part of the real estate industry since 2005 as a buyer’s agent and home marketing specialist in Westchester County with Corcoran Legends Realty and later, with Ocean Gate Realty in Southern Maine. 

In 2015, Cineflix, the production company for “Buying & Selling with the Property Brothers” on HGTV, hired him to consult for the filming of Seasons 3 and 4 in Westchester County.

Pagli also owns and operates his own coaching business, and prior to that, he served as the National Director of Promotion for several major and independent record companies creating marketing plans for a wide variety of artists including Gloria Estefan, Celine Dion, George Michael, Donna Summer, Jamiroquai, and more.

“We are happy to welcome Chris to our Association, and we look forward to working with him,” said Richard Haggerty, HGAR CEO. “I know that Chris will empower us to take our social media presence to the next level and beyond.”

Pagli also works as an international DJ, providing a bi-weekly livestream, “Global Grooves,” which plays dance music from around the world. His audience includes Africa, Europe and South America.

The Hudson Gateway Association of REALTORS® is a not-for-profit trade association representing over 13,000 real estate professionals doing business in Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, and Orange counties, as well as the Bronx and Manhattan. It is the second largest REALTOR® Association in New York, and one of the largest in the country. 

mary.preno@hgar.com (Mary Prenon) Neighbors Tue, 17 Aug 2021 13:50:11 -0400
Swimmers Take the Plunge Raising $1.2 Million For Swim Across America Long Island Chapter https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/charities/5462-swimmers-take-the-plunge-raising-1-2-million-for-swim-across-america-long-island-chapter5462-swimmers-take-the-plunge-raising-1-2-million-for-swim-across-america-long-island-chapter https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/charities/5462-swimmers-take-the-plunge-raising-1-2-million-for-swim-across-america-long-island-chapter5462-swimmers-take-the-plunge-raising-1-2-million-for-swim-across-america-long-island-chapter

Swim Across America’s Long Island Sound Chapter (SAA-LIS) has completed its 29th summer season of Westchester swimming events raising $1.2 million for cutting-edge cancer research, prevention and treatment.

Over 750 swimmers, 100 kayakers and 300 volunteers participated in six, Westchester pool swims and the signature open-water swim in the Long Island Sound between July 11 and August 7.

 “We had a terrific turnout this year and thank everyone who supported our fundraising swims,” says SAA-LIS Executive Director Tony Sibio. “From Eastchester, Chappaqua and Rye to Pelham, Mamaroneck, and Larchmont, people of every age and swimming level came together as a force against cancer.”

Proceeds from the swims will support the Swim Across America research lab, Dr. Luis Diaz and the MSK Kids Department of Pediatrics at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; pediatric oncology research at Morgan Stanley Columbia University Medical Center; and patient services with Cancer Support Team.

Although the 2021 Westchester fundraising swims have been completed, Swim Across America Long Island Sound welcomes donations throughout the year. Donations can be sent to SAA-Long Island Sound, P.O. Box 217, Larchmont, NY 10538.

“Everyone who participates in SAA is a true cancer warrior. I couldn’t be prouder of their accomplishments this year,” says Mr. Sibio. 

kerry@ducey.org (Jeannette Boccini) Charities Mon, 16 Aug 2021 07:01:47 -0400
Screenings Under the Stars: Forrest Gump on August 20 https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/events/5461-screenings-under-the-stars-forrest-gump-on-august-205461-screenings-under-the-stars-forrest-gump-on-august-20 https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/events/5461-screenings-under-the-stars-forrest-gump-on-august-205461-screenings-under-the-stars-forrest-gump-on-august-20

Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get - like Forrest Gump at Kensico Dam Plaza, Friday, Aug 20

Gates open at 7 p.m and movies begin at dusk.

  • $25 per vehicle
Buy your tix now: https://bit.ly/3xyJhaZ
Kensico Dam Plaza is located at1 Bronx River Pkwy in Valhalla, NY.
kerry@ducey.org (HH) Events Wed, 11 Aug 2021 12:36:31 -0400
Greenwich Wine + Food to Commemorate 10 Year Anniversary in 2021 https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/events/5454-greenwich-wine-food-to-commemorate-10-year-anniversary-in-20215454-greenwich-wine-food-to-commemorate-10-year-anniversary-in-2021 https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/events/5454-greenwich-wine-food-to-commemorate-10-year-anniversary-in-20215454-greenwich-wine-food-to-commemorate-10-year-anniversary-in-2021

Greenwich Wine + Food will be celebrating its 10 year anniversary September 28 – October 3, 2021.  The week-long festivities will recreate some of the most memorable experiences from the past decade of festivals and special events, as well as introduce new events for guests.  Beneficiaries include two national non-profit organizations with roots in Connecticut:The Jacques Pépin Foundation and Wholesome Wave.  Platinum sponsors include Wagoneer and The Village.

“I could not be more thrilled to announce the anniversary celebration of Greenwich Wine + Food this year, bringing our most extravagant feast yet to the area,” said Suni Unger, founder and CEO of Unger Media, the parent company behind Greenwich Wine + Food and Serendipity magazine. 

“Greenwich Wine + Food is built on the foundation of the incredibly rich culinary talents in this area, who have met the challenges of the last 16 months with determination, creativity and hard work. This year, more than ever, our mission to shine a light on and lift up these incredible members of our communities could not be more important. Partnering with our good friends Jacques and Michel could not make more sense as we look back at the incredible history we’ve celebrated in the last decade and ahead to the ever-evolving trends in the culinary landscape. Our fans, sponsors and my entire team are working hard to create an anniversary party like nothing you’ve experienced before!”

“While many of our flagship annual events that guests have come to know and love will be celebrated this year, we are also planning several new experiences including a Sunset & Oysters Cruise, Ultimate Donut Competition, Sunday Brunch and exclusive wine tasting experiences,” added Unger.  “Our three biggest pieces of news to share for 2021 – the expansion to a weeklong celebration, including a return of Sunday programming, two new charity partners and a reimagined Master Chef Gala. 

For this monumental anniversary, we also decided it was a crucial year to expand the geographic footprint of the event to multiple locations to help bring new patrons to restaurants in the area and reach new towns through exclusive wine tasting experiences at private homes.  Our desire to offer both this classic programming year in addition to exclusive, never-before-experiences meant looking at our weekend programming with a new lens, and we’re excited to be hosting these core events at a new waterfront venue, The Village in Stamford. This new campus, built by Fairfield County residents and co-developers Brent and Courtney Montgomery, is fast becoming a favorite for its water views, state of the art facilities and incredible events.  2021 is going to be a year like we’ve never had before!”

Exclusive Wine Experiences, kicking off the week, will invite vintners, winemakers and sommeliers to lead entertaining discussions of wine history and production practices with guests in exclusive homes and restaurants throughout Fairfield County surrounding areas.  These intimate affairs will pair rare, world-class wine tastings with multi-course menus prepared by notable, local chefs. 

The 10th Anniversary Master Chef Gala, honoring Jacques Pépin for his lifetime of achievement, will take place on Friday, October 1 at The Village.  New for 2021, award-winning chefs will prepare multi-course dinners showcasing curated menus created just for the evening serving the Chef’s table of 10 guests.  The evening will also include mingling with celebrity chefs, tastings of elite liquors, wines and beers, a charity auction and musical performances.  A limited ticketed event will provide access to an intimate cocktail party before dinner with Jacques Pépin, Michel Nischan and other celebrities.

“Greenwich Wine + Food has an impressive history of public and community support; few organizations are able to attract this level of culinary, hospitality and performing arts talent to inspire the public to make the world a better place,” said Rollie Wesen, EdD, CEC, co-founder and executive director of theJacques Pépin Foundation.  “The Jacques Pépin Foundation is honored and grateful to be named, along with our sister organization Wholesome Wave, as a charity beneficiary of this great event.  Together our organizations advance the power of Food Equals Change, addressing food system issues including sustainable production, food insecurity, access to fresh foods, food driven health outcomes and food service job training for marginalized and under-served populations. Greenwich Wine + Food’s multi-year commitment to our organizations demonstrates the public appetite to enact change, and ensures that our access and education programs will continue to broaden our reach.  We hope you will join us this fall!”

“I am humbled and honored to be re-engaging with Greenwich Wine + Food during this monumental year for the festival, and deeply grateful for their support of Wholesome Wave and the Jacques Pepin Foundation, our beloved 'partner in the crime' of good food for all!,” said Michel Nischan, co-founder and chairman, Wholesome Wave.  “The festival’s offer of multi-year support to Wholesome Wave and the Jacques Pepin Foundation underscores their long-standing commitment to ensure that everyone has equal and equitable access to truly good food and meaningful opportunity.

Their long history of supporting and celebrating food businesses and community causes makes GWF the perfect venue for a long-term partnership aligned on changing the world through food.

All three organizations represent the nexus of everything good our industry represents — a core belief that everyone should be able to share the joy, camaraderie and security that good food provides to us all, regardless of race, ethnicity, age, or income.”

Saturday, October 2 and Sunday, October 3 will host classic Greenwich Wine + Food events at The Village, including a re-imagined Savor & Stroll (formerly known as the Grand Tasting Tent) offering food and beverage tastings, demonstrations and industry leaders sharing products on the boardwalk, as well as events devoted to the best in burgers, tacos and more.  2021 will host the 9th Annual Burger Battle and 7th Annual Top Bartender Showdown, inviting friendly competition between area restaurants and bars.  Sommelier, mixologist and brew master presentations, celebrity book signings, cooking demos with special guest chefs, a celebrity green room with live interviews, an exclusive Meet the Masters panel discussion and live musical performances will also return. 

New events for 2021 include Ultimate Donut, highlighting some of the area’s most innovative and fun treats, Sunday Brunch with live music on the rooftop and Sunset Cruise & Oysters, serving a selection of oysters and other refreshments on a one-hour cruise on the Long Island Sound.  VIP ticketholders will enjoy a redefined experience in 2021, not only having access to Saturday or Sunday’s festivities, but also inviting access to a rooftop experience with lounge areas, three bars serving premium spirits, wine and beer, an exclusive dinner or brunch prepared by award-winning area chefs, private restrooms and VIP parking.

Tickets will be available in the coming weeks via www.greenwichwineandfood.com or by emailing wineandfood@ungerpublishing.com.

Weekend events will be held rain or shine, and anyone under 21, including infants or children in strollers, will not be admitted. Pets are also not permitted.

All Greenwich Wine + Food experiences will strictly adhere to current health and safety guidelines from the State of Connecticut, CDC and WHO, which will be posted on www.greenwichwineandfood.com

kerry@ducey.org (Greenwich Wine + Food) Events Fri, 06 Aug 2021 05:31:00 -0400
Westchester County Hosts the 149th Firemen’s Association of the State of New York’s Annual Convention, August 5-7 https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/events/5459-westchester-county-hosts-the-149th-firemen-s-association-of-the-state-of-new-york-s-annual-convention-august-5-75459-westchester-county-hosts-the-149th-firemen-s-association-of-the-state-of-new-york-s-annual-convention-august-5-7 https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/events/5459-westchester-county-hosts-the-149th-firemen-s-association-of-the-state-of-new-york-s-annual-convention-august-5-75459-westchester-county-hosts-the-149th-firemen-s-association-of-the-state-of-new-york-s-annual-convention-august-5-7

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

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

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

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

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

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


kerry@ducey.org (Westchester County) Events Fri, 30 Jul 2021 20:00:38 -0400
Swim Across America Tomorrow at Larchmont Yacht Club https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/charities/5458-swim-across-america-tomorrow-at-at-larchmont-yacht-club5458-swim-across-america-tomorrow-at-at-larchmont-yacht-club https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/charities/5458-swim-across-america-tomorrow-at-at-larchmont-yacht-club5458-swim-across-america-tomorrow-at-at-larchmont-yacht-club

Swim Across America – Long Island Sound Chapter’s 29th Annual Open-Water Fundraising Swim at Larchmont Yacht Club tomorrow, Saturday, July 31, spectators welcome at 8:30 am

Swim Across America Long Island Sound Chapter (SAA-LIS), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for cutting-edge cancer research and prevention programs through open-water and pool swims, is holding an open-water swim at Larchmont Yacht Club. The Long Island Sound Swim, one of the oldest and largest SAA events, has been raising money for cancer research, prevention and treatment since 1992. SAA-LIS has raised in excess of $20 million….and continues to make waves against cancer!

To learn more and to register to swim, visit www.swimacrossamerica.com


kerry@ducey.org (Swim Across America) Charities Fri, 30 Jul 2021 11:23:38 -0400
Historic Merestead Mansion Enveloping Underway https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/places/5457-historic-merestead-mansion-enveloping-underway5457-historic-merestead-mansion-enveloping-underway https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/places/5457-historic-merestead-mansion-enveloping-underway5457-historic-merestead-mansion-enveloping-underway

Historic Merestead Mansion Enveloping Underway

The Merestead Main Dwelling, which dates back to 1906, is undergoing exterior work to protect the building. Merestead, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Properties, located in Mount Kisco, is an exquisite country mansion on 130-acres of land. It is the former estate of Mrs. Margaret Sloane Patterson, daughter of William Sloane, President of W and J Sloane, and her husband Dr. Robert Patterson, a prominent orthopedic surgeon in New York City. Merestead features a 28-room Georgian mansion with beautiful gardens built during the early 20th century. In 1982, the Pattersons deeded the property to Westchester County, and upon Mrs. Patterson’s death in August of 2000, Westchester took full possession of the property.

Work on the Main Dwelling began January 6, 2020 and was shut down due to COVID. Since resuming, exterior work of the mansion that has been completed includes a repaired roof and restored chimneys, windows, doors, window dormers, balusters and railings and terra cotta patios; restored and repainted soffit; repointed brick façade as well as power washing, drainage improvements, new window wells, basement stairs and oil tank.

The work on the Main Dwelling is part of a capital project in partnership with the Department of Public Works.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer said, “Preserving the Merestead Main Dwelling is imperative in maintaining the County’s rich history. Making these improvements to the exterior are just the first steps to making sure the property remains a staple in our parks system for future generations to enjoy.”

Westchester County Parks Commissioner Kathy O’Connor said, “Merestead is one of our most historic properties and I’m thrilled to finally see the restoration come to life as its beauty and history is such an important principal for Westchester County.”

Watch a behind-the-scenes Video of Merestead: Part One and Part Two



kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Wed, 28 Jul 2021 03:19:51 -0400