Ryebrook's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook Thu, 25 Apr 2019 19:48:50 -0400 HamletHub.com You've Got a Friend The Music of the Brill Building" Comes to WPPAC Friday June 7 https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/events/5113-you-ve-got-a-friend-the-music-of-the-brill-building-comes-to-wppac-friday-june-75113-you-ve-got-a-friend-the-music-of-the-brill-building-comes-to-wppac-friday-june-7 https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/events/5113-you-ve-got-a-friend-the-music-of-the-brill-building-comes-to-wppac-friday-june-75113-you-ve-got-a-friend-the-music-of-the-brill-building-comes-to-wppac-friday-june-7

White Plains Performing Arts Center Presents You’ve Got a Friend: The Music of the Brill Building starring Scott Coulter on Friday, June 7 at 8:00 PM

The White Plains Performing Arts Center presents You’ve Got a Friend: The Music of the Brill Building on Friday, June 7th at 8:00 pm. You’ve Got a Friend features the music of Carole King and Neil Sedaka that was composed, recorded and produced in NYC’s famed Brill Building in Times Square.

From the halls and offices of The Brill Building at 1619 Broadway, came the sound of America in the 50s and 60s, changing the sound of popular music and becoming some of the most iconic pop songs of all time. Songs born in the Brill Building are considered by many to be the greatest music ever written. The Brill Building was home to Carole King, Neil Sedaka, Bobby Darin, Johnny Mercer, Lieber & Stoller, Neil Diamond, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weill, among others.

Award winning vocalist Scott Coulter takes you on a journey into the music and the stories of the singers and the songs that defined a generation. Iconic songs to be featured include, “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do,” “Natural Woman,” “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow,” “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin,” and “Love Will Keep Us Together.”

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

kerry@ducey.org (WPPAC) Events Wed, 24 Apr 2019 11:59:00 -0400
E.B. White’s Stuart Little comes to The Ridgefield Playhouse April 27 https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/events/5130-e-b-white-s-stuart-little-comes-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-april-27-15561236085130-e-b-white-s-stuart-little-comes-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-april-27-1556123608 https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/events/5130-e-b-white-s-stuart-little-comes-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-april-27-15561236085130-e-b-white-s-stuart-little-comes-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-april-27-1556123608

From the loving heart of E. B. White comes this merry musical about a noble mouse who jumps headlong into adventures big enough to match any imagination! Stuart Little, performed live by Virginia Rep on Tour, comes to The Ridgefield Playhouse on Saturday, April 27 at 1pm.

By turns funny, tender and exciting, Stuart Little mixes child-size puppets with live actors and catchy songs to work theatrical magic. This performance is part of Ridgefield Academy Family Series with support from Hamlet Hub, sponsored by Dr. Blaine Langberg, Orthodontist, and partially underwritten by Books on the Common, Noah’s Ark & South and Salem Animal Hospital. The Leir Foundation Arts for Everyone recipient for this show is Out and About Club. Additional sponsorship provided by Union Savings Bank. Visit Dimitri’s Diner (16 Prospect St • Ridgefield) before or after the show and enjoy 10% off your meal when you show your ticket! Media partners for this event are 98Q and Macaroni Kid.

The play brings to life the E.B. White fantasy classic in which Stuart, a mouse, is born into the Little family. Although he is quite different from other members of the family, Stuart is loved by all - except perhaps Snowbell, the family cat. Stuart’s adventures include getting caught in a window shade, sailing a boat, making friends, and embarking on the journey of a lifetime.

E.B. White was born in 1899 in Mount Vernon, New York. After college, he worked as a reporter, and in 1927 he became a writer for The New Yorker magazine; later he wrote a column for Harper’s magazine. Even though E.B. White was already a successful writer, he wanted to try something new. He decided to write stories for the children in his family. In 1945, he started publishing these stories as books. In addition to Stuart Little, he wrote Trumpet of the Swan and Charlotte’s Web. Today these three books are considered classics of American Children’s Literature. Parents are encouraged to have kids read the book then compare it to the stage play for lively discussion. Books are available at Books on the Common on Main Street in Ridgefield. Additionally, The Ridgefield Library will host a Stuart Little-themed storytime on Saturday, April 20 at 10:30am.

Virginia Repertory Theatre, Virginia’s largest nonprofit, professional touring theatre for young audiences, produces exciting, award-winning, national caliber plays and musicals that support teaching to the whole child while supporting the core curriculum.

For tickets ($15) call or visit the box office, 203-438-5795 or go online at ridgefieldplayhouse.orgThe Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT.

kerry@ducey.org (Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Wed, 24 Apr 2019 06:28:00 -0400
Bird Homestead and Meeting House Conservancy presents Hurricanes: Past, Present, and Future https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/life/5131-hurricanes-past-present-and-future-at-meeting-house5131-hurricanes-past-present-and-future-at-meeting-house https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/life/5131-hurricanes-past-present-and-future-at-meeting-house5131-hurricanes-past-present-and-future-at-meeting-house


On April 27 the Bird Homestead and Meeting House Conservancy will present “Hurricanes: Past, Present, and Future” by Dr. Suzana J. Camargo at 3 pm at the Meeting House on Milton Road. She will discuss the science of hurricanes, their relationship to climate change, and how historical information is used in reconstructing hurricane data. Learn how climate change affects hurricane intensity and frequency.

Dr. Camargo, an ocean and climate physicist, is a Lamont Research Professor at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. She is also the Executive Director of Columbia University’s Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate. Dr. Camargo has published over 100 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals. In October The New York Times interviewed her for the article, “The Hurricanes, and Climate Change Questions, Keep Coming. Yes, They’re Linked.”

Dr. Camargo’s lecture will be the fifth in the series “When Science Meets History,”

which is funded in part by a grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Admission free. Donations will be gratefully accepted.

Rye Meeting House, 624 Milton Road, Rye, NY 10580. 914.967.0099

Nikkicaps@yahoo.com (Nicole Ball) Life Wed, 24 Apr 2019 05:40:20 -0400
Greenwich Polo Returns June 9 https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/events/5118-greenwich-polo-returns-june-95118-greenwich-polo-returns-june-9 https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/events/5118-greenwich-polo-returns-june-95118-greenwich-polo-returns-june-9

Greenwich, CT - The 2019 summer polo season at Greenwich Polo Club is right around the corner, and we could not be more excited to welcome players, fans, and guests alike back for another incredible season of polo. Greenwich Polo Club's 39th season features nine Sunday matches open to the public, with four exciting tournaments and a one-of-a-kind polo experience that offers something special for absolutely everyone. 

This season's Opening Day will take place on Sunday, June 9th, with the first match of the Shreve, Crump & Low Cup (June 9 & 16). Huntsman team (Dillon Bacon, Segundo Merlos, Toro Ruiz and Tomas Garcia del Rio) won the title in its inaugural year. The tournament season continues with Monty Waterbury (June 23 & 30) and the new American Cup (July 14 & July 23), and crowning the season will be the East Coast Open® (August 25, September 1 & September 8). 

Mark your calendars for a family friendly and action packed way to spend your Sundays this summer. Greenwich Polo Club promises an unforgettable experience for each guest. Check out the news items below for more of what to expect this season.

Tickets: https://www.greenwichpoloclub.com/tickets?utm_campaign=fb50bb3d5e-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_04_02_06_15&utm_medium=email&utm_source=GPC&utm_term=0_22aa75f217-fb50bb3d5e-101198301

kerry@ducey.org (Greenwich Polo) Events Wed, 24 Apr 2019 05:13:00 -0400
OKO to Open This Summer at 29 Purchase Street in Rye https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/places/5129-chef-brian-lewis-returns-to-westchester-bringing-his-japanese-inspired-cuisine-to-rye5129-chef-brian-lewis-returns-to-westchester-bringing-his-japanese-inspired-cuisine-to-rye https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/places/5129-chef-brian-lewis-returns-to-westchester-bringing-his-japanese-inspired-cuisine-to-rye5129-chef-brian-lewis-returns-to-westchester-bringing-his-japanese-inspired-cuisine-to-rye



OKO to Open This Summer at 29 Purchase Street

Westchester native Chef Brian Lewis returns to New York, bringing his Japanese inspired cuisine to Rye with OKO.  Located at 29 Purchase Street (the corner of Locust Avenue), the 50-seat restaurant will showcase Lewis’ innovative take on traditional Japanese cuisine and Nigiri sushi, in a lively and charming atmosphere.  OKO is slated to open later this summer.

“Westchester has a special place in my heart, having grown up in Somers and fallen in love with cooking during my early restaurant experiences working in high school,” said Lewis.  “ My team and I are thrilled to be expanding our OKO concept to Rye.  Ten years ago, I returned to Westchester to be the Founding Chef at Richard Gere’s The Bedford Post Inn, and as we round the corner on our one-year anniversary of OKO’s first location in Westport, Connecticut, the time seemed right for me to return to my roots in New York to share my love of this cuisine with the community.”

The menu at OKO will celebrate classic Japanese culinary techniques and traditions, while marrying Chef Lewis’ signature cooking style with ingredients from local farms and waters in New York, as well as throughout the United States and the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo.  Menu items will include several styles of Japanese-influenced cuisine, including Sushi Nigiri, Sashimi and Temaki (hand rolls), as well as vegetable tempura, seasonally inspired salads and vegetable dishes, okonomiyaki, homemade tofu, hand-cut soba, Bento Boxes and meat dishes from the tepinyaki grill.  A traditional Omakase menu will also be available, offering a spontaneous, multi-course menu of the chef’s choosing, as well as a “Chef’s Selection” offering of Nigiri Sushi, Sashimi or Chirashi Sashimi.  A special children’s menu will offer younger guests a variety of Bento Box options.  Dessert will include house-made soft serve ice cream and build-your-own sundaes and cones, OKO – Chokobols (housemade chocolates), Yuzu Marshmallows, Five-Spiced Sugared Doughnuts with ginger huckleberry jam and the restaurant’s signature Ooey Gooey Chocolate-Matcha Birthday Cake.

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

OKO will be open Tuesday-Sunday for dinner service, expanding to offer lunch and to-go options soon after. 

For more information, visit www.okokitchen.com or visit the restaurant’s new social media channels: Facebook (@OKORye) and Instagram (@OKO.Rye).

About Chef Brian Lewis:

Brian Lewis is one of the most celebrated chefs in the Northeast, lauded for his commitment to quality and seasonally driven American cuisine featured at his restaurant, The Cottage, as well as his love for Japanese cuisine at his newest venture, OKO.  The Cottage, based in Westport, Connecticut, was recognized with an “Excellent” review in the “New York Times,” after only being open for four months, commending Lewis’ sophisticated menu in a cozy setting.  With “Forbes” proclaiming that OKO’s Westport location is “competitive with the best in Manhattan,” the restaurant will be celebrating the opening of its second location in 2019 in Rye, New York.

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

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

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


About OKO: 

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

With its first location in the historic Vigilant Hose Company Firehouse in Downtown Westport, Connecticut (6 Wilton Road), OKO is opening its second location in the heart of Rye, New York in 2019 (29 Purchase Street).  For more information, including hours and reservations, visitwww.okokitchen.com

Nikkicaps@yahoo.com (Nicole Ball) Places Tue, 23 Apr 2019 05:31:37 -0400
Happy Earth Day! https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/life/5128-happy-earth-day5128-happy-earth-day https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/life/5128-happy-earth-day5128-happy-earth-day

April 22 marks the celebration of Earth Day! It is a day where people around the world take a closer look at protecting our environment and appreciating the world we live in. 

Find out more about Earth Day through the Earth Day Network. Here is an excerpt from their site:

Earth Day Network works year-round on projects, programs, and campaigns that support environmental conservation, environmental protection, climate activism and advocacy, and advancing the green economy. Our education work focuses on efforts to green schools — from energy efficiency upgrades to improving school food — and supporting educators with resources to teach and inspire the next generation of environmental leaders. Our conservation and greening efforts include planting trees to reforest environmentally critical areas of the globe and increase the urban tree canopy, and protecting clean air and water. Our advocacy efforts focus on engaging local leaders and global citizens of all ages and from all walks of life with campaigns: to end plastic pollution, to protect our species, to act on climate and advance clean energy, and more.

2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. In honor of this milestone, Earth Day Network is launching an ambitious set of goals to shape the future of 21st century environmentalism. Learn more here

kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Life Mon, 22 Apr 2019 07:52:29 -0400
Greenwich Botanical Center Hosts Screening of Earthrise as Part of Earth Month Celebrations https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/neighbors/5125-greenwich-botanical-center-hosts-screening-of-earthrise-as-part-of-earth-month-celebrations5125-greenwich-botanical-center-hosts-screening-of-earthrise-as-part-of-earth-month-celebrations https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/neighbors/5125-greenwich-botanical-center-hosts-screening-of-earthrise-as-part-of-earth-month-celebrations5125-greenwich-botanical-center-hosts-screening-of-earthrise-as-part-of-earth-month-celebrations


A screening of Earthrise is scheduled for Monday, April 22 at 6:30 pm following a 6 pm refreshments reception at Greenwich Botanical Center. The documentary tells the story of the first image of Earth captured from space in 1968. Told solely by the Apollo 8 astronauts, the film recounts their experiences and memories and explores the beauty, awe, and grandeur of the Earth against the blackness of space. A short discussion will follow the 30-minute film.

"Greenwich Botanical Center promotes Earth Month throughout April in Greenwich with public events for students, for families and for general adult enrichment," said Meg McAuley Kaicher, Greenwich Botanical Center Board President. “This brilliant award-winning documentary by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee appeals to a broad audience and serves as a gift to the community as it reminds us of the importance of conservation for our planet.”

Nestled within the 61-acre Montgomery Pinetum, GBC is a volunteer, member-based organization open to the public that promotes horticulture, conservation, and the arts through educational programs, outreach activities and special events. With its Horticulture Building featuring plants grown for sale in its greenhouse as well as its pop-up shop offering a selection of unique gift items, GBC provides an ideal shopping venue whose proceeds support community outreach activities.

GBC provides environmental enrichment activities onsite and offsite through school and scout field trips, high school internships, after-school programs, school/community garden guidance and Teaching Vegetable Garden activities. "Funds raised through this event make it possible for the younger generation in our community to connect with our environment, which is vital to their health and wellbeing," Jennifer Behette, Director of Youth Programming at GBC.

Thanks to the generosity of a local sponsor, ticket prices range from the suggested donation of $5 for students and GBC members, $10 for non-members. For more information please visit the Greenwich Botanical Center website here.

kerry@ducey.org (Sarah Bamford) Neighbors Thu, 18 Apr 2019 06:43:17 -0400
Applications Sought For Ruth Taylor Scholarships for Westchester County graduate students https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/life/5127-applications-sought-for-ruth-taylor-scholarships-for-westchester-county-graduate-students5127-applications-sought-for-ruth-taylor-scholarships-for-westchester-county-graduate-students https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/life/5127-applications-sought-for-ruth-taylor-scholarships-for-westchester-county-graduate-students5127-applications-sought-for-ruth-taylor-scholarships-for-westchester-county-graduate-students

Awards will go to graduate students in social work or public health

Westchester County graduate students pursuing careers in social work or public health are invited to apply for scholarship assistance through the Ruth Taylor Award Fund.

The fund was established in tribute to Ruth Taylor upon her retirement as the county’s Commissioner of Public Welfare and in recognition of her nearly four decades of outstanding service. The annual awards are sponsored by United Way of Westchester and Putnam, Westchester County Government and the Urban League of Westchester County.

Applicants must be residents of Westchester County and enrolled in graduate studies in Social Work or Public Health on a full-time basis. The average awards have between $3,600 and $7,000, which can be used for tuition, maintenance, or both.

The submission deadline is Friday, June 14, 2019, by which time the application and all supporting documents must be received.

Financial need, public service and scholastic capacity are part of the evaluation criteria. Recipients must maintain the minimum cumulative university GPA for the duration of the award.  Awards are issued annually, and students are eligible to apply if they have not previously received the scholarship. A change in major or enrollment status (to part-time) will result in loss of the scholarship award.

Inquiries can be directed to: United Way of Westchester and Putnam, Doris Perez, Project Manager, via e-mail at dperez@uwwp.org or download application and cover letter at www.uwwp.org/ruth-taylor.

keytocomputing@gmail.com (United Way of Westchester and Putnam) Life Tue, 16 Apr 2019 12:00:50 -0400
Brew at the [Bronx] Zoo on Friday, June 14 https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/events/5126-brew-at-the-bronx-zoo-on-friday-june-145126-brew-at-the-bronx-zoo-on-friday-june-14 https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/events/5126-brew-at-the-bronx-zoo-on-friday-june-145126-brew-at-the-bronx-zoo-on-friday-june-14

Brew at the Zoo, summer edition, is coming to the Bronx Zoo on Friday, June 14.

From 6 to 7:30 p.m. grizzly bears, giraffes, lemurs, sea lions and more will be on exhibit. Stop by and see your favorites before the unlimited beer tastings begin.

At 7 p.m. we'll start pouring samples of over 100 varieties of wine and beer, so you can find a new favorite or enjoy a classic. When you're drinking beer, you need food, and we'll have plenty of options. Sample from numerous food trucks or enjoy classic bites at one of our zoo cafes, there will be a wide array of treats available for purchase.

Throughout the night, channel your inner rock star and sing karaoke with a live band, test your animal IQ during bar trivia, or take a break at the retro 80's lounge. We'll provide the soundtrack with a live band and DJs.

Round up the troops and join us for a one-of-a-kind night at the zoo.

Purchases tickets here.

kerry@ducey.org (The Bronx Zoo) Events Mon, 15 Apr 2019 14:08:05 -0400
Fordham Mourns Sydney P. Monfries https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/neighbors/5124-fordham-mourns-sydney-p-monfries5124-fordham-mourns-sydney-p-monfries https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/neighbors/5124-fordham-mourns-sydney-p-monfries5124-fordham-mourns-sydney-p-monfries

Fordham University Rose Hill, Joseph M. McShane, S.J. has issued a heartfelt statement regarding today's tragic death of one of their students.

Dear Members of the Fordham Family,

It is with great sadness that I report that Sydney Monfries, a senior at Fordham College at Rose Hill, died today after sustaining a fall inside the Keating Clock tower in the early hours of the morning. Our hearts go out to Sydney’s parents, and her family and friends—theirs is an unimaginable loss, and we share their grief.

There are no words sufficient to describe the loss of someone so young and full of promise—and mere weeks from graduation. Fordham will confer a bachelor’s degree upon Sydney posthumously, which we will present to her parents at the appropriate time.

We are holding a Mass for Sydney tonight at 7 p.m. in the University Church—to which all members of the University community were invited. We will, of course, share information on funeral arrangements as soon as we have them.

I know you join me in keeping Sydney, and her family and loved ones in your thoughts and prayers. I also urge you to be kind to one another, and to yourselves, in the days that follow. I have listed some resources for students below—please don’t hesitate to use them: no matter how you reach out, I promise you someone will be there to listen.

Finally, please know that you are always in my most heartfelt prayers every day.

kerry@ducey.org ( Joseph M. McShane, S.J.) Neighbors Sun, 14 Apr 2019 15:39:49 -0400
Measles Confirmed in Eight Westchester County Children https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/publicsafety/5123-measles-confirmed-in-eight-unvaccinated-westchester-county-children5123-measles-confirmed-in-eight-unvaccinated-westchester-county-children https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/publicsafety/5123-measles-confirmed-in-eight-unvaccinated-westchester-county-children5123-measles-confirmed-in-eight-unvaccinated-westchester-county-children


Measles has been confirmed in eight Westchester County children, six are siblings, and all are from Northern Westchester. None of the children attend public schools or childcare programs. The children range in age from six months to 14 years old.

The Westchester County Department of Health is working with the families and healthcare providers to identify locations where the children may have exposed others.  The children, who were not vaccinated, appear to have been exposed to Measles in Rockland County and Brooklyn where there have been ongoing outbreaks.

Anyone who has not been vaccinated can get the vaccine free through the Westchester County Health Department. Call 914-995-5800 for an appointment.

Health Commissioner Sherlita Amler, MD urged parents of unvaccinated children to make it a priority for their children to receive the MMR vaccine, which covers measles, mumps and rubella.  

Amler said: “With the increasing number of measles cases in our surrounding area, I strongly urge all parents who have not vaccinated their children againstmeasles to reconsider. Measles is highly contagious, and nine out of 10 people who are not immune and are exposed to measles will become infected. People can spread measles before they even know they are sick. People without immunity can catch measles just by being in a room for up to two hours after a person with measles has left. Measles can be a serious infection which can result in pneumonia, swelling of the brain, hearing loss and death.”

Measles is a viral disease that starts with fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat. It’s followed by a rash that spreads over the body. Measles is highly contagious and is spread from person to person by coughing or sneezing. Measles infection can be serious and more severe in young infants, pregnant women and people with a weak immune system. People are at risk for getting sick up to 21 days after being exposed.

Individuals are considered protected or immune to measles if they were born before 1957, have received two doses of measles-containing vaccine or have had a lab test confirming immunity.

Anyone who believes they may have been exposed should contact their healthcare provider.





kerry@ducey.org (Westchester County Health Department.) Public safety Sun, 14 Apr 2019 08:04:00 -0400
Harvey’s Iconic Rink to Celebrate 50th Anniversary, Fun Events Planned this Weekend! https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/places/5119-harvey-s-iconic-rink-to-celebrate-50th-anniversary-fun-events-planned-this-weekend5119-harvey-s-iconic-rink-to-celebrate-50th-anniversary-fun-events-planned-this-weekend https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/places/5119-harvey-s-iconic-rink-to-celebrate-50th-anniversary-fun-events-planned-this-weekend5119-harvey-s-iconic-rink-to-celebrate-50th-anniversary-fun-events-planned-this-weekend

The Maxwell Evarts Memorial Rink, a major community hub and an iconic Northern Westchester landmark on Route 22 in Katonah, celebrates its 50th anniversary April 13-14 with a fun-filled, weekend-long slate of activities for both local families and former and current patrons of the facility located on the campus of The Harvey School.

Opened in 1969, Evarts Rink is the home of the Cavaliers, Harvey’s interscholastic hockey team, the Rippowam-Cisqua School skating program, the Bedford Bears adult and youth hockey programs, and the Hickory Hill Figure Skating Club.

Over the years, Evarts has been the rink where thousands of local residents first learned to skate as children, where many were introduced to figure skating, and where aspiring professional hockey players and Olympic hopefuls honed their skills to fulfill big dreams of becoming stars on skates. Seen at Evarts through the years were such luminaries as Olympic gold medalist skaters Dorothy Hamil and Katarina Witt and National Hockey League greats Gordie Howe, Bobby Orr, and  Phil Esposito, along with former New York Rangers Don and Dave Maloney who used Harvey’s rink for their youth hockey camp for many years.

Responding to the area’s growing interest in both hockey and figure skating in the late 1960s, Maxwell Evarts spearheaded a group of community-minded individuals associated with Rippowam School and the Bedford Bears to undertake a joint effort for construction of the only indoor ice rink in Westchester north of White Plains. Working with Harvey officials. Evarts and the group found a suitable location on what is now part of the school’s Jay Street (Route 22) 125- acre campus.

With the completion of the project in 1969, the dream became a reality for all those who had sought to provide the surrounding community with an indoor ice rink. The Bedford Bears left their 30-plus year outdoor home at Whites Pond in Bedford Hills and moved indoors to Evarts, aspiring figure skaters enjoyed a year-round practice facility, and Harvey’s hockey teams had a state-of-the-art rink to host their interscholastic games, no longer relying on a small campus pond to freeze enough to provide an icy surface for hockey activities.

The two-day 50th Anniversary Celebration at Evarts will feature quite a lineup of events:

Saturday, April 13:

Skate into Spring with Hickory Hill Skating Club

  9–9:45 a.m. -           Family Skate- children 7 and under WITH parents on the ice

10–10:45 a.m. -         Children’s Skate for children 8 and above, includes games and activities.

11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. -  Skyliners Synchronized Skating Team performs

1:15 –2:45 p.m. -       Bedford Bears Youth Clinic and Skate

Register in advance for either at harveyschool.org/rink50

2 p.m.-6 p.m.-           VIP Reception on 2nd floor of rink.

Catch up and reminisce with coaches (past and present), hockey directors, former rink staff and longtime rink patrons.

3-7 p.m. Hockey Round Robin: low-key, fun “shinny” event. Teams must register in advance. Come and watch the fun.

Sunday, April 14

Dance into Spring

 9:30-11:30 a.m. –     Hickory Hill FSC ‘60s Ice Dance Session

Join HHFSC to skate to the tunes of the 1960s and experience ice dance as a way to improve skating and have fun on the ice.                      

Register in advance at harveyschool.org/rink50

11:45 a.m. –               Two-hour “Try Hockey for Free” clinic (Equipment provided)

1:45 p.m.                    Register at harveyschool.org/THFF 

2:30 p.m.                    Bedford Bears versus Harvey alumni hockey game

For more information, call the rink office, 914-232-3618, during regular business hours. 

kerry@ducey.org (The Harvey School) Places Thu, 11 Apr 2019 09:40:26 -0400
FREE MMR Vaccinations in White Plains and Mount Kisco https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/publicsafety/5122-free-mmr-vaccinations5122-free-mmr-vaccinations https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/publicsafety/5122-free-mmr-vaccinations5122-free-mmr-vaccinations

 Measles has been confirmed in eight unvaccinated children from northern Westchester. The children range in age from 6 months to 14 years old. Two of the infected children developed pneumonia and had to be hospitalized as a result. While none of the infected children attend public schools or childcare programs, the Health Department is still in the process of gathering the information necessary to identify any locations where these children may have exposed others.

As our partner in protecting the public’s health, we need your assistance in educating parents and guardians about the dangers of measles and the benefits of vaccination. The Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine is safe and highly effective in preventing measles cases and containing outbreaks.

The Health Department will be offering Free MMR vaccinations at special clinics on the following dates and times:

  •   April 12, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., 134 Court Street in White Plains

  •   April 13, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., 134 Court Street in White Plains

  •   April 16, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., 25 Moore Avenue in Mount Kisco

    Anyone who would like to receive a vaccine at one of these clinics should register in advance for an appointment at www.health.ny.gov/gotoclinic/60.

    Residents are urged to communicate the importance of being fully vaccinated against measles with parents and guardians. Anyone who is unsure about his/her or their child’s vaccination status can work with their health care provider’s office or school to obtain their vaccination records. Anyone who is unable to locate their vaccination record should get the MMR vaccine, as it is not harmful to receive additional doses. Individuals are considered protected or immune to measles if they were born before 1957, have received two doses of measles-containing vaccine, or have had a lab test confirming immunity.


Measles is highly contagious, and nine out of 10 people who are not immune and are exposed to measles will become infected. People can spread measles before they even know they are sick. People without immunity can catch measles just by being in a room for up to two hours after a person with measles has left. Measles can be a serious infection that results in pneumonia, swelling of the brain, hearing loss and death.


Measles symptoms start with a fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat. Its followed by a rash that usually appears two to four days after the fever begins and lasts five to six days. The rash begins at the hairline, moves to the face and neck, down the body and then to the arms and legs.

Measles is easily spread from person to person by coughing or sneezing, and infection can be more severe in young infants, pregnant women and people with a weak immune system. People are at risk for getting sick up to 21 days after being exposed.

If a child in your school or facility exhibits signs or symptoms of measles, please do not send them to a health care facility unannounced. Instead, contact the health care facility that they are planning to go to in advance so that arrangements can be made for them to be seen without placing others at risk for exposure.

If you have any questions about measles or the MMR vaccine, please call the Westchester County Department of Health at 914-813-5000. The latest information about measles can also be found on our website www.westchestergov.com/health.


annaleder@yahoo.com (Westchester Gov.) Public safety Thu, 11 Apr 2019 09:05:54 -0400
An Evening With Comedy Legend Robert Klein at Bedford Playhouse on April 18 https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/events/5121-an-evening-with-comedy-legend-robert-klein5121-an-evening-with-comedy-legend-robert-klein https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/events/5121-an-evening-with-comedy-legend-robert-klein5121-an-evening-with-comedy-legend-robert-klein

An Evening with Comedy Legend Robert Klein (7pm show, 8:30 reception) on Thursday, April 18 at Bedford Playhouse

Robert Klein, twice-nominated for a Grammy for Best Comedy Album of the Year for his albums Child of the Fifties and Mind Over Matter, brings his relevant, bitingly intelligent and edgy humor to the Playhouse stage, along with some very entertaining musical parodies.

Join us for an unforgettable evening of jokes, songs, and stories with a legend!

7pm – Show

8:30pm – Reception

Tickets include cocktail reception following the show. 

Click here to purchase tickets online

Bedford Playhouse is located at 633 Old Post Rd. Bedford, NY

kerry@ducey.org (Bedford Playhouse) Events Wed, 10 Apr 2019 06:32:00 -0400
Tracee Ellis Ross Energizes & Inspires at Fairfield County’s Community Foundation’s Fund for Women & Girls Annual Luncheon https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/charities/5120-tracee-ellis-ross-energizes-inspires-at-fairfield-county-s-community-foundation-s-fund-for-women-girls-annual-luncheon5120-tracee-ellis-ross-energizes-inspires-at-fairfield-county-s-community-foundation-s-fund-for-women-girls-annual-luncheon https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/charities/5120-tracee-ellis-ross-energizes-inspires-at-fairfield-county-s-community-foundation-s-fund-for-women-girls-annual-luncheon5120-tracee-ellis-ross-energizes-inspires-at-fairfield-county-s-community-foundation-s-fund-for-women-girls-annual-luncheon

BRAVE. BOLD. YOU. Resounds at FWG Celebration Raising Nearly $600,000

Commemorating its history of community impact, Tracee Ellis Ross was the featured keynote speaker at Fairfield County’s Community Foundation’s Fund for Women & Girls Annual Luncheon. More than 800 friends and supporters from Connecticut and beyond were part of this celebration held at the Hyatt Regency in Greenwich, Connecticut, on April 4, 2019. The empowering theme —BRAVE. BOLD. YOU. — applauded the heart that supporters have steadfastly brought to empower women and girls in the county for more than two decades. The estimated gross proceeds from the 2019 luncheon was nearly $600,000, exceeding this year’s fundraising goal.

BRAVE. BOLD. YOU. perfectly embodies the role that the Community Foundation’s Fund for Women & Girls has courageously played in our region. We salute our devoted supporters for their brave and bold tenacity for The Fund and their ongoing dedication to changing the lives of our women and girls in our region,” stated Juanita James, President & CEO, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation. “We are honored that Tracee Ellis Ross joined us to celebrate our accomplishments and the support of our benefactors.”

Over the years, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation’s Fund for Women & Girls has invested over $7 million in sustainable solutions, informed by research, in support of economically secure, safe and healthy women and girls throughout the county. Established in 1998 by a small group of visionary women, The Fund is now New England’s largest women’s fund.

“The Fund for Women & Girls has had another great year; one that includes commissioning fresh research to ensure our funding continues to align with the most critical needs of the region. Our vision and values – like those of our keynote speaker, Tracee Ellis Ross – are helping women and girls to be safer and healthier; to achieve equity and equality; experience inclusivity; and to feel empowered to be their authentic selves in their lives and bodies,” stated Tricia Hyacinth, Director, Fund for Women & Girls.

Fund for Women & Girls pioneer, Anne Leonhardt, contributed seed funding that ultimately launched the Fund in 1998. In honor of her legacy, the second Anne S. Leonhardt Award was bestowed upon Vicki Craver, a longstanding supporter of the Community Foundation and The Fund. Craver was recognized for her community leadership and philanthropic efforts to strengthen Fairfield County.

Last year, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation’s Fund for Women & Girls awarded over $985,000 in grants to 30 organizations and have positively impacted thousands of women and girls. Grants were bestowed on organizations that share a commitment to meet the unique needs of women and girls and fuel solutions through research-driven work. The research, which will be unveiled at a community event in the fall, will guide The Fund’s development of new investment areas, competitive grantmaking strategies and advocacy efforts for 2020 and beyond.

Net proceeds from the Annual Luncheon will benefit the Fund for Women & Girls’ programmatic work, including the Family Economic Security Program (FESP) at Housatonic Community College. FESP, a signature program of The Fund, recognizes the critical need that low- and medium-income adult students often cannot attend college due to competing needs, financial hardship, lack of childcare and more. FESP addresses these issues by providing financial aid, as well as comprehensive, bundled support services that foster an encouraging and nurturing environment for its students, leading to economic security and sustainable careers.

During the luncheon, Rebecca and Rich DelValle, the first FESP couple to be highlighted at the luncheon, spoke about how the program has changed their lives and those of their six children. Rich DelValle stated, “FESP has enabled us to accomplish so much more than we ever imagined. And now our children are seeing what’s possible for them and their futures and their families. To be able to make such a generational impact is priceless!” He continued, “Believe it or not, it was the boldest and bravest thing I’d ever done – to go back to school in my late 30s. I wanted our kids to know that change can be good. There are options out there if you’re open to them.” In conclusion, his wife, Rebecca DelValle, said, “When you’re living day to day to survive, that type of hardship doesn’t give you the luxury to dream. But with FESP, you’ve given us – and our family – that gift.”

The Fund for Women & Girls dedicated Steering Committee member, Leah Glover, of Danbury, co-chaired this year’s luncheon with Jane Carlin, of Stamford. They were supported by an engaged luncheon committee from across the region. The co-chairs led a highly successful Text-to-Give fundraiser during the event that will directly benefit this worthwhile initiative. A Text-to-Give challenge matching gift of $50,000 was generously donated by the daughters of Anne S. Leonhardt, Barbara and Melissa. This year’s Text-to-Give effort raised nearly $120,000, generously donated by attendees during the luncheon.

The audience was further invigorated when award-winning actress, producer and activist, Tracee Ellis Ross brought her unparalleled energy to the stage. She uses her voice, platform and social influence to spread an important message of equity, inclusivity and acceptance which aligns with The Fund’s core values and mission.  As an influential voice in modern conversation, she answered a wide range of questions.

When asked about the role women friends play in her life, Ms. Ellis Ross responded, “Being a friend has done more for me than being friended. I grew up in a tribe of women. It was my mom and her three girls. So, this myth in the world that women are in competition with each other is, by the way, not a myth. It’s because the systemic environment has been there is only space for one of us and that we’re supposed to compete with one another, just to get a place for one of us. It’s just a way to silo us off and keep us separated from each other because in the collection of us, there is power, collective power in us.” She continued by saying, “There’s enough sun for everybody. Your win is my win. I really believe that. Every time a woman laughs out loud, lives out loud, loves out loud, I get more permission to do the same. That’s how, to me, the human spirit is supported in that energy of community and connection.”

Stamford Health was the Presenting Sponsor for Fairfield County’s Community Foundation’s Fund for Women & Girls Annual Luncheon. In addition, Annual Luncheon champion sponsors included TD Bank; Deloitte Services LP; Eversource; Koskoff Koskoff & Beider, PC; Manatuck Hill Partners LLC; NBC Sports Group; Neuberger Berman;  People’s United Bank; Pitney Bowes; Spinnaker Real Estate Partners LLC; UBS; United Bank; Wells Fargo Private Bank, Ethan Allen and Nielsen’s Florist and Garden Shop. Media sponsors included Media Partner - Hearst Media Group Connecticut, Moffly Media, Star 99.9 and 95.9 the Fox. 

kerry@ducey.org (Helen Koven) Charities Tue, 09 Apr 2019 11:54:37 -0400