Scarsdale's HamletHub Sat, 26 Sep 2020 20:23:44 -0400 Child Care Council Receives Grants to Fund Child Care Scholarships

The Child Care Council of Westchester (CCCW) has announced the creation of the CCCW First Responders and Essential Workers Child Care Scholarship Fund for Westchester first responders and essential workers who are working during this pandemic and need help paying for child care. The fund was created with grants from The Westchester Community Foundation (a division of The New York Community Foundation), and the RXR COVID Relief Fund.

“Westchester's first responders and essential workers shouldn't be over-burdened by child care costs as they work to serve and protect others during this emergency,” said Kathy Halas, Executive Director of the Child Care Council of Westchester. “We’re so grateful that these grants from the Westchester Community Foundation's COVID-19 Response Fund and RXR will allow us to respond immediately with much-needed financial assistance.”

To be eligible for the CCCW First Responders and Essential Workers Scholarship, a parent must reside in Westchester County, be a first responder/essential employee working outside the home, and have a gross household income below 85% of NYS State Median Income ($55,453 for a family of two, $68,501 for a family of three, $81,549 for a family of four, $94,597 for a family of five, and $107,645 for a family of six). RXR’s grant contributions have been reserved specifically for residents of New Rochelle. 

Applications are being accepted now and most are reviewed within three days. For those who are approved, payments up to the NYS Market Rates for Westchester will be made directly to child care providers, typically within a week of submitting the paperwork. The scholarship is renewable on a week-to-week basis based on availability of funds and other criteria. The application and additional details can be found here:

Laura Rossi, Executive Director of the Westchester Community Foundation, said: “First responders and essential workers who are on the frontlines of the pandemic need reliable day care for their children. For too many, it’s just not affordable. The Westchester Community Foundation provided child care scholarships for low-income parents because we are confident the Council will ensure parents receive consistent, quality child care options. No parent should have to worry about their child’s welfare while at work.”

As part of the CCCW Scholarship application process, parents will also be required to apply for a subsidy through the Westchester Department of Social Services (DSS). For those approved, the CCCW Scholarship could help pay for care until those funds come through. The subsidy would then replace the scholarship, subject to ongoing eligibility. Parents not eligible for a DSS subsidy may still be considered for the CCCW Scholarship on a case-by-case basis.

In addition to its own scholarship, the Child Care Council will administer the New York State CARES scholarships announced by Governor Cuomo on April 23rd, for first responders and essential workers whose income is less than 300 percent of the federal poverty level. These scholarships are currently available through May 15th. CARES funding will also be used to purchase supplies for child care businesses statewide, including masks, gloves, diapers, baby wipes, baby formula and food. These will be available through the Child Care Council of Westchester, but procedures for acquiring and distributing these items have not been determined yet. Information will be posted on as it becomes available.

“Westchester has many child care programs open for business to assist first responders and essential workers,” said Halas. “The CARES scholarships will ease the cost burden for women and men who are putting the well-being of our community ahead of their own.  We are very grateful to Governor Cuomo and his administration for this support.”

Any Westchester parent who needs help finding or paying for child care during the Covid-19 pandemic is encouraged to call the Child Care Council and speak to a child care specialist. All services for parents are free, and the Council is maintaining a list of open providers. Call 914-761-3456 x140 and leave a message or visit

About the Child Care Council of Westchester
The Child Care Council of Westchester is a private, nonprofit resource organization that champions the healthy development of children, families and communities by promoting quality early care and education. A unique, “one stop” agency for child care, the Council offers parent referrals, training, information, technical assistance, reports on the industry, and public education for parents, child care programs, governmental organizations and the business community. Since its inception in 1968, the Council has grown to become the premier authority on child care services throughout Westchester County. The Council recently attained Quality Assurance, establishing it as one of the nation’s leading Child Care Resource and Referral agencies (CCR&Rs). The national recognition was awarded by Child Care Aware® of America. 

About the Westchester Community Foundation
Westchester Community Foundation’s mission is to connect generous people to the causes they care about and invest in transformative ideas and organizations to improve lives and strengthen our community. WCF is a division of The New York Community Trust, one of the largest community foundations in the country, with assets of approximately $2.6 billion. www.

About RXR Realty and the RXR COVID Relief Fund
RXR Realty is one of the largest owners, managers, and developers of real estate and infrastructure in the New York metropolitan region. The RXR COVID-19 Relief Fund was created by RXR to support the immediate needs of the residents and organizations of New Rochelle directly impacted by the COVID-19 public health crisis, as well as the eventual long-term recovery of the city. 

]]> (In Better Words Marketing) Charities Tue, 02 Jun 2020 11:31:11 -0400
Westchester County Department Meetings Schedule for June 2020

Westchester County has the following department meetings scheduled for the month of June 2020. The public is encouraged to attend. Each meeting notice is followed by instructions on how to join each meeting virtually.




Westchester Urban County Council Public Hearing – Proposed Amendment of the FY 2019-2023 Consolidated Plan and FY 2020 Annual Action Plan

Thursday, June 4 at 4 p.m.


Meeting number (access code): 161 851 1556

Meeting password: wucc

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Westchester County Board of Acquisition & Contract

Thursday, June 4 at 11 a.m.

Event Number: 615 242 052

Event Password: This event requires registration. After your registration has been approved, you will receive instructions for joining the event.


You can also dial and enter your meeting number.

Thursday, June 11 at 11 a.m.

Event Number: 617 225 667

Event Password: PPt7aJPgW34


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Thursday, June 18 at 11 a.m.

Event Number: 619 586 728

Event Password: b96BJA6qbp2


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Thursday, June 25 at 11 a.m.

Event Number: 613 277 486

Event Password: 9XsyfNggv27


You can also dial and enter your meeting number


Westchester County Planning Board

The regularly scheduled meeting for Tuesday, June 2 has been CANCELLED

SPECIAL MEETING to be held Friday, June 5 at 8:30 a.m.


Meeting number (access code): 619 709 411

Meeting password: wcplan

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Westchester County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board

Tuesday, June 9 at 5 p.m.


Meeting number (access code): 161 163 8988

Meeting password: AFPB

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Westchester County Industrial Development Agency

Thursday, June 11 at 8:30 a.m.

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Password: IDA2020

Westchester County Complete Count Committee

Thursday, June 11 at 4 p.m.


Meeting number (access code): 161 333 4643

Meeting password: wccc

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Westchester County Local Development Corporation

Tuesday, June 16 8:30 a.m.

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Password: LDC2020

Westchester County Housing Opportunity Commission

Tuesday, June 16 at 6 p.m.


Meeting number (access code): 161 033 1951

Meeting password: K9QpzTwGY44 

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Westchester County Historic Preservation Advisory Council

Wednesday, June 17 at 4:00 p.m.


Meeting number (access code): 161 141 6751

Meeting password: hpac

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Westchester County Board of Health

Thursday, June 18 at 8:30 a.m.

Westchester County Taxi & Limousine Commission

Thursday, June 18 at 10 a.m.

Meeting number (access code): 615 866 872

Meeting password: XpUFGMi2g76

Westchester County Soil and Water Conservation District Board
Meeting password: XpUFGMi2g76 

Friday, June 19 at 9 a.m.


Meeting number (access code): 611 737 720

Meeting password: 72TnX24E7Q6

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Westchester County Solid Waste Commission

Tuesday, June 23 at 3 p.m.

Event Number: 614 379 666

Event Password: QXcdaRsk325


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Panelist numeric password: 583886


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]]> (Peter Carey) Politics Tue, 02 Jun 2020 09:14:16 -0400
Governor Announces Dental Practices Permitted to Reopen

Guidelines updated to ensure safety for patients and staff  

Governor Cuomo announced dentists can begin seeing patients for routine dental care starting on June 1. Originally slated to reopen in “Phase 2,” dentists have been given the green light sooner than expected with declining NYS coronavirus cases, hospitalizations, intubations and deaths. 

“Our dental health care providers in Putnam have been team players from the start of this pandemic,” says County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “Some donated masks and gloves to our frontline workers and all have now invested time and resources to ensure safety for their patients and staff as they return to their offices.” 

From physical distancing to personal protective equipment, New York State has shared a twelve-page document which includes a link for providers to affirm their receipt of and agreement to follow the guidance set forth.  

For dental health care providers, proper use of personal protective equipment is nothing new. While dental settings are traditionally designed with patient and provider safety in mind, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), dentistry in the time of the novel coronavirus goes further to balance the need to provide necessary services while minimizing risk to patients and dental health care personnel. 

On March 16, the American Dental Association (ADA) was one of the first national professional health associations to recommend postponement of all but urgent or emergency procedures. Just over two months later, the ADA designed an interim return to work toolkit for dental practitioners. Together with documents from the CDC, and now New York State, the comprehensive guidance addresses ways dentists and hygienists can reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission before, during and after visits.  

Dr. Daniel Doyle, of Doyle Dental and president of the Putnam County Board of Health says, “The dentists of Putnam County are thrilled to be back seeing their patients. They are now seeing all patients for routine procedures, not just for emergencies.”  

As dental offices begin planning to reopen their doors they may be adapting their offices to meet new safety state and federal guidelines. Doyle Dental’s website and patient correspondence describes new safety protocols. Some changes patients can expect as they return to their dentist’s office include plexiglass partitions at reception, waiting room modifications including chair spacing, removal of magazines and mask requirements as well as screening for symptoms of illness. Additionally, because many dentists donated their personal protective equipment (PPE) to essential workers and closed their doors for over two months, some may have had to rebuild their PPE stock. 

Modifications to dental care will impact everything from pre-appointment communication to provider and patient interactions. According to the ADA, dental office staff may call patients for a preliminary health screening prior to an appointment. Patients may notice their dentist or dental hygienist wearing additional protective gear such as a face shield and gown. While the state allows offices to begin reopening as of June 1, Dr. Doyle recommends residents check with their local dentist regarding specific safety measures and exact reopening dates. 


]]> (Putnam County) Life Tue, 02 Jun 2020 08:40:20 -0400
Spring Ahead Weekend is HERE!

TONIGHT, Saturday, March 7, most responsible Americans set their clocks ahead and kiss goodbye (or goodnight) to the hour we won't see again until November.

Daylight Saving Time 2020 (note: it is Saving is singular) begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 8, and ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 1.

What does this mean?  At 2 a.m. on Sunday, you will lose an hour or spring forward an hour and the correct time will be 3 a.m.  This hour is not lost forever. On November 1, 2020, the clocks will be readjusted backward and you will gain an hour.

For many of us, the adjustment of clocks will be minimal since smartphones, tablets, computers and more adjust automatically.  However, the adjustment of our body clocks might take a bit longer, so prepare yourself for a "tired Monday!"

The idea of daylight saving was the brainchild of Benjamin Franklin, aka, the 'early to be, early to rise' guy, back in 1784.

Learn more about daylight savings time, its history, and more - here.

Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.


]]> (HH) Life Sat, 07 Mar 2020 01:39:00 -0500
Breast Cancer Alliance 1st Annual Poker Tournament

Breast Cancer Alliance 1st Annual Poker Tournament on Thursday, April 2, 2020 at GlenArbor Golf Club

Signature Cocktails, Open Bar & Passed Hors D’Oeuvres

Spectacular Prizes! 

Breast Cancer Alliance 1st Annual Poker Tournament on Thursday, April 2, 2020

  • VIP Cocktails 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM
  • Closed Poker Game 7:00 PM – 1:00 AM     

GlenArbor Golf Club is located at 234 Bedford Center Road in Bedford Hills.                                 


Deerfield Management, Kyrie Irving, Monomoy Capital Partners, Size Capital Management LLC, Theraplant


For Tickets, Donations or Sponsorships       

Space is limited. 


]]> (CMB Communications) Charities Tue, 18 Feb 2020 09:37:53 -0500
Less Than One Month Until U.S. Households Receive 2020 Census Invitations

Invitations to Respond to the 2020 Census Questionnaire to Be Mailed to Households Throughout the Country

Between March 12 and March 20, invitations to participate in the 2020 Census will start arriving in households across the country. “The Census Bureau is ready for the nation to respond next month,” said Census Bureau Director Dr. Steven Dillingham. “Millions of Americans are applying for 2020 Census jobs, more than 270,000 local and national organizations are engaged, and in less than 30 days the majority of U.S. households will receive an invitation to respond to help ensure that every person in the U.S. is counted.”

“The 2020 Census is on mission, on schedule, and on budget to promote an accurate count,” Dillingham continued. “Response is important because statistics from the census are used in distributing hundreds of billions in funding for school lunches, hospitals, roads and much more. The invitations will remind respondents to include everyone living in the household, whether they are related or not. This includes young children. Your response will impact communities for the next decade.”

“The Census Bureau has successfully tested its data collection systems, has built backup systems to support resilient operations, and is ready to receive responses from all around the country,” added Dillingham.

This invitation will include instructions on how to respond to the 2020 Census online or by phone. By April 1, most households will have received an invitation delivered either by mail or by a census taker. In areas of the country that are less likely to respond online, a paper questionnaire will be included in the initial mailing to households. Reminder mailings will be sent to households that do not respond, and in the fourth mailing every household that has not yet responded will receive a paper questionnaire. Continue Reading...

Mark Your Calendar: Important 2020 Census Dates

  • March 12-20: Initial invitations to respond online and by phone will be delivered by the U.S. Postal Service. Areas that are less likely to respond online will receive a paper questionnaire along with the invitation to respond online or over the phone.
  • March 16-24: Reminder letters will be delivered.
  • March 26-April 3: Reminder postcards will be delivered to households that have not responded.
  • April 8-16: Reminder letters and paper questionnaires will be delivered to remaining households that have not responded.
  • April 20-27: Final reminder postcards will be delivered to households that have not yet responded before census takers follow up in person.
  • May 13-July 31: If a household does not respond to any of the invitations, a census taker will follow up in person.
]]> (U.S. Census Bureau) Life Mon, 17 Feb 2020 12:12:00 -0500
Summer at Clay

Have your kids unplug with mud and discover the mindfulness benefits of working with clay at Clay Art Center’s award winning weekly themed half & full-day SUMMER CAMPS for children & teens ages 6 – 15.  

June 29 – August 28, 2020 

Discover the Art of Summer - Make Friends, Memories and Art! Clay Art Center offers week long, half-day and full-day clay camps for children and teens ages 6 to 15 from June 29 – August 28.  Weekly themes include "Selfies, Emojis and Memes”, "Rebel Alliance vs. The Empire", “Down on the Farm”, “Pop Art Pots”, "Wheel Throwing Boot Camp" and many more.   

In the classroom, aspiring young artists will develop their imaginations and build confidence, while working in the transformational medium of clay.  Our nurturing teachers, who specialize in kindling a passion for creative expression in children, know how to make our camps special by creating an atmosphere of learning, fun and friendship.  Focusing on wheel throwing, hand-building and sculpture, campers will be shown a variety of techniques on and off the wheel.  In today’s technology driven world your child will discover the satisfaction of creating something with their own hands. They will craft everything from fantastic beasts, animals and emojis to handmade cups, bowls and plates that your family will treasure forever. Winner Westchester Family Favorite 2018 & Kids Out & About Reader Favorite 2019. 


Morning Camp (9am – 12pm)$300/week 

Afternoon Camp (1pm – 4pm)$300/week 

Full-Day Camp (9am – 4pm)$490/week 

Early Bird Drop Off (8:30am)$40/week 


Sibling Discount – 10% off each additional child’s registration 

Port Chester Discount – 20% off for Port Chester Public School Students. 

Full & Partial Scholarships available by emailing for an application.  

Camp (9am – 12pm) $260 members | $280 non-members 

Register online starting February 10th at  


Clay Art Center was founded in 1957 by Katherine Choy and Henry Okamoto. Unknown to them at the time, Clay Art Center would grow into an 11,000 square foot non-profit art center that delivers programming for professional artists, students, collectors, and the Port Chester community at large.  

Clay Art Center is a nationally recognized non-profit center for the advancement and practice of ceramic arts offering exhibitions, clay classes for adults and children, studio spaces for clay artists and outreach programs in the community.  It is located in the heart of Port Chester at 40 Beech Street, Port Chester, NY 10573. Gallery and SHOP hours are Tuesday - Friday, 10am-5pm, Saturday, 10am – 4pm or by appointment.Tel: 914-937-2047 

]]> (Clay Art Center) Places Mon, 10 Feb 2020 08:49:04 -0500
Ridgefield Playhouse is Calling All Singer/Songwriters and Producers!

Returning to The Ridgefield Playhouse by popular demand! If you are a singer wanting to learn vocal mastery and proper mic use; or a songwriter, musician or producer interested in song structure and recording techniques, this class is custom made for you!

Learn these things and more from Celebrity Voice Coach Samantha Cole and 13-time Emmy Award-winning songwriter/musician/producer A.J. Gundell and their team of music industry insiders. Guest speakers provide insightful marketing and promotion secrets while also covering the ins and outs of licensing, followed by an in-depth Q & A session. This professional one-day workshop takes place over two intense sessions. Take advantage of this amazing opportunity to be mentored by accomplished industry professionals!

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Morning Session
Professionalism in the Do-It-Yourself Age
Sing Like A Pro  Breathing techniques, singing, performance and voice care.  Individual demo performances on mic with professional feedback.
Write Like A Pro  Songwriting intro—overview basics of song form, structure, lyric/melody/chords/rhythm.  Individual option to demo a song in progress and receive professional feedback based on introductory elements.

Afternoon Session
Record Like A Pro Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) recording.  Setting up and running your own rigs.  Q & A for our expert on-site engineer and demo DAW rig.  Sample recording.  Live demo session.
Manage Your Music Business Like A Pro Music Business 201.  Take your introductory skills to the next level of success in the digital age.  Licensing, releasing, marketing, promotion, artist development.  Expert Panel with Samantha, A.J. and Dave Novik, Exec. VP of A & R for Sony, RCA, Universal.

Click here for more info or call The Ridgefield Playhouse box office to register: 203.438.5795

Scholarships available through the generosity of the Beth and Bruce Becker Scholarship Fund.

]]> (LCM) Events Thu, 06 Feb 2020 12:54:06 -0500
White Plains Performing Arts Center presents Kimberley Locke “The Sum of All Parts”

Kimberley first gained fame with her participation in the 2003 American Idol Television series where she place third behind Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken.  Accompanied by a full orchestra, she will perform from the Great American Songbook and some of her recent hits.

Kimberley Locke “The Sum of All Parts” will play the White Plains Performing Arts Center on Saturday, February 15 at 8pm.

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 or call 914-328-1600. For Group Sales, please contact



When Kimberley isn’t helping other artists to make their dreams come true, she’s creating and performing her own music.

Auditioning for the 2003 series of TV talent show American Idol® was a life-changing decision for Kimberley. She successfully passed the audition and became a firm fan favorite, eventually placing third behind Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken and setting her on a new career path in the music industry. 

Kimberley signed to Curb Records immediately after her American Idol journey, where she became a very successful recording artist and released three full-length albums with the label. Among her many achievements she’s had eight Top 20 Adult Contemporary hits and four #1 Dance hits across various Billboard charts. Her #1 club hit, a remake of the Freda Payne classic “Band of Gold,” was included on Billboard’s “Top 50 Dance Songs of the Decade” list. She’s also made history as being the only recording artist to score a #1 Christmas song on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart three years in a row.  

In 2009, Kimberley parted ways with Curb Records and became the first artist to sign a deal with Randy Jackson’s record label, Dream Merchant 21 Entertainment. Two years later, she announced she was launching her own artist consulting company, I AM Entertainment, LLC. She released her first independent EP album, “Four for the Floor” through I AM Entertainment in July 2011, followed by a cover of “Silver Bells” four months later, and “Finally Free” the following year.

Most recently she was seen at the 2016 finale of American Idol, which was watched by around 13 million viewers.  At the finale she sang her hugely successful 2004 single “8th World Wonder,” along with additional solo and group performances with other American Idol favorites.

In 2018, Locke released her single "Raise Your Hands.” In 2019, she released "Sleep Tight Baby Bright," the first single off her upcoming album of lullabies. 

Kimberley is also seen daily on television as a cohost of Dr. and the Diva with Dr. Steve Salvatore. The show is daytime talk show that discusses health, food, fashion and fitness.

]]> (Kathleen Davisson) Events Thu, 06 Feb 2020 09:07:00 -0500
Not Your Kids' Book Club for Adults at Scarsdale Library on Feb. 12

Not Your Kids Book Club for Adults, the monthly session for adults interested in what young adults are reading, will discuss Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Generations of readers young and old, male and female, have fallen in love with the March sisters of Louisa May Alcott's most popular and enduring novel, Little Women.

Here are talented tomboy and author-to-be Jo, tragically frail Beth, beautiful Meg, and romantic, spoiled Amy, united in their devotion to each other and their struggles to survive in New England during the Civil War. It is no secret that Alcott based Little Women on her own early life. While her father, the freethinking reformer and abolitionist Bronson Alcott, hobnobbed with such eminent male authors as Emerson, Thoreau, and Hawthorne, Louisa supported herself and her sisters with "woman's work," including sewing, doing laundry, and acting as a domestic servant. But she soon discovered she could make more money writing.

Little Women brought her lasting fame and fortune, and far from being the "girl's book" her publisher requested, it explores such timeless themes as love and death, war and peace, the conflict between personal ambition and family responsibilities, and the clash of cultures between Europe and America.

The program will be held on Wednesday, February 12th at 1 PM at Shaarei Tikva, 46 Fox Meadow Road. Attendee parking is limited to the front of the building. Not Your Kids Book Club for Adults is led by Scarsdale resident and children’s author Sheela Chari. To register, contact Ms. Chari at

]]> (Wendy Archer) Events Tue, 04 Feb 2020 10:44:21 -0500
Local Producer's Film ‘Desolation Angels’ on Prime Video

“Desolations Angels/Rise of the BOAS,” available now on Prime Video, pits a fearless band of mercenaries against the ruthlessness of a Russian mob and a Mexican drug cartel in an engaging two-hour independent film that raises the classic morality issues of Greek mythology:  Are we able to change our fate or is life predestined? 

Jayson Byrd, a Westport, CT-based photographer who has shot everyone from Paul Newman to Bob Dylan, produced the film, working on location at more than 30 sites across Connecticut. 

Playing a central role as a brutal Brighton Beach mob boss is Neal Smith of Westport, the founding drummer of the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame group “The Alice Cooper Band.” He also created an original musical score for the film.

Smith is supported by a cast that includes Alex Ziwak of North Haven, CT, Brandon Despain of New York City, Tom Golden of New Haven, CT, Jeff Saresky of Port Chester, NY, Ken Walsh of Shelton, CT and Laurent Mullen of Branford, CT.

Byrd, the producer, is also the writer/director. He is widely known as the onetime photographer for Westport Playhouse and Connecticut theatrical locals such as the Music Theater of Connecticut, Shakespeare on the Sound in Rowayton, American Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford, Darien Dinner Theater, Stamford Playhouse and Polka Dot Playhouse in Bridgeport. He was among the original exhibitors at the Westport Arts Center. 

Born in New York City, he spent his formative years traveling through Europe and developed a Continental visual sense of style, also influenced by the portrait and fashion work of David Bailey, Francesco Scavullo and Irving Penn. 

The list of luminaries he has photographed covers James Earl Jones, Christopher Plummer, John Lithgow, Victoria Tennant, Charles Keating, Dudley Moore and Jerry Stiller. 

His advertising photography has appeared in magazines such as Vogue, WWD, Esquire, ELLE, GQ and Town & Country. His fashion clients include Brioni, Givenchy  and Donna Haag. 

]]> (Gina Zammit) Neighbors Mon, 03 Feb 2020 09:32:45 -0500
Scarsdale Library presents: Paper Cutting with Sine Hjort

On Tuesday, February 11th at 2 PM paper cutting artist Sine Hjort will host a 1.5 hour workshop about how to use paper cutting to tell stories and create beautiful pictures. After a brief introduction to the history of paper cutting, you will learn about the materials and tools.

We will start with simple designs and learn the basic patterns used by most paper cutting artists. By folding the paper, we create synergy in our images and will experience the magic of unfolding our own paper cutting.

The program will take place at the Scarsdale Alternative School on Wayside Lane.

Register online at or call 914-722-1302

]]> (Wendy Archer) Events Wed, 29 Jan 2020 10:43:36 -0500
Foreign and Independent Film Series at Scarsdale Library

On Thursday, February 13 at 1:00 PM Scarsdale library will present The Souvenir, a film directed by Joanna Hogg, starring Honor Swinton Byrne, Tom Burke, Tilda Swinton.

A shy but ambitious film student (Honor Swinton Byrne) begins to find her voice as an artist while navigating a turbulent courtship with a charismatic but untrustworthy man (Tom Burke). She defies her protective mother (Tilda Swinton) and concerned friends as she slips deeper and deeper into an intense, emotionally fraught relationship that comes dangerously close to destroying her dreams. From acclaimed writer-director Joanna Hogg comes an enigmatic and personal portrait of the artist as a young woman, combining passionate emotions and exquisite aesthetics into a lush, dreamlike story of young adulthood and first love. At once enrapturing and mysteriously unsettling—and featuring a profoundly layered breakout performance by Honor Swinton Byrne—The Souvenir is an essential and enduring film from one of our most distinctive and exciting filmmakers.

US & UK / 119 minutes / drama

With the main building on Olmsted Road closed for a major renovation, the session will be held at the Scarsdale Alternative School Wayside Lane next to the Girl Scout House. Please register at or call 914-722-1302.

]]> (Wendy Archer) Places Wed, 29 Jan 2020 10:43:09 -0500
ACT of CT's New Interpretation of Stephen Schwartz’s GODSPELL Directed by Daniel C. Levine Opens February 6

ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) of Connecticut is excited to announce the second show of its 2019-2020 season – a modernized, reimagined interpretation of Stephen Schwartz’s GODSPELL. Directed by ACT of CT’s Founder and Artistic Director Daniel C. Levine, GODSPELL marks the second production of ACT of CT’s “Presenting Stephen Schwartz Series!” This re-conceived version of Schwartz’s revolutionary show follows ACT of CT’s critically acclaimed interpretation of Schwartz’s WORKING, which has had an exciting life after it premiered at ACT of CT.
Performances of GODSPELL run February 6th – March 8th. The show times are: Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm. Purchase tickets HERE. For more information about ACT of CT, ticket and annual subscription sales, education programs, sponsor/donor opportunities, and other theatre-related news and announcements, visit
Levine, whose Broadway and Broadway National Tours credits include MAMMA MIA!, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Tony Nomination For Best Revival), CHICAGO, LES MISERABLES, and TOMMY, first gained inspiration for his concept of GODSPELL in April, 2019 after seeing news images of Paris’ famed Notre Dame Cathedral burning. “I thought to myself, what if I set the ACT of CT production in an abandoned church? What if this church was in midtown Manhattan and was slated to be demolished tomorrow to make room for condominiums? What if nobody had stepped foot in this condemned holy place for a decade, save for a group of homeless who had been squatting there for six months?” remarked Levine, who immediately shared his vision with Schwartz for a newly imagined GODSPELL. Schwartz gave Levine his permission to alter the show, including removing one of its songs entirely, something that is rarely done.
This production will be music directed by Danny White (THE LION KING, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF) and choreographed by Sara Brians (CITY OF ANGELS, GODSPELL, MATILDA). Other creative team members include scenic design by Reid Thompson (WIVES, FUN HOME, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE); costume design by Brenda Phelps (ACT’s WORKING); and lighting design by Jack Mehler (MAMMA MIA!, EVITA, and WORKING).
GODSPELL will feature Broadway talent Florrie Bagel (THE ROSE TATTOO) and Katie Ladner (WICKED, SUNSET BOULEVARD) as well as Andrew Poston (KINKY BOOTS), Jamie Cepero (NBC's musical drama SMASH), Trent Saunders (EVITA), Emma Tattenbaum-Fine (Netflix's EXPLAINED), and more. With songs like “Day By Day”, “By My Side”, and “All Good Gifts”, ACT of CT’s production of GODSPELL promises to be a unique and inspiring theatrical experience.
In addition to GODSPELL, Stephen Schwartz wrote the music and lyrics to the mega-hit Broadway musical WICKED. He also wrote, among other works, PIPPIN, THE BAKER’S WIFE, and lyrics to the films POCAHONTAS, THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, THE PRINCE OF EGYPT, and ENCHANTED. He has won Academy, Grammy, special Tony, and Golden Globe Awards.
Performances of GODSPELL run February 6th – March 8th. The show times are: Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm. Purchase tickets HERE. For more information about ACT of CT, ticket and annual subscription sales, education programs, sponsor/donor opportunities, and other theatre-related news and announcements, visit

About ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) of Connecticut

ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) of Connecticut is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) Equity theatre located in Ridgefield, CT. Founded and led by Katie Diamond, Daniel C. Levine, and Bryan Perri, ACT of CT presents limited engagement runs of well-known Broadway musicals and plays, as well as world-premiere productions by the next generation of writers and composers. ACT of CT was honored with eleven 2018 BroadwayWorld Connecticut Awards during its inaugural season, which was followed by fourteen 2019 BroadwayWorld Connecticut Awards nominations. The theatre company produces four shows per season, including one show in the “Presenting Stephen Schwartz!” Series (honoring ACT Artistic Advisor, Stephen Schwartz). All shows feature both Broadway stars and local Fairfield and Westchester County talent. In addition to fully produced main stage productions, ACT of CT hosts a New Works Series, The Broadway Unplugged Series, youth education classes, masterclasses, camps, workshops, and a conservatory program for high school students. ACT of CT is located at 36 Old Quarry Road, in the beautiful village of Ridgefield, CT.  Visit for further information.


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French Art in Scarsdale Now Open at Madelyn Jordan Gallery


A new exhibit opened up at the Madelyn Jordan Gallery located at 37 Popham Road in Scarsdale on Friday, January 24th, 2020. 
French artist SANDRINE KERN: HALF WAY TO REALITY AND A LITTLE BIT LOST will be on  exhibit  from January 24 - March 7, 2020. This is Kern's first solo exhibition with MJFA. 
Sandrine Kern’s uniquely ethereal, other-worldly paintings integrate aspects of figuration and abstraction.  At first glance, the works suggest traditional landscape, but the idea quickly dissolves into notions of abstraction as her indistinguishable, evocative settings are purposefully clouded or hazed to communicate a fading memory or transmit a feeling of a place that is imagined in the artist’s mind. 
For more information on the exhibition, click HERE
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