Scarsdale's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/scarsdale Tue, 13 Apr 2021 15:22:53 -0400 HamletHub.com Unlawful Entry into School Buildings Leads to Multiple Charges for Mount Vernon Man https://news.hamlethub.com/scarsdale/publicsafety/3971-unlawful-entry-into-school-buildings-leads-to-multiple-charges-for-mount-vernon-man3971-unlawful-entry-into-school-buildings-leads-to-multiple-charges-for-mount-vernon-man https://news.hamlethub.com/scarsdale/publicsafety/3971-unlawful-entry-into-school-buildings-leads-to-multiple-charges-for-mount-vernon-man3971-unlawful-entry-into-school-buildings-leads-to-multiple-charges-for-mount-vernon-man

- A Mount Vernon man who unlawfully entered school buildings in communities across Westchester and in some instances stole items was arraigned today in County Court on multiple charges.

Donald Mack Bennett, 61, is charged with seven counts of Burglary in the 3rd Degree, six counts of Grand Larceny in the 4th Degree and two counts of Petit Larceny in connection with incidents in 2020 and 2021.

The incidents took place at Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Scarsdale, Waverly School in Eastchester, Masters School in Dobbs Ferry and Mercy College in Irvington.

Bennett was taken into custody on March 4 and remains in the Westchester County Jail.

“I share the concern of parents and other residents who recognize that it is both deeply disturbing and absolutely unacceptable for anyone to enter a school building unlawfully,” said Westchester District Attorney Miriam E. Rocah. “I am committed to keeping our children, teachers and school staff safe and feeling as secure as possible.”

The incidents involving Bennett were investigated by the Dobbs Ferry, Eastchester, Irvington, New Rochelle and Scarsdale Police Departments.

The case is before Judge Robert Neary.

The charges against Bennett are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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kerry@ducey.org (Westchester DA) Public safety Mon, 12 Apr 2021 09:27:58 -0400
Scarsdale's Margaret Smith Named Burke Chief Marketing Officer https://news.hamlethub.com/scarsdale/neighbors/3970-scarsdale-s-margaret-smith-named-burke-chief-marketing-officer3970-scarsdale-s-margaret-smith-named-burke-chief-marketing-officer https://news.hamlethub.com/scarsdale/neighbors/3970-scarsdale-s-margaret-smith-named-burke-chief-marketing-officer3970-scarsdale-s-margaret-smith-named-burke-chief-marketing-officer

Burke Rehabilitation Hospital has announced that Margaret S. Smith has joined Burke as its new Chief Marketing Officer. Ms. Smith will oversee the Hospital’s advertising, public relations, online communications and external relations with the goal of bringing Burke’s unmatched restorative care to the many patients in need of acute rehabilitation services for strokes, heart disease, brain and spinal cord injuries and neurodegenerative diseases. 

“We are so pleased to welcome Margaret as a senior member of the Burke management team,” said Jeffrey Menkes, President and Chief Executive Officer of Burke Rehabilitation Hospital. “Along with her experience and skills in the healthcare field, she is a nearly 30-year resident of Westchester County, knows our communities well and prioritizes the wellbeing of our residents.”

Ms. Smith comes to Burke from Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, where she was the Manager of the Lupus and APS Center of Excellence. At HSS she implemented strategies to grow patient volume and professional recognition and referrals, and pioneered educational initiatives to improve care and quality of life for people with rheumatic diseases. She has also worked on community health improvement initiatives and in youth substance use prevention. Prior to working in the healthcare and public health fields, she was an executive in the financial services industry at J.P. Morgan Chase.

Ms. Smith holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from New York Medical College, a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist. A longtime resident of Westchester County, she has been an active volunteer leader in many civic groups.

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kerry@ducey.org (Leslie Wells) Neighbors Tue, 06 Apr 2021 09:09:22 -0400
Wedding Receptions and Catered Events Can Now Resume Statewide https://news.hamlethub.com/scarsdale/life/3969-wedding-receptions-and-catered-events-can-now-resume-statewide3969-wedding-receptions-and-catered-events-can-now-resume-statewide https://news.hamlethub.com/scarsdale/life/3969-wedding-receptions-and-catered-events-can-now-resume-statewide3969-wedding-receptions-and-catered-events-can-now-resume-statewide

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that wedding receptions and catered events can now resume statewide. All venues hosting weddings and catered events must follow the State's strict health and safety protocols, including the following requirements:

  • Venues are restricted to 50% capacity, with no more than 150 attendees per event
  • All attendees must have proof of recent negative test result or proof of immunization prior to the event
  • Sign-in with contact information required to assist with potential contact tracing
  • Venues must notify local health departments of large events, above the social gathering limit, in advance
  • Masks will be required at all times except when seated and eating or drinking
  • Ceremonial and socially-distanced dancing allowed in designated areas

Detailed guidance for in-person and catered events is available here.

"New Yorkers have remained resilient throughout this entire pandemic, and the numbers show how effective our behavior has been in stopping the spread of this virus," Governor Cuomo said. "As the state's positivity and hospitalization numbers continue to decline and we ramp up vaccinations, the light at the end of the tunnel is getting closer and we can focus on safely reopening different sectors of our economy without compromising the progress we've made. Weddings and catered events will now be allowed to resume across the state, with strict protocols in place to protect the health and safety of New Yorkers. This is great news - but we must continue with the practices that we know work to defeat this virus once and for all."

The reopening of wedding receptions and other catered events builds on the Governor's recent measures to further re-open the economy amid a steady decline in New York's COVID-19 positivity and hospitalization rates. Effective March 19th, New York City indoor dining will expand to 50 percent capacity and the rest of New York State will increase to 75 percent capacity for indoor dining. On February 15th, the Governor announced the MTA will partially restore overnight service on the New York City Subway. On February 14th, the Governor issued an Executive Order extending closing times to 11 p.m. statewide for restaurants, bars, gyms and fitness centers, casinos, billiards halls and any other location with an SLA license. The Governor also announced beginning April 2, event, arts and entertainment venues can reopen at 33 percent capacity, up to 100 people indoors and up to 200 people outdoors."

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kerry@ducey.org (Office of the Governor. ) Life Tue, 16 Mar 2021 17:06:58 -0400
Local Student Creates Virtual Community to Bring Westchester Together Around the One-Year Anniversary of the Pandemic https://news.hamlethub.com/scarsdale/neighbors/3968-local-student-creates-virtual-community-to-bring-westchester-together-around-the-one-year-anniversary-of-the-pandemic3968-local-student-creates-virtual-community-to-bring-westchester-together-around-the-one-year-anniversary-of-the-pandemic https://news.hamlethub.com/scarsdale/neighbors/3968-local-student-creates-virtual-community-to-bring-westchester-together-around-the-one-year-anniversary-of-the-pandemic3968-local-student-creates-virtual-community-to-bring-westchester-together-around-the-one-year-anniversary-of-the-pandemic

“We Are Westchester” - Fox Lane High School Student Creates Virtual Community to Bring Westchester Together Around the One-Year Anniversary of the Pandemic

Ella Bahari, a junior at Fox Lane High School, is creating a virtual community within Westchester where she is inviting people to share their experiences during this time of social distancing to come together in a visual way.

Ella has created an inspirational photo sharing project called  “We Are Westchester” on Facebook and Instagram pages for community members to share photos of themselves holding up signs that say: “We Are _____”.  People are encouraged to fill in the blank with a word that is unique to themselves, such as “We Are Heroes” or “We Are Hopeful”, etc. You can send your photos to wearewestchester.20@gmail.com, or through Instagram and/or Facebook messages. Here are the links to Ella's We Are Westchester social media pages:

On her social media pages, Ella has gotten posts that say: “We Are Strong Together”, “We Are Learning” and “We are Winners”, just to name a few. Ella’s idea is to help people express how they have been keeping their spirits up during this past year and to remain hopeful that we will emerge from this in the not too distant future.

Ella says, “The idea is to create awareness and to solidify a sense of community to express how COVID-19 has affected life in Westchester. With this project, my goal is to create a platform to help inspire and support one another, and to remind us that as a community, we will make it through this challenging time. We are all looking forward to when life returns back to normal, but we want to be here now to support one another.”

In addition to creating virtual community, Ella has created a fundraiser on GoFundMe to benefit the Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry which has been significantly challenged during this past year as the issue of food insecurity has affected many families in Westchester. Ella says, “I didn’t just want to create a virtual community without giving back to the most vulnerable in our area in a real, substantive way. As a community, we should feel the need to help out however we can.”

The Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that feeds our neighbors in need in Westchester. Before the pandemic, the food pantry served 300 families per week but, now due to COVID-19, 500 families per week rely on the donations from the food pantry.  

When it’s safe again to be out in the community, Ella’s plan is to print out and display some of the photos in an area in Northern Westchester that will become a public art space where Westchester residents can congregate and remember the challenges that we all faced and overcame with each other's support during the pandemic.

As Ella says to all of her supporters, “Thank you for helping to create virtual community at a time when we need it most.”

 
 
 
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kerry@ducey.org (Submitted) Neighbors Mon, 15 Mar 2021 09:56:05 -0400
New Mural from Marla Beth Designs Brings Pop of Color to The Westchester for the Holidays https://news.hamlethub.com/scarsdale/life/3957-new-mural-from-marla-beth-designs-brings-a-pop-of-color-to-the-westchester-for-the-holidays3957-new-mural-from-marla-beth-designs-brings-a-pop-of-color-to-the-westchester-for-the-holidays https://news.hamlethub.com/scarsdale/life/3957-new-mural-from-marla-beth-designs-brings-a-pop-of-color-to-the-westchester-for-the-holidays3957-new-mural-from-marla-beth-designs-brings-a-pop-of-color-to-the-westchester-for-the-holidays

Marla Beth Enowitz, the abstract expressionist artist behind Marla Beth Designs, is on a mission to put a little sparkle into homes and businesses with her uplifting art. This holiday season, shoppers at The Westchester can enjoy Enowitz’s latest work, a large-scale mural entitled “Gumballs,” which uses the 600 square foot windows of the former Justice store as a canvas.

With bold colors and a message of positivity, “Gumballs” features large jumping dots – some glittered to evoke movement – that brighten and transform the otherwise blank storefront.

“The window acts as a glass bowl, holding the gumballs and essentially creating a larger-than-life gumball machine,” explained Enowitz. “Many gumballs are settled, but others pop up. Seeing all these colors alongside each other felt, for me, like a metaphor for what happens when we work together. It’s fun, hopeful and meant to inspire good vibes. It also makes a perfect selfie backdrop.”

A Rye Brook mompreneur, Marla Beth Enowitz turned her love of painting from hobby to business once the pandemic hit. Her designs, described as equal parts whimsy and sophistication, are often inspired by the imaginative minds of children. Through her work, she seeks to find the rainbow lining of quarantine, turning lemons into [pink] lemonade and uplifting those around her in the process.

“Especially during these times, I want to give people a reason to smile,” said Enowitz. “I want my ‘happy art’ to bring us all together and I want it to include everyone. Some things can still be simple and pure. The innocence we once enjoyed as children may feel far away and lost, but if my work can be a reminder of that – a time that was happy and carefree – with something tangible to hang on the wall, that’s what I’d like to contribute to the world right now.”

Enowitz’s acrylics flow intuitively, forming cascading organic drips and marbling effects in vivid hues, evoking happiness, optimism and positivity. Her large-scale custom pieces are featured in some of the most beautiful private homes and businesses in the tri-state.

“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Marla and her ‘happy art’ to The Westchester this holiday season,” said Paula Kelliher, Director of Mall Marketing for The Westchester. “Gumballs is a must-see for shoppers. We’re sure everyone will enjoy taking a photo in front of this fun, winsome mural.”

Mall visitors are encouraged to snap a fun selfie in front of “Gumballs” (located on Retail Level 3), follow @marlabeth_designs on Instagram and tag their photo with #MBDGumballs for a chance to win a custom Marla Beth Designs splattered hat, neon pink mug and an original 4” x 4” mini art canvas. The giveaway will run through December 31.

Working with clients from concept to completion, Enowitz is available for virtual consultations on her commissioned art. For the latest news and updates, follow Marla Beth Designs on Instagram (@marlabeth_designs) or visit www.marlabethdesigns.com.

About Marla Beth Designs

Created by artist Marla Beth Enowitz, Marla Beth Designs is bringing a little sparkle into some of the most beautiful private homes and businesses in the New York metropolitan area. Enowitz’s acrylics flow intuitively, forming cascading organic drips and marbling effects in vivid hues, evoking happiness, optimism and positivity. The Westchester County mom turned entrepreneur specializes in creating large-scale custom abstract art, working with clients from concept to completion, while also offering a full line of mini original works. For more information, visit www.marlabethdesigns.com.

PHOTO CAPTION:  Artist Marla Beth Enowitz poses with her latest work, a large-scale mural entitled “Gumballs,” which uses the 600 square foot windows of The Westchester’s former Justice store as a canvas.

PHOTO CAPTION: With bold colors and a message of positivity, “Gumballs” features large jumping dots – some glittered to evoke movement – that brighten and transform the otherwise blank storefront.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Co-Communications) Life Tue, 08 Dec 2020 09:37:45 -0500
Free Rabies Vaccines for Westchester Pets On November 15 https://news.hamlethub.com/scarsdale/events/3955-free-rabies-vaccines-for-westchester-pets-on-november-153955-free-rabies-vaccines-for-westchester-pets-on-november-15 https://news.hamlethub.com/scarsdale/events/3955-free-rabies-vaccines-for-westchester-pets-on-november-153955-free-rabies-vaccines-for-westchester-pets-on-november-15

Westchester County residents can bring their dogs, cats and ferrets in for free rabies vaccinations on Sunday, November 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Stamen Animal Hospital, 61 Quaker Ridge Road in New Rochelle.  Appointments are required. Call 914-632-1269 for more information.

An adult must supervise all pets. Stamen Hospital staff will come outside to bring your pet into the animal hospital. Cats and ferrets must be in carriers and dogs must be on a leash. Aggressive dogs must be muzzled. No examinations will be given.

Westchester County Health Commissioner, Sherlita Amler, MD. Said: “Vaccinating your pet against rabies will protect your pet and your family in case your pet has contact with a rabid or potentially rabid animal.”

Under New York State law, dogs and cats must receive their first rabies vaccine no later than four months after birth. A second rabies shot must be given within one year of the first vaccine, with additional booster shots given every one or three years after that, depending on the vaccine used.  Owners who fail to get their pets vaccinated and keep the vaccinations up-to-date may be fined up to $2,000.

Rabies is a fatal disease that spreads through the bite or saliva of infected animals.  Those animals most commonly infected are raccoons, skunks, bats and foxes.  However, domestic animals such as cats and dogs are also at risk because they can easily contract rabies from wild or stray animals.

A pet that is up-to-date with its rabies vaccinations would only need a booster dose of vaccine within five days of the pet’s exposure to a known or suspect rabid animal.  Animals not up-to-date with rabies vaccinations would be quarantined or euthanized following contact with a rabid or suspect-rabid animal. 

A change in an animal’s behavior is often the first sign of rabies.  A rabid animal may become either abnormally aggressive or unusually tame.  It may lose fear of people and become docile, or become excited and irritable.  Infected animals sometimes stagger, spit and froth at the mouth.  Children should be discouraged from touching unfamiliar animals, and to tell an adult right away if they have been bitten or scratched by an animal.

All animal bites or contacts with animals suspected of having rabies must be reported to the Westchester County Health Department at (914) 813-5000.  After hours, callers should follow instructions in the recorded message for reporting public health emergencies 24 hours a day. 

To learn more about rabies and its prevention, visit the Health Department’s website at www.westchestergov.com/health, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/wchealthdept or follow us on

Twitter @wchealthdept.

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Westchester County) Events Wed, 11 Nov 2020 05:00:32 -0500
Youth Ceramics Workshop: Texture Plates https://news.hamlethub.com/scarsdale/events/3954-youth-ceramics-workshop-texture-plates3954-youth-ceramics-workshop-texture-plates https://news.hamlethub.com/scarsdale/events/3954-youth-ceramics-workshop-texture-plates3954-youth-ceramics-workshop-texture-plates

Inspired by the contemporary Japanese ceramics on view at the KMA, and in collaboration with the Clay Art Center, this workshop invites youth artists to experiment with unique hand-built clay techniques.

Working virtually with Clay Art Center teaching artist Jeanne Carreau, students will transform a slab of clay into a one-of-a-kind plate using just their hands and basic tools. Workshop kits will be available for pickup at the KMA prior to the event.

Ages 8-14; no prior ceramics experience necessary. Advanced registration required; maximum of 10 participants. Further details will be sent upon registration. KMA/CAC members $30; non-members $40 (includes materials). 

Learn more here

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education@katonahmuseum.org (Margaret Adasko ) Events Tue, 10 Nov 2020 09:31:08 -0500
Scarsdale Law Firm Kirby Aisner & Curley LLP Welcomes Associate Attorney Jessica Hill https://news.hamlethub.com/scarsdale/neighbors/3943-kirby-aisner-curley-llp-welcomes-associate-attorney-jessica-hill3943-kirby-aisner-curley-llp-welcomes-associate-attorney-jessica-hill https://news.hamlethub.com/scarsdale/neighbors/3943-kirby-aisner-curley-llp-welcomes-associate-attorney-jessica-hill3943-kirby-aisner-curley-llp-welcomes-associate-attorney-jessica-hill

The law firm of Kirby Aisner & Curley LLP, located in Scarsdale, N.Y., is pleased to announce the addition of Jessica Hill as an associate attorney. Hill will concentrate her practice in consumer bankruptcy and small business restructuring.

Prior to joining Kirby Aisner & Curley LLP, Jessica Hill spent the past decade working for a boutique bankruptcy law firm in the Hudson Valley, first as a paralegal and then returning as an associate. She is a member of the Hudson Valley Bankruptcy Bar Association, Westchester County Bar Association and American Bar Association, as well as an active volunteer with The Rashad Jennings Foundation.

“Jessica has a proven track record of helping clients take charge of their money problems and regain control of their lives,” said Dawn Kirby, Partner, Kirby Aisner & Curley LLP. “We are thrilled to welcome Jessica to our team. Her ability to anticipate clients’ needs and commitment to ensuring they make the very best choices to obtain their ‘fresh start’ make her an invaluable asset to our firm.”

Hill received a J.D. from Quinnipiac University School of Law, where she was recognized with the CATIC Foundation Award and the Academic Achievement Award for Highest Grade in Accounting for Lawyers. She is admitted to practice law in New York.

“As a bankruptcy attorney, the help and relief you can provide clients is extremely rewarding – I can almost see the weight being lifted off of their shoulders after the first meeting,” said Jessica Hill. “Kirby Aisner & Curley LLP has a sterling reputation and extensive knowledge in the field of bankruptcy law. I’m excited to be part of the team.”

The women-owned law firm of Kirby Aisner & Curley LLP focuses in the areas of corporate and individual bankruptcy, restructuring, real estate, commercial transactions, foreclosure defense and mortgage modification. Commercial clients range from sole proprietors and family-owned businesses to small public companies in a broad range of industries, including real estate, not-for-profit, technology, hospitality, healthcare, marketing, retail, legal, lending and automotive.

Kirby Aisner & Curley LLP is located at 700 Post Road, Suite 237, Scarsdale, N.Y. and can be reached at (914) 401-9500 or by visiting www.kacllp.com.

About Kirby Aisner & Curley LLP

The law firm of Kirby Aisner & Curley LLP works with individual and corporate clients to overcome their financial and legal challenges and move forward toward growth. The firm offers outside general counsel services for small- to medium-size businesses that have varying legal needs, but not the means to hire exclusive counsel in-house. Small- and middle-market companies can benefit from the firm’s expertise in areas such as real estate, corporate turnarounds, strategic consulting, complex debt restructurings, and debtor bankruptcy. The firm’s Westchester County location is conveniently situated to serve the needs of clients in New York City, Long Island, Westchester and Rockland Counties, and the lower Hudson Valley. Visit Kirby Aisner & Curley LLP online at www.kacllp.com.

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Jessica Hill, Associate, Kirby Aisner & Curley LLP

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subscriptions@cocommunications.com (Co-Communications) Neighbors Mon, 02 Nov 2020 12:41:18 -0500
Join Greyston on Nov. 16 for a New Take on Thanksgiving https://news.hamlethub.com/scarsdale/events/3946-join-greyston-for-a-new-take-on-thanksgiving3946-join-greyston-for-a-new-take-on-thanksgiving https://news.hamlethub.com/scarsdale/events/3946-join-greyston-for-a-new-take-on-thanksgiving3946-join-greyston-for-a-new-take-on-thanksgiving

Need some inspiration for your holiday table? Award-winning chef, bestselling author, founder of The Chef Jeff Project Relaunch, and someone who embodies Greyston’s mission, Chef Jeff Henderson​, is hosting a virtual cooking demonstration to benefit Greyston’s PathMaking programs.

Tune in on November 16 at 7:00 pm (EST) to see Chef Jeff prepare his family’s traditional cornbread dressing as well as a delicious dessert featuring Greyston brownies and Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia  – two treats that are even better together. He’ll also share his thoughts on eating well, giving thanks, and supporting Greyston’s tireless efforts to build a more inclusive economy, one person and one job at a time. 

For a registration fee of $250.00, you'll receive:

  •          Live access to Jeff's presentation;
  •          A collection of Jeff's recipes for Thanksgiving and every day;
  •          A collection of dessert recipes courtesy of the Greyston Bakery Test Kitchen;
  •          A copy of Jeff's book, If You Can See It, You Can Be It; and
  •          A box of Greyston's traditional and vegan brownies.

Don't miss it! Register now at thanksgivingwithchefjeff.funraise.org​. All proceeds will fund Greyston's Workforce Development and Community Wellness initiatives in Southwest Yonkers and beyond. Help us pave paths to success for those who need it most. 

About Greyston

Greyston is a nonprofit social justice enterprise, working to create job opportunities and provide services that enable self-sufficiency through the Open Hiring® business model. We provide paths to employment and no-cost development programs to anyone in need to better our communities, and meet our combined social, environmental, and financial goals. In serving the people of Southwest Yonkers, New York, Greyston promotes inclusion, offers support to disenfranchised people, battles against systemic inequities, and advocates for a level playing field for all, regardless of their pasts.

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laurabhalligan@gmail.com (Laura Halligan) Events Mon, 02 Nov 2020 12:39:36 -0500
Kirby Aisner & Curley LLP Partners Dawn Kirby and Julie Cvek Curley Honored by Super Lawyers https://news.hamlethub.com/scarsdale/neighbors/3948-kirby-aisner-curley-llp-partners-dawn-kirby-and-julie-cvek-curley-honored-by-super-lawyers3948-kirby-aisner-curley-llp-partners-dawn-kirby-and-julie-cvek-curley-honored-by-super-lawyers https://news.hamlethub.com/scarsdale/neighbors/3948-kirby-aisner-curley-llp-partners-dawn-kirby-and-julie-cvek-curley-honored-by-super-lawyers3948-kirby-aisner-curley-llp-partners-dawn-kirby-and-julie-cvek-curley-honored-by-super-lawyers

The law firm of Kirby Aisner & Curley LLP, located in Scarsdale, N.Y., is pleased to announce that partners Dawn Kirby and Julie Cvek Curley have been recognized by Super Lawyers for their outstanding legal achievements. Kirby was selected by her peers for inclusion in New York Metro Super Lawyers 2020 in the field of Bankruptcy Law. Curley has been named to the Rising Stars list for the eighth consecutive year.

Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a rating service of exceptional lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.

After decades of working with clients to overcome their financial and legal challenges, Dawn Kirby and Julie Cvek Curley founded the women-owned law firm of Kirby Aisner & Curley LLP with Erica Aisner in 2019.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by fellow peers, especially alongside my colleague, Julie,” said partner Dawn Kirby. “Our first priority at Kirby Aisner & Curley LLP is achieving the best possible outcome for our clients. Whether you’re looking to solve a business challenge or restructure personal debt, we’re committed to guiding you through.”

For 25 years, Dawn Kirby has enjoyed helping her clients forge their future. She has a deep knowledge of many industries, areas of law, and innovative solutions with extensive experience in Chapter 11, Chapter 13 and Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Heavily involved in the legal community, Kirby was the fifth woman president of the Westchester County Bar Association and is a past president of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association as well as a member of the House of Delegates of the New York State Bar Association. She is a former co-chair of the Bankruptcy Committee of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, Westchester County Bar Association, and Westchester Women’s Bar Association. Kirby was also a semi-finalist in the Conrad B. Duberstein National Moot Court Competition.

 

“Congratulations to Dawn and all those honored this year,” said partner Julie Cvek Curley. “I’m grateful to work in a field that I find extremely rewarding and be surrounded by talented women who are as passionate about our mission as I am.”

 

Known for her creative thinking, pragmatism, and “never give up” attitude, Julie Cvek Curley represents debtors in areas of corporate and consumer bankruptcy, as well as foreclosure and mortgage defense, mortgage loan modification and real estate. Named Westchester’s Leading Attorney Under 40 at the 2018 Above the Bar Awards, Curley brings over 15 years of experience in corporate turnarounds, strategic consulting, financial and operational restructurings, and debtor bankruptcy situations. She has led numerous §363 sales processes in Chapter 11 cases. Curley is chair of the Westchester County Bar Association’s Bankruptcy Committee, past co-chair of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York’s Bankruptcy/Commercial and Banking Law Committee, and a member of Rockland County Women’s Bar Association.

Kirby Aisner & Curley LLP focuses in the areas of corporate and individual bankruptcy, restructuring, real estate, commercial transactions, foreclosure defense and mortgage modification. Commercial clients range from sole proprietors and family-owned businesses to small public companies in a broad range of industries, including real estate, not-for-profit, technology, hospitality, healthcare, marketing, retail, legal, lending and automotive.

Kirby Aisner & Curley LLP is located at 700 Post Road, Suite 237, Scarsdale, N.Y. and can be reached at (914) 401-9500 or by visiting www.kacllp.com.

About Kirby Aisner & Curley LLP

The law firm of Kirby Aisner & Curley LLP works with individual and corporate clients to overcome their financial and legal challenges and move forward toward growth. The firm offers outside general counsel services for small- to medium-size businesses that have varying legal needs, but not the means to hire exclusive counsel in-house. Small- and middle-market companies can benefit from the firm’s expertise in areas such as real estate, corporate turnarounds, strategic consulting, complex debt restructurings, and debtor bankruptcy. The firm’s Westchester County location is conveniently situated to serve the needs of clients in New York City, Long Island, Westchester and Rockland Counties, and the lower Hudson Valley. Visit Kirby Aisner & Curley LLP online at www.kacllp.com.

About Super Lawyers

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Super Lawyers Magazine features the list and profiles of selected attorneys and is distributed to attorneys in the state or region and the ABA-accredited law school libraries. Super Lawyers is also published as a special section in leading city and regional magazines across the country. In the United States, Super Lawyers Magazine is published in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., reaching more than 13 million readers.

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Dawn Kirby, Partner, Kirby Aisner & Curley LLP

Julie Cvek Curley, Partner, Kirby Aisner & Curley LLP

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subscriptions@cocommunications.com (Co-Communications) Neighbors Mon, 02 Nov 2020 12:38:58 -0500
Iconic Horror Props and Costumes Auctions Online https://news.hamlethub.com/scarsdale/life/3950-iconic-horror-props-and-costumes-auctions-online3950-iconic-horror-props-and-costumes-auctions-online https://news.hamlethub.com/scarsdale/life/3950-iconic-horror-props-and-costumes-auctions-online3950-iconic-horror-props-and-costumes-auctions-online

Props from The Omen, An American Werewolf in London, Saw plus more to go under the hammer in upcoming London auction 

Prop Store sells original movie props and costumes and related memorabilia, regularly hosting live and online prop and costume auctions. Over 8,000 items are also available for sale at fixed price on www.propstore.com.

Operating since 1998, Prop Store founder Stephen Lane’s love for movies led him to begin hunting for the same props and costumes that were used to create his favourite films. He found that he could not only provide collectors with access to their most coveted pieces, but also establish archival standards for a new, pop-culture hybrid of fine art and memorabilia collecting – prop art. Prop Store handles prop disposal, sale, archive and auction services to production companies and distributors as well as fixed price item sale on its website.

Rick Baker SFX Mechanical Werewolf Transformation Bust from AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (1981) est. £30k - 50k ($38.7k - 64.5k)

The Prop Store Live Auction will feature:

  • Rick Baker SFX Mechanical Werewolf Transformation Bust from AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (1981). Estimate £30,000 - 50,000 ($38,700 - 64,500)
  • Keith Jennings' (David Warner) Special Effects Severed Head from THE OMEN (1976). Estimate £30,000 - 50,000 ($38,700 - 64,500)
  • Headless Horseman's (Christopher Walken) Costume from SLEEPY HOLLOW (1999). Estimate £30,000 - 50,000 ($38,700 - 64,500)
  • Adam Stanheight's (Leigh Whannell) Broken Hacksaw from SAW (2004). Estimate £2,000 - 3,000 ($2,580 - 3,870)
  • Shaun's (Simon Pegg) Sales Advisor Costume from SHAUN OF THE DEAD (2004). Estimate £800 - 1,200 ($1,032 - 1,548)
  • Hero Dagger of Megiddo from THE OMEN (1976). Estimate £30,000 - 50,000 ($38,700 - 64,500)
  • Blade's (Wesley Snipes) Final Battle Costume from BLADE: TRINITY (2004). Estimate £6,000 - 8,000 ($7,740 - 10,320 

The auction will be live streamed online for fans to track the action and participate in bidding themselves. Bids can be placed online or by phone from anywhere in the world. Auction lots can be viewed by appointment at Prop Store’s office facility in Hertfordshire, UK. Lots can be viewed by appointment only, please email auction@propstore.com for more details.

Prop Store will hold a virtual preview exhibition event in November via social media, with opportunities to see props from the auction up close and ask questions of the specialists.

Registration is now open and online proxy bids can be submitted here: https://ukm.propstoreauction.com/m/view-auctions/info/id/244

A selection of auction lot images can be downloaded from the following link:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/bm6msxu3wfw7dqk/AADquYhRFyFrZ02m2ULdpAZYa?dl=0

 

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Prop Store) Life Mon, 02 Nov 2020 09:39:04 -0500
New Seat Belt Law in Effect in New York State https://news.hamlethub.com/scarsdale/politics/3949-new-seat-belt-law-in-effect-in-new-york-state3949-new-seat-belt-law-in-effect-in-new-york-state https://news.hamlethub.com/scarsdale/politics/3949-new-seat-belt-law-in-effect-in-new-york-state3949-new-seat-belt-law-in-effect-in-new-york-state

You must now buckle up in a motor vehicle in New York State no matter where you are riding in a motor vehicle.  Effective November 1st, 2020 all passengers in a vehicle operated on the public highway in NY State must wear a seat belt regardless of age. 

On August 11th Governor Cuomo signed legislation (S.4336/A.6163) requiring all passengers in motor vehicles over the age of 16 to wear a seat belt. Previously, passengers aged 16 and older were only required to wear a seat belt in the front passenger seat next to the driver. 

"We've known for decades that seat belts save lives and with this measure we are further strengthening our laws and helping to prevent needless tragedies," Governor Cuomo said. "It was under my father's leadership that New York became the first state in the country to pass a seat belt law, and the nation followed his lead. Now we are building upon this legacy and helping to create a safer and stronger Empire State for all." 

Over the last decade, 296 rear seat passengers over the age of 16 who were not buckled up were killed in New York state and over 25,000 suffered injuries, according to AAA.

The new law set applies to almost all cars in New York State. Another law, which is set to take effect in January of 2021 requires stretch limousines already on the road to have seat belts installed at every seating position by 2023.

Unbuckled passengers in a rear seat are twice as likely to be killed and eight times as likely to be seriously injured when flung forward compared to those who are wearing seat belts. 

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Peter Carey) Politics Mon, 02 Nov 2020 05:45:40 -0500
Pet Pantry Launches No Go Dog Show Fundraiser https://news.hamlethub.com/scarsdale/places/3947-pet-pantry-launches-no-go-dog-show-fundraiser3947-pet-pantry-launches-no-go-dog-show-fundraiser https://news.hamlethub.com/scarsdale/places/3947-pet-pantry-launches-no-go-dog-show-fundraiser3947-pet-pantry-launches-no-go-dog-show-fundraiser

Local business launches a new product to fundraise for a local animal shelter and other local organizations that support Fairfield and Westchester County.  

RYE, N.Y., Monday, October 26, 2020-- Pet Pantry will raise money for Adopt-a-Dog and other local organizations with the "Pet Pantry Pack" a specially curated bag of pet products, samples, and coupons from participating brand sponsors retailing for $25. The packs are loaded with value and 100% from sales will be donated to Pet Pantry’s nonprofit partners in Fairfield and Westchester County. 
 
"Each year we sponsor several family fun events at the hyper-local level, these events raise tens of thousands of dollars for critical animal welfare organizations in addition to others that are special to our team and our customers," said Adam Jacobson, Executive Vice President of Pet Pantry Warehouse. He continued, "Not only are these FUN-raising events entertaining for families to attend with their pets, but they provide a place for neighbors to connect and learn about some of the needs in their own community. Attendees always love to take home bags full of free samples of quality pet food and products from these events. So, this inspired us to create a special event package for our retail stores and donate the money we raise." 
 
This year's canceled events included the annual New Canaan Dog Days, the annual Puttin' on the Dog, the annual Howl & Prowl, and the inaugural Fairfield Dog Days. Other local organizations include Fairfield Parks & Recreation, the New Canaan Nature Center, and the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce. Sponsors include Raised Right, Open Farm, Acana, Earth Animal, Orijen, and others. 
 
“The cancellation of events this year has led to a shortage of $70,000 in funds that we desperately need to carry out our mission,” said Kristen Alouisa, Executive Director at Adopt-a-Dog. She continued, “We are so grateful to Pet Pantry Warehouse for holding the No Go Dog Show to help raise money to save the lives of the most at-risk animals. Pet Pantry has always been there for us, and we are proud to be partnered with such a wonderful business that cares so much about their community.”
 
Custom packs arrived in Pet Pantry stores last week, they were assembled by Pet Pantry’s pet experts and volunteers from Adopt-a-Dog. The pack includes Pet Pantry coupons on some of the retailer’s most popular brands which totals over $100 in value. Customers are advised to call their local Pet Pantry in Fairfield and Westchester County to order Pet Pantry Packs for curbside pickup or for more information on the selection at the nearest location (ppwpet.com/location).  
 
Click this link to learn more about Atlas: 
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kerry@ducey.org (Sarah Bamford) Places Mon, 26 Oct 2020 08:12:38 -0400
Child Care Council Receives Grants to Fund Child Care Scholarships https://news.hamlethub.com/scarsdale/charities/3931-child-care-council-receives-grants-to-fund-child-care-scholarships3931-child-care-council-receives-grants-to-fund-child-care-scholarships https://news.hamlethub.com/scarsdale/charities/3931-child-care-council-receives-grants-to-fund-child-care-scholarships3931-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: https://www.childcarewestchester.org/services/parents/paying-for-care.

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 www.childcarewestchester.org 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 www.cccwny.org.

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. 

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hillary@inbetterwords.com (In Better Words Marketing) Charities Tue, 02 Jun 2020 11:31:11 -0400
Westchester County Department Meetings Schedule for June 2020 https://news.hamlethub.com/scarsdale/politics/3935-westchester-county-department-meetings-schedule-for-june-20203935-westchester-county-department-meetings-schedule-for-june-2020 https://news.hamlethub.com/scarsdale/politics/3935-westchester-county-department-meetings-schedule-for-june-20203935-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.

 ***MEETING NOTICES: JUNE 2020*** 

 

 

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.

WEBEX EVENT

Meeting number (access code): 161 851 1556

Meeting password: wucc

Join meeting: https://westchestergov.webex.com/westchestergov/onstage/g.php?MTID=ef66bbc96adb7a4dd050194aae063c1c5

Westchester County Board of Acquisition & Contract

Thursday, June 4 at 11 a.m.

https://events.westchestergov.com/eventdetail/50989/43/westchester-county-board-of-aquisition-contract

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.

Video Address:615242052@westchestergov.webex.com

You can also dial 173.243.2.68 and enter your meeting number.

Thursday, June 11 at 11 a.m.

https://events.westchestergov.com/eventdetail/51024/43/westchester-county-board-of-aquisition-contract

Event Number: 617 225 667

Event Password: PPt7aJPgW34

Video Address:617225667@westchestergov.webex.com

You can also dial 173.243.2.68 and enter your meeting number.

Thursday, June 18 at 11 a.m.

https://events.westchestergov.com/eventdetail/51026/43/westchester-county-board-of-aquisition-contract

Event Number: 619 586 728

Event Password: b96BJA6qbp2

Video Address:619586728@westchestergov.webex.com

You can also dial 173.243.2.68 and enter your meeting number.

Thursday, June 25 at 11 a.m.

https://events.westchestergov.com/eventdetail/51029/43/westchester-county-board-of-aquisition-contract

Event Number: 613 277 486

Event Password: 9XsyfNggv27

Video Address:613277486@westchestergov.webex.com

You can also dial 173.243.2.68 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.

WEBEX EVENT

Meeting number (access code): 619 709 411

Meeting password: wcplan

Join meeting: https://westchestergov.webex.com/westchestergov/j.php?MTID=e23ff69f3f0d6d4db491bf6d615c68161

Westchester County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board

Tuesday, June 9 at 5 p.m.

WEBEX EVENT

Meeting number (access code): 161 163 8988

Meeting password: AFPB

Join meeting: https://westchestergov.webex.com/westchestergov/onstage/g.php?MTID=ef66bbc96adb7a4dd050194aae063c1c5

Westchester County Industrial Development Agency

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

Click here to join the meeting

Password: IDA2020

Westchester County Complete Count Committee

Thursday, June 11 at 4 p.m.

WEBEX EVENT

Meeting number (access code): 161 333 4643

Meeting password: wccc

Join meeting: https://westchestergov.webex.com/westchestergov/onstage/g.php?MTID=e4eb16d8d53e7da25af526aa2b080664b

Westchester County Local Development Corporation

Tuesday, June 16 8:30 a.m.

Click here to join the meeting

Password: LDC2020

Westchester County Housing Opportunity Commission

Tuesday, June 16 at 6 p.m.

WEBEX EVENT

Meeting number (access code): 161 033 1951

Meeting password: K9QpzTwGY44 

Join meeting: https://westchestergov.webex.com/westchestergov/j.php?MTID=mefbc14558d580a3f2bb0018acf12959a

Westchester County Historic Preservation Advisory Council

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

WEBEX EVENT

Meeting number (access code): 161 141 6751

Meeting password: hpac

Join meeting: https://westchestergov.webex.com/westchestergov/onstage/g.php?MTID=ead0f5debfcefd06c0609f0c01ba313a0

Westchester County Board of Health

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

westchestergov.webex.com/westchestergov/onstage/g.php?MTID=ee55ef76b8190c9799ad4b4a68f62e490

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.

WEBEX EVENT

Meeting number (access code): 611 737 720

Meeting password: 72TnX24E7Q6

Join meeting: https://westchestergov.webex.com/westchestergov/j.php?MTID=mb51d6823ccc81772efd4e866d16dd2f7

Westchester County Solid Waste Commission

Tuesday, June 23 at 3 p.m.

Event Number: 614 379 666

Event Password: QXcdaRsk325

Video Address:614379666@westchestergov.webex.com

You can also dial 173.243.2.68 and enter your meeting number.

Panelist numeric password: 583886

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To join this online event

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1. Go to https://westchestergov.webex.com/westchestergov/j.php?MTID=e5a9525ef4387398ad59b609572d0aa5c

2. Enter the event password: QXcdaRsk325

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kerry@ducey.org (Peter Carey) Politics Tue, 02 Jun 2020 09:14:16 -0400