Somers's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/somers Thu, 26 May 2022 10:09:25 -0400 HamletHub.com Westchester County Exec Latimer Encourages Participants to Attend Manufacturing Jobs Fair June 2nd. https://news.hamlethub.com/somers/places/7509-westchester-county-exec-latimer-encourages-participants-to-attend-manufacturing-jobs-fair-june-2nd7509-westchester-county-exec-latimer-encourages-participants-to-attend-manufacturing-jobs-fair-june-2nd https://news.hamlethub.com/somers/places/7509-westchester-county-exec-latimer-encourages-participants-to-attend-manufacturing-jobs-fair-june-2nd7509-westchester-county-exec-latimer-encourages-participants-to-attend-manufacturing-jobs-fair-june-2nd

Westchester County Executive George Latimer is encouraging prospective employees to participate in the County’s first manufacturing/advanced manufacturing job fair.

Thursday, June 2

2pm to 6pm

New York Power Authority

123 Main Street

White Plains, New York 10601

Latimer said: “The manufacturing industry is vital to the growth of our great County, offering well-paying jobs and making a tremendous impact on our economy. We want this job fair to serve the needs to our existing advanced manufacturing businesses by attracting skilled workers who either live in Westchester or want to work in Westchester. We have partnered with SUNY Westchester Community College to offer a training and certificate program to give entry-level and existing workers more opportunities in this sector. The job fair is just another additive to our commitment and desire to become a hub of this industry.”

Director of the Westchester County Office of Economic Development Bridget Gibbons, who co-chairs the County’s Advanced Manufacturing Task Force said: “We are focused on retaining, attracting and promoting advanced manufacturing businesses here in Westchester. We want this job fair to help identify a strong pipeline of talent that can continue to build our workforce, our economy and our County.”

President of the Council of Industry Harold King, also a member of the County’s Advanced Manufacturing Task Force said: “We are very pleased that Westchester County is hosting this career fair for advanced manufacturing and are excited to support and promote it to our member manufacturing firms. Recruiting and retaining workers remains the number one challenge for manufactures across the mid-Hudson region and particularly in Westchester County. This career fair provides an opportunity for manufacturers to connect with potential employees and share with them the exciting and rewarding careers they offer.”

Westchester County is home to a diverse advanced manufacturing industry that produces everything from package inspection equipment and plastic fluid handling products to circuit boards and aluminum parts. Participating companies include: Domino Sugar, Magnetic Analysis Corporation, PTI – Packaging Technologies and Inspection, Giuliante Machine Tools, Inc., Sun Chemical, Ball Chain Manufacturing Company, Inc. and others. Prior County job fairs have seen attendance of upwards of 200 job seekers.

Participants are encouraged to be prepared for on-the-spot interviews. Prospective employees are also advised to bring multiple copies of their resume and a picture ID.

 

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Westchester County) Places Thu, 26 May 2022 05:16:03 -0400
BluePath Service Dogs’ Sixth Annual Walkathon a Success https://news.hamlethub.com/somers/events/7508-bluepath-service-dogs-sixth-annual-walkathon-a-success7508-bluepath-service-dogs-sixth-annual-walkathon-a-success https://news.hamlethub.com/somers/events/7508-bluepath-service-dogs-sixth-annual-walkathon-a-success7508-bluepath-service-dogs-sixth-annual-walkathon-a-success

On Saturday, May 14, hundreds of walkers helped to better the world for children with autism and their families as part of BluePath Service Dogs’ sixth annual walkathon. The family-friendly fundraiser raised more than $185,000 to further BluePath’s mission to provide autism service dogs, offering safety, companionship, and opportunities for independence.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, one out of every 44 children born today will develop an autism spectrum disorder. It is the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States.

“Wesley received his autism diagnosis just before turning two,” shared Kate Petersen, whose five-year-old son was matched with BluePath service dog Reba. “The first couple years were an extreme challenge. Wesley’s lack of communication left us all frustrated to the point of tears several times a day. A cough, sneeze or even laugh left him dysregulated, sobbing, or in full meltdown, and sometimes it could last for hours.”

When Wesley was nearly hit after suddenly running into the road during a family walk, the Petersens knew they needed immediate assistance.

“That’s where BluePath Reba came in,” shared Kate. “She is sweet and soulful and intuitive. All business when she is working and a dedicated party girl in her off hours. Reba brings such incredible hope for the future – that we will be able to enjoy a walk on a beautiful day without fear or tragedy, that Wesley can enjoy his favorite things with the grounding presence of his service dog, and that we can finally spend time as a family out in the world, experiencing all life has to offer with this beautiful little dog at Wesley’s side.”

Each BluePath dog comes with thousands of hours of training from dedicated volunteers and professional staff. While the cost to prepare these incredible dogs is upwards of $40,000, BluePath provides its service dogs – and intensive, ongoing follow up support – completely free of charge. Reduced stress, improved sleeping routines, and more meaningful social interactions can allow families to feel a renewed sense of hope and empowerment.

BluePath’s sixth annual walkathon had support from the following sponsors:

Presenting: The Neva and Howard Goldstein Family Charitable Fund, Team Michelangelo

Platinum: Croton Lions Club, The Goldfarb Makkar and Brown Family

Gold: Amalgamated Transit Union Local 726, Amalgamated Transit Union 726 Family Fund, AvalonBay Communities, Elite Carriers, PCSB Bank, Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York, Quinn Law Firm, Suffolk County Association of Municipal Employees, Inc., Team Ali Fairhurst

Silver: Animal Specialty Center, Bedford Hills Lions Club, Bedford PBA, The Bugeya Family, City of Rye Police Association, Cruze and the Frango Family, C.W.A. Local 1180, G.S. Bounce, Guardian Veterinary Specialists, Kolmar Americas Inc., Lions Club of Yorktown, Mesa’s Marrathoners, NYS Court Officers Association, Peekskill Rotary Club, Shrub Oak International School, Uniformed Fire Officers Association, Volz Auto Group, When Chaos Strikes

“BluePath dogs provide safety and freedom, opening the door to new possibilities for the whole family to thrive,” noted the nonprofit’s President and CEO Jody Sandler. “This year’s walkathon was an incredible celebration of our growing community and our most successful fundraising event to date. We are so grateful for this year’s supporters; together we are making a positive and lasting difference in so many lives.”

BluePath Service Dogs, Inc. is located at 8 Country Club Road in Hopewell Junction. They can be reached at 845-377-0477 or by visiting www.bluepathservicedogs.org. For the latest news and updates, follow @BluePathServiceDogs on Facebook and @BluePathDogs on Instagram.

About BluePath Service Dogs, Inc.

BluePath Service Dogs, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 2016 to provide autism service dogs, offering safety, companionship, and opportunities for independence. The organization transforms lives by providing families with expanded opportunities to unlock life’s potential. BluePath receives no government funding and relies on the generosity of donors and volunteers to fulfill its mission. For more information, visit www.bluepathservicedogs.org. Follow BluePath on Facebook at www.facebook.org/bluepathservicedogs.

PHOTO CAPTION:

Left to right: Dan Zarro (of Ossining) and BluePath President & CEO Jody Sandler (of Hopewell Junction) cut the ribbon to kick off BluePath Service Dogs’ sixth annual walkathon at FDR State Park in Yorktown Heights. Photo credit: Kara Cerilli.

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Michelle Lauricella) Events Thu, 26 May 2022 02:12:43 -0400
Metro North Memorial Day Weekend Service https://news.hamlethub.com/somers/life/7505-metro-north-memorial-day-weekend-service7505-metro-north-memorial-day-weekend-service https://news.hamlethub.com/somers/life/7505-metro-north-memorial-day-weekend-service7505-metro-north-memorial-day-weekend-service

Memorial Day weekend is almost here! This is what you need to know to plan your trip ahead of the upcoming 3-day weekend:

Hudson Line:
On Friday, May 27, there will be three early getaway trains: 
1:18 p.m. to Poughkeepsie, express from Harlem-125 Street to Croton-Harmon, then all stops to Poughkeepsie except Manitou
1:50 p.m. to Croton-Harmon, all stops between Harlem-125 Street and Croton-Harmon
2:18 p.m. to Poughkeepsie, express from Harlem-125 Street to Croton-Harmon, then all stops to Poughkeepsie except Manitou
The 5:29 p.m. and 6:11 p.m. express trains to Beacon, New Hamburg, and Poughkeepsie are canceled. 
On Saturday, May 28, trains will run on a normal Saturday schedule.
On Sunday, May 29, and Monday, May 30, trains will run on a normal Sunday schedule.

Harlem Line:
On Friday, May 27, there will be two early getaway trains: 
1:16 p.m. to Southeast, express from Harlem-125 Street to White Plains, then all stops to Southeast except Mount Pleasant
1:52 p.m. to North White Plains, all stops between Harlem-125 Street and North White Plains
The 5:27 p.m. express train to Southeast is canceled. 
On Saturday, May 28, trains will run on a normal Saturday schedule.
On Sunday, May 29, and Monday, May 30, trains will run on a normal Sunday schedule.

New Haven Line:
On Friday, May 27, there will be four early getaway trains: 
12:07 p.m. to Stamford, all stops between Harlem-125 Street and Stamford
12:34 p.m. to New Haven, express from Harlem-125 Street to Stamford, then all stops to New Haven
1:07 p.m. to Stamford, all stops between Harlem-125 Street and Stamford
1:34 p.m. to New Haven, express from Harlem-125 Street to Stamford, then all stops to New Haven
On Saturday, May 28, trains will run on a normal Saturday schedule.
On Sunday, May 29, and Monday, May 30, trains will run on a normal Sunday schedule.

As always, be sure to use the MTA TrainTime app or mta.info to check your train status before you go

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Metro North RR) Life Wed, 25 May 2022 11:48:35 -0400
Free program for men with a spouse or partner living with cancer https://news.hamlethub.com/somers/charities/7506-free-program-for-men-with-a-spouse-or-partner-living-with-cancer7506-free-program-for-men-with-a-spouse-or-partner-living-with-cancer https://news.hamlethub.com/somers/charities/7506-free-program-for-men-with-a-spouse-or-partner-living-with-cancer7506-free-program-for-men-with-a-spouse-or-partner-living-with-cancer

Support Connection, Inc. announces a free program: For Men Only, Let’s Talk: An Open Discussion For Men With A Spouse Or Partner Going Through Cancer. It will be held via ZOOM video conference on Tues., June 7, from 7 -  8 pm NY time.

Open to men nationwide who have a spouse or partner living with breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer. To learn more or to register, call Support Connection at 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290 by 5 pm (NY time) on Mon., June 6.

It may be your spouse or partner who has been diagnosed with cancer, but it also affects you, as well as your family. You want to help and be supportive, but it’s not always easy to know how. Speaking with others who are in the same situation is an excellent way to learn, get ideas, and feel less alone.

Open to all men who have a spouse or partner dealing with breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer, at any stage from diagnosis, through treatment and beyond. The open discussion format provides a comfortable, supportive venue to talk with others coping with similar challenges. Share concerns, experiences and information with others who’ve been there too.

A trained facilitator will lead the discussion, to include the following topics:

  • What it’s like to see your spouse or partner go through cancer, and how it affects you.
  • How cancer can impact you and your spouse or partner, your relationship and your family.
  • Coping strategies for you, your spouse or partner, and your family.
  • Giving yourself permission to take care of your own needs at the same time as you support your loved one.

DISCUSSION LEADER: David Tartaglia is a volunteer facilitator who has personally experienced coping with his own wife’s breast cancer journey.

SUPPORT CONNECTION, INC. is a 501 (C) (3) not-for-profit organization that provides free, confidential support services and programs to people affected by breast and ovarian cancer. Founded in 1996, Support Connection is based in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., but through our toll-free hotline and website we serve people throughout the country. Services include: One-on-one peer counseling and support groups, offering women the opportunity to connect with other cancer survivors; Ongoing wellness classes; Holistic health workshops; Educational programs; Information and referral services; A toll-free cancer information and support hotline (800-532-4290.) To learn more, visit http://www.supportconnection.org/" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.supportconnection.org/&source=gmail&ust=1653586580390000&usg=AOvVaw1DIGdf2TVDTB1nr-_YV2f3" style="color:rgb(17, 85, 204)">www.supportconnection.org or call 914- 962-6402. Support Connection Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support: We’ve been there. We care.

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Suport Connection) Charities Wed, 25 May 2022 10:55:01 -0400
Somers Library Book Buddies Summer 2022 https://news.hamlethub.com/somers/life/7507-somers-library-book-buddies-summer-20227507-somers-library-book-buddies-summer-2022 https://news.hamlethub.com/somers/life/7507-somers-library-book-buddies-summer-20227507-somers-library-book-buddies-summer-2022

Be part of the Book Buddies program at the Somers Library this summer. All it takes is one hour per week from July 6th to August 31st.

How it works: One older buddy meets at the library once a week to read and play word games and puzzles with a younger child to help them become a more confident reader.

Flyers for Older and Younger Book Buddies are available online or in the Children’s room at the Somers Library. Registration is Limited.

First Come, First Served. 

Call 232-5717 for further information or go to www.somerslibrary.org

Somers Library programs are supported by the Friends of the Somers Library through their patrons' generous contributions.

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Somers Library) Life Wed, 25 May 2022 10:01:12 -0400
Albanian Heritage Day Scheduled For June 5th https://news.hamlethub.com/somers/events/7504-albanian-heritage-day-scheduled-for-june-5th7504-albanian-heritage-day-scheduled-for-june-5th https://news.hamlethub.com/somers/events/7504-albanian-heritage-day-scheduled-for-june-5th7504-albanian-heritage-day-scheduled-for-june-5th

Albanian Heritage Day will take place on Sunday, June 5 from Noon until 6 p.m. at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla. This cultural festival will include Albanian cuisine, beverages, dancing and a variety of sports. The festival will feature live performances by Gerona Hyska, Edmond Nikolla, Orchestra by Dritan Papa and DJ Edi will perform traditional Albanian music from all regions.    

Westchester County Executive George Latimer said, “As a community, Westchester County strives to foster diversity, equity and inclusion. This is a great opportunity to spend quality time with family and friends and learn about the Albanian culture.”

Westchester County Parks Commissioner Kathy O’Connor said, “The culture of Albania will come alive through music, dance and great cultural activities for people of all ages right here at Kensico Dam Plaza.” 

The festival will be held rain or shine. Seating is informal; bring blankets or folding chairs for seating on the lawn. No coolers will be allowed. Admission and parking are free.

The other heritage festivals in the series are:

Irish-American, Saturday, June 25, Noon to 6 p.m., Ridge Road Park, Hartsdale (Admission: $5 adults; free for ages 14 and under)

African-American, Sunday, June 26, Noon to 6 p.m., Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla

Hispanic, Sunday, July 10, Noon to 6 p.m., Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla

Italian, Sunday, July 24, Noon to 6 p.m., Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla

India, Sunday, Aug. 7, Noon to 6 p.m., Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla

Jewish, Sunday, Aug. 21, Noon to 6 p.m., Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla

Muslim Heritage, Sunday, Aug. 28, Noon to 6 p.m., Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla

Kensico Dam Plaza is located at the north end of the Bronx River Parkway in Valhalla.

This event is sponsored by Mother Teresa Center of Our Lady of Shkodra Parish and Westchester County Parks.

Go to parks.westchestergov.com or call (914) 864-PARK.

Please be advised that on June 5 and June 26 the Bronx River Parkway will be closed for Bicycle Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. between Scarsdale Road in Yonkers and the Westchester County Center in White Plains. The park can be accessed via Route 22, from the north or south.

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Westchester County) Events Wed, 25 May 2022 09:42:14 -0400
Hang up on imposter scams https://news.hamlethub.com/somers/life/7503-hang-up-on-imposter-scams7503-hang-up-on-imposter-scams https://news.hamlethub.com/somers/life/7503-hang-up-on-imposter-scams7503-hang-up-on-imposter-scams

When people encounter scams or bad business practices, they report them to the FTC. And what we’ve learned is interesting. Young adults report losing money to scammers more often than older people do, but when people age 70+ had a loss, the reported median loss was much higher. 

So, during Older Americans Month we’re talking about some of the top scams reported to the FTC by older adults — imposter scams. Imposter scams often begin with a call, text message, or email, or even an alarming pop-up warning on your computer. The scams take different twists and turns, but the gist is the same: a scammer pretends to be someone you trust to trick you into sending them money or sharing personal information.

 Scammers may claim that they’re calling from a tech company (think Microsoft or Apple), saying your computer has been hacked. Maybe they say they’re from your bank (“unauthorized transfer”), Amazon (“unauthorized purchase”), or even the government (“you’re in trouble with the law”). Some scammers say they’re a loved one who needs help in some way. In all cases, they want you to pay. Quickly. By gift card or cryptocurrency, so it’s hard to get your money back.

If anyone contacts you out of the blue demanding money:

  • Slow down. Talk to someone you trust before you act.
  • Never pay anyone who demands money by gift card, cryptocurrency, or money transfer. Nobody legit will ever ask.
  • When in doubt, check with the real agency, person, or company. But don’t use the phone number, email, or website they give you. Look it up yourself.

If you spot an imposter scam, report it to the FTC at ReportFraud.ftc.gov. Your report can help the FTC identify and stop scammers. To learn about new scams and how to avoid them, sign up for our Consumer Alerts.

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Jim Kreidler, Federal Trade Commission) Life Tue, 24 May 2022 10:04:30 -0400
JAY LENO, Takes Center Stage for TWO Unforgettable Shows at The Ridgefield Playhouse on June 26t https://news.hamlethub.com/somers/life/7500-jay-leno-takes-center-stage-for-two-unforgettable-shows-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-on-june-26t7500-jay-leno-takes-center-stage-for-two-unforgettable-shows-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-on-june-26t https://news.hamlethub.com/somers/life/7500-jay-leno-takes-center-stage-for-two-unforgettable-shows-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-on-june-26t7500-jay-leno-takes-center-stage-for-two-unforgettable-shows-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-on-june-26t

When he’s not filming his CNBC primetime series “Jay Leno’s Garage” or on-air with “Last Man Standing” and “You Bet Your Life,” or working on his impressive collection of classic cars and motorcycles, Jay Leno performs more than 200 stand-up shows annually across the country and internationally.

Accurately dubbed “the hardest working man in show business,” Leno will be taking center stage performing TWO SHOWS at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Sunday, June 26, 2022 at 4:00 and 7:00pm. The iconic late-night funnyman began his career doing stand-up comedy and then became host of NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno from 1992-2009. He started a primetime talk show, The Jay Leno Show on NBC and then went back to The Tonight Show from 2010-2014.

In addition to two Emmy’s, Leno received numerous accolades and awards including winning TV Guide’s Award for Favorite Late Night Show TWICE (1999 & 2000), the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Late Night Talk Show Host in 2006, and the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, as well as being inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 2014.

The show, part of the Bart’s Tree Service Comedy Series, will give fans an unforgettable opportunity to see Jay Leno up close and personal doing what he does best! Make it a great night out with dinner and a show - visit Posa Ristorante & Vineria and enjoy a complimentary glass of house wine with your entrée and ticket.  Media sponsor for the event is 99.1fm WPLR.

For more information or to purchase touchless print at home tickets ($135-$150) go online at  or, you can visit or call the box office (203) 438-5795. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT and is committed to keeping the arts alive and available to all. 

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commandercarey@gmail.com (The Ridgefield Playhouse) Life Tue, 24 May 2022 08:50:32 -0400
Can a healthy diet make you crack a smile? RVNAhealth has the answers! https://news.hamlethub.com/somers/life/7498-can-a-healthy-diet-make-you-crack-a-smile-rvnahealth-has-the-answers7498-can-a-healthy-diet-make-you-crack-a-smile-rvnahealth-has-the-answers https://news.hamlethub.com/somers/life/7498-can-a-healthy-diet-make-you-crack-a-smile-rvnahealth-has-the-answers7498-can-a-healthy-diet-make-you-crack-a-smile-rvnahealth-has-the-answers

How Diet Can Impact Your Mental Health

It’s True, What you Eat can Impact your Mental Health

For centuries, we have utilized nutrition as a tool to treat many chronic and acute diseases, but it was not until 2005 that researchers began considering nutrition as a possible treatment for mental illness.

“There’s a lot of new research on how diet can impact mental health and the fact that diet not only serves as prevention but also helps in treatment for depression and other clinical mental health conditions,” says RVNAhealth’s Registered Dietitian, Monica Marcello, MS, RD. “I try to make practical recommendations and give people a fresh perspective on why they should consider making small changes to their nutrition or dietary and lifestyle habits. It’s not just about your body size, it’s also about your internal happiness and quality of life.”

So, what can we do to improve our mental health through diet? Research suggests that you can both prevent and treat mental health, namely depression, by following a few basic principles: eat unprocessed whole food, plant-focused meals; eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables (about 8 different vegetables and 3 different fruits per day); make extra virgin olive oil your primary source of fat; and finally enjoy a daily serving of foods rich in probiotics (e.g. yogurt and fermented foods such as sauerkraut and kombucha) and prebiotics (e.g. garlic, onions, bananas, asparagus, watermelon).

For more tips on eating well to feel well, we invite you to watch Monica in a recent episode of “Better Than Gossip: Ageless Advice for Timeless Women”.

To book an appointment with Monica, or learn more about RVNAhealth’s nutrition services, email nutrition@rvnahealth.org. For other questions about RVNAhealth, please contact us at 203.438.5555.

 

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commandercarey@gmail.com (RVNAhealth) Life Tue, 24 May 2022 07:48:45 -0400
Ridgefield Independent Film Festival to Present Best of RIFF Shorts Fest on August 21 at The Ridgefield Playhouse https://news.hamlethub.com/somers/life/7499-ridgefield-independent-film-festival-to-present-best-of-riff-shorts-fest-on-august-21-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse7499-ridgefield-independent-film-festival-to-present-best-of-riff-shorts-fest-on-august-21-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse https://news.hamlethub.com/somers/life/7499-ridgefield-independent-film-festival-to-present-best-of-riff-shorts-fest-on-august-21-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse7499-ridgefield-independent-film-festival-to-present-best-of-riff-shorts-fest-on-august-21-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse

The Ridgefield Independent Film Festival will present Best of RIFF Shorts Fest on Sunday, August 21st at 2pm at The Ridgefield Playhouse.

The 90-minute program will highlight the best short films from the festival’s seven-year history, including some new shorts submissions.

Please visit RIFF’s website here for tickets and more information.

Best of RIFF Shorts marks the official return of RIFF Founder, Joanne Hudson, who established the festival in 2015 and served as Festival Director for the inaugural year in 2016. While Joanne has remained involved in various capacities over the years, she is now heading up the newly appointed board of directors for RIFF.

Earlier this month, the new board met for the first time to elect officers and plan the film festival going forward. The Ridgefield Independent Film Festival Board of Directors is as follows: Joanne Hudson, Chairman; Pamme Jones, Secretary; Danielle Di Vecchio, Treasurer; Jill Mango, Member. In addition to their roles on the board, Joanne and Jill will be returning to their previously held positions of Festival Director and Director of Marketing, respectively.

RIFF Executive Director, Geoffrey Morris will be stepping down but will remain as a Friend of the Festival. Biographies of the new team can be found at https://www.riffct.org/team.

“I am so excited to be leading the festival that I founded and to reaffirm its mission to make the world a more compassionate place through the sharing of stories through cinema,” said Festival Director, Joanne Hudson. “I’m grateful for the stewardship of Megan Smith-Harris and Geoffrey Morris these past few years. Their expertise and dedication brought much attention to RIFF and we intend to build on the incredible community support they cultivated.”

As this is a transition year and one of the festival’s main venues will be under construction this Fall, and in an effort to raise more funds to put on a proper festival and reestablish the RIFF interns program in partnership with local high schools, the board voted unanimously to move the main festival back to May (the original festival month) with tentative dates of May 18-21, 2023 selected.  

Ridgefield Independent Film Festival was founded in 2015 by local playwright and filmmaker, Joanne Hudson and presented its first iteration in May of 2016 at seven venues throughout Ridgefield, CT; screening 72 films from 26 countries. Since then (under Festival Directors: Megan Smith Harris, Jill Mango and Sean Murphy, and from 2018-2021 Executive Director, Geoffrey Morris), the festival has attracted the likes of celebrities Allison Williams, Paul Dano and Jeffrey Tambor, as well as talented local and international filmmakers. This revamped festival will be an intimate and highly curated festival with the same independent spirit in which it began: in the hopes of making the world a more compassionate place through the sharing of stories through cinema.

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Jill Mango) Life Tue, 24 May 2022 05:08:00 -0400
Westchester County Beaches to Open Memorial Day Weekend, WC Pools to Open on Friday, June 24th https://news.hamlethub.com/somers/life/7502-westchester-county-beaches-to-open-memorial-day-weekend-wc-pools-to-open-on-friday-june-24th7502-westchester-county-beaches-to-open-memorial-day-weekend-wc-pools-to-open-on-friday-june-24th https://news.hamlethub.com/somers/life/7502-westchester-county-beaches-to-open-memorial-day-weekend-wc-pools-to-open-on-friday-june-24th7502-westchester-county-beaches-to-open-memorial-day-weekend-wc-pools-to-open-on-friday-june-24th

 Put on your bathing suits and grab your SPF as beach season arrives in Westchester County Memorial Day Weekend! Croton Point Beach in Croton-on-Hudson and Glen Island Beach in New Rochelle are scheduled to open on a pre-season basis beginning Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, May 28, 29 and 30.

After Memorial Day, the two beaches will remain open weekends only, through Sunday, June 26, when the full summer schedule begins as the four County-owned pools open Friday, June 24. County pools are located at Saxon Woods Park in White Plains, Sprain Ridge Park and Tibbetts Brook Park in Yonkers and Willson’s Woods Park in Mount Vernon.

Glen Island and all four pools will be open daily through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5. Due to ongoing capital projects, Croton Point Beach will be open weekends only for the season, with the exception of Mondays July 4 and Sept. 5. Hours for all facilities during the season are 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; last entry at 6 p.m.

Commissioner of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation Kathy O’Connor said, “Our pools and beaches are the perfect destination to spend summer days. I’m excited for the season to kick-off and welcome residents back!”

Westchester County residency is required at Glen Island Park and all pools. Proof of residency must be shown with either a Westchester County Park Pass or a New York State driver’s license showing a valid Westchester County address. Admission fees apply at all of the beach and pool facilities and parking fees apply at Tibbetts Brook Park, Croton Point and Glen Island. Park Passes also offer discounted admission and parking and are available at a variety of locations. Go to parks.westchestergov.com for more information.

There’s even more fun-in-the-sun to be had at our pools and beaches this season as Family Fun Days and DJ Days return along with the Sand Art Contest at Glen Island. Full schedule is available here. Participation is free; admission and parking rules apply.

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Westchester County) Life Tue, 24 May 2022 04:00:26 -0400
PCSB BANK SOMERS & SOMERS HISTORICAL SOCIETY COMMEMORATE NATIONAL PRESERVATION MONTH https://news.hamlethub.com/somers/charities/7501-pcsb-bank-somers-somers-historical-society-commemorate-national-preservation-month7501-pcsb-bank-somers-somers-historical-society-commemorate-national-preservation-month https://news.hamlethub.com/somers/charities/7501-pcsb-bank-somers-somers-historical-society-commemorate-national-preservation-month7501-pcsb-bank-somers-somers-historical-society-commemorate-national-preservation-month

In commemoration of National Preservation Month in May, PCSB Bank Somers contributed to Somers Historical Society's local preservation efforts through the purchase of a limited edition giclee entitled The Elephant Hotel, pictured here with the work's artist Susan Slyman, a nationally renowned Somers-based folk artist, and Christopher Boemio, Assistant Vice President and PCSB Bank Somers Manager.

Slyman researched antique maps, photographs and documents from the Society's collection, along with archeology and building studies, to create the 1840 depiction of the National Historic Landmark building. The Society is selling art prints ($40) and signed, limited edition giclee ($300) of The Elephant Hotel.

A portion of the proceeds of each sale benefits ongoing conservation of art in the fine art collection of Somers Historical Society. National Preservation Month is a national public awareness program created by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1973 to raise public awareness and support for the social and economic benefits of historic preservation in the United States.

Locally, Somers Town Board passed a resolution declaring May as "National Preservation Month in Somers" in support of this initiative. Since establishing a branch in Somers in 1981, its' first outside Putnam County, PCSB Bank has been an advocate for historical preservation and supportive of local history education, in part through its corporate sponsorship of Somers Historical Society. The financial institution's corporate art collection in the Somers branch features original watercolors by regional artist Ned Reade, as well as copies of historic photographs depicting local scenes from the collections of Somers Historical Society. The Elephant Hotel will be added to that collection and may be seen, with the entire art collection, during regular branch hours.

PCSB Bank, Somers Historical Society and the Town of Somers share familial ties, of sorts. Patrick V. Ryan, one of the Society's seven founding incorporating members and a Somers Town Supervisor, was father of long-time PCSB Bank Chairman Daniel Ryan.


Somers Historical Society, founded in 1956, is a volunteer, 501(c)(3) educational corporation. Its' missions are to educate and advocate for local historical resources, encourage historical research and act as stewards for its' world-class collection of early 19th century traveling menagerie and circus ephemera and local history, as well as to collections belonging to the Town of Somers. The Society maintains local history exhibits in the lobby of The Elephant Hotel, a National Historic Landmark, as well as in four galleries on the third floor; develops and presents free cultural and educational programs and through its seat on the Historic Properties Board, advises and consults with the Town of Somers on care for town-owned historic sites; The Wright Reis Homestead; Mt. Zion Church and Cemetery and Tomahawk Chapel, National Register Sites and The Elephant Hotel, a National Historic Landmark. 
INFO: (914)277-4977 Somershistoricalsoc@yahoo.com

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commandercarey@gmail.com (PCSB Bank) Charities Mon, 23 May 2022 20:53:38 -0400
WESTCHESTER COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES AMID INFANT FORMULA SHORTAGES https://news.hamlethub.com/somers/publicsafety/7497-westchester-county-health-department-announces-resources-for-families-amid-infant-formula-shortages7497-westchester-county-health-department-announces-resources-for-families-amid-infant-formula-shortages https://news.hamlethub.com/somers/publicsafety/7497-westchester-county-health-department-announces-resources-for-families-amid-infant-formula-shortages7497-westchester-county-health-department-announces-resources-for-families-amid-infant-formula-shortages

The Westchester County Health Department is urging residents to never dilute/water down infant formula in an attempt to extend their supply, try to make formula at home, or use milk or toddler formula to feed infants. While the FDA has announced plans to ease the national shortage of baby formula, it will take at least another six to eight weeks before an ample supply of formula is available on store shelves again.

Westchester County Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Sherlita Amler said: “I particularly caution parents that while it may be tempting to water down formula to stretch it out, it is not safe to do so. This practice can have severe consequences beyond malnourishment. As a pediatrician, I have personally seen an infant who suffered seizures due to an electrolyte imbalance caused by diluted infant formula.”

The Federal Government has issued the following links on their webpage to help families feed their babies:

Manufacturer Hotlines:

  • Gerber’s MyGerber Baby Expert : reach a certified nutrition or lactation consultant by phone, text, Facebook Messenger, web chat, or video call, who can help you identify a similar formula that may be more readily available.
  • Abbott’s Consumer Hotline: call 1-800-986-8540
  • Abbott’s urgent product request line : ask your OBGYN or your infant’s pediatrician to submit an urgent product request by downloading and completing the form - PDF 
  • Reckitt’s Customer Service Line: call 1-800 BABY-123 (222-9123)

Community Resources

  • Locate your nearest Community Action Agency (CAA) . Your neighborhood CAA may be able to provide you with formula or connect you with local agencies that have formula in stock.
  • United Way’s 2-1-1 : dial 2–1-1 to be connected to a community resource specialist affiliated with United Way who may be able to help you identify food pantries and other charitable sources of local infant formula and baby food.
  • Feeding America : call your local food bank to ask whether they have infant formula and other supplies in stock.
  • Human Milk Banking Association of North America  (HMBANA): certain HMBANA-accredited milk banks are distributing donated breast milk to mothers in need; please note that some may require a prescription from a medical professional. Find an HMBANA-accredited milk bank .

WIC-Eligible Families

  • Contact your local WIC  office to identify or obtain additional sources of infant formula nearby.

General Guidance

  • Call your OBGYN or pediatrician to see if they have in-office samples or can suggest a similar formula that may be more readily available in stores and is nutritionally similar to your infant’s typical formula.
  • You should not water down formula, try to make formula at home, or use toddler formula to feed infants. Don’t discard formula unless it is expired or is part of the recall. Check your formula’s lot code  to see whether or not it was affected by the recall.
  • You can find more guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics .

Additionally, locally the Health Department is notifying the public about the New York Milk Bank in Valhalla. The New York Milk Bank is the first comprehensive nonprofit milk bank based in New York State where breast milk is collected from carefully screened donors, pasteurized and distributed to infants in need. Women looking to donate breast milk can also reach out to the New York Milk Bank to provide excess breast milk to babies in need.

Clients of the Health Department’s WIC Program should contact their WIC clinic for support if their grocery store is out of their WIC infant formula. Yonkers WIC clients should call (914) 231-2510 and
Port Chester WIC clients should call (914) 813-7244.

The Department of Health will continue to monitor the situation and communicate with families. For more information, support and WIC eligibility, visit the Health Department’s website at https://health.westchestergov.com/ 

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Westchester County) Public safety Fri, 20 May 2022 06:00:40 -0400
Club "A Night of Tasting" Fundraiser https://news.hamlethub.com/somers/life/7496-club-a-night-of-tasting-fundraiser7496-club-a-night-of-tasting-fundraiser https://news.hamlethub.com/somers/life/7496-club-a-night-of-tasting-fundraiser7496-club-a-night-of-tasting-fundraiser

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Brewster Rotary) Life Fri, 20 May 2022 05:53:30 -0400
Trevor Scheuing an Award Winner at Hamilton College Class & Charter Day https://news.hamlethub.com/somers/life/7493-trevor-scheuing-an-award-winner-at-hamilton-college-class-charter-day7493-trevor-scheuing-an-award-winner-at-hamilton-college-class-charter-day https://news.hamlethub.com/somers/life/7493-trevor-scheuing-an-award-winner-at-hamilton-college-class-charter-day7493-trevor-scheuing-an-award-winner-at-hamilton-college-class-charter-day

Trevor Scheuing, of Somers, was named the recipient of The James L. Bennett Prize at Hamilton College's annual Class & Charter Day, held on May 10. Established in 1950, the event combines the traditional Class Day celebrating the end of classes with a commemoration of the granting of College's charter on May 26, 1812.

The James L. Bennett Prize is awarded to a rising senior who has completed the junior year with distinction.

Scheuing, a junior majoring in mathematics and physics, is a graduate of North Salem High School.

Hamilton College, a leading liberal arts institution located in Clinton, New York, is where exceptional students explore passions through an open curriculum and robust research, internship, and off-campus study opportunities. Students graduate ready to lead purposeful lives thanks to highly regarded faculty mentors, generous resources that support each student's interests, and a loyal alumni network. The College's need-blind admission policy ensures access for talented students with limited financial means. Learn more at www.hamilton.edu.

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Hamilton College) Life Wed, 18 May 2022 15:40:40 -0400