Partnership with County Health Department, Lower Hudson Valley Perinatal Network,

Birth from The Earth and Saint John’s Riverside Hospital

Program will Improve Black Maternal and Child Health Outcomes in Westchester County

Together with representatives from the Westchester County Health Department, the Lower Hudson Valley Perinatal Network, St. John’s Riverside Hospital, Birth from The Earth, Sister to Sister, International and other advocates and providers, County Executive George Latimer announced the Black Maternal Child Health Initiative. The nearly $1M Program, which will be funded though the Health Department, was developed with the goal of improving Black maternal and child health outcomes, reducing racial healthcare inequities, and creating lasting partnerships between key community partners who are focused on ensuring successful birthing practices for all in Westchester County. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Black women are three times more likely to die from a pregnancy-related cause than White women.


Latimer said: “The Black Maternal Child Health Initiative is a three-pronged approach to address something we all know is a problem. It is on us to deepen the conversation about Black maternal health in Westchester County. Through this Program, we will introduce new policies, strengthen our research and analysis, and execute long-term care solutions to ensure health equity across our County.”

Westchester County Commissioner of Health Sherlita Amler, MD, said: “Focusing on health equity and improving health outcomes for all mothers is a very important goal for the Health Department, but especially for Black mothers and babies who are disproportionately affected by economic and racial inequities. We are thrilled to launch this partnership to work together to reduce disparities and to educate, inform and increase healthcare access for County residents as they strive to achieve improved health for themselves and their families.”

Sister to Sister, International Founder Cheryl Brannan said: “We appreciate our partnership with County Executive Latimer and Commissioner Amler at the WCDOH. Funding our community partners will assist in pushing our collective training, education, policy and systems change agenda forward. Systemic change requires that government collaborates with stakeholders that are close to the problem and allocate the necessary resources.”

Lower Hudson Valley Perinatal Network Executive Director Dr. Angela Campbell said: “Children's Health & Research Foundation (CHRF)/Lower Hudson Valley Perinatal Network (LHVPN) is so grateful and excited to be a part of this birth equity impact program that will expand our prenatal/postpartum home visiting model by creating a Trio-Service-Delivery program. This supportive wellness framework creates Perinatal Stress Free Zones that will provide eligible pregnant people with a birth equity team. This cross-sector partnership matches clients with a Community Health Worker, Lactation Specialist, and a Doula (prenatal/postpartum). LHVPN's transformational education and support services program aims to address the social determinants of health and equity using a respectful care framework.”    

St. John’s Riverside Hospital President & CEO Ron Corti said: “Good health is a great equalizer. But the health of our communities has been proven to be out of balance. Longstanding health inequities that disproportionately impact our communities of color have been magnified by recent community-wide health emergencies. St. John’s number one priority is providing quality patient care, and this generous grant will help us in our goals of improving black maternal and child health outcomes and reducing racial healthcare inequities. We appreciate our partners in securing this grant and thank the County of Westchester for its support.”

Birth from The Earth, Inc. President & Founder Nubia Earth Martin said: “On behalf of Birth from The Earth Inc., we are extremely honored and excited to be an integral part of the positive developments that are taking place to center the needs of birthing families, and expand access to equitable and culturally respectful maternal care.”

Funding for the Black Maternal Child Health Initiative breaks down as follows:

Lower Hudson Valley Perinatal Network - $365,000

St. John’s Riverside Hospital - $330,000

Birth from the Earth - $300,000

The Black Maternal Child Health Initiative will fund the following support services:

Lower Hudson Valley Perinatal Network (Serving the communities of Greenburgh, Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, White Plains and Yonkers)

  •          Two Community Health Workers (CHW) and one Licensed Master Social Worker for a home-visiting program for mothers in the prenatal and postpartum periods
  •          CHW’s will conduct health assessments, connect families to preventative and primary health care services, and provide referrals to address social determinants of health
  •          Certified Lactation Consultant


St. John’s Riverside Hospital

  •          Two Data Analysts to support the recently established Black Maternal & Child Center of Excellence (BMCCE) in collaboration with Sister to Sister International and other community partners
  •          Implicit bias training for all maternity staff and medical students


Birth from the Earth

  •          Three new roles to expand Birth from The Earth’s capacity to engage Black birthing individuals and their families through education, training and inclusion
  •          Increase access to holistic, culturally competent care by training five individuals to enter the doula workforce
  •          Expanded offerings of prenatal and birthing consultations, free Art of Birthing Workshops, Village Baby Showers, Chocolate Milk Cafes and Fatherhood Fridays
  •          Create and maintain a database of related laws and policies and places for safe, respectful and culturally competent care


]]> (Westchester County) Public safety Wed, 08 Feb 2023 13:17:14 -0500
REACH Programs Strive to Decrease Health Disparities

On February 8, 2023, CDC announced new funding for the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program. Funding is for a five-year period, pending the continued availability of funding.

Recipients will plan and carry out local, culturally appropriate programs. Activities will be designed to improve health among racial and ethnic populations with the highest risk of chronic diseases. Applicants must propose activities to:

• Improve nutrition by promoting nutrition standards and using fruit and vegetable incentive and produce prescription programs.

• Increase physical activity through community design.

• Work in one of these areas: continuity of care for breastfeeding; nutrition, physical activity, and breastfeeding in early care and education; family healthy weight programs; or commercial tobacco prevention and control.

Applicants may opt to include a strategy related to flu, COVID-19, and other routinely recommended adult vaccines.

CDC seeks to remove barriers to health linked to race or ethnicity, education, income, location, or other social factors. Since 1999, REACH has worked with more than 180 communities to create environments that make healthy choices easier. REACH recipients work specifically among African American, Black, Hispanic, Latino, Asian American, Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander, American Indian, and Alaska Native populations.

]]> (CDC Division of Nutrition Physical Activity and Obesity) Public safety Wed, 08 Feb 2023 13:13:10 -0500
Drawing From Imagination

Open to people living with breast, ovarian, or any gynecological cancer. Pre-registration is required no later than 5pm (NY time) on Tuesday, February 14. Space is limited to 20 participants. To learn more or to pre-register, call Support Connection: 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290.

Relax, unwind and enjoy yourself, in this virtual drawing program, which is offered in collaboration with The Art Effect. No previous drawing experience is necessary.

Drawing from imagination encourages taking what’s important to you specifically and embellishing it.

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Ronald McDonald House Announces Partnership with Volunteer New York!

Ronald McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley (RMHGHV) recently forged a partnership with Volunteer New York! to regularly engage corporate volunteers for their Day of Service volunteer program, Chef for a Day. The program which was launched last Fall calls for local chefs to bring their culinary talents to the newly renovated kitchen in the House and lead cooking demonstrations. Chef for a Day, connects local chefs with RMHGHV volunteers who commit to a day of service and create, prepare and serve brunch, dessert and dinner to the families that stay at the House.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with the team at RMHGHV to share our knowledge and insight about volunteering in the Westchester community to potential corporate volunteer groups,” said Katie Pfeifer, Senior Director of Programs for Volunteer New York!. “Through this partnership, we can bring to the table our vast knowledge of corporate engagement while aligning with the needs and culture of the Ronald McDonald House.”

Based in Tarrytown, Volunteer New York! inspires, mobilizes and equips individuals, groups and organizations to take positive action to address pressing challenges, support nonprofits and strengthen the quality of life in the community. Through this partnership, the Corporate Relations Team at Volunteer New York! will serve as a liaison between interested volunteer groups and RMHGHV while providing top notch volunteer engagement for companies participating in this program.

“Partnering with Volunteer New York! is just one more step toward our continued goal of cultivating corporate volunteerism here at our House through our Day of Service programs,” said Christina Riley, Executive Director RMHGHV. “Our Chef for a Day program will continue to flourish through this partnership and we are looking forward to working with the dedicated leadership team at Volunteer New York! to continue to create hope, help, and comfort through delicious meals for our families.”

The House, just steps away from the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital in Valhalla, provides a home-away-from-home for families of sick children and serves two meals a day, 365 days a year. Since the House was opened over a decade ago the staff and volunteers have prepared almost 75,000 meals through their Meals that Heal volunteer program. The new Chef for a Day program gives the local business community an exciting opportunity to fulfill their social responsibility while enjoying a new experience. The guest chefs create the menus, prepare the meals and guide the volunteers through the cooking demonstration. The volunteers work alongside the chefs and then serve the meals to the families currently staying at the House. The Chef for a Day program, which runs on Wednesdays only, offers three Tiers for corporations to choose from, allowing  groups to fully immerse themselves in activities at the House. Interested Chefs can contact Ashlyn Hay at For more information about Chef for a Day visit


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NYSP Troop K Week In Review

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County Executive George Latimer Statement on Section One Basketball Returning to the County Center

“The Westchester County Center has been a major landmark in this County for generations – and for Section One Basketball players that facility’s elevated status is even greater. For nearly three years, the County Center was used as a beacon of hope in our battle against COVID-19. From its transformation into a hospital center, to a testing hub and finally to a vaccination clinic, this iconic venue changed itself to adapt to the times, like we all did. But now, finally and like we all do, we see progress. This tournament was the last event hosted at this facility before COVID-19 hit and now it will be the first event hosted upon its re-opening. With Section One Basketball returning to the County Center, this iconic tournament is in its rightful home and I look forward to welcoming these exceptional schools, student-athletes and families back.”

]]> (Westchester Cointy) Politics Tue, 31 Jan 2023 13:56:34 -0500
Key points to keep in mind when filing 2022 tax returns

To help taxpayers navigate the beginning of the tax filing season, the Internal Revenue Service today offered a checklist of reminders for people as they prepare to file their 2022 tax returns.

From gathering paperwork to filing a tax return, these easy steps will make tax preparation smoother in 2023:

1. Gather tax paperwork and records for accuracy to avoid missing a deduction or credit. Taxpayers should have all their important and necessary documents before preparing their return. This helps people file a complete and accurate tax return. Errors and omissions slow down tax processing, including refund times.

Some information taxpayers need before they begin includes:

  • Social Security numbers for everyone listed on the tax return,
  • Bank account and routing numbers,
  • Various tax forms such as W-2s, 1099s, 1098s and other income documents or records of digital asset transactions,
  • Form 1095-A, Health Insurance Marketplace statement,
  • Any IRS letters citing an amount received for a certain tax deduction or credit.

2. Remember to report all types of income on the tax return. This is important to avoid receiving a notice or a bill from the IRS. Don’t forget to include income from:

  • Goods created and sold on online platforms,
  • Investment income,
  • Part-time or seasonal work,
  • Self-employment or other business activities,
  • Services provided through mobile apps.

3. File electronically with direct deposit to avoid delays in receiving a refund. Avoid paper returns. Tax software helps individuals avoid mistakes by doing the math. It guides people through each section of their tax return using a question-and-answer format.

For those waiting on their 2021 tax return to be processed, here's a special tip to ensure their 2022 tax return is accepted by the IRS for processing. Make sure to enter $0 (zero dollars) for last year's adjusted gross income (AGI) on the 2022 tax return. Everyone else should enter their prior year's AGI from last year's return.

4. Free resources are available to help eligible taxpayers file online. Free help may also be available to qualified taxpayers. IRS Free File provides a free online alternative to filing a paper tax return. IRS Free File is available to any individual or family who earned $73,000 or less in 2022.

With IRS Free File, leading tax software providers make their online products available for free as part of a 21-year partnership with the IRS. This year, there are seven products in English and one in Spanish. Taxpayers must access these products through the IRS website.

People who make over $73,000 can use the IRS' Free File Fillable Forms. These are the electronic version of IRS paper forms. This product is best for people who are comfortable preparing their own taxes.

Qualified taxpayers can also find free one-on-one tax preparation help around the nation through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs.

5. Choose a tax professional carefully. Most tax return preparers are professional, honest and provide excellent service to their clients. However, dishonest tax return preparers who file false income tax returns do exist. The IRS has a Directory of Federal Tax Return Preparers with Credentials and Select Qualifications and more on choosing a tax pro on

6. Avoid phone delays; use online resources before calling the IRS. To avoid waiting on hold, the IRS urges people to use to get answers to tax questionscheck a refund status or pay taxes. There’s no wait time or appointment needed — online tools and resources are available 24 hours a day. The IRS’ Interactive Tax Assistant tool and Let Us Help You resources are especially helpful.

Additionally, the IRS suggests taxpayers stay up to date on important tax information online by:

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Somers Town Board Agenda 2/2/23

Click on the link below for the Town of Somers Town Board Meeting Agenda for Thursday, February 2, 2023:

The meeting is in-person with a remote access option. Meeting is being held at the Somers Town House.

How to Access Upcoming Town Meetings Remotely:

View on TV:
Residents can view the meeting live on the Town's local Cablevision Channel 20 or Comcast Channel 1072 (Heritage Hills).

View on the Internet:
The meeting will be streamed live on the Town of Somers NY YouTube page:

Call In during designated time during the meeting to provide comments and ask questions:
Dial by your location
+1 646-876-9923 US (New York)
+1 301-715-8592 US (Washington DC)
+1 312-626-6799 US (Chicago)
+1 408-638-0968 US (San Jose)
+1 669-900-6833 US (San Jose)
+1 253-215-8782 US (Tacoma)
+1 346-248-7799 US (Houston)

Enter Meeting ID: 599 874 6566
Please wait in the queue for your call to be answered.



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Edgewell Personal Care Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Sunscreen Due to the Presence of Benzene

Edgewell Personal Care Company (NYSE: EPC) today expanded its voluntary nationwide recall of three batches of Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Sunscreen Spray SPF 30 to the consumer level as outlined in the table below. One additional batch has been added to the original recall announced on July 29, 2022.

A review found that some samples of the product contained trace levels of benzene. While benzene is not an ingredient in any Banana Boat products, the review showed that unexpected levels of benzene came from the propellant that sprays the product out of the can.

Importantly, no other batches of Hair & Scalp (either before or after these batch codes) and no other Banana Boat products are in the scope of this recall and may continue to be used by consumers safely and as intended.

UPC DESCRIPTION Lot Code Expiration Size
0-79656-04041-8 Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Spray SPF 30 20016AF December 2022 6 oz
0-79656-04041-8 Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Spray SPF 30 20084BF February 2023 6 oz
0-79656-04041-8 Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Spray SPF 30 21139AF April 2024 6 oz
0-79656-04041-8 Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Spray SPF 30 20301CF September 2023 6 oz

Benzene is classified as a human carcinogen. Exposure to benzene can occur by inhalation, orally, and through the skin and it potentially can result in cancers including leukemia and blood cancer of the bone marrow and blood disorders which can be life threatening. To date, Edgewell has not received any adverse events related to this recall. Benzene is ubiquitous in the environment. Humans around the world have daily exposures to it indoors and outdoors from multiple sources. Daily exposure to benzene in the recalled products would not be expected to cause adverse health consequences according to an independent health assessment using established exposure modeling guidelines.

The voluntarily recalled sunscreen spray products are packaged in aerosol cans. The products were distributed nationwide in the United States through various retailers and online. Edgewell has notified its retailers to remove any remaining recalled product from shelves. Banana Boat will also offer reimbursement for consumers who have purchased a product marked with one of the lot codes in the table above. Lot codes are located on the bottom of the can. Consumers should stop using the affected product immediately and appropriately discard.

Consumers with questions regarding this recall may contact Edgewell Personal Care at 1-888-686-3988 Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Consumers may also visit for more information and to learn how to receive reimbursement for eligible products. Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have any questions, concerns or have experienced any problems related to using these aerosol sunscreen products.

Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax.

This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.


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Are You Ready for Young Artists 2023!

Young Artists 2023, February 5 – 26

The Katonah Museum of Art is proud to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the annual Young Artists exhibition. Young Artists 2023, on view February 5 – 26, 2023, features artworks by nearly 400 high school seniors, curated and installed by the students themselves. Representing some of the best in student artistic talent from more than 40 schools across Dutchess, Fairfield, Putnam, Rockland, and Westchester counties, the works range in scale, concept, media, and process, reflecting a diversity of expression in the aspiring artists.
The Young Artists program exemplifies KMA’s dedication to providing dynamic museum education opportunities to its community and to fostering the next generation of creative thinkers and artists. An impactful program that supports the growth of student artists, the exhibition plays an integral role in the high school senior experience, providing a unique opportunity for students who plan to pursue the arts beyond high school. For the Museum, the idea of access and education is at the heart of its mission and arts education has been a foundation of the KMA since its inception.
The union between making the arts available, and the importance of education, drives the Young Artists exhibition. With the goal of providing hands-on, insider museum experiences to aspiring artists, the program invites student involvement in many aspects of the exhibition process, including the behind-the-scenes elements. Under the guidance of museum professionals, participating students take on the roles of artist, curator, graphic designer, exhibition designer, and installer as they work collaboratively to bring this popular exhibition to life. The resulting exhibition is a tribute to the talent of the budding artists, the dedication of their teachers, the support of their families, and a powerful illustration of the KMA’s steadfast commitment to education spanning over 40 years.
“The Young Artists program is a highlight of the year — with renewed energy and excitement each year. It’s really at the heart of what we do — share the arts with our communities and foster the next generation of creative and artistic thinkers,” said KMA Curator of Education Margaret Adasko. “We look forward to many more years of celebrating emerging artists and we hope that this program continues to open doors to their future involvement in the arts.”
The program includes a variety of educational components. The graphic design workshop — led by Bedford Central School District art educators — involves a collaboration between students and graphic design educators to create the invitation and postcard that are used to promote the exhibition. Through virtual sessions and an all-day, in-person workshop, students learn about the elements of successful graphic work and complete their own designs. At the end of the workshop, submissions are judged on strength of concept, clarity, aesthetic, and overall representation of the Museum. One student's design is then chosen to be used as the signature graphic element, selected in a voting process by other student artists, Museum Trustees, staff, and the volunteer team. 
The artwork selected for the 2023 postcard was designed by Fox Lane High School senior Ella Rivard, a participant in the graphic design workshop. Reflecting on her experience, Rivard commented, “The Young Artists graphic design workshop at the KMA really allowed me to explore new boundaries and create something I had never made before. The postcard design — in which digital elements are combined — is my first collage piece. I am grateful for the opportunity to work alongside other talented artists in the area, and I can’t wait to see what comes next for Young Artists!” Selected from among 34 entries, Rivard’s design was produced and printed on a widely distributed postcard invitation and featured in numerous platforms promoting the show.
In January, artworks are selected by teachers and delivered to the KMA. Under the guidance of Museum professionals and a KMA volunteer team, select students representing each school have the ability to explore a curator's role as they participate in the installation of the exhibition. This process challenges them to consider how to organize and display the hundreds of varied artworks to create a cohesive and pleasing exhibition experience for visitors. As part of this phase, students are also actively learning art installation skills such as measuring, wall hanging, levelling, and the placement of labels. During this experience, the students work alongside professional art installers who support the Museum's other exhibitions.
The resulting exhibition showcases the extraordinary talents of aspiring artists and reflects the depth and diversity of their creative expression. For high school seniors, the Young Artists experience lasts a lifetime and creates a legacy that has touched, inspired, and connected many generations of emerging artists in the community.
In honor of the 40th anniversary year, the KMA will also highlight the impact Young Artists has had on participants and the many paths Young Artists alumni have taken in their lives. The Museum will feature stories, quotes, and photos from Young Artists alumni leading up to the exhibition opening, and throughout the duration of the show. Young Artists alumni are asked to visit the Katonah Museum website or contact Margaret Adasko to share their stories.
In conjunction with the exhibition, the Museum is launching KMA 40 for 40, a fundraising initiative which invites individuals and businesses to make a contribution to help ensure that students throughout the region continue to have the opportunity to share their talents in the annual exhibition.
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WCPD Seeking Public’s Help in Identifying the Vehicle Involved

Westchester County Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying the vehicle that struck and seriously injured a pedestrian yesterday at the intersection of Main and Boltis streets in Mount Kisco.

The incident occurred at 5:49 p.m. Sunday when a dark-colored SUV turned left from Main Street on to Boltis Street and struck the pedestrian. The vehicle then fled the scene.

The pedestrian, a 53-year-old man, suffered serious injuries and remains hospitalized at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla.

Anyone who may have witnessed the accident, or any resident or business with video from the area that may have captured an image of the vehicle, is asked to contact the Mount Kisco precinct’s Community Resource Officer – PO Edwin Ramirez – at 914-864-7008.  All calls are confidential.

In addition, the County Police also maintain telephone and electronic tips lines so the public can provide information. Calls, e-mails and text messages to these tips lines are confidential. Tipsters can also remain anonymous if they chose.

  •          Voice Tip Line: (800) 898-TIPS (8477).
  •          Electronic Tips: Send email, text messages and small video clips to
  •          Via Mobile App: The WCPD Mobile App contains a Submit a Tip button on the home screen to enable tips to be sent confidentially or anonymously. The app is available for Apple and Android phones. Enter Westchester County PD in the app store search bar to locate and download it.
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Is Westchester County EGG-specting an early spring or six more weeks of winter? Flock to Muscoot Farm’s annual Groundhog Day celebration where all eyes will be on its weather-predicting chicken, Cluxatawney Henrietta, to see if she will lay an egg, signaling an early spring

Thursday, Feb. 2

10 a.m.

Muscoot Farm

Outdoor stage near Activity Barn

51 Route 100

Katonah, New York 10536 

Watch live on Facebook:

For its fifth year, Muscoot Farm celebrates Groundhog Day with a twist of relying on one of its very own farm animals to predict the weather in a way that mirrors Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer said, “Muscoot Farm has put Westchester County on the map of highly anticipated Groundhog Day celebrations across the state and this tradition is a fun way for residents to acknowledge the day.”

Westchester County Parks Commissioner Kathy O’Connor said, “Year after year, Muscoot Farm has built up the excitement of Groundhog Day by putting Cluxatawney Henrietta in the spotlight and I’m thrilled that Westchester County Parks has its own weather-predicting chicken!”

Muscoot Farm Manager Jonathon Benjamin said, “Muscoot Farm loves an homage to any animal and groundhogs are no exception. Since we don’t have a groundhog at the farm, Cluxatawney Henrietta has accepted the challenge of being our resident weather-predicting animal.”

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Putnam Hospital reopens Birthing Center

The Birthing Center at Putnam Hospital is open.

The newly renovated unit is now welcoming expectant mothers, featuring private labor-and-delivery rooms, private postpartum suites and an operating room dedicated to cesarean deliveries.

“As Putnam Hospital undergoes a series of exciting changes to expand primary and specialty care, the Birthing Center is key to our growth and in meeting the needs of families close to their homes,” Putnam Hospital President Dr. Mark Hirko said. “Reopening the Birthing Center is just one component of a comprehensive women’s health service plan we have underway.”

There is also a newly renovated nursery staffed by clinicians from New York Children’s Medical Provider Services, P.C., a specialist group associated with Connecticut Children’s, who will provide nationally recognized neonatal and pediatric care to children and families in the area.

“We are committed to making sure every child has access to physicians and specialists who are experts in kids,” said Anand Sekaran, MD, Nuvance Health System Chair of Pediatrics and Connecticut Children’s Division Head of Pediatric Hospital Medicine and Medical Director of Inpatient Services. “New York Children’s clinicians understand that children have different needs than adults. Kids require a very different kind of care with equipment that is designed just for them. Patient families will immediately recognize the improvements and feel the difference in their experience when they are here.”

Following the temporary suspension of delivery services in March 2022, Putnam Hospital leadership has been hard at work securing a team of specialists to provide individualized, family-centered care to ensure the growth and success of maternal health in the region.

“This is a great location for patients since it provides families the benefit of being at a small, family-centered facility associated with higher-level-care hospitals. If those advanced levels of care are needed, they are available,” said Nuvance Health Obstetrician and Gynecologist (OB-GYN) Dr. Elizabeth Lucal, who began seeing patients at Putnam Hospital in December. “The ease of knowing your appointments are in the same building you will deliver in can be very helpful and limit the stressors related to pregnancy.”

Along with Dr. Lucal, at least two OB-GYNs will join the team later this year and recruitment for midwives is ongoing.

In addition to the New York Children’s Medical Provider Services’ neonatal and pediatric care, the Ob Hospitalist Group (OBHG) has clinicians onsite for 24/7 coverage of women in labor. Also, Dr. Linus Chuang, a Nuvance Health gynecologic oncologist, began seeing patients earlier this month at Putnam Hospital, expanding access to advanced care options for women with gynecologic cancer.

Last fall, state grant monies and generous community donations totaling $1 million helped fund the reconstruction effort. They included a $500,000 state grant secured by New York State Sen. Peter Harckham, $250,000 from the Kearney Realty and Development Group and $250,000 from the Putnam Community Foundation.

“Putnam Hospital is the only hospital in Putnam County, and it is so important to our community,” developer Ken Kearney said at the time. “The renovation of the Birthing Center is a first step toward a new future for Putnam Hospital — and an impactful one. Throughout people’s lives, they will be asked, ‘Where were you born?’ and I want members of our community to be able to say they were born in Putnam County.”

The 12,000-square-foot Birthing Center features seven patient rooms, two on-call suites, operating room, scrub room, nurse station, waiting area, well baby nursery, conference room, staff lounge and medication room. All rooms are private and the unit is equipped with advanced newborn safety and security systems. 

“We are so grateful for the community’s support in helping to bring back a vital service in Putnam County,” Dr. Hirko said. “We are so proud to welcome families to our hospital again to continue receiving the excellent maternity care we are known for.”

To learn more about the Birthing Center at Putnam Hospital, visit

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Galentine's Paint & Sip Fundrasier

Galentine's Paint & Sip Fundrasier to benefit Relay For Life of Patterson

DIY your very own lazysusan with us for a great cause!
Invite your bestie and join Frandoodles at Iron & Wine in Patterson on Thursday, February 16th at 6:30pm!
We will guide you step by step in creating your very own lazysusan and announcing Relay For Life of Patterson's BLING YOUR BRA winner!
Tickets are $55 per person with a portion being donated to Relay For Life of Patterson. Tickets include all materials needed, guided instruction, and your first glass of wine!

These lazysusans are approximately 15" in diameter and are the perfect size to place on your dresser or desk to remind yourself of how amazing you are!
Choose your favorite design at check out! Stain and design/text colors will be chosen the night of the event. We are promoting self love at this Galentine's event, therefore designs are targeted towards this theme. However, if you have another design in mind, please email Frandoodles at

Aprons will be available, however, be sure to wear clothing you don't mind getting a little paint on.
Tickets must be purchased in advance.
See you there!
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Social and Emotional Intelligence for the Career Professional Virtual Event

Linda Van Valkenburgh, CEO, owner and 5X certified executive career coach of My Executive Career Coach, LLC, will present at the Westchester Networking Organization’s January 2023 meeting on Monday, January 23, 2023.
Social and emotional intelligence is the ability to be aware of our own emotions and those of others, in the moment, and to use that information to manage ourselves and our relationships. EQ is a measure of emotional intelligence.
Linda will discuss the Four Quadrant Model as well as the twenty-six competencies it involves, and various profiles and behaviors. Examples of people who possess particular competencies will be discussed along with those that could use tips to improve their competencies.

Linda’s broad experience covers many corporate environments, including marketing, advertising, engineering, entrepreneurial partnerships, financial markets, private equity, startups, industrial manufacturing, and full-time career development work experience.
Pre-registration is required to attend this Zoom meeting. Deadline for registration is 2:00 p.m. EST Monday, January 23, 2023. The Zoom meeting takes place that evening at 5:45 – 8:00 p.m.
Registration: Questions/Inquiries:

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