Somers's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/somers Thu, 22 Aug 2019 18:08:09 -0400 HamletHub.com Warning! This is your summer window! Do not miss it! https://news.hamlethub.com/somers/life/2603-warning-this-is-your-summer-window-do-not-miss-it2603-warning-this-is-your-summer-window-do-not-miss-it https://news.hamlethub.com/somers/life/2603-warning-this-is-your-summer-window-do-not-miss-it2603-warning-this-is-your-summer-window-do-not-miss-it

I have heard of Kripalu for years, and decided that this would be the summer I would finally spend a weekend there.  As a life coach I remind others that self care is the only answer to lead a sustainably joyful life.  Practicing what I preach is my challenge.  I actually booked this in May when it became evident that I may not get any vacation time this summer.  This has happened to me in the past.  As September neared, I would panic knowing that my window had shut until December.  Somehow summer was over before it started!
 
Can anyone relate to this?  I finally realized that nobody was going to suggest that I take some time off.  I have worked in salons for years as a hair colorist.  I now do both coaching and hair color. (Yes, I even invite my clients to participate in coaching tools if they are willing.)
In the salon world, it is never easy to book a last minute vacation without canceling lots of frustrated clients.  In the coaching world, it is all about being proactive and planning the life you want- rewards included.
 
The good news is that I got to Kripalu and have the last week of August off.  Everything I set my intention for came to fruition.  And this was very much the lesson shared by the presenters, Mike Dooley, author of "Notes From the Universe" and Lorna Byrne, author of "Angels in My Hair".  They both have many books to their credit, but these are their most recognizable ones.  Their course was called "Using All of Your Angels: How to Live Deliberately with Spiritual Guidance".  
 
I so enjoy accessing all sources of positive energy.  Yet somehow I had never sought full out angel work. One could say I dabbled in angels. I was long overdue.
 
The messages were profound, multi layered and boil down to three major points.  
 
1. We do not ask for enough support here among earthlings or from powers beyond our scope.  Angels are there to help even if you do not believe in them.  There are so many unemployed angels waiting to help you with the most menial tasks.
 
2.We have the power to change absolutely everything in our lives.  There are no tests.  We are not being tested.  We are exactly who we are supposed to be.  The key is to move.  Move in a direction with an intention.  Even if you have to work a sucky job, go do it.  Get out of bed.  Do your best in that sucky job and keep looking for a better opportunity.  Hone your skills.  Bathe frequently. Go lightly on the garlic.  Learn to make good impressions while at the sucky job. Knock on doors even if it is uncomfortable.  Oprah, Bradley Cooper and Simon Cowell are not going to call you. 
 
Looking for love? Ask someone for their number if you feel a twinge in your stomach.  Get out there.  You have to go out and take baby steps. Just like Bill Murray in "What About Bob?" The universe will support you.
 
3.  All there is is love. Love is all there is. Tell people you love them every day.  Accept love from others.  It is the glue.  If you are not feeling it, you can begin now.  It is never too late.  There is a reason we hear this everywhere.  Read "Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl" if you cannot hear it from angels and all of the greatest love songs.
 
There was so much else!  Three points barely scratch the surface. Mostly I am grateful that I booked this weekend and still have a week off.  It is not a month in New Zealand or a tour of Italy, and it was remarkable.  Stop waiting until everything is huge and perfect and two weeks or more.  Making the beautiful in between parts of your life a priority will never be a waste. That is where the joyful life resides.  In the spaces between.
 
Oh, and yes, I met my Guardian Angel.  His name is Philip and he wears pink.  What's not to love?

Kathleen Troy, ICF Certified Life Coach specializing in relationships, deeper purpose, and times of transition. Email Kathleen at     mkmtroy@gmail.com or visit her Second Spring Coaching website at secondspringcoaching.com for a complimentary discovery session. 

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keytocomputing@gmail.com (Kathleen Troy, ACC Certified Life Coach) Life Thu, 22 Aug 2019 12:04:48 -0400
Local High School Student Creates Wound Care Supplies Drive to Help Children in Kosovo https://news.hamlethub.com/somers/life/2590-local-high-school-student-creates-wound-care-supplies-drive-to-help-children-in-kosovo-15664479112590-local-high-school-student-creates-wound-care-supplies-drive-to-help-children-in-kosovo-1566447911 https://news.hamlethub.com/somers/life/2590-local-high-school-student-creates-wound-care-supplies-drive-to-help-children-in-kosovo-15664479112590-local-high-school-student-creates-wound-care-supplies-drive-to-help-children-in-kosovo-1566447911

Elizabeta Berisha, a rising senior and honors student at John Jay High School, has created a healthcare supplies drive to benefit underserved children in Kosovo. She has donation bins set up at several local pharmacies throughout Northern Westchester including the Jefferson Valley Pharmacy located at 3693 Hill Blvd, Jefferson Valley, NY. 

Beta’s father is from Pristina, the capital of Kosovo. Beta developed the idea to help these children after hearing about her cousin becoming ill when visiting family in Kosovo. Her cousin was taken to the hospital and it was almost impossible to find a thermometer to take her temperature. It was then that Beta realized that the country where her father grew up and emigrated from lacks the basic healthcare supplies needed to live a normal life.

Beta also realized that when children get cut and injured, the community does not have the essential necessities like band-aids and antibiotic ointments to keep lacerations from becoming problematic.  Left untreated, these open wounds can become infected leading to major healthcare challenges that her dad’s community is not equipped to deal with.

Beta approached several drug stores in the area asking if they would support her efforts by allowing her to set up donation bins with signage explaining her drive to collect unopened band-aids, antibiotic ointments, gauze, thermometers and first aid kits that she and her father will bring with them in October when they travel to Kosovo. Beta is so appreciative of how supportive and embracing the pharmacy owners have been to her request. For example, Dan Becker, the owner of Jefferson Valley Pharmacy is very supportive of Beta’s drive and was one of the first pharmacies to set up a bin for donations in his store. 

As Beta says, “When I see my little sisters and brother get cuts and scrapes, we don’t think twice about having the ability to get what we need to treat them.  I can’t imagine how a parent in Kosovo must feel when their child gets hurt knowing that they are not able to treat them properly.”

Local stores that are supporting Beta’s wound care supplies drive with donation bins include Cross River Pharmacy in Cross River, NY, Jefferson Valley Pharmacy in Jefferson Valley, NY, and Pound Ridge Pharmacy, Pound Ridge, NY. In order to create awareness in the areas of these local drug stores, Beta is going around to neighboring shopkeepers asking if they will display her flyer explaining her drive and the population it benefits.

Beta’s goal is to collect over 200 wound care products through donations. If Beta collects more supplies than she and her father can physically bring to Kosovo, she will contact a shipper to send over the remaining donated supplies.  Beta’s wound care drive will be going on until the end of September. 

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Ron Feuchs) Life Thu, 22 Aug 2019 10:00:22 -0400
BBB Tips: 6 Scams for College Students to Avoid https://news.hamlethub.com/somers/publicsafety/2589-bbb-tips-6-scams-for-college-students-to-avoid2589-bbb-tips-6-scams-for-college-students-to-avoid https://news.hamlethub.com/somers/publicsafety/2589-bbb-tips-6-scams-for-college-students-to-avoid2589-bbb-tips-6-scams-for-college-students-to-avoid

With tuition payments, financial aid applications and school supplies, August marks the month for students looking to spend their money on going back to colleges or universities. However, scammers take on this opportunity to sway students who are looking for better ways to manage their money. Whether you’re starting school yourself or have kids who are vulnerable to such scams, BBB suggests students watch out for these financial scams before heading into the new semester. 

  • Fake Credit Cards - It’s not a secret that deals which appear to be a quick and easy way to spend money are offered to college students to get them to apply for their first credit card. On top of the fact that this could potentially  stir up a credit problem, some of the deals could be a fake gimmick to get access to student’s personal information. Do your research on those credit card flyers, emails, promotions and mailers before applying. Read our BBB Tip on credit card scams
  • Too Good to be True Apartments - It’s hard to not jump on a convenient apartment so close to campus, especially if it advertises affordable rent. It’s tempting to hand over credit card information online to lock in a great spot, but it’s always worth seeing the apartment in person prior to a money transfer. This also applies to Craigslist listings of other students looking for roommates. 
  • Safe Credit Reports - After the age of 18, it’s a good idea to start becoming more aware of your credit score and start adapting some healthy money habits. It’s also a helpful signifier of any unusual activity and possible ID fraud. While there are multiple traps online trying to snag your social security number with a fake credit score scam, safely check your credit score at annualcreditreport.com.
  • Scholarship and Grant Scams - Phone calls from companies guaranteeing they can help reduce loan payments or set you up with a hefty grant are worth researching. Even searching the company online could bring up scam alerts from other victims. Contact the school’s financial aid office for advice on the company’s legitimacy or how they can help otherwise. Scholarship scams can affect college students even after graduation; read our tips on scholarship scams
  • Employment Scams - In 2018, employment scams were the #1 culprit for scams attacking 18-25 year olds. Job offerings can be sent directly to school emails, promising flexible hours and a beyond expected pay. There would be no need to send a social security number electronically without knowing exactly who you are sending it to. For more types of employment scams, visit BBB's Tips: Employment Scams.
  • Awareness of Current Scams - As tech savvy as current college students can be, a surprising number of scams reported to BBB’s ScamTracker are from students who learned their lesson too late. Use BBB’s ScamTracker to learn of the latest scam trends and read local reports of specific incidents. 



According to 2018’s BBB’s ScamTracker Risk Report, 41.6% of students reported a loss when exposed to a scam as compared to 28.3% of non-students. Students, who are freshly exposed to managing their own finances, are online looking for ways to save. It is important to be aware of scammers looking to take advantage of others. Contact your local BBB if you are unsure of something that could possibly be a scam.

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keytocomputing@gmail.com (CTBBB) Public safety Thu, 22 Aug 2019 08:39:07 -0400
WESTCHESTER COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING RELEASES "A ROOF OVER YOUR HEAD" https://news.hamlethub.com/somers/politics/2580-westchester-county-department-of-planning-releases-a-roof-over-your-head2580-westchester-county-department-of-planning-releases-a-roof-over-your-head https://news.hamlethub.com/somers/politics/2580-westchester-county-department-of-planning-releases-a-roof-over-your-head2580-westchester-county-department-of-planning-releases-a-roof-over-your-head

A Guide to the Westchester County Housing Market for Tenants, Landlords,

Homeowners, the Elderly and People with Disabilities.

For the first time since 2010, the Westchester County Department of Planning has issued a new version of A Roof Over Your Head, a question and answer guide filled with practical information on housing resources in Westchester County. Whether you are a tenant, landlord, homeowner, an elderly person or a person with a disability, the publication serves as a compilation of answers to many of the most commonly asked questions about housing.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer said: “A Roof Over Your Head” continues to be a great resource to the entire Westchester County community. I encourage everyone to use this Guide to become familiar with practical, imperative information on housing resources in Westchester. Whether it be affordable housing, senior housing, or whether to rent or buy, this Guide will help you make the most informed decision. ”

Commissioner of the Planning Department Norma Drummond said: “Since the first Roof Over Your Head was published in 1981, it has been a tremendous resource for so many people with questions on all matters about housing. This 2019 version adds more website information and a better description of the types of services offered by the many non-profit housing agencies in the County in addition to all the updated information. We expect it will continue to be a very popular guide.”

The 50 page Guide has been updated to provide additional resources in the Appendix, including contact information and hyperlinks to websites where available. The Guide is available in both English and Spanish, and can be found on Westchester County’s website. Hard copies are also available.

For more information please call Jane Lindau, Director of Housing, Westchester County Department of Planning, at 914-995-1920.

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Westchester County Dept of Planning) Politics Thu, 22 Aug 2019 06:22:55 -0400
Local High School Student Creates Wound Care Supplies Drive to Help Children in Kosovo https://news.hamlethub.com/somers/life/2595-local-high-school-student-creates-wound-care-supplies-drive-to-help-children-in-kosovo2595-local-high-school-student-creates-wound-care-supplies-drive-to-help-children-in-kosovo https://news.hamlethub.com/somers/life/2595-local-high-school-student-creates-wound-care-supplies-drive-to-help-children-in-kosovo2595-local-high-school-student-creates-wound-care-supplies-drive-to-help-children-in-kosovo

 

Elizabeta Berisha, a rising senior and honors student at John Jay High School, has created a healthcare supplies drive to benefit underserved children in Kosovo. She has donation bins set up at several local pharmacies throughout Northern Westchester including the Jefferson Valley Pharmacy located at 3693 Hill Blvd, Jefferson Valley, NY. 

Beta’s father is from Pristina, the capital of Kosovo. Beta developed the idea to help these children after hearing about her cousin becoming ill when visiting family in Kosovo. Her cousin was taken to the hospital and it was almost impossible to find a thermometer to take her temperature. It was then that Beta realized that the country where her father grew up and emigrated from lacks the basic healthcare supplies needed to live a normal life.

Beta also realized that when children get cut and injured, the community does not have the essential necessities like band-aids and antibiotic ointments to keep lacerations from becoming problematic.  Left untreated, these open wounds can become infected leading to major healthcare challenges that her dad’s community is not equipped to deal with.

Beta approached several drug stores in the area asking if they would support her efforts by allowing her to set up donation bins with signage explaining her drive to collect unopened band-aids, antibiotic ointments, gauze, thermometers and first aid kits that she and her father will bring with them in October when they travel to Kosovo. Beta is so appreciative of how supportive and embracing the pharmacy owners have been to her request. For example, Dan Becker, the owner of Jefferson Valley Pharmacy is very supportive of Beta’s drive and was one of the first pharmacies to set up a bin for donations in his store. 

As Beta says, “When I see my little sisters and brother get cuts and scrapes, we don’t think twice about having the ability to get what we need to treat them.  I can’t imagine how a parent in Kosovo must feel when their child gets hurt knowing that they are not able to treat them properly.”

Local stores that are supporting Beta’s wound care supplies drive with donation bins include Cross River Pharmacy in Cross River, NY, Jefferson Valley Pharmacy in Jefferson Valley, NY, and Pound Ridge Pharmacy, Pound Ridge, NY. In order to create awareness in the areas of these local drug stores, Beta is going around to neighboring shopkeepers asking if they will display her flyer explaining her drive and the population it benefits.

Beta’s goal is to collect over 200 wound care products through donations. If Beta collects more supplies than she and her father can physically bring to Kosovo, she will contact a shipper to send over the remaining donated supplies.  Beta’s wound care drive will be going on until the end of September. 

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Ron Feuchs) Life Thu, 22 Aug 2019 06:12:34 -0400
Farm-to-Table Market Recipe of the Week: Grilled Peach & Arugula Salad https://news.hamlethub.com/somers/life/2586-farm-to-table-market-recipe-of-the-week-grilled-peach-arugula-salad2586-farm-to-table-market-recipe-of-the-week-grilled-peach-arugula-salad https://news.hamlethub.com/somers/life/2586-farm-to-table-market-recipe-of-the-week-grilled-peach-arugula-salad2586-farm-to-table-market-recipe-of-the-week-grilled-peach-arugula-salad

Grilled Peach & Arugula Salad


Serves: 6
Time: 30 Minutes

Ingredients

3 tablespoons of your favorite vinegar (Arlotta Food Studio)
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons Olive oil (Arlotta Food Studio)
2 tablespoons honey syrup (Salinger’s Orchard)
1 tablespoon finely chopped shallot (Deep Roots Farm)
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 medium peaches, quartered (Breezy Hill Orchard or Salinger’s Orchard)
6 cups fresh arugula (about 4 ounces) (Orchard Hill Organics)
6 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled (Maitri Farm or Cabbage Hill Farm)
1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese (Plum Plums Cheese)

Directions

For dressing, whisk together first six ingredients.

Place peaches on an oiled grill rack over medium heat. Grill, covered, turning occasionally, until lightly browned, 6-8 minutes.

To serve, line a platter with arugula; top with peaches, crumbled bacon & ½ of the goat cheese. Drizzle with dressing; top with remainder of cheese.


Recipe & photo provided by John Jay Homestead Farmers Market 

Saturdays at 10:00am to 2:00pm
400 Jay Street, Katonah

914.232.5651
 
Support YOUR local farmers market!
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keytocomputing@gmail.com (John Jay Homestead Farm Market ) Life Thu, 22 Aug 2019 05:03:13 -0400
Village of Brewster Film Festival Kicks off This Weekend. https://news.hamlethub.com/somers/events/2596-village-of-brewster-film-festival-kicks-off-this-weekend2596-village-of-brewster-film-festival-kicks-off-this-weekend https://news.hamlethub.com/somers/events/2596-village-of-brewster-film-festival-kicks-off-this-weekend2596-village-of-brewster-film-festival-kicks-off-this-weekend

VOB Film Festival Schedule 

Aug 24, 25, 31 and Sept 1

The VOB Film Festival will be showing films with a variety of formats, themes, and styles from around the world. This festival is an opportunity to see current films made outside of the mainstream movie industry. The Center is hosting ten different viewing sessions over the course of two weekends.

For information on films being shown, click on the dates below for each session

Saturday August 24:

Session 1, at 1 pm 

Session 2, at 4 pm 

Session 3 Horror, at 7:30 pm 

Sunday, August 25:

Session 1, at 1 pm 

Session 2, at 3 pm

Session 3,  at 5 pm

Saturday, August 31:

Session 1, at 1 pm

Session 2, at 4 pm 

Sunday, September 1:

Session 1, at 1 pm

Session 2, at 4 pm

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commandercarey@gmail.com (VOB Film Festival) Events Thu, 22 Aug 2019 04:39:30 -0400
Schoolhouse Theater Celebrating 50 years : 3 days of Peace, Love & Music at Yasgur’s Farm: Summer, 1969 August 23, 8pm https://news.hamlethub.com/somers/events/2602-schoolhouse-theater-celebrating-50-years-3-days-of-peace-love-music-at-yasgur-s-farm-summer-1969-august-23-8pm2602-schoolhouse-theater-celebrating-50-years-3-days-of-peace-love-music-at-yasgur-s-farm-summer-1969-august-23-8pm https://news.hamlethub.com/somers/events/2602-schoolhouse-theater-celebrating-50-years-3-days-of-peace-love-music-at-yasgur-s-farm-summer-1969-august-23-8pm2602-schoolhouse-theater-celebrating-50-years-3-days-of-peace-love-music-at-yasgur-s-farm-summer-1969-august-23-8pm

I don’t know about you, but “Un-Block The Music” has always felt left-out of the “cool” group being too young to really remember much of the 1960s. How can I be a music writer and not have experienced the Woodstock Festival in 1969 in upstate New York? I watched the documentary and I’ve listened to the music, but I want more!!! Now, there’s a chance to get in a time machine and go back to 1969 at Schoolhouse Theatre this Friday night, August 23, when Guitarist Peter Calo and his Friends take everyone Back To The Gardenhttps://www.schoolhousetheater.org/

Peter is the musical director for the show which stars he and Lauren Fox with special guests Laurel Massé and my personal favorite, my daughter, 20-year-old Holly Block! Holly is proof that this music still has relevance today.

“Un-Block The Music” profiled Peter earlier this year https://unblockthemusic.blog/2019/03/13/a-guitarist-for-all-seasons-all-music-discover-peter-calo/. Not only has Peter worked with a slew of musicians including blues and rock guitarist Robben Ford and Rock Goddess Carly Simon, he has played on musical theater projects as well. He also has his own album called “Time Machine.” https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/petercalo3

Peter told “Un-Block the Music” that Friday night’s show will not only be a concert, it will also be a trip back in time. The songs will be presented through the perspectives of the original 1969 artists. “It will almost feel like the singers and songwriters are telling the stories themselves,” he says. Like me, Peter was young in 1969, and his first exposure to it came through the movie. The song, “Feel Like I’m Fixin’ to Die” by Joe McDonald really hit home, Peter says. “He put the whole Vietnam anti-war sentiment into one song and he managed to do it in an almost humorous way.”

Even younger than Peter and I is, Lauren Fox, who seems to embody the era within her. If you read reviews of her shows, reviewers always says she seems to know more about the period than most people who lived through it. It doesn’t hurt, that not only is Lauren a talented singer, she has theatrical experience. In fact, she will be performing, The Evolution of Joni Mitchell at 54 Below in New York City, September 13 9 https://54below.com/events/lauren-fox-the-evolution-of-joni-mitchell/). Lauren’s past three solo shows, Love, Lust, Fear & Freedom: The Songs of Joni Mitchell & Leonard Cohen, Canyon Folkies: Over the Hills & Under the Covers, and Groupies: The Muses Behind the Legends of Rock & Roll have received critical acclaim from, among others, The New York Times.

At Friday’s show, other 1969 artists will be covered including Richie Havens, Melanie, Santana, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Band, Sly and The Family Stone, The Who, Joe Cocker as well as Crosby Stills and Nash. Laurel Massé, whose name you may remember as one of the original members of The Manhattan Transfer, will be performing songs of Jefferson Airplane. Holly is going to channel her inner Janis Joplin and Peter will even perform the Jimi Hendrix version of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner.”

So, come to The Schoolhouse Theater in your best tie-dye…and look for “Un-Block The Music” to say hi. I want to meet my readers and find new ones. Let me know how you enjoy the show.

Just a note: if you love Peter on Friday night, head up to Redding, Connecticut’s Town Square on Sunday, to hear his Joni Mitchell/Paul Simon Tribute. https://townofreddingct.org/parks-and-recreation/upcoming-events/concert-on-the-green-series/. You can certainly learn a lot about American tovkhistory just listening to the music. (I bet even Kendrick Lamar would agree with that!)

 

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Schoolhouse Theater Unblock The Music Blog) Events Wed, 21 Aug 2019 23:00:00 -0400
Postcard from Barbados https://news.hamlethub.com/somers/neighbors/2577-postcard-from-barbados2577-postcard-from-barbados https://news.hamlethub.com/somers/neighbors/2577-postcard-from-barbados2577-postcard-from-barbados

Steeped in tales of piracy and English colonialism, Barbados is doused in rum and set to the mouth-watering scents of weekend fish fries, it’s attracted travelers to its shimmering stretches of sand, five-star dining, and quaint fishing towns for many years. English is spoken everywhere, although the local dialect, Bajan Creole, is an English based Creole language spoken in informal settings.

The capital of Bridgetown is a bustling city is full of world-class shopping from designer jeweler and fine watches, to local art and Barbadian souvenirs. It’s where little rum bars pulse with the chatter of travelers and off-duty local fishermen alike. The UNESCO capital is filled with historic sites like the Chamberlain Bridge and the neo-Gothic Parliament Buildings. Palm trees line the Barbados Boardwalk beach front with quaint rum shacks and bars.

Oistins Fish Fry, located in the historic town of Oistin, has risen to become a veritable rite of passage for visitors and a go-to place for locals. The food is the main draw – fresh local fish – grilled or fried depending on the vendor you choose. Whether it’s tuna, swordfish, marlin, mahi-mahi, flying fish, or lobster, it’s cooked on the spot and to perfection. The seating plentiful, the atmosphere rustic and guests can listen to Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff and dance the night away in the cooling breezes under the swaying palm trees. It’s also a great place to pick up a few trinkets to bring back home. Hand crafted jewelry, colorful pottery, wood carvings and paintings all support the local economy.

Visitors can explore the islands heritage at Mount Gay, the islands rum distillery. Offering exhibitions that chronicle over 300 years of rum production on the island, tours reveal the process behind the refining of the Mount Gay taste, not to mention plenty of samples along the way. Don’t be surprised when you leave a bit lightheaded!

In Speighstown rows of ramshackle fishing shacks, centuries old architecture, and the restored 18th-century rooms at the Arlington House Museum, with stories of buccaneers and British slave drivers, give visitors an authentic historial picture of island life.

Harrison’s Cave, a crystalized limestone cavern toured by foot or by trolley is where visitors find themselves surrounded gleaming stalagmites and stalactites and experience a thunderous 40-foot waterfall that cascades into a stunning blue green lake. It’s said to be one of the most revered caves in the world.

One of my favorite ways to experience any Caribbean island is to explore the underwater life in the surrounding turquoise waters. On Carlisle Bay Beach I was able to secure a snorkling tour which took me by boat to a site directly over a shipwreck and afterwards to an area with a group of hungry sea turtles. After a busy afternoon of snorkeling I basked in the sun on this beautiful palm tree-fringed beach and with full bar service, sipped rum, snacked on a flying fish sandwich, and relaxed on an umbrella covered lounge chair. It was a great way to end the day.

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Sandy Ruyack) Neighbors Wed, 21 Aug 2019 17:07:00 -0400
Archbishop Stepinac Senior wins Bob Fitzsimmons Scholarship from Westchester Broadway Dinner Theater https://news.hamlethub.com/somers/life/2578-archbishop-stepinac-senior-wins-bob-fitzsimmons-scholarship-from-westchester-broadway-dinner-theater2578-archbishop-stepinac-senior-wins-bob-fitzsimmons-scholarship-from-westchester-broadway-dinner-theater https://news.hamlethub.com/somers/life/2578-archbishop-stepinac-senior-wins-bob-fitzsimmons-scholarship-from-westchester-broadway-dinner-theater2578-archbishop-stepinac-senior-wins-bob-fitzsimmons-scholarship-from-westchester-broadway-dinner-theater

This year's recipient, of the Bob Fitzsimmons Scholarship is Peter Astriab, a senior at   High School in White Plains, NY.  It will be awarded to him on Stage at Westchester Broadway Theatre on Friday, August 16, 2019. 

Peter Astriab is from Yonkers, New York and attended Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains. He was a part of the National Honor Society and graduated with a special diploma recognizing him as a graduate of the Health Sciences Academy at Stepinac. Peter enjoys community service and always tries to lend a helping hand when he can. He is fluent in Polish and loves to travel to different countries to explore and embrace cultures around the world. Peter has been playing piano for 12 years, singing with choirs in places like St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and acting with the Stepinac Drama Club for four years, playing roles such as Peter in Peter and the Starcatcher, Race in Newsies, and most recently Mario in the National High School Premiere of A Bronx Tale for which he was nominated at the 2019 Metropolitan High School Theatre Awards. In a few weeks, he will be starting college at St. John’s University in Queens majoring in Biomedical Sciences, but he plans to keep acting and singing close to his heart and a part of his everyday life. He is excited to see what the future has in store for him as he takes this important step in his career. 

The Scholarship is given annually to a college-bound senior who has excelled in the theatre arts programs while attending Stepinac High School. The prestigious Arts Scholarship is named after Bob Fitzsimmons, a graduate of Stepinac High School, who died suddenly at the age of 37 in March of 1992. He was the Public Relations Director of the Westchester Broadway Theatre, as well as a gifted actor, producer, writer and a director of shows at WBT and at numerous theatres throughout the County. 
The scholarship was established in his name by the owners of Westchester Broadway Theatre, Bill Stutler and Bob Funking, the entire employee staff of WBT, and the many friends and relatives of Bob Fitzsimmons.

Under the auspices of WBT, Allan Gruet, (former WBT Public Relations Director, who replaced Bobby Fitzsimmons) and George Puello spearheaded two fundraisers. The first & most successful fundraiser was held at WBT, the second was held at Stepinac High School.  Mr. Puello was responsible for directing & producing the entertainment portion of the events, while Mr. Gruet handled the ticketing for the fundraisers & the continuing administration of the self-sustaining scholarship. Over the years, along with the assistance of producer Bob Funking, Allan has continued to manage the scholarship, making it possible to present the award consistently each year. In recent years, Frank Portanova, Vice Principal of Stepinac High School, has been extremely helpful and cooperative, making some financial donations to the fund to help ensure the life of the scholarship. He also is responsible for selecting the student winner for this highly competitive award. Since its inception, $25,000.00 in scholarships have been awarded. Unfortunately, due to the current financial climate, the Scholarship is no longer self-sustaining and monies need to be raised to ensure the continuation of this award. The annual scholarship in Bob's name is our collective way of keeping alive the memory of our dear friend, Bobby Fitzsimmons. 

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Westchester Broadway Theater) Life Wed, 21 Aug 2019 09:54:45 -0400
"About My Woods" App Helps Landowners And Hikers Explore Their Woods https://news.hamlethub.com/somers/places/2576-about-my-woods-app-helps-landowners-and-hikers-explore-their-woods2576-about-my-woods-app-helps-landowners-and-hikers-explore-their-woods https://news.hamlethub.com/somers/places/2576-about-my-woods-app-helps-landowners-and-hikers-explore-their-woods2576-about-my-woods-app-helps-landowners-and-hikers-explore-their-woods

About My Woods, a free smartphone app, is now available for download. The app is currently focused on Connecticut, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island & Vermont and they're exploring ways to expand the app to other states and regions.  Please feel free to share this beyond these states – and let them know where they should look to bring the app to more landowners.

Developed to help family forest landowners learn more about their land and connect to professionals who can help them, About My Woods is a great way to connect with the information that landowners need.

One of the unique features of the app is the ability of a landowner to pinpoint a spot on the map – either where they are located or any other spot in the region – and access maps and information specific to that location.

Maps include soils, land cover type, watershed and satellite view, providing users with instant and mobile access to information specific to individual parcels and locations.  With complete coverage in the four state region, landowners can access maps specific to their interests.

In addition to maps, the About My Woods app helps find local professionals – including state forestry educators, landowner organizations, Tree Farm committees, and land trusts active in the region.

Available for both Android and iPhones (and tablets), you can access the app by going to the App Store (Apple) or Play Store (Android) and simply typing “About My Woods” in the search bar.

If you do not have an Android or iPhone, you can browse this app online by clicking here. Watch an "Introduction to the "About My Woods" App  on YouTube.

Developed by NEFA
The North East State Foresters Association (NEFA) is the state foresters of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York working in cooperation with USDA Forest Service. This app is designed to assist woodland owners with understanding their woods and the options for managing it, by providing basic information and connecting them with forest professionals who can assist. App development funded by a grant from the USDA Forest Service. NEFA complies with federal nondiscrimination policy and is an equal opportunity provider.

About My Woods introduction

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commandercarey@gmail.com (North East State Foresters Association (NEFA)) Places Wed, 21 Aug 2019 09:28:08 -0400
Brewster Elks Lodge #2101 Annual Car Show August 25th https://news.hamlethub.com/somers/events/2584-brewster-elks-lodge-2101-annual-car-show-august-25th2584-brewster-elks-lodge-2101-annual-car-show-august-25th https://news.hamlethub.com/somers/events/2584-brewster-elks-lodge-2101-annual-car-show-august-25th2584-brewster-elks-lodge-2101-annual-car-show-august-25th

The Brewster Elks Lodge #2101 will be holding their Annual Car Show this Sunday August 25th from 10 am until 4pm at their lodge in Brewster.

Classic cars , Antiques, & Special interest Cars will be on display.

BREWSTER ELKS LODGE - 1430 RT.22, BREWSTER, NY 10509 

Admission is only $3.00 and  Children under 12: $1.00 

Show Car/Car Sale: $15.00 Pre-Registration: $10.00 

TROPHIES / PLAQUES FOR: •Best Paint •Engine •Interior •Kids Choice •Best Cars / Trucks 

PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT ELKS CHARITIES  FOOD DJ MUSIC and TONY T BAND.

OOR PRIZES AWARDS 50/50 CASH RAFFLE AUTO FLEA MARKET 

Registration: 8:30am - 11,30am

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Brewster Elks Lodge #2101) Events Wed, 21 Aug 2019 08:32:40 -0400
It's Not Too Late Register For An Exhibitor Spot At The Children"s Expo & Public Safety Fair https://news.hamlethub.com/somers/events/2582-it-s-not-too-late-register-for-an-exhibitor-spot-at-the-children-s-expo-public-safety-fair2582-it-s-not-too-late-register-for-an-exhibitor-spot-at-the-children-s-expo-public-safety-fair https://news.hamlethub.com/somers/events/2582-it-s-not-too-late-register-for-an-exhibitor-spot-at-the-children-s-expo-public-safety-fair2582-it-s-not-too-late-register-for-an-exhibitor-spot-at-the-children-s-expo-public-safety-fair

The Children's Expo & Public Safety Day is the most comprehensive injury prevention and safety education event in the area! We hope you will join us as we celebrate the efforts of police, social service agencies, private partnerships, volunteer fire departments, and service groups that keep kids healthy and safe in Putnam County. We invite you to take this FUN, FREE opportunity and showcase the programs and services you provide.

If you have not yet registered for the 2019 Children's Expo & Public Safety Day on Sunday, September 22nd, it's not too late!

 To learn more about this event and how to become an exhibitor, click on the link located below.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/childrens-expo-public-safety-day-registration-47527117889

Register today before space runs out!  

Prevention & Outreach Coordinator

When: Sunday, September 22nd

           11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Where: Donald B. Smith Campus

             112 Old Route 6

             Carmel, NY 10512

Contact: MaryBeth Ross

               Email: marybeth.ross@putnamcountyny.gov

               Phone: (845) 808-1400 ext. 44121

               Cell: (845) 239-0449

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commandercarey@gmail.com (MaryBeth Ross, Prevention & Outreach Coordinator) Events Wed, 21 Aug 2019 07:03:55 -0400
Certify to Show Your Commitment to Wildlife https://news.hamlethub.com/somers/neighbors/2575-certify-to-show-your-commitment-to-wildlife2575-certify-to-show-your-commitment-to-wildlife https://news.hamlethub.com/somers/neighbors/2575-certify-to-show-your-commitment-to-wildlife2575-certify-to-show-your-commitment-to-wildlife

Certify to Show Your Commitment to Wildlife.

Anyone can create a welcoming haven for local wildlife. Turning your yard, balcony container garden, schoolyard, work landscape, or roadside greenspace into a Certified Wildlife Habitat® is fun, easy, and can make a lasting difference for wildlife.

How You're Helping Wildlife Rapid and large-scale changes to our lands and waters mean wildlife are losing the habitats they once knew. Every habitat garden is a step toward replenishing resources for wildlife such as bees, butterflies, birds, and amphibians—both locally and along migratory corridors. By adding pollinator-friendly and monarch-friendly plants when you certify, your garden also counts toward the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge.

When you certify, your $20 application fee supports the National Wildlife Federation's programs to inspire others to make a difference and address the issues leading to declining habitat for wildlife nationwide. A portion of your fee also supports work for local wildlife in select affiliate partner states.

Certification Requirements Certified Wildlife Habitat® applicants are asked to confirm they’ve provided the required number of elements for each of the following:

Food

Water

Cover

Places to Raise Young

Sustainable Practices

Before applying, download the checklist to ensure you have met all the requirements for your wildlife garden. Benefits to Certification When you certify you will become a member of the National Wildlife Federation’s Garden for Wildlife™ community and receive the following benefits:

1. Personalized certificate

2. A one-year membership in the National Wildlife Federation and subscription to National Wildlife® magazine

3. 10% off the National Wildlife Federation catalog merchandise, including nesting boxes, feeders, birdbaths, and other items to enhance your wildlife garden

4. Subscription to monthly Garden for Wildlife e-newsletter with gardening tips, wildlife stories, and other resources

5. Exclusive option to purchase attractive garden signs designating your garden as a Certified Wildlife Habitat® with the National Wildlife Federation

6. Make your garden a National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat.

Get our NEW Certified Wildlife Habitat® sign! Our redesigned Certified Wildlife Habitat® sign incorporates the National Wildlife Federation's new logo, featuring our ambassador Ranger Rick. Only those who have created a wildlife habitat garden and earned Certified Wildlife Habitat® status can post the sign.

There are two ways to receive your sign:

Certify now and you'll have the option to purchase a sign.

Already certified? Log in to purchase a sign.

Click here for the National Wildlife Federation website.

You can find the Candlewood Valley Regional Land Trust on Facebook and the web.

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Candlewood Valley Regional Land Trust) Neighbors Wed, 21 Aug 2019 07:00:18 -0400
"WIN A $1500 WELLNESS DAY" from Sophia Natural Health Center https://news.hamlethub.com/somers/life/2587-win-a-1500-wellness-day-from-sophia-natural-health-center2587-win-a-1500-wellness-day-from-sophia-natural-health-center https://news.hamlethub.com/somers/life/2587-win-a-1500-wellness-day-from-sophia-natural-health-center2587-win-a-1500-wellness-day-from-sophia-natural-health-center

FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY!
SOPHIA Natural Health Center in Brookfield announces 
"WIN A $1500 WELLNESS DAY" For Your Group, Company, 
Church, School or Organization! (Minimum of 10 people)
One Winner will be drawn per week. Wellness Day includes: 
  • Chair Massages
  • Stress Surveys
  • Body Function Testing
  • Health Consultations
  • Blood Pressure Screenings
  • Pain and Stress Relief Treatments
  • Healthy Snacks
Enter To Win by filling out the Registration Form and either:
Fax it:   203-740-9301
 
Or mail it to:
SOPHIA Natural Health Center
31 Old Route 7
Brookfield, CT 06804
Att: Laurie Hoffman

 

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Sophia Natural Health Center) Life Wed, 21 Aug 2019 04:17:24 -0400