Somers's HamletHub Fri, 27 Nov 2020 23:45:25 -0500 Support Local Businesses on Small Business Saturday

Local Businesses need your support this year more than ever before. According to an article by Forbes, nearly 100,000 establishments that temporarily shut down due to the pandemic are now out of business.

Small Business Saturday is November 28, 2020! Now is the perfect time to show your support.

According to American Express, they created Small Business Saturday® in the midst of the recession in 2010. Since then, Small Business Saturday® has been held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving to encourage people to Shop Small and bring more holiday shopping to small businesses.

Local businesses include shops, stores, local services, home-based businesses, community organizations, and more.

Please consider support local businesses this holiday season and throughout the year!

Here is a list of local businesses in our area:

Six Diamonds Tree Services

118 NY 22

Pawling , New York 12564

Six Diamonds Tree Services is a family-owned, local business focused on providing tree services with the highest level of customer satisfaction. We are fully licensed and insured, proudly serving Putnam NY, Westchester NY, Dutchess NY, and Western Connecticut! 24/7 emergency hotline.

Six Diamonds Tree Services Inc.

(845) 878-7888

Second Spring Coaching

Committing to a healthier lifestyle and intentional mindset is just that – a commitment, and it’s a big one that will take a lot a dedication.  My commitment is to provide you with accountability, understanding and support.

Kathleen Troy

Bashful Buddha

Gift your loved ones with the experience of deep relaxation and restorative healing - whatever their location. A Reiki healing is powerful and potent whether sent around the corner or around the globe. Our gift box includes a gift certificate for three remote Reiki treatments and an all-natural, uplifting essential oil room spray in scents of the season to get folks into the holiday spirit! Send someone you love peace and cheer this year!

Lisa Ferry

Master It Media

PO Box 935


Master It Media educates businesses by developing an engaging social media presence that will skyrocket their promotion for less time, money, and stress in order to cultivate a loyal audience. Gain insight and instruction on Social Media by subscribing to our YouTube Channel.

Master It Media


Tri-County Wildlife and Control

Tri-County Wildlife removal is a locally family owned and operated wildlife control company, serving Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess Counties in New York for over 17 years

24/7 Emergency Line Available

Repairs are included in every job, no extra charge


Putnam Yoga

30 Tomahawk St

Baldwin Place, NY

Our studio will be offering

 $10 off a 10 or 20 class card

Putnam Yoga

Photos In Place

New Fairfield, CT 06812

At Photos In Place we love to create libraries of family memories for clients who are passionate about sharing their stories for future generations.

Are you ready to experience the peace of mind that comes with having an organized photo collection? I promise it will bring you more joy than you can imagine.

Kristin Krebs

Photos In Place


Francine Tesler Psychic Medium- Medical Intuitive

PO Box 1102

Scarsdale, NY

Private services include zoom, and phone consultations. Mention this HamletHub for a discount (Private services Only).

Francine Tesler


Gliding With Glo LIfe Coaching

Zoom Session only

50% off Life Coaching Session = $75 (30 minutes) - payable via Venmo PRIOR to Session @CoachGlo

CoachGlo Favreau, CCP


Premium Benefit Planning/Merchant Advocate

4 Vista Drive


We are offering to do Free Evaluations of your Group Employee Benefits Package along with a Free Analysis of your Monthly Credit Card Processing Fees

Michael H. Yates


Unique Design Creations

Yorktown Heights

Nancy Stingone of Unique Design Creations, your business and personal gifting concierge. While we are all working virtually and working from home, distanced from family and friends. It is so important to recognize and show your appreciation, love and gratitude. This year gifting is personal.  Let us help you make this an Extra Special Holiday!


Bespoke Commodities

Online/local pick up and delivery

Brewster, NY

Bespoke Commodities is your one-stop shop for holiday gifts!  From fun, personalized ornaments to warm and cozy Movie Watching Blankets!

Enjoy 25% off all orders with code SHOPSMALL for Small Business Saturday.

Create with Susan LLC

44 Lakeview Ave.

Hartsdale, NY

Buy one DIY Creative Kit get another Free ($25).  Directly delivered to your door or to someone you know who would love to spend 45 minutes and lower the bad hormone "cortisol" that messes up your body.  After to creating for 45 minutes you will be refreshed and renewed!  Instructions, Supplies all inclusive. 

Create with Susan LLC

Susan Spillo Owner


Hudson Delaware Planning LLC

Personal financial planning for every stage of your life. Think of us as a GPS for your finances, creating a plan that identifies the steps to take, and the potholes to avoid, so you can navigate to your goals as quickly and directly as possible.

Brian Schmidt


Unique IT Pro

Suffern, NY

We will offer free Dark Web scans, for individual's personal email address or a companies branded email domain.  Security research has shown 60% of password are reused, causing serious risk of account takeovers via SaaS, Cloud, and network passwords. We will do a onetime scan to see if you have compromised accounts in the Dark Web.

Brian Yodice, D.C., P.C.

1230 Mamaroneck Ave., Suite 200A

White Plains, NY 10605

Free Chiropractic or Nutrition Consultation + 30 min massage.

Dr. Brian Yodice



Carmel NY


10% discount with the mention of HamletHub

Personalized Gifts, Centerpieces & Digital Designs


Karl Dowden Law

445 Hamilton Avenue, Suite 1102

White Plains, New York 10601

Complimentary 20 minute consultation

(914) 979-2105


$10 coffee gift certificate to the first 10 people to order a $100 or more.  Neora is the FOUNTAIN of YOUTH with plant based products that are simple and easy to use.  Top of the line skincare, hair care and wellness products.  The BEST you, is just weeks away!

Please go to my website for additional contact information

Trailered Fitness

Mobile business

Trailered Fitness is offering 1 free personal training session for every 10 you buy.

Steven Graves (646)216-3148

Party Staffing Inc

Mahopac NY

Party Staffing Inc is the premiere event management service of the Hudson Valley, specializing in all types of event staff for over 17 years.  We plan your event or wedding,  refer friendly and professional wait staff, bartenders, sous chefs and more!

Mention Small Business Saturday and we will take 10% off your booking for 2021.

Danielle Whitmarsh



TUMBLEBUS is a full sized colorful yellow school bus that has been converted into a safe, climate controlled, fun bus for children 18M to 9 years old filled with gymnastic equipment bringing fitness to children at childcare centers, preschools and birthday parties.

Marissa Rodriguez

Shut The Front Door Home Inspections Inc.

We are offering a 10% discount on home inspections.  This offer will run from small business Saturday thru Saturday 21st.

845 302 2941

Kimberly J. Brennan Agency

Free policy reviews


Synergy3 Wellness

30 minute complementary consultation offering tips for you personally


Daisy Farmhouse Stand

We have the perfect gift to give to you or your bestie! In honor of shop small Saturday we are offering a 10% discount on our Melt of the Month Club Subscription Box.  But hurry this offer is only valid for one week. 

Leah Meyers

Rob's Homes and Properties

1 Washington St

Pleasantville NY

Home value and marketing plan report

Rob Lowenthal 914 450-8120

Tewes CARES:  Aging/ Life Care Consultants, Geriatric Care Managers & Patient Advocates

304 Main St.

Ridgefield, CT 06877

 10% discount on first consultation.  As an advocate and consultant for seniors and the disabled, Leslie serves with an expertise in gerontology and the health care continuum to guide from uncertain and overwhelmed to informed, relieved and assured of optimized health care, enhanced patient experience, individualized options/ services and life satisfaction

Leslie-Alin Tewes, Chief Practitioner, ElderCare Expert, Patient Advocate, End-of-Life Doula.  203-826-9206

Assisted Living Locators

Westchester NY

Bronxville NY

Free consultation

Leana Walsh,   


Minuteman Press Mamaroneck

One Depot Plaza

Mamaroneck, NY 10543

Take advantage of our simple business builder special for postcards!

This promotion is especially great for startup businesses.

Get 1000 postcards for only $110!

4x6 14pt. C2S gloss cover Postcards printed full color on both front and back sides.

Price is for printing only, design services available at additional charges.

Minuteman Press Mamaroneck



Carmel, NY

The “Holiday Gift Box” is packed with better for you snacks and ingredients to make quick healthy meals! Perfect for the foodies in your life, your loved one who has everything, teacher gifts, a healthy gift to send to your BFFs or to take care of yourself during this busy stressful time.  Use code SHOPSMALL for free shipping.

Handle My Books LLC

593 Route 6

Mahopac, NY 10541

We are offering free Budget Planning for local Seniors, a free review of your Financial Reports with recommendations or a free 30 minute QuickBooks Q&A for small local businesses.

Toki Simmons

(845) 460-0010

Cafe Realty

Mount Kisco NY 10549

We promote the value of a local independent, community-focused real estate company in collaboration with and support of other local businesses.

Elisa Bruno-Midili


Goals Garden Coaching & Reiki

Free consult + 20 minute coaching

Emily Oliver

(201) 801-8021

My Space Savers

PO Box 96

Carmel, NY10512  (mailing address)

A free one hour consultation for downsizing and/or reorganizing to move.

We service Westchester, Putnam, Fairfield Counties and more on request


My Space Savers

Purely Imagined Studio

Purely Imagined wants to bring every business owner the opportunity to stand out among their competitors. Our special offer for Small Business Saturday is a $200 Logo Animation - Engage with your audience, command attention! Inspire a Purely Imagined thought today!

David Pascaru

Yoga in the Adirondacks at The Divine Acres

2 Coulter Road

Bakers Mills NY 12811

Call us or visit our website to purchase a Yoga in the Adirondacks gift certificate valued at least $25 or schedule a service of yoga or massage on Small Business Saturday and receive a free mug valued at $10.00 upon your arrival.

Rhodella Hughes


Pinnacle Trips

The Vacation Therapists®  We Plan - You Relax  We  collaborate with busy professionals and active retirees who desire a concierge level of service in planning their dream vacations so that they can relax and enjoy a “WOW” experience on their journeys around the world.

Frank Bastone


Amy Kanarek Designs Artisan Jewelry

New City, NY

Amy will meet with you by phone or by Zoom to help you choose the perfect custom handcrafted gift for each jewelry lover on your list.  You'll have an opportunity to speak with her, the artist/designer/maker, and learn about her work, just as you would at an arts festival.    


MJS Investigations

Help find the information needed to make an informed decision in business and life. Let us inform you I thought you don’t know


67 Fairfield Drive


Anna's Airport & Limousine Service

$10.00 discount off on any reservations booked and traveled by 3/31/2021.

Local or Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation.

Contact Anna's for details (845) 279-2377.

Must mention this HamletHub article at time of booking.

Anna's Limousine



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Important Update Regarding Library Visits

Due to the increased cases of COVID-19 in our area, we are suspending our limited appointment-based access to the Library beginning Monday, November 30th.
Curbside Pickup is available to our patrons as well as phone reference
and virtual programs!
Please used this Curbside Pick-up Form to submit your item requests.
Once your items are ready for pick up, you can make an appointment during the following days/times:
  • Mondays: 10am - 4pm
  • Tuesdays: 10am to 7:30pm
  • Wednesdays - Fridays: 10am - 4pm
Safety for all is our first priority.
The Somers Library
914-232-5717 (Adult and Young Adult inquiries) (Children's inquiries) (Teen inquiries) (For library cards / circulation issues)
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Cool Kitchen Holiday Gifts Ideas

Now more than ever, we need tools and ideas to help make cooking easy and fun!

Here are our top picks – with fantastic Black Friday sales going on NOW.

Note: Prices may change and products may sell out!

Instant Pot Duo Evo Plus Pressure Cooker 9 in 1,  6 Qt, 48 One Touch Programs

Sale Price $69.95 Reg. $119.95

With 20+ enhancements; Cooks up to 70 % faster; New quickcool technology; 48 customizable preset options for soups, beans, rice, ribs and more.

Ninja SS201 Foodi Power Pitcher

Sale Price $94.99 Reg. $139.99

Crush, chop, and make smoothie bowls and dough conveniently in one pitcher.

Keurig K-Cafe Coffee, Latte and Cappuccino Maker

Sale Price $189.99 Reg. $219.99

Brew your favorite coffee or make creamy lattes and frothy cappuccinos using any K-Cup® pod - all from one effortlessly simple to use brewer. Just brew, froth, enjoy!

Glass Electric Hot Water Kettle

Sale Price $20.79 Reg. 32.99

Fast Heating for Tea and Coffee, Bonsenkitchen Portable Water Boiler with Keep Warm Function, Electric Tea Kettles Automatic Shut Off & Boil Dry Protection

BELLA Classic Rotating Non-Stick Belgian Waffle Maker

Sale Price $24.52 Reg $39.99

Enjoy 1" thick restaurant quality Belgian waffles in the comfort of your home! With a high powered 1000-watt heating system this waffle maker can make up to 4 waffles in 10 minutes.

AeroGarden Harvest- Indoor Hydroponic Garden

Sale Price $99.97 Reg. $149.95

IN HOME GARDEN SYSTEM - Grow fresh herbs & veggies all Year Round in this indoor herb garden with LED grow lights. Always fresh, always local, always in season Includes gourmet seed kit: Genovese Basil, Curly Parsley, Dill, Thyme, Thai Basil and Mint & a 3oz bottle of our patented, all-natural plant nutrients 

Cuisinart Non-Stick Paella Pan, 15"

Sale Price $39.96 Reg. $100.00

Oven safe, Steel construction provides quick and even heating, Highly durable non-stick cooking surface for lasting food release and easy cleaning


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Perfect gift for that aspiring or growing business owner

Many entrepreneurs get a bit lost in the dangerous jungle of business. If only they were equipped with the critical tools and knowledge necessary for survival, they would increase their chances for success. In The Entrepreneurs’ Survival Guide Tina Campbell gives you the tools and mindset that will help you not just survive, but thrive, on the business landscape.

Tina explains, " I love the quote, 'Let fear be your compass. Go towards that which you fear, and it will open doors'. Now is the time for entrepreneurs to run toward their fear and take the leap. With the support of your sphere of influence and mentors, that leap does not have to be done alone. Work with others and through others to avoid many of the pitfalls that starting a business can open up. Be scared, but be brave."

"The Entrepreneurs' Survival Guide by Tina Campbell, is your map for finding the guidance you've always wanted to begin, and continue one of the most rewarding journeys of your life: the path to starting and successfully running your own business," states Rick Gabrielle, "Tina has the experience and tools to take you from just surviving all the way to thriving. She shares her own story, from shy to empowered, and her clear, easy to understand, then implement techniques will have you confident enough to uncover your own "Superpower" so you can put your own unique abilities to work to be your own boss. Grab your boots and backpack. Tina has your compass, so follow her and reach your peak."

Click here to purchase The Entrepreneurs’ Survival Guide by Tina L. Campbell



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]]> (Master It Media/HamletHub) Life Fri, 27 Nov 2020 05:56:03 -0500
enior Law Day Webinar: How do I pay for long term care?

Senior Law Day Webinar: 

How do I pay for long term care?  Planning with and Without Long-Term Care Insurance

Wednesday, December 2, 10:00 - 11:00 am

This webinar will present the various options for financing long term care, including what's available from Medicare, the basics of Medicaid planning, and the use of long term care insurance. If time permits, we will discuss 

the New York State Partnership policies and hybrid or combination policies will be introduced.

Register on this link:

Speaker: Deepankar Mukerji, Esq.

Adult Services, Westchester Library System

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!

Be Thankful

Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don't know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes.
They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you're tired and weary,
because it means you've made a difference.

It's easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who
are also thankful for the setbacks.

Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
and they can become your blessings.

~ Unknown Author

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Holiday shopping tips for this season from the FTC

The holiday season is upon us and retailers are already preparing for what they hope will be a successful shopping season. Because of COVID-19, it’s likely that we’ll be going online to look for those perfect gifts. With so many deals around and what seem like eternal “Black Friday" sales, it’s important to keep some online shopping tips in mind. 

So, if you plan to shop from the comfort of your home this year instead of heading out in person for those doorbuster deals, first, make sure your home computer has the latest antivirus software updated. This will help protect you from hackers and identity thieves. Read more computer safety tips here

Once you’re ready to shop, make sure you:

  • Take time to compare products. To get the best deal, compare products. Do research online, check product comparison sites, and read online reviews.
  • Check out the seller. Confirm that the seller is legit. Look for reviews about their reputation and customer service, and be sure you can contact the seller if you have a dispute.
  • Look for coupon codes. Search the store’s name with terms like “coupons,” “discounts,” or “free shipping.”
  • Pay by credit card. Paying by credit card gives you added protections. Never mail cash or wire money to online sellers. If the seller asks you to pay this way, it could be a scam.
  • Use secure checkout. Before you enter your credit card information online, check that the website address starts with “https.” The “s” stands for secure. If you don’t see the “s,” don’t enter your information.
  • Keep records of online transactions until you get the goods, confirm you got what you ordered, and that you’re satisfied you won’t have to return the item.

Check out more ways to ensure hassle-free online shopping here. And if you spot a fraud while shopping online this holiday season, report it to the FTC at

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County Executive Announces 38th Annual Senior Hall of Fame Luncheon

Westchester County Executive George Latimer will join in honoring the achievements of 49 senior citizens from throughout the County at the 38th Annual Senior Citizens Hall of Fame Awards on Friday, December 4 at 11:30 a.m.  This year’s program names Deborah Moorehead of Yonkers and William S. Greenawalt of Hartsdale with top honors. The video of the full event will be available to view at

Latimer said: “It is my honor to commend this active group of Westchester County residents, and induct them into our Senior Citizens Hall of Fame for their dedication and commitment to our communities. This longstanding tradition is a simple way for us to say thank you, and recognize top honorees like Ms. Moorehead and Mr. Greenawalt for their time, energy and promise to enhancing the quality of life of those around them.”

49 Westchester County residents ages 60 and older will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Friday during the virtual awards presentation. The Class of 2020 includes 25 nominees over the age of 80, and 4 over the age of 90. Two of the honorees are 93 years old, and 2 pairs of the honorees are married couples.

DSPS Commissioner Mae Carpenter said the achievements of the Hall of Fame honorees show the importance of people giving back to their communities and to each other. Carpenter said: “The honorees show that age is never a deterrent to being a vital member of our society. In fact, it’s an advantage because of the life experiences they bring with them. Their generous contributions have helped to make Westchester County one of the most senior-friendly places in the world.”

The Senior Hall of Fame began in as part the 300th Anniversary of Westchester County’s founding. Its purpose was to showcase how seniors have contributed to building the County. Almost 1,200 seniors have been inducted since.

Among this year’s award recipients, four seniors will receive Special Recognition:  Melvin “Mel” Burger of Mount Kisco, Mavis Cain of Dobbs Ferry, Eunice Kaplan of New Rochelle and Dinbandahu Shah of Ardsley will be recognized. 

The Senior Citizens Hall of Fame is sponsored by the Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services (DSPS); the Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation; Westchester County Livable Communities and the Westchester Public/Private Partnership for Aging Services.

The event is also supported by WPPP Annual Partner Sponsors: Presenting Sponsor, United Hebrew; Partner Sponsors: Aging in America;  Age Well New York, The Ambassador Scarsdale; Friends: Concept Care; Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano, LLP, Phelps Northwell Hospital, Rosenthal & Markowitz, Sterling National Bank and Wartburg. Sponsorships are still available. 

For sponsorships and more information, contact Rose Cappa at or (914) 747-0519.

To be nominated, seniors must have made significant and enduring contributions to enhance Westchester’s quality of life through their professional work, volunteer achievements or both. Nominations are made by members of the community, and the honorees are selected by a panel of judges. The names of past honorees are engraved on plaques that are permanently displayed at the DSPS office in Mount Vernon.


Westchester Senior Citizens Hall of Fame – Class of 2020

Top Honors:  Deborah Moorehead  Yonkers

Deborah Moorehead was born and raised in the Bronx, NY. She graduated high school and then attended Monroe College where she studied Computer Science. Ms. Moorehead worked for over sixteen years for New York Foundling/St. Agatha Home for children, starting out as a childcare worker and working her way up to a supervisory position. Ms. Moorehead raised two children and is now raising her grandson, Justus, who is thirteen. Her other grandchildren frequently stay with her as well. Ms. Moorehead has advocated on behalf of Kinship parents, many of whom are Seniors, by raising awareness amongst both elected and appointed officials of the many challenges they face and helping to effect change.   She also advocates for programming for Seniors with the Yonkers Department of Parks and Recreation.  In addition, Ms. Moorehead has met with elected officials to focus attention on the particular challenges senior citizens raising children face with locating affordable housing, both because of the method of communication (the internet) and because of the unavailability of senior housing to those raising children.  Her continuous efforts raise visibility on this issue which is often overlooked.

Top Honors:  William S. Greenawalt,  Hartsdale

William Greenawalt was born in Brooklyn and his  family moved to Hartsdale in 1937. He attended Cornell University and later Yale Law School.  He was part of the United States Navy as well.  He is married to  Peggy T. Greenawalt and together they have 2 sons and 4 grandchildren.  Mr. Greenawalt has been a progressive leader on the Democratic State Committee, and with its Reform Caucus and Progressive Caucus, and he has sponsored election reform in NYS, and he fought for and insured transparency as Acting Treasurer.  He was part of Legal Services of the Hudson Valley Board of Directors, Westchester White-Tailed Deer Impact and Forest Regeneration Citizens’ Task Force 2006-2008; on the Board of Theodore D. Young Community Center, Greenburgh; Scarsdale Congregational Church (“SCC”) Moderator 1988-90, Trustee, Choir Member, occasional soloist; 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom; and often does Pro Bono legal work for clients unable to pay.


Special Recognition: Melvin “Mel” Berger, Mount Kisco

Melvin "Mel" Berger, originally from the Bronx, first moved to Mount Kisco in 1984 when he purchased a pharmacy there.  Within two short years, Mel saw firsthand the impacts of addiction in his community, particularly through individuals attempting to fill fake prescriptions. He worked with the local police, and struck up a conversation with a local judge about his concern for these people, and thus began Mel's tireless volunteer work.  These programs have improved the quality of life for individuals in Mount Kisco and beyond, and include treatment programs for those in the Hispanic community, anti-addiction education and support programs for local teenagers, drug take back days, and a critical emergency shelter partnership program which runs in local churches through the cold months of the year in Mount Kisco and in the surrounding communities.  Even through the pandemic, Mel's tireless dedication to the shelter program continues to amaze. He has received many local and county level awards.

Special Recognition: Mavis Cain, Dobbs Ferry

Mavis has served as President of Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct (FOCA) since 2000. She was instrumental in leading their Keeper’s House Restoration. Mavis has organized exhibits and workshops, with a docent program to provide historic information to visitors from Westchester County and beyond. She has also led many Aqueduct trail clean-ups and vine-cutting events, including partnering with the City of Yonkers, Groundwork Hudson Valley, and Green Task Force -- all to support the long-term goal of improving the overall ecology of this very special NYS park -- for which FOCA was honored with the Going Green Spirit Award by the Volunteer Center of United Way (2013). Mavis is the liaison between NYS Parks, the FOCA volunteer Board, and the community. She leads the Board meetings, Annual Meetings, local engagement, and supervises all FOCA business, events, and development efforts. Mavis and her husband moved to Southlawn Avenue in Dobbs Ferry in 1958, and raised a family of four -- three biological children and a sibling from Ghana whom they welcomed at age 10. She worked as a Creative Director at the advertising and marketing agency Lintas for many years, writing commercials for Johnson & Johnson, Unilever, and other companies, and overseeing commercial production

Special Recognition: Eunice Kaplan, New Rochelle

For several decades Eunice Kaplan created and managed the Beth El Synagogue Talking Tapes Braille program for the visually impaired. Eunice spearheaded this lengthy and complicated project, 5 days a week, and was responsible for managing over 70 volunteers who read and taped 700+ books and publications for the Jewish Braille Institute. As Eunice values reading, she worked for decades to enable children, adults and seniors to enjoy this pursuit. She continues to remain active in her senior community by reaching out to those who are socially isolated during the Covid-19 pandemic. She finds enjoyment in helping other people, whether she is working with children as a volunteer reader in the local public school or driving fellow seniors to Beth El for educational and social programming. Over her many decades of community involvement, she has had a great impact on the quality of the lives of the people she serves.  Eunice grew up in a large family in Flatbush, Brooklyn. She graduated from NYU with a degree in business management. She has been a longtime professional volunteer who works tirelessly with different generations to improve the quality of their daily lives. Eunice and her husband have three children, six grandchildren and two great grandsons.


Special Recognition: Dinbandhu Shah, Ardsley

Dinbandhu Shah has been very involved with the Heritage of India Festival as a Volunteer working as Committee Member, President Elect, President and Co-Chair.  He is an advisor to the past and present Presidents at IACAW.  He has been a Co-organizer of IACAW Senior Citizens Monthly Program for last 12 years. These programs celebrates senior citizens birthdays, provides educational workshops, music, games, entertainment and an opportunity for Indian American senior citizens to come together and socialize and share similar cultural experiences so as to alleviate loneliness. Mr. Shah has organized musical concerts for Westchester Music of India Group to raise funds to help other organizations that provide help to victims of domestic violence and arranged various seminars on senior health and speaking on different topics like Diabetes, and hypertension.  He has organized Senior Meetings and programs every last Sunday of the Month for last 12 years, and continues to do them using Zoom. 

Westchester Senior Citizens Hall of Fame – Class of 2020


Ardsley - Robbie Reich, Dinbandhu Shah*

Armonk - Ed Woodyard

Chappaqua - Josephine R Bellantoni

Croton-on-Hudson - Vincent Duffy

Dobbs Ferry - Mavis Cain*

Eastchester - Patricia Covino

Elmsford - Larry McKee

Harrison - Nancy Sherman

Hartsdale - William S. Greenawalt**

Hastings on Hudson - Susan D. Greenberg

Mount Kisco - Melvin "Mel" Berger*

Mount Vernon - Geradine Christiana

Mt. Vernon - Sister Maria Barbera, James W. McKenzie, Terrence Stewart

New Rochelle - Eunice Kaplan*, Rhoda Klein, Gloria Selden, Ana Torres, Austin Torres

North Salem - Kathleen D. Sullivan

Port Chester - Richard Cirulli, Audrey Halligan

Rye - Harvey Geller, Cheryl Geller, Sarah Stephanie Iachetta

Rye Brook - Dale Mintz

Scarsdale - Jagdish Mitter

Somers - Shirley Kipnis, Jack Mattes

Tarrytown - Robert Kimmel

Tuckahoe - Adelaide DiGiorgi

White Plains - Pamela Earl, Ruth Goldberg, Rosalind Keys, Betsy MIller Landis, Jonathan Schere, Blase Spinozzi, Selwyn Walters

Yonkers - Giuseppe DeFeo, Elizabeth Fitzgerald, Earle Marsh, Deborah Moorehead**, Nancy Tetto, Mary Jane Tyndal, Dr. Rosemary Uzzo, Richard Fitzgerald

Yorktown Heights - Rosemary Dipaolo

** Top Honors

* Special Recognition

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Prepare for Volatility! Protection First!

When the 2020 pandemic hit, it caught the entire world off guard. Current economic and social circumstances combined with the upcoming election could be a recipe for extreme volatility. We encourage you to refocus on our planning philosophy (Protection First) and utilize it in multiple areas of your life.  Below are a few suggestions:

  1. Protect your MIND
  • Limit your news watching (once a day if you must)
  • Focus on the overall health of yourself and your family
  • Make time each day for gratitude, prayer, and meditation
  • Read/listen to stories about successful people who overcame great obstacles

2. Protect your BODY

  • Take action to relieve stress through exercise, hobby, or activity.
  • Strengthen your workout routine now. Your body and mind coordinate. Consistency yields strength.
  • Holidays are coming which tends to yield over-eating/snacking. Increase your nutritional focus Monday-Friday and indulge on the weekends!

3. Protect your ASSETS

Take the income test. How much income would there be tomorrow…

  • if you voluntarily stopped working?
  • if you had to stop working because of disability?
  • for your heirs if you died?

4. Protect your LIQUIDITY

How easily can you access $1,000? $5,000?

  • Have accessible funds to handle unexpected bills with as much ease as possible.
  • Opportunities arise even in dark times. Having capital gives you bargaining power. Perhaps you can find a way to expand business or create an additional income stream. 

5. Protect your JOY

  • Work hard and make time for fun!
  • Explore an old or new hobby that you enjoy!
  • Catch up or make a date to spend time with a family member or old friend!

As always, if you want to connect with us, please reach out. If someone you think would benefit from reading this, please share!

Davin Sessa

Financial Specialist

Truvium Financial Group

80 Business Park Dr. (207) Armonk, NY 10504



Registered Representative of Park Avenue Securities LLC (PAS), 800 Westchester Avenue, N409, Rye Brook, NY, 10573. Securities products and services offered through PAS, 914-288-8800. Financial Representative, The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America (Guardian), New York, NY.PAS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Guardian. Strategies for Wealth and Truvium Financial Group are not affiliates or subsidiaries of PAS or Guardian. Neither Guardian, nor its subsidiaries, agents or employees provide tax or legal advice. You should consult your tax or legal advisor regarding your individual situation.

PAS is a member FINRA, SIPC.

CA Insurance License # 4032312

2020-112003 Exp 11/22

]]> (Davin Sessa, Financial Specialist, Truvium Financial Group) Neighbors Wed, 25 Nov 2020 10:32:55 -0500
Metro North to begin hearings on proposed fare increases

The MTA is beginning its biennial process for the review of its fares, crossing charges, and related policies for travel to and from New York State stations.  (Please note: This does not affect ticket prices for travel served by Metro-North between stations in Connecticut and New York, or between stations within Connecticut.)

Hearings will be held on the dates and times noted at  on proposed changes to MTA fares, crossing charges, and related policies. To register to speak at one of the virtual public hearings, you can sign up as early as Nov. 24. 

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the MTA will convene these hearings virtually on Zoom, with a livestream available on the same website.

The public is invited to comment on the proposed changes, which pertain, as applicable, to the fares of Metro-North Commuter Railroad Company (Metro-North) in New York State only, the Haverstraw-Ossining Ferry and the Newburgh-Beacon Ferry , the Hudson Rail Link connecting bus service, and fares of the other agencies or affiliates of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Following the hearings, after considering public comment, the Boards of the MTA and its affiliated agencies will decide which potential fare and crossing charge adjustments and policy changes to adopt.

For more details on these potential changes, please visit, consult information posted at Metro-North stations and on digital display boards, or call the Public Hearing Hotline at (646) 252-6777.

]]> (Metro North RR) Life Wed, 25 Nov 2020 08:19:00 -0500
Metro North to begin hearings on proposed fare increases

The MTA is beginning its biennial process for the review of its fares, crossing charges, and related policies for travel to and from New York State stations.  (Please note: This does not affect ticket prices for travel served by Metro-North between stations in Connecticut and New York, or between stations within Connecticut.)

Hearings will be held on the dates and times noted at  on proposed changes to MTA fares, crossing charges, and related policies. To register to speak at one of the virtual public hearings, you can sign up as early as Nov. 24. 

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the MTA will convene these hearings virtually on Zoom, with a livestream available on the same website.

The public is invited to comment on the proposed changes, which pertain, as applicable, to the fares of Metro-North Commuter Railroad Company (Metro-North) in New York State only, the Haverstraw-Ossining Ferry and the Newburgh-Beacon Ferry , the Hudson Rail Link connecting bus service, and fares of the other agencies or affiliates of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Following the hearings, after considering public comment, the Boards of the MTA and its affiliated agencies will decide which potential fare and crossing charge adjustments and policy changes to adopt.

For more details on these potential changes, please visit, consult information posted at Metro-North stations and on digital display boards, or call the Public Hearing Hotline at (646) 252-6777.

]]> (Metro North RR) Life Wed, 25 Nov 2020 08:19:00 -0500
PB Pizza & Beer is now at the Jefferson Valley Mall!

Pizza & Beer is an extension of Peekskill Brewery's flagship production facility located on South Water Street in Peekskill, NY.  We are thrilled to announce that they are now bringing their products to the Jefferson Valley Mall and the greater Yorktown area in true PB style. '
Visit the new restaurant in between Dick's & Macy's! 

All their products are available for Dine In, Take out or Delivery.


Monday - Friday: 12pm - 10pm
Sunday: 12pm - 8pm

Jefferson Valley Mall

650 Lee Boulevard

Yorktown Heights, NY

]]> (Jefferson Valley Mall) Neighbors Wed, 25 Nov 2020 06:06:23 -0500
How to be Grateful and Why

Thanksgiving feels a bit different this year. Some of us are feeling extremely grateful. A good number of us are experiencing remorse around taking previous Thanksgivings for granted. Many of us are finding it hard to feel grateful at all.

As stated by Paul Pruyse, Dutch-American Clinical Psychologist, the word gratitude comes from the Latin word gratia, meaning “grace, graciousness, or gratefulness”. The derivatives of this Latin root “have to do with kindness, generousness, gifts, the beauty of giving and receiving, or getting something for nothing”.

What exactly is the point of gratitude? Why should we care? Christopher Peterson and Martin Seligman, both researchers in the field of positive psychology found that grateful people report higher levels of positive emotions, life satisfaction, vitality, optimism, as well as lower levels of depression and stress. Furthermore expressions of gratitude and appreciation are vital to successful, thriving, long term relationships.

It is also interesting to note that gratitude does not appear to occur regularly as a response to receiving good fortune until middle childhood. It can be hard as a parent to do countless, thankless acts, yet it may provide some solace to know that it is normal. This reinforces the idea that gratitude could be taught as a fundamental skill in the home, or even in schools, to ensure everyone has access to it’s benefits.

One of my mentors Jinendra Swami shared his gratitude mantra with me. “I am grateful for ‘blank’ because it adds ‘blank’ to my life.” Using this sentence structure will strengthen your gratitude muscle and deepen your practice. How does one start a gratitude practice? I thought you would never ask.

How to Start a Gratitude Practice:

Decide on one of the following methods for your own daily Gratitude practice. You can switch them up after a couple weeks to refrain from getting bored. The most important thing to remember is that you will strengthen your gratitude if you never repeat the same sentiment twice. Each day think of something new. Lastly, your gratitude will deepen if you use the sentence structure “I am grateful for ‘blank’ because it adds ‘blank’ to my life.”

Gratitude Drive – Pick a distance, landmark or set a time to recite things that you are grateful for in your life.

Gratitude Walk – Pick a distance or a time that sounds good for you so you start reciting all of the things you are grateful for in your life.

Gratitude Trinket – Put a trinket in your wallet and every time you see the trinket tell yourself something that you are grateful for in your life.

Gratitude Journal – Keep a journal of the things you are grateful for in your life. Write down at least five things everyday.

For more information on how to be happier this holiday season contact Emily Oliver, Founder of Goals Garden, at


]]> (Emily Oliver) Life Wed, 25 Nov 2020 06:04:40 -0500
State Department of Health released guidance on shopping safely

The New York State Department of Health released guidance on shopping safely this holiday season. 

Winter holiday activities, such as shopping and social gatherings, present a risk of COVID-19 spread to New Yorkers, particularly within areas of the state where confirmed cases and clusters have recently increased.

The Department of Health issued new guidance to help both businesses and New Yorkers prepare for holiday shopping, urging New Yorkers to avoid crowds, wear face coverings in public, and stay home if they feel sick.

]]> (New York State ) Public safety Tue, 24 Nov 2020 14:07:31 -0500
Editor's Choice for Holiday Book Gifting

Looking for recommendations this holiday season? Amazon editors chose books from this year that they think will make perfect gifts for everyone on your list–from a new biography or gorgeous fashion tome to something for the Star Wars fan in your life.

Notable Novels: Chose great holiday gift books for people who love fiction–from hard-boiled mysteries and science fiction to women's literature and everything in between. 

Quirky Reads & Coffee Table Gems: Trying to find a unique gift book? Our editors chose books from this year that run the gamut of interesting, unusual, beautiful, and even a little bit strange. But in a good way.

Holiday Gift Picks for Little Bookworms  Chose books that they think will bring smiles to all the kids on your list–from a baby's first holiday to finding an enthusiastic young reader's next favorite series.


Here is a complete list of editor's choice books!

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]]> (Margaret Carey, Master IT Media/HamletHub) Life Tue, 24 Nov 2020 13:22:00 -0500