Somers's HamletHub Wed, 11 Dec 2019 21:56:02 -0500 Traffic stop on I-684 leads to heroin arrest

Southeast, New York – On December 6, 2019, the New York State Police from the Brewster barracks arrested Thomas R. King, age 26, of Waterbury, CT, for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree, and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree with intent to sell, both class B felonies.
At approximately 9:08 a.m., Troopers conducted a vehicle and traffic stop of a 2019 Nissan Sentra operating as a taxi service on Interstate 684 for a violation of the vehicle and traffic law.  Investigation by the Trooper led to a probable cause search of the vehicle, and the discovery of approximately 95 decks of heroin belonging to the passenger Thomas King.
King was arraigned before the town of Patterson Court, and remanded by the Honorable Judge Anthony Mole to the Putnam County Jail in lieu of $1,500.00 cash bail or $3,000.00 secure bond.  King is next scheduled to appear before the Court on December 19, 2019, at 1:00 p.m.

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2020 Census Recruiting Event at Somers Library

The U.S. Census Bureau is currently hiring for a variety of temporary full-time and flexible part-time jobs. No resumés or cover letters are required to apply. Pay rates start at $17 per hour!

You will have the opportunity to learn about the importance of the Census, available job opportunities, and to apply in person. Representatives from the United States Census Bureau will be at this event to assist you.

To be eligible, you must:
* Be at least 18 years old
* Be a U.S. citizen
* Have a valid Social Security number
* Have a valid, working email address
* Be registered with the Selective Service System or have a qualifying exemption, if you are a male born after Dec. 31, 1959

Note: If you already submitted an online application, you do not need to attend this event.

Thursday December 12, 2019


Somers Library Rte 139 &
Reis Park Somers, NY



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New Book 'Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words' Reveals Parks through her Private Manuscripts and Notes

Book is a Companion to the New Exhibition of the Rosa Parks Collection

 A new book from the Library of Congress reveals the civil rights icon, Rosa Parks, for the first time in print through her private manuscripts and handwritten notes. The publication with University of Georgia Press is a companion to the new exhibition of the same title, “Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words.”

For years, Parks’ personal papers were not available to the public. Her personal writings, reflections, photographs, records and memorabilia were placed on loan with the Library in 2014 and became a permanent gift in 2016 through the generosity of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation.

The new book, written by Susan Reyburn of the Library of Congress, explores a variety of objects from the Rosa Parks Collection that bring to light Parks’ inner thoughts and struggles throughout her life and activism. At the height of the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955 and 1956, Parks was both pilloried and celebrated – and found catharsis in her writing.

“With the publication of ‘Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words,’ the Library of Congress is pleased to share a rarely seen view of an extraordinary woman through her private writings and in her own hand,” Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden wrote in the book’s foreword. “These writings reveal her keen observations, youthful rage, strong faith, and ongoing hope, as well as an abiding love for those closest to her.”

Parks’ writings include her description of her infamous arrest on a city bus after she refused to give up her seat to a white man, candid reflections on the segregated South, recollections of childhood experiences, letters to her family during the boycott and in the aftermath, and notes from a lifetime of battling inequality.

“Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words” draws on this collection of handwritten descriptions, recollections and letters to shed new light on the life of a civil rights icon. It is the first book to reproduce some of Parks’ personal manuscripts in print.

Lesser-known anecdotes from Parks’ life in the book include:

  • Her night-long vigils as a 6-year-old child, staying up with her grandfather in defense of the family home as the Ku Klux Klan rampaged through the area killing black residents and burning black churches and houses.
  • A tense childhood encounter with a white boy that precipitated a harsh scolding and a difficult lesson in the reality of race relations.
  • Her longtime work for the NAACP investigating brutal crimes against African Americans in Alabama, taking testimony from victims unwilling to speak to others.
  • Her handwritten account of the moment she refused a bus driver’s order to give her seat to a white passenger.
  • Her reunion, 37 years later, with the white woman who offered Parks her own seat on the bus after she was ordered to give up hers.

The new 96-page book features more than 80 color and black and white images from the Parks Collection. It is available in paperback ($16.95) from the Library of Congress Shop, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C., and from book retailers worldwide.

The exhibition, “Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words,” opened Dec. 5 and will be on view through summer 2020. The book and exhibition are part of an ongoing initiative inviting Library visitors to Explore America’s Changemakers through a series of exhibitions, events and programs. Another exhibition drawing from the Library’s collections explores the fight for women’s voting rights 100 years after the passage of the 19th Amendment.

The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States — and extensive materials from around the world — both on-site and online. It is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. Explore collections, reference services and other programs and plan a visit at, access the official site for U.S. federal legislative information at and register creative works of authorship at

Founded in 1938, the University of Georgia Press publishes outstanding works of scholarship and literature by scholars and writers throughout the world.

]]> (Library of Congress) Life Wed, 11 Dec 2019 06:59:30 -0500
Cat Of The Week: Bella Mia Available for Adoption

Bella Mia:3 years old Domestic Short Hair

Bella Mia is very shy. While she doesn’t enjoy being picked up but loves to be pet once she gets to know you. She doesn’t care for dogs and needs a more quiet home without little children but she does do well with other cats. Please contact for more information.

SPCA of Westchester
590 North State Road
Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510
(914) 941-2896

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Church of the Good Shepherd Christmas Bazaar this Saturday


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14h 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Hand-Made Ornaments & Gift Items

Gift Baskets – Something for Everyone

Candy & Gifts from the Kitchen

Fresh-Baked Goods

Boutique Items


39 Granite Springs Road, Granite Springs, NY (Near intersection of Mahopac Ave. & Granite Springs Road)

Church Office: 914-248-5631

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New Law Co-Sponsored by Sen. Harckham Helps Local Police Departments, Municipalities

Retirees under 65 now can make up to $35,000 without affecting pension benefits

 A new law, co-sponsored by New York State Senator Pete Harckham and signed by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, will help bolster local police departments and municipalities with experienced hires while saving taxpayer dollars.

With no projected annual costs and negligible impact on retirement patterns, the law lifts the cap to $35,000 that public service retirees under 65 can earn per year in public employment without affecting their pension benefits. This makes it easier for smaller municipalities to hire retired police officers, school resource personnel and village clerks, many of whom are willing to continue in their occupations on a lesser scale for part-time or per diem work

“This law creates a cost-effective way for small police departments to increase use of part-time retired police officers, who augment the full-time force and save taxpayers’ money,” said Harckham. “This is a win-win for municipalities and retired public employees.”

Since 2007, retirees wanting to return to public service employment have been permitted to make $30,000 annually before loss, suspension or diminution of their retirement allowances. Generally, there are no earnings limitations in or following the calendar year in which a retiree turns age 65. State data shows that an average number of 90 employees in the past four years that would have been impacted by the law lifting the earnings cap.

As for the local municipalities and various departments, being able to recruit and hire seasoned retirees also avoids the higher costs associated with training and incorporating new employees.

“I’m very pleased with the signing of this new legislation, which benefits towns like Pound Ridge that staff their police departments with retired police officers willing to work part time,” said Town of Pound Ridge Supervisor Kevin C, Hansan, “Since taxpayers invest heavily on training police officers, we all benefit from a greater return in our investment when officers work past their retirement age.”

Town of North Salem Supervisor Warren J. Lucas added, “The salary cap increase legislation that was marshalled through Albany by Senator Harckham in 2019 will allow us to provide better coverage for our citizens with a police budget for 2020 in which additional patrols can now and have been added.”

“My thanks to the state for passing this law, which will make it easier for the Town of Lewisboro to control the cost of policing,” said Lewisboro Supervisor Peter Parsons.“We are fortunate in the Town of Somers to have a professional and experienced part-time Police Department, which is comprised of officers who have retired from other municipal police departments, including the NYPD,” said town Supervisor Rick Morrissey. “Unfortunately, the previous salary cap led to operational limitations and staffing issues, especially in years when the town had to respond to unforeseen circumstances, like natural disasters. The new increase of $5,000 to retired officers will enhance public safety, and provide a great benefit to the residents of Somers.”

A future amendment ensuring Consumer Price Index increases to the salary cap deserve careful consideration, noted Harckham.

State Senator Harckham represents New York's 40th District, which includes the towns of Beekman, Pawling and the village of Pawling in Dutchess County; the towns of Carmel, Patterson and Southeast, and the village of Brewster in Putnam County; and the city of Peekskill, the towns of Cortlandt, Lewisboro, Mount Pleasant, New Castle, North Salem, Pound Ridge, Somers and Yorktown, the town/village of Mount Kisco, and the villages of Briarcliff Manor, Buchanan, Croton-on-Hudson, Pleasantville and Sleepy Hollow in Westchester County. 

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39 Stories to Celebrate the Season

Reading seasonal stories has become my December tradition. Never quite as many as during the Great Christmas Book Binge of 2014, when I read 15 Christmas-themed books, but enough that I’ve amassed quite a reading list. Most are Christmas-themed, because it's the holiday I celebrate. But I also read and loved a Hanukkah classic by Isaac Bashevis Singer and the short story collection "My True Love Gave to Me," which features stories around a range of winter holidays.

As a third child, I’m a good sharer, thus I give you my ever-growing list of 39 (for now) stories to celebrate the season (except the one by Maugham, which is profoundly depressing and supremely unsettling). The list includes classics, a romantic comedy, short stories, murder mysteries, children’s books, a poem, and nonfiction.

Which have you read? Any favorites not on the list? Let me know in the comments!


“At Christmas Time” by Anton Chekhov

“Miracle on 34th Street” by Valentine Davies

“A Child’s Christmas in Wales” by Dylan Thomas

“Christmas at Thompson Hall and Other Christmas Stories” by Anthony Trollope

“The Night Before Christmas” by Nikolai Gogo

“A Merry Christmas and Other Christmas Stories” by Louisa May Alcott

“A Christmas Memory” by Truman Capote

“The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry

“The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” by E. T. A. Hoffman

“A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens

“Christmas Holiday” by W. Somerset Maugham

Adult fiction

"Festive Spirits: Three Christmas Stories" by Kate Atkinson

“Christmas at the Cupcake Cafe” by Jenny Colgan

"Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery" by Jenny Colgan

"One Day in December" by Josie Silver

"A Wedding in December" by Sarah Morgan

"The Christmas Sisters" by Sarah Morgan

"Seven Days of Us" by Francesca Hornak

"Mr Dickens and His Carol" by Samantha Silva

Murder mysteries

“A Highland Christmas” by M. C. Beaton

“Mistletoe Murder” by Leslie Meier

“Hercule Poirot’s Christmas” by Agatha Christie

“The Nightingale Before Christmas” by Donna Andrews

"Death of a Neighborhood Scrooge" by Laura Levine

Children's literature (and one poem)

“Letters from Father Christmas" by J. R. R. Tolkien

“The Power of Light: Eight Stories for Hanukkah” by Isaac Bashevis Singer

“The Dolls' Christmas" by Tasha Tudor

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” by Charles M. Shultz

“A Visit from St. Nicholas” by Clement C. Moore

"Bah! Humbug!" by Michael Rosen

"A Boy Called Christmas" by Matt Haig

"The Girl Who Saved Christmas" by Matt Haig

Young adult literature

"My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories," edited by Stephanie Perkins

"10 Blind Dates" by Ashley Elston

"The Afterlife of Holly Chase" by Cynthia Hand


“Inventing Scrooge: The Incredible True Story Behind Charles Dickens’ Legendary ‘A Christmas Carol’” by Carlo DeVito

“Holidays on Ice” by David Sedaris (includes a mix of fiction and nonfiction)

“The 13th Gift: A True Story of a Christmas Miracle” by Joanne Huist Smith

"Christmas on Jane Street" by Billy Romp and Wanda Urbanksa

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Somers Schools on 2 hour delay. Kennedy Catholic is Closed.

Please be advised that all schools will operate on a two-hour delay today, Wednesday, December 11th.  Please also note that all schools will follow their regular half-day dismissal schedule as today is a scheduled half-day for parent-teacher conferences at the elementary schools and a professional development day at the middle school and high school.

Dismissal times are as follows:

Somers High School 10:30 am

Primrose Elementary 11 am

Somers Middle School 11:30 am


John F. Kennedy Catholic High School - Closed

Note: Students are to check Canvas for assignments 

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Metro North Bans Alcohol On All Trains During SantaCon This Weekend

Alcohol will not be permitted on Metro-North trains and at stations from noon, Saturday, December 14 through noon, Sunday, December 15, to maintain orderly travel during this weekend's SantaCon event.

MTA police officers will be on duty at Grand Central Terminal and stations throughout Metro-North territory, as well as on trains to enforce this 24-hour restriction.

MTA Police will confiscate alcoholic beverages and issue summonses. Violators may also be subject to removal from the train or station by police.

For full details:

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Somers Planning Board Agenda for December 11.

The Town of Somers Planning Board has released the agenda for their regular meeting scheduled for Wednesday December 11th, 2019. The Planning Board Meets at the Somers Town House, 335 Route 202.

Click on the link below to view the agenda.



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Standing with small business owner Ronnie Ram at his business Inspiria Outdoor Advertising, his employees and not-for-profit and business leaders throughout Westchester, County Executive George Latimer said: “This is good, positive progressive policy coupled with good fiscal policy done in a bi-partisan fashion.”

The $2.1 billion dollar budget includes a $1 million dollar cut to the Westchester County Property Tax Levy.

Latimer said: “While we committed to at least a freeze of County property taxes, we went even further and cut the County’s property tax levy by $1 million. This budget is about the people who live in Westchester County, it is about giving them some property tax relief while at the same time working to make their County the best it can be – by providing services and programs taxpayers rely on while placing the County back onto solid financial ground.”

This is the first time, in almost a decade that a County Executive has proposed a budget that reduces the County property tax levy.  The cut to the tax levy is due in large part to the Westchester County Property Taxpayer Protection Act which shares back 20% to municipalities and 10% to school districts. The 30% amounts to over $40 million helping to provide additional property tax relief.

For the 2020 Budget, the County will also have no “one-shot” deals, a step in the right direction to restore the County’s once sterling Triple A Bond rating.  On this, Standard & Poor’s has already revised the County’s credit outlook from “negative” to “stable” – citing recent budgetary actions.

Further, the Budget memorializes Latimer’s commitment to rebuild the County’s reserves – reserves that were nearly depleted by the last administration. Latimer has directed that $10 million dollars be added to the County’s “rainy day fund” – bringing it up to $79 Million - a 23% increase from just one year ago.

The 2020 budget also features zero borrowing for operating expenses. All ongoing expenses, including pension obligations and tax certioraris, will be paid through the operating budget - not borrowed. In the long term this move saves taxpayer dollars.

The 2020 budget also allocates $1 million dollars in Economic Development.  The money will be used for:

  •          A comprehensive long-term economic development strategy and implementation plan. 

o   The last plan was developed in 2000. 

o   This will provide a roadmap for economic development for the next 1-5 years and beyond.

  •          Workforce development initiatives to promote economic development in Westchester County by bringing more wage earners into the workforce.
  •          Building a pipeline of talent that will enable Westchester County businesses to grow, through a mentorship program.
  •          Initiatives to develop a more vibrant ecosystem for entrepreneurship in Westchester County, including the expansion of our Element 46 Incubator Program.

Latimer continued: “Let me give a cautionary note to everything in this budget – there are storm clouds out there and we must be prudent people. We do not know how the State will close its budget gap, we will work the State Delegation and the Governor, but there is no guarantee what happens a year from now.”

Additional highlights of the 2020 Operating Budget include:

  • The Budget invests $1.5 million dollars in new Housing and Community Development initiatives, focusing on not only building affordable housing, but also education initiatives to enable more Westchester families to move toward homeownership. 
  • Maintaining his commitment to the environment, Latimer has earmarked $400k for additional funding for environmental initiatives including storm water gauges and Planting Westchester, a program that will plant trees, greenery and add community gardens for food security and carbon sequestration.  The County’s program is modeled after New York City’s successful Million Tree Campaign. Additionally included:
  • Refrigerant Disposal Program – Awareness campaign to ensure proper disposal of refrigerants as well as solid waste enforcement and subsidies for municipalities to insure proper collection and disposal.
  • Real-Time Meters – Placed in all County facilities to track energy usage to increase energy savings and the Demand Response Program (earnings).
  • Food Scrap Recycling –Phase 1 of the Implementation of recommendations from the “Food Scrap Recycling Study.”
  • Fleet Electrification – Increase purchasing of electric vehicles and build-out of charging infrastructure.
  • Working towards a complete count, Latimer has allocated $150k for Census 2020 initiatives to ensure that every resident in Westchester is counted so the County does not lose out on both federal representation and federal funding.  Specifically: 
  • Capacity building – helping organizations increase awareness about the census,
  • Volunteer recruitment and
  • Creation of local census hubs.
  • Latimer has also set money aside to meet the new state mandates for criminal justice reform and election reform.
  • After the rash of hate crimes in the County, Latimer is also refocusing on the County’s Human Rights Commission and adding the position of a Hate Crime Specialist to the department. Additionally, dollars have been set aside for Anti-Bias Educational Programs for Schools and College Campuses
  • In our nationally accredited Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department, on the heels of a banner year at Playland, with the highest attendance for the past four years, Latimer is continuing to invest in the Park this time by increasing Playland’s marketing budget by $250K, bringing the total amount now to $1.2 million in 2020. Three curators will also be added to the Parks Department to be rotated among facilities to have seven-day Curator coverage. Additionally, a maintenance employee will be added at Hilltop Hanover Farm.  
  • Our non-porfit partner will receive additional financial support in order to enhance community programming, and the budget includes the creation of a non-profit contracting position to improve the procurement process. The Chief Non-Profit Contract Officer will serve as County-wide liaison to non-profit agencies contracting with the County to assist with the processing of contracts, provides training with the Department of Information Technology for departments and vendors on modules of the Vendor Portal, and ensure all of the administrative processes involved in the development, awarding and monitoring of contracts are handled in a timely and efficient manner. 
  • The Invest in Kids programs will be expanded to include pilot programs that will allow innovation, and will not be limited to geography or socioeconomic patterns. Invest in Kids was established under the Westchester County Youth Bureau Charter as a mechanism for provision of local tax levy financial resource for expanded use of the positive youth development model in addressing the needs of at-risk youth under the age of 21.
  • Additionally, the budget is making significant changes to how the County administers its daycare program by reducing the parent contribution for childcare from 27 percent to 25 percent, eliminating hourly billing and granting a 6 percent provider increase.
  • Moreover the 2020 budget also earmarks money for:
  • Stepping-up County customer service initiatives for Bee-Line and Paratransit,
  • Streamlining the capital project process (DPW & Parks),
  • Takes a holistic approach to community development and sustainability (DPW & Planning) and
  • Studying fire response and prevention at Valhalla Grasslands Campus.


The full press conference can be seen HERE.

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Representative Maloney’s Statement on Articles of Impeachment

Today, after months of investigations and hearings conducted by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Judiciary Committee, the House of Representatives announced two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. The articles allege the president has abused the power of the presidency and obstructed Congress in their investigation and charge him with committing high crimes and misdemeanors.

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement:

“This is a sad day for America, but it is a day that has been made necessary by the president’s conduct.

“As the articles of impeachment brought forward today move to the Senate, I’m calling on both parties to stay rooted in the facts and in fairness, with the Constitution as our guide. I am confident that the American public will, over time, see that these actions are as necessary as they are unfortunate.”

“We will hold the president accountable for his conduct. I hope my colleagues in the Senate do the same.”

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Statement from U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross on USMCA Developments

Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross issued the following statement upon the announcement of a deal between the White House and House of Representatives on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement:

“Thanks to the steadfast leadership of the President, passage of the USMCA continues to gain momentum, as leaders from Canada, Mexico, and our own congressional members have all now voiced strong support. I am encouraged by these developments, and look forward to more voices every day confirming what we already know: that the USMCA will further American prosperity, create more American jobs, and fuel economic growth in communities across the continent.”

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Breakfast with Santa at Club Fit JV

Santa returns to Club Fit on December 14th!

Join him from 9:30–11:00 am in our café for a yummy breakfast buffet. After you eat, you can take photos with Santa! Menu includes French Toast Stix, Vegetable Frittata, Cereal, Fresh Fruit, Assorted Bagels & Danish, Hard Boiled Eggs, Coffee, Tea, Milk, Chocolate Milk or Juice. Breakfast is $7.95 per child; $9.95 for adults. Non-members welcome! Space is limited. Please call 914-245-4040 to reserve. Don't forget to tag us in your stories & pics @clubfitny

Club Fit Jefferson Valley
600 Bank Road, Jefferson Valley, NY 10535




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FTC settlement against University of Phoenix

by Colleen Tressler

Consumer Education Specialist, FTC

Most people go to college to earn a degree and get a good job. In a competitive job market, it helps to have connections. So when a college or university claims it has relationships with well-known employers, that may convince you to attend. But beware: Claims like this may be a ploy to attract new students — and your tuition dollars. In fact, the FTC says that’s just what one for-profit university did as part of an extensive advertising campaign.

In a proposed settlement announced today, the FTC says that for-profit University of Phoenix, and its parent company, Apollo Education Group, Inc., falsely claimed that their relationships with top companies created job opportunities specifically for Phoenix students and deceptively claimed they worked with these companies to develop courses. 


The FTC says that University of Phoenix used a multi-media ad campaign to attract students, including ads specifically targeted to military and Hispanic consumers. The companies’ “Let’s Get to Work” campaign featured several high-profile employers, including Microsoft, Twitter, Adobe, and Yahoo!, giving the false impression that UOP worked with those companies to create job opportunities for its students.

As part of the $191 million settlement, the companies will return $50 million in cash to former students and cancel $141 million in student debt owed directly to the school. The proposed order prohibits the companies from further deceptive business practices. In addition, it requires them to ask consumer reporting agencies to delete the debts from people’s credit reports, give notice to those who got debt cancellation, and make sure people have access to their diplomas and transcripts.

Before enrolling in school, it’s important to do your homework. You can get important information about any school at the U.S. Department of Education’s College Navigator. For example, if you enter a school’s name, you can find out if it’s public or private, for-profit or non-profit, its accreditation status, and its student loan default rates.

Also, check out what are people are saying about schools you’re considering. Search online for the school’s name plus words like “review,” “complaint” or “scam.”

If you’re looking to advance your education, do your homework to be sure you know what you’re paying for. Check out Choosing a College: Questions to Ask.

]]> (Colleen Tressler, Consumer Education Specialist, FTC) Public safety Tue, 10 Dec 2019 06:53:50 -0500