Somers's HamletHub Tue, 17 Jul 2018 01:21:34 -0400 Jazz in the Meadow with Bill Evans

 Jazz in the Meadow with Bill Evans. It's sure to be a memorable evening! 

Champagne Reception at 6:30
Concert at 7:30

Bill Evans is a two-time Grammy nominee with 25 CDs to date. He has played with Miles Davis, Gregg Allman and Herbie Hancock, to name a few. He will be accompanied by the all-star rhythm section including David Kikoski, Tom Kennedy and Kendrick Scott. 

You won't want to miss this special event!

Online tickets available at

Sat, July 28, 2018

6:30 PM – 9:30 PM EDT


Weil Preserve

3 Willow Lane

North Salem, NY 10560

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College Students Connect with Brewster Carmel Master Networks


College Students Invited to Join Master Networks Meeting


The Brewster/Carmel chapter of Master Networks is hosting a “CollegeStudents Connect” event on Wednesday July 25 at 5:45 pm – 6:45 pm at the Laura Spain Cornerstone Park Building, 1 Fair Street, Carmel, NY.

Introduce a college student in your life to the art of networking! Who better to do this with than Master Networkers? Each student will have the opportunity to introduce themselves and to talk about future plans. Networking will happen naturally.

Not a member of Master Networks? Please come as our guest. Whether you are a business professional or a college student, find out how Master Networks helps their members pursue excellence in their personal and professional lives. It is an environment of positivity and creativity, which focuses on being supported and challenged.

 “College Students Connect” is an opportunity to meet with service-oriented entrepreneurs, business leaders and fellow college students to connect, share and prosper.

Contact Laurie Spens for more information at

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Seasonal Supper with Hayfields Market at Ryder Farm

July Seasonal Supper at Space on Ryder Farm

Saturday, July 21, 2018 
6:00pm – 9:00pm

Ryder Farm (map)
406 Starr Ridge Road
Brewster, NY, 10509
Rain date: Sunday, July 22nd

Taking place each month from June through August, SPACE’s annual Seasonal Suppers are a showcase for creativity on the plate and on the stage.

The July supper will feature music by Michael Thurber and Lauren Henderson and a farm-fresh dinner from Hayfields’ chef Rory Crumm. An intimate evening of food and art celebrating the height of the Hudson Valley’s summer harvest, this is a farm dinner experience you won’t soon forget!

Vegetarian and gluten free options will be available.

Menu Prepared by Chef Rory Crumm of Hayfields Market
Subject to change based on local and seasonal availability.
Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho
with Smoked Lake Trout

Grilled Yellow and Green Squash Ribbons
with Ham and Mint Cucumber Vinaigrette
Burrata with Roasted Summer Vegetables
Fig Balsamic Reduction, Walnuts, Black Garlic

Farmer’s Bread

Roasted Carrots
Carrot Top Pesto, Citrus Yogurt, Sesame
Grilled Corn Salad
with Garden Herbs and Spicy Honey

Baby Potatoes
with Vinegar and Chives
Herb-Brined Young Chicken
with Grilled Stone Fruit Salsa

Fresh Berry Trifle
with Lemon Curd and Mint Whipped Cream

Extend your visit at Ryder Farm and make it a weekend! Packages include overnight accommodations for up to two guests per room in one of SPACE’s homes (varying room options detailed below) following the Seasonal Supper, and a farm-to-table breakfast the following morning. These room packages must be purchased in addition to your Seasonal Supper tickets and cannot be purchased independently of Seasonal Supper tickets. Packages must be booked by 6pm on Wednesday, July 18th. Learn more!

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Heat Advisory until 6pm Tuesday

The National Weather Service In Upton Has Issued A Heat Advisory, which Is In Effect until 6 pm Tuesday.

Heat Index Values...In The Mid 90s.

Extreme Heat Can Cause Illness And Death Among At- Risk Population Who Cannot Stay Cool. The Heat And Humidity May Cause Heat Stress During Outdoor Exertion Or Extended Exposure.

A Heat Advisory Is Issued When The Combination Of Heat And Humidity Is Expected To Make It Feel Like It Is 95 To 99 Degrees For Two Or More Consecutive Days, Or 100 To 104 Degrees For Any Length Of Time. To Reduce Risk During Outdoor Work, The Occupational Safety And Health Administration Recommends Scheduling Frequent Rest Breaks In Shaded Or Air Conditioned Environments.

Anyone Overcome By Heat Should Be Moved To A Cool And Shaded Location. Heat Stroke Is An Emergency! In Cases Of Heat Stroke Call 911

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Drag Queen Story Hour Makes Westchester Debut, Ridgefielder Interviewed

News 12 Westchester was outside of Cameron’s Deli in Cross River July 13 interviewing locals about Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH) making a debut in Westchester on July 14.  

The TV crew met up with Ridgefield residents Amy Paige Ciota and her sister Rebecca who were sitting at the picnic tables having lunch. “They wanted my reaction to a drag queen reading to children at a local library,” says Ciota, who told us that the segment aired on News 12 Westchester.

Hosted by Angel Elektra, a drag queen trained by children's librarians at both the Brooklyn Public Library and New York Public Library, DQSH took place at Lewisboro Library on Saturday, July 14. 

Lewisboro Library says, “A first for Westchester! At the surface this truly colorful event is just what it sounds like: A drag queen reading a story to kids, but it’s more than that, really. It’s celebrating differences and recognizing the commonality between all of us. Plus, it’s just plain fun!”

Angel Elektra has been reading to children with DQSH since July 2017.

Learn more about DQSH here.

*Image courtesy Lewisboro Library

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Putnam Kennel Club all breed dog show July 20 & 21, 2018



The Putnam County Kennel Club brings dog lovers the annual Putnam County Kennel Club Dog Show! Hundreds of dogsand their owners will get the chance to strut their stuff in the show ring Friday and Saturday, July 20th and 21st at the Putnam County Veterans Memorial Park, 225 Gipsy Trail Road, Carmel, NY 10509 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM each day. The event is great for the whole family with free admission.

Spectators can:

  • Meet and greet a variety of different dog breeds. Visitors can learn about responsible dog ownership and speak with breeders, owners and handlers.

  • Watch the judging of various breeds in Conformation and cheer for your favorite.

  • See young owner-handlers compete against their peers in the Junior Showmanship Competition.

  • Obedience and rally trials will test dogs understanding of commands, as they maneuver hurdles & retrieve articles.

  • Watch owner-handlers compete in a special series called the National Owner-Handled Series. These exhibitors are striving for a spot in the finals at the AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin in Orlando in December.


  • Admission: Spectator entry is free

  • Show Program: Find full event details here

Photos courtesy of Putnam County Kennel Club

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New Traffic Light Installed at Dangerous Intersection in Yorktown

For the past 18 months, passing through the intersection of Route 118 and Route 129 in Yorktown made drivers feel as if they were playing bumper cars. However, Senator Terrence Murphy and the residents of Yorktown didn't find any humor in the situation. Senator Murphy, the New York Department of Transportation (D.O.T.) and the Town of Yorktown worked together to have a three-color traffic light installed at the intersection.

"A number of residents called my office saying the intersection was a safety hazard and that drivers were making dangerous turns or speeding through the intersection," said Senator Murphy. "I want to thank the D.O.T. for coming out, assessing the situation, and installing a new traffic light. Hopefully, there will be fewer accidents here in the future."

Yorktown Highway Superintendent Dave Paganelli stated, "This would not have happened if it wasn't for Senator Murphy. He's a hometown hero in Yorktown. Getting this traffic light back is a matter of public safety. Now we have an intersection that is less hazardous. Everyone benefits from having a light here."

A full traffic light had been at the intersection during the construction of the AMVETS Bridge, but it was replaced by warning signs upon its completion. A flashing yellow light was installed at the intersection, but it too was judged insufficient. Drivers complained about the poor sight lines in both directions at the intersection. The ongoing ironic joke was that anyone attempting to pass through the intersection had to keep their head on a swivel to get through safely.

At Senator Murphy's request, a signal study was conducted and it was decided that the flashing yellow light should be replaced by a full traffic signal.

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Music In The Park with Chamomile & Whiskey at Lasdon Park

Come bring your dancing shoes and some friends and enjoy Chamomile & Whiskey- an energetic mountainous folk rock band from Virginia.. you don't want to miss it! 

You can buy your tickets for general admission at the door - $10
OR purchase VIP tickets for-$25-which will be sold 48 hours in advance online..

Gates open: 5 p.m.
Show starts: 7 p.m.

Check out for more details! 

Check out the band at


Lasdon Park
2610 Route 35, Katonah, New York 10536

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Somers VFD Members Graduate Firefighter 1

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was On July 12th, 2018 Somers VFD members were honored at a graduation ceremony held at the Westchester County Department of Emergency Services. Three SVFD members graduated from the Firefighter 1 program. Firefighter 1 is the basic class necessary to be a firefighter. It is a several month program that is very physically and mentally challenging. The three members of the SVFD that were honored are as follows Firefighter Frank Ritacco, Firefighter Paul Walsh, and Firefighter/EMT Jacob Leff. In attendance were the families of the members graduating and 1st Assistant Chief Jon Mackey and 2nd Assistant Chief Ray Carile. Congratulations to our graduates and thank you for dedicating the time to serve our community!

Photo courtesy of

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Art Exhibit: Paintings by Supriya Hermenze at the Somers Library

Art Exhibit: Paintings by Supriya Hermenze at the Somers Library Art Gallery July 2 - 31, during library hours

Supriya is a licensed massage therapist who began painting in 2000, offering massages in exchange for painting lessons. She fell in love with color, texture and the amazing way she felt after focusing for hours while painting. Besides being a painter, she is also a yoga teacher, Interfaith minister, improvisational dancer, gardener and lover of nature.

Her work has been exhibited at the Ridgefield Guild of Artists, SCAN in Newtown's art shows, the Rowayton Art Center and several restaurants in Bethel, CT.

Somers Library

Route 139 & Reis Park, Somers, NY 10589 914-232-5717

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$750k Grant Funds Expansion Of Training Programs For NYMC's Center Of Excellence

The largest bioterrorism attack in the U.S. occurred in September 1984, when followers of Baghwan Shree Rajneesh contaminated salad bars at ten restaurants in Dalles, Oregon with salmonella. Seven hundred and fifty-one people fell ill, proving that terrorists don't have to strike at military targets to wreak havoc. Since then, we have seen unnerving acts such as anthrax mailed to unsuspecting victims, planes deliberately flown into skyscrapers, and children used as human bombs.
To combat the threat of terrorism, New York Medical College (NYMC) founded the Center of Excellence in Precision Responses to Bioterrorism and Disasters in 2017. The Center is the first of its kind in the Mid-Hudson Region.
On July 10, Senator Terrence Murphy announced that he had obtained a grant of $750,000 to support the expansion of the Center's training program at a press conference held at the Center of Excellence. The sum marks a major increase in funding for the Center, which had received $500,000 from the State in 2017.
 "Bioterrorism poses distinctive challenges for preparedness, protection, and response," said Senator Murphy. "New Yorkers are very much aware that we are targets for acts of terrorism. The Center allows us to be proactive. It is critical to our region's preparedness to have trained personnel who can respond to any life-threatening incident within our communities. I am proud to have secured $750,000 in funding to allow the Center to expand their mission to protect our families from catastrophic bio-terrorism and man-made disasters."
"This Center of Excellence in Precision Responses to Bioterrorism and Disasters is designed to intensify and solidify our preparedness as a state and as a nation, and to defend against all threats, whether intentional, accidental or natural," noted Dean Robert Amler, M.D., MBA, Vice President of Government Affairs, NYMC. "The increase in funding we received this year has made it possible to provide more in-depth training, including preparing in real time for incidents of terrorism that are all too common in today's world."
Michael Reilly, DR. P.H., M.P.H, Director of the Center of Excellence in Precision Responses to Bioterrorism and Disasters for NYMC added, "It's one thing to teach someone in a well-lit, quiet room where the temperature is a comfortable seventy degrees, and another situation altogether when you're trying to work in the dark in the sweltering heat with music blaring and distraught people are all screaming at once. We train medical personnel and first responders to work under the most adverse conditions; because that is the situation they are most often going to find themselves in. We are looking forward to expanding our services and hope that with continued State support we can deliver critically needed state-of-the-art training programs."
The Center combines New York Medical College's globally recognized assets in disaster medicine and medical countermeasures with individualized precision medical strategies against biological and chemical threats and seeks to translate research findings in order to protect Americans from the threat of catastrophic bioterrorism and man-made disasters. The increased financial support will allow NYMC to expand its training programs for hospitals, health systems, and first responders throughout the State. The school had committed funding for the renovation of a new state-of-the-art dedicated training facility on its Valhalla campus that will provide additional classroom space, disaster simulation and real-world scenario-based training for first responders.
"I was working on 9/11. It was a quiet day. Someone called and said a plane had struck the World Trade Center. Then another plane hit. All of the sudden the world changed in an instant and was never the same," remembered John Hodges, Chief Inspector for the Westchester County Police. "Training is the vital element that allows us to respond efficiently. The Center of Excellence is a tremendous asset that allows us to prepare under austere, real-life conditions."
Sherlita Amler, M.D., Commissioner of Health at Westchester County was on hand to represent Westchester County Executive George Latimer. Among the many other guests in attendance were Alonzo West, President of the Westchester Correction Officers Benevolent Association, Peter Dickiarra, Westchester County Correction Superior Officers Association, and Brian Gates Senior Vice President, Hudson Valley Development Corporation.
New York State has established and currently supports 11 Centers of Excellence throughout the State. Three such centers exist in Rochester, two each in Buffalo and Long Island, and one in Syracuse, Albany, and Binghamton. Prior to the opening of this Center in Valhalla, the Hudson Valley had no such designation.
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crackdown on seat belt use in State Parks

The New York State Police, the New York State Park Police and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee are partnering to ensure that visitors to state parks are buckling up for safety.
“BUNY in the Parks” is an enforcement and educational campaign to ensure that visiting motorists and their passengers properly buckle-up their seatbelts while travelling inside state parks, and to teach the importance of properly securing our youngest visitors in approved child safety seats. This year’s campaign will be held from Saturday, July 14, 2018 to Monday, August 13, 2018.
Since New York State became the first state in the nation to enact a primary seatbelt law, effective January 1, 1985, countless lives have been saved.  The seatbelt compliance rate has steadily increased, reaching 93% in New York State in 2017. However, motor vehicle crashes continue to be a leading cause of death for children. Additionally, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that in 2016, more than one-third (35%) of children under the age of 13 killed in car crashes were not restrained using seat belts, car seats or booster seats.
New York State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II said, “As the summer travel season continues, the State Police, State Park Police, and our law enforcement partners strongly encourage the proper use of seat belts and child safety seats in motor vehicles. By simply buckling-up, motor vehicle occupants dramatically reduce their risk of severe injury or death if involved in a crash. We will be working diligently to promote proper seatbelt use and compliance, and reduce the senseless tragedies caused by people who ignore the seat belt laws.”
State Park Police Chief David Page said, “The safety of our visitors is our greatest priority and through our partnership with other law enforcement agencies, we can continue to administer and educate the public on proper seat-belt usage to ensure a safe, enjoyable experience for all motorists that enter our state parks.”
Terri Egan, Executive Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles and Acting Chair of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, said, “We are proud so many New Yorkers understand how important it is to wear a seat belt and to make sure children are properly secured. Still, we can do better.  Every unsecured person risks their life so we continue to work along with our law enforcement partners to educate the public. When you enter a state park, you go there to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery and recreational opportunities, but don’t relax when it comes to safety. Keep all belts and restraints buckled as long as the car is in motion.”
This initiative coincides with one of the peak times that visitors travel to state parks throughout New York State, and the goal is for motorists and their families to arrive and depart safely.   Increasing seatbelt use is one of the most effective ways to reduce crash related injuries and fatalities. Ensuring motorists adhere to proper child restraint laws will, no doubt, protect the lives of many that cannot speak for themselves.
During the 2017 BUNY in the Parks campaign, State Police and State Park Police issued more than 43,089 total tickets. That included 929 tickets for child restraint violations, and 1,921 tickets for adult seatbelt violations.  
Highlights of New York State's occupant restraint law:
  • In the front seat, the driver and each passenger must wear a seat belt, one person per belt. The driver and front-seat passengers aged 16 or older can be fined up to $50 each for failure to buckle up.
  • Every occupant, regardless of age or seating position, must use a safety restrain when riding with driver who has a junior license or learner permit.
  • Each passenger under age 16 must wear a seat belt or use an appropriate child safety restraint system. The restraint system must comply with the child height and weight recommendations determined by the manufacturer. Depending on the size of the child, the restraint system may be a safety seat or a booster seat used in combination with a lap and shoulder belt.
  • The driver must make sure that each passenger under age 16 obeys the law. The driver can be fined $25 to $100 and receive up to three driver license penalty points for each violation.
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Muscoot Farm Farmer's Market Sundays in Katonah

Come enjoy our Farmer's Market featuring over 25 vendors throughout the season. Our park is always free to enter, and after you browse the market you can stroll the grounds and visit Muscoot's animals and historic buildings! 

Farmer's Market Hours
Sundays Through Nov 18
9:30 am - 2:30 pm

Muscoot Farm
51 Route 100, Katonah, New York 10536

(914) 864-7282

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4th Annual Woody Guthrie Hootenanny July 14 in Somers

Concert organized by Somers native Scott Urgola and friends to commentate Guthrie's music and birthday. Bring a picnic dinner and stay for a birthday party! Mt. Zion Church in Reis Park on Primrose Street, Somers

Saturday July 14 6 PM - 9 PM

Somers Historical Society

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Restaurant Raffle to benefit Putnam/ Northern Westchester Women's Resource Center

It's summer time, which means it's also time for the Putnam/ Northern Westchester Women's Resource Center Restaurant Raffle! Enjoy the culinary creativity of the Hudson Valley and buy a raffle for a chance to win a restaurant gift certificate. Take a look at the list of supporting restaurants. Drawing is September 7, 2018.

Tickets are $10.00 each or 3 for $25.00

It is the mission of the Putnam/ Northern Westchester Women's Resource Center to provide advocacy, education and services to the community in order to create a safe, supportive environment that eliminates violence against women and children and promotes gender equality.

Putnam/Northern Westchester Women's Resource Center
935 South Lake Blvd., Ste 2
Mahopac, NY 10541
845-628-9284 24 Hour Hotline 845-628-2166

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