Somers's HamletHub Thu, 21 Feb 2019 20:52:30 -0500 Get to know Holy Yoga of Connecticut Located at 88 Route 37, Fieldstone Plaza, New Fairfield

Find out more about Holy Yoga of Connecticut, their history, and their connection to the community:

How did Holy Yoga of Connecticut start?

Health educator and New Fairfield resident, Beverly Steiger began teaching Holy Yoga at Saint Edwards Church in 2012. With hearts for ministry and improving health and wellness, Beverly joined with friend, Toni Maconi also a resident of New Fairfield in 2015 and opened Holy Yoga of Connecticut. Today, Holy Yoga of Connecticut, located in the center of New Fairfield is blessed to have several ministry minded instructors, all of whom are residents of either New Fairfield or Sherman, CT. Together, they offer up to 20 classes per week between 6 am and 7 pm for improved health and holistic wellness. Offerings range from chair and gentle yoga to power vinyasa, barre and cardio, workshops, lectures, special events, meditation, bible studies and book clubs. Visit our website at: for descriptions of all of our offerings as well as prices and a current class schedule.

I don't regularly attend a church? Can I still attend HYCT?

The word “Holy” simply means dedicated to God. We offer a safe space for believers and non-believers alike to connect with God in their own, personal way and in their own, personal timing. While you may hear scripture woven into classes there are no expectations. No religion. No judgement. No agenda. Just you, your mat and God. We do not promote one denomination or religion over another. Whether you regularly attend a church or have no church at all, Holy Yoga of Connecticut is for you.

I am brand new to yoga. What do I need for class?

You do not need any experience to practice yoga. A simple willingness to connect with God with your body, mind and spirit is all you need. Wear loose comfortable clothing. Bring a water bottle and a yoga mat if you have one. No mat?  No problem, we have extras for your use. Yoga is practiced barefoot (no worries, pedicures not required!). 

How do you provide holistic wellness at your studio?

We exist to provide people of all faith backgrounds instruction in yoga, movement, breath-work, mediation and workshops that lead attendees to be intersected by God. We believe this intersection with God is the means by which mind, body and spirit are integrated resulting in holistic wellness.

What makes Holy Yoga of Connecticut different from other yoga studios and gyms? 

Life can be hard and we aren’t meant to do it alone. We were created for community! Everything we do at HYCT includes faith in God, a love for community and intentional soul care. Soul care provides a level of connection and intimacy where we are free to encourage one another in our faith and wellness goals with prayer and support. It truly feels like coming home. Over the past 7 years we’ve seen time and time again how prayer and Holy Yoga have helped support students through grief, cancer, divorce, trauma, and many other challenging life situations. We know what we offer here matters. You will not find mirrors in the practice space as we are not focused on outward appearance. We know true health, healing and freedom comes from God transforming us from the inside out. But don’t take it from us, just ask our community of yogis.

What do you offer besides yoga? 

We offer private and semi-private Trauma Sensitive Yoga as well as Yoga Therapy sessions for a variety of needs. In addition, we offer a variety of group fitness classes such as PiYO, Pilates, Barre, and Cardio. Many of our group classes utilize props such as hand weights, drumsticks, Swiss exercise balls, Pilates rings, and even hula hoops to create a super-fun, full workout for body and soul. For those interested in spiritual growth we also offer Soul Care such as Christian meditation, scripture journaling, book clubs and bible studies. Visit our website at: for descriptions of all of our offerings as well as prices and a current class schedule.

Is yoga a religion?

There is often a misunderstanding that yoga is a religion, but it is not. Yoga is a spiritual discipline, much like prayer, fasting and meditation. Yoga has the capacity to enhance personal beliefs and all faiths. Holy Yoga will deepen your relationship with God.

How can I bring Holy Yoga to my place of business or place of worship? 

Holy Yoga of Connecticut, LLC offers special workshops, retreat sessions and other special classes to fit your needs at your place of worship or business. Use the Contact Us tab on our website ( Be sure to include dates, times, expected number of participants and any other details that will help in the planning of your event.

Do you rent your studio space for retreats, special occasions and workshops?

Yes, you can rent our space for your own event or we will work with you to create that special celebration, birthday party and/or staff retreat to fit your needs. Use the Contact Us feature on our website ( to set up your event today.

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Postcard from St. Lucia

Rising tall from the sea and covered in emerald-colored vegetation, volcanic land formations called the Pitons are the most iconic sight in all of St. Lucia. Only 27 miles long, this Caribbean island not only boasts this UNESCO World Heritage Site but is home to crescent-shaped beaches, small fishing villages, rainforests, and geothermal attractions.

A hike to Gros Piton, standing at a remarkable 2,619 feet above sea level, is considered a challenge. Despite its long ascent and uneven terrain, it is one of Saint Lucia’s most popular tours. The trail begins in the quaint countryside village of Fond Gen Libres, and the reward for this four to five-hour hike over uneven terrain is the sweeping views of Caribbean waters, coupled with long vistas of the lush island mass.

For those would like an alternative to hiking, a catamaran sailing tour is an excellent way to experience the natural beauty of the island. As the sails of the catamaran gently flap in the gentle breeze, the views of hidden coves and golden sand beaches pave the way toward one goal. Viewing the Pitons up close.  

Sailing along the coast, our catamaran tour made a stop in Marigot Bay. Also known as hurricane hole, it’s sheltered from the worst of weather by steep hillsides surrounding its small, deep harbor. Tall billowing palms, charming, serene ambiance, and lush hills the color of jade make this bay feel otherworldly. Reminiscent of a surreal movie set, I discovered the area featured a large pink snail from the 1967 movie Dr. Doolittle, starring Rex Harrison.

It’s been said that French ships would sail deep into this dazzling bright blue bay and hide behind the sand spit that juts out in the middle to escape the British fleet. They would then lower their sales and tie palm fronds to their masts to blend the ships into the palm trees. The British in turn would sail right past the bay without seeing the French hiding within.

Today, kayaking is popular among the mangroves, free water taxis make it easy to visit the breezy bars and restaurants along the cove, and atop the mountain sits the village of Marigot, several resorts, and private residences. With an idyllic and peaceful vibe, Marigot Bay is a true treasure.

Conch fisherman and local vendors selling handmade trinkets from their kayaks emerge from the palm-lined hillside along another cove, called Anse Cochon Bay. The dark-sand beach, calm water, and adjacent reefs, part of the National Marine Reserve, makes it superb for snorkeling or for a relaxing swim in the Caribbean’s tropical waters.

Our catamaran excursion continued its sail along the west coast of St Lucia as the Pitons peeked their heads from around the bend. Anticipating their full presence, they truly dominated over the St. Lucian landscape as they came into full view. Their superlative beauty, indescribable.

Whether you travel by land or by sea, dramatic natural wonders prove that Mother Nature can wow even the most seasoned travelers. Next month I'll be taking you to the island of Bonaire for a unique underwater snorkeling adventure.

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Somers Recreation 2019 Spring Programs Registration begins March 6

Spring Programs 2019



Available programs in GREEN TAB

To create an account ahead of the registration date above or to check your current account information:

  • On a mobile device, click on the Account button on the top right of the page.
  • On a desktop, click on the Log in/Create Account button on the top left of the page.


Lifeguard Training Courses

Youth Drama ClubYouth Drama Club

USSI Spring/Summer Golf and Multi Sports Camps


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Finding the Perfect Fit: College Funding and You at the Somers Library

Finding the Perfect Fit: College Funding and You at the Somers Library
Wednesday, March 6, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Finding the perfect college can be difficult - both for your child and your pocket. In this workshop, Debra Hardy will guide parents and students in selecting colleges that are the right fit for your child's personality and abilities, while presenter Robert Scorrano will talk about developing a strategic college savings plan, discovering alternative funding pathways, and determining both pros and cons of current savings options. 
Discover the perfect college fit for academic success as well as peace of mind and wallet. Registration is required; register on our online events calendar or call the library at 232-5717.


Our programs are funded by the Friends of the Somers Library through your donations. Thanks for your support!

The Somers Library ~ 914-232-5717 ~

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Financial Advisor career opportunity meeting with Edward Jones in Somers

Learn all about it.

Looking for a career with flexibility, support and unlimited earning potential? You’ll find it all with a Financial Advisor career with Edward Jones.

Take your first step toward a lifelong career
at this . You’ll meet current Financial Advisors and hear what brought them to Edward Jones – and why they stay. You’ll learn about our unique business model, our extensive training programs and our network of supportive colleagues across the country. If you demonstrate leadership skills and strong initiative, we can teach you how to build a financial services business.

Don’t miss this opportunity!

Date: Thursday, March 7, 2019
Time: 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Location: The Edward Jones office of Michael O'Donovan

247 Route 100 Suite 200
Somers, NY 10589

Register: Yanna Guo at 914-401-9218 or Please join us for an open house to learn more about the Financial advisor opportunity with Edward Jones! 

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Happy Life Animal Rescue Adoption Event February 23 in Mohegan Lake

Happy Life Animal Rescue Adoption Event
Saturday February 23rd
Petsmart Mohegan Lake

Be sure to fill out an adoption application by CLICKING HERE before you come!

Have you adopted from us before? We love reunions! Please, stop by and say hello!

Our next adoption events are:

March 2nd at PetValu in Patterson
March 3rd at Petsmart in Mohegan Lake

Keep an eye out for details and info to follow!


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Novel Approaches to Lyme: Ancient Remedies and Modern Illnesses

The history of Lyme disease in Connecticut began in 1975 when a cluster of children and adults residing in the Old Lyme, Connecticut area, experienced uncommon arthritic symptoms.  By 1988, the news of Lyme disease spread and national media attention began. Lyme has now spread to almost every state in the U.S. with most cases occurring in Connecticut. The first Lyme disease vaccine became available in 1997. However, the manufacturer withdrew the vaccine from the market in 2001 due to safety issues, lack of effectiveness and class action lawsuits. This has left a lot of confusion in the medical world on how to treat Lyme disease.

Lyme disease is called “The Great Imitator” as it can manifest in a variety of ways leading to often misdiagnosis. Additionally, in most cases, the tick bite was not found. For example, a patient of mine, presented with shoulder pain. After getting a negative result with the common medical tests for Lyme, I performed a more extensive Lyme test and it came back positive. It would have been easy to miss the symptom and mistreat the condition as arthritis. It’s important to know that conventional Lyme testing can be 50% incorrect and there are a variety of co-infections that may not be tested for. But, classic symptoms of Lyme could include a bulls-eye rash and flu-like symptoms. Later this leads to joint pain and neurological impairment. Equally disturbing symptoms could include heart problems such as palpitations, liver inflammation, eye inflammation, severe fatigue and more.

Due to the dangerous and long term debilitating effect of Lyme disease and its many manifestations, do not try to self-diagnose or treat it yourself. Go see a qualified, Lyme literate health professional to help you. Here are some novel approaches:

Chinese Medicine

Chinese medicine views infections as Toxic Heat. The advantage is that it doesn’t matter what kind of microbe it is. If it’s the right herbs, it will help. Ironically, western science has supported the use of certain herbals as effective anti-microbial. I find that the addition of acupuncture therapy also opens up the circulation so the herbs can penetrate the body deeper to get to all the pathogenic particles and support good immune and organ function.

Integrative Medicine

After treating dozens of cases of Lyme, I have learned that it is a 2 pronged approach: Clear the infection and repair, naturally, any damage to the body done by the disease such as immune weakness, hormone changes, organ toxicity, etc.


Many of the symptoms of Lyme mimic the auto-immune diseases such as Lupus and RA. In fact, there is a theory that once the actually microbes are gone; the immune system behaves as if the organism is still there. Homeopathy is a system of medicine which involves treating the individual with highly diluted substances, with the aim of triggering the body’s natural system of healing. A very well tested protocol we use combines the best of herbal therapy with Homeopathy based remedies to help beat this disease. The protocol has been clinically researched in Europe and used by many Lyme literate doctors in the U.S.

Which Treatment is Right?

There is still quite a bit of controversy as to the direction to pursue with chronic Lyme. Choose the approach for you. Expect and get results, or move to another form of care. Expect your body to work miracles for you and it will.

Dr. Kenneth Hoffman, DACM, L.Ac. CCH is the Medical Director and Founder of SOPHIA Natural Health Center in Brookfield CT. He has performed more than 60,000 acupuncture treatments on over 7,000 patients since starting his practice which has now grown into the busiest clinic of its kind in the state of Connecticut with multiple locations. The system of Medicine he has founded, Integrative Natural Medicine, is a unique blend of his years of experience and combines the best of eastern medicine and modern functional medical sciences. He is the host of the local radio show, “The Natural Medicine Connection” on 800 AM WLAD. The office number is 203-740-9300 or visit the website at

HamletHub Health & Wellness Series: Get Healthy in 2019 

For the first months of the year, you will be treated to a series of articles from local experts in the health and wellness field.

Topics will include physical health, mental wellness, fitness, nutrition, financial well-being, and more.

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Somers to consider banning Marijuana Sales

With Governor Cuomo seeking to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in NY State, the Town of Somers is exploring banning the sale of the drug. 

 Supervisor Rick Morrissey said that he and Police Chief Michael Driscoll oppose the legalization, said, adding that he believes “It’s a gateway drug”. Somers would not be alone in prohibiting the sale of marijuana in Westchester. Pleasantville is also considering doing the same as are several other communities across the state.

 The Somers town board meets at the Somers Town House at 7 p.m. March 7 to discuss the issue.

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TED TALK: Communications - Language Learning at the Somers Library

TED TALK: Communications - Language Learning  at the Somers Library 
Thursday, March 7 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm.
Join host Eugene Ritchie in a discussion after viewing two TED talk speakers who will speak on a this topic. Professor Ritchie's mission is to provide a viewing, discussion, and inspirational forum for  the Somers Community of themed TED Talks designed for personal and professional growth. Each program consists of diverse speakers with short presentations of 10 and 20 minutes long. Speakers for this date are John McWhorter:"Four Reasons to Learn a New Language" and Lýdia Machová: "The Secrets of Learning a New Language." Each talk will be followed by light refreshment. Registration is required. Please register online or call 914-232-5717.
Upcoming Topics are:
April 4 - Environment - Global Warming & Climate Change
May 2 - Business - Globalization and Leadership.
June 6 - Human Relations - Enhancing Personal & Professional Relationships.  
Our programs are funded by the Friends of the Somers Library through your donations. Thanks for your support!
The Somers Library
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Devote one Sunday afternoon and take the first steps towards saving a life

Save A Life 2019
Alliance For Safe Kids (ASK) will be hosting their 9th Annual Save A Life Event on Sunday, March 3rd from 12pm to 3pm at Yorktown High School located in Yorktown Heights, NY. Save A Life is a program designed to empower and inform high school students and adults to be community allies and first responders to support teens and families in crisis.

Devote one Sunday afternoon and take the first steps towards saving someone in need. Register online today to participate in this free event.

This year's Keynote Speaker will be John Morello, an actor, comedian, and nationally recognized author and speaker. Morello is the creator of "Dirt", a one man show that explores the challenges that young people face such as bullying, drugs, and self esteem in a real and meaningful way that inspires people to take action and reflect upon the choices that they make in their daily lives.

Save A Life will feature interactive workshops for both adults and high school students on topics such as Alcohol Poisoning and Drug Overdose, Dating Safety, House Parties, Mental Health, Opioid Addiction, Respecting Yourself & Others, Stress & Anxiety, and Vaping & E-Cigs.

In addition to all of the workshops being featured, Save A Life will also showcase dozens of local organizations and resources for adults and students throughout the event with an interactive exhibit hall.


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Fast Tracking Your Middle Schooler's Academic Success

Ready, Prep, GO!
Fast Tracking Your Middle Schooler's Academic Success 
at the Somers Library 
Wednesday, February 27 6:30 - 7:30 pm. 
If you are a parent, or a middle school student contemplating college, this workshop is for you! In this workshop, you will learn how to lock in an advantage to your dream college by: learning how grades and habits can get you on the fast track to college success, developing how to focus interests when considering classes for a possible major, and best practices for preparing for testing and the admissions process.
This program is for parents and students grades 6  - 8.
Registration is required. Please register online or call 914-232-5717. 

Presenter: Neal Schwartz is a Certified College Counselor, and is also the owner and director of College Planning of Westchester, a holistic academic and college preparation counseling service. Mr. Schwartz provides cutting edge support and best practices at all stages of the admissions process, including search/selection, and financial aid. He is a member of the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA). 

Our programs are funded by the Friends of the Somers Library through your donations. 
Thanks for your support!

The Somers Library

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Annual sale of trees, shrubs, groundcovers, ferns, flowers, grasses and more. Sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension and Putnam County Soil & Water Conservation District. Order online at Selections must be ordered by Wednesday, March 27. Pick-up is scheduled for Friday, April 26 and/or Saturday, April 27 at the Putnam County Veterans Memorial Park. For info call 845 878-7918.

Orders must be picked up on: Friday, April 26, 2019 from 9 A.M. to 6 P.M. or

Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 9 A.M. to 12 P.M.

We will provide a phone number on the reminder card to be used if you have questions or need directions on the pick-up days.

  • The trees and plants sold in this program are for conservation purposes only.
  • Order early to get the species that you want. Quantities are limited and may be subject to substitution. Please visit website to see pictures of all the items offered.
  • You do not have to be a county resident to place an order, you just have to be available to pick up your order.
  • The pick-up station is located at the Putnam County Veterans’ Memorial Park, 201 Gipsy Trail Road in Kent. A reminder will be sent one week prior to pick-up dates with directions by email only. Mark your calendar!
  • Putnam County SWCD is not responsible for seedlings after acceptance of your order at the pick-up station, or for seedlings not picked up on the pick-up dates. There will be no refunds for orders not picked up.
  • Please make your check payable to the Putnam County Commissioner of Finance and mail to: Putnam County Soil and Water Conservation District, 842 Fair Street, Carmel, NY 10512.
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Poet and Writer, Pamela Hart at Katonah Museum of Art on February 24

Pamela Hart, Poet and KMA Writer in Residence on February 24 at 3:30 – 5:00 PM 
Pamela Hart, Mothers Over Nangarhar
at the KMA 

134 Jay Street - Route 22
Katonah, NY 10536

Winner of the 2017 Kathryn A. Morton Prize, Mothers Over Nangarhar is an unusual and powerful war narrative, focusing less on the front lines of combat and more on the home front, a perspective our American cultural canon has largely ignored.

Light refreshments served. Books available for sale at event.
Next up in the Writers Speak series: Helen Schulman, March 10 at KVL

Sundays, February 24, March 10, April 28, 3:30 – 5:00 PM

Join us for a reading and conversation with writers responding to and reflecting on art, culture and world events.

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Learning Through Laughter at Improv Workshop for Business Professionals the Studio Around the Corner

The Cultural Arts Coalition hosted an “Improv Your Business” interactive workshop on January 22 at the Studio Around the Corner in Brewster, NY in coordination with Master Networks NY/CT Region.
Instructor Margaret Carey used improvisational theater exercises to help attendees fine-tune business communications skills. The exercises focused on listening skills, the ability to read body language, and to think on your feet with the added benefit of team building.
“The objective of improv exercises is to help business people understand how to use verbal and non-verbal cues to accomplish their goals by successfully navigate the art of interpersonal communication,” explained Margaret. Margaret is not only a board member of the Cultural Arts Coalition but is also the secretary for the Brewster-Carmel Chapter of Master Networks and Editor of multiple HamletHubs in NY and CT.
“Being flexible and adaptable are invaluable skills to address the day to day challenges in the business world,” stated Tina Campbell, Master Networks NY/CT Regional Partner, “The event was not only educational and informative, but everyone had fun and connected with each other on a different level.”
“The Cultural Arts Coalition provides organizations with the opportunity to use our studio for amazing events like this,” explained Judy Marano, President of the Cultural Arts Coalition, “Combining arts, business, and education in one event was a perfect fit for our space.”
Master Networks is a nationwide organization based on the philosophy that people like to do business with people they know, like and trust. Local chapters meet weekly.  Master Networks is a learning-based, community-focused organization. For more information about Master Networks, contact Tina Campbell at or visit
For more information about the Studio Around the Corner and the Cultural Arts Coalition, visit:, call (845)363-8330, email

Photo Credit: Laurie Spens Photography

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United for Troops Getting Ready For March Into Spring

Getting Ready For "March Into Spring"

Just For Now We Are In Need Of The Items on the attached list.

In 12 Years United For The Troops Family Has Sent 20,116 Gift Boxes To Our Deployed Military.

Check out their new website!

Have items that we may be able to send to our Troops?

CALL: 845.729.4239
These are our current drop-off locations 
16 Bonniello Drive, 
Mahopac, NY 10541
Corner Car Care 
1999 Lexington Ave
Mohegan Lake, NY 10547
34 Gleneida Ave. 
Carmel, NY 10512 was created by friends and families of our Troops serving the U.S. overseas. Our sole purpose is to make life while at war a little better for our brave men and women serving in the U.S. Military by collecting food, money, and goods that the military does not provide them. Some of the items include cookies, dvd’s, cd’s, snacks, t shirts, and other food items. Through speaking with the troops the military provides them with the essentials for day to day life and many of them miss the extra amenities that they receive while at home. Our goal is to show them that we are proud of them and appreciate all of their efforts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other areas of the world being affected by this war.
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