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Scammers follow the news about student loan forgiveness

<p>Hearing a lot about federal student loan forgiveness in the news? You’re not alone — scammers are, too. You might get a call from someone saying they’re affiliated with Federal Student Aid (FSA) or the Department of Education. (They’re not.) They’ll say they’re following up on your eligibility for a new loan forgiveness program, and might even know things about your loan, like the balance or your account number. They’ll try to rush you into acting by saying the program is available for a limited time. But this is all a scam. What else do you need to know to spot scams like this?</p><p>The only place to get help managing your federal student loans is&nbsp;<a href="https://studentaid.gov/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 94, 162);">StudentAid.gov</a>. FSA (and your federal loan servicer) won’t ever pressure you to sign up for anything — but a scammer will.&nbsp;And sometimes, it’s easier to tell what’s real by learning to spot what’s not. To get you started:</p><ul><li><strong>Don’t rely on government seals or logos.&nbsp;</strong>Scammers use official-looking names, seals, and logos to make them seem more legit.</li><li><strong>Don’t buy promises of special access.</strong>&nbsp;There’s no special access to repayment plans or loan forgiveness programs. No one can get you into loan forgiveness programs you don’t qualify for or wipe out your loans. Use your FSA&nbsp;<a href="https://studentaid.gov/fsa-id/sign-in/landing" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 94, 162);">account dashboard</a>&nbsp;to see which programs you might be eligible for.</li><li><strong>Never pay an upfront fee.</strong>&nbsp;It’s illegal for companies to charge you before they help you reduce or get rid of your student loan debt.<strong>&nbsp;</strong>And if you have to pay upfront, you might not get any help — or your money back. Get free help managing your federal loans at&nbsp;<a href="http://studentaid.gov/repay" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 94, 162);">StudentAid.gov/repay</a>. If your loans are private, go straight to your loan servicer for help.</li><li><strong>Never share your FSA ID login information.</strong>&nbsp;Only scammers say they need it to help you. If a scammer gets your FSA ID, they could cut you off from your loan servicer — or even steal your identity.</li></ul><p><br></p><p>Check out FSA’s resources for&nbsp;<a href="https://studentaid.gov/resources/scams#beware-of-student-loan-debt-relief-companies" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 94, 162);">avoiding student loan scams</a>. And if you spot a student loan scam, tell the FTC at:&nbsp;<a href="https://reportfraud.ftc.gov/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 94, 162);">ReportFraud.ftc.gov</a>.</p>

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Westchester-Putnam Career Fair in Yorktown, May 1st.

<p><span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102);">Mark your calendar! On May 1st, 2024, The&nbsp;</span><strong style="color: rgb(87, 124, 166);">Westchester-Putnam Career Center Network</strong><span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102);">&nbsp;in collaboration with the&nbsp;</span><strong style="color: rgb(87, 124, 166);">Town of Yorktown,&nbsp;The&nbsp;Yorktown Chamber of Commerce,&nbsp;</strong><span style="color: rgb(92, 100, 107);">and&nbsp;</span><strong style="color: rgb(87, 124, 166);">The Catalyst Westchester County Economic Development,</strong><span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102);">&nbsp;are hosting an on-site&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(92, 100, 107);">career fair at the&nbsp;</span><strong style="color: rgb(87, 124, 166);">Albert A. Capellini Community &amp; Cultural Center</strong><strong style="color: rgb(92, 100, 107);">&nbsp;</strong><span style="color: rgb(92, 100, 107);">featuring an array of employment opportunities in northern Westchester County. Dress professionally and be prepared to interview with hiring managers. Remember to bring multiple copies of your updated resume and to review the attending employers prior to the job fair in order to be fully prepared. </span><a href="https://smex-ctp.trendmicro.com/wis/clicktime/v1/query?url=https%3a%2f%2fdocs.google.com%2fforms%2fd%2fe%2f1FAIpQLSe6%5fTNAj87preHrUyzjC0OeD1wmZ7GbOvGtGTess%2dR%2dnwIWlQ%2fviewform&amp;umid=434d0243-d48e-451f-95b6-cbc48e253aa7&amp;auth=3e9eac7f6d1e9ee4bcf25e1462df7eb615e0741e-697c6e7c6b652f37db2e9ca9c5f7913dd1851484" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(232, 125, 54);">Click here to register&nbsp;</a></p><p><strong style="color: rgb(232, 125, 54);">For more information, contact Bob Fois at&nbsp;</strong><a href="mailto:WestchesterCCN@westchestercountyny.gov" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(232, 125, 16);"><strong>WestchesterCCN@</strong></a><a href="https://news.hamlethub.com/brewster-new-york/stories/westchestercountyny.gov" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(232, 125, 16);"><strong>westchestercountyny.gov</strong></a><strong style="color: rgb(232, 125, 16);">&nbsp;</strong><strong style="color: rgb(232, 125, 54);">or call (914) 955-4976</strong></p><p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p>

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Putnam County Career Fair April 9 2024 at Putnam County Golf Course

<p>The&nbsp;<strong>Westchester-Putnam Career Center Network</strong>&nbsp;in collaboration with&nbsp;<strong>Putnam County Office of Economic Development, the Brewster Chamber</strong>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<strong>Cold Spring Chamber</strong>&nbsp;are hosting an on-site job fair at the Putnam County Golf Course, located at 187 Hill Street, Mahopac, NY. The career fair will feature an array of employment opportunities in northern Westchester and Putnam County.</p><p>Noteworthy: Registration is required, please register using the&nbsp;<a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe6_TNAj87preHrUyzjC0OeD1wmZ7GbOvGtGTess-R-nwIWlQ/viewform" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(182, 99, 62);">Job Seeker Job Fair Registration form</a>. Attend the event dressed professionally, be prepared to interview with hiring managers, and remember to bring multiple copies of your updated resume. </p><p><strong>For more information, contact:</strong></p><p>Kimberly at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:WestchesterCCN@westchestercountyny.gov" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(182, 99, 62);">WestchesterCCN@westchestercountyny.gov&nbsp;</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p>

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HearItThere.com Presents Original Country Music  4/11 @Uncle Cheef Brewster, NY!

<p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Recently nominated for&nbsp;</span><strong style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><em>Best Jazz Club of the Hudson Valley</em></strong><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">,</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(255, 0, 0);">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.unclecheef.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">Uncle Cheef</a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">&nbsp;and live music promoters,&nbsp;</span><a href="https://hearitthere.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">HearItThere.com</a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">&nbsp;are honored to introduce&nbsp;</span><a href="https://northcountyband.com/home" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(17, 85, 204);"><strong>North County Trio</strong></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">, a unique acoustic trio originating in Fairfield County CT on Thursday, April 11, 2024 with two sets at 7 PM &amp; 8 PM.</span></p><p><br></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Formed in late 2020, regional touring band, The North County Band is a six piece Modern Americana Country band made up of Scott Smith (guitar), Cat Lines (fiddle), Jimmy Johnston (guitar), Peter Hill (drummer), Bradley Clark (bass) and Jona Ziac (lap steel, dobro, organ) that perform a mix of alternative country covers and lively original compositions. Nominated for a New England Rising Star Award for their song “Connecticut” the band has been taking on steam with plans to release a second album in July 2024.</span></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">The North County Trio is a tailored arrangement designed for smaller rooms and more intimate performances. Performing in the trio on April 11th are Scott Smith, Cat Lines and Bradley Clark.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Hear It There Founder, and live music enthusiast, Elisa Zuckerberg is continually on the lookout for new music. North County Band may call themself a country band, but they’re so much more. Their music is infectious and Scott’s honeyed voice and Cat’s fiddle playing, joyous. Music fans of country, rock and folk will all love North County Band.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><br></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">The music, food and service at Uncle Cheef are all top notch. Advance reservations via the online&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.unclecheef.com/reservations" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">Resy System</a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">&nbsp;are encouraged, as they are instrumental when planning for the evening’s success and your enjoyment. If you’ve never used Resy, there will be a one-time set up process which automates the check out procedure when settling your bill.</span></p><p><br></p><p>Navigation settings for Uncle Cheef are, 988 NY-22, Unit C, Brewster, NY 10509.</p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Located 56 miles north of New York City in the Village of Brewster, the lounge is Hudson Valley’s number one home to exciting live music curated by Tonight Show musician and five-time Grammy award winning saxophonist,&nbsp;</span><a href="https://ianhendricksonsmith.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">Ian Hendrickson-Smith</a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">&nbsp;(aka Uncle Cheef.)&nbsp;</span></p><p><br></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">HiT promotes original songwriters at Uncle Cheef and is web-based resource (with accompanying weekly newsletter reaching over 2,800 subscribers allowing users to upload graphics, text and links to seamlessly promote their upcoming music events at no cost! The website is free for all to use and populate. We are proud to have partnered with our media sponsor, Brewster HamletHub. For additional information contact (914) 236-4572 or send an email to&nbsp;</span><a href="mailto:info@hearitthere.com" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">info@hearitthere.com</a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">.</span></p><p><br></p><p><br></p>

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Taylor Brenneman, New Fairfield named to Dean's List at York College of Pa.

<p><strong>Taylor Brenneman of New Fairfield</strong>, a Forensic Chemistry major and member of the Class of 2025 at York College of Pennsylvania, has been named to the Dean's List for the fall 2023 semester.</p><p><em>Established in 1787, York College of Pennsylvania is a private, four-year college located in the city of York, a hub of arts and industry between Baltimore and Philadelphia. Housed on 190 picturesque acres, the College is known for its focus on experiential learning and community engagement, serving over 3,500 undergraduate and graduate students in more than 70 baccalaureate majors, along with 30+ professional graduate degree and certificate programs. Deeply rooted in the liberal arts and recognized for excellence in its professional business, education, engineering, and nursing programs, York is ranked among the nation's Best Value Schools by Niche. The College's robust recreation and athletics program is among the best in the region, and is home to 24 NCAA Division III sports teams and 30+ intramural sports. A Princeton Review Best Northeastern College, York prides itself on its experienced, engaged faculty; its high-impact and student centric philosophy; and its long standing commitment to affordability and accessibility.</em></p>

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SUNY Delhi announces its dean's list for the Fall 2023 semester

<p>SUNY Delhi announces its dean's list for the Fall 2023 semester, a recognition of academic achievement for students who enrolled in six or more credits and earned a 3.5 or higher grade-point average for the semester.</p><p><strong>Gabriel Arroyo of Yorktown Heights, NY, who is pursuing a a bachelor's in Veterinary Technology.</strong></p><p><strong>Christopher Ciraco of Yorktown Heights, NY, who is pursuing a an associate in Recreation and Sports Management.</strong></p><p>SUNY Delhi's hands-on approach to teaching and learning includes over 60 academic programs in specialized areas, including applied technologies, nursing, hospitality, veterinary sciences, applied sciences, business, and liberal arts and sciences. SUNY Delhi offers certificates, associate degrees, bachelor's degrees, as well as master's degrees in a combination of on-campus and online settings.</p><p>Enrolling over 3,000 students, SUNY Delhi is a member of the State University of New York. For more information about SUNY Delhi, call 607-746-4000 or visit&nbsp;<a href="http://email.readme.readmedia.com/ss/c/_1GGmx1PDbidlWXLCKF1t0cMTWaTfgBQ20ccdOS_3m0/43u/0hYuYnSMScqFPp0EDQBw9g/h0/IvvbxiAL93KkPjUXBEbhgws6KW67vHRaBPrk1wy9eY4" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">delhi.edu</a>.</p>

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Holy Cross Announces Fall 2023 Dean's List

<p>More than 1,600 students were named to the College of the Holy Cross' Dean's List for outstanding academic achievement during the Fall semester of the 2023-24 academic year. The following local students made the list:</p><p><strong>Anna Brown of Yorktown Heights, Class of 2025</strong></p><p><strong>Matthew Rae of Yorktown Heights, Class of 2024</strong></p><p>To qualify for the Dean's List, students must pass four or more letter-graded courses with no failing grades during the semester and earn a GPA of 3.5 or higher.</p><p><strong>About Holy Cross</strong></p><p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://email.readme.readmedia.com/ss/c/EK01aZvwbK530bRKUIS7kAGIGzAgAQ8dwDaKUibH7Zc/43u/rgsf9D2pSfOrUXSoZaxrMQ/h0/4zkKw4bxYqXJKtPCDNLmWXkVNDSYmfwoDey0a4H6c7Q" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">College of the Holy Cross</a>, in Worcester, Mass., is among the nation's leading liberal arts institutions. A highly selective, four-year, exclusively undergraduate college of 3,100 students, Holy Cross is renowned for offering a rigorous, personalized education in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition. Since its founding in 1843, Holy Cross has made a positive impact in society by graduating students who distinguish themselves as thoughtful leaders in business, professional and civic life.</p>

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