Yorktown's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/yorktown Sat, 02 Jul 2022 03:20:23 -0400 HamletHub.com County Announces reinstatement of County's Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Sales https://news.hamlethub.com/yorktown/life/6107-county-announces-reinstatement-of-county-s-compost-bin-and-rain-barrel-sales6107-county-announces-reinstatement-of-county-s-compost-bin-and-rain-barrel-sales https://news.hamlethub.com/yorktown/life/6107-county-announces-reinstatement-of-county-s-compost-bin-and-rain-barrel-sales6107-county-announces-reinstatement-of-county-s-compost-bin-and-rain-barrel-sales

County Executive George Latimer is excited to announce the Summer 2022 Westchester County Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Sale.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer said: “We are constantly looking at ways to provide services to County residents that will have a long term benefit on multiple fronts. This is one of those programs. We have undertaken serious efforts to provide opportunities to protect our environment on both a large and small scale and I encourage Westchester residents to take advantage of them.”

The County is selling compost bins and kits, rain barrels, and other accessories at a wholesale cost to the public. For the first sale orders must be placed by July 8 and picked up on July 9 at one of two locations:

  1.       9a.m. – 11a.m.: Glenwood Lake, New Rochelle, NY 10801 (at Lakeside Drive and Glenwood Ave)
  2.       12p.m. – 2:30p.m.: The Household Material Recovery Facility and CompostED education center at 15 Woods Road, Valhalla, NY 10595.

For more information about the sale and to place an order, please visit: https://westchester.compostersale.com/

The bi-annual bin sales provide Westchester County residents with the tools they need to compost in their own backyards. Backyard composting prevents food scraps from going to the incinerator by turning them into nutrient-rich compost that enhances soil and plant health.

Rain barrels provide a natural source of water for plants and gardens while helping to reduce water costs for the residents and the municipalities and the county. There are several other accoutrements to the barrels and bins also being sold with further opportunities to purchase taking place in the fall.

Already in Westchester County, several municipalities manage volunteer Food Scrap Recycling Programs coinciding with the County’s Residential Food Scrap Transportation & Disposal program, which collect residential food scraps and turn them into compost. This sale will provide County residents with another sustainable way to manage their food scraps and boost the health of their gardens and yards without any of the transportation financial and environmental costs.

Westchester County Director of Energy Conservation and Sustainability Peter McCartt said: “Over the last 4 years the County had partnered with some of the region’s nature centers but they have dropped the program and we are taking it on again after 12 years. I bought my first compost bin from the County 17 years ago and I am so happy to be reinstating this program for all the residents. Creating black gold, as compost is called, is one of the most beneficial actions you can take for your garden and yard. And rain barrels are great, I have two of them filled up right now from all the rain over the last couple weeks. Mother Nature’s own water is the best for your veggies and plantings and this helps to mitigate local flooding during rain events.”

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Westchester County) Life Fri, 01 Jul 2022 13:09:00 -0400
Westchester County Waives Beach Fees Through September 1st! https://news.hamlethub.com/yorktown/places/6105-westchester-county-waives-beach-fees-through-september-1st6105-westchester-county-waives-beach-fees-through-september-1st https://news.hamlethub.com/yorktown/places/6105-westchester-county-waives-beach-fees-through-september-1st6105-westchester-county-waives-beach-fees-through-september-1st

The waiving of beach fees is the latest measure by the Latimer Administration to ease inflation costs for Westchester County residents

Beginning Tuesday, July 5, Glen Island Beach fees will be waived, Monday through Thursday, through Thursday, September 1.  The latest move to ease inflation costs for residents will be at Glen Island Beach in New Rochelle and also at the County’s pools, Saxon Woods Pool in White Plains and Sprain Ridge and The Brook at Tibbetts in Yonkers. Croton Point Beach in Croton-on-Hudson is open weekends only, and Willson’s Woods in Mount Vernon is currently free daily.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer said: “As costs continue to rise, the County is taking measures to ease the burden facing residents. Visiting pools and beaches during the summer should be a stress-fee experience, and I look forward to families coming out this summer to enjoy their time together.”

Commissioner of the Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation, Kathy O’Connor said: “Our pools and beaches are a local destination our residents look forward to visiting each summer. I’m happy we are able to take these steps to ensure our residents don’t miss out this year.”

The beaches and pools are accessible by the Bee-Line Bus, which is free to ride this summer, through Labor Day, Monday, September 5. 

Earlier this week Latimer announced other measures taken by the County to ease the burden facing County residents’ wallets.

These actions include:

  •          Funding for Feeding Westchester: Increasing funding to Feeding Westchester by $700,000, which doubles what is included in the 2022 budget and covers the increased cost of food and fuel.
    •    Feeding Westchester has experienced an increase this year to $0.71 per pound across the foods they provide, compared to $0.60 per pound last year. Overall, they are seeing an 18% year over year increase in food costs. The additional $700,000 for Feeding Westchester will enable them to support 883,838 people. In addition, the average food package provided by a food pantry has a value of approximately $60 saving a family $240/month.
  •          Free Commuter Parking: Westchester County will be providing free parking at the North White Plains Commuter Lot, and the County Center parking lot from July 1 – August 31.
  •          Sales Tax: Westchester County has the ability to lower/eliminate the sales tax on residential energy on a quarterly basis. The County needs to adopt a local law and notify NYS Tax and Finance 90 days ahead of implementation. The County is proposing eliminating the sales tax for the quarter beginning December 1. This time period would cover the start of the heating season. The sales tax elimination covers home heating oil, propane, natural gas, electric, coal and wood for residential heating purposes. It covers homeowners as well as rental units. Renters or landlords would be eligible depending on the structure of the unit’s heat and electric use.
  •          Civil Service Exams: The County will waive the fees for civil service exams through December 31.

All four pools and Glen Island Beach are open daily, 11 a.m. through 6:30 p.m.; last admission at 6 p.m.; proof of residency is required. Croton Point Beach is open weekends only and Mondays, July 4 and Labor Day, Sept. 5. Parking fees at Glen Island and The Brook at Tibbetts still apply during the time admission fees are waived. For additional information, visit parks.westchestergov.com or call: 914-864-PARK.

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Westchester County) Places Fri, 01 Jul 2022 08:53:00 -0400
Samantha Carroll, of Yorktown Heights, graduated from The University of Tampa https://news.hamlethub.com/yorktown/life/6104-samantha-carroll-of-yorktown-heights-graduated-from-the-university-of-tampa6104-samantha-carroll-of-yorktown-heights-graduated-from-the-university-of-tampa https://news.hamlethub.com/yorktown/life/6104-samantha-carroll-of-yorktown-heights-graduated-from-the-university-of-tampa6104-samantha-carroll-of-yorktown-heights-graduated-from-the-university-of-tampa

Samantha Carroll of Yorktown Heights, graduated from the University of Tampa on May 7, 2022 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Performance BS.

The commencement ceremony included 1,713 undergraduate and graduate candidates. The ceremony included remarks by alumni and brothers, Javier Baldor '89, CEO of BST Global, and Carlos Baldor '87, president and chief technology officer of BST Global and the student challenge speaker.

The University of Tampa is a private, comprehensive university located on 110 acres on the riverfront in downtown Tampa. Known for academic excellence, personal attention and real-world experience in its undergraduate and graduate programs, the University has about 200 programs of study and serves 10,500 students from 50 states and most of the world's countries.

 

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commandercarey@gmail.com (University of Tampa) Life Fri, 01 Jul 2022 07:47:40 -0400
FTC says Walmart allowed fraud involving money transfers https://news.hamlethub.com/yorktown/life/6102-ftc-says-walmart-allowed-fraud-involving-money-transfers6102-ftc-says-walmart-allowed-fraud-involving-money-transfers https://news.hamlethub.com/yorktown/life/6102-ftc-says-walmart-allowed-fraud-involving-money-transfers6102-ftc-says-walmart-allowed-fraud-involving-money-transfers

Scammers want payments that are quick, anonymous, and tough to reverse. In other words, scammers are asking for wire transfers. That’s why money transfer businesses like Walmart need to warn people about fraud risks and train employees to spot scams. And that’s why the FTC is suing Walmart in federal court.

The FTC says Walmart has known for many years that scammers use its locations to get money for grandparent, romance, and other scams, but it didn’t properly warn people or train its employees to prevent fraud. According to the FTC, many Walmart locations didn’t display or give people information about potential fraud, which could have stopped them from sending money to a scammer. The company didn’t consistently post warning signs, put out fraud awareness brochures, or use the required money transfer “send” forms with front-page fraud warnings.

For years, according to the FTC, Walmart even looked the other way when scammers picked up money at stores. The FTC says that a single Walmart employee could process hundreds of thousands of dollars of customer financial transactions a day. But for many years, the company didn’t confirm that employees who handle money transfers had the correct — or current — training before they started processing transactions. Walmart employees processed tens of millions of dollars in fraud-related wire transfers annually for many years, according to the FTC.

That’s why the FTC is asking the court to order Walmart to return money to people who were scammed, pay civil penalties, and stop violating the Telemarketing Sales Rule and FTC Act.

To protect against wire transfer fraud

If a scammer asked you to wire money, tell the FTC at ReportFraud.ftc.gov.

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Bridget Small, Federal trade Commission) Life Fri, 01 Jul 2022 05:58:00 -0400
Claiming a child as a dependent when parents are divorced, separated or live apart https://news.hamlethub.com/yorktown/politics/6096-claiming-a-child-as-a-dependent-when-parents-are-divorced-separated-or-live-apart6096-claiming-a-child-as-a-dependent-when-parents-are-divorced-separated-or-live-apart https://news.hamlethub.com/yorktown/politics/6096-claiming-a-child-as-a-dependent-when-parents-are-divorced-separated-or-live-apart6096-claiming-a-child-as-a-dependent-when-parents-are-divorced-separated-or-live-apart

Parents who are divorced, separated, never married or live apart and who share custody of a child with an ex-spouse or ex-partner need to understand the specific rules about who may be eligible to claim the child for tax purposes. This can make filing taxes easier for both parents and avoid errors that may lead to processing delays or costly tax mistakes.

Only one person may be eligible to claim the qualifying child as a dependent.

Only one person can claim the tax benefits related to a dependent child who meets the qualifying child rules. Parents can’t share or split up the tax benefits for their child on their respective tax returns.

It’s important that each parent understands who will claim their child on their tax return. If two people claim the same child on different tax returns, it will slow down processing time while the IRS determines which parent’s claim takes priority.

Custodial parents generally claim the qualifying child as a dependent on their return.

  • The custodial parent is the parent with whom the child lived for the greater number of nights during the year. The other parent is the noncustodial parent.
  • In most cases, because of the residency test, the custodial parent claims the child on their tax return.
  • If the child lived with each parent for an equal number of nights during the year, the custodial parent is the parent with the higher adjusted gross income.

Tie-breaker rules may apply if the child is a qualifying child of more than one person.

  • Although the child may meet the conditions to be a qualifying child of either parent, only one person can actually claim the child as a qualifying child, provided the taxpayer is eligible.
  • People should carefully read Publication 504, Divorced or Separated Individuals to understand who is eligible to claim a qualifying child.

Noncustodial parents may be eligible to claim a qualifying child.
Special rules apply for a child to be treated as a qualifying child of the noncustodial parent.


More information:
Publication 501, Dependents, Standard Deduction, and Filing Information
Whom May I Claim as a Dependent?

Tax Tip 2022-98

 

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Internal Revenue Service) Politics Fri, 01 Jul 2022 04:03:52 -0400
Metro-North's East of Hudson Fourth of July Holiday Service, July 1-4, 2022 https://news.hamlethub.com/yorktown/life/6103-metro-north-s-east-of-hudson-fourth-of-july-holiday-service-july-1-4-20226103-metro-north-s-east-of-hudson-fourth-of-july-holiday-service-july-1-4-2022 https://news.hamlethub.com/yorktown/life/6103-metro-north-s-east-of-hudson-fourth-of-july-holiday-service-july-1-4-20226103-metro-north-s-east-of-hudson-fourth-of-july-holiday-service-july-1-4-2022

Whether you are headed out of town for the long weekend or traveling into New York City to see the Macy's Fireworks on July 4, Metro North Railroad has you covered!

On Friday, July 1, Metro-North will operate its current weekday schedule on the Hudson, Harlem and New Haven Lines, with additional early getaway service.

On Saturday, July 2, Metro-North will operate its current Saturday schedule. 

On Sunday, July 3, and Monday July 4, MNRR will operate a Sunday schedule. 

You can access the current schedule online at mta.info.

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Metro North RR) Life Thu, 30 Jun 2022 17:31:23 -0400
2nd annual Hole in One contest, at Downing Park on July 16. https://news.hamlethub.com/yorktown/events/6100-2nd-annual-hole-in-one-contest-at-downing-park-on-july-166100-2nd-annual-hole-in-one-contest-at-downing-park-on-july-16 https://news.hamlethub.com/yorktown/events/6100-2nd-annual-hole-in-one-contest-at-downing-park-on-july-166100-2nd-annual-hole-in-one-contest-at-downing-park-on-july-16

The Friends of Yorktown Parks and Recreation are happy to announce that we are holding our It is a community event where will be something for everyone to do. All are welcome to attend (no fee). For a nominal fee you can enter the Hole in one competition with numerous prizes including, gift certificates from area businesses and restaurants, passes to area health clubs. In addition, raffles, 50/50 and much more. Please come out and support our efforts.  

We hope you will consider sponsoring, supporting and participating in this worthwhile community event. There will be press coverage and local officials in attendance with pre and post event press releases. Your participation will be extensively communicated to the Yorktown community via social media and printed material.

 We have several ways for you to participate.

(1) Prime Sponsorships

Gold (limit 3) $500.00

Named in all press releases, eblasts and social media. Your banner/sign placed in a prime location on the field and 8foot table/tent space for your brochures/products.

Silver (limit 4)    $300.00

Named in all eblasts and social media. Your banner/sign placed on the field and 8foot table/tent space for your brochures/products.

Bonze (limit 5)   $200.00

Named in all eblasts and social media. Your banner/sign placed on the field.

(2) Basic Sponsorship $150.00

Your banner/sign placed on the field and 8foot table space for your brochures/products.

Your business organization listed as an official sponsor.

(3) Beverage/Snack Sponsor $100.00

Your banner/sign placed on field and brochure/business cards on our community table.

(4) Donate gift certificates/raffle prizes (minimum $25.00 value)

Your brochure/business card on our community table.

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Friends of Yorktown Parks and Recreation ) Events Thu, 30 Jun 2022 12:32:13 -0400
Westchester County Parks and Sharc Creative present White Plains Hospital Screenings Under the Stars at Kensico Dam Plaza https://news.hamlethub.com/yorktown/events/6099-westchester-county-parks-and-sharc-creative-present-white-plains-hospital-screenings-under-the-stars-at-kensico-dam-plaza6099-westchester-county-parks-and-sharc-creative-present-white-plains-hospital-screenings-under-the-stars-at-kensico-dam-plaza https://news.hamlethub.com/yorktown/events/6099-westchester-county-parks-and-sharc-creative-present-white-plains-hospital-screenings-under-the-stars-at-kensico-dam-plaza6099-westchester-county-parks-and-sharc-creative-present-white-plains-hospital-screenings-under-the-stars-at-kensico-dam-plaza

Westchester County Parks and Sharc Creative present the White Plains Hospital Screenings Under the Stars, which kicks off with the musical comedy, Sing 2 (2021-PG) on Friday, July 15, at Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla.

County Executive George Latimer said, “Outdoor movies bring back fond childhood memories. I hope Westchester County residents will start some treasured family traditions and take advantage of this wonderful program, which is possible thanks to our sponsors!

Parks Commissioner, Kathleen O’Connor said, “Summertime is synonymous with outdoor movies, and Kensico’s great lawn is the perfect spot to enjoy a free movie with family and friends on a warm summer night.”

  •          The gates open at 5:30 p.m. and movies begin at sundown. Event is rain or shine. Admission and parking are free. Moviegoers should bring blankets, folding chairs and a picnic. Refreshments will be available for sale.

The other movies in the series are:

Boss Baby 2: Family Business (2021-PG) on Wednesday, Aug. 17, at Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla
Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021-PG 13) on Saturday, Sept. 17, at Glen Island Park , New Rochelle
The Addams Family 2 (2021-PG) on Friday, Oct. 21, at Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson

The White Plains Hospital Screenings Under the Stars is presented by Westchester County Parks and Sharc Creative with Westchester Parks Foundation, and support from Westchester Talk Radio, 100.7 WHUD, 107.1 The Peak, Palisades Mazda, The Premier Collection, Look Dine-In Cinemas, Valley Bank, Hamlethub, Robison, LLP, Inspiria Outdoor Advertising, and Westchester Magazine.          

Movies may be cancelled due to inclement weather conditions.

 

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Westchester County) Events Thu, 30 Jun 2022 12:19:28 -0400
Westchester Parks Foundation’s Camp Morty is Back in Session at Mountain Lakes This Summer with New Robotics Program https://news.hamlethub.com/yorktown/places/6098-westchester-parks-foundation-s-camp-morty-is-back-in-session-at-mountain-lakes-this-summer-with-new-robotics-program6098-westchester-parks-foundation-s-camp-morty-is-back-in-session-at-mountain-lakes-this-summer-with-new-robotics-program https://news.hamlethub.com/yorktown/places/6098-westchester-parks-foundation-s-camp-morty-is-back-in-session-at-mountain-lakes-this-summer-with-new-robotics-program6098-westchester-parks-foundation-s-camp-morty-is-back-in-session-at-mountain-lakes-this-summer-with-new-robotics-program

Westchester Parks Foundation’s (WPF) Camp Morty, a quality outdoor residential camp experience for children residing in underserved communities in Westchester County, will be returning to Sal J. Prezioso Mountain Lakes Park in North Salem for the first time in two years. The camp will officially open July 3 for five one-week sessions. Camp Morty will also be adding a new robotics program this summer, awarded by a grant from Verizon, along with traditional summer camp activities including swimming, hiking, nature exploration, canoeing and more. The robotics program will encourage campers to learn a new skill set like coding in a safe environment with hands-on staff. This is especially important to children from underserved communities in Westchester. 

Mary Ehring, Camp Morty Camp Director remarked, “Camp Morty sees the underrepresentation of black and brown professionals in STEM and recognizes our responsibility to provide opportunities in all fields to our children. Our children deserve to see themselves in all professional careers, at all levels, and we believe camp is the perfect place to begin that exposure.”

“STEM activities are not only for the school year, but inspiration for children year-round,” stated April Horton, State Government Affairs Director at Verizon.  “Our investment in Westchester Parks Foundation will enable campers to engage in the digital economy and move the world forward, part of Verizon’s commitment to social, economic, and environmental advancement.”

To coincide with camp opening, WPF will also kick off a social media campaign to sponsor a camper this summer. The non-profit organization is looking to expand their programs and ensure this beneficial experience can remain at no cost to families. Community members and local businesses can sponsor one of over 500 campers, providing a summer of a lifetime, while enjoying the outdoors in a nurturing environment. To sponsor a camper this summer please visit: www.thewpf.org/sponsoracamper 

Founded in 2006, Camp Morty is operated by the Westchester Parks Foundation in partnership with Westchester County’s Department of Social Services, Department of Community Mental Health and Department of Parks, Recreation, and Conservation. The camp provides a quality outdoor traditional summer camp experience for children ages 8 to 15, many of whom are in foster care, live in homeless shelters, or are under child protective services. The camp’s permanent home is located at Sal J. Prezioso Mountain Lakes Park in North Salem during the summer months and offers virtual services for campers year-round.

Due to the pandemic, the Camp Morty was forced to operate virtually in 2020 and as a day camp at Tibbetts Brook Park in Yonkers in 2021. Details of the upcoming 2022 season can be found by visiting www.campmorty.com

 About Westchester Parks Foundation

Westchester Parks Foundation is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit, philanthropic organization which provides private support to preserve the County’s Park system and improve the quality of life in our communities. Westchester Parks Foundation’s mission is to engage the public to advocate for and invest in the preservation, conservation, use, and enjoyment of the 18,000 acres of parks, trails, and open spaces within the Westchester County Parks system. For more information, visit thewpf.org

Sponsor A Camper - Camp Morty

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Josefa Paganuzzi) Places Thu, 30 Jun 2022 12:11:43 -0400
CoveCare Center receives $50,000 Grant form Field Hall Foundation https://news.hamlethub.com/yorktown/charities/6097-covecare-center-receives-50-000-grant-form-field-hall-foundation6097-covecare-center-receives-50-000-grant-form-field-hall-foundation https://news.hamlethub.com/yorktown/charities/6097-covecare-center-receives-50-000-grant-form-field-hall-foundation6097-covecare-center-receives-50-000-grant-form-field-hall-foundation

CoveCare Center is honored to be the recipient of a $50,000 grant from Field Hall Foundation as part of its Spring 2022 Grant Awards. The grant will support CoveCare Center’s Senior Partnership Services Program, the only mobile therapy program for seniors in Putnam County.

Working with the Putnam County Office for Senior Resources and The Prevention Council of Putnam, the program reaches Putnam County residents aged 55 and older who are struggling with mental health or substance use issues and unable to access traditional services due to barriers such as finances, mobility, and transportation. CoveCare Center offers assessments, care management, and counseling in the home or at another convenient location at no cost to eligible seniors.

A nonprofit organization, CoveCare Center has provided mental health, substance use, and supportive services for individuals throughout the Lower Hudson Valley since 1997; the Senior Partnership Program began in 2017. “Putnam County has the largest aging population per capita in comparison to any other County in New York State,” stated Mariel Roth, Vice President of Programs at CoveCare Center. “Programs that focus specifically on the needs of the senior population are essential so that people can remain safely in the community and age in place. The Field Hall Foundation’s generous grant will allow CoveCare Center to continue to provide mobile services free of cost, which breaks down any barriers to care.  By connecting people to clinical and care management services we will help to improve their quality of life and help build a support system to each person we enroll.”

Field Hall Foundation is a private foundation whose mission is to improve the lives of older adults and their caregivers in Dutchess, Putnam, and Westchester counties. Field Hall Foundation has awarded $309,265 in new grants through its Spring 2022 grant cycle.  The funding will be used to improve the lives of vulnerable older adults and their caregivers in Dutchess, Putnam, and Westchester Counties. Visit their website.

“The Field Hall Foundation’s generous support of CoveCare Center will allow us to continue and expand our essential behavioral health support for seniors in Putnam County, many of whom have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic,” stated Eric Toth, Chief Executive Officer of CoveCare Center.  “The community has come to depend on this programming, which addresses gaps in care for this group, and so this funding is essential at this time.”

“The funds from Field Hall Foundation are so appreciated and will allow us to reach even more community members in need. Especially now, feelings of isolation, anxiety, and depression are heightened; we are also seeing increased substance use among our senior clients,” stated Eric Toth, CEO of CoveCare Center. “We are very thankful to have the support of the Field Hall Foundation.”

Visit Our Website / Support CoveCare

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commandercarey@gmail.com (CoveCare Center) Charities Thu, 30 Jun 2022 07:07:13 -0400
"BARNUM" opens at The Brewster Theater Company on 7/15/22 https://news.hamlethub.com/yorktown/life/6101-barnum-opens-at-the-brewster-theater-company-on-7-15-226101-barnum-opens-at-the-brewster-theater-company-on-7-15-22 https://news.hamlethub.com/yorktown/life/6101-barnum-opens-at-the-brewster-theater-company-on-7-15-226101-barnum-opens-at-the-brewster-theater-company-on-7-15-22

The Brewster Theater Company’s colorful summer musical, Barnum, centers around the life of circus legend P. T. Barnum, also known as The Greatest Showman on Earth.

Barnum is brought to life at the Theater at Drew Church, 28 Gleneida Ave, Carmel, NY on Friday 7/15, Saturday 7/16, Thursday 7/21, and Friday 7/22 at 7:30. Matinee performances are on Sunday 7/17 and Saturday 7/23 at 2pm. Tickets are $25 at brewstertheater.org. While seats are sold at the door, pre-purchased reservations are highly recommended. 

Judy Brewster of New Fairfield directs alongside her husband and musical director, Nate Brewster. “Barnum is pure escapism entertainment,” says Judy. “It’s just a really, really fun experience. It’s going to be a spectacle!” Director Brewster also comments on the energetic and supportive vibe of the cast itself: “We are stretching ourselves by learning brand new skills and have become a true circus troupe.” Barnum is choreographed by Brandy Mae Hughes of Bethel. It is stage managed by Chris Gillespie and produced by Joe Manuele, both of Carmel. Barnum’s music is by Cy Coleman; lyrics by Michael Stewart; and book by Mark Bramble. It is presented with permission by Concord Theatricals.

This energetic production highlights David Neilsen (Tarrytown) as P.T. Barnum, Ted Schwartz (Brookfield) as the Ringmaster, and CJ Umbrino (Carmel) as Chairy Barnum. Featured performers are Claudia Rachelle (Scarsdale), Madeline Olsen (Carmel)Jean Mazzilli (Stormville), Carolyn and Kevin McCarthy (Brewster), Rebecca Cebollero (Brookfield), Aranka Vitarius,  Denny Nikolopolus (Carmel), Janette Devine (Brewster), Ellie Hamilton, Nina Wilson (New Milford), Ruby Rocco (Yorktown), and Gabby DeCicco (Katonah). 

The Brewster Theater Company is a non-profit, 501(c)3 community theater in its 22nd year of entertaining Putnam County and its surrounding areas. This project is made possible, in part, through the Putnam Arts Council’s Arts Link Grant Program with public funds provided from Putnam County. This season is sponsored by Hudson Valley Credit Union, Robert Malove Law, and the Carina Rush Foundation.

 

 
 
 
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commandercarey@gmail.com (Brewster Theater Company) Life Thu, 30 Jun 2022 04:41:49 -0400
Blood Emergency! Sign up TODAY to donate on July 1st! https://news.hamlethub.com/yorktown/charities/6056-blood-emergency-sign-up-today-to-donate-on-july-1st6056-blood-emergency-sign-up-today-to-donate-on-july-1st https://news.hamlethub.com/yorktown/charities/6056-blood-emergency-sign-up-today-to-donate-on-july-1st6056-blood-emergency-sign-up-today-to-donate-on-july-1st

We're in a BLOOD EMERGENCY and the Knights of Columbus, Our Lady of the Lakes Council #6318 in Carmel, along with the Carmel VFW, the Knights Ladies Auxiliary, along with the Driscoll Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police and New York City Firefighters, are holding their 4th Annual Blood Drive.

Donors and Volunteers Needed

By Appointment Only

Expanded Hours

Get a Mets t-shirt & chance to win Mets Tickets!

Give the gift of life by donating blood! Your donation is needed now more than ever!

The lingering effects of the pandemic coupled with the start of summer vacations means that certain blood types are at a critical 1-to-2 day supply. This leaves our area in the midst of a "Blood Supply Emergency"!

Our annual summer blood drive is set for Friday, July 1, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Daniel O’Brien VFW Hall, 32 Gleneida Ave. (Rte. 52) in Carmel.

WE REALIZE THIS IS THE START OF THE FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND, BUT THE NEED IS DESPERATE!

Our critical drive will once again be by appointment only. To make an appointment via the internet, please follow this link to the NY Blood Center Donor Portal.

Or, to schedule an appointment by phone, please call: 1-800-933-2566.

ATTENTION METS FANS: For each generous donation, the NY Blood Center will be handing out NY Mets t-shirts! If you're not a Mets fan, you can donate your t-shirt to a fan, or use it for painting around the house, changing your oil, etc. (Those suggestions come from a jealous Yankees fan, natch.)

We will also be giving away six tickets to see the Mets! All blood donors will be entered into a raffle and will have a chance to win!

We are sorry to announce that, due to current restrictions, we will be unable to provide our Michelin-starred hot and cold buffet at this time.

We will need VOLUNTEERS throughout the drive but, most importantly, at set-up and break-down. Set-up will start at 8:00 a.m., then break-down and clean-up will be at 7:00 p.m.

We hope you can join our members and Ladies Auxiliary, along with the Driscoll Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police and New York City Firefighters, in this absolutely critical blood drive.

Donating blood is a safe, simple, and satisfying experience. Your donations help give life to the millions of Americans each year who require blood transfusions during surgery, after an accident, or because they have a disease that requires blood components.

There are many different ways to donate lifesaving blood products, including whole blood, platelet, plasma, and automated red cell donation. The process usually takes about 45-60 minutes.

You may donate if you are at least 17 years old (16 years old with written consent from parent or legal guardian), weigh at least 110 pounds, and are in good health.

At this time, masks are not required but are optional.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TODAY!

Contact Denis Hanrahan at (845) 225-3048 or GK Ralph Fleischman at (845) 225-6318 for more information.

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Carmel Knights) Charities Wed, 29 Jun 2022 13:29:33 -0400
Local Students named to SUNY New Paltz Dean's List for Spring 2022 https://news.hamlethub.com/yorktown/life/6095-local-students-named-to-suny-new-paltz-dean-s-list-for-spring-20226095-local-students-named-to-suny-new-paltz-dean-s-list-for-spring-2022 https://news.hamlethub.com/yorktown/life/6095-local-students-named-to-suny-new-paltz-dean-s-list-for-spring-20226095-local-students-named-to-suny-new-paltz-dean-s-list-for-spring-2022

SUNY New Paltz announces its Dean's List for the spring 2022 semester, a recognition for students who excel academically and earn at least a 3.3 grade-point average in a semester with a full-time course load.

The College congratulates the following students for making the spring 2022 Dean's List:

Selina Bernat of Yorktown Heights 

Victoria Callipari of Yorktown Heights

Laura Ciarcia of Yorktown Heights

Alyssa Eustace of Yorktown Heights

Kileen Forte of Yorktown Heights

Rachal Genualdo of Yorktown Heights

Christian Isaac of Yorktown Heights

Basil Kuriakose of Yorktown Heights

Robin Masterson of Yorktown Heights

Douglas McCarthy of Yorktown Heights 

James Meisterich of Yorktown Heights 

Jessica Tapia of Yorktown Heights

Kimberly Teves of Yorktown Heights

Ella WestAA of Yorktown Heights

 

Sarah Winokur of Yorktown Heights

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Located in the heart of a dynamic college town, ninety minutes from metropolitan New York City, the State University of New York at New Paltz is a highly selective college of about 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

One of the most well-regarded public colleges in the nation, New Paltz delivers an extraordinary number of majors in BusinessLiberal Arts & SciencesEngineeringFine & Performing Arts and Education.

New Paltz embraces its culture as a community where talented and independent minded people from around the world create close personal links with real scholars and artists who love to teach.

NOTE: You are receiving this press release because the student or their parents are from your area. This press release above was prepared for: Editor - Yorktown HamletHub.

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commandercarey@gmail.com (SUNY New Paltz) Life Wed, 29 Jun 2022 12:29:38 -0400
Martin and Irene Ginsburg Honored at HHV’s Women’s History Institute Dinner on June 23 https://news.hamlethub.com/yorktown/events/6092-martin-and-irene-ginsburg-honored-at-hhv-s-women-s-history-institute-dinner-on-june-236092-martin-and-irene-ginsburg-honored-at-hhv-s-women-s-history-institute-dinner-on-june-23 https://news.hamlethub.com/yorktown/events/6092-martin-and-irene-ginsburg-honored-at-hhv-s-women-s-history-institute-dinner-on-june-236092-martin-and-irene-ginsburg-honored-at-hhv-s-women-s-history-institute-dinner-on-june-23

 In recognition of Martin and Irene Ginsburg’s significant contributions to the economic development, environmental protection, and cultural vitality of Westchester County, Historic Hudson Valley honored the couple at a dinner on June 23 at Abeyton Lodge, in Pocantico Hills, New York. Martin Ginsburg is the founder and principal of Ginsburg Development Companies, which has its headquarters in Valhalla and operates throughout the Hudson Valley region.

More than 150 guests, including New York State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins; Mark F. Rockefeller, Chair, Executive Committee of Historic Hudson Valley; Wilson S. Neely, Chairman of Historic Hudson Valley; and Kimberly J. Huchro, Vice-Chair of Historic Hudson Valley and Founding Committee Chair, gathered to celebrate the Ginsburgs’ many achievements, including the restoration and transformation of a 19th-century convent in Peekskill into the Abbey Inn & Spa. Since opening in 2020, the Abbey Inn & Spa has been profiled in the New York Times, named one of the best new hotels by USA Today, and has become one of the Hudson Valley’s premier tourist destinations.

Sen. Stewart-Cousins, who recently secured $1 million in the New York State budget to support arts programs in the region, spoke at the dinner. The senator has been involved with HHV’s Women’s History Institute initiatives in the past, including an appearance at the popular event, “Vote Like a Girl,” a summer festival at Washington Irving’s Sunnyside. “I’m pleased to support Historic Hudson Valley’s Women’s History Institute, which tells the stories of the women — both free and enslaved — who contributed so much to the economy and culture of the Hudson Valley,” Sen. Stewart-Cousins said.  “My heartiest congratulations go out to Martin and Irene Ginsburg who were honored for their restoration and transformation of a historic Peekskill convent into a world-class destination.”

Messrs. Rockefeller and Neely presented the Ginsburgs with an award recognizing their decades of work and their dedication to the area.

“As one of the most prominent real estate developers in the region, Martin and Irene Ginsburg have long been champions of the Hudson Valley as a world-class destination because of its natural beauty, historic significance, and extraordinary cultural institutions,” said Waddell Stillman, president of Historic Hudson Valley. “With HHV’s focus on preserving and contributing to this unique regional landscape, it is only fitting that we honor the Ginsburgs and their extraordinary adaptation of the former home of the Community of St. Mary, the oldest Episcopalian religious order in the United States.”

The Women’s History Institute, which was founded in 2016, illuminates the contributions of women in the Hudson Valley through critical research, popular events, and digital programs, such as “Invisible Women,” a virtual field trip under development featuring the little-known stories of the free and enslaved women of Philipsburg and Van Cortlandt Manors. “Invisible Women” was supported by a prestigious grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Previous Women’s History Institute honorees include Valerie Rockefeller, Chair of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund; and Dawn Fitzpatrick, Chief Investment Officer of Soros Fund Management.

Proceeds from the dinner support the programs of the Women’s History Institute, including Summer Research Fellowships, educational resources for local students, and digital and virtual experiences for a global audience.

About the Women’s History Institute

The Women’s History Institute fosters a deeper understanding of the women who shaped the culture and chronicle of the area, including the diverse women who lived and worked on our sites, and offers a contemporary audience the resources necessary to take inspiration from their history.

More information about the institute can be found at hudsonvalley.org/womenshistory

About Martin and Irene Ginsburg

Martin Ginsburg, founder and principal of Ginsburg Development Companies (GDC), is first and foremost an architect. As a result of his attention to design, site planning, and detail, GDC’s developments have won numerous design and community planning awards. With more than 50 years of experience and market leadership, GDC has built many of the region’s most successful and prestigious luxury developments throughout the Hudson Valley Region, earning GDC’s reputation as the region’s premier residential developer. Together with his wife, Irene Ginsburg, he has transformed the former convent of the Episcopal Sisters of Saint Mary's in Peekskill into the majestic Abbey Inn & Spa.

About Historic Hudson Valley

Historic Hudson Valley, Westchester County’s largest cultural organization, educates and entertains more than 325,000 visitors a year through school programs, tours of National Historic Landmarks, and large-scale events like The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze. From its lower Hudson Valley base of operations, the organization focuses on delivering quality educational and entertaining experiences, striking a balance between tradition and vision, from preserving the past, to contextualizing it in creative ways for 21st-century audiences.

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Karen Clark (@hudsonvalley.org)) Events Wed, 29 Jun 2022 11:37:45 -0400
IRS wraps up 2022 ‘Dirty Dozen’ scams list; agency urges taxpayers to watch out for tax avoidance strategies https://news.hamlethub.com/yorktown/publicsafety/6090-irs-wraps-up-2022-dirty-dozen-scams-list-agency-urges-taxpayers-to-watch-out-for-tax-avoidance-strategies6090-irs-wraps-up-2022-dirty-dozen-scams-list-agency-urges-taxpayers-to-watch-out-for-tax-avoidance-strategies https://news.hamlethub.com/yorktown/publicsafety/6090-irs-wraps-up-2022-dirty-dozen-scams-list-agency-urges-taxpayers-to-watch-out-for-tax-avoidance-strategies6090-irs-wraps-up-2022-dirty-dozen-scams-list-agency-urges-taxpayers-to-watch-out-for-tax-avoidance-strategies

The Internal Revenue Service has wrapped up its annual "Dirty Dozen" scams list for the 2022 filing season, with a warning to taxpayers to avoid being misled into using bogus tax avoidance strategies.

The IRS warned taxpayers to watch out for promoters peddling these schemes. As part of its mission, the IRS is focused on high-income taxpayers who engage in various types of tax violations, ranging from the most basic, failing to file returns up to sophisticated transactions involving abusive syndicated conservation easement deals and abusive domestic micro-captive insurance arrangements.

“These tax avoidance strategies are promoted to unsuspecting folks with too-good-to-be-true promises of reducing taxes or avoiding taxes altogether,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. "Taxpayers should not kid themselves into believing they can hide income from the IRS.  The agency continues to focus on these deals, and people who engage in them face steep civil penalties or criminal charges.”

The IRS publishes the Dirty Dozen as part of a broad ranging effort to inform taxpayers.  People should be careful not to get conned into using well-worn abusive arrangements with high fees as well as the other Dirty Dozen schemes.

The IRS has stepped up efforts on abusive schemes in recent years. As part of this wider effort, the IRS Office of Chief Counsel announced earlier this year it would hire up to 200 additional attorneys to help the agency combat abusive syndicated conservation easements and micro-captive transactions as well as other abusive schemes. (IR-2022-17).

Last week, the IRS kicked off the 2022 Dirty Dozen list (IR-2022-113) with four heavily promoted abusive deals that taxpayers need to avoid. The IRS followed this up with a number of common scams that can target average taxpayers. These consumer-focused scams can prey on any individual or organization, steal sensitive financial information or money, and in some cases leave the taxpayer to clean up the legal mess.

For today’s conclusion of the Dirty Dozen, the IRS highlights four other schemes that typically target high-net-worth individuals who are looking for ways to avoid paying taxes. Solicitations for investment in these schemes are generally more targeted than solicitations for widespread scams, such as email scams, that can hit anyone.

Hiding assets in what the taxpayer hopes is an anonymous account or simply not filing a return in the hopes of staying off the grid are tax avoidance scams that have been around for decades. The IRS remains committed to stopping these methods of cheating that short-change taxpayers who reliably pay their fair share of taxes every year.

The IRS warns anyone thinking about using one of these schemes – or similar ones – that the agency continues to improve work in these areas thanks to new and evolving data analytic tools and enhanced document matching. These Dirty Dozen schemes cover:

Concealing Assets in Offshore Accounts and Improper Reporting of Digital Assets:
The IRS remains focused on stopping tax avoidance by those who hide assets in offshore accounts and in accounts holding cryptocurrency or other digital assets.

International tax compliance is a top priority of the IRS. New patterns and trends emerging in complex international tax avoidance schemes and cross-border transactions have heightened concerns regarding the lack of tax compliance by individuals and entities with an international footprint. As international tax and money laundering crimes have increased, the IRS continues to protect the integrity of the U.S. tax system by helping American taxpayers to understand and meet their tax responsibilities and by enforcing the law with integrity and fairness, worldwide.

Over the years, numerous individuals have been identified as evading U.S. taxes by attempting to hide income in offshore banks, brokerage accounts or nominee entities. They then access the funds using debit cards, credit cards, wire transfers or other arrangements. Some individuals have used foreign trusts, employee-leasing schemes, private annuities and structured transactions attempting to conceal the true owner of accounts or insurance plans.

U.S. persons are taxed on worldwide income. The mere fact that money is placed in an offshore account does not put it out of reach of the U.S. tax system.  U.S. persons are required, under penalty of perjury, to report income from offshore funds and other foreign holdings. The IRS uses a variety of sources to identify promoters who encourage others to hide their assets overseas.

Digital assets are being adopted by mainstream financial organizations along with many other parts of the economy. The proliferation of digital assets across the world in the last decade or so has created tax administration challenges regarding digital assets, in part because there is an incorrect perception that digital asset accounts are undetectable by tax authorities. Unscrupulous promoters continue to perpetuate this myth and make assertions that taxpayers can easily conceal their digital asset holdings.

The IRS urges taxpayers to not be misled into believing this storyline about digital assets and possibly exposing themselves to civil fraud penalties and criminal charges that could result from failure to report transactions involving digital assets.

"The IRS is able to identify and track otherwise anonymous transactions of international accounts as well as digital assets during the enforcement of our nation's tax laws," Rettig said. "We urge everyone to come into compliance with their filing and reporting responsibilities and avoid compromising themselves in schemes that will ultimately go badly for them."

High-income individuals who don’t file tax returns: The IRS continues to focus on people who choose to ignore the law and not file a tax return, especially those individuals earning more than $100,000 a year.

Taxpayers who exercise their best efforts to file their tax returns and pay their taxes, or enter into agreements to pay their taxes, deserve to know that the IRS is pursuing others who have failed to satisfy their filing and payment obligations. The good news is most people file on time and pay their fair share of tax.

Those who choose not to file a return even when they have a legal filing requirement, and especially those earning more than $100,000 per year who don’t file, represent a compliance problem that continues to be a top priority of the IRS.

Here’s a key reminder for taxpayers who may be wrongly persuaded that not filing their return is a smart move. The Failure to File Penalty is initially much higher than the Failure to Pay Penalty. It is more advantageous to file an accurate return on time and set up a payment plan if needed than to not file. The Failure to File Penalty is generally 5% of the unpaid taxes for each month or part of a month that a tax return is late. The penalty generally will not exceed 25% of unpaid taxes. The Failure to Pay Penalty is generally 0.5% of the unpaid taxes for each month or part of a month the tax remains unpaid. The penalty will not exceed 25% of unpaid taxes.

If a person’s failure to file is deemed fraudulent, the penalty generally increases from 5 percent per month to 15 percent for each month or part of a month the return is late, with the maximum penalty generally increasing from 25 percent to 75 percent.

Abusive Syndicated Conservation Easements: In syndicated conservation easements, promoters take a provision of the tax law allowing for conservation easements and twist it by using inflated appraisals of undeveloped land (or, for a few specialized ones, the facades of historic buildings), and by using partnership arrangements devoid of a legitimate business purpose. These abusive arrangements do nothing more than game the tax system with grossly inflated tax deductions and generate high fees for promoters.

The IRS urges taxpayers to avoid becoming ensnared in these deals sold by unscrupulous promoters. If something sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. People can risk severe monetary penalties for engaging in questionable deals such as abusive syndicated conservation easements.

In the last five years, the IRS has examined many hundreds of syndicated conservation easement deals where tens of billions of dollars of deductions were improperly claimed. It is an agency-wide effort using a significant number of resources and thousands of staff hours. The IRS examines 100 percent of these deals and plans to continue doing so for the foreseeable future. Hundreds of these deals have gone to court and hundreds more will likely end up in court in the future.

“We are devoting a lot of resources to combating abusive conservation easements because it is important for fairness in tax administration,” Commissioner Rettig stated. “It is not fair that wage-earners pay their fair share year after year but high-net-worth individuals can, under the guise of a real estate investment, avoid millions of dollars in tax through overvalued conservation easement contributions.”  

Abusive Micro-Captive Insurance Arrangements: In abusive "micro-captive" structures, promoters, accountants, or wealth planners persuade owners of closely held entities to participate in schemes that lack many of the attributes of insurance.

For example, coverages may "insure" implausible risks, fail to match genuine business needs or duplicate the taxpayer's commercial coverages. The "premiums" paid under these arrangements are often excessive and are used to skirt the tax law.

Recently, the IRS has stepped up enforcement against a variation using potentially abusive offshore captive insurance companies. Abusive micro-captive transactions continue to be a high-priority area of focus.

The IRS has conducted thousands of participant examination and promoter investigations, assessed hundreds of millions of dollars in additional taxes and penalties owed, and launched a successful settlement initiative. Additional information regarding the settlement initiative can be found at IR-2020-26. The IRS’s activities have been sustained by the Independent Office of Appeals, and the IRS has won all micro-captive Tax Court and appellate court cases, decided on their merits, since 2017.

R-2022-125

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Internal Revenue Service) Public safety Wed, 29 Jun 2022 11:24:10 -0400