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Tarrytown Schools Screen New Documentary on Teenage Anxiety

by Maria Ann Roglieri –  Anxiety in teenagers is increasing and is currently a hot topic among school psychologists and parents. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety afflicts nearly 1/3 of adolescents and adults. Fortunately, it is treatable. The New York Times Magazine recently featured an article about anxiety (“Why Are More American Teenagers than Ever Suffering ... Read More »

North Country Chairs Find a Home in the Rivertowns

by Dorothy Conigliaro Many hands make light — and artful — work when put to a good cause.  This was the case when a group of volunteers lent their time and talents towards the decoration of Adirondack chairs for our community. Christina Blatt, Art Director for the Neighborhood House in Tarrytown, first imagined the idea, and wondered how it might ... Read More »

Tarrytown Ranked as Foodie Fave

by Barrett Seaman Get ready for the stampede: Tarrytown has been named as one of the top five foodie destinations in the northeast—just behind tony Newport, Rhode Island. The rankings were done by RewardExpert, an online newsletter whose mission is to help those with credit card, airline and hotel rewards points make the best use of them. The site described ... Read More »

What You Should Know About Skin Cancer

Who gets skin cancer, and why? Sun exposure is the biggest cause of skin cancer, but some cancers develop on skin not ordinarily exposed to sunlight. Exposure to environmental hazards, radiation treatment, and even heredity may play a role. Although skin cancer affects people of all colors and races, the risk is greatest for people who have fair skin, a ... Read More »

Now More than Ever Is the Time to Check for Ticks

by Camille Cunningham  For anyone living in the northeast, summer is the time to look out for ticks and the diseases they frequently carry. Ticks are most active late spring through early fall, but when the weather turns hot, jeans and long sleeves give way to t-shirts and shorts, leaving bare skin vulnerable to these bloodsucking pests. Recent news reports ... Read More »

Phelps President Touts Hospital’s Latest Advances

by Robert Kimmel In assessing the past year at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center, its President and CEO Daniel Blum had a good number of successes to report. The account of those achievements came recently at the Hospital’s Annual Community Breakfast at the DoubleTree Hotel, attended by local political and business leaders. Blum noted that a recent statewide hospital survey of ... Read More »

Ask the Doctor – What Goes Into a Hip Replacement?

by Dr. Jason Hochfelder, Phelps Hospital Close to 1 million hip replacements are performed in the United States every year, but very few patients know how the replacement parts are constructed or what materials are used. Can you provide some details about the implants? The hip is a ball-and-socket joint. The socket (acetabulum) is part of the pelvic bones, and ... Read More »

Harvest on Hudson – A Birder’s Paradise—Croton Point Park

by Marcie Cuff Ahh, spring! Time to ditch the dreaded snow shovel! Time to get reacquainted with the joy of being outside! Finally it is spring. This month, let’s make a point to become reacquainted with the outside world. There are pockets of wilderness all around us to easily explore. So, thankfully getting out there won’t require hours of travel ... Read More »

Award-Winning Playwright Samuel Harps Presents Reading in Irvington on April 13

Irvington Town Hall Theater (ITHT)’s Stage Door series will present a reading of The Burning of New York by award-winning playwright Samuel Harps on Thursday, April 13 at 7:00 p.m. Now in its third season, the series produces staged readings of original works followed by a Q & A with the playwright and actors. Without the technical aspects of a fully-staged show, the ... Read More »

Harvest on the Hudson – Be Mine

by Marcie Cuff February. Following an emotionally exhausting political season, the month of love has finally arrived. Let’s welcome, with open arms, the sweet exchange of chocolates and handwritten notes. But, amidst it all, let’s not forget to regroup and take care of our own selves too. We all have silent battles. Perhaps you, during these past few months, have ... Read More »

Ask the Doctor – Starve a Cold; Feed a Fever?

by Dr. Craig Zalvan, otolaryngologist Why isn’t there a vaccine to prevent the common cold? Colds are caused by hundreds of different viruses, so a single protective vaccine would be difficult to develop. Since most people recover from colds without lasting effects, there is a lack of interest and funds for long-term research to eliminate these viral infections, and the ... Read More »

Harvest on Hudson – The Winter Warm-Up

Hot Cocao

by Marcie Cuff Well, the holidays have quickly passed us by. I only hope that wherever you spent them, you were with the people you love, eating the food you adore, and singing your favorite holiday songs. And I hope that, at some point, somebody handed you something sweet and warm to drink when you walked in the door. Every ... Read More »

Phelps Hospital Educators Provide Emergency Training Overseas

by Rick Pezzullo Since 2009, educators from the Hoch Center for Emergency Education at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center in Sleepy Hollow have formed a special bond with a little-known country in the southern slopes of the eastern Himalayas to provide medical training overseas. In early November, Anne Castioni and Emily Kaplan spent two weeks in the Kingdom of Bhutan, a ... Read More »

Ask the Doctor – Facts About Diabetes

According to the American Diabetes Association, 29.1 million Americans were estimated to have either Type I or Type II diabetes in 2012, of which 21 million cases were diagnosed. About 86 million American adults had pre-diabetes. What is diabetes? Diabetes (also known as diabetes mellitus) is a progressive medical condition in which the pancreas, a large gland behind the stomach, ... Read More »

Harvest on Hudson – The Zero Waste Thanksgiving

by Marcie Cuff It’s November, and if you’re anything like me, you’re already leafing through dog-eared pages of beloved holiday cookbooks. Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away, and I love everything about it—family gathered around the table, and turkey with all the fixings—gravy, cranberry sauce, potatoes, green beans, stuffing and pie. And more pie. In the end, we always ... Read More »

Q&A on Alzheimer’s Disease

Q. Are there any activities or lifestyle changes that are helpful for someone with Alzheimer’s disease? A. Patients with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia should be encouraged to increase their mental, physical and social activities. Lifestyle modification, following a healthy diet (e.g., Mediterranean diet), and regular physician care to lower cardiovascular risk may be beneficial. Safety issues, such as ... Read More »

All Shorts Irvington Film Festival (As iFF): Screening and Q & A with Filmmakers and Actors – Followed by “Short Shots” After-Party

Irvington Town Hall Theater Presents International Film Festival and “Short Shots” After-Party on November 12 The second season of the All Shorts Irvington Film Festival (As iFF) will be presented at the Irvington Town Hall Theater (85 Main Street) in two parts: Fall 2016 and Spring 2017. The fall program, at 7:30 pm on Saturday, November 12th, will feature 10 ... Read More »

Happy Fall Harvesting with Apples and Pumpkins

by Marcie Cuff October in the Hudson Valley is just magnificent with its crisp days, fiery foliage and cornflower blue sky. If you’re anything like me, you spend the majority of the month bundled up leaf peeping and craving anything apple-y or pumpkin-y. My all-time fall favorites are acorn, buttercup, kabocha, macoun, jonagold, and crispin, and I’ll do just about ... Read More »

ASK THE DOCTOR – What is 3D Mammography?

This month’s “Ask The Doctor” is the first in a continuing series planned to keep our readers up-to-date on health issues. Since October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’ve selected a timely first topic. Q. What is mammography? A. Mammography is an X-ray of the breast used to detect breast cancer at an early stage, when it is easier ... Read More »

Ongoing Events – Fall, 2016

Ongoing Events – Fall, 2016 Literacy Volunteers Tutor Training Workshop: Six Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 12 noon, Sept. 17 & 24, Oct. 1, 8, 22 & 29 at the Warner Library in Tarrytown. Sign up by calling 488-4250 or visit www.lvtarrytown.org. Retro Revival: “Howards End” will be shown Sept. 9 – 15 at Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville. ... Read More »

Harvest on Hudson – Teatown Lake Reservation and Wildflower Island

by Marcie Cuff What began as a gift of 190 acres of pristine wilderness in 1963 has quadrupled in size over the past half-century—Teatown Lake Reservation now spans 1,000 acres in Yorktown, Cortlandt and New Castle. More than 25,000 hikers, cross-country skiers, snowshoers, and environmental educators use its 15 miles of marked and well-maintained trails annually. The trails seamlessly traverse ... Read More »

Caramoor Presents Expansive Summer Season of Music

Where else does Beethoven rub shoulders with bluegrass and Broadway, or Chick Corea with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s? From world premieres to classical masterworks, from Tahitian dance to Independence Day fireworks, Caramoor Center for the Performing Arts is an idyllic home for musical and artistic diversity. With eight weeks of orchestral, chamber, jazz, American roots, opera, multi-ethnic dance, and ... Read More »

Ongoing “What’s Happening” Calendar Events for May

Lightscapes: Evening display of sculpture, light, sound and special effects at Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson. May 1, 5-8, 12-15, 19-22, 26-30. Call 366-6900 or visit www.hudsonvalley.org. The Meditative Life: May 6 – 25 at Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville. Call 747-5555 or visit www.burnsfilmcenter.org Jazz Sessions: The greats on camera May 12 –June 9 at Jacob Burns Film ... Read More »

Birding in the Hudson Valley

by Marcie Cuff Can you hear it? Spring has finally sprung! It’s time to dust off your field guides, head outside and get a good look and listen at who is calling. There are over 10,000 species of birds in the world, and about 925 have been sighted in North America. Here in the Hudson Valley, there are just over ... Read More »

Safety Measures Stressed in Hudson as Boating Season Begins

by Thomas Staudter It was the lull before the unofficial boating season begins on the Hudson River and Tarrytown. Harbormaster Kevin Lustyik, as usual, had safety on his mind—and for good reason. In March, a tugboat crashed into a barge parked near the Tappan Zee Bridge where a new span is under construction, and three crewmembers lost their lives. From ... Read More »

Program on the Effects of Alcohol and Drugs Provokes New Thinking Amongst Irvington High’s Athletes—and their Parents

by Barrett Seaman Michael Nerney is a bearded bantam, full of energy and jovial in nature, but his message delivered on March 14 to Irvington High School athletes—and later to some parents—was deadly serious in its content. A former teacher and coach, and a father of three himself, Nerney now gives presentations not only on the effects of alcohol and ... Read More »

Schools Increase Focus On Concussion Awareness

by Robert Kimmel In contact sports just a generation ago, a hard jolt to the head and its harmful consequences were mostly regarded as a temporary “time-out” to be followed by a quick return to the playing field. No longer is that the case. “The world has finally caught up with what we’ve known for decades, that head injuries are ... Read More »

Harvest on the Hudson – Random Acts of Love and Kindness

by Marcie Cuff February has long been celebrated as a month of romance and giving. Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, though written valentines didn’t begin to appear until after 1400. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he ... Read More »

Is a Gluten-Free Diet for You?

by Maria Ann Roglieri Gluten is a mixture of proteins found in wheat, durum, emmer, spelt, farina, farro, kamut, einkorn, rye, barley, and triticale. It is used in breads and many unexpected products such as soy sauce, malt vinegar, couscous, beer, broths, etc. Even foods that don’t naturally contain gluten, such as oats, can be contaminated with gluten in the ... Read More »

Harvest on Hudson – Indoor Places to Explore

by Marcie Cuff Winter is a curious thing. All year long we brainstorm snowman and paper snowflake designs, then we stack the wood, clean the gutters, sharpen the skates, knit a collection of sparkly wool infinity scarves, and await the slightest sign of it. The past few years it arrived prematurely with a powerful punch. This season, it’s been more ... Read More »