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Happenings in DECEMBER

Happenings in DECEMBER  Thursday 1 How the Jews Invented Musical Theater: At 10:30 a.m. Arthur R. Aldrich explores Jewish contributions through live music, narrative and film clips at JCC on the Hudson in Tarrytown. Register at http://tinyurl.com/JewsMusic.  Also Dec.8, 15 & 22. “Absolute Tyranny Over These States”: At 7:30 p.m. lecture by Dr. Richard Borkow on what Thomas Jefferson’s words ... Read More »

“Rhythms of Grace”: A Worship Service for Special Needs Kids and Their Families at Irvington’s Church of St. Barnabas

by Maria Ann Roglieri “Rhythms of Grace,” a special monthly worship service offered at The Church of St. Barnabas in Irvington, is bringing together kids with special needs and their families from across the Rivertowns. While St. Barnabas is an Episcopalian church, “all faiths are welcome” and participants include worshippers from a number of different faith communities, drawn together by ... Read More »

Warner Oral Histories: Small Businesses Make a Village

by Krista Madsen The eclectic group of small business owners circling the table at the latest Warner Library Oral History session reflected the richness of our mom-and-pop landscape – how essential these enterprises are to our local lifestyle, how much they’ve changed through the decades, or in some cases, how they’ve helped maintain the traditions residents cherish. Nancy Coffey, director ... 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 »

All Are Welcome to The Neighborhood House

by Krista Madsen “I think the original name is a key to our mission. ‘Civic’ implies a duty to be involved in the daily life of the community and be a positive force.” — NH Board President Francesca Spinner At the Senior Canteen, group president Creola Solomon cheerily spins the bingo cage. The dining room of Tarrytown’s Neighborhood House (NH) ... Read More »

Residents Express Preferences for Sleepy Hollow East Parcel

by Robert Kimmel Several hundred local residents, mostly living in Sleepy Hollow, have expressed what they would like the village to develop on the vacant 28-acre East Parcel of the former GM factory site. Responding to a village questionnaire that was widely distributed both on paper, through email blasts, and via social media, those people also indicated what they would ... Read More »

“Feed a Family Campaign” Launched During Holiday Season

by Robert Kimmel Indulging heartily in food during the festive holiday period from Thanksgiving through Christmas is a practice followed by many of us; however, that is not the case for the tens of thousands of Westchester residents who don’t have the means to obtain a proper meal. Long a resource to help people in need, The Food Bank for ... Read More »

Giving Thanksgiving 2016

The 10th annual Giving Thanksgiving is coming up soon! Giving Thanksgiving helps the needy in our community during Thanksgiving. It makes it possible for these families to have a traditional Thanksgiving meal with their family. This positive impact on the community allows many people to have a nice meal and enjoy a special American holiday. Thanksgiving was always a big ... Read More »

Warner Oral Histories: Volunteering in Tarrytown

Ann Phillips

by Krista Madsen “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Gandhi Toiling behind the scenes, with little acknowledgement and no pay, it is the volunteers who really seem to provide the special sauce to this community. A room of five extreme volunteers, who have dedicated countless hours to service, somehow found ... Read More »

Rock n Roll Halloween Masquerade Ball

  Masquerade Ball Honorees: The Family YMCA at Tarrytown held the Rock n Roll Halloween Masquerade Ball and honored long time donors and Y volunteers Edward and Christine Napoleon with the Laurance S. Rockefeller award on September 30. (L-R:) Andrea Stewart-Cousins, honorees Edward and Christine Napoleon (Slash & Blondie) and YMCA CEO Gerry Riera (Ringo). — Photo by Margaret Fox Read More »

Places to Give Locally During the Holiday Season

by Dorothy Conigliaro Most residents in the river towns are fortunate enough to look forward to a Thanksgiving holiday, celebrating with friends and family at a table laden with the plentiful foods of the season. For others, even close neighbors in this area, there are no such celebrations and certainly no such bountiful tables. We think of America as the ... Read More »

Service to Others Defines Monica Getz

by Robert Kimmel For more than three decades, Monica Getz has campaigned to end a disparity that women can face in divorce court and the related legal entanglements that may harm both parents and children alike. Central to that purpose, she founded the Coalition for Family Justice in 1988, and has served as its President ever since. Over those years, ... Read More »

Basketball Court Dedicated to Irvington 9/11 Victim Bobby Speisman

by Barrett Seaman The day was brilliantly clear—not unlike September 11, 2001, when Irvington’s Bobby Speisman died along with nearly 4,000 other victims of terrorism. He was one of the passengers onboard American Airlines Flight 77 that crashed into the Pentagon. September 24, 2016 was a far happier occasion, as Speisman’s family, Mayor Brian Smith and other village officials, former ... Read More »

Irvington Historical Society Celebrates Restoration of the Octagon House’s Greenhouse

More than 150 Irvingtonians and friends braved the sweltering heat and humidity of Saturday, September 10 to celebrate the completion of the reconstructed Lord & Burnham greenhouse at the Octagon House, the village’s architectural crown jewel. The event, catered by Suzanne’s Table, featured auctions, both live and silent, and house tours that, together with ticket sales, brought in more than ... Read More »

Paws Crossed Officially Opens Elmsford Animal Shelter

by Robert Kimmel If you are looking to adopt a canine companion or a feline friend, Paws Crossed Animal Rescue in Elmsford is prepared and eager to meet those needs following its celebratory grand opening last month. The official ribbon cutting drew hundreds of people to the September event, virtually a year to the day the facility at 100 Warehouse ... Read More »

Watercooler – October 2016

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WON Jack Rjeili, a 2016 Sleepy Hollow High School graduate, won first place in the Natural Category of the American Association of Physics’ Teachers Photo Contest. Rjeili’s winning photo, Snow Sheet, depicts a snowdrift at the entrance of Sleepy Hollow High School; his physics teacher at SHHS was Leila Madani. To view the winning photo and read about the physics ... Read More »

Irvington Seniors Having the Time of Their Lives

by Krista Madsen The seniors of Irvington are such a lively bunch it wasn’t surprising to learn they do the Midnight Run. They do not in fact sprint in the middle of the night but rather make 150 sandwiches each month that get distributed to Manhattan’s homeless. That’s just one activity in the densely packed calendar the Irvington Senior Center ... 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 »

Seniors’ Ticket to Ride: Latest Service from ITAV

by Bruce Campbell A group of local volunteers is giving seniors who no longer drive a new set of wheels. ITAV volunteer drivers will now take members anywhere they want to go in Westchester County. It’s the newest member service from ITAV, It Takes a Village 10591, a dedicated group in Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown working to make life more ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Seniors a Tight-Knit Group

by Krista Madsen On a stifling hot Friday in Sleepy Hollow, the adjacent playground is empty – even sprinklers aren’t motivating the kids to come out. But a handful of seniors are enjoying the air-conditioned Senior Center on Elm Street to knit and chat. “I just sit in on the knitting,” said Lucy Ackerly, treasurer for Sleepy Hollow Seniors. “I ... Read More »

Paws Crossed to Reopen Elmsford Shelter This Month

by Robert Kimmel The usual inhabitants are finally returning; some are already there. They are abandoned dogs and cats, like the pets that for many years had filled the animal shelter at 100 Warehouse Lane South in Elmsford. Thanks to the determined effort of a caring group of volunteers and staff, Paws Crossed Animal Rescue, will be having its “Grand ... Read More »

Golf for Wishes

More than 125 supporters of  Make-A-Wish® Hudson Valley teed off recently at the sold-out “Golf for Wishes” fundraiser at the historic Sleepy Hollow Country Club to help grant the wishes of more than 150 local kids with life-threatening medical conditions. “Golf for Wishes” is one of four major signature events that the non-profit is presenting during its 30th anniversary celebration. ... Read More »

SH High Students Perform a Wide Range of Community Service

by Julia Ann Friedman The idea of a public school community service requirement began in earnest in the 1990s and has been increasingly adopted by schools across the country. School administrators and students realize the value of community service as integral to the student learning process at the high school level and, even now, at the college level. Locally, Irvington ... Read More »

Information, Activities and Services for Tarrytown Seniors

SENIORS Senior Benefits Information Center: Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. a representative from the Medicare Rights Center is on hand at the Warner Library in Tarrytown. Sign up at the Reference Desk or call 631-7734. To ask questions outside regular counseling hours call 269-7765. Senior Van: Beginning at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday, a van is available for ... Read More »

Sunnyside Art by Seniors Brightens Up Warner Library

by Krista Madsen Amidst the densely displayed art show on the gallery walls of Tarrytown’s Warner Library for the month of July was a summery rendition of Sunnyside, purple wisteria draping its façade. Over the main reception desk at the library entrance was an even grander, more colorful scene: a large canvas giddily depicted women with parasols on the lawn, ... Read More »