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Heard Around The Water Cooler September 2015

AWARDED

The New York State Library has awarded construction grants to four public libraries in Greenburgh. The grants, which are supported by a $14 million capital fund appropriation in the 2014-2015 state budget for the construction and renovation of public libraries and public library systems in New York State, are being awarded to the Warner Library (Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow), as well as the Dobbs Ferry, Hastings-on-Hudson and Greenburgh public libraries.

The Warner Public Library will receive $155,589 for the Roof Replacement Project – providing the library with a fully functional roof and drainage system, protecting the building and its contents.  The Dobbs Ferry Public Library will receive $25,591 to retrofit or replace existing light fixtures with energy efficient, long lasting LED fixtures. The Hastings-on-Hudson Public Library will receive $19,107 for the purchase and installation of a Mitsubishi Hyper Inverter heating (cooling) pump system for the expanded and renovated library community room.  The Greenburgh Public Library will receive $14,661 for the installation of a glass partition and door in the passage between the adult reading room and the teen section of the library – alleviating noise issues and increasing patron comfort and staff use of both areas.  “I am pleased that these libraries were recognized and selected to receive these much-needed grants,” said NY State Assemblyman Tom Abinanti, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Libraries and Education Technology.  “Local libraries are critical to our communities and I will continue to be an advocate for more state investments to the library system.”

APPOINTED

Hudson Chorale has appointed Conductor Ira Spaulding as its new Interim Music Director.  Spaulding, who brings a breadth of training and choral experience to his new role, has enjoyed a multi-faceted career spanning more than 35 years: teaching at the Conservatory of Amsterdam for 20 years, performing concerts and recitals and giving master classes and choral workshops in more than 60 countries, and singing in more than 55 countries.  As part of American Voices, he was a soloist with orchestras in South America and Europe, and a guest choral conductor in Russia, Germany, Viet Nam, Mexico and several other countries.  In 2008, after living in Europe for 27 years, Spaulding returned to his native New York to accept the position of Professor of Vocal and Choral Music at City College of New York and was also Artistic Director of the Park Slope Singers in Brooklyn.  With weekly rehearsals in Pleasantville, the 90-voice Hudson Chorale is a collegial ensemble of men and women dedicated to the joy of music-making.  For more information, visit: http://hudsonchorale.org/

RANKED

Phelps Memorial Hospital Center has been named one of the top 25 hospitals in New York State, ranking 16th by U. S. News and World Report.  In the New York metro area, which includes NYC, Long Island, Westchester County and Northern New Jersey, Phelps was ranked 18th. Phelps was also rated as “High Performing” for hip replacement and knee replacement.  These achievements are based on Phelps’ track record of maintaining high quality standards in delivering healthcare.

JOINED

Orthopedic surgeon Jason Hochfelder, MD of Rye Brook has joined the staff of Phelps Memorial Hospital Center.  Dr. Hochfelder brings expertise in hip and knee replacement and hip arthroscopy.  Surgeons at Phelps excel at performing advanced, complex procedures, from sports injury surgeries to joint replacements.  Dr. Hochfelder is also experienced in a procedure called ACI (Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation), a treatment for cartilage damage that is an option for people who are too young for knee replacement.  After receiving his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine, Dr. Hochfelder served his residency in orthopedic surgery at the Hospital for Joint Diseases Orthopaedic Institute and a fellowship in hip and knee surgery at the Insall Scott Kelly Institute, both in NYC. 

NAMED

The Mental Health Association of Westchester (MHA), a leading mental health agency in the community, has named Jennifer L. Kasoff to its Board of Directors. Ms. Kasoff, an experienced nonprofit professional, will advance the mission of the agency which offers comprehensive recovery-oriented, integrated mental health services for all ages.  MHA is located at 580 White Plains Road in Tarrytown.  For more information, visit: http://www.mhawestchester.org/

AWARDED

Helayna Herschkorn, an Irvington resident and 2004 graduate of Irvington High School, was awarded a Doctoral Degree in School Psychology from St. John’s University in January, 2015.  Helayna participated in the university’s Doctoral Hooding Ceremony on May 7th and its Graduation Ceremony on May 17. She is the daughter of Nicole and the late Ronald Herschkorn and sister to Candice.

Please send submissions about distinctions, honors, and awards given to local community members, students, and organizations to:  thiwatercooler@thehudsonindependent.com

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