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March 2015 — Heard Around the Watercooler

450 science research students from the Westchester region presented their studies at the Westchester-Rockland Junior Science and Humanities Symposium on February 7.  Sleepy Hollow High School senior Elizabeth Sobolik placed first in the Cellular and Molecular Biology category, and senior Colin Atkinson placed fourth in Computer Science in the Power Point Division. Elizabeth and Colin will advance to the State Competition in Albany this month.

Also advancing to the State Competition is Irvington High School senior Ethan Tardio, who earned third place in the Cellular and Molecular Biology category and will present his research project, “The Role of Macrophages in Metastatic Dissemination and Growth.”

Three Sleepy Hollow High School seniors received honorable mention for their research: Heather Brown for her work in Biochemistry, Austen Paris for Engineering, and Dan Moriarty for Behavioral Science.

In the Competitive Poster Division, Sleepy Hollow High School junior Elizabeth Silver finished in third place overall and placed second for Cellular and Molecular Biology.  Seniors Emily Comas and Clare Johnson finished in second place for their division; Emily presented on Animal Science and Clare on Behavioral Science. Congratulations to all of the winners and their teachers!

Suzanne Stephans, advertising director for The Hudson Independent, was asked to join the Board of Directors of The Greater Sleepy Hollow Chamber of Commerce.  Stephans, who lives in Sleepy Hollow, began serving on the COC board on February 1.

Dr. Cameron Budenz

Dr. Cameron Budenz


Cameron Budenz, MD of Elmsford, has joined Phelps Memorial Hospital Center as Medical Director of the Balance Center.


The Association of Development Officers (ADO) will honor outstanding individuals and businesses at ADO’s Philanthropy Awards Breakfast at Tappan Hill in Tarrytown on March 11 when more than 300 nonprofits, elected officials and corporations will come together to recognize notable contributions in philanthropy, fundraising and volunteerism.

ADO will honor the following outstanding individuals and businesses for their dedication and commitment to our community: Fundraiser of the Year: Keeva Young-Wright, Northern Westchester Hospital Foundation; Board Member of the Year: Vic Leviatin, WISE Services; Future Leader of the Year: Ezra Werlinich; Community Partner Award: O’Connor Davies; Peter J. Gallagher Award for Leadership & Service to ADO: Paula Barbag, CFRE, Consulting for a Cause.

For 35 years, ADO has promoted excellence in fundraising and philanthropy throughout the Hudson Valley region.  A volunteer-driven nonprofit, ADO achieves its mission through raising public awareness and interest in philanthropy and charitable giving, promoting high ethical fundraising standards, and providing educational opportunities for those involved or interested in the field of fundraising.  For tickets and more information, visit:

Sherry Saturno, LCSW, DCSW, executive director of the Hudson Valley Care Coalition in Tarrytown was the featured speaker at the Fordham Institute for Women and Girls’ Powerful Women in Social Work event in NYC on February 19. Saturno discussed her documentary short film, “Human Investment,” which will be shown at the National American Society on Aging Conference this spring. The film explores what drives professionals to invest themselves in the humanity of care.  Saturno holds masters’ degrees from Columbia and Long Island Universities, and is a national fellowship recipient at New York University Silver School of Social Work. The Fordham Institute for Women and Girls promotes the well being of women and girls who experience violence, poverty, and discrimination.

Please send submissions about distinctions, honors, and awards given to local community members, students, and organizations to:

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