Heard Around the Watercooler

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by Maria Roglieri

Insurance Agent Honored

JoAnn Murray
JoAnne Murray

At its 100th Annual Meeting held October 17 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Tarrytown, the Hudson Gateway Association of REALTORS® (HGAR) honored JoAnne Murray, of Allan M. Block Agency, Inc. in Tarrytown, as the HGAR “Affiliate Member of the Year” for 2016.

Murray has been a long-time supporter of the Association, sponsoring and attending countless events. She has been running the almost 60-year old business for the past 25 years and has been helping both individuals and businesses throughout the Hudson Valley with their insurance.

Congratulations to Social Workers

Local Tarrytown Elder Advocate and Director of Social Services at Sprain Brook Manor in Scarsdale, Sherry Saturno, was honored this month by the Westchester County Board of Legislators with a Proclamation for her work with elders and the pursuit of social justice. Saturno, LNHA and LCSW, was also recently awarded the Statewide 2016 Champion of Social Justice Award by the National Association of Social Workers. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Westchester End of Life Coalition, and wrote and produced a national award winning documentary short film, “Human Investment.”

Congratulations also to Melissa Eisele-Kaplan of Sleepy Hollow, LCSW, ACHP-SW, a social worker at Phelps Hospice for almost 10 years, who just received her advanced certificate in hospice and palliative care.

Barry Field, MD, and Mr. and Mrs. William O. Melvin, Jr. were honored at the Phelps Hospital’s 29th Annual Champagne Ball at Sleepy Hollow Country Club in Briarcliff Manor. Dr. Field joined the Phelps Hospital medical staff in 1978 and has served as chief of the hospital’s Division of Gastroenterology for 10 years and as director of the Department of Medicine for 12 years. Mr. and Mrs. William O. Melvin, Jr. of Scarborough Manor. The couple established the Phelps Classic golf tournament to help raise awareness of, and funds for, Phelps. The tournament has raised more than $1.2 million over the past 13 years.

Transition at Phelps

Congratulations to Dr. Anna Komorowski of Sleepy Hollow who will be joining Phelps Hospital as Acting Director at Northwell Cancer Institute in January. She will also be taking care of patients with hematological and oncological conditions.

Local Grants Received

WatercoolerAmong recent grants totaling $824,000, The Westchester Community Foundation, a philanthropic organization, has given Tarrytown’s School District $20,000 to “support a family literacy program for immigrants living in Tarrytown,” and $10,000 to the Foundation for the Public Schools to “support college trips and SAT prep classes for low-income Tarrytown juniors.” It is also providing Latino U College Access, Inc. $10,000 for low-income Latino youth in the village to “prepare for college.” A grant of $15,000 went to the Tarrytown Music Hall “to support free and low-cost family-friendly concerts and events.”

Theatre Talk

Come for a revelatory and entertaining afternoon when Jack Viertel discusses his book, The Secret Life of the American Musical: How Broadway Shows are Built, and shares insights and anecdotes about such memorable shows as Fiddler on the Roof, A Chorus Line, West Side Story, Hair-Spray, and Gypsy.

Sunday, December 11 at 2 p.m. in the Warner Library.

Fundraising for Performing Arts in Sleepy Hollow

Winter Blues, a popular musical event, will take place on January 7 at Hudson Harbor in Sleepy Hollow this year. It is a great way to hear local bands and help raise money for the performing arts program in Sleepy Hollow High School.

Any potential news items for Watercooler can be emailed to mroglier@yahoo.com

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