Heard Around the Watercooler

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by Maria Ann Roglieri – 

WatercoolerSleepy Hollow Artist Creates The Stopping Stones Project

Paul Growald created an art installment to remember the contributions that slaves made to Philipsburg Manor and to the North. He sculpted a series of 24 stones and engraved each one with the name of a slave who worked on the Manor in 1775. He arranged the stones in the shape of a cosmogram to commemorate the eight slaves whose names were lost. These eight slaves built the Old Dutch Church and the buildings at Philipsburg Manor. The cosmogram is a symbol of the cycle of life, a circle that is divided into four parts and reads counterclockwise. The artist chose this symbol because it was an important one in the BaKongo Kingdom from where the eight slaves were taken in 1685. Growald’s project took two years to complete, and was celebrated in a ceremony in September. The artist hopes to call attention to the presence of slaves in the North in the 1700s with this installation and others: one is completed in Medford Massachusetts, and four others in northern states are soon to follow.

Abbott House Honors

Among the recipients of this year’s Loving Arms Awards for contributions as volunteers to the Irvington-based home for indigent children were long-time Tarrytown resident Lauren Wendl and her daughters Kate and Lily. Also honored were Irvington’s Karen Schatzel, Ann Grow, and the entire Mercy College Women’s Lacrosse team—21 women and their three coaches.

The Hudson Valley Writer’s Center’s Annual Gala

The Hudson Valley Writer’s Center (HVWC) will be hosting its annual benefit Gala on November 17 at the former Mark Twain estate in Tarrytown (Tappan Hill Mansion). HVWC is the only cultural organization of significant size in the Hudson Valley which is devoted exclusively to literary activities including year-round writing workshops, readings of new works, a national poetry chapbook competition, and an open mic night every third Friday. The HVWC also works in underserved communities. For more information see Error! Hyperlink reference not valid..

YMCA Awarded Grant

The Rotary Club of the Tarrytowns awarded the Family YMCA at Tarrytown the Art Kennell Scholarship grant of $2,500 to support summer camp scholarships at the Y.

Congratulations to SHHS Student Musicians

Leah Scarpati was selected to participate in the NYS School Music Association (NYSSMA) Allstate Music Festival in Rochester and Patrick Leavy was selected as an alternate bass player. Freshman Ben Poret will be recognized as a composer in the NYSSMA Electronic Music Competition, presenting his piece and spending a day with a composer in residence. The following students were selected to participate in Area Allstate (NYSSMA) in November: Brandan Gianni, Mary DelVecchio, Julia Friedman, Tess Kaplan, Casey McDonough, Cori Trenczer, Patrick Leavy, Asana Love, Devin Batheja, Sarah Clayton, Marty Povman, Connor Quinn-Ray, Lucy Rogers, Gabriel Sherry, and Helen Tejada.


SH High Student Honored at Youth Service Awards Dinner

Asana Love was among 10 students and a Yonkers teacher cited for outstanding service at the annual Milly Kibrick Youth Service Awards Dinner in New Rochelle on October 17. Love volunteers as a camp counselor, at the Tarrytown food pantry, and at The Food Bank of Westchester. She was also treasurer of the African-American Heritage Club at SHHS where she oversaw a UNICEF fundraiser.

Irvington Police Make An Impact

Irvington police officers left encouraging notes on lockers in the high school.

For the second year, Irvington police officers have left more than 600 Post-it notes on the school lockers and doors of Irvington High School. The notes contain encouraging messages for the students in an effort to encourage healthy decision-making and to reduce alcohol and drug use.

Sleepy Hollow Recreation Hires a Superintendent

Matthew Arone has been hired as Sleepy Hollow Recreation Superintendent. He was previously Recreation Supervisor in Irvington, Recreation Superintendent in Dobbs Ferry, and Deputy Superintendent in Scarsdale

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