Heard Around the Watercooler

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2016 Kids’ Club Scholarship winners, Daniel Carvajal Jr. and Mayely Vasquez Vega.
2016 Kids’ Club Scholarship winners, Daniel Carvajal Jr. and Mayely Vasquez Vega.

Congratulations to 2016 Kids’ Club scholarship winners, Daniel Carvajal Jr. and Mayely Vasquez Vega. Selected from a large group of applicants, the two Sleepy Hollow High School seniors will each receive $1,500 toward their college expenses. Daniel will attend Florida Atlantic University this fall to study civil engineering, and Mayely will attend Siena College in Albany to study marketing. To further fulfill its mission of “improving the lives of underserved youth,” Kids’ Club set up an annual scholarship in 2014 for college-bound Sleepy Hollow High School seniors based on merit, financial need and character. Students apply by writing a personal essay and submitting letters of recommendation. The final recipients are chosen by a committee of Sleepy Hollow High School faculty members and announced in June at Academic Awards Night.


Irvington Middle School student Aden Malone was awarded the grand prize at the Walk Safe Irvington PSA Video Festival for creativity, originality and clarity of message in his public service announcement on pedestrian safety. The Walk Safe Irvington initiative targets the safety of pedestrians, specifically the safety of students. The PSA contest, which was open to Irvington students in grades 6 through 12, was inspired by the projects of Irvington Middle School seventh-graders who had created PSA’s in their English language arts classes. “We thought that having students produce videos for other students could be the most effective way to communicate our message,” said Erik Oley, who is a member of the village’s Traffic Calming Irvington committee that aims to make Irvington’s streets safer for everyone. “Children are constantly hearing from adults about the importance of pedestrian safety. We thought it’s exponentially more effective to hear the message from a peer. And even more so from a peer who can dance and has cool taste in music.” Malone was awarded the grand prize during the annual “Celebrate Irvington” event on June 19. For his video, “Crosswalk Hiphop,” Aden was the director and cameraman, while his brother Eliav was the actor. To view Aden’s PSA, visit www.facebook.com/SlowDownIrvington/.


Phelps Hospital has received the Get With the Guidelines-Stroke “Gold Plus” Achievement Award. Phelps has also achieved the additional recognition of Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll. Get With the Guidelines-Stroke (GWTG) helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based treatments with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Phelps earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include the aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies. To contact the Stroke Center at Phelps, call 914-366-3397. For more information on Get With the Guidelines, visit: www.americanheart.org/getwiththeguidelines.


Watercooler_ColorSix Irvington High School teams were recognized by New York State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins for their outstanding performances on the field and in the classroom during a Board of Education meeting on June 28. Senator Stewart-Cousins’ Deputy Chief of Staff, John Tomlin, congratulated the students and presented them with senate resolutions. The teams – girls cross-country, boys cross-country, field hockey, boys soccer, girls indoor track and boys indoor track – were awarded New York State Scholar-Athlete Team Champions by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association. They earned the title by having the highest team average GPA in their sport in the state.


The Board of Education of the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns has appointed James Graziano to the position of assistant principal at Washington Irvington School (WI). To read more about Mr. Graziano, visit the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns website at: www.tufsd.org/pages/TUFSD.

The Irvington Board of Education has appointed Matthew Samuelson as the new assistant principal at Irvington High School and Jacquelyn Salcito as the new assistant principal at Dows Lane Elementary School. To read more about Mr. Samuelson and Ms. Salcito, visit the Irvington Union Free School District website at: www.irvingtonschools.org.


Let’s Play! A Place for Families is celebrating its first year in business in Tarrytown. The area’s only drop-in play group of its kind offers a preschool-like environment for families with children from birth to age 5, including professional staff to guide parents and help facilitate play. Let’s Play!’s founders include five local moms (Amy Witmer, Shezzy Hidalgo, Elly Kelly, Sandra Duarte and Kelly Brett) and meets on Tuesdays from 9:30-11:30am at the United Methodist Church (27 South Washington St., Tarrytown). $15 per session includes snack; scholarships are available.

Please send submissions about distinctions and honors given to local community members to: thewatercooler@thehudsonindependent.com

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