Heard Around the Watercooler

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Howard Permut
Howard Permut

Teatown Board Chair, Howard Permut, was honored by the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) and the Harlem Valley Appalachian Trail Community™ (HVATC) for his work in planning and creating the only railroad stop directly on the Appalachian Trail (AT). The station, located in Pawling, NY, allows residents of New York City to easily reach the trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. Permut received this recognition at HVATC’s third annual Trail Day on October 15th at the Native Landscapes and Garden Center in Pawling. “I want to thank the Harlem Valley Appalachian Trail Community and the National Parks Conservation Association for this honor,” said Permut. “It gives me great satisfaction to have been able to construct a station that connects New Yorkers with the Appalachian Trail and makes it easier for millions of people to access nature and the great outdoors. I also hope that this is the start of collaboration between Teatown, home to many wonderful hiking trails and environmental programs, the Harlem Valley Appalachian Trail Community, and the National Parks Conservation Association as we all seek to protect and preserve natural places of beauty for present and future generations.” Permut retired as Metro North President in 2014 and has been board chair of Teatown, a nonprofit nature preserve and environmental education center in the lower Hudson Valley, since November 2015. The preserve manages over 1,000 acres, making it the largest privately-owned land preserve in Westchester. 10,000 people hike its 15 miles of trails every year; and over 20,000 individuals are reached annually by Teatown’s environmental education programming. For more information about Teatown, visit: www.teatown.org.


Three Westchester residents were honored at the Hispanic Heritage Month celebratioWatercooler n on October 19th at the Don Coqui Restaurant in White Plains: Sergeant Felix Corona, a Sleepy Hollow police officer for 17 years, and Francisco and Jessica Mejias, the owners of the Los Andes Bakeries, located in Sleepy Hollow, Peekskill, and North Bergen, New Jersey. Born in Cuba and raised in Sleepy Hollow, Sgt. Corona has spent many years involved in Westchester’s Hispanic community and serves as a liaison for local Hispanic merchants and the community. The Mejias have owned Los Andes Bakery for 25 years and are famous throughout Westchester for their empanadas and Chilean pastries. The event drew over 100 people and was emceed by “Buen Dia New York” WADO radio host, Ino Gomez. County Executive Robert Astorino, who addressed the audience, was joined by members of the Westchester Hispanic Law Enforcement Association, the Westchester Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and numerous local Hispanic businesses and organizations.


Tarrytown residents Jane Dubin and Margaret Liston are being honored at the 2016 Elizabeth Mascia Child Care Center (EMCCC) Autumn Gala benefit event on Thursday, November 3rd at Abigail Kisch at Tappan Hill. EMCCC is one of the oldest and largest childcare centers in Westchester. For more information, visit: http://www.masciachildcare.org/events/


Dows Lane Elementary School students in first through third grade raised more than $500 for their school’s outdoor spaces project by reading great books during Dows Lane’s summer read-a-thon. “We are so proud of their hard work and dedication to Dows Lane,” Principal Deborah Mariniello said. “Thanks to all the families for their support. Read-a-thon donations are still being collected and residents can help us make a difference with each book.”

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

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