Heard Around the Watercooler – November 2015

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Watercooler_1Irvington resident Frank Gilligan was honored for 50 years of service in the Irvington Volunteer Fire Department at the October 5th Irvington Board of Trustees meeting. Many residents and members of the Irvington Fire Department attended the ceremony at which Mayor Brian Smith presented Gilligan with an official proclamation.


Watercooler-2The Neighborhood House is exhibiting a mural of Washington Irving’s Sunnyside at Tarrytown Hall Care Center during the fall. The mural was created by the Neighborhood House senior art workshop, and was funded by an Arts Alive Community Project Grant through Arts Westchester. An unveiling and reception took place on October 21. Tarrytown Hall Care Center is located at 20 Wood Court Tarrytown, NY 10591.


Irvington High School administrators are giving out monthly Core Value Awards to students who exemplify character traits that have shaped the school community. The first Core Value Award was given out in the category of Humor and Joy on October 7. “I could not think of a better way to begin this program than by celebrating students who inspire others every day with their humor and joy,” Principal David Cohen said. “Through the work of our SITE Committee last year, we realized that Irvington High School students should be recognized for how they positively influence our culture and community by exhibiting 21st century dispositions.”

The students who received the first Core Value award are Brandon Avelino, Sofia Bazdekis, Carly Bernstein, Josh Blass, Elizabeth Brantl, Zack Brown, Antonia Cruz-Kent, Thomas Gambardella, Madeleine Green, Rebecca Harless, Jayda Holifield, Mia Mascone, Raymond Phoenix, Gabe Siegel and Sophia Vatakis.
“These students were selected due to the immense humor and joy they bring to our community,” Assistant Principal Steve Corbett said. “Their contributions have been recognized by our faculty, and we believe that Irvington High School is a more joyful place because of them.”

Throughout the school year, students will receive recognition for Empathy, Global and Community View, Perseverance, Imagination and Creativity, Collaboration, Leadership, Responsible Risk Taking and Subject Excellence.

Please send submissions about distinctions, honors, and awards given to local community members, students, and organizations to: thiwatercooler@thehudsonindependent.com

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