Heard Around the Watercooler October 2015

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Congratulations to Mary Pastell, a resident of Sleepy Hollow, who celebrates her 104th birthday on October 5th.  Born Mary Russo in 1911, Mary lives in the house where she was born, on Elm Street in Sleepy Hollow.  A birthday celebration in Mary’s honor will take place at the Senior Center on October 6th.


Irvington High School seniors Madison Carelli and Connor Winton have been named as two of nine recipients of the Milly Kibrick Youth Service Award. This prestigious award recognizes members of the Westchester County class of 2016 who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to and involvement in community service activities. The students have devoted their time within and outside of school to enrich the lives of others. Madison is involved with Glamour Gals, a group that volunteers at local senior citizen homes, as well as several groups within the school. Connor has spent several years in the Civil Air Patrol at the Westchester County Airport. 


Kimberly Callihan Kaczmarek
Kimberly Callihan Kaczmarek

Kimberly Kaczmarek, who has taught in the Tarrytown schools for 30 years, was honored on September 17th by the Board of Education as the District’s first “Extra Mile Award” recipient. Kim was recognized for her long-time commitment to special needs students at Sleepy Hollow High School – a commitment that has changed the culture both at the high school and in the community. She is best known for achievements including this summer’s victory of the USA’s Unified Basketball Team at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles. Kim organized a basketball team made up of Tarrytown general education and special education students, along with a group of Brewster High School students and their coach, Donna Schneider. The team traveled to California, marched in the Opening Ceremonies, and took home the Gold medal. Kim has also organized the Mid-Hudson Special Olympics games at the high school for the past two years, an event that has brought out hundreds of community members throughout the mid-Hudson region. Kim teaches, runs the high school’s Pioneer Teams, and oversees the highly successful Sleepy Hollow Academy of Disability Education (SHADE), which pairs general education interns with special education students in after-school activities and support programs. Kim attended the Board meeting with her son, Zachary, a SHHS grad who now attends the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where he is studying animation.


Irvington resident Mickey Noella was chosen by Oprah Winfrey’s “O Magazine” to receive a “head-to-toe makeover.”  Mickey’s “before” and “after” photos appeared in the September 2015 issue of the magazine.  Originally from Georgia, Mickey moved to Irvington to attend graduate school. The article, “U.S. of O: 6 Fabulous Makeovers to Inspire Your New Look,” along with photos of Mickey, can be found at:  http://www.oprah.com/fashion_and_beauty/US-of-O-Makeovers/6


Irvington high school students, Clara Montgomery and Ethan Weinstein, have been selected to participate in the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Conference All-State music groups in Rochester this December. Clara will join the String Orchestra and Ethan will participate in the Wind Ensemble. Last year over 6,500 sophomores and juniors from across the state prepared for auditions in hopes of being selected to participate in the NYSSMA Conference All-State music groups, and 900 students were notified in late August that they had been selected.

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

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