Heard Around the Watercooler

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The Neighborhood House in Tarrytown was awarded a $1,000 Arts Alive Project Grant from the ArtsWestchester organization and the New York State Council on the Arts at a recent Arts Westchester awards ceremony attended by New York State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assemblyman Tom Abinanti.  Led by Neighborhood House Art Instructor, Christina Blatt, the Senior Art Workshop group is working on a large canvas mural of Washington Irving’s home, Sunnyside, in a project called “Seniors Painting for Seniors.”  This will be a traveling mural set to have a kick-off reception at the Neighborhood House in the fall of 2015.  The project will be on display for all to enjoy at local nursing/assisted living facilities, libraries and other public venues.  Arts Alive Project Grants are made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program (DEC), a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and administered by ArtsWestchester.


Craig Zalvan, MD, a laryngologist and Medical Director of the Institute for Voice and Swallowing Disorders at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center, was selected as one of 10 individuals of Westchester Magazine’s 2015 “Healthcare Heroes” award who were honored recently. The honor is bestowed upon health professionals who have demonstrated leadership in the local healthcare field, commitment to community service and excellence in patient care. Dr. Zalvan is an associate professor at New York Medical College and has led the region in educational outreach concerning these disorders by sponsoring a yearly World Voice Day event to increase public awareness, and lecturing locally, nationally and internationally on the topics of voice, swallowing and chronic cough.


Irvington resident and pediatrician Sanat Dagli, MD received the 2015 AΩA Volunteer Clinical Faculty Award for New York Medical College on April 30, 2015.  Given by the students, this award was sponsored by the National Alpha Omega Alpha Organization (AOA), honoring Dagli’s contributions to the educational mission of the school. Dr. Sanat and his wife Madhu have been Irvington residents for 35 years. The Alpha Omega Organization was founded in 1902 by a small group of medical students; today there are 123 chapters in the United States and a chapter overseas in Beirut, Lebanon.  Its members are chosen based not only on scholarly achievement but also on leadership, professionalism, and community service.


The Irvington Middle School Spanish Club sombrero sale raised $300 for Fundación Jocani, an organization in Puebla that assists children and teens living and/or working in the streets of Mexico as a result of family violence.


Peter Strom of Strom Horticultural Services in Ossining became an Accredited Organic Land Care Provider by successfully completing an exam administered by the New England Organic Farming Association.  Strom Horticultural Services is a fine gardening company focusing on residential gardens, containers and pruning. Peter is also an ISA Certified Arborist and an ASHS Certified Horticulturist.  The NOFA Organic Land care Program is a voluntary program designed to extend the principles of organic agriculture to the care of our landscapes.  Certification is renewed yearly and accredited professionals are required to obtain continuing education units to maintain certification.   For more information about NOFA, Accredited Organic Land Care Professionals and their principles, visit: www.organiclandcare.net.

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

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