July 2015 – Heard Around the Watercooler

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Sleepy Hollow resident Jeffrey Friedkin won first prize in the 6th Annual 2015 Westchester County Amateur Photo Contest with his photo “Family Passage” taken in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. The exhibit is on view at the Howard and Ruth Jacobs Family Gallery in the Greenburgh Public Library through mid June.


The Irvington High School Girls Track and Field Team has been named NYS Scholar Athletes with an impressive 99.83% team GPA, ranking them number one amongst 347 other schools in the state.


Rey Insurance Agency was recently honored at an event celebrating family entrepreneurs when it was chosen as a winner of the Westfair Communications Family-Owned Business Awards. 20 family businesses from Westchester and Fairfield counties representing diverse industries were selected by industry leaders in their respective fields as honorees at the event.

Founded by Francisco Rey in 1978 with the goal of making insurance accessible for everyone in both English and Spanish, Rey Insurance Agency was bought in 2013 by Rey’s daughters, Linda and Laura.

Westfair Communications Publisher, Dee DelBello, said winners were chosen based on a number of factors including the number of years in business, how many generations are participating, the success and continuity of the business and how the business gives back to the community.

Rey Insurance Agency is located at 219 N. Broadway in Sleepy Hollow NY.


Sleepy Hollow resident and Broadway producer, Jane Dubin, was elected to the Board of the League of Professional Theatre Women. Dubin’s current Broadway show, An American in Paris, just received four TONY Awards and is 2015’s most awarded musical on Broadway. She is producing a new show Off-Broadway starting July 9, The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey. Starring James Lecesne, founder of The Trevor Project, Dubin’s new show has already received outstanding reviews. For more information, visit: www.AbsoluteBrightnessPlay.com.


Mahopac resident Cheryl Burke, MS, MBA, RN-BC, WCC, a nurse educator at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center, received the “Top Nurse Award” at Hudson Valley Magazine’s 8th annual “Excellence in Nursing” awards event, held in Poughkeepsie, NY. Burke received the highest honor for her remarkable nursing career.

“In addition to being innovative, Cheryl is nurturing, enthusiastic and above all, patient, in her position as a clinical educator,” said Mary McDermott, Chief Nursing Officer at Phelps. “She is a true role model in pursuit of excellence in patient care, and she encourages staff to participate in scholarly activities, which demonstrates her commitment to lift up those around her. Cheryl truly deserves this recognition.”

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