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WatercoolerTarrytown Sisters Awarded College Scholarships

Clare and Ellie Johnson, SHHS ’15 and ’17 respectively, were each awarded a $3,000 scholarship by the Express Scripts Scholars Program, which recognizes academic excellence and community involvement.  Clare and Ellie both attend Binghamton University, where Clare is a senior Economics major and Ellie is a sophomore Biology major. Both sisters are active in healthcare career development activities and in performing arts on campus. The scholarships were awarded to the top quartile of applicants by Express Scripts, a health services company, where their father Joe Johnson works as a researcher.

Irvington Students Participate in Worldwide Hour of Code

Main Street School’s fourth- and fifth-graders joined 100 million students around the world to participate in a variety of coding and computer programming activities as part of the worldwide Hour of Code, an event that is part of Computer Science Education Week from December 3-9. Throughout the week, Irvington students explored a variety of self-guided coding activities, including Minecraft (a popular video game involving placing blocks in a 3-D generated world). While the students gave commands to the main characters in the Minecraft workspace, they also learned about block-style code writing. “I like coding because you can make things do what you want, you can program games and it’s fun,” said fifth-grader Anna Dorokhova, who worked on a game that challenged her to navigate a maze as she moved a ball to the finish line. Main Street School expanded the experience through December 20 to allow every student to engage in coding multiple times.

HHV Awarded a $30,000 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Grant

“We are thrilled by Congresswoman Lowey’s advocacy for Historic Hudson Valley,” said Waddell W. Stillman, the organization’s president. “This vital project will help expose the legacy of slavery in the colonial north, bringing this content to new audiences through the modern medium of a digital graphic novel. We are excited to begin this journey and grateful for the head start these funds provide.”

HHV will use the grant to fund the initial stages of the creation of a digital graphic novel, Cuffee’s Trial. The novel will depict the trial, and the true story of Cuffee, a slave accused of conspiracy to commit insurrection in colonial New York. Cuffee was the first of 37 men and women to be tried, convicted, and sentenced to death for “the New York Conspiracy.” Cuffee had a direct connection to Philipsburg Manor, HHV’s National Historic Landmark in Sleepy Hollow. The completed novel will become part of HHV’s larger “Slavery in the Colonial North” initiative.

Open Door Family Medical Center Wins Award

Open Door Family Medical Center won the HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) Davies Award for Excellence in Healthcare Information Technology. Open Door has six locations in Westchester and Putnam counties, one of which is in Sleepy Hollow. Open Door earned the award for substantial improvements in asthma care at the organizations School-Based Health Centers and for advancements in colorectal screening at community health centers. Open Door has identified asthma as a particular area of concern among its patients, especially among children. In 2018, the organization achieved its goal of providing 90% of children suffering from asthma with an Asthma Action Plan and they were able to reduce missed school days due to asthma by 90%.

St. Patrick’s Parade Grand Marshal Named

The Sleepy Hollow St. Patrick’s Parade Committee has announced that Isabel Byrne Milano will be the Grand Marshal of the 23rd Annual St. Patrick’s Parade to take place on Sunday, March 10. Leading the parade with Milano will be her aides: Thomas Anderson, Dobbs Ferry; Sister Mary Stephen Healey R.D.C, Elmsford; Lisa O’Reilly, Hastings-on-Hudson; Vince Phelan, Ardsley; Andrew C. Quinn, Ossining; Denise Scaglione, Sleepy Hollow; Lee Anne Sullivan, Tarrytown; and Michael Toolan, Irvington. The 2019 parade will be dedicated to the memory of Kitty Geissler, who was the 1st Grand Marshal of the Sleepy Hollow St. Patrick’s Parade.

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