October 2012

Mt Kisco: In anticipation of Hurricane Sandy, we are requesting all residents NOT  place leaves and other debris (leaf bags) at the curb.  Please also keep catch basins clear of leaves.  The Department of Public Works will return to picking up leaves and bags after the storm.

Due to the impending storm, we have postponed Arc of Westchester Foundation’s benefit, A Matter of Taste, from Tuesday, October 30 to Thursday, November 1 at 6 pm.  All other event details will remain the same.  The safety and comfort of you, our guests, is our primary concern. We hope that you will still be able to attend and enjoy everything we have planned for you.  Contact fhiggins@westchesterarc.org or call 914.495.4536 if you need further information. You may also visit our website at www.westchesterarc.org for event details.

From the Village of Mt Kisco –

The Village continues to prepare for Hurricane Sandy which is expected to arrive in our area Sunday evening and continue into Wednesday.  Rainfall amounts of at least 3 inches (up to 10 inches are possible) will be accompanied by tropical winds in excess of 50 mph.  As a result, residents and businesses should prepare for flooding, power outages and road closures.  Your storm preparations should include the following:
Assemble a disaster supply kit with food, water, medical supplies and prescription drugs.
Maintain important documents in a waterproof container.
Secure or bring in outdoor furniture, grills and loose items in your yard.
Have supplies of batteries, flashlights and a battery operated radio.
Ensure that your car is full of fuel prior to the storm.
If your electric service goes out contact Con Ed directly at 1-800-75-CONED.  Calling Con Ed directly will allow for your power loss to be registered into their computerized database.  Use 911 ONLY to report true emergencies (including down wires and trees blocking roads).       DO NOT APPROACH ANY DOWNED WIRES.  Mount Kisco Emergency Preparedness Officials will continue to monitor and prepare for the storm and provide updated information throughout the storm event.  For additional information please visit the Village’s website at www.mountkisco.org or tune into:  WHUD – FM 100.7 and/or WFAS – AM 1230.  Important information for Village residents will be broadcast through these stations.  For additional information on how to prepare for the storm please visit the following websites:  www.governor.ny.gov and/or www.redcross.org.

And a note from Essentialmom.com….(not to make light of the coming storm…just in ADDITION to making REAL preparations)

Get ready your playing cards and move the legos to a secure location where you can find them quickly in the center of the house.
Turn the TV on for the next two days so the kids get sick of it and are ready to have no electricity.
Find and assemble your art supplies, paper, scissors, and stickers.  Place them in a bin that makes them look more exciting than they are.
Prepare extra blankets, pillows and fort making items and place them in the living room for tent building and snuggling.
When you are out at the grocery store, swing by your favorite book store and get some new books.
Save any cardboard boxes that you have lying around and consider them for fort building potential.  Keep markers and box cutters on hand for enhancement purposes.
Look up recipes on line for play dough and get those items you need to make it.
Think out the race course through the house that will lead to the expulsion of energy.  Just a tip from someone who has done that, be sure that the course runs in a circle or kids tend to run into each other, causing tears and headaches. Not what you need.
Get unhealthy snacks, juice boxes, and wine.

* DO NOT let the kids get into any of these prepared items until you absolutely HAVE TO.  Stall until you all can’t stand it and then look like the queen you are when you save the day.  Best of luck to you and yours.


Friday, November 16, 10 am-Noon & 2:30-4:30 pm; Saturday & November 17, 10 am-3pm. Kick off the Holiday Season “Festive Stroll.” Tour four homes in the Briarcliff-Sleepy Hollow area, beautifully decorated for the Holidays. Friday, November 15, Noon, “Dickens Luncheon” at Sleepy Hollow Country Club. All to benefit Ossining Children’s Center. Presented by Holbrook Cottage, 1253 Pleasantville Rd, Briarcliff. Info: 914-941-0230, X 13.  Visit www.ossiningchildrenscenter.org

Trick or Treat! Give Me Something Good to Eat!  On All Hallows’ Eve, parents are challenged with meeting the varying nutritional needs of their kids in addition to providing healthy snacks for neighborhood trick-or-treaters. For parents, it’s not the ghouls, goblins and witches that are scary — it’s the sugary “treats” that their kids bring home that are filled with empty calories and lack any nutritional value. Don’t go batty in your search for a healthy Halloween treat. Instead, feel good handing out Crispy Green® Crispy Fruit frightfully delicious freeze-dried fruit snacks, knowing that you are providing a sweet, guilt-free treat that’s conveniently packaged in a single-serving size with 100 percent real fruit.  Crispy Fruit are real fruit, real taste, nothing else! They are free of fat, cholesterol, gluten and nuts; low-calorie; vegan; and kosher. The trick will be keeping enough bags on hand as kids gobble up the delicious, wholesome snacks.  Crispy Fruit is available in six delicious flavors: Apple, Banana, Mango, Asian Pear, Pineapple and Cantaloupe. Stock up early on the treat that will make kids wish they could come knocking on your door every day.  Crispy Fruit is available in handy “Grab & Go” 6-PACKS and also in convenient, moisture-free single-serving bags (MSRP: $1.49 each) that provide approximately one serving of fruit and 55 calories or less per bag.  Crispy Green Crispy Fruit products are available online and in stores, including The Fresh Market, Harris Teeter, Giant Eagle Market District, Earth Fare and selected Whole Foods Markets. For more information, go to www.crispygreen.com.

If you get a call, please take the phone survey.  Bedford Central School District is conducting a 500 household/community wide phone survey to gather input about Bedford Central School District and the need for Investment into our schools.  The phone ID may come up Texas or Unknown. The surveyor will introduce themselves with their name, from Attitude Research Company.  Over 50% of the calls will be to households without children attending BCSD.  We encourage all who receive a call to Please take a moment, answer the questions, and help shape our community through the direction of our public schools.  In addition, all voters throughout the 59 square mile BCSD are welcome and encouraged to participate in an internet survey and provide feedback starting approximately November 1st.  On November 13th the BCSD Community Investment Program committee will also host a morning and evening Community Gathering at West Patent Elementary School to discuss the Capital Plan.  More information to come…

Please refer to the www.BCSDNY.org website to learn more about the District’s capital project needs, a proposal and course of action to address those needs, and a public engagement process to involve the community to gather input and to address questions.  Information on he Capital Plan here.  Information on the Community Investment Program here.

The Junior League of Westchester’s Benefit Boutique, Thursday, November 15, 6-10pm. Whippoorwill Club, 150 Whippoorwill Rd, Armonk, NY 10504. Join us for an evening of shopping, food and friends. $40 per person. Ticket price includes hors d’oeuvres, light dinner and dessert. 15% of the sales will support the work of the JLNW in the community. Log on to www.jlnw.org to purchase tickets. Vendors: 3 Sisters, A Charmed Life, Anita Designs, April Marin, Balu, Buckle and Bling, East End Foodies, Fringe Benefits, Gina Made It, High Society Accessories, Jinglenod, Kabyco, Kokoon, Live Love Leather, Matana Jewelry Design, Moes Monkeys, Peaceable Hill Paperie, Sail to Sable, Stella and Dot, The Chintz Giraffe, and Three Islands.

**Note: This event will be rescheduled to another date due to the storm and power issues. We will announce a new date shortly.

Please join hosts Katy Bray and Kerry Tomson for our first dialogue in a new speakers series featuring experts from Northern Westchester Hospital on topics of interest to women and families.

Know Your “Girls”: Strategies for Breast Health will feature experts Karen Arthur, MD, breast surgeon, and Mary Greco, nurse practitioner, from the Hospital’s Breast Institute who will speak about a wide range of breast health topics: from helping your daughters understand their changing bodies and what they can do to be ‘breast healthy’ to how we can know and recognize our own bodies as we head into the “mammogram years.”

Breast health from puberty to prevention — bring your questions and we’ll help you find your answers!

To learn more or to RSVP, please click here.

NWH Speaker Series is a new initiative headed by the Northern Westchester Hospital Foundation in an effort to help families and the amazing people who head them to get to know all of the fantastic services that NWH offers.  From women’s issues, to pediatrics, to the emergency room, cancer care, caretaker services, and more, we want you to KNOW about and have access to the amazing doctors and staff available to you and your families.  Please join us as we show off our great services!


The community is invited to be part of Hospice & Palliative Care of Westchester’s (HPCW) annual “Tree of Life.”  Individuals may purchase a personalized gold star in memory or in honor of a loved one, to be placed on the “Tree of Life.”  Any donation of $50 or more will receive a commemorative hand crafted porcelain ornament.  Donors are invited to HPCW’s tree lighting reception.  The evening will include entertainment by Manhattanville College’s elite pop vocal group, The Quintessentials.  Proceeds benefit HPCW in its efforts to provide comfort, care and compassion to those facing a life-threatening illness.  Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at The Hilton Westchester, 699 Westchester Avenue, Rye Brook, NY.  5:30p.m. – 7:00p.m.  For more information or to make a reservation, call Holly K. Benedict at 914-682-1484 x 122.

Sunday, Oct 28th.  All day.  Stop in at the Westmoreland Sanctuary nature center and pick up a fall-themed scavenger hunt guide to explore the Westmoreland trail system or download a copy at home.  Completed scavenger hunt guides may be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a prize from Westmoreland’s nature store.  Submit entries by 5pm on October 28th.  Free for All. No RSVP necessary.  For more information about the scavenger hunt or about the trails and goings-ons at Westmoreland, visit www.WestmorelandSanctuary.org.

In honor of National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, Sarah Hodgson, Westchester dog trainer, author, and owner of When Dogs Talk is looking to raise awareness for Ruff Start Rescue, a non-profit dog rescue organization out of Bedford Hills, NY.  Sarah has tapped her vibrant social media network to help her help Ruff Start by answering the question, “If you had a tail, what would it be like”, with each answer triggering a $5 donation to Ruff Start from Sarah.  To answer the question, click here.

Bronx Arts Ensemble presents “Rapunzel” on November 4th.  Billed as “a fairy tale in rhyming verse”, “RAPUNZEL” will be presented by the Bronx Arts Ensemble and Lehman Children’s Theater Company on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4 at 1 & 3 pm at the Whitehall, 3333 Henry Hudson Parway, Bronx. With a script by Director Dante Albertie and music arranged by BAE Artistic Director Bill Scribner, this version of the popular fairy tale of the maiden with extra-long golden hair, imprisoned in a tower by a wicked witch and saved by a handsome prince, will have a modern humorous slant, providing fun for the whole family. The audience will also be introduced to the oboe, clarinet and bassoon at the beginning of the show.  Admission to “RAPUNZEL” is $6, and all seats are unreserved.  Tickets may be ordered onlin www.bronxartsensemble.org or by calling the Bronx Arts Ensemble at 718 601-7399.

Make a difference in a child’s well-being:   Be a volunteer at The Sharing Shelf of Family Services of Westchester. 
The Sharing Shelf is seeking volunteers – individuals, groups, families – to help sort and package clothing for children living in economic distress.  The Sharing Shelf, a program of Family Services of Westchester, collects new and gently used clothing, shoes, school supplies and certain infant items, then distributes them to children in-need in Westchester County.   The program partners with more than 20 agencies, schools, hospitals and local governments to distribute over 1,050 outfits to 150 children and youth every month.   This program was founded and is run by volunteers.
Volunteers are needed in our Port Chester warehouse an hour or two each week to help sort and package clothing.  Bring a friend and come work together, or join us and make new friends.  We are open most Saturdays for teens to fulfill community service hours. The Sharing Shelf can also use volunteers less frequently – once a month, once in a while or even as one-time group event, to help sort and package clothing.
Volunteers are also needed from the community to organize clothing drives at local churches, synagogues and schools.  At the moment we are in great need of girls’ size 7; boys’ sizes 5, 8, 12 and 14 (YXL); study shoes, particularly sneakers for all sizes and ages; and shirts in light blue and pants in navy blue in sizes 8 to 14/16.  As the weather changes to cooler temperatures, we need fall and winter clothing such as long-sleeve shirts, sweaters and sweatshirts and fall jackets and winter coats.  We are always in need of NEW socks and NEW underwear.
The Sharing Shelf can work with children and teens to develop a community service project.
To learn more; to volunteer; to receive our weekly “News from The Shelf” with hours and current activities, please email thesharingshelf@fsw.org or call Deborah Blatt, Coordinator at 914-355-9121.  Click here for web site.

On Friday, November 16, 2012, Pediatric Cancer Foundation will host its annual Give Hope Shop boutique located at Brae Burn Country Club, 10am-3pm.  Lunch is available.  This fundraiser will feature over 35 vendors selling fine jewelry, home accessories, stationery, custom clothing, children’s gifts and much more.  Remember to bring your gold jewelry to sell for immediate cash. Suggested admission fee $20. One Hundred per cent of admission fee goes towards pediatric cancer research and support children with cancer.  For more information go to: www.pcfweb.org
Pediatric Cancer Foundation’s mission is to find a cure for childhood cancer. Founded in 1970, this 501C3 non-profit charity raises money for research, state of the art equipment/instruments and parent/patient care for world renowned doctors at the hospitals PCF supports.  These hospitals include:  New York-Presbyterian, Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, The Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children’s Center at NYU Hospital’s Center, North Shore LIJ – Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of NY, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center.  PCF receives no funding from the government.  PCF receives no funding from pharmaceutical companies.  Since 1970, over 90% of every dollar supports our mission to eradicate children’s cancer.  No child and their family should have to suffer the horror, pain and despair of pediatric cancer.

Music and dinner to benefit women’s charities.  The Barbara E. Giordano Foundation and Support Connection, Inc. announce a special fundraising event: “Bringing Nashville to Westchester! A Feel Good Evening of Great Music and Great Food for A Great Cause.”  The event will take place at  on Friday, November 30, from 7pm-11pm, at The Travelers Rest, 25 Saw Mill River Rd. (Route 100) Ossining, New York 10562.  Proceeds from the evening will be used to support wellness programs.   The highlight of the evening will be a performance by Courtney Shayne of “A Patsy Cline Experience.”  The music and memories of Patsy Cline come to life with this lively, interactive performance. From “Crazy” to “I Fall to Pieces,” you’ll be singing along to all the familiar favorites! For more info on the performer, visit www.courtneyshayne.com.   Tickets are $50 per person which includes a complete dinner, soft drinks, coffee and the show. Cash bar will be available, as well as raffles and a silent auction.  Reservations required. To reserve online: nashvilletowestchester.bpt.me/  To pay by check: Checks payable to: The Barbara E. Giordano Foundation, 405 Tarrytown Road, Suite 1581, White Plains, NY 10607 OR Support Connection, Inc., 40 Triangle Center, Suite 100 Yorktown Heights, NY 10598. For information, contact Support Connection at 914-962-6402 or info@supportconnection.org.