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Every day, Clearwater works to educate our communities about sustainable living through education and advocacy efforts. This year is no different.   We are living in an era that has seen and will continue to witness life changing events. We can all commit now to make an impact for the future. Give thanks for your family and friends by giving the gift of future health and prosperity and donate to Clearwater today.   We can care for our rivers and oceans. We can teach our children how to care for our earth. We can stand up to those who threaten our health and safety.   We can make change happen.

With your donation, you can ensure that thousands of children continue to experience environmental education on the historic sloop Clearwater each year by contributing to the critical winter restoration effort. You can attend the public hearings being held during the much debated relicensing case on the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant and become a voice to ensure safety for the millions of us who live in the 50 mile evacuation zone. Supporting Clearwater’s Environmental Action and Justice efforts helps us all to recognize that we are a community who together can work towards a safe future with renewable energy.  Contributing to Clearwater transforms the future of youth and communities along the Hudson River. Your support via a life changing gift is a commitment to make a step toward the creation of real solutions.  Donate to Clearwater to ensure a sustainable future now and for future generations.

Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, 724 Wolcott Avenue, Beacon, New York 12508, 845-265-8080, visit www.clearwater.org.

Holiday Gift Guide: Browse JustGive’s Holiday Gift Guide — filled with unique and life-changing gifts of all sizes — to find just the right one for your friends and loved ones.
Make this holiday better and more meaningful: for you, for your recipient, and for others in need.
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Our Adopt-A-Family Holiday Gifts for Children program provides gifts for each Friends of Karen sick child and his or her siblings.

“Watching the joyful expression of a child opening holiday gifts is unforgettable,“ says Judith Factor, Friends of Karen’s Executive Director, “but these special moments can be so fleeting if your child is fighting for her or his life. With doctor visits, medical treatments and hospitalizations, parents don’t have the time or the mindset to shop for gifts and prepare for holiday festivities.”  The Adopt-A-Family program lets you spread the holiday spirit.  “Each Friends of Karen child sends us their wish list,” says Factor.  “Then we match each child with a kind-hearted ‘elf’ who purchases the items on their list. We send the gifts along with ribbon, wrapping paper and all the trimmings to the child’s parents, to make a holiday of surprises and delight.”

You can be the reason for a child’s happiness. To help, contact Denise Tredwell at (914) 617-4052 by December 2.  If you don’t have time to shop, click here to make a donation on our secure donation page, select “Gifts For Children Program” from the This Gift Is For menu, and we’ll do the shopping for you!  Thank you for your caring generosity, and may your holidays be full of surprises and delight!  Find out more about Friends of Karen at www.friendsofkaren.org.

Founded in 1916, the Bedford Historical Society is a non-profit, educational organization committed to preserving our historic Town and original Village Green, educating students of all ages and interpreting our collections for the benefit of residents and visitors alike.

What we do for Bedford:  Own and maintain 10 historic properties.  Preserve and exhibit collections of artifacts, documents and photographs at three museums.  Educate students about early life in historic Bedford with visits to our buildings around the Village Green.  Protect 95 acres with four historic conservation easements.  Celebrate our history and architecture through community events and programs.  Collaborate with the Town and other local groups to preserve and protect Bedford’s historic and scenic landscapes.

The Bedford Historical Society is located at 612 Old Post Road in Bedford, NY in the newly restored Bedford Store building. Here, we display artifacts, documents and photographs from our collections; provide information on Bedford’s history and current events and host educational programs. We also operate a small gift shop offering our publications, Bedford gifts and penny candy in the spirit of the building’s original use as a general store. The Bedford we love today wouldn’t exist without the Bedford Historical Society.  And the Historical Society can’t exist without members who support it.

Join us and help continue our mission of preservation.

Blythedale is New York State’s only independent, specialty children’s hospital dedicated to improving the health and quality of life of children with complex medical illnesses and conditions. Our young patients rely on donors like you.  In our current health care economic climate, reimbursements alone cannot cover the full cost of care for a child with extensive and complex medical needs.  We serve our patients regardless of ability to pay by using donations to fill in the gaps.

Making a donation is the perfect gift!  We hope that you will make a donation today. Donate here.

Blythedale Children’s Hospital, 95 Bradhurst Avenue, Valhalla, NY 10595, www.blythedale.org, 914-831-2547.

Stepping Stones Museum for Children is committed to making exceptional learning opportunities available for all children and families through its accessibility initiative, Open Arms. We believe that every child deserves the opportunity to play, learn, grow and succeed.
Each year, with help from friends like you, Stepping Stones shares the gift of learning with thousands of children, regardless of financial, language or special needs barriers, at a cost of more than $1 million.
Whether supporting scholarships to the ELLI Lab School, purchasing an Angel Membership or sponsoring free admission for military families, you can help ensure a child’s successful future with a donation to Open Arms.
Give the gift of learning today. 
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All members of the Bedford Central School District community are welcome and encouraged to participate in an internet survey (Nov. 26-Dec. 7) to provide feedback regarding the direction of the District as well as investments within our schools.  To participate click here.    BCSD will also be hosting COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT MEETINGS — Help shape the Capital Plan and our community through your participation in a Community Engagement Session TODAY, Tuesday, December 4th at West Patent Elementary School in Bedford Hills; 9:15am or 7:30pm.

The Katonah Elementary School Annual Holiday Boutique sponsored by the PTO will be held on Friday, December 7th from 5:30 – 8:30 pm at the KES gymnasium. Come join us for a fun filled shopping extravaganza featuring signed sports memorabilia, beautiful jewelry, unique clothing for kids and tweens, great children’s gifts, homemade chocolate and jams, personalized gift items and lots more! Also featuring The Kid’s Shoppe, homemade gifts by KES kids!

The Fox Lane Middle School Book Fair is COMING SOON!  In the Little Theater, Central Building.  Thursday, December 6th through Wednesday, December 12th.  Thursday Hours:  11:00am – 5:00pm
Friday Hours:  10:00am – 3:00pm, Monday Hours:  7:15am – 3:15pm, Tuesday Hours:  7:15am – 3:15pm, Wednesday Hours: 7:15am – 2:20pm.  Fox Lane Middle School, Fox Lane Campus, Route 172, Bedford, NY 10506, 914.241.6126.

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.

Wanted!
Bedford Village Elementary School (BVES) is looking for some great teachers for their after school program.
Can you make 1147 different types of friendship bracelets, a volcano out of a toothpick, yarn and 1 match, a short film that is Oscar worthy?
If so, we want you!
Instructors in all areas needed including the arts, computers, science, sports and academics.
Kindly email Lynn Witz at l_rosenthal@hotmail.com or Linda Dare at lindacdare@gmail.com.

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A unique program for girls entering Fox Lane Middle School 6th grade in Fall 2012.  Social Life in Middle School: Laurie Ciavardini LCSW, will discuss social issues: boy problems, girl problems, making new friends, keeping old friends, balancing school work with social activities, and so much more.  Laurie has practiced in the community for over 11 years. She works with adolescents, young adults and adults.  Monday, July 23 at 6:00 pm.  Pizza will be served so registration is helpful! 914-234-3570, Bedford Village Library, Bedford.

At the Child Care Council of Westchester — a trained Child Care Specialist is available to assist all parents with their child care needs.   Call us at 914-761-3456 ext 140 for 24/7 access to child care or go to www.ChildCareWestchester.org.   The Council’s Referral Department will provide brochures to distribute to parents and/or come to your organization or business to discuss Quality Child Care or other topics that assist parents. Contact Nicole Masucci at NicoleM@cccwny.org or 914-761-3456 ext 139.  Child Care Council of Westchester, 313 Central Park Avenue, Scarsdale, NY 10583, or visit www.cccwny.org

Caring Kids Club at Purchase School Becomes Sea Of Blue To Fight Pediatric Cancer.  A wave of blue washed over Purchase Elementary School on May 31st as students wore blue to help other children suffering from cancer.  Purchase Elementary School’s Caring Kids Club (led by advisors Janice Varmon, Ellen Ann Hintermeister, Anne Abrams and Chandana Neuruether) brought out the best and blue in students. Blue is the signature color of Pediatric Cancer Foundation , a not-for-profit charity whose mission is to find a cure for pediatric cancer. Caring Kids helped promote the cause all week and asked all students and staff to wear something blue and bring in a $1. The funds raised will go directly to world renowned doctors who perform research, provide treatment, purchase state of the art equipment and provide parent/patient care.  Stefanie Mittman, PCF Chairman of the Board and Purchase Parent applauds the Caring Kids advisors for encouraging the students to understand how and why it is so important to “give back”. Mittman comments “It is so wonderful to see the community come together and give back to children who desperately need their help. To be able to instill the value of giving back at such a young age makes for a better world.” Caring Kids raised close to $500 for PCF. For more information on PCF logo onto www.pcfweb.org.

Please join us at the 4th annual Flea Market.  Would you like to have a tag sale but don’t want strangers at your house?  Do you have a craft to sell?  Does your child belong to a team that needs to fundraise?
Saturday, June 9, 2012 (rain date: Sunday, June 10th), 10 am – 4 pm, Somers High School Parking Lot.  $40 per 17’ X 8’ parking space (you may purchase multiple spaces) and/or use our dumpster for $40 per mid-sized trunk load (No Hazardous Materials).  Vendor Set-up: Saturday, June 9th 7:30 – 9:00 am, DO NOT set-up before 7:30 am. Complete set-up by 9:00 am.  Provide your own table & chairs. Vendor parking available.  All Fees Are Payable In Advance & Are Non-Refundable — The Somers PTA reserves the right to refuse the selling of material it deems inappropriate (knives, weapons, “adult material”, etc.).  * Water will be available for purchase.  Find out more and register — click here.