Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2012, United Way of Westchester and Putnam works with agency partners, government, businesses and community leaders to solve problems too complex for any one entity alone. All contributions go toward improving the education, income, and health of children and families throughout the two counties. United Way`s Hudson Valley Region 2-1-1, covering Westchester and Putnam as well as Rockland and four counties to the north, answers up to 500 calls and 1,000 online inquiries per day ranging from tax, heating and mortgage questions to childcare, basic needs, natural disaster and crisis calls. UWWP is at 336 Central Park Ave., White Plains, N.Y. 10606. It can be reached at 914-997-6700 or


This has been a fall of all falls hasn’t it? We have had earthquakes, flooding, rain, and general insanity for weeks on end, dumping us in the lap of back to school and leaving my “in box” full of emails and my to do list longer than ever before. I can’t complain in the face of people in other areas who have lost their homes, their livelihoods, or their belongings to the floods and flood damage, but I can say “wow, I’m tired”. The drama of putting together school items, getting our heads in the proverbial game, and preparing the kids for the back to reality schedule, all while juggling the calls from fix-it guys, Mr Rooter, and the other clean up team members, has put me in a tail spin and left me playing catch up with rsvps, weekend plans, and organizing our schedule for the fall. In case you are in the same situation, below is the short list of the greatest events coming up. So whether you are just behind, or if you are looking for a good fun event to attend…have at it!

Saturday, September 17th, the John Jay Homestead Barn Dance,

Sunday, September 18th, Westchester Wilderness Walk with the Westchester Land Trust,

Saturday, September 24th, Feed Me Fresh to benefit the Mount Kisco Child Care Center,

Sunday, September 25th, Greenwich Land Trust’s Go Wild!

Sunday, October 2nd, Support Connection Support-A-Walk,

Sunday, October 2nd, Walk to Cure Diabetes to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, at the Bronx Zoo, click here.

Wednesday, October 5th, Power of the Purse, to support Girls Inc. Westchester,