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Croton - SANTA’S LETTERS Starting Dec 2-13 Santa’s elves will be placing mailboxes at the Municipal Building and at Save Mor. Only letters received by Dec 13th are guaranteed an answer. Return name and address must be included. No postage required. Cortlandt - SANTA'S MAILBOX Beginning Dec 1, a special mailbox will be set up in the Town Hall lobby. Chrildren can drop-off or mail their letters to this mailbox and Santa will send them a personalized letter in reply. Letters must be received by Dec 17. Mailing address: Santa's Mailbox, Cortlandt Town Hall, 1 Heady St, Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567. Also available online at www. - click on Recreation. BREAKFAST WITH SANTA Sat, Dec 14: Ossining’s Breakfast with Santa Ages 1-12 to come meet and enjoy breakfast with Santa. Get a small gift and turn in your wish list to the Jolly Elf from the North Pole. Annie and the Natural Wonder Band will also be on hand to entertain and delight guests. Reservations required. Joseph G. Caputo Community Center, 95 Broadway, Ossining. Free. 10:00am and 11am seating. 914-941-3189. Breakfast With Santa Space is limited; call 914-467-5826 for reservations. $50/ adults; $35 kids ages 2-10 plus tax and gratuity. The Ritz-Carlton Westchester Lunch With Santa Sat, Dec 7: 11am-2pm Sportime USA's 6th Annual Lunch with Santa includes unlimited rides, choice of Climbing Wall or Soft Adventure, and one slice of pizza and a drink for kids. Adult admission includes one slice of pizza and a drink.$20/child $5/ adult. RSVP required. Call 914-5922111 x2 for reservations. Dickens' Christmas Carol Nestle in to the cozy confines of the Old Dutch Church and let master storyteller Jonathan Kruk, complete with musical accompaniment, regale you with his adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic. Hot chocolate, cider, and cookies at Philipsburg Manor. At the Old Dutch Church, just across the street from Philipsburg Manor. Tickets online at Select dates Nov 29 through Dec. 22. Nights of 10,000 Lights A series of brilliant evening events featuring thousands of lights and candles, luminous displays, and festive holiday happenings around the gardens and grounds of Boscobel. Take a Twilight Tour, walk the candlelit paths with a hot cup of cocoa, and celebrate the season with family and friends. Enjoy ice-carving demonstrations, live period music, and Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will be in the Sparkle Garden...children can whisper their wishes and pose for a photo. Bring a camera! Dec. 6-7, 13-14, and 20-21. View the full schedule of events at

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White Christmas Unforgettable tap-dancing delight! Through Jan 5. Westchester Broadway Theatre $52 and up (includes lunch or dinner before the show) TREE LIGHTINGS Croton: Wed, Dec 4: 6 pm Come join your neighbors and friends as we light the evergreen tree in Vassallo Park. A great day for the whole family. Montrose: Fri, Dec 6: 7pm There is no charge and refreshments/ snacks are served free of charge as well. Hen Hud high school band/ orchestra playing seasonal tunes along with prizes and a special visit from Santa. All welcome! Ossining: Tue, Dec 3: 6:30pm Santa and his elves will join the Village of Ossining at its annual tree lighting at Market Square. Christmas carols and refreshments coordinated by the Ossining Parks & Recreation Department. Intersection of Main and Spring Street, Ossining. Free. 914-941-3189. Yorktown: Sat, Dec 7: 6:30pm Family and friends will gather along the parade route to view Yorktown's Second Annual Holiday Lights Parade Spectacular. The parade will travel down Front Street, ending at the Jack DeVito Memorial Field, where the town Christmas tree will be lit. Photo opportunity with Santa and Mrs Claus. Bring a boxed or canned non-perishable food item for local food pantries, or a clothing donation. yorktownholidayparade. Newcastle: Sat, Dec 7: 3:30pm Caroling, 4:30pm tree lighting Robert E. Bell Middle School, Chappaqua

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Dear Parents: The Cortlandt Engine Company No. 1 and the Montrose Fire Department will be sponsoring their annual holiday visit on Sunday December 15, 2013, beginning at 1 PM. Should there be bad weather, the holiday visit will be on Sunday December 22, 2013 at 1 PM. We will be stopping at various locations throughout the Montrose Fire District distributing candy canes and coloring books to the children of the community. Your Montrose Firefighters will sponsor the visit around the area by fire engine. Two routes are scheduled. Residents who have children who are unable to meet at the scheduled locations because of special needs, i.e. disability, illness, etc., are requested to call the Fire Department to make special arrangements for a visit on that day.Any questions regarding our visit or to make special arrangements, please call 737-8919 and leave a message. All telephone calls will be returned. The Members of the Cortlandt Engine Company/Montrose Fire Department wish everyone a very Happy and Safe Holiday Season! Please check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors!!!

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Peekskill: Sun Dec 8, 3 - 5 pm Tree lighting, caroling, and light refreshments! Children under 12 are free, suggested donation for adults $20. Proceeds benefit the Lincoln Depot Foundation, Inc. South Water Street, Abraham Lincoln Way, Peekskill. Peekskill Library- Tree Decorating: Sat, Dec 7: 11am. Make a special holiday ornament and help trim the library's holiday tree. Refreshments and lots of holiday cheer for children of all ages (with a helping adult). No sign-up required. Holiday Train Show 11am-3:30pm. Visit the main house all decked out for the holidays and see the Polar Express during the first ever holiday train show. Greens, trees and holiday plants will be on sale. $2 children (ages 2-12) and $5 adults for the benefit of the Conservatory project. Lasdon Park Dec 1415, 21-22, 27-29 (Santa visits Dec 15!)

Gingerbread House Contest Entry form & fee due by Dec 6. Lasdon Park. HOLIDAY_TRAINSHOW. html Dual Annual Holiday Exhibit: "Hats Off To The Holidays" and "Toys Our Parents Played With" An exciting dual holiday exhibit featuring vintage toys, and hats used as the settings for miniature scenes. Many of the toys may be from your own childhood, so be sure to point them out to the younger generation and reminisce over the fun you had playing with them. Note how most of the toys on display do not have batteries and many are homemade. Kids didn't need "store bought" toys or technology to have fun. The Hat scenes were created by the nationally known miniature artist, Carole Pruzan, and husband Neal. Explore the museum's five permanent exhibit rooms, gift shop, and research library Hours are Sat. 1-4pm & Tue and Thur. 11- 4 pm and by appointment. Visit for more information. On display Dec, 7, 2013 through March 29, 2014. Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden Through Sun, Jan 12. holiday-train-show/index.php ď §

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hen you think of stripes you probably imagine vertical lines of equal widths; something either staid and elegant or something flashy and nuts. Horizontal stripes are rarely given a chance. Horizontal stripes make a room look squat; or so they say. They lower the ceiling and cramp the room; or so they say. Horizontal stripes on a shirt make a person look fat; or so they say. They might be right about that last one but when you look out at a wildly colored horizon does it make the rest of the heavens seem hunched and inadequate? I say no, it does not. Stripes are flat out fun however you align them. In the case of this room that I painted for my little sister Lauren when she was a teenager, sassy playful colors were the order of the day. Striping is mostly a matter of good tape, a level and a lot of patience. There are hazards and ways to make it easier on yourself and I will talk about them in some detail next month. Mainly though, you just need a plan, an adventurous spirit and a meticulous nature. Follow us on You have to remember that it is only paint. My sister outgrew the stripes after a while but for a time it was the most bodacious room on the block. Leaves change color, fish change color-my old roommate changed her hair color with every mood swing-color is a miraculous gift that our eyes make for us out of light. One general rule of thumb that has always held true for me is that colors of a certain family always look good together. Pastels next to pastels, earth tones next to earth tones-I did a flat in San Francisco that had 13 rooms and each was painted a Martha Stewart pastel. It was gorgeous. Be bold. Be sassy and have fun painting! Joe Adami

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Seared Duck Breast with Cherry Chutney Would you like to dine like a king? A president maybe? A piece of cake. Well. Not cake, but duck. Yes. Crispy seared duck breast with cherry chutney. When my photographer partner Bill suggested duck for our next post, I instantly recalled seared duck as a main course at President Obama’s January, 2009 Inauguration Luncheon. Prepared by Chef Shannon Shaffer of the Arlington, Virginia’s Design Cuisine, it constituted half of a brace of birds, the other being herb-roasted pheasant with wild rice stuffing. The entire feast for 200 guests was inspired by food that was served in Abraham Lincoln’s time focusing especially on dishes Lincoln particularly liked. The seared duck breast itself couldn’t be easier to prepare at home. The richness of the duck is cut by the sweet, tart and tannic cherry chutney. Chef Shaffer advises that the flesh should be the color of medium rare beef and the skin golden brown and crispy. I can’t resist including the molasses whipped sweet potatoes that were served alongside the fanned out slices of duck breast. Ingredients (serves 10) 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1/2 cup chopped onion (from about 1 small onion) 3 cloves garlic, crushed 1 tablespoon finely chopped shallot 1 tablespoon tomato paste Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin Scant 1/4 teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes 1/2 cup coarsely chopped red bell pepper 1/4 cup dry red wine 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons cider vinegar 2 tablespoons sugar 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard 3 cups canned Bing cherries 1/2 cup golden raisins 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon or chives 4 boneless duck breasts, skin-on (about 1 pound each) Directions 1.Heat oil in a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, and shallot, and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 7 minutes. Add tomato paste, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, cumin, redpepper flakes, and 1/4 teaspoon salt; cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Reduce heat to medium and add bell pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. 2.Stir in wine, vinegar, and sugar; let simmer for about 5 minutes. Stir in mustard, 1 1/2 cups cherries, and 1/2 teaspoon salt; let simmer for 1 minute. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. 3 Place 1/4 cup of the cherry mixture in the bowl of a small food processor and process until smooth, about 1 minute. Reserve for glazing duck. 4.Add remaining cherries to cherry mixture, along with raisins and tarragon or chives; stir to combine. Glaze and chutney can be made up to a day in advance and stored, refrigerated, in an airtight container. Bring to room temperature before using. 5. Using a small sharp knife, score skin side of duck breasts in a crosshatch pattern; season with salt and pepper. In a large ovenproof heavy-bottomed skillet, heat 2 tablespoons water over low heat. Add breasts, skin-side

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down, and cook until fat is rendered and skin is golden brown, about 25 minutes. 6.Preheat oven to 450 degrees with a rack set in the center. 7.Transfer breasts to a plate and discard all but 1 tablespoon fat from skillet. Brush duck breasts with reserved glaze and return to skillet, skin-side up. Place skillet in oven and roast until duck is medium-rare (125 degrees on an instant-read thermometer), about 15 minutes. Transfer duck to a cutting board and let stand 5 minutes. 8.Using a sharp knife, slice duck breasts at a 45-degree angle. Serve immediately with chutney, roughly 6 oz. per person. Photo by Bill Brady

Molasses Whipped Sweet Potatoes Ingredients (serves 10) 6 large sweet potatoes (about 6 pounds) 2 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter 2 teaspoons coarse salt 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice 1 tablespoon light-brown sugar 2 tablespoons molasses 1/4 cup maple syrup

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Mon, Dec 2: The Piano Men 6:15pm Westchester Broadway Theatre *Mon, Dec 2: Bird Walk- Muscoot Farm 8:30-10:30 Meet 8:30am in the main parking area for Muscoot Farm off of Route 100. FREE *Mon, Dec 2: Nature Bugs Storytime 1:30-2:50pm Greenburgh Nature Center Tues, Dec 3: Kenny Vance and the Planotones 6:15 pm Westchester Broadway Theatre Wed, Dec 4: Mall Menorah Lighting Bring the family to celebrate the last night of Chanukah as First Hebrew lights the 8th candle on the menorah in the Jefferson Valley Mall, 650 Lee Blvd., Yorktown Heights, at 7 p.m. Receive free gelt, candles and travel size menorahs while supplies last. Visit *Wed, Dec 4: Mother Nature's Storytime 10am Greenburgh Nature Center Wed, Dec 4: Holbrook Cottage Shopping Event 7-8:30 pm Holbrook Cottage, a gift and specialty foods store located in Briarcliff, is hosting the annual shopping event supporting Ossining MATTERS. There is a suggested donation of $10 at the door. A percentage of the total sales made during the event will be donated to the foundation by Holbrook Cottage. Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served. 1253 Pleasantville Road RSVP: info@ Wed, Dec 4: Ferry Sloops Presents: Master Storyteller Jonathan Kruk Performing an excerpt from his one person performance of "A Christmas Carol" at 7:15PM, in the Nature Center at Croton Point Park. Come with a dish to share at 6:30PM and join us for a potluck dinner or arrive at 7:15PM for the show. For more information, please visit the Ferry Sloops website

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festive foods, kid's activities, traveling carolers, and Santa! Visit local Croton businesses in the "Upper Village", begin at the corner of Old Post and Maple (Rt 129) and walk on over to Grand St for festive family fun. Fri, Dec 6: Last Call for Latkes Bring the family for a special â&#x20AC;&#x153;After Chanukah Shabbat Dinner & Serviceâ&#x20AC;? at First Hebrew on Friday, December 6 beginning at 6 p.m. $10/person, children under 5 free. RSVP ASAP to (914)739-0500 or First Hebrew, 1821 Main St., Peekskill, just west of Beach Shopping Center. Visit *Fri, Dec 6: Stroller Tour at Katonah Museum of Art 9-10am. Fri, Dec 6: All Star Concert For Wounded Vets 7:30pm Tarrytown Music Hall Fri, Dec 6 : Inner City Dream of Peekskill, NY Amazing Classic Showcase 7:30pm Featuring incredible R&B legends. The Paramount Fri, Dec 6: Festival of Lights 4-6pm Walkway Over the Hudson Join us for a special holiday craft. Children of all ages welcome. No sign-up required. Fri -Sat, Dec 6-7: PVC Fall Drama Sat, Dec 7: National Letter Writing Day Forget emails and texts. Today is the day to sit down and handwrite that letter that will make someone's day!

Fri-Sat, Dec 6-7: Lakeland SEPTA and B&N 9am-10pm Portions of the sales go to Lakeland SEPTA. Fun-filled storytelling, visits from Clifford and arts and crafts will be throughout the day and night at Barnes and Noble bookstore in Mohegan Lake. Sat Dec 7:Hidden in Plain Sight 1â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2 pm Camouflage is one of the most effective methods an animal has to protect itself. Meet one of Teatownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s screech owls and play a game that illustrates the best way to hide in plain sight. All are welcome. Teatown. Free for members, $5 for non-members. Programs require preregistration. To register, call 914-762-2912 x110. Sat, Dec 7: PACE 50th Anniversary Film Festival 10:30am. Free and open to the public. Families welcome. Nine major films from the 60â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s through today will be shown over the course of the one-day event. Pleasantville Campus Sat, Dec 7: Hilltop Hanover Pot Luck Supper 3pm Farm tour & music also. Sat, Dec 7: Holiday Doo-Wop 8pm Sat, Dec 7: The State Capella of Russia "Russian Christmas" (choral concert) SUNY/Westchester Community College, 75 Grasslands Rd, Valhalla www. Sat, Dec 7: Hilltop Hanover Farm Annual Potluck 3pm Join us for our Annual Potluck. Farm Tour, Music, Raffle. Please bring a potluck appetizer, entree, or dessert to share with 8-10 people (drinks provided). www. Continued on page 35

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and practicing falling then standing up again ON the ice. Sometimes this will occur for most of the first lesson or even few lessons. You might be surprised how quickly they get the hang of this skill. Be patient. Learning to get up alone is key to their learning to skate. Once standing alone encourage your child to start marching slowly in place then forward. Then, once marching is mastered, just a few steps will create a gliding sensation and the child will slide and then skate. Pushing and moving comes a bit later and don’t forget that going slow is key to learning and teaching balance. Tip- Most rinks have a “middle” area designated for tricks and lessons but it’s a good place to practice staying still, marching and falling. Keep in mind, the more weight your child puts on their own skates/blades the sooner they’ll start skating. Don’t forget it should be fun first! If your child looks unhappy, wait a few months or until next season. Happy Skating. Martina Grattan (914-552-0282) Ice Skating Teacher/Coach in NYC, Westchester and Connecticut for over 15 years. Certified with the Ice Skating Institute of America (ISI) and the United States Figure Skating Association (USFSA). Currently on staff at Bear Mt State Park Ice Rink (private lesson available Mon/Tue 101:30 and small group classes on Thursdays for 3-5y in Jan.) Hommocks Ice Arena in Larchmont (Tue/Thur 1-5).

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Sat Dec 7: 2nd Annual Holiday Boutique 10am-3pm Montrose Fire Dept, 2143 Albany Post Rd. Montrose, NY 10548. Reformed Church of Cortlandtown and Cortlandt Engine Ladies Auxiliary host the 2nd Holiday Boutique, 24 Vendors with great holiday gifts and crafts. Free Parking/Handicap Accessible. Food/Refreshments Fundraiser/Raffle Baskets Sat, Dec 7: Holiday Train Exhibit 10am Greenburgh Nature Center Sat, Dec 7: Kidgits Club Holiday Breakfast Party 8:30-10am. Join us for breakfast, holiday fun and special time with Santa! Open to the public. Simon Kidgits Club members receive a FREE gift! Jefferson Valley Mall FREE but ticket purchase required 914-245-4200 www.simon. com/kidgits/ *Sat, Dec 7: Kids Workshop Tic-Tac-Toe Board 9am-12pm. FREE hands-on workshops; designed for children ages 5 - 12. *Sat, Dec 7: Gan Shabbat Service 10:30am-12pm Introduction to Shabbat songs, stories and prayers for toddlers up to grade 2 and their families. A kid-friendly Kiddush of refreshments follows each service. Unaffiliated families and intermarried families are invited to join this warm, and welcoming children's program. FREE. Bet Torah Nursery School Mt. Kisco

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few years ago I took a trip back memory lane, along with my children and their significant others. We visited my native country of Denmark and celebrated Christmas with my family back home. It was a Christmas none of us will ever forget, it was filled with family time, amazing food, and traditions that date back centuries. Gift giving and presents were part of the celebration as well, but it was not the main focus, and the kids received far less toys and gadgets then I have become accustomed to in this country. Yet, they were thrilled with what they got and appeared just as excited about giving out their own small presents to family members as they were receiving. The days leading up to Christmas were all filled with preparations and traditions that everyone, young and old, treasured and participated in. The emphasis was on enjoying the moment, whether it involved making homemade chocolates, baking cookies, decorating the tree, or wrapping presents, kids and adults alike were enjoying themselves tremendously and did not appear stressed and overextended. Regardless of which Holiday your family celebrates, this time of year can be stressful for many families, both financially and emotionally, and instead of bringing people closer together, families often experience tension and conflict. Children learn what they live and will quickly pick up on the tension in the home, and might act out or become whiny and demanding. We have all gotten caught up in the commercialism of the Holidays and felt the pressure or need to buy things we can’t afford or don’t really need, adding additional stress to the family when the bills start coming in January. We often become angry and frustrated with our children when they appear demanding, greedy and ungrateful, and expect to have every wish on their list fulfilled, when we are the ones who have created such high expectations for our kids. Disappointment is a part of life that can’t be avoided and children need to learn how to deal with this. Parents can aid in this by providing support, validating their child’s feelings without expressing guilt, or

apologizing for not being able to provide their kids with everything on their list. Children are not born greedy, demanding and ungrateful, but have come to expect certain things and feel entitled to them, because of the environment we have created for them, and they do not understand why parents get angry with them when they appear demanding. However, it is never too late to teach your children the joy and value of giving to others, and as parents we are their most valuable teachers and role models. So this season, why not start making memories and creating your own family traditions that will last a life time, and beyond. Family traditions become the childhood memories your children will treasure forever, those memories will be safely tucked away and brought out and re-created every Holiday season, and will eventually be passed on to the next generation. Those memories will last long past the memory of the toys and electronic gadgets that seemed so important at the time, but are quickly forgotten and discarded. So like my Danish relatives, who seem to understand the importance of enjoying the moment, and to focus on the process, we can all learn something valuable from them. Breathe, slow down, enjoyLipton the process getting ready and Records a Mitchell serves as of Dean of Admissions for the Holidays, involve your children, focus on giving to others and enjoy spending time together as a family, and refuse to get caught up in the current buying frenzy trying to keep up with your neighbors.


Anne DiFini, LMSW is originally from Denmark and has a background in Early ChildAnne DiFini, LMSW is originally from Denmark and has a ba hood Development. Anne is a Licensed Master Social Worker and works with children of all ages, on a part time basis at The Lighthouse Retreat and Wellness Center. For an appointment please call 914-5897188.

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COLLEGE ADMISSIONS CORNER FAILING GRADES Question: My son is already showing signs as a failing freshman and I'm is not sure what to do. Other than the parental threats, could I do something and contact the school?  Do colleges help when this happens? -Local Parent Answer: It is common for first year college students to struggle as they often transition from a setting with oversight and structure, to one that requires a tremendous amount of independence to be successful.  Most college campuses provide students with the freedom to make their own choices regarding class attendance, curfews, diet, who to socialize with, etc. Often, this newly discovered sense of freedom leads to poor decision making, especially during the first term of college.  While as parents, we can lay the foundation for good decision making, we must then trust that our kids will ultimately make more good choices than not. If it seems that your child is making more bad decisions than good, I strongly suggest communicating with them as soon as possible highlighting the pitfalls of earning lower GPA's.  You can discuss the long term impact of poor grades such as limited career and graduate school options. I'm assuming some parents will hear, "I don't care about graduate school right now or leave me alone, I'm an adult." It is at this point you should grab a glass of wine, breathe deeply and count to ten before you respond. As far as contacting the college, there is a federal law known commonly as FERPA, that prevents the college from disclosing most information about the student to any third party, including yes, parents.  Some schools permit students to sign a waiver form to permit the college to share information about the student with the parent.  I prefer that the parent and student develop a dialogue and that the information is shared through trust.  But if interested, you may contact the college's registrar office, and inquire about a FERPA waiver. Another thing to consider is asking your son to contact his advisement office as they may be able to help discover why he is struggling.    If it turns out your son needs more than academic advisement or help in structuring his schedule, there may be other resources available to help enable him to be successful.  For example, many colleges offer tutoring and other forms of academic support.  You may contact the Office of Student Services or Student Affairs to inquire.  Sometimes, psychological counseling is also needed and most colleges have services or access to therapists. Talk to your son and suggest he first talk to his professors and see if they can figure out what can be done to turn around the poor performance.    Then, take it from there.

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Mitchell Lipton serves as Dean of Admissions and Records and Registrar at Mitchell Lipton serves as Dean of Admissions and Records and R Cooper Union where he has worked since 1997. Mitchell actively presents at local and national conferences and consults on a number of educational endeavors. He holds an elected position with the College Board and serves on the Advisory Board of Private Colleges and Universities. Mitchell served as Vice President AnneAssociation DiFini, LMSW isfor originally fromAdmissions Denmark and has a backg of the New York State College Counseling, Steering Committee member for The New York State Legislative Forum, and member of the National Association for College Admissions Counseling New York City College Fair Committee. Mitchell earned a BA in Economics from SUNY Binghamton and an MPA from New York University. He lives in Cortlandt Manor with his recipes are by Phyllis Kirigin sweetpaprika.wordpress.c wife and two children.These Mitchell may be reached at lipton@


The Croton Youth/Teen Program, directed by Doreen Pettit, will continue with trips and events throughout the year for middle school students. There will Potter, be drop-ins, By Kim Bjorge, Photographer, Wildlife Rehabilitator and movie nights (G thru PG13) or trips planned most Friday nights 7:30 to 9:30 PM at the Municipal Building. Drop-in nights take place in the Community Room and game room with pool table, foosball, Xbox 360s, Wii, guitar hero and more! There is no fee and refreshments will be on sale. The specific schedules will be available in the Recreation Office, on the Village website at and in the Village kiosk Susan at Croton For updates ChasenCommons. is a Certified Nutrition & Healthand Coach   more information on middle school activities, call the Croton Youth Program at 271-8562 or the Recreation Office at 271-3006. Open Gym: Tuesdays 8:30-10pm PVC New Gym CUE Fri & Sat 7:30-10:30pm FREE Cortlandt Town Center (in the rear of the bldg by the movie theater) for ALL HS Dr. Barry J Glaser is an orthodontic specialist who practices in C students from Hen Hud, Croton, and Lakeland. Play pool, ping-pong, nok hockey, foos ball, games. SatelliteTV and refreshments.


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Make extra money this winter: The town of Cortlandt seeks teens to shovel the driveways, pathways and walkways of the town's senior citizens. Teens will be paid $8/hr. For more info, call 736-0498. Application deadline Nov 1.


Tues, Dec 3: Winter Project: Moravian Stars Originally used as craft projects to help demonstrate geometry lessons to young boys at the Moravian Boys' School in Germany, these intricate stars will be a beautiful addition to your holiday décor, gift wrapping, etc. For adults & teens grade 6 and up. Register 914-739-5654. $2 materials fee payable at class. Thurs, Dec 5: Teen Book Club: Liar & Spy, Rebecca Stead 6:30-7:30pm George’s life is turned upside-down when his father loses his job and the family has to move in this intriguing tale of friendship, middle school, and life changes. For teens grade 6-12. Snacks and beverages available. Register today to get your FREE copy of the book. Tues, Dec 10: Author Visit: Lisa J. Edwards, author of A Dog Named Boo 7- 8pm Come meet Lisa J. Edwards, author of A Dog Named Boo: How One Dog and One Woman Rescued Each Other – and the Lives They Transformed Along the Way. Lisa, who offers dog training classes in Westchester and Putnam, is a Nationally Certified Professional Dog Trainer, and a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant; a Pet Partners Certified Evaluator and Certified Instructor; and an American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. Lisa and her three dogs are all registered Pet Partners. Her philosophy is: “The best dog/human relationship comes through a balance of boundaries, requested behaviors, and freedoms.” Lisa, accompanied by Boo, will talk about the unflappable spirit and boundless love of Boo, who has changed countless lives through his work as therapy dog—helping a mute six-year-old boy to speak, coaxing movement from a paralyzed girl, and stirring life in a

ninety-four-year-old nun with Alzheimer’s. But perhaps Boo’s greatest miracle is the way he transformed Lisa’s life, giving her the greatest gift of all—faith in herself. Books will be available for purchase. Thurs, Dec 19: Beading for Women's Shelters 6- 8pm Beading instructor Joan Lloyd makes about 500 pairs of earrings per year that she donates to battered women's shelters countrywide. Learn to make earrings (it's really not difficult and lots of fun) to aid this worthy cause. Supplies will be provided. Contribute any old bead jewelry (broken is fine) to add to her supply. For adults & teens grade 6-12. Register for one or all of the sessions today.


Fridays: Friday Afternoon Fun & Games 4pm Sat, Dec 7, 14: Beginner Yoga 11-12pm Mon, Dec 2, 9, 16: Beginning/Intermediate Yoga 7-8:15pm Mondays: Math Tutoring 6:30-8:30pm


Dec 2, 9: Free College Application Essay Help 3:30-5pm. Get FREE help with your all-important College Application Essay from retired English Teacher Ms. Schultz. These sessions will be held throughout the Fall semester. For more details or to sign up call the library at 914-7370010 or email Teen Librarian Liz at Mon, Dec 2: Teen Holiday Card Making Workshop3:30 5:30 PM Teens come make a holiday card – great to send winter greetings! All supplies included free of charge! For middle and high school age. To reserve your spot call (914) 737-0010 or email Mon, Dec 9: Teen Winter Ornament Making Workshop 3:30 - 5:30 PM Teens come make a winter ornament – great for decorating or giving as a gift! All supplies included free of charge! For middle and high school age. To reserve your spot call (914) 737-0010 or email eanastasi@ Mon, Dec 16: Teen Anime Manga Club 3:30 - 5:30 PM Can't get enough anime, manga, and all things otaku? To reserve your spot call (914) 737-0010 or email Mon, Dec 23: Teen Holiday Movie 3:30 - 5:30 PM Watch a fun holiday movie and enjoy snacks. This event is free of charge and open to middle and high school age.To reserve your spot call (914) 7370010 or email 

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Continued from page 42 Thu, Dec 12: PVC School Concert 7pm 2nd floor gym. Fri, Dec 13: Maryknoll Christmas Concert 8pm. The concert will be held at Our Lady Queen of Apostles Chapel, 55 Ryder Road in Ossining. Admission is free and neighbors of all faiths are welcome. Reservations are not required. Light refreshments will be served after the concert. Santa Claus will greet the children and the young at heart. Fri, Dec 13: Snow Ball Winter Holiday Party 6-8pm There will be cookie decorating, edible dreidels, pictures with Santa, raffles, and lots of prizes! yesican@ or call 914-752-2100. $25/family with 1 child; $5 each additional child. Proceeds from the Party benefit Sensory Bullets, a nonprofit dedicated to researching and developing equipment and techniques of sensory play, stimulating the lives of families affected by Sensory Integration Disorders. 480 N. Bedford Road (Chappaqua Crossing) Chappaqua, 10514 Fri, Dec 13: Michelle LeBlanc Jazz Singer 7-10pm Fri, Dec 13: Ice Cream Social 2-4pm Games, face painting and story telling. All activities are free and all are welcome. JJ's Scoophouse, 315 Kear St, Yorktown Hts. Every Mon, Wed & Fri through Dec 30. Sat, Dec 14: Christmas Bird Count 8am Celebrate nature this holiday season by helping Teatown educators in this important census to count wintering birds. The information gathered is compiled and sent to National Audubon which uses the information to monitor trends in populations and other conservation issues that impact avian health. Dress for the weather and wear hiking boots. All are welcome- Free. Programs require pre-registration. To register, call 914-762-2912 x110. Sat, Dec 14: 2013 Jingle Bell Run/Walk 10am Purchase College.Be part of the largest holiday 5K race series aimed to fight arthritis! Wear a holiday themed

costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Run or walk a 5 kilometer route. Contact:Dana Ann (917) 566-9714. Sat, Dec 14: Christmas Evening on the Farm 5-7pm Muscoot Farm FREE Sat, Dec 14: Bath & Beauty Workshop

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10:30am-12pm. Learn about herbs, essential oils, and aromatherapy, and make bath salts to take home. Preregistration required at 914-886-5108. Lasdon Park. $15 Sat, Dec 14: Yurtle the Turtle Story Time 1pm Westmoreland Sanctuary $5 Sat, Dec 14: REBEL Ensemble for Baroque Music 8-10pm. Caramoor Center Sat, Dec 14: Temple Beth Abraham Movie Mavens: Arranged 7pm free to members/$5 for non-members for refreshments . 25 Leroy Avenue, Tarrytown. Sat, Dec 14: Brian La Blanc’s Simply Diamond 8pm The Paramount *Sat, Dec 14: Pros(e) of Pie 8-10pm. Come listen to storytellers from around the region tell tales on the monthly theme in a Moth-inspired format. Before the night is done, you'll vote for your favorite and a new monthly piemaster will be crowned! $10. W@tercooler, Tarrytown *Sat, Dec 14: Second Saturday Walk @ Brinton Brook Our monthly walks will continue year-round at our largest sanctuary: Brinton Brook in Croton-on-Hudson. Good for ages 6 and up. Held regardless of weather except in cases of severe weather or road closures. 9am at main parking area off Route 9A. *Sat, Dec 14: Saturday Story Time 10:30-11:30am. Local celebrities read inspiring picture books to families in the galleries, followed by a creative art project in the Learning Center. Free with admission. Katonah Museum of Art *Sat, Dec 14: Feeding Fun! 1-2pm Greenburgh Nature Center Sat, Dec 14 (7pm, 9:30pm) and Sun, Dec 15 (2pm): The Beach Boys Tarrytown Music Hall * Sat, Dec 14: Power Tool Product Demonstrations 10-11:30am Come out and see product demonstrations on innovative power tools from The Home Depot! *Sat -Sun, Dec 14-15: Movies for Kids (and their families) 'Home Alone" 12pm Jacob Burns Film Center Sat./Sun. Dec 14 & 15: Meet Santa at Croton Country Gardens at 1360 Albany Post Rd. from 11am-4pm. Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies with Santa! Sun, Dec 15: Dinner with Santa 3-8pm Reservations suggested. Piazza Roma, Mohegan Lake 914-528-0800 Sun Dec 15: Adventures in Miniature 1 – 2 pm Using hand lenses and Brock scopes we’ll peer into a tiny world to look upon hidden wonders. Not suitable for children under 5 years old. All are welcome. Teatown. Free for members, $5 for non-members. Sun, Dec 15: The Christmas Quiz Show This play is guaranteed to put a smile on your face and leave you with a heart filled with joy! Join us during the worship service at 10a.m. Church of Mt. Kisco located at 605 Millwood Road, Rte. 133.All ages are welcome! FREE Sun, Dec 15: Holiday Concert & Sing-Along 2pm Somers Library Sun, Dec 15: Christmas on the Farm 3-5pm Muscoot Farm FREE Sun, Dec 15: New Era Creative Space Craft Fair 12pm It's special because it has been initiated and will be run by our Girls leadership club (ages 10 - 14), and they are looking for children and youth artisans and performers for that day. All crafts will be made and sold by youth and we are asking that a small percent of the proceeds that the youth made gets donated to the girls club's charity. The Continued on page 48

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ell, another year comes to a close. For many of my friends it was a year of big change and lots of surprises. For us here, it was a year of closeness, love, support and togetherness. We took a long drive to Florida to Disney, Universal and the Kennedy Space Center. The best part of that was the drive. We talked, sang, laughed and never argued. We became closer as a family and fell in love with each other again. It was wonderful. The trip ended with a visit to my son’s birth mother. Of course, I got us lost and it took about an hour longer to arrive at the pre-determined restaurant. I texted Elizabeth and apologized for the delay, to which she responded, “I would wait forever to see you all again”. When we pulled up in the parking lot, she was there pacing and chewing on her fingernails just like my son. Accompanying her was her other son who is two years older than mine. Let’s call him “Jim”. He was nervously bouncing his leg just like his birth brother. My son got out of the car first and started to walk towards his birth mother, when he was intercepted by his birth brother “Jim” and smothered by a HUGE bear hug. A moment I managed somehow to capture on film. Their smiles were IDENTICAL. My son, although younger, towered over him by a good foot and a half. My son then moved on to his shaking, tear-filled birth mother and hugged her. Towering over her where her head rested on

his chest. It was a beautiful moment. We sat in the restaurant with my son’s birth brother, birth mother, grandmother, uncle and friends. I watched the two boys as they ate the same, had similar laughs and even had the same facial expressions. There were differences too but it was nice to see so many similarities. “Jim” called me mom too, I loved that. I felt like I was doAnne DiFini, LMSW is originally from Denmark and has a bac ing a good job as his “brother’s mom” so he must have felt comfortable enough to call me mom too! As we left, I took a photo of Elizabeth and her two boys. A photo like that had not been taken for thirteen years. I then saw how much they all looked alike and it was wonderful! I don’t know why I did not feel threatened, worried, scared or jealous. I can be a jealous person but when I These recipes by Phyllis Kirigin sweetpaprika.wordpre saw and felt all the love that was are around, I felt nothing but love and blessed. I wish your families a blessed and love filled holiday season and a FANTASTIC 2014. I guess all we really do need is love!!!

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Continued from page 46 girls will also be making & selling crafts and all of their proceeds they plan to donate to charity during the holiday season. If any of your children or youth are interested in participating, 914-325-1053 or email Sun, Dec 15: Cinderella Ballet 2pm & 5:30pm. Tarrytown Music Hall $25 Sun, Dec 15: Santa at Lasdon Park 1-3:30pm. Holiday train show with Mr. & Mrs. Claus. Sun, Dec 15: Westchester Toy & Train Show 10am-3pm Westchester County Center

Sun, Dec 15: Antique Stocking Stuffers Show/Sale 10am-5pm. John Jay High School. Admission $7 Sun, Dec 15: Holiday Jazz Vespers 3:30-5:30pm Peekskill Presbyterian Church, 705 South St, Peekskill. All invited to atttend. An offering will be taken. Sun, Dec 15: Peekskill Education Foundation Fundraiser 4-6pm. Winetasting at the Peekskill Clay Studio Holiday Pottery Sale. 914-739-2529. *Sun, Dec 15: Archaeology Open House 1pm Croton Point Nature Center *Sun, Dec 15: Stone Barns Center Farm Market Sundays 10 AM – 4 PM . Stop by the Dooryard Garden to pick up Stone Barns Center farm-fresh produce and pasture-raised meats and eggs, plus baked goods from Red Barn Bakery, assorted dairy products from The Real Live Amazing Food Co. Also Jan 12, Feb 9, Mar 9, Apr 13. * Sun, Dec 15:Cleaning Product Demonstrations 1-2:30pm Come out and see product demonstrations on great, innovative cleaning products from The Home Depot! Mon, Dec 16: Tenori Con Stile Holiday Concert 6:15pm Westchester Broadway Theatre *Mon, Dec 16: Saw Mill River Audubon Monday Bird Walk: Tarrytown Lakes Meet 8:30 am at parking area at the intersection of Neperan Road & Sunnyside Avenue. Directions and map Tue, Dec 17: J-Baby: Whoopin' It Up at WeeZee World Celebrate the winter at a gym for toddlers. Enjoy the glowin-the-dark ball pit, slides, and monkey bars, and zip on a zip-line into a foam pit. RSVP by Fri, Dec. 13 to cathy@ $10/family Tues, Dec 17: Holiday Doo Wop 6:15pm Westchester Broadway Theatre *Mon, Dec 16: Nature Bugs Storytime 10-11am Greenburgh Nature Center Wed, Dec 18: PBA Blood Drive 1-6pm in the Ossining Court Room, 86-88 Spring St, Ossining. Wed, Dec 18: The Mind and Music of Rachmanoff 9:30-11am. This program will enable participants to: recognize the psychological factors that influenced Rachmaninoff’s artistic development. To register call (800) 546-1754 x2413 or visit the Hospital's Web site. $50 Four Winds Hospital, 800 Cross River Rd, Katonah Wed-Thu, Dec 18-19: Holiday music & audience singalong 2-3pm Family fun! $15; Child: $5. Caramoor Center

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Wed, Dec 18, Thurs, Dec 19, and Sat, Dec 21 (1pm, 7pm): A Chorus Line 7pm Students from our resident youth theater company, Random Farms Kids' Theater presents "A Chorus Line." This performance may be enjoyed by theater-goers ages 3 and up. Please note that this production contains mature language and themes. Tarrytown Music Hall Fri, Dec 20: Max & Ruby in The Nutcracker 3:30pm Tarrytown Music Hall $25-40 Fri, Dec 20: A Candlelight Christmas Concert 7pm. Church of the Assumption in Peekskill. 914-737-2071 *Fri, Dec 20: Riverlovers Pot Luck Supper & Presentation 6:30pm. A pot luck supper, followed by a film at 7:30 p.m.: Frontline's "Climate of Doubt:" the politics of global warming. Croton Point Nature Center Sat. Dec 21: Photos with Santa at The Cortlandt School of Performing Arts from Noon-5pm. Located at 24 Old Post Rd., Croton (Above Carvel), Sat Dec 21: Decorate a Tree for Wildlife 1 – 2:30 pm We’ll decorate a tree with goodies for the birds, squirrels and other wildlife. All are welcome. Teatown. Free for members, $5 for non-members. To register, call 914-762-2912 x110. Sat, Dec 21: Winter Solstice Hike 11:30am Westmoreland Sanctuary $5 Sat, Dec 21: Beary Merry Holiday 10:30am Come to the Bear Den and make tasty holiday snacks for the black bears. We’ll celebrate the holiday season at 11:00 when we let the bears out to unwrap their gift boxes full of delicious treats! Sat, Dec 21: Mobile Shredder 10am-1pm Hendrick Hudson Libray. Sun, Dec 22: Winter in the Woods 1pm Westmoreland Sanctuary $5 *Sun-Tues, Dec 22-24: Movies for Kids (and their families) "It's a Wonderful Life" 12pm Jacob Burns Mon, Dec 23: Monday Bird Walk 8:30am. Croton Point Park Dec 23, 26, 27, 30, 31: Teatown Holi-Daze Mini-Camp Come for a day, or two or more for fun in the outdoors. There will be hiking, crafts. Call 914-762-2912 x110. 4-5 year olds- 9am- 12pm. $165 for members, $195 for non-members (daily rate available). 6-12 year olds- 9am- 3pm (children should pack a lunch). $300 for members, $330 for non-members Dec 23-27: Holiday Mini-Art Camp: 70's Art 9:30am-12:30pm. Registration required. Tue, Dec 24: School's Out/Art's In 10am-3pm. Drop-in. Katonah Museum of Art Wed, Dec 25: World Stage on Screen: 'Mariinsky Ballet: The Nutcracker in 3D' 12pm Jacob Burns $20; $12 children younger than 12 Thur, Dec 26: School's Out/Art's In 10am-3pm. Drop-in. Katonah Museum of Art Thu-Fri, Dec 26-27: Movies for Kids (and their families) "It's a Wonderful Life" 12pm Jacob Burns Film Center Sat-Tue, Dec 28-31: Movies for Kids (and their families) "The Muppet Christmas Carol" 12pm Jacob Burns Mon, Dec 30: New Riders of the Purple Sage 8pm The Paramount Tue, Dec 31: School's Out/Art's In 10am-3pm. Drop-in. Katonah Museum of Art 

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Hendrick Hudson Free Library

185 Kingsferry Road, Montrose/ 914.739.5654

The Field Library

4 Nelson Avenue, Peekskill / 914.737.0847 Children Programs Mon, Tues, Thurs, Dec 2, 3, 5, 9, 10, 12, 16, 17: Teacher in the Library 4-6pm Wed, Dec 4, 11: Book Babies 11am Wed, Dec 4: Light the Chanukah Lights 4:30pm Celebrate Chanukah with crafts, dreidels and refreshments. Children of all ages welcome – with a helping adult. Thurs, Dec 5: Tales for Tails 6pm Sat, Dec 7: Holiday Decorating Party 11am Make a special holiday ornament and help trim the library’s holiday tree. Refreshments and lots of holiday cheer for children of all ages (with a helping adult). No sign-up required. Fri, Dec 6, 13: Tales for Tots 11am Tues, Dec 10: Page Turners Book Club 4:30pm Sat, Dec 14:Holiday Crafts 11am Join us for a special holiday craft. Children of all ages welcome. No sign-up required. Mon, Dec 16: Junior Critics Book Club 4:30pm Wed, Dec 18: Musical Tots 11am Thurs, Dec 19: Check It Out Book Club 4:30pm Sat, Dec 21: Christmas Craft 11am Mon, Dec 23: Junior Garden Club 2pm Thurs, Dec 26: Lego My Library! 2pm Fri, Dec 27: New Year’s Craft 2pm Sat, Dec 28: Kwanzaa Craft 11am

Croton Free Library

171 Cleveland Drive, Croton / 914.271.6612 Tues, Dec 3, 10, 17, 31: Preschool Storytime 1:30- 2pm Stories and songs for children ages 3 to 5 years Tues, Dec 3, 10, 17, 31: Legos at the Library 4-5pm Lego Workshop for Grades 1-2 Wed, Dec 4, 11, 18: Preschool Storytime 10:30-11am Stories and songs for children ages 3 to 5 years Wed, Dec 4, 11, 18: Crafty Kids 3:30-4:15pm Thu, Dec 5, 12, 19, 26: Mother Goose & Toddler Time 10:45-11:30am A storytime and playgroup for children ages 4 months to 3 years and their caregivers. Finger plays, songs and books will be shared, followed by time to socialize and play. Fri, Dec 6, 13, 20, 27: Preschool Storytime 10:30-11am Fri, Dec 13, 20, 27: Fun Fridays with Nora 3:30- 4:15pm Thurs, Dec 19: Bookworms Book Group 3:30- 4:10pm This book group for grades 3 through 5 meets the third Thursday of every month. Registration is required—you can register in person, or by phone (271-6612) during library hours. Fri, Dec 20: Storytime Yoga 3:30-4:15pm Yoga based on Harold and the Purple Crayon. Sat, Dec 28: Saturday Stories & More 11-11:30am Monthly program for children of all ages. Just drop in the last Sat of each month, stories, songs and fun! Adult Programs Tues, Dec 17: Knitting and Crocheting Circle 7-9pm Join us for a monthly gathering of knitters and crocheters at the library and work on your individual projects in the friendly company of other enthusiasts. No formal instruction is given, although shared expertise among attendees is welcome.

Children Programs Tues, Dec 3, 10, 17: PJ Storytime by Candlelight 1011am Thurs, Dec 5, 12, 19: Library Play Hour 10-11am Fri, Dec 6: Yakety Yak 2 4:15pm – 5:15pm Wed, Dec 11, 18: Music 'N' Motion 1:30-2:30pm Fri, Dec 13: Yakety Yak 3 4:15-5:15pm Sat, Dec 14: Candy Houses 10- 12pm and 1-3pm Children ages 4 and up with adult caregiver. Create a candy house to take home and enjoy. Please bring a 1/2pint empty milk carton, container of white icing, and a bag of candy to share with others. We will provide graham crackers. Registration by phone begins Dec 2. Fri, Dec 20: Book Chat 4:15-5:15pm Fri, Dec 27: Creative Drama Workshop 2-6pm Actor's Playground will teach improvisation techniques and games. Registration by phone begins Dec 13 and is limited to the first 20 children. Children in grades 2 through 5. Mon, Dec 30: Library LEGO League 1:30- 2:30pm Adult Programs Tues, Dec 3, Wed, Dec 4: AARP Defensive Driving 102pm Wed, Dec 4: Wednesday Book Group: Housekeeping by Marilyn Robinson 7-8pm Wed, Dec 4, 18: Book & a Blanket 6:30- 7:30pm Thurs, Dec 12: Play Reading Group 4:30- 6:30pm Mon, Dec 16:Monday Book Group - "A Good American" by Alex George 12:30-1:30pm Tues, Dec 17: Literature Lovers 12:30-2pm Thurs, Dec 19: Beading for Women's Shelters 6- 8pm Sat, Dec 21: Mobile Shredder 10-1pm Matinee Movies Thurs, Dec 12: "Hava Nagila" 1:30- 3pm Thurs, Dec 19: "It's a Wonderful Life"1:30-3:30pm

Ossining Public Library

53 Croton Avenue, Ossining / 914.941.2416 Children Programs Mon, Dec 2, 9, 16, 23: Monday Night Football 7-8pm Thurs, Dec 5, 12: Caldecott Kids 4:15- 5pm Fri, Dec 6: Block Party 4:15-5pm Sat, Dec 7, 14: Family Storytime 11:30-12pm Fri, Dec 13: OPLbery Club 4:15-5:45pm Mon, Dec 23: T-Shirt Tie Dying with Sharpies 2- 2:45pm Adult Programs Mon, Dec 2, 9, 16, 23, 30: Resume Help 2-4pm Mon, Dec 2, 9, 16, 23, 30: Computer Classes 5- 8pm Mon, Dec 2, 9, 16: Beginning/Intermediate Yoga 78:15pm Wed, Dec 4,11, 18: English Conversation Group 6:308pm Thurs, Dec 5, 12, 19: Open Door Obamacare Informational Table 9:30- 12:30pm Thurs, Dec 5: Civil War Presentation by Historian Joe Cerreto 7-8pm Fri, Dec 6: Bodies in the Library Book Group 12-1pm Fri, Dec 6: Meditation Class 4:30-5:30pm Sun, Dec 8: The Nadia Reisenberg Young Artists Series - Classical Piano Series 2-4pm Tues, Dec 10: Artistic-Collage Holiday Cards Workshop 3-4pm Wed, Dec 11: The Ossining Documentary & Discussion Series 6:30- 8:30pm

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HUDSON VALLEY HOSPITAL Tues, Dec 3: Diabetes Wellness Workshop 2-3pm Tues, Dec 3: Newborn Breastfeeding Class 6:30-9:30pm Wed, Dec 4: Breastfeeding Support Group 11-1pm Thurs, Dec 5, 19: Living with Cancer 6-7:30pm Thurs, Dec 5, 19, 26: Free Weekly Women's Prenatal & Early Postpartum Discussion Group 7-8:30pm Sat, Dec 7: Caregiver Support Group 9:30-10:30am How to Cope with the Holiday Season while Caring for your Mom, Dad or Spouse – Part II Sat, Dec 7: Community CPR 9:30-2pm Thurs, Dec 12: Caregiver Support Group 6-7:30pm How to Cope with the Holiday Season while Caring for your Mom, Dad or Spouse – Part II Sat, Dec 14: Childbirth Classes (One-Day Program) 9-5pm Mon, Dec 16: Grandparenting 101 4pm Mon, Dec 16: Breast Cancer Support Group 7-9pm Tues, Dec 17: Bereavement Support Group 1-2:30pm Tues, Dec 17: Look Good, Feel Better 4-5:30pm PHELPS HOSPITAL 914-366-3000 Wed, Dec 4, 18: Blood Pressure Screenings 9:3011:30am Tues, Dec 3, 17: Senior Steps Wed, Dec 4: Mind Games 2-3:30pm Thurs, Dec 5, 19:Afternoon Bereavement Support Group 2-3:30pm Mon, Dec 9: Chronic Cough Screening 8:45-10am NORTHERN WESTCHESTER HOSPITAL Dec 2, 9, 16, 23, 30:Meditation Classes 11am Mon, Dec 3, 10, 17, 24, 31: Yoga Tues, Dec 3: Breast Feeding Class 7-9pm Tues, Dec 3, 10, 17, 24, 31: Meditation Classes 11am Wed, Dec 4: Preparing for Total Joint Replacement Surgery 1 - 2:30 pm Wed, Dec, 4, 17: The Maggie Rose Perinatal Bereavement Group: 7-8pm Wed, Dec 4, 11, 18, 25: Yoga 1pm Thurs, Dec 5: Breast Cancer Support Group 7-9pm Thurs, Dec 5: Surgical Weight Loss Support Group 5:30-6:30pm Thurs, Dec 5: It's Time to Discover the Thin in You 7-9pm Dec, 5, 12, 19, 26: Fall Prevention Exercise Class 11am Dec, 5, 12, 19, 26: Yoga 3pm Mon, Dec 9: New Mom’s Support Group 1-3pm Tues, Dec 10: Sibling Class and Tour 3:30-4:30pm Thurs, Dec 12: Prostate Health & Wellness 6-7:30pm Fri, Dec 13: Adult Bereavement Support Group 10:3012pm Sat, Dec 14: Pilates Group Class 10-11am Sun, Dec 15: Childbirth Preparation Classes at NWH 9-5pm Tues, Dec 17: Surgical Weight Loss Support Group 6:30-7:30pm Tues, Dec 17: Look Good Feel Better 5-6:30pm Wed, Dec 25: Caregiver Support Group 9:30-10:30am Tues, Dec 3: Managing Anxiety & Stress for the Holidays & Year Round for Those Living With Cancer 6:30pm Open to people living with breast, ovarian or

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gynecological cancer. To learn more or to pre-register (preREGISTRATION IS REQUIRED) call Support Connection at 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290. Somers Public Library, Route 139, Somers, NY, 10589 


THE PARAMOUNT Fri, Dec 6 : Inner City Dream of Peekskill, NY Amazing Classic Showcase 7:30pm Sat, Dec 7: NRBQ with The Nighthawks 8pm Sun, Dec 8 The Colonial Nutcracker (Full Length Production) 3pm Sat, Dec 14: Brian La Blanc’s Simply Diamond 8pm Mon, Dec 30: New Riders of the Purple Sage 8pm TARRYTOWN MUSIC HALL Sun, Dec 1 and Mon, Dec 2:Dark Star Orchestra 8pm Thurs, Dec 5: Los Lobos Disconnected: 40th Anniversary Tour With special guest Amy Helm & The Handsome Strangers 8pm Fri, Dec 6: Westchester All Stars Christmas for Wounded Veterans 7:30pm Sat, Dec 7: Holiday Doo Wop 8pm Sun, Dec 8: Cherish The Ladies - A Celtic Christmas 7pm Wed, Dec 11: Jim Brickman 8pm Sat, Dec 14 (7pm, 9:30pm) and Sun, Dec 15 (2pm): The Beach Boys Sun, Dec 15: Cinderella Ballet 2pm and 5:30pm Wed, Dec 18, Thurs, Dec 19, and Sat, Dec 21 (1pm, 7pm): A Chorus Line 7pm Fri, Dec 20: Max and Ruby in The Nutcracker 3:30pm and 6:30pm WESTCHESTER BROADWAY THEATER COMPANY Mon, Dec 2: The Piano Men 6:15pm Tues, Dec 3: Kenny Vance and the Planotones 6:15 pm Mon, Dec 9: Navideno Especial Holiday Tribute to Hector Lavoe 6:15pm Tues, Dec 10: An Irish Family Christmas with The 6 Willoughby Brothers Mon, Dec 16: Tenori Con Stile Holiday Concert 6:15pm Tues, Dec 17: Holiday Doo Wop 6:15pm. 

Boy Scout Troop 49 with Cub Pack 49 in partnership with Parker Bale American Legion Post 1597

is collecting articles for Care Packages to be sent to our soldiers in time for Christmas. The Scouts ask you to please donate all or any of the suggested items below. Boxes will be placed for drop off at: Parker Bale Post 1597, 11 Old Albany Post Road. The deadline is December 8th. Suggested items are: Deodorant, Bath/Body Wash, Hand Sanitizer, Nail Clippers, Lip Balm, Tooth Brush, Tooth Paste, 2 Razors, Shave Gel, Wash Cloth, 1 Comb and Pic, Skin Lotion, Sun Screen, Pens, Spiral notebooks, Envelopes, Large sizes of Green, Brown or Tan T-shirts. Black boot socks. White athletic socks worn for physical training and under the boot socks. A note expressing gratitude and support for their service to our country. Please do not wrap the articles. Simply place items in bag and deposit in the box.

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Senior Citizens Choral Group : Join this wonderful Chorale for adults and seniors. Sing and perform in senior care facilities, retirement centers and other venues, and bring the joy of music around Yorktown and other local towns. Convenient practices and performance times, now through April. For a detailed calendar of rehearsals and performances, please call Joe Nigro at 914-318-3268 or e-mail him at Thursdays – 2:45 to 3:30pm

Mon, Dec 16: Free Grandparenting 101 Class 4-6pm Hudson Valley Hospital Center 914-734-3557 Briarcliff Seniors The following Senior Programs are available free of charge to all Village residents age 60 and older. You may join these programs at any time throughout the year. For more information and to register, please call Stephanie Rossi at 941-6560. LINE DANCING/EXERCISE Join a lively group of seniors and learn easy-to-follow steps to music that will make you smile. Dance and exercise at the same time. No dance experience or partner necessary. Wear comfortable clothing, sneakers, and bring a water bottle with you to class. Day/Time: Tuesdays 11:15 am 12:15 pm Dates: Dec 3, 10, 17 Location: Chilmark Recreation Center, 48 Macy Road Fee: No fee, pre-registration is required. BRIDGE & CARDS Enjoy a few hours of bridge with other enthusiasts. Socialize with friends, or make some new ones while playing a friendly game of cards. Bring your own group or join attending group. Coffee & cake available. Day/Time: Wednesdays 12 - 3 pm Dates: Dec 11, 18 Location: Chilmark Recreation Center, 48 Macy Road Fee: No fee, re-registration is required. The Town of Cortland offers a snow shoveling service for eligible senior citizens who reside in the Town of Cortlandt. Seniors who are unable to shovel their walkway should call Nora at 528-8377.

Field Home Events Alzheimer’s Support Group The Seabury offers a support group for caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s and other memory impairments in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Association. Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday from 10 to 11:30 AM FREE and Open to the Community For more information call 914-737-2255 Joint Replacement Class Attend this class BEFORE you have joint replacement surgery Every 3rd Thursday of the month 4 to 5:30 PM Open to the Community. To register contact Patti Horvath at 914-739-2244 or

Dont Foget: The State of New York is requiring all Basic STAR exemption receivers to re-register with the New York State Tax Department by Dec. 31. Visit or call the state at 518 457-2036. 

Cortlandt Emergency Food Bank Emergency Appeal The number of people we serve has risen 33% since 2011 and we had long lines out the door in October. In addition, federal and state funding for food banks continues to decrease, and food stamps are facing significant cuts nationwide. All donations large and small are welcome and go directly to purchase food. Checks can be mailed to the Cortlandt Emergency Food Bank, 19 Old Albany Post Rd South, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520. All donations are tax deductible.

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Developing a Culture of Service


uote “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Mahatma Gandhi Service is giving to others; considering other people’s needs as important as your own.  Service involves anticipating the needs of others and thinking of ways to serve them – helping people just because we care and for no other reason.  Performing a job with the spirit of service can elevate the most mundane of jobs into a rewarding experience. Teaching children to be of service can begin at a very young age with simple tasks around the house like helping with cleaning, shopping, laundry, yard work, etc. Young children are a lot more eager to help and love having their own special little cleaning tools, which is why getting them in the habit of being helpful from a young age is important.  At 11, my daughter still loves to help out and does so usually with good spirit.  Often I will catch her singing while doing housework.  My 14 year old son, although he drags his feet, may like to get away with not helping out, still manages to be very helpful around the house, and I have watched him help people outside the home without being asked. There are many opportunities within our local communities to be of service, such as at soup kitchens, food pantries, neighborhood clean-up days, and more. During the holidays, there are opportunities to serve all around us.  Providing them with a chance to give back during a season when children are focused on receiving gifts can be very special.  Children who watch parents serve are more likely to serve in the future. In our family, we engage in service on a regular basis, and with the children.  Service is part of our family culture.  When my children were younger, I seldom referred to helping out at home as a chore but rather as service to the

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family, which puts a different spin on it. I’ve always found that the word chore pulls me down, whereas the idea of service lifts me up.  Today, my pre-teen and teenager are not always enthusiastic about cleaning up their rooms or helping around the house as they were when they were younger, but more often than not they are very helpful at home and outside the home, and with good spirit. Last Summer, by an act of God, our family, along with a few other wonderful youth and adults were given the opportunity to serve in Haiti for 11 days.  What a blessing!  What impressed me most was that given the foreign nature of what we experienced, and in some ways the hardship, the children and youth managed to interact with children whose language they did not speak, serve without complaining, and most importantly derived joy from the experience.  As I reflect on our trip, it realize that being of service wasn’t foreign to them.  They were truly happy serving, felt good about themselves and genuinely enjoyed the the experience!  They will never forget the trip or the part they played and both of them intend to return to Haiti again someday. Service is our way of giving back, giving thanks, and connecting to other human beings and if you believe in a higher power, a way of connecting with God.  Service builds character, and it has been said that service is the key to happiness. Personally, when I serve, I always gain more than I give and it makes me truly happy! In what ways do you and your family engage in service together? This Holiday season, think of ways your family can engage in community Service together. Ridvan Foxhall is a Pediatric Occupational About Ridvan Foxhall: Therapist.  She is parenting coach and educator. In 2006 she founded the Peekskill Chapter of the Children’s Theatre Company,  a non-profit organization dedicated to “Building Character on Stage.” Her most recent endeavor is the New Era Creative Space (NECS), a creative educational center for children and adults in operation since Sept. 2013.  NECS is a center that offers enriching workshops for children and adults, with the intention of promoting creativity, well being and building community.  To learn more about Ridvan Foxhall and NECS programs visit or  Connect on or email

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Congratulations to our friends at Go No Sen! Go No Sen Karate Receives 2013 Best of Peekskill Award Peekskill Award Program Honors the Achievement PEEKSKILL November 1, 2013 -Go No Sen Karate has been selected for the 2013 Best of Peekskill Award in the Martial Arts Instruction category by the Peekskill Award Program. Each year, the Peekskill Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Peekskill area a great place to live, work and play. Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2013 Peekskill Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Peekskill Award Program and data provided by third parties. About Peekskill Award Program The Peekskill Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Peekskill area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value. The Peekskill Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy. SOURCE: Peekskill Award Program CONTACT: Peekskill Award Program Email: URL:

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For more about these schools, go to All Aboard - A Child Care Education Center 255 North Highland Ave. Ossining, NY 10562, 914-923-1700 Director, Jennifer Kapfer,, Asbury Play & Learn 17 Old Post Road South, Croton-onHudson, NY 10520. 914-271-3628, Director, Jodi Hanlon Childrenspace - 119 Maple St, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520 914-271-5056 Child’s World Academy - 50 Dayton Ln., Peekskill, NY 10566 914-930-2659,, Director, Kelly Debald Circle School - 56 Cleveland Drive, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520,, 914-271-8950 Director, Marie Fabian Croton Community Nursery School - 25 Van Wyck Street, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520. 914-271-4451, Director, Barbara Swanson, Croton Montessori - P.O Box 84, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520, 914-271-4503,, Director, Cristina Laranjeira First Hebrew Nursery School - 1821 Main St. Peekskill, NY 10566 914-739-0504 Happy Hearts - 10 Old Post Rd South, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520 914-271-0021 Director, Desiree Drapala Holy Name of Mary Montessori School - 110 Grand Street, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520, 914-271-5182, Director, Jeanne Marie Gagnon Key Pre K and K Montessori School® - 2223 Maple Ave. Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567, 914-737-1391  Director Marcia Royce Montrose Child Care Center - FDR VA Hospital Bldg. 29, Montrose, NY 10548, 914-734-2745, Director Eileen Scerra Morning Star Day Care - 18 North 1st St. Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567 Director/Owner Tina Langsam 914.736.0398 Mt. Airy Nursery School - 2124 Albany Post Rd, PO Box 463, Montrose, NY 10548, Mary-Ann Feller, Director 914- 736-1447, Sunset Nursery Church of the Divine Love 80 Sunset Rd, Montrose, NY 10548, 914-737-1818, Director, Melissa Wassil Temple Israel Early Childhood Center - 31 Glengary Road, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520, 914-271-4705, Director, Sheila Edelson The Garden Road School - at the Mohegan Colony Schoolhouse, 99 Baron De Hirsch Road, Crompound, NY, 914-526-4033 Through the Looking Glass Center 275 Church Street, Buchanan, NY 10511. 914-788-1002, Owner, Janet Williams

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