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Release Date: December 11, 2010

 
WESTCHESTER BOARD OF LEGISLATORS APPROVED 2% TAX LEVY CUT...RESTORES FUNDS FOR SERVICES
 
The Westchester County Board of Legislators approved a 2% levy TAX CUT at their Board meeting today  and restored funding for child care, health centers, mental health clinics, section 8 housing and labs and research. The tax cut is greater than the tax cut originally proposed by the County Executive -a 2% cut, instead of a 1% tax cut. The budget was approved by Democratic and Republican lawmakers. Only one Democrat voted against the budget.
TOWN BOARD TO MEET NEXT WEEK TO DISCUSS BUDGET
The Town Board will hold a work session this Monday evening at 7:30 PM to discuss the 2011  town budget. We will reconvene on Tuesday, December 14th at 9:15 AM to continue our discussions on the budget. There will be another public hearing on Wednesday, December 15th at 7:30 PM (we already had 2 hearings) and we are scheduled to vote on the budget Thursday evening.
 
COAT DRIVE SPONSORED BY 7TH GRADER--DROP OFF USED COATS AT NY SPORTS CLUB
As the weather turns cold, think of those families struggling to keep warm.
Everyone needs a coat but not everyone can afford one. Your gently used
coats will help keep the chill out and warm a heart. The New York Sports
Club has agreed to help in this project.  Local charitable organizations
are eager to collect your coat donations and redistribute them to those in
need.

Please drop off your used coats at the New York Sports Club in HARTSDALE
before 16 December.  (Adults and kids sizes in clean and wearable condition
only please.) Thank you for your help! A project by a 7th grader at Sacred
Heart School in Hartsdale
SNOW ANGELS
WE NEED MORE VOLUNTEERS. E MAIL ME IF YOU HAVE THE TIME OR INTEREST IN VOLUNTEERING AS A SNOW ANGEL--HELPING SENIORS/DISABLED RESIDENTS CLEAR THEIR DRIVEWAYS OF SNOW THIS WINTER.
PAUL FEINER

  
 
 
 

WIN A FAMILY GUEST PASS!
Greenburgh Nature Center Train Show – Opens this Saturday, December 11
Interested in winning a Free Family Guest Pass to the Train Show? Visit our Home Page and see the “Holiday Season Model Train Show” listings on Saturday for details. 

News & Info
Sunrise Series Concerts
Sundays at 8:00am through June 2011, with Alan Murray, piano. Program information available at: www.studio-hollywood.com. Location: First Unitarian Society of Westchester, 25 Old Jackson Ave., Hastings. Admission: free, open to the public


Holiday Gift Boutique -- Arts, Crafts and more
Wednesday ~ December 15 from 10am – 4pm @ EILEEN FISHER Café’ on the Hudson ~ Irvington
The Caring Committee will be sponsoring the 4th Annual Holiday Gift Boutique. The Caring Committee will sponsor a Salad & Soup Kitchen and beverages for purchase while you enjoy your holiday shopping experience. For further information or if you have questions, please contact Joanne Lawson at JLawson@EileenFisher.com or Johanne Read (JRead@EileenFisher.com). 

Tarrytown Third Friday is December 17, 5pm – 9pm
Celebrating the holiday season with Frosty and Rudolph, music, shopping, events, and fun! Bring your camera and get a picture with beloved holiday characters Frosty and Rudolph! Keep an eye and an ear out for unexpected music on Main Street.

Winter Farmers Markets
Irvington Village Farmers Market: Monthly Winter Market from 2pm - 7pm at Irvington Senior Center, 29 Bridge Street. Dates: January 12, 2011; February 9, 2011; and March 9, 2011.Vendors include: Panzarella Italian breads, mozzarella, soups and pasta, Champagne crab cakes. Simply Valley Cheese and Bread. Dutch Desserts – European-style tarts. Madura Farms fresh produce, wide range of culinary mushrooms. Big Girl Bakery cheesecake, biscotti, cookies, granola, flatbreads.


Weekend Highlights: 
Hastings Farmers Market: "Second Saturday" of every month 
Saturday, December 11 from 9am - 1pm at the Hastings Public Library Parking Lot
Add’l Dates: Jan. 8. Feb. 12, March 12 @ James Harmon Community Center. April 9 and May 14 @ Hastings Library Lot.

Alternative Gifts Fair || South Church, Dobbs Ferry
Sunday Dec. 12 & 19 @ 11:45am 
This year, shop with a passion. From help for the homeless poor in NYC, to support for education and self-reliance in impoverished nations, your gift plants seeds of peace.

Bach Meets Bebop: Gary Smulyan and Friends
Friday, December 10 @ 8pm Irvington Town Hall Theater  http://www.riverarts.org/concerts.html http://www.riverarts.org/concerts.html
Presented by RiverArts. Gary Smulyan (jazz) and Henk van Twillert (classical) play a baritone saxophone duet of the Bach Cello Suites with brilliance and wit. Followed by a superb trio of Smulyan, Harvie S on bass and Ron Vincent on drums. Conversation with these world renowned artists to follow, after Party at River City Grille.  Reserved seating $28. Advanced purchase recommended or call 914.476.2321

Galapagos Books: Holiday Book Signing!
Saturday, December 11 from 2pm - 5pm @ James Harmon Community Center, 44 Main Street, Hastings
Meet over 24 Authors and Illustrators! Click for the complete list! http://galapagosbooksstore.com/

"Empty Bowls” | Masters Dining Hall, Dobbs Ferry
Friday, December 10 from 5pm - 7pm 
This is an "Empty Bowls" event whereby the students made 100 ceramic bowls to help fight hunger. This event is open to the public and the suggested contribution is $10. For that donation you get to choose a one-of-a-kind clay bowl that is then filled with the soup of your choice. All participants sit to share a simple soup and bread meal and reflect on how prevalent hunger is in this world. You get to keep the bowl! All proceeds from the event go to the Kwithu Orphan Feeding Center in Malawi, Africa. You can download the flyer on our Home Page/Fundraising section.

Holiday Season Model Train Show [link]
Greenburgh Nature Center.  See the Listing on our Home Page http://www.rivertownsguide.com  to learn about winning a Family Guest Pass to this great event. Saturday, December 11 from 10am - 4:30pm || Back by popular demand, the GNC is partnering with the Westchester/Yonkers Model Railroad Club (WYMRC) to present a special, nine-day holiday season show entitled “Trains – Your Ticket to the Great Outdoors.”$9 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, $7 for children ages 2-12; $1 for GNC members. Children under 2 free. Price includes regular GNC admission fee. For further information, call 723-3470 or go to [link]. Through Sunday December 19th

River Spirit Music presents The Rastus Kain Band
December 11 @ 10pm | | Rainwater Grill, Hastings | Rastus Kain may be the finest electric slide guitarist to come from the state of Florida, if not the whole south, as well as a gifted songwriter & stage performer with a veteran rhythm section.

The Village of Ardsley is Looking for donations!
The Youth Advocate Program would love to add some items to the Community Center for the teens that visit. Youth Advocate Wishlist, * XBox360 video game system, * Wii, * Playstation3, * Stereo, * DVDs. Please contact the Youth Advocate, Allison Mastrogiacomo, at 674-4845 if you would like to donate. A receipt will be given with any donation for a tax deduction.

Irvington News: Got leaves? Want more?
Some Irvington residents are giving thanks for… leaves! We’ve had a tremendous response to our “Love ’Em and Leave ’Em” campaign—in fact, some Village residents have even asked if they can get MORE leaves than they have on their own property! To which the answer is, YES! If you, too, appreciate the value of leaves for compost, and would like the Village to deliver some to you instead of trucking them away, here’s what to do: Identify a location on your property near the street, which would be accessible by a large dump truck (including clearance for the truck to raise its dumper far away from any overhead wires or branches). Mark the location clearly with a traffic cone or a sign. Call the DPW at 591-6044 or email Greg Nilsson at gnilsson@irvingtonny.gov. Your request should include the following: your name, address, and a description of the accessible location; the approximate volume of leaves you want; and any restrictions about when the leaves can or can’t be delivered. The DPW will arrange to deliver the leaves when they are regularly scheduled to work in your neighborhood. Please note that these leaves are provided "as is" - as collected from piles along Irvington's streets. There may be twigs and other debris mixed in unavoidably. Happy composting!

Give the Gift of Giving…Family-to-Family’s Annual Holiday Toy Drive
through December 15
Please join us in our efforts to make the Holidays bright for families struggling this Holiday Season. The Hastings-on-Hudson chapter of F-to-F is collecting new unwrapped toys & books for children 2-18, along with wrapping paper, tape and ribbon for families in struggling financially right here in Hastings-on-Hudson & Dobbs Ferry. Help us enable some of our own neighbors to be “the givers”.  When toys, books and wrapping paper are collected our community outreach partners Bill and Jenny will help our sponsored families (and additional families in need, too), find just the right gifts to wrap up, and take home for their kids. Our mission is clear….instead of arriving from an anonymous donor, your gift enables mom and dad to be the “giver” and experience the joy of giving! Please drop your gifts and wrapping supplies off: 6 Circle Drive, Hastings. Leave inside/outside basement door down the driveway, please. When : Anytime…just drop off  your gifts!!!
For more information about Family-to-Family, please visit our website: http://www.family-to-family.org.

WJCS Working to Grant Wishes Again This Holiday Season
For its annual Have-a-Heart for the Holidays Gift Drive Westchester Jewish Community Services (WJCS) is collecting toys, CDs, gift cards and clothing to be distributed to consumers at the agency’s 70-plus programs throughout Westchester. Last year, more than 1,000 wishes were fulfilled. The agency’s goal this year is to reach out to even more of its consumers. Anyone interested in providing a gift or contributing to the Have-a-Heart for the Holidays Gift Drive can contact Meryl Lewis at 761-0600, ext. 222. Donations can also be made on line at www.wjcs.com.

Having a Fundraiser or know of one? Email us at info@RivertownsGuide.com.

Did you Know? In addition to our Home Page Weekend Listings, events throughout the Rivertowns and Westchester are listed on the Local Events Page http://www.rivertownsguide.com/20localevents.php and the What’s Happening Page http://www.rivertownsguide.com/01whatshap.php. Take a look….

New Rivertowns Art Academy
Now open at 145 Palisades Street in Dobbs Ferry: Art Academy of Westchester
http://www.artacademyofwestchester.com/ Art Classes for Adults and kids 9+, and a Gallery Space. See listing above about the Opening Reception on December 5.

Promote Your Event FREE. . . . .
Reminder: You can post your events on (and join!) our TWO Facebook pages.
RTG Group Page: 

What else do we do? 
744 Creative | Marketing + Design  http://www.744creative.com/ 
Since we have been so busy working on RivertownsGuide and on all of our other projects, we haven't had a chance to update our own 744 Creative portfolio site in a while. Some recent work includes: Taiim Falafel Shack in Hastings (identity + design + marketing http://www.taiimfalafelshack.com); Take Me to the River: Grass Roots Music and Art Festival 2010; Aquefest 2010; Shira Adler http://shiraadler.com; Hastings Friday Night Live (identity + design + marketing); Dobbs Ferry Fest (identity + design); just to name a few of our more visible projects. From launching a new business to sprucing up an identity, from websites to printed materials, if your business has Marketing + Design needs, give us a call. 914/478-4445

Have an Event / Business that you would like listed at no charge? 
Just email jennifer@rivertownsguide.com the details……..

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Saturday 11 to Sunday 19

FROM: THEHUDSONINDEPENDENT.COM
Model train exhibit: “Trains –Your Ticket to the Great Outdoors” present by the Westchester Model Railroad Club at the Greenburgh Nature Center in Scarsdale. Call 723-3470 or visit www.greenburghnaturecenter.org.

Saturday 11

Pre-Count Birding: At 8 a.m. help find the places birds have settled in for the winter at Teatown Lake Reservation in Ossining. Call 762-2912, ext. 110 or visit www.teatown.org.

Christmas Festival: Enjoy ginger bread house decorating, caroling and tasty treats from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Tarrytown, 56 S. Broadway. Call 631-6372.

Winter on the Farm Weekend : From 10 a.m. celebrate winter with gifts from the holiday vendor fair, refreshments, hands-on-crafts and more at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills. The farm market will be open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Call 366-6200, ext. 112 or visit www.stonebarnscenter.org. Also Dec. 12.

“Frog and Toad”: Performed by the Clocktower Players Kids Troupe at 12:30 p.m. at the Irvington Town Hall Theater. Call 591-6602 or visit www.IrvingtonTheater.com. Also Dec. 12.

Raptor Roundup: At 1 p.m. stroll around the Wildlife Loop to learn about raptors at Teatown Lake Reservation in Ossining. Call 762-2912, ext. 110 or visit www.teatown.org.

Winter Open House and Performance: Presented at 1 p.m. by Y Dance and Evolve Dance at the Family YMCA in Tarrytown. Call 631-4807, ext. 32.

Evening Candlelight Tours: From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. enjoy excerpts from Washington Irving’s Christmas tales and family letters plus singing and hot cider at Sunnyside in Tarrytown. Call 631-8200 or visit www.hudsonvalley.org. Also Dec. 18 & 26.

Open Mic: Hosted by musician/comic Jim Cirrin at 6 p.m. at the Black Cat Café in Irvington. Call 231-9060 or visit www.blackcatchef.com.

Concert: The Chords will sing at 8 p.m. at the Tarrytown Music Hall. Call 877-840-0457 or visit www.tarrytownmusichall.org.

Concert: The Subdudes will perform at 8 p.m. at Irvington Town Hall Theater. Call 591-6602 or visit www.IrvingtonTheater.com.

Sunday 12

The Great Westchester Toy & Train Show: From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Westchester County Center in White Plains. Call 995-4050 or visit www.westchestertoytrain.com.

Indoor Farmers Market: From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Westchester County Center in White Plains. Call 995-4050.

Animal Adventures: At 1 p.m. learn about one animal’s natural history and ecological connections at Teatown Lake Reservation in Ossining. Call 762-2912, ext. 110 or visit www.teatown.org.

Concert: Sutton Foster will sing at 7:30 p.m. at Irvington Town Hall Theater. Call 591-6602 or visit www.IrvingtonTheater.co

 





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