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Metropolitan Museum Now Open 7 Days a Week


Open Mondays throughout the Year for First Time in 42 Years

New York, N.Y. – The Metropolitan Museum of Art is now open to the public 7 days a week. This new schedule went into effect July 1 at both the Museum’s main building on Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street in Manhattan and at The Cloisters museum and gardens, its branch museum for medieval art and architecture in Fort Tryon Park in northern Manhattan.

“Art is a 7-day-a-week passion, and we want the Met to be accessible whenever visitors have the urge to experience this great museum,” stated museum Director & CEO Thomas P. Campbell in making the initial announcement of the new schedule in March. “Last year we had record-breaking attendance of 6.28 million visitors and yet were turning away many thousands more on Mondays, when we have traditionally been closed. Our new schedule will remedy that, and we look forward to welcoming visitors to our encyclopedic collections, robust exhibition program, and wide-ranging educational offerings nearly every day of the year.” (more…)

July 22, 2013 |

Yorktown’s Katrina Dowd Leads US Lax Team to World Cup Championship


By Chuck Slater

Katrina Dowd, an All American for both Yorktown High and Northwestern University, led the United States to the World Cup championship of the Federation of International Lacrosse with a perfect 7-0 record.  It culminated with a 19-5 rout of Canada in the final on July 20 in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada.

The Yorktown native had three goals and three assists in the final, giving her a tournament-record 26 goals as she made the all-world team in her rookie FIL appearance.

“We were just clicking,” the speedy Dowd said of her team’s dominance and record offense.  “We just fed off the environment.

“It doesn’t matter who is putting the ball in the back of the net as long as the U.S is putting points on the board.”

The U.S. team scored 127 goals in the seven games, 18.1 per game, in winning its seventh World Cup gold.

Dowd is the assistant lacrosse coach at the University of North Carolina.  Her friend and also former Yorktown star, Alexis Venechanos, coached Team Canada to its highest finish ever.

July 22, 2013 |

Fiddler on the Roof @ Westlake High School


Mt Pleasant Community Theatre proudly announces its’ 43rd season production – “Fiddler on the Roof”.

At the John Whearty Theatre at Westlake High School on Westlake Drive Thornwood NY 10594

Fiddler on the Roof is a musical with music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and book by Joseph Stein, set in Tsarist Russia in 1905. It is based on Tevye and his Daughters (or Tevye the Milkman and Other Tales) by Sholem Aleichem. The story centers on Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his family and Jewish religious traditions while outside influences encroach upon their lives. He must cope both with the strong-willed actions of his three older daughters—each one’s choice of husband moves further away from the customs of his faith—and with the edict of the Tsar that evicts the Jews from their village.

The original Broadway production of the show, which opened in 1964, had the first musical theatre run in history to surpass 3,000 performances. Fiddler held the record for the longest-running Broadway musical for almost 10 years until Grease surpassed its run. It remains Broadway’s fifteenth longest-running show in history. The production was extraordinarily profitable and highly acclaimed. It was nominated for ten Tony Awards, winning nine, including Best Musical, score, book, direction and choreography. It spawned four Broadway revivals, a successful 1971 film adaptation, and the show has enjoyed enduring international popularity. It is also a very popular choice for school and community productions.

July 22, 2013 |

JFK Principal ‘Relieved’ It Can Compete Against Section 1



      Kennedy Catholic High School is breathing easier now with the reversal of a ruling, by the Section 1 public school athletic body, that would have prevented Section 1 teams from playing JFK. The Somers private school recently left Section 1 to join the Catholic High School Athletic Association.

     “We’re relieved,” said The Rev. Mark Vaillancourt, Kennedy’s president/principal.

     “Now we can play crossover games, as we had always planned to do,” he added.  “It (Section 1’s original ruling) would have handicapped our program.”

     When Kennedy switched to the Catholic Association, Section 1 Director Jennifer Simmons issued the ban, saying some of its member schools had complained of Kennedy trying to recruit its athletes.  That is prohibited and Kennedy denied the charges. 

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association heard arguments from both sides on July 15 and, in a statement released July 18, ruled Section 1 could not bring sanctions, right or wrong, after Kennedy no longer was a member of its group.

Simmons, who said the ruling came on “a technicality,” said it would  be up to individual schools whether they wanted to schedule Kennedy. This could mean primarily tournament meetings for fall sports since most of those schedules are completed.  Not having scheduled games against Section 1 teams could be a particular hardship for girls field hockey at Kennedy, since the Catholic Association does not field that sport.

     “Our athletic director, Frank Tolan, has done a great job scheduling independent schools,” Father Vaillancourt said.  “We already have a full 10-game field hockey schedule in place.”

July 19, 2013 |

Briarcliff’s Cameron Young Is Met Junior Golf Champ


Briarcliff’s Cameron Young, who completed his freshman year at Fordham Prep last month, on July 18 won the 96th Met Junior Championship at the Fairview Country Club in Greenwich, Conn., taking semifinal and final matches by identical 3 and 1 scores.

Young, 16, who set a Catholic high school league record while playing No. 1 for Fordham Prep with a 6-under-par 37 for 9 holes this spring, defeated Clancy Waugh of Quogue, N.Y., in the semifinals, then bested Jeremy Wall of Brielle, N.J., in the final.

He had romped in his first three matches of the tournament, winning all by 5 and 4 or better.

“Today was great,” said Young afterward.  “I played really well, especially in the semifinals.”

Young is the reigning state Catholic High School champion.  His father, David Young, is the head pro at Sleepy Hollow Country Club.

July 19, 2013 |

The Thrill of Rock Climbing

Breakneck Ridge

Author: shiv

Travelling can be the best stress buster for some. The zeal to explore the world, see places and experience the different cultures is what drives a spirit forward and for people who have experienced this kind of rush; it’s really hard to go back. Their perspective changes greatly and the wholesome development of character gives them a better perspective of life. Staying at home and gazing at a television is not worth it. You should go out there and live life the way it actually is.

For early starters, you can get all these experiences with the help of enrolling in adventure camps. In India, there are a lot of places which can be explored and starting young is the best option. These adventure camps are safe and hence parents don’t have much problem in sending their children there. An adventure camps is when you choose an outdoor location and build a team which sticks together to experience the best of the wilderness. With the outdoors there is always some kind of adventure involved be it rock climbing, river rafting, mountaineering etc. The team basically has a daily regime which involves exercises, trekking, cooking, exploring the area, etc. All these activities teach children qualities like team work, resistance, strength in character etc. The whole idea of an adventure camp is to give a child experience of what truly is out there is the world. The best suited example of activities which develop character in an adventure camp is rock climbing. (more…)

July 18, 2013 |

Open Days Program Garden Tour – Bedford Hills/Cortlandt Manor


Explore two private gardens in Cortlandt Manor and Bedford Hills, open for self-guided tours to benefit the Garden Conservancy. No reservations required; rain or shine. Begin at the Merrin Garden (10am to 2pm only), or see website for additional locations; hours vary. Highlights include rare tropical plants in four greenhouses, a large lotus pond, and formal vegetable parterre.

The public garden at the Native Plant Center in Valhalla will also be open, giving free guided tours 12pm to 4pm.

The Native Plant Center was established in 1998 under the auspices of the Westchester Community College Foundation as the first national affiliate of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas. The following year, in 1999, Lady Bird Johnson and her daughters, Lynda Johnson Robb and Luci Baines Johnson, visited the Westchester Community College campus for the dedication of The Native Plant Center’s demonstration garden named for the First Lady.

July 17, 2013 |
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