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Silent Auction to Benefit the Field Home’s Team Seabury in their Walk to End Alzheimer’s

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A silent auction of paintings by Seabury Resident Deacon John Weir begins today at Fieldhome and will run through August 12th. Monies raised by the auction will be used to support Team Seabury in their the Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Sept. 29th in White Plains. The paintings will be awarded to the highest bidders on August 12th. The paintings will be shown at The Seabury and Field Home – Holy Comforter throughout the next month.

Team Seabury would like to thank Deacon John Weir for his donation of these beautiful paintings. Deacon Weir has won prizes for his paintings from the Yorktown Grange Fair and LeadingAge New York. He also teaches watercolor painting techniques to the residents of The Seabury. (more…)

July 22, 2013 |

Outdoor Movie Playing of “Rio” @ Kensico Dam Plaza

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Load up the SUV with some blankets and chairs for a picnic on the lawn and treat the family to the Lippolis Electric Movie under the Stars showing of the animated family film Rio (PG, 2011) on Wednesday, July 31, rain or shine, at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla. The movie begins at sundown.

“I am very grateful to our business neighbors, WFAS and Lippolis Electric and their team of co-sponsors for joining with the Parks Department to make this event possible,” County Executive Robert P. Astorino said. “It is wonderful to be able to invite county residents to Kensico for a free movie and a picnic. This is a great example of the public and private sectors coming together to benefit our residents.”

Admission and parking are free. Moviegoers should bring blankets, folding chairs and a picnic.

The movie, which will be shown in standard format, tells the story of Blu, a domesticated macaw from small-town Minnesota, who meets the fiercely independent Jewel, and takes off on an adventure to Rio de Janeiro with the “bird of his dreams.”

The Lippolis Electric Movie under the Stars is presented by Westchester County Parks and sponsored by radio stations 103.9 WFAS-FM and 1230 WFAS Talk Radio, Lippolis Electric, National Lawn Sprinklers Inc. and Alamo Draft House.

July 22, 2013 |

Metropolitan Museum Now Open 7 Days a Week

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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

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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

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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

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BY CHUCK SLATER
SPECIAL TO TOWNLINK NEWS + VIEWS

      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

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BY CHUCK SLATER
SPECIAL TO TOWNLINK NEWS + VIEWS
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 |
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