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“From Badge of Military Merit to Purple Heart” Program at Washington’s Headquarters


Come to Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site, in Newburgh, on Saturday, August 12th, at 2:00 PM for “From Badge of Military Merit to Purple Heart” and hear how and why General George Washington created the Badge of Military Merit during the last days of the Revolutionary War. The Badge, the first award of its kind to honor enlisted personnel, evolved into the Purple Heart, an award given today to officers and enlisted personnel wounded or killed in the defense of our country. Listen to the exploits of the three recipients of the Badge, stories of daring, courage and patriotism.

While at the site, to celebrate the creation of the Badge of Military Merit, you are invited to make your own Badge to take home!
The program is free with Museum admission. Site hours are 11 AM until 5 PM. For further information please call 845-562-1195.

July 20, 2017 |

44 Division and 4 Scholarship Winners Honored at the East Hudson Dinner of Champions


The East Hudson Youth Soccer League (EHYSL) hosts the largest awards dinner for teams annually in the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA). The EHYSL Dinner of Champions has become a July tradition that extends back almost to the league’s founding four decades ago.

44 division champion teams and four scholarship recipients were honored on July 11 and 12 at Anthony’s Pier 9 in New Windsor. A crowd of nearly 1,400 attended over the two nights. Present on July 12 was New York City FC defender Maxime Chanot, who gracefully posed for photos with seemingly every player at the dinner.

“I don’t know of anybody in soccer who holds a dinner as large as this one to honor their champions,” commented EHYSL President Jim Purdy. “We thank and honor our coaches and volunteers whose patience, direction and soccer expertise allow our children to enjoy this great game. We also want to recognize and especially thank the parents who write the checks, do the chauffeuring, nurse the bumps and bruises and cheer on the sidelines, no matter the weather.”

The coaches of the 44 champion teams discussed their squad and introduced the players. A common theme for many of the squads is the players were unhappy with how they had done the previous season so the kids worked really hard and put together a championship season. Special kudos to the Boys-Under-14 Liberty Red Devils, who went from 0-10-0 to 10-0-0 in Division 4.

All four scholarship winners decided to continue their education at colleges in New York State. The Michael Goldberg Memorial Scholarship Award recipients are Linzy Dineen (Syracuse University) and Alexa Franceschi (Mount Saint Mary College). Michael was a 15-year-old boy playing in the EHYSL for the Chappaqua Soccer Club when he died of leukemia and his family started the scholarship to honor his fulfilling yet brief life.

The Dan Herbst Memorial Scholarship winners are Birch Lazo-Murphy (Syracuse University) and Emily Mildner (Utica College). The scholarship namesake also died from leukemia, in 2001. Dan was a longtime soccer journalist and author, past president of the Yorktown Soccer Club and in his first term as EHYSL President when he passed away at age 48.

“These four scholarship winners exhibited excellence not only on the soccer field but in the classroom and in their communities as well,” concluded President Purdy.

With over 100,000 youth soccer players––both boys and girls––and more than 25,000 volunteers, the non-profit Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) stretches from Montauk Point, Long Island to the Canadian border. Members are affiliated with 11 leagues throughout the association, which covers the entire state of New York east of Route 81. ENYYSA exists to promote and enhance the game of soccer for children and teenagers between the ages of 5 and 19 years old, and to encourage the healthy development of youth players, coaches, referees and administrators. All levels of soccer are offered––from intramural, travel team and premier players as well as Children With Special Needs. No child who wants to play soccer is turned away. ENYYSA is a proud member of the United States Soccer Federation and United States Youth Soccer Association. For more information, please log onto, which receives nearly 300,000 hits annually from the growing soccer community.


Boys-Under-16 Dover Terminators, who have won three consecutive division titles.



















Members of the EHYSL Board of Directors with NYCFC defender Maxime Chanot in center.



July 19, 2017 |

Byrne Supports Health Fair for Putnam Valley Seniors


Assemblyman Kevin Byrne (R,C,I,Ref-Mahopac) addresses attendees of the Putnam Valley Senior Health Fair. The free event was held on July 12 at the Putnam Valley Senior Center.




On July 12, Assemblyman Kevin Byrne (R,C,I,Ref-Mahopac) participated in the 2017 Putnam Valley Senior Health Fair at the Putnam Valley Senior Center. Hundreds of local residents attended the free event offered in partnership with NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital and the Putnam Valley Seniors, and enjoyed an array of educational workshops and demonstrations. The day’s activities also featured a variety of refreshments, as well as door prizes and giveaways.

The event offered local seniors an engaging and educational opportunity to discuss numerous health-related topics, including health care, taxes and affordability and how to become an organ donor in New York State. Assemblyman Byrne sent out a mail piece to nearly 1,000 senior households promoting the event and encouraging Putnam Valley residents to attend. “This is a wonderful annual event put together by the incredible team of volunteers of the Putnam Valley Seniors and NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital, and we thank Assemblyman Byrne for supporting and promoting the event,” said Marie Zarcone, President of the Putnam Valley Seniors.

“As a former resident of Putnam Valley, and a ranking member of the Assembly’s Aging Committee, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in this year’s Putnam Valley Senior Health Fair,” said Byrne. “Ensuring our residents have access to educational opportunities such as these is crucially important, and I applaud our local partners, NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital, Putnam Valley Seniors, Marie Zarcone, and the Town of Putnam Valley, for their continued commitment to the health and well-being of our community.”

July 19, 2017 |

Bountiful Supper Farm to Table




Join us for a “Bountiful Summer Farm to Table” class. We will use fresh, local farm herbs and seasonal vegetables to make fresh dips and marinades to sample. Learn to make simple, fresh summer recipes including:

Dilly Greek Tzatziki Dipping Sauce
Tomato-Basil Bruschetta
Spicy Ginger, Mango, Cilantro, Lime dressing
Basil Pesto
Green Chimichurri Sauce/Marinade
Feel fee to bring some of your own harvest of garden veggies to slice and share for dipping and crudité! We will use some of the available harvest from the Studio’s garden as well! All registrants will receive a copy of the recipes.

Reservations strongly recommended, as space is limited.
Thursday, August 3, 2017
When: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: Studio Around The Corner,
67 Main St, Suite 101, Brewster, NY
Cost: Adults $20; Kids $5
RSVP:, or 845-363-8330

The Studio Around the Corner at Old Town Hall
Cultural Arts Coalition
67 Main Street, Suite 101
Brewster, NY 10509
(845) 363-8330
Facebook: Old Town Hall

About The Town of Southeast Cultural Arts Coalition
The Town of Southeast Cultural Arts Coalition is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating and sustaining cultural arts within the Town of Southeast and its surrounding region. TOSCAC was established as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation in August 2010 with the purpose, as detailed in the incorporation papers, “… to promote and raise funds for the development and effective management of affordable, accessible performance space that will provide citizens of the Town of Southeast opportunities to participate in and appreciate cultural arts, including lectures, theater, dance, film, music, visual arts, and inclusive community events.” 

Our current focus is the renovation of the Southeast Old Town Hall, a historic landmark within the Village of Brewster and a perfect venue to serve as a cultural hub. The Old Town Hall has been described as a “Jewel in the Center of Brewster” and its renovation will help foster the revitalization of downtown Brewster.

Cultural Arts Coalition and Studio Around the Corner
67 Main Street, Suite 101, Brewster, NY 10509
(845) 363-8330

July 17, 2017 |

Gala to Benefit The Chamber Foundation



The Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Dutchess announced they will host its inaugural Ballroom Dance Gala and Showcase on Friday, July 21 from 6-11 p.m. at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel & Conference Center to benefit The Chamber Foundation, Inc.

The theme is “Broadway Spectacular!” Dancers will perform to songs that have graced the time-honored stages of Broadway.

The event begins with a cocktail hour including beer and wine, followed by the Broadway Dance Showcase, dinner, and dancing to live music by Crazy Feet.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Chamber Foundation, Inc., which was established in 2002 to promote education and training programs for local youth and professionals with the goal of enhancing the Hudson Valley region’s future of economic growth. For more information about the Chamber Foundation, Inc., visit

Tickets to this formal event are $120 per person and can be purchased by calling the studio at (845) 297-2711.

July 14, 2017 |

Byrne, Murphy Pass Watershed Legislation to Provide Economic Steam for the Revitalization of Local Lakes





Hudson Valley legislators Kevin Byrne and Terrence Murphy announced the passage of legislation designating several local lakes, including Ossi Lake (pictured), as inland waterways.


Assemblyman Kevin Byrne (R,C,I,Ref-Mahopec) and Sen. Terrence Murphy announced today the passage of legislation designating Baldwin Lake, Ossi Lake and Lake Purdys as inland waterways for the purpose of waterfront revitalization. Aimed at protecting the natural beauty of these beautiful water bodies, these bills will increase access to funding easing the financial burden of maintaining these natural resources, and will ensure local residents and vacationers are able to enjoy these recreational destinations for many years to come.

This designation will provide municipalities and organizations in close proximity to these bodies of water the ability to apply for waterfront revitalization grants through the Department of State and Environmental Protection Fund. This aid will support initiatives to improve water quality, preserve open spaces and wildlife habitats, along with promoting tourism and economic development. Additionally, this funding will be used to combat threats to the overall well-being of these waterways, including pollution, storm water runoff and invasive species.

“Protecting the future vitality of our waterways is important for not only our community’s environmental health, but our economic health as well,” said Byrne. “This legislation, designating Baldwin, Ossi and Purdys lakes as inland waterways will better enable local municipalities to protect these bodies of water, revitalize the surrounding areas and seek future grants from the state’s Environmental Protection Fund.”

“Our social and economic future is in part tied to the preservation, enhancement, development and use of the natural and man-made resources of the state’s inland waterways,” said Murphy. “Our communities deserve an opportunity to tap into a funding source that will help local officials make improvements that can increase the quality of life for residents and visitors.”

“Our communities deserve every opportunity to have clean and accessible waterways,” said Westchester County Legislator Francis Corcoran. “I am thrilled that this legislation has passed in both the Senate and the Assembly and is one signature away from becoming law. Baldwin Lake, Ossi Lake and Lake Purdys have rich historical histories and this legislation will help jump start their revitalization, while enhancing their economic and environmental importance to their local communities.”

Putnam County Legislator Neal Sullivan said, “Protecting our lakes and other vital waterways should be a priority. They face serious threats from invasive species, toxins, sewage overflow and other forms of pollution. Clean, revitalized lakefronts mean increased opportunities for local tourism and an economic boost for Putnam County.”

Rick Morrissey, Somers Town Supervisor said, “I am pleased to learn that Lake Purdy’s has been added to the inland waterways list through the good offices of Sen. Terrence Murphy and Assemblyman Kevin Byrne. It is hoped that once the town obtains approval of our Local Waterfront Revitalization Program we can move forward with projects to revitalize our precious lakes.”

The state’s coastal and inland waterway program includes 47 policies, which eligible communities can implement as part of a local waterfront revitalization plan for the purpose of protecting precious resources.

The legislation currently awaits Gov. Cuomo’s review and final approval.

July 12, 2017 |

FREE Paraguayan Harp and Folk Music Event!


FREE Paraguayan Harp and Folk Music Event!
Free and Open to the Public
Saturday, July 29, 2017, 1:30-3:30pm


The Paraguayan Harp is the national instrument of Paraguay. From 1:30-2:15pm, South American harpist, Nicolas Carter, will weave his outstanding harp music with storytelling in a musical journey through the various cultures of Latin America. Following the workshop from 2:30-3:30pm, we continue our theme of the “stringed arts” in a hands-on basic weaving workshop. Participants will learn the basics of weaving on a cardboard loom and can take home their handmade creations! Free and open to the public.

About Nicolas Carter
Nicolas Carter learned to play the harp in Paraguay, a country with a distinguished tradition of harp music. He became a professional musician while living in Minnesota, where he has performed as a solo artist, with Latin American, world music and classical ensembles. He has performed all over United States, Europe, South America and Israel. He travels often as a concert performer and master teacher at various harp festivals. Nicolas holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in theatre directing from the University of Minnesota and was a Fulbright scholar in France and Uruguay. He currently resides with his wife Maria Elvira in White Plains, NY.


July 10, 2017 |
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