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Art Exhibit Gala: Celebrate Our Veterans


Art Exhibit Gala: Celebrate Our Veterans
Art, Photography, Music and Written Works by local Veterans at Studio Around the Corner

The Cultural Arts Coalition in conjunction with Putnam County PFC Dwyer Vet 2 Vet Program proudly announces “Celebrate Our Veterans” a Gala highlighting the artistic talents of our local Veterans. The Gala will be presented during the month of November at the Studio Around the Corner located at 67 Main Street in Brewster, NY.

The Opening Reception will be held on Friday, November 3, 2017 from 7 to 9 PM.
On display during the month will be artwork created by Veterans of Putnam County including paintings, photographs and sculpture. During the month there will be readings from poetry and other written works by our Veterans from their Writers workshop as well as from our book Hero’s Highway. Music by local Veterans will also be performed.

Opening Reception Gala
Friday, November 3, 2017 from 7 – 9PM

Additional Gallery Hours: 12 – 2PM
Saturday, November 4: Artwork Display
Saturday, November 11: Music with Gil
Saturday, November 18: Poetry & Readings
Saturday, November 25: Artwork Remains Up For Viewing
Sunday, November 26: Show closing.
Studio Around the Corner at Old Town Hall
67 Main Street, Suite 101
Brewster, NY 10509
(845) 363-8330


For more information about the Vet 2 Vet program visit
For more information on this and other Cultural Arts Coalition events, visit:, call (845) 363 – 8330, email or find us on Facebook at “Cultural Arts Coalition”.

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

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.
About Putnam County PFC Dwyer Vet 2 Vet Program
On June 28, 2008, Private First Class Joseph P. Dwyer, a combat medic and a veteran of the Iraq War died as a result of an inhaled sedative, which he used to self-medicate his diagnosis of PTSD and depression. Although the Veterans Administration and friends and family tried to help treat his PTSD, Dwyer could not be saved from his “inner demons” and he lost the valiant fight.
Lobbying with veterans groups and with acquired input from friends and family of Joseph then-New York State Senator and veteran Lee M. Zeldin (NY R-Third District) help to introduce legislation creating grants and funding for the Joseph P. Dwyer Veterans Outreach Program of New York.
The first four counties in New York, were Rensselaer, Jefferson, Suffolk, and Saratoga in 2012. In 2013, seven additional counties were added including Putnam, Westchester, Nassau, Erie, Onondaga, Orange, and Rockland, and four more were added in 2014, then one more was added in 2015 bringing the total to 16 counties in New York as of this date. Today, the Putnam County program is run by Iraq war veteran John Bourges, who started working as a coordinator and peer-to-peer ambassador.
Open to any Putnam County veteran of any era, Joseph P. Dwyer Veterans Outreach Program of Putnam County connects veterans who have experienced and overcome post-service social and emotional challenges including PTSD, TBI, substance abuse, and other illnesses. It is our goal with this program to utilize that unique relationship from one vet to another to help foster a relationship and direct the veteran to any services they may need.

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



October 19, 2017 |

Hudson Valley Halloween Events

Bits & Pieces Column

Helpful Chitchat







By Evelyn J. Mocbeichel



Trick or treating and parties add to the excitement of Halloween, but here’s another fun idea. The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, the Hudson Valley’s biggest all-ages fall extravaganza, takes place during 40 evenings through Thanksgiving weekend.

Invited by friends a few years ago, this is perfect for adults, with or without children along. The walk-through experience lights up the wooded pathways, orchards, and gardens of historic Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y., where a small team of artists have hand carved more than 7,000 jack o’lanterns and elaborate pumpkin sculptures. This year, visitors will delight in a giant spider web and life-size dinosaurs and be dazzled by more pumpkin power than ever before! New additions include a jack o’lantern Statue of Liberty, a fully functioning, 20-foot-diameter pumpkin carousel, the Pumpkin Possum Posse, and a pint-sized herd of dinosaurs. Last year, over 200,000 guests attended!

Sleepy Hollow

Horseman’s Hollow takes Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow to its most terrifying extremes. Visitors will walk a haunted trail where creatures lurk in the shadows, ready to strike fear into the hearts of those who dare to wander. Professional actors, award-winning feature-film makeup artists, and state-of-the-art special effects make the Horseman’s Hollow experience all too real. This 15-night, interactive haunted attraction at Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., is recommended for ages 10 and up.

Who doesn’t like listening to a riveting story? Irving’s Legend brings master storyteller Jonathan Kruk into Sleepy Hollow’s circa-1685 Old Dutch Church, where for 15 evenings his spellbinding rendition of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, accompanied by live organ music and delivered by candlelight, captivates audiences. Irving’s Legend is recommended for ages 10 and up. New this year, Sunnyside: Home of the Legend is a daytime experience at Washington Irving’s Sunnyside homestead in Tarrytown, N.Y. Learn about the author and see objects related to The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and take part in historic games and Headless Horseman art activities. Sunnyside: Home of the Legend is an all-ages event.

All events are held rain or shine. Proceeds support Historic Hudson Valley, the Tarrytown-based private, non-profit educational organization that owns and operates the historic sites that host these events.

Ticket and date information These events have limited capacity and sell out. All admissions are by advance purchase timed ticket. Buy tickets online at or by calling 914-366-6900 ($2 per ticket surcharge for phone orders and for tickets purchased onsite, if available).

Happy Halloween!

October 18, 2017 |

Simple Ways to Live Better


To Your Health








(Family Features) When it comes to creating a healthy lifestyle, some recommendations are fairly simple, such as exercising regularly and eating right. Many people, however, don’t know how much exercise they should get or which foods are the best choices. They also may not realize there are other ways to take care of your body and mind to promote better overall health.

Start on the path to healthier living with these tips from the wellness experts at Walgreens.

Exercise regularly.

The American Heart Association recommends at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity at least five days a week, and that’s because an active lifestyle can help you achieve far more than muscle mass or weight loss. Regular exercise can also contribute to mental well-being, and even something as simple as a walking break or two at work can provide health benefits.

Eat well.

The keys to a healthy diet are eating the right amount of calories for your activity level and eating a wide range of foods to ensure that you’re receiving all the nutrients your body needs. By prioritizing great taste and ingredient guidelines, such as minimizing hydrogenated oils, trans fats and artificial ingredients, Walgreens Nice! products help take the guesswork out of making healthier choices. In an effort to simplify healthy living, the line’s packaging, products and ingredient standards were updated, and offerings now include organic and gluten-free options in addition to traditional baking goods and other general grocery items.

Get enough sleep.

Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being, and can help improve your mental health, physical health and quality of life. The National Sleep Foundation recommends 7-9 hours per night for adults and 9-11 hours for school-aged children. If you find sleep elusive, try implementing a bedtime routine to send signals to your body that it’s time to sleep, avoid screen time immediately before lights out and eliminate caffeine after lunch.

Manage stress.

Between juggling a career, family and other commitments, it’s easy to find things to stress over. Practices such as meditation and yoga can help to better manage stress. Setting aside time for a favorite hobby can also help relieve stress and focus on an activity you enjoy. Aside from mental and emotional impacts, stress can also impact your physical health, so it’s important to identify coping mechanisms that reduce overall stress.

Be social.

Making time to socialize with friends and family is an important part of living a long and healthy life. Even if your schedule is packed, try to block out time at least once a week to spend with family and friends.

Break bad habits.

Whatever their nature, work to break bad habits by first acknowledging the problem then working to replace the negativity with alternatives that make a more positive impact on your life. Even a negative attitude can bring you down.

To discover more ways to make healthy lifestyle choices, visit


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October 18, 2017 |

Perfect Dishes for the Perfect Night In


In Good Taste









(Family Features) When planning a get-together with friends, finding the right playlist and inviting your favorite people over is easy, but planning the perfect menu can be daunting.

Whether it’s game day, the season premiere of your favorite show or just a casual night in, if you’re craving something satisfying and delicious, one simple solution is Mrs. T’s Pierogies.

You can easily add a creative twist to your menu by serving up bite-sized Bacon-Wrapped Pierogies, featuring Classic Cheddar Mini Pierogies, which are perfect for sharing. Or try adding some flare to your nachos by substituting chips with pierogies. Available in 15 tasty varieties, these potato-filled pasta shells are loaded with flavor and are the perfect canvas for all your favorite ingredients and spices.

Find more recipes to enjoy with your friends at

Bacon-Wrapped Pierogies

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 32 minutes

Servings: 4

Nonstick cooking spray

1          box (12.84 ounces) Mrs. T’s Mini Cheddar Seasoned with Bacon or Mini Classic Cheddar Pierogies

14        slices bacon, sliced in half

1/4       cup brown sugar (optional)

Heat oven to 400 F.

Spray baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Defrost pierogies by placing in boiling water for 2 minutes or refrigerating overnight.

Wrap half slices of bacon around each pierogy. Arrange pierogies on baking sheet. Sprinkle with brown sugar, if desired. Bake 16-18 minutes, or until golden brown, turning once.

Optional: Saute wrapped pierogies 8 minutes, or grill 5 minutes until browned.

Pierogy Nachos

Prep time: 5 minutes

Total time: 20 minutes

Servings: 4


2          boxes (16 ounces each) Mrs. T’s Classic Cheddar Pierogies

2          tablespoons butter

1 1/2    cups canned black beans, drained and rinsed

3/4       cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

Pico de Gallo (recipe below)

guacamole (recipe below)

sour cream (optional)

pickled jalapeno peppers (optional)

Pico de Gallo:

2          Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced

1          small, diced red onion

2          tablespoons chopped cilantro

1 1/2    teaspoons lime juice

1/4       teaspoon salt


1          small, ripe avocado

1          seeded and minced jalapeno

1/2       Roma tomato, seeded and chopped

2          tablespoons thinly sliced green onion

1          tablespoon chopped cilantro

2          teaspoons lime juice

salt, to taste

pepper, to taste

To make nachos: Saute pierogies in butter over medium heat, approximately 8 minutes on both sides.

Preheat broiler. On large, oven-safe plate, arrange hot pierogies; sprinkle with black beans and Monterey Jack cheese.

Broil until cheese is melted and bubbly. Top with Pico de Gallo and guacamole, and sour cream or pickled jalapeno peppers, if desired.

To make Pico de Gallo: Mix together all ingredients and set aside. Serve on top of pierogies.

To make guacamole: Cut avocado in half and remove seed. With spoon, scoop out inside; place in bowl.

Mash avocado with fork until slightly chunky.

Mix in jalapeno, tomato, green onion, cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper. Serve on top of pierogies.



October 18, 2017 |

Brewster Soph a Natural Runner


Slater's Slant







By Chuck Slater


As a youngster, Elsa Neubauer was always athletic. Soccer. Dance. Lacrosse. Then, as a Brewster high-school freshman last year, she discovered cross-country. It’s been running ever since.

Elsa Neubauer trains with the boys. (PHOTO COURTESY OF JOSEPH SCELIA)

How good a runner is 15-year-old Elsa Neubauer? Scary good. So good she runs against the boys in practice. “We have a good girls cross-country team,” says the Brewster coach, Joe Scelia. “But for Elsa, it’s running with the boys.”

Scelia didn’t know anything about this slender 5-foot, 5¼-inch freshman a year ago. He certainly does now. Elsa opened the cross-country season by winning the girls Division 1 Race at Somers High’s Big Red Invitational in 19:18.26. It was merely the fastest time recorded by a girl in the 34-school, 1,600-athlete meet. After winning a second invitational she traveled to Rhode Island and won the Ocean State Invitational.

But the week before, she lost, coming in third in the Bob Pratt Invitational on Long Island. The two girls who beat her are ranked 1 and 2 in the state. With her season in full swing, she could lose again in a major meet but the goal is to do well enough at the state qualifier to make it to the state meet upstate on November 11th. Count on it.

“She’s one of the top 10 in the state,” Scelia said. “To my knowledge she’s the most impressively improved athlete in the state. She keeps getting better every day. She is turning into a complete runner.” And a very dedicated one. “She is mentally tough,” the coach said, “and willing to push herself beyond normal limits.”

All pretty incredible for a youngster who had never run competitively until the 9th grade and who started her season on the freshman JV while her one-year-younger brother Ryan also took up the sport.

“I had never run but I always liked running,” Elsa said. “When in soccer we would have to do extra laps for punishment, I loved it. I just run now and I love it. I love the feeling of it, and the trying to get better. And I really enjoy the competition.”

But what about running against and perhaps beating the boys? Do they mind? “No, not really,” said Elsa Neubauer. “They all know it’s to help all of us.” Scott Jacobson, a top Brewster runner agrees. “There’s nothing more to say,” he said. “She’s just as tough as nails.”


October 18, 2017 |
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