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Concerts Around the Corner, New Years Day, Concert for Peace


The Cultural Arts Coalition presents: New Year’s Day Concert for Peace, Sunday, January 1st, 2:00pm, Studio Around the Corner, Brewster NY.

Start your new year at a peaceful gathering, with music, readings and camaraderie. Our program will feature the beautiful quintet for strings in g minor, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, performed by Robert Zubrycki, violin; Lori Miller Abbott, violin;  Adria Benjamin, viola; Adam Kramer, viola and Anik Oulianine, cello. The program opens with Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” with Jeffrey Marano. Jennifer Tao, piano, will join the ensemble, performing in trios by Max Bruch and Cecile Chaminade and to celebrate the New Year, “Tales from the Vienna Woods” by Johann Strauss II and Auld lang syne.

Poetry by Demetrios Trifiatis and Emily Dickinson will be read by Amy Campanaro, director of the Southeast Museum. Ms. Campanaro has prepared a short essay about Jane Addams and the early 20th century peace movement.

Violinist, Robert Zubrycki, is currently Concertmaster for the New York City Chamber Orchestra, a member of the American Symphony Orchestra, the Stamford Symphony, principal violin and frequent soloist with the Amici New York Orchestra, and has performed in the orchestra for the American Ballet Theater at Lincoln Center. He has recently performed as Concertmaster for the New York Choral Society at Carnegie Hall, Encores! at City Center, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic and for Pope Francis at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. A veteran of dozens of Broadway shows, Bob performed in the orchestra for “She Loves Me” and previously performed in “A Gentleman’s Guide To Love and Murder”, winner of the 2014 Tony Award for Best New Musical and he can be heard on the recent cast recordings of “She Loves Me”, “An American in Paris” and “Paint Your Wagon” (violin and mandolin). He has won an Emmy Award for his musical contribution to the documentary, “The Curse of the Bambino”. As the first violinist for the Queen’s Chamber Band and the Abaca String Band, Robert has recorded extensively and toured United States, including performances at the Chautauqua Institute and the White House. At this performance, Bob will be joined by his colleagues from The American Symphony, Amici New York, New York City Chamber Orchestra and Broadway.
Suggested donation is $15 for general admission and $5 for students. Reservations are recommended, as seating is limited. Call (845) 363 – 8330 or email for reservations.
For more information on this and other Cultural Arts Coalition events, visit: or on Facebook at “Old Town Hall, Brewster, NY”.

Concerts Around The Corner is made possible in part by the NYS Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature. In Putnam County, this grant program is administered and monitored by the Putnam Arts Council, Mahopac, NY.

Photo Credit: Laurie Rhodes
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.



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Bob Zubrycki Musician Headshot

Robert Zubrycki, violin

December 12, 2016 |

5 Tips for Managing Diabetes


To Your Health










(Family Features) Living with diabetes is no laughing matter, but as many would say, laughter is often the best medicine.13575_A

This is certainly true for comedic actress Yvette Nicole Brown, who was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2013.  In partnership with the American Diabetes Association and Colgate Total through the “Laugh Out Loud” campaign, Brown offers the following tips for a healthy smile and managing diabetes with a touch of humor.

Get Moving

When it comes to diabetes, small lifestyle changes can make a big difference. Taking the first step toward exercising can be difficult for many, but a little bit goes a long way. Try parking further away from the door, taking the stairs instead of the elevator or taking the longer route when you walk the dog. Whatever it may be, choose an activity that you enjoy doing and keep it consistent.

Give Your Smile Some Extra TLC

You’re twice as likely to develop gum disease if you have diabetes. When Brown learned that, she immediately started taking better care of her teeth. She recommends brushing morning and night with a specially formulated toothpaste like Colgate Total, which reduces 83 percent more germs that cause gingivitis, the most common form of gum disease, as compared to an ordinary non-antibacterial toothpaste.

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Don’t be afraid to become friends with your dentist. Brown has her dentist on speed-dial, even calling or texting him in the middle of the night sometimes. You don’t have to be best friends with your dentist, but it’s crucial to establish a good relationship. They’re the expert who you can turn to for all your oral health care needs, and oral health care is important for those living with diabetes.

Find Your Tribe

When you’re living with diabetes, you need a strong support system. Be it friends, family or an online community, things are easier when you’ve got your tribe. A good place to get your questions answered and find people who are going through the same journey as you is

Live Confidently

“Every time I think about my type 2 diabetes, I say to myself ‘So what? You are a strong, confident woman. Don’t let your diabetes run your life,’” Brown said. Diabetes isn’t a hindrance, it’s just a slight hiccup in life that you learn to live with. Get your mindset right, don’t let it dictate what you can or cannot do.

When Brown was a kid her mom would say, “Sometimes you have to laugh to keep from crying.” That’s sometimes what people do when they get any kind of health diagnosis. The first response is, “Oh no,” and then you find a way around it.


For more information about the connection between oral health and diabetes, visit or search #OralHealthDiabetes on social media.


Women running image courtesy of Getty Images



January 11, 2017 |

Bring Warmth and Freshness to Your Winter Breakfast



In Good Taste







(Family Features) During the cold and dark winter months, it’s important to stay warm and well-nourished. Using in-season ingredients and produce is a simple way to brighten your winter blues and introduce authentic vitamin-rich flavor to your meals.


“Florida Grapefruit reaches its best taste during the heart of winter, making it a great source of fresh, nutrient-rich fruit at a time when many others are not available,” said Emily Richards, cookbook author. “I like to add Florida Grapefruit and its juice to salads, savory dishes and snacks.”


Follow this recipe from Richards for Quinoa Grapefruit Blueberry Breakfast to add Florida sunshine and a boost of energy to your blustery mornings. This refreshing breakfast combines hot quinoa with Florida Grapefruit and blueberries for a new twist on breakfast.


To learn more about Florida Grapefruit and find more recipes, visit


Quinoa Grapefruit Blueberry Breakfast                13045

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Serves: 4


3/4             cup Florida Grapefruit Juice

1/2             cup water

3/4             cup quinoa, rinsed

2             tablespoons liquid honey or maple syrup

2             Florida Ruby Red Grapefruit, segmented

1             cup fresh or frozen blueberries

1             cup 0% vanilla or plain yogurt

fresh mint leaves


In small saucepan, combine grapefruit juice, water, quinoa and honey. Bring to boil; cover and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed.


Stir in grapefruit and blueberries; divide into shallow bowls and top with yogurt. Garnish with mint to serve.



February 3, 2016 |

Fire Safety Reminders

Bits & Pieces Column

Helpful Chitchat







By Evelyn J. Mocbeichel


Fire! This is one word that will cause chills to be sent up your spine and is frightening to hear. I would like to share an incident that happened to our niece. She and her husband were on a business trip when a fire occurred at their house. We live several states away, yet are listed on their alarm system call list. They had switched cell phone providers and neglected to notify their alarm company, so we were called when the alarm showed “home entered.” The fire was caused by a lightning bolt striking their roof. A neighbor saw smoke and called the fire department, and when he entered the home the alarm was set off. Fortunately, the fire was contained and the damage was covered by their insurance company; however, a lesson was learned here.
Emergency Tips
When away on a vacation or business trip, inform someone of your location. My niece was new to her neighborhood and did not know any neighbors. This is one good reason to make acquaintances in your neighborhood and to exchange even casual information like names and telephone numbers with those on either side of your house. Provide the name of the hotel at which you will be staying. It was by chance that my niece mentioned the hotel name to us on a previous phone call. My niece flew home that night to check on the damage and to call the fire department to thank them for their quick response. They told her they tried to find her phone number or that of a family member by calling several numbers she had written on the refrigerator message board. However, the numbers were only those of her co-workers and consequently were of no help. Be sure to leave information detailing where you are and where you can be reached clearly posted on your refrigerator or on a large note taped over your phone. Include the hotel name, your last name and your cell number in case you are out of the hotel for an extended amount of time each day. Any first responder entering your house would then know whom to call. An emergency does not necessarily have to be a fire. Perhaps you had a gas line leak, water main break or some other emergency.
A most important tip of all, make sure your insurance is up-to-date and your premium is paid!




October 7, 2015 |

Dual Athlete Peter McGowan of Hen Hud Steps Up to Defeat Achilles Injury


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By Chuck Slater

To many a professional athlete, a ruptured Achilles tendon is a dreaded leg injury, almost always career-ending.  Invariably, it is the result, the accumulation, of years of stress.

Surprisingly, Hendrick Hudson High School athlete Peter McGowan, a track and football star, suffered the feared injury at the end of his sophomore high school season.  In a monument to his hard work and determination, it did not end his athletic participation.

It happened a year and a half ago, at an informal football practice in July.

“How’s this for irony, it was the last play of practice,” said McGowan, who was defending on a play as a cornerback.  “I planted the left foot and ruptured the Achilles.  Not even any contact.”

McGowan sensed it was nothing minor.  “I heard a pop,” he said.  “I knew something was wrong.”

Peter McGowan

High school senior Peter McGowan has rebounded remarkably from an Achilles tendon injury to return to the gridiron and to the track in top form. Photo courtesy Peter McGowan

Soon he found out how wrong.

“To suffer a ruptured Achilles is a terrible injury,” said veteran Hen Hud track  coach Marsha Bailey, “not one we see a lot in high school.  Usually it’s with pro athletes.  Usually it’s career -ending.  It’s very hard to come back from. (more…)

January 15, 2015 |

Make a Quick-Fix Salad


In Good Taste








(Family Features) A great salad is always a welcome choice. Bean salads are perennial favorites, and this simple, satisfying, prize-winning recipe won’t disappoint.

To recreate a winning recipe from the recent Seneca Foods Mystery Box recipe contest, begin with a pantry staple, READ 3 or 4 Bean Salad. Smart cooks keep a couple of cans or single-serve cups in the refrigerator, ready to serve as a side dish or to kick start a salad, like this Chipotle Chicken and Bean Quinoa Salad.

The ready-to-eat combo of green, wax and kidney beans is delicious mixed with cooked quinoa, chicken and a subtly spicy, smoky chipotle dressing accented with lime juice and cilantro.  Spooned into lettuce cups to serve, it’s the easiest main dish ever, and it’s a tasty way to use rotisserie chicken or leftover grilled chicken.

Double the recipe if needed or if opting for a single serving, it couldn’t be simpler. Start with an individual serving cup of salad and decrease dressing ingredients as the recipe directs.

Look for other seasonal salad ideas and recipes at

Chipotle Chicken and Bean Quinoa Salad Cups13363

Prep time: 25 minutes

Servings: 4

1     can (15 ounces) READ 3 or 4 Bean Salad

2     tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice

1      tablespoon adobo sauce (from canned chipotle pepper in adobo sauce)

1      teaspoon Dijon mustard

1/4   teaspoon kosher salt

1/8   teaspoon black pepper

3       tablespoons olive oil

1/4   cup finely chopped fresh cilantro

1 1/2  cups cooked quinoa

1        cup diced cooked chicken

1/4    cup thinly sliced green onions

1        chipotle pepper, minced (from canned chipotle pepper in adobo sauce)

4        leaves Bibb lettuce


Drain bean salad; reserve 2 tablespoons liquid.

To prepare dressing: In small bowl, whisk together reserved liquid, lime juice, adobo sauce, mustard, salt and pepper. Whisk in oil until completely combined. Stir in cilantro; set aside.

In medium bowl, combine bean salad, quinoa, chicken, onions and minced chipotle pepper. Add dressing; toss gently. If chilled salad is desired, cover and refrigerate 2 hours, or as long as overnight.

To serve, divide bean salad mixture equally among lettuce cups.

Note: To make salad for one, drain single-serve cup of bean salad; reserve 1 1/2 teaspoons of liquid and place bean salad in small bowl. Add 1/2 cup cooked quinoa, 1/4 cup diced cooked chicken, 1 tablespoon sliced green onion and 1 teaspoon minced chipotle pepper. Whisk together reserved bean liquid, 1 1/2 teaspoons lime juice, 3/4 teaspoon adobo sauce, 1/4 teaspoon mustard and salt and pepper, as desired. Whisk in 2 teaspoons olive oil. Add dressing to bean mixture and toss. Spoon into 1 Bibb lettuce leaf.

Nutritional information per serving: 300 calories; 14 g protein; 28 g carbohydrate; 14 g total fat; 390 mg sodium; 30 mg cholesterol; 4 g dietary fiber; 3 mg iron; 0.11 mg thiamin;

590 IU vitamin A; 7 mg vitamin C.


September 14, 2016 |
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