WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY — October 9, 2017 — As we head into the Fall and then the Winter season, the big question at our house, is do I buy my wonderful wife a new lawn rake or snow shovel. Once I make that big decision and allowed back into the house, I will finish up this week’s “In the doghouse” edition of “News & Notes.”
Former NY Yankees pitcher and future Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera teamed up with our friends from Steiner Sports to help the people in Puerto Rico who are still suffering from the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Volunteers collected donations and loaded Steiner Sports docks in New Rochelle with cases of water, food, batteries and other supplies.
The Field Library is inviting you to a very special reading and reception on Tuesday, October 17th, from 6:30 to 8pm. The Field Library is located at 4 Nelson Avenue, Peekskill, NY 10566. The culmination of 30 years of meticulous research by local poet and scholar Jonathan Blunk, “James Wright: A Life in Poetry,” is the authorized and sweeping biography of one of America’s most complex, influential, and enduring poets, and the Field Library is the first stop on the nationwide book tour. Wright’s widow, Anne, will also be in attendance.
What a great show at the Westchester Broadway Theatre: “Annie Get Your Gun,” with music and lyrics by Irving Berlin. My wife and I sang and laughed the entire evening… the show runs through November 26th and again from December 28 – January 28, 2018. Catch it when you can…
In addition to this great show… for 43 years, the Westchester Broadway Theatre has been committed to the community. As part of their continuing efforts to give back and support charitable organizations in the community, now through November 22nd you’re invited to a the “Share the Warmth Clothing and Toiletries Drive. Don’t worry, my wife has already asked me to do this… clean out your closets and help them provide warm clothing and toiletries to those less fortunate. Men’s and women’s clothing in new or nearly-new condition (no rips, stains, etc.), and unopened toiletries are being collected at the theatre to benefit two great organizations; Midnight Run and Coalition for The Homeless. The Collection boxes are situated in the WBT Lobby until November 22nd.
Former President Bill Clinton, our neighbor in Chappaqua, has teamed up with bestselling author James Patterson to write a Washington-based political thriller. Due out June 11, 2018, “The President Is Missing”(2018 novel) will deal with the disappearance of a sitting president, with deep insider knowledge and perspectives on the workings of our nation’s capitol. It will be the first time a U.S. president has ever co-authored a thriller. This just in… despite the months until the book’s release date, Showtime has already secured the rights to adapt the novel into a television series.
Hundreds of elite artists come together on stage and in the lobbies of the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College for their annual boutique of fine crafts event on October 28 and 29th.
The latest “Jeopardy” champion is Westchester native Austin Rogers who graduated from our own Fox Lane High School; his dad was a Park Ranger at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation. Austin has won over $300,000. Not bad for a week’s work!
The Westchester County Youth Bureau is accepting nominations for the 2017 Rosemarie Siragusa Memorial Youth Service Award, which recognizes adults age 21 and over who have made major contributions toward the youth in their communities through volunteerism. Submission deadline is October 27th.
Congratulations to the walkers and volunteers for their support of the Westchester Walk to End Alzheimer’s recently held at Purchase College. They raised over $403,000 to date. Team Jeffers, “The Well Diggers”, named for my Dad who passed away from this terrible disease will be walking in the Putnam Walk on Sunday, October 15th, at Veterans Memorial Park in Carmel, NY. Hope to see you there!
The fall sports season is now fully underway, so head out and cheer on all our local sports teams.