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Grand Tasting Village at Kensico Dam Plaza September 26 ~Valhalla, NY~

The signature event of the Wine & Food Festival, the Grand Tasting Village features tastings from 50+ local restaurants and more than 200 wines & spirits. Chef demonstrations and a variety of food trucks create a gastronomic delight for food and wine lovers.

SOURCE: https://www.thewpf.org

Location: Kensico Dam, Valhalla, NY

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Pelham Art Center: Stop Motion Animation Ages 8-11 Beginning September 26 ~Pelham, NY~

Everyday objects come to life using the art of stop-motion! Students will be taught the basics of animation and the steps of creating a stop-motion animated short.

SOURCE: Pelham Art Center

Location: Pelham Art Center, Pelham, NY

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Pelham Art Center: In-Depth Painting Ages 14 to Adult Beginning September 26 ~Pelham, NY~

Experience painting from life while learning the fundamentals with portraiture and still-life. This class covers the basics to advanced using oils and drawing media. Compositional elements such as design, value, shape, proportion, etc. will be studied. Students can bring their own picture to work from. All levels are welcome.

SOURCE: Pelham Art Center

Location: Pelham Art Center, Pelham, NY

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Westchester Industrial Development Agency Grants to Small Businesses and Not-for-Profit Corporations

This new program is designed to ensure the short-term viability of both small businesses and small not-for-profit corporations negatively impacted by COVID-19.

The CWIDA may provide grants to small businesses and not-for-profit corporations in an amount not to exceed $10,000, the proceeds of which must be used for the purpose of acquiring personal protective equipment or installing equipment necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

SOURCE: https://westchestercatalyst.com

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Family Hikes at Teatown September 18, 25 & October 2 ~Ossining, NY~

Kick off the weekend the natural way by hiking to some less frequently traveled spots on Teatown’s property. Through scavenger hunts and challenges, we’ll discover the various habitats Teatown has to offer and the animals within them. Bring sturdy shoes, water, and a snack to enjoy from some scenic vistas.

SOURCE: https://www.teatown.org

Location: Teatown, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining, NY

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Play Golf in Fairfield, Bergen, Rockland, & Westchester Counties

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Groupon Booking Discounts

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The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze September 18 -November 21 ~Croton-on-Hudson~

Meander through an 18th-century landscape and discover a breathtaking display of more than 7,000 illuminated jack o’ lanterns—all designed and hand-carved on site by our team of artisans. New for 2020, a fire truck—making a special rescue—and witches stirring up a spell. Tour the Museum of Pumpkin Art, where classic paintings get the gourd treatment, see who let the (pumpkin) dogs out, listen for the Headless Horseman—and watch out for swooping jack o’lantern bats. See the Pumpkin Carousel twirl and the Pumpkin Windmill whirl and step inside the Pumpkin Planetarium for a star show like you’ve never seen. You’ll certainly hold a torch for the 25-foot-tall jack o’lantern Statue of Liberty and get personal with Instagrammable signs of the zodiac.

Complete with synchronized lighting and an original soundtrack, this one-of-a-kind event is not to be missed!

SOURCE: https://hudsonvalley.org

Location: Van Cortlandt Manor, 525 S Riverside, Croton-on-Hudson, NY

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Bergen, Fairfield, Rockland & Westchester Medical Industry Employment

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Westchester County is Hiring Election Inspectors 18 and Older for Election Day November 3, 2020

Westchester County is in need of election inspectors willing to work at various polling sites on Election Day.

Election inspector requirements

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must be registered to vote in the County of Westchester
  • Hours are from 5:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. or to the close of the polls

Election inspectors receive $350 for working on Election Day, plus $25 to attend a training class and pass an exam.

SOURCE: https://citizenparticipation.westchestergov.com

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EMT/EMS Certification Education in Bergen, Fairfield, Rockland and Westchester Counties

Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics typically complete a postsecondary educational program. All states require EMTs and paramedics to be licensed; requirements vary by state.

Employment of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics is projected to grow 7 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. Emergencies, such as car crashes, natural disasters, and acts of violence, will continue to require the skills of EMTs and paramedics.

Both a high school diploma or equivalent and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification typically are required for entry into postsecondary educational programs in emergency medical technology. Most of these programs are nondegree award programs that can be completed in less than 1 year; others last up to 2 years. Paramedics, however, may need an associate’s degree. Programs in emergency medical technology are offered by technical institutes, community colleges, universities, and facilities that specialize in emergency care training. Some states have EMR positions that do not require national certification. These positions typically require state certification.

SOURCE: Bureau of Labor Statistics

NOTE: In many states you can start training for EMT/EMS as early as age 16!

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Bedford Take it or Leave It Shed-Freecycle Your Unwanted Items and Keep Items Out of Landfills Saturdays thru October

Drop off unwanted household items that are still in good/working condition, or pick up and repurpose some.

Residents of the Town of Bedford may drop off items. Everyone can visit and take items.

The TIOLI Shed is a wonderful way to recycle and reuse items, and reduce consumption and waste. This program will preserve natural resources, reduce waste, and save residents money.

SOURCE: http://bedford2020.org

Location: Bedford Hills Train Station Parking Lot Number 8, 1 Railroad Avenue (Behind the station, off of route 117)

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Plastic Free Shopping in the NYC Metro

Please use CONTACT form to provide information on businesses who are no longer using plastic packaging. I am not affiliated founders and/or employees of the following businesses on the list nor I do not receive any compensation. I am a customer dedicated to lowering my impact on the environment and believe in supporting those who believe the same. -Editor

  • Brooklyn: Package Free, 137 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249
  • Hastings-on-Hudson: Refill Room, 42 B Main Street, Hastings-on-Hudson, Westchester County, NY 10706-1201
  • Mahattan: Package Free, 75 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

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Farms & Farmers Markets in Fairfield, Bergen, Rockland, and Westchester Counties

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Volunteers Needed to Help Small Business Owners with Applications for Assistance Programs

The Westchester County Office of Economic Development’s SBA Application Assistance Program is soliciting volunteers to help small businesses complete applications for the following programs:

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance,
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan, and
Paycheck Protection Program applications.
Volunteers will be provided training on all aspects of the application process. Training will be developed and conducted in coordination with the SBA and Community Capital New York, a Community Development Financial Institution and SBA-lender. The training will be provided by webinar, and the materials and step-by-step application guides will be provided to the volunteers.

The volunteers will not be providing guidance/recommendations on which loan programs to apply for, but rather will be addressing specific questions on the application(s) selected by the applicant.

Anyone interested in volunteering to help should email EconomicDevelopment@westchestergov.com.

SOURCE: https://www.westchestergov.com

Editor’s Note: If you know a small business in dire need please let them know they can also apply to be vendors with the State of New York.

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Westchester County offers Affordable Homes in Buchanan, NY

Westchester County is offering a unique opportunity – several single family homes and a senior condominium for sale – at prices ranging from $164,000 for a condo to $265,000 for a four bedroom single family home. Potential home buyers must qualify, and homes will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

Located in the Village of Buchanan and served by the Hendrick Hudson School District, the single family homes offer three or four bedrooms, two baths, decks or patios, and finished or unfinished basements in a neighborhood setting. The home in Cortlandt Manor offers community membership in the Croton Park Colony, complete with a community swimming pool.

The two bedroom condominium in Jefferson Village in Yorktown Heights has two bedrooms and two baths, a kitchen with an island, storage, laundry and garage parking. Jefferson Village is a 55+ community which boasts a wide range of amenities including a clubhouse, fitness center, outdoor swimming pool and picnic area.

With a 5% down payment for the condo, a buyer’s monthly housing expenses (mortgage, real estate taxes and common charges) will be approximately $1600. For the single family properties, monthly housing expenses range from $1800 to $2,045. Maximum household income guidelines apply: two person household, $77,000 three persons, $86,600; four persons, $96,250 and $103,950 for a five person household.

For information and applications, go to https://homes.westchestergov.com/homeseeker-housing or contact Housing Action Council, a non-profit organization responsible for qualifying applicants and assisting them through the home buying process, at (914) 332-4144, .

SOURCE: https://www.westchestergov.com

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Do Business with Local Governments-Request for Proposals Bergen, Fairfield, Rockland and Westchester Counties

Did you know you can expand your business by obtaining contracts with local governments? Nonprofits and for-profit businesses can improve their communities and create employment opportunities for your neighbors. All industries from Education, to Entertainment, to IT, to Construction. Visit links below to review opportunities.

RFPs by County

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Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York Government Employment Links

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Recycling is not the answer. You MUST reduce your consumption.

FACT: unless you’re reducing your consumption of plastic, recycling means nothing

PROBLEM: plastic is everywhere and part of everything-including clothing

SOLUTION: do what can, when possible. Don’t buy unless absolutely necessary and there is no alternative.

What I’ve done:

  • Buy used clothes, to reduce demand for new resources to manufacture brand new clothes. 60% of my current wardrobe is used, including shoes and sneakers
  • Carry reusable silverware to use at work
  • Use mug or reusable cup at work for drinks
  • Refuse straws
  • Refuse packet condiments/disposable silverware (especially if it’s take out, you got it at home)
  • Buy vitamins in glass bottles (glass can be recycled over and over)
  • Having a party? Buy aluminum cans instead of soda in gallon. Aluminum can be recycled multiple times.
    Stop buying products that use excessive packaging
  • Become aware of how much garbage- including recycling, you make per day. There are some days I don’t make any garbage.

I made a conscious effort to be aware of my impact. I don’t worry about others, I do what I can. I am among millions on this planet that got companies changing their ways because they’re loosing money by not being mindful of the garbage they’re creating with their products.

Resources for reducing environmental impact in the New York City Metro from Found in Yonkers

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Own a home? Plant native plants to mitigate climate change, provide habitat and food for pollinators

Native Plant Sale September 5 & 6: Wild Gardens Nursery at Rhinoceros Creek, 401 Route 202, Somers, NY–You must make an appointment to shop or you can pre-order!

Native Plant Sale September 12 & 13: Native trees, shrubs, perennials, grasses and ferns at Rosedale Nurseries, 51 Saw Mill River Road (Route 9A), Hawthorne, NY

I have turned my front and back lawns into habitats for native insects. American lawns are modeled after British manor homes. Trying to achieve this archaic ideal has become so standard it’s cliche.

Tall native grasses of the Northeast were decimated to make way for smaller tropical and genetically modified smaller species which are easy to cut.

I’ve learned from untold research that trees, native plants and tall grasses that are allowed to flower provide the most food for native and migrating pollinators like bees and butterflies. Birds that do not migrate also benefit from seeds of mature grasses during the lean winter months when food is scarce.

My yard is a combination of food garden while the remaining is a native and non-native plants. Since I’ve changed from a manor house grass lawn I’ve had so many visitors to my lawn!

native goldenrod
Goldenrod-Native Plant
Spider laid it’s eggs on my American yew-Native
Native mantis on Mint (not native)

So basically, as stated in 1989’s Field of Dreams, “If you build it, they will come.”

Visit the Lady Bird Johnson Native Plant Center for native plants in your part of the United States.

Buy Native Plants from These Locations:

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Sakura Matsuri in Connecticut, New Jersey & New York Metro April-May 2019

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