Falling Back Into A Wonderful Weekend

Dear friends and neighbors,

It’s time to turn back the clocks this weekend and while it will be getting dark earlier that doesn’t mean there isn’t time to enjoy all the wonderful things there are to do and see in the cities, towns and villages of the 88th Assembly District this weekend.

Here’s a closer look at some of the events that are taking place. Remember that if you have an event that you’d like me to include in the coming weeks, send the information to Paulina@NYAssembly.gov.

THURSDAY

  • The Beth-El Synagogue Center (1324 North Avenue, New Rochelle) will host Rabbi David Schuck and Rabbi Zach Sitkim along with Dr. Carol Diament for a 9:30 a.m. discussion that will pair Jerusalem in biblical and rabbinical sources with Jerusalem in modern Israeli literature. Visit bethelnr.org/limmud for more information.
  • The Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services will host a guidance program on county services for seniors at the Scarsdale Library (54 Olmstead Road, Scarsdale) from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Visit scarsdalelibrary.org for more information.
  • The Scarsdale Farmer’s Market will take place from noon-7 p.m. in Boniface Circle (Scarsdale). This is a pilot program expected to last six to eight weeks. Contact Susan Douglass at susandouglass@gmail.com for more information.
  • The Westchester Chess Club will meet at The Trinity Lutheran Church (25 Crane Road, Scarsdale) at 7:30 p.m. Visit westchesterchessclub.com for more information.
  • (914)Pop Ups (13-15 Boniface Circle, Scarsdale) will host a shopping celebration from 4-9 p.m., featuring bags, clothes, accessories and more. This will run in conjunction with a beauty event held at BLVD (12 Chase Road, Scarsdale). The Birch Collective, a new White Plains-based restaurant will be providing light food and refreshments. Call 646-360-1450 for more information.
  • ArtsWestchester (31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains) will present “Give Us the Ballot: an Evening with Voting Rights Journalist and Historian Ari Berman” at 7 p.m. Visit artswestchester.org for more information.
  • Author Andrea Raynor, a counselor at Greenwich Hospital Home Hospice, will talk about her work and her books at Barnes & Noble (680 Post Road, Scarsdale) at 7 p.m. Visit https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/3304?view= for more information.
  • The Sarah Lawrence College Theatre performers will present “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” at The Frances Ann Cannon Theatre (1 Mead Way, Bronxville) at 7 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Visit sarahlawrence.edu for more information.
  • Iona College (715 North Avenue, New Rochelle) will present “Holocaust & Human Rights Education Center Professional Development Workshop: Teaching About Race and Racism” from 3-7 p.m. in Spellman Hall. Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. will open the program. Visit hhrecny.org for more information.
  • Yan Kjar will man the piano bar at Underhill’s Crossing (74.5 Pondfield Road, Bronxville) from 7-11 p.m. Visit underhillscrossing.com for more information.
  • The After Dark Book Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. at The Pelham Library (530 Colonial Avenue, Pelham) to discuss “Deafening” by Frances Itani. Visit pelhamlibrary.org for more information.
  • The Scarsdale Middle School (134 Mamaroneck Road Scarsdale) will host “The Low-Down on the Local Tween and Teen Highs”, which is a presentation and Q&A regarding pre-teen and teenage substance usage in Scarsdale, at 7:30 p.m. Call 914-721-2400 for more information.
  • The Sarah Lawrence College Heimbold Visual Arts Center (917 Kimball Avenue, Bronxville) will show the Michael Moore film “Where to Invade Next” at 5 p.m. as part of the Inaugural Year Series. Visit sarahlawrence.edu for more information.

FRIDAY

  • The New Rochelle Down to Earth Farmer’s Market will take place at Huguenot Park at the corner of North Avenue and Eastchester Road at 8:30 a.m. and will stay open until 2:30 p.m. There will be produce, baked goods, cheese and more. Visit downtoearthmarkets.com for more information.
  • ArtsWestchester (31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains) will host musicians and storytellers Kim and Reggie Harris at 7 p.m. as they discuss and perform traditional African-American spirituals and freedom songs in an interactive performance. Visit artswestchester.org for more information.
  • The Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (895 Shore Road, Pelham Bay Park) will host First Friday! Music & Trolley from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Skip Giaco and his jazz quartet will perform at the mansion while the trolley makes an hourly loop from the #6 Pelham Bay Park subway station to the mansion and City Island. Visit bartowpellmansionmuseum.org for more information.
  • The Westchester Sandbox Theater will join The White Plains Performing Arts Center (11 City Place, White Plains) to present an 8 p.m. performance of the musical “Hairspray”. There will be shows at 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Visit wppac.com for more information.
  • The Chabad of Bronxville (1 Stone Place, Bronxville) will host Soup and Scotch at 5:30 p.m. Following services there will be a variety of soups and fine scotch to sample. Visit jewishbronxville.com for more information.
  • The League of Women Voters of Scarsdale will host its Fall Food For Thought Luncheon at the Scarsdale Golf Club (Club Way, Hartsdale) from 11:45 a.m.-2 p.m. Susanne Pari, an Iranian-American author, is the keynote speaker. Visit lwvs.org for more information.
  • Author Noah Lederman will present “A World Erased: A Grandson’s Search For His Family’s Holocaust Secrets” in a 7:45-p.m. discussion at Temple Israel of White Plains (280 Old Mamaroneck Road, White Plains). Visit templeisraelcenter.org for more information.
  • Jazz pianist Donburn Wint will perform at Alvin & Friends Restaurant (14 memorial Highway, New Rochelle) from 7-10:30 p.m. Visit alvinandfriendsrestaurant.com for more information.
  • Dannis Winston will man the piano bar at Underhill’s Crossing (74.5 Pondfield Road, Bronxville) from 8-11:55 p.m. Visit underhillscrossing.com for more information.
  • The New Rochelle Library (1 Library Plaza, New Rochelle) will host The Friends BIG Holiday Book Sale from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Visit nrpl.org for more information.

 SATURDAY

  • The New Rochelle Grand Market Downtown will take place at 1 Library Plaza at 9 a.m. The market, which will remain open until 2 p.m., will feature fresh produce, baked goods, honey, crafts and more. Visit newrochelledowntown.com for more information.
  • The Bronxville Farmer’s Market will take place at Stone Place and Paxton Avenue from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Visit bronxvillefarmersmarket.com for more information.
  • The Lincoln Park Community Garden (Lincoln Avenue, New Rochelle) will host Yoga in the Garden with Yogi Ashley at 10 a.m. Visit newrochelleny.com for more information.
  • The Scarsdale Congregational Church (1 Heathcote Road, Scarsdale) will host a tag sale from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. There will be furniture, house wares, estate items, art, books, toys, electronics, and clothing for all, linens, lunch and more.  Visit scc-ucc/sales for more information.
  • The St. Paul’s Church and National Historic Site (897 South Columbus Avenue, Mount Vernon) will host SUNY Purchase professor Lisa Keller as she explores the history of gaining the right to vote in New York. Visit nps.gov/sapa for more information.
  • The Reformed Church of Bronxville (180 Pondfield Road, Bronxville) will host The Fall Clothing Closet Sale from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. There will also be books, tableware, jewelry and much more. Visit reformedchurch.org for more information.
  • Group Therapy will perform at Growlers Beer Bistro (25 Main Street, Tuckahoe) at 9:30 p.m. Visit growlersbeerbistro.com for more information.
  • The Westchester Fall Home Show will take place at The Westchester County Center in White Plains from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday. Visit countycenter.biz for more information.
  • The Symphony of Westchester will perform at Iona College (715 North Avenue, New Rochelle) at 8 p.m. It will be an all-Beethoven performance. Visit thesymphonyofwestchester.org for more information.

    Beethoven

  • The Peter Hand Trio will perform at Alvin & Friends Restaurant (14 memorial Highway, New Rochelle) from 7:30-11 p.m. Visit alvinandfriendsrestaurant.com for more information.
  • Michelle DeAngelis will man the piano bar at Underhill’s Crossing (74.5 Pondfield Road, Bronxville) from 8-11:55 p.m. Visit underhillscrossing.com for more information.
  • Actor/director/comic Kevin Farley will give a 9:30 p.m. performance at Rockwell’s (105 Wolfs Lane, Pelham). Visit rockwellsusa.net for more information.
  • The Digital Arts Experience and Westchester Community College’s Peekskill and White Plains Extension Centers will host the S.T.E.A.M. Fair from 1-4 p.m. at the WCC White Plains Extension (198 Central Avenue, White Plains). There will be many workshops and demonstrations, including computer programming, 3D animation/printing, digital painting/drawing and photography. Visit http://www.sunywcc.edu/events/s-t-e-m-fair-featuring-digital-arts/ for more information.
  • The Scarsdale Library (54 Olmstead Road, Scarsdale) will host “Demystifying Medicare”, a program designed for older adults who wish to learn more about using the Medicare system, from 1-4 p.m. Visit scarsdalelibrary.org for more information.

SUNDAY

  • The Eastchester Farmer’s Market will take place in the parking lot of Country Markets of Westchester (344 White Plains Road, Eastchester) from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The Farmer’s Market will run through mid-October. Visit facebook.com/EastchesterFarmersMarket for more information.
  • The Tuckahoe Farmer’s Market will take place in Depot Square. The market is open every Sunday through the end of November from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Visit tuckahoe.com for more information.
  • The New Rochelle NAACP Freedom Fund annual dinner will take place at Mulino’s at Lake isle (660 White Plains Road, Eastchester) from 4-9 p.m. The Guest of Honor is Dr. Hazel N. Dukes, the president of the NYS Conference NAACP. Honorees are Alvin & Friends Restaurant in New Rochelle, Corey Andrews, Sgt. Calvin Mcgee, Dr. Adrienne Weiss-Harrison & Rachel Motley. Call 914-961-7800 for more information.

    George Gershwin

  • Pianist Adam Kent will give a 12:30 p.m. performance at The Community Unitarian Universalist Church (468 Rosedale Avenue, White Plains). Visit cucwp.org for more information.
  • The Bronxville Women’s Club (135 Midland Avenue, Bronxville) will host a reception for artist M. Idra from 2-5 p.m. to mark the opening of the latest event. Visit bronxvillewomensclub.org for more information.
  • The City of White Plains will host The Frightfully Fun Festival on Court Street between Main Street and Martine Avenue. There will be a pumpkin patch, food, games and more. Visit wpbid.com for more information.
  • The Hitchcock Presbyterian Church (6 Greenacres Avenue, Scarsdale) will host its Hitchcock Sunday Seminar “Setting the Record Straight on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” from 6-7:30 p.m. Visit hitchcockpresby.org for more information.
  • Temple Israel of New Rochelle (1000 Pine Brook Boulevard, New Rochelle) will host a Safe Driver’s Course from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Visit tinr.org for more information.
  • Temple Beth-El (1324 North Avenue, New Rochelle) will host its Hot Topics in Conservative Judaism Series at 7 p.m. This week’s topic is “Israel and the Diaspora”. Visit bethelnr.org for more information.
  • New York Cabaret Unlimited will perform the works of George and Ira Gershwin at the New Rochelle Library (1 Library Plaza, New Rochelle) from 3-4 p.m. Visit nrpl.org for more information.
  • The Fox Meadow Neighborhood Association will host its second annual Fox Trot event at 9 a.m. at the Brite Avenue tennis courts. The event is a 1 or 2-mile walk/run that will feature refreshments and a scavenger hunt. Contact Molly Lehr at molly750@gmail.com for more information.
  • The Eastchester Library (11 Oakridge Place, Eastchester) will host Richard Knox as he lectures on The Great American Songbook at 1:30 p.m. This is part one of a four-part series that will cover the great standards from the early to mid-20th Visit www.eastchesterlibrary.org for more information.

 Please visit www.burbio.com/lists/district-88-events for more information about these and other area events.

 

There are several important bits of information about the New York State STAR Program and Medicare that I wanted to share with everyone as we head towards the end of the year.

Registration for the STAR Program runs through the end of this month and there are still many eligible residents in my District (88th) who have yet to register.

As of Dec. 3, the following percentages of eligible residents in their respective communities had yet to register:

Bronxville – 41 percent

New Rochelle – 31 percent

White Plains – 30 percent

Scarsdale – 29 percent

Pelham – 26 percent

Eastchester/Tuckahoe – 26 percent

There are two types of STAR exemptions. The Basic STAR is available for owner-occupied, primary residences where the resident owners’ and their spouses income is less than $500,000. This program exempts the first $30,000 of the full value of a home from school taxes.

The second exemption is the Enhanced STAR. This provides an increased benefit for the primary residences of senior citizens (65 and older) with qualifying incomes. It also exempts the first $64,200 of the full value of a home from school taxes as of 2014-15 school tax bills.

All of this information and more can be found at http://www.tax.ny.gov/pit/property/star/index.htm.

As for Medicare, whether you are about to enroll or are a current Medicare recipient, you can get help with your healthcare coverage questions at weekly Senior Benefits Information Centers in many local libraries. No appointment necessary.
Trained counselors are available to help you make the right decisions regarding your coverage:
• Medicare Part A (in-patient) and Part B (out-patient) costs and benefits,
• Part D prescription drug coverage,
• Medicare Advantage Plans, with or without drug coverage, and
• Medicare Savings Plans, Extra Help and EPIC for seniors with more limited incomes.
Some assistance is also available for those who are looking for other financial benefit programs, such as HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program) and food stamps.

The most convenient SBIC centers for those in my district are:
Greenburgh Public Library, Mondays, 10 am – 1 pm
Will Library, Yonkers, Tuesdays, 10 am – pm; Thursdays, 11 am – 3 pm
New Rochelle Public Library, Fridays, 10 am – 1 pm

Or if you can’t visit the library in person, you can leave a message on the SBIC helpline at 914-231-3260 with your name and number, and whether your interest is in Medicare services or other benefits. A counselor will return your call within two business days. Alternatively, you can ask your question online at: http://www.westchesterlibraries.org/senior-benefits-information-centers/ask-a-counselor/.

A listing of all eight SBIC centers in Westchester libraries can be found at http://www.westchesterlibraries.org/senior-benefits-information-centers/. It includes information for clients in Spanish.

I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday season.