The Salvation Army Tarrytown Community Center held it's second annual Breakfast Banquet on May 15th. Honored were William Burnette, Lifetime Achievement Award; JoAnne Murray,The Dan Preston Community Service Award and Muscoot Farm, Corporate Partnership Award. Pictured, l to r, Peter Tartaglia, Deputy Commissioner Westchester Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation (representing Muscoot Farm), JoAnne Murray, Allan Block Agency; Salvation Army Lieutenant Argelia Ciriaco, William Burnette, Salvation Army Lieutenant Alfonso Ciriaco.
More than 600 athletes from throughout the Hudson Valley will be competing in the 2013 Hudson Valley Special Olympics Spring Games at Sleepy Hollow High School on Saturday, May 18.
A moving opening ceremony, including a parade of athletes and the lighting of the Olympic torch by the undefeated Sleepy Hollow Pioneer team, will kick off the event at 8:30 a.m. Held rain or shine, the Games continue until 3:30 p.m.
The goal of volunteer organizers is for each athlete to have a “buddy” for the day. Buddies must be of high school age or older, although parents and kids can pair up to make it a family experience. Being a buddy entails assisting the athlete to their events on time, cheering them on, and basically making a new friend.
Congratulations to James Balestrieri of Tarrytown for the recent release of his book “The Ballad of Ethan Burns.” (Graybooks LLC, April 11, 2013) In the book, the stymied son of a Western movie icon risks Hollywood’s ridicule when he assembles an unlikely crew to produce and star in an epic horse opera of his own. As he trips over his father’s long shadow, a beautiful director who ties his tongue, two feuding Native American tribes--and nine very angry mailmen--Ethan Burns finally learns that he might not be his own worst enemy. Now, with everything on the line, he must find out who is. Balestrieri was a Screenwriting Fellow at the American Film Institute and earned his M.F.A. in Playwriting at Carnegie-Mellon University. He has taught at Marquette and at the University College of Wales at Aberystwyth.
Tarrytown resident Patsy Di Leo and his twin brother, Jerry Di Leo, from Mount Vernon, have received another award for their children’s picture book, “Gabriella and Her Bouquet of Friends.” The book was one of 27 books selected to receive The 2013 KART Kids Book List Award (http://www.kartkidsradio.com/WKKR-DB/KKBL.html). This is the fourth award for the Di Leo’s first book, which is available on amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/Gabriella-And-Her-Bouquet-Friends/dp/0557495172).
Norma Boccabella, of Sleepy Hollow, has been certified to teach young kids and teens and is now offering classes at Riverstone Yoga in Tarrytown. The Yoga for Kids sessions are specifically designed for the appropriate age group and child’s fitness level. “Students will be encouraged to explore and discover their bodies with this fun and creative approach to kids yoga. I have noticed a change in my own three children’s behavior and a vast improvement in their ability to handle difficult situations through their newly found yoga practice,” she said. To read more about www.ayogamom.com or at http://riverstoneyoga.com/classes-and-schedules/riverstone-kids/ for the scheduled kids’ classes.
Local Sleepy Hollow producer Jane Dubin is back on Broadway. Her newest show, “Ann,” starring Emmy winner Holland Taylor as the tough as nails, funny as hell Governor Ann Richards of Texas, is now playing at Lincoln Center. It was just extended to run through September 1. She is also represented by last year’s five-time Tony winning hit “Peter and the Starcatcher,” which continues its run at New World Stages. For more information, visit her website:http://www.DoublePlayConnections.com.
Dr. Lawrence Ruck, D.C., CCSP, has moved his chiropractic offices to the Medical Arts Building located at 200 South Broadway, Suite 2-3, in Tarrytown. The well-loved Dr. Ruck has been practicing in Tarrytown for over seven years, and has been in practice for over 10. He specializes in repetitive strain and sports injuries.
Temple Beth Abraham in Tarrytown commemorated Cantor Margot Goldberg’s 18 years of dedicated service this month with an evening benefit. Congratulations to Cantor Margot, as she is often referred to, for your many years of service and commitment to the temple and the community.
Tarrytown Fred Astaire Studio was recognized, along with its teachers and several students at the Metropolitan Dance Sport Championship in Atlantic City, New Jersey, March 8 and 9. Sergei Tryl and student Janet Nadile of Tarrytown won first place in all single dances as well as first place in both Silver and Bronze level 5 dance Championships in International Latin. Sergei’s success with his dancing was also recognized by the franchise: He was awarded the 2012 Freddy Award for Outstanding Male Performer in the Advanced Department. The Fred Astaire Tarrytown studio, where Sergei teaches, and which is owned by Sasha and Olga Bylim, both of Tarrytown, won the 2012 Second Top Studio Award for studios in New York.
New York City and Tarrytown, NY — Evolve Dance Inc. has appointed Sara Levine as its new Executive Director, effective July 1, 2013. With a background in education, Levine, is an active community volunteer, currently serving on the Elizabeth Mascia Child Care Center Board of Directors as well as those of the Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson and the Community Food Pantry of Tarrytown.
Kudos to 16-year-old Juliana Gullotta of Elmsford who ran the 2013 NYC Half Marathon on March 17, 2013 to raise money for Team Continuum, an organization that helps ease the everyday financial burdens (food, rent, utilities, etc) of cancer patients so that they and their families can focus on medical care and recovery. She was drawn to this charity as they help address the immediate financial needs of patients, while other organizations are working hard toward finding a cure. On the day of the race it was 19 degrees, with an added wind chill, as she ran the entire loop of Central Park, 7th Avenue, Times Square, the West Side Highway, Ground Zero, and Battery Tunnel, ending at South Street Seaport. She finished in two hours and 21 minutes.
Jenifer Ross owns W@tercooler, a shared workspace located in Tarrytown, NY www.watercoolerhub.com