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Phelps Hospital’s Nurse of Distinction Award was given to Irvington resident Lynda Neary, who has been clinical coordinator of the ambulatory surgery unit since 2011.

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Kudos to The Warner Library in Tarrytown for the Children’s Room winning the Westchester Family 2014 Family Favorite for Best Library Children’s Programs. The editors of Westchester Family magazine stated that “Warner Library is clearly a great community resource”. There was some tough competition in the top five, including Eastchester, Greenburgh, Ossining, and The Trove in White Plains.

The popular Awaken Wellness Fairs, body-mind-spirit-green expos, have taken place twice a year in Tarrytown for over five years. This year they have expanded to six events in the tri-state area. These popular educational and experiential events draw over 100 exhibitors and nearly 1,000 guests each spring and fall at the DoubleTree Hotel in Tarrytown.  Because of their success in their “home town” of Tarrytown, this year they will also be in Fort Lee NJ, Stamford CT, Brooklyn NY and New York City. More info is available at

Pros(e) of Pie, Westchester’s premier story-telling event, celebrated its one-year anniversary at the Tarrytown Music Hall. All of the proceeds from the event, which featured five local story-tellers, went to the Community Food Pantry of Sleepy Hollow/Tarrytown and Yonkers Partners in Education (YPIE). Congratulations also to the storytellers in their ‘best of’ line up: Paul Williams, Kathleen McCarthy Udoff, Tanya Monier, Jill Liflander, and Jim Keyes. This series happens monthly throughout the year at W@tercooler, and is lovingly produced by Zak Shusterman and Ivy Eisenberg.

Susan Lasky, of Susan Lasky Organizing & Productivity Solutions, is the first Westchester/NYC coach to be certified as a Career Services Specialist, after completing an intensive program with Wilma Fellman, author of Finding a Career that Works for You. Particularly suited to helping people with ADHD and related challenges  choose the right career and job for them,  her expertise includes an exploration of  abilities, personality, interests, aptitudes and goals, along with specific strategies for job-seeking.  Lasky resides in Ossining and has 25 years of experience helping adults and students with productivity, organization and ADD/ADHD issues.

Argon and The Noble Gases, an indie rock band based in Sleepy Hollow/Tarrytown, recently released its debut album “Argon.” This group of four young men will be entering their sophomore years at college this fall, and all grew up in the area. They have been playing many local places in the area this summer, including Coffee Labs, Philipse Manor Beach Club, and other haunts in Irvington, Hastings, and Croton. To learn more about them and their album, visit their website:

A new seasonal food blog entitled “The Ripe Earth” launched early this summer and features a whole team of locals! The blog features reliable, delicious, and beautifully photographed recipes by chef, food editor, and local Sleepy Hollow resident Nancy Duran as she recounts her adventures in cooking with produce from her Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) group and local farmers’ markets. Most recipes feature nutritional information contributed by Tarrytown resident and registered dietician, Jeanne McLaurin and the photography is the work of Sleepy Hollow High School junior, Abigail Weber. Visit and start following the blog now to receive emails when new recipes are posted.

Anne Richards is a volunteer to the core of her being: from assisting with global disasters, collecting needed items for a family in Oregon, to helping at local food pantries and caring for her quadriplegic son. We celebrate Anne for all that she does for others in this community, this country, and this world. Said her friend Jeanne, “She never asks for one single thing in return, and her greatest joy is in the small things, such as getting a letter from someone she does not know, and will never know, who wrote her a note saying “On behalf of my country, I thank you.”

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Jenifer Ross owns W@tercooler, a shared workspace located in Tarrytown, NY

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The relentless pursuit for post-graduate employment can be one of the most formidable tasks a young adult will endure, and a tough market hasn’t made the feat any easier. Elizabeth Skovron, an honors student at University at Albany, SUNY, has taken the initiative to help college students and graduates find their footing as they seek ways to apply their freshly acquired knowledge and skill sets to the real world.

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