Julio Quinde Astudillo with his instructor at the Westchester County Fire Training Center in Valhalla.
Julio Quinde Astudillo with his instructor at the Westchester County Fire Training Center in Valhalla.
Happy 83rd birthday to Connie Lagonegro of Port Chester who celebrates Aug. 12.

Happy anniversary to Janusz and Cheryl Richards of Port Chester who celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary on Aug. 11.

Justin T. Delafontaine of Rye Brook, a sophomore majoring in biomedical engineering at the University of Rochester, has been named to the Dean's List for academic achievement for the spring 2014 semester. He is the son of Lisa and Michael Delafontaine and a graduate of Blind Brook High School.

Amanda Bulbarelli of Port Chester received her M. S. in Educational Leadership from Western Governors University in Salt Lake City, Utah on July 12.

Yuki Tominaga of Rye Brook received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science/ PR, magna cum laude, from Carleton College in Northfield, Minn. on June 14. Yuki is the daughter of Hiroshi and Miwa Tominaga.

Viktoriya Kuznetsova of Rye Brook and Erica Tandlich of Port Chester will

be freshmen at SUNY Oswego in the fall. They are both graduates of Port Chester High School.

Port Chester High School Class of 1949 will celebrate the 65th anniversary of its graduation with a luncheon Sat., Sept. 20 from 12-5 p. m. at Doral Arrowwood in Rye Brook. A musician will be in attendance to add to the festivities. The valet parking fee will be waived, but you must mention that you are attending the PCHS class reunion. Cost for the luncheon is $40 per person. Alcoholic beverages are not included but will be available for purchase at the Pub. Payment in full must be received by Aug. 20. No payments will be accepted at the door. Checks payable to PCHS Reunion-Class of 1949 should be sent to Mickey Latella. For information call Mickey Latella at 203/445-7884, Bruno Ponterio at 914/937-3546, Sel Schiff at selmate@att.net, John Suppa at 914/937-2923 or Joseph Sabato at 203/661-8031.

Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino is offering students a second chance to claim the Astorino Challenge in Education prize-a free pass to Playland. To receive the free pass students must send in a copy of their report card by Aug. 15, showing proof of their perfect attendance and/or 3.8 GPA, 95% or A average. Students can email copies of their report cards to ace@ westchestergov.com or mail them to ACE Challenge, Westchester County Youth Bureau, 112 Post Rd., 3rd Floor, White Plains, NY 10601. Once proof is confirmed, students will be able to pick up their pass at Playland. It will be good for the remainder of the 2014 season.

Single tickets for the 2014-15 season at the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College are now on sale. To browse the online brochure go to www.artscenter.org or call 914/251-6200 for information and to purchase tickets.

Congratulations to Julio Quinde Astudillo of Port Chester on graduating and becoming a volunteer firefighter in Port Chester. From your friends at POLYTEMP Air Conditioning and Heating.

On Aug. 5, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill allowing the Culinary Institute of America to manufacture and sell alcoholic beverages, clearing the way for the college to develop a small brewery on its Hyde Park campus. The brewery has

been donated by and will be operated in conjunction with Brooklyn Brewery and is expected to open to the public in the summer of 2015. It will complement the Culinary Institute of America's teaching restaurants that attract tourists from around the world and serve as the means for adding courses in craft beer making.

The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) in Pleasantville announced this week that construction has begun to add two new theaters on the third floor of its cinema complex. The new theaters will provide JBFC with 80 additional seats. The construction is contained within the existing footprint of the building and is expected to be completed by January 2015. The JBFC Theater will remain open during construction.

Seniors looking to stretch their food budgets and savor the season's abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables may be entitled to a Farmers Market Checkbook. To be eligible for this $20 value, people must be 60 or older and (1) have a monthly income at or below $1,800 for a single person; $2,426 for a couple or (2) currently receive or be eligible to receive Supplemental Security Income, public assistance or the Section 8 housing subsidy. The purpose of the Farmers Market Checkbook is to support local farmers economically and give low-income older adults access to local fresh produce. Checkbooks will be distributed during August on a first come, first served basis at designated senior nutrition programs while supplies last. Go to www.westchestergov.com/seniors for the names, locations and telephone numbers of the designated programs and for tips about how to shop at a farmers market.

County Executive Robert P. Astorino is again calling for donations to the county's 3rd Annual Operation Backpack. Westchester County is once again teaming up with various nonprofit agencies and businesses to collect school supplies for children in need. Collection bins are set up in various government offices and agencies including The Sharing Shelf, 27 Purdy Ave., Port Chester. For information call 914/995-5459.

More volunteers are needed for the 2014 Puttin' On The Dog Festival scheduled for Sun., Sept. 21 at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich. Interested individuals are encouraged to attend a meeting on Tues., Aug. 12 at 7 p. m. at the Glenville Fire Station on Glenville Road in Greenwich. Volunteer assignments include gate attendants, silent auction help, judging ring assistants and more. Volunteers also are asked to register online at www.adoptadog.org. Registration deadline is Aug. 14. Unregistered volunteers cannot be accommodated at the event.

Pool owners are invited to join in the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation's 3rd annual Asian longhorned beetle Swimming Pool Survey now thru Aug. 29 in order to help keep watch for these exotic, invasive beetles before they cause serious damage to our forests and street trees. In addition to owning a swimming pool, participants will need a digital camera, an email address that is actively used and the ability to upload a photograph and send it via email. If you don't own a pool, you can still help by submitting a photo if there is suspicion of an Emerald Ash Borer. To see what it looks like, go to the DEC's Emerald Ash Borer web page. 518/478-7813.

Everyone who joins the Arbor Day Foundation in August with a $10 donation will receive 10 free Colorado blue spruce trees. The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting in each member's area which falls between Oct. 15 and Dec. 10. The 10-12" trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge. New members of the Arbor Day Foundation will also receive The Tree Book which includes information about tree planting and care and a subscription to Arbor Day, the Foundation's bi-monthly publication. To receive the free Colorado blue spruce trees, send $10 to Ten Free Blue Spruces, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410 by Aug. 31 or join online at arborday.org/august.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has signed legislation to strengthen precautions against residential fires, requiring written and bolded notice to prospective tenants of whether or not a particular home has a fire sprinkler system.Gov. Cuomo also signed legislation that requires builders of certain family housing to provide buyers with information on the installation and maintenance of automatic sprinkler systems. These bills call for new leases to provide, in boldface type, the existence or non-existence of fire sprinkler systems as well as require builders to give buyers of 1-and 2-family homes information about automatic fire sprinkler systems.