Happy 1st birthday to Nolan Thomas Brown, son of Karen and Jeremy Brown of Port Chester, who celebrates on Sept. 1. Nolan is the grandson of Susan and Peter Chute of Port Chester and Patty and Greg Brown of Massachusetts.

Happy birthday to Hope Klein of Rye Brook who celebrates Sept. 3. Love, the Brownsons and the Logans.

Happy birthday to Joan McGrath Greve of Rye Brook who celebrates Sept. 3.

Happy birthday to Philip Jenks of Port Chester who celebrates Sept. 4.

Happy birthday to former Port Chester Middle School Principal Carmen Macchia who celebrates Sept. 2.

Happy anniversary to Mary and Dennis Sellas of Port Chester who will be married 60 years on Sept. 5.

Happy anniversary to Bob and Sue Carlucci (The Dragons) of Port Chester who celebrate on Aug. 30. From Liz Ulnits.

To Bob "the Dragon" Carlucci as we celebrate our 18th anniversary on Aug. 30 at high noon-yin-yang love forever. Susan Carlucci.

Happy 18th wedding anniversary to my wife, Sue Carlucci. We were together many years before we became yin-yang and will be together till death do us part. Love forever, Bob (the Dragon).

Donna (Terry) Mead of Port Chester is proud to announce the birth of her first two granddaughters. Carolyn (Mead) Fulton and Timothy Fulton of Highland, N. Y. had a beautiful baby girl, Mae Virginia Fulton, born Aug. 15, 2014 weighing 8 lbs., 3 oz. at Neugarten Birthing Center in Rhinebeck, N. Y. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Fulton of Purdys, N. Y. Maternal grandfather is the late James E. Mead, Jr. Carolyn Fulton, the proud mother, is originally from Port Chester.

Jillian (Christofalo) Mead and James Mead of Nyack, N. Y. had a beautiful baby girl, Charlotte Rose Mead, born Aug. 21, 2014 weighing 7 lbs., 2 oz. at Nyack Hospital. Maternal grandparents are Mr. & Mrs. Joe Christofalo of Mamaroneck. Paternal grandfather is the late James E. Mead, Jr. James Mead, the proud father, is originally from Port Chester.

Congratulations to Richard and Jananne Abel on the celebration of the Westmore News' 50th anniversary. It has all the news that is fit to print. We are lucky to have a local paper we can turn to for our news. We would be remiss if we did not mention the late Bernie Abel who was instrumental in its initiation. Thank you for your many years of information. Regards, Jerry and Nancy Logan.

Rabbi Jaymee Alpert of Congregation Kneses Tifereth Israel in Port Chester is among the 40 people who went on a solidarity mission to Israel this week with Congressman Peter King (R-NY) and former NewYork Governor David Paterson (D).

The New York Board of Rabbis, in cooperation with the Jewish Federations of North America's Rabbinic Cabinet and UJA-Federation of NY, led this delegation of rabbis of different denominations along with Christian and Jewish lay leaders to Israel for a three-day mission. The group was accompanied by Congressman King, a member of the Homeland Security Committee and Chairman of the Sub-Committee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, and Paterson, chair of the New York State Democratic Party.

The mission visited with lone soldiers, bereaved families, communities in Israel's Southern region along with government officials and IDF installations.

The A. J. Posillipo Center in Rye Brook is closed until Sept. 3 for some light renovations (replacing front doors, ceiling tiles and interior lights to be more energy efficient).

The Port Chester Council for the Arts is looking for professional visual artists who would like to be considered for participation in the upcoming art show ART10573 on Sunday, Oct. 5 at Crawford Park in Rye Brook. There are a limited number of spots, and artists should have a connection to Port Chester or Rye Brook-you live, work or volunteer in either village, or you have at some time in the past. Please email three photo samples of your work and one photo of your setup to event chair Brigitte Loritz at Loritz.brigitte@gmail.com by Sat., Sept. 6.

The assembly line was bustling on Wednesday as volunteers stuffed backpacks full of everything from notebooks, binders and folders to highlighters, protractors and flash drives. In all, more than 600 students will hit the ground running this school year thanks to supplies from Operation Backpack, a partnership between The Sharing Shelf of Family Services of Westchester and Westchester County's Department of Social Services. Donations are being accepted until Sept. 5, and the top requests are empty backpacks and calculators. A $25 donation will fill one backpack. Contact The Sharing Shelf at (914) 305-5950 or thesharingshelf@ fsw.org for more information.

The Art Society of Old Greenwich's 63rd Annual Sidewalk Show and Sale in Old Greenwich Sat. & Sun., Sept. 6 & 7 from 9 a. m.-5 p. m. is open to all artists in the following media: watercolor, oil, acrylic, drawing/ graphics, photography, pastel, other media and sculpture. Participants should bring their art on Saturday before 9 a. m. to Sound Beach Avenue and hang it themselves. Up to 5 pieces can be brought for $50. For fewer than 5 pieces, the cost is still $50. For a portfolio table, add $30. For information and to obtain a registration form call Nancy Kulinski at 203/639-3193.

Therese Ferra, Lisa Karas, Alexandra Rovello and Michael Russo, all of Port Chester, began their studies at SUNY Oneonta on Aug. 25 as members of the Class of 2018.

Ari Friedman of Rye Brook and Yesenia Ruiz of Port Chester have enrolled as transfer students at SUNY Oneonta for the term that began Aug. 25.

Jay Glucksman of Rye Brook has begun classes at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. as a member of the class of 2018.

Fall classes at the Clay Art Center in Port Chester begin Sept. 5. Interested participants can find a full listing on their website at clayartcenter.org. People are encouraged to stop by to find out more, take a tour, and meet their teaching artists and residents. The goal of their classes is to offer a new way to express and engage in self-discovery in a welcoming and supportive environment. Clay Art Center has partial and full scholarships available for children, awarded on a need basis.

Poetry and verse that was inspired by Marshlands Conservancy or created at the preserve can be submitted for entry on Sept. 6 & 7 from 10 a. m.-3 p. m. at the Conservancy in Rye. All submissions must be framed and ready for hanging. There is a maximum of three submissions per person. All age groups are welcome. The exhibit titled Marshlands in Poetry will open Sun., Sept. 14.

The Port Chester High School Class of '51 reunion will take place Sun., Oct. 5 from 2-6 p. m. at Halstead's Bar & Grill, 7 Purdy St., Harrison. Menu: salmon oreganato, chicken francese or beef short ribs over mashed potatoes with penne vodka macaroni for all. There will also be hot & cold hors d'oeuvres, salad, bread, beer, wine, soda, coffee and peach melba dessert. $45 per person tax and tip included. Alcoholic beverages will be available at a cash bar. Deadline for reservations with payment and meal choice is Mon., Sept. 15. Checks should be made payable to "Bea Ceruzzi Class of '51" and mailed to her at 5 Columbus Ave., Port Chester, NY 10573. For additional information, call her at 914/939-1189 after 6 p. m. or Bill Piciulli at 914/261-3443.

Greenwich Hospital has received the 2014 Women's Choice Award for being voted one of America's Best Hospitals for Patient Experience by women. This distinction is the only award that identifies the country's best healthcare institutions based on criteria that consider female patient satisfaction and what women want from a hospital, including quality physician communications, responsiveness of nurses and support staff, cleanliness and trusted referrals from other women.