Facts of life
October 26, 2023 at 12:43 a.m.
From left, chef David Burke; Mike Martinelli, group publisher, Hudson Valley Division at Today Media; Cathy Rinaldi, Metro-North president and Long Island Rail Road interim president; and County Executive George Latimer at the Hudson Valley Restaurant Week kickoff Oct. 17.
(Courtesy photo of Westchester County)
Happy birthday to Erica Daly of Port Chester who celebrates Nov. 2. Wishing you all the best in the year ahead! Love, Mommy, Daddy and Lucianna.
Happy birthday to Angie Brescia of Port Chester who celebrates Nov. 1. From your friends at the Westmore News.
Happy birthday to Port Chester native Kristi Licare who celebrates Oct. 30.
Happy birthday to Gail Rothweiler of Port Chester who celebrated Oct. 26.
Early voting will begin Sat., Oct. 28, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Rye Brook Firehouse, 940 King St. It will continue on the following dates: Oct. 29, Nov. 4 & 5, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Oct. 30, Nov. 1 & 3, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Oct. 31 & Nov. 2, 12-8 p.m. Election Day is Tues., Nov. 7.
Streets near the BMP Ridge Street School will be closed Tues., Oct. 31, 9-10 a.m. for the annual Ridge Street Elementary School Halloween Parade. Local drivers are encouraged to adjust their schedules accordingly.
John’s of Arthur Avenue, 508 Westchester Ave., Port Chester, will donate 10% of food sale checks over $50 Sunday-Thursday (excluding Halloween) to the organization chosen by Congregation K.T.I. in support of Israel. Patrons should mention KTI or the Israel Support Drive and their orders will be tagged for donation.
At the ceremony renaming the SUNY WCC student center for David Swope are, from left, Debbie Raizes, Ruth Suzman, Dr. Belinda A. Miles, Dr. LeRoy Mitchell, Dorry Swope, Joanne Landau and County Executive George Latimer.
Port Chester Recreation’s First Halloween House Decorating Contest is being held with registration by Sun., Oct. 29. There will be prizes for winners. Be spooky, be scary, we dare you! Participants must be registered or nominated by an admirer to be judged. Make sure all lights, animations and decorations are in place and activated between 6-9 p.m. Mon., Oct. 30. Winners will be announced Oct. 31. To register, email [email protected] or call 914/939-2354 and give name and address.
The Village of Port Chester is looking for its 2023 Christmas tree to light up Liberty Square during the holiday season. If you are interested in having an evergreen on your property evaluated to be the village’s 2023 Christmas tree, please notify Mayor Luis Marino’s office by telephone at 914-939-2200 or send an email to the attention of Mary Anne Veltri at [email protected]. The selected tree should stand approximately 21 feet tall.
Rabbi Benjamin Goldberg of Congregation K.T. I. in Port Chester will teach a class at the upcoming Night of Jewish Learning, Sat., Nov. 18 at Beth El Synagogue in New Rochelle. Register in advance at www.wjccouncil.org. $20 until Nov. 3; $25 thereafter; $30 day of the event.
Paula’s Pals 13th Annual Coat Drive is collecting clean, reusable coats until Dec. 1. Collection boxes are located at the Rye Brook Rec office, 938 King St., and Posillipo Center, 32 Garibaldi Pl. The annual drive is in memory of Paula Paniccia Bertolacci. For additional information 914/939-3235.
The Blue Heart Forever Project, based in Port Chester, a support group for Latino families of children with autism and special needs, recently received the NY Empire Award from State Sen. Shelley B. Mayer.
Sacred Heart Greenwich, an all-girls, faith-based educational institution on King Street, is marking its 175th year of shaping young minds and empowering future leaders.
ConEd is performing electric upgrade work in Rye Brook thru Dec. 29. During work times there may be limited street parking, noise and temporary closures. For information, go to [email protected]
Rye Brook Recreation is holding a Pumpkin Sale. Go by the Recreation Dept. at 938 King St. (1st floor of Village Hall), Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and pick out a pumpkin. $10 each. Many different sizes available.
The PCHS Marching Band is holding its annual fruit sale thru Nov. 12. Navel oranges, red grapefruit, fruit samplers and cheesecakes can be ordered online at freshfruitorder.org/portchester. The band or color guard members credited with the sale will be responsible for delivering the items Sat., Dec. 2. Certain holiday gift items can be ordered for delivering via UPS Ground within the continental U.S.
The Hudson Valley Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze is taking place thru Nov. 19 at Van Cortlandt Manor, 525 S. Riverside Ave., Croton-on-Hudson. It is the area’s biggest Halloween event and features over 7,000 hand-carved, illuminated pumpkins set against the mysterious backdrop of Van Cortlandt Manor’s 18th-century buildings and riverside landscape. New for 2023, see the twirling pumpkin Ferris wheel and take in the gourd-eous circus sideshow! Complete with synchronized lighting and an original soundtrack, this one-of-a-kind event is not to be missed! Timed tickets start at $24 at www.historichudsonvalley.org
Hello, Port Chester High School Class of 1953 alumni. Are you interested in getting together? Call Pat Rossitto at 914/835-0719 or Rosemary Macri Tirone at 914/937-3273. They hope to hear from you.
If within the next 6 weeks you have a birthday, engagement, anniversary or any other special occasion to announce, please tell us and we’ll be more than happy to print it in this column, free of charge. Contact us by phone, fax, mail. or e-mail. Information must be received by the Tuesday before the date of publication.
Listings should be sent to: Westmore News, Attn: Facts of Life Editor, 327 Irving Avenue, Port Chester, NY 10573, phone to: (914) 939-6864 or e-mail to: [email protected].
Maria Regina High School in Hartsdale was honored with the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Foundation’s prestigious first place “Schools Award” during a recent awards ceremony held at Fordham University at Lincoln Center.
Fall Hudson Valley Restaurant Week kicked off at Red Horse by David Burke in White Plains. It will run Mon., Oct. 30-Nov. 12. Prix-fixe lunches and dinners will be offered at $24.95, $29.95, $39.95 and $44.95. Prices do not include tax, beverages or gratuities. Prix-fixe menus may be offered for both dine-in and takeout. For a complete list of participating restaurants and to make reservations, go to valleytable.com/hvrw
SUNY WCC has renamed its student center in honor of David Swope who was a dedicated, tireless and generous supporter of Westchester Community College and its students.
Daylight Saving Time will end at 2 a.m. Sun., Nov. 5. Set your clocks back one hour before going to bed Saturday night.
The next Port Chester High School Marching Band bottle and can recycling collection will be Sun., Nov. 5, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., in the Middle School parking lot on Bowman Avenue, Rye Brook. Collections generally take place on the first and third Sunday of each month. Call 914/200-1464 for updated information.
Congregation K.T.I. is participating again this school year in Food 2 Grow On to provide bags of groceries each weekend and during school vacations to alleviate hunger and food insecurity among elementary-school aged children at Edison, Park Avenue and King Street schools in Port Chester. They also welcome checks made payable to Food 2 Grow On, mailed c/o the Rotary Club, P.O. Box. 26, Port Chester, NY 10573. Food donations needed include: healthy cereal, peanut butter (14-16 oz. jars), tuna fish, canned fruit (14-18 oz. cans)—store brands are OK. In addition to the regular food donations, they are holding a Candy Drive to include treats in vacation bags that are sent home with children in three elementary schools in Port Chester. Please donate your leftover wrapped candy from Halloween. Candy and food donations can be dropped in the bins at 48 Meadowlark Rd., Rye Brook. For questions or to arrange a pickup of donations call Leslie at 914/939-8659 or email her at [email protected]
The Westchester County Department of Health is reminding families to book back-to-school vaccine visits with their child’s healthcare provider or at the free back-to-school clinics. Families with no insurance, ChildHealthPlus or Medicaid should call the County Health Department to schedule an appointment for vaccines at no charge. Call 914/995-5800 to see if you qualify and to secure a spot at the Health Department Clinic, 134 Court St., White Plains. Appointments are Fridays 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
The Rye Farmers Market is held Sundays thru Dec. 3, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the parking lot on Theodore Fremd Avenue. It features baked goods, cheese, flowers, eggs, herbs, vegetables, honey, jams, meats, nuts, poultry and fruits.
At Congregation KTI it is a Mitzvah (good deed) moment for all to help feed those in the community who are needy. All food collected in KTI’s ongoing drive is being given to the Salvation Army in Port Chester. Food requested includes cans of tuna, chicken, vegetables, beans and fruit as well as pasta, 10-16-ounce bags/boxes of white rice, snacks, shelf-stable milk, healthy cereals, macaroni and cheese and canned meals like Chef-Boy-r-Dee, chili, etc. The food can be left in bins in Leslie Brandeis Novack's driveway at 48 Meadowlark Rd., Rye Brook.