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SUNDAY: Greeley football community is “Making Headway” for children with Walkathon

Tuesday, October 11, 2011
by Kathy Rothschild

The fifth annual Greeley Football Walkathon in support of the Making Headway Foundation will take place on Sunday, October 16, 2011, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Horace Greeley High School track.

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NEW:Millwood and Chappaqua trucks convoy north with 60,000 pounds of goods for Upstate flood victims

relief effort
More in Photo Gallery
Monday, September 12, 2011
by Christine Yeres

An outpouring of concern for Upstate New Yorkers ruined by Hurricane Irene manifested itself in a steady stream last Friday and Saturday of household goods, food, clothing, and school supplies to collection points at the Millwood Fire Station #1 and the farmers market at the train station in downtown Chappaqua.

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NEW: Dawn’s Ray of Hope all-nighter raises $7,000

See night game photos “Read more….” and in Photo Gallery
Monday, September 12, 2011
by Christine Yeres

“The nicest thing was that we did what we planned to do,” said Michael Wolfensohn (of Dawn’s Team).  “As the last game ended it was dawn.”

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THIS WEEKEND: Softball all-nighter “Dusk to Dawn”

See game schedule and an update from John Re in “Read more…”
September 2, 2011
by Christine Yeres

A softball all-nighter in memory of Dawn Re, who was a tireless fun-raiser for fund-raising against cancer will take place under the lights at the rec field on Saturday, September 3, starting at 7:00 p.m. and end at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, September 4. Called “Dusk to Dawn,” the event offers a night of co-ed softball, with wood bats and 16-inch Chicago-style softballs.  Play an existing team or put together a team for the night.  Need help forming a team?  Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and the organizers will find one for you.

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Help Prevent Child Abuse: Become a Parent Aide

The Child Abuse Prevention Center of NY Announces Fall Volunteer Training Dates; Learn Important Social Skills While Helping and Empowering Parents at Risk
September 2, 2011

The Child Abuse Prevention Center of New York, located in White Plains, is calling for Parent Aide Volunteers to assist parents “at risk” for abusing their children. No prior experience is necessary and volunteers are welcome from throughout Westchester and surrounding Counties.

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Girl Scouts Mount Blood Drive THIS SATURDAY, MARCH 5, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Rebecca Schelling thanks her mom for donating!
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
by Meaghan Townsend and Catherine Bilodeau
Chappaqua Girl Scout Troop 1023

Please donate blood this Saturday!  Supplies are at a critically low level after our challenging winter prevented some blood collections.  Girl Scouts from Troop 1023 are working with the New York Blood Center to organize a blood drive that will take place on March 5, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the New Castle Town Hall.

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Going undercover for Fair Housing: My James Bond-esque moment

Monday, February 7, 2011
by Name Withheld

Editor’s note: The name of the individual who wrote this first-hand account is being withheld so as to allow him to continue this work. As editor weighing the relevant considerations, I have concluded that the balance in this instance between disclosure and sharing this experience with the community tips in favor of disseminating the information. SGP

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Westchester non-profit reports on recent findings regarding housing discrimination

Monday, February 7, 2011
by Andrea Klausner

Westchester Residential Opportunities, Inc. (WRO) is a nonprofit housing counseling agency founded in 1968 to promote equal, affordable and accessible housing in our region.

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Charity ALERT: Blankets for Haitians suffering from cholera, LAST DAY for drop-off

Collecting today through Friday, Dec. 17
December 17, 2010
by Charlotte Bilski and Victoria Blumenfeld

Today is the last day for drop-off of blankets of all kinds, to be sent to Haitian victims of cholera.  Please drop them in the boxes outside Greeley’s Guidance Office.

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Charity ALERT

Friday, December 3, 2010

The Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry still has an urgent need for shelf-stable milk: Parmalat, Hershey’s or the A&P brand that is non-refrigerated.

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NEW: Team Amy Have-a-Chance Brain Tumor Walk This Sunday, October 17

October 15, 2010
by Chrissie Crabtree

Hello Everyone!
Just a couple of reminders:  We would like our friends and neighbors to join us this Saturday, October 16 at 4:00 p.m., for the dedication of our beautiful new garden, designed and planted in loving memory of Amy Crabtree.  Light hors d’oeuveres and sparkling wine will be served. 

Remember, the Have-a-Chance Brain Tumor walk is this Sunday, October 17 at 9:45 a.m. in Battery Park in New York City.
 As always, here’s the link to our main website, in case you’re feeling generous this afternoon: TeamAmyDonate2010.

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Get out and enjoy the weather on your bike while raising money for the Lung Cancer Alliance

July 2, 2010
by Judy Ward

Scenic Dutchess County, New York, will be the scene this weekend of the fourth annual Chappaqua-based bike-a-thon to support the Lung Cancer Alliance. Participants in the bike-a-thon, to be held on Sunday, July 4, will ride either a 15 or 30-mile course through rolling farmland one hour north of Chappaqua. Non-cyclists can opt to join the festivities just for lunch at 11:30 a.m.  Advance registration is required, and will be accepted through Saturday, July 3.  To view the flyer, click HERE

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Dr. Flank honored for 65 years of scouting leadership

June 11, 2010
by Peter Applebome

Many generations of middle and high school kids in Chappaqua have learned a few things from Bill Flank.

They’ve learned the Zen of wool socks and how to do the J stroke in a canoe. Over blazing fires in the woods, they’ve taken in many chapters of Lenni Lenape Indian lore. If they needed help with calculus or chemistry, he was around to offer it. He’s taught them what to bring and what not to bring on a hike, how to cook various elemental wilderness stews, the mysteries of the square knot, bowline and clove hitch and other essentials of the Boy Scout canon. He’s impressed upon them the perils of hypothermia, the importance of the bear bag, how to handle a knife and why you shouldn’t handle an ax, and the assorted near-death experiences that can confront the unwitting or careless canoer or hiker.

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Letter to the Editor: Thanks to the community from the Chappaqua Fire Department

May 21, 2010
by Paul Eiden

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Letter to the Editor: Thanks to our firefighters

May 21, 2010
by Suzanne and Jay Keay

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NEW: 2nd Annual Great Chappaqua Bake Sale for “Share Our Strength”

September 30, 2011
by Allison, Glenn, Charlotte and Sophia Spiegel

We hope to see you this Saturday, October 1st between 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at 1 South Greeley Avenue (next to Chappaqua Framing) for The Second Annual Great Chappaqua Bake Sale benefiting Share Our Strength in the fight against childhood hunger.

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Hey!  On his way to the South Pole, “Pat Farmer Slept Here”

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June 17, 2011
by Christine Yeres

After dining late at the Quaker Hill Tavern Monday night with his entourage of 15 that included two young children, Pole-to-Pole running man Pat Farmer and his crew left to hit the hay.  They drove down the hill to camp out in their trailers at the Chappaqua Train Station until morning. 

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Be a host family for two weeks this summer and make a great friend for life!

Photo by Barbara Julius
May 6, 2011
by Diane Albert

This summer, like every summer for the last 43 years, 22 bright, college-bound New York City high school students will leave the hot, noisy city and come to bucolic Chappaqua for July, where they will live with host families during the week as they attend classes. They return to their own families in the City on the weekend.

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NEW: Letter to the Editor: Community Benefit Jazz Concert to help Japan this Sunday, May 1

Tuesday, April 26, 2011
by Kazuko Ono

When the horrific news of the earthquake, tsunami, and radiation plant failures in Japan arrived at our home, I felt inadequate and overwhelmed. A few local friends called to ask about our family and friends in Japan and ask what they could do.

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Open Letter to the Millwood Community from your volunteer firefighters . . .

. . . We protect your lives with ours. Vote YES on April 12 to fund the new Millwood Fire House
Monday, April 4, 2011
From the Volunteers of the Millwood Fire Company # 1

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Greeley Boys Swim Team finish second in Sectionals

Monday, February 21, 2011
by Jared Krosser

The Greeley Boys’ Swim Team swam their way in to a second place finish at Sectionals, beating 24 teams yet finishing just behind Tappan Zee.

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Valentine “Thank You” to Greeley Class of 1960 and Rotary Club from H.G. Scholarship Fund

Students in need will feel the love from Class of 1960

HGSF President Elaine Krim goes to the bank with the $8,000 check from the Class of 1960 and the Rotary Club of Chappaqua.
Monday, February 14, 2011

Editor’s Note: At the Rotary’s Annual Charter Night Celebration on January 29, the Horace Greeley Scholarship Fund accepted a check for $8,000, the result of a special auction held at the 50th Reunion of the Class of 1960 last October and matched by Rotarians.  See “HGHS Class of 1960 saunters down Memory Lane, helps put others on the road to college.” A thank you note from HGSF follows.

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Red Cross reports lowest January blood supply in a decade: Donate now, please

Monday, January 31, 2011

Editor’s note: This is a reprint of a press release from the local Red Cross office in White Plains, N.Y.

Severe winter weather throughout much of the eastern half of the United States in recent weeks has caused the cancellation of more than 14,000 blood and platelet donations through the American Red Cross.

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Chappaqua Rotary honors Dan Blum and Tim Friedmann at celebration Saturday, Jan. 29

January 28, 2011
by Susie Pender

This Saturday, January 29, the Rotary Club of Chappaqua will honor Dan Blum and Tim Friedmann at their Annual Charter Night Celebration. The festivities will begin at 6:00 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar at Crabtree’s Kittle House, with a buffet dinner and awards program immediately following at 7:00 p.m.

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Chappaqua Rotary honors Dan Blum for “Service above Self”

January 21, 2011
by Christine Yeres

This Saturday night, January 29, at the Chappaqua Rotary’s annual awards and celebration dinner, the community service organization will honor Dan Blum, senior vice president of Phelps Memorial Hospital in Sleepy Hollow, for his 15 years of volunteer service to the Chappaqua Volunteer Ambulance Corps and the creation of New Castle’s “advanced life support” paramedic service.

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Meet Tim Friedman, Chappaqua Rotary’s newest Jill Goodman Award recipient

January 21, 2011
by Christine Yeres

This Saturday night, January 29, the Rotary Club of Chappaqua will honor Timothy Friedmann with its Jill Goodman Award for outstanding community service at its annual celebration dinner. The Jill Goodman Service Award is given every year to a high school student who has demonstrated exceptional dedication in service to the community and carries with it a $1,000 Rotary scholarship.

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Bob Oddo resolves to return next summer to teach English again in Laos

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December 31, 2010
by Christine Yeres

Greeley veteran science teacher and varsity soccer coach Bob Oddo spent four weeks last summer teaching English to the novice monks of Luang Prabang in Laos. He bathed – and was bathed by—an elephant, had to guess his way home in the dark after a visit to his students’ lodging four miles out of town, plunged into waterfalls, visited golden images of Buddha in rock caves, and spent a lot of time in an internet cafe learning what he would teach next.

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Emergency care, with real caring; Chappaqua Volunteer Ambulance Corps turns 75

C-VAC in a night drill with Millwood Fire Company; photos by Bill Bramswig
Monday, December 6, 2010
by C.J. Ehrlich

At this festive time of year, your mailbox is probably bulging with smiling Amazon boxes, mouthwatering catalogs from stores you never heard of, and the all-natural fruitcake basket from your aunt in Duluth. You’re probably also blessed with dozens of requests from worthy organizations. It can be hard to decide who to help and how much, but if you’re looking locally, consider the Chappaqua Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

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How you can help feed the hungry in Westchester County

November 19, 2010
by Heather Baker-Sullivan

The Food Bank of Westchester is the supply and support center for over 200 hunger-relief programs in the county. It solicits, acquires and warehouses donated and purchased food and groceries. It is located in a huge warehouse in Millwood that does not serve clients directly. Instead, the Food Bank is the primary supplier for an emergency food-distribution network that exists throughout Westchester. This network, which serves roughly 200,000 county residents, includes food pantries, soup kitchens, day-care centers, residential shelters and other programs.

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NEW: Be a hero tonight: Midnight Run driver needed for tonight’s deliveries, Fri., November 19

November 19, 2010

Sadly, the chaperone who was scheduled for this Friday night’s Midnight Run had to cancel and the Greeley S.H.A.R.E. executives responsible for coordinating the run, Jake Silver, Caroline Begleiter and Jake Perlmutter, are hoping someone will be able to step up as a replacement driver from 8:00 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. tonight.

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