Custom Penthouse at Ritz-Carlton is Largest Condominium Home Sold in Westchester

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Second Penthouse at Downtown Towers Also Fetches Top Dollar as Market Shows New Strength

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (January 13, 2015) – Louis R. Cappelli, Managing Member of Renaissance Rental Partners, LLC, sponsor of The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester, has announced the sale of a 10,700 sq. ft. full floor penthouse in Tower 2 of the mixed-use development comprised of two 42 story residential towers and a full service Ritz-Carlton Hotel. The price for the customized penthouse located on the 41st floor is $10,500,000.  The buyers, whose names are not disclosed, are a European family whose business interests include real estate on an international level.

In addition to this sale, the last penthouse in Tower 1 was also sold in the 4th quarter of 2014 to anAmerican financial executive.The price for the 41st floor, 5,200 sq. ft. customized penthouse was $5,000,000.

“These sales represent the largest condominium homes to be sold in Westchester County and reflect the growing confidence on the part of not only American buyers, but Europeans who clearly understand the true value of top quality real estate outside of Manhattan,” said Cappelli. “These individuals are savvy buyers who know that a comparable residence in Manhattan would betriple or quadruple the price.”

Cappelli pointed to unequaled views of the Manhattan skyline, Long Island Sound and Westchester/Connecticut countryside, coupled with the ability of buyers to take a raw penthouse space and design a residence customized to their individual taste as important factors in the decision to purchase.

“Of course”, he added, “the fact that the incredible space and views are complemented by the legendary service provided by The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company management, creates the perfect package for an unprecedented lifestyle.”

Nancy Kennedy of Houlihan Lawrence Real Estate, exclusive selling agent for The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester noted that there is a marked increase in activity from buyers who previously were focused solely on Manhattan. “There is an interesting dynamic occurring,” she said. “Luxury high rise buyers are discovering Westchester and, in particular, White Plains. It’s like they’ve found a secret gem of  walk to convenience, fantastic views, huge floor plans ranging from 2,500 to 10,000 sq. ft. and unbelievable value,” she added.

Tower 2 of the Residences at The Ritz-Carlton Westchester is also home to the 5,400 sq. ft. Westchester Magazine 2014 Penthouse Dream Home which has created a major buzz in the Westchester community since its introduction in September.

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Contact:
Marge Schneider
Executive Vice President
Renaissance Rental Partners, LLC
(914) 769-6500

The College of New Rochelle Named to President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for Fifth Straight Year

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—New Rochelle, NY, January 9, 2014- NEW ROCHELLE, NY—For the fifth year in a row, The College of New Rochelle (CNR) has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Over 3,300 CNR students completed 171,760 hours of service in the 2012-2013 academic year, the year for which the recognition is received. The Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. 

Launched in 2006, the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll annually highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions of higher education that support exemplary community service programs and raise the visibility of effective practices in campus community partnerships.  

Director of Campus Ministry Dr. Helen Wolf remarked, “Students at CNR are regularly engaged in service activities through curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular experiences that value service to society and self.  They live the mission of the College, Serviam, ‘I will serve.’ I am inspired by them as they commit themselves to service, especially to the marginalized and disenfranchised.”

 

The College of New Rochelle was recognized for three specific programs.

  • Sonia Kovalevsky Math Day for High School Girls:This event was coordinated by twelve School of Arts & Sciences’ Math Department students who collaborated with the Association for Women in Mathematics to host female high school students from three New York City high schools: St. Catherine Academy, the Academy of Mount Saint Ursula, and the Bronx Academy. CNR students hosted sessions and conducted seminars, assisted by faculty, adjunct faculty and staff members. Math Day activities included speakers, seminars, math contests, a career panel, and in-service instruction on the use of graphing calculators. Session topics included polynomials, variables, dividends, and decimals as they relate to cryptography, blood spatter analysis, chemistry, and graph theory.
  • CNR Children’s Summer Program:Thirteen Graduate School (GS) students from The College of New Rochelle facilitated two summer enrichment programs in collaboration with the Ward School (K-6) of New Rochelle, NY for children ages 3 to 8 during CNR’s Summer Session II semester.  The day for 6- to 8-year olds mirrored a typical classroom schedule with daily lessons taught in literacy, math, social studies, science/nature, creative arts, and music and movement. Students worked on skills in reading comprehension, listening, solving data collection through graphing, using graphic organizers, and also enjoyed nature walks, themed art projects, and sing-along games.
  • Dominican Republic Art Therapy Service Trip:  During last year’s March spring break, fifteen Graduate School art therapy students traveled to La Romana in the Dominican Republic in conjunction with the FUCPE project (a Spanish acronym for Foundation to Project Growth and Hope in the Community). During their stay, the CNR graduate students conducted art therapy groups for children and parents, to bring new techniques and a fresh perspective that would benefit teachers and families of the economically impoverished community in meaningful ways. While the children were engaged with breakfast and art, a professional nutritionist presented daily nutrition workshops. The community received approximately 900 pounds of donated items brought by the CNR team including art materials, educational supplies, clothing, and personal hygiene items – all made possible through fundraising efforts of the students.

 

In addition, CNR students annually participate in numerous service activities. Among them are conducting Midnight Runs to New York City to help the homeless, serving meals at HOPE Soup Kitchen, teaching ESL at the Adult Learning Center, and volunteering with seniors in assisted living programs in New Rochelle.  The College’s yearly Advent celebration incorporated collections for women’s shelters and social service agencies.   Student leaders incorporated a day of service into their August training session, taking time to help out at soup kitchens and social service agencies. CNR’s student clubs and athletic teams fed the homeless, tutored children, held drives for needed items, and fundraised for breast cancer and domestic violence advocacy groups.Campus Ministry student interns facilitated a yearly College-wide community service day, collections of needed items, and social justice programming. During last year’s spring break 2013, students and faculty worked on continuing recovery efforts for victims of Hurricane Sandy in Brooklyn and Staten Island. 

 

 

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The first Catholic college for women in New York State, The College of New Rochelle was founded in 1904 by the Ursuline Order.  Today, it comprises the all-women School of Arts & Sciences, and three schools which admit women and men: the School of New Resources (for adult learners), the School of Nursing and the Graduate School.  The main campus of the College is located in lower Westchester County, 16 miles north of New York City.  The College maintains five other campus locations in New York City for the School of New Resources in Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Manhattan.  Visit the College’s website at www.cnr.edu.

 

Contact: Elizabeth Weisman
914-654-5281
eweisman@cnr.edu

 

 

Plan a Visit to Westchester for a Winter Getaway

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Ice Skating, Cross Country Skiing and Sledding Make for Outdoor Fun

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (January 5, 2015) — Westchester County Tourism has the go-to guide to experience outdoor and indoor fun this winter. Ice skating, cross country skiing and sledding are all outdoor activities available throughout the county this time of year, and a host of hotels and restaurants have spectacular offers to make Westchester an enjoyable getaway for all.

“Bring your family to Westchester for a day of outdoor activities like ice skating, sledding or even cross country skiing. Then, warm up inside by staying at one of our cozy hotels and dining at one of our many award-winning restaurants. Westchester has it all this winter,” said County Executive Robert P. Astorino. “Meet Me in Westchester, the heart of the Hudson Valley.”

Upcoming activities and events are highlighted below:

Outdoor Fun
With the arrival of winter weather, Westchester is host to ice skating, cross country skiing and sledding fun at many county park locations. Don’t let the cold weather bring you down. Round up the entire family for ice skating (weather permitting) at the following parks:
• Lasdon Park, Arboretum and Veterans Memorial, Route 35, Somers
• Blue Mountain Reservation, Welcher Avenue, Peekskill
• Wampus Pond, Route 128, Armonk
• Mountain Lakes Park, Hawley Road, North Salem
• Willson’s Woods Park, East Lincoln Avenue, Mount Vernon
• Tibbetts Brook Park, Midland Avenue, Yonkers
• Playland Ice Casino, Rye

If you’re a fan of cross country skiing, go to the following locations when snow cover permits:
• Blue Mountain Reservation, Welcher Avenue, Peekskill
• Croton Gorge, Route 129, Cortlandt
• Croton Point Park, Croton Point Avenue, Croton-on-Hudson
• Kitchawan Preserve, Route 134, Yorktown
• Lasdon Park, Arboretum and Veterans Memorial, Route 35, Somers
• Mohansic Golf Course, Baldwin Road off Taconic Parkway, Yorktown Heights
• Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Routes 35 and 121 South, Cross River
• Cranberry Lake Preserve, Old Orchard Street off Route 22, North White Plains
• Maple Moor Golf Course, North Street, White Plains
• Marshlands Conservancy, Route 1, Rye
• The trails at Merestead, Byram Lake Road, Mount Kisco
• Saxon Woods Park, Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains
• Saxon Woods Golf Course, Mamaroneck Road, Scarsdale
• Dunwoodie Golf Course, Wasylenko Lane off Yonkers Avenue, Yonkers
• Lenoir Preserve, Dudley Street off North Broadway, Yonkers
• Sprain Lake Golf Course, Grassy Sprain Road, Yonkers
• Tibbetts Brook Park, Midland Avenue, Yonkers

Sledding is also allowed (weather permitting) at Croton Gorge, Lasdon Park, Ward Pound Ridge Reservation and Dunwoodie, Sprain Lake, Saxon Woods, Mohansic and Maple Moor golf courses.

For all activities, participants must bring their own equipment and all sports are permitted seven days a week during daylight hours only. Admission and parking are free unless otherwise noted. Visit www.westchestergov.com/parks for directions and contact information for the parks.
Stay & Play
With chilly temperatures, visitors may want to enjoy their getaway indoors. The Renaissance Westchester Hotel is offering a special offer for couples who are looking for a retreat from their busy everyday lives. The Couples Getaway in the wooded hills of this hotel property starts at $139 and features Deluxe overnight accommodations for two, a breakfast buffet for two in their Hive Living Room + Bar, champagne and truffles delivered to the room upon arrival, complimentary turndown service and late check-out (if available). The Renaissance Westchester Hotel is nestled on 30 acres of scenic countryside located at 80 West Red Oak Lane in West Harrison. For more information, visit http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/hpnsh-renaissance-westchester-hotel/ or call (914) 694-5400.

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and Westchester is the perfect place to spend with a loved one. Tarrytown House Estate on the Hudson is offering a Valentine’s Day Dinner Package that cannot be resisted. Starting at $369, this package includes Deluxe accommodations, as well as a delicious dinner at Cellar 49 which includes Lobster Risotto, Filet Mignon and Chocolate Port Wine Reduction and paired wines and beers with each course. Sleep in late and enjoy a Biddle Mansion breakfast for two before a late checkout at 1:00 p.m. Tarrytown House Estate on the Hudson is located at 49 East Sunnyside Lane in Tarrytown. For more information, visit http://www.tarrytownhouseestate.com or call (800) 553-8118.
Plan Ahead
Public tickets are now on sale for the inaugural KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, to be held at Westchester Country Club in Harrison from June 9-14. Admission starts at $15 for practice rounds on June 9 and 10, all the way up to a Weekly Clubhouse Pass for $200. The pass includes access to the golf course, main clubhouse and clubhouse foyer, patio and lawn areas Tuesday through Sunday.

There are also one-day Flex Passes available for $35, which allows golf course access on your day of choice through the event, and Daily Grounds Passes, which range from $15 each for Tuesday and Wednesday to $30 each for Saturday and Sunday.

For more information about all tickets, visit http://www.kpmgwomenspgachampionship.com.

For the latest events and happenings in Westchester, log onto www.visitwestchesterny.com, like us on Facebook (facebook.com/westchestercountytourism), follow us on Twitter @westchestertour or call 1-800-833-9282. To view the Westchester County Destination Guide, please visit http://digital-editions.mediatwo.com/westchester-destination.
About Westchester County Tourism & Film
Tourism & Film is Westchester County’s official destination marketing organization. Its mission is to generate economic benefits by enhancing the image and promoting Westchester County as a premier business and leisure destination in the Hudson Valley region. The Tourism & Film Office in Westchester County is a division within County Executive Robert P. Astorino’s Office of Economic Development.

Students at St. Jean Baptiste High School Participate in New Physician Assistant Internship Program at Northshore LIJ – Lenox Hill Hospital

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(Top from left) Ana Leon of the Bronx, Dorcas Alatishe of the Bronx, (bottom from left) Beatrice Dominguez of the Bronx and Emily Falcones of Washington Heights.

(Top from left) Ana Leon of the Bronx, Dorcas Alatishe of the Bronx, (bottom from left) Beatrice Dominguez of the Bronx and Emily Falcones of Washington Heights.

Initiative is the First of Its Kind for Both Institutions

NEW YORK, N.Y. (January 5, 2015) – During a time when national interest in careers in the medical field has been increasing dramatically, an all-girls Cathol

ic college preparatory high school and a prominent hospital on Manhattan’s Upper East Side have partnered to provide a new medicine-focused internship program for students.

During the 10-week internship, Physician Assistants at Northshore LIJ-Lenox Hill serve as mentors for St. Jean Baptiste students. The students also shadow them as they make their rounds, participate in discussion sessions and perform 40 hours of volunteer work. At the conclusion of the internship, students write a 2,000-word essay on the role Physician Assistants play in the care of a patient and receive a certificate from Northshore LIJ-Lenox Hill that they have fulfilled the obligations of the program. In addition, the students receive three high school credits.

Several St. Jean Baptiste High School students are the first to participate in the Physician Assistant Internship Program at Northshore LIJ-Lenox Hill, a 652-bed, tertiary-care hospital and a teaching hospital of New York Medical College, State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine, New York University School of Medicine, Long Island University and Pace University.

The following 11th grade students are part of the new program:

• Adriana Darmanin of Astoria
• Beatrice Dominguez of the Bronx
• Dorcas Alatishe of the Bronx
• Ana Leon of the Bronx
• Emily Falcones of Washington Heights

“The Physician Assistant Internship Program provides high quality work experience outside the classroom. It’s an exciting opportunity for students who typically do not begin internships until they attend college,” said Sister Maria Cassano, Principal of St. Jean Baptiste High School. “The one-of-a-kind program underscores our commitment to academic excellence and speaks volumes to our ongoing mission to prepare our students for college and beyond. We are pleased that Northshore LIJ-Lenox Hill is providing an opportunity for high school students to learn in a hands-on way under the guidance of their staff.”

St. Jean Baptiste High School
Founded in 1929, St. Jean Baptiste High School, located in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, educates young women of diverse strengths and backgrounds. Through a rigorous academic program, St. Jean Baptiste High School prepares its graduates to excel in college and their future professions. As a Catholic community rooted in the spirit of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, the foundress of the Sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame, St. Jean Baptiste High School develops women of faith, service, and leadership and empowers the whole community to participate actively in the transformation of society for a more just world. St. Jean Baptiste High School is located at 173 East 75th Street in Manhattan. More information about St. Jean Baptiste can be found by visiting www.stjean.org/ or calling (212) 288-1645.

 

St. Jean Baptiste High School Appoints New Director of Institutional Advancement

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Laura Gutierrez Campbell of Manhattan will assist with high school’s development operations

Laura Gutierrez Campbell of Manhattan will assist with high school’s development operations

New York, New York (December 19, 2014) – St. Jean Baptiste High School, located in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, announced today the new appointment of Laura Gutierrez Campbell of Manhattan to Director of Institutional Advancement.

“We are pleased to welcome Laura to our faculty and look forward to her new ideas,” said Sister Maria Cassano, Principal of St. Jean Baptiste High School. “We are confident that her 10 years of fundraising, relationship building and communications expertise will be a great asset to our school’s initiatives and mission.”

Prior to joining St. Jean Baptiste High School, Campbell was the Director of Advancement and Parent Annual Giving at Loyola School. She previously served as a Development Manager at CUNY-Kingsborough Community College. Past work experience also includes the role of Legislative Aide to former New York City Council Member Diana Reyna who is currently the Deputy Brooklyn Borough President.

In her new position as Director of Institutional Advancement at St. Jean’s, Campbell will develop and grow relationships while also cultivating ongoing support from alumnae, major donors, foundations and corporations. She will also be responsible for providing strategic direction and leadership for fund development to support the school’s operating budget, and will plan, maintain and supervise St. Jean’s annual giving efforts.

“I look forward to continuing the great work that St. Jean’s has already implemented and using that to develop a more robust development program, growing relationships and pursuing opportunities to help the school thrive,” Campbell said.

Campbell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Loyola University Maryland and a Master of Science degree in Public Administration from the City University of New York, Baruch College, School of Public Affairs. A life-long resident of Manhattan, Campbell currently volunteers with the New York Center for Children as a Junior Committee Member. In the past, she has volunteered with RR Donnelley & Sons as a Diversity Council Member and Big Brothers Big Sisters as a Corporate Mentor Volunteer. Campbell is also fluent in Spanish and Italian.

St. Jean Baptiste High School

Founded in 1929, St. Jean Baptiste High School, located in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, educates young women of diverse strengths and backgrounds. Through a rigorous academic program, St. Jean Baptiste High School prepares its graduates to excel in college and their future professions. As a Catholic community rooted in the spirit of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, the foundress of the Sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame, St. Jean Baptiste High School develops women of faith, service, and leadership and empowers the whole community to participate actively in the transformation of society for a more just world. St. Jean Baptiste High School is located at 173 East 75th Street in Manhattan. More information about St. Jean Baptiste can be found by visiting www.stjean.org/ or calling (212) 288-1645.

 

 

Nonprofit Westchester Celebrates #GivingTuesday

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Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino met with Nonprofit Westchester members on December 2, 2014 to proclaim the day “Giving Tuesday” in the county. The event was held at Cooper’s Mill at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown. As part of Nonprofit Westchester and lohud’s #GivingTuesday campaign, residents were encouraged to give back to local nonprofit organizations that day. NPW’s nonprofit members used social media as a platform to spread information on how the community can donate to their organizations using the hashtag #GivingTuesday. For more information about Nonprofit Westchester, visit http://npwestchester.org.

Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino proclaims December 2 Giving Tuesday in Westchester County with Joanna Straub, Executive Director of Nonprofit Westchester.

Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino proclaims December 2 Giving Tuesday in Westchester County with Joanna Straub, Executive Director of Nonprofit Westchester.

Ready, Set, Go! New Year Excitement Awaits in Westchester

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New Year’s Eve Celebrations, Winter Outdoor Adventure and Unique Hotel Packages You Don’t Want to Miss Now Through 2015

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (December 18, 2014) — Begin 2015 in Westchester County with something for everyone to enjoy.  There’s a line-up of fun-filled events and spectacles that will make the winter season memorable as the New Year arrives.

From quick day trips to extended long weekends, Westchester County, the heart of the Hudson Valley, is an easily accessible destination for year-round activities.

“From an array of New Year’s Eve celebrations to outdoor activities, Westchester County offers countless ways to enjoy the winter season going into 2015,” said County Executive Robert P. Astorino.  “We’re positive your visit to Westchester will be filled with excitement as you start off the New Year.”

Westchester's Winter Wonderland

Westchester’s Winter Wonderland

Upcoming activities and events are highlighted below:

NYE Entertainment

Light up the night at the 15th Annual New Year’s Eve Spectacular in White Plains starting at 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 31. This is the biggest outdoor stage event in Westchester that will usher in the New Year. Main and Court Streets will be closed off so that hundreds of locals and visitors can be entertained with a stage with live music and fun for both adults and children. The night will continue with a countdown to the New Year, a magnificent ball drop and a fireworks show at midnight. For New Year’s Eve Spectacular attendees 21 years and older, Heineken USA will provide free rides to residential destinations within Westchester County at the Safe Rides transportation stand on the corner of East Post Road and Mamaroneck Avenue between 11:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m.

Or, put dancing shoes on for the New Year’s Eve Dance Party at the Holiday Inn Mt. Kisco. Starting at 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 31, guests can party all night for $75 in advance or $85 on the day of the event. The price includes a three-hour open bar until midnight, a live DJ with dance music until 2:00 a.m., a 2015 Midnight Celebration with a champagne toast, a tapas style menu and Chef’s Action Stations until 11:00 p.m., as well as a dessert and coffee bar. Reserved seating is available upon request for parties of eight or more with advance ticket purchase. Overnight accommodations are available for an added rate. The Holiday Inn Mt. Kisco is located at 1 Holiday Inn Drive in Mt. Kisco. For more information, visit www.himtkisco.com or call (914) 241-2600.

The Winery at St. George is also having a celebration to welcome 2015. On Wednesday, December 31, the Winery will host its New Year’s Eve Gala starting at 8:30 p.m. For $150 per person, attendees will enjoy an open bar with wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages available from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Champagne will be available at midnight. Enjoy watching the ball drop, music, continuous hors d’oeuvres and tapas. There will also be a signature Venetian dessert hour for guests. There are limited tables and all seating is at a first come first served basis. The Winery at St. George is located at 1715 Main Street in Mohegan Lake. For more information, visit www.thewineryatstgeorge.com or for reservations, call (914) 455-4272.

Zuppa in Yonkers is also hosting a New Year’s EVE Bash. Starting at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 31, the restaurant will provide an elaborate cocktail hour in the Lounge Bar area featuring a raw bar, elaborate Italian food stations and passed Antipastini followed by a four-course meal. There will be a live DJ with entertainment all evening and full open bar privileges for $135 per person for adults (tax and gratuity not included) and $67.50 for children. Zuppa is located at 59 Main Street in Yonkers. For more information, visit www.zupparestaurant.com or call (914) 376-6500.

Outdoor Adventures

Howl in the New Year with winter wolves and start the year off with a family fun day at the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem on January 1 at 11:00 a.m. Kids will learn about the mythology surrounding wolves and the important role of wolves in the natural world. Guests will visit Ambassador wolves Atka, Alawa and Zephyr as well as the center’s critically endangered red wolves and Mexican gray wolves.  Pre-registration is required. Information and registration are available at www.nywolf.org, where a schedule of year-round events is listed.

In February, don’t miss Teatown’s River EagleFest at Croton Point Park. Winter is the time of year when bald eagles return to the Hudson Valley in large numbers. The eagles tend to congregate while crossing the Croton River on Rte. 9A. Join Teatown’s 11th celebration on Saturday, February 7. Amazing live raptor shows will be held throughout the day.  Additional activities range from guided and independent eagle viewing, bus tours, storytelling, a tent with children’s programs and activities, bird walks and displays from 30 area organizations. Entertaining and educational shows take place all day under heated tents and food for purchase will be provided by the Wobble Café. Parking is free at the park. For more information and to purchase a discounted general admission ticket, visit www.teatown.org.

Don’t miss the first-ever Westchester’s Winter Wonderland that has transformed the iconic Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla into a festive wonderland. Included are more than 2.5 million glittering LED lights choreographed to holiday music; an outdoor recreational ice skating rink (skating and skate rentals are an additional cost); boutique vendors; photos with Santa Claus; winter hay rides; the Wonderland Express ride; and a heated indoor food court offering a variety of dining options, wine and beer. Westchester’s Winter Wonderland continues through Sunday, January 4. For more information call (914) 231-4548 or visit www.wwinterwonderland.com.

Come to Westchester to bowl with special group rates for families and friends. Grand Prix New York Go Kart Racing & Bowling is featuring discounts for groups of six people or more. On December 31 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Groups of six or more can bowl for $250 for family lanes and $300 for VIP lanes. This package includes one lane of bowling, glow products for VIP reservations, one free 10-credit arcade card per person, draft beer and wine open bar, free shoe rentals, one free race per person, appetizer buffet and free soft drinks for kids. Also, there will be free access to the Bouncy Castle for anyone 8 years old and under. Grand Prix New York Go Kart Racing & Bowling is located at 333 North Bedford Rod in Mount Kisco. For more information, call 914-358-3616, visit http://www.gpny.com/ or email sales@gpny.com.

Stay & Play

For last-minute holiday fun, take a trip over to Doral Arrowwood for its Santa Package on Friday, December 19. Santa invites guests for milk and cookies and a holiday film festival on Friday night by the Giant Gingerbread House. The next day, guests wake up to join Santa in the Atrium for breakfast between 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Enjoy a bountiful breakfast while Santa mingles. Don’t forget to bring a list for Santa! Starting at $149, this package includes overnight accommodations, a Santa breakfast for two adults and two children, Friday night milk and cookies, Friday night family holiday movies (Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Elf for the children, and It’s a Wonderful Life for adults), late check-out at 1:00 p.m., complimentary self-parking and complimentary shuttle to and from the Westchester Mall from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Friday night for last-minute shopping. The Doral Arrowwood is located at 975 Anderson Hill Road in Rye Brook. For more information, visit www.doralarrowwood.com or to make reservations for the Santa Package, call (855) 412-4805.

Looking for an adult party with mystery for New Year’s Eve? Then you’ll get a kick out of the DoubleTree by Hilton Tarrytown’s annual New Year’s Eve Murder Mystery Celebration on December 31. Actors and actresses from The Killing Kompany dress in costume and put on a crime scene performance for guests during dinner while the guests try to solve the case.  At $379 per couple, this package includes overnight guest accommodations; cocktail hour with the characters in costumes and passed hors d’oeuvres; a buffet dinner; DJ and dancing; a champagne toast at midnight; as well as a breakfast buffet on New Year’s Day. There is limited availability and reservations are required. For more information, call 914-524-6404.

For the latest events and happenings in Westchester, log onto www.visitwestchesterny.com, like us on Facebook (facebook.com/westchestercountytourism), follow us on Twitter @westchestertour or call 1-800-833-9282. To view the Westchester County Destination Guide, please visit http://digital-editions.mediatwo.com/westchester-destination.

About Westchester County Tourism & Film

Tourism & Film is Westchester County’s official destination marketing organization. Its mission is to generate economic benefits by enhancing the image and promoting Westchester County as a premier business and leisure destination in the Hudson Valley region. The Tourism & Film Office in Westchester County is a division within County Executive Robert P. Astorino’s Office of Economic Development.

 

 

Beyond Giving Tuesday: Social media fuels school’s ’85 Acts of Kindness’ program

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Anybody can donate money or time on Giving Tuesday, but a girls’ prep school in New York City is encouraging students, staff, alumnae and the public to participate in a social-media fueled kindness campaign that will last for the rest of the school year.

“Service is really one of the characteristics that our students identify with,” Flora Lugo, the school’s director of recruitment and admissions, told TODAY.com. “We collaborated to team up with our students and our community, and show our service component to not only our community, but to the state and the nation. And hopefully, it’ll go global.”

In honor of the 85th anniversary of St. Jean Baptiste High School, staffers launched the “85 Acts of Kindness” campaign Monday. The initiative asks students in each homeroom class to perform a combined 85 acts of kindness by May, and post photos of their works to Instagram, Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #85KindActs and the handle @stjeanhs.

St. Jean Baptiste students also are reviving the school’s Toys For Tots program, which had been dormant at the school for six years, according to Lugo.

Although participation isn’t mandatory, seniors Annie Garcia and Deja Jenkins are on board with the campaign. Both 17-year-olds have been volunteering at local day-care centers.

“I help them read,” Garcia, a co-vice president of the school’s National Honor Society, said. “And I help them with activities like painting.”

Added Jenkins, who’s vice-president of the school’s student council, “I love waking up in the morning, knowing that I am giving back to these children.”

As additional examples of good deeds, school officials encouraged students to serve the underprivileged, tutor, speak out against bullying, and empower girls. But even the smallest acts of kindness count toward the greater goal, as evidenced by a recent post to the school’s Instagram account.

Link to the TODAY show article here: http://www.today.com/news/beyond-giving-tuesday-social-media-fuels-schools-85-acts-kindness-1D80332292

St. Jean Baptiste High School Launches #85KindActs Social Media Campaign for 85th Anniversary

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Students at All-Girls Catholic School in New York City
to Perform Acts of Kindness in Celebration of Anniversary

NEW YORK, N.Y. (December 1, 2014) – On the heels of Thanksgiving and the start of the season of giving to others, St. Jean Baptiste High School, located in New York City’s Upper East Side, today launched 85 Acts of Kindness, a campaign to celebrate its 85th anniversary. As part of a school-wide initiative, student teams will each commit to collectively perform 85 Acts of Kindness starting today through the end of the 2014-15 school year.

“This is a perfect opportunity for our students to work together and celebrate our anniversary, while also staying true to our mission ‘to participate actively in the transformation of society for a more just world,’” said Sister Maria Cassano, Principal of St. Jean Baptiste High School. “We’re encouraging students to perform a positive act that benefits the health, well-being, education, spirit or happiness of someone else. It is fitting to begin this initiative during the holidays, the season of giving. We can envision our initiative spreading throughout the community.”

During the campaign, students will be asked to perform various acts of kindness. Some examples include volunteering at a soup kitchen, nursing home or organization for the less fortunate or underprivileged. However, they will be challenged to come up with their own creative activities, as well.

Every time the team commits an act of kindness, they will post a picture of the activity on Instagram with the hashtag #85KindActs. The posts will then be shared on the school’s Facebook and Twitter accounts and updates will be featured on the school’s website. St. Jean Baptiste High School is also encouraging its faculty, administration, board members, alumnae and members of the community to participate.

“The goal is for our entire school to be involved in something positive and begin a St. Jean Baptiste High School movement that will spread outside of our classroom walls,” added Sister Maria Cassano. “This outreach to the neighborhood and city celebrates our mission of service as well as commemorates our 85th anniversary.”

To learn more about St. Jean Baptiste High School’s 85 Acts of Kindness movement, visit their website at www.stjean.org, follow them on Twitter @stjeanhs or Like their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/St.JeanBaptisteHighSchool.

St. Jean Baptiste High School
Founded in 1929, St. Jean Baptiste High School, located in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, educates young women of diverse strengths and backgrounds. Through a rigorous academic program, St. Jean Baptiste High School prepares its graduates to excel in college and their future professions. As a Catholic community rooted in the spirit of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, the foundress of the Sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame, St. Jean Baptiste High School develops women of faith, service, and leadership and empowers the whole community to participate actively in the transformation of society for a more just world. St. Jean Baptiste High School is located at 173 East 75th Street in Manhattan. More information about St. Jean Baptiste can be found by visiting www.stjean.org/ or calling (212) 288-1645.
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‘Tis the Season to Experience Holiday Cheer at Cross County Shopping Center

By | Press Releases

YONKERS, N.Y. (November 11, 2014) – Cross County Shopping Center in Yonkers invites local families and visitors from the region to experience the holidays in a magical setting. Starting Saturday, November 15, with a wide array of events and attractions scheduled through Christmas Eve, there is something for everyone to enjoy, including Santa arriving during an entire show themed around the popular Walt Disney Animation Frozen.

“The holidays are such a festive time of year that we just can’t keep the excitement to ourselves. We love to share this season with our shoppers and that includes tons of exciting things to do while shopping for amazing holiday deals,” said Liz Pollack, Senior Marketing Manager, Cross County Shopping Center. “We are providing extended hours, as well as free parking at the mall. Plus, our Mobile App makes each shopping experience easy and convenient with a store finder, listing of sales and details on events.”

The following highlights the holiday events being featured at the mall:

Santa Arrives at Cross County Shopping Center
From the North Pole to the City of Yonkers, Santa will make his grand entrance at the Cross County Shopping Center on Saturday, November 15 at 12:00 p.m. Saint Nicholas himself will appear during an interactive show with characters from the movie Frozen. After his arrival, children will be able to meet-and-greet with Anna, Elsa, Olaf and more, then visit Santa to share wishes and take photos. Kids can also register to win a Frozen-themed gift (valued at $250) at the event. Families can visit with Santa from November 15 through December 24 from 11am to 8pm Monday through Saturday and from 12pm to 6pm on Sundays. In December Santa’s hours will be extended even more. Santa will be at Cross County until 5pm on Christmas Eve.

Light the Night with Holiday Cheer
As part of its annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on Saturday, November 22 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Cross County Shopping Center will provide a captivating night light show with music and Santa’s Christmas tree for all to enjoy. The event will include a concert by the New York City Swing Band; strolling characters; children’s activities including a pixie stick station, face painting and balloons; and the first 100 shoppers to visit the Cross County booth, located between Victoria’s Secret and Gap will receive a voucher to pick up a FREE, live Christmas tree the following weekend on 11/29.

Let the Shopping Begin
Shoppers can get a kick start on Black Friday discounts on Friday, November 28 this year with Macy’s opening at 6:00p.m., Sears opening at 7:00 p.m. and the remainder of the mall stores opening at midnight on Thursday, November 27th. While they wait on line to go into their favorite retailer, a DJ, strolling characters and a gift bag giveaway to the first 250 guests will keep everyone entertained.

Photos for Furry Friends
Dogs and cats can get in on the fun, too. Cross County Shopping Center will host Pet Photos with Santa on Monday, December 1; Monday, December 8; and Monday, December 15. Shoppers are invited to bring dogs and cats from 6pm to 8pm. Cats should be kept in a carrier and dogs on a leash until photo time.

A Chanukah Celebration
Cross County Shopping Center is partnering with the Chabad of Yonkers to host a festive menorah lighting on December 18th at 6pm. The event will include a live musical concert with cultural dancing, treats and activities for children.

The Cross County Shopping Center is located at 8000 Mall Walk in Yonkers. For more information, visit www.crosscountycenter.com.

About Cross County Shopping Center
Cross County Shopping Center, owned by Brooks Shopping Centers, LLC, was acquired by Leonard Marx, Sr. and Charles Benenson in 1976 on behalf of a strategic partnership between Merchants’ National Properties, Inc., and Benenson Capital Partners, LLC. Merchants’ National Properties, Inc. (NASDAQ-MNNP) (www.merchantsnationalproperties.com), a prominent New York City based real estate investment, development and management company, incorporated in 1928, currently has interest in 63 properties in 20 states. Benenson Capital Partners, LLC (www.benensoncapital.com), a New York–based firm dating back to 1905, has holdings in over 150 properties throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.

Cross County Shopping Center features more than 100 specialty stores and restaurants including Macy’s, Zara, H&M, Steve Madden, Swarovski, Chipotle and more. Children’s play areas, free parking and seasonal events draw millions of residents to the outdoor center, year-round. Cross County Shopping Center is located at the junction of Interstate 87 and the Cross County Parkway in Yonkers, NY. For more details on stores, events, hours and other Center happenings, log on to www.crosscountycenter.com.