Hudson Valley Hospital Center Sponsors Women’s Symposium on November 3, 2012 in Cold Spring, NY

Kacey Morabito Grean, Darlene Rodriquez & Elizabeth Ailes at Hudson Valley Hospital Center’s Women’s Symposium.

Hudson Valley Hospital Center will hold its 12th Annual Women’s Symposium from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. November 3 at the Chalet on the Hudson in Cold Spring, NY. The symposium will feature a full lineup of expert speakers who will offer a fresh perspective on the secrets to good health and leading a fulfilling life.

Themed “It’s a Give and Take World,” this year’s symposium will focus on how to make connections and enrich our lives through the acts of giving and receiving. Speakers will include Nicole Shendlin, executive director of Her Honor Mentoring program, and Lindsay Aarstad, a physician’s assistant who will talk about her recent experience working at a missionary clinic in Africa. As part of a new tradition, the hospital will honor a special woman for her contributions to the community. This year’s honoree is Chereese Jervis-Hill, president of Events to Remember.

WHUD’s Kacey Morabito Grean will host the symposium, which also includes breakfast, lunch, a gift and raffle prizes, yoga, chair massages, and an astrology presentation by Demitra Vassiliadis. Tickets cost $45. To register, call Hudson Valley Hospital Center at 914.734.3794 or register online at

Hudson Valley Hospital Center is dedicated to serving the health care needs of the community and providing quality, comprehensive medical care in a compassionate, professional, respectful manner, without regard to race, religion, national origin or disease category. It is located on Route 202 (1980 Crompond Rd.) in Cortlandt Manor, NY. For more information, call 914.737.9000 or visit


10-10-10 Events in the Hudson Valley

By Paul Stark

The Party — Meet, celebrate & commune with the many people who worked to create these events, and the many people who got out of their usual routine to participate in the Global Work Party, and the many people who are feeling activated by the climate change issues, a little or a lot. The Bean Runner Cafe, 201 S. Division & Esther Street, Peekskill, 10566. 7:00pm to 10:00pm,

Theatrical afternoon – Katonah Voices for Hope, Voices for Change — Actors reading the very best material from writers and thinkers on climate change and pieces about the real life stories of positive changes and possibilities for richer community.  Plus Elijah Shaheen’s The Lorax save the Ocean, a song, live music, a magician, maybe some surprises.  Katonah United Methodist Church Parish House 7 Bedford Road, Katonah, 10536, 1:00 to 2:30pm

Open house at School of Jellyfish – Beacon
with informal educational visitors to be announced.  This is a remarkable place, a resource center for sustainable living and renewable energy, a hotbed of architecture, design, and artistic expression, plus organic deserts and chocolate. 183 Main St, Beacon, 12508, 3:00 to 5:00pm

Open house at Superfood Citizen Café – Beacon
with demonstrations of local & raw food preparation and personal experiences of discovering the local agricultural resources of the Hudson Valley.  Plus, some pretty delicious food in a fun and welcoming atmosphere. 484 Main Street, Beacon, 12508, 1:00 to 3:00pm

Open house at Earth School – Yorktown Heights, a remarkable alternative education program located at Hilltop Hannover Farm in Yorktown.  See demonstrations of alternative energy projects created by students and teachers, find out about the many activities offered year-round to the public, many for free, and soak up some positive alternative energy. 1271 Hanover Street, Yorktown Heights, 10598, 1:00 to 3:00pm,

Open house at Hemlock Hill Farm – Cortlandt Manor Established in 1939, Hemlock Hill Farm is one the oldest working farms in Westchester County. The DeMaria Family has been striving to provide the community with all natural, farm-raised products for over 70 years. Stop by to see their 7 days a week market and discuss with real farmers the connection between local family farming and the struggle against climate change. Learn about the effort to preserve their 120 acres of green space in perpetuity surrounded by rapid development. 500 Croton Ave, Cortlandt Manor, 10567, 2:00 to 4:00pm,

Educational events and free movies @ Energy Movement Center – Peekskill Two free movies, Everything’s Cool at 1:00 & No Impact Man @ 3:00.  Still hoping for invited guest speakers.  925 South Street, Peekskill, 10566, 1:00 to 5:00pm,

Tree planting ceremony – Katonah Ceremonial tree planting on the lawn after services.  Come by and witness our gesture toward faithful stewardship and community beautification. Katonah United Methodist Church, 5 Bedford Road, Katonah, 10536, 11:30,

The Junior Youth Animators of New Rochelle have made their own banner and will be showing it in their town’s traffic circle park.  Memorial Highway between Lincoln Ave & Lockwood Ave, New Rochelle, 2:00 to 4:00pm,

The Westchester Library System Display Table Project Each library in the Westchester Library System has been supplied with a bibliography of books, movies and other materials and we’ve asked them to set up a display table of materials with a flyer about 10/10/10 &  the local events. If you notice one in your local library, mention to the librarians you’re happy to see it. If you don’t, ask if there’s any interest in setting one up. E-mail me for bibliography & flyer.

Other great events round these parts:

Bluestone Farm Work Party – Brewster At the Bluestone Farm and Living Arts Center: Home-grown food is yummy! And supporting local food is an important way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build local resiliency in the face of climate change. Come volunteer with us as we get to work on the farm and participate in the Global Work Party sponsored by 118 Federal Hill Road, Brewster, 10509, from 1:30 pm to 4:00pm,

Green Israel Summit – Putnam Valley On 10/10/10 (and 10/8 and 10/9!), join the Green Zionist Alliance for Green Israel Summit 4: Green Renewal Shabbat! Details and registration information here: Eden Village Camp, Putnam Valley

10-10 Potluck and Book Swap – Ossining After a hard day installing solar panels, working on the community garden or giving a bike repair workshop, finish the day off by coming to our potluck and book swap. Bring a dish (locally grown if doable), drinks (bottle of wine, six pack of beer or seltzer) and book (about climate change, peak oil and the like) to exchange with someone else. Event will be held at a lovely house with its own vegetable gardens.  Register at or for location, 4:00pm to 8:00pm,

Organic Community Garden Fall Clean Up – Ossining Help clean-up & prepare for winter the newly redesigned Ossining Organic Community Garden. Weed the paths, add compost to the garden beds, plant cover crops or paint the shed. We are a limited mobility accessible garden with a wheelchair accessible raised beds area. Gardening with us are experience & first time gardeners. All degrees of mobility are represented from mountain climbers to wheelchair dependant. Gardeners range in ages from 3 to 70+. Come early for a Learning Event with the Master Gardener Volunteers of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Westchester County: “Closing Shop: Preparing the Garden for Winter” Final harvests, plant removal, care for overwintering or late season crops will be discussed. 10am – 12noon Rain or shine. FREE 235 Cedar Lane, Ossining, 10562,


The best source for last minute changes and additions is or  contact Anyone who would like to help, email Paul at


Festival @ 51 and Plein-air Painting at Rye Arts Center

Donna Prizzi Painting in Plein Air for The Rye Arts Center

The Rye Arts Center (RAC) is proud to present Festival @51, a free hands-on day of art, music, theater and storytelling for the entire community on Sunday, September 12 from 12 to 4 p.m. Professional musicians and RAC students will be on hand to play jazz, rock, and classical music while local artisans sell their crafts and people of all ages join workshops conducted by RAC instructors. There will be opportunities to draw, paint, sculpt, make music and take part in a silent auction of more than forty paintings by regional artists. Gently used and donated items will be on display at a tag sale featuring art and music books and supplies, instruments, CDs, and DVDs. All proceeds will benefit the RAC scholarship fund for need-based students.

Then on September 24 and 25, more than 40 professional artists from the tri-state area have been invited to paint “on location” throughout the area. Rain or shine, artists will be out capturing scenic views of the Hudson Valley region from 7 a.m. Friday to 2 p.m. Saturday. This is a unique opportunity to watch artists painting in the open air, with sites designated by Rye Arts Center (RAC) balloons and listed at The artists encourage passers-by to stop and observe the time-honored, very challenging art of plein-air painting.

The freshly painted works, including landscapes, historic sites and street scenes, will be delivered to RAC in time for a public exhibition, festive gallery reception and auction beginning Saturday at 5 p.m.  A professional auctioneer will commence the live auction at 6:15 in RAC’s Performing Arts Room. The reception is free, but anyone who wishes to attend the live auction will be asked to purchase a $10 bidding paddle. Guests are encouraged to purchase bidding paddles in advance, as seating is limited.

The Rye Arts Center is located at 51 Milton Road in Rye, NY. For more information call 914.967.0700 or visit

Support Connection’s Walk Supports Those With Breast & Ovarian Cancer

Support Connection’s annual walk to raise help and hope for people fighting breast and ovarian cancer takes place on Sunday, October 3 at FDR Park in Yorktown Heights. The Support-A-Walk is a three-mile walkathon to increase awareness about these devastating diseases, and thousands of people from across the Hudson Valley participate each year—many of them to honor friends and family members who’ve been affected.

Proceeds help fund Support Connection, an organization that provides free, confidential programs and services for people affected by breast and ovarian cancer. Support Connection has a toll-free number to help people across the country, as well as Hudson Valley area support groups and in-person programs. Men, women, students, and people of all ages are encouraged to form a Walk Team, collect donations and walk alone, and raise funds online from family, friends and coworkers.

To learn more about the Support-A-Walk for breast and ovarian cancer, and to register or donate, visit or call 914.9626402.

Pet Food: Is Fresh Best for Your Pet?

by Dr. Alex Barrientos

Dr. Alex Barrientos and Ranger at Earth Angels Veterinary Hospital

Choosing a diet for our four legged friends used to be simple. We went to the supermarket and picked what looked best, or followed our veterinarian’s advice and spent more on “Vet Recommended” diets. Today, more consumers are aware of what goes into processed dog and cat food, and it has become harder to argue that a processed product is as good as fresh food for our beloved animal companions. The recent scare over melamine-tainted grain used by the pet food industry intensified this awareness.

The current buzz is fresh foods, cooked or raw, created specifically for dogs and cats at home or by specialty companies. With these new alternatives gaining popularity, pet owners are caught between veterinarians’ warnings against such possibly dangerous diets and their desire to do better for their pets.

As a pet owner and a veterinarian, I have experienced both sides of the argument. I have recommended alternative diets while practicing holistic medicine since the 1990’s, finding them extremely helpful with chronically ill patients. It has taken well over a decade for this “diet revolution” to evolve to the point where veterinarians are advocating cooked and raw diets, as they are done responsibly and under knowledgeable guidance. Just as being a vegetarian involves more than eating vegetables, so does the choice to feed fresh or raw foods involve more than just serving what’s in our refrigerators. Fortunately, companies catering to this new trend have emerged, making it easy to properly feed our animal companions.

Long time breeders and owners of chronically ill pets were the first to try diet alternatives that deviated from conventional processed dry and canned foods. Many different beliefs arose, more based on experience than science. Today, there are more than 20 raw pet food producing companies in the United States, with most meeting and even exceeding “complete and balanced” AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) standards. Raw frozen diets are available at pet shops and veterinary hospitals, and there is even a company (Stella & Chewie’s, LLC) that certifies their raw meat product as pathogen safe through a high pressure process that does not alter food but eliminates bacteria.  This new technology pleases even the most fanatic raw food feeders, appeasing concerns about irradiation and other processes that alter the nutritional value of a fresh diet.

The pet industry in America is changing, as seen by the emergence of companies that produce vitamin and mineral supplements as well as pro-biotics for homemade diets. Preparing a complete and well balanced diet for our pets is now easier than ever. When considering homemade cooked or raw diets for dogs and cats, there are excellent recent publications with recipes backed by nutritional studies and food analysis. Monica Segal’s K9 Kitchen is a good place to start, while Natural Nutrition for Dogs and Cats by Kym Schultze and Give a Dog a Bone by Dr. Ian Billinghurst are also very informative.

Although not for everyone, a fresh food diet—cooked or raw—is possible for our pets if we so choose.  As a veterinarian, I know that there is no “perfect diet for all.” Dogs and cats are individuals, after all, and not likely to succeed with a cookie cutter approach 100% of the time. If and when you decide to try a fresh diet, consult with a veterinarian who has experience in this type of feeding and is supportive of your choices.


Onions May cause a life threatening anemia in dogs and cats.

Garlic Small amounts are for OK for dogs, but none for cats. May cause anemia

Nightshade Veggies (tomatoes, eggplant, etc.)  Aggravate inflammatory conditions like arthritis, allergies, asthma, acid reflux. OK to use in healthy young dogs but avoid in older and/or ill dogs as they will exacerbate inflammatory conditions.

Broccoli & other Cruciferous Veggies Exacerbate hypothyroidism so avoid if thyroid low.

Kelp High in iodine so avoid in hyperthyroid cats. Great for hypothyroid dogs.


Stella and Chewies Raw and freeze dried available. Pathogen-free certified. Good pricing.

Bravo Raw is best. Complete as well as non-complete diets available. Good pricing.

Natures Variety Rich and complete. Be careful with pets that are over-weight. Expensive.

Dr. Alex Barrientos completed her undergraduate and graduate studies in Veterinary Medicine at Cornell in ’98.  She is the founder of Earth Angels Veterinary Hospital in Wappingers Falls, NY, where both alternative modalities and conventional medicine are offered to companion animals. She resides in the Hudson Valley with her husband, 2 children, 3 dogs and 4 cats, and looks forward to bringing alternative pet medicine to the region.

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