The Westchester County Department of Health has notified beach and marina operators on a small stretch of Long Island Sound in New Rochelle about a limited sewage spill that was reported this morning. As a precaution, people who use the waters for recreational purposes should avoid direct contact with the water today and tomorrow at the following New Rochelle locations: Wright Island Marina, Castaways Yacht Club, Imperial Yacht Club, Neptune Boat Club, New York Athletic Club, Snug Cove and Huguenot Yacht Club, Beckwith Pointe and Glen Island Park.Read more
Free HIV tests in Westchester
Did you know that outside of New York City, Westchester has the most people living with HIV and AIDS of any other county in New York State? In addition, 40% of individuals in Westchester are diagnosed with AIDS within one year of learning of their HIV status, meaning that they likely had been infected with HIV years earlier without knowing.
A new state regulation now requires that people ages 13 to 64, and other ages as indicated, be offered voluntary HIV testing as a routine part of health care at hospitals and in primary care settings.
In observance of National HIV Testing Day on June 27th, the Westchester County Department of Health in collaboration with the Westchester Knows Task Force and Project WAVE agencies will offer free Rapid HIV testing at the following locations:Read more
White Plains, NY – Thanks to Westchester County’s acceptance into the federal government’s Early Retirement Reinsurance Program (ERRP), nearly $2.5 million of health benefit costs for early retirees and early retirees’ spouses and surviving spouses will be returned to the County coffers.
“Rising health care costs have made it difficult for employers to provide quality, affordable health insurance for workers and retirees, so the ERRP relief stands as significant revenue and resulting cost-savings for Westchester County taxpayers,” said Westchester County Board of Legislators Chairman Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers).
The ERRP was established in March 2010 when Congress appropriated $5 billion for this temporary program, which covers the group of retirees 55 and older who are not yet eligible for Medicare and meet specific dollar thresholds of health care costs. One of the criteria which the County had fulfilled in order to participate in the Early Retirement Incentive program was the establishment of wellness programs, instituted under the Spano Administration in conjunction with the Westchester County Board of Legislators.Read more
The Hugh Doyle Senior Center on 94 Davis Avenue will be opened as a Cooling Center from Wednesday June 8 through Friday June 10th from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.
Residents are also reminded to limit outdoor activities, drink lots of water, dress in light color clothing, and eat light meals with fruits and vegetables. For further information, contact the Hugh Doyle Senior Center at 235-2363.
The Hugh Doyle Senior Center is located at 94 Davis Avenue and provides a full range of social, educational and recreational activities for seniors. Classes are offered in arts & crafts, ceramics, painting, sewing, dancing, gardening, quilting, sculpting, Tai Chi, exercise and choral singing. Games include card playing, bingo and pool. Professional speakers lecture on various topics including, health, consumerism, and nutrition. In addition, the center offers free, comprehensive services for New Rochelle residents, and their families. To find out more call the Center at 914-235-2363 from 8:30am – 4:30pm, Monday through Friday. Walk-ins are accepted and welcomed.Read more
With hot and humid weather forecast for this week, the Westchester County Health Department is issuing a heat advisory. As the temperature rises, residents are advised to avoid strenuous activity, drink plenty of non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated fluids, and take precautions against suffering heat-related illness.
Heat stroke is a serious and life-threatening condition that claims many lives nationwide each year. Symptoms include hot, dry skin; shallow breathing; a rapid, weak pulse; and confusion. Anyone suffering from heat stroke needs to receive emergency medical treatment immediately.
“Heat stroke and dehydration can take you by surprise,” said Dr. Cheryl Archbald, Westchester County acting commissioner of health. “The elderly, young children and those with high blood pressure, heart disease, or lung conditions need to be especially careful to avoid heat-related illnesses.”
The Health Department recommends the following preventive measures against heat-related illnesses:
Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink. If you must exercise, drink two to four glasses of cool, nonalcoholic fluids each hour.Read more
New Rochelle, NY (April 2011) Iona College’s accredited Marriage and Family Therapy Department (MFT) will present a two-day workshop, “Professional Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy,” May 5 and 6 at the college’s Faculty Reception Room, Spellman Hall, 715 North Avenue, New Rochelle, NY.
Presented by Jeffrey B. White, PhD (candidate), a licensed marriage and family therapist and certified Gottman Method Couples Therapist, the workshop training covers three decades of research on what makes marriages succeed or fail and teaches a therapy that helps relationships to thrive.
Participants will be trained in couple dynamics, marital assessment, couple exercises and therapeutic interventions. All workshop materials may be used in private practice settings.
The workshop is designed for mental health providers, allied professionals and clergy, family clinic staff, professors/teachers of couples therapy, researchers in social sciences, graduate students and interns (discount for registration fees available with proof of status).Read more
Third annual event brings together students, parents for night of learning
On Monday April 11th, New Rochelle High School will host the third annual Family University at New Rochelle High School from 6-9:30 pm
Family University is a captivating evening that promotes awareness of the challenges facing high school and middle school students and their families. The event is co- sponsored by New Rochelle FOCUS, Safe Schools/Healthy Students, the New Rochelle High School PTSA and the PTAs of Albert Leonard and Isaac E. Young middle schools.
During Family University, parents and students attend separate workshops on specific issues of interest. Topics include “Less Arguing and More Communication” and “Strategies for Social and Emotional Success” for parents and “Wacky Stress” “Police Encounters” and “Living Online” for students.Read more
(New Rochelle, NY) -- The Lazarus Gallery of United Hebrew of New Rochelle, a campus of residences and services for older adults, will present a new exhibit of contemporary hooked rugs from the Hudson River Rug Hookers group. Rug hooking is considered both an art and a craft and The Hudson River Rug Hookers have embraced the art of rug hooking using new methods and new materials. United Hebrew opened its gallery in the new nursing home and rehabilitation pavilion in 2009. The gallery is an inspirational space that was created to enhance the lives of residents, family members and visitors.
The exhibit entitled “Hooked on Art” will run from March 4 to May 11, 2011. An artists’ reception will take place on Sunday, March 6th at 2:00 pm in the Lazarus Gallery at United Hebrew, 391 Pelham Road, New Rochelle, New York and will feature a rug hooking demonstration. The exhibition will be curated by Jodi Moise, president of JMC Art Partners of New Rochelle.Read more