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Hear It There's Soulful Saxophonist Alison Shearer on April 25 at Uncle Cheef

<p><a href="HearItThere.com" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: transparent;"><strong>HearItThere.com</strong></a><strong style="background-color: transparent;"> Presents Soulful Saxophonist Alison Shearer&nbsp;Thursday, April 25, 2024 @Uncle Cheef, Brewster, NY!</strong></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent;">Recently nominated for&nbsp;</span><strong style="background-color: transparent;"><em>Best Jazz Club of the Hudson Valley</em></strong><span style="background-color: transparent;">,&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.unclecheef.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Uncle Cheef</a><span style="background-color: transparent;">&nbsp;and live music promoters,&nbsp;</span><a href="https://hearitthere.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">HearItThere.com</a><span style="background-color: transparent;">&nbsp;are honored to introduce jazz saxophonist Alison Shearer on Thursday, April 25, 2024 with two sets of music at 7 PM &amp; 8 PM.</span></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent;">Performing as a quartet since 2015, Shearer writes most of the group’s music. Her&nbsp;soulful sax is supported by musicians, Kevin Bernstien on keys, Marty Kenney, bass and Hoarce Phillips, drums. Called&nbsp;</span><em style="background-color: transparent;">a force on the rise</em><span style="background-color: transparent;">&nbsp;by&nbsp;</span><em style="background-color: transparent;">JazzTimes</em><span style="background-color: transparent;">&nbsp;magazine, Alison Shearer’s explosive career hits refresh on what it means to be a jazz saxophonist today. With classical technique and legendary jazz mentorship undergirding a raw, natural talent, Alison synthesizes the many disparate influences crowding our listening landscape into a style at once personal and global. She leads a new generation of performers, inhabiting her individuality as a member of an international artistic community, and reconfiguring the identity of “jazz fusion” for our current moment.</span></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent;">Hear It There Founder, and live music enthusiast, Elisa Zuckerberg is continually on the lookout for new music. I’ve been following the ascent of Alison Shearer’s music career for years. She is an extraordinary talent and is finding much success in the NYC jazz club scene and national tour! I am thrilled that she’s bringing her quartet to her hometown for this special performance.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent;">The music, food and service at Uncle Cheef are all top notch. Advance reservations via the online&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.unclecheef.com/reservations" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Resy System</a><span style="background-color: transparent;">&nbsp;are encouraged, as they are instrumental when planning for the evening’s success and your enjoyment. If you’ve never used Resy, there will be a one-time set up process which automates the check out procedure to settle your bill.</span></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent;">Navigation settings for Uncle Cheef are, 988 NY-22, Unit C, Brewster, NY 10509. Located 56 miles north of New York City in the Village of Brewster, the lounge is Hudson Valley’s number one home to exciting live music curated by Tonight Show musician and five-time Grammy award winning saxophonist,&nbsp;</span><a href="https://ianhendricksonsmith.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Ian Hendrickson-Smith</a><span style="background-color: transparent;">&nbsp;(aka Uncle Cheef.)</span></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent;">Hear It There promotes original songwriters at Uncle Cheef and is web-based resource. Offering an accompanying weekly newsletter, HiT reaches over 2,800 subscribers. The platform is FREE of charge. Musicians and live music venues are welcome to upload graphics, text and links to seamlessly promote their upcoming live music events! HiT is&nbsp;proud to have partnered with our media sponsor,&nbsp;</span><a href="https://news.hamlethub.com/brewster-new-york" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: transparent;">Brewster HamletHub</a><span style="background-color: transparent;">. For additional information contact (914) 236-4572 or send an email to&nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 102, 204);">info@hearitthere.com</span><span style="background-color: transparent;">.</span></p>

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Sarah Luby Receives Susan Sutton Smith Award for Academic Excellence

<p><strong>Sarah Luby of Patterson, NY,</strong> was one of 206 SUNY Oneonta students recognized for academic excellence during the 2023-2024 Susan Sutton Smith event on Tuesday, April 9. The Susan Sutton Smith awards are given each spring to first-year students, sophomores and juniors who have earned a grade-point average of 3.9 or higher on a 4.0 scale.</p><p>Luby is majoring in Sociology at SUNY Oneonta.</p><p>The on-campus event also featured the annual Susan Sutton Smith Lecture, delivered this year by Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Kiyoko Yokota. Dr. Yokota received the faculty Susan Sutton Smith Award, and her lecture was titled "Clean but Green - the Paradox of the Oligotrophic Cyanobacterial Blooms."</p><p>Two additional faculty members were recognized at the event. Adjunct Associate Professor of Theatre Carmela Marner received the university's annual Simphiwe Hilatshwayo Award for Outstanding Part-Time Instructor. Assistant Professor of Law Dr. Sean Shannon received the Innovative Pedagogy Award.</p><p><br></p><p>This lecture and the awards for academic excellence are made possible by the generous gifts of SUNY Oneonta alumni to the Fund for Oneonta. The Susan Sutton Smith Faculty Prize for Academic Excellence is made possible by an endowment created through the generosity of Dr. Thomas and Mrs. Mary Smith in memory of their daughter, Susan, in honor of her commitment to academic excellence.</p><p>SUNY Oneonta is a public, four-year university in Central New York, enrolling about 5,500 students in a wide variety of bachelor's degree programs and more than a dozen graduate certificate and degree programs. The university is known as both an exemplary residential campus that values inclusion, service and sustainability, and a nurturing community where students grow intellectually, thrive socially and live purposefully. Learn more at&nbsp;<a href="https://suny.oneonta.edu/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">https://suny.oneonta.edu/</a></p>

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Anne Koplik Designs Jewelry Showroom Sale

<p><strong>ANNE KOPLIK DESIGNS JEWELRY will be holding their Showroom Sale this weekend and next at their location in Brewster NY.</strong></p><p><strong>Many one of kind designs will be discounted and their will be showroom specials (in limited quantities&nbsp;along with a free raffle)&nbsp;</strong></p><p><strong>Friday 4/12&nbsp;</strong></p><p><strong>Saturday 4/13 &nbsp;</strong></p><p><strong>Sunday 4/14</strong></p><p><strong>Friday 5/3&nbsp;</strong></p><p><strong>Saturday 5/4&nbsp;</strong></p><p><strong>Sunday 5/5&nbsp;</strong></p><p><strong>10AM-4PM All Days</strong></p><p>Visit Anne Koplik Designs Jewelry on the web for more info @ <a href="https://annekoplik.com/shop" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://annekoplik.com/shop/</a></p>

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Help Needed to Install US Flags Along Lake Gleneida.

<h2>Volunteers are needed to help the Putnam County NY Veterans Services Agency install the United States Flags for the Row of Honor along the shoreline of Lake Gleneida on Saturday, May 18. </h2><h2>Volunteers will be meeting at 9 AM on the shoreline across from George’s Place. </h2><h2>This is an excellent opportunity for any student who is looking for community service credit.</h2><h2>Please give a couple hours of your time to honor those who served and sacrificed.</h2><h2>Contact the Putnam County NY Veterans Service Agency Office at <span style="color: rgb(5, 5, 5);">(845) 808-1620 </span>for more information.</h2><p>(Photo: Jim Rathscmidt of United For The Troops helps raise one of the US Flags along Lake Gleneida.) Photo From Putnam <em><u>County NY Veterans Service Agency Facebook Page)</u></em></p>

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Fighting back against harmful voice cloning

<p>If a call sounds like your boss (asking for bank account numbers) or your family member (begging for help in an emergency), you’re more likely to act. That’s why scammers use voice cloning to make their requests for money or information more believable. And the FTC is fighting back.</p><p>When the FTC announced its Voice Cloning Challenge last year, the main goal was to encourage innovative ways to help protect people from AI-enabled voice cloning harms. Today, we’re pleased to announce that that the FTC awarded four top prizes to the winning submissions that take a wide range of approaches to doing just that:</p><ul><li>a solution that would use algorithms to detect whether voice patterns are human or synthetic</li><li>a technology that would detect in real time voice cloning and deep fakes in incoming phone calls or digital audio in two-second chunks, assigning a “liveness score”</li><li>a proposal that would watermark audio with distortions that people would not be able to hear, but that could throw off AI voice cloners so that the audio could not be accurately cloned</li><li>a technology that would authenticate that a voice is human and embed the authentication as a type of watermark</li></ul><p>Learn more about the winning proposals on the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/contests/ftc-voice-cloning-challenge" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(0, 94, 162); background-color: transparent;">Voice Cloning Challenge page</a>.</p><p>The Voice Cloning Challenge is a part of the FTC’s ongoing work to ensure voice cloning technology isn’t used by scammers to cause harm. That work includes prevention of harms where possible, a proposed comprehensive ban on impersonation fraud, and applying the Telemarketing Sales Rule to AI-enabled scam calls. It also includes warning consumers about the use of AI in scams — like when a scammer&nbsp;<a href="https://consumer.ftc.gov/consumer-alerts/2023/03/scammers-use-ai-enhance-their-family-emergency-schemes" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(0, 94, 162); background-color: transparent;">clones a family member’s voice</a>, calls pretending to be in trouble, and then asks you to send money right away.</p><p>If you get a call like this, call the person who supposedly contacted you using a phone number you know is theirs, and verify the story. If you can’t reach your loved one, try to get in touch with them through another family member or their friends.</p><p>If you spot a scam, report it to the FTC at&nbsp;<a href="https://reportfraud.ftc.gov/#/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(0, 94, 162); background-color: transparent;">ReportFraud.ftc.gov</a>.</p><p><br></p>

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Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports the following DWI arrests over the weekend:

<p>Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports the following DWI arrests over the weekend:</p><p><br></p><p>On April 5, 2024, at approximately 10:45 pm a Deputy was travelling northbound on Peekskill Hollow Rd in the Town of Putnam Valley when he was struck by a southbound vehicle</p><p>which crossed over into his lane. The Deputy sustained injuries to his eye and hand and was transported to Hudson Valley Hospital for treatment. The driver of the other vehicle, 42-year-old Jennifer Hunt was observed to be intoxicated and failed the field sobriety tests. She was</p><p>arrested and charged with felony Vehicular Assault 2 nd degree and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 1 st degree. She was also charged with misdemeanor Driving While Intoxicated and traffic infractions of Operating with a License Restriction, Fail to Keep Right, Move from Lane Unsafely, Speed Not Reasonable and Prudent, and Operating a Vehicle While Using a Mobile Phone. Hunt was processed at the Putnam County Correctional Facility and was arraigned in the Town of Putnam Valley Court where she was ROR to appear at a future court date.</p><p><br></p><p>On April 6, at approximately 2:30 am Deputies observed a vehicle driving erratically, including failing to maintain its lane on Danbury Rd. in the Town of Southeast. A traffic stop was</p><p>made and the driver, Hector Buchyolos, 38 years of age of Brewster, was observed to be intoxicated and failed multiple field sobriety tests. He was taken into custody and transported to the Correctional Facility for processing where he was charged with misdemeanor Driving While Intoxicated and Aggravated DWI for having a blood alcohol content greater than .18%. He was issued an appearance ticket for the Town of Southeast Court for a future date.</p><p><br></p><p>On April 7, at approximately 1 am Putnam County 911 broadcast an alert for an erratic driver in the area of Route 22 and 311 in Patterson. The vehicle was being followed by a</p><p>concerned citizen. Deputies began looking for the suspect vehicle and were able to locate it westbound on Route 6 in Carmel and initiated a traffic stop after observing the vehicle swerve out of its lane. After failing field sobriety tests, the driver 72-year-old Kathleen Hibbs of Wappingers Falls was placed under arrest and transported to the Correctional Facility for processing. She was charged with a misdemeanor Driving While Intoxicated and traffic infraction of Move from Lane Unsafely and was released with an appearance ticket for a future court date in the Town of Carmel Court.</p><p><br></p><p>On April 7, at approximately 11:20 pm Deputies were dispatched to a one vehicle accident on Tammany Hall Rd in the Town of Patterson where a vehicle had traveled off the</p><p>roadway and struck a mailbox. After interviewing the driver, 46-year-old Elizabeth DeLuca of Patterson, NY, and conducting field sobriety tests, she was placed under arrest and was</p><p>charged with misdemeanor DWI and Aggravated DWI for having a blood alcohol content greater than .18%. She was processed at the Correctional Facility and released with an appearance ticket returnable in the Town of Patterson Court.</p>

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VICTORY FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS AS HOCHUL WALKS AWAY FROM SCHOOL AID CUT PROPOSAL

<p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);"> </span><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent;">Assemblyman Matt Slater (R,C-Yorktown) has been consistent in sharing his concerns about the governor’s Executive Budget proposal, as it was hinting at the reduction of Foundation Aid for some school districts. Calling for the governor to stop short-changing New York’s students, Slater along with members of the Republican Conference have protected school aid.&nbsp;</span></p><p><br></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);"> </span><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent;">Initially, Gov. Hochul called for the elimination of the “hold harmless” provision, which guaranteed, at minimum, schools would receive the same amount of Foundation Aid as the previous year. If passed, this will lead to $168 million being cut from 50% of schools across New York.&nbsp;</span></p><p><br></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);"> </span><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent;">After getting push back from lawmakers in Albany and constituents all throughout New York Hochul’s Executive Budget proposal to end “hold harmless” won't be felt in this year’s budget.&nbsp;</span></p><p><br></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);"> </span><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent;">“This budget process has been a disaster for public schools across the Hudson Valley and New York state. Once again Gov. Hochul failed to properly collaborate with stakeholders on an issue as important as investing in our kids’ future. This fight is not over and we will remain laser-focused on giving every child in New York the opportunity to succeed,” said Slater.&nbsp;</span></p><p><br></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);"> </span><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent;">Slater was appointed to the budget conference committee on education by Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay (R,C-Pulaski) to assist in the Joint Budget Conference, committed to bettering New York’s education system and allocating the needed funding to vital programs.&nbsp;</span></p><p><br></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);"> </span><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent;">“As we continue budget negotiations, I am happy to see the Governor is listening to the voices of legislators, parents, and educators who are speaking with one message. We will continue fighting in the final days of budget negotiations to ensure that our schools are fully funded, our students and taxpayers deserve nothing less,” said ranker on the education committee Assemblyman Doug Smith (R,C-Holbrook).</span></p><p><br></p><blockquote><em style="color: rgb(13, 13, 13);">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Assemblyman Matt Slater represents the 94th Assembly District, which includes parts of Putnam&nbsp;</em></blockquote><blockquote> <em style="color: rgb(13, 13, 13);">and Westchester counties, including the towns of Kent, Patterson, Putnam Valley, Carmel,&nbsp;</em></blockquote><blockquote> <em style="color: rgb(13, 13, 13);">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Southeast, Somers and Yorktown, as well as the village of Brewster.</em></blockquote><p><br></p>

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