THE GYM of Armonk Hosts Toy Drive Supporting The Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester
From December 9th through the 20th of this year, THE GYM of Armonk will be hosting a toy drive to support The Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester. The public is encouraged to bring new/unopened toys only, (preferably wrapped), to THE GYM at 99 Business Park Drive in Armonk, NY during normal business hours.
“THE GYM of Armonk has always made a point to support local and community-based charities, and this is no exception,” said Jamie Nicastri, General Manager at THE GYM. “We are looking forward to collecting a record number of toys and games that will put smiles on the faces of those less fortunate this Holiday Season!”
Brian Skanes, Executive Director of The Boys & Girls Club, further noted, “We are so grateful to THE GYM for their dedication to giving back to our community. We look forward to sharing the collected toys with our families ensuring them an exciting and happy holiday.”
For questions or additional information about the toy drive to support The Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester and/or other offerings at THE GYM of Armonk, please contact (914) 219-1601 or e-mail mhickey@GetToTheGym.com for more information.
Wampus Brook Park is Transformed into an Enchanted Forest
September 23, 2013 Apple-orchid picking, apple bobbing, pie-eating contests, a bouncing-castle and juggling were just some of the many activities at the Cider and Donut Festival that brought the Armonk community, guests and business owners back to yesteryear.
The credit goes to the Schultz family, says Sue Allan Dean of Naturescapes Landscaping Design and Garden Shop, who coordinated Saturday's event; the festival was sponsored by the Armonk Chamber of Commerce. The Schultz Cider Mill first opened in 1951 on Old Route 22 in Armonk and sold apples, fresh cider and plants. In 1966, they added burgers, hot dogs and donuts, fresh and hot out of the donut maker. The rest is history: We look back on Sunday mornings when people came from all over the tri-state area to Armonk and lined up for the donuts sold by the dozen. The famous donuts were served in brown paper bags that soaked up the oil. Just a whiff of the donuts was worth the wait and remembered by many. Julie Dickens of Beascakes Bakery has brought back the delicious donuts. Lines began once again on Saturday for the fresh cinnamon, sugary donuts that many people ate two-at-a-time.
The festival began with a celebration in appreciation of the Schultz's, who are part of Armonk's heart, added Sue Allison Dean; Ms. Dean grew up in Armonk and has fond memories of the Schultz’s. We still yearn for that warm, small-town feeling and the sticky donuts bring that feeling back. The donuts are still a symbol of the service, dedication, neighborliness, and camaraderie, said Sheila Smith Drapeau, in memory of Schultz's matriarch, Mary Ellen Schultz.
Neal Schwartz, president of the Armonk Chamber of Commerce, who owns the Tutoring Club of Armonk and College Planning of Westchester, was grateful that businesses contributed to the community event. The Wampus Brook Park was an ideal setting, offering plenty of space for everyone. One of the highlights at the event was the pie-eating contest, with its fresh pies and great prizes. Neal hopes to accommodate a request for a repeat performance next year with an annual Cider and Donut Festival.
The Bluegrass music, with a little bit of bebop, was performed by the Bandolins. It added a nice touch to the festivities, thanks to the sponsorship of Heckler and O'Keefe CPAs. Collectively, the local businesses were the backbone of the festival and helped make it a fun-filled event for hundreds of families as the kids’ activities were the mastermind of Armonk's own businesses.
Armonk Fire Department 9/11 Service
Students Serving Soldiers By Terence Carthy and Joe Brigante
Sept. 19, 2012 On the weekend of the Armonk Art Show, September 29 and 30, the Students Serving Soldiers club from Byram Hills High School will be raising money to support the troops by hosting a bake sale on Main Street from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The money raised will be used to pay for postage on the care packages sent to United States troops in Afghanistan.
Please support the troops by purchasing a scrumptious treat from the club or donating an item to contribute to the club’s care package drive. In last year’s package drive, the club was able to send forty-two care packages to soldier’s serving overseas. With your help we hope to send many more.
Selfless men and women have chosen to answer the call of duty and many put their lives on the line so that we can remain forever free. The least we can do is send some remnants of home to their tough deployments. Our care packages include items such as: socks, deodorant, DVDs, food and many more much wanted items. Any care package item donations would be greatly appreciated and will be sent to servicemen and women in Afghanistan in personalized care packages containing an assortment of items.
Please feel free to ask any questions of the club members regarding our mission or ways to contribute at the bake sale or email us at email@example.com.
Thank you for your support!
By Michelle Boyle
Updated January 6, 2012 Winter is here and whether you enjoy sports, entertainment, dining or shopping, there's something for everyone in our neighborhood.
Sports & the Outdoors
If you enjoy being a spectator, Byram Hills' schools offer a variety of after-school sporting events. Byram Hills basketball and wrestling teams are playing this season. Head to the high school to watch and support our Bobcats. Their games' schedules and results are reported weekly here.
If skiing or snow boarding are your thing, Hickory & Tweed's got the gear to keep you in top shape, perform your best, and look great while you’re on the slopes.
Keep in shape at The Gym, they have a multitude of ways to challenge you to get into the best shape.
The Towns Parks and Recreation Department is a happening place at the Hergenhan Center. They offer classes for adults and children in music, art, cooking, sports and more. If you've got an idea for a class that doesn't exist, inquire about starting a new one.
The North Castle Parks and Recreation Department maintains public tennis courts, basketball courts, a running tracks and hiking trails. You can always throw on a good pair of hiking boots, call a friend and walk the track at Town Park or the trails on Oregon Road or Betsy Sluder Preserve. Hiking trails are reviewed in our outdoor section.
Whether you are a weekend warrior or a triathlete, you may want some advice to achieve top notch performance. Dr. Robert Silverman offers a monthly complimentary program which provides nutritional information and shows how to effectively use kettlebells.
Arborist Tom Marino of SavaTree is very knowledgeable about our local landscaping, and he is always available to answer questions. Awesome Landscaping offers a variety of services, and if they don’t have an answer for you, they will research the subject and get back to you with the information you need.
The real estate marketing is heating up. We've got may knowledgeable real estate agents to guide you when selling or buying a new home.
Sharpen your kids' pencils and help them improve their skills and grades, while building confidence. Meet some of our highly qualified specialists offering tutoring skills: The Tutoring Club of Armonk offers a multitude of tutoring services, as does Teachers 4 Tutors. Hilary Blum offers specialized tutoring in a variety of areas, including learning disabilities and organizational skills. College Advice offers college guidance.
Rarely fun (in my humble opinion), but sometimes necessary, is home maintenance. Miracle Home Improvements offers a solution to most home improvement needs, and they're quick to respond. Armonk Hardware carries everything you need for your home. Nuts & Volts Handyman Services are professionals who offers handyman services.
Armonk's best kept secret is Ridge Auto Body. They do complete collision repair and restoration.
We continue to fill up the calendar with events from around town. Rarely does a day go by without something to do. Take a look at what's happening at the wonderful North Castle Public Library. They have so many great programs: book clubs for seniors, adults and teens, discussion groups, knitting classes, chess games and lessons, music, Armonk Players' play readings, children's games and entertainment, Tai Chi, Italian Culture, cooking classes, Internet classes, Chinese lessons (new program) and the list goes on.
And for the little ones, there are many reputable preschools in the area. There are a great selection of summer camp programs from music, theatre, sports and the circus, coming soon is our Summer 2012 page.
The wine classes offered at Wine Geek Armonk sound delicious. They are always helpful with great paring of wines for every meal and occasion. Armonk Wines & Spirits also offers wine tastings.
Are you in the mood to get something to eat? There are plenty of choices to grab something in Armonk, including Fernando's Pizzeria, Amore Pasta & Pizzeria, Tazza Cafe (free Wi-Fi service), David Chen's, Kira Sushi/Kira East, Made in Asia, Mariachi's Mexican, Bagel Emporium, Marc Charles Steakhouse, La Mer Seafood, Beehive Restaurant, Moderne Barn, Opus 465, Three Little Pigs, Souperman Soups, Beascakes Bakery, and Nick's Corner Market. Check them out at Armonk Dining.
Get out there and enjoy the best of Armonk. We've got a multitude of activities that are in our own backyard.
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Eye Designs of Armonk Welcomes Dr. Janet Woo
January 21, 2012 Eye Designs of Armonk at 575 Main Street welcomed Dr. Janet Woo as a new member of their team in December. Woo, a Stamford resident, is an optometrist at Eye Designs of Armonk and is available by appointment on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Woo studied optometry at the Southern California College of Optometry. A Long Island native, she said studying out west offered a great opportunity to go to California and explore. When her father fell ill, however, she returned to New York. She met her husband on a family ski trip and now they have two sons. Having a family in Connecticut made a commute to Long Island too difficult; she decided instead to work in Westchester County and eventually found her home in Armonk.
Dr. Woo has enjoyed a very positive experience in our town. She said, "I like it here, it's very quiet, it has a nice shopping center, beautiful location and people are very nice." She also occasionally works in Eye Design’s Scarsdale store.
Dr. Woo has noticed a change in the profession of optometry. "We're starting to treat more diseases," she said. She is also a nutritionist, with a master’s in nutrition from the University of Bridgeport. "I wanted to offer nutrition consulting from my house because my husband is a chiropractor. That didn't work as well as I thought it would because I'm a type A personality, and trying to get people to change their lifestyles is just too hard. Many times they don't want to change!"
However, recent studies have indicated that nutrition has a tremendous impact on eye health; accordingly, Dr. Woo has discovered a way to integrate nutrition when helping people with eye problems. "When clients fill out their forms and indicate they have diabetes or irritable bowel syndrome, I've been able to focus on these conditions and help them prevent oxidation in their eyes. Also, nutraceuticals, foods that provide medical or health benefits, including the prevention and treatment of disease, is helping with dry eye. Cases of dry eye occur with people who are computer orientated. What often occurs is their blinking slows down and they have low tear film problems. Vitamin supplements and fish oils can help alleviate the problem, without making them dependent just on drops. Sometimes using drops long term can have negative side effects, so we need to find alternatives,” she explained.
Dr. Woo added, "I'm a big educator. I like to tell clients what they can do, other than using medication, to help their eyes." And of course, she is available for eye examinations. She fits contact lenses on both teenagers and adults. Dr. Woo uses the most advanced techniques to help clients achieve their vision correction goals.
"We're excited to have a new and vibrant member in our community,” said Eye Design's manager Jamie Herman.
Proclamation Added to Hickory & Tweed's Wall of Fame
Jan. 6, 2012 Assemblyman Robert Castelli, on behalf of the citizens of New York's 89th district, presented Hickory & Tweed’s owner Skip Beitzel with The Assembly State of New York Proclamation, honoring the celebration of Hickory & Tweed's 50th anniversary.
Hickory & Tweed continues to grow and receive praise from the generations of customers it serves, who shop year after year for a one-of-a-kind shopping experience. This experience includes quality service and the best equipment available in the outdoor recreation needs of the tri-state area.
"It's true about the generations-- it makes me feel old," said Skip.
"As a lynchpin of this community for fifty years, it is an honor to honor you," Assemblyman Castelli said. The proclamation recognizes Beitzel as a leader in helping to strengthen the community with his work with young athletes with disabilities for over two decades.
Hickory & Tweed received one of only ten proclamations presented by Assemblyman Castelli for 2011.