Van Cortlandt Manor | Croton-on-Hudson, NY | September 28 - November 24

Meander through an 18th-century landscape and discover a breathtaking display of more than 7,000 illuminated jack o’ lanterns—all designed and hand-carved on site by our team of artisans! Witness a windmill go round and round (with pumpkins all around). Visit our brand new medieval castle and listen for the who-whooo… a flock of jack o’lantern owls is standing guard! Star cross your selfie game with Instagrammable-scale signs of the zodiac.

Stroll across the Pumpkin Zee Bridge, watch our Pumpkin Carousel twirl, gaze in wonder at swimming aquatic creatures and a giant Sea Serpent. Get mesmerized by a color-changing star show in the Pumpkin Planetarium. Discover an awe-inspiring jack o’lantern Statue of Liberty rising to the sky!

Complete with synchronized lighting and an original soundtrack, this innovative spectacle is not-to-be-missed!

525 S Riverside Ave., Croton on Hudson

Invasive Plants in our Backyards




The past few years have seen exponential growth in invasive species in our area. This year has been no exception. Japanese Stilt Grass (JSG), an extremely fast-spreading grass from Asia, has been rapidly expanding in our area for several years now. It was first noted in the Americas in the 1800's, and was thought to have made it here as a form of packing material from overseas shipments. The best time to help reduce its spread is by killing it at the end of the summer (end of Aug/beginning of Sept) just prior to its seed phase. At this stage of it's growth, it gets taller than most of its neighboring plant life and sprouts seed stalks. The seeds are clearly visible at the end of these. It is ideal to cut or pull them just prior to the seeds emerging, as it will not give the plant enough time to grow back and seed again before the weather turns colder. It is best to cull growth from the outer edges of an infestation in. Attached is are two photos of it - one of the leaves, the other of the flower/seed bloom. Due to the sizes of most of our properties, and the extent of its growth, it is easiest to weed-wack it, as hand pulling it on most of our properties is not realistic. Also bear in mind it can take UP TO SEVEN YEARS for the seeds to die off on this plant, so you will need to keep killing it in the same places over the coming years to further prevent its spread. It is an annual though, so if you keep at it there is hope. Left unchecked, this stuff will take over your lawn.

Another invasive I noticed for the first time on my property this year is Black Swallowort. This is a vine like plant that grows along the ground and has seed pods looking like string beans almost. Attached are 2 pictures of that as well. These must be hand pulled, because if you use a weed wacker on them, the seed pods will explode and further propagate the plant. After pulling them they should be put in a bag and thrown out that way, to prevent them spreading to other areas via garbage truck.

Lastly, Japanese Barberry seems to be everywhere around us now. This was originally brought to America as an ornamental, but it too spreads on its own very rapidly. I'm sure you've seen it all over the place. This bush can be more difficult to remove than the other species I mentioned since it is covered in thorns and its roots are VERY deep. I find cutting them to the main stem, then pulling the main stem out with a pickaxe works best. You must get the roots or it can grow back. In addition to crowding out local flora, mice love to hide in them because of the thorny barrier they provide. Mice are one of the best vectors for ticks, so oftentimes you will find increased tick presence around these shrubs as well.

I know nobody likes weeding, and to add more to the list is certainly not what anyone wants, but it is important because these species out-compete native flora and crowd it out. Deer also show no interest in any of them, so they do not help in cropping it back either - which leaves it up to us!


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171 Grand Street
Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520

Mon Wed & Thu
5 pm – Whenever (kitchen 10pm)

Fri – Sat
5 pm – Whenever (kitchen 12am)

11 am - 9 pm

Closed TuesdayS


Chef Erick Kupferbrg, formerly of Tagine has cultivated quite the following and locals are looking forward to seeing what delicious creations he will come up with. The charming decor has a contemporary rustic vibe which includes a fireplace and back and white photos of Croton's outdoor hot spots. Partner Dave Wenzel will be there to greet you at the door. Former location of Justin Thyme Cafe.

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Star Gazing at Croton Landing

Saturday, July 14, 9:30 to 10:30 PM
at The Big Field at Croton Landing Park

Summer nights are a great time to look to the skies! This Saturday is especially exciting. We have a chance to see five of our solar system's planets stretched across Croton's sky at the same time. Come on out to The Big Field at Croton Landing as night falls to join local astronomy writer and dark sky advocate Scott Levine. Scott will be our sky guide as he points out our nearest planetary neighbors and shows us some of the summer constellations that we can see with just the naked eye. Or just come to enjoy a dark and quiet night under starry skies. Bring blankets, lawn chairs, and your love of the sky.

This is a free event, open to the public, come and go as you please. If the skies are too cloudy, this event may need to be cancelled without notice.

This is the second in a series of events meant to raise awareness within the Croton community about the importance of dark skies and the detrimental effects of light pollution. Keep watching for information from the CCAC about more dark sky events.

Sponsored by the Croton Conservation Advisory Council.


A moose — or more than one moose — has been making its way around Westchester County. 

 Moose on the loose was seen by my client,               Eric Stromsvold

Moose on the loose was seen by my client,               Eric Stromsvold


Eric Stromsvold was driving Wednesday with his 5-year-old son Benjamin near the late author John Cheever’s former house on Cedar Lane in Ossining and, as he turned a bend in the road, there was a moose. Lohud 6/28/2018

This has been the topic of conversation on TANN, Teatown' Area Neighborhood Network.  One neighbor posted a photo of feces while walking on a trail, and people chimed in from Maine to Virginia. The consensus was it came from a moose. 

Looking for that perfect home? This could be the one!

Single Family Home $1,548,000

Have you been searching the Internet for that perfect home? This interactive presentation has been made available by the listing agent to help you get a feel for this property and help you determine if this home could be the one! Enjoy the presentation.

When you've completed the tour, feel free to contact your Realtor with any questions or to arrange a showing. More information HERE.



Jean Cameron-Smith
William Raveis Luxury Properties
Mobile: +1 914-645-7157

The Source's Recommendation On What To Do This Weekend

ALOHA NIGHTS at The New York Botanical Garden


Saturdays, June 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30; July 7 & 21; August 4 & 18, 2018

6:30 – 10:30pm

Feel the aloha spirit during these festive summer evenings. Celebrate the rich cultural artistry of the Hawaiian Islands and enjoy an after-hours viewing of Georgia O’Keeffe: Visions of Hawai‘i in the Art Gallery and the Conservatory (exhibition open through October 28, 2018). Don your best aloha shirt and join us on the Conservatory Lawn for interactive hula lessons that blend storytelling with rhythm and motion. Illuminated installations by contemporary Hawaiian-Chinese sculptor Mark Chai set the scene for a rotating lineup of live music and lei-making demonstrations. Then unwind and enjoy an array of refreshments for purchase - from poke bowls to our signature cocktail, Passiflora Punch.


Ticket Information:


Member Adults: $28

Children (2 - 12): $13


Adults: $38

Children (2 - 12): $18

Get Tickets

Advance purchase recommended to guarantee admission. Events are rain or shine.



Tips for Your Visit:

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Make the most out of your Aloha Nights visit.

  • Special tickets must be purchased for Aloha Nights and are discounted for Members. Guest passes are not accepted. We strongly recommend reserving in advance, as events are likely to sell out.
  • Aloha Nights take place from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.; arrive at any time during this time range.
  • Plan for approximately two hours to experience Aloha Nights. Tram service does not operate at night. Wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Arrive by 9:30 p.m. for the last entry into the Library Building to view O’Keeffe’s work in the art gallery.


  • Access to the Conservatory is granted on a space-available basis and there may be a wait on peak days.


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With the Fourth of July holiday weekend coming up, it's time to consider where you will see the fireworks. Fortunately, the Hudson Valley offers plenty of options. To help you make Fourth of July plans, The Patch has compiled a list of displays taking place across Hudson Valley Patch towns, and beyond. If we missed any fireworks displays, let us know in the comments below.



June 29 - July 7

Village of Mamaroneck Fire Department Carnival: 6:45pm to 11pm every day, except Wednesday, July 4, when it opens at 4pm. Harbor Island Park at Boston Post Rd. & Mamaroneck Ave.

June 30

Lewisboro: 20th Annual Firework Spectacular, approximately 9:25pm, June 30. Onatru Farm Park, 99 Elmwood Rd., South Salem. Rain date TBD.

July 2

Scarsdale: 2018 Firework Spectacular, approximately 9:15pm Monday, July 2 at the Scarsdale Pool Complex. Westchester Band will perform at 7:30pm. A $2 fee will be charged to all non-pool members entering the pool beginning at 5pm. At 8pm all individuals entering the pool complex will be charged $2.

July 3

Valhalla: Kensico Dam Music Fest and Fireworks. Enjoy a picnic at the park with pre-concert entertainment beginning at 6 pm. A band performance starts at 8pm followed by fireworks around 9:15pm.

Ossining: Fireworks at Louis Engel Waterfront Park. The music starts at 7:30pm and fireworks are scheduled to start around 9:15pm.

Harrison: The 8pm concert features the Tracy Delucia Band. The fireworks are scheduled to start around 9:15pm. Corner of Oakland and Halstead Avenue. Rain date: July 6.

White Plains: On Tuesday, July 3 at 6:30pm. The West Point Band's Benny Havens Band will perform for the City of White Plains Independence Day Celebration at the White Plains High School Athletic Fields located at 550 North St. in White Plains. All are welcome at this family-friendly event that concludes with fireworks!

Yonkers: Cross County Shopping Center: Enjoy the music by the FDR Drive Band followed by fireworks. 7 - 10pm.

July 3 - 4

Rye: Rye Playland Holiday Fireworks Show, 9:30pm, fireworks every Friday July 6 - August 30 at 9:15pm.


July 4

Katonah: Pops, Patriots and Fireworks at Caramoor. 8pm Wednesday, July 4. Fireworks only rain date 9pm Thursday. For more information, including ticket prices, go here.

Mamaroneck: Village of Mamaroneck Fireworks Display, Wednesday, July 4th at dusk at Harbor Island Park, Boston Post Rd. & Mamaroneck Ave.

New Rochelle: Cap off your holiday evening with a viewing of the grand fireworks display at the New Rochelle waterfront. Produced and sponsored by the famous Grucci family, the City of New Rochelle's annual "Spark the Sound" extravaganza starts at 9:30pm, rain or shine. Optimum viewing locations are Hudson Park, Five Islands Park, and waterfront restaurants.

Peekskill: Concert and Fireworks, Riverfront Green Park. The music starts at 7pm and fireworks will start at about 9:15pm.

Two Sources For A Healthier Lifestyle

The Good Choice Kitchen Vegan Café is located in Ossining, NY (Westchester County), and  features a full dine-in or take-out seasonal farm to table menu, a wide selection of fresh fruit/veggie juices and smoothies, and a fridge full of delicious and healthy Grab-N-Go options.  Holistic practitioner events and cooking classes are also held at the café to empower you to take your wellness to the next level.

Weekly Meal Plans, available for pickup and delivery, make it easy to eat well every day, and most noteworthy: classes and workshops are available for all ages to enhance your cooking skills.

Skip the stale salad bar and avoid the deadly drive-thru: make a “Good Choice” today, instead!

Vegan, gluten free, organic, seasonal menu in a beautiful eat in cafe. Come in for breakfast, lunch, dinner, fresh juice, smoothies, whole food desserts. We specialize in healthy customized meal plans,. We also have cooking classes, special order baked goods, alternative practitioner visits and events.

Ask yourself:

Do you feel tired, fatigued, or low energy?

Do you have discomfort and/or swelling in your joints?

Are you in good shape and want to continue feeling great or go to the next level?

BEMER should be a tool in your health toolbox

BEMER is an energy-based therapy that employs physiological regulation.

BEMER = Bio Electro Magnetic Energy Regulation

A few of the many advantages:

  • Increasing circulation

  • Boosting the energy in the cells to improve cellular metabolism

  • Increasing oxygen absorption

  • Improving cellular PH

  • Promoting production of Glutathione, an essential antioxidant that allows for detoxification and prevents premature aging.

BEMER devices improve the impaired pumping movements of small and very small vessels.  

No matter what ails you or if you just want to stay in good physical condition, BEMER will benefit you.

Call Sue Donnelly To Schedule a BEMER Treatment Today:


Ossining, NY 10562, US


Great Sources On Where To Buy Plants... From A Neighbor


There are some great nurseries around, but they can be expensive. Michael's Garden Gate Nursery in Mt. Kisco has good prices and an entire section of native plants.

146 North Bedford Rd. Mt Kisco, NY 10549




If you are just getting started with your flowering garden and want to save some serious $$, this nursery ships healthy, organic, native wildflowers that thrive here, require little care and the pollinators love them!

Prairie Moon Nursery. (It may be a little late in the season to order, but save it for next year. Where else can you get 36 plants for $100? Sure, they take a year to fill in, but totally worth it.)


If you don't mind a drive and want some amazing, healthy, unique plants that do well in the Northeast, Broken Arrow Nursery is by far my favorite!

13 Broken Arrow Road, Hamden, CT 06518




If you are in Connecticut, you might as well try this nursery. It's also worth following their newsletters so you have some support on caring for your plants.

White Flower Farm

167 Litchfield Road, Morris, CT 06763





Finally, this is a family-owned business up in Carmel. Their sales people are super helpful and can help you design a garden on the spot.

Kent Countryside Nursery and Landscaping

61 Ludington Court, Carmel, NY 10512




Good luck. Garden happy!

Natural Science Summer Day Camp

Teatown Camp brings kids outside to learn about and explore the natural world in our 1,000-acre preserve. In four two-week sessions, our age-specific activities encourage the spirit of discovery!

Camp Mission

Our mission at Teatown’s Natural Science Summer Day Camp is to provide a safe, non-competitive summer haven where kids can be kids. We spend our days learning by exploring, discovering new things about ourselves, each other and the earth, and developing friendships and respect for all living things.

Our camp program has three goals:

  • To instill appreciation and understanding of nature

  • To develop a sense of place and belonging

  • To foster a sense of personal and civic environmental responsibility

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Session I
June 25 – July 6*
Theme: Earth Protectors, Strive & Thrive
Session 1 is 9 days – no camp July 4.

Session II
July 9 – 20
Theme: Defensive Strategies, Nature’s Recyclers

Session III
July 23 – August 3
Theme: Quest for Food, Bones & Stones

Session IV
August 6 – 17
Theme: Homes & Habitats, Navigation




Half Day: For children age 4 or those entering Kindergarten; 

Full Day: For children entering Kindergarten only.

Campers sprout in nature through hikes, hands-on discoveries, and storytelling. Sensory activities include muddy hands and wet feet as we investigate what lives beneath the soil and in the water. Campers also experience their first encounters with Teatown’s animal ambassadors.

Half Day: 9:00 am—12:00 pm

Full Day: 9:00 am- 3:00 pm


For children entering 1st & 2nd grade.

Daily exploration of forests, fields, and streams lead campers farther out on Teatown trails. Engage in up-close interactions with the natural community, like frogs, salamanders, and insects. Curiosity is nurtured through mini-experiments, inquiry, and nature play.

Half Day: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Full Day: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm


For children entering 3rd & 4th grade.

The spirit of discovery kicks into high gear for 8 and 9 year olds. Campers learn about the delicate balance in the great web of life by exploring, playing games, and participating in mini-projects on sustainability, habitats, food webs, and wildlife stewardship.

Full Day: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm


For children entering 3rd-7th grade, Sessions II and III.

Take the Teatown camp experience and knowledge and apply it to exciting hands-on projects. Contribute to international and regional citizen science research, and learn fun and easy field research techniques. Campers are bused from the Lakeside Parking Lot to Cliffdale.

Full Day: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm


For girls entering 3rd – 7th grade, Sessions I and IV.

Engage in activities designed to inspire leadership, teamwork and self-discovery. Explore ways Nature Girls of the past have paved the way for Nature Girls of the present and future. Children are bused from the Lakeside Parking Lot to Cliffdale each day.

Full Day: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm


For children entering 5th, 6th & 7th grade.

Embark on investigations to learn about our region’s biodiversity. Trek and explore new destinations along managed trails to adjacent county parks. Use technology to navigate and to practice conservation methods.

Full Day: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm


For children entering 7th grade.

Ignite the spark within! Campers will gain an awareness of the land as well as themselves, when they learn and apply the skills of our ancestors. Fire making, tracking, navigation, plant identification, and others, all while leaving no trace.

Note: While this group will run each session, campers can only be signed up for one session of this group.

Full Day: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm


For children entering 8th & 9th grade.

Build confidence on challenging and vigorous terrain beyond Teatown’s boundaries. Learn about current environmental issues while exploring local ecosystems including rocky mountaintops, salt and freshwater marshes, and the Hudson River. Engage in stewardship projects at Teatown.

Full Day: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm