November 5, 2020
Dear Village of Brewster Parking Permit Holders:
Over the past nine months, the Village of Brewster has been proactive in addressing the unforeseen effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the unintended consequences of this pandemic has been the financial toll it has taken on our small towns and villages, as well as on our residents and commuters.
In response to commuter concerns, we halted payments for parking permits, while still holding those parking spots within the Village lots, to help ease the stress and financial burden during these uncertain times.
The Village of Brewster has also been affected by the pandemic and subsequent economic downturn, and as we approach the next billing quarter, we need to take steps to ensure the financial health of the Village. On November 4, 2020, the Board of Trustees agreed to resume charging fees for parking in the commuter lots that were being held during the COVID-19 shutdown. This decision was not without careful thought and discussion and the understanding that many commuters are still not utilizing the parking lots at this time.
If you wish to continue holding your parking spot, payment for the December 1, 2020 through February 28, 2021 quarter must be received (or postmarked) no later than December 31, 2020. If you choose not to renew your permit, please contact the Village of Brewster no later than December 31, 2020 to let us know. If payment is not received by December 31, 2020, we will no longer be able to hold your parking spot (Railroad Avenue Lot, Marvin Avenue Lot, Green Lot, and Tri-State Lot), as well as your spot on the waiting list, and we will consider your account inactive.
VILLAGE OF BREWSTER
URBAN RENEWAL PROJECT WORK SESSION
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, that the Board of Trustees, the Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Appeals of the Village of Brewster will hold a Work Session on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 7:00 P.M. at St. Lawrence O’Toole Gymnasium at 34 Prospect Street, as well as virtually through Zoom, the Meeting ID is 207 812 8623 and the phone number to call is 1-929-205-6099. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Village Boards requires that no one from the public attend the meeting, and urge those who wish to hear the discussion join the Zoom call. The work session is to discuss the ongoing Urban Renewal Project and no public comment will be accepted.
By order of the
Board of Trustees of the
Village of Brewster
Attention Village and Southeast Residents:
The Department of Public Works has top soil available to all residents to be picked up during normal business hours. If you would like to pick up top soil, please call to make an appointment at 845-279-3760. Appointments must be between 8 AM and 3 PM, Monday through Friday. Limited quantities are available.
Attention All Village Residents:
Due to COVID-19, the Village of Brewster polling location will be at 25 MARVIN AVENUE. Please be sure to wear a mask and remain socially distant while voting this year. If you have any questions please call the Putnam County Board of Elections at 845-808-1300 or visit their website www.putnamboe.com
September 23, 2020
Attention all refuse users in the Village of Brewster:
In 2017, the Village of Brewster began its contract with Suburban Carting to collect garbage and recycling twice a week and do a bulk pick up twice a year. The Village Board of Trustees signed the contract with the option to extend the refuse rate per unit through 2020, and agreed to an increase in the rate per unit in 2021.
On August 19, 2020, the Village of Brewster Board of Trustees notified Suburban Carting that the Village of Brewster would like to extend the contract until the end of 2021 at the increase proposed on the contract, which is $0.75 per unit.
On September 16, 2020, the Village of Brewster Board of Trustees discussed the increase of the refuse bill to cover the increase stated in the Suburban Carting contract and the increases in overhead involved when sending out a refuse bill. The following increases were approved by the Board of Trustees:
Refuse bill paid yearly in March: $290.00 per unit $300.00 per unit
Refuse bill paid using monthly option: $25.00 per unit per month $26.00 per unit per month
These new rates will go into effect on January 1, 2021. Please note that the Village of Brewster requests bids from multiple carting companies and selects the bid that is the most cost-effective choice for the Village residents. This contract expires at the end of 2021; the Village of Brewster will be going out to bid for the carting contract again and will follow the same procedure.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation,
Village Clerk & Treasurer
Again, here is the link to the full update document on the Putnam County website, which includes links to more information about the Hazard Mitigation Plan.
Protect Your Heart in the Heat
Tips from the American Heart Association
For immediate release
WESTCHESTER, NY, July 8, 2020 — With the hot days of summer ahead be sure to protect your heart in the heat. When temperatures are forecast in the 90s, it’s important to know that extreme heat can be hard on the heart.
As the temperature rises, so can your risk for suffering health issues like heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Doctors recommend using good judgment when it comes to activities outside in the heat, and that you stay hydrated.
During hot weather, it’s important that you take the right precautions:
- Watch the clock: It’s best to avoid the outdoors in the early afternoon (about noon to 3 p.m.) because the sun is usually at its strongest, putting you at higher risk for heat-related illnesses.
- Get off on the right foot: You probably sweat the most in your shoes, so choose well-ventilated shoes and look for socks that repel perspiration. Foot powders and antiperspirants can also help with sweat.
- Dress for the heat: Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing in breathable fabrics such as cotton, or a newer fabric that repels sweat. Add a hat and/or sunglasses. Before you get started, apply a water-resistant sunscreen with at least SPF 15, and reapply it every two hours.
- Drink up: Stay hydrated by drinking a few cups of water before, during and after your exercise. Avoid caffeinated or alcoholic beverages.
- Take regular breaks: Find some shade or a cool place, stop for a few minutes, hydrate and start again
- Follow the doctor’s orders: If you are a heart patient, over the age of 50, overweight or just starting an exercise program, be sure to check with your doctor for your best exercise routine.
If you do want to be active during hot weather, doctors say it is alright if the activity is something you are used to, but it is not the time to push yourself.
It’s important to know the signs and symptoms when you may be experiencing too much heat.
Symptoms of heat exhaustion:
- heavy sweating
- cold, moist skin, chills
- dizziness or fainting (syncope)
- a weak and rapid pulse
- muscle cramps
- fast, shallow breathing
- nausea, vomiting or both
If you experience these symptoms, move to a cooler place, stop exercising and cool down immediately by dousing yourself with cold water and rehydrating. You may need to seek medical attention.
Symptoms of heat stroke:
- warm, dry skin with no sweating
- strong and rapid pulse
- confusion and/or unconsciousness
- high fever
- throbbing headaches
- nausea, vomiting or both
If you experience these symptoms, seek medical attention right away.
For more information, tips and advice on how to take care of your heart, visit www.heart.org.
About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us on heart.org, Facebook, Twitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.
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By Judy Marano
During this very challenging time, the Cultural Arts Coalition is working hard to provide entertainment and programming online for our community. The Coalition urges all to periodically check the website at www.culturalarts.com for new and exciting offerings. Despite the pandemic, the Coalition's Garden Around the Corner project is in full swing, albeit with masks and social distancing! Headed by Master Gardener and Volunteer Coordinator, Anita Conway, the project is being executed by several dedicated people, call them "Garden Goddesses", who are watering, weeding, and transforming our beautiful parking lot garden. Board director, Olenna Truskett, comments, “The garden is like a moving artwork: Each day Mother Nature and the Goddesses mix up the palette.” Last year, this small canvas space yielded over 200 lbs. of produce that were delivered directly to the Putnam Community Action Partnership for distribution into the homes of community members in need. CAC is hopeful that this year will be even bigger, more fruitful, and more beautiful. Many people are struggling with the loss of jobs and concern about Covid-19, so grocery shopping, especially for produce, can be cost-prohibitive. We, at the Cultural Arts Coalition, recognize that helping our neighbors in an integral part of celebrating the community with transformative and inspiring arts!