Master Plan Focus Groups Postponed

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The One Future Committee has announced that the "roll out" meeting planned for May 31 and the focus groups with residents (June 4, 5, 17, and 18), residents' family members, and staff have been postponed until the fall. Some parts of the Master Planning process will continue to go forward now, including the assessment of the physical plant and infrastructure, the market study, and the Board interviews for the strategic planning process. 


Two New Trips

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The amazingly active Trips Committee has announced two new excursions.

On Wed., June 19, New York Botanical Garden, Bronx: “Brazilian Modern: The Living Art of Roberto Burle Marx” (1909-1994).

Discover this landscape architect, innovative artist and conservationist through a specially created garden with tall palm trees and lush tropical plants of Brazil; signature curved, patterned pathways; a sculptural water feature; and a living wall. His vibrant paintings, drawings and textiles are on view in the Mertz Library. The exhibition also includes a recreated Sitio, his home and living laboratory of plants near Rio, where he entertained friends from around the world.

Then on Wed., June 26, Storm King Art Center, New Windsor: World-class sculpture park of modern and contemporary art in a 500-acre landscape of rolling hills, woodlands and fields. Docent tour of sculptures on Museum Hill; tram ride to see outlying sculptures; see site-specific works by Alexander Calder, Andy Goldsworthy, Maya Lin, Isamu Noguchi, Richard Serra, David Smith, Mark di Suvero, and many others.

These two trips will fill up fast. Sign-up ASAP in the Trips Book located in the Activities Alcove.

Workshops and Courses

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On Friday, May 24, from 10 am to 12 noon, Anne Winner will show us how drawing with water-based colored inks on paper placed on a plexiglass plate can produce lovely one-of-a-kind results. Questions? Speak to Bix Smethurst.
On Tuesdays, June 4, 11, 18 and 25, from 1:30-3:30 pm, artist and art historian Jill Kiefer will conduct a “Great Artists of the 20th Century” course in the Gathering Room. If you have not yet enrolled, please pick up a signup sheet from the wall rack in the Activities Alcove.
A new course on Shakespeare will be offered in July. Instructor Kate Farrington returns on Tuesdays, July 9, 16, 23 and 30 to teach another theater course. This year her theme is “Shakespeare Comedies - Travels through Time.” Covered will be Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice, and Twelfth Night.

Look for the sign-up sheet in early June.

Local Government Issue


The Tarrytowns School Budget will be voted on Tuesday, May 21, from 7 am to 9 pm, at the Winfield Morse School, 30 Pocantico Street, in Sleepy Hollow. Some van transportation will be provided. If needed please signup at the Front Desk.

If there are questions, they should be directed to Annette Leyden or Martin Smolin.


There will be a public hearing on the Sleepy Hollow Draft Comprehensive Plan and the Draft Waterfront Plan.

It will be held on Tuesday, May 28, at 7 pm in the Sleepy Hollow Village Hall, 28 Beekman Avenue. The purpose is to receive comments from Sleepy Hollow residents on the two draft documents. A few copies will be available in the library; and it can be accessed and downloaded at:

KoH residents are encouraged to become engaged.

Sight and Hearing Help

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Kendal is especially aware of the need for help that those with sight and/or hearing problems have.

KoH residents have donated more than 1,000 pairs of glasses and cases to Eyes for the Needy. Amelia Augustus, who is involved in this activity, says we we should try to reach this kind of a goal for hearing aids by donating unneeded ones to Hearing Now. If necessary, this non-profit organization also repairs hearing aids to ensure their usefulness before distributing them.

Please leave your gift in the labeled box in the Activities Alcove.

Any questions? Contact Amelia.

Welcome New Neighbors

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Let’s roll out the welcome mat.

Barbara and Joe Bruno moved to Kendal on May 10 from their home in Pleasantville where they lived for 42 years. Barbara trained as a Clinical Social Worker. She’s had a private practice and has applied her professional skill to advocacy activities for Health at Every Size and plus-size people.

Joe began his career at the Veterans Administration as a teacher and counselor. Today, he is a computer consultant in private practice (mostly PC, some Mac) and the director of the Westchester PC User Group, helping to teach people about computers. Barbara is a swimmer, and Joe loves electronics and is a ham radio operator.

Recycling News


At the Residents Council (RC) monthly meeting on May 13, co-chair Jeff O’Donnell announced that collection boxes for textiles will be set up at the next RC meeting. He and Ellen Ottstadt are volunteering to take men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, shoes and accessories (new and used but in good condition) to social service organizations in the area.

Residents appreciate their gracious help with this project.

A lead is being pursued for a potential taker of textiles that are no longer suitable as donations.

Collection bins for recyclable plastic glasses are now a part of social events. Please continue to deposit your used glasses in the bins and help us keep them out of the trash stream.

Van Tassel is happy to accept your wire hangers and intact plastic garment bags.

We reported earlier about Westchester County’s excellent recycling rate. This topic is the subject of an interview with Deputy Commissioner Vetrone, Dept. of Environmental Facilities, by Barrett Seaman of The Hudson Independent. You can listen to it on the paper’s website under ”Indy Talks.”

Questions? Contact Ursula Hahn, Kendal’s Recycling Committee Chair if you have questions about recycling.

Trips - Short Wait Lists

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The Trips Committee announced that there are short wait lists for three of its excursions.

Wed. , May 15 - Union Church & Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills

Wed. June 5 - New York City, Do Your Own Thing

Wed. June 12 - Garrison & Cold Spring

All reservations for a trip should be made in the Trips Book located in the Activities Alcove.

Kendal Chorus Recital

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At 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 20, the Kendal Chorus will present its Spring concert, "What a Wonderful World," in the Gathering Room.

Last December, the Chorus combined art and music in its "Songs for An Exhibition" program. Now, they will present an evening of poetry and music, exploring the many facets of our wonderful world. Featured will be poems of Mary Oliver and Wendell Berry, along with the music of J. S. Bach, Antonio Salieri, George Gershwin, Al Jolson, Andy Beck, and Andrew Miller.

As always, the concert will call for a little audience participation!