Concerns over COVID-19 could cause many closures and cancellations in Halston Media's Westchester County coverage area (Katonah, Lewisboro, North Salem, Somers and Yorktown). We'll keep you updated as we learn more from each town. To make us aware of a canceled or postponed event, email editor Jodi Weinberger at firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Katonah Musuem of Art has decided to protect against the spread of COVID-19 by postponing all public events and programs through March. This includes this weekend's opening of Bisa Butler: Portraits. The Museum will remain open starting Tuesday, March 17, during regular hours.
- From Bedford Supervisor Chris Burdick: "At this point in time, all Town Board meetings and meetings of all permitting boards will proceed as scheduled. The only cancellation for Wednesday, March 11, is the St. Patrick’s Luncheon for seniors at the Bedford Hills Community House, given that seniors are among the age group most at risk.
- Harvey School has canceled classes and after-school activities for the rest of the week leading into Spring Break. As of Wednesday, March 11, there are no suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Harvey.
- The Katonah Chamber of Commerce has canceled its board meeting and is considering options for an online meeting.
- Katonah Classic Stage: The Eve of Ides, a benefit party to raise funds for the inaugural season, has been rescheduled from March 14 to April 18.
- A message from the Katonah Lewisboro School District Superintendent Andrew Selesnick: "I continue to be unaware of any member of our school community who has tested positive for COVID-19. We are aware of a number of situations in which family members are self-quarantined. Let’s remember that self-quarantine for one member of a family is not indication that other members of the same family must be quarantined, as per the Department of Health. We continue to appreciate all those families who have reached out to share information about their individual situations with their school principals. It continues to be most important that if children are sick and symptomatic with any communicable illness, they must be kept home."
Lewisboro Baseball Association has canceled its player evaluations for Spring In-Town Baseball scheduled for Friday, March 13. This event will not be rescheduled. The association said will use evaluations from last season when possible “and will make it our top priority to create teams as balanced as possible.” The deadline to register for both Spring In-Town and Pony League has been extended to Friday, March 20. Click here for more information.
- Lewisboro Parks and Recreation has canceled weekly senior adult meetings for the immediate future and canceled unnecessary retail shopping trips. The town will continue to offer food shopping trips weekly as well as trips to the pharmacy and doctor appointments through its outreach program under the leadership of Pam Veith. If any Senior Adult resident has any problems, concerns or questions, contact Pam Veith at email@example.com or 914-232-6162.
- A message from the Katonah Lewisboro School Superintendent Andrew Selesnick: "I continue to be unaware of any member of our school community who has tested positive for COVID-19. We are aware of a number of situations in which family members are self-quarantined. Let’s remember that self-quarantine for one member of a family is not indication that other members of the same family must be quarantined, as per the department of health. We continue to appreciate all those families who have reached out to share information about their individual situations with their school principals. It continues to be most important that if children are sick and symptomatic with any communicable illness, they must be kept home."
- From Lewisboro Supervisor Peter Parsons: "With regard to the coronavirus, Lewisboro’s Emergency Management Committee Chair continues to closely monitor the situation and remains in contact with our various agency partners in Westchester County and New York State."
- Ruth Keeler Memorial Library's event International Nibble and Nosh, scheduled for March 14, has been postponed.
- The North Salem Central School District does not have any confirmed COVID-19 cases. To provide teachers with time to develop activities in case of a long closure, the district is delaying school for two hours on Friday, March 13. From Superintendent Dr. Ken Freeston: "As long as we have no confirmed cases in North Salem, the musical "The Sound of Music" will continue as scheduled on March 13, 14 and 15. We ask families to follow the DOH guidelines and not attend if you have flu-like symptoms or have been in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 person."
- The Somers Pointe is postponing the Rock n Roll Brunch scheduled for March 15. It will now be on April 19.
- The Somers Library weekly Wednesday Senior Benefits Information Center is canceled until April.
- The Tusker Varsity Lacrosse Clinic scheduled for Saturday has been canceled.
- Troop 376 Scouts: Out of an abundance of caution, Scouts have received direction from the BSA Westchester-Putnam Council to suspend all troop activities starting today through the end of March. This means there will be no troop meeting scheduled until Tuesday, April 7, at the earliest. This also means the Wilderness Survival trip to Camp Bullowa March 20-22, the March food drive and Mr Cheung's Leadership Class on Saturday, March 14, are all postponed until further notice.
- Somers AYSO has decided it is in best interest of families to cancel this weekend's sessions.
- The Somers Central School District has postponed its high school spring musical "Crazy for You" scheduled for March 13 and 14. The district has canceled or postponed all field trips between now and April 24 and is assessing any field trips April 24. The district is also canceling or modifying large group gatherings scheduled to take place within the schools both during and after school hours. Check the district website frequently for a list of activities that have been canceled, postponed, or modified. The list will be updated regularly. If you do not see an activity, contact the school building.”
- A youth clinic to benefit Somers High School lacrosse scheduled for Saturday, March 14, has been postponed. A make-up date has not yet been announced.
- Town of Somers Planning Board meeting scheduled for March 11 has been canceled.
- From Supervisor Rick Morrissey: The Town of Somers has been officially notified by health officials of our first case of COVID-19 virus. This was publicly announced last week as the individual self-reported. Due to HIPAA and other privacy laws, no further details are being provided to local governments at this time. An investigation is being conducted by the NYS Dept. of Health, and public health officials will be following up with anyone who may have been in contact with this individual. If the town becomes aware of any new information impacting the Somers community at large, the public will be notified.
- The public hearing on the new STEAM school and the revisions to Town of Somers Comprehensive Plan Update scheduled for tomorrow night, March 12, has been canceled. The town expects it would generate a large number of attendees in what is a relatively confined space. The Town Board will meet as scheduled to conduct routine business as Town Board meetings do not draw large crowds. The Town will be working to implement measures moving forward so that residents will have alternative ways to submit comment without having to attend meetings in person. Watch the government access channel Thursday night as the town will be updating the public on the latest coronavirus information received from the county and state.
- The annual Somers Women's Club Blood Drive is scheduled for Saturday, March 21, is canceled.
- The Somers Education Foundation's Community Night at Il Forno's is being postponed until further notice.
- Somers Partners in Prevention annual community forum scheduled for March 24 is canceled.
- The Paramount Nursing Home is practicing an abundance of caution and is not accepting any visitors during this time in order to protect the health and well being of its residents.
The My Brother Vinny Walk has been postponed until Sunday, June 14.
The Nutrition Center will be closed until April 1. Staff will be enhancing the meals on wheels program to deliver to seniors who rely on town services.
All extracurricular activity at the Albert A. Cappellini Community and Cultural Center will be suspended until April 1.
- Staff who enter occupied homes for inspections or repairs will only do so for emergencies until April 1.
- The John C. Hart Memorial Library will limit its capacity during operating hours until April 1.
- Governmental meetings will continue, but public hearings will be postponed until April.
The Yorktown Heights Elks Lodge has canceled its Thursday night Bingo game.
Hilltop Hanover Farm Pancake Breakfast events and New York’s Maple Weekends on March 21, 22, 28 and 29. are canceled. From the farm: "The health and safety of anyone who visits our farm is our primary concern. For this reason, we cannot in good conscience host several large food and drink events in an enclosed space. We will process refunds for all guests who have already paid within seven days."
The Yorktown Central School District will be closed tomorrow, March 12. From Superintendent Dr. Hattar: “There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our school community. Rather, the decision to close schools tomorrow, Thursday, March 12, is being made out of an abundance of caution for the health and wellness of our students and staff.”
- Lakeland Schools are closed today and March 12. Friday, March 13, will remain a Superintendent’s Conference Day, however teachers will be working from home, and all after school and other activities will be canceled at least through this weekend. Lakeland Superintendent Dr. George Stone said there are "family members of an individual in the community who has tested positive. We’re spending these days cleaning and sanitizing and hopefully we’ll get some direction from the county and state department that possibly we’ll be able to open on Monday, but we don’t know at this time.”
- SAT exam at Walter Panas High School on Saturday, March 14, has been canceled.
- The Lakeland Education Foundation has announced that it is postponing the annual Dinner Dance/Casino Night scheduled for Saturday, March 14. A new date is to be determined.
- St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School in Shrub Oak has been informed that a student has been in close proximity to an individual who has a confirmed case of COVID-19. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School will be closed Wednesday, March 11, Thursday March 12 and Friday March 13 for cleaning.
- Alliance for Safe Kids (ASK) has decided to postpone the 10th Annual Save A Life that was scheduled for March 22 at Yorktown High School.
- Yorktown High School's production of Grease, scheduled for March 13 and 14, is postponed until May.
- The Yorktown Chamber of Commerce is cancelling the Monday, March 16 Business Social at PCSB Bank. This event will be rescheduled.
- The Yorktown Athletic Club has temporarily suspended all indoor practices, games and other scheduled events.
- The Shrub Oak Athletic Club announced there will be no games or practices on school grounds through the March 14-15 weekend. An update will be announced Monday, March 16.