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By Mark Jeffers

Believe it or not…this is my 265th column and the final one for the wonderful “Westchester Guardian,” it has been a great honor and tons of fun writing about the happenings in this great area. So before a start tearing up and watering down my computer, here’s this week’s “been a blast, but it’s the last” edition of “News & Notes.”

Once again the Jeffers family and friends will join the Hudson Valley Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's on October 16th at the Putnam Office for Senior Resources in Carmel. The walk helps raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research, it is held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, this inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions.

You won’t want to miss “On-Site Katonah,” an exhibit of experimental site-specific installations created in response to the Katonah Museum of Art’s distinct architecture, landscape and history, through October 2nd.

The Community Center of Northern Westchester in Katonah helps people build a better future. They are helping out and helping up!  My good buddy Brian Crowell and I were lucky enough to host their Annual Benefit and Cocktail Party recently, it was a grand evening with many well deserved thank you’s and fundraising, congrats to all the great folks at the Center and the wonderful volunteers, their mission continues to give people a lift and to lighten their path, because caring is good, but helping is better.

Congratulations to the Pleasantville High School football team as they raised over $10,000 by getting a Mohawk haircut for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, an organization which funds childhood cancer research. Players, coaches, and parents raised money by reaching out to friends and family to sponsor their haircuts by donating to the organization.

Hospice of Westchester (HOW) invites members of the community to its 24th annual “In Celebration” Gala Cocktail Reception to support The Anna & Louis H. Shereff Caregiver and Complementary Care Programs on Thursday, September 29th at the Westchester Country Club in Rye. The evening will feature culinary delights, open bar, entertainment and an exciting raffle. Hospice of Westchester is a private, not-for-profit healthcare agency that provides skilled, compassionate and comprehensive end-of-life home care to patients diagnosed with any serious or life-limiting illness and gives support to their families and loved ones. 

A quick shout out of thanks to the good folks of Bedford Hills Live for sprucing up the dozen planters in town and readying them for fall with hardy mums and other cool weather plants.  Bedford Hills looks great!

The Westchester Medical Center in partnership with Westchester County Parks will hold its annual Healing Half Marathon and 10K on October 2nd at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, the event which promotes health and wellness with proceeds benefitting the Westchester Medical Center.   

Our friends at the Paramount Hudson Valley Theater in Peekskill will hold the 5th annual Westchester All-stars Christmas for Wounded Veterans Concert on Friday December 2nd come share a night of amazing music and laughs, while supporting our true American heroes. The music will be a blend of Christmas and classic rock songs that will be sure to Rock the house! All the proceeds raised will be distributed to Veterans organizations such as The Bob Woodruff Foundation, Veterans Adaptive Sports Inc., Disabled American Veterans Chapter 144, Friends of Fallen Heroes NY, and others.  

That will wrap it up for our final “News &