worth noting this summer

Call for volunteer reading buddies. Volunteers are needed to help prevent the “Summer Slide”  —when children lose their literacy skills and slide back over the summer months. Reading delays have become a major problem because of the pandemic.

Be part of the solution by reading and doing other literacy work with historically underserved children. Volunteers will be given books and worksheets to work one-on-one or in small groups with children in preschool through fifth grade. Scheduling is flexible. Sign up for your choice of sessions at either the Yonkers Riverfront Library, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from noon to 2:30 p.m., July 5 through August 10, or at the Ossining Public Library, Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., July 8 through August 12.

For more information contact Madeline Finesmith at Mfinesmith@jcy-wcp.com or call 914-458-1930.


What’s hot right now for resale? This vintage 1940s signed Kreisler gilt sterling silver amber glass rhinestone brooch (photo right), for one.

Vintage costume jewelry continues to trend and draw buyers. Collectors are looking for the quality that comes with vintage pieces that have been well cared for.

An additional driver for many savvy customers in the secondary market–it’s green! Buying pre-owned jewelry offers a solution for shopping sustainably. Recycled jewelry causes no new damage to the environment and gives new life and longevity to existing quality pieces.

But what makes a piece of costume jewelry valuable? First, look for signed pieces—when high quality costume jewelry is stamped with a mark, known as the maker’s mark. Coco Chanel, Dior, Eisenberg, Trifari, Monet and Weiss are a few prized vintage jewelry designers.

Next, look for items that are in excellent condition without repairs; determine whether jewels or beads are held in with prongs or glued in. Missing parts and rust, appearing green in vintage pieces, are bad signs.

Lastly, is it rare and/or famous? The fewer pieces produced means it’s more of a collectible. Well-known pieces used in Hollywood movies or worn at prominent events are also more valuable.

If you’re ready to sell, request a free kit from Astor Galleries at www.astorgalleries.com and sell your fine and vintage costume jewelry plus collectibles by mail.


Get urgent care in the comfort of your own home.

There’s a new urgent care provider in Westchester. And the even better news: they will come to your home!

Care2U, a medical practice and mobile health company, is led by emergency physicians with the goal of making healthcare more accessible, and minimizing preventable and unnecessary hospitalizations. Offering same day appointments, a clinician can arrive at your home in as little as two hours from your initial request. Separately, telehealth consultations with an emergency physician can be scheduled on a “next available” basis, typically within an hour.

During a home visit, a Care2U field clinician will collect vital signs, complete a comprehensive physical and medical history, and then connect you with an emergency physician via telehealth. Clinical capabilities available during these visits also include expert advice from emergency medicine physicians; a blood glucose check; COVID-19, flu, and strep testing; blood draws and urine collection for a broad array of lab tests; x-ray, ultrasound, and EKG; IV Hydration, IV medication; and basic wound care, among other services.

Dr. Kevin Munjal, MD, MPH is Care2U’s chief medical officer. He shares, “We started this company because we are passionate about providing an alternative to going to the hospital for evaluation of new symptoms in the home. Our team is comprised of emergency physicians with over 50 years of experience in emergency care, urgent care, acute care in the home, and community paramedicine. By leveraging that experience, and a group of talented nurses and other field providers, we are able to deliver an exciting new care model that extends a physician’s practice into the home via telehealth and combines it with hands-on care.”

Care2U’s services are available every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., with same-day appointments if requested before 5 p.m. To learn more or to book an appointment, visit www.care2u.com or call 833-433-CARE.

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