The African American Chamber of Commerce of Westchester and Rockland Counties and QBR/The Black Book Review will host the West/Rock African American Book Festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday at Mount Vernon City Hall Plaza.
The festival will hold an opening reception from 6-9 p.m. Friday evening at Lvsiadas Portuguese Restaurant in Mount Vernon from 6-9 p.m. For details, visit www.aaccnys.org.
African-American Men of Westchester will hold their New York state Legislators Breakfast meeting Friday, March 20 at 8 a.m. at the Ritz-Carlton Westchester at 277 Main St. in White Plains.
The Web site for the Neighborhood Law Center in Peekskill has added a video on strategies for dealing with and preventing foreclosure. Attorney Mel Burruss hosts the discussion with real estate lawyer Jacqueline J. Warner of Hinman, Howard, & Kattell, and Larry Thorpe, vice president of operations of Mortgageopt Corp. The Web page is at www.neighborhoodlawcenter.com.
Westchester County has signed a $150,000 contract with Westchester Residential Opportunities Inc., a nonprofit agency certified by the federal government, to reduce the number of evictions in the county caused by the nationâ€™s ongoing mortgage crisis.
The money was derived from a special fund the county set up to deal with emergencies, said County Legislator Peter Harckham, D-Katonah.
The agreement provides for the housing-support agency to use the funding to increase staffing to accommodate the growing number of requests for mortgage default and foreclosure counseling on its toll-free hotline, 877-976-4968, and the hotline’s continued operation.
The contract also calls for WRO officials to meet with top lenders and community stakeholders to discuss early intervention for potential defaulters, the county said.
WRO has offices at 470 Mamaroneck Ave. in White Plains and by appointment at the Mount Vernon Armory, 144 N. 5th Ave.
Its Web site is www.wroinc.org.
Artists are being sought to design a mural project sponsored by the Yonkers Downtown Waterfront Business Improvement District, Rising Development-Yonkers, and the Blue Door Artist Association.
The district wants murals to be painted on the gates and wall of 36, 38 and 41 Main St. Artistsâ€™ submissions for mural designs will be evaluated, and three will be picked by the sponsors. No specific theme is required, but artists are invited to reflect on the future of the cityâ€™s downtown.
The artwork will be temporary. Artists will be reimbursed for materials. Artists are asked to include compensation requests upon submission. Submissions are due by the close of business Sept. 2. Submissions should be e-mailed to email@example.com as JPEGs, no larger than 1 MB. Submissions may also be mailed to the Downtown Waterfront BID at 2 Hudson Street, Yonkers, NY 10701.
For further information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 914-969-6660.
The Epilepsy Society of Southern New York and Capabilities Partnership Inc. have moved to larger offices in the JCC Rockland complex at 450 West Nyack Road in West Nyack, the groups said today.
The organizations, which have a satellite office in Tarrytown, provide services to those with epilepsy and developmental disabilities.
The groups were previously housed in the Blue Hill office tower in Pearl River.