Westchester Independent Living Center

Putnam Independent Living Services

November 2023

As the leaves continue to fall and the air grows crisper, we're excited to welcome November, a month that resonates with gratitude and reflection. In this edition of our newsletter, we have assembled an array of content, including helpful resources, the latest news, and upcoming events.

November is Diabetes Prevention Month

Diabetes Prevention Month is a time dedicated to raising awareness about the growing global epidemic of diabetes and empowering individuals with the knowledge and tools to reduce their risk. This month-long observance plays a crucial role in fostering a healthier society by focusing on preventive measures, lifestyle changes, and early intervention.

Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects millions of people worldwide and is a leading cause of serious health complications, including heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and vision loss. The good news is that type 2 diabetes, the most common form, is largely preventable through lifestyle modifications. By taking steps to prevent diabetes, individuals can significantly reduce their risk of developing this condition

and enhance their overall quality of life.

The WILC and PILS teams will be sharing diabetes facts and tips throughout the month of November on our social media platforms and websites.

 Margaret Nunziato Named one of Westfair Business Journal’s 2023 Women Innovators

Photo Credit: Westfair Business Journals

Our Executive Director Margaret Nunziato was celebrated at the Westfair Business Journal’s Women Innovators Award Ceremony, which took place on October 26, 2023, at VIP County Club. She was selected for her unwavering tenacity in pursuing her goals, demonstrating remarkable brilliance in problem-solving and creative thinking. Her dedication to her work is unmatched, as she pours her heart and soul into every endeavor.

A Message from the Social Security Administraition: Mobile Check-In Express is Available!

Clients visiting the local Social Security offices can check in from their mobile devices using the new feature, Mobile Check-In Express

To use  Mobile Check-In Express, you can scan the QR code located at the local Social Security office you are visiting. This will allow you to check in for both scheduled appointments and non-scheduled


For Mobile Check-In Express to work, you must be at the Social Security office and have your mobile location services on. You should also make sure you are using the latest version of your internet browser. The service is most compatible with Safari, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Firefox.

You will also want to: 

  • Ensure you are in the Social Security office when your ticket number is called.
  • Enable your mobile notifications. This will: 
  • Allow you to receive the electronic ticket – so you will know your place in line. 
  • Alert you when you are ready to be helped.
  • Provide you with your interview location information.
  • Invite you to participate in a feedback survey.

Upcoming Events

Positive Behavior Interventions for Home and School

Free Zoom webinar sponsored by Valhalla Union Free School District featuring Sheri Lauro, MS, BCaBA.

DATE: Tuesday, November 14, 2023

TIME: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

LOCATION: Zoom webinar

To register click HERE

Resource & Transition Fair

Join us to explore resources for education, recreation, training and employment, advocacy, and much more! This event is co-hosted by the Putman Transition Consortium and Brewster Central School District.

DATE: Thursday, November 16, 2023

TIME: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

LOCATION: Brewster High School

50 Foggintown Road, Brewster, NY 10509

To register as a vendor click HERE

To register as an attendee click HERE

For more information contact Jessica Baumann at [email protected]

Holiday Kick-Off Celebration

Come ring in the holiday season with Patterson Rec as we make the Rec Center shine like never before!

DATE: Friday, December 1, 2023

TIME: 6:00 pm

LOCATION: Patterson Rec Center

65 Front Street, Patterson, NY 12563

Entry is totally free! Signup HERE. If you are interested in being a part of this great event, email [email protected]

For more information contact Robin Llaque at [email protected]

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Westchester Independent Living Center

10 County Center Road 2nd floor

White Plains, NY 10607

(914) 682-3926 (Voice)

(914) 259-8036 (VP)

(914) 682-8518 (FAX)

[email protected]

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Putnam Independent Living Services

1441 Route 22, Suite 204

(Tompkins Mahopac Bank building)

Brewster, New York 10509

(845) 228-7457 (Voice)

(914) 259-8036 (VP)

(845) 228-7460 (Fax)

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