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John Fix of Cornell’s Hardware generously donated a new fire pit for Barn Night. Due to the increasing severity of the pandemic, attendance is limited to 10 people this month. We’ll gather outside around the fire pit with masks and social distance. If there are already 10 present when you arrive, you can leave your number and we’ll text you when a spot becomes available.

The Reverend Dr. Michael Gerald is the Senior Pastor at the Shiloh Baptist Church in Tuckahoe (founded in 1910). He has a 21-year career background in law enforcement and is currently a writer, public speaker, teacher, theologian, leadership developer, community organizer, political organizer, and much more. Dr. Gerald shared his background and discussed a range of topics including what it means to be a man, leadership in the community, and trends in policing. The general theme of his talk was about brotherhood and unity.

Father Seán Connolly is a priest of the Archdiocese of New York. Formerly with the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Tuckahoe, he currently serves at the Parish of St. Joseph in Middletown. Fr. Connolly discussed the history of miracles and shared stories of 3 remarkable incidents that were determined by the Catholic Church to be miracles. A lively discussion followed.

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Another safe, outdoor gathering with live music and lively conversation. Even without a formal presentation Barn Night is always interesting.

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We’ll kept the barn tradition going while maintaining a safe environment.  There was no formal presentation.

DSC_0197The barn reopened with social distance precautions. A small group attended and sat in a circle outside. There was no presentation.

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Donato Vaccaro has a Ph.D in psychology and a side hustle as a career coach. He moderated a Zoom networking session. Everyone had an opportunity to give a 1-minute “elevator speech”. A lively discussion followed and some interesting connections took place.

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Jack Rose is attorney with Rosenberg & Estis, PC.  His career has spanned 3 decades with particular focus on technology companies,  startups, mergers & acquisitions, debtor advisory, and bankruptcy. Coronavirus is having a serious impact on many companies, small and large. Jack discussed options for businesses that are starting to suffer financial difficulties. He explained the new Small Business Reorganization Act (SBRA) that offers better options for small businesses than Chapter 11.

Virtual Barn NightDue to the COVID-19 outbreak this was the first Barn Night to take place virtually. Westchester County Executive George Latimer  gave a presentation on the current state of affairs. We had Q&A, open discussion, polls, live music, and even “wrap-up”. It was great to see some folks who live far away and haven’t been to a Barn Night in awhile.

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Jun Hak Pae is a Taekwondo master, Tae-kyun 2nd generation master, Kung-Fu master, Korean Swordsmanship master, Chi-gong master, and teacher at Black Belt Martial Arts Center in Eastchester. Master Pae discussed the art of swordsmanship. He told us about his life in Korea, studying under his sword master and living as a monk in a monestary. Jun also demonstrated some of his swordsmanship skills and movements.