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An Uncommon Man

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Alfred B. DelBello was an uncommon man. Most people remember him as a public servant – Mayor of Yonkers, Westchester County Executive and Lieutenant Governor in the Mario Cuomo Administration. In recent years, as attorney, strategist, County Association president, deal maker and influencer, he left an indelible mark on Westchester’s landscape.  In the arts community, we […]

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Here’s to the Ladies

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It was all about the women, according to George Christian Newlin, first president of ArtsWestchester, which 50 years ago was inaugurated as the Council for the Arts in Westchester.  The women were, starting with his wife Jean Newlin, Mrs. Walter Thayer (also known as Jeanne) whose husband headed the Herald Tribune; Helene Trotsky, an accomplished […]

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In Memory of Sylvia Rogers

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It is spring, theoretically, that is, and I suppose it is time for me to put it out there for all to know. As a golfer, my game leaves a lot to be desired.  What leads me to this admission are my thoughts about my dear friend, former board member and good humored golf companion […]

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Designing Woman Does It Her Way

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Frank Sinatra struck a chord when he sang “I did it my way.” Artist/designer Denise Proctor heard the call. It defined her life. She poured her artistic spirit and her soul into her vision for a school for little fashionistas – the Westchester Fashion Institute. From her perch on the 6th floor of ArtsWestchester’s building, she […]

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Remembering Miss America

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There aren’t too many Besses. There’s Good Queen Bess, Elizabeth the First.  There’s Forest Bess. But he’s really a Forest, not a Bess. There’s Bessie Smith, the most popular blues singer of the twenties and thirties, known as Empress of the Blues. There is also The Bessie Award given each year for innovative achievement in […]

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Dazzled By Mario Cuomo

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New York and Queens both lost a fighter for the ordinary people with the passing of Mario Cuomo.  As a Queens native and former planning board chairman in Whitestone/Flushing, I and my colleagues were dazzled by him up close and personal in the early seventies.  Cuomo, as the attorney for a group of mostly Italian […]

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What’s in a Life?

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What’s in a life?  Last weekend, friends and relatives gathered at separate memorial services to honor and celebrate two artists whose lives resonated widely, but ended too soon. Artists have a way of building our engagement by presenting us with ideas and new ways to think about things. Their messages live on through their work […]

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Remembering Ruby

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Ruby Dee was never too busy. That is how I remember her. Would she record a TV spot for ArtsWestchester? Happy to do so. Would she say a few words at a local school? In a heartbeat! A poetry reading with her family at ArtsWestchester? Of course! Accept an arts award? Yes…but…heaven knows she didn’t […]

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