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Try to Remember


I used to think September was a breeze – the kind of mellow month when all one had to do was inhale the colorful palette that nature creates every autumn. But now it seems that September has become a challenge with a daunting schedule of occasions. National Arts Education Week and Hispanic Heritage Month have arrived […]

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A Westchester Icon


In a world where few people agree about anything, I took pleasure in the news that most people including President Obama and New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson agree that EL Doctorow, who passed away last month, was a national treasure.  His parents named him Edgar after Poe. EL reminded his mother frequently that she misfired […]

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Amazing Grace

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Larry Salley, our ArtsWestchester board member since 2004, not surprisingly was trying to get a plane ticket to Charleston, South Carolina when we sat down to lunch one Friday. While we perused the menu, Larry paused to explain that his cousins were elders in the Emanuel A.M.E. Church, the scene of the unspeakable massacre of nine […]

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Them Thar Woods


The sound of a jackhammer is as unmistakable as Beethoven’s Fifth. At least, so I thought. Lolling around one morning, I felt my bed shaking with a rat-a-tat. I knew the sound well. It was the sound of a jackhammer. Years ago, when I bought my home in the woods of Armonk, I hired a […]

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The sun is shining in Charleston, South Carolina. How I know that is because I am here in this holy city of thousands of churches of every denomination  awash with architectural details of bygone eras. The historic city has wrought iron fences and benches around every corner. There are beaches and sea creatures. oysters and shrimp, […]

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They Too Have Dreams


At ten years of age, Grace Ring of Yorktown Heights, (daughter of Ann and Dave) recovering from a brain tumor, discovered that reading books distracted her from her problems. She started a program called Recovery, which collects and redistributes books to children in need. Eleventh graders Amanda Grant and Brian Gomez found the skills and […]

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The pARTnership Movement


Partnerships seem to be the latest buzzword here in Westchester and nationally. According to a new study from The University of Southern California reported in The Chronicle of Philanthropy, all levels of government are increasingly joining the partnership movement, with many federal offices striving to “demystify” the various  styles and cultures of each sector.  Americans for […]

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The Real Humanitarians


I have never thought of myself as a humanitarian, but then again, who am I to argue with Commissioner Mae Carpenter? She brilliantly runs the Public Private Partnership for Aging Services in Westchester, making sure our seniors are well cared for. This week, in front of 200 guests she presented me with a humanitarian award.  […]

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