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The New NY Bridge

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I got to thinking about bridges…both real and metaphorical…when I got a call from Andy O’Rourke. He’s the son of the former County Executive, who by the way, believed the arts were an important asset to Westchester.  Given that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, I was not overly surprised to get a […]

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A Children’s Museum in Westchester

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Is Westchester a “bedroom community”?  I struggled with this question when I first came to Westchester from Boston some twenty years ago.  Naysayers told me I was coming to a bedroom community.  Obviously, a bedroom community is where you sleep…that’s all. What would I do at night or on weekends?   The search committee at ArtsWestchester, […]

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Good for the Soul… Good for the Economy

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Yes. It’s another blog about “the economy.” And why not? We talk about it, read about it, obsess about it. It makes us feel good or bad, up or down. It is our barometer – if it’s good for the economy, then it is good. That is why more than 30 years ago, the first (I […]

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Big Band-Aid Not Needed

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My guest blogger this week is Alvin H. “Skip” Reiss, a long time friend and colleague, whose nationally recognized newsletter Arts Management celebrated its 50th anniversary this year.  Skip is the author of eight books on the arts and taught arts management for over 40 years.  The thing about Skip is that he is a […]

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The Secret Is Out

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At last the secret is out.  Some call it a Carla Bruni lyric.  We call it a new refrain for Westchester. At a recent press conference, County Executive Robert Astorino let the cat out of the bag.  He revealed what some know intuitively, others just hint at, but most are unaware of – “Westchester is […]

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The Wild Things

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Like many parents of my undisclosed vintage, I raised my kids and grandkids on Maurice Sendak’s Where The Wild Things Are. His books inspire imagination. They also encourage parents to value their children’s imagination.  And, not for nothing, they create an interest in nature. Naughty Max is sent to bed without his supper, yet alone […]

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Throwing Stones

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“People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.”  It’s an old adage that probably predates The Glass House designed by Philip Johnson and built in New Canaan, CT in 1945, right after the war when sensibilities were raw. Johnson, known by some to be an “enfant terrible” was a great architect, bon vivant, art […]

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Go West(chester)

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What is there about youth that we’re always chasing it?  Can’t we be happy with the wisdom of age?  Well, here’s a new twist on both ends of the spectrum.  Thought leaders in Westchester are using their wisdom to make Westchester the “in” place for young people to live, work and play.  It’s a strategy […]

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