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Food for Thought – Middle Eastern Dining at Its Best

by Linda Viertel –  One of the joys of life along the river is that the melting pot of cultures that have come to live and work here has produced a wide range of restaurants offering the food of many lands. Still, Melike, featuring the cuisine of Turkey and the Middle East, comes as a refreshing – and delicious – ... Read More »

Magical, Unique Glass Portraits on Display at Canfin Gallery

by Morey Storck –  Isabelle Scheltjens, a Belgian artist, studied at SISA, the Antwerp City Institute for Decorative Arts and Crafts, where she concentrated on all aspects of decorative glass. The outstanding, world-acclaimed glass designs of her husband, Dirk Neefs, inspired her to proceed in that creative direction. After years of intense study and experimentation, she developed her extraordinary glass-fusing ... Read More »

Notes from the HVWC: Hidden Gem

by Jennifer Franklin –  Often called a “hidden gem” and praised as “the most beautiful place in which I have ever read,” The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center is housed in the historic and lovingly restored Philipse Manor Train Station. The Center hosts a series of classes and readings by writers in all genres, runs social outreach programs for youth and ... Read More »

North Country Chairs Find a Home in the Rivertowns

by Dorothy Conigliaro Many hands make light — and artful — work when put to a good cause.  This was the case when a group of volunteers lent their time and talents towards the decoration of Adirondack chairs for our community. Christina Blatt, Art Director for the Neighborhood House in Tarrytown, first imagined the idea, and wondered how it might ... Read More »

Annie Get Your Gun: Brilliant at WBT

by Morey Storck By any measure, the Broadway musical comedy classic, Annie Get You Gun, revived by Westchester Broadway Theatre with an extraordinary singing and dancing cast, and a brilliantly directed production, is marvelous, joyous entertainment. Everything about it is appealing. Let’s start with the score. What an amazing hit-song collection it is: “Doin’ What Comes Naturally,” “You Can’t Get ... Read More »

Inspiring Speakers to Present at Tedx Rivertown Event

by Linda Viertel With lightning speed, TED (technology, education, design) talks have proliferated throughout the world. A nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, in the form of short powerful talks (19 minutes in length or less), TED invites leading thinkers and doers to present at its annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia which are taped and made available, free, ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Two New Taste Treats in Our Rivertowns

Brrzaar Bridge Street, Irvington With the grand opening of Brrzaar Bridge Street (formerly Bridge Street Café) on October 2, Brrzaar’s owner, Michelle  Leddy, has formally expanded her highly successful Brrzaar at the Irvington Station fro-yo venue, but this time with a new culinary twist. Hailing from New Orleans, Leddy has hired chef Dedra Williams, also from NOLA,  to create a ... Read More »

Rockefeller Estate in Pocantico Hills on Market for $22M

By Rick Pezzullo The Westchester residence of banker and philanthropist David Rockefeller, who died in March at the age of 101, is up for sale for $22 million. Situated on 75 acres in Pocantico Hills, the three-story, 11,000-square-foot main residence, known as Hudson Pines, is surrounded by broad lawns, immaculate gardens, a round heated pool, an apple orchard, a private ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Singer/Songwriter Uses Cancer Diagnosis as Inspiration

by W.B. King From an early age, Bianca Muniz was enveloped by an eclectic range of rhythms and melodies. So, it’s not surprising that this talented 22-year old singer, songwriter and pianist will follow up her 2016 EP release, “Scary Dreams,” with an anticipated full-length album, “For You,” next summer. What’s surprising is that she is battling cancer for the ... Read More »

Play by Irvington Couple Delves Into the World of Autism

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by Barrett Seaman  Andy Paris and Anushka Paris-Carter of Irvington are an unusual couple that have written an unusual play about unusual people that will open October 25 at the Sheen Center for Thought & Culture’s Loreto Theater on Bleecker Street in Manhattan. And, at the risk of being overly repetitive, it is a play that is being produced, directed ... Read More »

Tarrytown Ranked as Foodie Fave

by Barrett Seaman Get ready for the stampede: Tarrytown has been named as one of the top five foodie destinations in the northeast—just behind tony Newport, Rhode Island. The rankings were done by RewardExpert, an online newsletter whose mission is to help those with credit card, airline and hotel rewards points make the best use of them. The site described ... Read More »

Notes from the HVWC: Bringing Writing to LIFE

by Joan Potter It was the first day of my fourth-grade writing workshop at the RSHM Life Center in Sleepy Hollow. The mission of the Center, which is directed by Sister Susan Gardella, is to serve the needy. Among its many services is an after-school program, in which I participated. I was told that most of the 22 boys and ... Read More »

Arts & Entertainment – Take a Look at the New Generation Broadway. Bold. Young. Now, This Adventure is in Your Own Backyard!

by Morey Storck When White Plains Performing Arts Center (WPPAC) General Manager Kathleen Davisson, and Associate Producer and Resident Musical Director Stephen Ferri, were asked what would be their suggestion for the headline of this article, it just fit. They are enthusiastic, energetic, and optimistic with a vision for this professional theatre, and that is to bring the New Generation ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Corn and Tomatoes: Simple Recipes for Enjoying Late Summer’s Bounty

by Linda Viertel September is harvest season, the most vibrant time at our farmers’ markets, when corn is at its freshest, tomatoes are bursting with flavor, cucumbers and radishes are crunchy and delicious, and leafy greens are in abundance. It’s when simple cooking reveals clear and robust tastes because the ingredients have just been harvested at their peak. Dinner can ... Read More »

Irvington Singer/Songwriter Miyuki Furtado’s Band, Divining Rod, Breaks New Musical Ground

By Robert Firpo-Cappiello Like many Westchester dads, Irvington’s Miyuki Furtado traded Brooklyn for a quieter life in the ‘burbs right around the time he became a father. Unlike most, however, Furtado also traded a life of round-the-world rock-n-roll touring for afternoons strumming an acoustic guitar while his daughter napped. Those quiet moments of guitar playing would lead Furtado to launch ... Read More »

Westchester Community Foundation Awards Grants to Tarrytown Agencies

 The Westchester Community Foundation, one of the largest funders of nonprofits in Westchester, has awarded grants totaling $45,000 to three agencies in Tarrytown working to ensure the summer is filled with free concerts, cultural experiences, and lots of fun. A grant to Jazz Forum Arts will support 16 free jazz concerts in the village, a grant to Lyndhurst will open ... Read More »

Scripts Sought for ITHT Stage Door Playwright Festival

Daryl Samuel Irvington Town Hall

The Irvington Town Hall Theater is excited to announce the inaugural year of the ITHT Stage Door Playwright Festival. After three seasons of hosting innovative and compelling readings of new works by contemporary playwrights, the series has evolved into a weekend festival. It will launch this November in the beautiful historic theater situated above town hall in Irvington on Hudson. ... Read More »

Notes From the HVWC: What Are They Doing in There?

(A new monthly column from The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center of Sleepy Hollow) by Lynne Lori Sylvan Commuters returning home late Wednesdays to Philipse Manor train station have been peering into the old train depot wondering what in tarnation is going on. Blazing lights illuminate people skipping around the carpet, blowing on zucchini shofars, talking into dog-clicker headsets and exfoliating ... Read More »

Arts & Entertainment – Annie Bets on “Tomorrow” at the Westchester Broadway Theatre

by Morey Storck The inspiration for Annie as a Broadway musical came from a chance reading of a book entitled Little Orphan Annie: Her Life and Hard Times, based on Harold Gray’s classic American comic strip. That reader was Martin Charnin (lyricist), who eventually persuaded Charles Strouse (music) and Thomas Meehan (book) to turn the classic into a Depression-Era musical ... Read More »

Modern Movie-Going Experience with iPic in Dobbs Ferry

by Jake Leary Going out to the movies is an increasingly expensive prospect: Ticket prices are at an all-time high, and that’s before you factor in snacks and an after-film meal. Why pay a premium price for a non-premium product? iPic cinemas, started in 2006 by Hamid Hashemi, is the answer to this modern movie conundrum. Each theater is paired ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Author Pens First Novel

by Greg Clary A new novel by a Sleepy Hollow writer highlights the Hudson Valley as the setting for a suburban woman’s rebirth after a nasty divorce. For 25-year resident Rebecca Chianese, the local streets are as familiar now as those of her Brooklyn youth, and her book Mercy easily captures the people and experiences of each. “Walking along the ... Read More »

Food for Thought – July Smoking, Grilling and Barbecuing

by Linda Viertel July 4th is the unofficial holiday when Weber grills, electric and coal smokers, and barbecues of all dimensions become the preferred cooking method for summer dining. Who doesn’t love that smoky aroma wafting through the air while a perfectly grilled steak, hamburger, pork chop or fish fillet is sizzling away? This summer, take time to purchase sustainably ... Read More »

Arts & Entertainment – Local Playwright Dramatizes Gospel Teachings at Christ Episcopal Church

by Morey Storck Howard Lipson believes, emotionally and spiritually, that his is “a journey of faith, which involves the melding of theatrical presentation, the Bible, social awareness, scripture, and my faith.” He fulfills that calling in Tarrytown at the Christ Episcopal Church. Howard, his wife Trish, and their infant son moved to Tarrytown from New York City in 1987. “We ... Read More »

Tarrytown’s Mark Morganelli Brings Jazz to Local Audience

by Maria Ann Roglieri Mark Morganelli is a jazz trumpet player, a producer, Executive Director of Jazz Forum Arts, and owner of the new Jazz Forum Club at 1 Dixon Lane in Tarrytown. He boasts an impressive biography (see his website http://jazzforumarts.org/mark-morganelli/) and has contributed much to the cultural life of Tarrytown and Westchester. He began enriching the Westchester arts ... Read More »

What You Should Know About Skin Cancer

Who gets skin cancer, and why? Sun exposure is the biggest cause of skin cancer, but some cancers develop on skin not ordinarily exposed to sunlight. Exposure to environmental hazards, radiation treatment, and even heredity may play a role. Although skin cancer affects people of all colors and races, the risk is greatest for people who have fair skin, a ... Read More »