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    Grapevine: Artisanal Importers Can Tantalize Our Discerning Palates

    Having sought out new wines for several decades now, I’ve found that I prefer particular styles of wine and specific wine regions. This has certainly helped steer me in the right direction when I’m perusing the numerous offerings at my local wine shops. Certainly, the new round of wine apps, a number of which I […]

  • Business Profile: Ristorante Spadafora, Mahopac

    Business Profile: Ristorante Spadafora, Mahopac

    Walk into Ristorante Spadafora on any given evening, and it’s easy to feel like family. Inside the Mahopac restaurant, an intimate space owned by Antonino Cannavo, a family atmosphere awaits for hungry customers ready for appetizing Italian and Sicilian food and a welcoming smile from a friendly staff that money can’t buy. On a strikingly […]

  • Love Helps Chappaqua Couple Cope With Breast Cancer

    Love Helps Chappaqua Couple Cope With Breast Cancer

    Jeanette Cueva and her husband David Krakow have always been a close couple. But even the closest relationships can be strained when a potentially life-threatening event abruptly alters plans. In September 2011, while working late one evening, Cueva was contacted by her radiologist that she had been diagnosed with Stage 1 ductal cell breast cancer. […]

  • Know Your Neighbor: Dr. Carolyn Clemenza, Dentist, Chappaqua

    Know Your Neighbor: Dr. Carolyn Clemenza, Dentist, Chappaqua

    It made perfect sense that when it came time to make a career choice, Carolyn Clemenza would turn to dentistry. As a student, Clemenza was always intrigued with science and for a time had thought about attending medical school. But she already had a role model in the family, which influenced her decision. “Since I […]

  • Police Circulate Enhanced Photos of Tourneau Robbery Suspect

    Police Circulate Enhanced Photos of Tourneau Robbery Suspect

    Police still seek the suspect in Saturday’s Tourneau Jewelry store robbery at The Westchester mall in White Plains. The enhanced security footage being circulated gives a clear view of the suspect’s face. The case is being investigated by White Plains Detectives. All tips can be called into the Police Hotline at 914-422-6256 or visit www.wppublicsafety.com and click on the […]

  • Class A Hoops Notebook: Somers Ventures to County Center for 1st Time Since 1992

    Class A Hoops Notebook: Somers Ventures to County Center for 1st Time Since 1992

    No. 2 Tuskers Bounce No.10 Pelham, Face No. 3 Byram Hills; Yorktown, Hen Hud Ousted The last time a kid from Somers touched the Westchester County Center hardwood in a Section 1 Final 4 was 1992 when former Tuskers Derek Hyra and Willie Dietrich were doing so under then first-year Coach Dennis Gallagher. There were […]

  • Class B Hoops Notebook: Putnam Valley Reaches Final 4 for 3rd-Straight Year

    Class B Hoops Notebook: Putnam Valley Reaches Final 4 for 3rd-Straight Year

    No. 5 Tigers to Face No.1 Woodlands; No.7 Croton Ousted by No. 2 Briarcliff Try as he may, Putnam Valley All-Section G Ryan Basso simply cannot do it alone as he faces box-and-one defenses time and time again, and that was becoming glaringly evident last Wednesday night as his Tigers tested brinksmanship in fifth-seeded Putnam […]

  • Business Profile: Somers Diner

    Business Profile: Somers Diner

    Mahopac resident Maria Lluka knew what she wanted to do for a living as a youngster working in family’s restaurant in Albania. “I love it. I just love talking to people. I love making them happy,” Lluka said last week. Lluka is sharing her passion for people and the restaurant business at the Somers Diner. […]

  • Home Guru: My Personal and Frightening Story of Living With Toxic Mold

    Home Guru: My Personal and Frightening Story of Living With Toxic Mold

    By Bill Primavera More than a dozen years ago, Ed McMahon, the famous pitch man and announcer for Johnny Carson, brought to the public’s attention the health problems that can result from living with toxic mold in the home. After a long legal battle, McMahon was awarded $7.2 million from several companies who were negligent […]

  • Butterfield Public Hearing Set for March as Project Moves Forward

    Butterfield Public Hearing Set for March as Project Moves Forward

    By Janine Bowen A public hearing regarding the proposed Butterfield redevelopment project has been set for March 4, but not everybody is happy with the project moving forward so soon. Cold Spring Planning Board member Arne Saari was opposed to having the public hearing at the March meeting, stating that he is concerned about the […]

  • Preliminary Metro-North Crash Report Void of Answers

    Preliminary Metro-North Crash Report Void of Answers

    The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a preliminary report Monday on the Feb. 3 Metro-North crash that killed six people but doesn’t explain why the SUV driver moved forward into the oncoming train’s path. The two-page report highlighted the main details in the moments leading up to the 6:26 p.m. crash at the Commerce […]

  • Retired White Plains Police Officer Kills 2 Daughters Then Self

    Retired White Plains Police Officer Kills 2 Daughters Then Self

    [This story was updated on Feb. 23.] Harrison Police Chief Anthony Marraccini and Harrison Mayor Ron Belmont held a joint press conference Monday morning to confirm the shooting deaths of former White Plains Police Officer Glen Hochman, 52, and his two daughters Alissa Marie Hochman, 17, a senior at Harrison High School, and Deanna Nicole […]

  • Celebrate Women’s History Month With Professional Women of Westchester

    Celebrate Women’s History Month With Professional Women of Westchester

    Professional Women of Westchester, now in its fifth year, celebrates Women’s History Month on Monday, March 2 at the White Plains Crowne Plaza Hotel. Special guest speaker, Nancy Armstrong, is a producer and founding member of the team that created the award winning website and documentary series, “MAKERS – Women Who Make America.” Nancy will talk about […]

  • The Accidental Writer: Writing about Issues, without Writing about Issues!

    The Accidental Writer: Writing about Issues, without Writing about Issues!

    For the purposes of this column, I’m differentiating between issues and themes. Themes should develop organically in your manuscript and are timeless in nature. For example, a great theme might be self-identity in the face of peer pressure, or good versus evil, or the true meaning of love. Issues on the other hand are topical. […]

  • Summer Camp Offers Free Full Session to Children of Metro-North Victims

    Summer Camp Offers Free Full Session to Children of Metro-North Victims

    Seven children were left without a father following this month’s tragic Metro-North train crash and Kiwi Country Day Camp in Carmel is trying to make life for those children a bit brighter. Adam Wallach, the owner and camp director at Kiwi Country Day Camp, reached out to New Castle Supervisor Robert Greenstein soon after the […]

  • Retired White Plains Police Officer Kills 2 Daughters Then Self

    Retired White Plains Police Officer Kills 2 Daughters Then Self

    According to reports, recently retired White Plains Police Officer Glen Hochman, 52, a Harrison resident, killed his two youngest daughters, Alissa Hochman, 17, a senior at Harrison High School and Deanna Hochman, 13, a student of Windward School in White Plains, before killing himself Saturday afternoon. Hochman retired from the White Plains Police Department after […]

  • Merandy, Molloy to Square Off for Cold Spring Mayoral Seat

    Merandy, Molloy to Square Off for Cold Spring Mayoral Seat

    As five different candidates jump into the fray that is the Cold Spring election cycle, the only certainty known before the results roll in a month from now is, regardless of who wins what, the village board is set to be comprised of a completely different make-up of local lawmakers. With the trio of current […]

  • Pet Food Pantry Receives Donation from White Plains Restaurant

    Pet Food Pantry Receives Donation from White Plains Restaurant

    The Hudson Valley Pet Food Pantry has received a donation from Anthony”s Coal Fired Pizza in White Plains,  representing proceeds from a promotion recently conducted by the restaurant. Twenty percent of dine-in and carry out sales on four recent Thursdays from people who mentioned the pet food pantry were set aside by the restaurant for […]

  • Blindfold Dinner Fundraiser for Guiding Eyes Set for Via Vanti!

    Blindfold Dinner Fundraiser for Guiding Eyes Set for Via Vanti!

    The services provided by Yorktown-based Guiding Eyes for the Blind have a special meaning for Carla Gambescia, the owner of Via Vanti! Restaurant & Gelateria in Mount Kisco. The restaurateur has family members who are blind, so it’s natural that she is hosting for the second year in a row a special fundraising event for […]

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    Grapevine: An Exercise in Matching Wine and Oscar Nominations

    The 87th Academy Awards show airs this Sunday. This is my sixth year of presenting the Best Picture nominees and creating hypothetical pairings of wine with the top contenders. I’ve distilled my list to five of the eight nominees. “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).” This dark comedy praises and mocks Hollywood and Broadway […]

  • Business Profile: Kenny's Carpet One, Carmel

    Business Profile: Kenny’s Carpet One, Carmel

    By Tiffany Jansen Kenny Hogan has been in the carpeting and flooring business for more than 40 years. “I didn’t go to college,” says Hogan, who got his start as an installer for the family carpeting business. “That wasn’t a thing that was really done in the 70s. Back then, you worked with your hands.” […]

  • Legislators Leaning Toward Styrofoam Ban in All County Buildings

    Legislators Leaning Toward Styrofoam Ban in All County Buildings

    A polystyrene ban in all Putnam County governmental facilities took possibly one of its final steps toward becoming a reality last Thursday, when legislators voiced support for the legislation after hearing from styrofoam lobbyists who were hoping to thwart the attempted local law. During a lengthy Rules Committee meeting, legislators heard from advocates on both […]

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