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🎵 PRELUDE: First Day of My Life

The song “First Day of My Life” is from Bright Eyes’ 2005 album called I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning

Bright Eyes is an American indie-folk band founded by singer-songwriter and guitarist Conor Oberst. The band consists of Oberst, multi-instrumentalist and producer Mike Mogis, arranger, composer, and trumpet and piano player Nate Walcott, and a rotating line-up of collaborators drawn primarily from Omaha, Nebraska’s indie music scene. (Wikipedia)

They released their first record in 1998, and nine albums thereafter. Bright Eyes took a seven-year hiatus between 2012 and 2019 and is returning to the stage in 2022 with new music and a U.S. and European tour. This tour includes a stop at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester on Wednesday, April 6. Tickets for this show are still available. 

— ELISA ZUCKERBERG, Founder of HearItThere.com, an online resource for live music events in the Hudson Valley and Fairfield County.

📰 ICYMI: This Week’s Features

Brownie Points

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How one Westchester bakery hires people “no questions asked,” proving that with the right opportunity, training, and support, anyone can thrive regardless of their background

Oodles of Noodles

From tacos and soups to wraps and curry, take a tour of Westchester’s most inventive noodle dishes

Walk This Way

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De-stress, decompress, and enjoy the first moments of spring with these scenic walks by the water

Your Best Bets: What to Do This Weekend (and Beyond)

The Arts in all forms are highlighted this week. Attend a lecture about what comes next in the arts sector, attend an art opening of a local artist while helping support refugees, laugh at a comedy set to tunes from the 1970s, and more

Off the (Digital) Shelf

Our Publisher’s recommendation on what to read online right now

📡 THE FEED: Curated News in Brief

  • Westchester Offers Tuition Program to Increase Volunteer Fire, EMS Ranks: It’s no secret that volunteer fire departments and ambulance corps face significant challenges in attracting new members to bolster their ranks. (Examiner)

  • Two Yonkers Teens Sentenced to Prison Time for Shooting 6-Year-Old Child: Two teens will spend years in prison after being sentenced for a gunfight that led to a 6-year-old child being shot in Westchester, the District Attorney’s Office announced. (Daily Voice)

  • Yorktown Breaks Ground on First Adaptive Playground: A groundbreaking ceremony was held on March 24 for what will be the first adaptive playground for children of all abilities in northern Westchester. (Examiner)

  • Protect Your Pets: Westchester to Offer Free Rabies Vaccines: After recent rabies scares in the region, county residents will be able to bring pets to New Rochelle for free vaccinations this month. (Patch)

  • County Center Will No Longer Provide Vaccines, Tests: Westchester will close the County Center in White Plains this Friday as a mass COVID-19 vaccination and testing site as cases diminish and the need for large-scale inoculations fade. (Examiner)

  • Westchester DA Rocah issues subpoena to Elmsford after Lohud investigation: Westchester County District Attorney Mimi Rocah has opened a grand jury investigation into the Village of Elmsford in connection with the mayor’s use of official resources, The Journal News has learned. (Lohud)

📅 FLASHBACK: circa 1936

A circa 1936 photo of Seabiscuit at Yonkers Raceway. Founded in 1899 by William H. Clark’s Trotting Club, Empire City Race Track began as a harness racing club. However, in 1907 harness racing was replaced with thoroughbred racing. During this time, many famous horses such as the world-renowned Seabiscuit raced there several times. In 1936, Seabiscuit, a Triple Crown and American Horse of the Year winner, won the Scarsdale Handicap at Empire City. In 1943, four years before Seabiscuit’s death, Yonkers Raceway was converted back to a harness racing track and was relaunched as Yonkers Raceway. Later, in 2006, because of struggles due to the property’s large size and a decrease in popularity, Empire City renovated and reinvented itself and added a casino on the property Today, Empire City Casino and Yonkers Raceway are owned and managed by MGM Resorts. —MADDIE STONE

PHOTO: Courtesy of the Seabiscuit Heritage Foundation


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