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Winter family outings; life after Indian Point; life lessons from chess; the best vegetarian pizza in Westchester; what to do this weekend; and more

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🎵 PRELUDE: January Hymn

The Decemberists are an American indie rock band from Portland, Oregon. The band consists of Colin Meloy, Chris Funk, Jenny Conlee, Nate Query, and John Moen who are all multi-instrumentalists. Their songs range from upbeat pop to instrumentally lush ballads and convey tales ranging from whimsical to dark or political. 

Some interpret “January Hymn”’s luscious lyrics to be about loss. Others like myself, prefer to think about it as a song about the cycle of seasons, how we wish winter would quickly pass.

“April all an ocean away
Is this a better way to spend the day?
Keeping the winter at bay.”

For those who want to hear another The Decemberists song about the summer, listen to their gorgeous and poetic song, “June Hymn” from the same album called The King is Dead

Happy New Year!

— 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

Switchin’ the Kitchen

How the owner of Lum Yen changed direction from Chinese to Steak & Seafood and re-opened it as Baby Duke’s.

Winter Family Outings

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Avoid cabin fever this season with these fun recreational options.

After Indian Point

A community in economic and environmental transition as decommissioning begins

Our Best Bets for This Weekend (and Beyond): What to Do and Where to Go

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Up close and personal with wolves; one more winter wonderland; scenic New Year’s Day hikes; and more

The Game and I

How chess enriches life.

The Slice is Right: A Vegetarian’s Guide to the Best Pizza in Westchester County

I present my recommendation of the Top 15 Best Pizza joints in Westchester County.

📡 THE FEED: Curated News in Brief

  • Westchester Increases Testing as COVID-19 Cases Explode: As active COVID-19 cases soar to pandemic highs, Westchester County is increasing its testing for residents who show symptoms or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for the virus. (Examiner)

  • Westchester DA Declines to Pursue Charges Against Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo: District Attorney Mimi Rocah said the allegations did not constitute a crime. (ABC News)

  • How do you get to ‘Sesame Street’? Head through Westchester: The new season of “Sesame Street” finds Big Bird, Elmo, and the gang venturing to Westchester County. (LoHud)

  • Westchester Native Don McLean To Celebrate ‘American Pie’ 50th Anniversary With NY Concerts; Grammy-winning singer, songwriter Don McLean of “American Pie” fame is coming back to the state where he was born, New York, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his hit record. (Daily Voice)

  • Tolls Set to Increase on Gov. Mario Cuomo Bridge Starting Today: The new year kicks off with increased prices to cross over the Hudson River – the amount depends on whether or not you have an E-ZPass. (News 12)



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