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🎵 PRELUDE: About Damn Time

Melissa Viviane Jefferson, known professionally as Lizzo, released “About Damn Time” in April 2022. She is an American singer, rapper, songwriter, and classically trained flutist  The song is the lead single from her fourth studio album Special (2022). It reached number one in the United States, becoming her second number one single, while reaching the top three in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Iceland, Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.

According to her bio, Lizzo has been subject to body shaming throughout her career. Through her music, self-expression, and performance, she has worked to change the narrative around size and shared the notion and importance of body positivity and self-confidence.  

With its uplifting disco beat and “feel-good” chorus, “About Damn Time” is a fun summer tune for all of us to groove to.

“Turn up the music, turn down the lights
I got a feelin’ I’m gon’ be alright
Okay (okay), alright
It’s about damn time
Turn up the music, let’s celebrate 
I got a feelin’ I’m gon’ be okay
Okay (okay), alright
It’s about damn time”

— 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

A Vital Community Ally

A local HIV treatment and prevention clinic combats both old myths and new complacency to drive down a persistent infection rate.

What to Read Right Now

Our Publisher is back with this week’s curated roundup of our most impactful local news stories.

Your Best Bets: What to Do This Weekend

An al fresco film festival, a concert with the Commodores, and an evening of laughs with Jon Lovitz.


Putnam County Reports First Monkeypox Case

Local News Cheat Sheet:

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A Quick Bulleted Summary of Our Climate Retreat Report

📡 THE FEED: Curated News in Brief

  • White Plains Man Found Dead in Bear Mountain Creek: A White Plains man was found dead Wednesday in a creek at Bear Mountain State Park after slipping while hiking with friends. (Examiner)

  • 4 Charged, 31 Ghost Guns Seized In Multi-Agency Yonkers Bust: Four people have been charged and 31 guns ghost guns seized following a multi-agency investigation into a pipeline that brought guns from Washington, DC, to Westchester County. (Daily Voice)

  • Foundation Eyes Decaying Mansion as Climate Change Retreat: A foundation dedicated to the conservation of natural resources has submitted a concept plan to the Town of New Castle to redevelop a deteriorating stone mansion to serve as a climate change retreat for scientists. (Examiner)

  • Mosquitoes with West Nile Virus Found in Westchester: The Westchester County Health Department learned today that this season’s first batch of mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus in Westchester was identified in Rye. The area surrounding the positive mosquito batches is being inspected by the Health Department, and catch basins that need it are being treated to protect against further mosquito breeding nearby. (Yonkers Times)

  • Monkeypox on Slow Rise, COVID Steady in Westchester: Westchester reported 50 cases of the monkeypox virus on Monday as the number of those who are currently positive with COVID-19 remains in a narrow range. (Examiner)

  • Free Rabies Vaccines For Westchester Pets Aug. 27: County residents can schedule free rabies vaccinations for their dogs, cats, and ferrets. (Patch)



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