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🎵 PRELUDE: Only A Fool Would Say That

Steely Dan is an American rock band that was founded in 1971 by Walter Becker (guitars, bass, backing vocals) and Donald Fagen (keyboards, lead vocals). Becker and Fagen met when they were students at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.

“Only a Fool Would Say That” is a song from their first album called Can’t Buy a Thrill (1972), which blends elements of rock, jazz, R&B, and blues.

“I heard it was you 
Talkin’ ’bout a world 
Where all is free 
It just couldn’t be 
And only a fool would say that”

Many listeners have commented about how the song’s lyrics insinuate a repudiation of the late 60’s/early 70’s idealism and the counterculture, but the true meaning is probably more complicated than that. Others have argued that the songwriters were actually sympathetic to these ideals but saw both sides of the argument. However you choose to interpret the meaning, I believe the lyrics and their sentiment are relevant to our times. 

Fans of Steely Dan are in luck! The Royal Scam, an ALL-STAR Steely Dan tribute band made up of nine musicians, several of who have performed with James Taylor, SNL, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Stevie Wonder, and more, will be performing on Saturday, October 1, at the Paramount Hudson Valley Theater in Peekskill. Tickets 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

EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW: Coachlight Square Units Still Uninhabitable 13 Months Later

Struggling displaced residents fuming over delays after fire

Four Things to Know This Week (And One Extra Thing)

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New Civil Trial in White Plains Police Killing; Kisco Firehouse Update; Our Reverse Bias; Worsening Hudson Valley Infrastructure; The Last ‘Liberal Republican’

The Slice is Right, Part 2: Northern Westchester Edition

Come on down (and come hungry) for these delicious local pizzas.

What the Number 500 Currently Means to Us

Help us lower the figure to zero

Your Best Bets: What to Do This Weekend

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📡 THE FEED: Curated News in Brief

  • As Ukraine Braces for Winter, Yorktown Man Gets Coats to Kids: With the February invasion feeling like a lifetime ago, and as Ukraine braces for its second bloody winter – this time from the outset of the bruising season – the small handful of volunteers at AidUkraineNow Inc. are focused on a newer initiative: coats for kids. (Examiner)

  • Alert Issued For Missing Westchester Woman: Police are asking the public for help in locating a missing woman who suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease. (Daily Voice)

  • Judge Recommends New Civil Trial in Chamberlain Killing Case: A federal judge Monday recommended a new civil trial in the killing of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr. in 2011 in White Plains based on newly revealed evidence. (Examiner)

  • Westchester County Looking For Youth Poet Laureate: The youth poet laureate will encourage children and young people to engage in creative pursuits, including spoken word poetry. (Patch)

  • Local Group, Native Americans Unite in Fight to Save Chappaqua Forest: Native Americans joined a group of New Castle residents who have vowed to preserve 20 forested acres that the Chappaqua School District owns, urging the Board of Education Wednesday evening to protect the land from development. (Examiner)

  • Westchester County Launches $5 Million Business First Grant: The Westchester County Office of Economic Development today launched a $5 Million round of Business FIRST Grant funding to support Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs), Certified Service-Disabled Veteran-owned Businesses (SDVOBs) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. (Yonkers Times)

  • Two Indicted for Attempted Murder in Peekskill Car Shooting: Two Peekskill residents were indicted for attempted murder by a Westchester County Grand Jury last week in connection with a car shooting in downtown Peekskill in July that injured two females. (Examiner)



This undated photo shows Ed and Mary Schultz, the owners of Schultz’s Cider Mill in Armonk. After being released from his factory job in the 1940s, Edwin “Ed” Schultz first became inspired when a farmer offered him all of the apples in his field for a reasonable price. The business began as a small shack that sold crates of low-cost apples to bring in some extra money, but when Ed and his wife Mary saw a chance for something more, they opened up the first iteration of the cider mill in 1951. The first mill brought in enough money for a larger facility two years later, and Schultz’s Cider Mill was born. They were renowned for their standards, using only the best and most refined ingredients. The local institution is still remembered fondly after its closure in 2002. — MADDIE STONE

(Photo: Westchester Historical Society)

This Weekend’s Featured Nonprofit: SPCA Westchester

SPCA Westchester is one of the oldest humane societies in the United States. It was founded in 1883 by Ossining resident Mary Dusenberry after she observed horses being abused as they delivered heavy loads of coal. Together with caring friends, Mrs. Dusenberry obtained land on which to build the Society’s first home and established a fund to be used to prevent cruelty to animals.

The SPCA is still located on the same spot, making it one of the oldest landholders in Briarcliff Manor. Originally affiliated with the ASPCA, the SPCA became an independent organization in the 1920s and does NOT receive funding from the ASPCA or any national animal welfare organizations. Recognized as a “no-kill” rescue center, the SPCA is committed to finding homes for all adoptable animals regardless of space or length of stay.

Learn more about SPCA Westchester here.

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