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The advent of girls’ HS flag football; the best coffee concoctions around the county; a chat with Chappaqua’s famous toy and game inventor; what to do this weekend; and more

Good morning! Today is Saturday, May 7. You’re reading the Examiner+ Weekend+ Edition — the complete digital issue for this week.

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🎵 PRELUDE: Dance with Me

Orleans is an American pop-rock band best known for its hits “Dance with Me” (No. 6 in 1975) and “Still the One” (No. 5 in 1976). The group’s name evolved from the music it was playing at the time of its formation, inspired by Louisiana artists such as Allen Toussaint and the Neville Brothers. 

Orleans was formed in Woodstock, New York in January 1972 by vocalist/guitarist/songwriter John Hall, vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist/bassist/songwriter, Larry Hoppen, and drummer/keyboardist/songwriter Wells Kelly. The group expanded to include Larry’s younger brother, Lance, on bass, and drummer Jerry Marotta joined in 1976, completing the quintet. 

The band has released over 14 albums from 1973 to 2021 including additional live albums and compilations. Current band members include John Hall, Lance Hoppen, Dennis “Fly” Amero, Lane Hoppen, and Brady Spencer. 

Fun fact: John Hall was a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York’s 19th district from January 2007 to January 2011.

Orleans will be performing at Paramount Hudson Valley in Peekskill, New York on Friday, May 13. Tickets are available for the show.

— 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

Flag Raising

All-Girls Varsity Flag Football Kicks Off in Somers

Give Me a (Coffee) Break!

Get your caffeine fix with these oh-so-tasty coffee concoctions

He’s All Fun and Games

In his 40+year career as a lauded toy and game inventor, Robert Fuhrer of Chappaqua has brought to market more than 200 toys and games — from Crocodile Dentist to KenKen

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

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A Mother’s Day piano concert; storytime at Muscoot Farm; music of The Beatles for kids; learn how to play canasta; and more

Getting Away with the Grift

These days, there are liars, cheats, and hustlers galore. Now there’s a new name in the game of grifters: me

📡 THE FEED: Curated News in Brief

  • Multiple Generations to Compete at Maccabiah Games in Israel: It promises to be quite a summer for Abigail, Zachary, and Jeffrey Binder (above). The three members of the same family from Armonk will be competing at the 21st World Maccabiah Games in Israel starting in early July in three different sports. (Examiner)

  • Coyote Sightings Prompt Warnings: There have been several coyote sightings recently in Westchester County. (CBS-2 TV)

  • Examiner Journalists Win Six Honors at Press Association Awards: Examiner Media journalists won six honors this past weekend in the annual New York State Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest, securing prizes for news reporting, feature writing, rookie reporting, column writing, and honorable mentions for best sports action photo and best COVID-19 feature story. (Examiner)

  • Westchester County Man Wanted for Trying to Lure Multiple Kids Into His Car Near School: There’s an urgent warning to be on the lookout for a man who police say tried to get high school girls into his car. (NBC-4 TV)

  • Two Men Convicted for Killing Animals in Putnam: Two men were recently convicted in Putnam County in separate cases for killing animals. (Examiner)

  • Westchester Airport Master Plan Taking Off: In a briefing on May 4, Westchester County Executive George Latimer announced details of the plan to collect public input and restart the process to develop an updated master plan for the Westchester County Airport. The Business Journal reported on April 6 that the county would be moving forward with the project, in part to fulfill FAA requirements for airports receiving federal funding to have an updated master plan. (Westchester Biz Journal)


Traveling the web in search of the best life hacks


Ever wonder what the price of something from years ago would be worth or cost today? Wonder no more! With this handy calculator, just punch in the amount and the year and it tells you its price in today’s dollars. The next time grandpa waxes nostalgic about how cheap something was “back in his day,” you can quickly find out whether it was truly a bargain — or not.


👍🏻 IN APPRECIATION: Our Four-Legged “Ambassadors”

As a token of our sincere appreciation for our top-tier paid Ambassador subscription members for their generous additional financial support, we invited them to give their pets a special shout-out.

“My rescue mutt, Olive, at the Riverfront in Peekskill. She is four years old.” — Courtney Williams, Peekskill

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