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Vira Mamchur Schwartz

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  1. Greenwich's Rob Mathes To Bring Musical Holiday Cheer To The PAC

    Greenwich's Rob Mathes To Bring Musical Holiday Cheer To The PAC

    GREENWICH, Conn. — Fa-la-la-la-la. You know it’s the holiday season when Greenwich’s own Rob Mathes, dubbed "Mr. Christmas" by singer/actor Vanessa Williams, returns to the stage. The Emmy award-winning and Grammy and Tony-nominated musician, composer and arranger is returning home to the New York City area this weekend to rock in the holidays with his annual Rob Mathes ...

  2. Diner Dynasty: One Family Serves Up 'Love' At Westchester Diner

    Diner Dynasty: One Family Serves Up 'Love' At Westchester Diner

    There's a long story behind the origins of the year-old Bronxville Diner --- a lot of which centers on fate, love and pure old gut feelings.A lot also hinges on hard work.Olga Giapoutzis, who runs the diner with her husband, Teddy, has been in the diner business since 1996.She hadn’t planned on coming to the United States from her native Greece let alone staying, but her father ...

  3. The Bands All Here: Westchester's Song For Seeds Sings For Santa

    The Bands All Here: Westchester's Song For Seeds Sings For Santa

    Songs for Seeds, the award-winning children’s band and music program, will hold a free holiday concert at The Galleria in White Plains on Sunday, Dec.3, at 11 a.m. with a special guest appearance by Santa Claus.“We're delighted to bring the band to The Galleria,” said Dana Fisher of Scarsdale, owner of Songs for Seeds in Westchester. “It’s a great opportunity for parents and children to ...

  4. Snowman Plans To 'Run, Have Fun' At Annual Frosty Day In Armonk

    Snowman Plans To 'Run, Have Fun' At Annual Frosty Day In Armonk

    Frosty the Snowman, with his button nose and corncob pipe, will make his triumphant return to Armonk on Sunday, Nov. 26, leading children of all ages down the town streets.The annual Frosty Day starts downtown at 12:30 p.m. and celebrates the world’s favorite snowman with family-friendly rides and activities, along with dancers, singers, marching bands, magicians, clowns, elves, Santa, ...

  5. Want To Avoid Stress This Thanksgiving? Westchester Expert Shares Advice

    Want To Avoid Stress This Thanksgiving? Westchester Expert Shares Advice

    How many times have you witnessed or participated in a power struggle over food at the Thanksgiving table or any special family gathering? The answer, most likely, is a resounding "more than once."Stress is high for parents with either packing and travel or cooking and cleaning. But it’s also high for children who are suddenly thrown out of their routine.According to Stephanie ...

  6. Westchester Resident Makes Year-Round Giving Her Priority

    Westchester Resident Makes Year-Round Giving Her Priority

    At Thanksgiving, many take time to be grateful for their family, friends, and what they have. For Yorktown Heights resident Paula Miritello, Thanksgiving – and every day – is all about giving.Miritello has always been about helping others. She took care of her brother Vinny who had cerebral palsy until his death in 2000 at age 21 and then continued with charity work in her brother’s ...

  7. Batter Chatter: Westchester Baker Finds New Ways To Whip Up Meringues

    Batter Chatter: Westchester Baker Finds New Ways To Whip Up Meringues

    SCARSDALE, N.Y. --  Aquafaba may not be an ingredient that many are familiar with, but Diane Forley knows it well. It’s her ingredient of choice at the recently opened Meringue Shop in Scarsdale.“In a nutshell,” explained Forley, “Aquafaba is the broth that comes from beans – chickpeas work best. Use it anywhere you’d use egg whites or eggs as a binder." Yes, that liquid that you ...

  8. Lessons Learned: Westchester Native Uses Classroom Experience In New Book

    Lessons Learned: Westchester Native Uses Classroom Experience In New Book

    Meivy Diaz is ready to be your tween’s new friend. She’s a spunky middle school student in fictional Bayberry, Conn. who stars in the recently launched The Tale of the Locker Thief. Taking on timely cultural and political topics through a diverse set of characters, this is the first book in a new mystery series by Susan LeRoy, a Yonkers native.LeRoy, a college teacher who began as a ...

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