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‘Relay’ Gives Voice to Local Talent

Mayor, TownLink


“We knew Yorktown could dance, but we wanted to find out if Yorktown could sing!”

What on earth is Lynne Rothman, a resident of Yorktown in Westchester County, N.Y., talking about? Doesn’t she know municipalities can’t dance and sing. Their workload is taxing enough as it is.

It’s all about birthdays. Celebrating more of them each year. In the name of fighting the most dreaded of diseases. Ms. Rothman belongs to one of the top fundraising teams for the local Relay for Life, an annual rally of the human spirit that occurs across the country under the aegis of American Cancer Society, whose poignant and perfect tagline is “Sponsor of Birthdays.”

Citizens affected directly or otherwise by cancer form themed teams that invent new and clever ways to collect donations for cancer research. Led by creative, energetic types like Ms. Rothman and attorney/musician Gary Cusano, the Bunco Babes/Class Action team in Yorktown in the past few years has been the king of ka-ching! (more…)

April 30, 2013 |

Of Paramount Importance: The Show Must Go On



On the stage of the slightly renamed and emphatically rejuvenated Paramount Hudson Valley (dotcom), John Platania was getting in his frontman licks as the band played on. Soon, Peekskill resident and performing-dervish violinist Daisy Jopling materialized to trade riffs with the man who for years kicked axe in Van Morrison’s band.

Outside, several minutes earlier, on a warm and sunny May 15, 2013, Peekskill’s Acting City Manager Brian Havranek and Kurt Heitmann, CEO of Red House Holdings, transacted the lease, signifying the ceremonial encore of an historic entertainment landmark seven months after it unceremoniously got the hook due to insufficient funds, about 300,000 simoleons’ worth.

Now “Under New Management,” one of the encouraging signs, oddly enough, is that Mr. Heitmann and Co., at the outset, seem suitably realistic about the challenges of transforming the venue into a healthy moneymaker. For the first six months, under the deal between operator and the city, which owns the building, Peekskill will absorb certain operating costs so new management can find its – pardon the pun — “see” legs. Part of the deal also calls for the City to collect 5% of box office receipts.

There already are events scheduled, from rock-and-rollin’ violin virtuoso Daisy Jopling’s June 9 concert with the Westchester Putnam Youth Symphony to a physique competition June 29. (Jopling tix are available through; 800.838.3006.) See my interview with Daisy Jopling here (more…)

May 30, 2013 |

Fall Special – October in New York City


Author: Rosalie Scott

Warm autumn sunshine and lush fall colors make New York City in October an even more enticing travel destination than it already is. From the spectacular Columbus Day parade to dozens of Halloween events, there is no shortage of things to do to enjoy the beautiful fall weather!

Columbus Day Parade
Columbus Day falls on the second Monday of October, and this autumn long weekend is a popular one with travelers. New York City’s annual Columbus Day parade, a long-running tradition since 1929, takes place on Fifth Avenue and celebrates the great growth and contributions of the Italian-American community. Broadcast on six continents, the parade boasts thousands of marchers, a steady stream of colorful floats and live music and entertainment ranging from the traditional to the cutting-edge.

Columbus Day celebrates all things Italian, and Oktoberfest is a festival of all things German! From lager and leiderhosen to bratwurst and pretzels, the annual Oktoberfest celebrations in New York recreate the lively party atmosphere that Munich’s beer festival is famous for. On various Fridays and Saturdays throughout the month of October, Manhattan’s Third Avenue becomes a pedestrian-only area to accommodate the music, dancing, and wide variety of German beers and delicious Deutschland foods. (more…)

September 23, 2013 |
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