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  1. Ready To Party? Westchester Event Planner Has You Covered

    Ready To Party? Westchester Event Planner Has You Covered

    A little over three years ago, Justin Christopher left a position with a New York City-based nonprofit to launch Hand Crafted Services.His New Rochelle company is all about supplying a  personal touch to events, everything from corporate functions to affairs in someone's backyard.“The name Hand Crafted comes from craft services, as on film sets,” said Christopher. “That was the original ...

  2. His Own Gig: Westchester Musician Launches Eco-Friendly Guitar Business

    His Own Gig: Westchester Musician Launches Eco-Friendly Guitar Business

    Like many a teenage boy before him, Henry D’Allacco dreamed of rock stardom. As a high school student at Saunders High School in Yonkers, D’Allacco, a self-taught bass guitar player, practiced day and night with his band at his childhood home on Grosbeak Road. Always striving for perfection, he began tinkering with his guitars and the band’s other instruments to ensure the best quality ...

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

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

    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 Holiday Concerts.Mathes ...

  4. Westchester Cafe Is All About Teen Talent

    Westchester Cafe Is All About Teen Talent

    Too young for some concert venues, too old for others, teens 15 and up have a place just right for them with Lee's Cafe at the Schoolhouse Theater & Arts Center in Croton Falls on Friday, Dec. 8.Coffee, tea, and dessert will be available along with three hours of live music from 7 to 10 p.m. featuring three local up-and-coming acts. The teen event is free thanks in large part to a ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Find The Fantastic At Northern Westchester Holiday Boutique

    Find The Fantastic At Northern Westchester Holiday Boutique

    Shop and do good at the same time.  At Fantastic Finds’ annual Holiday Boutique in Chappaqua, all proceeds benefit Support Connection's free year-round breast and ovarian cancer support services. The store, which had its grand re-opening in September, is staffed with volunteers who handle sales and inventory as well as donations.During the Holiday Boutique, there will be refreshments, ...

  7. 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, ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

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