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Responding to My Critics

A couple of items I commented on have been called into question. Rightly so. I could have made myself clearer. 1) A correction. Recently I wrote about being mad at future “Con Ed” bills. My bad. I should have said, in regarding Indian Point, that it is owned by Entergy. However, Entergy does not do the billing; Con Ed bills me for my electric service. So, even though Entergy owns Indian Point, its closing will affect your energy bill whether it is Con Ed or any other provider. 2) In the first stimulus bill—you know, the ...

Bruce the Blog

For those who fondly recall the pop hits that defined AM and then FM radio of the ’60s and ’70s, there’s a time machine you can climb into at Westchester Broadway Theatre. That’s where a nifty little musical revue called “The Bikinis” is warming the hearts of audiences through the very last day of winter, March 19, when it makes way for the next show, “Mamma Mia.” As always with jukebox musicals, there’s a modest storyline that serves to stitch together the tapestry of songs—and ...

Design Time

Since decorating mistakes can be very costly and time consuming, I always urge my clients to do their homework before undertaking any redecorating project. What kind of homework?  A good way to begin is to flip through design and decorating magazines, and visit websites dedicated to interior décor. Start collecting pictures of various design products and styles that appeal to you and you can visualize as your own.  Once you start identifying colors, designs, and various furnishings that illustrate your dream room, ...

Dr. Linda

Dear Dr. Linda, The other night there was a heart-warming story on the news that I wanted to share with you. It was a story about a professional football player, Malcolm Mitchell, who struck up a conversation with woman at a local bookstore. She went on and on about the book club she had just joined. When he asked her about joining the club, she told him he probably wouldn’t want to because it was made up of nothing but women. Now, he’s the only man in the club. Asked recently what he’s most proud of, he replied that he ...

Educational Alternatives

Dana Stahl, a learning specialist and educational consultant, will address educational questions and concerns that parents may have regarding their children’s academic development and progress in school. Topics can center on how to handle homework dilemmas to what questions to ask at a CSE meeting. Questions can range from “How best do parents advocate for their children?” to “How do parents interpret formal tests that have been administered?” to “What schools and colleges are right for my ...

Edward Jones

National Save for Retirement Week was observed Oct. 18 – 24 this year. And this week has some weight behind it, as it is recognized by the U.S. Senate for its importance in encouraging Americans to prepare themselves financially for retirement. Are you doing all you can? Many of your peers aren’t. About a third of working adults have no retirement savings or pension, according to a survey by the Federal Reserve. And more than half of workers report that the total value of their household’s savings and investments, ...

Here and Now

Donald Trump signed an executive order in the Oval Office this month calling for review of the Obama administration’s landmark retirement savings “fiduciary” rule.  Shortly after, a fellow I worked with a number of years ago, who follows my column, emailed me this story:  “Back in the early ‘80s, my wife and I were teachers in the city. I worked at a private school serving troubled children on the Upper East Side; she worked in an elementary school on 96th Street and West End. We had three great kids ...

Houlihan Lawrence Property of the Day

2 Hollowbrook Place, Cortlandt $550,000.00 This unique 3 family home boasts tremendous curb appeal with a stone and brick exterior. Each unit offers 2 spacious bedrooms, 1 updated full bath, updated kitchens, separate entrances and separate patios. Two of the three units have beautiful brick and stone fireplaces that create a warm and cozy atmosphere in the living rooms. There is plenty of backyard space for tenants to use and ample parking via 1 car attached garage, driveway, gravel parking lot on side of house. Additional unit used ...

Lost In Suburbia

After almost 25 years of marriage, my husband and I have finally figured out why sometimes we have trouble communicating: He can’t read my mind. I know. I was shocked, too. But there it was. And the sad fact was, I was enlightened over a bag of garbage. One morning I came downstairs to find a bag of garbage sitting near the back door, exactly where I had left it the previous night (the garbage, not the door). Incensed, I called my husband who’d already left for work. “You left the garbage next to the door!” ...

On the World Scene

I’m currently afraid to express my opinion on Facebook or opine about anything other than my dog in this newspaper, which is the only safe topic that seems to unite both conservatives and liberals. Before I go any further, I want to say that my actual political opinions are irrelevant to the point I am about to make in this column. If you are a Democrat, assume that I am a Democrat, and if you are a Republican, assume that I am a Republican.  There are a lot of things to criticize on my side of the aisle—whatever that ...

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