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Perception vs. Reality

Some folks, sadly, live in a perpetual state of fear and believe some form of danger lurks around every corner. I am not sure what initially instilled such a mindset in them, but I do know that social media, the 24-hour cable news cycle and many politicians (the Brown People are coming to get you!) exacerbate and exploit that fear.

I remember last year when neighboring Yorktown was ...

‘…Huddled Masses Yearning to Breathe Free’

One of my favorite trips is to take the ferry—with a couple of grandchildren in tow—to Staten Island (which, by the way, is free). We sit near the bow of the boat enjoying the breeze, and on the starboard side, not only to relish the warmth of the sun but to appreciate the inspiring view, as we pass within several hundred yards of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.

My eyesight ...

On Stage: The Existentialism of Millennialism

If you want a crash course in Millennial World, I have just the ticket for you. Billed as an alternative comedy, it’s a play titled “Adaptive Radiation,” on stage through Dec. 30 at Denizen Theatre in New Paltz. (Ticket info: Denizentheatre.com/tickets; 845-303.4136).

Although this is the vest-pocket venue’s second production, the Denizen quickly has established an ...

After 25 Years, His Business Is Still Smokin’

Author’s Note: See a brief video interview with Adam DeSiena of Doc James Cigars on Facebook page Bruce The Blog.

When Adam DeSiena graduated Pace University with a degree in psychology 25 years ago, he was uncertain about how to turn his education into a vocation. As he says, “You can’t do much with a B.A. in liberal arts.”

Then, in 1993, his dad, who was in the ...

Tying One On

I am a scarf person, but I am married to a non-scarf person. Conversely, my husband is a hat person, and I am not a hat person. He says scarves are itchy and make him look like he has no chin. I say hats ruin my hair and make my head look like a bowling ball. So, whenever it gets cold out, he tells me to put on a hat and I tell him to put on a scarf and we both ignore each other.

It’s ...

Furrowing My Fabulous Brows

“Who did your eyebrows?”

I turned and looked at the saleslady who asked me that question in the aisle at the beauty store.

“Um, I’m pretty sure they came with the rest of my face,” I responded.

“No, I mean who shapes them? They are fabulous!” she gushed.

“Thanks,” I said. “I do.”

“You wax your OWN ...