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Bruce the Blog

Living in this region, it’s easy to be spoiled and take for granted our proximity to such heaven-sent amenities as the Hudson River. For those of us not active in the environmental movement, it’s all too easy, as well, to lose sight of the harsh reality that this monumental natural resource itself has been spoiled by such unnatural contaminants as PCBs. Fortunately, the damage done to the Hudson is redeemable, and that vital mission is the life’s work of such organizations as the non-profit organization Hudson River Sloop ...

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, ...

Diversions

Another week and I am so all in. All in for holiday celebrations, lights, festivals, festivities; my calendar is full this month. Each week I think I have all the local events covered and I am told about or I discover another one! I wish December could last forever. Even the charitable events on my schedule, such as the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run on Dec. 9, in which I participated, and helping sell Christmas trees with the Rotary the following day, embrace the joys of the season while raising awareness and funds. So, in ...

Dr. Linda

Dear Dr. Linda, We have two boys, Dan in 11th grade and Luke in eighth. Dan always gets straight A’s while his younger brother, Luke, gets B’s and C’s. As the years have gone on, Dan has kept his grades up but Luke’s have gone down. Not only have his grades gone down, but he seems to have actually “checked out.” He goes to school but does poorly and doesn’t seem to care. We’ve spoken to Luke’s teachers and they tell us that he’s simply not trying. We’ve grounded him, but ...

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 such concerns as how to handle homework dilemmas or 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 “Which schools and colleges are right for my ...

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

“Can you tell me what comes with the garlic chicken?” my husband asked the waiter. “I can tell you,” I said. “Bad breath.” My husband rolled his eyes at me. We were out to dinner at our usual place and decided the chef must have come into a surplus of garlic, because everything on the specials menu featured garlic. Good for garlic lovers. Not so good for the people who have to sleep with them. I actually like garlic as much as the next person, but I try not to eat it when my husband is in town ...

On the World Scene

We spend so much time teaching our children not to bully one another and not to gossip, but all too often adults don’t practice what they preach, especially given the often toxic and viral nature of social media. Given the series of events last week regarding a disputed story involving the Somers girls and Yorktown boys lacrosse players, it seems that Somers school administrators were bullied into making premature statements. Many people are so quick to judge—and to judge publicly—without any deference to due process ...

Organizing Wisdom

As a professional organizer, you would assume that I am passionate about organizing. I am not—I am passionate about people. Given the choice between being at home and dealing with my own piles or going to Pleasantville and sorting out Mrs. Martin’s closet, I will chose Mrs. Martin and her closet every single time. I enjoy my own company but I know that story and at this point, I would much rather hear other people’s stories. Being with other people and helping them sort out their stuff gives me the opportunity to hear the ...

Seasoned Words

President Trump evidently thought that calling Massachusett’s Sen. Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas,” a reference to her one-time self-identification as a minority, citing Native American roots, at a recent event honoring Navajo code talkers was a joke. Did he think that the Native Americans who came to Washington in honor of the Navajo code talkers of World War II wouldn’t resent this insult to their people? Let me tell you something about the real Pocahontas. She  was born about 1594 and was one of several ...

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