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Bruce the Blog

Author’s Note: Mom + Pop Culture are a couple of real characters. They could be you and me. Or not. Every so often, I eavesdrop on their conversations. Let’s listen in on what they’re saying right now about the common misperception of what empty storefronts signify. POP CULTURE: Mom, did you see that new empty storefront in the strip mall? MOM CULTURE: No, Pop. Which shop? POP: The frozen yogurt place. It wasn’t even there all that long. MOM: Oh, too bad. Although I never went in once. POP: It’s a ...

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

Recently we’ve noticed that life is moving at lightning speed; In the blink of an eye, the kids are grown. Since we can’t stop time, we will endeavor to slow dow nand to spend more time in the moment enjoying our families and friends. We will attempt to stop rushing through each conversation so we can get that next (tedious) task accomplished. And that’s where some of our favorite life hacks come in. A life hack, as defined by Urban Dictionary is, “A tool or technique that makes some aspect of one’s life easier or ...

Diversions

There is no denying it; the evidence is everywhere. What is it? Its graduation season! From pre-school to graduate school, it seems everyone in our area is celebrating someone’s memorable rite of passage. Bright futures abound! There is not a dry eye in the house when a 4-year-old crosses the stage in a handmade mortarboard, stepping gingerly in a pinned up gown. Fast forward 14 years to high school commencement, rejoicing in the culmination of four years of growth and dedication. Next stop: college graduation, when generations of ...

Dr. Linda

Dear Dr. Linda, In one of your recent columns a parent asked if his son should attend the school’s summer reading program. The father didn’t want him to go because the father had had a bad experience with a summer reading program when he was a kid. Here’s my question. My daughter’s school is providing a summer reading program and her teacher recommends that she attend because it follows a multisensory Orton-Gillingham approach. I don’t know if I should send her because I don’t know what that means. What ...

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 ...

Herb Geller

Until last year, in all my travels, I had never visited south Texas or most of Texas except for an airplane transfer at Dallas and a memorable occasion on a troop train from Neosho, Mo. when we briefly stopped in Texarkana, Texas, on our way to New Orleans. A conductor wearing a cowboy hat ordered some of our guys out of the Pullman berths where they were sleeping because the Army hadn’t paid for them. Our soldiers quickly went back into the berths as soon as we crossed the Texas border. No one bothered them again. Last year I came ...

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 ...

Life, Health and Politics

(NORTH SALEM, N.Y.) --It’s another depressing moment in Washington as we watch New York State Senior Sen. Chuck Schumer begin his maneuvering to attempt to stop Neil Gorsuch from reaching the Supreme Court. Judge Gorsuch, who was approved unanimously by voice vote in the U.S. Senate to become a federal judge in 2006, and currently serves on the 10th circuit, is clearly eminently qualified.  In every administration heretofore, his nomination to the Supreme Court with a bipartisan majority would have been a snap.  Throughout his ...

Lost In Suburbia

I winced as we sat in the audience of an experimental music concert played by a string quartet. Calling it music was being generous. It was more like the sound of a subway car screeching on the tracks, mixed with nails on a chalkboard, and choruses of crying babies on an airplane. “I don't get it,” I whispered to my husband as the quartet tweaked their instruments so violently that strings began to break loose and fly up in the players' faces. “Experimental music is about seeing how far the players can push ...

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 ...

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