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Glass Ceiling: “A metaphor used to represent an invisible barrier that keeps a given demographic (typically applied to women) from rising beyond a certain level.” In what is believed to be a first for Westchester theater, a one-act festival will celebrate women playwrights. “Glass Ceiling Breakers,” the umbrella title for the all-female festival, offers a pungent mix of comedy and drama written by women and directed by women.  The seven short pieces will be presented on two consecutive weekends—March ...

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, My wife is having our son take the SAT and the ACT over and over again. Each time it costs money and even more money for the tutor. I’m an attorney and never took this many exams in my life. Our son is miserable, my wife is determined and I’m angry. I guess you have a clear picture of our home environment at this time. It’s not pretty. Any advice? Michael Dear Michael, College acceptance is not solely dependent on college entrance exams. College admissions counselors look at the student’s ...

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 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

Back in my early days of suburbia, I received one or two catalogs in the mail, and that was about it. However, catalogs, I soon learned, are like rabbits, and tend to multiply if left unattended. At first I looked forward to the occasional Pottery Barn and Williams-Sonoma catalogs. Not that I was buying, because we were young and house poor. But like a man with a girly magazine, I liked to look at the pictures and dream about what I didn’t have at home. Soon enough, though, more catalogs started pouring in. Initially it was just home ...

On Assignment

A couple of weeks ago, spring was in the air. It was growing from the ground, it was singing from the pond next door. The crocuses were blooming and the frogs were squawking their furious mating calls. A week later, the crocuses had croaked and the croakers, probably the same. Their betrothed, who were ribbited a week earlier, were now croaking, “Dude, what the hell?” The arrival of spring was Fake News, and we fell for it yet again. It was a hoax perpetuated by the Chinese and hacked by the Russians. The blizzard of 2017 was ...

On the World Scene

I Googled the symptoms of male mid-life crisis and I thankfully don’t really fit into this category. I’m slightly on the younger side and I have no desire to do anything rash, like shut down my business, leave my family and move to Vegas. But I am approaching a point in my life where I have two competing emotions. The first emotion is that I can’t wait for everything to speed up so that I can accomplish everything I want to accomplish in life. Truth be told, I’ve always had that emotion. Even when I was a child, I ...

What Was I Thinking?

After enjoying freedom for a couple of weeks—no doctors’ appointments and tests—it was time to meet with the pulmonary hypertension specialist. We spent close to an hour going over results of the bubble echocardiogram and extensive blood work that had been done a month ago. The echo showed no holes in my heart—thank you, Lord—and the blood screen was normal. Imagine my surprise though when the doctor said that my heart was “stiffer” than normal. Now that was a new “bump in the road” and ...

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