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December 28, 2016

For some, the past year could have gone a lot better. For some, the past year could have gone a lot worse. However it went for you, here’s wishing you a better 2017. As my philosopher friend George Santayana once said, more or less, those who pay no heed to the past may unwittingly repeat its ...

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When working-age folks (which these days is just about any age older than school-age) are at home weekdays, all kinds of assumptions can be made. These days, a lot of those assumptions would be wrong. No, she is not unemployed. No, he is not self-employed. More than 10 percent of Americans work ...

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Westchester is an “amazingly diverse county,” County Executive Rob Astorino told members of the Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce last week at its monthly breakfast meeting. Mr. Astorino added that, “Out of 1 million people, el veinticinco por ciento de la población es Hispana,” and then ...

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“Everybody’s talkin’ at me, I don’t hear a word they’re saying, Only the echoes of my mind.” –Harry Nilsson Now there’s a song for our time. If the terrifically talented Harry Nilsson were alive today, he could write an inverted sequel, “Nobody’s listening to me, they don’t hear a word I’m ...

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As I’m writing this review of Westchester Broadway Theatre’s dance-happy, song-packed production of “Saturday Night Fever,”, I’m also listening to the anthemic soundtrack from the 1977 movie. It is one of the best-selling and most acclaimed movie recordings in music history. It even is immortalized ...

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Baby Boomers fondly will recall famous four-legged celebrities of our youth, like “Nipper,” the dog with one ear cocked to better hear “His Master’s Voice” on the old-fashioned phonograph, who became the mascot of audio and TV maker RCA. Or what about good ol’ “Petey,” with the distinctive “black ...

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There are days, and then there are days. Some days are not created like other days. Ever have one of those days? This is that invigorating, in-between time of year—as the green glow of summer fades into the rusty hues of leaves alighting—when, all of a sudden, days of the week are burnished into ...

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It’s not often a movie or play attempts to tackle the familiar themes of romance and self-identity against the backdrop of an historic atrocity that took place generations in the past. Yet, that precisely is what playwright Howard Meyer has accomplished in his play “Maybe Never Fell.” The powerful ...

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As a longtime resident of the Northern Westchester town of Yorktown, it was nice to see we earned an 81 on our 2016 report card, a score that translates into “exceptionally livable.” Other places where this column is circulated fared fairly well as well. Take Mahopac in Putnam County. It earns ...

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As I sat watching “You Will Remember Me,” I found myself nodding. Not nodding off, as in falling asleep. Not even close. I was nodding in recognition and agreement with many of the viewpoints being channeled through the characters on stage at Whippoorwill Hall, where this thought-provoking, ...

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Ladies, have you ordered a new batch of calling cards to show the names of your daughters, as well as which day of the week gentlemen are permitted to call on them? Gentlemen, do you bite your nails, lounge in a chair, sit with knees far apart, or point a finger at something? If the ladies ...

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Near as I can tell, some folks have a problem with nuclear energy. That’s fine. I don’t. That’s fine too. There you have, in so few words, the simple and lucid breakdown of how Tony Vitale views the yin and yang of local attitudes toward nuclear energy in general, and, in particular, toward ...

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An acquaintance told me recently, “You and I are kindred spirits in one respect.” OK, I replied. I’ll bite. He explained, “We both have a problem with people who have a parking problem.” The gentleman, an elegant senior citizen whose gait was being girded with the support of a cane, said he had ...

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I take words at their word, which is to say seriously, sometimes too much so for my own peace of mind. Take the Days of Awe those of my faith currently are observing. The 10-day span that starts Oct. 3, with Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) and culminates Oct. 12, with Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) ...

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A few decades ago, an AEPi fraternity brother of mine at Syracuse University, Harold Feigenbaum, took a music course in what then was a new device: the Moog synthesizer (pronounced mohg with a hard g, as in rogue). The wondrous invention, by Robert Moog, soon would play an instrumental role in ...

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Doesn’t it seem lately that we always are on the internet? Or that the internet always is on us? (As they morph into something akin to an external organ, smartphones now are used more than computers for everyday tasks like a Google search.) That’s not to say it’s a good thing that we willingly, ...

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When Jason Chapin was a teenager, he lost his father in an automobile accident on the Long Island Expressway. That was 35 years ago. Yet, as with many artists of yore whose gifts resonated with millions, Harry Chapin lives on in song and spirit. His distinctive sound and colorful storytelling ...

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When octogenarian Dana Rosenberg shares “The Story of My Life as an Artist, Teacher and Poet” this Friday, Sept. 2, at 10 a.m., in the Heritage Hills Activity Center in Somers, there will be someone in the audience whom she last saw 33 years ago. In 1983, the same year Dana was honored as an ...

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“Life is all about great food, amazing wine, friends that make you feel good, family that you cherish, laughing, loving and a place to enjoy it together.” That’s one of the homespun mottos gracing the walls of Furci’s restaurant in Yorktown Heights, where the bonds and bonhomie of family ...

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I have an anniversary next month: Number 33, thank you. But before Elyse and I reach that milestone, I have to navigate three other wives, a couple of whom are millstones. Or are written that way, at least. Some folks belong to a bowling league or look forward to a regular poker game. I get my ...

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You’ll forgive me if I’m feeling a little misty-eyed right about now. For more than 30 years, this journalist was immersed in home entertainment technology, starting with hi-fi and videogames in the 1970s, through the debut of DVD in the 1990s, to the streaming Age of Netflix this century. I ...

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The checkered history of the record business is rife with stories about managers and even record labels shortchanging or disrespecting their own gravy train, the talent. Earlier this year, in his induction remarks at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Steve Miller summed up the sentiments of many ...

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“Like many of my fellow millennials...” is how Ivanka Trump began her remarks as she took the stage last week to introduce her Republican presidential nominee dad at the Republican National Convention. The heiress went on to say, “I do not consider myself categorically Republican or ...

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Author’s Note: Mom and 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 upcoming presidential election. MOM CULTURE: Who’re you voting for, Pop? POP ...

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Don’t ask me why, but of late I’ve developed this rabid curiosity about that distant historical time known as “antiquity.” If it’s medieval, it’s for me. Maybe it’s a byproduct of moving on in years and feeling faintly antiquated myself. A local online community newspaper referred to ...

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We celebrated our nation’s independence this past weekend. Our independence 240 years ago from the country across the pond that just not-quite-celebrated its independence from the rest of Europe. Central to America’s independence is the Constitution’s First Amendment. That’s the one guaranteeing ...

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Do you know somebody like this where you live? S/he’s a chronic complainer who gets up at every town meeting to criticize, lecture, finger-wag, trash the ideas of others, but rarely offers better alternatives. You get the picture. Not a pretty one. [Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in ...

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Do words like predictive marketing, customer journey, retargeting, lifetime value, programmatic, and the internet of things mean anything to you? Unless your livelihood involve the discipline of marketing, the answer probably is no. Those words, though, and others like them are the vocabulary ...

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We’ve been hearing a lot of allegations this election season about “rigged systems.” The accusations are being made both by victors and by runners-up, as well as by the most ardent supporters of both. The gist of their righteous outrage is that how someone votes in a particular contest can be ...

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“Old habits die hard” goes the old adage. To that, we can add that new habits are born hard: It takes a lot to modify the daily routines of we humans. That makes the outburst of social media usage the past 14 years all the more mind-boggling. Social media has rewritten the social contract. (Online ...

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