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Bazzo Says

I have been asked about my thoughts on the recent settlement between the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Westchester County. The principle behind this issue should also be a concern to Putnam residents. What was at stake was whether the federal government had the power to dictate local zoning codes under the auspices of, “Are they racist?” Whether they are or are not, does the federal government have the power to force people to live where the government says they should through subsidized housing and ...

Bruce the Blog

We’re taught in grade school English about synonyms (words with similar meanings) and antonyms (words with opposite meanings). What I don’t recall is learning about contronyms. That refers to a word that can have two contradictory, if not opposite, meanings. A common contronym in public affairs is “sanction.” The U.S. has sanctions that prevent American companies from doing business with Russian counterparts. However, in other contexts, the word sanction also means to grant permission. In everyday parlance, ...

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, Our son, Joey, graduated high school in June. He was going to work for his uncle who has a landscaping business, but that’s not working out. He’s looking for another job, but the only thing he can find are jobs at fast food places. His dad is screaming that he’s not looking hard enough, but I don’t care about the job right now because I want him to go to college. I don’t know how that’s going to happen because there is no money to send him to college and my husband doesn't agree with ...

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 Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) or Committee on Special Education (CSE) meeting. Questions can range from “How best do parents advocate for their children?” to “How do parents interpret formal tests that ...

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

“What did Joel get you for your anniversary?” asked my mom. “Nothing yet,” I replied. “But it’s a big one, so it should be something good.” “Any time a married couple doesn’t kill each other for another year, it’s a big one,” she said. I laughed. My parents were coming up on 56 years together so my mother was practically an expert at avoiding marital murder. They actually get along great now. Whenever they have a fight, five minutes in they forget what they’re ...

My Perspective

One of the most treasured aspects of our lives revolves around creating, and forever cherishing, our memories. My oldest recollections are inevitably connected to my parents. I vividly recall my excitement as I listened intently, with my mother at my side, to the silver-toned voice of broadcaster Bob Wolff as he skillfully reported the impossible: New York Yankees pitcher Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series. Two years later, my father and I were glued to the family radio (there was a television blackout) as the same ...

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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