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MAY 3, 2021 VOL. 57, No. 18

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New York City developer is proposing to repurpose the former Wallace’s department store at 331 Main St. in downtown Poughkeepsie as part of a multibuilding, mixed-use project. The overall development is intended to revitalize a section of the city on the west side of Catharine Street between Mill Street and Main Street, part of the city’s Innovation District Historic Core and Urban Village districts. The proposal includes a 7-story structure to the left of the Wallace’s building on Main Street and a 6-story building fronting on Catharine Street. » NEW LIFE

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Women’s Business Development Council touts achievements during pandemic BY KEVIN ZIMMERMAN kzimmerman@westfairinc.com

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he Women’s Business Development Council was able to boast of some impressive feats during its annual Women-Owned Business Day event — even if the organization’s funding “is in jeopardy this year.” That statement was made by newly elected state Sen. Patricia Billie Miller (D-Stamford) during her introductory comments at the WBDC event, held virtually on April 21. Speaking later with the Business Journal, WBDC founder and CEO Fran Pastore clarified the situation. “Our funding is a line-item in the governor’s budget and it was overlooked this year,” Pastore said. “But we have a lot of legislative support, including from the governor and particularly the lieutenant governor, and we have every confidence that (the funding) will be restored.” The WBDC expects to receive $450,000 from the state, she said. Though billed as the “seventh annual” Women-Owned Business Day, the event was canceled last year due to the pandemic. It is traditionally held at the state capitol. Pastore and other attendees expressed their hopes that it will return to Hartford in 2022.

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In her own prefatory remarks, Pastore said that the organization had recorded a 600% increase in the number of clients (6,000) it saw during 2020. “Never in WBDC history have we witnessed this,” she said. Historically, she added, when an economic crisis arrives, women are usually hit harder, as most women earn less than their male counterparts; single-parent households are headed by women; they disproportionately work at less secure jobs; and they have limited access to the kinds of resources that can help them and their small businesses weather the storm. The creation of the WBDC Equity Match Grant Program, which the group administers with support from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, has raised over $525,000, with dollar-for-dollar matching funds contributed by the state government. Grants range from $5,500 to $10,000. The aim, Pastore said, is to help those businesses “not only survive, but thrive post-pandemic.” This month the WBDC will award nearly $400,000 in grants to 44 businesses that are in all eight counties. She said 32% of those are minority-owned, noting that about 39% of the group’s clients are minorities. Future rounds will be announced in FCBJ

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the coming weeks, with the state again providing dollar-for-dollar matching funds. Pastore also provided data on the WBDC’s child care initiative, where most of the businesses are owned and operated by women of color. Working with the Governor’s Workforce Council and the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood, that initiative granted 106 child care centers with grants of up to $50,000 each, for a total of $1.6 million. Additional rounds for that program are also anticipated in the coming months, she said. In addition, the group’s Blue Stream program, dedicated to helping military spouses in New London County realize their entrepreneurial aspirations, provided education to 55 spouses and helped with the creation of four companies, and forged relationships with 14 regional military organizations. Monica Nation, managing director, JPMorgan Chase Consumer and Community Banking, noted that the WBDC helped businesses apply and

(top left) State Sen. Billie Miller (top right) Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz (bottom) WBDC founder and CEO Fran Pastore.

receive some $1.1 million from federal and state programs. The bank is awarding $350 million over the next five years to grow Black, Latinx and women-owned businesses around the world, Nation said. Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz, who said she expected the first round of the Equity Match Fund’s grants to go “out the door shortly,” noted that 45% of all businesses in the U.S. are owned or co-owned by women. In addition, she said total employment at such businesses increased by 8% from 2014 to 2019, compared with 1.8% for all businesses during that period. “It’s up to us to build on this success,” she said, “and ensure that in 2021, all women-owned businesses are given the opportunity and platform to thrive.”

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Moving forward together

in Southern Connecticut Over the past year, we’ve all been challenged in one way or another by this health crisis — physically, emotionally, financially. And while questions remain about what lies ahead, we know one thing for certain: The only way to move forward is together. To that end, Bank of America remains fully committed to supporting the health and economic recovery of our clients, communities and teammates. We know that small businesses, so critical to our local economy, have been greatly impacted. Through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), to date we’ve delivered 478,731* PPP loans — totaling nearly $34.5 billion* in funding — to help our clients continue to operate and pay their employees. Importantly, more than 99% of those loans went to companies with fewer than 100 employees. Partnering with local nonprofits, we’ve distributed more than 27 million masks for vulnerable populations as part of our ongoing efforts to address health-related disparities accelerated by the coronavirus. We’ve offered new and expanded benefits to help our employees balance family and work, including over 3.7 million days of back-up child and adult care. That’s an investment of more than $370 million in child and adult care reimbursement. I’m so proud of the way our community has come together to help those who need it most. And I’m certain that Southern Connecticut has the power to be stronger than ever as a result.

Helping Southern Connecticut move forward: • Delivered PPP funding to over 9,146 of our small business clients in Connecticut for more than $822 million in relief • Distributed 106,000 masks through our local partners including: – Connecticut Food Bank – Opening Doors Fairfield County • Expanded benefits for our employees to include additional child and adult care services plus virtual medical and behavioral health consultations at no cost

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As debate over weed legalization continues, employers advised to revisit workplace policies BY KEVIN ZIMMERMAN kzimmerman@westfairinc.com

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lthough legalization of recreational marijuana in Connecticut still remains an open question, employers are already looking for information on what they need to do vis-à-vis their workplace policies. It won’t be “Smoke ’em if you got ’em” at many businesses. “You have some companies in the state that have contracts with the DOD (U.S. Department of Defense), some that need national security clearances,” said John Blair, associate counsel with the Connecticut Business and Industry Association. “From our perspective, (Senate Bill 888) offers employers the protection to do what they need to do.” The bill, which Gov. Ned Lamont has been pushing, includes language that allows employers to continue to drug test current and prospective employees, with some limitations. Companies in the aerospace and defense industries, for example, will continue to have the right to adhere and enforce federal regulatory drug testing requirements and obligations. Recreational marijuana is not legal at the federal level. Blair said that some of the CBIA’s member companies had worked with Lamont’s

office to draft SB 888, which, while originally viewed as something of a slam dunk for the legislature, has run into complications when it comes to social equity provisions. At issue for some members of both parties are that SB 888 does not adequately address giving minorities and other members of the population who have borne the brunt of marijuana-related criminal charges enough representation when it comes to operating their own cannabis businesses. Some social equity amendments were made to the bill in early April before winning approval from the Judiciary Committee. “SB 888, as amended by the Judiciary Committee, provides employers with the tools they need to protect health and workplace safety and to stay in compliance with federal law,” Max Reiss, Lamont’s director of communications, told the Business Journal. However, some opponents still believe further amendments are necessary. State Rep. Robyn Porter (D-Hamden, New Haven), co-chair of the legislature’s Labor and Public Employees Committee, has introduced HB 6377, which creates a workforce development framework for people with marijuana-related convictions, allows workers in the industry to unionize and allows home cultivation of up to six cannabis plants. SB 888 does not include a

These have been our choices for businesses and nonprofits that are Making an Impact in our communities.

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homegrown provision except for medical marijuana users. “I think (888 is) in the best interest of public health, and I don’t want to surrender this to the underground market and I don’t want to surrender it to outside markets,” Lamont said following a state Bond Commission meeting in early April. “That said, if you get a bill that you think doesn’t meet some basic requirements, you’ll put it off another year just like they have for many years in the past.” “You can’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good,” he added. “We are flatly against it,” Blair told the Business Journal about HB 6377. In February, CBIA Vice President of Government Affairs Eric Gjede testified before the state Labor and Public Employees Committee that, “Many businesses justifiably feel their employees or customers deserve the right to be free of concerns about whether the person next to them operating a piece of machinery, or driving their bus, or injecting their arm with a vaccine, etc. is under the influence.” “Employers are increasingly under pressure to ensure safe workplaces for employees,” Gjede said. “While it may be possible for some employees to conduct job-related duties under the influence of marijuana, it is certainly not the case in many circumstances.” He also cited the results of a National Institute on Drug Abuse study, which found 55% more industrial accidents, 85% more injuries and 75% greater absenteeism among employees who tested positive for marijuana compared with those who tested negative. However, Blair noted, the CBIA is not against legalizing recreational marijuana. “We just want it to be done in a reasonable way,” he said. Bracing for reality Nevertheless, as Lamont’s remarks above indicate, it seems to be a question of “when” rather than “if” when it comes to legalization. With Massachusetts having legalized it in 2016 — sales began in 2018 — and the governors of New Jersey and New York recently having signed pro-legalization legislation, arguments continue to mount that the Nutmeg State could lose millions of dollars from residents who simply travel to those states to buy cannabis. Lamont has estimated that a legalized cannabis market could result in $3.6 million in revenue the first year and increase to roughly $97 million by fiscal year 2026. A UConn economist has said that Connecticut could reap up to $952 million over five years. For businesses not involved in defense, national security, education and other such disciplines, clear communication of altered workplace policies is a must. Megan Carannante, co-chair of the Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Department at Bridgeport law firm Pullman & Comley, said that such procedures should

essentially follow what happened in the wake of Connecticut’s 2012 legalization of medical marijuana. That law “makes it very clear that employers don’t have to allow their employees to be under the influence while at work,” Carannante noted. One of the big concerns, she continued, is “if employees are coming to work under the influence. Tests don’t really show if you’re under the influence of marijuana, like they do with alcohol, because cannabis remains in the system (longer).” Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) can stay in the body for several days or even weeks, according to medical research. Instead, Carannante said, managers and supervisors should be trained to recognize signs that an employee may be under the influence at work; erratic or unusual behavior, problems with maintaining coordination — not to mention the odor if they have been smoking cannabis — are common symptoms to watch for. “My understanding (of SB 888) is that it is an attempt to decriminalize and destigmatize the use of cannabis,” she said, “and to carry that destigmatizing over into the employment context.” While she said it is “very, very clear” that employers can prohibit any type of recreational marijuana use at work, “it says that nonwork-related recreational use, on their own time, is not something that the employer should discriminate against, or represent cause for discipline or termination.” She further noted that those who work for businesses with offices in different states need to pay attention to those states’ laws. “If your home office is in Massachusetts, where it’s legal, and you go to the Connecticut office and for some reason get tested and are found to be under the influence, you would face the Connecticut penalties,” Carannante said. Both she and Blair underscored that employers should reexamine their policies if and when recreational marijuana is legalized — something that was echoed by Reiss in the governor’s office. “In general, employers should review their employment and workplace policies, establish policies regarding the adult use of cannabis and make their employees aware of their policies in regard to adult use of cannabis,” he said. “As a matter of regional competitiveness, the governor has said previously that employers prohibiting or strongly discouraging use of cannabis outside of work on personal time could discourage potential job candidates.” Indeed, Lamont has made mention of the potentially dampening effect of drug testing on hiring practices, though the CBIA’s Blair questioned how realistic that was. “We haven’t seen a huge outcry of people saying, ‘Hey, I can’t get a job’” because of testing, he said.


ADAPTING TO THE COVID-19 ENVIRONMENT For the last 12 months, manufacturing and distribution (“M&D”) companies have been contending with the COVID-19 crisis. While some have succumbed to massive layoffs, furloughs, or shutdowns, others have managed to survive, or even thrive. As companies look ahead to normalcy again, it is important to understand that normalcy may not be what it once was. It is even more important to understand how some were able to succeed during the crisis, while other companies did not.

Westchester IDA hears $480M Regeneron proposal BY BILL HELTZEL bheltzel@westfairinc.com

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he Westchester Industrial Development Agency heard requests April 22 for tax subsidies for projects that would create a large manufacturing facility on the Regeneron campus, 500 new apartments in White Plains and headquarters for a natural foods business in Mount Vernon. The IDA took no official actions, but chairwoman Joan McDonald indicated that the projects fit the IDA’s mission of promoting economic development. Regeneron Pharmaceuticals wants to build a $480 million facility. The Tarrytown company had proposed a $150 million facility in 2015, attorney Janet Giris told the IDA, but that plan no longer meets the company’s needs. Now Regeneron wants to spend an additional $330 million to build and equip a 2-story, 207,000-square-foot preclinical manufacturing and process development facility. Giris said Regeneron anticipates asking for $7.5 million to $7.7 million in tax incentives, and it also might negotiate property tax abatement with the town of Greenburgh. In White Plains, the developers of the Gateway II project want $29 million in tax breaks. Gateway II would be built at Lexington and Hamilton avenues, on a parking lot across the street from the Metro-North Railroad station. The $275 million building would include 500 apartments, 19,000 square feet of ground level retail space, and 755 indoor parking spaces, in perpendicular 25-story and 16-story towers. The Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. and Greystar Real Estate Partners are the developers. The White Plains Common Council approved the site plan earlier this month. Work could begin in June and the project could be completed in three

years, according to a memo by IDA economic consultant Michael Grella. Fifteen of the apartments would be leased as affordable housing, he said, and the developers would pay $3.9 million to the city of White Plains as a buyout for another 25 affordable apartments the city requires. The project would produce $1.38 in tax benefits for every $1 in foregone taxes, according to an analysis by Camoin Associates. The developers said they need the tax breaks, according to Grella, because of the high costs of environmental remediation, designing and building the structures, including parking on site and paying for affordable housing. McDonald commented that she is “highly confident” in what the developers proposed and fully supports the project. Grella also presented a request by owners of Ace Natural Inc., a distributor of natural and organic foods, for a $63,500 mortgage recording tax exemption on a warehouse and office building on Sandford Boulevard in Mount Vernon. Ace already leases the building. Vierling Family LLC, the majority owners, want to buy the property and make it Ace’s permanent headquarters. The Mount Vernon Industrial Development Agency granted the current owner, Exit 8 Hutch LLC, about $1.8 million in tax subsidies when it bought the building in 2018, to lease to Ace. Vierling expects to buy the property for $7.2 million and finance $6.35 million of the price. Without the $63,500 mortgage recording tax exemption, Grella said, the company says it would be unable to buy the property and would have to consider locations outside of Mount Vernon or New York state. Ace would retain 47 jobs and add 12. “That to me is the mission of the IDA” McDonald said. “I think it’s a very positive project and a good project to move forward.”

Adapting to the COVID-19 Environment It is well documented in human history that those who have survived have demonstrated an aptitude to adapt to their environment and surroundings. Adaptability is vital for any form of success. So, how have M&D companies adapted to the COVID-19 environment in order to succeed? Studies have shown a strong correlation between a company’s success, its investment in technology, and willingness to change, including adapting its product line to fit current consumer needs. Product Offerings and Customer Demands The pandemic has proved that this is not a time for companies to rest on past achievements or remain idle waiting for the pandemic to end. Companies that have done well during the crisis did so because of product innovation or ability to transition into other business segments. Consumer-buying behavior is ever changing and product demand is highly variable. During the pandemic, many M&D companies evaluated their product line. Difficult decisions were made to either pause development of new product ideas, or discontinue manufacturing products that were not selling as well or not as profitable. Companies did this in order to streamline their product offerings and devote resources to what was going to help the company get through these uncertain times. However, ‘addition by subtraction,’ is not the only method for success. In some cases, companies are able to pivot into other business segments and introduce new products or services because that is what the consumer needs. As a result, this can lead to new revenue streams, new customer bases, and overall revenue growth for companies that are able to capitalize on this unique opportunity for new business. Examples of business pivots we have seen are (1) an electronics manufacturer/retailer focusing on the distribution of hardware, software, and technical support for virtual work and virtual school environments, as there is an increased demand for this, and (2) 3DHQ, a printing company, is printing 3-dimensional parts for personal protective equipment used by frontline employees in hospitals. Technology While the importance of technology was recognized well before the pandemic, in recent months, there has been an increased focus in the M&D industry. Companies are investing resources in various forms of technology to support their businesses, including e-commerce, process automation, and digital transformation. It is clear that shopping will never be quite the same. With the decline in brick-and-mortar sales, e-commerce has never been more crucial. E-commerce has grown exponentially since the pandemic began. Companies that have learned to embrace this alternative way of selling to customers are experiencing sustainability and growth in revenue, and even earnings, during the pandemic. A well-developed online store gives the company an opportunity to continue to connect with its consumers and create a customized shopping experience. Companies are still able to communicate virtually with their audience, which is critical during a time when there is no physical store. Those that have effectively set up e-commerce can influence the spending patterns of its consumers.

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Automation is another aspect of technology that companies are investing in and have seen grown at an accelerated pace during the pandemic. A key factor for making such an investment is that the return on the inGeorge Guzman vestment in automation is almost instantaneous. For instance, once a new automation process is in place, the automation allows the company to reduce the time spent on costly manual tasks, and the work performed is quicker and with less error. Many companies are deploying automation processes in warehouses and manufacturing plants to help reduce the workplace density and save costs, while trying to keep up with the production to meet consumer demand. Lastly, companies are investing in digital transformation. The integration typically changes how a company conducts its business, how it operates, and the value they deliver to their customers. Digital transformation has already begun for numerous M&D companies during the pandemic, through the increased use of digital channels such as company websites, e-commerce sites, digital media, and mobile apps. Companies need to adopt, execute, and periodically evaluate a digital plan- especially as their business evolves. There is no doubt that consumers have already migrated to digital through the use of mobile devices and apps. Therefore, it is up to companies to bring their digital channels up to the level of their competition and/or introduce new digital channels to connect with consumers. There is much information to gain about consumers by leveraging advanced analytics and extracting customer data. Such consumer information may include: (1) spending habits, (2) product demands, (3) customer needs and interests, etc. Data should be evaluated on a regular basis to detect changes or signal in upcoming changes, which can be crucial to a company reacting timely and delivering the products consumers are looking for. These are unprecedented times for the M&D industry and there is still a lot to figure out. What we do know, is that a company needs to strive for a certain level of sophistication when it comes to technology and should consider the needs of the consumer when determining its product offerings. There is plenty of opportunity for growth if a company can do these things - they will not only survive the pandemic, but may also thrive. About the Author George Guzman is an audit director in Citrin Cooperman’s White Plains, NY office with over 14 years of experience providing audit and assurance services. George works with clients in many industries, with a particular focus working with manufacturers and distributors, financial services clients and employee benefit plans. George’s clients range from privately-held, middle-market firms to larger, complex, multi-national organizations. He works closely with his clients to meet their financial reporting needs and to ensure compliance with financial reporting requirements. George can be reached at gguzman@citrincooperman.com.

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along Main Street. The building’s annex has been dated from around 1860 and contains approximately 118,536 square feet of space. The developer intends to bring it back to the way it looked when the store was a signature building during the heyday of retailing activity in downtown Poughkeepsie. The developer suggests that its project would provide major streetscape improvements in the area surrounded by Main, Catharine and Mill streets. It said that the residential units would serve households earning from 30% of the area median income up to 80% of AMI as defined by the Dutchess County AMI tiers. Among the zoning variances the developer is seeking is for building heights and frontage requirements. The developer noted that through arrangements with other property owners it is being provided with 62 parking spaces to help meet requirements for the project. It also provided a study showing that there are up to 1,116 parking spaces within a 600-foot radius of the site, including 980 in four public lots. The developer applied to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for participation in the Brownfield Cleanup Program. The developer said that DEC approval would provide an opportunity for cleanup through a Remedial Action Work Plan under the New York State Brownfield Voluntary Cleanup Program.

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The development would consist of 214 mixed-income affordable apartments — 79 studios, 110 one-bedroom and 25 two-bedroom units. Also part of the plan is a 10,197-square-foot daycare facility, a 29,000-square-foot community fitness center and climbing gym, and 6,416 square feet of retail and commercial

space. The site is about a mile from the Metro-North Railroad station. Also included in the project is a 1-acre privately owned and publicly accessible park to be known as Wallace Green. The green would be open seven days a week during daylight hours and would be designed to serve the needs of those who

As the buildings currently look along Main Street. Photo by Bob Rozycki.

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live and work in downtown Poughkeepsie. A small seating area would allow the park to be used for events and community gatherings, which could include poetry, dance and acoustic music performances. A walkway would create a mid-block pedestrian connection between Main Street and Mill Street. The applicant for the project is Wallace Campus Manager LLC of Astoria, Queens. Its address is the same location as that of real estate developer Mega Contracting LLC. Named in the application is Emanuel Kokinakis, who is the development manager for Mega Contracting. The project includes approximately 277,333 square feet of building redevelopment and new construction. The new buildings would be designed to be compatible with the existing downtown architecture. The 6,416 square feet of new retail spaces would be along Main Street and the 39,197 square feet of community service facilities would be along Catharine Street, including a community recreation facility with climbing wall in the Wallace annex building and a community day-care facility on the ground and cellar floors of the new Catharine Street building. The former Wallace’s department store is four stories with a parapet that increases its height to be comparable with that of other five-story buildings

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What residents think of the proposal Public reaction to the Wallace Campus proposal has been mixed. More than 50 residents had signed up for a virtual hearing to provide comments to the Poughkeepsie Planning Board. Many residents focused on the developer’s representations that the project would help serve the city’s need for affordable housing and welcomed the idea. Resident Lydia Hatfield who lives in downtown Poughkeepsie, said “My neighborhood also is gentrifying and last year my landlord tried to raise my rent by $400 a month. We were ultimately able to negotiate a lower rate but there were no laws to protect us and someone like me who makes less than $30,000 a year there were no options on where to go next.” A nother Poughkeepsie resident, Eli Mann, said, “When income and wages are stagnant but rents doubling and tripling it’s hard to survive.” He said that he

hopes the city would consider the needs of current residents who continue to need affordable places to live. Resident Michael de Cordova expressed the belief that the buildings are too tall, not enough parking is provided and the overall project is not right for the city. “This proposed development is massive. It is truly massive. It will change our downtown forever, certainly for the 50 years that the low-income tax credit restrictions remain in effect,” de Cordova said. “For such a transformational project the simple questions are, ‘Where is downtown Poughkeepsie today and what do we want downtown Poughkeepsie to be in the future?’ This is not an inconsequential project. Do you picture a vibrant downtown with lots of residents and visitors with enticing commercial and retail establishments?” — Peter Katz


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HSS Spine co-Chief Harvinder Sandhu.

Cutting-edge ‘X-ray vision’ tech makes spine surgery easier and quicker BY KEVIN ZIMMERMAN kzimmerman@westfairinc.com

X-ray vision” has become a reality for spine surgeons at the HSS Orthopedics at Stamford Health. Somewhat hyperbolic, perhaps — the technology is considerably more complicated than what was promised in the “X-Ray Specs” ads that used to appear in the back of comic books — but the advanced computerized augmented-reality (AR) navigation technology does involve a transparent display headset fitted with AR eyeglasses. The headset enables surgeons to determine the position of surgical tools in real time by superimposing the patient’s CT scan or X-ray images over the surgical site, and projects 3D navigation data onto the surgeon’s retina. The result, according to HSS Spine co-Chief Harvinder Sandhu, saves time and makes the surgeon’s job easier. “It makes surgery very precise,” he told the Business Journal. “The technology allows us to see through the tissue. It’s a little like a GPS system — it tells us where we are and gives us a roadmap of where we need to go.” Sandhu, who performed the first such surgery at Stamford Health’s Bennett Medical Center campus on Jan. 28, said that while computer technology has long been used in surgery, “Up until now it involved looking back and forth from a computer screen with a two-dimensional view and the patient. Now we can concentrate on the patient and the 3D image rather than having to look at a screen.” Sandhu, who estimates that he and his team have performed about a dozen AR spine procedures to date, said, “Some say doctors are behind the times in adopting technology. We all have technology in our pockets with our phones — kids can play very sophisticated video games on them — but we’re really just starting to adopt a vari-

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ety of technologies that are mostly centered on the idea of navigation.” The surgeon said he first saw a demonstration of AR navigation technology several years ago, when prototypes included wearing a helmet. Today’s version is less cumbersome, he said, noting that Stamford is the first hospital in the Northeast to adopt the technology. “There’s no question that recovery time is faster now, as we’re making smaller incisions and don’t have to expose all that anatomy,” Sandhu said. “Most importantly, by being less invasive, it makes it safer for patients.” Brynn Layfield, a Norwalk veteran of the hospitality industry, was one of Sandhu’s first patients to receive the AR-assisted surgery, having undergone a more traditional procedure several years ago to relieve sciatic pressure. “I hadn’t had any issues” after that surgery, she told the Business Journal. “Then I started having flare-ups once a year, then twice a year, and it got to the point where I was missing work on a regular basis.” Cortisone shots would only go so far, Layfield said. “I was unable to stand up, and was facing more surgery,” she said. “So I started doing research and that led me to Dr. Sandhu.” Thanks to the surgeon’s careful explanation of the AR-assisted procedure and his “fantastic bedside manner,” Layfield elected to go forward. “I could stand and walk the day after” the surgery, she said. “It was mind-boggling.” Layfield is due to start physical therapy in three months. “There’s really no convincing involved,” Sandhu said. “Basically we’re still doing the same surgery, but with an added tool. The learning curve (for surgeons) is not very high, and we’re already scheduling more surgeries over the next several months. “We jokingly call it ‘X-ray vision’ — but it really is.”


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Katonah man allegedly living lavishly while dodging debt on defunct gourmet market BY BILL HELTZEL bheltzel@westfAIRINC.COM

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n investor in a failed Mount Kisco gourmet market claims that the owner has refused to pay back a loan even as he “has been living in style.” Allen Marx of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and formerly of Connecticut, sued Jeremy Nevins and Siegel Foods & Beverage on April 14 in Westchester Supreme Court for $408,000. Attempts to contact Nevins, of Katonah, for his side of the story failed. Nevins, his brothers Doug and David, and their father Bruce opened Siegel Bros. Marketplace and Siegel Bros. Wine & Spirits on South Moger Avenue in Mount Kisco in 2017. Jeremy Nevins was the manag-

ing partner and president. The enterprise was inspired in part by his great-grandfather. Abram Siegel had fled Russia around 1905 and established a kosher butcher shop, Siegel’s Prime Meats, in Woodbine, New Jersey. The patriarch’s children and grandchildren kept the business going, according to news accounts, and the Nevins brothers had worked in the butcher shop. The store closed in the 1980s, but the family has remained active in food and wine businesses. In 2018, the complaint states, Marx made two loans totaling $320,000, to “enable Siegel Foods to continue operating.” The loans were to be repaid by June 2020, including 10% interest per year. They were structured to begin with inter-

David Nevins, Don Meyers, Jeremy Nevins and Doug Nevins. est-only monthly payments for a year, and then principal plus interest payments. Jeremy Nevins guaranteed the payments, according to the lawsuit. Marx alleges that Siegel Foods made one interest-only payment in July 2018 and then

defaulted on the loans. Siegel Foods went out of business around January 2019. Nevins had allegedly told Marx several times over the years that he would pay the debt when he received a settlement from a pending personal injury lawsuit.

As recently as February, Nevins’ attorney purportedly notified Marx that there were many creditors due to the failure of Siegel Foods, but he would reach out when he could make an offer. But this month, Marx claims, he discovered that Nevins had settled the personal injury case in 2019 and had received $2.6 million. “Nevins has been living a relatively lavish lifestyle,” the lawsuit states, “including a recent purchase of an expensive automobile .… Nevins had no intention of ever paying his debt.” The balance of the loans is now $408,000. Marx charges Nevins with breach of promissory note, breach of contract and unjust enrichment. He is represented by Manhattan attorney David S. Greenberg.

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hree Israelis are suing a real estate developer from Rockland County for allegedly reneging on millions of dollars in investments, and in one case, on a $4 million verdict issued by a rabbinical court. Levi Kelman of Monsey was sued March 14 in federal court, Newark, New Jersey, and April 12 in federal court, White Plains. Kelman is CEO of Blue Onyx Cos., a Paterson, New Jersey, company that does not just buy and sell properties, according to its website, but builds communities. Daniel Rubli and Dalia Berman, of Israel, claim that Kelman said he could find undervalued properties, quickly renovate them and flip them for a profit, according to the Newark lawsuit. “Kelman had a reputation for taking care of members of the religious Jewish community,” the complaint states, and was introduced as someone with whom investors could make a substan-

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funds. Kelman has made some payments, the complaint states, but has retained most of the profits. Rubli and Berman accused him of fraud and are demanding $6 million. Kelman did not respond to

an email asking for his side of the story. Benzion Rabinowitz, a British citizen who lives in Jerusalem, tells a similar story in the White Plains lawsuit. He claims to have invested several million dollars in 24 prop-

erties from 2010 to 2014. Most of the properties are in Paterson, New Jersey; one is in Spring Valley, Rockland County. Rabinowitz said Kelman failed to provide him with information about finances and operations and did not distribute profits, even after properties were sold. In 2018, they agreed on a settlement. Kelman would pay Rabinowitz $5.2 million, over two years. But Kelman allegedly failed to make the payments. Last year they arbitrated the dispute before Maysharim, a rabbinical court in Lakewood, New Jersey. Three Maysharim judges ruled on Jan. 3 that Kelman must immediately pay Rabinowitz $4 million. Kelman has not made any payments, Rabinowitz claims. He is asking federal court to confirm the rabbinical court verdict and direct a $4 million judgment. Rabinowitz is represented by Manhattan attorney Efrem Schwalb. Rubli and Berman are represented by Teaneck, New Jersey, attorney Allen P. Sragow.


Junk ‘king’ honored for pandemic-era altruism BY PHIL HALL phall@westfairinc.com

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n January 2020, Tom McCabe said goodbye to the corporate world and concentrated on a new career in hauling junk — or, to be specific, in growing his family’s Junk King Tri County franchise covering Fairfield, Westchester and Putnam counties and Junk King Hudson Valley covering Rockland County. “I had worked for Enterprise Rent-A-Car for just over 18 years,” the Danbury resident said. “My dad originally got involved with Junk King and was running the day-to-day operation back in 2017. I would kind of help on nights and weekends and offer assistance with marketing suggestions, search engine optimization-type things and with QuickBooks.” Junk King was founded in California in 2005 and now has more than 100 franchises across 32 states and Canada. While McCabe was already familiar with the junk removal business, he was not expecting the dramatic changes that would be required of his operation when the Covid-19 pandemic began. “People were really apprehensive about how this thing was transmitted, and many people didn’t want you in their home or business just because they were really scared,” he recalled. “So, we pivoted pretty quickly and offered a touchless service where customers could put all of their unwanted items in either a designated room or in their garage or in the driveway. Now, if we do go into the house, we’re only going into one room and we’re socially distanced.” McCabe also added a pay-by-phone service to accommodate customers who wanted to remain extremely distant. But even with these changes, McCabe experienced an abrupt downturn in business during the early period of the pandemic. However, rather than stay idle while waiting for the phone to ring, McCabe began to investigate if there was an endeavor that his Junk King team could pursue to help others whose lives were acutely impacted by the pandemic. “Back in March when Covid first started, I connected with the Hillside Food Outreach pantry in Danbury,” he said. “The food pantry also delivers food, so myself and my drivers would communicate with the food pantry and say, ‘Here’s where we have jobs the next day — if you have any deliveries, we could try to make the deliveries on the way to our jobs.’” After establishing a connection with the food pantry, McCabe hooked up with the United Way of Western Connecticut, which in turn put him in touch with the Danbury location of Boehringer Ingelheim. “Boehringer would make meals in their cafeteria and box up these meals,” he continued. “Then, I would put them in our big truck and we would bring them to their either their apartment complexes or condominium complexes. Myself and other volunteers

would hand out these food bags to kids who were dependent on the school system to provide them a meal or two per day, but were missing out on meals because they were not in school.” While this was going on, McCabe also partnered with the nonprofit Volunteers Open Worlds to expand food delivery services to those in need. He also hooked up with the Oxford Police Department and the Connecticut State Police on a toy drive that resulted in the delivery of toys to 600 children, and then partnered with the Boys and Girls Club in Ridgefield on their toy drive.

“It was great to see the smiles on those kids faces that might otherwise not get anything for Christmas,” he said. McCabe’s work did not go unnoticed by the corporate Junk King hierarchy. At the company’s recent annual conference, McCabe received the Good Samaritan Award presented annually to the Junk King franchise that goes out of its way to help its community. McCabe accepted the award in a virtual ceremony, thanking his team for their work and noting he was “always looking for more organizations to partner with.” As the pandemic begins to recede with

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the rollout of vaccines, McCabe said he is looking to further grow his business this year. “We’ve hired multiple new layers of management, and for the first time we hired a general manager to help assist with the dayto-day operations,” he said. “We also hired a supervisor for our Danbury location. Our goal is to keep hiring these great high-level, big impact-type people and retain them for the long haul. “And then,” he added, “we want to try to continue to be involved with community-engagement-type events. We want to do more and more of that every year.”

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Poughkeepsie office building with a covert history may be converted to residential BY PETER KATZ pkatz@westfairinc.com

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building where IBM once worked on a pioneering air defense computer for the military — and was later called home by numerous government agencies — may be converted for residential use and supplemented with a second apartment building. Poughkeepsie-based Page Park Associates and 27 High Street Lofts LLC are proposing to repurpose the existing four-story office building at 27 High St. from an office building to a multifamily residential building that conforms with Poughkeepsie’s R-4 zoning. A five-story building would be constructed next to the existing building, with parking included at the lowest level. The combined buildings would house 21 one-bedroom units, 42 two-bedroom apartments that have a den or office work area, and four one-bedroom units that are classified as “live-work,” for a total of 67 units. Access to the 1.23-acre site would be via existing curb cuts on Croydon Court and Zimmer Avenue. The existing building has a footprint of 11,429 square feet while the new building is proposed to cover 10,260 square feet.

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Kelly Libolt of Page Park Associates told the Poughkeepsie Planning Board that shortly after the applicant bought 27 High St. it appeared before the city in order to have the R-4 zoning applied to the site. Libolt explained that the fourth floor of the existing building would be used as a rooftop terrace. She said the plan was crafted to maintain the existing grade of the site, and that they would be handling stormwater runoff through the use of porous pavement and a water retention system discharging into an existing catch basin on the site. “We’re proposing to add 16 new trees, 144 new shrubbery plantings, which is really the predominant planting here, and a number of perennials and grasses to supplement the site,” Libolt said. “This building is actually a very beautiful building and it’s very close to me because my father worked here many years ago when it was IBM and I’m pretty passionate about it,“ she said. In the early 1950s, IBM had a contract with the U.S. military to develop an air defense computer in conjunction with scientists and engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; IBM leased the third floor of the building for its personnel to begin working on the computer system. In later years the building was occupied by a number of government agencies, including the Dutchess County Office for the Aging, Dutchess County Department of Planning

A view of the building from Croydon Court. Photo by Bob Rozycki. and Development and Dutchess County Transportation Council. The applicant is seeking site plan approval from the city as well as variances from its Zoning Board of Appeals. Libolt said that there is a solid demand for one-bedroom apartments in the area. “We do quite a bit of housing by Fox Run and by Marist College and there’s a fair amount of students that are in those buildings,” she said. “I do understand that there’s certainly the need for apartments for families, but we just felt that this was a better use of the space and — given the location and the type of design that we were trying to implement here — that the ones with the dens was a preferred design.” Libolt said the group is also proposing that 10% of the building be allocated for affordable housing. The Poughkeepsie Planning Board is expected to take up the application again on May 18.


CONTRIBUTING WRITER New LinkedIn features to support personal branding for professionals

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ocial media platforms introduce new features every few months. LinkedIn is no exception. LinkedIn’s growth is accelerating as more professionals at all levels recognize its value in helping them establish a personal brand that will support their career objectives. Here are the very latest developments that LinkedIn will be rolling out to its users over the next few months. These features are designed to help LinkedIn users highlight their expertise and unique combination of skills. I expect that in the near future more recruiters will require video resumes as well.

Showcase Your Cover Story in Video Soon LinkedIn will be offering members the ability to add a 20-second cover video introduction to their profiles to share their personal stories and attract clients, customers and recruiters. Some of you may have the feature, which is only accessible on mobile devices. You actually create a video on your phone and profile visitors will see an orange circle around your picture, which when clicked will begin to play your video as a 3-second preview with a link to see the rest of the video. Wow. A New Clubhouse What else is coming? In a prior article I recommended that Microsoft buy Clubhouse. They actually listened but decided to create their own unique audio experience. It will be rolled out in the coming weeks. A LinkedIn spokesperson confirmed that the platform is considering ways to incorporate audio with live events and group discussions. Imagine having audio debates and conversations on a business networking platform. I wonder if LinkedIn will get it right. Now there will be so many more ways to showcase your expertise. Soon thought leaders will need to hire full-time staffs to manage their audio online presence with moderation, messaging and funnel management. A New Creator Mode LinkedIn is also rolling out a set of features for active content creators. You will be able to turn on the Creator Mode when it is available at https://members.linkedin.com/ linkedin-creators-home. Once you turn on Creator Mode the following will occur:

Robin Colner CEO of DigiStar Media. • The Connect button on your profile will change to Follow. • The number of followers you have will be displayed in your profile. • Your profile should reorder to show your Featured and Activity sections first. • You can highlight the #hashtag topics you cover as a creator. • Your Activity section will showcase more of your recent content and will no longer show the likes and comments you add to your connections’ content. • The purpose is to highlight more actual valuable content and show engagement from users, which is very valuable for users and content creators. Caveat: You will not be able to see this feature on profiles until it is rolled out to you. You will also lose this feature if you switch your Followers setting from Everyone to Your Connections or if you disable the Follow feature on your profile.

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ne might imagine that shared office space companies such as Westchester Business Center would have been a casualty of the Covid-19 pandemic. After all, with so many people working from home instead of coming into an office and so many people being apprehensive over health safety, the shared office space concept might seem suddenly outdated. Well, that’s not the case. The White

Plains-based Westchester Business Center not only made it through the pandemic in fine health, but it is also opening its second location this summer in Chappaqua. In this edition of Suite Talk, Business Journal Senior Enterprise Editor Phil Hall speaks with Kristine Saljanin, general manager at Westchester Business Center, on the company’s journey through the pandemic.

What has it been like to run a business like yours over the past year when so many people have been sheltering at home and taking care of their work from makeshift offices within their residences? “Our current members did come in and utilize the space. And we found that those who were commuting into the city wanted a place to kind of hang their hat because, obviously, New York City had shut down.

“We were seeing people scared of going to spaces, so we made sure that we had cleaning done here. We disinfected our spaces daily — two times a day — and we were able to provide them with a secure place as well as a place to conduct a business or get away from the children when they’re at home doing their Zoom class sessions. “Some of our members have apartments in White Plains and you find that when you’re in an apartment you hear the dog barking, the wife saying she is on her Zoom call, the children are on their class calls — this is a great escape for them.” Who are the customers using your facility? “We have attorneys, CPAs, financial advisers. We have a few therapists. We have a Smile Direct Club. We have a few solar companies. And then we just have individual entrepreneurs that are doing their own thing.” Your website says that you are partnered with a group called Alliance Business Centers. What does this partnership entail? “Allied Business Centers is a national company and they work worldwide. We’ve partnered up with them where it allows us to be able to give our members the ability to use conference rooms and day offices in another location outside of our space here. “For example, when New York City opens up and I have a client who has a person they want to meet with in New York City, we would set up a room. There’s a couple of hours a month, depending on the location, that are allocated to our members.”

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Is your facility 24/7? “We are 24/7. Staff is here 9 to 5, Monday through Friday. During the bad days of the pandemic, we were not considered essential — but, to some extent, we are essential and we were able to answer phones from home, so there was not one day that we skipped a beat.” Where do see your company when the pandemic starts to wind down? Do you see companies forsaking permanent office space and making use of a group like yours and having the temporary or day offices? “I think companies will recognize the attractiveness in being able to have a shorter-term lease, the ability to be closer to home and have the ability to work in an industry or an environment that provides technology services and professionalism at your fingertips without having to commute an hourand-a-half to get into the city for something that you can do within 15 or 20 minutes of your home.”


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s the level of Covid-19 vaccinations increase and the reports of positive cases and hospitalizations decline, it would seem the pandemic is entering its final stretch. While many people are eager to resume the pre-pandemic normalcy of indoor dining, attending entertainment events, traveling and in-store shopping, there appears to be less enthusiasm in returning to the office environment. A survey of Westchester CEOs by the Siena College Research Institute that was released by The Business Council of Westchester (BCW) found 82% of respondents increased the ability for their employees to work from home during the pandemic and 63% percent of those plan to keep this set-up in place indefinitely. In addition, 44% of respondents have either downsized on their office space or plan to within the next six months. Marsha Gordon, president and CEO of the BCW, observed that the remote work protocols put in place during the pandemic created results that many people did not expect.

“Employers and employees have learned throughout this time that they can be very, very productive,” she said. “And sometimes even more so working from home without the commute — it gives them more hours in the day to be focused on their on their work without distractions.” But despite the survey’s data, Gordon stated she has been aware of local businesses who are weaning their employees away from remote work and asking them to come into the office, adding that companies will either require a full return to the office or a hybrid office-remote work situation by the fall. As for her office, Gordon said, “Our director of office operations set up a very strict protocol for all of us. When we are in the office, we sign in, we take our temperature, we wear masks in the office and we have the six-feet-apart rule all of the time. “Now,” she added, “the entire small but mighty team is back at the office — at least part of the time because we still allow for a hybrid work. Sometimes it’s more convenient to do the Zoom meeting from my home office and then work in the office in the afternoon.” Across the region, there were compa-

nies where remote work was in place before the pandemic arrived in this country. “We’ve always had some employees that were fully remote before Covid,” said Lindley Maglio, chief people officer at ICR Strategic Communications & Advisory in Norwalk. “So, it was a slightly easier shift for us.” ICR closed its office during the March pandemic shutdown. Maglio noted that the company opened its offices in the summer “purely on a voluntary basis. If someone needed to get out of their house or their apartment, they could come to a safe place. But we found utilization was pretty low.” With more people returning to work, ICR ensured health safety with special crews coming through twice a day to sanitize the workspace. The company also requires mask wearing while walking around the office, although employees who are at their desk or a comfortable 6 feet from their colleagues can work maskless. Maglio reported the staff is highly satisfied with these protocols as well as being out of their homes. “They feel safe and they really appreciate the change in scenery,” she said. Phil Kuchma, president of the Bridgeport-based Kuchma Corp., noted FCBJ

that his office was not closed during the pandemic because its commercial and real estate property maintenance services were deemed essential. One member of his five-person staff tested positive during the pandemic and was away for a 10-day isolation. The company is now fully vaccinated. Kuchma intends to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines on Covid safety measures as long as they are in place. “We would not ask anything of our tenants or visitors to our buildings that we don’t comply ourselves,” he said. Kuchma’s office has a small vestibule between its street-level outside door and the inner office door that was unlocked in the pre-pandemic days, but the inner office door remained locked after the pandemic began in order to mitigate against an accidental virus spreading. Kuchma also allowed for socially distanced meetings at the office due to his growing irritation with virtual gatherings. “I’ve grown very tired of Zoom meetings,” he said. “I actually don’t Zoom, but I call into meetings where people are Zooming. The good news is that a lot of 16

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Ramon Peralta people have grown to really dislike it — and Zoom fatigue is a real issue.” Another executive who did not close his office during the pandemic was Al Alper, CEO of a pair of Wilton-headquartered information security firms, Absolute Logic and CyberGuard360. Alper’s workforce is in the office and the daily routine has “almost been business as usual for over the last 12 months.” But unlike other companies, Alper does not mandate mask wearing, even though most employees have yet to be fully vaccinated. “We left it as a personal choice,” he said. “It’s not that we deny Covid, but if anybody was afraid to be here, then either they would work from home or I would have people wear a mask. But it hasn’t been an issue.” At Brookfield’s Mack Media Group in Brookfield, masks are required in the office, but the apprehension that many people experienced early in the pandemic is long gone. “Everyone seems not to be on edge as they were before,” CEO Scott Johnson said. “The feeling of the office is different — things seem to have loosened up a little bit.” Although his office was closed at the start of the pandemic, Johnson’s team was back in the office at the first government-approved moment. “We do digital services and we need to be in the same room because everyone wears the same hat.” Another creative agency, Peralta Design in Shelton, requires its employees to wear masks when they interact, the company also had Plexiglas shielding installed between workstations. “It wasn’t expensive — it’s actually quite affordable,” CEO Ramon Peralta said. “It makes our team members feel more comfortable.” Peralta observed that while some companies might be shrinking their office space at this time, he is taking a different approach. “We’re bucking the trend and looking to expand our office,” he said. “Everyone’s talking about working from home, but we are creatives and, in our industry, I feel that we need to be in the same place to collaborate. Also, we’ve hired two people during the pandemic, a part timer and a full timer, and we’re going to need more space in the foreseeable future.”


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Good Things THE ENRICO FERMI EDUCATIONAL FUND The Enrico Fermi Educational Fund of Yonkers did not hold its annual Scholarship Breakfast this year due to Covid-19 restrictions. However, as part of its ongoing commitment to financial support of deserving students in the Yonkers/Westchester County community, scholarships were awarded Sunday, May 2, at Mulino’s at Lake Isle in Eastchester. Recipients and scholarship sponsors were: • Thomas and Agnes Carvel Scholarship, $10,000 to Cristiana Santos, daughter of Richard Santos and Paula Branca-Santos. • Fermi Scholarship in memory of John N. Romano, $5,000 to Julianna Giacoio, daughter of Frank and Lisa Giacoio. • Fermi Scholarship in Memory of Henry J. Monaco, $5,000 to Regina Potenza, daughter of Michael and Mary Potenza. • Fermi Scholarship, $5,000 to Rosa Taormina, daughter of Maurizio and Anna Maria Taormina. • Fermi Countywide Scholarship, $5,000 to Samuel Orientale, son of Michael and Anna Oriental. • Fermi Countywide Scholarship, $5,000 to Alessio Paolucci, son of Michele and Francene Paolucci. • Fermi Countywide Science Scholarship, $5,000 to Nicholas DeSanctis, son of Joseph and Lenora DeSanctis. A nonprofit organization, The Enrico Fermi Educational Fund of Yonkers was founded more than 56 years ago and led by Michael Vitulli to generate financial support for Italian-American students who reside in Yonkers to further their education. To date, the organization has provided scholarships totaling well over $1million.

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school partners, older adult volunteers participate in art sessions, improv and play-building and discussion groups to explore subjects as diverse as current issues in the news, music trends and their own personal histories “We engage teens and older adults in positive experiences to build social connections and to break down barriers caused by ageism, ” said Judith Turner, senior program officer at DOROT.  “This program is just one example of how

DOROT brings the generations together to create strong bonds between people of all ages to promote a greater understanding between the generations. “We serve the Jewish and wider community, bringing the generations together in a mutually beneficial partnership of elders, volunteers and professionals. For more information and to participate in DOROT’s Summer Teen Internship Program, visit dorotusa.org.

Gordon & Rees Bolsters Leading Construction Team in Northeast Since joining Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani last year, partners  Peter Strniste Jr.  and  Todd Regan  have  expanded and added depth to  the firm’s construction practice group  in the Northeast reaffirming the firm’s ranking as the No. 5 construction law firm in the nation.  Their practice is focused on all aspects of construction projects in New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut and throughout the Northeast and has located an office in Harrison. 

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Recently, the firm continued to expand the construction group’s capabilities with the addition of two more construction attorneys, Tasia Perkins  and  Shaun Loughlin.  “Tasia and Shaun  are great additions to the  firm’s  construction practice group and will assist us in our efforts to continue expanding the group through northeastern United States.” said  Jay Gregory, a construction attorney and the  managing partner of the Boston

office. Locally, Perkins is an associate with the construction practice group in the Hartford office. Her practice focuses on construction and surety law, business litigation and the negotiation of all types of construction contracts. She counsels clients on issues surrounding all aspects of construction projects.  Loughin will be based out of Boston.

HEALTH CARE SYSTEM APPOINTS THREE TO BOARD Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a nonprofit rehabilitation-focused health care system headquartered in Wallingford, Connecticut, has appointed three new members to its board of directors. “I am proud to welcome our newest members to the Gaylord Specialty Healthcare board of directors,” said Sonja LaBarbera, president and CEO.  “They are innovators, pioneers, entrepreneurs, scientists and business leaders who are passionate about promoting Gaylord’s pledge to ‘Think Possible’ as we revolutionize patient recovery and contribute to the landscape of rehabilitation medicine,” said LaBarbera. Those newly elected to the board include:  • Brian Lawlor, head of the Americas at Bridgewater LLC where he leads the global strategic advisory program. • Robert A. Preti, a life science entrepreneur and executive who most recently served with Showa Denko Materials Life Science. • Steven Ryder, M.D., FACP, chief medical officer at Rallybio, a biopharmaceutical company that identifies and accelerates the development of life-transforming therapies for patients with severe and rare disorders. Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is anchored by Gaylord Hospital, a longterm acute care hospital and includes Gaylord Outpatient Services and Gaylord Physical Therapy for patients who require diagnosis and treatment on an outpatient basis.

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Holly Danger, an experiential designer and video artist based in Stamford.

BRUCE MUSEUM REOPENS The Bruce Museum in Greenwich reopened to members and the public Tuesday, April 27, with “Let in, Let go,” a multisensory video projection installation created by Holly Danger, a video artist based in Stamford, who has brought experiential events and immersive installations to audiences around the world. On view in the museum’s main gallery, the exhibit runs through Sunday, May 30. Danger transforms ordinary spaces into moving experiences by mixing natural and digital elements together, creating vibrantly colored, abstract, audiovisual art that is projected onto natural and architectural surroundings. Each work is a site-specific, one-of-akind experience that comes to life with the energy and presence of the viewer. “The work is designed to hold you in the present moment and take you on a journey, offering a sanctuary in this space and time,” said Danger, who is also the founder of Danger Gallery, a video art space in Stamford. The Bruce Museum’s reopening admission will be on a “pay as you wish” basis through Monday, Sept. 6 with a suggested donation of $10 per adult. For more, visit brucemuseum.org or call 203-869-0376, ext. 311.

Tony Fasciano, director of communications for Volunteer New York! in White Plains was selected as a 2021 “40 Under 40” honoree by “City & State” magazine and NYN Media. The 40 honorees designated as leading nonprofit professionals in the state of New York are recognized as rising stars in the nonprofit sector who have made great strides in their careers and hold the promise of a bright future. “I’m thrilled by this recognition because there is nothing more meaningful than working to help others, especially since nonprofit professionals often fill societal gaps that would leave community members vulnerable and without options,” said Fasciano. “I’m especially grateful to our entire team at Volunteer New York! for creating a culture of excellence that has strengthened my resolve to support the ‘greater good’ for the last eight years and, I hope, well into the future.” Jeanette Gisbert, executive director of Volunteer New York! echoed Fasciano’s excitement. She said she was “thrilled that NYN Media has recognized Tony for his contributions to community and volunteerism. Every day, Volunteer New York! is awed by Tony’s creativity and talent. That he chooses to use them in support of our mission is a dream come true. There is no doubt that

Tony Fasciano supporting the 2014 Regeneron day of service with Kaboom! to build a new playground for Elmsford school children.

Tony has made an incredible difference in the communications efforts of Volunteer New York! and thus, in our ability to connect people who want to help with organizations that need them.” Fasciano is a graduate of Leadership Westchester  and holds an MFA in creative writing from Queens University of Charlotte. He is also the owner of Hand Fashioned Media LLC, a high-impact creative studio and consultancy he founded in 2006 and he is

a specialist in multiplatform publishing and minimally viable campaign marketing. He currently serves as a community advisor for the College of Westchester and is on the board of 100donors.org, an emerging new Westchester nonprofit which he helped to co-found. As part of the Volunteer New York! team he played a pivotal role in its major rebrand in 2014, which led to a period of unprecedented growth in the organization’s 70-year history.

FORBES NAMES HENKEL ONE OF AMERICA’S BEST EMPLOYERS FOR DIVERSITY Henkel Corp. in Rocky Hill, the company behind well-known brands such as Loctite® adhesives Dial® soap, Schwarzkopf® hair care and Persil®laundry detergent, recently announced that it has been recognized by Forbes as one of America’s Best Employers for Diversity 2021.  The designation was based on an independent survey of more than 50,000 employees working for companies employing at least 1,000 people in their U.S. operations. “We are honored to be ranked as one of America’s Best Employers for Diversity in 2021 and we appreciate this recognition, especially as it reflects the sentiment of our

employees and others across the American workforce,” said Steven Essick, president Henkel North America. “The award fuels our motivation and commitment on our journey to further strengthen and accelerate our efforts to increase diverse representation, foster a culture of inclusion and belonging and enhance the positive employee experience that we strive for at Henkel. “In 2020, we created the Henkel NA Diversity & Inclusion Council with representatives from across the organization. Their role is increasingly beneficial in creating two-way dialogue with leadership, a as well as in influencing our diversity, equity

and inclusion (DEI) strategy. We are also increasing the number and scope of Henkel’s Employee Resource Groups, to expand our grassroots workplace inclusion efforts.” In North America, Henkel operates across its three business units with sales of around $6 billion US dollars in 2020. North America accounts for 27% of the company’s global sales. Founded in 1876, Henkel looks back on more than 140 years of success. It employs about 53,000 people globally united by a strong company culture, a common purpose to create sustainable value and shared values.

Burke Rehabilitation Hospital has launched a new inpatient neurorehabilitation gym designed to facilitate an innovative multidisciplinary approach to therapy. The expanded facility enables the entire rehabilitation team to treat the patient in the same space, allowing for collaborative work and continuous communication with patients and their families and caregivers. “This outstanding facility enables patients to continue to receive the excellent therapy that Burke is known for while providing the opportunity for further advancements in care,” said Burke President and CEO Jeffrey Menkes. “Our dedicated physicians and therapists are thrilled to offer patients the ultimate coordinated care in the new gym throughout their journey to recovery.” Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, a member of the Montefiore Health System, is headquartered at 785 Mamaroneck Ave. in White Plains. Burke’s neurological patients can utilize a variety of new specialty equipment in the facility as well as home automation training devices, which will help to facilitate the transition back home as well as maximize independence and quality of life in keeping with Burke’s core mission.

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Charlie Goldberger

NOTED ATTORNEY, LONG-TIME YMCA BOARD CHAIR HONORED Charlie Goldberger, counsel to McCullough, Goldberger & Staudt LLP in White Plains, has been recognized for his work shepherding the YMCA of Central and Northern Westchester in White Plains through a critical time in the organization’s revitalization.   Goldberger was among those honored in a virtual ceremony April 22 hosted by the city of White Plains and the White Plains Youth Bureau honoring volunteers who have made the city a better place through their contributions  as part of National Volunteer Month.  As chair of the YMCA’s Board of Directors for the past five years, Goldberger  advised  the organization on the sale of its building at 250 Mamaroneck Ave. in White Plains and the  relocation of  the location’s residents. His law firm also helped to find a new home for the organization’s popular after-school program, which is now thriving at its new location at 148 Hamilton Ave.   “We can’t thank Charlie Goldberger  enough for  all he has done for the YMCA and his assistance in helping us to put this organization on firm footing and for  his assistance with  the relocation of our early learning center. As chairman of our Board of Directors, Charlie has helped lead this organization, and we are very grateful,’’  said Cynthia  Rubino, president and CEO of the YMCA of Central and Northern Westchester.   McCullough, Goldberger & Staudt, which represents a diverse group of clients has been an integral part of the Westchester community for more than 60 years. 

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The Lincoln Depot Museum at 10 S. Water St. in Peekskill opened its 2021 season with a weekend event May 1 and 2. After being closed in 2020 due to the pandemic, the board of directors was pleased to be able to once again welcome members of the public to the award-winning museum and visitor’s center. A new exhibit titled “Women and Children of the Civil War, from Patriotism to Combat” was unveiled with artifacts showing the life and influence of women and children during the American Civil War era. A generous donation from The Rotary Club of Peekskill enabled the museum to launch a new Children’s Interactive Zone where children will be able to play Civil War-era games like dominos, try on period costumes such as a Union officer’s uniform and read books about President Lincoln, the Civil War and trains.

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The doors of the museum and visitor’s center will open at 1 p.m. each day. Admission is $10 per person; children 12 and under and museum members are

admitted free. For more information, visit the museum at lincolndepotmuseum.org or call at 914-402-4318.

LOCAL ENTREPRENEUR DONATES 700 MEALS The Municipal Housing Authority for the city of Yonkers (MHACY) and local entrepreneur Wayne Schneider gave away more than 700 meals at Ross F. Calcagno Homes and Palisade Towers in Yonkers in honor of rapper DMX. Schneider, who founded luxury car service Precision Concierge with his brother Oren Schneider, said he wanted to remember DMX with the donation as it was something the rapper would have done himself. DMX, whose real name was Earl Simmons, was born in Mount Vernon, but grew up in Yonkers at 80 School St., which is known as Ross F. Calcagno Homes, one of the locations where the food was donated. DMX died on April 9 at the age of 50. A beloved musical genius, he had five consecutive No. 1 albums. Boxes of food that included meat, cheese, milk, produce, yogurt and bread were donated to families in the two complexes. Each box could feed a family of four for about three days. Precision Conciege, known as PCNY, FCBJ

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provides luxury car service, private aircrafts, yacht charters, protective and concierge services to numerous highend clients. Schneider started a charity PCNY in the Streets, which donated more than a million meals to the homeless and others in need during the pandemic.

The Municipal Housing Authority for the city of Yonkers is the largest provider of affordable housing in the city of Yonkers and the second largest public housing authority in New York state. Wilson Kimball is president and CEO of the authority.

Adams & Knight in Avon, one of the region’s integrated marketing agencies, has added a new vice president to oversee its growing paid media planning, buying and analytics team. Tommy Shaw joins the agency in the newly created role of vice president of media and analytics. In this role, Shaw will focus on leveraging sophisticated media research and data analytics to strengthen and integrate all the agency’s paid media services — from traditional advertising, out-of-home and all forms of endemic and programmatic digital marketing to social media, SEM, content marketing, influencer marketing and sponsorships. Prior to joining Adams & Knight, Shaw served as the director of digital strategy and planning at MNI Media in Stamford. He holds a bachelor’s degree in management from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. “I’m excited to join the leadership team at Adams & Knight,” said Shaw. ”I love that the agency is really focused on leveraging data to develop more innovative and integrated media strategies and to continually optimize the performance of those strategies.” In addition to growing the team’s internal media team, Shaw is looking forward to expanding its roster of carefully selected media partners. “In today’s hyper-fragmented media world, it’s more important than ever that we help our clients evaluate and integrate their many options for reaching their prospects, customers and influencers,” said CEO Jill Adams. Adams & Knight, a branding and marketing agency for more than 30 years, has been serving leading health care, financial services and travel/ lifestyle brands that help others live financially, emotionally and physically healthier lives.


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M&T BANK NAMES DIRECTOR OF NEW DIVISION M&T Bank Corp., headquartered in Buffalo, recently announced the appointment of John D’Angelo as director of its Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Office, a newly created role and division. D’Angelo, an executive vice president, will report directly to M&T Chairman and CEO René Jones and remain a member of the 14-person management group responsible for leading the bank’s overarching strategy. In this capacity, D’Angelo will build a cohesive function to accelerate M&T’s corporate responsibility and sustainability work along with its community outreach. “ESG has always been core to our culture and identity and has become an increasingly essential focus for investors, regulators, employees and communities seeking to understand all the ways we contribute to social consciousness and environmentally sustainable practices,” said Jones. “As a result, we have determined that now is the time to formalize our bankwide efforts, while continuing to find ways to make a greater impact. John’s dedication, passion and track record in this area ideally position him to lead this new office.” D’Angelo previously served as executive vice president and chief risk officer for the bank. He began his career with M&T in 1987 and served in several management positions. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from St. Bonaventure University. Succeeding D’Angelo as chief risk officer is Michael Todaro, M&T executive vice president. Information for these features has been submitted by the subjects or their delegates.

NYMC Center for Disaster Medicine receives $1 million grant.

The New York Medical College (NYMC) Center of Excellence in Precision Responses to Bioterrorism and Disasters in Valhalla will receive $1million from New York state, a major increase in funding for a vitally needed program for which the state continues to increase its financial support. In 2017, NYMC and New York state, with the support of Westchester County’s key state legislators and policymakers, took a giant leap toward making New Yorkers safer by creating the Center of Excellence in Precision Responses to Bioterrorism and Disasters within the NYMC internationally recognized Center for Disaster Medicine –– the first of its kind in New York and a unique civilian resource nationally, which conducts

research, informs the public and provides training for mass casualty incidents, natural disaster events and terrorism situations. This program, administered by Empire State Development, is designed to provide innovative and technologically advanced training and education to the workforce in New York state. “After an unprecedented year that continues to challenge individuals and communities, emergency preparedness has never felt more vital,” said Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A., dean of the School of Health Sciences and Practice and vice president of government affairs. “The center’s rapid response to Covid-19 with its weekly public bulletins and regular technical webinars demonstrates the

importance of facilities like this….” The Center of Excellence in Precision Responses to Bioterrorism and Disasters at NYMC received its designation in 2017 as a Center of Excellence by New York state has established and currently supports 11 NYSTAR Centers of Excellence throughout the state. Prior to the designation of the center in Valhalla, the Hudson Valley had no such designation. For more information on this and other training programs offered by the Center of Excellence in Precision Responses to Bioterrorism and Disasters at NYMC, contact David S. Markenson, M.D., M.B.A., medical director, at 914-594-1750 or disastermedicine@nymc.edu.

LAW FIRM WELCOMES TWO NEW ASSOCIATES Keane & Beane PC in White Plains, which is celebrating 40 years serving the Hudson Valley, has appointed two new associates in its law firm: George Alissandratos is the newest member of Keane & Beane’s environmental law, land development and zoning and litigation and alternative dispute resolution practice groups. A 2020 graduate of St. John’s University School of Law he served as a senior staff member for the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development.  Previously, he worked as an intern in private practice.   Carina P. Zupa will join Keane & Beane’s labor relations and employment law and litigation and alternative dispute resolution practice groups.  A 2020 cum laude graduate of St. John’s University School of Law,  Zupa previously worked as an intern

CREDIT UNION JOINS NONPROFIT WESTCHESTER Hudson Valley Credit Union (HVCU) has committed to investing in the county’s only business membership organization dedicated to advancing the needs of Westchester’s nonprofit sector – Nonprofit Westchester (NPW). HVCU’s $7,500 donation will support a series of NPW financial management programs designed to strengthen nonprofit organizations and training for nonprofit staff experiencing disproportionate financial hardship as a result of the pandemic. Representing more than 200 nonprofit organizations and business members, the mission of NPW is to strengthen the visibility, capacity and impact of the nonprofit sector in Westchester County. “Nonprofit Westchester is an amazing resource for the organizations that work so hard to make our community better,” said Lisa Morris, assistant vice president at Hudson Valley Credit Union. “We are excited about our partnership with Hudson Valley Credit Union that will allow NPW to offer extensive programming that will support nonprofits to move forward, improve their operations, fulfill their missions and realize positive social impact,” said Jan Fisher, executive director, Nonprofit Westchester. Hudson Valley Credit Union is a full service, not-for-profit financial cooperative for businesses and individuals. With more than $6.1 billion in assets, the credit union serves its members through 20 branches.

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Good Things FINANCIAL SERVICES GROUP DELIVERED EASTER BASKETS TO SHELTERS A total of 75 Easter baskets were distributed to shelters in Norwalk and Stamford by the DiMatteo Group Financial Services in Shelton. Filled with a variety of hygiene products, the baskets were delivered to Open Door Shelter Inc. and Domestic Violence Crisis Center, both located in Norwalk, and to Inspirica Inc. in Stamford. The DiMatteo Group started this annual companywide family tradition to aid homeless children more than 20 years ago. Since its inception, more than 2,000 baskets have helped thousands of area children in need.   Bethany residents John DiMatteo,

president of DiMatteo Group Financial Services; his wife Kim DiMatteo, senior vice president of ACBI Insurance in Shelton; their three young children and employees, friends and clients all participated in the program.   The DiMatteo’s daughter, Jessica, said, “When my parents started this community outreach project, we did not foresee the program becoming so successful year after year. Our countless hours of planning and preparation are so much appreciated by the shelters and the recipients alike. It’s a great feeling to know that we are spreading so much kindness and supporting children in need.”  

INSURANCE AGENT HONORED BY NATIONAL SOCIETY Mark Connelly, CIC, of Fairfield County Bank Insurance Services LLC was recently recognized for professional leadership and advanced knowledge by the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors (CIC), a national insurance professional organization. A certificate marking more than 25 years of leadership as a designated CIC, which requires annual completion of advanced education and training was awarded to Connelly. “Mark’s ongoing allegiance and sup-

port of the CIC program is a testament to the value he places on ‘real world’ education and customer satisfaction. His clients, associates and the insurance profession as a whole continue to benefit from such dedication,” said William J. Hold, president of the Society of CIC. Headquartered in Ridgefield, Fairfield County Bank Insurance Services is an independent agency that takes pride in providing clients with the security and confidence of having the right insurance coverage.

GREENWICH COMMISSION ON AGING CHAIR HONORED First Selectman Fred Camillo proclaimed Wednesday, April 21, as the official Patricia Burns Day in Greenwich during the Greenwich Commission on Aging and Senior Center event, which honored her retirement after nine years as the board chair of the commission. At a small in-person gathering at the Senior Center, 299 Greenwich Ave., board members and staff gathered to pay homage to Burns’ dedication, leadership and perseverance. Burns began her three-term role as board chair along with Lori Contadino, the director of the Greenwich Commission on Aging. Together, they have recruited an engaged, hard-working board, redefined the commission and made the decisions needed to move forward with the future of the Senior Center. With Burns’ Vice Chair Steve Katz they have applied for Age and Dementia Friendly Greenwich, which if approved, will be the first town in Connecticut to be designated Age and Dementia Friendly by the World Health

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Organization and AARP. Burns will remain the president of the Board of the Friends of the Senior Center

and will continue to help raise the funds needed for completion of the Greenwich Senior Center building.

UNITED WAY’S 211 HELPLINE AWARDED $2M

UTILITIES SUPPORT HEALTH AND WELFARE ORGANIZATIONS New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG) in White Plains and its sister company Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E) recently donated a total of $54,000 to health and welfare organizations across New York state, including four organizations in the mid-Hudson region. The donations are part of the companies’ Corporate Donation Program to support and care for the communities that they serve. “We not only serve Dutchess, Putnam and Westchester counties as the local utility, but we’re members of this community and it’s important to us to support our neighbors,”

said Uthman Aziz, program manager, government and community relations at NYSEG. In total, NYSEG and RG&E provided gifts and sponsorships to more than 20 health and welfare organizations across its service area. In addition to NYSEG and RG&E’s donations to local health and welfare nonprofits, the companies’ 2021 Corporate Donation Program will also provide grants later this year to local nonprofits focused on food security, arts and culture and education and young people. These donations will impact every division within the NYSEG and RG&E service area.

TWO STATEWIDE AWARDS FOR WESTCHESTER PARKS DEPARTMENT

From left: Toyae Liverpool, director of programs and services for 211 Hudson Valley; Lini Jacob, chief information and referral officer for 211 Hudson Valley; New York state Sen. Peter Harckham; and Tom Gabriel, president and CEO of United Way of Westchester and Putnam.

The Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation received two awards from the New York State Recreation and Park Society (NYSRPS) in a virtual ceremony on April 20. The society presented Senior Wildlife Curator Dan Aitchison and George’s Island with the Award for Environmental Leadership and the Award for Exceptional Park Design, respectively. County Executive George Latimer said: “Many projects were completed at George’s Island in 2020, which are sure to turn this lesser-known park into a favorite. As for Dan,

The New York state Legislature awarded $2 million to the state’s 211 Helpline network, operated by local United Ways, to ensure that the call centers can continue to connect individuals with healthand human-service needs with the right resources. The call volume in 2020 was up 153% over 2019. Sen. Peter Harckham (District 40), who represents communities in Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties, sponsored the bill. The $2 million award was a $750,000

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he is an outstanding county employee, who continually goes above and beyond. We are delighted both have been recognized by such an esteemed organization. Aitchison has been with the Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation since 2005 and has positioned Westchester County as a leader in wildlife management. The programs he has introduced have protected the county’s natural resources and prevented wildlife conflicts.  Located along the Hudson River, George’s Island is one of Westchester County’s most northern parks. FCBJ

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increase over its allocation in the ‘21 NYS Budget. “This funding will help 211 call centers throughout the state meet the demand from those calling for food, mortgage and rent assistance or other basic needs, as the state continues to rebound from the pandemic, said Tom Gabriel, president and CEO of United Way of Westchester and Putnam, which operates the 211 Hudson Valley call center from its White Plains location.

United Way’s 211 Helpline has nationally certified call specialists trained to answer questions and provide referrals for the health and human service needs 24/7, 365 days a year in 200 languages. For help in the Hudson Valley individuals can dial 211, text their zip code to 898211 or visit 211hudsonvalley. org. UWWP is located at 336 Central Park Ave., White Plains. Phone 914-9976700 or visit uwwp.org.


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n behalf of the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce, I would like to welcome you to New Rochelle. The seventh largest city in New York, New Rochelle features a unique blend of urban amenities and suburban allure: a growing downtown area surrounded by vibrant neighborhoods, many with their own commercial centers, and a waterfront border featuring parks, amenities and activities. Throughout this past and difficult year, the city’s residents, businesses and community partners have worked together to overcome unprecedented challenges, with innovative programs and initiatives addressing needs: Rebound New Rochelle, with master developer RXR, provided meaningful material assistance to help small businesses survive or expand; and NourishAll meal vouchers connected our most vulnerable households facing food insecurity with struggling restaurants. One look at our downtown skyline, with its emerging buildings, cranes and construction sites, shows our continuing growth and expansion. Yet here in New Rochelle our small businesses are about more than business –– they create a community.

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The New Rochelle Chamber joins these individuals who share a common vision of a thriving economy, business growth and job creation. Our members are merchants, not-for-profits, restaurants, developers, contractors, places of worship, entrepreneurs, manufacturers, educational institutions and artists and artisans of all kinds; all working together to form a vibrant city in which to live, work and grow. New Rochelle’s future has never been brighter – whether you’re looking to start a business, a family or both, New Rochelle offers ample opportunity. We invite you to experience it for yourself! #NewRoStrong #IdeallyNR

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Joseph M. Murphy ’59, ’83H and Iona College President Seamus Carey, Ph.D., with members of the Student Government Association, unveiling a vibrant new green space coming to campus spring 2022. Photo credit Ben Hider.

Vibrant New Green Space Coming to Iona College Spring 2022 JOSEPH M. ’59, ’83H & JOANN M. ’98H MURPHY GREEN COMING SOON!

Iona College has announced plans to create a vibrant new green space in the heart of campus, transforming a parking circle into a lively outdoor landscape where students can enjoy a variety of social, recreational, academic and artistic activities. The campus beautification project is made possible thanks to a generous gift from Joseph M. Murphy ’59, ’83H and his late wife, JoAnn M. Murphy ’98H, a longtime Iona trustee. “The importance of having vibrant outdoor spaces where students and faculty can interact and build meaningful relationships has never been greater,” said Iona President Seamus Carey, Ph.D. “Driven by our strategic plan and our commitment to student success, the Murphy Green will be a beautiful new space that will open up exciting opportunities for students to ‘Learn Outside the Lines’ and stay engaged beyond the classroom. We are so grateful to the Murphy family for its continued support of Iona College and its students.” Designed by the architecture firm SLAM, Iona’s nearly 30,000-square-foot green space will be located across from Spellman Hall, replacing the non-essential parking circle currently outside of the LaPenta Student Union.

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Iona plans to break ground this summer and finish the project by spring 2022, pending all permits and approvals. Complete with benches, trees, stone walkways and a terrace area, the focus of the Murphy Green will be a gorgeous green lawn. The space will also include seating built into East Hill, which will provide a dramatic setting for outdoor performances, poetry readings and lectures. Statistically, campus green spaces correlate with a higher quality of life and higher cognitive and academic performance, making this vision even more relevant. “This beautiful new green space brings together all of the things that my wife, JoAnn, cared so deeply about at Iona College – student success, the arts, the environment, community and overall health and well-being,” said Joseph M. Murphy. “To see how this new space will not only beautify the Iona campus, but also contribute to expanding student opportunities, is both humbling and gratifying.” JoAnn Murphy, who passed away in December 2020, was a longtime and passionate advocate for student life on campus. Among her many positions, she co-chaired the Student Development & Mission Committee of

the Board for many years, and in 1998, she received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, honoris causa, for her dedication and support of the arts and cultural events at Iona. She also chaired the Iona College Council on the Arts and is a 2006 recipient of the Brother Driscoll Award for Heroic Humanitarian Service. She was inducted into the Goal Club Hall of Fame in 2012, and Iona College’s Mazzella Field was named for her parents.

JoAnn Murphy will also be honored posthumously with the Legacy Award at the Iona College Trustees Scholarship Award Gala on June 4, 2021. Joseph M. Murphy, Iona trustee emeritus, was the co-founder and chairman of Country Bank and is chairman of Value Investors. The Murphy Center is named for his parents. This building houses the Christopher J. Murphy Auditorium, named in memory of the Murphy’s son, Christopher.


Iona College Nursing Students Gain Historic Experience Vaccinating 550 People Against COVID-19 NEW BACHELOR’S DEGREE PROGRAM IN NURSING PROVIDES SOLUTIONS THROUGH THE PANDEMIC AS STUDENTS “LEARN OUTSIDE THE LINES”

Over 550 individuals are now protected against COVID-19 thanks to students in Iona College’s new nursing program. Describing the opportunity to serve their community as both emotional and historic, students said they were grateful for the hands-on experience gained through the pandemic. “It feels humbling,” said student Nico O’Leary ’21, of New Rochelle. “This has been a horrible year for everyone. So, the fact that we’re able to give back in this way, something as simple as just giving a vaccine, is enormous.” Her cousin, Amanda O’Leary ’21, of Pleasantville, also enrolled in the nursing program, said it is rewarding “to help everyone move in the right direction and take a step toward normalcy.” Iona launched its new Bachelor of Science degree program in nursing in the fall of 2020. The program offers two pathways to a bachelor’s degree: a traditional 4-year undergraduate program; and an accelerated, 15-month, second-degree program for students who already have a bachelor’s in another field. Iona accepted its first class of 18 elite, accelerated-degree students in the fall of 2020, and already nursing is the most sought-after program for the fall of 2021. As director of the Nursing Clinical Arts Center at Iona, Dr. Sandra Davé enlisted the help of students to administer the vaccine over a series of six clinics she set up in her private practice. Davé has been practicing as a family and gerontological nurse practitioner with her husband in New Rochelle for over 20 years, and she started working at Iona when the nursing program launched. True to the profession of nursing, Davé said it’s all about working to improve the health and well-being of the community — and doing so with compassion. “We had an instance where we actually had a patient burst into tears,” she said. “One of our students went to comfort her, and she was saying, ‘No, no, these are tears of joy.’ And then she spun around and said, ‘Actually, they’re mixed with tears of sorrow, because I lost a lot of people through the pandemic.’” Bernabe Gonzales Jr. and Rocio Vanegas, of Mamaroneck, received their first doses of

Iona College nursing student Anna Tesoriero ’21, of Huntington, N.Y., draws a COVID-19 vaccine. In all, students will vaccinate 550 residents over six sessions in New Rochelle, N.Y. Photo credit Diana Costello.

the Moderna vaccine together, choosing to get it at the exact same time from the O’Leary cousins. “It feels good to have a little bit of protection in me,” said Gonzales. “It feels surreal,” added Vanegas. “But I’m excited to be here, and just get this over with, and hopefully it ends soon. It’s a little emotional, given everyone who has passed away.” Iona nursing student Jonah Murasso ’21, of Eastchester, said the flood of emotions from patients has been common. He added that the vaccination effort has been “a great moment to be a part of. I could not be happier doing what we’re doing here.” After graduating from Binghamton University with a Bachelor of Science degree in integrative neuroscience in 2019, Murasso decided to pursue a nursing degree because of the profession’s versatility and job prospects. He chose Iona’s accelerated program in particular, he said, because of the high caliber of experienced nursing professionals and educators leading the program. “Looking at all the other nursing programs that are in progress now, we’re one of the only ones that has been able to facilitate having classes in person and going to clinical

hours in person,” Murasso said. “We’re one of the only programs that has made it into hospitals in person. So that really validates my choice.” ABOUT IONA NURSING Iona College’s rigorous, values-oriented Bachelor of Science degree program in nursing offers two pathways to a bachelor’s degree: a traditional 4-year undergraduate program open to both freshman and transfer students; and an accelerated, 15-month, second-degree program for students who already have a bachelor’s in another field. Both pathways prepare graduates to sit for the National Certification and Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Iona’s nursing program is housed in a state-of-the-art, 7,500 squarefoot learning facility complete with all of the newest equipment, technology and simulated learning opportunities. Smallgroup, clinical instructional settings with an 8-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio ensure personalized attention. Iona accepted its first class of 18 elite, accelerated-degree students for the fall 2020 semester, and already nursing is the most sought-after

program for the fall of 2021. Learn more at www.iona.edu/nursing. ABOUT IONA Founded in 1940, Iona College is a master’sgranting private, Catholic, coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers. Iona’s 45-acre campus is just 20 miles north of Midtown Manhattan. With a total enrollment of nearly 4,000 students and an alumni base of over 50,000 around the world, Iona is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona is highly accredited, offering undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs. Iona’s LaPenta School of Business is accredited by AACSB International, a prestigious recognition awarded to just five percent of business schools worldwide. The Princeton Review recognized Iona’s on-campus MBA program as a “Best Business School for 2021.” Iona College also recently launched a new, fully online MBA program for even greater flexibility.

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Investing in your children’s education is no different than investing in a business or stock. You not only expect that your investment will be stewarded properly, but that you will eventually see a return on that investment. An Iona Preparatory education all but pays for itself in the form of academic scholarships and intellectual development. Iona Prep graduates average $60,000 in meritbased scholarships each year, nearly matching its tuition and making the New Rochelle private school one of the best investments you can make for your son’s success. Over the last five years, Iona Preparatory graduates have garnered more than $130 million in academic scholarships while earning acceptance into Brown, Duke, Johns Hopkins, Notre Dame, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University of Virginia, among other top-tier schools across the country. Moreover, its two-tiered college and school counseling program prepares its scholars to find the right fit in order to maximize their potential. The quality of an Iona Prep graduate is such that close to 200 college representatives visit the suburban, 27acre campus each year. That kind of reputation is due to Iona Prep’s Superior Talent Enrichment Program, with tracks in the humanities, as well as math and science. Students in the school’s highest

level of study have the opportunity to graduate with as many as 30 college credits. Bolstering Iona Prep’s academic rigor is a new three-year Science Research Program, which begins in sophomore year and gives students the exciting opportunity to conduct advanced-level scientific research, pair up with a professional mentor and, ultimately, publish their findings. One Class of 2021 graduate said his Science Research experience was the difference maker in his being admitted into a seven-year physician scientist program with only a two percent acceptance rate. Iona Prep also perennially prepares around 15 percent of its graduating classes to play collegiate sports. As the reigning LoHud Sports 2020 Tom Whelan Private School of the year, the school’s scholar-athletes boasted a cumulative GPA of over 90. Westchester’s only all-boys, prekindergarten through 12th grade Catholic school, Iona Preparatory has been preparing young men for success for more than 100 years. Rigorous academics with three levels of study, a personalized and comprehensive school counseling and college advisement program, unique Christian service and leadership opportunities locally, nationally and internationally, championship athletics, and an array of activities provide students with the foundation for success in college and in life. Is your son IONA PREPared?


It is 2021 and the Core Strength of Westchester and U.S. Real Estate is Showing Up Evidence of a greening springtime is everywhere, indicated by a heightened level of consumer and investor confidence. Optimism is being spurred by the availability of COVID vaccines and additional Federal Government stimulus programs. To wit: The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index surged in March, labor market conditions are in recovery, and equity markets continue to flirt with alltime highs, underscoring stakeholder belief in better times ahead. There are many reasons for optimism: One million jobs were created in March

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and vaccinations hit a record of 4 million in early April. U.S. innovation and consumer spending are leading the world in the economic rebound from the grips of the pandemic. However, many businesses are wounded, and it will take some time to recover from the losses suffered during the pandemic. Taming the financial and economic effects of COVID appears possible but vigilance and diligence are required. Real estate investors, many still in a wait-and-see mode, are focusing more than ever on stable cash-flows. The ongoing paradigm shifts affecting the workspace, housing preferences, and purchase protocols for most goods and services, are forcing investors to continually re-evaluate the resilience of property income streams. Westchester multi-family assets appear to have fared relatively well

FOR SALE | 229 Main Street | Eastchester Listed by Jared Stone | $1,200,000

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on this score, and so have industrial warehouses which continue to enjoy high demand. On the other hand, offices, enclosed malls, and other retail real estate, are experiencing deteriorating occupancy trends and declining cash flows. The better the upkeep of the asset, the most likely that it will attract new tenancy. However, with numerous companies shrinking their space needs or reassessing their office footprint, and with fewer new business market entrants, occupancy trends are still negative for Westchester office and retail assets. The sustained population movements out of densely populated urban areas into the suburbs and more rural areas is a pandemic-spurred silver lining to watch. It is reviving occupancy trends and investment into the weaker areas of Westchester’s property market, and may benefit office and retail properties long

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term, as users shift out of the office space in the New York City urban core. Cloud based connectivity and software supporting activities that formerly required physical presence have improved dramatically. Acceptance of such software has also become widespread allowing for greater efficiency in remote operations and transactions. The greater the flexibility that is granted to the workforce to operate remotely and remain away from the office varying lengths of time, the more households will be willing to be distant from traditional centers of employment. The great WFH (work from home) experiment is likely to morph during 2021 into more flexible accommodations for office employees that include some remote work component. The exact amount of flexibility will be a function of the specific type of work, the culture of the enterprise and each individual worker’s experience during the pandemic. Increased flexibility offered by a hybrid work environment has been shown to benefit workers, particularly parents with young families, and it may become a talent retention tool.

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COMMUNITY LEADERS HONORED FOR SUPPORTING SENIORS Several Fairfield County residents and organizations received special recognition as part of the 2021 SilverSource Film & Awards recent event “Coming of Age in Aging America: Challenges & Solutions.” The awards were given to individuals, organizations and volunteers who have made exceptional contributions to improve and enrich the lives of older adults in Fairfield County, particularly during the pandemic. “Senior citizens are one of the fastest-growing demographics in the world and locally they represent almost a quarter of the population in Fairfield County,” said SilverSource CEO Kathleen Bordelon. “During the pandemic, we have seen different organizations working together to significantly strengthen the system of support for older residents. Our 2021 award winners went above and beyond their normal responsibilities to ensure seniors were safe and cared for and are each stars in a larger galaxy of support in our community.” This year’s award winners include: Marie Allen, executive director, Southwestern Connecticut Agency on Aging –  Outstanding Organization, Contribution to Community Award;  Christina Crain, executive director, Stamford Senior Center  –  Outstanding Individual, Contribution to Community Award; and Donna Spellman, executive director, River House Adult Day Center  –  Outstanding Individual, Contribution to Community Award.  Outstanding Volunteer Awards  were given to three Stamford residents: Robin Druckman, Laurie Pensiero and Pam Staab. SilverSource Board member and volunteer Kate Sullivan of Greenwich was the recipient of the Shining Star Award. Located in Stamford, SilverSource provides a safety net to seniors in need.

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‘BEE AWARE’ DOCUMENTARY Pace University’s documentary film team – PaceDocs –recently premiered “Bee Aware,” a film focusing on the environmental threats facing one of the most important pollinators for humankind. The film aptly debuted online on Earth Day as it spotlights the vital role bees play in our food supply, their importance to the environment and some of the challenges facing the insect and the environment. It was followed by a virtual Q&A with the filmmakers via Zoom. “The PaceDocs team, under the guidance of Professor Maria Luskay, always does remarkable work,” said Marvin Krislov, president of Pace University. “This year, they did something extraordinary, persevering through a pandemic to create a truly inspiring, thought-provoking and poignant documentary. ‘Bee Aware’ is a wonderful example of Pace students’ commitment to hard work, hands-on education and environmental conservation. I couldn’t be prouder of this group of young filmmakers.” The film was shot on location at bee farms throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Initially, the class  – made up of 20 graduate and undergraduate students from around the country – was set to embark on a trip to Paris, France, last spring to spotlight the rooftop bees that survived the historic Cathedral of Notre Dame fire. But the glob-

Pace students Brian McDermott (center) and Emily Arrieta with beekeeper Adrienne Lavalle from Apiary 16 in Milan, New York.

al pandemic halted all international travel and the university, like most others around the world, immediately pivoted to remote learning. Luskay, whose “Producing the Documentary” course is part of the Department of Media, Communications and Visual Arts, knew the show must go on. Luskay, assisted by Professor  Lou Guarneri  and the PaceDocs team, scrambled and came up with “Plan Bee.” “This year’s lessons were ones of endurance and adaptation,” said Luskay. “The students really learned how to adapt, change

WMCHEALTH’S VACCINE COORDINATION

Lenora Clarke, LPN at Westchester Medical Center, administers the Covid vaccine to Catalina Restrepo.

Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) in Valhalla has reached another milestone in the Covid-19 vaccination effort – more than 1 million doses to vaccination sites across the Hudson Valley.  New York state selected WMCHealth to be the vaccine distribution coordinator for the Hudson Valley Region Hub in its Regional Vaccine Network consisting of more than 300 hospitals, health care organizations, community associations and others to ensure the equitable and efficient distribution of Covid-19 vaccines

to Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Putnam, Dutchess, Ulster and Sullivan counties. WMCHealth is currently supporting the work of four, state-run mass vaccination centers and is hosting vaccination efforts on its hospital campuses and collaborating with universities, faith-based institutions, community centers and local organizations to administer vaccines at pop-up sites around the region. To date, WMCHealth has directly administered more than 235,000 vaccinations at these locations. 

and solve problems as the world around them changed. I couldn’t be more proud of them. They produced a great film.” The popular class is part of Pace University’s highly regarded film program and as part of it, students have been introduced to documentary filmmaking, teamwork, problem-solving and organization. They’ve also been introduced to different areas of the world where they’ve experienced firsthand a number of important environmental and humanitarian​ ​issues – and have been challenged to document them in remote locations around the globe. 

“Every year, Dyson College’s student filmmakers travel abroad to produce a documentary that shines a light on an important issue, educating us all,” said Tresmaine R. Grimes, dean, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences and School of Education. Pace University’s liberal arts college, Dyson College in Pleasantville, offers more than 50 programs, spanning the arts and humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and pre-professional programs (including pre-medicine, pre-veterinary and pre-law), as well as many courses that fulfill core curriculum requirements.

WJCS AWARDED WCF GRANT The Westchester Jewish Community Services (WJCS) has received a grant from Westchester Community Foundation (WCF) for its College Wellness Initiative. The grant will allow WJCS to continue to deliver critical mental health services to Westchester County’s college students. WJCS and the Westchester County Department of Community of Mental Health (DCMH) created the College Wellness Initiative in 2020 to address the growing mental health needs of college students in Westchester County. The program was initially funded with Cares Act funding. The new funding from WCF will allow the program to continue to support college students beyond the initial pilot phase. The College Initiative supports Westchester County colleges and college students who, due to the ongoing pandemic, have experienced an increased need for mental health and

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substance-use treatment. The mental health impact of Covid has been most apparent in adolescents and young adults, with college-age individuals experiencing the most negative mental health impacts of the pandemic. With WCF funding WJCS will be able to provide mental health services to Westchester County’s college students, regardless whether students have commercial insurance, whether WJCS is in-network with students’ commercial insurance or whether students have any health insurance at all. W. Andrew Mullane, Ph.D., director of innovation, integration and community partnership at WJCS and co-chair of DCMH’s College Collaborative, is leader of the college initiative, which serves Westchester Community College, SUNY Purchase, IONA, The College of Westchester, Mercy College, Sarah Lawrence, Pace University and Manhattan College.

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Facts & Figures U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT White Plains & Poughkeepsie Local business cases, April 21 - 27 David and Nancy Barnhart, Wallkill, codebtor The Master’s Coach Ltd., Wallkill, 21-35310-CGM: Chapter 7, assets $370,905, liabilities $567,712. Attorney: Michelle L. Trier. Piasecki Realty LLC, New Windsor, 21-35317-CGM: Chapter 11, assets $999,000, liabilities $1,501,316. Attorney: Michelle L. Trier.

U.S. DISTRICT COURT, White Plains Local business cases, April 21 – 27 Paraco Gas Corp., Rye Brook, et al, vs. Ironshore Indemnity Inc., Boston, 21-cv-3543-CS: Removal from Westchester Supreme Court, insurance. Attorney: Jonathan E. Meer. Mary Osorto, White Plains vs. El Poblano Bar & Grill, White Plains, et al, 21-cv-3640-PMH: Denial of overtime compensation. Attorneys: Gennadiy Naydenskiy, Michael A. Faillace. G&G Closed Circuit Events, Henderson, Nevada vs. Mexico Alegre Restaurant Corp., New Rochelle, et al, 21-cv-3682: Cable Communications Policy Act. Attorney: Joseph P. Loughlin.

Axis Surplus Insurance Co., Alpharetta, Georgia vs. Peduto Construction Corp., New Rochelle, et al, 21-cv-3724: Insurance. Attorney: Melissa F. Brill. Garfield Williams, Bronx vs. Westchester Medical Center Health Network, Hawthorne, et al, 21-cv-3746: Employment discrimination. Attorney: Gregory S. Antollino.

DEEDS Above $1 million Ajat Realty LLC, Scarsdale. Seller: Battle Hill Corp., Old Greenwich, Connecticut. Property: 234 Seymour Road, Rye Town. Amount: $1.2 million. Filed April 22. Flanagan, Elisabeth H., Bronxville. Seller: 129 Dellwood Road LLC, Yonkers. Property: 129 Dellwood Road, Yonkers. Amount: $1.4 million. Filed April 21. 19SCS, LLC, New York City. Seller: Omark, Christine and Rhett Omark, Irvington. Property: 19 S. Cottenet St., Greenburgh. Amount: $1.3 million. Filed Aoril 21. Marble Hall-Tuckahoe Ltd. Partnership, Portland, Maine. Seller: Marble Hall Apartments Inc. Property: 100 Columbus Ave., Eastchester. Amount: $33.7 million. Filed April 19. Sherman Farm New York LLC, New York City. Seller: 550 Guard Hill LLC, Bedford. Proiperty: 550 Guard Hill Road, Bedford. Amount: $5 million. Filed April 20. Shannon Equities LLC, Yonkers. Seller: Bold Holding LLC, Pelham Manor. Property: 920 Nepperhan Ave., Yonkers. Amount: $1.5 million. Filed April 22. Quirke, Declan P. and Karen B. Murphy, Rye. Seller: 70 Dearborn Avenue LLC, Rye. Property: 184 Soundview Ave., Rye City. Amount: $1.9 million. Filed April 21.

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Williams, Karla and Williams, Mathew, New York City. Seller: Ll Parcel E LLC, Fort Washington, Pennsylvania. Property: 322 Horseman Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Amount: $1.5 million. Filed April 21.

Below $1 million 2039 LLC, Croton-on-Hudson. Seller: John T. Chiullu, Montrose. Property: 2039 Albany Post Road, Cortlandt. Amount: $750,000. Filed April 21. 2XR LLC, Yorktown Heights. Seller: Joseph Visconti, Yorktown Heights. Property: 3505 Boulevard Hill, Yorktown. Amount: $150,000. Filed April 21. 4-Ten Realty LLC, White Plains. Seller: Kinderarts Realty Company LLC, White Plains. Property: 410 N. Broadway, White Plains. Amount: $710,000. Filed April 21. 405 S.10th Avenue Group Corp, Flushing. Seller: Impact Secured Assets Corp. and Deutsche Bank National Trust Co., Salt Lake City, Utah. Property: 21 Howard St., Mount Vernon. Amount: $482,000. Filed April 19. Grant, Sana A., Ardsley. Seller: 470 Main Street LLC, Armonk. Property: 470 Main St., North Castle. Amount: $200,000. Filed April 21. Ara, Iffat, Port Chester. Seller: 60-64 Munson Street LLC, White Plains. Property: 60 Hudson St., Rye Town. Amount: $963,840. Filed April 21. 61 Grandview Avenue Development LLC, Purchase. Seller: John Turney and Valerie Turney. Property: 212 Central Ave., Rye City. Amount: 680,000. Filed April 19. 656 Sherman Holdings LLC, Bronx. Seller: Edward Keeney and Stephanie Keeney, Sleepy Hollow. Property: 656 Sherman Ave., Mount Pleasant. Amount: $565,000. Filed April 20.

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71 Pleasant Street LLC, New Rochelle. Seller: H&J Realty LLC, Yonkers. Property: 71 Pleasant St., New Rochelle. Amount: $210,000. Filed April 21.

Allstate Property & Casualty Insurance Company, Tarrytown. $9,236.03 in favor of VIP All State Service Inc., Totowa, New Jersey. Filed April 21.

Conlan, Mathew and Ann-Marie Conlan, Larchmont. Seller: Palmer Farms Realty LLC, Larchmont. Property: 25 Treno St., New Rochelle. Amount: $480,000. Filed April 21.

Alryan Lubricants Recycle & Wholesale Inc., Yonkers. $8,8859.06 in favor of Kensington Management LLC, Garrison. Filed April 20.

Derri 454 S. Ninth Avenue LLC, Brewster. Seller: Medi Power USA LLC, New York City. Property: 454 S. Ninth St., Mount Vernon. Amount: $354,000. Filed April 22. J & M Carthage Road LLC, Scarsdale. Seller: Leon Meizlik and Miriam Meizlik, Scarsdale. Property: 67 Carthage Road, Scarsdale. Amount: $845,000. Filed April 20. Mount Down The Road LLC, Mahopac. Seller: Kilkee Realty LLC, Yonkers. Property: 43 Wakefield Ave., Yonkers. Amount: $400,000. Filed April 20.

Celtic Services New York City Inc., Mount Vernon. $565,295.66 in favor of Axis Surplus Insurance Co., Alpharetta, Georgia. Filed April 21. Danielle M. Baker DDS PLLC, New York City. $2,353.13 in favor of Danziger & Markhoff LLP, White Plains. Filed April 21. Valla Cleaning Service LLC, West Haven, Connecticut. $4,586.14 in favor of GEICO, Woodbury. Filed April 20.

LIS PENDENS

Property Brothers New York Corp, Hawthorne. Seller: Elena K. Kowalski, Port Chester. Property: 41 Elizabeth St., Rye Town. Amount: $443,650. Filed April 20.

The following filings indicate a legal action has been initiated, the outcome of which may affect the title to the property listed.

RAS Closing Services LLC, Glem Ellyn, Illinois. Seller: Patrik Mohta and Manvi Mohta, White Plains. Property: 24 Carhart Ave., 316G, White Plains. Amount: $500,000. Filed April 22.

U.S. Bank National Association. Filed by Puglisi Moore & Company Ltd. Action: foreclosure of a mortgage in the principal amount of $1,241,500 affecting property located at 344 Palmer Lane, Pleasantville 10570. Filed April 21.

RGB Group Inc., North Belmore. Seller: Tamarack & Vine Realty Corp, Thornwood. Property: 9 Tamarack Road, Somers. Amount: $220,000. Filed April 20. Walter, James and Walter, Melissa, Bronx. Seller: PL Capital Partners LLC, Eastchester. Property: 2181 Parker Lane, Yorktown. Amount: $675,000. Filed April 22.

JUDGMENTS 212 Dynamics LLC, Yonkers. $2,750.85 in favor of Capital One Bank USA NA, Glen Allen, Virginia. Filed April 22.

HSBC Bank USA N.A. Filed by Pierpointe on the Hudson Condominium I Board Managers. Action: foreclosure of a mortgage in the principal amount of $181,475.22 affecting property located at 23 Water Grant St., Yonkers 10701. Filed April 19. The Bank of New York Mellon. Filed by George E. Berk and Penelope Smith Berk. Action: foreclosure of a mortgage in the principal amount of $1,479,984 affecting property located at 181 Hook Road, Bedford 10506. Filed April 20.

Braillard, Blanche, heir. Filed by Select Portfolio Servicing Inc. Action: foreclosure of a mortgage in the principal amount of $145,100 affecting property located at 37 Lakeview Avenue West, Cortlandt Manor. Filed April 18.

MECHANIC’S LIENS 925-1025 Westchester Avenue of New York LLC, as owner. $6,208.32 as claimed by American Info Systems LLC, Iselin, New Jersey. Property: 925-1025 Westchester Ave., White Plains. Filed April 23. Bowery Bloomingdale LLC, White Plains, as owner. $6,500 as claimed by Tristate Core Drilling & Saw Cut, Bellereose. Property: 120 Bloomingdale Road, White Plains. Filed April 19.

NEW BUSINESSES This paper is not responsible for typographical errors contained in the original filings. G3 Consulting, 61 Wrights Mill Road, Armonk 10504, c/o John Livanos and Enrico Livanos. Filed April 19.

SOLE PROPRIETORSHIPS A&A Cabinetry & Millworker, 50 W. Lincoln Ave., Mount Vernon 10550, c/o Andre Pierre. Filed April 23. Blackman Jewelry, 292 Clinton Ave, New Rochelle 10801, c/o Karen Marie Bjorn. Filed April 22. Cindy Rafeld, 5 Campus Place, Scarsdale 10583, c/o Cindy Rafeld. Filed April 22. Dan Sheeran, 19 Cornel Drive, Goldens Bridge 10526, c/o Daniel Sheeran. Filed April 23. Dee Dee Events, 6A Hillside Terrace, White Plains 10601, c/o Deborah Jendaye. Filed April 20.

Items appearing in the Fairfield County Business Journal’s On The Record section are compiled from various sources, including public records made available to the media by federal, state and municipal agencies and the court system. While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of this information, no liability is assumed for errors or omissions. In the case of legal action, the records cited are open to public scrutiny and should be inspected before any action is taken. Questions and comments regarding this section should be directed to: Larry Miles c/o Westfair Communications Inc. 701 Westchester Ave, Suite 100 J White Plains, N.Y. 10604-3407 Phone: 694-3600 • Fax: 694-3699

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Facts & Figures Desired Services, 941 McLean Ave., No. 360, Yonkers 10704, c/o Ann Justi. Filed April 20.

Leasia Morris, 8 Water St. Ossining 10562, c/o Leasia Morris. Filed April 22.

Dianas Houses, 22 Saxon Woods Park Drive, White Plains 10605, c/o Diana Patricia Perez. Filed April 20.

Madbastudios Shipping, 525 Bronxville Road, Bronxville 10708, c/o Julio Gonzalez Martinez. Filed April 23.

Dixieland Express, 35 Tennyson St, Hartsdale 10530, c/o Julez H. Becker. Filed April 22. Finessefix, 22 Pease St., Mount Vernon 10553, c/o Trumaine Rose. Filed April 21. Functional CBD, P.O. Box 345, Elmsford 10523, c/o Angela Demelo. Filed April 22.

Marcson Center for Psychotherapy, 50 Memorial Plaza, Pleasantville 10570, Filed April 22. Matildes Flower Stand, 920 McLean Ave, Yonkers 10701, c/o Rutila Matilde. Filed April 20. Salfar & Company, 604 Walburton Ave., Third floor, Yonkers 10701, c/o Salim Iddrisu. Filed April 22.

Fur Friends Westchester, 64 Fairmount Ave, Yonkers 10701, c/o Katy E. Mori Villanueva. Filed April 21.

Sweetladys Soul Food, 27 Ludlow St., Yonkers 10705, c/o Alexis Ryan. Filed April 21.

HALCO, 32 Lafayette St, White Plains 10606, c/o Mersan Lyn Cook. Filed April 19.

Wfbull Dog, 18 Fisher Lane, Katonah 10536, c/o Sean Dawson. Filed April 21.

Handy Mandi, 22 Sand St., Millwood 10546, c/o Munther Mansour. Filed April 20.

Zmartshopperz, 80 Ridgeview Terrace, Elmsford 10523, c/o Kelff Caraballo. Filed April 23.

Happy Corner, 15 Faneuil Place, New Rochelle 10801, c/o Sarah Mannaa. Filed April 23. House 7 Productions, 45 Bonaventure Ave., Ardsley 10502, c/o Tamara House. Filed april 23. Jamaican Documents.com, 329 Miller Place, Mount Vernon 10550, c/o Carland Omar Grant. Filed April 23. Jcokesmusic, 420 S. Fifth Ave., Mount Vernon 10550, c/o Jordan Kayode Coker. Filed April 21. JPree FIT, 40 Holly Drive, New Rochelle 10801, c/o Johari Privott-Yeiser. Filed April 21. Kearse Nation, 233 S. Fulton Ave., 2K, Mount Vernon 10550, c/o Randy Kearse. Filed April 19. Kitchen Hunk, 347 Seneca Ave., Mount Vernon 10553, c/o Allen D. Ayers. Filed April 22.

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PATENTS Antibodies comprising chimeric constant domains. Patent no. 10,988,537 issued to Samuel Davis, et al. Assigned to Regeneron, Tarrytown. Automatic generation of via patterns with coordinate-based recurrent neural network (RNN). Patent no. 10,990,747 issued to Jing Sha, et al. Assigned to IBM, Armonk. Assembly line with integrated electronic visual inspection. Patent no. 10,991,089 issued to Jason Smith, et al. Assigned to Regeneron, Tarrytown. Associating attribute seeds of regression test cases with breakpoint value-based fingerprints. Patent no. 10,990,510 issued to Andrew Hicks, et al. Assigned to IBM, Armonk.

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Clock-gating phase algebra for clock analysis. Patent no. 10,990,725 issued to Gabor Drasny, et al. Assigned to IBM, Armonk. Cognitive monitoring. Patent no. 10,990,888 issued to James Kozloski, et al. Assigned to IBM, Armonk. Common light chain mouse. Patent no. 10,986,820 issued to John McWhirter, et al. Assigned to Regeneron, Tarrytown. Computer system with modified module socket. Patent no. 10,993,324 issued to Charles Arvin, et al. Assigned to IBM, Armonk. Fabrication of vertical fin transistor with multiple threshold voltages. Patent no. 10,991,823 issued to Karthik Balakrishnan, et al. Assigned to IBM, Armonk. Genetically modified major histocompatibility complex mice. Patent no. 10,986,822 issued to Lynn Macdonald, et al. Assigned to Regeneron, Tarrytown. Increasing processing capacity of virtual machines for an abnormal event. Patent no. 10,990,434 issued to Peter Sutton. Assigned to IBM, Armonk. Method and system for contactless withdrawal from an ATM. Patent no. 10,990,955 issued to Susan Skelsey, et al. Assigned to Mastercard International, Purchase. Methods of modifying genes in eukaryotic cells. Patent no. 10,988,776 issued to Aris Economides, et al. Assigned to Regeneron, Tarrytown. Methods, systems and computer readable media for selecting and delivering electronic value certificates using a mobile device. Patent no. 10,992,817 issued to Pradeep Kumar, et al. Assigned to Mastercard International, Purchase. Notifying a user about a previous conversation. Patent no. 10,992,629 issued to Charles Arvin, et al. Assigned to IBM, Armonk.

Steep-switch field effect transistor with integrated bi-stable resistive system. Patent no. 10,991,808 issued to Julien Frougier, et al. Assigned to IBM, Armonk. Transaction distribution with an independent workload advisor. Patent no. 10,992,572 issued to Yuk Chan, et al. Assigned to IBM, Armonk. Vertical array of resistive switching devices having restricted filament regions and tunable top electrode volume. Patent no. 10,991,763 issued to Takashi Ando, et al. Assigned to IBM, Armonk.

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION BOARD JUDGMENTS Failure to carry insurance or for work-related injuries and illnesses, April 22 to April 28, 2021 Aimee Design Incorporated, Mamaroneck. Amount: $31,000. Bruno Maida, Dobbs Ferry. Amount: $8,099.21. Dalc Gear & Bearing Supply Corp., Dobbs Ferry. Amount: $31,000. DNS Contracting NYC Inc., Yonkers. Amount: $29,000. Farro Contracting Co. Inc., Elmsford. Amount: $750. Jaime Ramos Landscaping Corp., Bedford Hills. Amount: $7,500. Jenyll Alcantara d.b.a. Cookies N Apple Juice Caycare, Yonkers. Amount: $31,500. Kya Construction Corp., New Rochelle. Amount: $27,500. LV Remodeling LLC, Hartsdale. Amount: $31,500.

Numma Wang Laundry Services LLC d.b.a. Super Laundromat, Elmsford and Scarsdale. Amount: $2,000. Square One International Inc., Mount Vernon. Amount: $5,000. Sandy Soto-Castillo d.b.a. Soto Deli Grocery, Yonkers. Amount: $500.

HUDSON VALLEY DEEDS Above $1 million 160 North Route 303 Holdings LLC, Monsey. Seller: Hauser Brothers Holdings LLC, West Nyack. Property: 160 N. Route 303, Clarkstown. Amount: $5.5 million. Filed April 21. Crown Castle Towers 09 LLC, Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. Seller: Mall Access LLC, Newburgh. Property: 7 Meadow Hill Road, Newburgh. Amount: $1 million. Filed April 19.

Below $1 million 2 Vans Property Managementt LLC, Warwick. Seller: 170 -172 S. Main Street LLC, Florida. Property: 170 -172 S. Main Street LLC, Florida. Amount: $300,000. Filed April 19. 7 Eastman Place LLC, Highland. Seller: 7 and 8 Eastman Terrace LLC, Yorktown Heights. Property: Eastman Terrace Place, Lot 7, Poughkeepsie. Amount: $1,800. Filed April 10. 94 College Road LLC, Monsey. Seller: Carlton Road Estates LLC, Monsey. Property: 94 College Road, Monsey. Amount: $400,000. Filed April 19.

101 Ridge Road LLC, New City. Seller: Aria 1026 Capital LLC, Roslyn Heights. Property: 101 Ridge Road, Clarktown. Amount: $355,000. Filed April 21. Atkins Brothers Associates LLC, Goshen. Seller: Golden Towers Lot 4 and 5 LLC, Monroe. Property: County Route 105, Lots 4 and 5, Monroe. Amount: $300,000. Filed April 20. Bean, Alexander and Bean, Wendi, New Paltz. Seller: LAN Properties LLC, Montgomery. Property: 236 Freida St., Montgomery. Amount: $285,400. Filed April 19. Dudley, Jarod and Oxkiral, Samantha, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Seller: 56 Chardavoyne Road LLC, Union City, New Jersey. Property: 56 Chardavoyne Road, Warwick. Amount: $465,000. Filed April 19. East Central Realty LLC, Monsey. Seller: J. Trupp Realty Corp., New City. Property: 196 Route 59, Spring Valley. Amount: $925,000. Filed April 20. Elete Renovations & Remoldeling LLC, Red Hook. Seller: Christopher D. Dillon, Fort Plain. Property: 7 Elm St., Red Hook. Amount: $1,060. Filed April 20. Ellish 101 LLC, Spring Valley. Seller: Ellish Units LLC, Monsey. Property: 21 Ellish Parkway, Unit 101, Spring Valley. Amount: $440,000. Filed April 20. ELM Amenia E-22 LLC, Florham Park, New Jersey. Seller: Silo Ridge Ventures Single Family Property LLC., Scottsdale, Arizona. Property: Silo Ridge Field Club Subdivision, Amenia. Amount: $11,044. Filed April 21. Falu, David and Hope, Glenda Falu, Brooklyn. Seller: T&H Homes Inc., Middletown. Property: 47 Amy Lane, Wallkill. Amount: $360,000. Filed April 19. Gomez, Anderson and Velissa Garcia and Coral Santiago, Bronx. Seller: Charles Tran Property LLC, Washingtonville. Property: 62 Irwin Ave., Middletown. Amount: $290,000. Filed April 19.


Facts & Figures Juron, Andrew and Juron, Dona, Waldwick. Seller: Autumn Ridge Corp., Highland Hills. Property: 3 Eagles Watch, Warwick. Amount: $587,000. Filed April 19. Klein, James and Shannon McGovern, Franklin Square. Seller: Amante and Norris Associates LLC, Chester. Property: 18 Fire House Lane, Warwick. Amount: $410,000. Filed April 19. McMahon, Kevin and Kelli McMahon, Stony Point. Seller: Docs Realty and Development LLC, Bedford Hills. Property: 17 Aimee Court, Mahopac 10541. Amount: $495,000. Filed April 19. Miller, Jordan and Bailey Renstrom, Pine Bush. Seller: 306 Sara LLC, Forest Hill. Property: 49 Wawayanda Ave., Middletown. Amount: $168,000. Filed April 19. QBMD Holdings LLC, Newburgh. Seller: Cry Stewart and Elizabeth Stewart, Newburgh. Property: 1 Distillery Path, Newburgh. Amount: $ 732,500. Filed April 17. Xtreme Construction & Properties LLC, Circlervolle. Seller: Katherine Brainard and David Huston, Walden. Property: 375 E. Searsville Road, Montgomery. Amount: $295,000. Filed April 19.

JUDGMENTS Joshua, Pamela, New Windsor. $5,568.52 in favor of Tower Windsor Terrace LLC, New Windsor. Filed April 23. Lancor Logistics LLC,Lancaster, Pennsylvania. $24,976.93 in favor of Zahav Asset Management LLC, Cedurhurt. Filed April 21. Murray Drive Realty LLC, Poughkeepsie. $24,065.42 in favor of Key Bank NA and First Niagra Bank NA, Buffalo. Filed April 21. Nenni Construction Company Inc., Fishkill. $51,389.97 in favor of M&T Bank, Buffalo. Filed April 19. Scene Care Inc. and Joseph C. Halverson, Montgomery, Illinois. $13,985 in favor of Yellowstone Capital LLC, New York City. Filed April 19.

Sky Rocket Auto Group, Houston Texas. $11,681.66 in favor of Main Street Merchant Services Inc., Hauppauge. Filed April 21. Uvenio, Christopher, New Windsor. $9,753.12 in favor of CKS Prime Investments LLC, Chesapeake, Virginia. Filed April 21.

LIS PENDENS The following filings indicated a legal action has been initiated, the outcome of which may affect the title to the property listed. 381 Route 306 LLC. Action: seeks to foreclose on a mortgage to secure $767,131.89 affecting property located at 381 Route 306, Monsey. Filed April 19. Deutsche Bank National Trust Co as trustee for Morgan Stanley ABS Capital I Inc. Trust 2005-He2. Action: seeks to foreclose on a mortgage to secure $255,000 affecting property located at 3 Tulip Lane, Monroe 10950. Filed April 23. Kondaur Capital Corp. Action: seeks to foreclose on a mortgage to secure undisclosed amount affecting property located at 2 Lexington Hills, Unit 7, Harriman 10926. Filed April 20. Nationstar Mortgage LLC d.b.a. Mr. Cooper. Action: seeks to foreclose on a mortgage to secure $212,000 affecting property located at 28 Sterling Road, Greenwood Lake, Warwick 10925. Filed April 19.

MECHANIC’S LIENS Darmstadter, Brandon and Candice Darmstadter, as owner. $13,705 as claimed by Accurate Well & Pump LLC, West Milford, New Jersey. Property: 5 Skysail Lane, Warwick 10990. Filed April 23. EZ Faceplate LLC, as owner. $4,000 as claimed by Joanna Kuchta and John S. Kuchta. Property: 62 Chaucer Court, Wallkill. Filed April 23.

Sharkey, Maureen, as owner. $8,430.72 as claimed by Adams Plumbing & Heating Inc., Patterson. Property: 27 William St., Putnam. Filed April 21. Sunbelt Rentals Region 11, as owner. $6,213.71 as claimed by AG OE 200 Oritani Drive Owner LLC, Woodbrige, New Jersey. Property: 200 Oritani Drive, Blauvelt 10913. Filed April 23. Vassar Brothers Medical Center. $222,644.13 as claimed by Platinum Maintenance Services Corp., New York City. Property: 61 Livingston St., Poughkeepsie. Filed April 23.

NEW BUSINESSES This paper is not responsible for typographical errors contained in the original filings.

PARTNERSHIPS Kerem Israel Inc., 7 Ostereh Blvd., Spring Valley 10977, c/o Leoparld Surkis, Boruch Engelberg and Jacob Roth. Filed April 9. Slonim Spring Valley Inc., 19 Dorser Road, Spring Valley 10977, c/o Menachem Hertzog, Shaim Weinstock and Shea Klughaupt. Filed April 9.

SOLE PROPRIETORSHIPS 3 Guys Grocery Inc., 84 Academy St., Poughkeepsie 12601, c/o Kristie L. Delong. Filed April 23. Aesthetics By Kristy Corp., 27 Carroll Drive, Wappingers Falls 12590, c/o Kristy Galotti. Filed April 20. America Billpay Inc., P.O. Box 833, Monsey 10952, c/o Joseph Ehrlich. Filed April 15. American Printing Converters Inc., 6 Elrod Drive, West Nyack 10994, c/o Joel Rosenberg. Filed April 15.

Associated Drapery & Equipment Corp., 11 Sasev Court, Monroe 10950, c/o Feivel Weiss. Filed April 19. Ashberry Inc., 78 Balmville Road, Newburgh 12550, c/o Leon Ashkenzaie. Filed April 19. B&A Sales Inc, 49 Saddle River Road, Unit 102, Monsey 10952, c/o Baruch Acherman. Filed April 9. BBB Home Improvements Inc., 25 Singer Ave., Spring Valley 10977, c/o Martin Brown. Filed April 12. Beacon Metro Mart Inc., 31G Alpine Drive, Wappingers Falls 12590, c/o Baljindr S. Dhaliwal. Filed April 20.

Inspiring Amazing Minds Corp., 106 Cliff Street, Walden 12586, Kesha Diaz. Filed April 19.

Paragons Kennel Corp., 9 Jones St., Apt. 1B, Port Jervis 12771, c/o Melonie Diaz. Filed April 19.

Fly It Travel Inc., 170 Clinton Road, Spring Valley 10977, c/o Elchanan Rosen. Filed April 12.

Permed Corp., 28 Small Hill Road, Airmont 10952, c/o Moshe Breier. Filed April 9.

John Dap Construction Inc., 187 Wolf Road, Suite 101, Albany 12205, c/o John Dapolito. Filed April 13.

Pine Plains CBS Inc., 2054 County Road 83, Pine Plains 12567, c/o Scott J. Schuster. Filed April 22.

Keatons Kids Inc., 27 Travis Corner Road, Garrison 10524, c/o Kevin Spath. Filed April 12.

Rapid Recovery Coaching Inc., 3 S. Monsey Road, Airmont 10952, c/o Chany Felberbaum. Filed April 12.

Law Office of Joy D. Diviny PC, 13 N. Main St., Pearl River 10965, c/o Joy D. Diviny. Filed April 9.

RBCONNECT Inc., 421 Third St., Newburgh 12550, c/o John Thomas. Filed April 19.

Lehuvin Resolutions Inc., 6 Rose Garden Way, Unit 302, Monsey 10952, c/o Moshe Waldman. Filed April 9.

Rubirosa Cucina & Bar Inc., 9 Danielle Drive, Wallkill 12589, c/o Ingrid Carvajal. Filed April 19.

Marin Equities Inc., 17 Stonehedge Drive, West Nyack 10994, c/o Janet Gerlach. Filed April 12.

Spring Street North Inc., 120 Booth Road, Chester 10918, c/o Torva Durkin. Filed April 9.

MMBB Services Corp., 9 Maple Leaf Road, Monsey 10952, c/o Moshe Biller. Filed April 9.

Swintik Inc., P.O. Box 708, Monsey 10952, c/o Simon Hirsch. Filed April 12.

Curran Electric Inc., 4 Partidge Lane, Pleasant Valley 12569, c/o Eric Curran. Filed April 20.

M&Ks Little Footsteps Daycare Inc., 57 Liberty St., Middletown 10940, c/o Fallon D. Valdez. Filed April 19.

R&W International Broker Inc., 192 Piermon Ave., Nyack 10960, c/o Tameeka Davis. Filed April 12.

Desajo Markets Inc., 39 Dancing Rock Road, Garrison 10524, c/o Julie Rizov. Filed April 20.

Moishe Consulting Inc., 25 E. Salem St., Unit 425, Hackensack 07601, c/o Moishe Schiller. Filed April 15.

Dr. Lee Cosmetics USA Corp., 72 Monsey Heights Road, Airmont 10952, c/o Lukasz Pogon. Filed April 15.

MRM Home Improvements Inc., 11 S. Side Place, Tuxedo Park 10987, c/o Mario Mora Berrospe. Filed April 19.

Drawling Brothers Distillery Inc., 13 Sunset Ave., Pawling 12564, c/o Kevin J. O’Connell. Filed April 20.

MLM Transfer Inc., 5 Cresthill Drive, Apt. A, Nyack 10960, c/o Sijun N. John. Filed April 9.

Besa Group Inc., 31 Charles Place, Mahopac 10541, c/o Jiayu Zhang. Filed April 13. Comas Agency Inc., 9 Quarry Road, Goshen 10924, c/o Mathew Comas. Filed April 19. Cruising 2452 Corp., 6 Turtle Knoll, Monroe 10950, c/o Pamela Lee. Filed April 19.

Dream Green Industries Inc., 11 Teller Ave., Coram 11727, c/o Clinton Thomas. Filed April 20. EMA General Construction Corp., 19 East Ave., Middletown 10940, c/o Elifoncio Morocho Alvarez. Filed April 19.

Nextgen Med Spa Inc., 55 Old Turnpike Road, Nanuet 10954, c/o Anisa Mertiri. Filed April 9.

Organized Practice Inc., 16 Fillmore Court, No. 203, Monroe 10950, c/o Zalmen Ungar. Filed April 19.

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Talk To Me About Cats Inc., 11 Sprout St., Newburgh 12550, c/o Hannah Anderson. Filed April 19.

Talon Investigations Inc., 1364 Route 6, Carmel 10512, c/o John McCarthy. Filed April 20. TheYorkers Inc., 50 State St., Suite 700 Office 40, Albany 12207, c/o Ayleen Perez. Filed April 23. Ultimate Bakehouse Corp., 1967 Wehrle Drive, Suite 1, No. 086, Buffalo 14221, c/o Lovette Dobson. Filed April 12. Whole Body Bliss Inc., 24 Pilla Drive, Newburgh 12550, c/o Andrew I. Panken. Filed April 19. Y&S Installation Inc., 22 Merriewold Lane South, Monroe 10950, c/o United States Corporations Agents Inc. Filed April 23.

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JMC Holdings LLC, Greenwich, contractor for JMC Holdings LLC. Perform replacement alterations at 411 W. Putnam Ave., Greenwich. Estimated cost: $325,000. Filed March 2021.

Adow Pool Service LLC, Stamford, contractor for Nikhil Thukral. Construct an in-ground swimming pool, spa and safety barrier at 156 Lockwood Road, Riverside. Estimated cost: $80,000. Filed March 2021.

Landis Partners Inc., Greenwich, contractor for Crazy Goodies LLC. Perform replacement alterations at 398 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich. Estimated cost: $12,250. Filed March 2021.

Almeida, Emanuel, Somers, New York, contractor for Mario P. Forlini. Construct an in-ground swimming pool, spa and safety barrier at 5 Kenilworth Terrace, Greenwich. Estimated cost: $88,000. Filed March 2021.

MS Partners, Bethel, contractor for Greenwich Properties LLC. Construct new wall, relocate pantry and construct two new conference rooms at 200 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich. Estimated cost: $89,000. Filed March 2021.

Conte Company LLC, Norwalk, contractor for Peter and Britta Szekrenyessy. Perform replacement alterations at 4 Orchard St., Cos Cob. Estimated cost: $2,000. Filed March 2021.

Pinto Pools Inc., Stamford, contractor for Menachem N. Yechiely. Construct in-ground swimming pool, spa and safety barrier at 10 Martin Dale, Greenwich. Estimated cost: $127,000. Filed March 2021.

Frattaroli Development Group, Greenwich, contractor for Hiromi Nomoto. Rebuild the single-car garage at 8 Fletcher Ave., Greenwich. Estimated cost: $24,000. Filed March 2021.

Sound Beach Partners LLC, Stamford, contractor for 7 Meadow Place LLC. Repair and rebuild seawall at 7 Meadoe Place, Old Greenwich. Estimated cost: $60,000. Filed March 2021.

Glen Gate Company, Wilton, contractor for Robert Greene. Construct an in-ground swimming pool, spa and safety barrier at 970 Lake Ave., Greenwich. Estimated cost: $75,000. Filed March 2021.

Turner Construction, Shelton, contractor for The Bank of New York. Perform replacement alterations at 10 Mason St., Greenwich. Estimated cost: $600,000. Filed March 2021.

Glen Gate Company, Wilton, contractor for David and Elizabeth Boutry. Install a shade structure and gable roof at 68 Birch Lane, Greenwich. Estimated cost: $120,000. Filed March 2021.

Items appearing in the Fairfield County Business Journal’s On The Record section are compiled from various sources, including public records made available to the media by federal, state and municipal agencies and the court system. While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of this information, no liability is assumed for errors or omissions. In the case of legal action, the records cited are open to public scrutiny and should be inspected before any action is taken. Questions and comments regarding this section should be directed to: Larry Miles c/o Westfair Communications Inc. 701 Westchester Ave, Suite 100 J White Plains, N.Y. 10604-3407 Phone: 694-3600 • Fax: 694-3699

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Residential 6 Butternut Lane LLC, Riverside, contractor for 6 Butternut Lane LLC. Construct a single-family dwelling at 5 Pleasant View Place, Old Greenwich. Estimated cost: $535,000. Filed March 2021. AJM Builders LLC, Stamford, contractor for Blair Greenberg. Finish attic, basement, bedroom, family room and gym at 651 River Road Cos Cob. Estimated cost: $200,000. Filed March 2021. Amado Home Improvement LLC, Harstdale, New York, contractor for Paul Ruh. Build an addition at 19 Jeffrey Road, Cos Cob. Estimated cost: $240,000. Filed March 2021. Canales Carpentry LLC, Norwalk, contractor for Fahmida Lam. Take down the dining room walls that connect to the kitchen at 19 Azalea Terrace, Cos Cob. Estimated cost: $30,000. Filed March 2021. Catalfamo, Joseph, Southport, contractor for James and Anne Denaut. Renovate recreation room in basement and construct new bathroom, laundry room and wet bar at 21 Vineyard Lane, Greenwich. Estimated cost: $25,000. Filed March 2021. Cebulski Const. Company Inc., Bridgeport, contractor for Hiram W. Emery. Renovate master bathroom and use new fixtures, tile and trim at 195 Bedford Road, Greenwich. Estimated cost: $50,000. Filed March 2021.

Cleveland Riggs Construction, Fairfield, contractor for Todd and Megan Vallely. Perform replacement alterations at 1 Fairgreen Lane, Old Greenwich. Estimated cost: $1,100,000. Filed March 2021.

Kyritsis, Nector, Greenwich, contractor for Nector Kyritsis. Perform replacement alterations at 52 Caroline Place, Greenwich. Estimated cost: $80,000. Filed March 2021.

DeRosa Builders, Cos Cob, contractor for Jesse and Elizabeth Shaw. Renovate residence, including garage, family room and master suite at 25 Wesskum Wood Road, Riverside. Estimated cost: $975,000. Filed March 2021.

Mattera Construction, Westport, contractor for Barry and Joy Schwartz. Remove and re-build dining room floor at 275 Round Hill Road, Greenwich. Estimated cost: $20,200. Filed March 2021.

Fletcher Development LLC, Norwalk, contractor for JZ Investments Inc.. Construct new family residence at 598 North St., Greenwich. Estimated cost: $1,800,000. Filed March 2021. Glow Home Solutions, Old Greenwich, contractor for Benjamin Michael Luban. Turn Laundry room into a new bathroom and laundry closet at 12 Fairgreen Lane, Old Greenwich. Estimated cost: $25,000. Filed March 2021. Gould, James E., Greenwich, contractor for James E. Gould. Construct in-ground swimming pool and safety barrier at 94 Pecksland Road, Greenwich. Estimated cost: $83,000. Filed March 2021. Hilltop Farm Properties LLC, Greenwich, contractor for Hilltop Farm Properties LLC. Renovate French doors, remove partition walls and repair deck and roof at 25 Lower Cross Road, Greenwich. Estimated cost: $150,000. Filed March 2021. Jay Ross, Greenwich, contractor for Christopher and Julie W. Church. Construct one story at 11 Lismore Lane, Greenwich. Estimated cost: $100,000. Filed March 2021.

Rakoczy Home Improvement LLC, Stamford, contractor for Bruno Rakoczy. Build partition walls in basement to anchor storage bins for unit owners at 129 Gaymoor Drive, Stamford. Estimated cost: $8,000. Filed March 10. Reed Construction LLC, Stamford, contractor for Kevin Nowaskey. Remodel bathroom to install hot tub at 59 Legrand Ave., Greenwich. Estimated cost: $40,000. Filed March 2021. Rjm Bros LLC, Stamford, contractor for Michael Altamura. Add a second layer of asphalt shingle at 1603 Newfield Ave., Stamford. Estimated cost: $4,200. Filed March 10. RR Builders Inc., New Canaan, contractor for Jerome H. and Susan Davis. Renovate living room and Florida room and replace the glass panels at 11 Baldwin Farm North, Greenwich. Estimated cost: $220,000. Filed March 2021. Sabia Building LLC. Fairfield, contractor for Nancy Lovas. Perform interior renovations to living room, kitchen and master suite at 160 Romanock Road, Stamford. Estimated cost: $162,550. Filed March 23.

Sal Development, Greenwich, contractor for Peanut Properties LLC. Renovate kitchen, baths, mudroom, floors and windows at 43 LaFrentz Road, Greenwich. Estimated cost: $195,000. Filed March 2021. Sal Development, Greenwich, contractor for N. Fugelsang. Renovate two bedrooms and two bathrooms and add laundry room at 19 Indian Head Road, Riverside. Estimated cost: $38,500. Filed March 2021. SB Home Improvement LLC, Bridgeport, contractor for Naga Vemuri. Convert an existing room to a bedroom by extending the existing wall and adding a door, the room already has windows and closet at 3388 Madison Ave., Unit 11, Stamford. Estimated cost: $3,000. Filed March 2. SBP Lower Cross LLC, Stamford, contractor for SBP Lower Cross LLC. Build new site retaining wall at 70 Lower Cross Road, Greenwich. Estimated cost: $40,000. Filed March 2021. Signature Construction Group of Connecticut Inc., Stamford, contractor for Angela Carella. Perform replacement alterations at 745 E. Main St., Stamford. Estimated cost: $150,000. Filed March 1. Signature Construction Group of Connecticut Inc., Stamford, contractor for Angela Carella. Renovate and new railing at 745 E Main St., Stamford. Estimated cost: $142,000. Filed March 3.


Facts & Figures Signature Construction Group of Connecticut Inc., Norwalk, contractor for Angela Carella. removal and infill of internal stairwell of 11th and 12th floors at 277 Rowayton Ave., Stamford. Estimated cost: $12,000. Filed March 12. Significant Structures LLC, New Canaan, contractor for Josh and Yael Rosen. Install new elevator, relocate water and waste disposal for toilet and shower at 41 Shore Road, Old Greenwich. Estimated cost: $130,000. Filed March 2021. Sloss, Mark G., Naugatuck, contractor for Mark Sloss. Install generator location to be on same side as chimney. Generator to be powered by propane supplied by homeowner’s supplier at 162 Meadow Lark Road, Stamford. Estimated cost: $2,000. Filed March 24. Soracco Building LLC, Fairfield, contractor for Bill and Lisa Haid. Remodel kitchen, dining room, renovate upstairs and finish attic as a study at 13 Kent Place, Cos Cob. Estimated cost: $300,000. Filed March 2021. Stephen Verses Property Services LLC, Stamford, contractor for Lisa Miranda. Construct new family residence at 85 Blue Rock Drive, Stamford. Estimated cost: $500,000. Filed March 12. Suburban Sunrooms Inc., Elmsford, New York, contractor for John Perciasepe. Reconstruct existing prefabricated sunroom due to damage to existing support deck at 83 E. Main St., Stamford. Estimated cost: $40,000. Filed March 22. Sullivan, Daniel E., Trumbull, contractor for Lindsey Schoen. Install two new elevators as subcontractor for Claris Construction at 60 Commerce Drive, Stamford. Estimated cost: $233,440. Filed March 8.

Sullivan, Daniel E., Trumbull, contractor for Lindsey Schoen. Install new elevator as subcontractor for Pavia Associates LLC. 60 Commerce Drive, Stamford. Estimated cost: $109,875. Filed March 1. Sullivan, Daniel E., Trumbull, contractor for Lindsey Schoen. Renovate pre-existing elevators at 60 Commerce Drive, Stamford. Estimated cost: $244,457. Filed March 15. Sullivan, Daniel E., Trumbull, contractor for Lindsey Schoen. Install four new elevators as subcontractor for CE Floyd Company at 60 Commerce Drive, Stamford. Estimated cost: $619,200. Filed March 23. Sunpower Corporation Systems, Richmond, California, contractor for Jeff Schwartz. Install roof-mounted solar panels at 1414 Harbor Way South, Suite 1901, Stamford. Estimated cost: $7,200. Filed March 1. Sunpower Corporation Systems, Richmond, California, contractor for Jeff Schwartz. Install roof-mounted solar panels at 1414 Harbor Way South, Suite 1901, Stamford. Estimated cost: $10,800. Filed March 9. Super K Electric LLC, Stamford, contractor for Kevin Przypek. Install a Generac 22kw liquid-cooled generator to natural gas at 109 Hamilton Ave., Suite 1, Stamford. Estimated cost: $17,600. Filed March 2.

COURT CASES Bridgeport Superior Court Groves, Rodger, New Canaan. Filed by Ethan Lott, Seymour. Plaintiff’s attorney: Andrew J Pianka, Seymour. Action: The plaintiff suffered a collision allegedly caused by the defendant and sustained severe damages and injuries. The plaintiff seeks monetary damages in excess of $15,000, exclusive of interest and costs and such other further relief the court deems appropriate. Case no. FBT-CV-21-6104400-S. Filed March 5. Pivola, Daniel Samuel, et al, Shelton. Filed by Donald Griffin, Bridgeport. Plaintiff’s attorney: Robert Alan Photos, Bridgeport. Action: The plaintiff suffered a collision allegedly caused by the defendant and sustained severe damages and injuries. The plaintiff seeks monetary damages in excess of $15,000, exclusive of interest and costs and such other further relief the court deems appropriate. Case no. FBT-CV-21-6104389-S. Filed March 4. Polart Group LLC, et al, Stamford. Filed by Viviane Brito, Stamford. Plaintiff’s attorney: Bruce J. Corrigan Jr. Law Office, Westport. Action: The plaintiff suffered a collision caused by the defendant and sustained severe damages and injuries. The plaintiff seeks monetary damages in excess of $15,000, exclusive of interest and costs and such other further relief the court deems appropriate. Case no. FBT-CV-21-6104148-S. Filed Feb. 24.

USAA Casualty Insurance Co., San Antonio, Texas. Filed by John McLean, Darien. Plaintiff’s attorney: Mcenery Price Messey & Sullivan LLC, Milford. Action: The plaintiff suffered a collision allegedly caused by another driver and sustained severe and painful personal injuries. This driver did not have sufficient automobile insurance to fairly compensate the plaintiff and this caused the instant claim for underinsured motorist coverage benefits against the defendant. The defendant was notified and has failed to compensate the plaintiff fairly. The plaintiff seeks monetary damages in excess of $15,000, exclusive of interest and costs and such other further relief the court deems appropriate. Case no. FBT-CV-21-6104239-S. Filed Feb 26. Weiss, David Alan, Fairfield. Filed by Auden Grogins, Bridgeport. Plaintiff’s attorney: Jacobs & Jacobs LLC, New Haven. Action: The plaintiff was struck by the defendant’s car. The collision allegedly was due to the negligence of the defendant. The plaintiff seeks monetary damages in excess of $15,000, exclusive of interest and costs and such other further relief the court deems appropriate. Case no. FBT-CV-21-6104224-S. Filed Feb 25.

Danbury Superior Court Arteaga, Jonathan, Bethel. Filed by Adam Barchi, Redding. Plaintiff’s attorney: Smart Donohue & Nejame PC, Danbury. Action: The plaintiff and defendant entered into a verbal agreement to purchase a property and pay equally for the renovations. However, the defendant breached the agreement by not contributing equally to the costs of renovation and real estate taxes and plaintiff suffered damages. The plaintiff seeks monetary damages in excess of $15,000, exclusive of interest and costs and such other further relief the court deems appropriate. Case no. DBD-CV-21-6038692-S. Filed March 9.

Lecla Home Improvements LLC, et al, Danbury. Filed by Albert T. Anacta, New Fairfield. Plaintiff’s attorney: Sloane And Walsh LLP, Glastonbury. Action: The plaintiff and defendant entered into an agreement to complete repairs at the plaintiff’s property. The defendants negligently installed siding to the property and struck an electrical line with a nail and caused a fire, which spread to the remainder of the property. As a result, the plaintiff suffered damages. The plaintiff seeks monetary damages in excess of $15,000, exclusive of interest and costs and such other further relief the court deems appropriate. Case no. DBD-CV-21-6038681-S. Filed March 8. Permanent General Assurance Corp., Hartford. Filed by Rickie Spears, Ridgefield. Plaintiff’s attorney: James Owens Gaston, Bridgeport. Action: The plaintiff suffered a collision caused by a tortfeasor driver. The defendant is the plaintiff’s insurance company and required to provide benefits for the plaintiff. The defendant has not paid compensation to the plaintiff for her injuries and losses. The plaintiff seeks monetary damages in excess of $15,000, exclusive of interest and costs and such other further relief the court deems appropriate. Case no. DBDCV-21-6038520-S. Filed Feb 17. Remidio, Alejandro, et al, Danbury. Filed by Jaime O. Medina-Eguizabal, Danbury. Plaintiff’s attorney: Ventura Law, Danbury. Action: The plaintiff suffered a collision allegedly caused by the defendant and sustained severe damages and injuries. The plaintiff seeks monetary damages in excess of $15,000, exclusive of interest and costs and such other further relief the court deems appropriate. Case no. DBD-CV-21-6038581-S. Filed Feb. 25.

Stamford Superior Court Low, Lauren, et al, Wethersfield. Filed by Christina Leone, Stamford. Plaintiff’s attorney: Ivey Barnum & O’Mara, Greenwich. Action: The plaintiff suffered a collision allegedly caused by the defendant and sustained severe damages and injuries. The plaintiff seeks monetary damages in excess of $15,000, exclusive of interest and costs and such other further relief the court deems appropriate. Case no. FST-CV-21-6050433-S. Filed Feb. 16. Passero, Phillip, et al, Norwalk. Filed by Carl Michel, Norwalk. Plaintiff’s attorney: The Pickel Law Firm LLC, Stamford. Action: The plaintiff was sitting on the stairway entrance of the defendants’ premises and when the plaintiff attempted to lean against the handrail, he was caused to fall due to the dangerous condition, thereby causing him serious injuries. The plaintiff seeks monetary damages in excess of $15,000, exclusive of interest and costs and such other further relief the court deems appropriate. Case no. FST-CV-216050684-S. Filed March 3. Prackup, David, Norwalk. Filed by Norwalk Hospital d.b.a. Nuvance Health, Norwalk. Plaintiff’s attorney: Eric Herman Opin, Milford. Action: The plaintiff provided hospital services and supplies to the defendant. However, the defendant has neglected or refused to pay the plaintiff which suffered monetary damages. The plaintiff seeks monetary damages in excess of $15,000, exclusive of interest and costs and such other further relief the court deems appropriate. Case no. FST-CV-21-6050628-S. Filed March 1.

Troy, Samantha, et al, Westport. Filed by Elizabeth DiResto, Danbury. Plaintiff’s attorney: Candace Veronica Fay, Danbury. Action: The plaintiff suffered a collision allegedly caused by the defendant and sustained severe damages and injuries. The plaintiff seeks monetary damages in excess of $15,000, exclusive of interest and costs and such other further relief the court deems appropriate. Case no. DBD-CV-21-6038737-S. Filed March 12.

Realtek Holdings LLC, Newtown. Filed by Brenda Holguin, Norwalk. Plaintiff’s attorney: Mario Carter Law Firm, North Haven. Action: The plaintiff was lawfully on the premises owned and maintained by the defendant. The plaintiff was delivering mail to the mailboxes when she was caused to slip and fall upon an accumulation of ice and sustained injuries. The plaintiff seeks monetary damages in excess of $15,000, exclusive of interest and costs and such other further relief the court deems appropriate. Case no. FST-CV-216050403-S. Filed Feb. 16.

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Facts & Figures Westway Road LLC, et al, Fairfield. Filed by Janice Schneider, Westport. Plaintiff’s attorney: Robert Joseph Sciglimpaglia Jr, Norwalk. Action: The plaintiff and defendants entered into an agreement in which plaintiff agreed to buy a property and defendant agreed to build and sell the property. The plaintiff had an inspection and discovered significant issues and requested the defendants to get them fix. The defendant srefused and instead declared plaintiff in default and retained plaintiff’s advanced sums of money. The defendants breached the contract and plaintiff suffered damages. The plaintiff seeks monetary damages in excess of $15,000, exclusive of interest and costs and such other further relief the court deems appropriate. Case no. FST-CV-21-6050667-S. Filed March 2.

DEEDS Commercial 1775 North St., Fairfield. Seller: Edward E. Olson and Anna M. Olson, Fairfield. Property: 1775 North St., Fairfield. Amount: $855,000. Filed March 16. Altered Properties LLC, Fairfield. Seller: Helena B. Starkey, Norwalk. Property: 15 Priscilla Road, Norwalk. Amount: $330,000. Filed March 12. Bedford230 LLC, Greenwich. Seller: Jay Rose and Melissa Rose, Alamo, California. Property: 230 Bedford Road, Greenwich. Amount: $1,350,000. Filed March 23. Daisy May LLC, Norwalk. Seller: Christina Bisceglie, Norwalk. Property: 80 Country St., Unit 1A, Norwalk. Amount: $185,000. Filed March 12. Dale, Marlon and Karin Dale, Weston. Seller: Blacksquare Real Estate Inc., Salt Lake City, Utah. Property: 3071 North St., Fairfield. Amount: $615,000. Filed March 16. Garg, Mahendra and Usha Garg, Greenwich. Seller: Tarachand LLC, Greenwich. Property: 115 Mason St., Unit 7, Greenwich. Amount: $1. Filed March 26. Gifford, Michael, Westport. Seller: Windsor East LLC, Windsor, New Jersey. Property: 25 Forest St., Unit 8C, Stamford. Amount: $290,000. Filed March 8.

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Gizmo Investments LLC, Greenwich. Seller: Anthony M. Urban and Jeanine M. Urban, Greenwich. Property: 160 Bedford Road, Greenwich. Amount: $2,600,000. Filed March 19.

Cornerstone Investment Management LLC, Trumbull. Seller: 1289 FFBR, LLC, Franklin, Massachusetts. Property: 1289 Fairfield Beach Road, Fairfield. Amount: $1,170,000. Filed March 22.

Jordan, Benjamin M. and Tamsin Y. Jordan, Darien. Seller: Jonathan S. Geller, Greenwich. Property: 98 Lower Cross Road, Greenwich. Amount: $2,300,000. Filed March 25.

Pecksland Partners LLC, New York, New York. Seller: Hawthorne D and D LLC, Greenwich. Property: 54 Round Hill Road, Greenwich. Amount: $2,314,000. Filed March 26.

Elliot, Macie Kristine and Ryan Michael Medeiros, Norwalk. Seller: Regina A. Philson and Keith Philson, Fairfield. Property: 14 Greenbriar Circle, Fairfield. Amount: $495,000. Filed March 19.

Khosravi, Arghavan, Union City, New Jersey. Seller: Margaret Felli, Greenwich. Property: 39 Maple Tree Ave., Unit 61, Stamford. Amount: $416,000. Filed March 11.

Shah, Sarah Rosen and Tapan B. Shah, Cos Cob. Seller: ABCGT Holdings LLC, Mahopac, New York. Property: 87 Valleywood Road, Cos Cob. Amount: $2,200,000. Filed March 22.

Fago, Charles R. and Tania Cunningham, Old Greenwich. Seller: Charles R. Fago, Old Greenwich. Property: 14 Shoal Point Lane, Riverside. Amount: $10. Filed March 19.

Spinelli, Andrew and Mackenzie Spinelli, Mamaroneck, New York. Seller: Jason H. Hull and Alana A. Hull, Fairfield. Property: 1220 Merritt St., Fairfield. Amount: $482,500. Filed March 16.

Flores, Dennis and Tiphani Baez, Norwalk. Seller: Nuggihalli P. Narendra and Rekha Kudlur, Fairfax, Virginia. Property: 2 Hill Court, Unit 2-A, Norwalk. Amount: $355,000. Filed March 17.

Tri-State Rental Properties LLC, Fairfield. Seller: Bridgeport Rental Properties LLC, Westport. Property: 55 Pierce St., Fairfield. Amount: N/A. Filed March 19.

Flynn, Austin P. and Hannah L. Flynn, West Hartford. Seller: Matthew Dyson and Anna N. Soubbotina, Darien. Property: 51 Forest Ave., Unit 2, Old Greenwich. Amount: $1,199,500. Filed March 26.

Turner, William and Maria Turner, Fairfield. Seller: 33 Henry Street LLC, Monroe. Property: 33 Henry St., Fairfield. Amount: $1,215,000. Filed March 15.

Residential Ahmed, Mohiuddin and Shaheen Akther, Stamford. Seller: Mustaque Nabi, Stamford. Property: 125 W. Broad St., Stamford. Amount: $500,000. Filed March 9. Bachelis Douglas B. and Lan Yin Bachelis, New York, New York. Seller: Dionne E. Walsh, Greenwich. Property: 57 W. Brother Drive, Greenwich. Amount: $2,275,000. Filed March 23. Bartoli, Lily Ann and Nicholas Salvatore Bartoli, Fairfield. Seller: Brian N. Ramanauskas and Carrie A. Ramanauskas, Fairfield. Property: 304 Greenfield St., Fairfield. Amount: $357,500. Filed March 15. Consigna, Relyn and Rendly Consigna, Greenwich. Seller: Walter S. McLaughlin and Patricia A. McLaughlin, Norwalk. Property: 6 Thistle Road, Norwalk. Amount: $545,000. Filed March 16.

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Fox, Molly Rose and Sean Tennyson Fox, Astoria, New York. Seller: William R. Speirs, Ridgefield. Property: 9 Morton St., Norwalk. Amount: $415,000. Filed March 16. Gardiner, Daniel and Linda Gardiner, Fairfield. Seller: Joseph M. Donigan and Ellen Donigan, North Syracuse, New York. Property: 105 Patrick Drive, Fairfield. Amount: $835,000. Filed March 22. Habib, Anthony and Larissa Habib, Fairfield. Seller: Colin P. Thornton and Rachel A. Thornton, Fairfield. Property: Lot 45, Map 59, Charles St., Fairfield. Amount: $725,000. Filed March 17. Halstead, Steven Christopher and Sandra Tobey Halstead, Fairfield. Seller: Daniel B.C. Gardiner and Linda T. Gardiner, Southport. Property: 83 Mill Hill Lane, Fairfield. Amount: $1,275,000. Filed March 18. Hertzberg, Devorah A. and Ari Hertzberg, Bronx, New York. Seller: Thomas Pereira and Katharine Tobin, Stamford. Property: 460 Newfield Ave., Stamford. Amount: $685,000. Filed March 9.

Koehler, Oneida and Jeffrey Koehler, Fairfield. Seller: Dorothy B. Gulish, Fairfield. Property: 35 Glen Arden Drive, Fairfield. Amount: $625,000. Filed March 15. Kumar, Rohan and Samantha Kumar, Riverside. Seller: Shaojun Wang and Xin Jiang, New Canaan. Property: 63 Lancer Road, Riverside. Amount: $10. Filed March 19. Legnani, Peter E. and Gina E. Legnani, Norwalk. Seller: Georgeanne Farrar, Norwalk. Property: Unit 182, Rowayton Yacht Club, Norwalk. Amount: $14,000. Filed March 16. Lemmo, Paul and Elizabeth A. Lemmo, Moorestown, New Jersey. Seller: Margaret Piekarski, Fairfield. Property: 633 Rowland Road, Fairfield. Amount: $1,880,000. Filed March 18. Levine, Alexander and Audrey Levine, Fairfield. Seller: Timothy C. Warren and Moira E. Warren, Fairfield. Property: 87 Montauk St., Fairfield. Amount: $600,000. Filed March 17. Lopez, John S., Norwalk. Seller: Zachary Smith and Busakorn Smith, Norwalk. Property: 25 W. Main St., Unit 1, Norwalk. Amount: $316,000. Filed March 15. Lynch, Liam Keller and Sarah Elizabeth Balch, Brooklyn, New York. Seller: Jennifer N. Ritchie, Austin, Texas. Property: 117 Midland Ave., Stamford. Amount: $607,500. Filed March 8. Mahanna, Matthew J. and KA Stacie Alexiou, New York, New York. Seller: James A. Aiello, et al, Scarsdale, New York. Property: 1 Broad St., Unit 15G, Stamford. Amount: $550,000. Filed March 8. Mars, Eileen M., Norwalk. Seller: Matthew Tuttle and Jarrah Tuttle, Greenwich. Property: 25 Grand St., Unit 118, Norwalk. Amount: $223,000. Filed March 15.

Maybo, Beverly and Thomas J. Maybo, Stamford. Seller: Lucy D’acunto, Stamford. Property: 16 Malvern Road, Stamford. Amount: $400,000. Filed March 11.

Rojas, Anthoni and Timoteo Rojas, Stamford. Seller: Jorge L. Rivera, Stamford. Property: 66 Hoyclo Road, Stamford. Amount: $620,000. Filed March 10.

Maynard, Susan L., Norwalk. Seller: Theodora Burtis, Norwalk. Property: 152 Gillies Lane, Unit 4-5, Norwalk. Amount: $344,000. Filed March 17.

Shimunov, Arthur, Rego Park, New York. Seller: Grzegorz Owsiany and Anna E. Owsiany, Stamford. Property: 180 Colonial Road, Unit A6, Stamford. Amount: $317,500. Filed March 12.

McDonough, Ali, Brooklyn, New York. Seller: Aaron Goone and Cheree Goone, Weston. Property: 80 Devil’s Garden Road, Norwalk. Amount: $628,425. Filed March 11. McKinney, Cody and Blythe Duckett, Stamford. Seller: Carlos I. Gonzalez, Stamford. Property: 42 Briar Woods Trail, Stamford. Amount: $867,000. Filed March 10. McParland, Elizabeth, Bridgeport. Seller: Marcy Goldman Berger, Boca Raton, Florida. Property: 28 Paisley Lane, Unit 28, Fairfield. Amount: $435,000. Filed March 22. Melnikoff, Jack and Morgan Melnikoff, Greenwich. Seller: Earl B. Austin and Kathryn W. Austin, Greenwich. Property: 143 Otter Rock Drive, Greenwich. Amount: $5,437,500. Filed March 25. Morton, Vanessa, Stamford. Seller: Jonathan Arist and Samantha Reif, Stamford. Property: 85 Camp Ave., Unit 121, Stamford. Amount: $440,000. Filed March 12. Nahme, Gonzalo and Gabriela Pavon, Fairfield. Seller: Nicole Loanna, Fairfield. Property: 276 Melody Lane, Fairfield. Amount: $259,000. Filed March 19. Peisch, Andrew and Suzanne Peisch, Greenwich. Seller: Andrew Paisch and Suzanne Peisch, Greenwich. Property: 28 Patterson Ave., Greenwich. Amount: $0. Filed March 24. Przybysz, Slawomir and Irene Przybysz, Norwalk. Seller: Xiangnan Zhang and Lu Xu, Norwalk. Property: 105 Richards Ave., Unit 1304, Norwalk. Amount: $308,000. Filed March 11. Ransan, Maxime and Jaine Jaika Ransan, Long Island City, New York. Seller: Jennifer K. Howrigan and Tyler A. Howrigan, Fairfield. Property: 302 High St., Fairfield. Amount: $825,000. Filed March 19.

Simonivic, Nemanja and Anna Cruz, Stamford. Seller: Sumanth Chakravarthy and Shalini Rangan, Stamford. Property: 95 Columbus Place, Unit 4, Stamford. Amount: $408,000. Filed March 9. Stewart, Justina Aslincraig and Robert Bruce Stewart, Darien. Seller: Ronald J. Manganiello, Rowayton. Property: 13 Sammis St., Rowayton. Amount: $2,500,000. Filed March 17. Tobias, Stephen and Madalyn Tobias, Greenwich. Seller: George Wilcox and Julia Wilcox, Nantucket, Massachusetts. Property: 514 Round Hill Road, Greenwich. Amount: $3,633,000. Filed March 24. Vadavalli, Sai Krishna and Shanan R. Pineiro, Stamford. Seller: Alvin Schub and Irene E. Schub, Norwalk. Property: 11 Kingsbury Road, Norwalk. Amount: $406,750. Filed March 16. Vandermark, Joy and John Pereira, Stamford. Seller: Kiyoshi Inoue and Mari Inoue, Princeton Junction, New Jersey. Property: 2350 Washington Blvd., Unit 4, Stamford. Amount: $395,000. Filed March 8.

JUDGMENTS Booth, James, Norwalk. $33,771, in favor of American Express National Bank, Sandy, Utah, by Mark Sank & Associates LLC, Stamford. Property: 5 Green Hill Road, Norwalk. Filed April 19. Brousseau, Keith, Norwalk. $3,889, in favor of Midland Credit Management Inc, San Diego, California, by Schreiber Law LLC, Salem, New Hampshire. Property: 26 Birchside Drive, Norwalk. Filed April 26.


Facts & Figures Guarna, Rosa and Nicholas Guarna, Stamford. $61,479, in favor of ENGS Commercial Finance Co., Itasca, Illinois, by The Law Offices of Becker & Zowine LLC, Bridgeport. Property: 24 Applebee Road, Stamford. Filed April 6.

Bradt, George B. and Margaret L. Bradt, Stamford, by Nicola Corea. Lender: Quicken Loans LLC, 1050 Woodward Ave., Detroit, Michigan. Property: 200 W Hill Road, Stamford. Amount: $749,000. Filed March 9.

Hecht, Levi, et al, Stamford. $0, in favor of Fairfield House Condominium Association of Greenwich Inc., Greenwich, by Bendett & McHugh PC, Farmington. Property: 49 Woods End Road, Stamford. Filed March 29.

Carrillo Torres, Javier German and Gladys Hurtado, Stamford, by Mayra M. Rios. Lender: Panorama Mortgage Group LLC, 350 S Rampart Blvd., Suite 310, Las Vegas, Nevada. Property: 12 Van Buskirk Ave., Stamford. Amount: $365,500. Filed March 8.

Hirsch, Carol A., Norwalk. $2,246, in favor of Discover Bank, New Albany, Ohio, by Schreiber Law LLC, Salem, New Hampshire. Property: 71 Soundview Ave., Norwalk. Filed April 26. Nelson, Anne, et al, Milford. $3,137, in favor of Monique Loney, Bridgeport, by Law Offices Peter V. Lathouris, Stamford. Property: 1135 Stillwater Road, Stamford. Filed April 19. Sport-N-Life Distributing Inc., et al, Stamford. $140,800, in favor of Sclafani Properties LLC, Norwalk, by the Law Offices Peter V. Lathouris, Stamford. Property: 70 Apple Tree Drive, Stamford. Filed April 21. Stendhal, Jean Louis, Norwalk. $6,529, in favor of Velocity Investments LLC, Wall, New Jersey, by the Law Offices of Steven Cohen LLC, Bronx, New York. Property: 28 Grandview Ave., Norwalk. Filed April 7.

MECHANICS LIENS Crystal Blair, Norwalk. Filed by DLD Home Improvements LLC, by Demetrius L. Drew. Property: 3 Delaware Ave., Norwalk. Amount: $10,502. Filed April 1. Summer Street RSK LLC, Stamford. Filed by Affordable Glass & Mirror of Stamford LLC, Stamford, by Lovejoy & Rimer PC. Property: 470 West Ave., Apt. 2007, Stamford. Amount: $1,806. Filed March 22.

MORTGAGES Bentley, Lissa F., Greenwich, by Katheryn Braun. Lender: JPMorgan Chase Bank NA, 1111 Polaris Pkwy., Columbus, Ohio. Property: 8 Putnam Park, Unit 8, Greenwich. Amount: $105,500. Filed March 1.

Cudiner, Van, Fairfield, by Lori M. Dion. Lender: Amerisave Mortgage Corp., 8 Piedmont Center, Suite 600, Atlanta, Georgia. Property: 14 Eleanor Terrace, Fairfield. Amount: $226,500. Filed March 4. Daniele, Robertino and Elizabeth Daniele, Stamford, by Howard R. Wolfe. Lender: Union Home Mortgage Corp., 8241 Dow Circle W, Strongsville, Ohio. Property: 96 Dannell Drive, Stamford. Amount: $320,000. Filed March 9. Garcia, Mariano M. and Maria D. Llampa, Stamford, by Susan G. Aguilar S. Lender: First World Mortgage Corp., 127 Prospect Ave., West Hartford. Property: 51 Orange St., Unit 3, Stamford. Amount: $180,000. Filed March 10 Giacopassi, Krista L., Fairfield, by Robert E. Colapietro. Lender: Flagstar Bank, 5151 Corporate Drive, Troy, Michigan. Property: 193 Berkeley Road, Fairfield. Amount: $219,500. Filed March 4. Giordano, Brian J. and Gillian Aylward, Norwalk, by Lori M. Dion. Lender: Homebridge Financial Services Inc., 194 Wood Ave., South, Ninth floor, Iselin, New Jersey. Property: 6 Boulder Court, Norwalk. Amount: $392,000. Filed March 3. Harris, Seth J., Greenwich, by Jeremy E. Kaye. Lender: First Republic Bank, 111 Pine St., San Francisco, California. Property: 514 Riversville Road, Greenwich. Amount: $1,400,000. Filed March 2. Hudak, Angela M. and Jonathan Hudak, Norwalk, by Nicola Corea. Lender: Quicken Loans LLC, 1050 Woodward Ave., Detroit, Michigan. Property: 3 Valley View Road, Norwalk. Amount: $195,000. Filed March 2.

Jarvis, Genevieve Steele and Devon Michael Jarvis, Greenwich, by Joel M. Kaye. Lender: CrossCountry Mortgage LLC, 6850 Miller Road, Brecksville, Ohio. Property: 37 Rainbow Drive, Riverside. Amount: $1,417,500. Filed March 1. Kane, Thomas M., Greenwich, by Robert E. Murray. Lender: Prosperity Home Mortgage LLC, 14501 George Carter Way, Suite 300, Chantilly, Virginia. Property: 63 Indian Harbor Drive, Unit 1, Greenwich. Amount: $338,000. Filed March 3. Kurose, Ashley L. and Tyler G. Prescott, Norwalk, by Douglas Seltzer. Lender: BNC National Bank, 20175 N. 67th Ave., Glendale, Arizona. Property: 10 Wayfaring Road, Norwalk. Amount: $375,000. Filed March 3. Landers, John, Norwalk, by John B. Devine. Lender: First World Mortgage Corp., 127 Prospect Ave., West Hartford. Property: 115 Fillow St., Unit 45, Norwalk. Amount: $200,800. Filed March 1. Lynch, Liam Keller and Sarah Elizabeth Balch, Stamford, by Gerald M. Fox. Lender: Savings Bank of Danbury, 220 Main St., Danbury. Property: 117 Midland Ave., Stamford. Amount: $407,500. Filed March 8. Moreno Pacheco, Francis Y. and Jose Manuel Baca Rivera, Norwalk, by Louis J. Colangelo. Lender: Caliber Home Loans Inc, 1525 S. Belt Line Road, Coppell, Texas. Property: 27 Newfield St., Norwalk. Amount: $372,000. Filed March 2. Robinson, John Kelly and Kathleen Brandner Robinson, Greenwich, by Herbert Mendelsohn. Lender: JPMorgan Chase Bank NA, 1111 Polaris Pkwy., Columbus, Ohio. Property: 15 Druid Lane, Riverside. Amount: $965,000. Filed March 2. Schneider, Frances, Greenwich, by Jeffrey S. McGregor. Lender: Mutual of Omaha Mortgage Inc., 3131 Camino Del Rio North, Suite 1100, San Diego, California. Property: 197 Sheephill Road, Unit F, Riverside. Amount: $198,000. Filed March 3.

Setiawan, Paola and Jason Setiawan, Fairfield, by Clare Bolduc. Lender: ARC Home LLC, 4000 Midlantic Drive, Suite 102, Mount Laurel, New Jersey. Property: 272 Hunyadi Ave., Fairfield. Amount: $413,000. Filed March 3. Smith, Jeffrey and Karen Ann Smith, Norwalk, by Aaron Charney. Lender: Quicken Loans LLC, 1050 Woodward Ave., Detroit, Michigan. Property: 9 Garfield St., Norwalk. Amount: $209,000. Filed March 1. Talbot, George and Danielle Gelfand, Fairfield, by Brian S. Cantor. Lender: William Raveis Mortgage LLC, 7 Trap Falls Road, Shelton. Property: 57 Newell Place, Fairfield. Amount: $480,000. Filed March 2. Verma, Ajay, Stamford, by Benjamin McEachin. Lender: Bay Equity LLC, 770 Tamalpais Drive, Suite 207, Corte Madera, California. Property: 57 Rock Spring Road, Unit 17, Stamford. Amount: $328,600. Filed March 5. Viola, Robert D. and Marisa Viola, Fairfield, by Dorian Arbelaez. Lender: JPMorgan Chase Bank NA, 1111 Polaris Pkwy., Columbus, Ohio. Property: 75 Cider Mill Lane, Fairfield. Amount: $597,300. Filed March 2. Willett, Ryan B. and Kristen R. Willett, Fairfield, by Patrick Q. Mitchell. Lender: Citizens Bank NA, 1 Citizens Plaza, Providence, Rhode Island. Property: 382 Galloping Hill Road, Fairfield. Amount: $100,000. Filed March 3. Wong, Meilen C., Stamford, by Kenneth M. Nass. Lender: Sun West Mortgage Company Inc, 6131 Orangethorpe Ave., Suite 500, Buena Park, California. Property: 95 Intervale Road, Unit 46, Stamford. Amount: $348,587. Filed March 5.

NEW BUSINESSES Anomay Care Services, 15 Jessup St., Stamford 06902, c/o Enos N Aito. Filed March 9. Around the World Pediatric Dentistry, 2001 W Main St., Suite 235, Stamford 06902, c/o Dentistry Hannah Ann. Filed March 15.

Connecticut Lighting & Electrical LLC, 32 Euclid Ave., Stamford 06902, c/o Vanesa Carrillo. Filed March 12. Flamencomaps, 71 Strawberry Hill Ave., Apt. 514, Stamford 06902, c/o Guilhem Denis Tarroux. Filed March 9. GreenWrap Insurance, 6 Landmark Square, Fourth floor, Stamford 06901, c/o CVM Global. Filed March 12. Leichter Advisors, 680 Main St., Suite 615, Stamford 06901, c/o Leichter Ellison Advisors LLC. Filed March 10. Organizelotsaphotos, 112 Southfield Ave., Stamford 06902, c/o Jill Marks. Filed March 10. Riley Collision Center, 129 Myrtle Ave., Stamford 06902, c/o James C. Riley. Filed March 10. Springdale Pizza, 1087 Hope St., Stamford 06907, c/o E&E Brothers Inc. Filed March 10. Sunset Homes, 750 E. Main St., Stamford 06902, c/o Blondson Maxi. Filed March 9.

PATENTS Chambered vacuum transport platen enabled by honeycomb core. Patent no. 10,987,952 issued to Carlos Terrero, et al. Assigned to Xerox, Norwalk. Modular point-of-purchase (POP) display. Patent no. 10,986,940 issued to Chad Smithson, et al. Assigned to Xerox, Norwalk. Loudspeaker frame having tapered spokes. Patent no. 10,993,033 issued to Jacques Spillmann, et al. Assigned to Harman International, Stamford. Method, apparatus and system for fluid cooling of toner dryer. Patent no. 10,989,472 issued to Steven Malachowski, et al. Assigned to Xerox, Norwalk.

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LEGAL NOTICES 61 Seminary LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 11/4/2020. Cty: Westchester. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to 2545 Dunning Dr., Yorktown Heights, NY 10598. General Purpose #62825 Anita Greenwald, LLC. Filed 3/3/21 Office: Westchester Co. SSNY designated as agent for process & shall mail to: 13 Greenbriar Circle, Armonk, NY 10504 Purpose: All lawful #62826 Notice of Formation of KVBridge LLC. Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 3/18/2021. Office location: Westchester County. SSNY is designated as LLC's agent upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 1051 The Parkway, Mamaroneck, NY 10543. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. #62827 Notice of Formation of Honey Badger Advisors, LLC Articles of Organization filed with SSNY on 02/24/2021. Office Location: Westchester County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, 125 Central Avenue / B9, Rye, NY 10580. Purpose: any lawful purpose. #62828 Notice of Formation of MKD NOTARY SERVICES LLC Art. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 03/24/2021. Offc. Loc: Westchester Cty. SSNY desig. as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, PO BOX 80, ARDSLEY, NY 10502 #62830 Notice of Formation of: MLucia Designs LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 03/08/2021. Office location: Westchester County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 165 Oakland Ave, Eastchester, NY 10709. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. #62831

Notice of Formation of CTCS Capital LLC. Art. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 2/22/21. Office Location: Westchester County. Bruno Oliveto designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Bruno Oliveto, 26 1st Street 8022, Pelham, NY 10803. Purpose: any lawful purpose. #62832 Latafood LLC Art of Org. filed with the SSNY on 03/04/2021 Office: Westchester County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, Adam Dreksler 700 Broadway, New York, NY 10003 Purpose: Any lawful purpose. #62833 Agovino Management LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 3/23/2021. Cty: Westchester. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to 909 Midland Ave., Yonkers, NY 10704. General Purpose #62834 Notice of Formation of 153 Southside Holdings LLC: Art. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 03/19/2021. Offc. Loc: Westchester Cty. SSNY desig. as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, 153 Southside Ave, Hastings on Hudson, NY 10706. Purpose: any lawful purpose. #62835 Law Office of Kaliopi Kavalos, PLLC. Art. of Org. filed 10/16/07. Office in West. Co. SSNY designated for process and shall mail to Kaliopi Kavalos, 67 Amity St, Meriden, CT 06450. Purpose: Law #62836 Notice of Formation of TRPS LARK LLC. Art. of Org. filed with Secy of State (SSNY) on 3/31/2021. Office: Westchester Cty. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, 343 Trenor Dr., New Rochelle, NY 10804. Purpose: any lawful purpose. #62837

Voltron Properties, LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 3/25/2021. Cty: Westchester. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to 767 Wilmot Rd., Scarsdale, NY 10583. General Purpose #62838

Lake Ave Pharma LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 4/2/2021. Cty: Westchester. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to 130 Lake Ave., Yonkers, NY 10703. General Purpose #62843

Notice of Formation of Prezidental Transportation Services, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 3/31/21. Office location: Westchester County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Prezidental Transportation Services LLC, 36A W 1st Street, Mt. Vernon, NY 10550. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. #62839

Notice of Formation of AMARA AMOUR LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 02/10/21. Office location: Westchester County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 8 Adams Street #1, Mt. Vernon, NY 10550. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. #62844

Notice of Formation of Debbie Oette Realtor LLC. Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 03/26/2021. Office location: Westchester County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 703 Pelham Rd, New Rochelle, NY 10805. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. #62840 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (LLC). NAME: The Suites at 303 South Broadway, LLC. Articles of Organization for LLC filed with New York Secretary of State (SSNY) 4/5/21. Office Location: Westchester County New York. SSNY is designated agent upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to LLC at, c/o Stark Business Solutions, Inc. 445 Hamilton Avenue, Suite 1102, White Plains, NY 10601. Purpose: Any lawful purpose #62841 Thumbs Up Handyman LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 03/16/2021. Office: Westchester County. Registered Agent Inc. designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Registered Agents Inc. at 90 State Street, Suite 700, Office #40, Albany, NY 12207. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. #62842

Reich Fam Investors 4 LLC, Art. Of Org. filed with SSNY 4/16/2021. Office location: Westchester County. SSNY designated as agent for process & shall mail process to: c/o Keith Reich, 12 Burling Ave., White Plains, NY 10605. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. #62845 Notice of Formation of Russell Speeders Car Wash of Mt. Vernon LLC, Art. of Org. filed with SSNY on 4/13/21. LLC Loc: Westchester Cty. SSNY desig. as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, 607 Main Ave, Norwalk, CT 06851. Purpose: any lawful purpose. #62846 Notice of formation of Limited Liability Company. Name: Casa Celina XP LLC (LLC). Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of the State of New York (SSNY) on April 13, 2021. NY office location: Westchester County. The SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. The SSNY shall mail a copy of any process to Casa Celina XP LLC, P.O. Box 413, Bedford, NY 10506. Purpose/character of LLC is to engage in any lawful act or activity. #62847

Sealed bids will be received as set forth in instructions to bidders until 10:30 A.M. on Thursday, May 20, 2021 at the NYSDOT, Office of Contract Management, 50 Wolf Rd, 1st Floor, Suite 1CM, Albany, NY 12232 and will be publicly opened and read. Bids may also be submitted via the internet using www.bidx.com. A certified cashier’s check payable to the NYSDOT for the sum specified in the proposal or a bid bond, form CONR 391, representing 5% of the bid total, must accompany each bid. NYSDOT reserves the right to reject any or all bids. Electronic documents and Amendments are posted to www.dot.ny.gov/doing-business/opportunities/const-notices. The Contractor is responsible for ensuring that all Amendments are incorporated into its bid. To receive notification of Amendments via e-mail you must submit a request to be placed on the Planholders List at www.dot.ny.gov/doing-business/opportunities/const-planholder. Amendments may have been issued prior to your placement on the Planholders list. NYS Finance Law restricts communication with NYSDOT on procurements and contact can only be made with designated persons. Contact with non-designated persons or other involved Agencies will be considered a serious matter and may result in disqualification. Contact Robert Kitchen (518)457-2124. Contracts with 0% Goals are generally single operation contracts, where subcontracting is not expected, and may present direct bidding opportunities for Small Business Firms, including, but not limited to D/W/MBEs. The New York State Department of Transportation, in accordance with the Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 78 Stat. 252, 42 U.S.C. 2000d to 2000d-4 and Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, Department of Transportation, Subtitle A, Office the Secretary, Part 21, Nondiscrimination in Federally-assisted programs of the Department of Transportation and Title 23 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 200, Title IV Program and Related Statutes, as amended, issued pursuant to such Act, hereby notifies all who respond to a written Department solicitation, request for proposal or invitation for bid that it will affirmatively insure that in any contract entered into pursuant to this advertisement, disadvantaged business enterprises will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability/handicap and income status in consideration for an award. Please call (518)457-2124 if a reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the letting. Region 08: New York State Department of Transportation 4 Burnett Blvd., Poughkeepsie, NY, 12603 D264463, PIN 881461, Dutchess, Orange, Ulster, Westchester Cos., Traffic Signal Upgrades, Installation of transfer switches, at approximately (63) various locations, Dutchess, Orange, Ulster & Westchester, Bid Deposit: 5% of Bid (~ $40,000.00), Goals: MBE: 4.00%, WBE: 8.00%, SDVOB: 6.00%

Notice of Formation of Secrets Of 7, LLC Art. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 4/20/21. Offc. Loc: Westchester Cty. SSNY desig. as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, 5 W 4TH ST., APT 25, MT. Vernon, NY 10550. Purpose: any lawful purpose. #62848 Notice of Formation of Elice’s Closet LLC filed with SSNY on April 15, 2021. Office: Westchester County, NY. Corporation Service Company designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to LLC: 80 State Street, Albany, NY 12207. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. #62849

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MGM Hayden LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 4/12/2021. Cty: Westchester. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to 1075 Central Park Ave., Ste. 205, Scarsdale, NY 10583. General Purpose #62852 CJ Lispendard, LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 3/26/2021. Cty: Westchester. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to Joseph Napolitano, 4 Runyon Pl., Scarsdale, NY 10583. General Purpose #62853 Flori Barbershop LLC. Filed 2/5/21 Office: Westchester Co. SSNY designated as agent for process & shall mail to: 453 White Plains Rd, Eastchester, NY 10709 Purpose: All lawful #62854

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From the County Executive Dear Readers, Thank you for taking some time to read this May edition of ArtsNews. Springtime is finally upon us, and there is no better way for us to enjoy the warmer weather than by taking advantage of the wonderful arts opportunities from arts groups throughout the County. Our friends at ArtsWestchester, and the arts community as a whole, have continued to grow and change with these uncertain times, allowing us the chance to explore the arts from the comfort of our own homes. Just last month, many of our entertainment venues were able to reopen their doors for the first time since the pandemic. Please enjoy any of the programs offered by arts groups throughout the County that are highlighted in this issue, including: • an upcoming craft fair that supports local artists (see page A16) • the winner of Pelham Art Center’s annual Rutsch Award (see page A18) • the reopening of our local movie theaters (see page A20) Spring represents new beginnings, progress and the start of something new, and we all long for the days when the COVID-19 pandemic is behind us. There are so many wonderful programs to discover in person and online right here in our own County, and I encourage all of you to explore the beauty of the arts. Thank you. Sincerely, George Latimer Westchester County Executive

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FROM THE CEO by Janet Langsam, ArtsWestchester CEO

The Creative Industry There seems to be a new way of thinking that is surfacing in the arts community. It may be something that’s been evolving quietly over time and just now bubbling up to the surface. Here’s what seems to be emerging. As we try to Restart the Arts, we confront anew that arts and cul-ture are more complicated as an industry than traditionally thought of. Over time, we have viewed this industry principally through the notfor-profit lens – museums and theaters, which make the arts af-fordable, accessible and available. They also create jobs both inside and outside of the community. With general operating support waning, many are casting about, looking for a new way of thinking about arts and culture – as “The Creative Industry.” That may be a legitimate umbrella, considering that the

according to a study by Americans for the Arts. These three sectors are reliant on one another and have more in common than their differences. The thing that they have most in common is that they all create jobs for people who spend money, buy goods and pay taxes. That seems to be the lens by which The Creative Indus-try can find support for salaries, utilities and rent, those items we call by the now-obsolete term “general operating.” While it may not be our preferred way of asking for support, for this lofty sort of work we do, it does seem to have its merits. We owe thanks to leaders like Senator Chuck Schumer for the Shuttered Venue Program, which makes no distinction between theaters that are not-for-profits or commercial. They are all

“With general operating support waning, many are casting about, looking for a new way of thinking about arts and culture – as ‘The Creative Industry.’” sector embraces the growing number of indi-viduals who selfidentify as artists. They are painters and sculptors, dancers and actors, writers and photographers, screenwriters and directors, animators and editors, and the list goes on to include many in the technology fields. These change-makers and innovators are the heart and soul of arts and culture as we know it and though they may be self-employed or, due to COVID unemployed, their work is critical to The Creative Industry. Then, there is the for-profit commercial wing of the industry that turns ideas into money. That’s the magic of Hollywood, Broadway and HBO. Those are the folks that spin the dreams of fame and for-tune. Here’s where the job growth goes off the charts. Together, these three elements are an ecological mashup described by some as The Creative Industry. And these workers account for nearly five percent of Westchester’s workforce,

theaters, which have fixed seating and need to socially distance patrons by not filling every seat in the house. What was needed for the economy was simply, as we say in the theater, to “ put the butts back in seats.” Of course, we can quibble about the rules because we know that all theaters do not have fixed seat-ing, and some adapt the seating to fit what’s on stage, or prefer an informal arrangement of seating. It won’t help those smaller venues, but for now, we won’t quibble since the program will do a lot to re-vive theatergoing or, as some call it, “normalization.” And one more thing: we need to thank all of our legislators for the Paycheck Protection Program for which not-for-profits were equally eligible. It single-handedly saved many an arts and culture venue, or as we now call them—Creative Industries.

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Portrait of a Pandemic The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on people across the world. In an attempt to process their experiences, emotions and their “new normal,” many citizens throughout Westchester County turned to artistic activities – painting, writing, composing, sewing, sculpting and more. ArtsWestchester’s new exhibition, Together apART: Creating During COVID, uses a hyperlocal lens to look at how Westchester individuals have expressed themselves through the arts during the pandemic. From May 7-August 1, the exhibition will present a snapshot of this moment in time, as communicated through the works of more than 220 artists and community members. During the pandemic, people were isolated in their homes, which became the place they live, play and work. They took to the great outdoors as respite, newly appreciating the world around them. They reflected on their lives which, in many cases, had drastically changed. During this time, societal issues boiled, requiring and acknowledging attention; masks became a fashion statement; and an illustration of a spiky red “virus” became a symbol of struggle. All of these experiences and emotions are captured in creative works on display in ArtsWestchester’s White Plains gallery as well as its parallel virtual exhibition. Gina Randazzo and Eleanor Miller both tasked themselves with creating portraits of people wearing masks; Randazzo with

BOB CLYATT Five Self-Portraits: Covid Series Sculpture

photography and Miller with painting. Each seemed to have the desire to capture a new reality in which people have become accustomed to new norms. Thereby, a community of faces become a symbol of the pandemic. Bob Clyatt, on the other hand, interpreted his own emotional state through a series of sculptures, about one per month, summarizing his feelings through a range of complex expressions. Clyatt explains: “While [the sculptures] were roughly based on my actual face, as I was unable to work with a regular subject or model during 2020, they are better understood as a receptacle for emotions spun into clay.” This type of reflection was common as people dealt with the monotony of their new lives. Monica Carrier says her works were “a way to cope with Zoom meeting after Zoom meeting.” Dallas Agnew, like many, took to the outdoors, setting her photography lens on a flying bee: “That little bee didn’t know it, but he really made my day.” People were forced out of their comfort zones and were required to adapt to the circumstances around them. Photographer Todd Shapera, who often shoots special events, saw the shift first hand: “Gone were all the trappings once considered de rigueur for these celebrations… [In one case,] a July 4 weekend wedding in the Finger Lakes morphed into a White Plains backyard ceremony with ten family members and a picnic lunch.” Shapera noted: “With all of the logistical changes, most striking


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DONNA CHAMBERS No Justice, No Peace! Quilting

was observing couples as they adapted emotionally. Rather than reluctant acceptance, they seemed to value the unanticipated, lovely experience...” He captured these moments in a series of photographs. For some, change was not cast upon them, but was required by them. Fueled by the outrage surrounding the death of George Floyd, bustling cities that had gone silent during the initial COVID outbreak suddenly erupted with protests, handmade signs and calls for change. Artist Donna Chambers was inspired by her daughter Cori’s participation in a Black Lives Matter protest. The resulting 17"x40” raw edge applique quilt of Cori is made of an assortment of cotton and metallic fabrics, accented with hand painting. In the end, even where there was adversity, there was also a coming together around the common goal of a return to normalcy. People inspired their neighbors, rooted for each other and lifted one another up. White Plains Hospital received hundreds of creative and inspiring messages from the community via the hashtag #WPHCommunityLove. The messages, viewable in Together apART’s virtual exhibition, line the halls of the hospital and inspire staff and patients alike. According to painter Meera Agarwal, her “Ripple” series was “inspired by the ripple effect of goodness we experienced in our communities, even as the COVID-19 pandemic engulfed and crippled us.”

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SCOTT SEABOLDT CovidStar Mixed Media Collage

This two-sided image came from the amalgamation of many discarded works on paper… [It is] influenced by both the electron microscope image of the COVID virus itself and of the Seven Pointed Stars by Hilma af Klint, an artist whose show at the Guggenheim was the last significant exhibition seen prior to quarantine."

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LISA LEE FREEMAN GDP: Uncharted Painting

The focus of my art practice is what I call 'interpretive charting,' in which I chart data that cannot be tracked in the traditional sense... I appropriate the language of charts in abstract imagery to investigate the challenge of navigating chaos, uncertainty and the unknown... In 'GDP: Uncharted,' I explore pandemic-triggered economic breakdown and the resulting unprecedented chaos that has enveloped our country."

JULIA WHITNEY BARNES

Nocturnal Nature (Botanical/Floor/Goldenrod) Botanical Collage

I approach each growing thing with equal importance…I create unique blue and white cyanotype prints onto sheets of cotton paper and then I paint in countless layers of watercolor, gouache and ink…These works will always symbolize resilience to me… the process speaks to a kind of gutting and reconstituting… But the final thing isn't the object…just a record of my will to bring it back."

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KARIN MEYERS GONE Mixed Media Collage

Being essentially cloistered at home, I found myself constantly bombarded by images related to the COVID pandemic. The images reminded me of all we had lost, all that was gone from our lives. And so I began collecting images that resonated with my emotional state."

SALLY FRANKLIN Stay Awhile Painting

I began feeling some anxiety [from being] holed up inside, unable to see family and friends. As a way of coping with these feelings, I turned to visualization meditation, a technique used to reduce stress…I remembered visiting a place in Kennebunkport, Maine one summer. It was serene, calm and peaceful there… The process of painting [it] was therapeutic for me as I revisited that ‘happy place.’"

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MINDY KOMBERT No Waste Fabric Collage

I was not only spending my days making [masks] but finding them everywhere, [as they littered] the paths of daily walks and created a growing environmental health hazard. I began documenting the scattered PPE … The rationing of toilet paper and other household items made me reexamine the waste my household was producing.... I began upcycling household trash and weaving consumer waste into environmentally conscious textiles."

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Together apART: Creating During COVID

LYNDA SHENKMAN Empty Oculus Photography

The emotional power of the world's most important city made empty and lifeless by such an abstract, non-human force perhaps shows us the edge of what we as a species are capable of comprehending. To know, in present day, that we have stepped back from that abyss should give us hope."

ANDREW COURTNEY Rally For Black Lives Lost Photography

The viral global pandemic collided with the renewed pandemic of systemic racism in our communities… Participating in the Black Lives Matter rallies in our region, and sharing my images from these community expressions, lifts me from the other pandemic. These demonstrations of passionate community voices are the practice our democracy needs. For me, it’s the same personal lift out of isolation."


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DEBORAH SADLER Bookshop Paper Collage

I relish creating three dimensional figures from this fundamentally flat medium… I derive great joy in finding moments of whimsy and absurdity. Paper sculpture has seen me through the stresses of ‘lockdown life’… My work came to reflect areas of normal life, but in whimsical settings wherein anthropomorphized characters comfortably reside."

All artist quotes in this section are excerpts from submitted Artist Statements, which are available in ArtsWestchester's gallery as well as in its online exhibition.

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For Our Restart the Arts Grants Program Read more about the Restart the Arts program.

"The pandemic has put Westchester arts on life support. We need to pump State money into Westchester arts so they continue to inspire and drive the economy of our community." – Assemblymember Thomas J. Abinanti

"I strongly support ArtsWestchester’s ‘Restart the Arts’ initiative. Investments in the arts have an enormous economic multiplying effect, creating jobs and lifting communities." – Senator Peter Harckham

"Arts organizations that this initiative funds benefit our communities in two ways: they lift us in good and bad times, and at the same time they have a significant economic benefit by creating jobs." – Assemblymember Nader J. Sayegh

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"The Westchester arts community has been hit especially hard by social distancing and lockdown measures that were needed to keep us safe. That is why I, along with my Senate colleagues, fought hard for $1 million for ArtsWestchester to ensure that our local arts community will emerge from this pandemic with the resources needed to come back stronger than ever. I hope to join you all safely in a theatre or gallery soon." – Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins

"I am delighted that, together with my colleagues in the Westchester delegation, we were able to secure for ArtsWestchester a separate $1 million line item in the 2021-22 NYS budget. The appropriation is highly merited. ArtsWestchester, the leading arts council in the state, is not only keeping the arts alive in Westchester, but is now poised to bring them back stronger than ever. The arts are critical to the lifeblood of Westchester, providing thousands of jobs and, perhaps most importantly, richness to the wonderful tapestry of life.” – Assemblymember Chris Burdick

"Art shapes our everyday lives, even beyond the creation of aesthetic beauty. It’s an outlet for our ideas and imagination. Now more than ever, we need to foster the innovation and creative thinking that comes from art." – Assemblymember Amy Paulin

"I am so pleased that we were able to provide significant funding for ArtsWestchester's 'Restart The Arts' program. This investment will allow our artists to return to their work, and audiences to once again experience the joy and beauty of live performances and programming." – Senator Shelley Mayer

"The arts are critically important to the cultural and economic health of New York. In Rockland & Westchester, the arts are central to our identity as thriving, vibrant communities. I was proud to fight for, and win, funding for the 'Restart the Arts' initiative in the budget this year. We must get artists and performers back to work and revitalize theaters, museums and galleries. Restarting the arts is how we restart New York!" – Senator Elijah Reichlin-Melnick

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MARSHA ON THE MOVE Monthly Web Feature When Business Council of Westchester President Marsha Gordon, is not advocating for businesses in the County, she can be found at the cinema or theater. Read Marsha's reviews on ArtsWestchester's "As a Matter of Art " blog: artsw.org/artsblog.

Sound of Metal (Amazon Prime) Having been exposed, just a bit, to the beautiful and unique culture of the deaf community, this film shed great light on the great joy and kinship shared by so many. The main character, acted masterfully by Riz Ahmed, loses his hearing due to the heavy metal music he played for years. We experience the horror with him, as well as the anger, frustration and loss. We see his willingness to do all that he can to regain his hearing, even though it means losing so much more ... and then we experience his acceptance. The strength of this film is that the viewer experiences this all, on a guttural level, and that final acceptance, felt by all of us, comes as a beautiful surprise. Wonderful acting also by Paul Raci, who fosters this community of deaf people who live life to the maximum.

ArtsWestchester Announces New Board Member, Barry Shenkman ArtsWestchester has announced that Barry A. Shenkman joined its Board of Directors earlier this year to serve a three-year term. As President and Treasurer of the Jacob Burns Foundation, Inc., Shenkman has supported many nonprofits in the Tri-State and Westchester area, including ArtsWestchester. He takes an active interest in giving back, often supporting organizations by serving on their boards. This includes Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Jacob Burns Film Center and George Washington University Law School. In addition to a degree in Business Management from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Shenkman’s business focus is tempered by his love for the arts, whether visual, performing or film. Through the years, he has also created a body of work of mostly abstract landscapes that he has proudly exhibited in several local venues. Shenkman is a long-time resident of Westchester, where he lives with his family.

In Memoriam: Karen Johnson

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New Rochelle resident Karen Johnson, a teacher at Albert Leonard Middle School (ALMS) for 22 years, passed away recently. Nearly fifteen years ago, a group of young students asked Johnson to resurrect the school's step team that had been initiated in the 1990s. Being the youngest daughter of Anne C. Scott, director of the New Rochelle School of the Performing Arts, Johnson gladly accepted the challenge. She proceeded to grow the team from an after school club (ALMS Sugarbabies) to a nationally ranked competitive team. The name of the team evolved to ALMS P.R.I.D.E. – an acronym that stands for "Purpose, Responsibility, Integrity, Determination, Excellence" – a system of values that she expected every member of the team to carry with them in every aspect of their lives. Johnson, nicknamed “Mama Johnson” by her students, devoted her free time to the team, joining them at competitions, step-camp trips and even college visits, as she aimed to expose her students to the goal of attending and graduating college.


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by Mary Alice Franklin, ArtsNews Editor Last year, Leigh Taylor Mickelson, an accomplished ceramics artist of 25 years, was readying to participate in her first craft show. Then, as the story goes, the world was put on pause. The COVID-19 virus resulted in shelter-in-place orders, shuttered venues and canceled events, including craft shows. Mickelson, and the hundreds of artists who were set to display their works, lost the much relied-upon revenue that these shows have the potential to provide. So she decided to do something about it. She and co-organizers Alexandra FitzGerald and Loren Maron got to work contacting artist friends, and the Ossining trio put together the first Westchester Craft Crawl, which took place last October. The grassroots effort hatched a plan that allowed the community a safe and socially distanced way to take in some culture while supporting its local artists: multiple artists at each of a handful of locations spread were across several towns. “The public was eager to interact with makers and shop [for] handmade items.” In fact, the event was so successful, says Mickelson, that two repeat events have been planned – one this month, and another in October. The upcoming Westchester Craft Crawl has safely expanded to include more than two-dozen additional artists. “Everyone who participated last year had such a good result that they are all participating again for the spring event. We also had several new artists inquire about being hosts and guest artists.” On May 15-16, the works of 56 professional craft artists – working in clay, wood, fiber, metal, glass, jewelry and mixed media – will be on display at 10 “tour stops” across Tarrytown, Ossining, Croton, Cortlandt Manor and Peekskill. There is even a Google Map that outlines the locations. Mickelson says that the event will follow CDC protocols at each of those locations: “Our system of having a greeter at the front of each tour stop kept crowds in check [last year]. We

administered hand sanitizer, ensured masks were in place and took information for contact tracing.” So why ten stops instead of one? “Multiple locations allow us to really spread the artists out and create a socially distanced outdoor event. People can start at any stop they like, and this way they are avoiding big crowds in one location.” Mickelson compares the tour to a scavenger hunt, explaining that there is no right or wrong; no rules on where to begin. Wherever an attendee decides to go first, they will receive a “passport.” This card will get stamped at each subsequent location. With six or more stamps, the attendee will be eligible to win prizes donated by

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This is an artist-organized event in support of artists, so full proceeds go to the artists. The internet is great, but it can only do so much. Nothing beats that face-to-face interaction, even when masked!” – Leigh Taylor Mickelson, Westchester Craft Crawl Founder

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participating artists and tour sponsors. “In several cases, attendees even get to see where the host artist lives and works. There is something special about that.” Speaking of the artists… Mickelson stresses: “This is an artistorganized event in support of artists, so full proceeds go to the artists. The internet is great, but it can only do so much. Nothing beats that face-to-face interaction, even when masked!”

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Matthew Cole in his studio (photo courtesy of Pelham Art Center)

by Michelle Falkenstein This April, artist Matthew Cole won the 11th Biennial Alexander Rutsch Award for Painting from Pelham Art Center (PAC), chosen from among 730 submissions. It was solid recognition for 33-year-old Cole, but one year ago his situation was a bit shakier. On the last day of February 2020, Cole flew from New York to Tucson, Arizona, where he was to be Artist-in-Residence at the Museum of Contemporary Art. But on arrival, the museum staff told him they had canceled the program due to COVID-19. Cole, who had subleased his New York apartment, was unsure of where to go. The museum was understanding and gave him a month to make alternate plans. But when the pandemic went from bad to worse, Cole stayed, living on the top floor of the shuttered museum until he could find other accommodations. “I had a bed and a studio, and all I did was paint,” he says. “It turned out to be the best thing.”

Three of the paintings in his Rutsch Award application— Quarantine, Arizona Stargazer and Chinatown—were painted in Tucson. Cole’s prize includes a show at PAC (May 15-June 26) and $7,500. For this award cycle, in recognition of a tough year, the top prize was increased from $5,000 and, for the first time, the other seven finalists also received monetary prizes. The Rutsch Award was established by the family, friends and supporters of Alexander Rutsch, an Austrian artist who spent his final years in Pelham. Alexi Rutsch-Brock, the oldest of Alexander’s three daughters and a member of the selection committee, says she loved Cole’s use of color. “The work is really stunning in person,” she says. “It comes across as very poetic.” The people and objects in Cole’s pictures are often incomplete. People lack faces or limbs and flowers float above their stems. Cole


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explains that he’s trying to capture the fragmented nature of memory itself. “A painting should only be finished up to a certain point, so the viewer has room and space to finish it in their minds,” he says. Cole creates great depth and space in his paintings. When the PAC team visited his studio to prepare for his exhibition, Cole says they were surprised to see how small some of the work actually is. Cole, who grew up in Bergen County, New Jersey, says he doesn’t fit the cliché of the artist who started drawing as soon as he could hold a crayon. “I wasn’t taken to a museum as a child,” he says. “I didn’t get serious about art until college.” As a teen, Cole harbored dreams of playing professional basketball, and several of his paintings feature basketball courts. One depicts glowing white lines on a black surface, while another features a wide plane of green that is broken by the shadows of nearby trees. Cole attended Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University, where the program was highly focused on conceptual work like video and performance. “I came out [of the program] more confused than when I went in,” he says.

After graduation, Cole apprenticed with Vebjørn Sand, a Norwegian painter based in Tribeca. Cole says the seven years he spent with Sand allowed him to get back to basics. “It was maybe a more fruitful experience than school, more in line with my approach as an artist,” he says. Currently, Cole lives in Queens and has a studio in Red Hook, Brooklyn. He planned to split his time this year between New York and Paris, where his partner lives, but COVID-19 intervened. He recently completed his first mural for a new Rockefeller building on East 29th Street in Manhattan. “It’s four times larger than the largest piece I ever worked on,” he says. “It was just me on a scissor lift.” His career appears to be on the rise as well.


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TIME TO TAKE IN A MOVIE by Rocio De La Roca After a year since the COVID-19 pandemic shut them down, movies are coming back to Westchester as local film theaters reopen and announce their opening dates this May. The Picture House Regional Film Center (TPH) in Pelham is one of these local theater venues that has reopened at 25% capacity, with a maximum of 50 people in its Main Hall and six people in its screening room, per New York State guidelines. TPH, which celebrates its centennial this year, began hosting in-person screenings in addition to the virtual screenings and education programs already in place. “For one-hundred years, The Picture House has been a place where people collectively enjoy the magic of the movies,” says Amy Cole, Founder and President of AOK Communications, speaking on behalf of TPH. “As we reopen, we are taking every safety precaution and measure seriously.” To ensure the safety of audiences and staff, TPH has established cleaning protocols, such as disinfecting theater seats between each screening and sanitizing bathrooms and concession surfaces. This May, TPH will celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month with online film study classes that explore Asian American films. Upcoming programs at TPH will also include weeklong in-person summer camps for aspiring young filmmakers this August. During this camp program, TPH’s teaching artists will help students to hone their storytelling skills and practice the art and science of filmmaking. The curtain rises at Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) with limited capacity in-person screenings this May as well. For its opening week, JBFC will screen the Academy Award-winning film Nomadland, as well as Limbo, The Human Voice and more. On May 7, the Center will also show the documentary film The Truffle Hunters and acclaimed drama Minari, also an awards contender. Only three ground floor theaters at JBFC will be open, with two show-times per day, per theater in addition to its other safety measures. Margo Amgott, Interim Executive Director at JBFC, says the Center and staff are thrilled to be reopening. Amgott states that the required closure has been difficult not only for the theater-going public, but for the whole town of Pleasantville. She explains, “We are a bit of an economic engine for the town, and we love shining a light on that corner of Pleasantville that boosts business for local restaurants,

bookstores and so on.” Films will also be coming to the big screen at Bedford Playhouse (BP) on May 28, the Friday before Memorial Day. BP announced that the theater will be reopening at 33% capacity and will be following federal, state and local safety guidance, as well as those set by the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO). The Playhouse will instill health and safety measures, including a mandatory face covering policy, social distancing, capacity limits and increased cleaning and disinfecting procedures. “We are incredibly grateful for the support our community has shown over the last very difficult year and we look forward to welcoming guests back home to the Playhouse,” said Michael Hoagland, Executive Director at BP. He adds: “The Playhouse will continue to follow the recommendations and guidelines of health experts. With these strict measures in place, we are confident that [visiting] the Playhouse will be a safe and enjoyable movie-going experience for everyone.” In addition, The Playhouse Café will remain open for indoor and outdoor dining on weekends, and will host tastings each month. BP is developing a lineup of movie-themed special events in the Café as well.


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The Dancing Caravan by Mary Alice Franklin

During the reign of King Louis XIV, a time in which France’s population was decimated by the plague, the King turned to the arts for relief. At that time, what is known to be the first dance troupe was formed – established by an actor, a dancer and a composer. According to Carole Alexis, Director and Choreographer at Ballet des Amériques (BDA), the troupe performed for the King regularly, but also performed on stages for all the public to witness. It is with the same heart that Alexis chose to revisit this concept of the traveling dance theater – and the modern-day Dancing Caravan was conceived. Though the idea was imagined prior to the COVID-19

not give up, and not accept that arts disappear in moments of crisis.” This spring, the Caravan continues to appear in Westchester and beyond. On May 23, BDA will present two performances in front of the Wainwright House in Rye. On June 19, the “Caravan” takes to Gantry Park in Long Island City. Alexis says that they anticipate more summer and fall performances to become solidified. The program for these performances is chosen carefully: “We select pieces that are ideal and appealing in outdoor settings...[we wouldn’t] present full-length ballets or dances that require elaborate stage settings…but rather, we take into account, for example,

pandemic, it was finally visualized, and took on its most meaningful relevance, last summer during the circumstances of the virus’s outbreak. The company sought to bring dance to outdoor venues during a time when people were unable to attend theaters, concerts and performances. To do this, BDA offers the full shebang – a portable sprung dance floor, changing room tents, sound system and lights. “The idea is to have the equipment and general wherewithal, as well as a suitable repertoire, to bring dance performances to places where one would not expect to find them,” says Alexis. In other words, BDA brings the art to the people. In a recent interview with the Consulate General of France in New York, Alexis stated that during the pandemic, and the social issues that arose during it, she wanted “to move on, to create art, to

the fact that daylight may prevent elaborate lighting designs.” The two-act program, to be performed by at least six dancers, begins with Peter and the Wolf, a 38-minute ballet suitable for young audiences and families, with the music of Sergei Prokofiev. It was originally choreographed, and later adapted for the Caravan, by Alexis. The second act is an entrée de ballet, that is, pieces that are no longer than five to ten minutes. The selections draw from Caribbean, Celtic and French cultures, among others. The Dancing Caravan creates a direct connection between the people and the arts. Says Alexis: “It is effective in that it brings dance theater to the people in places where they already are, and thus is effective in growing audiences for dance.” Photo: A Dancing Caravan performance at Wainwright House in 2020. This year’s performances will not take place under a canopy, but rather under the open sky. (Photo courtesy of Ballet des Amériques)


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Imprint of Light What does one do when they cannot present dance live on stage? In the case of choreographer/dancer Maxine Sherman and composer/videographer Steven Brent, they create a new way of seeing movement that cannot be accomplished in person. When the two met at a RiverArts event several years ago, they decided to collaborate on a project together. Now the organization that brought them together will present their new work, Imprint of Light, a virtual amalgamation of dance, music and video. For three years, the duo “slowly chipped away” at the project, according to Sherman. However, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit and RiverArts asked Sherman, who is the artistic director and curator of dance for the organization, to create a dance program, she knew it was time for this project to shine. She says: “I knew this would be a perfect way to unite three art forms – visual, movement, and sound – in one online presentation.” Maxine Sherman is a former principal dancer with the Alvin

Video still from Imprint of Light (photo courtesy of RiverArts)

Ailey American Dance Theater and the Martha Graham Dance Company. Steven Brent works in a variety of media including sound and music, video and interactive 3D experiences. The resulting seventeen-minute production is a representation of the imagination. As Brent describes: “The piece itself is a type of meditation or trance, using the idea of the five elements (Air, Water, Fire, Earth and Spirit) as expressed in the human act of creating art.” The video layers imagery to create a new experience for its viewer. Brent says that “the difference between reality and imagination is a trick of perspective.” To create Imprint of Light, Sherman moved in front of a green screen and Brent manipulated the footage and added a sound score. RiverArts will present the video on May 8 with a live screening on Zoom, followed by a live Q&A with Sherman and Brent. The program, including the Q&A, will be available to view for the two weeks following the broadcast, from 5/10-23.


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JUNETEENTH PREVIEW Juneteenth commemorates the declaration that all Black people in Galveston, Texas were “free.” This announcement, made on June 19, 1865, came more than two years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation and is considered by Black people in the United States as “Emancipation Day." The date is celebrated annually to commemorate the end of slavery in the country; however, last year, the State of New York State announced that this date would become an official state holiday beginning in 2021. The welcome announcement has prompted additional celebrations and events throughout Westchester County. Below is a line-up of upcoming Juneteenth programs. Additional details for these events will be reported in the June issue of ArtsNews.

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• Virtual Countywide Juneteenth Kickoff Program (via Facebook and Zoom at 7pm) Presented by ArtsWestchester, the Westchester African American Advisory Board, White Plains Juneteenth Heritage Inc. and the Juneteenth Committees of Mt. Vernon, Peekskill, Yonkers, Irvington and Haverstraw. This virtual program, featuring lectures, music and dance, will mark the beginning of a month-long celebration of Juneteenth activities throughout the County.

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City of White Plains Virtual Juneteenth Celebration (Telecast on Fios channel 47, Optimum channel 75 and streamed online, 11am) Presented by White Plains Juneteenth Heritage, Inc.

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City of Yonkers: Citywide Juneteenth African Heritage Festival Weekend 2021

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Town of Haverstraw Presented by Haverstraw African American Connection

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City of Peekskill: Juneteenth Celebration (12pm) City of Irvington (Main Street School, 1-3pm) City of Mount Vernon (TBD)


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Young Adult Leadership Council Liaison Alyssa Monte (left) with four of the Council's youth participants at a Leadership Council field trip to the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge (photo by ArtsWestchester)

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by Joshua Schreier When ArtsWestchester’s Arts Education staff saw that some of the frequent participants of its Teen Tuesdays and Thursdays program were outgrowing the program’s target age range, they wanted to find a way to keep participants engaged. According to Jessica Cioffoletti, Director of Arts Education at ArtsWestchester: “We are dedicated to using the arts to help youth gain confidence, find their voices and prepare them for future success. We realize the importance of having a youth perspective in all of our education programs.” Created last year, the Young Adult Leadership Council is an outgrowth of the Teen Tuesdays and Thursdays program. This program expands the department’s scope of reach from teen arts workshops to the development of professional skills. Says Cioffoletti: “As their next step, Leadership Council members not only gain job readiness skills, but also help us to improve and evaluate current arts educational programming.” During the program, Council participants practice career- and college-readiness skills through the lens of arts programming and administration. While Teen Tuesdays is free for anyone in the 11-17 age range to attend, the Council has an application process. Explains Cioffoletti: “The application process allows youth to get first-hand experience in interviewing and applying for a job.” Applications for the next cycle of the Council program are open through August 13. Current members of the Council are 15 to 22 years old and represent a range of backgrounds from every community in Westchester County. Their artistic interests cover all areas as well: painting, sculpture, performance art, theater, dance, music and writing.

This past year, Council members were already tasked with adapting to a real-world challenge. The program, after initially planning to meet in person at ArtsWestchester’s building in White Plains, was shifted to a monthly Zoom format because of pandemic restrictions. Still, each meeting has dealt with specific topics that are intended to build members’ skill sets. Guest presenters are local arts administrators, ArtsWestchester teaching artists, and other arts professionals. Topics have included how to write personal statements that introduce their goals and construct resumes. They also met with administrators of local arts programs to understand the goals and challenges many organizations face. A liaison to the program, Alyssa Monte, provides council members with forums for interaction. Participants take advantage of these informal occasions to express their thoughts regarding specific programs, ask questions about their work and interact with fellow council members. During the year, Council members also applied their newly-acquired skills to evaluate Teen Tuesdays and Thursdays workshops and develop their own workshop proposals, which they will present to their Council peers. These workshop proposals are their culminating projects, which will be presented in person with appropriate social distancing measures in place. Reflecting on her experience with the program, council member Niara J. Flax says: "The Young Adult Leadership Council gave me a look into the vast work opportunities existing in the art world. It was encouraging to learn that there are so many areas in which your talents can shine, and then learn the skills to get to those roles."


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OPPORTUNITIES ArtsW.org is Westchester County’s guide for all-things-art. On its “Artist Opportunities” page, artists in all disciplines can find nearby working opportunities that will help to strengthen and further their careers. Below is a sampling of some upcoming opportunities. To get these opportunities sent directly to your mailbox, sign up here.

Hudson Valley Museum of Contemporary Art (HVMOCA) and Studio Theater in Exile seek submissions for the newest installment of a collaborative project that began fifteen years ago: Writing the Walls. Poets and playwrights are invited to submit original works that are reflective of their interactions with artworks on view in HVMOCA’s How We Live: Part II exhibition. Although previous years of the program culminated in a performance during which poets read their works in front of the artwork that inspired their writing, this year’s Writing the Walls submissions, like last year, will be presented as an online visual art and word event. A live reading is pending based on COVID-19-related restrictions. Deadline: June 15 YoFiFest (Yonkers Film Festival) is calling for film submissions of all kinds for its ninth annual festival. The program offers a full schedule of screenings, workshops, panels, networking opportunities and parties that celebrate independent and local filmmakers. Submissions are encouraged from an array of categories ranging from documentary and animation to television pilots and LGBTQIA-focused films by filmmakers around the world. ArtsNews readers will receive 20% off submissions with code YOAW21. "Regular" Deadline: June 13 (Additional deadlines are offered) Clay Art Center has opened applications for a national juried September exhibition, A Taste of Home. Though this exhibition was initially slated for 2020, the theme now takes on new meaning postpandemic. Artists are asked to submit ceramic cups or drinking vessels that reflect their relationship to the meaning of “home,” whether presented as a humble but favored object, vehicle of expression, or object of desire. Deadline: May 24

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Anita Graef will perform a livestreamed concert on May 5, presented by Downtown Music at Grace (photo credit: Todd Rosenberg)

Arc Stages is offering spring acting classes and performance workshops for all ages.

ArtsWestchester will reopen its gallery for Together apART: Creating During COVID, an in-person and online exhibition that reflects individual contemplations on the year of the pandemic (IN PERSON). On view from May 7- Aug 1. Gallery hours: Wed-Fri & Sun: 12-5pm, Saturday 12-6pm. Its Lawrence Salley Photography Award virtual exhibition is currently on view. The organization also offers ArtsMobile activities, Teen Tuesdays & Thursdays program and more. Ballet des Amériques presents Evenings of Dance in Westchester, a series of live performances of works created by choreographer Carole Alexis (IN PERSON). The program will feature new works and pieces from the company’s repertoire on May 15 at 5:30 and 7:30pm and May 16 at 2 and 4pm. • Dancing Caravan at Wainwright House, outdoor dance performances: May 23 at 2:30 and 4:30 (IN PERSON)

Bedford Playhouse’s Virtual Playhouse brings a selection of interactive programs, from comedies to environmental documentaries, author talks, weekly trivia for kids and more. The theater will open for in-person events on May 28.


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for more arts events, visit artsw.org Bethany Arts Community will present (s)mother 2.0, an exhibition that explores mothering in a time of crisis. The show will feature painting, photography, video and text, and will be on view from May 8-29. Gallery hours: Mon-Fri: 10am-12pm and 1-3pm. • Open Studio & Demonstration with sculptor Cherie Lee: May 22 at 2:30pm • Reading of STEVE, a one-man play in progress: May 26 at 7pm • Hand painted fashion accessories workshop: May 12 at 7pm • Hudson River Potters Spring Show and Sale: May 2 at 10am For more events at Bethany Art Community, click here.

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Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts offers new live-streamed concerts live-streamed on youtube.com/caramoor, including May 2: Callisto Quartet; May 8: Catherine Russell; and May 23: Junction Trio. Center for the Digital Arts at Westchester Community College will host classes online and via remote learning. The Center offers digital arts education, including web development, 2D/3D animation, digital video and more. Interested students should contact Dr. Sherry Mayo at sherry.mayo@sunywcc.edu or 914-606-7385. • Registration Information Session: May 12 at 12:30pm • Animation 2: May 6 at 9am-1pm

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Clay Art Center is open for on-site visits and open studio sessions by appointment (IN PERSON). The Center also offers virtual classes, artist lectures and demonstrations, as well as a virtual and in-person exhibition, Balanced Beauty, featuring porcelain works by Martha Grover (IN PERSON). Color Camera Club of Westchester will be presenting photographic programs via Zoom. Audiences can also visit the photography club's website to view an exhibition of images from its members. colorcameraclub.com • Lecture: Great Images From a Cell Phone Camera by Steve Anchell: May 17 at 7:30pm Copland House's virtual performance and conversation series, UNDERSCORED, continues to offer premieres, revivals and classics by American composers. • UNDERSCORED: to sing of sins by Annika Socolofsky: May 24 at 1pm Downtown Music at Grace is broadcasting its noon concerts of chamber music and a variety of genres on its YouTube page. • Virtual Concerts, all taking place at 12:!5pm, include: May 5: Anita Graef with the Juliani Ensemble; May 12: Jomion & the Uklos; May 15: Peter Muir, The Rise of Ragtime; and May 26: Angelica

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upcoming virtual and in-person arts activities Emelin Theatre is presenting a diverse roster of virtual events, including Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands (May 14-16), including its seasonal Film Club. Friends of Music Concerts's virtual concert series, featuring members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, will continue on May 10-17. Paul Neubauer will perform works by Schumann and Shostakovich. Greenburgh Arts and Culture Committee will host its Kids Short Story Connection series of Zoom writing workshops. Young writers aged 10-17 will work in a virtual, roundtable setting to develop their creativity, improve old stories and write new ones. For more information, contact Sarah Bracey White, (914) 682-1574 or via email at bracey0114@aol.com. The Ground Glass presents The Written Word, an online exhibition featuring photographs that expresse and interpret the written media in daily lives. The group’s online photography exhibition, Abstractions, is also on view. thegroundglass.org • Reception: Road Show Photography Exhibition: May 6 at 5pm at the Ossining Public Library Hammond Museum presents an Artist Members' Virtual Gallery, featuring the works of the museum’s members through June 5. For a complete list of programs and workshops, visit hammondmuseum.org. Harrison Public Library will present Cerealism, a virtual art exhibition that features the cubist mosaic cereal box collages of Michael Albert. The library also hosts virtual workshops for teens and adults via Zoom, online book clubs, yoga classes for adults and more. For a complete list of programs, virtual classes and workshops, visit harrisonpl.org/ events/harrison. Hoff-Barthelson Music School offers a virtual Master Class Series, which consists of class coaching by guest artists, world-class musicians and educators. Hudson River Museum presents Border Cantos | Sonic Border, a collaboration between photographer Richard Misrach and sculptor and composer Guillermo Galindo that addresses the humanitarian situation at the wall between the U.S. and Mexico (IN PERSON). Also on view: Librado Romero (IN PERSON) and Landscape Art & Virtual Travel: Highlights from the Collections of the HRM and Art Bridges (IN PERSON). Museum Hours: Thurs-Sun: 12–5pm. Hudson Stage Company will host a free virtual staged reading of an original one-act play, This Doesn’t Work, on May 15 at 8pm.

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Hudson Valley Museum of Contemporary Art presents exhibitions How We Live and How We Live, Part II. Virtual tours, and an in-depth Peekskill Sculpture Trail Walk are available on the Museum’s website. Hours: Thursday-Saturday by appointment. Hudson Valley Writers Center will present free readings throughout the month and a special offer on Slapering Hol Press chapbooks. A series of classes and readings, all online, are open for registration. • The Alchemy of Autofiction with Anna Potter via Zoom: May 1 at 12:30pm • Poetry Craft Class with Kirun Kapur (via Zoom): May 8 at 12:30pm For more programs from Hudson Valley Writers Center, click here. Irvington Theater will stream Cleanse, a new play by Christina Franklin, on May 21-23. Courtney loves the internet, but hates what it’s doing to her. In order to reclaim control of her offline life, she must face her online past.


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for more arts events, visit artsw.org Admission is by advance reservation. Hours: Tues-Sat: 10am-5pm, and Sun: 12-5pm. Lagond Music School's LIVE! from the Haven and the Lasdon Foundation will present "Flip the Stage," an evening that presents a mix of upbeat rhythms of funk, rock and roll and blues to honor and to remember Miles Applebaum featuring Brooklyn Sugar Company hosted by Rich Nesin. Lyndhurst Mansion will reopen for Daily Grounds Passes on May 3 and weekend landscape tours beginning May 7 (IN PERSON). The mansion also offers virtual offerings, such as 360-degree tours and online exhibitions. • The Spring Craft Show at Lyndhurst: May 1 at 10am-6pm, May 2 at 10am-5pm • Virtual Flower Show: Now on view • Mother's Day Plant Sale: May 8 at 10am-2pm Mamaroneck Artists Guild (MAG) presents an Online Fine Crafts and 3D Show through May 15 and Spring Approaches, an in-person exhibition at Bronxville Women’s Club on May 1-28. The gallery is also displaying its annual Open Juried Small Works Show and Urban Nature, featuring works that contrast urban, suburban and natural environments. • Onsite Opening Reception - Spring Approaches: May 2 at 2pm

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Sixth Avenue Boogie by Tad Philipp, on view in the Ground Glass virtual exhibition, Abstractions (photo courtesy of Ground Glass)

Neuberger Museum of Art is open to the public and presents new exhibitions featuring works from the museum’s collections: African Art and Culture, Then and Now: Modern and Contemporary Selections and Color and Motion, Ideas and Dreams: Modern and Contemporary Caribbean and South American Art. Pre-recorded 20-minute guided meditations are available on its website, as well as weekly art-related projects and activities for kids. • Wellness Wednesday: Guided Meditation: May 12 & 26 at 1pm New Choral Society will stream a performance of Fauré’s Requiem in D minor, Op. 48 with organ, strings and harp accompaniment. The program will be available through May. Oak & Oil Gallery will display Recent Works by Linda Puiatti on May 14-July 6. Her new ethereal abstract paintings will be showcased alongside her representational works of landscapes, barns, sky and waterways. The gallery is also exhibiting Spring Greeting, a series of

contemporary florals and light drenched landscapes by painter Cynthia Mullins (IN PERSON) through May 3. • Opening Reception: Recent works by Linda Puiatti: May 21 at 5:30-8:30 Pelham Art Center presents Matthew Cole as the winner of the 11th Biennial Alexander Rutsch Award for Painting. A solo exhibition of paintings by Cole will be on view May 15-June 26 (IN PERSON). The exhibition also includes a selection of original works by Alexander Rutsch. • In Gallery & Virtual Opening: Rutsch Award Winner Matthew Cole Exhibition: May 15 at 1pm (IN PERSON) and May 20 at 6pm • Expressive Painting Workshop: May 26 at 2pm The Picture House Regional Film Center offers film screenings via its virtual cinema and continues its Education at Home program, which


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presents short films with discussion questions and activities for students of any grade level. • The Picture House Film Club With Marshall Fine (Virtual): Through May 12 at 7:30pm • May Film Study: Asian American Films: Thursdays, May 6-27: 7:30-8:30pm on Zoom The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College’s online offerings include a range of live, recorded and curated events, education and entertainment. The Play Group Theatre's programs have been adapted for in-person social distance and online participation for Spring 2021. Registration is now open for programs in Community Connection, Young Actor Co., Little Theatre, PGT Kids, Teen Co., On Camera, Musical Theatre Boot Camp, Design/Tech and Virtual Stage.

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RiverArts presents Imprint of Light, a dance, music and video collaboration that will be broadcasted on Zoom on May 8 at 8pm. Choreographer and dancer Maxine Sherman and composer and videographer Steven Brent collaborate in this new work that explores the human spirit and its relationship to the 4 elements of the earth. • Virtual Salon Sundays, a series of local artists’ studio tours: May 2 & 16 at 3pm • Open Mic Night: May 20 at 8pm

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Riverfront Art Gallery at the Yonkers Public Library presents A Higher Power, an exhibit by Elvira Clayton that tells the stories of enslaved people, but also the dreams of African Americans today. • Opening Reception- Higher Power: May 8 at 1-4:30pm • Live Artist Talk - Elvira Clayton: May 14 at 1pm The Rye Arts Center offers in-person and virtual classes in drawing, painting, ceramics and more. • Make A Hound Dog With Polymer Clay Workshop: May 22 at 2 & 3pm (IN PERSON) • Wabi Sabi Broken Bowl Ceramics Workshop for Couples: May 23 at 10am • Loosen Up and Paint Workshop- BYOB Night Out: May 26 at 6:15pm (IN PERSON) The Sanctuary Series presents “Songs of Spring,” a virtual concert of works by Scarlatti, Rachmaninoff and Schumann with pianist Wynona Wang on May 9 at 4pm. The concert will be performed in the sanctuary of the South Salem Presbyterian Church and streamed live on Facebook.

Online Exhibition An exhibition celebrating the winner and finalists for the 2021 Larry Salley Photography Award. 2021 Larry Salley Photography Award Exhibition is presented in partnership by ArtsWestchester, the African American Men of Westchester (AAMW), and the Salley family.

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upcoming virtual and in-person arts activities The Schoolhouse Theater’s Pandemic Players will continue to present free Zoom readings of an assortment of plays. • Zoom Reading- Buyer and Cellar: May 1 at 3pm Steffi Nossen School of Dance is offering virtual dance classes. Classes include modern, ballet, jazz tap, hip-hop, pre-professional programs and more. Tarrytown Music Hall's “Night In With the Music Hall” series continues with weekly livestream concerts via its Facebook and YouTube pages. • May 1: Milton will perform live with socially-dstanced seating. The event will be simultaneously livestreamed. The Village Squares Quilters will host a Zoom lecture with Rita Lynne on May 11 at 12pm. For information or to request the Zoom link, please email: vsq@villagesquaresquilters.com. Westchester Children’s Museum continues its virtual learning programs and resources, with STEAM activities for the whole family, an early literacy interactive program and more. Westchester Collaborative Theater presents “GenZ Outloud Reading,” a virtual short play festival featuring works by Hudson Valley’s aspiring young writers on May 20-23. The "GenZ Outloud Reading" is the first part of the Theater’s inaugural Hudson Valley New Voices Festival taking place through June 20. Westchester Craft Crawl presents its 2nd biannual outdoor artistorganized craft tour, featuring 56 regional professional craft artists from Westchester, NYC and the Hudson Valley region. White Plains Public Library is open to the public and allows a limited number of patrons into the building to browse and borrow materials (IN PERSON). The library's webpage also provides online resources for families. Library hours: Mon-Thurs: 10am-7pm and Fri-Sat: 1-5pm.

Wabi Sabi Bowl Ceramics Workshop for Couples presented by Rye Arts Center, 5/23 (photo courtesy of Rye Arts Center)

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