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If at first you don’t succeed…

A rendering of the project. The empty storefronts where the project would be built. Photo by Bob Rozycki.








BY PETER KATZ pkatz@westfairinc.com


ore than a year after a plan to develop a large mixed-use project in downtown Tarrytown was withdrawn following substantial community opposition, the owner of the property at 39-51 N. Broadway has presented a sharply curtailed development plan for the village to consider. Coco Management originally had joined with Kaufman Tarrytown

Company LLC to propose developing a project with 230 dwelling units, almost 50,000 square feet of retail space and 436 parking spots to replace exiting low-rise retail. The site covered just over 2½ acres and the proposal generated a good deal of community opposition. The proposal was withdrawn by a letter to the village from Attorney Richard O’Rourke of the law firm Keane & Beane PC at the end of February 2019. Edward M. Coco, whose family owns about

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1.3 acres that would have made up about half of the site for the previous proposal, has developed a new plan for a mixed-use building to replace the row of storefronts along North Broadway anchored by a CVS Pharmacy. The Village of Tarrytown’s Planning Board held a public hearing on the new proposal on Aug. 24. It has declared itself to be lead agency for the environmental review of the project. According to O’Rourke, the devel-

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he brothers Abraham of Rockland County have been charged with wire fraud and money laundering for allegedly ripping off Amazon for $19 million. A federal grand jury indicted Yoel, Heshl, Zishe and Shmuel Abraham on charges of bilking Amazon in a vendor overshipping scheme. The defendants attempted to obtain at least $32 million, the indictment states, and fraudulently obtained $19 million. Yoel, 28, of Suffern; Heshl, 32, and Zishe, 30, both of Spring Valley; and Shmuel, 24, of Airmont, were arrested Aug. 19. They pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court in Manhattan. They were released from custody on $2 million appearance bonds each. From 2017 to 2019, the Abrahams allegedly opened vendor accounts, shipped more merchandise than requested and manipulated the invoicing system to get excessive payments. Amazon allows third-party vendors to use its » AMAZON


Union Savings Bank joins the contactless debit card bandwagon BY KEVIN ZIMMERMAN

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nion Savings Bank is rolling out contactless debit cards to current and new customers — but the timing is entirely unintentional. “We always listen to our customers to see which of our policies and services could be improved,” said Peter Scotch USB senior vice president, director of the Innovation Center. “We started working on the card about a year ago — it’s been a part of our long-term plan to roll out new services — and we happen to be rolling it out in what is a particularly useful period.” Due to the Covid-19 pandemic — when even using cash is generally frowned upon for fear of contamination — it is difficult to envision a more opportune time to introduce a contactless card, though Scotch is quick to re-emphasize that the arrival of the Danbury-based bank’s contactless card is coincidental. USB’s entry into the contactless card field comes at an opportune time nevertheless. According to Grandview Research, global contactless-payment transactions were worth $1.06 trillion in 2019 and were predicted — before the pandemic, at any rate — to reach $1.32 trillion this year. And according to Visa, as of March 2020, 71% of face-toface transactions in the U.S. occurred at contactless-enabled locations. A contactless debit card can be used by tapping or waving it at checkout; Scotch noted that for some terminals, the customer may be able to simply tap their wallet against the payment reader. The debit cards also can be added to a digital wallet on a phone or smartwatch. Consumers still have the option of using the card chip or swipe features to make payments. Contactless card payments provide the same security and encryption as credit and debit card chip-security technology EMV (Europay, Mastercard and Visa, the three companies that created the system). A one-time


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Publisher Dee DelBello Executive Associate Publisher Dan Viteri Managing Editor Bob Rozycki Associate Publisher Anne Jordan

Damian Albano, owner of Captain Lou’s Chowdah House in Bethel.

Union Savings Bank Senior Vice President , Director of Innovation Center Peter Scotch.

The new contactless debit card from Union Savings Bank.

security code is generated that is unique to each transaction and protects the card from being used for any future, unauthorized payments. Scotch noted that another level of protection USB offers is Debit Card Controls, available within the USB mobile app. That feature allows customers to turn on or off debit cards in real time, reducing the risk of fraud if cards are misplaced. “You can also use the app to set limits for yourself,” he said. FCBJ


“For example, if you set it to $100, then no transaction can be approved for more than that on the card. It’s designed to put the control in your hands, which is something our customers want.” USB began distributing the cards in June to all new account holders, as well as to those whose debit cards are being renewed. “The responses have been great,” Scotch said. “We’re now getting inquiries from other customers who want to know how to get one.”

The USB card works at most merchants who already accept Apple Pay and the like, including Stop & Shop and BJ’s Wholesale Club, not to mention local businesses like Captain Lou’s Chowdah House in Bethel. “We really like the system,” said owner Damian Albano, “especially the reporting it provides about sales per day. It breaks our sales down into categories and shows us what our best sellers are and what we should be emphasizing. And we’ve been able to adjust our prices a dollar or two, which makes a big difference for us.” Albano said his restaurant, which opened a little over a year ago, turned to online ordering for the first time during the pandemic; even now that it has reopened, online sales still make up around 75% of his business. “It’s been really helpful for us throughout Covid,” he said. “Contactless payment has been great. We don’t deal with cash all that much anymore.” “We remain committed to keeping up with new technologies that our customers are interested in,” Scotch said. While he indicated that some could be announced later this year, he declined to provide specifics. USB is a $2.2 billion mutual bank with 25 offices throughout western Connecticut.

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National News AG targets Eric Trump in fraud case involving Seven Springs estate BY PETER KATZ pkatz@westfairinc.com


ew York State Attorney General Letitia James has asked a court to compel Eric Trump, son of President Donald Trump, and others to testify in an ongoing civil investigation into the Trump Organization’s financial dealings. Dealings regarding four specific Trump properties are identified as being under scrutiny including Seven Springs estate in northern Westchester, bought by the Trump Organization in 1995. Among other things, James wants to obtain testimony from Eric Trump who was identified as executive vice president of the Trump Organization. She also is seeking to force the organization to turn over thousands of documents. James said that despite earlier agreeing to be interviewed in connection with the investigation, he now refuses to appear. She also said her office wants to talk with a land-use attorney who worked with the Trump Organization in connection with the Seven Springs estate. According to the Trump Organization website, Seven Springs is a 230-acre property on which the mansion was built in 1919 by Eugene Meyer, who was

The mansion at Seven Springs. Image via the Trump Organization website.

publisher of the Washington Post and a chairman of the Federal Reserve. The property is within the towns of Bedford, New Castle and North Castle and can be seen from Interstate 684. “Artisans from Italy were hired to make sure the 60 rooms, 15 bedrooms, and two servants wings were opulently designed,” according to the site. In addition to the 50,000-square-foot mansion, the estate has three pools, carriage houses and is surrounded by nature preserves. “H.J. Heinz of Heinz Ketchup, who was a friend of Meyer’s, built a Tudor-style home on the property, also in 1919. Today, Seven Springs is used as a retreat for the Trump family.” James said, “Nothing will stop us from following the facts and the law, wherever they may lead. For

months, the Trump Organization has made baseless claims in an effort to shield evidence from a lawful investigation into its financial dealings. “They have stalled, withheld documents and instructed witnesses, including Eric Trump, to refuse to answer questions under oath. That’s why we’ve filed a motion to compel the Trump Organization to comply with our office’s lawful subpoenas for documents and testimony. These questions will be answered and the truth will be uncovered, because no one is above the law.” In addition to Seven Springs, James is looking at dealings concerning: 40 Wall St., a mixed-use building in Lower Manhattan that the Trump Organization owns an interest; Trump International Hotel and Tower Chicago; and

Trump National Golf Club in Los Angeles. After efforts to develop the Westchester property were unsuccessful, the Trump Organization granted a conservation easement over 158 acres of the property in 2015. James is looking into the valuation that was used in the conservation easement. According to a document prepared by James’ office, the property was bought in December 1995 for $7.5 million by Seven Springs LLC, which is part of the Trump Organization. Between approximately 1996 and 2014, Trump made various efforts to develop Seven Springs as a golf course or to subdivide it for residential development. After these efforts failed or otherwise were ended, Trump decided to grant a conservation easement on Seven Springs, and thus apparently take an income tax deduction based on the lost development value of the property. The Trump Organization retained an appraisal firm to provide a value for the easement. A March 2016 appraisal determined that Seven Springs was worth $56.5 million as of Dec. 1, 2015, before placement of the easement, and further concluded that the easement’s value was $21.1 million. Seven Springs LLC



likewise identified the “appraised fair market value” of the conservation easement as $21.1 million on tax forms submitted to the IRS in 2016 reporting the claimed value of donated property for income tax purposes. James opened an investigation into Donald Trump and the Trump Organization in 2019, after Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, testified before Congress that Trump’s annual financial statements inflated the values of Trump’s assets to obtain favorable terms for loans and insurance coverage, while also deflating the value of other assets to reduce real estate taxes. James’ office said that the Trump Organization has professed cooperation, but has refused to produce documents on invalid grounds. It further alleged that in recent weeks, Eric Trump has refused to appear entirely to give testimony pursuant to a subpoena, despite his being an important character in certain transactions. James asked New York County State Supreme Court on Aug. 24 to order the Trump Organization to furnish witnesses for interviews and to provide documents regarding specific Trump Organization properties and transactions.

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Garthchester Realty doubles size with Stillman acquisition BY PETER KATZ pkatz@westfairinc.com


hile many companies in multiple categories have seen their businesses adversely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic ranging from mildly hurt to decimated, a Scarsdale property management firm has roughly doubled in size through an acquisition. Garthchester Realty of 209 Garth Road in Scarsdale, which specializes in property management and sales of co-ops and condominiums in Westchester, Riverdale and Queens, acquired Stillman Management Realty Corp. based in Harrison. Stillman has managed properties in Westchester, Rockland, southern Connecticut and New York City. Both companies have been providing management services for commercial and residential buildings along with co-op and condo boards and homeowners associations. “By acquiring Stillman and getting bigger it enables us to increase our purchasing power, get better pricing for our clients, increase our accessibility to additional vendors, and bring additional technology and expertise to our clients,” Brian Scally, a principal of Garthchester, told the Business Journal. Scally said that he and Garthchester’s other principal, Craig Perusini, have been focusing on the team concept when their company’s approximately 30 employees provide services to clients. Stillman has approximately 45 employees. “We manage about 72 properties and Stillman manages about 80,” Scally said. The combined operation will serve buildings having a total of approximately 15,000 residential units. Perusini pointed out that the Stillman acquisition means their “brain trust” has doubled and they’re adding a lot of knowledge and experience to the operation. Scally and Perusini plan to serve as co-presidents of the combined companies with Stillman Property Management’s Jeffrey Stillman


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I actually started as a building superintendent, so when there are problems I sometimes jump in. I just had a super come to me today about a problem with a ceiling and I’m actually going to go and inspect it and help him. ­­— Brian Scally



and Roy Stillman serving as senior vice president of finance and management, respectively. Scally said that Garthchester will be moving to Stillman’s space at 440 Mamaroneck Ave. in Harrison. “The Stillmans were looking for a succession plan. Craig and I were looking to expand our business, and it worked,” Scally said. “We actually look at each property as if we were living there, as if we were on the boards,” Scally said. “How would we want the building to be run if we were a shareholder or owner or resident?” Scally said that between himself, Perusini and the Stillmans, there is more than

100 years of experience in the property management field. “We’re very hands on, we’re very accessible, and we know a lot of the vendors who are out there. We can contact people and say, ‘I need you to get over here, it’s an emergency,’ and they’re usually very responsive,” Scally said. “I actually started as a building superintendent, so when there are problems I sometimes jump in. I just had a super come to me today about a problem with a ceiling and I’m actually going to go and inspect it and help him.” Scally said that when forecasters warned that the Tropical Storm Isaias was approaching, “I sent an email to all of our

managers: ‘get prepared; clean off the roofs; tell people with terraces to clean them off; tie the furniture down or bring it inside; make sure the storm drains are clean; can we put glow sticks out?’” Scally said that a good thing about managing so many buildings is that their company becomes a priority and can reach out to their vendors and contacts at utilities and get prompt responses. “We can get directly in,” Perusini added. He described having taken over management of a building at the beginning of the year that had been without gas service for about seven months. After reaching out to their utility company contacts they had the gas on for many of the building’s units within two weeks. When Covid-19 arrived, so did numerous new challenges. “Finding hand sanitizer and masks at the onset was really difficult. We had managers, myself included, going to supply companies and picking things up. One of the ironic pieces was that portable-toilet companies weren’t doing the usual business at events and had hand sanitizer that we were able to purchase,” Scally said. “We would buy masks en masse and then distribute them to the buildings. To this day we still are stocking supplies because we don’t know what else might come. We put up plastic shields. We put tables six feet away. We put up notices in elevators where people should be standing. Information and knowledge is power. We want to make sure we’re telling our residents as much as we possibly can and updating them constantly.” “I think the market for building management is relatively stable,” Perusini said. “The product is out there to manage, no matter what. The buildings are already built for the most part, other than the new construction coming in. It’s really Brian’s and my intention to continue to build on what we’ve done here. By incorporating both cultures into one and taking the best of both companies our business will flourish.”

Tarryhill tenant sues HarborView Properties over condemned apartment BY BILL HELTZEL bheltzel@westfairinc.com


former tenant of Residences at Tarryhill, a low-income housing complex in Greenburgh, claims the landlord has refused to fix her condemned apartment. Carla Cialone is demanding that HarborView Properties I and its Tarryhill Management Co. affiliate compensate her for costs she incurred when she lost her apartment, according to a lawsuit filed Aug. 8 in Westchester Supreme Court. Refusal to repair the apartment, the complaint states, “constitutes an unlawful eviction under New York law.” HarborView has not yet been served with the complaint, an unidentified leasing agent said in response to a general email inquiry, and “the attorney will handle it when the time comes.” The Residences at Tarryhill opened in 1997 on an 8-acre site off Old Tarrytown Road that was previously used for a public elementary school. It received financial support from Westchester County and the New York State Housing Finance Agency.

Residences at Tarryhill, Greenburgh.

The complex, designed by WMW Architects, groups 87 apartments in six 2½-story buildings and features entrance porticos, picket fences and expansive lawns. HarborView Properties, based in Mamaroneck and led by Frank T. Chiarello and Dale and Lynn Kaufteil, invests in apartments, offices, hotels and mixed-use projects from Connecticut to Florida. In 2016, HarborView bought Tarryhill for nearly $10.8 million, according to Westchester property records, and mort-

gaged it for $8.5 million to Signature Bank. Cialone is described in the complaint as a disabled mother of a 12-year-old disabled girl. She has lived at Tarryhill since 2004, with financial assistance from the Westchester Housing Choice Voucher Program. On July 25, 2019, a fire damaged the property, according to the lawsuit, and 15 days later flooding caused a sewage backup that damaged and destroyed furniture and personal belongings. Several times before the flood, Cialone


claims, a plumber had been called to clear backups and had discovered that the drain line was defective. The complaint does not say who or what caused the fire or how much damage was done. A building inspector condemned the apartment as unfit for human habitation a year ago, according to the complaint, “as a result of the fire and/or sewage backup.” Cialone asked HarborView to fix the apartment or provide a comparable place, the complaint states, but the company has refused or delayed making repairs and claimed there were no available units. Cialone claims she had to stay in hotels until she found another apartment at a higher rent. She is demanding that HarborView repair her apartment and allow her to resume living there at the same rent she had been paying, and to compensate her for damaged personal property, higher rent at the new apartment, and for enduring “extended stays at hotels.” She wants treble damages for alleged wrongful eviction. She is represented by Yonkers attorney Robert F. Zerilli.

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opment would include 80 residential units with 8,700 square feet of retail space fronting on North Broadway. The developer is 39-51 North Broadway Associates LP, which has an address of 273 Columbus Ave. in Tuckahoe. At a previous board meeting when the plan was unveiled O’Rourke said, “What we’ve come up with is a proposal we think that is environmentally sustainable, is in keeping with the mandates of the comprehensive plan and also incorporates the elements that we think are important to make this a very successful project.” O’Rourke said that the village’s comprehensive plan seeks to promote infill development and greater residential densities when they can be supported with off-street parking. Five Tarrytown residents spoke at the public hearing, which was conducted using video conferencing. All were critical of the project. Resident Heather Haggerty said, “You’re going to have some issues with pedestrians and buses and trucks. It’s really a density issue. There are going to be too many people in a small area.” Resident Laura Burke said, “It’s way too big, it’s way too dense, it’s too many people, too much traffic and there’s literally almost no benefit to the town for this.” John Sullivan of White



sales platform to sell items that have modest sales volumes and are not kept in stock. The government claims the brothers set up limited liability corporations and registered six vendor accounts, using addresses in Monsey, Spring Valley and Valley Cottage in Rockland; Newburgh in Orange County; and Brooklyn. They agreed to sell Amazon specific goods at specific prices, according to the indictment, but shipped and invoiced for far more merchandise at inflated prices. In one scheme, they allegedly shipped items that Amazon


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Pla i n s-ba sed Su l l iva n Architecture said, “I think we realize that we have a lot of work to get through. What we’re proposing to do with this site is to take the existing building almost in its exact configuration, just square it up in some corners, raze the building and construct one in its place.” Sullivan said that the current one-story building contains approximately 24,000 square feet of retail. The existing 61 parking spaces at grade level behind the retail building would remain and 62 parking spaces would be created in a single-level garage under the new building for a total of 123

spaces on the site. Because of the slope of the property, the garage would be entered above ground in the rear. The covered parking would be reserved for residents of the new building. There would be 19 of the aboveground spaces reserved for use by building residents with the remainder available for use by the public. A one-way driveway would allow access onto the site from North Broadway. There would be no direct exit onto North Broadway. Sullivan explained that the building would have a U-shaped layout with a courtyard in the middle. He described it as being

very European in style. He said that the courtyard would be the only amenity space for the property, with no swimming pool, tennis court or fitness facility. He said that in addition to the retail space, the first floor would have 10 residential units. Coco subsequently raised the possibility that there might be a small workout space for residents. Sullivan said that the second, third and fourth floors would be stepped back by five feet from the front line of the first floor. They each would have 19 units. The fifth floor, which is designed to be set back a total of 10 feet from the

street-level facade, would have 13 dwelling units. “One thing we would like to pursue is having the unit plans be very open,” Sullivan said, describing what he believes will be a need for spaces where people can work as well as live. “That doesn’t necessarily mean we create an apartment with also an office in it,” Sullivan said, adding that the idea would be to offer residents flexibility for setting up an area that could be used when they were working at home. “We see these units being occupied by potentially anyone,” Sullivan said. “They’re not specifically designed for millennials or for seniors. It’s for anyone who wants to live in this wonderful village, in a walking community and have the ability to interface and become a part of that community.” Sullivan said that there would be a green, vegetative roof that would help control heat loss in winter and the need for cooling in the summer. “I see this building as green as I can make it,” Sullivan said. Coco had previously told the board, “We’re excited about the opportunity to develop the property. We’ve owned it a long time. The family is ready to work with you to come together on a nice plan to get something developed on the property.” The planning board was planning to submit questions to the developer and then hold a work session to continue reviewing the proposal.

had not ordered. In July 2018, for example, an Abraham vendor agreed to ship a designer perfume for $289.78. Instead, 927 plastic beard trimming tools were shipped at $289.78 each, the indictment states, and Amazon paid $268,626 that was deposited in a Rockland bank account held in Heshl Abraham’s name. In August 2018, one of the Abraham vendors agreed to ship a case of 12 canisters of disinfectant spray, for $94.03 per pack. Instead, they allegedly shipped 7,000 toothbrushes at $94.03 each, according to the indictment, and Amazon paid $658,210 that was deposited in a Rockland bank account held

by Yoel Abraham. When a vendor sends too much stuff, Amazon typically assumes there has been an error and requests clarification, according to the indictment. When Amazon detects an overshipping scheme, it deactivates the vendor account. The indictment states the brothers manipulated Amazon’s invoicing system to avoid detection, but does not explain the exact mechanism that enabled them to allegedly get away with such a massive fraud for so long. The brothers repeatedly discussed how to evade detection by Amazon, the indictment states, using an encrypt-

ed WhatsApp texting group named after the address of their parents’ home in Monsey. In November 2018, as Amazon was catching on, Yoel Abraham purportedly texted, “Open account under dummy names and they can go look for no one,” according to the indictment. Zishe Abraham responded, “Yup, need to do that … The problem the first accounts was under real names.” When Amazon suspended their vendor accounts, the government claims, the brothers tried to open new accounts with fake names and different email addresses and using virtual private servers to disguise

their identities. If found guilty, the brothers could be sentenced to prison for 20 years for wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and for 10 years for money laundering. Acting U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss cited the work and assistance of U.S. Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, New York City police, the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor, Rockland County Sheriff’s Department and Amazon. Assistant prosecutor Jilan J. Kamal and the prosecutor’s office of complex frauds and cybercrime are handling the case.

Renderings of the project.



Mind Factory Escape Games brings new (safe) levels of challenge to Black Rock FIND WHAT YOU LOVE WITH A VOICE COMMAND Dave Hennessey at Mind Factory Escape Games in Bridgeport. Photo by Phil Hall. BY PHIL HALL phall@westfairinc.com


f there’s one business that might not seem like the most appropriate in a pandemic, it would be an escape room operation. After all, the notion of bringing a group of people in tight quarters at a time defeats the concept of maintaining 6 feet of social distancing. Of course, Dave Hennessey could not have possibly predicted a global pandemic would coincide with the opening of his Mind Factory Escape Games in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport. When he began planning the business 2½ years ago, he was more focused on securing a location for the business. “One of the biggest challenges was finding the correct physical space,” he said. “And that was a yearlong search. While we were searching for the place, we were also designing what it would look like. Then, we actually got into this place, which was an old office covering 3,000 square feet that hadn’t been used in some time. And (we) did a ton of work starting last June.” Hennessey, a former journalist, originally planned to open Mind Factory Escape Games in mid-March, but its premiere didn’t occur until mid-June. Hennessey said the main concern of his patrons is not the speed of solving the games, but ensuring the space is free of Covid-19. “There is trepidation around coronavirus,” he said. “People are still nervous — they’ve still got to wear masks.” To ensure a healthy environment, Hennessey limits visits to Mind Factory Escape Games to only one group at a time. Hand sanitizers are ubiquitous throughout the venue and air filters add an extra layer of health protection. Escape room games are not a new idea, so it was incumbent upon Hennessey to create an environment that stands out from the crowd. “If you start to read some of the reviews online, people always tend to mention

there was a level of detail here that they did not see in other escape games,” he said. “There’s a ton of technology in here. We had some pretty brilliant people working on interactive technology so that the game feels almost like a real-life video game, which is certainly different than the simpler locking-key, word puzzle-type of escape rooms. “There is also the story,” he continued, referring to the crux of each game. “We put a lot into storytelling: there are videos and music and Jeff Seitzer, a terrific voice actor from the Halo video game franchise, has audio involved in the games.” Hennessey said Mind Factory Escape Games currently consists of one game with multiple rooms; a second game is not available to play in order to conform to maintaining social distancing, while a third game is planned for later in the year. Players who enter the game have one hour to solve what Hennessey described as “a series of interwoven clues and puzzles,” with a supernatural element that will need to be defeated in order to claim victory. The game can accommodate up to eight people and Hennessey stressed that the groups that play together are the only people in the venue at the time — there is no interaction with other groups, and the space is sanitized ahead of each new game. Hennessey is relying on social media to market his business and also has a Groupon promotion. He believed the Black Rock location will help him connect with the millennial audience that has made escape rooms a popular activity. When the pandemic is finally history, Hennessey said he would be interested in growing the business to other locations — provided he can find the right spaces to capture his goals. “We need kind of a unique place to put Mind Factories, and that’s always the challenge,” he said. “If the physical space was correct and I thought the market was correct, yes I would like to do more, because I have tons of ideas.”

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Unicorn Contracting in deal to buy Soundview Prep for $2.85M BY BILL HELTZEL bheltzel@westfairinc.com


nicorn Contracting Corp. has struck a deal to buy the former Soundview Preparatory School in Yorktown Heights for $2.85 million. Soundview, a private school that closed in January after 30 years in operation, disclosed the deal in a document filed Aug. 19 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in White Plains. “As soon as the closure was decided, the board began investigating the most efficient way to wind down the affairs of the school,” chairwoman Kelly Fairweather states in an affidavit. “Focused on finding a path forward that would provide the greatest recovery to … creditors, the board set out to monetize the debtor’s most valuable asset, the property.” Soundview’s 13-acre campus is on Underhill Avenue near Saw Mill River Road and the Yorktown Heights business district. The small, private co-ed school, grades 6 to 12, featured a low student-faculty ratio and a noncompetitive environment that were meant to encourage rigorous

academic standards, according to its website, instill ethical values and foster self-confidence. Enrollment had declined in recent years, and by January, with only 47 students, Soundview could not afford to keep the doors open. The school closed, but faculty continued to work with 14 seniors, and in May all graduated, according to Fairweather. Unicorn’s president, Paul F. Guillaro, expressed interest in buying the campus.

The Cold Spring real estate investment and development firm has built commercial and residential projects in the region, and according to Fairweather it is well known to village officials. In petitioning for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the school is hoping to quicken the transaction. The school had asked the state attorney general’s office, which is investigating the abrupt closing of the nonprofit school, for approval to sell the property.

Construction begins for The Flats at Westchester BY PETER KATZ pkatz@westfairinc.com


ace masks were the order of the day for participants at a recent groundbreaking event for The Flats at Westchester in White Plains. The apartment project will be built on an underutilized parking lot of the office complex at 1133 Westchester Ave. Completion is expected in early 2022. Developer Robert P. Weisz’s RPW Group and Cleveland-based NPR Group created a plan for three five-story buildings that would have a total of 303 apartments. The construction site is on approximately 20 acres of the 70-acre campus, which is next to the Maple Moor Golf Course near the intersection of Interstate 287 and the Hutchinson River Parkway.


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From left: Andrew Weisz, executive vice president of RPW Group; Robert Weisz, president and CEO of RPW Group; Bridget Gibbons, director of Westchester County Economic Development; Ken Jenkins, Westchester County deputy county executive; Tom Roach, mayor of White Plains; and Jonathan Gertman, vice president of development at The NRP Group.

The cost of The Flats project has been estimated at $95 million, with construction expected to take approximately two years. Lengthy speeches, often a feature of groundbreaking events, were skipped at the Aug. 18 event in another acknowledgement that Covid-19 has changed the way many things are being done nowadays. Jonathan Gertman, vice president of development for The NRP Group, WCBJ

did comment, “This project gives us an incredible opportunity to bring to life White Plains’ vision of creating communities that are flexible, transit-oriented and in demand. We feel lucky to have been chosen by RPW to partner on a project of such significance. To be able to start construction on a project like this, in the midst of the pandemic, is a testament to the partnership of RPW, the commitment of our financial partners, and the creativity and hard

That would have bypassed a more costly, time-consuming process of getting a formal court order But the attorney general’s office advised the school that it could not approve the sale, she states in her affidavit, because Soundview is insolvent. Thus, Fairweather stated, Soundview “elected to proceed with the liquidation of its assets and orderly wind down of its affairs through a Chapter 11 process.” She said selling the property to Unicorn is in the best interests of creditors. The campus was appraised at $3 million, according to a court document, but the school will save from $150,000 to $180,000 by not having to pay a real estate broker fee of 5 to 6 percent. Soundview declared $2.9 million in assets and $2.84 million in liabilities. It owes nearly $2.3 million to Bank of America for the mortgage and credit card debt, as well as wages and retirement benefits to former faculty and staff. A bankruptcy court hearing on the school’s request to sell the campus is scheduled for Sept. 21. Soundview is represented by Eastchester attorney Erica Aisner.

work from the public officials at the city of White Plains and Westchester County.” Andrew S. Weisz, executive vice president of the RPW Group, pointed out that the buildings will offer a less dense environment than is found in New York City while still offering the benefits of an urban environment. “We’ve wanted to diversify the mix of uses at this site to include multifamily for many years, but we wanted to do it with the right partner,” Weisz said. White Plains Mayor Tom Roach said, “As we continue to slowly reopen, we are thrilled to see economic activity, such as the construction of this live-work community materializing before our eyes.” The buildings will offer a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom units, some of which will have balconies. During the government approval process, the developers said that the apartments would be from 621 to 1,567 square feet in size. They said monthly rents would range from $1,890 for a one-bedroom unit to $3,690 for three bedrooms. Amenities at The Flats include a fitness center, swimming pool, business lounge, walking trails, and a pet spa. The project will have 12,000 square feet of public outdoor recreation.


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here may be tax consequences when selling your home. Here are 10 things to be aware of: 1. Exclusion of gain. You may be able to exclude part or all of the gain from the sale of your home. This rule may apply if you meet the eligibility test. Parts of the test involve your ownership and use of the home. You must have owned and used it as your main residence for at least two out of the five years before the date of sale. 2. Exceptions may apply. There are exceptions to the ownership, use and other rules. One exception applies to persons with a disability. Another applies to certain members of the military. That rule includes certain government and Peace Corps workers. For more information about various exceptions, contact a knowledgeable tax professional. 3. Exclusion limit. The most gain you can exclude from tax is $250,000. This limit is $500,000 for joint returns. The Net Investment Income Tax will not apply to the excluded gain. 4. May not need to report sale. If the gain is not taxable, you may not need to report the sale to the IRS on your tax return. 5. When you must report the sale. You must report the sale on your tax return if you can’t exclude all or part of the gain. You must report the sale if you choose not to claim the exclusion. That’s also true if you get Form 1099-S, Proceeds from Real Estate Transactions. If you report the sale, you may need to pay the Net Investment Income Tax. It’s advisable to talk with a tax specialist on this important question. 6. Exclusion frequency limit. Generally, you may exclude the gain from the sale of your main home only once every two years. Some exceptions may apply to this rule. 7. Only a main home qualifies. If you own more than one home, you may only exclude the gain on the sale of your main residence. Your main home usually is the home that you live in most of the time. 8. First-time homebuyer credit. If you claimed the first-time homebuyer credit when you bought the home, talk with a tax adviser about the special rules apply when selling. 9. Home sold at a loss. If you sell your main home at a loss, you can’t deduct the loss on your tax return. 10. Report your address change. After you sell your home and move, update your address with the IRS on Form 8822, Change of Address. You can find the address to send it to in the form’s instructions on page two. If you purchase health insurance through the Health Insurance

Marketplace, you should also notify the marketplace when you move out of the area covered by your current marketplace plan. This article is not intended as advice. There are more considerations, tax and otherwise, when selling your home. Consider working with an experienced tax professional for the best outcome. Norm Grill, CPA, (N.Grill@GRILL1. com) is managing partner of Grill & Partners, LLC (www.GRILL1.com), certified public accountants and consultants to closely held companies and high-networth individuals, with offices in Fairfield and Darien, 203-254-3880.

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The Next Big Thing?: Financial services site Crediverso taps an overlooked Hispanic community BY PHIL HALL phall@westfairinc.com


arlos Hernandez was watching Spanishlanguage television one day and came up with a business plan for something he wasn’t seeing. “I realized that there were no financial products being advertised,” he recalled. “I thought that was really strange. I come from the Spanish community, from an American family in LA, and I have plenty of credit cards. Many folks I know are spending just as much as any other community. So that didn’t make sense to me.” Hernandez began to take a look into how financial services marketing is aimed at the Hispanic community. He quickly found there was a very limited amount of data on the subject. What he discovered was even more puzzling. “The typical financial institution spends less than 1% of their

marketing budget on reaching Hispanics in the U.S.,” he said. “Now, that was really surprising to me because that portion of the population is comprised of about 60 million people, or 20% of the population. And the fact that most financial institutions are spending 1% of their budget on that group was crazy.” Hernandez, who has three degrees from Harvard — a B.A., M.B.A. and J.D. — decided to address this void in the market by creating Crediverso, an online financial products marketplace aimed at the nation’s Hispanic population. “It is available in English and Spanish, which can’t be said for the other personal finance product comparison engines in the U.S. And it has content that is written in a way that is engaging and appealing to the typical U.S. Hispanics,” Hernandez said. “We have a strong social mission that I’m very passionate about and, at the same time, because of the

lack of competitors in the space, it’s made for a pretty interesting business case.” Crediverso, which launched in late 2019, offers users a series of online videos, articles and comparison tools related to credit cards, credit scoring, loans and remittance services for sending money overseas. A financial literacy section featuring original videos and articles is also included on the site. “We offer reviews that are written from some of the top personal finance writers in the country,” Hernandez said. Crediverso is free for anyone to use and Hernandez is monetizing his endeavor based on partnerships he is establishing with financial services providers. “We work with banks, credit card issuers, remittance providers — I think we have partnerships with most of the top 10 largest global remittance providers at this point,” he said, noting that Crediverso is helping these com-

panies expand their Hispanic consumer marketing outreach. “We go to a partner and we say, ‘Hey, we know this market really well. We will bring you customers in this segment that you haven’t been able to reach before.’ And for every customer that we bring them, they basically offer us a fee. And we are creating greater transparency in the way that our financial partners have to showcase their products, as compared to their competitors — we put a little bit of pricing pressure on them such that they have to offer more competitive rates to the users.” Hernandez declined to cite the specific financial costs in starting Crediverso, although he noted the project was primarily self-funded and is not in the process of acquiring seed fundraising. He employed several strategies to keep costs down, including the use of summer interns to help build the platform and using a development team

based in Tijuana, Mexico, that could provide the bilingual skills needed for this endeavor. “That’s not a skill-set that a lot of engineers in Silicon Valley have,” he added. Hernandez has not seen any of the major financial information websites attempt to follow his lead, and he is confident that their lack of connection with the Hispanic community would limit any effort to duplicate Crediverso’s focus. “A question that I get often from investors is, ‘Well, if it’s just a language play, why can’t one of these competitor websites just translate their site into Spanish?’” he said. “It is much more than just a language play — you can’t just translate a site and expect it to appeal to a completely different audience the same way. “I can’t speak as to why competitors haven’t gotten into this space yet, other than to say that they’re not there and that has created a big business opportunity for us.”

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Good news Getting back to business: How’s the region doing? BY PETER KATZ pkatz@westfairinc.com


eopening businesses while a worldwide pandemic continues is proving to be not without its challenges. Government requirements for reopening must be met, best practices for health and safety of employees and customers must be implemented and a sense of trust and confidence must be instilled among those would-be customers who may have reservations about resuming normal activities. A glimpse of how businesses in various categories are coping in Westchester can be found in a survey that was released Aug. 24 by The Business Council of Westchester’s Economic Recovery Task Force. In Fairfield County, the Business Journal’s Kevin Zimmerman sampled what has been happening in its business community. About 100 businesses from a variety of sectors participated in The Business Council of Westchester’s (BCW) survey communicated a sense of hope and optimism despite obvious recent struggles. Some of the sectors were energy, health and wellness, manufacturing, professional services, real estate/construction, retail, hospitality and restaurants and bars. Only 1% of those responding said they anticipated closing in the short-term. There was a prediction by 44% that they would remain open but would continue to struggle, with 17% saying they would thrive and 25% saying they would break even. About 53% of those responding said that business was down or significantly down compared with the same time last year, with 6 percent saying it was the same and 6 percent saying it was up. The rest said the question was not applicable or didn’t respond. A majority of the businesses, 43%, said they were classified as essential businesses and had never closed, while 36% reported that they had reopened in phases one through four of the state’s recovery program. Only three


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businesses said they had not yet reopened. Some business owners offered specific comments: Travel agency — “We need additional financial relief from Congress. Travel is halted internationally, and with 34 states currently on NYS’ quarantine list. Domestic travel is at a standstill as well. 70% of travel agencies will close in 6 months without additional relief.” Design studio — “Our parent company actually closed us down permanently because of the financial crisis with Covid and we opened a new firm in this chaos to keep our clients and try and make a go of it.” Florist — “I was able to continue my business working alone and only saw a slight drop. Web sales increased from 9% to 30% of sales, walk-ins decreased from 40% before Covid to 10% today.” Engineering services — “Need to keep municipal infrastructure projects moving forward, as well as private development projects. Without these projects moving forward everything in our industry screeches to a halt.” Accounting firm — “Working on a remote basis has proven to FCBJ


be generally successful!” Insurance agency — “We have been working the entire pandemic for our clients either remotely or myself at the office.” John Ravitz, executive vice president and COO of the Business Council told the Business Journal, “This survey is another tool that we hope will be able to help both the state and county get a good understanding from the field of what businesses are experiencing, what some of their concerns and challenges are. We can be optimistic that people are keeping their doors open but we’ve got a long way to go.” He said that the survey was designed to get feedback from all sectors that play a pivotal role in Westchester’s economic landscape. Marsha Gordon, president and CEO of the BCW, said, “We hope this information will give our elected officials a glimpse into how our recovery is proceeding and what more they can do to assist the business community.’’ Connecticut’s Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz told the Business Journal, “We are doing so well with respect to our recovery —

and I think we should all be very proud of that.” Back on April 29, Bysiewicz had announced that the state, working with the Connecticut Council of Small Towns, the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities and the state Council of Governments, was putting together local long-term recovery committees in an effort she is chairing. In Norwalk, The SoNo Collection’s Matt Seebeck told the Business Journal they have been doing “really great” since reopening May 20. “We’re pleased with the progress that’s going on here, and we’re very pleased with how the greater southwestern Connecticut region is doing. It’s a testament to the hard work of the public health and public safety offices that people feel comfortable enough to come back to stores,” Seebeck said. He added that the mall has seen “week over week growth” in foot traffic, but declined to give specific data. Seebeck said that rigorous sanitation and social distancing efforts are in place, including signs in common areas, reminders of each store’s reduced capacity, and security officers on patrol to offer face masks to customers who may have forgotten about that particular mandate. At The Hyatt Regency Greenwich, General Manager Sherry Hicks-Buckles said of the three months and 10 days that the hotel was closed, “I think they were the longest three months and 10 days of my life.” The hotel, with 361 rooms and 12 suites, has been rehiring most of the 150 employees it furloughed when it was required to close March 24. Along with corporate directives from the Hyatt Hotels Corp., Hicks-Buckles said the hotel utilized a number of resources from the state and the Connecticut Lodging Association, which together offered “a really good opportunity to check all the boxes.” Employees are required to undergo daily temperature checks when they arrive for work, must wear masks at all

times, use other personal protective equipment as appropriate, observe social distance guidance and use additional hand sanitizer stations. “We’re taking a very methodical approach,” she said. “You can tell there’s a fair amount of people who have not been able to travel for a while. They’re glad to get out of their houses and see other people. It’s exciting for them, as well as for us.” James Veal, co-founder and COO of DistanceDesigns in Easton said that the company is responding to Covid-19 by providing services and resources to create what it calls “agile” workspaces. “We started to get a lot of our retail clients coming to us and saying, ‘What do we do? How do we reopen?’ Like every interior designer in the world, solving problems and addressing each client’s needs comes with the territory,” Veal said. He expressed the view that things are more complex now, and not just because of the coronavirus. “Besides looking at the number of employees occupying a space, you have to look at how they interact with that space and with each other, in order to allow them to do their best work,” Veal said. Veal said that Distance Designs’ method of achieving that balance is based upon three pillars: removing physical hazards; delivering a space suited to the needs of a flexible, sustainable work environment for the future; and implementing policy and processes to reinforce the physical control of hazards and to promote an adaptable working atmosphere. With the travel and tourism hurting globally, the Connecticut Office of Tourism and the Department of Economic and Community Development have been running a $1.2 million marketing program that is scheduled to continue through Labor Day. It’s called “Good to See You Connecticut” and is designed to help reinvigorate revenues for the thousands of tourism businesses across the state.









DR. JOHN MURPHY, formerly president and CEO of Western Con-

necticut Health Network since 2010, now holds the position of president and CEO of Nuvance Health. In 2019, Western Connecticut Health Network entered into an agreement with Health Quest, a four-hospital system based in LaGrangeville, New York, to create a health system to provide communities across New York’s Hudson Valley and western Connecticut with more convenient, accessible and affordable care. As CEO, Murphy leads the clinical, academic and research enterprise that serves more than 1.5 million residents across the two states and includes seven hospitals, 2,600 aligned physicians and more than 12,000 employees. Born and raised in New Jersey, Murphy graduated summa cum laude, with a bachelor’s degree in biology, from Fordham University. He attended University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), Rutgers Medical School, before completing his training in internal medicine and neurology at the UMDNJ Hospital system. Murphy practiced neurology in the Danbury, Connecticut, area for 20 years prior to shifting his focus to administration. He has received a number of honors, including being named as one of the “Best Doctors in America,” and the recipient of the Magida award for notable patient care, and the Entrepreneur of the Year by Western Connecticut University. Murphy currently serves as the board chair for the Connecticut Hospital Association as well as a member of the regional policy board of the American Hospital Association and the Advisory Board for Anthem in Connecticut.

CHARLES SLACK has written four mainstream nonfiction books, most recently "Liberty’s First Crisis" (Grove Atlantic, 2015). Described by Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Jon Meacham as “a terrific piece of history,” Liberty’s First Crisis tells the story of the Sedition Act of 1798 and the nation’s first great battle over free speech. His other books include "Hetty: The Genius and Madness of America’s First Female Tycoon," winner of the 2005 Connecticut State Book Award for Biography and the Elle Magazine Reader Prize for Biography; "Noble Obsession," named one of the 25 best “Books to Remember” for 2002 by the New York Public Library; and "Blue Fairways," a finalist for the United States Golf Association’s International Book Award. As an independent business writer and editor, Slack works with financial services firms and other corporations, helping them shape and deliver custom-branded content. From December 2013 through June 2015, he served as executive director of financial content for Time Inc. Content Solutions in New York. Earlier in his career, Slack was a reporter for The Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and The Chattanooga Times in Tennessee. His writing has appeared in national publications such as Esquire, Reader’s Digest, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, and others. A graduate of Harvard, Slack lives in Connecticut with his wife, Barbara. They have two grown daughters and are adjusting to being empty nesters.


MARVET ABBASSI is the CFO of Dental Associates of Connecticut, managing the financial operations of this dental service organization that has served the state for almost five decades with a full range of general and specialized dentistry. During her tenure, Abbassi has been an integral part of the organization’s growth from five office locations to 12 in just the last 18 months. Before joining Dental Associates in 2016, she spent 18 years at Allied Healthcare International, where she served as the U.S. financial controller from 2000, and prior to that was assistant controller and manager of financial reporting. Abbassi was a senior accountant at Bresnan Communications Co. from 1994 to 1998 and a senior auditor with KPMG in Jericho, New York from 1991 to 1994. She graduated summa cum laude from Manhattan College with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and a minor in international business. A licensed Certified Public Accountant, when she’s not busy guiding the financial decisions of a growing organization, she can be found cheering on the sidelines watching her youngest daughter play soccer, giving words of wisdom to her older two children, or spending time with her husband in their hometown of Brookfield, Connecticut.


KATRINE BECK is a cofounding partner of Fullerton Beck LLP, a 100% women-owned law firm. As a litigation attorney, Beck focuses on cases involving construction contracts and disputes, commercial disputes and condominium/co-op law. She represents individuals, companies of all kinds, including insurance companies and boards of directors. She has an impeccable record for effectively and aggressively defending her clients. Prior to launching Fullerton Beck in 2018, Beck was a partner at both a local Westchester and a national Am Law 200 law firm, where she led the mentoring and associate focus committees. She started her career as an assistant corporation counsel with the New York City Law Department, Bronx Tort Division, where she tried numerous cases to verdict on behalf of New York City and its agencies. She received her Juris Doctorate from Albany Law School and her Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from Ramapo College of New Jersey. Beck’s accomplishments have earned her accolades, including her selection in New York Metro and Westchester Super Lawyers since 2016, and she has appeared on the Westchester County Business Journal’s Women-Owned Business/Power Women Leaders list. She also was honored in 2012 with The Business Council of Westchester’s “40 Under 40” Rising Stars award. Beck is dedicated to giving back to the community and now serves as the chair of the nonprofit organization Girls Inc. of Westchester, which helps support Westchester girls, ages 9 to 18, to be “Smart, Strong and Bold!”

PAUL BLANCO is the founder

and CEO of Barnum Financial Group, an award-winning provider of comprehensive personalized planning, investment and protection solutions and financial literacy programs to clients across the U. S. He began his career at MetLife as a financial services representative in 1991. In just two years, he moved into management, taking over a seven-person MetLife office in Trumbull, Connecticut. Today, Barnum has more than 20 offices in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. In recognition of his vision and leadership, Blanco became the youngest inductee into the MetLife Managers’ Hall of Fame. He led the team at Barnum to be recognized by MetLife as its Firm of the Year in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2015. His belief that well-trained and credentialed professionals providing personal financial advice and strategies led to the development of his Growth Through Innovation workshops, a forum to deliver “best practices” to financial services leaders throughout the country. Most recently, Blanco’s understanding of the importance of engaging young adults to take control of their financial futures has inspired him to spearhead the launch of The Establishment Barnum, a new approach to financial education and literacy focusing on young professionals. Recently Blanco was accepted into the Forbes Finance Council, an invitation-only community for executives in accounting, financial planning, wealth and asset management and investment firms and has contributed insights to a number of their publications. A noted industry speaker, he has appeared on many radio and television programs as well as in national and local publications, providing insights on leadership, recruiting, philanthropy and industry innovation.




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UGO CHIULLI was born in

Torino, Italy, from which he and his family emigrated to America in the '70s, settling in Yonkers. Chiulli’s passion is technology; he always dreamed of being able to steer his own destiny and considers himself fortunate to be able to have started his own business, Progressive Computing Inc. (PCI), with the help of his trusted co-founder. PCI was founded in 1993 in Chiulli’s basement and has since gone through several re-inventions of itself as technology has changed, always partnering with its customers within its virtual informational technology (IT) department. Chiulli attributes his company’s longevity and success to the company’s mantra – “Relationships mean everything.” Actively involved in his community, Chiulli serves on St. Ann’s Church finance committee, is a Knight of Columbus, Yonkers Chamber of Commerce member, YWCA’s 90th anniversary benefit committee member, participates in Volunteer NY’s Giving Tuesday and is a board member of the Community Resource Center. Chiulli has spearheaded PCI’s donation of IT services to many nonprofits stating, “For me, volunteering is a way of giving back to the community for our good fortune.” While not at PCI Chiulli enjoys spending time with his wife, two children and rescue puppy, Whiskey. He also enjoys espresso, great cafés, good bourbon/whiskey, an occasional cigar and most of all, pairing any of the above with good company. He considers his best quality to be his patience and his favorite part of working at PCI to be the awesome people he gets to work with every day.


the director of marketing at Ridge Hill in Yonkers, New York, a retail property owned by Australian company, Queensland Investment Corp. (QIC). Hongach began her work on Ridge Hill in 2006 with developer Forest City Ratner Cos. and saw the project through groundbreaking, construction, leasing and now operation. In 2014, she returned to her marketing roots taking the lead in establishing Ridge Hill’s role in the local community. She has implemented many successful initiatives, including the Ridge Hill Community Garden, which, in its first two years, has provided hundreds of students from Yonkers Public Schools the opportunity for hands-on learning about ecology, sustainability and nutrition. She also introduced RH Kids, a club exclusively for the center’s youngest guests offering programs such as yoga, cooking classes and the newest event series, story time hosted at Showcase Cinema de Lux in connection with the Yonkers Public Library. Hongach has created a full calendar of programming consisting of film and music series, festivals, art installations and more, in order to attract people of all ages to Ridge Hill. These programs make Ridge Hill a true community partner by developing relationships with local businesses and nonprofits throughout Yonkers and the greater Westchester County. In addition to promoting Ridge Hill as a whole, Hongach, also works closely with new businesses opening at Ridge Hill and guides them on a path toward success from the time their lease is signed through grand opening and beyond. She is a graduate of Cornell University.


ROBERT GLAZER is responsible for the overall operation of ENT and Allergy Associates (ENTA) and focuses his attention on physician recruitment, mergers and acquisitions and strategic planning. Glazer is an ad hoc member of all board committees and reports directly to the president of the group. ENTA consists of more than 220 MDs in 46 locations in the New York/New Jersey metro region. Glazer joined ENTA in December 1997 and has more than 40 years of health care experience in finance and operations, information technology, managed care contracting, mergers and acquisitions, physician recruitment and health care marketing.OASIS, Otolaryngology/Allergy Specialty Insurance Services, a self-funded, self-insured medical malpractice captive was formed by the partners at ENTA in 2008. Glazer serves as the vice president/ secretary of this Vermont domiciled insurance company. Glazer is a program coordinator for the Health Care Career Workshop Courses at Fordham University and an adjunct professor at Pace University Graduate Program for Public Administration - Health Policy and was recently reappointed to the New York State Ninth Judicial District BAR Grievance Committee for a four-year term. Prior to joining ENTA, Glazer worked as a hospital administrator at New York University Medical Center (1976-1985), Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center (1985-1993) and New York United Medical Center (1993-1996). He transitioned to physician practice management in 1996 when he was the vice president of administration for ProHealth Associates, a multispecialty sports medicine practice in Long Island. Glazer has a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the State University of New York and a master’s degree in public administration and health care from New York University.


is the vice president and chief financial officer at New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York, where he oversees all aspects of NYMC's finance, accounting, financial reporting, tax planning and compliance responsibilities. In this role, he is responsible for the fiscal performance of NYMC and supervises the controller's, budget and purchasing offices. During his tenure at NYMC, Hammerman has streamlined the annual budgeting process, created a fully transparent budget, achieved a real and sustainable budget surplus and created a team culture. In addition, he has built internal and external operational bridges and diminished organizational barriers. Hammerman joined NYMC from the Touro College and University System (TCUS), where he was director of budget, planning and analysis. Prior to TCUS, he held finance and operations positions at the 92nd Street Y, Museum of the City of New York and The Town School. Beyond his work as a financial officer, Hammerman has worked as a volunteer emergency medical technician for the past 30 years. In this capacity, he has saved countless lives, delivered babies and was a first responder during the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, and the Miracle on the Hudson crash landing. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting and information systems from Queens College of the City University of New York, and his MBA in nonprofit management from Touro University Worldwide.

BUD HAMMER is the president

and general manager of Atlantic Westchester Inc., an award-winning, family-owned commercial and industrial HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) business in Bedford Hills, New York, offering a variety of HVAC solutions for businesses, institutions and government facilities across the New York metro area and assists clients with proactive maintenance, remediation and installation. The company holds HVAC licenses in Westchester, Putnam and Rockland counties and Connecticut. Atlantic Westchester is also in the energyefficiency business and has teamed up with channel partners to provide an “umbrella” type of service to help buildings execute energy conservation measures. The company received green business certification in December 2015 and is a sponsor of the Green Business Partnership program, which educates and encourages businesses in Westchester County to become more environmentally friendly. Atlantic Westchester is the only HVAC company in the area to achieve this certification. Dedicated to helping Westchester County go green while protecting the environment and habitat, Atlantic Westchester’s goal is to minimize the organization’s impact and maximize future generations’ ability to live, work and play in a shared natural environment. Over the years, Hammer and his team have received numerous awards, recognitions and features in local and national publications. Hammer graduated from Pace University in 1986 with a Bachelor of Business degree in marketing. He is a strong believer in giving back to the community and volunteers at organizations, including Visions and United Way of Westchester and Putnam. He resides in Somers, New York, with his wife and business partner, Lisa.

GLENN MACINNES is executive

vice president and chief financial officer at Webster Financial Corp. He is responsible for financial reporting and planning, accounting, profitability, treasury, procurement and investor relations. MacInnes joined Webster in 2011. Prior to that, he was CFO at NewAlliance Bancshares for two years. During this time, he led the effort to quickly improve the corporation’s profitability metrics through initiatives that expanded the net interest margin and improved operating efficiency while funding incremental growth initiatives. MacInnes also negotiated the corporation’s sale to First Niagara Financial Group. From 1998 to 2009, was employed at Citigroup in a series of domestic and international positions, including CFO of Citibank (West) FSB, deputy CFO of Citibank North America and strategic planning for the International Retail Bank. MacInnes has been selected for Institutional Investor (II) magazine’s All-America Executive Team for 2015 and 2016 with a Top 3 ranking for Best Chief Financial Officer in the Banks/Midcap category, contributing in each year to Webster’s inclusion among America’s Most Honored Companies under the II rankings. In 2016, MacInnes ranked No. 1 and also contributed to Webster being named one of 45 Industry Champions in the II All-America Executive Team rankings. In 2015, he was honored as CFO of the Year by the Hartford Business Journal in the publication’s annual C-Suite Award program. MacInnes serves on the board of Wellmore Behavioral Health. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Susquehanna University and his MBA from Monmouth University.




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MICHAEL MORAN has been part of the arts and entertainment landscape in Stamford for more than 30 years and serves as president and CEO of the 501c3 Stamford Center for the Arts-Palace Theatre (SCA). Later this year he will celebrate his 20th anniversary with the organization. Previously, Moran served as director of operations of Trans-Lux/ Crown Theatres for 13 years. He brings a unique perspective and understanding to The Palace Theatre, having started as the box office manager and being promoted through the organization. He also credits his success and longevity to the leadership, guidance and commitment from the SCA Board of Directors and applauds the efforts of a capable and professional staff. Moran understands that performing arts centers make good communities great communities. Naturally, The Palace serves as an amazing venue committed to presenting world-class entertainment like "Chicago," Tony Bennett, Steve Martin and Martin Short. The Palace Theatre is the performance home to the nonprofit cultural institutions Connecticut Ballet and Stamford Symphony. It also takes great pride in offering several arts education programs that reach nearly 8,000 children and adults annually. Moran believes collaboration is critical to maintain success across these multiple unique initiatives. In addition, he serves as the president of the Consortium of Eastern Regional Theatres, is a member of the Connecticut Arts Alliance, the International Entertainment Buyers Association, the Association of Performing Arts Professionals and is a commissioner on the city of Stamford’s Arts and Culture Commission.


joined Accurate Lock & Hardware as the CEO in July 2014. For almost half a century, Accurate Lock & Hardware has been dedicated to providing the finest American-made locks and hardware products. Salvatore, a third-generation owner, said he began working at Accurate Lock and Hardware as a kid, coming in on Saturdays and after school through high school and into college in various capacities alongside his father, Ronald Salvatore, who founded the company in 1972, and his three brothers. Reed Salvatore graduated Dartmouth College in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and spent the last 20 years managing global trading desks before rejoining Accurate in his current role. During his time as CEO, he has led the company to be recognized as a Top Workplace, Family-Owned Business of the Year, a Thriving Thirty company, among dozens of awards for product innovation and customer service. “Manufacturing custom architectural hardware and locks from Tokyo to Wyoming, Accurate Lock and Hardware is considered to be the gold standard when it comes to high-end hardware and mechanical components across the industry,” Salvatore said. Accurate Lock & Hardware is recognized as the largest manufacturer in the Stamford, Connecticut, area and is proud to make 100% American-made products.


MOOYEON OH-PARK, M.D., M.S., Burke Rehabilitation Hospital’s senior vice president and chief medical officer, oversees Burke’s operations in patient care, education and research. She also plays a key role in strategic planning and expansion of Burke’s programs and rehabilitation services and academic integration of Burke within the Montefiore Health System for post-acute care and population health. Since joining Burke in April 2018, she melded her academic background with health care operations, improving the hospital’s quality metrics to the competitive level and creating several innovative treatment projects and research programs. She has been developing the transition of care models for individuals with stroke and other chronic conditions across the continuum of care, focusing on the outcomes which are most important to the patients and their families. She is committed to nurturing the next generation of physician leaders and in doing so has expanded the physical medicine and rehabilitation residency program and created sports medicine and brain injury medicine fellowships. Oh-Park is board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, electrodiagnostic medicine, neuromuscular medicine and sports medicine and is a professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and the Department of Neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She is a fellow of the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine by Drexel University for Montefiore Health System and has received 15 teaching awards and authored 50 peer-reviewed publications. Oh-Park serves on the editorial board of the American Journal of PM&R and Annals of Rehabilitation Medicine.


CEO of Westmed Medical Group, an award-winning multispecialty outpatient organization, composed of 500 physicians and advanced care providers and more than 1,500 employees throughout Westchester and Fairfield counties. Under Viceroy’s leadership, Westmed has continued to expand its service offerings and build strategic partnerships to enhance the health and wellness of its patients and the surrounding community. As one of 548 accountable care organizations in the United States, Westmed has earned a national reputation for its focus on improving the quality of care for patients, while reducing unnecessary costs in the system. According to the CMS Medicare Shared Savings Report (2018 Performance Year) Westmed ranked within the top 6% nationally for total savings, compared to the benchmark. The group has achieved savings consistently each year, with more than $40 million in cumulative financial savings for CMS since 2013. In addition to his focus on maintaining excellence in quality initiatives, Viceroy has also championed enhancements to the Westmed patient experience and has led the group to achieve an impressive 95th percentile ranking for overall patient satisfaction, when benchmarked regionally against other health care organizations in our community. Westmed has also earned repeated industry recognition as one of the “Best Workplaces” in the country by Fortune magazine under his leadership. Viceroy is a member of the Board of Advisors for New York Medical College and serves as a member of the board of directors of the Westchester County Association as well as a CEO Council Member of the American Medical Group Association.

SUOBO RICHARDS is a highly decorated Air Force veteran with a degree in engineering chemistry from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. His Air Force career highlights include service in South Carolina, Texas, and Saudi Arabia. He received an honorable discharge in 2008. His corporate experience includes positions of increasing responsibility at Merck Pharmaceuticals, United Technologies Corp., Club Car and National Grid. In his current position, as COO and vice president of the veteranfounded nonprofit Service After Service in Shelton, Connecticut, Richards empowers veterans to rediscover a new sense of purpose by getting back into their communities. In 2018, through his direct efforts, he was able to raise more than $60,000 for the nonprofit to support community programs. Richards has also managed to use his certification as a Six Sigma Black Belt to produce and direct corporate training videos for United Technology Corp. and Pratt & Whitney. He serves on the advisory board of Lower Naugatuck Valley Boys and Girls Club in Ansonia and moderates a community conversation with the Ansonia Board of Education on diversity and equity in schools. Richards is also a founding member of the Connecticut Fairfield and New Haven Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers. His awards include the 2017 Connecticut Veterans Wartime Service Medal, National Defense Ribbon, US Air Force Honor Graduate Award, US Air Force Airman of the Year, Chairman's Award for Manufacturing Excellence and Merck's President's Award for Quality and Delivery.

GEORGE WILLIAMS and his brother ARTHUR WILLIAMS have since 1986 taken their company from a small family business of nine employees to an industry leader with 80 full-time team members. In 2019, they opened Floor Coatings by A.G. Williams that generated nearly $1 million in new revenue in the first year and added nine more employees. George is passionate about hiring and training painters to become expert artisans and craftsmen. The training and safety programs he and Arthur instituted ensure that the company’s tradition of excellence since 1906 is carried out in all its work. An active member of the community, George served on the Board of Directors for the Holy Trinity Church in New Rochelle, New York, in the positions of trustee, vice president and president. He was a trustee on the Board of Directors for Sherman Park Little League in Thornwood from 1996 to 2004. George has been a member of the Executive Association of Westchester since 1988. Some of George’s recent achievements include 2014 914INC. Westchester’s Best Bosses; 2015 Westfair Communications Family-Business Award; 2015 914INC. Small-Business Award; 2017 Trinity Award, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of New Rochelle,; 2019 Summit Community Engagement Certified Award Nolan Consulting Group (NCG); and the 2019 James Plevritis-Joseph C. Keane Chapter Legends and Honorees Award from the New Rochelle chapter of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association. The company has donated opre than $1.2 million worth of cash and services to charities throughout Westchester and Fairfield counties.




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ROGER WOOLSEY, owner and CEO of Million Air, began his first aircraft charter company, Prestige Touring, in 1986, at the age of 19. At that time, Woolsey was the youngest commercial pilot in the U.S. and still holds the title as the youngest air carrier operator in U.S. history. Prestige touring catered to Rock & Roll band tours, including Billy Joel, Sting, Grateful Dead, Stevie Nicks, U2, Peter Frampton and others. In 1991, Woolsey founded his second company, American Jet International, with a focus on the air medical industry. After two years of operation, he secured the business of more than 95% of all flying medical patients and “organ procurement teams” from the world’s largest medical center in Houston. In 1999, Woolsey acquired an FBO (fixed-based operator) in Houston, which under his leadership and vision, now places in the “U.S. Top 10 FBOs” rankings. Also, job creation at the FBO increased over 400%, turnover decreased by 500% and he improved the EBITDA over 800%. In 2002, when Woolsey took over the Million Air brand his leadership and results-oriented approach created a new vision, culture and image that drove the chain to the top FBO brand in the industry – named “Best Large FBO Chain” for the last 8 years by Professional Pilot Magazine. Million Air now has more than 31 FBOs. Locally in the Westchester community, Woolsey has invested $70-plus million in Million Air White Plains. He attended the University of Arkansas, the Harvard Executive Business School Program, holds an Airline Transport Pilot’s License and is a certified aircraft mechanic with an A&P License.


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RUSSELL YANKWITT is the founding and managing partner of White Plains-based law firm Yankwitt LLP. He is recognized as Westchester’s go to trial attorney, having accrued an enviable track record of trial victories over the past two decades. A former federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York, Yankwitt has extensive litigation experience in jury and bench trials, as well as arbitrations. He has brought and defended commercial litigations of all types, including contract and partnership disputes, employment and shareholder lawsuits and premises liability cases. He is also regularly retained by New York City and Westchester law firms to collaborate on high stakes trials and by national law firms to serve as local counsel in federal and state courts throughout New York. Yankwitt’s achievements can be measured by the number of loyal clients he has retained since founding the firm 10 years ago, and by the recognition he has received from the industry, including being named to the Best Lawyers in America©, New York Metro Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers Top 100 Attorneys in New York and Top 25 Attorneys in Westchester, as well as earning an AV® Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell and other awards. He is active in the legal community, serving on the board of the Legal Services of the Hudson Valley and as the founding member and first chairperson of the Federal Bar Council’s Westchester Committee. He also holds multiple leadership positions in the Westchester County Bar Association.

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LOIS K. ZABROCKY is president

and CEO of International Seaways Inc., one of the largest tanker companies worldwide with a fleet of 42 vessels, including VLCCs, Suezmaxes, Aframaxes/LR2, Panamaxes and MRs. Through a joint venture partnership, the company has ownership interest in two floating storage and offloading service vessels. She is the strategic leader for the company directing and implementing fleet management, goals, plans, regulations and policies. She leads the company by example with an emphasis on integrity, mutual respect and a commitment to environmental, social and governance best practices and advocacy. Over her nearly 30 years in the company, Zabrocky has demonstrated strong leadership shifts at all levels in the organization, beginning at the chartering desk and culminating with her role as CEO and director. Prior to her appointment as CEO, she guided the company through a reorganization process and kept the international division thriving. She oversaw the complete restructuring of the business model and selected the team and roles to craft a lean, successful spin-off company. Currently, Zabrocky serves on the Board of ITOPF Limited, a leading industry-based, not-for-profit ship pollution response adviser. She is the recipient of the 2019 NAMEPA Marine Environmental Award and has been named the 2020 CMA Commodore. She has been a member of Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) and Connecticut Maritime Association (CMA) since 2000. Zabrocky began her maritime career sailing as third mate aboard a U.S. flag chemical tanker. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Merchant Marine Academy, holds a Third Mate's license and has completed Harvard Business School Strategic Negotiations and Finance for Senior Executives.

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Congratulations! The entire Atlantic Westchester team would like to congratulate our President Bud Hammer, for being named a winner of this year’s C-Suite awards.

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Beyond Biz


A Mad Dogs Cricket 11.

FIRST, A CONFESSION. I know nothing about cricket, which is sort of disgraceful for an Englishman. OK, that’s not entirely true. I know a smidge. That’s because, in my formative high-school years, too inept to make the school cricket team, I was awarded the dubious honor of being made team scorer instead. The scorer, as may be self-evident, is the poor sap who keeps the score, still traditionally recorded in pencil in a score book, with correlating cards hung on a scoreboard for all and sundry to see. Keeping the score in cricket is only marginally less convoluted, I am told, than keeping the score in baseball and doubtless just as boring, but being scorer was not without its benefits. These included occasionally missing afternoon school in order to play away matches; traveling across the county to other schools, something which the curious — not to say voyeuristic — teenage me really enjoyed; and, last but not least, indulging in the traditional, slap-up, mid-match afternoon tea. (See “cricket tea” in the accompanying glossary.) The rules of cricket are notoriously complicated, designed to confusticate the


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uninitiated. They’re best summed up in a novelty tea towel that appeared sometime in the 1970s and still rears its absurd head from time to time on eBay: “You have two sides, one out and one in. Each man that’s in the side that’s in goes out, and when he’s out he comes in and the next man goes in until he’s out. When they are all out, the side that’s out comes in and the side that’s been in goes out and tries to get those coming in, out. Sometimes you get men still in and not out. There are two men called umpires, who stay out all the time and they decide when the men who are in are out.” But just when you’re reminding yourself how completely mad the British are — and I do not necessarily disagree — let me remind you that, in the 18th century, cricket was a popular game in America, and remained so until the time of the Civil War. A match between Londoners and New Yorkers was recorded as early as 1751 and the first international game of any sport, at least as we understand that term today, was a cricket match played between the United States and Canada in 1844. In the 19th and early 20th century, Philadelphia was the unofficial cricket capital of America. WCBJ

Some of these facts are relayed to me by Sanjay Santhanam, president of Mad Dogs Cricket Club. The Mad Dogs’ home base is Christiano Field in Greenwich and they also play in Norwalk and at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. Founded by a bunch of British expats and now in its 30th year, the club has moved from being an “English” club to something of a melting pot of the cricketplaying world, with members from a long list of countries, including many of the West Indies, Australia, New Zealand, Nigeria, India, Pakistan, Japan — and, of course, Britain. And while cricket clubs proliferate on the East and West Coasts — reflecting a resurgent interest in the sport among the wider population — Mad Dogs has been a particularly successful one. “Thirty years ago,” Sanjay says, “we would play four or five games a season, piling into our little bus or truck and head to Philadelphia. Last year we played over 80 games, all over the world.” The club has been to nearly every cricket World Cup and, as members of three different leagues, there is hardly anywhere in the U.S.A. they don’t get to play. January saw the Mad Dogs in Sarasota, Florida, and in February they were playing in Hawaii (“Nice work if you can get it,” as they say in the old country.) I wonder if the “golf widow” term can apply to cricket team members. But Sanjay says: “The sport is very inclusive. We get the women out to communal events once or twice month, and they see what their husbands or partners are doing.” Without putting words in his mouth, what I think he is trying to say is that there is generally a sense of wholesomeness about the game. This is true. In cricket, there is generally none of the rowdiness or hooliganism that attaches to international soccer — which is not to say that cricketers don’t enjoy their post-game pint, or pints, because they certainly do. It is also an “older” game, because the level of athleticism required makes a cricketing life, amateur as well as professional, possible well past the age of 40. “Mad Dogs,” Sanjay says, “attracts players from all different backgrounds and they run the gamut — professionals with PhDs, laborers, taxi drivers. We hang out and have a lot of fun.” He adds, “and we’re united. We help our members find jobs, we help them and their families if they are sick. It’s like a big, unmanageable family.” Cricket is also a game of great aesthetic appeal, especially a match played on a typical “village green.” Think of the all-white “kit” of the players; the perfect, green pitch; the smell of linseed oil (used to oil cricket bats); the famous “thwack” of leather on willow (the unique sound made when the leather-clad ball comes into contact with the bat); along with gentle clapping of the spectators, relaxing in deck chairs — or, here in the eastern U.S.A., in Adirondack

chairs — at the edge of the cricket pitch. A game of cricket, in short, is summer distilled. And in this peculiar summer we are experiencing, it is also the perfect game for social distancing, with batsmen standing at the opposite ends of the pitch and a “fielding” side which, almost by definition, is spread out to cover as much ground as possible. Mad Dogs was the first club to shut down all activities at the onset of the pandemic, but it has now been rebooted. All the new protocols are contained in a six-page document and include players having their temperature taken and a questionnaire that players must complete before each game that is now being used a benchmark for the reopening of sports in the tristate region. Anything less — well, it just wouldn’t be cricket, would it?

GLOSSARY OF CRICKET TERMS ASHES: A metaphorical tournament prize referring to the ongoing rivalry between Australia and England, as in, “Who has the Ashes?” (Australia is the current holder.) BAILS: The sticks placed across the three stumps to form a wicket. BALLS: A cricket ball is made of cork and string and covered in leather. Ut is harder and heavier than a baseball. BOX: Nasty pink, vaguely suggestive, plastic thing — what Americans call a “guard.” CRICKET TEA: Traditional, “slap-up” tea, served at the mid-point of a cricket match, which might include finger sandwiches, cakes and scones with jam and cream. GOOGLY: A devious spin bowl that aims to trick the batsman. LORDS: In residential northwest London, home of the Middlesex County Cricket Club and the most famous cricketing venue in the world. SILLY MID-ON: A fielding position, just in front of the batsman’s wicket (leg side.) SILLY MID-OFF: A fielding position, just in front of the batsman’s wicket (opposite side.) WICKET: The arrangement of three stumps (sticks) with bails across the top, resembling a gate, which the batsman must prevent from being hit in order to stay in the game. WILLOW: English willow wood, with its special combination of hardness and “springiness,” traditionally makes the best cricket bats.

Beyond Biz THAT LAURIE HESS didn’t scream and howl when she was bitten by a carriage horse in Central Park as a 3 year old could’ve been taken as a sign that she and animals were going to have a future together. Hess, a veterinarian and the founder of the Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics in Bedford Hills, grew up in an apartment on New York’s Upper East Side, where the family kept all manner of pets packed into a couple of rooms. She knew, she says, when she was around 15, that she wanted to work with animals, and then, after veterinary school, that she wanted to work specifically with exotics. She took her time about doing it, however. When she moved to Westchester County, she worked at five different hospitals on a different day each week, until the opportunity came along to open her own facility. “I knew nothing about running an animal hospital,” she told me, during the course of a recent phone interview, “but between college and vet school I’d worked in marketing so I knew how to write and how to advertise.” With those skills, coupled with her professional qualifications, she found some “phenomenal” people and then went quickly from being a one-doctor practice to a three-doctor practice, with 10 staff members. Now in her 26th year of practice, she says no two days are ever the same. She might see a bird, a bunch of reptiles and a rabbit one day and turtles and snakes the next. And the exotic pet business is booming. The medicine has evolved so far in the last few years, says Hess, that vets can now do myriad things they couldn’t do before. This includes CAT-scans and acupuncture as well as all matter of complicated surgery And then there are the owners — as distinct, it would seem, as the pets they choose to keep. “People say vets work with animals, because they don’t want to deal with humans,” observes the Hess, whose ‘petside manner’ must surely rival that of the tenderest physician. “But the amazing part of the job is actually the human relationships which you are privy to.” She wrote a book a few years ago called “Unlikely Companions,” in which she talked a lot about the relationships she has with clients. One client, she tells me, “a big lumberjack kind of guy,” had a little sugar lighter (a kind of miniature flying squirrel, actually a marsupial), which he doted on. “It had cancer and he let me do all kind of treatments to try and save it, but I wasn’t allowed to call him at home because he didn’t want his family to figure out how much he was spending on the treatment.” Some owners, she shares, “have all the money in the world” and may have purchased an exotic pet for, say, $5,000,


Laurie Hess, D.V.M., with an Amazon parrot. Courtesy ZuPreem.

but never think to bring the pet in for preventative care, or are reluctant to spend on its well-being. A less well-to-do family, on the other hand, might mortgage their house in order to pay the bills to look after a sick hamster they have just adopted — even though they could buy a ‘new’ one for $10. “Different perspectives,” she says, benevolently Acquiring an exotic pet can be long in the planning, or it can be an impulsive act, because exotics are cute, or they talk (in the case of parrots) or whatever. This is unfortunate, says Hess. “Attractive, different and novel” are not good reasons

to take on an exotic. Prospective owners need to ask the right questions, she adds: “ ‘Do I have the time to socialize a parrot?’; “Do I have the money to look after this turtle which is going to live for 50 years?’; ‘Do I have to put my pet in my will?’” There are other considerations, too. “If I get a snake, how will I feel about feeding it mice?” Well, precisely. This might be the point at which many would-be buyers step back and rethink their plan. “Exotic pets are great, but they’re not great for everyone,” has become something of a mantra for Hess. We turn to rodents. “There are very cute rodents, like guinea pigs and chinchillas,” FCBJ

Hess affirms. (Guinea pigs, she points out, are tremendous pets for people with elementary school-age children, as they’re fairly easy to care for and don’t take up a lot of space.) She also thinks rats make terrific pets. “Rats are incredibly smart and incredibly clean — very fastidious animals, not what they’re made out to be. They physically like to sit with their owners — they’ll sit on your lap or on your shoulder. I think it’s the tail thing, which freaks people out.” On the other hand, she’s against pet primates. “Yes, they’re cute as babies — child substitutes, because, let’s face it, they’re human — and you can put diapers on them, you can put a bonnet on them or put them in a stroller, and people do.” The problem is that as they become older and bigger and sexually mature, they completely change and can be dangerous. “Like a raging teenager out of control,” says Hess. She’s “not a fan of” venomous snakes either — a nice bit of veterinary understatement. They can eat an infant. It’s the same with large cats. “You hear horrific stories,” Hess adds. The clue is in the name. They’re not called wild animals for nothing. Like every business and household, the hospital has faced challenges during Covid-19. Comprising only 2,000 square feet, the waiting room and indeed the examining rooms are tiny, so social distancing is virtually impossible. Staff have been working in shifts, while owners have been obliged to stay outside, awaiting news of their beloved pets undergoing an examination or treatment at which they usually would have been present. The center has also had to scale back on its treatment of wildlife. In “normal” times, the staff takes care of literally everything — songbirds, ducks, geese, heron, deer hit by cars that they end up having to euthanize because they’re not salvageable — and all free of charge. “People find injured wildlife in their backyard the whole time,” says Hess, who’s happy to care for it. But if it’s a baby bird that’s simply fallen out of its nest, say — something that apparently happens all the time — the hospital will suggest that in the first instance you try and put it back. All this kindness costs money, naturally, and resources are limited, but if people want, they can, of course, contribute to the care of the injured animal they have brought in. “We would tremendously appreciate that,” says Hess, who, as well as being a dedicated veterinarian, strikes me not for the first time in our conversation as an understated one at that. For more, visit avianexoticsvet.com. Beyond Biz, the Westchester and Fairfield County Business Journals’ new section of lifestyle offerings


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ne of the most vibrant additions to Stamford’s arts scene is the Black Lives Matter street mural painted on July 19 in front of the Ferguson Library on Broad Street in the heart of the city’s downtown. The mural was spearheaded by Valerie A. Cooper, founding owner of Stamford’s Picture That Art Consultants. In this edition of Suite Talk, Business Journal Senior Enterprise Editor Phil Hall speaks with Cooper on the mural’s creation and its role in the ongoing public conversations regarding social justice and racial disparities. Let’s start by discussing the genesis of the mural: When did the idea arise and how did it come to creation? “The idea surfaced in the midst of the Covid pandemic and shortly after other larger cities started creating murals as a result of the Black Lives Matter movement being restarted by the George Floyd murder. I started seeing a lot of responses using protest art and the Black Lives Matter street murals were one of the largest protest art symbols across the country. “We saw signs that had been done Charlotte, Cincinnati and D.C., and they were done different ways. I thought that Stamford wanted to put itself in a similar light as some of these larger cities in terms of being culturally inclusive, so the question was would our mayor and our board of representatives have an appetite for the idea. I started presenting the idea during the late May and early June timeframe.”

citizens and the police force. But that was not the case here. In fact, my friend in the department is a forensic artist and was very instrumental in helping me with the location and getting it properly cleared with the police department.” The mural’s design is very interesting, with each letter bearing a different style. Why did you go with that approach? “One of the things you do as a curator, which is the hat I wore for this particular project, is making sure there were certain commonalities across the country. What was common are the letters and the words that the letters spelled ‘Black Lives Matter.’ However, as a curator you have the liberty to invoke unique renderings because you don’t want it to be exactly the same. We had 16 African-American artists from lower Fairfield County submit renderings of their design for each of the 16 letters.” How long did it take for the mural to be completed? “The stenciling took maybe three hours, with a team of four working on that. The letters were sketched and the artists started painting. We needed twoand-a-half hours for it to dry.”

Top: Valerie A. Cooper. Photo courtesy Picture That Art Consultants. Bottom: The Black Lives Mural. Photo courtesy Fritz Stamford.

What was the initial reaction from the city when you presented it? “The first two people that I worked with are individuals that I’ve worked closely with for 16 years on a black history, cultural art and literary program that I’ve run for the city’s public schools. They embraced the idea 100%. There were several follow-up meetings with different constituents and the municipality itself, including the mayor — I worked closely with his chief of staff. “I also reached out to business owners and real estate owners in the downtown area and I didn’t get any opposition. With the police department, one of the first persons I called was a very dear friend of mine who works for the department and I wanted to know how he felt about it — in certain cities, tensions are high and conflict runs deep between


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Who financed this project? “That’s a good question. The budget evolved: A lot of the money came from donors who donated through GoFundMe, which has a $20,000 goal and is still active — you can still add to it. I put up a lot of the money upfront because it just had to be done, so my credit card has a pretty hefty balance on it now. We had outside constituents handling the budget to make sure there was transparency. “The Ferguson Library and the Stamford branch of the NAACP are elite sponsors of the mural. One of the things that we have in the budget is a line item for maintenance. And we’re hoping that at some point, the city has some seed money to give us to maintain it.” As a street mural that has traffic driving over it, is it safe to assume that it will require constant maintenance? “It’s already deteriorating, just because of the amount of traffic and the location. So, we’re hoping that by next spring, there’ll be a chance for us to update it.”


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Did Obama Violate the ‘Standard of Behavior for Ex-Presidents’? No, he did not


n the third night of the Democratic National Convention, former President Barack Obama delivered a strongly worded attack on sitting President Donald Trump. Obama asserted that Trump’s presidency has created an existential threat to the survival of democracy. In the same speech, he encouraged listeners to vote for Joe Biden for president. The minute the broadcast ended the television pundits filled the airwaves with tut-tuts that Obama had breached the “standards of behavior” expected of a former president by criticizing a fellow occupant of the Oval Office. “Unprecedented…a unique moment in American history,” they said. The righteous indignation of the pundits was misplaced.

Throughout American history, presidents have been criticizing their predecessors and successors. Donald Trump has spent four years in the White House verbally bashing Barack Obama and trying to blame him for every national and international problem. He is hardly in a position to act as if he has followed the rules while his predecessor has breached the standards of gentlemanly conduct. Looking back over presidencies of the 20th century, we can begin with Theodore Roosevelt. He returned from an African safari and not only lambasted his handpicked successor, William Howard Taft, in a series of national speeches but also proceeded to run for president against Taft in 1912. By splitting the Republican vote, Roosevelt helped Democrat Woodrow

Wilson win the election. In 1932, Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt defeated incumbent Republican Herbert Hoover for the Presidency. Hoover’s inner circle criticized Roosevelt for having the temerity to run for president by arguing that a wheelchair-bound man had no business in the White House. Hoover himself, shortly after leaving office, launched a series of coast-to-coast speeches attacking Roosevelt and his New Deal policies. Indeed, Hoover devoted much of the remainder of his long life in an unremitting effort to turn-back-theclock to a vision of American he embraced, but the voters did not. In 1982, President Ronald Reagan, seeking to deflect criticism on his management of the economy during a recession, blamed the administration of

his predecessor Jimmy Carter and said that when he took office “we found America in the worst economic mess since the days of Franklin Roosevelt.” A few days later Carter responded by saying that while his Administration made mistakes “we did not spend four years blaming our mistakes on our predecessors.” There is a very, very old joke about this type of behavior in the annals of academic management. The old college president welcomes the new president to campus and tells her that he has left three envelopes in the middle drawer of the president’s desk, labeled 1, 2, and 3. He wishes his successor well in taking up her duties and advises her to open envelope 1 when the first crisis of her administration occurs, envelope 2 with the second crisis and envelope 3 when

the third happens. After the presidential inauguration ceremonies end, the new president goes to her office and finds the envelopes. She can’t resist temptation and she opens them. The first one contains a note that reads “Blame your predecessor.” The note in the second one says, “Blame circumstances beyond your control.” The note in the third envelope reads “Prepare three envelopes.” Let’s spend more time discussing the real issues of the campaign and less on defending rules of presidential etiquette, which history teaches us, never existed. Edward C. Halperin, M.D., teaches medical history at New York Medical College where he is also chancellor/CEO. This essay represents his views and not those of the college.

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Law firm deals with business interruption insurance claims due to pandemic BY PETER KATZ pkatz@westfairinc.com


ome businesses that thought their business interruption insurance would cover the losses they’ve been sustaining as a result of the Covid-19 shutdowns have been in for rude awakenings, according to what an attorney who specializes in insurance matters told the Business Journal. “Right now one of the real

hot topics in the insurance industry is business interruption claims as it relates to Covid-19,” attorney Lorin Donnelly of the insurance practice group at the law firm Milber Makris Plousadis & Seiden LLP (MMP&S) said. “Generally speaking, the policies that afford coverage for business interruption require direct physical loss and just because you’re shut down does not mean you suffered a physical loss. It’s usually a property damage-type

situation. “Insurance companies obviously review every claim that comes in and they examine the policy language to determine if the business interruption claim is actually afforded coverage under the policy. However, most of these claims are denied by the insurance company because there’s no direct physical loss. So, the policyholders then commence litigation to have the courts determine whether there’s coverage or not.”

Donnelly is one of three partners at MMP&S who specialize in insurance matters. “One of the partners in the firm used to handle a lot of insurance coverage and he needed assistance and he taught me how to do it and I’ve been doing it for the past 19 years or so. One of the other partners, she was my associate, and I taught her. And one of the other partners, he used to work for an insurance company,” Donnelly said. Insurance is one of more FCBJ


than a dozen practice areas at the firm. The firm has handled cases against insurance companies as well as defending them. Donnelly usually works out of the MMP&S office in Woodbury or its White Plains office at 709 Westchester Ave., but has been doing a lot from home because of Covid-19. MMP&S recently signed a long-term lease for 25,000 square feet at 100 Manhattanville Road in » INSURANCE AUGUST 31, 2020



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Barnum Financial Group to provide financial education for MetLife employees nationwide BY KEVIN ZIMMERMAN kzimmerman@westfairinc.com


ffering financial planning services is nothing new for the insurance industry. But a new alliance between Shelton-based Barnum Financial Group and insurance behemoth MetLife could take it to another level. On Aug. 20, MetLife announced that Barnum will lead the nationwide delivery of the insurer’s PlanSmart financial education programs, Transition Solutions and Retirewise. Barnum’s in-house financial experts and advisers, via their nationwide partner network, will conduct financial wellness workshops for workforces across the country, as well as provide guidance to MetLife customers regarding their group life conversion options.

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It is, said Barnum CEO Paul Blanco, the first time his company has undertaken such a project on a national scale. “Obviously we work every single day with clients in all 50 states,” Blanco noted, “but this is the first time we’ve done something of this magnitude.” Ranked 48th on the 2020 Fortune 500 — with $69.6 billion in revenues and 49,000 employees — MetLife still administers the PlanSmart program, though it decided to cede the day-today operations of PlanSmart in 2016 to third-party financial professionals. That move was part of the $165 million sale of its Premier Client Group — which included Barnum — to MassMutual. Blanco acknowledged that the new alliance with MetLife was a natural fit, while Meredith Ryan-Reid, head of Financial Wellness & Engagement at MetLife, issued a statement declaring that, “Our rich history, coupled with Barnum’s market reach and advisor infrastructure, will take our financial education offerings to new heights.” Blanco said that Barnum has more than 250,000 clients, including individuals and their families, as well as businesses, corporations, government entities and nonprofits. Its roughly 400 licensed and credentialed financial service representatives and staff manage $17 billion in assets.

The need for expert financial advice was most recently underscored, he said, by MetLife’s 17th annual U.S. Employee Benefit Trends Study, which found that while 80% of employees want access to financial planning workshops or tools, only 20% of employers offer such programs. Addressing that need is right in Barnum’s wheelhouse, Blanco said. While details about the MetLife approach are still being worked out, Barnum has long conducted such workshops for smaller clients. A typical Retirewise program is a four-part series “all about the A to Z of financial planning,” usually pitched to anywhere from 25 to 125 employees, Blanco said. “The initial series takes on every subject in retirement planning, but do not go very deep,” Blanco said. “After the employee goes through it, we do an evaluation where they can ask for more education on certain things like life insurance, long-term care, Social Security.” With 20 such subject areas, follow-ups can also be held in a classroom-type setting or one-on-one, he said. “We basically become the go-to person for a company’s HR staff,” Blanco said. PlanSmart’s other element, Transition Solutions, involves employees who are retiring or leaving the company for other reasons. With their group coverage expiring in a few weeks, such employees often need expertise in deciding how to remain insured going forward. Blanco estimated that Barnum helps 1,500 to 3,000 clients make those decisions each day. “For retirees, it can be a matter of what they should do with their 401(k) or how to best deal with their Social Security benefits,” he said, “while for a 30-year-old who’s moving to another company, the situation is entirely different. There are so many questions to look into.” The MetLife deal represents a potential pool of 1 million clients for Barnum, Blanco continued — all part of what he said is his company’s current growth mode. “We’re very fortunate to be in this position right now,” he said. “The hardest part of our business is finding the right people to join our staff.”



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with the requirements of the policy,” Donnelly explained. “It’s recommended that you review a policy with somebody who knows the policy language and the implications of certain exclusions and also to determine what type of coverage you really need in terms of your business.” She said that while insurance brokers or agents are very knowledgeable, they may not have the law background to take into consideration certain circumstances that may relate to a particular business. Donnelly said that insurance cases can be complex and used a construction site accident as a hypothetical. “If I’m a general contractor, I have my own insurance policy and the insurance policy is covering me for a particular claim. However, the subcontractors that I hired also were required to get insurance naming the general contractor as an additional insured. We would bring an action to have their insurance carrier pick up the defense and indemnification. It

adds an additional layer of coverage for the general contractor,” Donnelly said. She noted that one benefit of winning such an action would be that, because the general contractor’s insurance company doesn’t have to pay, there might not be an impact on the record of the general contractor and the insurance premiums it would have to pay in the future. “A lot of what we do is not necessarily litigating. It is a specialty and it’s really important for the policyholders to really know what their insurance coverage is providing and what it doesn’t provide for,” Donnelly said. “It is something that any businessperson should have someone take a look at and be sure that they get the coverage that they need and require and that meets the requirements of a contract, or a lease, or construction agreement. It’s a specialty.”

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Google Cloud investing $100M in telehealth provider

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in turn Amwell choosing Google Cloud as its preferred global cloud platform partner. Google Cloud stated that its investment would be a “concurrent private placement at a purchase price that will be the same as the price to the public in Amwell’s IPO and will be contingent upon the closing of its IPO.” In their announcement, the companies see opportunities to “automate waiting room and checkout; provide automated language translation services; advance population health by making it easier for more patients to receive care; and assist payers and providers in routine tasks, by intelligently triaging cases and reducing clinician burnout.” “This is a critical partnership for the health care industry and has the potential to dramatically transform the telehealth space through the use of modern cloud technologies,” said Thomas Kurian, CEO of Google Cloud. “We are thrilled that together we can bring groundbreaking digital health solutions to so many providers, patients, and health plans across the globe. Our joint work will drive innovation in health in a new and powerful way.” Dr. Ido Schoenberg, chairman and CEO of Amwell, said, “We chose Google Cloud as our strategic partner because of their phenomenal people, superior products, and open approach to partnering. Together, we will be able to offer an incredible array of integrated capabilities and help millions of people around the world access better care. Our collaborative work could literally democratize health care.” Both companies stated that they would collaborate to focus on development work using Google Cloud artificial-intelligence and machine-learning technologies to assist patients and frontline workers.

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New York, Ability Beyond impacts the quality of life for more than 3,000 people with disabilities each year. Jim Kennedy, Ability Beyond board of director vice chairman and chair of the Golf Event Committee, noted that Ridgewood Country Club is following Connecticut State CSGA Guidelines for Golf and USTA Guidelines for Tennis. Visit https://event.gives/abgolf20 for prices and registration


abilities and Community Services. He joined Abilities First in 2005 as an assistant director of day habilitation services and was later promoted to director and then senior director of day habilitation and employment services. Mark has a master’s degree in human services, graduating summa cum laude from Kaplan University. “I am so pleased to welcome these dynamic leaders to their new positions within Abilities First,” said Abilities First CEO Jeffery Fox. “Both Kelly and Mark have invested significant portions of their careers advancing our mission and have achieved great success. I look forward to all that is to come with these great additions to our executive management team.”


609 Main at Texas.

Pickard Chilton, an award-winning architecture studio in New Haven, has received a 2020 AIA Connecticut Sustainable Architecture Award of Excellence in New Construction for 609 Main at Texas, a 48-story, 1,850,000-square-foot Class-A, next-generation office tower in Houston’s Central Business District. Winners will be honored at the AIA Connecticut Awards Gala, a virtual event to be held in November. The Sustainable Architecture Awards is a newly established program by AIA Connecticut to recognize the efforts of architects who have developed and demonstrated ways to decrease greenhouse gases, reduce energy use and demand and conserve water. The award aims to raise public awareness of the current climate crisis and highlight leadership in the construction, maintenance and operation of the built environment. The Sustainable Architecture Award also honors the climate change initiatives of AIA Connecticut and Connecticut Passive House to secure a more sustainable future.


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Judges praised the building as “an example of creating sustainable spaces in an urban environment. Pickard Chilton principal Jon Pickard FAIA said, “Innovative design in its enclosure, mechanical systems, energy efficiency and water management, as well as conscientious material selection, allowed 609 Main to achieve its sustainability goals.”


Ability Beyond’s annual Golf and Tennis Tournament will be in full swing for its popular charity event Sept. 14 at Ridgewood Country Club in Danbury. The organization has faced financial challenges due to Covid-19. This competition is one of its largest fundraisers attracting more than 130 golfers and tennis enthusiasts and raising critical funds to support its efforts to empower every person, no matter their ability, to live, work and thrive as an integral part of their community. With offices in Bethel and Norwalk, Connecticut, and Chappaqua, FCBJ


Kelly Martinez and Mark Nace.

Poughkeepsie-based Abilities First Inc., a nonprofit serving the needs of children and adults with disabilities, has promoted two members of its leadership team. Kelly Martinez, former director of human resources at Abilities First, has been named vice president of HR and corporate compliance. Previously she spent 10 years in corporate HR. She has Professional Resources and Society for Human Resource Management-CP certifications and is a member of the Mid-Hudson Society of Human Resources Chapter and a recent graduate of the executive leadership program of the Dutchess Regional Chamber of Commerce. Mark Nace has been named vice president of the Office for People With Development Dis-

Coldwell Banker Realty in Connecticut and Westchester County announced that Amber Wilder has affiliated with its Ridgefield and Redding offices. As an affiliated real estate agent, Wilder will provide residential real estate services in all of Connecticut, concentrating on Fairfield County, specializing in investment properties and luxury properties. “Amber demonstrates the passion and dedication that motivates her to perfectly align with the core principles upheld by Coldwell Banker Realty,” said Joseph Porricelli, branch vice president of the Ridgefield and Redding offices. Wilder has more than a decade of marketing experience, spending the last few years in the real estate, architecture and design and

Amber Wilder

nonprofit sectors. She is a member of the National Association of Realtors, Connecticut Association of Realtors, Greater Bridgeport Board of Realtors and SmartMLS. Coldwell Banker Realty in Connecticut and Westchester County is a residential real estate brokerage company with approximately 46 offices and more than 2,660 affiliated agents. It is owned by a subsidiary of Realogy Holdings Corp.


Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum’s annual Old-Fashioned Flea Market in Norwalk is right in fashion today. It will be a virtual market from Friday, Sept. 18, 9 a.m. to Sunday, Sept. 20, 8 p.m. Shoppers will be able to hunt for bargains and rummage for treasures at the click of a button on their laptops, tablets or smartphones. A variety of vendors offering unique crafts and antiques, as well as repurposed and oneof-a-kind must-haves will all be connected to buyers online as well as the White Elephant Table, with items donated by supporters and offering sales for as little as $3 for a multiple-item purchase. All proceeds will benefit the museum’s educational and cultural programs. Vendor online spaces are $35 and the deadline to sign up and participate is Sept. 1. All participating vendors must have an online store or website. For more information, visit lockwoodmathewsmansion.com or call Building and Events Coordinator Charles Hill at 203-838-9799, ext. 117, or chill@ lockwoodmathewsmansion.com.


“To be able to work with my local organization, The Tarrytown Rotary Club and see firsthand the need in our community being fulfilled, has been rewarding in and of itself. The Community Table Program will allow us to continue to utilize our restaurants to care for our neighbors while also forming relationships that will last far beyond Covid-19.”


James A. Lenes and Mark H. Middlen.

Attorneys James A. Lenes and Mark H. Middlen, veteran litigators and longtime members of Willinger, Willinger & Bucci in Bridgeport and Shelton have become partners in the firm. Together they have accumulated 50 years of experience representing clients throughout Connecticut. Lenes continues to represent clients in personal injury, commercial litigation, bankruptcy law, commercial and residential evictions, foreclosures, collections and all aspects of real estate. After earning his undergraduate degree from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, he earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Connecticut School of Law. Middlen, will continue to represent a diverse portfolio of clients in the practice areas of personal injury litigation, divorce and family matters, municipal tax appeals, and criminal matters. He was a summa cum laude graduate of Fitchburg State University in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, and earned his law degree at Western New England University School of Law in Springfield, Massachusetts.


Recognizing that the restaurant industry is both a significant economic driver and a tool to address hunger locally, Westchester Coun-

ty has established the Community Table Partnership to help restaurants recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. The partnership enables local chambers of commerce or nonprofit agencies to apply for grants to help families struggling with food insecurity, while supporting restaurants. The county has awarded nearly $600,000 in grants to 17 different organizations that serve 21 communities across Westchester. County Executive George Latimer said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted residents’ access to good nutritious food and threatened the stability of our local restaurant industry. With the help of the Community Table Partnership program, our most vulnerable families will be connected with the services and resources that they need through a true community, nonprofit, local business partnership.” Owner and Operator of Horsefeathers in Tarrytown Julia McCue said: “Having worked throughout the pandemic to provide meals to food-insecure families, I just want to say thank you for seeing the need both within the restaurant industry, as well as our local communities. This program is special because not only does it help to sustain our local restaurants, but it also helps to bring people within our communities together.

Anthony Gaddy, co-founder, president and CEO of the UpState New York Black Chamber of Commerce, has joined the board of directors of the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corp. Founded in February 2019, The UpState New York Black Chamber of Commerce is based in the capital region and serves areas including, Rochester, Syracuse, Kingston and Poughkeepsie. Raised in Albany, Gaddy is a graduate of The Albany Academies and attended The University of Chicago, where he majored in economics, before transferring to The University of Southern California. After working at a prominent investment firm he changed his career direction to life as an entrepreneur. He has ventured into industries, apparel, the music business and publishing. Currently, he is in the process of launching a media and public relations agency, as well as a TV/film production company. Gaddy and his colleagues are committed to building and supporting black and minority-owned businesses throughout New York and the United States, while also helping to build a stronger business community in the capital region and upstate New York.

Anthony Gaddy


A Nourishing Neighbors Community Relief grant of $25,000 from the ACME Foundation was given to Lifting Up Westchester in White Plains to provide food for its Brighter Futures summer camp for homeless children. The grant was part of $15 million pledged by Albertsons Cos. to help feed kids and families during the summer of Covid-19. ACME is one of 20 Albertson companies’ brands. The Nourishing Neighbors funding provided breakfasts, hot lunches and snacks for 40 campers and their counselors during the four-week camp in July. The day camp has operated in Westchester for 30 years and is the only county camp that helps homeless children. “Most of the children who attended our camp live at local family homeless shelters. It has been difficult for them being isolated in close quarters since March and the kids were thrilled to have the freedom to participate in our outdoor camp activities,” said Anahaita Kotval, CEO of Lifting Up Westchester. “The delicious food we were able to FCBJ


provide because of the Nourishing Neighbors grant made this one of our best camps ever. We are very grateful to the ACME Foundation and Albertsons Companies for their support.” “It’s an honor to support the work of Lifting Up Westchester because they’ve always been on the frontlines providing hunger relief and homeless services to those in need,” said Anjana Bhattarai, Albertsons Companies Foundation program officer.


Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco will open its Seema Boesky Heart Center and new cardiac catheterization lab on Aug. 31 at 5:30 p.m. with a live webinar and Q&A featuring expert interventional cardiologists. Viewers will also get a sneak preview of the state-ofthe-art cardiac catheterization lab. The Heart Center will open Sept. 2 and will remain available for cardiac emergencies 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Information for these features has been submitted by the subjects or their delegates. AUGUST 31, 2020


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From left: Mario D’Aquila, Ron D’Aquila, Sharon D’Aquila and Nick D’Aquila.

Assisted Living Services Inc. in Cheshire has earned a position on the annual Inc. 5000 list for 2020, which ranks the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. It is one of 36 Connecticut businesses that earned this recognition and the only one in the health industry category in the state. For the past two years, family-owned Assisted Living Services has adopted a performance-management framework named Objectives and Key Results, which allows the company to align its goals from top to bottom and measure progress. “One key to our success is that we put most of our emphasis on achieving audacious quality goals first and foremost. The other is that we strive to surround ourselves with the very best talent — from managers to field staff,” CEO Ron D’Aquila said. “We pride ourselves on leading industry trends as we constantly adapt to a changing business environment. Demand for quality in-home care has exploded as baby boomers retire and prefer to age in place,” COO Mario D’Aquila said. D’Aquila noted the company’s 87% revenue growth over the last three years stems from its expansion into Fairfield County, moving its headquarters from Meriden to a larger office complex in Cheshire, as well as continued cultivation of positive relationships with key state agen-


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cies, business partners and industry associations. Assisted Living Services is owned and operated by Sharon and Ron D’Aquila. Their sons Mario D’Aquila and Nicholas D’Aquila are heavily involved in company operations


Westchester County elder law attorney Anthony J. Enea, member of Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano LLP in White Plains and Somers, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 27thedition of “The Best Lawyers in America” in the practice areas of elder law and trusts and estates. This marks the 10th consecutive year he has been included in the list. “It’s an honor to be recognized by Best Lawyers, particularly for work that I find so personally rewarding,” said Enea, who has spent

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four decades protecting the rights of seniors, the disabled and their families. Best Lawyers is based on a peer-review survey in which more than 50,000 leading attorneys cast over 5.5 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. Enea has also been named annually since 2007 as one of Westchester County’s “Super Lawyers.”


The Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation was recently presented with the New York State Recreation and Park Society’s 2020 Exceptional Facility Design Award. The tribute was for the newly refurbished Sprain Ridge Competition Pool in Yonkers. The pool can hold 500 swimmers and features eight 50-meter racing lanes across its length and six 23-meter racing lanes across its width. A new zero-depth entry ramp for people with walking challenges, a 4-foot recreational swim area and two 1-meter-high diving boards were also added. Each year the state organization presents a series of awards that recognize the contributions of the variety of people and groups that make New York’s parks, recreation and therapeutic recreation facilities work their best.

Russell Yankwitt, founding partner of White Plains-based Yankwitt LLP has been named to the 2020 Best Lawyers in America in commercial litigation. Yankwitt, a litigator and trial attorney, represents clients in commercial matters of all kinds, including contract and partnership disputes, employment and shareholder lawsuits, insurance coverage disputes, ADA litigations, premises liability cases, and Covid19-related matters. He has been practicing law for 20-plus years, starting his career as a clerk for a federal judge before transitioning to the private sector as an associate with Skadden Arps in New York City. He then served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York and in 2009 launched his own litigation firm.


Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, MidHudson Regional Hospital Poughkeepsie and HealthAlliance Hospital in Kingston, all members of Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth),

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have earned the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get with the Guidelines — Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes each hospital for its commitment to and success in ensuring stroke patients receive excellent care based on the latest evidence-based scientific guidelines. Additionally, WMCHealth received the American Heart Association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite award. To qualify for this recognition, Westchester Medical Center and HealthAlliance Hospital met the American Heart Association’s quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with tissue plasminogen activator or r-tPA, which the American Heart Association considers “the gold standard” for treating ischemic strokes, which are caused by blood clots. HealthAlliance Hospital also received Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll recognition for meeting quality measures outlined in the “Overall Diabetes Cardiovascular Initiative Composite Score” outlined by the American Heart Association. Earlier this year, Westchester Medical Center was certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, a designation that represents the most advanced stroke treatment available in a given geographic area. Westchester Medical Center is the only Hudson Valley hospital certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center and its stroke care teams work in concert with all WMCHealth hospitals. WMCHealth is a resource for stroke education and prevention and has a long-term Academic Affiliation Agreement with New York Medical College.

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BAKNRUPTCY Alhambra Ballroom Inc., Nanuet 20-22945-RDD: Chapter 7, $0 assets, $485,000 liabilities. Attorney: Michael A. Koplen. Balducci’s New York LLC, Scarsdale, et al, 20-22961 to 20-22970SHL: Ten Chapter 11s, $193.8 million assets, $200.2 million liabilities. Attorney: Vincent Indelicato. Hintons5 LLC, Middletown, 20-35871-CGM: Ch. 11, $600,050 assets, $722,436 liabilities. Attorney: Michelle L. Trier. Michael B. Schachter, M.D., P.C., d.b.a. Schachter Center for Complementary Medicine, Suffern, 20-22971-RDD: Chapter 7, $15,850 assets, $199,252 liabilities. Attorney: Robert J. Flanagan III. Michael B. Schachter, Monroe, co-debtor Michael B. Schachter, M.D., P.C., 20-35882-CGM: Chapter 7, $581,172 assets, $125,968 liabilities. Attorney: Robert J. Flanagan III. OM DEV Inc., d.b.a. Post Road Convenience Deli & Pizza, White Plains, 20-22947-RDD: Chapter 11, $73,020 assets, $200,000 liabilities. Attorney: Anne J. Penachio. Soundview Preparatory School, Yorktown Heights, 20-22948RDD: Chapter 11, $2,900,764 assets, $2,840,038 liabilities. Attorney: Erica Aisner.

COURTS Aleja Manufacturing Inc., Boynton Beach, Florida vs. POP Displays USA, Rye Brook, 20-cv6630-VB: Breach of Contract. Attorney: Christie R. McGuiness.

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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Amalgamated Employees Benefits Administrators, White Plains vs. Gelberg Braid Co., Woodside, New York, 20-6743NSR: E.R.I.S.A. delinquent contributions.Attorney: Jennifer Oh. Anayenci Villa Ryes, Westchester County vs. The Masters School, Dobbs Ferry, 20-6723VB: Americans with Disabilities Act. Attorney: David D. Barnhorn. Joe Hand Promotions, Feasterville, PA vs. Juan Herrera, El Calvario Restaurant Inc., Yonkers, 20-6859: Copyright infringement. Attorney: Jon D. Jekielek. Joe Hand Promotions, Feasterville, PA vs. Nelly R. Llanos, Restaurant Polleria El Tumi, New Rochelle, 20-6687-KMK: Copyright infringement. Attorney: Jon D. Jekielek. Jose Palma, Spring Valley vs. J. Schenkman Landscape Contractors, New City, et al, 20-6715KMK: Class action, Fair Labor Standards Act. Attorney: David Stein. Juan Gimenez, Westchester County vs. Metropolitan Kitchens & Counter Tops, Yonkers, et al, 20-6698-NSR: Fair Labor Standards Act. Attorney: Gianfranco J. Cuadra. Kevin James, Middletown vs. Johnstons Subaru, Middletown, 20-6726-NSR: Race discrimination. Attorney: Michael H. Sussman. Pine Valley Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing, Spring Valley vs. Local 670 Stationary Engineers, New York City, 206645-PMH: Labor – management relations. Attorney: Dawn J. Lanouette. Plaintiff Funding Holding, d.b.a. Lawcash, Brooklyn vs. Funding America LLC, Purchase, et al, 20-6804-VB: Trademark infringement. Attorney: Myron Greenspan. Shoshanah Abramsky, Fallsburg, New York vs. Cavalry Portfolio Services, Valhalla, 206619-NSR: Class action, Fair Debt Collection Act. Attorney: Raphael Deutsch. Stockfood America Inc., Kennebunk, ME vs. Yated Ne’Eman of America Inc., Spring Valley, 206772-VB: Copyright infringement. Attorney Joel B. Rothman. Walter Flores Tosta, New Rochelle vs. Joseph Roma & Sons Construction Inc., New Rochelle, et al, 20-6710-NSR: Class action, denial of overtime compensation. Attorney: Jordan Gottheim.




DEEDS Above $1 million 1022 North Broadway LLC, Scarsdale. Seller: 1022 Realty Associates LLC, Harrison. Property: 1022 N. Broadway, Yonkers. Amount: $2 million. Filed Aug. 18. 20 Realty North LLC, Yonkers. Seller: Patrick Hudson, et al, Yonkers. Property: 20 N. Broadway, Yonkers. Amount: $2.4 million. Filed Aug. 18. 23 Springhurst Road LLC, New York City. Seller: Peter D. Prentis, et al, Bedford Hills. Property: 23 Springhurst, Bedford. Amount: $2.4 million. Filed Aug. 20. Bells and Biscuits LLC, New York City. Seller: Patrick Sullivan, Raleigh, North Carolina. Property: 16 Miller Road, Pound Ridge. Amount: $1.6 million. Filed Aug. 17. Claiborne House Tampa LLC, New York City. Seller: Marylu BP TX LLC, et al, Pound Ridge. Property: 16 Wheeler Road, North Salem. Amount: $4.5 million. Filed Aug. 21. Evangelical Church Letting Christ Be Known Inc., Bronx. Seller: Diran C. and Sons Realty LLC, Mamaroneck. Property: 141 Davenport Ave., New Rochelle. Amount: $1.4 million. Filed Aug. 20. Mercy Poppy LLC, Brooklyn. Seller: Meghan Sullivan, Bronxville. Property: 11 Paddington Circle, Eastchester. Amount: $3.6 million. Filed Aug. 20. Red Lincoln Hill LLC, New York City. Seller: 102 South Broadway LLC, Boynton Beach, Florida. Property: 102-104 S. Broadway, Greenburgh. Amount: $1 million. Filed Aug. 21. Silver Ridge Development LLC, Hartsdale. Seller: Gregory L. Federbush, et al, Scarsdale. Property: 3 Windward Lane, Scarsdale. Amount: $1.2 million. Filed Aug. 20.

Below $1 million 2XR LLC, Yorktown Heights. Seller: Joseph Visconti, Yorktown Heights. Property: 3505 Hill Blvd., G, Yorktown. Amount: $193,000. Filed Aug. 20. 447 Warburton LLC, Hastings-on-Hudson. Seller: Charles Rodriguez, Hastings-on-Hudson. Property: 447 Warburton Ave., Greenburgh. Amount: $375,000. Filed Aug. 19.

56 Pocono Ave LLC, Yonkers. Seller: Paolo Orlandi, et al, Yonkers. Property: 56 Pocono Ave., Yonkers. Amount: $360,000. Filed Aug. 17. 604 Corp., White Plains. Seller: Pauline Galvin, Yonkers. Property: 604 Nelson Ave., Peekskill. Amount: $325,000. Filed Aug. 20. 612 Harrison LLC, Bronx. Seller: The Bank of New York Mellon. Property: 612 Harrison Ave., Peekskill. Amount: $354,999. Filed Aug. 21. Bosco Holdings LLC, Jersey City, New Jersey. Seller: Joseph A. Snider, et al, Pound Ridge. Property: 9 Split Rock Road, Lewisboro. Amount: $875,000. Filed Aug. 20. Conte Homes Inc., Croton-on--Hudson. Seller: Stephen A. Kelley, et al, Cortlandt Manor. Property: 30 Habitat Lane, Cortlandt. Amount: $610,000. Filed Aug. 21. Copernicus Holdings LLC, North Salem. Seller: Richard Kilcullen, et al, North Creek. Property: 40 Sunset Place, North Salem. Amount: $225,000. Filed Aug. 19. Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. Seller: Anthony Tirone, White Plains. Property: 95 Marshall Road, Yonkers. Amount: $995,156. Filed Aug. 19. East Third Street Realty Corp., Mount Vernon. Seller: U.S. Bank N.A. Property: 2 Argyll Ave., New Rochelle. Amount: $464,348. Filed Aug. 18. EH and AH LLC, Yonkers. Seller: Angela Salva, Napa, California. Property: 797A Yonkers Ave., Yonkers. Amount: $725,000. Filed Aug. 21. FASNY Holdings LLC, Ardsley. Seller: John Perone, Larchmont. Property: 29 Hotel Drive, White Plains. Amount: $637,000. Filed Aug. 18. FASNY Holdings LLC, Ardsley. Seller: Stanley E. Esposito, Croton-on-Hudson. Property: 79 Fern St., New Rochelle. Amount: $260,000. Filed Aug. 19. L and A United Inc., Cold Spring. Seller: S.C. Gardner Inc., Cortlandt Manor. Property: Doris Lee Drive, Cortlandt Amount: $179,000. Filed Aug. 21. Methuselah LLC, Mount Kisco. Seller: Deborah Forrest, Renton, Wash. Property: 8 Roger Place, White plains. Amount: $212,500. Filed Aug. 20.

RAS Closing Services LLC, Glen Ellyn. Seller: Sining Yu, et al, Armonk. Property: 16 Long Pond Road, North Castle. Amount: $990,000. Filed Aug. 18. Revolutionary Road Properties LLC, Ossining. Seller: Barbara I. Diorio, Peekskill. Property: Riverview Ave., Peekskill. Amount: $127,500. Filed Aug. 19. Spring Highbridge LLC, Yonkers. Seller: Jose Severino, et al, Mahopac. Property: 14 Larry Place, Yonkers. Amount: $590,000. Filed Aug. 19. TLC Contractors Corp., White Plains. Seller: Carol S. Bogen, Mount Kisco. Property: 50 Washburn Road, New Castle. Amount: $400,000. Filed Aug. 17. U.S. Bank Trust N.A. Seller: Ricki H. Berger, New City. Property: 119 W. Lincoln Ave., Mount Vernon. Amount: $373,216. Filed Aug. 18. United Metal Iron Works Inc., Yonkers. Seller: Dolores G. Nehrbauer, Hastings-on-Hudson. Property: 337 Farragut Ave., Greenburgh. Amount: $495,000. Filed Aug. 21. Vanta Holdings Corp., Yonkers. Seller: Georgette M. Coffey, Dobbs Ferry. Property: 4 Lyman Place, Greenburgh. Amount: $375,000. Filed Aug. 21. VG Developers LLC, Hartsdale. Seller: Robin T. Kohn, Scarsdale. Property: 184 Thornbury Road East, New Rochelle. Amount: $482,500. Filed Aug. 20.

JUDGMENTS La Bohemia Restaurant Bar Corp., Mount Vernon. $6,500 in favor of J and J Sports Productions Inc., San Jose, California. Filed Aug. 19. Sneaky Chef Foods LLC, Tarrytown. $15,109 in favor of Resilux America LLC, Pendergrass, Georgia. Filed Aug. 17. Temperature Systems Inc., Floral Park. $20,363 in favor of Fleet Pump and Service Group Inc., Rye Brook. Filed Aug. 18. Yorktown Cycling Center Inc., Yorktown Heights. $4,418 in favor of Reynolds Cycling LLC, Sandy, Utah. Filed Aug. 17.

LIS PENDENS The following filings indicated a legal action has been initiated, the outcome of which may affect the title to the property listed. Ahmed, Anter A., et al. Filed by The Rama Fund LLC. Action: seeks to foreclose on a mortgage to secure $431,250 affecting property located at 2 Larrimore Road, Yonkers 10710. Filed May 26. Alba, John R., et al. Filed by Wilmington Trust N.A. Action: seeks to foreclose on a mortgage to secure an unspecified amount affecting property located at 50 Edgecliff Terrace, Yonkers 10705. Filed June 4. Alleyne, Ruthven L., et al. Filed by Wilmington Trust N.A. Action: seeks to foreclose on a mortgage to secure an unspecified amount affecting property located at 1071 Weaver St., New Rochelle 10804. Filed July 17. Amato, Joanna, et al. Filed by U.S. Bank N.A. Action: seeks to foreclose on a mortgage to secure an unspecified amount affecting property located at 446 N. Barry Ave., Mamaroneck 10543. Filed July 18. Burns Jr., Edmund J., et al. Filed by The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company N.A. Action: seeks to foreclose on a mortgage to secure $1 million affecting property located at 18 Old Katonah Drive, Katonah 10536. Filed July 29. Cannavo, Joseph, et al. Filed by Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. Action: seeks to foreclose on a mortgage to secure $400,000 affecting property located at 27 Fox Island Road, Port Chester 10573. Filed July 2. Crosby, Theodore, et al. Filed by U.S. Bank N.A. Action: seeks to foreclose on a mortgage to secure $147,000 affecting property located at 28 First St., New Rochelle 10801. Filed June 5. Fasce, Joseph A., et al. Filed by Wilmington Savings Fund Society FSB. Action: seeks to foreclose on a mortgage to secure an unspecified amount affecting property located at 117 Gramatan Drive, Yonkers 10701. Filed July 14. Feola, Elisa, et al. Filed by JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A. Action: seeks to foreclose on a mortgage to secure $417,000 affecting property located at 5 Friars Close, Bedford Hills 10507. Filed May 18. Garcia, Esteban, et al. Filed by U.S. Bank N.A. Action: seeks to foreclose on a mortgage to secure $892,500 affecting property located at 82 Hamilton Ave., New Rochelle 10801. Filed July 28.

Facts & Figures Godbee-Taylor, Versina, et al. Filed by HSBC Bank USA N.A. Action: seeks to foreclose on a mortgage to secure $144,000 affecting property located at 4A Rolling Way, Peekskill 10566. Filed July 13.

O’Sullivan, Bridget, et al. Filed by Wells Fargo Bank N.A. Action: seeks to foreclose on a mortgage to secure $102,000 affecting property located at 146 Bannon Ave., Buchanan 10511. Filed July 21.

Grace Church Realty Corp., et al. Filed by CVCF-WAB Fund I LLC. Action: seeks to foreclose on a mortgage to secure $1.9 million affecting property located at 40 Grace Church St., Port Chester. Filed May 18.

Racanelli, Helen, et al. Filed by U.S. Bank N.A. Action: seeks to foreclose on a mortgage to secure $508,000 affecting property located at 18 Mountainview Ave., Ardsley 10502. Filed July 29.

Henry, Shernette, et al. Filed by PennyMac Loan Services LLC. Action: seeks to foreclose on a mortgage to secure $319,713 affecting property located at 45 White Plains Ave., Elmsford 10523. Filed June 25. Hudson EFT LLC, et al. Filed by LMREC III Note Holder Inc. Action: seeks to foreclose on a mortgage to secure $4.9 million affecting property located at 80 Main St., Ossining. Filed July 9. Iglthaler, Patricia, et al. Filed by Citimortgage Inc. Action: seeks to foreclose on a mortgage to secure $180,000 affecting property located at 33 Adams Rush Road, Cortlandt Manor 10567. Filed July 29. Leichter, Eleanor E., et al. Filed by Ditech Financial LLC. Action: seeks to foreclose on a mortgage to secure $150,000 affecting property located at 202 E. Garden Road, Larchmont 10538. Filed July 29. Lesueur, Isabelle, et al. Filed by U.S. Bank N.A. Action: seeks to foreclose on a mortgage to secure $492,000 affecting property located at 32 Crestmont Ave., Yonkers 10704. Filed July 6. Levy, Jolie, et al. Filed by U.S. Bank N.A. Action: seeks to foreclose on a mortgage to secure an unspecified amount affecting property located at 2183 Mohansic Ave., Yorktown Heights 10598. Filed July 17. Mor, Michal, et al. Filed by The Bank of New York Mellon. Action: seeks to foreclose on a mortgage to secure $700,000 affecting property located at 54 Broadview Ave., New Rochelle 10804. Filed June 22. Morocho, Rommel, et al. Filed by Citibank N.A. Action: seeks to foreclose on a mortgage to secure an unspecified amount affecting property located at 15 South Road, White Plains 10603. Filed July 17. Murphy, Timothy D., et al. Filed by U.S. Bank N.A. Action: seeks to foreclose on a mortgage to secure $510,000 affecting property located at 717 Bradley St., Mamaroneck 10543. Filed May 21.

Ramsay Jr., Glen, et al. Filed by Wilmington Trust N.A. Action: seeks to foreclose on a mortgage to secure $911,200 affecting property located at 388 Fort Hill Road, Greenburgh 10583. Filed June 9. Sullivan, Gregory, et al. Filed by Citibank N.A. Action: seeks to foreclose on a mortgage to secure $500,000 affecting property located at 42 Stratford Road, Scarsdale 10583. Filed July 29.

MECHANIC’S LIENS BNS I Inc., as owner. $29,825 as claimed by Able Equipment Rental Inc. Property: in Peekskill. Filed Aug. 19. Con Edison, as owner. $4,195 as claimed by Sunbelt Rentals-Region 11. Property: in Yonkers. Filed Aug. 20. Rescoe, Erin S., et al, as owner. $152,924 as claimed by Gregory Allan Cramer and Company Inc., Scarsdale. Property: in Scarsdale. Filed Aug. 19.

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

Partnerships BM Latino Academy, 21 Marion Ave., Hartsdale 10530, c/o Patricia Bazan and Estefania Molina. Filed March 6. Events by Naijel, 412 Pinebrook Blvd., New Rochelle 10804, c/o Akilla R. Bando and Juanita T. Pope. Filed March 6. Ossining Caribbean Heritage Group, 109 Main St., Ossining 10562, c/o Peter G.W.H. Murdock and Denise N.M. Chew. Filed March 5.

Sole Proprietorships 1000 Eyes, 63 Ridge Road, New Rochelle 10804, c/o Gregory Yolen. Filed March 6. A, F Restoration, 968 Phoenix Ave., No. 1, Peekskill 10566, c/o Angel G. Japa C. Filed March 5. Balaboste, 22 Pinecrest Parkway, Hastings-on-Hudson 10706, c/o Gal Yaguri. Filed March 6. Capellini Kids, 3037B Ferncrest Drive, Yorktown Heights 10598, c/o Niurka Scialdone. Filed March 5. DB Consulting and Training, 107 N. Broadway, No. 208, White Plains 10603, c/o Dorothy Botsoe. Filed March 6. Go Defensive Driver, P.O. Box 124, Eastchester, c/o Shanema Davis. Filed March 5. Holy Grail Hair Accessories, 305 Sherman Ave., E1, Peekskill 10566, c/o Toni L. Agurs. Filed March 6. ifabian IFworks, 19 Philipse Place, Yonkers 10701, c/o Ilona A. Fabian. Filed March 5. Jenny’s Enterprise, 11 Hancock Ave., Second floor, Yonkers 10705, c/o Jenny Acevedo. Filed March 5. JW Productions, 47 Rathbun Ave., White Plains 10606, c/o Lorraine K. Jackson. Filed March 6. Laura Wheatley Photography, 63 Wells Ave., Apt., 713, Yonkers 10701, c/o Laura Wheatley. Filed March 6. Piggs and Niggs, 54 N. Broadway, Apt. 2N, Yonkers 10701, c/o James E. Smith Jr. Filed March 6. Rony’s Maintenance, 2 Roosevelt St., White Plains 10606, c/o Rony Alexi Garcia Mencias. Filed March 5. The Poochkies, 10 Adrienne Place, White Plains 10605, c/o Geraldine Signer. Filed March 5. Trash Treasure Chest, 1 Lamartine Terrace, Yonkers 10701, c/o Mariah Cameron. Filed March 5. Vania Insurance Marketing, 110 Highland, No. 51, Yonkers 10705, c/o Hilcia E. Grullon. Filed March 6. Vedat Gashi, Esq., 345 Kear St., Suite 200, Yorktown Heights 10598, c/o Vedat Gashi. Filed March 5

PATENTS Automated patient complexity classification for artificial intelligence tools. Patent no. 10,755,412 issued to Emily Lindemer, et al. Assigned to IBM, Armonk. Controlling air circulation in a data center. Patent no. 10,757,837 issued to Jean-Michel Rodriguez. Assigned to IBM, Armonk. Cooling structure for electronic boards. Patent no. 10,757,833 issued to Paul Bodenweber, et al. Assigned to IBM, Armonk. Creation and conveyance of device-targeted messages. Patent no. 10,756,913 issued to Andrew Jones, et al. Assigned to IBM, Armonk. Detecting and monitoring a user’s photographs for health issues. Patent no. 10,755,415 issued to Lisa DeLuca, et al. Assigned to IBM, Armonk. Determining a storage network path utilizing log data. Patent no. 10,756,952 issued to David Green, et al. Assigned to IBM, Armonk. Display-region filtering based on priority. Patent no. 10,755,631 issued to Gregory Hintermeister. Assigned to IBM, Armonk. Managing a set of offers using a dialogue. Patent no. 10,755,317 issued to Swaminathan Balasubramaian, et al. Assigned to IBM, Armonk. Managing cross-channel fulfillment impact within shared inventory demand systems. Patent no. 10,755,232 issued to Pavithra Harsha, et al. Assigned to IBM, Armonk. Providing reminders based on voice recognition. Patent no. 10,755,717 issued to John Werner, et al. Assigned to IBM, Armonk. Rendering a portion of an image corresponding to an interest of a user. Patent no. 10,757,221 issued to Paul Bastide, et al. Assigned to IBM, Armonk. System and method for dynamic advertising. Patent no. 10,755,310 issued to Michael Bender, et al. Assigned to IBM, Armonk. Variable display size for an electronic display device. Patent no. 10,755,668 issued to Ranjeeth Pasupathi, et al. Assigned to IBM, Armonk.

HUDSON VALLEY BUILDING LOANS Above $1 million Great Housing LLC, Monroe, as owner. Lender: BDJ Equities LLC, New York City. Property: 137 Acres Road, Units 101 and 201, Palm Tree 10950. Amount: $1 million. Filed Aug. 21.

Below $1 million Ciacci, Fay E., et al, Wallkill, as owner. Lender: Ulster Savings Bank, Kingston. Property: 34 Weaver Road, Newburgh 12550. Amount: $200,000. Filed Aug. 20. Dunn Jr., James J., as owner. Lender: Homestead Funding Corp. Property: in Pleasant Valley. Amount: $200,963. Filed Aug. 19. Gurda, Nicholas, et al, Warwick, as owner. Lender: Walden Savings Bank, Montgomery. Property: in Wawayanda, Amount: $403,750. Filed Aug. 20. McCullough, Randy, et al, Walden, as owner. Lender: Rhinebeck Bank, Poughkeepsie. Property: in Montgomery. Amount: $287,000. Filed Aug. 21. Seckinger, Regine, et al, Kerhonkson, as owner. Lender: Rondout Savings Bank, Kingston. Property: 673 Samsonville Road, Kerhonkson 12446. Amount: $435,000. Filed Aug. 17. Vergolina, Joseph R., et al, as owner. Lender: Rondout Savings Bank. Property: in Beacon. Amount: $376,000. Filed Aug. 19.

DEEDS Above $1 million Golden Dome Realty LLC, Gardiner. Seller: Robert MacLeod, et al, Gardiner. Property: in Gardiner. Amount: $1 million. Filed Aug. 20. Lithgow Farm LLC, Miami Beach, Florida. Seller: Susanne L. Clarke, et al, Boca Grande, Florida. Property: 26-33 Lithgow Road, Washington. Amount: $3.9 million. Filed Aug. 17. New Hugo LLC, et al, Brooklyn. Seller: Noam Kerner, et al, New Paltz. Property: 181 Huguenot St., New Paltz. Amount: $2.4 million. Filed Aug. 20.



Rhinebeck Bank, Poughkeepsie. Seller: Putnam County Temple and Jewish Center Inc., Danbury, Connecticut. Property: 31 N. Ebo Road, Brewster 10509. Amount: $2.1 million. Filed Aug. 18. Route 208 Holdings LLC, Monroe. Seller: Rieger Enterprises LLC, Newburgh. Property: 1-7 Rieger Drive, Blooming Grove. Amount: $1.2 million. Filed Aug. 18. Ruffland Farms LLC, New York City. Seller: Chay Wike, et al, Milan. Property: in Milan. Amount: $3.6 million. Filed Aug. 17. Silo Ridge Lakeside Properties LLC, Garden City. Seller: Silo Ridge Ventures Single Family Property LLC, Scottsdale, Arizona. Property: in Amenia. Amount: $1.8 million. Filed Aug. 17. Spago Holding LLC, Purchase. Seller: Clovebranch Leasing LLC, Hopewell Junction. Property: in East Fishkill. Amount: $1.8 million. Filed Aug. 19. Springtown Farmland LLC, Walden. Seller: 163 Denniston Road LLC, Green Brook, New Jersey. Property: 163 Denniston Road, Gardiner. Amount: $2 million. Filed Aug. 18. The Gerald A. Doering Foundation Inc., Newburgh. Seller: karpeles Manuscript Library, Santa Barbara, California. Property: in Newburgh. Amount: $1 million. Filed Aug. 18.

Below $1 million 13 Industrial Drive LLC, Monroe. Seller: Julian’s 4 LP, Goshen. Property: 13 Industrial Drive, Florida 10921. Amount: $960,000. Filed Aug. 20. 15 Riley Road LLC, Ardsley. Seller: U.S. Bank Trust N.A. Property: 15 Riley Road, New Windsor 12553. Amount: $82,190. Filed Aug. 19. 208 Holdings LLC, Monroe. Seller: Rieger Construction Inc., Newburgh. Property: Route 208, Blooming Grove. Amount: $600,000. Filed Aug. 18. 247 Capital Management LLC, Poughkeepsie. Seller: U.S. Bank Trust N.A. Property: 91 Velie Road, LaGrangeville 12540. Amount: $259,000. Filed Aug. 18. 28 Shaw LLC, Monroe. Seller: Manuel Mina Jr., Madeira Beach, Florida. Property: 28 Shaw Road, Blooming Grove. Amount: $60,000. Filed Aug. 20.

AUGUST 31, 2020


Facts & Figures 4916 Route 17M LLC, New Hampton. Seller: Lolita S. Pagano, Whitestone. Property: 4916 Route 17M, Waywayanda. Amount: $75,000. Filed Aug. 20. All Mine of Orange Inc., Washingtonville. Seller: Corinne Lhotta, Washingtonville. Property: in Florida. Amount: $65,000. Filed Aug. 19. Bobcat Lakehouse LLC, Garden City. Seller: Maureen M. Brady, Holmes. Property: 92 Dutchess Lake Court, Holmes 12531. Amount: $430,000. Filed Aug. 17. Catskill Country Homes LLC, Kingston. Seller: U.S. Bank N.A. Property: 27 S. Ohioville Road, New Paltz. Amount: $131,000. Filed Aug. 20. Derekh LLC, Stone Ridge. Seller: Fannie Mae. Property: 55 Holland Drive, Hurley. Amount: $106,000. Filed Aug. 18. GCB Form LLC, Westtown. Seller: Med Parc LLC, Montgomery. Property: in Wallkill. Amount: $15,000. Filed Aug. 19. Hayes Connecticut Group LLC, Monroe. Seller: 12 Oak LLC, Monroe. Property: 12 Oak St., Middletown. Amount: $2,500. Filed Aug. 20. Hayes Connecticut Group LLC, Monroe. Seller: JMSR Inc., Monroe. Property: 91 Sprague Ave., Middletown. Amount: $2,500. Filed Aug. 20. Hayes Connecticut Group LLC, Monroe. Seller: Joseph Rubin Inc., Monroe. Property: 411 North St., Middletown. Amount: $2,542. Filed Aug. 20.

ML and RC Properties LLC, Yorktown Heights. Seller: 21 Fowler Avenue Realty LLC, Briarcliff Manor. Property: 21 Fowler Ave., Carmel 10512. Amount: $520,000. Filed Aug. 20. New Gen Construction Inc., Campbell Hall. Seller: Antonia Mastrantoni, et al, Middletown. Property: in Hamptonburgh. Amount: $85,000. Filed Aug. 19. North Cross Ventures LLC, Hyde Park. Seller: Peak Valley Holdings LLC, Hyde Park. Property: 1300 Route 9G, Hyde Park 12538. Amount: $354,000. Filed Aug. 19. O’Donnell and Sons Inc., Fishkill. Seller: Frank Pallet, et al, Wappingers Falls. Property: in Wappinger. Amount: $110,000. Filed Aug. 19. Shariff Management LLC, Newburgh. Seller. Movimiento Misionero Mundial Inc., New York City. Property: 24 Lander St., Newburgh. Amount: $112,000. Filed Aug. 21. Swan Hollow Construction LLC, Monroe. Seller: Torsoe Brothers Construction Corp., Montebello. Property: in New Windsor. Amount: $115,000. Filed Aug. 20. The Greens at Woodbury LLC, Central Valley. Seller: 2580 Route 6 Inc., Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Property: 2580 Route 6, Slate Hill 10973. Amount: $10,000. Filed Aug. 20. U.S. Bank N.A. Seller: Kyle Barnett, Poughkeepsie. Property: 7 Yellow City Road, Amenia 12501. Amount: $212,000. Filed Aug. 20. Vly Properties LLC, Stone Ridge. Seller: Barbara J. McElrath, et al, Saugerties. Property: in Ulster. Amount: $235,000. Filed Aug. 18.

Hayes Connecticut Group LLC, Monroe. Seller: Joseph Rubin Inc., Monroe. Property: 403 North St., Middletown. Amount: $92,458. Filed Aug. 20.

Wallkil Realty LLC, Monroe. Seller: Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. Property: in Poughkeepsie. Amount: $105,000. Filed Aug. 19.

Home Source Inc., Bronx. Seller: ASA Petroleum Inc., Whitestone. Property: 1 Fowler Ave., Carmel 10512. Amount: $2,500. Filed Aug. 18.

Western Orange Realty Inc., Port Jervis. Seller: Stephen W. Zeh Jr., New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Property: 99 Hudson St., Port Jervis. Amount: $90,000. Filed Aug. 20.

JYP Properties LLC, Monsey. Seller: Joseph A. Maria, White Plains. Property: in Port Jervis. Amount: $600,000. Filed Aug. 21.


Maneul LLC, Mount Vernon. Seller: 25 North Chestnut LLC, New Paltz. Property: in New Paltz. Amount: $505,000. Filed Aug. 19.


AUGUST 31, 2020

Hoe Bowl of Walden Inc., Walden. $20,250 in favor of the Workers’ Compensation Board of the State of New York, Albany. Filed Aug. 20.



Sasev Construction, Monroe. $5,000 in favor of the Workers’ Compensation Board of the State of New York, Albany. Filed Aug. 20. Showalter’s Auto and Equipment, Florida. $79,000 in favor of the Workers’ Compensation Board of the State of New York, Albany. Filed Aug. 20.

LIS PENDENS The following filings indicated a legal action has been initiated, the outcome of which may affect the title to the property listed. 69 Mountain Avenue LLC, et al. Filed by Wilmington Savings Fund Society FSB. Action: seeks to foreclose on a mortgage to secure an unknown amount affecting property located at 69 Mountain Ave., Highland Falls 10928. Filed Aug. 20. Armijos, Juana V., et al. Filed by HSBC Bank USA N.A. Action: seeks to foreclose on a mortgage to secure $293,250 affecting property located at 250 Spring St., Monroe 10950. Filed Aug. 19. Dixon, David, et al. Filed by HSBC Bank USA N.A. Action: seeks to foreclose on a mortgage to secure $228,000 affecting property located at 26 Lindsey Road, Warwick 10990. Filed Aug. 18. Dutescu, Daniel, et al. Filed by U.S. Bank N.A. Action: seeks to foreclose on a mortgage to secure $272,000 affecting property located at 539 Toleman Road, Rock Tavern 12575. Filed Aug. 20. Fiol, Stephanie, et al. Filed by U.S. Bank N.A. Action: seeks to foreclose on a mortgage to secure $317,240 affecting property located at 14 Dean Place, Middletown 10940. Filed Aug. 19. Fleet, Tracy A., et al. Filed by U.S. Bank N.A. Action: seeks to foreclose on a mortgage to secure $322,500 affecting property located at 12 W. Cedar St., Poughkeepsie 12601. Filed Aug. 14. Harper, Anthony, et al. Filed by JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A. Action: seeks to foreclose on a mortgage to secure $124,000 affecting property located at 187 Carson Ave., Newburgh 12550. Filed Aug. 18. Hayes, Chester A., et al. Filed by Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. Action: seeks to foreclose on a mortgage to secure $173,000 affecting property located at 113 E. Main St., Washingtonville 10992. Filed Aug. 22.

Lushbaugh, Keri L., et al. Filed by HSBC Bank USA N.A. Action: seeks to foreclose on a mortgage to secure $184,000 affecting property located at 18 Kendal Lane, Wallkill 10940. Filed Aug. 21. Omoregie, Michael, et al. Filed by Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. Action: seeks to foreclose on a mortgage to secure $166,649 affecting property located at 25 Clinton St., Middletown 10940. Filed Aug. 18. Ventura, Ricky Nelson, et al. Filed by Hudson River Financial Federal Credit Union. Action: seeks to foreclose on a mortgage to secure $175,000 affecting property located at 1 Lane Gate Road, Cold Spring 10516. Filed Aug. 21.

Calvary Chapel of Orange County Inc., d.b.a. Calvary’s Lighthouse Christian Fellowship, 145 N. Main St., Monroe 10950. Filed Aug. 4. D B Data Comm Inc., d.b.a. Seas Your Moment Travel, 89 Last Road, Middletown 10941. Filed Aug. 4. DMB 33 Holdings Inc., d.b.a. CertaPro of Middletown-Kingston, 33 Heritage Crossing, Circleville 10919. Filed Aug. 20. Gurri Inc., d.b.a. Gurri Industries, 26 Hulsetown Road, Chester 10918. Filed Aug. 4.


Hudson Valley Beverage Company Inc., d.b.a. Sloop Brewing Co., 755 East Drive, Suite 106, Hopewell Junction 12533. Filed Aug. 4.

Chaviva Properties LLC, Ellenville, as owner. $3,896 as claimed by E. Tetz and Sons Inc., Middletown. Property: 1106 Ulster Heights Road, Ellenville 12428. Filed Aug. 18.

Khalifa Health Inc., d.b.a. Community Care Pharmacy, 900 Route 376, Suite Q, Wappingers Falls 12590. Filed Aug. 4.

Fresh Spring LLC, as owner. $1,000 as claimed by Duro Electrical Contracting Corp., Thornwood. Property: in Beekman. Filed Aug. 19. Fresh Springs LLC, as owner. $3,000 as claimed by JCL Solutions LLC. Property: Carol Lane, Beekman. Filed Aug. 21. Jeffvin LLC, as owner. $9,485 as claimed by Harris Plumbing Heating and AC Inc., Pleasant Valley. Property: 270 W. Saugerties Road, Saugerties. Filed Aug. 18. Ruggerio, Maria, et al, as owner. $3,098 as claimed by Adams Plumbing and Heating Inc., Patterson. Property: 32 Mey Crescent Re, Stormville 12582. Filed Aug. 19.

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

Doing Business As Ahava Planning and Builders Inc., d.b.a. A-Builders, 48 Bakertown Road, Suite 504, Monroe 10950. Filed Aug. 4. AIMZ Corp., d.b.a. Crown Chicken, 342 Broadway, Kingston 124091. Filed Aug. 20.

Lampai Thai Corp., d.b.a. Kanda House Thai Kitchen, 304 Main St., Cornwall-on-Hudson 12518. Filed Aug. 4. Poseidon Foods Inc., d.b.a. Olympic Diner, 7 Spaulding Court, Saugerties 12477. Filed Aug. 20. Tayler Ashley Group Inc., d.b.a. Care In Home, 1133 Route 55, LaGrange 12540. Filed Aug. 4. Thomas Motzer Construction Inc., d.b.a. The Lone Duck Farm, 110 Lauren Tice Road, Saugerties 12477. Filed Aug. 20. Tri-State Veterinary Medical Group PC, d.b.a. Tri-State Veterinary Hospital and Wellness Center, 33 Jersey Ave., Port Jervis 12771. Filed Aug. 4. Unity Creations Ltd., d.b.a. Unity Surfacing, 3997 Route 9W, Saugerties 12477. Filed Aug. 20.

Partnerships BP Medical Transportation, 900 Route 6, Mahopac 10541, c/o Ariel Peralta and Carlos N. Barrientos Montoya. Filed Aug. 21.

Sole Proprietorships beYOUtifully Fit, 14 Grove Place, Fort Montgomery 10922, c/o Cortney Michelle Steinmetz. Filed Aug. 4. Citrus Clothing, 41 Falcon Drive, Highland 12528, c/o Kori Amanda Hughes. Filed Aug. 18. Credit Dispute Guardian, 5 Southgate Road, Apt. 12, Middletown 10940, c/o Jeffrey Morrissey. Filed Aug. 4. David Ellsworth Construction, 43 Webster Ave., Kerhonkson 12446, c/o David A. Ellsworth Jr. Filed Aug. 17. Dmurphconstruct, 75 Dusinberre Road, Gardiner 12525, c/o David Murphy. Filed Aug. 18. Elite Academy Online School, 1213 Dolsontown Road, Middletown 10940, c/o Everton S. Browne. Filed Aug. 7. Hayes Excavating, 239 S. Centerville Road, Middletown 10940, c/o Stephen John Hayes. Filed Aug. 4. Journey to Longevity Holistic Health Coaching and Healing, 663 Springtown Road, Tillson 12486, c/o Lisa A. Banks. Filed Aug. 17. Kiy and Jay’s Snack Shop, 26 Finley Drive, Salisbury Mills, c/o Delesia Pruitt. Filed Aug. 6. Mirrored New York, 26 Smith Clove Road, Central Valley, c/o Jennifer Lea Maushardt. Filed Aug. 4. Putnam Driveway Sealing, 83 Dixon Road, Carmel 10512, c/o Howard E. Johnson. Filed Aug. 18. S Superior, 27 Schunnemunk Road, Unit 202, Monroe 10950, c/o Shmuel Klagsbrun. Filed Aug. 5. Skye Lights Healing, 663 Springtown Road, Tillson 12486, c/o Skye Wilkins Brisbois. Filed Aug. 17. Wragg FX Trading, 19 Thompson St., Newburgh 12550, c/o Vaughn J. Wragg. Filed Aug. 5.

LEGAL NOTICES Notice of Formation of Scrubd, LLC Art. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 07/01/2020 . 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, 7 Sherwood Ave Ossining NY 10562. Purpose: any lawful purpose. #62612 Notice of Formation of Arielís Lip & Body Care, LLC. Art of Org. filed with NY Secy. of State on 7/6/20. Office location: Westchester County. Secy of State designated as agent upon which process may be served. Secy. of State shall mail a copy of any process against it served upon him/her to LLC, c/o: United States Corporation Agents, Inc. 7014 13th Ave, Ste. 202, Brooklyn, NY. 11228. Purpose: any lawful activity. #62613 Notice of formation of Limited Liability Company (ìLLCî). Name: Lion Factory Building LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of the State of New York (ìSSNYî) on July 13, 2020. N.Y. 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 Lion Factory Building LLC, 1055 Saw Mill River Road, Suite 204, Ardsley, New York 10502. Purpose/character of LLC is to engage in any lawful act or activity. #62614 Notice of formation of Limited Liability Company (ìLLCî). Name: Lion Factory Building Manager LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of the State of New York (ìSSNYî) on July 13, 2020. N.Y. 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 Lion Factory Building Manager LLC, 1055 Saw Mill River Road, Suite 204, Ardsley, New York 10502. Purpose/character of LLC is to engage in any lawful act or activity. #62615

Notice of formation of Limited Liability Company (ìLLCî). Name: Lion Factory Building Associates LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of the State of New York (ìSSNYî) on July 13, 2020. N.Y. 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 Lion Factory Building Associates LLC, 1055 Saw Mill River Road, Suite 204, Ardsley, New York 10502. Purpose/character of LLC is to engage in any lawful act or activity. #62616 Notice of formation of Limited Liability Company (ìLLCî). Name: Lion Factory Commerce LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of the State of New York (ìSSNYî) on July 14, 2020. N.Y. 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 Lion Factory Commerce LLC, 1055 Saw Mill River Road, Suite 204, Ardsley, New York 10502. Purpose/ character of LLC is to engage in any lawful act or activity. #62617 Notice of formation of Limited Liability Company (ìLLCî). Name: Lion Factory Commerce Manager LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of the State of New York (ìSSNYî) on July 14, 2020. N.Y. 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 Lion Factory Commerce Manager LLC, 1055 Saw Mill River Road, Suite 204, Ardsley, New York 10502. Purpose/character of LLC is to engage in any lawful act or activity. #62618 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: MIKADO HOLDINGS LLC. Arts. Of Org. were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 2/26/2020. Office location: Westchester County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 12 Aberdeen Road, Cortlandt Manor, New York 10567. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. Latest date upon which LLC is to dissolve: No specific date. #62619

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (LLC). NAME: ANDOLINI MEDIA, LLC Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 03/27/2019. Office location: Westchester County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: The LLC, 159 Ralph Avenue, White Plains, New York 10606, principal business location of the LLC. Purpose: any lawful business activity. #62620 Notice of Formation of WAY2WIN MANAGEMENT LLC Art. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 7/13/20. 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 WAY2WIN MANAGEMENT LLC, 1011 King St, Chappaqua, New York 10514 Purpose: any lawful purpose. #62622 Notice of formation of Limited Liability Company (ìLLCî). Name: La Mora LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of the State of New York (ìSSNYî) on July 22, 2020. N.Y. 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 La Mora LLC, 1511 Central Park Avenue, Yonkers, New York 10710. Purpose/character of LLC is to engage in any lawful act or activity. #62623 Notice of formation of Limited Liability Company (ìLLCî). Name: La Mora Managers LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of the State of New York (ìSSNYî) on July 22, 2020. N.Y. 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 La Mora Managers LLC, 1511 Central Park Avenue, Yonkers, New York 10710. Purpose/ character of LLC is to engage in any lawful act or activity. #62624

KJJ Strategies LLC Art. of Org. filed with NY Secretary of State on July 29, 2020. Office located in WESTCHESTER COUNTY. Secy. Of State designated as agent upon which process may be served. Secy. Of State shall mail a copy of any process against it served upon him/her to: 300 Mamaroneck Ave. Suite 505 White Plains, NY 10605 (the LLCís primary business location). LLC may engage in any lawful act or activity for which a limited liability company may be formed. #62625 Notice of Formation of SNS Transporting LLC, Arts. Of Org. filed with the NY Sec. of State 07/21/2020. Office Loc. West. County. SSNY desig. as agent of the LLC upon whom process against may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against it served upon him/her to 10 California Road, Mt. Vernon, NY 10552. Purpose: any lawful purpose. #62627 Notice of formation. Thereís No Place Like Home Plate, LLC. Art. Of Org. filed with SSNY 6/2/20. Office loc:Westchester County. SSNY desig. as agent of the LLC upon which process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, 127 Dale Ave, Cortlandt Manor, NY, 10567. Purpose: any lawful business activity. #62628 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (LLC). NAME: BRIGHTWORLD ADVISORS, LLC Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 06/22/2020. Office location: Westchester County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: BrightWorld Advisors LLC, 9 Hanford Place, Tarrytown, NY 10591, principal business location of the LLC. Purpose: any lawful business activity. #62629 NOTICE OF FORMATION of Arts By Joni Joan LLC. Arts of Org. filed with the SSNY on 7/17/2020. Office Location: Westchester County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon which process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, 57B Route 6, Ste 110, Baldwin Pl., NY 10505. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. #62630

Notice of Formation of Ore Amare LLC Arts of Org. filed with SSNY on 7/30/2020. Office Location: Westchester County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 78 Vaughn Ave, New Rochelle NY 10801. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. #62631 Notice of Formation of Plimsoll Capital LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 7/15/2020. Office Location: Westchester County. SSNY is designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process to: THE LLC, 8 Brookside Place, Pleasantville, NY 10570. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. #62632 Notice of formation of Limited Liability Company (ìLLCî). Name: MacKenzie Overlook LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of the State of New York (ìSSNYî) on August 12, 2020. N.Y. 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 MacKenzie Overlook LLC, 1055 Saw Mill River Road, Suite 204, Ardsley, New York 10502. Purpose/character of LLC is to engage in any lawful act or activity. #62633 Notice of formation of Limited Liability Company (ìLLCî). Name: MacKenzie Overlook Manager LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of the State of New York (ìSSNYî) on August 12, 2020. N.Y. 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 MacKenzie Overlook Manager LLC, 1055 Saw Mill River Road, Suite 204, Ardsley, New York 10502. Purpose/character of LLC is to engage in any lawful act or activity. #62634


One HealthIT LLC. Art. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 8/20/2020. 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, 62 Congress Street, New Rochelle, NY 10801. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. #62640

Notice of formation of Limited Liability Company (ìLLCî). Name: MacKenzie Overlook Associates LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of the State of New York (ìSSNYî) on August 12, 2020. N.Y. 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 MacKenzie Overlook Associates LLC, 1055 Saw Mill River Road, Suite 204, Ardsley, New York 10502. Purpose/character of LLC is to engage in any lawful act or activity. #62635

130 W Third Mount Vernon LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 8/20/2020. Cty: Westchester. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to 279 Franklin Ave, Apt A, Mount Vernon, NY 10553. General Purpose. #62641

Notice of Formation of SwaineTrain LLC filed with SSNY on April 10, 2020. Office: NY County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to LLC: 7014 13th Avenue Suite 202 Brooklyn, NY 11228 Purpose: any lawful act or activity. #62636

303 Design Consultants LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 8/12/2020. Cty: Westchester. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to 303 East 57th St., Apt. 21J, New York, NY 10022. General Purpose. #62642

Kome Find Me LLC, date of filing Articles of Organization with Sec. of State on 7/27/20. LLC located in Westchester Cty. Sec. of State designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against may be served. The Sec. of State shall mail copy of any process against the LLC served upon him or her to: 100 Fisher Avenue, White Plains, NY 10602. Purpose: any lawful activity. #62637 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LOS JONES ENTERPRISES LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 8/19/20. Offc. loc: WESTCHESTER Cty. SSNY desig. agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC to 239 Sheridan Ave, Mt. Vernon, NY 10552. Purpose: any lawful activity. #62638 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF ONLY ONY REAL ESTATE LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 8/19/20. Offc. loc: WESTCHESTER Cty. SSNY desig. agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC to 239 Sheridan Ave, Mt. Vernon, NY 10552. Purpose: any lawful activity. #62639


Foundation RX Bedford LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 7/9/2020. Cty: Westchester. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to 80 Business Park Dr., Ste. 308 Armonk, NY 10504. General Purpose. #62643 112 North Chatsworth, LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 8/3/2020. Cty: Westchester. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to 495 New Rochelle Rd., Bronxville, NY 10708. General Purpose. #62644 Grandview Land Services LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 3/18/2020. Cty: Westchester. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to c/o Grossman & Gardner, 17 Elm Pl., Rye, NY 10580. General Purpose. #62645 Notice of Formation of a NY Limited Liability Company. Name: Mind at Ease LLC. Articles of Organization filing date with Secretary of State (SSNY) was June 22, 2020. Office location: Westchester County. SSNY has been designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and SSNY shall mail copy of process to. Michael A Figueroa 125 Claremont Avenue Mount Vernon, New York 10550. Purpose is to engage in any and all business activities permitted under NYS laws. #62646

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Facts & Figures

fairfield county

BUILDING PERMITS Commercial Bridges Group LLC, Riverside, contractor for Bridges Group LLC. Prepare for a private party at 296 Valley Road, Cos Cob. Estimated cost: $9,000. Filed July 2020. Brunswick School, Greenwich. contractor for Brunswick School. Renovate bathrooms and coffee area at 97 Maher Ave., Greenwich. Estimated cost: $75,000. Filed July 2020. Carly Realty LLC, Stamford, contractor for Carly Realty LLC. Place flat metal signs at 170 Selleck St., Stamford. Estimated cost: $2,200. Filed July 14. Construction Management & Builders Inc., Stamford, contractor for TDL Equities LLC. Renovate animal hospital at 888 High Ridge Road, Stamford. Estimated cost: $483,000. Filed July 15.

VP, Storage, Data Protection Architecture & Delivery Service, Synchrony Bank, Stamford, CT. Design and develop storage and data protection software and hardware. Req. Bach’s deg, or foreign equiv in Comp Sci, Telecom Mgmt, Engg or rel. + 5 yrs post-bach progressive rel. work exp in the IT field; OR a Master’s deg or foreign equiv in Comp Sci, Telecom Mgmt, Engg or rel. + 3 yrs of rel. work exp. in the IT field. Telecommuting available and accepted. To apply, email resume to: HR manager, Kristine. Mackey@syf.com, (reference: CT0004).

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:

Diversity Construction Group, Cheshire, contractor for the city of Bridgeport. Perform replacement alterations at 268 Putnam St., Bridgeport. Estimated cost: $242,000. Filed July 2.

Stewart, Anthony, Bridgeport, contractor for Ashlar Historic Restoration. Perform replacement alterations at 13761382 Stratford Ave., Bridgeport. Estimated cost: $300,000. Filed July 9.

Edwards, Joan, Stamford, contractor for Joan Edwards. Move kitchen wall two feet into master bedroom at 77 Havemeyer Lane, Unit UT7, Stamford. Estimated cost: $20,000. Filed July 16.

Stratton Properties, Greenwich. contractor for Stratton Properties. Upgrade garage replace windows and doors and re-roof 11 Mayfair Lane, Greenwich. Estimated cost: $70,000. Filed July 2020.

Ericsson Inc, Stamford, contractor for Knapp Street Investors. Install antennas and remote radio units at 14 Knapp St., Stamford. Estimated cost: $25,000. Filed July 14.

Tancreti Construction LLC, North Haven, contractor for the state of Connecticut and the Connecticut Zoological Society. Remove and replace building entrance at 1875 Noble Ave., Bridgeport. Estimated cost: $39,462. Filed July 8.

Flouty Family Ltd., Riverside, contractor for Flouty Family Ltd. Perform replacement alterations at 33 Strickland Road, Cos Cob. Estimated cost: $20,000. Filed July 2020. Jose Miranda Contracting, Stratford, contractor for BTTC TEI Investors LLC. Remove existing roof and re-roof 480 Barnum Ave., Bridgeport. Estimated cost: $55,000. Filed July 2. Karp Builders LLC, Stamford, contractor for Jewish Community Center Inc. Perform replacement alterations at 1035 Newfield Ave., Stamford. Estimated cost: $600,000. Filed July 14. MCG Construction LLC, Stamford, contractor for 316 Courtland Realty LLC. Construct demising wall at 316 Courtland Ave., Stamford. Estimated cost: $30,000. Filed July 15. McPhee Electric LTD LLC, Stamford, contractor for ESRT Metro Center LLC. Add new antennas and remove and install radio heads at 429 Washington Blvd., Stamford. Estimated cost: $27,500. Filed July 16. Prengel, Peter, Fairfield, contractor for Michael Villani. Replace windows at 345 Railroad Ave., Bridgeport. Estimated cost: $38,000. Filed July 2. Stamford Tent, Stamford, contractor for the Convent of Sacred Heart. Prepare for a private party at 1177 King St., Greenwich. Estimated cost: $7,000. Filed July 2020.

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Transcend Wireless, Mahwah, New Jersey, contractor for Kapetan Associates. Replace Antenna at 1450 Main St., Bridgeport. Estimated cost: $20,000. Filed July 7. Transcend Wireless, Mahwah, New Jersey, contractor for 404 Charles Street LLC. Replace antennas and install battery cabinet at 404 Charles St., Bridgeport. Estimated cost: $20,000. Filed July 8.

Residential 55 Lewis Street Association. Greenwich, contractor for 55 Lewis Street Association. Perform replacement alterations at 61 Lewis St., Greenwich. Estimated cost: $1,627. Filed July 2020. Africot, Clifton, Bridgeport, contractor for Clifton Africot. Construct bathroom at 69 E. Eaton St., Bridgeport. Estimated cost: $1,000. Filed July 6. Borrell Construction, Scranton, Philadelphia, contractor for Daysi Castillo. Replace siding at 44 Ohio Ave., Bridgeport. Estimated cost: $24,907. Filed July 6. CoCo Management Inc., Trumbull, contractor for John Ho. Repair sheetrock and replace windows at 277 Willow St., Bridgeport. Estimated cost: $4,000. Filed July 6. Cowan, Byron, Bridgeport, contractor for Shelly Givans. Renovate windows, doors and sheetrock at 477 Wells St., Bridgeport. Estimated cost: $20,000. Filed July 2.

Design Builders & Remodeling Inc., Stamford, contractor for Blois John MacKay. Renovate front entry, kitchen, central bath and replace exterior doors at 1205 Newfield Ave., Stamford. Estimated cost: $150,000. Filed July 14. DiGiorgio Roofing and Siding, Beacon Falls, contractor for Barbara Antidormi. Replace siding at 276 Goldenrod Ave., Bridgeport. Estimated cost: $26,000. Filed July 7. Dog Tags Construction LLC, North Haven, contractor for M. Hauser Two LLC. Replace siding at 3460 Old Town Road, Bridgeport. Estimated cost: $6,900. Filed July 9. Dog Tags Construction LLC, North Haven, contractor for M. Hauser Three LLC. Replace siding at 336 Seaver Circle, Bridgeport. Estimated cost: $8,600. Filed July 9. Dog Tags Construction LLC, North Haven, contractor for J. Hauser LLC. Replace siding at 49 Seaver Circle, Bridgeport. Estimated cost: $9,800. Filed July 9. EDR Home Services & General Construction, Stamford, contractor for Filippos Minaidis. Open bearing wall and install a beam at 14 Holly Cove Circle, Stamford. Estimated cost: $6,000. Filed July 17. Enlight Energy LLC, Stamford, contractor for Luis Castillo. Install roof-mounted solar panels at 36 Aberdeen St., Stamford. Estimated cost: $57,870. Filed July 15. Environmental Control Inc., Stratford, contractor for Oneida Indian Harbor LLC. Install roof-mounted solar panels at 58 Oneida Drive, Greenwich. Estimated cost: $56,800. Filed July 2020. Fontanez, Lydia, Bridgeport, contractor for Lydia Fontanez. Add rear deck at 38 Post St., Bridgeport. Estimated cost: $15,000. Filed July 9. Giacobbe Construction LLC, Trumbull, contractor for Dominguez Dias. Construct full bathrooms and laundry room at 155 Brooklawn Ave., Bridgeport. Estimated cost: $10,000. Filed July 8.

Grover, Shaun M., Stamford, contractor for Shaun M. Grover. Install bathroom at 37 Mohegan Ave., Stamford. Estimated cost: $10,000. Filed July 14. The Home Depot USA Inc., Stamford, contractor for Ronald S. Breakstone. Replace windows at 56 Guinea Road, Stamford. Estimated cost: $3,412. Filed July 16. The Home Depot USA Inc., Stamford, contractor for LaMotta, et al. Replace windows at 102 Ken Court, Stamford. Estimated cost: $5,867. Filed July 20. The Home Depot USA Inc., Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, contractor for Dennis Torres. Replace windows at 105 Pearsall Place, Bridgeport. Estimated cost: $0. Filed July 8. JJM Building & Woodwork LLC, Newtown, contractor for Thomas Benison. Install new roof and siding at 5 Lake Drive, Riverside. Estimated cost: $75,000. Filed July 2020. Kintzer, Bonnie and Eric Baker, Stamford, contractor for Bonnie Kintzer. Add garage and new master bedroom suite at 29 Old Wagon Road, Stamford. Estimated cost: $220,000. Filed July 17. Makula Construction LLC, Bridgeport, contractor for Maykel Teodoro. Construct a new single-family home at 205 Red Oak Road, Bridgeport. Estimated cost: $155,000. Filed July 7.

Power Home Remodeling Group LLC, Stamford, contractor for Matthew Laskowski. Remove and replace siding at 32 Turner Road, Stamford. Estimated cost: $19,952. Filed July 16. Pro Custom Solar LLC, Stamford, contractor for Georgios Tzavaras. Install roof-top solar panel at 33 Sterling Place, Stamford. Estimated cost: $12,502. Filed July 20. Pro Custom Solar LLC, East Berlin, contractor for Winsdale Shepherd. Install roof-top solar panel at 67 Corn Tassel Road, Bridgeport. Estimated cost: $14,000. Filed July 6. Prose Adams, Wilton, contractor for Claudia Conroy. Renovate kitchen and bathroom at 127 Burnham St., Bridgeport. Estimated cost: $35,000. Filed July 7. RJM Brothers LLC, Stamford, contractor for 74 Ashton Road LLC. Remodel first floor and add a second story with finish attic at 133 Parry Road, Stamford. Estimated cost: $550,735. Filed July 17. Sloat, Michael, Stratford, contractor for Jane Cavoto. Remove and replace rear deck at 437 Intervale Road, Bridgeport. Estimated cost: $2,674. Filed July 6. Southern New England Windows, Smithfield, Rhode Island, contractor for Clare Powers. Replace windows at 465 Lake Ave., Bridgeport. Estimated cost: $23,712. Filed July 7.

McCauley, Sean, Stamford, contractor for Mona G. Kosseim. Renovate and reinforce kitchen, mudroom and powder room at 120 Emery Drive East, Stamford. Estimated cost: $52,000. Filed July 15.

Southern New England Windows, Smithfield, Rhode Island, contractor for Edna Silva. Replace windows at 45 Red Oak Road, Bridgeport. Estimated cost: $11,358. Filed July 7.

Posigen Connecticut, Bridgeport, contractor for Jean Claude German. Replace roof at 118 Anson St., Bridgeport. Estimated cost: $10,000. Filed July 8.

Southern New England Windows, Smithfield, Rhode Island, contractor for Robert Lomax. Replace patio door at 43 Village Lane, Bridgeport. Estimated cost: $5,411. Filed July 7.

Power Home Remodeling Group LLC, Stamford, contractor for Carmen Vasquez and Felipe Perez. Remove existing roof and re-roof 544 Fairfield Ave., Stamford. Estimated cost: $10,250. Filed July 16.

Southern New England Windows, Smithfield, Rhode Island, contractor for Helen Longo. Replace windows at 36 Cleveland Ave., Bridgeport. Estimated cost: $25,431. Filed July 7.

Facts & Figures Southern New England Windows, Smithfield, Rhode Island, contractor for Maikel Pineda. Replace windows at 244 Seaside Ave., Bridgeport. Estimated cost: $6,167. Filed July 7. Southern New England Windows, Smithfield, Rhode Island, contractor for Brian Monahan. Replace windows at 134 Arcadia Ave., Bridgeport. Estimated cost: $31,654. Filed July 7. Southern New England Windows, Smithfield, Rhode Island, contractor for Kempley Smith. Replace windows at 110 Wilcox St., Bridgeport. Estimated cost: $5,879. Filed July 7. Toledo, Nancy, Bridgeport, contractor for Nancy Toledo. Perform replacement alterations at 755 Howard Ave., Bridgeport. Estimated cost: $14,000. Filed July 6. Torres, Christian, Bridgeport, contractor for Christian Torres. Remove existing roof and reroof 1010 North Ave., Bridgeport. Estimated cost: $2,000. Filed July 8. Venture Home Solar LLC, Stamford, contractor for Thomas R. Sariola. Install roof-mounted solar panels at 14 Constance Lane, Stamford. Estimated cost: $19,980. Filed July 20.

COURT CASES Bridgeport Superior Court State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co., Bloomington, Illinois. Filed by Angel P. Pina, Bridgeport. Plaintiff’s attorney: Varrone & Varrone, Trumbull. Action: The plaintiff suffered a collision allegedly caused by a driver insured by the defendant and sustained severe and painful personal injuries. Since the driver’s insurance has been exhausted and cannot fully compensate the plaintiff, the legal responsibility is upon the defendant. The defendant has not paid the plaintiff for his injuries. The plaintiff seeks monetary damages in excess of $15,000, exclusive of interest and costs and such other and further relief the court deems appropriate. Case no. FBT-CV-20-6098205-S. Filed July 1.

Grant, Shawn, et al, Norwalk. Filed by Summer Stamp, Norwalk. Plaintiff’s attorney: Discala & Discala LLC, Norwalk. Action: The plaintiff suffered a collision allegedly caused by the defendant and sustained severe and painful personal injuries. The plaintiff seeks monetary damages in excess of $15,000, exclusive of interest and costs and such other and further relief the court deems appropriate. Case no. FBT-CV20-6098546-S. Filed July 15. STLJ LLC, Norwalk. Filed by Lisa DeAngelis, Fairfield. Plaintiff’s attorney: Ury & Moskow LLC, Fairfield. Action: The plaintiff purchased a package of cookies from the defendant. When the plaintiff bit into one of the cookies and she hit a foreign metal object that caused dental injuries. The plaintiff seeks monetary damages in excess of $15,000, exclusive of interest and costs and such other and further relief the court deems appropriate. Case no. FBT-CV-20-6098300-S. Filed July 6. St. Vincent’s Development Inc., et al, Bridgeport. Filed by Maria Orsini, Bridgeport. Plaintiff’s attorney: The Flood Law Firm LLC, Middletown. Action: The plaintiff was lawfully on the premises maintained and controlled by the defendant when she fell due to the wet and slippery condition of the bathroom floor, causing her to suffer injuries. The plaintiff seeks monetary damages in excess of $15,000, exclusive of interest and costs and such other and further relief the court deems appropriate. Case no. FBT-CV20-6098502-S. Filed July 11. Li, Lu, Wayland, Massachusetts. Filed by Jose Filomeno, Ansonia. Plaintiff’s attorney: Skiber Michael E. Law Office, Norwalk. Action: The plaintiff suffered a collision allegedly caused by the defendant and sustained severe and painful personal injuries. The plaintiff seeks monetary damages in excess of $15,000, exclusive of interest and costs and such other and further relief as the court deems appropriate. Case no. FBT-CV-20-6098526-S. Filed July 14.

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Stamford Superior Court

Nystrom, Jeffrey, et al, Kent, New York. Filed by Michael Rubino, Danbury. Plaintiff’s attorney: Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney PC, Bridgeport. Action: The plaintiff was on the defendants’ premises when he was suddenly attacked and bitten by the defendants’ dog, thereby causing him to suffer injuries and damages. The plaintiff seeks monetary damages in excess of $15,000, exclusive of interest and costs and such other and further relief the court deems appropriate. Case no. DBD-CV-20-6036148-S. Filed July 7.

KGR Inc. d.b.a. Dunkin Donuts, et al, Stamford. Filed by Eloise Jordan, Stamford. Plaintiff’s attorney: The Reinken Law Firm, Stamford. Action: The plaintiff was lawfully on the premises maintained by the defendants when he fell in a hole on the sidewalk, causing him to suffer injuries. The plaintiff seeks monetary damages in excess of $15,000, exclusive of interest and costs and such other and further relief the court deems appropriate. Case no. FST-CV-20-6047413-S. Filed July 1.

Weisenberger, Thomas, New Fairfield. Filed by Deirdre Westmark, Brookfield. Plaintiff’s attorney: Moore O’brien & Foti, Middlebury. Action: The plaintiff suffered a collision allegedly caused by the defendant and sustained severe and painful personal injuries. The plaintiff seeks monetary damages in excess of $15,000, exclusive of interest and costs and such other and further relief the court deems appropriate. Case no. DBD-CV-20-6036438-S. Filed June 26. 20 Kenosia LLC, et al, Danbury. Filed by Gary Blase, Rocky Hill Plaintiff’s attorney: Januszewski McQuillan & DeNigris, New Britain. Action: The plaintiff was lawfully on the premises controlled and maintained by the defendant when he allegedly was caused to fall due to the accumulation of ice and snow on the sidewalk, thereby causing him to suffer injuries. The plaintiff seeks monetary damages in excess of $15,000, exclusive of interest and costs and such other and further relief the court deems appropriate. Case no. DBD-CV20-6036572-S. Filed July 14. Basilone, Justine Rose, et al, New Fairfield. Filed by Jan Soo Lim, Patterson, New York. Plaintiff’s attorney: Williams Walsh & O’Connor LLC, North Haven. Action: The plaintiff suffered a collision allegedly caused by the defendants and sustained severe and painful personal injuries. The plaintiff seeks monetary damages in excess of $15,000, exclusive of interest and costs and such other and further relief the court deems appropriate. Case no. DBD-CV20-6036687-S. Filed July 27.

Nguyen, Minh, Stamford. Filed by 6 Elm Tree Place LLC, Stamford. Plaintiff’s attorney: Stephen James Curley, Stamford. Action: The plaintiff is the owner of a property, which the defendant intruded upon and cut a mature maple tree located on the plaintiff’s property. As a result of the defendant’s actions, the plaintiff has suffered damages. The plaintiff seeks monetary damages in excess of $15,000, exclusive of interest and costs and such other and further relief the court deems appropriate. Case no. FST-CV20-6047764-S. Filed July 27. 215 Moss Brook Road LLC, Stamford. Filed by Faberge Home Rentals Management LLC, Stamford. Plaintiff’s attorney: Ryan Ryan Deluca LLP, Stamford. Action: The plaintiff and defendant entered into a management agreement on a property. The defendant authorized the plaintiff to act as its exclusive rental manager and receive a percentage of the net rental revenue on the subject property. The agreement does not contain any termination of either party for any reason. The defendant advised the plaintiff not to rent the property during June and July because of Covid-19, however plaintiff disputed the order. Defendant terminated the agreement with the plaintiff and breached the contract. In addition, the plaintiff has arranged multiple reservations at the property and by the defendant’s unilateral termination, the plaintiff was forced to cancel at least one and if the defendant persists all remaining reservations could be cancelled. The plaintiff seeks monetary damages in excess of $15,000, exclusive of interest and costs and such other and further relief the court deems appropriate. Case no. FST-CV20-6047560-S. Filed July 13.

Ghiorzo, Jose M., et al, White Plains, New York. Filed by Raquel A. Casiano, Stamford. Plaintiff’s attorney: DePanfilis & Vallerie, Norwalk. Action: The plaintiff suffered a collision caused by the defendant and sustained severe and painful personal injuries. The plaintiff seeks monetary damages in excess of $15,000, exclusive of interest and costs and such other and further relief the court deems appropriate. Case no. FST-CV-20-6047387-S. Filed June 30.

DEEDS Commercial Anderson, Neil, Stamford. Seller: Old English LLC, Stamford. Property: 218 Bedford St., Unit 3F, Stamford. Amount: $200,000. Filed July 8. Brisee, Corey and Juliana Reis Lang, Long Island City, New York. Seller: PASJ Development LLC, Weston. Property: 295 Crestwood Road, Fairfield. Amount: $889,000. Filed July 15. Craig Thomas LLC, Greenwich. Seller: Ian A. Armstrong and Allison H. Armstrong, Greenwich. Property: 10 Lake Drive South, Greenwich. Amount: $1,800,000. Filed July 16. Didonato, Angela M., Bridgeport. Seller: Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, D.C. Property: 173 Fairfield Woods Road, Unit 1-D2, Fairfield. Amount: $181,399. Filed July 14. Garcia, Deyanira, Stamford. Seller: 56 Smith Street LLC, Wilton. Property: 56 Smith St., Stamford. Amount: $751,000. Filed July 10. Najjar, Mohamed Z B, Stamford. Seller: RMS Colonial Road LLC, Stamford. Property: 159 Colonial Road, Unit 23, Stamford. Amount: $809,900. Filed July 9. Orlovitz, Joan S. Greenwich. Seller: 506 West Lyon Farm LLC, Greenwich. Property: 506 W. Lyon Farm Drive, Greenwich. Amount: $1. Filed July 16.



Sheehan, Michael James and Kimberly Tamsin Segalas Shehan, Fairfield. Seller: Birch Tree Builders LLC, Westport. Property: 225 Harvester Road, Fairfield. Amount: $759,000. Filed July 15. State of Connecticut, Norwalk. Seller: Roberto Zepeda, Norwalk. Property: 21 Fort Point St., Norwalk. Amount: $615,000. Filed June 4. The Xy Wang Trust, New York, New York. Seller: William DelTosta and Steven DelTosta, Greenwich. Property: Lot 15, Map 2370, Greenwich. Amount: $10. Filed July 15. Ung, Amie and Matteo Guillot, Jersey City, New Jersey. Seller: 364 Highland Avenue LLC, Darien. Property: 245 Highland Ave., Norwalk. Amount: $10. Filed June 5.

Residential Almonte, Jeydi J. and Stephanie C. Fermin, Stamford. Seller: Michael J. Bohmerwald and Christina M. Cavallaro, Stamford. Property: 2475 Summer St., Stamford. Amount: $1. Filed July 13. Andre, Manel, Norwalk. Seller: James Purcell, Norwalk. Property: 18 Brookhill Lane, Norwalk. Amount: $475,000. Filed June 4. Bellairs II, Michael and Bruna Guimaraes Bellairs, Norwalk. Seller: Mykhaylo I. Danylyuk and Anna Danylyuk, Norwalk. Property: 21 Prospect St., Unit A203, Norwalk. Amount: $320,000. Filed June 9. Blank, Daniel, Norwalk. Seller: Darcy L. Volpe, Norwalk. Property: 28 Third St., Norwalk. Amount: $549,000. Filed June 10. Bleggi, Joshua P. and Lauren M. DiBartolomeo, Norwalk. Seller: John B. Goroff and Jeanne M. Goroff, Norwalk. Property: 1 Mill Brook Drive, Norwalk. Amount: $500,000. Filed June 5.

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Facts & Figures Brocking, Alicia Noel, Norwalk. Seller: Steven M. Bavaria and Elizabeth Bavaria, Norwalk. Property: 82 Rowayton Woods Drive, Unit 93, Norwalk. Amount: $485,000. Filed June 11. Burdo, Gerardo and Gabrielle Burdo, Fairfield. Seller: Edward N. Heumann and Clara Louisa Heumann, Southport. Property: 494 Harbor Road, Southport. Amount: $1,700,000. Filed July 15. Burke, Cathal P. and Kathleen C. Roberts, New Haven. Seller: Chloe D. Angotta, Stamford. Property: 136 Center St., Stamford. Amount: $365,000. Filed July 14. Curtin, Kevin, Stamford. Seller: Nicole Jennifer Souter, Stamford. Property: 94 Southfield Ave., Unit 501, Stamford. Amount: $425,000. Filed July 13. De Andrade, Joseph and Melissa De Andrade, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Seller: James J. Mecca, Fairfield. Property: 131 Oldfield Drive, Fairfield. Amount: $1,075,000. Filed July 15. Deren, Israel and Aviva S. Deren, Stamford. Seller: Jere D. Denny and Bronwyn L. Cross, Stamford. Property: 42 Hollow Oak Lane, Stamford. Amount: $523,415. Filed July 13. Diaz, Sabrina, Stamford. Seller: Laura C. Gilbert, Stamford. Property: 2289 Bedford St., Unit D4, Stamford. Amount: $257,000. Filed July 8. Goldstein, Amanda and Carlos Reyes, Stamford. Seller: Steven C. Striffler and Anne Striffler, Stamford. Property: 1116 Stillwater Road, Stamford. Amount: $615,000. Filed July 13. Gonzalez Pena, Jose Y., et al, Stamford. Seller: Marjorie K. Lazzaro, Norwalk. Property: 256 W. Cedar St., Norwalk. Amount: $404,000. Filed June 5.


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Grabowski, Jessica L., Norwalk. Seller: Jessica Holtam and Eric Holtam, Norwalk. Property: 11 Victory Court, Norwalk. Amount: $320,000. Filed June 4.

Lesniewski, Dariusz, Darien. Seller: Ronald A. Williams, et al, River Oaks, Texas. Property: 16 Remington St., Stamford. Amount: $380,000. Filed July 10.

Robles, Andy, Stamford. Seller: Bartlomiej Krysicki and Danuta Krysicki, Stamford. Property: 8 E. Walnut St., Stamford. Amount: $200,000. Filed July 10.

Hayes, Robin, Norwalk. Seller: Thomas F. von Ohlen Jr., Bonita Springs, Florida. Property: 199 Gregory Blvd., Unit G6, Norwalk. Amount: $272,500. Filed June 9.

Lopez, Kelcie, Stamford. Seller: Sharita L. Simmons and Willie J. Simmons, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Property: 16 Tower Drive, Norwalk. Amount: $355,000. Filed June 4.

Rouhani, Asgar, Stamford. Seller: Matthew Meyers and Sarah Meyers, Stamford. Property: 25 Adams Ave., Unit 411, Stamford. Amount: $410,000. Filed July 13.

Hinojosa, Donald Ismael, Stamford. Seller: Ricardo S. Alvarado and Manuel O. Alvarado, Norwalk. Property: 5 Rockland Road, Unit A5, Norwalk. Amount: $270,000. Filed June 5.

Maignan, Kerline P. and Mahaut Maignan, Stamford. Seller: Jesus Marin and Gladys Grajales, Stamford. Property: 18 Powell Place, Stamford. Amount: $465,000. Filed July 8.

Shimazaki, David J., et al, Long Island City, New York. Seller: Michael Schmidt, Fairfield. Property: 232 Melody Lane, Unit 232, Fairfield. Amount: $345,000. Filed July 13.

Hurlbut, Andrew and Robin Hurlbut, Fairfield. Seller: Gabrielle DiBianco, Fairfield. Property: 840 Sturges Highway, Fairfield. Amount: $692,000. Filed July 15.

Markham, Elizabeth and John Markham, Stamford. Seller: Sumita Gorla, Houston, Texas. Property: Lot 16, Map 3324, Stamford. Amount: $566,000. Filed July 13.

Singer, Gregory S. and Dana Elise Silverman-Singer, Norwalk. Seller: Gregory S. Singer, Norwalk. Property: 20 Ledgebrook Drive, Norwalk. Amount: $1. Filed June 8.

Iovieno, Gaetano and Christine Iovieno, Cos Cob. Seller: Seymour Lapin, Stamford. Property: 1747 Summer St., Stamford. Amount: $575,000. Filed July 7.

Messina, Mark and Erica Messina, Fairfield. Seller: Richard A. Silvestro, Southbury. Property: 400 Cascade Drive. Fairfield. Amount: $515,000. Filed July 14.

Smith, Anthony and Michael Yannotti, Fairfield. Seller: Sharon Zemola, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Property: 506 Lakeview Drive, Fairfield. Amount: $438,000. Filed July 13.

Kirkland, Darius, New York, New York. Seller: John K. Black and Rachel N. Black, Fairfield. Property: 85 Chapman Ave., Fairfield. Amount: $485,000. Filed July 13.

Moreno, Jr, Martin and Jessica Vargas, New Rochelle, New York. Seller: Robert Boehringer, Stamford. Property: 45 Iroquois Road, Stamford. Amount: $747,500. Filed July 7.

Kreisberg, Amy and Joseph Kreisberg, Stamford. Seller: Sean M. Kornfeld and Rachel Levine-Kornfeld, Stamford. Property: 125 Hannahs Road, Stamford. Amount: $717,500. Filed July 8.

Ouyang, William L. and Jada Wong, Greenwich. Seller: Debbie Schwartzberg, Greenwich. Property: 17 Steeple Chase, Greenwich. Amount: $0. Filed July 16.

Kurbanova, Liubov and Joel A. Martin, Norwalk. Seller: Francisca Monteiro and Idalina Caruso, Norwalk. Property: Lot 32, Map 4959, Norwalk. Amount: $433,000. Filed June 10. Lawrence, Michelle and James Lawrence, Greenwich. Seller: Howard W. Chin and Jo E. Stewart, Old Greenwich. Property: 11 Rockland Place, Old Greenwich. Amount: $1,460,000. Filed July 15.



Stephan, Bryan and Sarah Stephan, Jamaica, Vermont. Seller: James Zasowski and Nicole Zasowski, Fairfield. Property: 11 Oldfield Drive, Fairfield. Amount: $675,000. Filed July 13. Stowe, Douglas and Carrie H. Fowler, Norwalk. Seller: Georgeanne Farrar, Norwalk. Property: 11 Westmore Ave., Norwalk. Amount: $1,335,000. Filed June 11.

Pawlowski, Michal and Shizuka Nihei, Stamford. Seller: Christopher J. Sheeran and Caitlen C. Sheeran, Wilton. Property: 10 Park Hill Ave., Norwalk. Amount: $510,000. Filed June 4.

Wawryzniak, Aleksandra M., Norwalk. Seller: Caryn L. Diller, Norwalk. Property: 15 Cannon St., Norwalk. Amount: $465,000. Filed June 8.

Radar, Andrew and Kristen Sileo, Fairfield. Seller: Patricia Eckert, Fairfield. Property: 162 Eastlawn St., Fairfield. Amount: $650,000. Filed July 15.

Worthman, Courtney and Michael Worthman, New York, New York. Seller: Clara E. Park and David C. Rice, Riverside. Property: 24 Winthrop Drive, Riverside. Amount: $1. Filed July 15.

Ramey, Jennifer Lynn, Stamford. Seller: Sara A. Aldaous, Stamford. Property: Unit 12F, The Classic Condominiums, Stamford. Amount: $332,000. Filed July 7.

JUDGMENTS Bairiamov, Ivan, Fairfield. $33,458, in favor of Citibank N A, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, by Rubin & Rothman LLC, Islandia, New York. Property: 148 Catherine St., Fairfield. Filed Aug. 5. Bogan, Jennifer D., Fairfield. $21,980, in favor of Citibank N A, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, by Rubin & Rothman LLC, Islandia, New York. Property: 2051 Stratfield Road, Fairfield. Filed Aug. 5. Jaffe, Bruce, Fairfield. $19,456, in favor of Citibank N A, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, by Rubin & Rothman LLC, Islandia, New York. Property: 451 Burroughs Road, Fairfield. Filed Aug. 5.

LIENS Federal Tax Liens Filed Bohrer, Jennifer, 61 Summit Road, Riverside. $8,345, civil proceeding tax. Filed July 28. Bohrer, Jennifer, 61 Summit Road, Riverside. $8,856, civil proceeding tax. Filed July 28. Old Mill Development LLC, 212 Old Mill Road, Greenwich. $14,104, civil proceeding tax. Filed Aug. 13. Pechman, Daniel and Maira R. Pechman, 63 Maple Ave., Greenwich. $29,191, civil proceeding tax. Filed Aug. 13. Pechman, Daniel and Maira R. Pechman, 63 Maple Ave., Greenwich. $1,535, civil proceeding tax. Filed Aug. 13. Pechman, Daniel and Maira R. Pechman, 63 Maple Ave., Greenwich. $32,246, civil proceeding tax. Filed Aug. 13. Schiff, Albert J. and Jayne N. Schiff, 11 Mohawk Lane, Greenwich. $10,926, civil proceeding tax. Filed Aug. 13.

Stroemer, Guido A., 253 Shore Road, Greenwich. $16,305, civil proceeding tax. Filed Aug. 13. Szczypa, Monika, 20 Courtland Ave., Unit 2, Stamford. $9,750, civil proceeding tax. Filed July 3. Taylor Mission LLC, 18 Taylor St., Stamford. $7,900, civil proceeding tax. Filed Aug. 3.

Mechanic’s Liens Brody, Felicia P., Greenwich. Filed by Air Care Specialist LLC, by Crystal George. Property: 106 Husted Lane, Greenwich. Amount: $1,838. Filed July 29. Garrido, Francisco and Monic Garrido, Greenwich. Filed by Ashley Construction Group LLC, by Jonathan Robles. Property: 8 Cliff Road, Greenwich. Amount: $141,810. Filed Aug. 6.

LIS PENDENS Becker, Arthur, et al, Norwalk. Filed by Ackerly & Ward, Stamford, for The Carriage House Association Inc. Property: Unit 1308, The Carriage House. Norwalk. Action: foreclose defendants’ mortgage. Filed Aug. 20. Eldridge, Rhonda Darscell, et al, Cos Cob. Filed by McCalla Raymer Leibert Pierce LLC, Hartford, for Wilmington Savings Fund Society. Property: 11 River Lane, Cos Cob. Action: foreclose defendants’ mortgage. Filed Aug. 13 Hussain, Sarmad, et al, Stamford. Filed by Wocl Leydon LLC, Stamford, for Julia Westerman. Property: 34 Caldwell Ave., Stamford. Action: foreclose defendants’ mortgage. Filed Aug. 17. Izaguirre, Rigoberto, et al, Stamford. Filed by Bendett & McHugh PC, Farmington, for Deutsche Bank National Trust Company. Property: 49 Willard Terrace, Stamford. Action: foreclose defendants’ mortgage. Filed Aug. 17.

Facts & Figures Kathein, Eli Doron, Fairfield. Filed by Laliberte Law LLC, Milford, for Marietta Kathein. Property: 78 Rockland Road, Fairfield. Action: foreclose defendant’s mortgage. Filed July 30. Katsigiannis, Christine, Old Greenwich. Filed by Cotler Law LLC, Stamford, for Antonios Katsigiannis. Property: 30 Northridge Road, Old Greenwich. Action: foreclose defendant’s mortgage. Filed Aug. 5. Leffler, Johan, et al, Stamford. Filed by Ackerly & Ward, Stamford, for The Doral Farm Homeowners Association Inc. Property: Lot 42, Map 11065, Stamford. Action: foreclose defendants’ mortgage. Filed Aug. 12. Martello, John, Old Greenwich. Filed by the Law Office of Wayne D. Effron, Greenwich, for Michelle Martello. Property: 28 Center Road, Old Greenwich. Action: foreclose defendant’s mortgage. Filed Aug. 11. Paulemon, Armelle, et al, Norwalk. Filed by McCalla Raymer Leibert Pierce LLC, Hartford, for Wells Fargo Bank N A. Property: 37-39 Benedict Cottage, Norwalk. Action: foreclose defendants’ mortgage. Filed Aug. 21. Seymour, Karin, Fairfield. Filed by the Law Offices of Eric R. Posmantier, Ridgefield, for Jeffrey Seymour. Property: 86 Eunice Ave., Fairfield. Action: foreclose defendant’s mortgage. Filed Aug. 18. Zazzarino, Louis, Stamford. Filed by Jillian A. Judd, Watertown, for E. Garrity Water Solutions LLC. Property: Parcel 1B, Map 12075, Stamford. Action: foreclose defendant’s mortgage. Filed Aug. 24.

MORTGAGES Baker, Eric, Stamford, by Michael R. Lowitt. Lender: Draper and Kramer Mortgage Corp.,1431 Opus Place, Suite 200, Downers Grove, Illinois. Property: 22 Summit Place, Stamford. Amount: $427,000. Filed June 23. Burke, Kevin A., Stamford, by Peter M. Van Dyke. Lender: Nationstar Mortgage LLC, 8950 Cypress Waters Blvd., Dallas, Texas. Property: 970 Stillwater Road, Stamford. Amount: $427,000. Filed June 23. Gallardo-Bridge, Carlos and Andrea Fuica, Fairfield, by Joseph F. Jamier. Lender: Citizens Bank NA, 1 Citizens Plaza, Providence, Rhode Island. Property: 504 Davis Road, Fairfield. Amount: $300,000. Filed June 16. Lewis, David A., Norwalk, by Craig T. Helena II. Lender: Newtown Savings Bank, 39 Main St., Newtown. Property: 6 Betts Place, Norwalk. Amount: $509,000. Filed June 23. MacKay, Kara J. and William D. Bonnet, Norwalk, by Susan B. Croker. Lender: CrossCountry Mortgage LLC, 6850 Miller Road, Brecksville, Ohio. Property: 28 Ambler Drive, Norwalk. Amount: $454,313. Filed June 23. McKinlay, Todd and Sandra Tamayo, Norwalk, by Dina Tornhelm. Lender: Prosperity Home Mortgage LLC, 14501 George Carter Way, Suite 300, Chantilly, Virginia. Property: 581 Belden Hill Road, Norwalk. Amount: $218,000. Filed June 23. Mitchell, Paul D., Norwalk, by Deanna M. Flanagan. Lender: Warshaw Capital LLC, 2777 Summer St., Suite 306, Stamford. Property: 100 Richards Ave., Unit 312, Norwalk. Amount: $212,000. Filed June 23.

Mitchell, Ryan C. and Christina F. Mitchell, Norwalk, by unreadable. Lender: Citibank NA, 1000 Technology Drive, O’Fallon, Missouri. Property: 4 Arrowhead Cottage, Norwalk. Amount: $328,000. Filed June 24. Mohan, Terry J., Stamford, by Michael Todd Taylor. Lender: Bank of America NA, 101 S. Tryon St., Charlotte, North Carolina. Property: 40 Grant Ave., Stamford. Amount: $285,000. Filed June 23. Neugeboren, Laurel Schwartz and Harlan Neugeboren, Stamford, by Jenna Cardile. Lender: Salisbury Bank and Trust Company, 5 Bissell St., Lakeville. Property: 31 Dulan Drive, Stamford. Amount: $430,000. Filed June 23. Powell, Timothy and Tara A. Powell, Fairfield, by Eric S. Dasilva. Lender: William Raveis Mortgage LLC, 7 Trap Falls Road, Shelton. Property: 143 Rolling Hills Drive, Fairfield. Amount: $585,000. Filed June 16. Prowitt-Smith, Lynn, Fairfield, by John S. Demetre. Lender: Freedom Mortgage Corp., 907 Pleasant Valley Ave., Suite 3, Mount Laurel, New Jersey. Property: 47 Twin Brooks Lane, Fairfield. Amount: $225,000. Filed June 16. Ranta, David and Rosanne Ranta, Stamford, by Aaron Charney. Lender: JPMorgan Chase Bank NA, 1111 Polaris Parkway, Columbus, Ohio. Property: 338 Haviland Road, Stamford. Amount: $420,000. Filed June 23. Schoonbeek, Joseph and Shannon Schoonbeek, Norwalk, by Joseph Cessario. Lender: Fairfield County Bank, 150 Danbury Road, Ridgefield. Property: 1210 Foxboro Drive, Norwalk. Amount: $455,000. Filed June 24.

Sedda, Nehad, Norwalk, by David P. Lasnick. Lender: US Bank National Association, 4801 Frederica St., Owensboro, Kentucky. Property: 1 W. Main St., Norwalk. Amount: $457,500. Filed June 23. Stone, Scott M., Stamford, by Sandra Socci. Lender: Webster Bank NA, 145 Bank St., Waterbury. Property: 75 Briar Woods Trail, Stamford. Amount: $500,000. Filed June 23. Tiano, Rebecca S., Fairfield, by Brunilda Memaj. Lender: KeyBank National Association, 4910 Tiedeman Road, Suite C, Brooklyn, Ohio. Property: 105 Deer Park Road, Fairfield. Amount: $84,170. Filed June 16. Wellner, Michael, Fairfield, by Theresa St. Peter. Lender: Wells Fargo Bank NA, 101 N. Phillips Ave., Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Property: 15 Deane Lane, Fairfield. Amount: $440,000. Filed June 16. Zbylut, Tadeusz and Stanislawa Zbylut, Stamford, by Michael C. Jachimczyk. Lender: Provident Funding Associates LP, 1408 N. Westshore Blvd., Suite 265, Tampa, Florida. Property: 59 Lynam Road, Stamford. Amount: $280,000. Filed June 23. Zezima, Lisa and Craig Zezima, Norwalk, by Lisa Gioffre Baird. Lender: Quicken Loans LLC, 1050 Woodward Ave., Detroit, Michigan. Property: 1 Silvermine Way, Norwalk. Amount: $582,300. Filed June 23.

Designs by Advian Inc., 201 Commons Park South, Unit 207, Stamford 06902, c/o Advian Siragusa. Filed July 21. Fancy Nachlie Nails, 704 Pacific St., Stamford 06902, c/o Nathalie Coeur. Filed July 23. G&V Roofing and Construction, 50 North St., Unit 201, Stamford 06902, c/o Guadalupe Viramontes. Filed July 22. Green Willow Hair Solutions, 898 Hope St., Unit 111, Stamford 06905, c/o Kelly Heather. Filed July 23. Hazel’s in-Home Vacuum Solutions LLC, 13 Rockspring Road, Stamford 06906, c/o Norton Hazel. Filed July 21. Kap Ink LLC, 2437 Bedford St., Apartment C13, Stamford 06905, c/o Jason Kaplowitz. Filed July 21. Stamford Gentlemen’s Barbershop LLC, 267 Greenwich Ave., Stamford 06902, c/o Angel Jimenez. Filed July 22. The Lloyd Hotel LLC, 909 Washington Blvd, Stamford 06901, c/o RMS Companies. Filed July 21. Valentina’s Juice Bar LLC, 52 Sixth St., Stamford 06905, c/o Antonio S. Sandolo. Filed July 23. Winston Transcription, 21 Fenway St., Stamford 06902, c/o Peter Dowling. Filed July 21.

NEW BUSINESSES Gas Outdoor Services, 973 Cove Road, Apartment 2, Stamford 06902, c/o Anthony Joseph Grillo. Filed July 21. C.T.T.A. Inc., 72 Spruce St., Stamford 06902, c/o Lila Wallace. Filed July 23.


Dual encoder system to minimize reflex printing variation. Patent no. 10,752,028 issued to Patricia Donaldson, et al. Assigned to Xerox Corp., Norwalk. Neural network-based parameter estimation of loudspeakers. Patent no. 10,757,519 issued to Ajay Iyer, et al. Assigned to Harman International, Stamford. Self-navigating mobile printers making autonomous printing decisions. Patent no. 10,754,600 issued to Donald Brown, et al. Assigned to Xerox Corp., Norwalk. Substrate blank shearing and precise stack location apparatus and method for web fed presses. Patent no. 10,751,935 issued to Richard Campbell, et al. Assigned to Xerox Corp., Norwalk. System and method for network selection and service pairing using historical data mining. Patent no. 10,756,917 issued to Peter Zehler, et al. Assigned to Xerox Corp., Norwalk. System and method for printing and reusing customized sample sets while printing documents. Patent no. 10,754,599 issued to Muralidaran Krishnasamy, et al. Assigned to Xerox Corp., Norwalk. Systems and methods for detection of malicious activity in vehicle data communication net. Patent no. 10,757,114 issued to Guy Ruvio, et al. Assigned to Harman International, Stamford.

Conductive ink compositions and methods for preparation of stabilized metal-containing nanoparticles. Patent no. 10,752,797 issued to Hojjat Jamali Seyed, et al. Assigned to Xerox Corp., Norwalk.



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From the County Executive Thank you for taking a few moments to read this July edition of ArtsNews. Over the past several months, many arts events in Westchester have been forced to be canceled or postponed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. These closures were necessary to prevent the spread of illness, and we all continue to worry about the health and wellbeing of Westchester County’s residents. With the peak of Coronavirus hopefully behind us, we are making great strides towards rebuilding our County back to what it was before. Westchester County will gradually start to resemble the home we all remember, and our thriving arts community will soon welcome you once again in person. ArtsWestchester continues to provide a robust schedule of strong virtual programming offered by arts groups throughout the county, including:

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a variety of outdoor cultural tours throughout the County (see page A8) an opera that takes place during the pandemic (see page A12) a week of free virtual jazz programming (see page A18)

I encourage all of you to take a few moments of respite, and participate in these wonderful opportunities if you can. As Westchester County makes its return to “normal,” remember that the arts are here to help heal us, and the arts will still be here for us when we get through this crisis stronger than ever before. Thank you, George Latimer Westchester County Executive The work of ArtsWestchester is made possible with support from Westchester County Government. George Latimer


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A Lot of Talk About Strong Women… Recently there’s been a lot of talk about strong women. It keeps coming up—in conversation, on TV, in the news. Some of this chatter may be due to one man’s search for a competent woman who is “ready to take the reins on day one.“ The operative word here being “competent.“ As we celebrate the centennial of the 19th amendment, we salute the strong women who got us the vote. However, it’s well worth noting that this discussion goes well beyond politics. Ever since World War II when Rosie the Riveter, the "can do" lady, captured our hearts, women have been saying “Yes, we can.” Meaning, we’re up for the challenges of any job in any line of work. This brings me back, of course, to the arts and the beautiful work of art that is the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, whose Project Director was guess who—a visionary woman—Jamey Barbas. All this talk about strong women reminded me of the artist who, at the unveiling of the public art on the bridge, whispered to me, “I am so glad there are strong women at ArtsWestchester." I took it as a compliment, meaning thanks to the women who get things done, even on a bridge. I shot back at her. “I’m so glad there are strong women artists,“ meaning thanks to women like Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong, an artist who dares to think big and designed a sculpture of a monumental scale. My good news for Cheryl, and other artists too, is that no one on the panel questioned the ability or even qualifications of a woman to get this job done. That's progress. Was it because there were strong women in the room? I doubt that. Does it mean that women are finally cracking another ceiling? I doubt that too, although we have come a long way, baby. Perhaps we are more and more accepting of the fact that being an artist is a hard life and, yes, it takes a strong woman to be one. What say you, artists?

Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong being interviewed in front of her Current sculpture at the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge path (photo credit: Debbie Scates)

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Arts in the Tim

For those in the Westchester arts industry, the clock has not been their own. Each ticking minute means lost revenue. More than ever, during the time of COVID-19, this revenue, or loss of it, can determine the fate of an organization—its survival or demise. New York State’s “Phase 4” goalpost for the reopening of “arts and entertainment” has come and gone, but significant limitations emerged in its place, dashing the expectations of the cultural community. When their scheduled seasons were canceled in March, arts

organizations hastened to work on alternate plans. With their fingers hovering over the imaginary “play” button, they anxiously awaited Phase 4, which they expected would allow them to open their doors, welcome audiences and begin to recoup revenue. However, these plans were diminished when unexpected restrictions prevented these organizations from moving forward. While understanding the caution that is driving the decision to keep theaters closed, they still continue to prepare for the eventual reopening. “A crystal ball would come in handy right about




were pulled from the list of businesses eligible to open,” explained, Laura deBuys, Executive Director of The Picture House (TPH). She continues: “52 percent of our revenue each year is earned through ticket sales, concessions, rentals, school residencies and on-screen advertising, so the closure has erased all of those revenue streams.” The Picture House is not alone. Being closed for nearly six months has resulted in a complete halt in revenue streams at most other arts organizations as well. “Ticket sales are a huge part of our annual budget…and with no performances, there are no ticket sales,” explains Kathleen Davisson, General Manager at White Plains Performing Arts Center (WPPAC). Exton echoes Davisson’s frustration: “Since March 13, we’ve had practically no earned income coming in. Ticket sales are gone and membership renewals are down.” According to Seth Soloway, Director of Performing Arts Center at Purchase College, “We refunded every single ticket, so we lost all of that revenue. Even when canceling, we still have costs. There’s already money that has gone into things like artist fees, advertising and travel. Those are funds we won’t get back.”

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Being closed for nearly six months has resulted in a complete halt in revenue streams at most other arts organizations...”

Best Laid Plans Come Undone

With the strict State-mandated audience restrictions, even groups that diligently planned outdoor events were forced to cancel those events after Phase 4 began. Says Jazz Forum Arts Executive Director Mark Morganelli: “Though we ardently tried to present our nearly three-dozen annual free summer concerts in Westchester, the concerns surrounding possible transmission of coronavirus has forced us to cancel them for this year.” Similarly, the Armonk Outdoor Art Show, scheduled for October 3-4, was canceled for the first time in the show’s 59-year history. Executive Director Anne Curran explains: “After weeks of alternate planning…we have had to reconsider based on recently announced New York State guidelines that limit attendance.”

Although galleries and museums were allowed to reopen (with limited capacity), indoor performances and movies were completely restricted and outdoor events were capped at 50 people. “We expected to open in Phase 4, but at the last moment, movie theaters

Successful Recovery Relies on Others While many organizations are providing virtual programming, this solution can only do so much to keep the arts afloat. Says Exton:

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now,”sighs Judy Exton, Director of Development at Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC). “We keep revising our timeline, but it’s been a moving target.”




feature “[Our virtual programming] doesn’t generate a great deal of income. So we’re not doing it to make up for lost income from ticket sales, but to stay connected to our audience.” In order to plan new in-person programming, an organization must depend on the circumstances of others. For one, in order to reopen, the Governor’s office must give the go-ahead. Even then, a domino effect of uncertainty follows. For instance, film centers can’t plan a schedule of new movie screenings because, as deBuys describes it, “the calendar of new releases has shifted significantly. Some new films are slated for holiday 2020 openings, while others have moved into 2021.” Emelin Theatre’s Executive Director Elliot Fox indicates that a significant part of the theater's programming is for regional schools and families. “This means the challenges that schools face for the coming academic year also affect our programming choices.” Meanwhile, Katonah Museum of Art (KMA) almost lost the chance to display its major Bisa Butler: Portraits exhibition, which was slated to open just days after lockdown. The exhibition was set to travel to the Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) right after its run at KMA. “We knew that our initial closing date wouldn’t have allowed anyone to see the show,” said Executive Director Michael Gitlitz. “But we couldn’t announce that we were extending our dates until AIC rearranged their curatorial schedule and agreed to also push back the show.”


As for WPPAC, even after it reopens, it won’t be able to rely on its usual groups to rent in its space. Davisson explains: “There’s an over-$100,000 hole in our budget just from [rentals]. This also affects the next season because it’s not known yet if those small businesses will survive this shutdown."



Making Lemonade Out of Lemons Despite the unexpected barriers and obstacles brought about by COVID-19, arts organizations remain hopeful, having done their due diligence during the shutdown. They’ve applied for grants, narrowed spending and begun fundraising campaigns. Anything to ensure survival. “We just want to reopen and present live entertainment to our community again,” says Davisson, whose organization, like many others, received Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. This small business loan is designed to help


on its centennial, also received an Economic Injury Disaster Loan that will be paid over the next 30 years. DeBuys is also thankful that several of her grantors rearranged funding timelines in order to get money to grantees more quickly. To that point, ArtsWestchester’s Director of Grants Programs, Susan Abbott, explained: “While funds from New York State Council on the Arts were stalled, most organizations were pleased to know that their Westchester County Government supported grants administered by ArtsWestchester would continue to support their organization’s revised plans for 2020-21, including online programming.”

The impactful support of donors, sponsors and community members has been a consistent saving grace for most organizations."

Exteriors of (top) Jacob Burns Film Center, (bottom left) White Plains Performing Arts Center and (bottom right) The Picture House. (All photos courtesy of each organization)

businesses keep their workforce employed during the crisis. Even with PPP assistance, groups like JBFC and TPH have still had to lay off or furlough staff members. The Emelin Theatre has staff on a “substantially reduced work schedule.” For The Picture House, deBuys says: “We have had to furlough our projectionists and concessionists. The rest of the team has been working harder than ever finding ways to keep our audiences engaged online.” The Picture House, which is coming up

There was one silver lining expressed by all who were consulted for this article. The impactful support of donors, sponsors and community members has been a consistent saving grace for most organizations. For instance, when JBFC launched its fundraising campaign, an anonymous donor pledged to match up to $100,000 of funds raised. The momentum from this pledge inspired a generous response from the community. Meanwhile, WPPAC created a memorial fund for founding member Henry G. Miller and reactivated its “Friends of WPPAC” committee. This allowed the center to host a fundraising event over the summer and raise needed funds. In Pelham, local supporters organized an evening of online entertainment that raised money for six of the town’s nonprofits, including The Picture House. “The community support really lifted our spirits more than anything,” explained deBuys. For arts organizations, survival will rely largely on people’s willingness to return. Many organizations have used their time during lockdown strategically, taking steps to ensure that future visitors will feel safe. “For museums and art, their oxygen is interaction, and the experience is just not the same when you can’t do that. Now that KMA has reopened, we’re just trying to make the museum a safe environment so people feel comfortable coming back.”






A of Fresh Air With many arts organizations still unable to welcome visitors due to COVID-19safety concerns, a cultural outing nowadays means a breath of fresh air… literally. According to New York State guidelines, outdoor gatherings of less than 50 people are allowed in “Phase 4” of the state’s reopening process. Guests will be able to take in the picturesque grounds of historic sites and gardens during carefully operated outdoor tours this fall. Sunnyside Every year, Hudson Valley natives and tourists alike flock to the Rivertowns when talk of pumpkins, fall foliage and the Headless Horseman resurface once again. Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow has become a staple American novel; however, Halloween isn’t the only time of the year to visit his former Sunnyside estate. Although Irving’s eclectic cottage remains closed for the season, tours of Sunnyside’s grounds will be available through September 7. Even literary aficionados may not realize that the landscape, right on the banks of the Hudson River, was designed by Irving himself. According to Rob Schweitzer, Vice President, Communications and Commerce at Historic Hudson Valley, which operates the Sunnyside estate: “interpreters [dressed in 19th century garb] are available to provide an introduction to [the site’s] history, Guests are also invited to

Sunnyside (photo credit: Ben Hider for Historic Hudson Valley)




Untermyer Gardens (photo credit: Jessica Norman)

wander the grounds at their own, relaxed pace.” Schweitzer says that the estate will be operating with “sharply reduced visitor capacity.” Advance reservations are required for the two-hour visits, which take place on Fridays through Sundays. John Jay Homestead John Jay began developing approximately 750 acres into a farm in 1787, and his descendants lived on the property into the 1950s. During a Historic Landscape Tour at John Jay Homestead, visitors will walk the property to see many features developed by the different generations of the Jay family. The 40-minute tour, offered on Wednesdays through Sundays, will include the gardens in addition to the historic barnyard. According to Bethany White, Interpretive Programs Assistant at John Jay Homestead (JJH), “the landscape is a great way to get acquainted with the history of JJH, as it reveals hundreds of years of history.” This time of year, five gardens are in bloom and foliage creates picture-perfect views. Advanced registration required. Lyndhurst Mansion Lyndhurst Mansion is one of Westchester’s cultural gems. Even though the mansion is not yet reopened to visitors, its grounds don’t disappoint. A Daily Grounds Pass offers general admission to the property for the day, while several touring options through September 27 allow visitors to experience the full breadth of what the grounds have to offer.

The Riverfront Landscape & Bowling Alley Tour will bring visitors along the lower western portion of the landscape, taking visitors “from the veranda…down through a series of rockeries, offering views of the Hudson River and concluding at the restored 19th-century bowling alley.” Meanwhile, the Rose Garden, Greenhouse & Swimming Pool Tour covers the upper Eastern portion of the property, including the rose and fern gardens and the ruins of the swimming pool building. Finally, the two-hour Ramble Tour offers a complete overview of Lyndhurst’s historic landscape through a two-mile adventure that “reflects on 180 years of grand estate living on the Hudson River.” Untermyer Gardens On varying Sundays ending in late October, a variety of public guided tours will focus on the history and gardens of the historic Untermyer estate. A History Tour highlights the history of the estate from its origin in 1862. According to the tour description, it “emphasizes [the estate’s] world-famous heyday in the Untermyer years, its dramatic decline after 1940, and the remarkable restoration efforts.” Meanwhile, the Gardens Tour includes discussion of the architecture, elements of garden design and identifies numerous plants. Sunset Tours give guests a more leisurely view of the gardens, during which they can take in the sunset from the scenic locale. Last, Stephen F. Byrns, founder and President of the Untermyer Gardens Conservancy, leads a monthly tour that discusses in-depth knowledge of the property, especially the architecture, including the Indo-Persian Walled Garden.





Telling Stories,

One Sidewalk Crack at a Time by Mary Alice Franklin, ArtsNews Editor

When Habirshaw Park became filled with litter during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Yonkers community gathered together to clean it. Artist Haifa Bint-Kadi was among them. “I wanted to be a part of that,” she said. Shortly after, twentyfive monarch butterfly mosaics appeared on the walls of the Center for the Urban River at Beczak. Really Bint-Kadi’s efforts to enrich the City of Yonkers began four to five years earlier, one sidewalk crack at a time. Sidewalk Stories in Mosaic was a guerilla project, during which the artist filled unsightly sidewalk cracks with colorful mosaic tiles. The project has grown ever since. Back at the entrance of the Beczak Center, in addition to the monarchs, Bint-Kadi is working on mosaics of local species, some of which are threatened in the area – a bee, butterfly, eel and blue crabs. Much in the way in which these species were chosen for the Center’s entrance, the location of a mosaic, as well as its people, always dictate its subject. As the artist works, people often stop to observe, ask questions and make suggestions. Bint-Kadi obliges. She explains: “My work is informed by the people I interact with. I usually scout for sites, and then I search for the story. I talk with people and I also go through archives in the library for anything significant that used to be in that spot. Then those things determine what goes in

Haifa Bint-Kadi (photo courtesy of the artist)

that space.” Most of what Bint-Kadi does is grounded in what she calls “visual archiving,” a way to record people’s memories and lived experiences. At one point, a man told Bint-Kadi that his was the first Mexican immigrant family in Yonkers. She created a mosaic of Talavera




Mexican tiles outside of his neighborhood restaurant, Dos Marias. Another time, someone asked the artist to address three large cracks by St. John’s Church in Getty Square. There was a large population of homeless people in the area, so the artist asked them directly what they wanted to see in those cracks. The overwhelming response was “Christmas.” According to Bint-Kadi, “it’s the time of year that makes [them] feel like they belong.” So, out came the mosaic Santa and holly tiles. The artist recalls this as one of her most memorable and impactful mosaic projects.

Most of what Bint-Kadi does is grounded in what she calls 'visual archiving,' a way to record people’s memories and lived experiences." But Sidewalk Stories isn’t about accurately portraying one person or community’s entire story in a sidewalk crack. “It’s more about hearing their story, engaging with them and then creating a marker of that person’s experience. “ It takes time and care to tell these stories. For every mosaic, Bint-Kadi must first clean out the crack, clearing from it everything that has accumulated over the years. “This part of the process is disgusting,” she laughs, “but I do it.” Once she is down to the area’s basic soil and cement, the soil is prepped. To fill the space, she uses a particular mix of concrete that allows for flexibility. She explains: “As the old concrete around the mosaic freezes and thaws, it will apply pressure on the new concrete that I’ve poured. So there needs to be some give; otherwise, it would crack.” Bint-Kadi is deliberate but open about her process. When people ask about it, she teaches them her process, “hoping that they’ll continue it in their neighborhood. She says: "That’s what I love about folk art – it’s about passing that tradition on.” However, for her part, Bint-Kadi wants to do more. She is looking to broaden the project’s reach beyond Yonkers, perhaps into Mount Vernon. “Ultimately, when you see [one of my mosaics], you think ‘Someone cared enough to put something in that crack and make it beautiful.’ That experience of knowing that someone cared says something to the person who’s experiencing it… It’s important for us to do something [to show we] care about our community and show it some love.”

Sidewalk mosaic by Haifa Bint-Kadi (photo courtesy of the artist)





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When attending an opera, one wouldn’t expect to see references to modern social media apps like Instagram or Tinder. To common recollection, Mozart never included a man in a bunny suit in his comedic plot twists either. Yet, upon watching Taconic Opera’s interpretation of Don Giovanni, a viewer will encounter all of the above. As it turns out, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced its own form of farce to the opera. New York Opera Conservatory (NYOC), Taconic Opera’s training program for young opera singers, was set to perform Mozart’s dark comedy before State-mandated quarantines began. Like many arts organizations, NYOC then faced the obstacle of the production’s cancellation. According to General Director Dan Montez: “Telling a love story with no touching is next to impossible. If you can’t touch, there needs to be a reason and it must be incorporated into the story.” The company swiftly did an about-face and recreated the classic opera with a modern twist. Says Montez: “The only way to make it work legitimately was to make the pandemic part of the production. By re-imagining Giovanni…we were able to create a world that relied on Internet connections and cell phones.” Still, the question remained: how does an opera company perform without a stage – or without the performers being in the same room as one another? For one, the entire production was recorded on iPhones.

by Mary Alice Franklin, ArtsNews Editor Screenshot from Taconic Opera's Don Giovanni

However, to truly pursue the “technology” angle, they decided to go all-in. Says Montez: “Throughout the production, we used every special effect we could employ with our phones…In this way, the opera shows us just how bizarre and surreal our world has become.” The production weaves into its plot everything from Tinder profiles to Snapchat filters. After all, the same classic tropes and themes of the story, including love, revenge and deception, remain relevant today. In disguise, Lothario Don Giovanni tries to seduce Donna Anna, who is engaged to Don Ottavio. This results in the death of Donna Anna’s father. The plot twists continue throughout the production. Except in this version, Giovanni woos women with a delivery of toilet paper and Clorox bleach and the tenor aria Il mio tesoro is a home cooking show. “We just wanted to find a way to offer our program to young singers so they could build their resumés,” Montez explains. NYOC is designed to strengthen a singer’s skills and knowledge for getting jobs, auditioning and being evaluated. If the production wasn’t enough of a feat, Montez says that the company staged, filmed and edited three two-hour movies (one for each of three separate casts) in just five weeks. Adding subtitles, he says, was a feat of its own. “So, although there may be production errors, they are a major part of the charm of the work.”





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The Nuts and Bolts of Virtual Performances by Rocío De La Roca

Screenshot from Hoff-Barthelson Music School's virtual programming (image courtesy of Hoff-Barthelson Music School)

Music classes and performances may look different this fall, but when Hoff-Barthelson Music School (HBMS) announced its new Virtual Performance Program (VPP) class, it was clear that students of all ages are still eager to learn. The program was developed to teach students in grades 5-12 about the ins and outs of creating a virtual ensemble performance. However, the school swiftly expanded VPP to include an adult class after a broader range of students showed interest. According to Christopher Kenniff, Dean of Programs at HBMS, the school’s adult students are eager to learn and engage with digital tools, even if they may find technology challenging. He believes the reason is that adult musicians are seeking to adapt to “a digital world that’s changing so fast.” The program will allow students to gain the vital skills that musicians need in order to work in virtual environments and during this time of COVID-19. According to Kenniff, this type of program is “relevant to where we are now in terms of education and what kids and adults want to learn.” The Virtual Performance Program will be comprised of two separate

weekly Zoom classes: the Virtual Performance Technology Class and the Lab Ensemble. During the 15-week Technology Class, students will work with HBMS instructor and composer Derek Cooper to learn the entire process of engineering a virtual performance using professional digital programs. This includes topics such as recording, compiling and editing music tracks, as well as video syncing, publishing recordings on diverse platforms, and more. During the 12-week Lab Ensemble coaching sessions, groups of four to six students will learn how to play a piece of classical or jazz music that has been selected for their age and skill level. Each student will then produce their own virtual performance of the same ensemble piece. By all using the same source materials but yielding different results, they will encounter the impact of creative decisions that are made by professional audio and video engineers. The final recordings will be premiered on the HBMS’s social media platforms. Kenniff says that HBMS hopes that the VPP will enable both adults and children to create and share online performances, and continue to perform and interact with their fellow learners safely from their homes.​




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Voices Landscape in the

by Michelle Falkenstein

Lyndhurst Executive Director Howard Zar envisioned Voices in the Landscape as a weekend-long celebration of the people who found inspiration and respite from the scenery of the Hudson River. Voices was tentatively scheduled for the weekend before Juneteenth on June 19—a holiday that commemorates the emancipation of slaves in the U.S. Then COVID-19 hit, upending any plans for a live event. “At some point, we realized it was not going to be possible,” Zar says. But rather than abandoning the idea wholesale, Zar and his team thought about how they might keep it alive. And so, like many arts organizations dealing with the fallout from coronavirus, they decided to take the project online.

Gould had women of color in her sewing school. She didn’t differentiate on that basis. But Walker and Gould would have had different friend groups.” “It was great working with ArtsWestchester and its CEO Janet Langsam to redirect our grant funding from an in-person event to an online exhibition once the pandemic hit,” says Zar. “They were extremely quick and flexible working with us to come up with ideas and ways to pivot when faced with our new reality.” The weekend celebration was meant to focus on two prominent local women who were active in the early part of the 20th century. The first, Madam C.J. Walker, was a daughter and sibling of slaves— Madam C.J. Walker circa1907 (photo courtesy of A'lelia Bundles/Lyndhurst Mansion)




the first child in the family born after the Emancipation Proclamation. an opportune upgrade of Lyndhurst’s website this past spring that Madam Walker developed hair care products for Black women and expanded its functionality. became the first self-made female millionaire in America. Her home, In addition to the aforementioned videos, visitors to the Lyndhurst Villa Lewaro, on Millionaire’s Row in Irvington, was used as a meeting website can also view an online exhibition gallery; listen to the music place for a fleet of Black women who, like proto-Avon ladies, marketed of Aaron Copland, a Westchester resident who was inspired from and sold Madam Walker’s products door-to-door. nature; hear from horticulturist Wayne Cahilly about his work with The second woman Lyndhurst to restore its was Helen Gould, historic landscape; and daughter of railroad watch an outdoor dance magnate and financial performance by Trainor speculator Jay Dance Company. Gould, who inherited Zar hopes to add Lyndhurst after her the Native American father’s death. Gould experience to the virtual added several buildings exhibition. “We want to the property, to include the voices creating space for of people who were a sewing school here before European for young women contact,” he says. designed to provide Even though the them with otherwise exhibits themselves unattainable economic are closed, visitors to opportunities. Lyndhurst can still walk Once the online the grounds and look idea was born, the through the windows— team at Lyndhurst Zar says that on the began reaching out to northern side of the the people who had Bowling Pavilion, one agreed to take part can see large photos of in the live weekend both Madam Walker and event, including A’Leila Helen Gould and their Bundles, Madam houses. Walker’s great-greatIn 1918, Walker and granddaughter and Gould were neighbors. author of On Her Own Zar doesn’t know if they Ground: The Life and ever interacted, although Times of Madam C. he believes they knew J. Walker; Carolyn of each other. “Madam The Lyndhurst Sewing School pupils practice their sewing in the orchards behind the Bowling Alley, where the school held classes, circa 1905 (photo courtesy of Lyndhurst Mansion) Brown, an actress Walker lived in the house who interprets Madam for one-and-a-half years Walker’s life; Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the first woman and at most, and during part of that time she was ill,” he explains. “Gould African-American majority speaker of the New York State Senate; and had women of color in her sewing school. She didn’t differentiate Elizabeth Shepard Burr, Helen Gould’s great-granddaughter. All agreed on that basis. But Walker and Gould would have had different friend to create videos for the program—Bundles, in fact, created 10 short groups.” videos on a variety of topics, including Madam Walker’s legacy, why People may think of Westchester as a “white place,” Zar says, but it she moved to Irvington, and her philanthropic efforts. has always been much more diverse than they think. “The voices were And now, Voices in the Landscape lives online—in perpetuity. always there,” he says, “even though you might not have heard them.” “There’s no reason to take it down,” says Zar, who gives thanks for







SEPT. 8-11, 2020

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Enjoy Four Days of Free Virtual Jazz Happenings! Guests can jazz up their calendars with this year’s JazzFest White Plains. For its ninth year, this festival will remain true to its roots, presenting jazz from an outstanding roster of Westchester and NYC musicians. From September 8-11, the festival will present established jazz greats who have shaped the genre, as well as rising stars who are carrying jazz in new directions. Due to COVID-19, and for the safety and security of the community, ArtsWestchester, City of White Plains and White Plains BID will present this season’s festival virtually as a series of evening programs to be held on Zoom and live-streamed on ArtsWestchester's Facebook Live. Programs will include thought-provoking discussions, energetic performances and educational demonstrations.

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(Via Zoom and Facebook Live)

An ARTSBASH Virtual Mixology Party | 4:30-5:30pm

A virtual cocktail hour with your two favorite things – tasty cocktails and live jazz. FEATURING: Cocktails by Yägermeister and jazz by The Rico Jones Ensemble. Click here to register.

Presenting Jazz in the Time of COVID-19 | 6-7pm

Presented by ArtsWestchester, City of White Plains and the White Plains BID. Join us for a discussion between some of Westchester’s top jazz presenters/ producers. This conversation will focus on the history of these institutions/venues and the creative ways in which they are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. FEATURING: Mark Morganelli, Jazz Forum| John Brathwaite, PJS Jazz | Elizabeth Sander, Westchester Center for Jazz & Contemporary Music | Wayne Bass, White Plains Commissioner of Recreation & Parks. Click here to register.

Westchester Jazz: Then and Now | 8-9:30pm

Presented by the White Plains Public Library and ArtsWestchester. Show your Westchester pride by tuning in to this program that features jazz artists who have deep roots and ties to Westchester County. The program will include short performances by each of the artists and a moderated discussion about the history and development of jazz in Westchester. Moderated by Tom van Buren, White Plains JazzFest Artistic Director (2010-2017). FEATURING: Art Bennett, sax | Kathryn Farmer, piano and voice | Kenny Lee, trumpet | Rocky Middleton, bass Click here to register.



(Via Zoom and Facebook Live unless otherwise noted)

Isabella Mendes & Flavio Lira Duo | 12-12:45pm


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Presented by Downtown Music at Grace. Isabella Mendes is a singer-songwriter, pianist, composer and educator whose work is rooted in Brazilian jazz and bossa nova. Flavio Lira explores the musical traditions of Brazil, Cuba and Colombia. Together, the two will present a special all-originals set, during this midday performance. Click here to register.

Jazz Education in Westchester | 6-7:30pm

Presented by the White Plains Public Library and ArtsWestchester. Enjoy an intimate conversation between Westchester's top jazz instructors as they delve into topics such as their personal histories in education, the development of local institutions of jazz learning, and a discussion of COVID-19 and its impact on teaching jazz inside and outside the classroom. The program will include short performances by each of the artists. Moderated by Tom van Buren, White Plains JazzFest Artistic Director (2010-2017) FEATURING: Tim Veeder, White Plains High School | Ray Blue, Cross-Cultural Connection | Hiroshi Yamazaki, Music Conservatory of Westchester Click here to register.

Jazz, From One Generation to the Next | 8-9:30pm Presented by ArtsWestchester, City of White Plains and the White Plains BID. Broadcast on Facebook Live Only. A discussion between master jazz artists and their mentees will delve into the topics of intergenerational exchange and transmission in jazz education. The moderated program will also include short live performances by each master-mentee pair. Moderated by Pete Malinverni, Purchase College. FEATURING: Alexis Cole and Lucy Wijnands| Bobby Sanabria and Gabrielle Garo | Ulysses Owens Jr. and Aaron Jennings. Click here to register.

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(Via Zoom and Facebook Live)

Jazz at the Intersections | 8-9:30pm

Presented by ArtsWestchester, City of White Plains and the White Plains BID. These featured artists are pushing the boundaries of jazz by engaging musical traditions alongside and outside the genre. Live demonstrations and performances by each of these artists, as well as a moderated discussion, will introduce audiences to the world of jazz fusion. FEATURING: Amir ElSaffar | Jomion & the Uklos | Pablo Mayor Click here to register.

FRI., SEPT. 11

(Via Zoom and Facebook Live)

Jazz’s Rising Stars | 8pm

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Presented by ArtsWestchester, City of White Plains and White Plains BID. Discover some of the top young jazz musicians playing in the United States. This virtual gathering will include short live performances by each of the four featured artists, as well as a moderated discussion about what it’s like to be a young rising star in jazz today. Moderated by Keanna Faircloth, WBGO. FEATURING: Connie Han | Matthew Whitaker | Veronica Swift | Alicia Olatuja Click here to register.

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Live Outdoor Events Just Added in White Plains!

Please note that these are seated-only performances, with a $10 per person dining minimum. No standing room allowed. Space is limited and reservations are required. Call each restaurant in advance to secure your reservations. Face masks are required when not seated.

SAT., SEPT. 12

Sarah Jane Cion

Sarah Jane Cion Trio | 12–1:30pm

Hudson Grille, 165 Mamaroneck Ave., 914-997-2000 Sarah Jane Cion is a Naxos Recording Artist, Winner of the 1999 Great American Jazz Piano Competition and author of Modern Jazz Piano and The Pianist’s Jammin’ Handbook. She has been featured in Downbeat and Jazz Times, and has been heard on ABC’S All My Children.

Brian Carter Quartet | 2–3:30pm

Brazen Fox, 175 Mamaroneck Ave., 914-358-5911 Jazz drummer Brian Carter has affiliation with many musicians, including Bob Baldwin, Gil Parris, Bernie Williams, Eddie Henderson, Wali Ali, Nico Morelli and the late Didier Lockwood. Also he serves as the Director of the New Rochelle Jazz Festival and Westchester Rocks Music.

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SUN., SEPT. 13 Samara McLendon | 2–3:30pm

Via Garibaldi, 1 No. Broadway, 914-468-1888 Winner of the 8th Annual Sarah Vaughn International Jazz Vocal Competition, rising star McLendon has a voice that has been compared to the rich texture of velvet. She has performed in many great jazz rooms in NYC, such as Mezzrow, Smalls Jazz Club, the Django, the Blue Note and Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, with seasoned professionals such as Pasquale Grasso, Jon Faddis and NEA Jazz Master Barry Harris. Presenting Sponsor:


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JazzFest White Plains is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor M. Matthew Whitaker (photo courtesy ofAndrew the artist) Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.




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RINI: Indian Electronica and Art Rock, Hudson River Amphitheater, 9/12 (in person) (photo courtesy of Hudson River Museum)

Alliance Française de Westchester offers a selection of intensive online classes for children, teens and adults who want to improve their French. ARTS 10566 provides fun and enriching instructional lesson-based activities through its new interactive platform, available for students, parents and the community. New classes are posted every Monday at 3pm. To learn more, click here.

ArtsWestchester provides weekly social media activities, such as Art of the Week assignments every Monday on Instagram, virtual ArtsMobile activities for kids, Teen Tuesday and Thursday programs and more. • Lawrence Salley Photography Award and Virtual Exhibition: On view now • 2020 Golf Outing: September 22 at 10:30am at The Wykagyl Country Club (IN PERSON)



ArtsWestchester, The White Plains BID and The City of White Plains present the 9th annual JazzFest program with a week of free virtual programs and performances from September 8-11. An ArtsBash Virtual Mixology Party on September 8 will kick off the celebration with cocktails and live jazz music. Bedford Playhouse’s Virtual Playhouse brings a selection of interactive programs, from comedies to environmental documentaries, author talks, weekly trivia for kids and more. For a full list of current programs, click here and visit facebook.com/bedfordplayhouse and instagram.com/bedfordplayhouse.


Clay Art Center is reopening for in-person weekly hand-building and wheel classes for adults and youth beginning on September 8. The Center also offers virtual classes, artist lectures and demonstrations, as well as a portion of its Connections exhibition online. • Virtual Artist Talks: Kyle and Kelly Phelps (September 21), Wesley Brown (September 17), Kukuli Velarde (September 3)

Bethany Arts Community offers virtual exhibitions, as well as two online classes: Picasso Online: The Man, The Myth, The Legend (September 15-October 13) and American Modernism Online (September 26-October 31). Blue Door Art Center will reopen on September 12 with its Global Expressions exhibition that will celebrate cultural heritage through art (IN PERSON). The center will also host a series of free art workshops for kids and writing workshops for adults on Saturdays via Zoom. Hours: Sat: 1-5pm. Broadway Training Center offers 2-week camp sessions that will either be via Zoom or a blended mix of Zoom and in-person if safety guidelines permit. Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts offers a variety of music and family programs. Audiences can enjoy new live-streamed concerts and past performances by worldrenowned artists on youtube.com/c/caramoor. Center for the Digital Arts, Peekskill will host Fall classes online and via remote learning. The Center offers digital arts education in web development, desktop publishing, 2D/3D animation, digital video and digital filmmaking. Click here for the full list of classes. • Design your brand: September 15-October 27 (skip Oct. 6) at 6-9:30pm • User Experience Design Portfolio II: September 12-December 19, 10am-4pm

Artwork by Dorothy Cancellieri, on view in a virtual exhibition from Harrison Public Library through 9/30 (artwork courtesy of Harrison Public Library)




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Photograph by Ruth Raskin, The Ground Glass Road Show at Rye Arts Center, on view through 9/14 (in person) (photo source: ryeartscenter.org)

Color Camera Club of Westchester will be presenting photographic programs via Zoom. The group will host a gathering of photographers to enhance their skills on September 14, as well as an online exhibition featuring highlights of its International Photographic Competition. colorcameraclub.com Copland House is posting videos of past performances with a new “Coping …with Copland House,” series. coplandhouse.org/coping RYEARTSCENTER.ORG 914-967-0700

The Croton Council on the Arts will present a Croton Arts Online Arts & Crafts Festival on September 25 through 27. During the free virtual



event, audiences will talk to artists and crafters about their hand-crafted works and enjoy live music and demonstrations. live.crotonarts.org Downtown Music at Grace will launch its 33rd season of free, weekly concerts at noon with a livestream concert, featuring the Isabella Mendes and Flavio Lira Duo, on September 9 as part of ArtsWestchester’s JazzFest program. Emelin Theatre’s Virtual Screen Room streams the best in independent, international and documentary film for the price of a movie ticket. For the complete list of offerings, click here. More streaming available on Facebook. The Ground Glass will host an Outdoor Photography Road Show at the Rye Arts Center through September 14, with an outdoor reception on September 3 at 5pm (IN PERSON). thegroundglass.org • Sustained Investigations: A Virtual Photography Exhibit: Ongoing • The Decisive Moment Revisited: A Virtual Photography Exhibit: Ongoing Hammond Museum presents an Artist Members Virtual Gallery, featuring the works of the museum’s members through June 5, 2021.


For a complete list of programs and workshops, visit hammondmuseum.org. • September Virtual Exhibition Artist Reception: September 5 at 10am • Sushi for the Family on Zoom with Yoshimi Arai: September 9 at 4pm • T’ai Chi class on ZOOM with Paul Wood: September 16 at 10am Harrison Public Library is offering suggestions on its website for what to read, watch, listen to and learn, as well as virtual workshops for teens and adults via Zoom, a virtual art exhibit by Dorothy Cancellieri, yoga classes for adults and more. For a complete list of programs, virtual classes and workshops, visit harrisonpl.org/events/harrison Historic Hudson Valley offers digital content on their website, including home craft videos like tinsmithing and its People Not Property interactive documentary about the history of Northern colonial enslavement through the personal stories of enslaved people. hudsonvalley.org/article/history-at-your-fingertips/ Hoff-Barthelson Music School offers in-person and online classes for students of all ages. The school will also launch its Virtual Performance Program for students in grades 5-12 and adults, beginning this September through January. During this one-semester program,

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upcoming virtual and in-person activities participants will develop ensemble skills while learning the process of creating a virtual ensemble performance that includes learning and recording their parts, synching, editing and publishing final recordings on social media. hbms.org Hudson River Museum’s Summer Amphitheater Series continues with live performances on Saturday evenings through September 19 in the Museum’s outdoor theater. The museum also offers free admission on Saturdays at 5-7pm through September 19. Museum Hours: Thurs-Sun: 12–5pm. • RINI: Indian Electronica and Art Rock: September 12 at 8pm (IN PERSON) • Kaira & Friends: September 19 at 8pm (IN PERSON) Hudson Valley Museum of Contemporary Art will reopen on September 15 by appointment, with an expanded exhibition of How We Live. Virtual tours of the exhibitions and an in-depth Sculpture Trail walk are available on the Museum’s website. Hours: Thursday-Saturday by appointment. • Climbing the Walls - A Virtual Theater, Poetry and Image Project in collaboration with Studio Theater in Exile: On view now • Making Masks: An ongoing art opportunity for artists

Hudson Valley Writers Center will present free readings throughout the month, and a special offer on their own SHP chapbooks. There are a series of classes and readings, all online, and ready for immediate registration. For a complete list of virtual classes, workshops and online readings, visit writerscenter.org. • Online Poetry Reading: September 11 at 7pm • Challenging Coloniality in Travel Writing via Zoom: September 13 at 12:30pm • Taking Risks in Narrative Poetry with Erin Hoover via Zoom: September 12 at 12:30pm • Online Poetry Reading: September 25 at 7pm • Chance Operations Workshop: September 26 at 12:30pm Irvington Theater will premiere Irving the Theater Nut, a short film that follows a theater-loving squirrel who wishes to be a part of the magic happening inside of the Irvington Theater. The film, screening on September 26 at 7pm, will feature the work of young actors from the Broadway Training Center and Clocktower Players. Jacob Burns Film Center is highlighting staff-chosen films, as well as its “Viewing and Doing” series, which provides short films with related activities. education.burnsfilmcenter.org/education/blog


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Rye Arts Center's Half Day for Half Pints program (photo source: ryeartscenter.org)

Jazz Forum Arts has launched Jazz Forum @ Home, a series of concerts live-streamed on Facebook Live every Saturday at 7pm, and Jitterbugs @ Home, an online jazz program for kids ages 2-7 on September 13 at 11am. facebook.com/jazzforumclub John Jay Homestead's grounds and visitor center are open to the public (IN PERSON). offers interactive activities, such as children’s projects, a virtual tour and downloadable worksheets on its website. Johnjayhomestead.org Katonah Museum of Art has reopened its Museum and Learning Center to the public. Visitors can purchase tickets to see the Bisa Butler: Portraits exhibition, now on extended view through October 4. (IN PERSON). Admission is by advance reservation. Hours: Tues-Sat: 10-11:15am, Sun: 12-1pm. Lyndhurst will open its new Watershed Moment installation at its unrestored swimming pool building on Labor Day weekend. The mansion also offers a variety of outdoor tours that will allow audiences to explore its 67-acre site (IN PERSON). Tours include: the Rose

Garden, Greenhouse & Pool Tour, Riverfront & Bowling Alley Tour and Lyndhurst Ramble Tour. Virtual tours of the mansion and its Bowling Alley are also available on its website. Madelyn Jordan Fine Art will present a 5th solo exhibition of new paintings by Chinese-Canadian artist Yangyang Pan (IN PERSON). Gallery hours: Thur-Sat: 12-5pm or by private appointment. Mamaroneck Artists Guild will open to the public with MAG Goes Plein Air, an online group show of works that are created or inspired by outdoor settings and images. The exhibition will be displayed online from September 130. The MAG Annual Award Show will also be on view from September 20-October 17 (IN PERSON). Gallery hours: TuesSat: 12-5pm. M&M Performing Arts Company and the Red Monkey Theater Group will present site-specific performances of Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Copper Beeches at Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (IN PERSON). Virtual readings of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes will also continue on YouTube.




upcoming virtual and in-person activities

Mount Vernon Friends of Recreation continues its 2020 Summer Breeze Ossining Public Library’s Virtual Mother Goose Time will take place concert series every Thursday evening at the City Hall Plaza in Mount every Thursday at 10am on Facebook, and other resources while we Vernon. (IN PERSON) are all Stuck at Home. Music Conservatory of Westchester will be offering in person or virtual music lessons, group classes and ensembles in a range of instruments and genres. For more info, visit musicconservatory.org. Neuberger Museum of Art provides pre-recorded 20-minute guided meditations on its website, as well as virtual curator-led exhibition tours on Zoom and weekly art-related projects and activities for kids. purchase.edu/neuberger-museum-of-art New Rochelle Council on the Arts and Iona College’s Brother Kenneth Chapman Gallery present Unapologetically Me: A Response by Alvin Clayton, a virtual exhibition featuring the works of painter Alvin Clayton who responds to the aftermath of the George Floyd arrest and the international wave of support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Oak and Oil Gallery is open to the public and showcasing artworks from several local talents. The gallery's Duets exhibition, on view through September 14, features new works by painter and printmaker Jane Cooper. Hours: Mon-Sat: 10:30am-5:30pm, Sun: 11am-3pm. (IN PERSON)

Pelham Art Center’s upcoming Domestic Brutes exhibition, which will examine diverse approaches of what feminism means in American society today, will be on view September 12-November 7 (IN PERSON). The Center will also offer in-person and virtual opening receptions, as well a series of virtual studio visits and workshops. • Virtual Studio Visits: Melissa Stern (September 3), Nancy Elsamanoudi (September 10), Fay Ku (September 24) The Picture House is presenting short films, each with discussion questions and activities that can be adapted into teaching tools for students of any grade level. instagram.com/the_picturehouse. The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College’s online offerings include a range of live, recorded and curated events, education and entertainment. Click here to learn about The PAC in Your Living Room initiative. The Schoolhouse Theater’s new Pandemic Players group will be providing virtual readings and performances of classic and comedic one-act plays.




• Virtual Dance Lessons with Mary Ford-Sussman • Virtual Mindfulness & Art Workshop for Adults: • •

September 1 at 8pm Stitch and Complain with Amanda Hsiao: September 17 at 7pm Quilling for Adults with Vicky Youngman: September 24 at 7pm

Ruth Keeler Memorial Library is offering curbside service and highlights its digital collection, including e-books, audio books, music and streaming movies, TV for anyone with their library card. (IN PERSON) westchesterlibraries.org/listen-read Rye Arts Center On September 21, the Center will also launch Half Day for Half Pints, a creative and educational program for preschool students with classes held at the center (IN PERSON). The Ground Glass Outdoor Road Show will also be on view at the Center through September 14, with an outdoor reception on September 3 at 5pm (IN PERSON). For a complete list of in-person and virtual classes, click here.

Lights Across the Bay by Jane Cooper, Oak and Oil Gallery, Duets, on view through September 14

• Vieux Carré by Tennessee Williams, a reading: September 4 at 1pm • We Got This: Stories from, of and about Single Moms: September 10 at 1pm • The Ibsen Classic: An Enemy of the People, a reading: September 18 at 1pm • The Color of Light by Jesse Kornbluth, a reading: September 25 at 7:30pm

Tarrytown Music Hall has launched a series of free one-hour workshops for kids. Previous topics included Shakespeare and Creative Writing. tarrytownmusichall.org/academy • Morning Story Time for parents and Pre-K, K and 1st-grade kids: Mondays at 10-10:30am. Taconic Opera and the New York Opera Conservatory offers its prerecorded production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni via YouTube. The Conservatory reimagined the dark tragedy as a comedy taking place during a pandemic. The entire production was staged, filmed and edited using digital technology and cell phones.

Untermyer Park and Gardens is open to the public. The park is hosting Storytime in the Garden for children aged 2-5 on Sunday mornings at 11am in the lower terrace of the Walled Garden (IN PERSON). The Untermyer Performing Arts Council is also presenting its annual Play Group Theater’s PGTonline program allows audiences to enroll for WorldFest series, featuring a diverse range of free entertainment at the virtual classes. Untermyer park. Park hours: Fri-Sun: 12-6pm. • Cocomama: September 5 (IN PERSON) Rehabilitation Through The Arts (RTA) offers screenings of two • Guss Hayes: September 12 (IN PERSON) documentaries: Amazing Grace, a film about RTA’s original performance at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, and Dramatic Escape, which • CT Ballet: September 19 (IN PERSON) follows the entire arc of RTA mounting Aaron Sorkin’s play A Few Good Men. Westchester Children’s Museum has created WCM at Home, a page on their website with creative and fun projects for families to do at RiverArts presents #100DaysOfStudioTour, an online showcase of the home. For more information at WMC at Home, click here. Rivertowns artists who would have shown at this year's Studio Tour, via its Facebook and Instagram pages. In YardArt, a driveable art tour Westchester Chordsmen has shared a YouTube video of its through Labor Day, sculptures on display throughout the Rivertowns performance, Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, which features excerpts (IN PERSON). Virtual music and dance classes are also available. of a poem by Emma Lazarus with music by the Chordsmen’s Music Director Keith Harris. Click here to listen. • Six-Pack Music Lessons




upcoming virtual and in-person activities Westchester Italian Cultural Center presents live-streamed webinars, featuring lectures, concerts and demonstrations. 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 “Stuck at Home” web page also provides online resources for families. Library hours: Mon-Thurs: 10am-7pm and Fri-Sat: 1-5pm.

• Lunchtime Meditation @ the Library: Wednesdays from

September 2-30 at 12pm • Virtual Storybook Dancing with Steffi Nossen School of Dance: September 10 & 24 at 10am • Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body Discussion: September 23 at 2pm • A Discussion on Attica Locke's Heaven, My Home: September 16 at 2:30-3:30 pm • Slow Reading Book Discussion: September 14 & 21 at 2pm YoFi Digital Media Center Friday Film Series presents an evening of independent film and conversation every Friday. For info on upcoming screenings, visit yofidmac.com

Reopening Dates: Blue Door Art Center Reopening on September 12. Hours: Sat: 1-5pm. bluedoorartcenter.org Hudson Valley MOCA Reopening on September 15. Reserve a tour at 914-788-0100 or visit. Hours: Thursday-Saturday by appointment. hudsonvalleymoca.org Mamaroneck Artists Guild Open to the public. Hours: Tues-Sat: 12- 5pm. mamaroneckartistsguild.org The Rye Arts Center The Center will be open for in-person music lessons beginning on September 14, Half Day for Half Pints Preschool Program on September 21 and in-person classes on October 5. Gallery visits are available by appointment only. ryeartscenter.org

Obscenely Loved by Lacey McKinney, Domestic Brutes, on view at Pelham Art Center 9/12-11/7 (photo courtesy of Pelham Art Center)




artsw briefs Youth-Led Mural in White Plains Focuses on Social Justice A recent project encouraged community building among youth aged 10-18, who were given the opportunity to paint a mural with the guidance of teaching artist Miguel Cossio. The mural, currently being painted on the construction barriers at Winbrook Housing/ Brookfield Common, is meant to be a representation of different people of various cultures that promotes equity, peace and social justice. The project was made possible by ArtsWestchester, with funds from New York State Council on the Arts Regional Economic Development Council Initiative, in partnership with the White Plains Housing Authority.

Local youth working on White Plains mural

Virtual Exhibition Features Artwork by Mental Health Community More and more studies have shown that artistic engagement has significant positive effects on mental and physical health. It reduces stress and depression while promoting healing, coping and overall wellness.* Beginning September 21, artwork by more than 30 artists who are recipients of mental health services in Westchester will be on view in a virtual exhibition titled Visions 2020: Plug in Your Paintbrush. For more than 35 years, ArtsWestchester’s partnership with Westchester County's Department of Community Mental Health has provided art services and residencies to people with chronic mental illness, allowing them the opportunity to participate in hands-on art workshops and enjoy live performances. These art workshops – whether painting, creative writing, ceramics or jewelry making – foster overall wellness and promote a sense of pride, accomplishment and positive self-worth. They also serve as a bridge to the larger community by showcasing the broad talents of this population. The exhibition will be on view at artsw.org/visions2020. Visions 2020 is made possible by Westchester County’s Department of Community Mental Health, Rockland Psychiatric Center and ArtsWestchester. *Study published by the National Institutes of Health by Heather L Stuckey, DEd and Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH, titled “The Connection Between Art, Healing and Public Health: A review of Current Literature.”

Artwork by mental health recipient on view in Visions 2020







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.

Call for Entries: Virtual Exhibition at Hammond Museum Hammond Museum is accepting submissions from its artist members for an October virtual exhibition curated by Bibiana Huang Matheis. Each month, a new exhibition is displayed and will remain on view for one year. Submissions should use the monthly painting below as its muse or inspiration. Visual media, as well as short literary forms, music and dance, will all be considered. Email submissions to HammondMuseumArtists@gmail.com. Deadline: September 15.

Applications Open: Youth Leadership Council ArtsWestchester, with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is seeking qualified youth aged 16-21 to join its Young Adult Leadership Council (Oct. 2020 to May 2021). This group will meet regularly to plan, evaluate, attend, promote and develop ArtsWestchester’s teen programs. A $500 stipend will also be provided. For more information, email Jessica Cioffoletti at jcioffoletti@artswestchester.org. Deadline: September 15.

A Call for Works Related to Voting ArtsWestchester seeks submissions for its upcoming virtual exhibition, Give Us the Vote: 20/20, which is inspired by the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Artworks will explore its history, the process, the current state of voting rights, and the act of voting. Artists may submit works in any media/discipline, including the literary arts, music and performance, and visual arts, to be included in an online format. Submissions should be submitted via an online portal. Deadline: September 25.

Submissions for the Hammond Museum's October exhibition should use this painting as their inspiration.




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Croton Council on the Arts' Prescription for the Pandemic The Croton Council on the Arts' (CCoA) annual Fall Festival on September 25-27 will go virtual this year with an interactive live event that they refer to as the “Prescription for the Pandemic.” Since its usual gathering at Senasqua Park is not possible due to safety concerns related to COVID-19, the festival will bring artists, live entertainment and chat functions to their visitors. CCoA board member Jim Christensen explains that the event is “completely different” from an online video conference like Zoom: “The Festival is an online website that has ‘booths’ where artists can showcase and sell their work and ‘performance pages’ from which musicians will live-stream. Other pages will show who is visiting the festival. So attendees can text or talk with other visitors or with the booth owners, just like at a real festival.”

Are you a professionally recognized artist based in the New York-Tri-State area? Are you interested in supplementing your income while fostering your development as an artist? If yes, please visit ArtsWestchester’s website to learn more about the joining ArtsWestchester’s Teaching Artist Roster.

Applications are open through September 10 for artists, crafters, musicians, entertainers and people who want to demo their craft.

Please visit artswestchester.org/programs/teaching-artist/ to learn more.



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New Arts Leadership ArtsWestchester Appoints New Board Members ArtsWestchester recently announced the appointment of four new board members – Dawn French, Mark Ettenger, Troy De Vries and Bernard Thombs – each of whom will serve a three-year term. As Senior Vice President of Marketing and Community Outreach for White Plains Hospital (WPH), Dawn French, guides the hospital on its strategic goals. She is a seasoned healthcare executive who maintains strong relationships with community and government leaders and oversees a team that provides philanthropic support for the hospital. According to French: “As a hospital professional, I believe that creative expression enhances healing and promotes overall wellness. My new role on ArtsWestchester’s board will enable me to bring the benefits of arts to our neighbors across Westchester.” One of French’s most innovative community partnerships is the ArtsMobile, launched with ArtsWestchester in 2018. Mark Ettenger of Mamaroneck is President of The Emelin Theatre, Chair of the Village of Mamaroneck Ethics Board, President of the Edgewater Point Property Owners Association, Inc. and President of the Vail Mountain Lodge and Spa. A former attorney, Ettenger had a 20-year career at Goldman Sachs & Co., where he was a Managing Director. With his vast experience in business, finance and the arts, Ettenger has actively contributed to ArtsWestchester through his previous role as an Affiliate Representative, and will continue to do so during his new term. Bernard (Bernie) Thombs is President of Bernard Raymond Incorporated, a security, surveillance and information management

company, which specializes in all aspects of public safety for federal, state and municipal government agencies. During his more than 30 years of technical experience, Thombs has worked extensively with federal and state housing authorities and has lectured both nationally and locally on the ever-changing issues of public safety in the workplace and urban communities. He currently serves as a Westchester County Planning Board member, where he highlights the need for security and public safety policy. In addition to the Planning Board, Thombs serves his community as a member of the Hudson Valley Housing Authority, the African American Men of Westchester, the White Plains Juneteenth Heritage Committee and Westchester County Black Scholars Program. Troy De Vries, General Manager, Electric Operations, Bronx/ Westchester for Consolidated Edison Co. of New York, has also joined ArtsWestchester’s board. De Vries will continue the strong relationship that ArtsWestchester and Con Edison have honed for more than 20 years. At Con Edison, De Vries is responsible for the electric distribution system through aerial infrastructure using bucket trucks. During more than 25 years at Con Edison, De Vries’ responsibilities have included risk management strategies, command and control systems, equipment analysis and asset management strategies, and quality assurance programs. During Hurricane Maria, he led a response team of 500 in Puerto Rico.




in Westchester Caramoor Announces Appointment of Interim CEO Nina Curley

Caramoor has recently announced the appointment of Nina Curley as Interim CEO, effective in September. Curley is not new the Caramoor’s team – she joined the organization as VP and Chief Nina Curley (photo credit: Julie Ades) Development Officer in 2012. According to Chairman James Attwood: “[Curley] has been a key architect of [Caramoor's] recent success.” Since her start at the organization, Curley has overseen the organization’s individual giving, major gifts, special events and Capital Campaign fundraising initiatives. She has also worked with Caramoor’s CEO and Board of Trustees on board growth and governance, and has helped to guide the organization’s overall strategic direction.

Youth Theatre Interactions Announces Artistic Director Yvonne McFall

Youth Theatre Interactions (YTI) has announced a former alumna of the organization, Yvonne (Ev) McFall, as its Artistic Director. McFall progressed at YTI from being a student to a teacher. Since then, she Yvonne McFall has toured with mainstream artists, created and hosted events for United Cerebral Palsy of New York City, and served as a counselor for New York’s Administration for Children’s Services. As Artistic Director, McFall will conceive of, develop and implement the organization’s artistic vision. In addition, she helps to create and expand YTI’s performing arts curriculum, supervises summer camp activities and explores new fundraising opportunities.

Abigail Lewis Named Managing Director at Bethany Arts Community

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Bethany Arts Community recently named Abigail Lewis as its Managing Director. Lewis, a seasoned strategy and operations executive, led innovative programs at IBM, including IBM’s Global Technology Outlook. She is Co-Founder of Ossining Innovates!, a local project that focuses on inclusive entrepreneurship, and is a founding board member of the Sing Sing Prison Museum. According to Lewis, she looks forward to “the opportunity to help develop BAC and nurture its culture of open access by creating an environment in which everyone, especially children, are invited to create and experience art without fear.

Visit artsw.org for our Top 5 Virtual Arts Picks during this difficult time. Giulio Paolini’s ‘Amore e Psiche,’ 1981, Magazzino Italian Art (Picture taken at a past ArtsWestchester Friends event)

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