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Martin Berger on the Great Lawn in front of the High Victorian Gothic building known as the Kirkbride. Photo by Bob Rozycki.



cold wind was whipping up the hill from the Hudson River as Martin Berger emerged from his SUV. No suit for the development manager of EFG/Saber Heritage SC of Armonk, just work boots, jeans, open-col-

lar shirt and a very warm jacket. Berger took time out from his busy schedule to afford the Business Journal a personal tour of the massive $300 million-plus development that Saber Real Estate North LLC and EnviroFinance Group LLC are in the midst of creating on the grounds of the

former Hudson River State Hospital in the town of Poughkeepsie. Berger and company are turning the neglected 156-acre property — long a scavenger’s delight and a veritable eyesore visible for miles — into an intergenerational live-work-play community called Hudson » HUDSON HERITAGE


Economic chill Winter and Covid freeze restaurants’ profits BY KEVIN ZIMMERMAN


s temperatures cool down, so will business at restaurants, given the state’s mandates for indoor dining. That was the unfortunate recurring theme at a virtual roundtable hosted by U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy

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on Nov. 20, at which Dan Meiser of Mystic-based 85th Day Food Community explained the dilemma many restaurateurs are facing. “Does it make sense to keep bleeding out?” he asked. “Or do we close now, hunker down and try to conserve cash in order to reopen in the spring? There’s no good option right now.” As Covid-19 made its impact felt in the spring, Gov. Ned Lamont ordered all eating establishments to close their indoor operations, leaving them to rely instead on takeout and delivery services. In May, the state allowed restau-

rants to create outdoor dining areas; the following month, they could operate indoors at 50% capacity, under a litany of conditions. In October, that capacity was increased to 75%, but was quickly scaled back to 50% when the second Covid wave hit the state. Lamont has said he would like to maintain the 50% level through at least the winter months, but public reticence about eating indoors — and, of course, whether the number of coronavirus cases continues to spike upward — may ultimately not make much of a difference. » ECONOMIC CHILL


John Traynor upbeat about recoveries for Fairfield County, nation BY KEVIN ZIMMERMAN

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ven with Connecticut’s unemployment rate still the highest it’s been in nearly six years and a population watching nervously as the number of Covid-19 cases continue to climb, John Traynor remains an optimist. “Good ideas can come out of this,” the People’s United Bank executive vice president and chief investment officer told the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce at its annual meeting on Nov. 19. “And Greenwich is primed.” “Over the next couple of years, we think we’ll be moving back to a virtuous cycle,” he said, referring to a period of rising productivity, decreasing unemployment and high growth. “We’re already starting to see the signs.” Although the job numbers are still “a little bit dispiriting” — in October the state recorded an unemployment rate of 6.1%, an improvement over previous months but also the highest it has been since January 2015 — and colder weather will have a negative effect on the restaurant sector, Traynor said, “We think we’re on the right path.” While he lauded the country’s encouraging growth in payroll and employment in October, he warned that the figures mask the plight of low-wage workers, typically engaged in the service industries, who have been particularly hit hard. According to the U.S. Labor Department, the number of longterm unemployed — people who have not held a regular job for at least 27 weeks — grew by 1.2 million to 3.6 million in October. Even so, Traynor said an “explosion” of new business formations — “People are working from home and thinking it might be a good time to finally get that space on Main Street” — is an encouraging sign. “In adversity, there are opportunities,” he said. As further evidence, the People’s United executive said that negative U.S. and global growth this year has been moderating faster than previously thought, with U.S. third quarter GDP up by 33.1% versus a decline of 31.4% in the second quarter. And, while


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John Traynor addressed the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce at its annual meeting on Nov. 19. the International Monetary Fund Amazon — famously bounced had earlier estimated that U.S. in 2019 from its plans to build GDP would decline by 6.1% in a second headquarters in Long 2020, its current estimate is now Island City — has instead spent -4.4%. $1.15 billion for the former Lord Further, the & Taylor building IMF foresees a 3.7% on 5th Avenue. It GDP growth in 2021 plans to hire some — depending on 2,000 engineers at In adversity, whether another the site. $1 trillion stimulus More recentthere are bill arrives from ly, Facebook opportunities. Congress. Should announced it is ­­— John Traynor the federal governleasing all 730,000 ment come through square feet at the with $2 trillion, he James A. Farley said, the GDP could Building, formerly grow by around 5%. the main post office For all the local hoopla at Penn Station, and is hiring about people and businessabout 8,500 people to work there, es leaving New York in favor mostly in software. “Greenwich of Connecticut, Traynor said, and Connecticut are going to ben“If New York doesn’t do well, efit from that,” Traynor said, with Greenwich and Fairfield County both companies’ smaller suppliare not going to do well. ers and employees likely to move “Don’t be fooled” by the bullhere. ish real estate market that has Traynor further said that come in the wake of Covid, he immigration, which became a advised. “The cities will still be deeply divisive issue under the a magnet for people to come Trump regime, will likely be here.” smoothed out by the administraAs evidence, he noted that tion of President-elect Joe Biden. FCBJ


“That’s a big issue for Greenwich and Connecticut,” he said. “For us to be a successful part of that cluster, we need smart people to come here to learn — and we need those smart people to stay here and work.” The “cluster” he referred to was the New York-Boston “knowledge cluster,” which Traynor defined as gatherings of human and investment capital, R&D labs and educational institutions. “We believe the Biden administration will be more open to adding more immigrants,” Traynor added. However, he said, “We believe that divided government will actually lead to better government,” an allusion to the two U.S. Senate races in Georgia, which will both hold runoff elections in January. Should both be won by the Democrats, that party would have a majority in the Senate, but Traynor posited that that would not occur. Ultimately, Traynor said he “might be a little Pollyannaish, but I’m very positive on Connecticut and the Northeast.”

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No fiddling on the roof when it becomes a solar asset BY PETER KATZ


espite all of the talk about solar power in Westchester, Fairfield and nearby areas and some action that includes using solar panels in new buildings and retrofitting panels into old structures, an analysis of government data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration reveals that New York state has generally ranked ninth in the country in solar generation in recent months, with Connecticut ranking 19th. In New York state during August, solar panels generated 348,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) of electricity. A megawatt hour is 1 million watts of electricity generated for an hour, or enough to light 10,000 100-watt bulbs for that length of time. In Connecticut, it was 100 MWh. Top-ranked California generated 4,890 MWh of solar in August. At the bottom of the list was Alaska with 1 MWh, according to the analysis by New York state has mandated achieving zero-carbon emissions in the state’s electricity sector by 2040, including 70% renewable energy generation such as from solar and wind by 2030. Another step toward that end was taken in Tarrytown on Nov. 10 with the unveiling of a solar generation site on the roof of the Tarrytown Self Storage building at 63 Cortlandt St., near the MetroNorth Railroad tracks. The rooftop system with 595 solar panels was installed by Briarcliff Manor-based Sunrise Solar Solutions and is expected to generate 257,100 kilowatt-hours per year, a kilowatt-hour being 1,000 watts of electricity generated for an hour. The solar panels create direct current, or DC, like the electricity created by a battery, which then must be sent through an inverter that converts it into alternating current, AC, for use in the electric grid. Sunrise estimates that 50 homes could be powered by the Tarrytown system. In a community solar system, the energy is fed into Con Edison’s lines for distribution and the source can sell to end users the equivalent of what it feeds to Con Ed.


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The solar generation site on the roof of the Tarrytown Self Storage building. Paul Ferraro, president of Tarrytown Self Storage, told the Business Journal he’s been so pleased with the way the Tarrytown project has gone, they’re going ahead with a second installation on their self-storage building in Yorktown Heights. The Yorktown Heights project is larger than the one in Tarrytown and is expected to generate about three times the electricity. Ferraro said there may be additional installations in the future. “This is a win-win deal and not many deals are win-win,” Ferraro said. “We end up getting rental income from our roof, discounted electricity and help our neighbors. At first we were just looking to save money on our electric costs. Then, Sunrise made a presentation to use on how we can build a system that would not only offer discounted electricity to our building but to the community we serve.” Ferraro said that right now customers on the site don’t realize there is a solar system on the roof. “We set aside a portion of the parking lot where they staged the work and their crew kept their work away from our customers,” Ferraro said. “Typically for a business owner a roof is that thing that kept the rain and snow out and costs them money if it leaks,” FCBJ


Douglas Hertz, president and CEO of Sunrise Solar told the Business Journal. “We want them to rethink that and consider their roof as an asset they can now use to generate money. Whether it’s putting a solar system on what they will own or whether they’re going to partner with a solar developer or a third-party financier, all of a sudden roofs become this additional asset.” Hertz said there are a number of different models for putting together a solar package for a building. “We’re going to go into a whole lot of due diligence work when a potential customer calls up. We’re going to look at the age and condition of their roof, what their plans are for the building, are they looking to flip the building in a certain number of years, are they for-profit, not-for-profit, what is their risk tolerance profile, things like that,” Hertz said. “It will help us come up with a series of options for them that will give them some choices on how to go forward.” Hertz said that solar systems are expected to last for 25 years or more. He said they like to work with roofs that are relatively young and have a lot of life left or roofs that are at the end of their lives and where the solar system provides an impetus to do roof

work that the customer has been putting off. “It’s the roofs right in the middle of their life span that are interesting,” Hertz said. “We can bring in an independent roof consultant and what we sometimes can do is some remedial work to extend the life of the roof.” Hertz said that solar panels keep evolving but that the changes are incremental and the panels used today are just advanced versions of what NASA came up with in the 1950s. “They’re better manufactured. They’re produced in clean rooms. They are more efficient, but they’re not fundamentally different products,” Hertz said. “We’ve gotten to that point in the manufacturing curve where if a manufacturer can eke out an extra 0.1% of efficiency there’s a press release and a party. What have made significant strides in the last decade are the electronics that run the panels. Inverters that convert the DC from the panels into the AC we put onto the grid have gotten much, much better and more stable, cheaper, longer life spans so we get the maximum out of these systems.” Hertz said there are monitoring devices so the company can keep track of how each system they’ve installed is operating in real time. They also can remotely

run diagnostics on the systems. “That’s a real boon for us because it means if a customer calls up and says, ‘Hey, I’m not sure if everything’s working correctly,’ we can just dial right in and find out if there is an issue. We often know what’s wrong before we roll a truck. It makes it much easier to maintain a system over a longer period of time,” Hertz said. Hertz said that solar has come a long way in the 12 years since Sunrise Solar Solutions started. He was in the business of renovating and restoring houses in Westchester with partner Eric Messer, a principal of Sunrise Building and Remodeling, and they thought it might be a good idea to place solar panels onto houses on which they were working. The fact that solar companies were few and far between back then encouraged them to look into the business. “When we started the business we were dealing with the first solar system for this town and the first solar system for that town,” Hertz said. To date, they’ve done about 1,000 installations on residential and commercial properties. “In addition to Westchester, we’re going to Orange County, we’re going to Rockland, Putnam, Dutchess, Ulster, Long Island, northern New Jersey and nearby Connecticut,” Hertz said.


Economic Chill—

As of Nov. 19, the total of laboratory-confirmed and probable Covid-19 cases reported among Connecticut residents was 101,469, with 848 patients hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed Covid-19 and 4,828 Covid-associated deaths. The daily positivity rate stood at 6.63%, compared with 6.37% one week earlier. While increases in outdoor and indoor dining had made immediate differences in most restaurants’ bottom lines over the summer, “The cash dries up extremely quickly,” said Matt Storch, chef and owner of South Norwalk’s Match restaurant. Paying bills now that had languished during the spring, spending $2,000 on air filters and plexiglass dividers for tables, and other pandemic-associated expenses are a further drain, Storch said. “There’s no way to recoup that cash. We’re reinventing our restaurants basically on a monthly basis, and that doesn’t work.” Relying on third-party delivery operations like Uber Eats, GrubHub and DoorDash further cuts into profits, Meiser said, as they routinely charge 20-30% of a given bill for their services. “You start giving away up to 30% of your revenue, the math starts not to make sense,” he said. According to the Connecticut Restaurant Association, more than 600 restaurants in the state have closed either permanently or temporarily due to the health crisis. A recent National Bureau of Economic Research report found that as many as 85% of the nation’s independent restaurants may not survive if the pandemic continues.

Relief on the way?

Storch said the media has played its part in the crisis. “I can say Tuesday (Nov. 17), pretty much it dried up,” he said of business. “The New York Times, the governors, you name it, everybody said, ‘Restaurants are now becoming dangerous’ and that is a giant issue. They’re not specifically saying that, but the undertone is ugly.” Murphy said the challenge was to “not overhype” the danger of eating in restaurants while communicating the customer and worker safety measures each establishment has instituted. The paradox is trying to provide “some level of consistency and certainty in the midst of a virus that provides no consistency and certainty,” he said. “We’ve got to turn up the heat on our colleagues in Congress” to pass another Covid-19 relief bill, the senator said. Help could already be on the way. On Oct. 1, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Real Economic Support That Acknowledges Unique Restaurant Assistance Needed to Survive (RESTAURANTS) Act, a $120 billion relief bill introduced by U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon). It represents the first time that either chamber of Congress has passed targeted relief for the nation’s 500,000 independent restaurants — which

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Hudson Heritage—

Heritage that will eventually include: • 750 residential units; • 350,000 square feet of commercial and retail space; • assisted living housing; • a 150-room hotel and conference center; • 40,000 square feet of urgent and primary care medical facility/office space; • a 24,700-square-foot education/performing arts center; • walking trails; and • more than 60 acres of open parkland and access to a planned 2.7-mile rail trail for walking and biking. Berger said what initially drew him to the site was demographics — the growth of adjacent Marist College, the Culinary Institute of America and Nuvance Health, which includes Vassar Brothers Medical Center, just to the south. “So you have 40,000 high paying, quality, prevailing wage, union wage jobs within a mile and a half. And you have such a need for multifamily housing, hotel, retail, restaurants and a supermarket,” he said.


“So what attracted us was first and foremost the demand generators in the immediate corridor combined with the lack of services. We love to do these live-work-play centers. We’ve found if you can offer somebody the opportunity to live, work and play on one site you get higher rents, higher values. You create synergies, so there’s a purpose. We’re seeing multifamily (developers) want to be here because we have the amenities, the retail space, hotel.” Saber has been involved in a number of developments in the New York region, including The Duet, a luxury rental complex under construction at Hale and Maple avenues in White Plains; Rivertowns Square, an open-air village with dining and shopping in Dobbs Ferry; and The River Club, luxury apartments and retail in Bogota, New Jersey. A similar but smaller live-work-play campus, 60-acre Eastdale Village on Route 44 in the town of Poughkeepsie, recently began its next construction phase for four retail tenants. Eastdale Village, which is planned to have 400 residential units, is being built by Kirchhoff Cos. Berger said Marist College gets about 68,000 visitors a year with 24,000 inquiring as to where they can stay nearby. So a hotel was a natural for the property, he said, and it could be branded by Marist with its Red Fox logo. In addition, they wanted a “Main Street retail” component. So, in the overall plans, Berger said there will be 350,000 square feet of commercial, including a nearly finished 65,000-squarefoot ShopRite that intends to open early next year with plans to hire 200 workers. Several other businesses signing leases are: • Chipotle Mexican Grill, 2,300 square feet. The chain has roots in the Hudson


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A view of the campus construction from the Walkway Over the Hudson. Valley as founder Steve Ellis is an alumnus of the Culinary Institute of America. • CVS Pharmacy, 14,866 square feet. • Starbucks, 2,100 square feet. • Burger King, 2,570 square feet. • Smoothie King, 1,345 square feet. Several other tenants have also signed letters of intent to open at Hudson Heritage. Charter Realty & Development of Westport, Connecticut, is handling commercial leasing.


Berger proudly spoke of the project as he drove through the property from Route 9 to the back by the east gate; on the other side sits Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel, which was once part of the psychiatric center until St. Peter’s Church bought it in 1999 and restored it. Restoration and adaptive reuse were also on the mind of Berger as he stopped next to the “Kirkbride” administrative building, which commands a majestic view of the Great Lawn — designed by the renowned Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux — and the Hudson Valley beyond. The High Victorian Gothic building was designed by Vaux, Withers & Co. when the psychiatric center opened in 1871. Workers were placing new trusses on the roof of the “Kirkbride,” which had 360 of its windows replaced. The Kirkbride and five other buildings — including the 7,500-square-foot director’s house — will be preserved, which Berger suggested could be used by a law firm or doctors. Berger said he found inspiration in the old buildings and the ones that had to be torn down. So much so that “We’ve taken bricks from the demolished buildings and are reusing them in the pylons and monuments throughout the site. We’ve taken windows out of the old buildings and stained glass and are using them in some of the retail buildings. Some of the grates and gates and ornamental metal, etc.” Berger said, “We’re going to reuse and rebuild the old greenhouses. It will be an amenity for residents who want to plant vegetables and so forth.” Saying “it’s a shame some of these buildings are coming down” and that already the crews have “taken down about half million WCBJ

Martin Berger takes a look at the new ShopRite. Photo by Bob Rozycki. square feet of buildings,” Berger is quick to point out that all but the steel and tons of asbestos and lead that was shipped offsite, has been reutilized. “Everything else gets processed. So all the material that we’ve used — rather than bring in 5,000, 6,000, 7,000 truckloads of material — we’ve used everything on site.” In what will be the parking lot for the ShopRite, one worker operating a front loader outfitted with a giant magnet on it removed bits of metal from the broken brick and concrete. Another front loader pushed the material onto a conveyor belt that sent it through two crushers. The end material becomes clean fill or stone for road beds, with the crushed brick used for liner for laying underground pipes.


Berger characterized Hudson Heritage as his hardest project. “We’re the master developer. We’re doing all the infrastructure and we’re building the shopping center (for) $80 million,” he said.

“This is really eight or nine or ten projects at once. You have to think about it, typically one company does the commercial, and then another company will undertake restoration, and then another company (will) build a hotel, another multifamily.” Construction is expected to take three to six years. Once finished, Hudson Heritage will create 750 permanent jobs and generate $8 million in annual property taxes, including $2 million to the town. “So we’re fairly far along. About 65 to 70 percent pre-leased. …Out of the 750 residential about 600 plus under letter of intent or contract. We’re up in the air on the hotel and we’re up in the air on the administration building,” he said. “I can’t tell you who, but we’re going to contract with a developer who is going to build 360 units, they plan to restore and reuse the church, chapel, library and one other building.” The tour ends with a smile. “When we’re all done, it’ll be spectacular.”





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Cyber thieves never sleep Ransomware and ‘digital exhaust’ dominate ongoing cybersecurity concerns BY PHIL HALL


cott Pierce, a Connecticut State Police detective assigned to the FBI Task Force in New Haven, warns that the proliferation of high-tech devices has created new opportunities for cybercriminals to engage in digital crimes. “With all of this technology and convenience also comes a new set of problems. We’re more vulnerable than ever before, and more of our personal information is being unintentionally made available to these criminals.” Pierce identified ransomware as the fastest growing cyberthreat being tracked by law enforcement, during a recent webinar “Protect What’s Yours: Tales from the Front Lines of Cyber Defense,” sponsored by Bridgeport-based People’s United Advisors. He cited a recent case involving an unnamed Connecticut company that became the victim of this high-tech assault. “Picture a midsize construction services business that does $50 million or so in revenue each year,” he said. “The employees arrived to work one morning and discovered all of their computers are encrypted. On all the screens is a message in broken English that demands a ransom to unlock their files. They’ve lost access to their entire system — the customer database, billing, employee information, their entire network, their email server, even their phone system is down.” Pierce said the company’s executives contacted the criminals behind this attack, who demanded a $1 million ransom to unlock the computers. The company negotiated the ransom down to $250,000 to get their systems back, something that Pierce did not endorse. “Obviously, my default answer is to never pay the ransom,” he said. “Because if you do, you’re perpetuating the problem and essentially rewarding the criminal behavior going forward. And there’s no guarantee that the criminals won’t reinfect your system — we regularly see organizations get hit more than once because they still have access and they’re attempting to extort them for more money.” Complicating matters, Pierce said, is knowing that ransomware criminals are also stealing data before they encrypt it, often threatening to publish the information on dark web forums and marketplaces if they don’t receive the payment. As a result, the companies that receive a ransomware attack need to notify their vendors, customers and employees that confidential data has been breached. “The economic cost is much more than just the ransom payment,” Pierce said. “It could be multiple weeks or months of lost


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Courtesy Pete Linforth / Pixaby. revenue, potentially a large payment to the criminals, hundreds of thousands of dollars to rebuild your network and computers from scratch. And then, most importantly, your reputation takes a huge hit, going forward.” Pierce said it took this particular company “about three weeks to get back online, and then they’re still recovering months later, still upgrading their computer systems and still making sure that they’re doing everything properly going forward. It’s a long process.” Donald Codling, a retired FBI officer who was a cyberteam leader at the agency, also addressed the webinar by echoing Pierce’s concerns that expanded digital connectivity is making work easier for cybercriminals. “There are so many ways into people’s digital lives now,” said Codling, the owner of the cybersecurity and data privacy firm Codling Group International. “It can be their smartphones, it can be their smart thermometers, it can be the smart door locks. Think of your house: You used to have a front door, back door and 10 winWCBJ

dows, but now you have 500 doors and 1,000 windows.” Codling defined this situation as “digital exhaust,” where all of the data created on any device leaves a residue stream across cyberspace that can be located and exploited by increasingly sophisticated cybercriminals. Codling cited an example within the Riverside section of Greenwich where he was able to sweep up the digital exhaust of a business. “In about seven minutes, by going through a couple of different websites, I was able to determine what looked like an art dealer or an art gallery that had a data breach,” he said. “Those records were spilled out onto a publicly accessible dark web form. I figured out that a certain individual had bought a piece of art in excess of $100,000, and I had the personal assistant’s name and telephone number attached to that sale. “Knowing where to go,” Codling continued, “I didn’t have to pay anything. Now, I had a rich target to go after if I’m a criminal.” Another area of digital exhaust identified by Codling involved money transfer

and payment apps. “One of the ways those apps make money is by selling your data,” he said. “They are aggregating your data and selling it someplace, which adds to your digital exhaust stream. I would always stick with a well-known like Venmo and other brands or stick with a bank’s person-to-person system.” And with the holiday shopping season now in motion, Codling added that e-commerce customers need to be extra. “One, make sure that you’re on the right site,” he said. “If you mistype the URL, you might just wind up in a scammer’s lap. Second — and this applies to not only retailers but any other websites you rely on — if you get an email telling you that something’s wrong with your account and you need to verify information with them, delete that email immediately. It’s almost surely a scam, and one that will surface in force during the holiday shopping season. If you have questions about one of your accounts, go to the appropriate website, not via an unsolicited email that purports to be from the company.”

New Rochelle IDA revisits tax breaks for proposed memory care home BY BILL HELTZEL


he New Rochelle Industrial Development Agency gave preliminary approval Nov. 18 in tax breaks for a $39.7 million assisted living home at the same site abandoned by a previous developer. Monarch Development Co., Hooksett, New Hampshire, is asking for $2.7 million in tax relief to build a 72-unit memory healthcare facility at 11 Mill Road. ND Acquisitions, a joint venture of National Development and EPOCH Senior Living of Massachusetts, proposed a similar home in 2016, but quit the project because it “did not have the right risk-reward profile,” Michael Glynn, Monarch’s vice president who previously held the same position with National Development, told the IDA board. The 3.5-acre site is between the Hutchinson River Parkway and the Kensington Woods gated community, at the Y-shaped intersection of North Avenue and Wilmot and Mill roads. It is known as Cooper’s Corner, for the name of a garden center that closed in 2015 after 72 years of operation. The plans call for a 61,500-square foot, two-story building and basement. Glynn said the design is similar to National Development’s. One costly difference is that it will incorporate the latest public health criteria for ventilation and lighting, nutrition and mental health support, and other standards. Another difference is that Monarch is asking for property tax abatement — a request ND Acquisitions did not make — that Glynn said is needed to attract financing. Under a 10-year deal, Monarch would pay $2.9 million in property taxes instead of the full rate of nearly $4.6 million, saving $1.7 million. It is also asking for a $797,951 sales tax exemption on building materials and a $194,580 mortgage recording tax exemption. The project is expected to create 300 construction jobs and 64 permanent jobs. Monarch is partnering with PROCON, a New Hampshire construction company that has designed and built senior living homes in the Northeast. Construction could begin early next year, take 15 to 18 months to complete and be ready for occupancy by summer 2022, according to the IDA application. The previous proposal faced a legal challenge in 2017 when neighbors from the Bonnie Crest neighborhood sued the city and ND, demanding annulment of new zoning, arguing that the city council had rushed the process and not allowed full public participation.

A Westchester Supreme Court justice dismissed the case, ruling that the neighbors lived too far away to have legal standing. The Second Appellate court affirmed the decision in February. “I don’t imagine anything has changed enough to sway supporters or detractors” of the project, Glynn told the IDA board. Charles B. Strome III, the city manager and IDA chairman, agreed. “The people who opposed last time will remain opposed this time,” he said. “They are already sending out emails and legal opinions.” The board scheduled a public hearing for Monarch’s proposal for Dec. 16.

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s if we didn’t have enough to worry about in 2020, we still have to abide by Instagram’s ever so changing platform (first world problems, I know). Back in 2016, Instagram (IG) changed its newsfeed from chronological order to a more “click bait” feed, which has caused a huge dispute with its now over 1 billion users. IG explained: “The order of photos and videos in your feed will be based on

the likelihood you’ll be interested in the content, your relationship with the person posting and the timeliness of the post.” While that was four years ago, many users are still urging Instagram to change its feed back to chronological order, as we (including myself) feel that we’re missing content that our own friends and family are posting. People are literally begging IG to switch back, but unfortunately, this social media giant’s ranked feed is here to stay. Why wouldn’t they fix this when a majority of its users are complaining about this?

Well, here’s my opinion on this. IG has generated $20 billion in revenue in 2019, according to Acquired by Facebook, IG now makes money the same way that Facebook does: influencer marketing and sponsored paid ads. Not to mention IG’s new features now including Reels (a total steal from TikTok) and just released last week, Instagram Guides. With new features being added what feels like every day, Instagram is creating a platform where advertisers can choose where exactly they want their ads to run. The more featured IG ads, the more options for a customized ad, which leads

to more dollars for Instagram. Don’t even get me started on Instagram shop. This new featured has turned Instagram into a next-gen shopping mall, with IG redesigning its home screen for the first time in years, it’s now taking the place of the ever so coveted “heart” button, making it even harder for its end users to interact with their followers. Would you ever delete the beloved Instagram app? Probably not. So, as we consumers stick around, Instagram will continue to keep these changes afloat. We’re not going anywhere anytime soon.

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Mirador hits 5-year mark, eyes further expansion in Darien BY KEVIN ZIMMERMAN


iven the helter-skelter status of the financial world, any company hitting its five-year anniversary is something to celebrate. That Mirador LCC has done so without losing a single client is something approaching miraculous. “That’s one of the most important things in my mind,” Mirador founder and Managing Partner Joseph Larizza told the Business Journal. “Every client who has joined us has been with us for the entire time. That’s a statement about the quality of our work.” Launched in August 2015 with one employee and one client, the Darien-

based financial reporting and technology consulting services firm has over 40 employees and continues to rapidly expand, Larizza said. Mirador’s revenues have grown over 200% year-over-year, he said. The concept is relatively simple, he said: Mirador began by providing bespoke portfolio-performance reporting solutions for high-net-worth families, wealth management firms and endowments and foundations. It has since expanded to act as an “outsourced chief technology officer,” working with clients to choose and integrate the right combination of software and technology to support their business. Larizza’s past positions at the likes of Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse eventu-


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From left: Jeremy Langlois, partner/head of client advocacy; Joseph Larizza, founder/managing partner; Heidi Davis, partner/chief of staff and Michael Pakula, partner/head of delivery and innovation. Courtesy Sarah Starling, Ellyett Photography. ally led him to Fieldpoint Private, a financial advisory firm in Greenwich, where he helped it become one of the first such companies to aggregate all of its clients’ data regardless of size or type of investment. From there he decided to “take the leap” into starting his own business. And as a longtime Darien resident, Larizza felt that 10 Corbin Drive made the most sense for Mirador’s location. “Most of our senior people live in the area,” he noted, “and it’s only two blocks away from the train station, so our junior people can take advantage of that.” Larizza also made a point of bringing several people back into the workforce, “particularly women who had taken time off to have kids and wanted to come back to work. If anyone needs to run out for a doctor’s appointment, or their son forgot lunch, they have the freedom to do so, while at the same time we have the opportunity to tap this incredible talent pool.” For all that, the company expects to be one of the anchor tenants in Baywater Properties’ mixed-use project The Corbin District, envisioned as a 20,000-squarefoot district in downtown Darien. Larizza anticipates the move to take place sometime in 2022. Meanwhile, Mirador already has a branch office in Salt Lake City; a subsidiary, Mirari Wealth Limited, in Dublin, to serve clients with non-U.S. based investments; and is eying a possible physical expansion into Asia. “What we’re not is a technology company,” Larizza said, addressing a common misconception. “We use third-party tools to manage and measure your data — where it is and what’s trending. We promise a high-tech, concierge model and strong service, with a team that acts as an extension of your staff to better understand your portfolio. “We’re agnostic as to what you do,” he added. “we just want to make sure that you have the right information.”



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St. Regis project in Rye reflects value of branding during crises BY PETER KATZ


delman, the world’s largest public relations firm with about 6,000 employees and revenue estimated in 2019 at $900 million, has issued a new report, “Brands Amidst Crisis.” Edelman certainly knows brands, having counted among its clients Microsoft, Starbucks, Samsung, Heinz, Sara Lee, Brunswick Bowling and countless other household names. Richard Edelman, son of the late company founder Dan Edelman, wrote, “This could be the most complex time ever for brands. We are enduring three interconnected crises: the global pandemic, economic downturn and systemic racism. The U.S. election has exposed the deep fault lines in society leading to populism and protest. The result of these simultaneous

shocks is a rapid escalation of fears and a reordering of values that is driving people to the trusted and familiar.” The company conducted a survey during the last week of October of 8,000 people in eight countries — Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, United Kingdom and the U.S. It found that fear levels have risen and become more closely related to the pandemic and these include concerns about finance and status, including anxiety for their family’s welfare and security. It found that brands that alleviate fears are trusted four times as much and others and that 75% of consumers who highly trust a brand are loyal to that brand. “It is time for brands to lead, answering fears with facts, trauma with truths, anxiety with action,” Richard Edelman wrote. An example of a strong brand helping to influence buying decisions during the

current multiple crises can be found in the St. Regis Residences, Rye, a development of 92 luxury condominiums under construction at 120 Old Post Road. Prices for the units begin at $1,065,000 and at least one resident in each unit must be at least 55 years old. The development has been designed to offer a lifestyle comparable to the luxury embodied in the St. Regis brand, built on the history and image of the hotels. There are five interconnected buildings at the Rye project that feature one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom units along with amenities, services and even an underground heated parking garage. According to Alan Weissman, president of developer Alfred Weissman Real Estate, more than 50% of the units have been sold and the on-site sales office has been moved to downtown Rye at 38 Purchase St. A formal opening date for the project has not FCBJ

yet been announced. “We are very pleased with our sales activity over the past several months. At our current pace, we are succeeding our sales targets,” Weissman said. The St. Regis brand is owned by Marriott International Inc., which has 30 brands, including Ritz-Carlton, Le Méridien and Sheraton. According to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, at the end of the third quarter of 2020 it had 7,579 properties worldwide. At the end of 2019 it was operating in 134 countries. The Bethesda, Maryland-based company has been active in the branded residences field, working with real estate developers such as Weissman to create projects in localities reflecting the quality of its brand names and then managing those properties. » ST. REGIS 14 “We have a WCBJ

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very strong branded residential business at Marriott,” Dana Jacobsohn, senior vice president of mixed-use development at Marriott, told the Business Journal. She said that the brand loyalty its hotel customers have developed over the years transfers to the residences side of the business. “It’s really two different business models. One is your home and the other is a hotel room where you travel. People are nervous about travel not because of our brand, they’re nervous about travel because of Covid-19,” Jacobsohn said.

People are attracted to our brands knowing they can get the services, the lifestyle, the security, the safety and the benefits. The brands we offer are helping the sales of these residential projects.­­ — Dana Jacobsohn

“People are attracted to our brands knowing they can get the services, the lifestyle, the security, the safety and the benefits. The brands we offer are helping the sales of these residential projects.” “My role is in development. I will source branded residential deals globally and help determine what brands are appropriate for those deals. We offer 15 different brands for our residential projects and then I will negotiate those contracts with the owner,” Jacobsohn said. “At Marriott, it’s a very important business line that has grown considerably over the last 18 years. We have over 100 branded

Dana Jacobsohn, senior vice president of mixeduse development at Marriott. Photo by John Vecchiolla.


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residences operating globally and 80 more in the pipeline.” Jacobsohn emphasized that Marriott doesn’t develop or sell the real estate, but it does make sure that the project will reflect the branding both in what’s actually built and by handling the management once a project opens. “We enter into an agreement with the condominium association to manage the property. We will manage all aspects of the property day in and day out, including services, finance and accounting, facilitating the monthly board meeting. We’re managing all aspects of the day-to-day operation,” Jacobsohn said. She explained that staff members brought to a property have undergone the same training as hotel employees for the particular brand and in some cases have had years of experience at the hotels. “Vice versa, many of our residential associates eventually work at our hotels as well,” Jacobsohn said. “Everyone goes through a rigorous training process.” She explained that the St. Regis Residences, Rye, is the first standalone St. Regis project for Marriott as differentiated from their collocated projects, where a hotel also has a residential component within the same site. Jacobsohn noted that Marriott’s loyalty and rewards program, Bonvoy, has about 140 million members worldwide and that has helped bring about brand recognition and global residential activity in such farflung places as Vietnam, the Caribbean, Latin America, Dubai and Portugal. “We don’t want a developer to build a project where there is not demand. There’s a lot of research that is done to make sure the site and the market are appropriate,” Jacobsohn said. “We do due diligence and there are all kinds of reports that we run. We want to make sure that the developer has experience and a good reputation in the market. Don’t we all want to do business with people who we trust and who deliver what they promise and are a pleasure to work with?”

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carsdale home builder Howard Blitman has partnered for three decades with brothers Alex and James Goren, based on a simple oral agreement: Profits and losses would be shared equally. “The oral agreement was the source of millions of dollars of profit and sometimes millions of dollars of loss,” the Gorens assert in a recent lawsuit, “but it was always ratified and confirmed by words and deeds.” But that trust collapsed over their latest project, in Saratoga County, and with a bankruptcy filing by Blitman’s namesake business, Blitman Saratoga LLC of White Plains. Blitman lost control of the Saratoga development, according to an affidavit filed Nov. 6 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in White Plains, when he turned the project over to his stepdaughter, Robin Winter. The Gorens were harsher in a lawsuit filed this past August in Suffolk County. “Howard, now 94 years of age, tragically lost control of his business and can no longer discharge his … duties,” the complaint states, due to his infirmities and the “undue influence of his daughter.” In the Gorens’ telling, they met Blitman in the 1980s when he was building 300 homes in Montville, New Jersey, and turned to them for funds to finish the project. Their original agreement to share profits and losses equally became the “umbrella” for future collaborations with Blitman Development Corp. in White Plains, including projects in Beacon, Cortlandt, Fishkill, Rye and Somers. The umbrella agreement was “based upon trust, good faith, honor and a handshake,” according to the Gorens’ lawsuit, “and has withstood the test of time until now.” In 2012, Blitman Saratoga bought 149 acres in Saratoga Springs for more than $5 million. The plan was to create Beaver Pond Village, with Blitman’s Changebridge Construction Corp. of White Plains building 77 homes. Initially, Blitman owned half of Blitman Saratoga, and the Gorens — Alex of East Hampton and James of the Caribbean country Jamaica — owned the other half. Blitman managed the business, but at some point, the Gorens allege, he delegated management authority to his daughter, failed to supervise her and abandoned oversight of the project. They claim, for instance, that Winter was paid nearly $1.3 million in “disguised salary” that she was not entitled to, and that she mismanaged the business. When the Gorens became aware of the alleged wrongdoing, they claim, they discovered that subcontractors had not been paid, construction had stopped or was “exceed-

ingly slow” and buyers who had deposited $190,000 for homes were complaining about the apparent abandonment of the project. By then, Blitman owned 15% of the company, having allocated 35% to others. On June 26, the Gorens and minority partners Gary Peresiper, Scott Varley and Thomas P. Keaney voted to remove Blitman as the managing member. Keaney replaced him. Winter, according to a bankruptcy affidavit filed by Keaney, refused to turn over the business records. In August, Ballston Spa National Bank served a default notice on two loans, citing “the construction status of Beaver Pond Village” and “corporate governance issues.” The Gorens and Blitman Saratoga LLC then sued Howard Blitman and Robin Winter for $10 million. White Plains attorney Eric J. Mandell, representing Blitman and Winter, filed a motion Nov. 6 to dismiss the complaint. First, he argues, a member of the LLC cannot be held accountable for fraud, bad faith, gross negligence or breach of agreement under the operating agreement if the member has not been given an opportunity to cure the fault. No such notice to cure was given. Second, the operating agreement is the entire agreement and cannot be modified without written consent, thus precluding the purported oral umbrella agreement. Third, the Gorens are trying to hold Blitman liable for half of the company’s losses, but he only owns 15%. Fourth, Winter is not a member of Blitman Saratoga, and therefore does not owe a fiduciary duty to the corporation. At this point, 56 homes have been built and sold, another eight are under contract, and 12 lots could be developed. Keaney cited the mortgage default, struggles between Howard Blitman and the other investors, and Robin Winter’s stewardship of the project in filing a Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization petition. He said bankruptcy will enable Blitman Saratoga to compel Winter to return company records and allow the corporation to reconcile claims by contractors. The corporation declared nearly $5.9 million in assets and $2.8 million in liabilities. It owes Ballston Spa bank nearly $2 million and contractors and suppliers at least $686,844. The company’s majority members, Keaney said in the bankruptcy affidavit, “are prepared to loan funds necessary to complete construction on the remaining eight contracts.” Manhattan attorney Kevin J. Nash represents Blitman Saratoga in the bankruptcy case. Massapequa attorney Edmond Russ represents Blitman Saratoga and the Gorens in the Suffolk lawsuit.

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he Crowne Plaza Hotel, which has been a landmark in downtown White Plains for more than three decades and underwent a $10 million renovation in 2013, will become a Sonesta hotel effective Dec 1. The hotel is at 66 Hale Ave. in the vicinity of The Westchester shopping mall and The Source, which is home to The Cheesecake Factory, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Whole Foods among others. The hotel has 402 guest rooms, 17,000 square feet of event space, 17 meeting rooms, an indoor heated pool and parking garage. The move is part of the Service Properties Trust’s transfer and rebranding of 103 hotels from InterContinental Hotels Group plc (IHG), of which the Crowne Plaza in White Plains is one, to Sonesta International Hotels Corporation. Service Properties Trust is a real estate investment trust, or REIT, managed by the operating subsidiary of The RMR Group Inc., an alternative asset management company that is headquartered in Newton, Massachusetts. Service Properties Trust owns a portfolio of hotels and retail properties across the U.S. and in Puerto Rico and Canada. It is involved with 149 brands in 23 industries. The trust’s properties are operated under long-term management or lease agreements. Crowne Plaza and Sonesta are two of the brands with which Service Properties Trust is involved. The trust previously had sent notices of termination to IHG for failure to pay money, including rents due for July and August 2020 totaling $26.4 million, plus accrued interest. The trust said that when it did not receive any money and concluded that it could not expect to receive any payments from IHG in the future it decided to terminate the management agreements

with IHG. That included the agreement covering the Crowne Plaza in White Plains. The relationship between Service Properties Trust and IHG began in 2003, according to the trust. John Murray, president and CEO of Service Properties Trust, said, “We were unable to reach a mutually agreeable resolution to the defaults by IHG under our management agreements with them. Therefore, after a period of negotiation with IHG, we determined to terminate IHG and rebrand these hotels with Sonesta. Based on historical experience, we believe the current portfolio of 103 hotels may perform as well, or better, as Sonesta hotels post-conversion and once stabilized in their respective markets.” Murray said that Sonesta manages 16 hotels for the trust that were rebranded from IHG in 2012, and their financial performance has improved by up to 14.4%. “We also believe having these 103 hotels operated by Sonesta provides us with greater flexibility in managing our business through the current challenging market conditions,’ Murray said. “For example, we expect that some of the transitioned hotels may be repurposed to an alternative use or sold in the future. Cleaning and safety protocols put into effect by Crowne Plaza to help deal with the Covid-19 pandemic will be succeeded by Sonesta’s program called “Stay Safe with Sonesta.” “As a Sonesta branded property, the hotel will continue to be a staple in our community,” said Monika Henry, general manager of the Crowne Plaza in White Plains. “All current employees are transitioning to the Sonesta brand and will be ready to welcome our guests on Dec. 1 with the warm smiles and service we are known for. Our guests will have the opportunity to experience the ‘wow’ service the brand offers.”


Pandemic impacts the Fairfield/Westchester office market BY JOHN E. SHEEHAN


ovid-19 surfaced in the New York metropolitan area with a vengeance in early 2020 and impacted virtually all areas of daily life. The subsequent shutdown had immediate economic repercussions throughout the region, especially in New York City, due to its dense urban environment. Office buildings, theaters, museums and restaurants quickly closed. Mass transit usage dropped precipitously. Even elevators, essential in high-rise Manhattan, became daily hinderances. Not surprisingly, significant numbers of people sought refuge in the suburbs or even farther away in rural communities. Singlefamily homes in suburban markets sold briskly, suggesting a possible parallel relocation of businesses to the suburbs. To date, that hasn’t happened. In fact, the opposite has been the case. Third quarter market statistics indicate that leasing activity in the Fairfield/ Westchester office market was as severely impacted as Manhattan since the onset of the virus-induced recession. Problematically, the Fairfield/Westchester office market began 2020 in an already weakened condition. Sustained annual vacancy rates of over 20% and anemic office employment growth in recent years contrasted very unfavorably with a robust, fast growing Manhattan market over the same period. At the end of the third quarter, the average vacancy rate for the two-county market was approximatey 27%. Manhattan vacancy increased to 13% but remains roughly half that of the northern suburban market. Average asking rents in the Fairfield/ Westchester market are in the low $30s per square foot while Manhattan’s average asking rents are over $80, a gap that has increased in recent years. How, therefore, will the pandemic affect the future of the northern office suburban market? It is clear that the pandemic will change many aspects of our lives, including the workplace, regardless of the geographic location. The last eight months have shown that many businesses can operate successfully with a large number of employees working remotely. The effects of Covid-19 will likely result in a new office paradigm: greater decentralization, expanded workplace flexibility for employees and rethinking of corporate facilities. Among the emerging office design criteria are reduction of worker density, operable windows, generous elevator service, accessible stairwells, state-of-the-art air circulation systems and usable outdoor space. Numerous suburban office buildings can accommodate many of these new objec-

tives. Another factor that could benefit the Fairfield/Westchester market is the growing negative perception of New York City as a business location due to a recent rise in crime levels and deterioration in municipal services. The recent relocation of significant numbers of millenial and younger workers to the suburbs offers employers expanded recruitment opportunities. Lastly, controlling occupancy expenses may play a greater role in locational decisions in an economically stressed economy. Potential

rent savings of $50 per rentable square foot in the suburbs versus Manhattan, in conjunction with an absence of local income and rent taxes may prove attractive inducements to employers. Notwithstanding these comparative advantages over New York, the Fairfield/Westchester area will have to compete for the possible shift to decentralized office facilities with other regions in the country that have lower taxes and cost-of-living. A few things are clear: Markets are cyclical and trends will emerge more clearly

over the next two to three years. Corporate offices however will remain an essential business model in the future. They have proven a key element to foster employee collaboration, train workers, promote corporate culture, accommodate internal meetings and interaction with clients. John E. Sheehan is a principal of Delmhorst & Sheehan Inc., a real estate advisory and brokerage firm. He is also an adjunct instructor at Fordham University’s Graduate Program in Real Estate.

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Suite Talk Suite Talk: Mary Stetson, founder and owner, Stetson Real Estate


n 2000, Mary Stetson became an entrepreneur with the launch of her Mamaroneckbased brokerage Stetson Real Estate serving Westchester and Fairfield counties. Two decades later, the company can claim more than 900 closings, almost $800 million in sales volume and a staff with more than 117 years of combined experience. In this edition of Suite Talk, Business Journal Senior Enterprise Editor Phil Hall interviews Stetson on the 20th anniversary of her business.

als during the Atlanta Olympic Games. “I was geared up to run my own business when Prince & Ripley announced that Houlihan Lawrence was going to be buying them in the summer of 2000. I interviewed with all the other firms and just decided it was a good time to start my own business and fulfill a dream that I’ve had since like college.”

What inspired you to start the business 20 years ago?

“It was starting to boom. At that point in time, most of the real estate firms were only located in specific town and the Realtors in that branch of the firm would only do the things within their small town. I realized that people were coming from New York City and needed a fair compare-and-contrast

“Twenty years ago, I already had my brokerage license. I had come out of the corporate world and was working with Prince & Ripley in Rye for four years, and I had done another business in Atlanta with Home Sweet Home Brokers to do private home rent-

What was the real estate market in this area like when you started 20 years ago?

against those different towns. Technology was just starting to come up and I was able to leverage technology to do that.”

How many people do you currently have working with you?

“I’m happy to say that we’re back to our pre-Covid employee level: I have five employees and we now have 16 agents that are working with me both as fulltime agents and referral agents.”

What is the housing market like today for Westchester and Fairfield counties? “The market is great. We have a number of people coming up from New York City and we also have a robust number of people that are deciding to make a change and move out of the area. So, we have a really good balanced supply and demand market.


“I’d say the only place where the demand is super outstripping supply is on rentals. We’ve seen rentals increase 20% in value over a short period of time — rentals always react more quickly with the market and we are sort of at a peak of premium right now. That will ease off as things balance out.”

Are you seeing a lot of firsttime homebuyers in the markets that you serve?

“Yes, we are, because a lot of these first-time homebuyers are people that have been renting in the city and they’re looking to buy instead of rent. We also just have a great family from UNICEF that’s transferring into New York City. They were coming from Kenya to the United States and we looked at rentals and the rental market. The asking price for the rental in Harrison was $4,500 a month for a cute

little well-done house. And we bid $5,000, knowing that it was underpriced. At first, they received it and got the accepted offer, but then other bids were coming in and we jumped up to $5,200 — and we did not get it. “So, guess what we did? They went ahead and ended up buying a house. They did the virtual tours because they were doing the quarantine thing, and now the cost of their purchase is going to be $1,000 less a month than the cost of the rental. And it’s a 30% larger house.”

Where do you see the housing market in 2021?

“In 2021, I really feel that we’re going to have a very robust market. So many people are moving right now and I believe that we’re going to have more buyers and sellers — it will become a bit of a seller’s market. “And the reason why I say

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that is because people that have leases that are ending in New York City are looking to come out — they’ve gotten a taste of living outside with more land. The city isn’t quite what it used to be right now and it’s going to take some time for that to heal.”

What about supply? Are you seeing more construction for residential properties in the two counties?

“With opportunity zone apartments we’re going to

see an explosion of new properties coming on the market. Single-family homes right now are pretty much built out with our space, so we will see more teardowns and new builds with energy efficiency — there’s still that part of being ecologically respectful.”

What advice would you give to somebody who wants to follow in your footsteps and start their own brokerage? “That’s a great question. First,

come with a big bag of money because you need a lot to start off. Then, give me a call and I will give you all the steps you need to have a really good plan and stick to that plan. “Starting your own business is not for the faint of heart. And you need to grow it over time with a really, really great plan. And bring a lot of energy and project that energy forward, and do a fabulous job for your clients. You put your clients first. Everything else comes out fine.”

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Norworx bringing new vision of coworking to Norwalk BY KEVIN ZIMMERMAN


t’s out with the old and in with the new at 40 Richards Ave. in Norwalk, where one coworking business has ceded its space to another that, its owner says, is better equipped to face the challenges of Covid-19. “This used to be a Regus office,” Jeff Supinsky, partner at commercial real estate developer Valley East Building Management, told the Business Journal.

Valley East bought the 147,000-squarefoot building for about $15 million in 2019 and, when Regus’ lease was up, “I chose not to renew it,” he said.

The reason? “The Regus model was flawed,” Supinsky said. “They charged for everything — someone answering the phone was extra, a paper clip was extra. Nothing would piss me off more than having to figure out what my rent expenses would be every month — it’d be shocking to see how you spent more on paper-copying and coffee than you did for the actual space itself.” Thus was born Norworx, a newly renovated coworking space on the third floor


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of the building. Supinsky said the business deviates from its competitors by offering private closed-door offices, conference rooms and all-inclusive modern amenities, along with natural sunlight from floorto-ceiling windows. Blue and gray tones, which Supinsky said research shows are more conducive to being productive, are featured throughout. Along with covered parking and a fitness facility, Norworx observes strict daily sanitization practices, which includes an air filtration system that he said improves indoor air quality by trapping and blocking 98% of airborne particles. Norworx also offers 75-inch smart monitors in its conference rooms, which can seat up to 12, and a climate control system that never deviates from 71 degrees. There are 56 private offices, with work spaces varying from 10-foot by 10-foot to 12-foot by 18-foot. “This,” he declared, “is not your father’s office space.” Even so, isn’t this an odd time to start a business predicated, at least in part, on people who don’t know each other working in relatively close proximity? Apparently not, according to research cited by Norworx. While the coworking industry grew at a slower pace in 2020 due in large part to the pandemic, the 2020 Global Coworking Growth Study, authored by CoworkingResources and Coworker. com, predicts that the number of coworking spaces worldwide will more than double by 2024 and surpass 40,000. According to the report, a yearly growth rate of 21.3% will be realized in the U.S. from 2021 to 2024. In addition, around 5 million people will work from coworking spaces by 2024, an increase of 158% compared with 2020. “Everyone says they’re okay working from home,” Supinsky said, “but production and efficiency can be hampered when your wife is asking you something or you’ve got a contractor in your house or next door. They’re ‘working,’ but not really working, and there’s not much in the way of networking going on when you’re working from home.” Supinsky is also betting that, as the economy recovers, small businesses that have benefited from being located in Norworx will turn to Valley East when it comes time to shop for larger space. “I see this as a business incubator for myself,” he said. Since opening on Nov. 1, Norworx has already booked 10 tenants, he said, mostly from word-of-mouth. Based on Long Island, Valley East is also building another coworking space in Hauppauge, which will be similar in design and concept — and name. “It’s going to be called Norworx as well,” Supinsky said. “‘Hauppauge-worx’ just didn’t sound right.”

Westport widow says brother-in-law looted Port Chester companies BY BILL HELTZEL


estport widow Pamela H. Olson claims that her brotherin-law has looted the family’s Port Chester businesses. Olson, individually and as executrix of the estate of Kenneth M. Olson, sued Richard Olson, Poko Management Corp., Poko Partners and Koor Construction and Supply Co. on Nov. 13 in Westchester Supreme Court. “Richard, as the shareholder and officer with exclusive dominion and control over Poko Management,” she charges, has “looted, misdirected, wasted or diverted … assets for his own benefit.” Richard Olson did not respond to an email sent to Poko Management asking for his side of the story. The Poko entities, founded by Kenneth Olson in 1993, has built several inner-city residential and retail complexes in New York, New Jersey and Wall Street Place in Norwalk, Connecticut. When Kenneth died in 2017 at age 58 of Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Pamela and the estate collectively owned 90% of Poko Partners, 60% of Poko Management and 50% of Koor, according to the lawsuit. Richard owned the rest. Richard, of Floral Park, Nassau County, controlled the enterprises. When Pamela asked for business records to identify estate assets, he allegedly provided incomplete information. The records that were provided raised serious concerns, according to the lawsuit, about how Richard ran the businesses. She claims that balance sheets, for instance, indicate that her husband had loaned $416,745 to the businesses, yet Richard denies that anything is owed to the estate. She claims that Koor Construction paid Richard more than $1.1 million after Kenneth died, “ostensibly as loan repayments,” while not paying debts to the estate or other creditors. Then Richard allegedly dissolved Koor in 2018 without notifying or seeking consent from Pamela, and he has allegedly failed to provide an accounting of its assets. Pamela Olson accuses Richard Olson of breaches of fiduciary duty. She is demanding $416,745 as repayment of her husband’s loans, and she is asking the court to appoint a receiver to liquidate and dissolve Poko Management and wind up the affairs of Koors. Manhattan attorney Robert M. Fleischer represent Pamela Olson and the estate.

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Fairfield’s former Kohl’s property undergoes another transformation BY PHIL HALL


he Kohl’s site at 290 Tunxis Hill Road in Fairfield is now occupied by a small army of workers who are renovating the interior and exterior of the 101,000-square property for preparation of its next tenants: the grocery chain Aldi, which will occupy roughly 19,000 square feet, and the home design Floor & Décor retailer, which will become the tenant in a roughly 82,000-square-foot space. The 56-year-old property has been a longtime staple in Fairfield’s retail environment, and this is hardly the first time it has been transformed to meet the needs of new tenants. Kohl’s occupied the building for more than two decades, taking over the space from the now-defunct Caldor department store. Earlier in its life, the property was home to another pair of long-gone businesses: PathMart Food Store and


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Arlan’s department store. In June 2019, the Kohl’s building and two adjacent parcels were bought for $12.5 million in an off-market sale by Michael Berkowitz’s Tunxis Associates. The three parcels totaled 6.9 acres and include Russell Speeder’s Car Wash at 620 Villa Ave. and a parking lot at 160 Greenfield St. The car wash will remain operational, but no plans have been solidified on whether the parking lot remains or will be transitioned into another commercial development. Berkowitz was particularly eager to bring a supermarket to this section of Fairfield. In an interview with the Business Journal, he acknowledged discussions were underway for more than a year to attract a supermarket chain that was not ubiquitous in this market. “I had a lot of interest,” he said. “Some national supermarkets were interested — some really popular ones that you probably



Construction vehicles line up outside of the former Kohl’s property in Fairfield. Photo by Phil Hall. know. In the end, I went with Aldi.” This will be Aldi’s first store in lower Fairfield County — it has a presence in Danbury and in 11 additional localities across the state. The store will be coming into a town that is not lacking supermarkets: Stop & Shop has a store directly across from the property while ShopRite and Trader Joe’s are up the street and BJ’s Wholesale Club, Whole Foods

and a second Stop & Shop are each within a few minutes’ drive. But Berkowitz is not convinced Fairfield will be burdened with too many supermarkets. “I think the competition is good,” he said. “People really like Aldi because it offers a different product in a different price range. I did some research about them before I took them on.” As for Floor & Décor, Berkowitz said this will be one

of two new Fairfield County outlets for the store, whose sole Connecticut outpost is in Orange. The chain’s Fairfield store will be joined by a Danbury location that will open around the same time. The transformation of the Kohl’s property is the latest venture for Berkowitz, whose other properties include the CVS site at 961 Black Rock Turnpike in Fairfield and the 150,000-squarefoot Big Y shopping/restaurant plaza at 401 Bridgeport Ave, in Shelton. As for his next endeavor, he remarked that he has “a few projects, but I’m not ready to talk about them.” No opening date has been set for the two new stores, but Berkowitz is tentatively aiming for a mid-2021 premiere of both entities. The construction project has a team consisting of local zoning attorney Bill Fitzpatrick and architect Pat Rose of Rose Tiso & Co. Architects in Fairfield, with Jeff Raucci of Bismark Construction of Milford as the project’s contractor.



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Access Health CT adjusts to abnormal times BY KEVIN ZIMMERMAN


nrollment numbers at Access Health CT, the state health insurance exchange, are trending upward. That is normally a positive sign, but as its CEO James Michel notes, 2020 is hardly a normal year. “We don’t have specific numbers yet,” Michel told the Business Journal, “but we are definitely seeing an upward trend.” By the end of open enrollment, which began Nov. 1 and is scheduled to conclude on Dec. 15, “we could see numbers higher than we had last year. “But we expected that,” he continued, “because so many people are now unemployed, and most people get their health insurance through their employer.” Last year, AHCT reported that 107,833 residents enrolled during the 2019 open enrollment period, compared with 111,066 people in 2018. Both of those periods were extended beyond their original six weeks, with a fair chance that will happen again this year. According to the latest Connecticut Department of Labor data, in October the state recorded an unemployment rate of 6.1% — an improvement over September’s 7.7% and the year’s high of 10.2% in July, but otherwise the highest it has been since January 2015. “Hopefully by next year at this time we will not still be in the Covid period,” Michel said.

AHCT is now in its eighth annual open enrollment period, which Michel said has been “by far the most challenging. We have to do things differently and be more creative to best serve our customers.” That extends to its in-person enrollment locations and the enrollment fairs, which traditionally were held in arenas and convention centers but obviously will not this year. Instead, customers can attend virtual fairs by appointment via computer, tablet or smartphone; such events are available on select Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. But in-person visits at AHCT’s six enrollment locations — which include 333 State St. in Bridgeport and 110 Prospect St. in Stamford — are also still available. Customers again must book an appointment ahead of time and will be required to observe the usual safety protocols. “Folks still prefer in-person visits for a number of reasons,” Michel said. “They may not have a smartphone or computer, sometimes there are cultural or language barriers and sometimes they just don’t trust technology.” In mid-November, Michel visited each of the six centers to observe and meet with employees, “and there was some culture shock for me,” he laughed. “Even though I knew they could only allow one customer into the building at a time, I was briefly taken aback by how empty the centers were. There are usually a bunch of people wait» ACCESS HEALTH 26 ing in line.”

Touro Dental leading students to the digital forefront of the field BY PETER KATZ


very educator has been facing the challenges of putting digital tools to work in the teaching environment. At the Touro College of Dental Medicine in Valhalla the challenge has been exponentially greater because dentistry itself has been making a fundamental transition to the digital world. The transition involves more than just replacing manual patient records and billing with computerized systems or installing digital X-ray devices. The digital dentistry revolution includes full-mouth scanners, computer-controlled milling machines, 3-D printers and more. “We are adding machinery and software that allows us to do things in ways that we were not able to do before and at the same time produce a more precise and predictable result,” Dr. Edward F. Farkas, vice dean and professor of dental medicine at Touro told the Business Journal. Touro has opened a new digital dentistry lab on the third floor of its building at 19 Skyline Drive, adjacent to its teaching clinic, Touro Dental Health. The hardware, specialty software and technology system that includes patient records is integral to training students while enhancing the affordable dental services being offered to members of the public. Dr. Alan Jurim is the director of digital dentistry at Touro. Farkas said that the transition to digital


dentistry has seen digital scanners replace impression material that had to be placed in a patient’s mouth, 3-D printing to make prostheses such as dentures, milling machines that can, for example, take a block of zirconia and form it into desired shapes, specialized X-ray systems and suites of software for use in planning procedures and telling the machines what to do. Farkas said that digital dentistry enables practitioners to preplan procedures to an extent not previously possible and consistently produce precise results. For the school, the transition has involved not only installing equipment and software but also developing a curriculum using digital tools to teach all about the devices being introduced. “Most students are digitally savvy,” Farkas said. “They basically understand the basics of the software but the software does have many, many layers to it and it does take a lot of time to master it.” He said, for example, that when using digital tools for planning an implant, students are given an X-ray and know the space where the implant needs to fit. They have to plot the dimensions of the implant, at what angle it needs to be placed, how deep it can go and whether there are any vital structures nearby that need to be considered. “As the students are actually using the software, they’re learning about implant placement. The software, by making them think about the different possibilities, is actually teaching them about implant inser» TOURO DENTAL 26 tion,” Farkas said. WCBJ

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As a result, processing enrollments has slowed down “a little bit,” Michel said, “but we are still working to make sure that everyone looking for access to health insurance can have it.” The AHCT chief further said that, contrary to expectations, concerns about the future of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare — which has been a political football since before it was signed into law in 2010 — had a negligible effect on customers this year. “They are sometimes confused about health care and health insurance, which is one of the reasons we have such great customer service representatives to address those concerns,” he said. “But I have not seen any indication at all that what has been happening in D.C. has affected our customers. Even with the Supreme Court hearing (for Amy Coney Barrett, who in the past has indicated some opposition to Obamacare), there has been zero effect so far. “Normally when Obamacare hits the news, we’re flooded by customer questions,” Michel said. “But the one thing that dominated this year was the election itself.” As for whether “Bidencare” — Presidentelect Joe Biden’s plan to build upon Obamacare by expanding the number of people who are eligible for subsidies — will make for changes to AHCT, Michel said the organization has always rolled with the punches. “Some things that the outgoing president

has done, the executive orders he has signed to limit the potential growth of the ACA, I think Joe Biden will reverse,” he said. “And that may be of some benefit to Connecticut residents.” Top of mind is the “public charge” rule. On Feb. 24, new U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services regulations were established to help that department determine whether applications for admission to the U.S., or applications for adjustment to immigration status, should be denied because the applicant is likely at any time to become a public charge. “A lot of those folks who otherwise would qualify for health insurance through AHCT are now afraid of what could happen,” Michel said. “The ruling has sown confusion, I think by design.” The AHCT executive further said that, should the “public option” being floated by state Democrats come to pass, “I think ultimately they would do so in the best interests of Connecticut residents. As I understand it, the idea would be to help more people get access to health insurance.” One constant for AHCT is the need for every resident to have health insurance. “Before you spend any money out of pocket, you should come to us and see if you qualify for coverage,” Michel said. “Even after open enrollment ends, if you have a qualifying event — you move to Connecticut, you get pregnant or married, or if you lose your job — you can apply any time of year. Having health insurance is not just important — it’s critical.”


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“Most of these tools were invented for the private practice world. They were never really meant to be able to be used by 110 students at a clip. Obviously the computing power and the information technology setup necessary for that had to be constructed from scratch and we are very fortunate to have a great IT team that was able to do it,” Farkas said. Farkas said that they invited Tais Clausen, then CEO of 3Shape, a company based in Copenhagen that manufactures scanners, software and other digital dentistry components to visit Touro. “He was kind of amazed to see what we had done with his software, putting it onto a server system so that students could use it throughout the clinic. He said to me, ‘That never was our intent to be so widely distributed on a network,’ but he was taken aback that what he had invented was so widely used in the clinic,” Farkas said. “I remember we were walking through the clinic and a student was using one of his scanners and he stopped and went over to the student and said, ‘ ‘Let me show you how to do it. You have to hold it like this and like that.’ Imagine, the guy who invented a scanner and is world-famous for doing it and whose company is at the forefront of digital dentistry teaching one of our students how to scan. I think that moment is precious.” Farkas said that teaching the use of digital resources is a necessity now in dental

Alan Jurim, left and Dr. Edward F. Farkas, right. education. “This is being driven by the demands of the real world. What these machines do is make the treatment go faster, smoother, more precise. In some cases, the kind of treatment would not exist without the machines,” Farkas said. He said that extensive treatments, such as crafting all new dentures to replace a person’s teeth that used to take many months can now be done in a matter of days. “The digitization of dentistry and the school’s adaptation of it attracts new students. There’s no question about it. If you want to learn digital dentistry, Touro College of Dental Medicine is the place to do it. We are attracting the best and the brightest of the potential applicant pool and we are initially retaining a large portion of that in the class,” Farkas said. “We accept about 114 students a year. Students who are accepting our invitations to participate in our class are keeping them because they know that this is the place where they’ll get the highest level of digital education.”

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From left: Suzanne Cohen, grants manager, Friends of Karen; Harding Mason and Terri Crozier, HG Realtor Foundation; Judith Factor, executive director, Friends of Karen; and Carol Christiansen and Dave Rubin, HG Realtor Foundation.

The Hudson Gateway Realtor® Foundation, the charitable arm of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors®, recently presented a check for $1,000 to Friends of Karen in North Salem. Founded in 1978, Friends of Karen was named for Karen MacInnes, 16, who was terminally ill with Lafora disease, a rare genetic disorder. She had been in a New York City hospital for almost a year and her parents were traveling 110 miles daily between their Purdys, New York, home and the hospital to be with her. Kar-


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HAMPSHIRE COUNTRY CLUB RECOGNIZED WITH NYS SENATE EMPIRE AWARD FOR SERVICE New York state Sen. Shelley B. Mayer presented the Hampshire Country Club in Mamaroneck with the New York State Senate Empire Award for exemplary service to the community during the Coronavirus pandemic Known for its dedication to the community, Hampshire was nominated for the award by community members for donating food to first responders, including police officers, the EMS and essentials to the Community Resource Center of Mamaroneck. Assistant General Manager Dorothy Mourouzis spearheaded the food program and engaged members of the club, the community and the Mamaroneck Chamber of Commerce to patronize local restaurants and stores to help support small businesses while showing appreciation for essential workers. Mayer said, “The effects of the pandemic have created unprecedented need in our communities. It is heartening to see Hampshire Country Club and other institutions go above and beyond to help during this terribly difficult time. I



From left: Susan Goldberger, Dan Pfeffer, Julio Gaytan, Sen. Shelley B. Mayer and Dave Smith.

am pleased to present the Hampshire Country Club with the NYS Senate Empire Award in recognition of all of its work serving the community and showing appreciation for first responders during the

Coronavirus pandemic.” “Hampshire Country Club is honored to receive this award in recognition of our service to Mamaroneck,” said Dan Pfeffer, one of the club’s owners.

APP PROPERTIES PROMOTES COO TO CEO APP Properties Inc. in New Canaan, a real estate investment trust (REIT) and owner of APP Jet Centers, an operator of fixed-based operations (FBOs), recently announced the promotion of its chief operating officer (COO), Daniel Harrow, to CEO. In assuming this role, Harrow succeeds Thom Harrow who has been promoted to executive chairman of the firm’s Board of Directors. As CEO, Daniel Harrow will oversee the management of APP Jet Center’s four locations: Denver, Colorado, at Centennial Airport (APA); Fort Pierce, Florida, at Treasure Coast International Airport (FPR); Hayward, California (serving San Francisco), at Hayward Executive Airport (HWD); and Manassas, Virginia. (serving Washington, D.C.) at Manassas Regional Airport (HEF). As a REIT, the company owns and operates nearly 1 million square feet of hangar and related office space. An attorney, Daniel Harrow joined APP Properties in 2016 as COO. Prior to APP, he was assistant general counsel for RCS Capital Corp., an integrated financial services company where he provided legal advice to one of the largest sponsors of REITS in the U.S. Before that he was an associate with Proskauer Rose LLP, a major New York law firm. “I have complete confidence in Dan to lead APP,” Thom Harrow said. “As we intend to expand the ground service and real estate sides of our business, Dan’s deep knowledge of both areas is a winning combination that will serve the company well.”

HOUSATONIC HABITAT FOR HUMANITY TEAMS UP WITH POLLINATOR PATHWAYS Fran Normann, Housatonic Habitat’s executive director, has been pondering how to celebrate Earth day by planting a powerful message in the hearts and minds of the community about the importance of green and sustainable solutions, “Our message has always been green so we reached out for a little help from our friend Louise Washer of The Pollinator Pathway Northeast Steering Committee that encourages homeowners and businesses to restore pollinator habitats by planting native plants, eliminating pesticides and rescuing lawns.” Normann’s idea of Habitat Sustainable Gardens took root with the help of master gardener Karen Boshka. Together with an enthusiastic team of Habitat volunteers, the first pollinator garden was planted on a patch of green right outside Habitat’s ReStore, right in the middle of urban Danbury. “Since we often put in lawns at our homes, I thought that creating pollinator gardens without chemicals, watering, ongoing maintenance of traditional gardens would be cost effective and sustainable.” “And you can do it too, outside your window or in your backyard,” added Washer, “Pollinator Pathways are simply pesticide-free corridors of native plants that provide nutrition and a habitat for pollinators…and even the smallest of available green spaces like flower boxes and pots can be a part of the pathway. We encourage homeowners to rethink, reinvent their lawns… mow higher and less often, reduce the size by adding shrubs and trees. Leave some bare ground and dead wood for nesting native bees and autumn leaves for overwintering eggs. And you’ll be a pollinator gardener.” For more information and to participate, contact or

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ALS EARNS AWARD FOR EMPLOYEE SATISFACTION Thankful to be employed and appreciated by their company, employees of Assisted Living Services Inc. (ALS) in Cheshire helped honor ALS as an outstanding national workplace by the Great Place to Work Institute, an independent research and consulting firm. The certification process considered more than 1,000 employee surveys from across ALS’ locations in Cheshire, Fairfield and Clinton. The survey evaluated more than 60 elements of team members’ experience on the job. These included employee pride in the organization’s community impact, belief that their work makes a difference and feeling their work has special meaning. Rankings are based on employee completion of the Trust Index© Survey that asked them to share their experiences. “We are grateful for our fantastic team that was instrumental in helping us to once again earn recognition for our positive culture,” said Mario D’Aquila, chief operating officer, ALS. “The core of our mission is to provide exceptional care for clients, so naturally we care for our employees the same way. In addition to sharing their job satisfaction, the feedback they provided will also help us run our business more strategically.” D’Aquila noted the family-owned homecare agency has garnered several high-profile awards this year, including earning a position on the annual Inc. 5000 list for 2020, which ranks the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. Assisted Living Services was the only Connecticut company

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Donna Reynolds of Wallingford works as a personal care assistant at Assisted Living Services helping elderly clients with activities of daily living. Courtesy Assisted Living Services.

in the health industry category. Also, Home Care Pulse selected ALS as a recipient of three of its top awards: Provider of Choice, Employer of Choice and Leader in Excellence. ALS employs more than 400 caregivers across the state, all of whom are insured, bonded and supervised. D’Aquila notes the company is actively hiring as the demand for at-home care

continues to grow. “We applaud Assisted Living Services for seeking certification and releasing its employees’ feedback,” said Dr. Jacquelyn Kung, of Great Place to Work’s senior care affiliate Activated Insights. “These ratings measure its capacity to earn its own employees’ trust and create a great workplace for high performance.”

CONNECTICUT ATTORNEY ELECTED AMERICAN COLLEGE OF TRUST AND ESTATE COUNSEL FELLOW International law firm Withers with offices in Greenwich announced the recent election of Marissa Dungey, a partner in the firm’s private client and tax team, as a Fellow of the Board of Regents of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). Dungey’s practice focuses on transfer tax planning, estate planning and trust structuring for wealthy individuals and their families. She also advises on estate and trust administration matters, including adapting existing trusts to improve their tax efficiency and utility. The ACTEC Fellow membership is given to lawyers and law professors across the globe who display an outstanding reputation, exceptional skill and substantial contributions to the field of trust and

estate law. The membership aims to highlight individuals who improve and reform probate, trust and tax laws, procedures and professional responsibility. With this appointment, Dungey becomes the 11th Withers attorney to be elected as an ACTEC Fellow, one of the largest numbers of ACTEC Fellows from a private client law firm. Withers has 17 offices worldwide in London, New York, New Haven, Greenwich (Connecticut), San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles, Rancho Santa Fe, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, the British Virgin Islands, Geneva, Milan, Padua and Cambridge with more than 170 partners and 450 attorneys. Its broad-ranging client base, includes mul-

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Margaret Minichini has been appointed executive director at Waterstone of Westchester in White Plains, a senior community that will offer independent living and luxury. Prior to joining Waterstone, Minichini served as the executive director of a senior living community in Westbury, New York. She has accumulated more than 15 years of experience serving in high-level positions in the senior living industry after returning to the United States from Prague where she served as an economic development consultant. “We are very fortunate to have Margaret as the executive director of the new Waterstone of Westchester,’’ said Joanna Cormac Burt, COO of Epoch Senior Living. “She has an extensive background in senior living and throughout her career has worked to create an atmosphere where residents can feel comfortable and thrive. We know she will be a great asset to Waterstone of Westchester as we build this new community.’’ Passionate about helping seniors, Minichini said. “…Many of these people are starting fresh after living in a home for sometimes 40 or 50 years. They are looking forward to all the possibilities and it’s exciting creating these new opportunities for them.’’ Located at 150 Bloomingdale Road, the five-story senior residence will sit on a 6.5-acre parcel. The building will include 132 apartments, an underground garage, an indoor pool, spa amenities, a movie theater, terrace, salon, multiple dining areas and a fitness center equipped with personal trainers. Waterstone of Westchester is the latest independent living community created by EPOCH Senior Living, owner/operator and National Development, owner/developer.

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Good Things EFFORT TO HELP HUDSON VALLEY NONPROFITS ADAPT TO COVID REALITIES The Hudson Valley Funders Network in Poughkeepsie — a group of charitable organizations in the region—is partnering with and funding the New York Council of Nonprofits (NYCON) to provide capacity building support and guidance to Hudson Valley nonprofit organizations affected by the challenges brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic. The partnership’s new website at will provide essential resources and support. “This website was created as a central, accessible place for Hudson Valley nonprofits to access the information, resources and support needed to build and strengthen their ability to sustain their charitable missions,” said Andrea L. Reynolds, president and CEO, Dyson Foundation. “We encourage all Hudson Valley nonprofits to access the workshops and resources and contact NYCON for an initial assessment and to access the capacity building support that may be needed to emerge stronger through this crisis.” “Nonprofits have demonstrated their resilience and creativity in challenging times throughout history, often with scarce resources. To ensure essential programs and services can be preserved and sustained, organizations must have the capacity to adapt strategically in times of significant change. We hope the information on this site can help you do just that,” said Doug Sauer, CEO, NYCON.

WILDLIFE CONSERVATION EXPERTS DISCUSS SPECIES SURVIVAL The Bruce Museum’s series of monthly programs featuring thought leaders in the fields of art and science continues on Thursday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. with The Origin of Species...Survival Plans. This virtual webinar via Zoom brings together a panel of experts who will launch a deep dive into the remarkable programs studying and now saving hundreds of endangered and at-risk species worldwide. Joining this conversation about the need to develop Species Survival Plans and how they’re being implemented on an international scale are Christopher S. Gentile, director of the Western North Carolina Nature Center in Asheville, North Carolina, and three wildlife conservation experts from Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo: Curator of Education Jim Knox, Animal Care Specialist Bethany Thatcher, and Deszani Flemmings, coordinator of the Conservation Discovery Corps team at the zoo in Bridgeport. Admission to the virtual Bruce Presents program is $20 for nonmembers; museum members receive a 20% discount. To make a reservation to participate in the webinar, visit or call 203-869-0376.


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SEN. MAYER/ADVOCATES ANNOUNCE E-LEARN ACT New York state senators Shelley B. Mayer (D-Westchester), John Liu (D-Queens), Peter Harckham (Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess), and education advocates announced, Nov. 24, the E-LEARN Act to provide free, high-quality broadband to every student and school in New York state during the Covid-19 emergency. The legislation seeks to address the digital divide that was already a significant problem for low-income and minority students and districts in cities,



suburbs and rural areas through-out the state. The pandemic has exacerbated the divide and requires shared sacrifice by broadband providers in order for the state to meet its constitutional education requirement. The E-LEARN program is funded through an assessment on the annual intrastate revenue of telecommuni-cations service providers (TSPs). All students ages 5-21 in public, private, charter, independent and approved private special education schools

who are homeschooled are eligible for the E-LEARN program. Upon State Education Department (SED) approval, schools/districts arrange for broadband for students at their place of residence, including homeless shelters and foster care institutions and school buildings without prior service. For students that already have broadband at their residences, the Public Service Commission (PSC) will direct TSPs to reduce the broadband cost for that household by the per student eligibility.

Hudson Valley Economic Development Corp. (HVEDC) in Poughkeepsie recently announced the appointment of Anne Janiak, CEO of Women’s Enterprise Development Center (WEDC) to its Board of Directors. “We look forward to partnering with HVEDC to spur economic development in the region. With WEDC’s focus on strengthening women and minority-owned businesses by providing a wide range of business-training programs and services, we are confident that this collaboration will result in providing additional economic opportunities for the growing number of women and minority enterprises in the area,” said Janiak. WEDC, a nonprofit microbusiness development organization in White Plains, founded by Janiak in 1997 helps women achieve economic self-sufficiency through entrepreneurship in Westchester County and the lower Hudson Valley. She has been instrumental in its growth and development, including its designation as a Women’s Business Center by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in 2003. A former mayor of the village of Scarsdale, a former chair of the Westchester County Women’s Advisory Board and a former president of the Scarsdale chapter of the League of Women Voters. Janiak has many community and professional affiliations and is actively involved with both the state and national microenterprise development program associations. “Providing opportunity to women and minority-owned businesses is an important focus for HVEDC….” said Mike Oates, president and CEO of HVEDC.


From left: Terry Borjeson, vice president of public affairs and Cathy Dionne, director of business development at Aquiline Drones stock up the Newington Food Bank in preparation for turkey meal distribution.

Despite creating powerful industry partnerships around the globe, Aquiline Drones in Hartford, a fast-growing drone and cloud technology company, has not forgotten its local roots. Founded by lifelong Newington resident Barry Alexander and comprised of a staff in which 50% of employees also reside in town, Aquiline Drones recently offered a helping hand to the town of Newington’s Food Bank by having its employees collect and drive turkey meals to those in need as part of

Newington’s town-wide annual Thanksgiving collection. “Taking a few hours out of the workday to donate both the time and talent of our staff to such a beneficial human services organization is a no-brainer,” said Alexander, Aquiline Drones CEO. “We are only as successful as the community which sustains us and while we are in the process of changing the drone landscape across the world, we are never too busy to assist our local region in whatever capacity necessary.”

Terry Borjeson, vice president of public affairs; Cathy Dionne, director of business development; and Emily Guion, director of operations, purchasing and facilities manned a two-hour shift Thursday, Nov. 19, which consisted of collecting and distributing food at external drop off points around the Newington Town Hall, as well as packaging and delivering food to homebound, impoverished residents. More than 400 turkey meals were collected and delivered during the day.

‘GET YOUR REAR IN GEAR’ 5 K AND 10 K RACES More than 150 runners from throughout the state of Connecticut ran for fun and fitness in the NM Fitness and Aquatic Club’s 5 K and 10 K races titled “Get Your Rear in Gear” and held at Litchfield Crossings, New Milford’s largest shopping center located at 169 Danbury Road. All event proceeds benefited the Community CulinarySchool of Northwestern Connecticut, an organization that has prepared more than 16,000 meals for the New Milford community during the pandemic. Aquatic Club owner Michael Nahom, said, “It was such a pleasure to see people getting somewhat back to normal. We are thrilled at the turnout from all over the state.” He thanked Litchfield Crossings and its Executive Director Kristen Gizzi for their support and the use of the Center. Gizzi and her staff provided bottled water and fruit during the Participants signing up for the race. event.

HVEDC ADDS TO BOARD Joe Valenti, vice president for Institutional Advancement at Dominican College in Orangeburg, has been appointed to the Advisory Board of Directors of Hudson Valley Economic Development Corp. (HVEDC) in Poughkeepsie. Commenting on his appointment Valenti said, “During these challenging times the important work of the HVEDC will make all the difference in our efforts to create a more prosperous future for all of us living and working in the Hudson Valley.” “Developing a partnership with local educational institutions is important to grow the regional economy. We look forward to further developing a relationship with Joe and his team at Dominican College to help create and prepare a developed workforce that will keep skilled workers living and employed in the Hudson Valley,” said Mike Oates, president and CEO of HVEDC. Valenti has long been actively working with the Hudson Valley’s busi-

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ness and philanthropic communities while serving as vice president for advancement at both Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh and Marymount College in Tarrytown. He also held leadership roles at Mercy College, Iona College, Manhattan College and Cardinal Hayes High School. He received both his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from St. John’s University in Jamaica, New York.

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HOUSATONIC ANNOUNCES NEW INITIATIVE TO ADDRESS STUDENT EQUITY The Equity Project’ increases access to opportunity and economic mobility for under-resourced and under-represented students.





(HCC) is elevating its commitment to under-resourced and

underserved students across our region with the creation of a new initiative: The Equity Project. Through financial investments and an array of support services, the initiative seeks to increase access to higher education, retention and academic achievement. Seeking to address the barriers for lowincome students to gain access and persist at HCC, the Equity Project will create a permanent source of support for underserved HCC students. In addition to financial investments, the effort focuses on aiding students’ ability to navigate campus resources, student networks, professional development and personal growth opportunities. HCC’s Center for Male Success and the Women’s Center will provide these students with resources to support their growth, wellness and success both within and outside of the classroom. The initiative was inspired by compelling data. With 55% of HCC students calling Bridgeport home, and Bridgeport residents earning roughly $23,350 annually (source: US Census), the majority of

Housatonic Community College CEO, Dwayne Smith, PhD. is personally investing $10,000 to support HCC’s Equity Project initiative. Left to right, front row: HCC student Alexxa Lynn, Dr. Dwayne Smith, and Jaylen Daniels, HCC Student Senate Co-President; back row: HCC student Brittany Jerome and Kellie Taylor, a member of HCC’s Student Senate.

Housatonic’s student population are low-

nomic growth of our entire region. I invite

ficult, along comes Covid 19! The proposed

visit and to learn

income scholars. Not surprisingly, 72% of

our community to participate in support-

Equity Project will certainly be a determin-

how to contribute, contact HCC Founda-

HCC students are enrolled part-time and

ing this transformational program,” said

ing factor to help students be able to con-

tion Executive Director Kristy Jelenik at

can take as long as six years to gradu-

Housatonic CEO, Dwayne Smith, PhD. who

tinue their studies. We hope others will or call 203-332-

ate while juggling several jobs and often

personally committed $10,000 to the ini-

join in helping the Equity Project succeed,”


supporting multiple family members.


said Joan Trefz.

Additionally, in connection with the

Too many individuals who could benefit

The invitation is resonating. The Ernest

“Bigelow Tea is proud to support the Eq-

launch of the Equity Project initiative,

from an HCC educational experience do

and Joan Trefz Foundation, a supporter of

uity Project at Housatonic Community Col-

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lege. Ensuring higher education is acces-

ter virtual programs. The first was held

port alone, less than 50% of high school

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support of the program. Generous funding

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and risk factors. The next event, entitled


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our state and country as a whole. We are

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Facts & Figures U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT White Plains & Poughkeepsie Local business cases, Nov. 18 - 24 Andrei Chouranov and Elena Shuranova, Yonkers, co-debtors Russian-American Consulting Corp. and RA Lumber, New York City, 20-23215-RDD: Chapter 7, $776,500 assets, $4,045,599 liabilities. Attorney: Gabriel Del Virginia. U.S. District Court, White Plains Local business cases, Nov. 18 – 24 Juul Labs Inc., Delaware vs. Smoke Depot of Liu Inc., New Windsor, 20-cv-9735-NSR: Trademark infringement: Attorney: R. Terry Parker. William A. Tyndall, Marion, North Carolina vs. Warwick Valley Pilots Association, Warwick, 20-cv-9751-VB: Removal from Orange County, conversion. Attorney: Wilbert Ramos. Kosher Ski Tours Inc., Suffern vs. Okemo LLC, Broomfield, Colorado, 20-cv-9815-VB: Breach of contract. Attorneys: Solomon N. Klein and John F. Whelan. Derek Holloway, Brewster vs. Yorktown Rehabilitation & Nursing, Cortlandt Manor, et al, 20-cv-9816-PMH: Family Medical and Leave Act: Attorney: Howard T. Schragin.

Northway Medical Center Condo, Yonkers vs. The Hartford Financial Services Group, Connecticut, 20-cv-9864: Removal from Manhattan Supreme Court, insurance, demand $1.2 million. Attorneys: Michael A. Troisi and Michelle A. Bholan.

DEEDS Above $1 million 216 King Street LLC, Scarsdale. Seller: Engrid Walden, Port Chester. Property: 216 King St., Rye. Amount: $1.8 million. Filed Nov. 17. 310 Stuyvesant LLC, Rye. Seller: Michael F. Price, et al, Rye. Property: 310 Stuyvesant Ave., Rye. Amount: $7.7 million. Filed Nov. 20. 392 North Street LLC, Bronx. Seller: Dong Won Suh, White Plains. Property: 392 North St., White Plains. Amount: $1.2 million. Filed Nov. 16. 85 Bruce Avenue LLC, Monsey. Seller: Westhab Inc., Yonkers. Property: 85 Bruce Ave., Yonkers. Amount: $1.5 million. Filed Nov. 20. Briarcliff Storage Owner LLC, Santa Monica, California. Seller: CPI/Post Briarcliff Owner LLC, Washington, D.C. Property: 588 N. State Road, Ossining. Amount: $18.6 million. Filed Nov. 16. JAF Builders Corp., Scarsdale. Seller: John R. Faiella, et al, Fernandine Beach, Florida. Property: Monroe Ave., Mamaroneck. Amount: $1.3 million. Filed Nov. 17. West Patent Realty LLC, New York City. Seller: Mark Heffernan, et al, Bedford. Property: 124 Guard Hill Road, Bedford. Amount: $10 million. Filed Nov. 17.

Below $1 million 113 Old Bay Street LLC. Seller: Andrew O. Baisley, Peekskill. Property: 113 Old Bay St., Peekskill. Amount: $360,000. Filed Nov. 17.


15 DLR LLC, New York City. Seller: Benjamin Ramirez, et al, Bronxville. Property: 15 David Lapsley Road, Bedford. Amount: $575,000. Filed Nov. 17.

Ovo II LLC, Brooklyn. Seller: Westchester Development Construction Inc., Norfolk, Connecticut. Property: 31 Croton Ave., Ossining. Amount: $300,000. Filed Nov. 16.

3114 Albany Post Road LLC, Briarcliff Manor. Seller: Debra Hair, Croton-on-Hudson. Property: 3114 Albany Post Road, Cortlandt. Amount: $350,000. Filed Nov. 20.

RAS Closing Services LLC, Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Seller: Michelle Nicolosi, Amawalk. Property: 4 Chalmers Blvd., Somers. Amount: $421,000. Filed Nov. 18.

72 Pound Ridge LLC, North Salem. Seller: Stephanie Q. DeGraff Revocable Trust Dates 2/18/93, Vero Beach, Florida. Property: 72 Westchester Ave., Pound Ridge. Amount: $600,000. Filed Nov. 16.

SLH Leasing LLC, Briarcliff Manor. Seller: Carl Castagna, et al, Peekskill. Property: Route 9 Hudson River, No. D-14, Cortlandt. Amount: $45,000. Filed Nov. 20.

8 Alden Pl LLC, White Plains. Seller: Julie Properties LLC, Armonk. Property: 8 Alden Place, Mount Vernon. Amount: $420,000. Filed Nov. 18. 99 N Broadway Investors LLC, Chappaqua. Seller: Ninety Nine North Broadway Associates, Sleepy Hollow. Property: 99 N. Broadway, Greenburgh. Amount: $835,000. Filed Nov. 17. A and A Realty Development LLC, Cortlandt Manor. Seller: Stephanie Burkland, et al, Cortlandt Manor. Property: 25 Maple Moor Lane, Cortlandt. Amount: $380,000. Filed Nov. 17. Ffrench Holdings LLC, White Plains. Seller: Kim Erik Qvistorff, et al, White Plains. Property: 136 N. Hampton Drive, Greenburgh. Amount: $539,000. Filed Nov. 20. Gabmar Property Brokers Inc., White Plains. Seller: Angela Venuti, White Plains. Property: 184 Finmor Drive, Greenburgh. Amount: $600,000. Filed Nov. 16. KJL Investments LLC, Monroe, Connecticut. Seller: Barbara Kline, Thornwood. Property: 58 Grant Place, Mount Pleasant. Amount: $260,000. Filed Nov. 20. Ovo II LLC, Brooklyn. Seller: Westchester Development Construction Inc., Norfolk, Connecticut. Property: 28 Croton Ave., Ossining. Amount: $250,000. Filed Nov. 16.

SLH Leasing LLC, Croton-on-Hudson. Seller: Thomas J. Ruggiero Jr., Hopewell Junction. Property: Route 9 Hudson River, A25, Cortlandt. Amount: $12,000. Filed Nov. 20.

JUDGMENTS Hagaman Property Development LLC, Toms River, New Jersey. $362,465 in favor of Plumbing Today Inc., Mechanicville. Filed Nov. 17. Smedley Co., Pelham Manor. $218,637 in favor of Supor Trucking LLC, Harrison, New Jersey. Filed Nov. 19. Unique Mechanical Services LLC, Yonkers. $15,979 in favor of Abco Refrigeration Supply Corp., Long Island City. Filed Nov. 18. White Plains Amulatory Surgery Center LLC, White Plains. $148,021 in favor of Hitachi Capital America Corp., Norwalk, Connecticut. Filed Nov. 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. Broquadio, Joseph, et al. Filed by Islandcap LLC. Action: seeks to foreclose on a mortgage to secure $75,000 affecting property located at 12 Fox Terrace, Yonkers 10701. Filed Nov. 12.

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Gadsden, Virginia, et al. Filed by Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. Action: seeks to foreclose on a mortgage to secure $397,500 affecting property located at 110 Horton Ave., New Rochelle 10801. Filed Nov. 19.

Travis, Eric Lamont, et al. Filed by The Bank of New York Mellon. Action: seeks to foreclose on a mortgage to secure $310,000 affecting property located at 111 and 113 Leila St., Peekskill 10566. Filed Nov. 12.

Hart, Donna, et al. Filed by Citibank N.A. Action: seeks to foreclose on a mortgage to secure an unspecified amount affecting property located at 3 Jordan Road, Hastings-on-Hudson 10706. Filed Nov. 17.

Velardo, Michael, et al. Filed by PCSB Bank. Action: seeks to foreclose on a mortgage to secure $300,000 affecting property located at 6 Apple Farm Road, New Castle. Filed Nov. 19.

Khan, Bibi Rehana, et al. Filed by U.S. Bank N.A. Action: seeks to foreclose on a mortgage to secure $169,950 affecting property located at 257 Sheridan Ave., Mount Vernon 10552. Filed Nov. 18. Multiple Bless Ziad Family LLC, et al. Filed by 310 Realty Corp. Action: seeks to foreclose on a mortgage to secure $425,000 affecting property located at 310 McLean Ave., Yonkers 10705. Filed Nov. 13. Orlando, Phillip, et al. Filed by Ridgewood Savings Bank. Action: seeks to foreclose on a mortgage to secure $1.5 million affecting property located at 205 Townsend Ave., Pelham 10803. Filed Nov. 16. Ramos, Hiriam, et al. Filed by Islandcap LLC. Action: seeks to foreclose on a mortgage to secure $200,000 affecting property located at 234 Sedgewick Ave., Yonkers 10705. Filed Nov. 13. Sari, Edgar A., et al. Filed by Wilmington Savings Fund Society FSB. Action: seeks to foreclose on a mortgage to secure $165,000 affecting property located at 104 Croton Ave., Ossining 10562. Filed Nov. 20. Stone, Stone, et al. Filed by State of New York Mortgage Agency. Action: seeks to foreclose on a mortgage to secure $189,000 affecting property located at 7 Poplar Circle, Unit 4-3, Peekskill 10566. Filed Nov. 17.

MECHANIC’S LIENS Daty, Bembie, et al, as owner. $8,218 as claimed by Castleton Environmental Contractors, Nanuet. Property: in Rye. Filed Nov. 19.

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

PARTNERSHIPS Chef Life Food Services, 210 S. Third Ave., Apt. 1C, Mount Vernon 10550, c/o Anthony Barnes and Pedro Cabral. Filed July 17. JDSD Consulting PTR, 67 Thoreau Court, Yorktown Heights 10598, c/o Jennifer Sears and Daniel Sears. Filed July 17.

SOLE PROPRIETORSHIPS Aby African Hair Braiding, 45 S. Fifth Ave., Mount Vernon 10550, c/o Aby Wade. Filed July 20. Butterfly Effect Consulting, 271 Gainsborg Avenue East, West Harrison 10604, c/o Brianna Hooper. Filed July 17.

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



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Facts & Figures Closser Photography, 92 Main St., Studio 317, Yonkers 10701, c/o James Closser. Filed July 17. Ella’s House Cleaning, 262 Battle Ave., White Plains 10606, c/o Estela Cholula Gonzalez. Filed July 17. Genesis Towing and Etc., 15 James St., Ossining 10562, c/o Francis O. Benitez Guzman. Filed July 20. Gian Carmell, 461 Bedford Ave., Mount Vernon 10553, c/o Cassandra Campbell. Filed July 20. Hazell Rose, 27 Spruce St., Apt. 46, Yonkers 10701, c/o Jazmin Kate Morales Cisneros. Filed July 20. JourneywithJai, 40 E. Sidney Ave., Apt, 4C, Mount Vernon 10550, c/o Jaida Macafity. Filed July 17. Lacy James/Mereminne Productions, 81 Pondfield Road, Suite D157, Bronxville 10708, c/o Adele James. Filed July 17. Lakia Ramsey, 40 E. Sidney Ave., No. 4C, Mount Vernon 10550, c/o Lakia Ramsey. Filed July 17. Planeta De Alma, 2 N. 10th Ave., Apt. 4, Mount Vernon 10550, c/o Steven Lall. Filed July 17. Rays of Health, 847 Midland Ave., Apt. 3C, Yonkers 10704, c/o Raymond M. DeFeis. Filed July 17. Rebecca Johnson, 40 E. Sidney Ave., Apt, 4C, Mount Vernon 10550, c/o Rebecca Johnson. Filed July 17. Royalty Kurves Lashes, 29 Beach St., Apt. 2, Mount Vernon 10550, c/o Monique Etienne. Filed July 20. Royalty Kurves, 29 Beach St., Apt. 2, Mount Vernon 10550, c/o Monique Etienne. Filed July 20. Saeshus Apparel, 40 E. Sidney Ave., Apt. 17L, Mount Vernon 10550, c/o Seasha Chen Sue. Filed July 20. Tick-X.R. Marino Plant Health Care, P.O. Box 50, Amawalk 10501, c/o Richard Marino. Filed July 17.


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Scene understanding using a neurosynaptic system. Patent no. 10,846,567 issued to Alexander Andreopoulos, et al. Assigned to IBM, Armonk.

King-Anderson, Kecia, et al, Warwick, as owner. Lender: Guaranteed Rate Inc., Chicago, Illinois. Property: in Warwick. Amount: $518,211. Filed Nov. 18.

Carlette Farms LLC, Woodside, California. Seller: Locust Hill Farm LLC, Hyde Park. Property: in Pleasant Valley. Amount: $3.2 million. Filed Nov. 19.

29 North Bridge Street LLC, New York City. Seller: Double M. Real Estate Holdings LLC, Rhinebeck. Property: in Poughkeepsie. Amount: $335,000. Filed Nov. 16.

System and method for secure individual identification across multiple disparate entities. Patent no. 10,848,496 issued to Przemek Praszczalek, et al. Assigned to Mastercard, Purchase.

Madison Square Hidden Acres Dr LLC, Kingston, as owner. Lender: The Bank of Greene County, Catskill. Property: 40 Hidden Acres Drive, Marlborough. Amount: $268,000. Filed Nov. 13.

NML Farm LLC, New York City. Seller: Linda Kaplan, Millerton. Property: 5681-5705 Route 22, Northeast. Amount: $2.3 million. Filed Nov. 16.

3352 Route 208 NY LLC, Monroe. Seller: LLLKZ 26 LLC, Harris. Property: 3352 Route 208, Campbell Hall. Amount: $760,000. Filed Nov. 16.

Cognitive process learning. Patent no. 10,846,644 issued to Richard Hull, et al. Assigned to IBM, Armonk.

Systems and methods for securing a laptop computer device. Patent no. 10,848,467 issued to Pedro Chavarria, et al. Assigned to Mastercard, Purchase.

Marasca, Christptopher E., et al, as owner. Lender: PCSB Bank. Property: in Beekman. Amount: $400,000. Filed Nov. 20.

SCF RC Funding IV LLC, Princeton, New Jersey. Seller: HRTC Realty II LLC, Chatham. Property: in Goshen. Amount: $2.3 million. Filed Nov. 19.

3497 Hospitality Group LLC, Fishkill. Seller: Rajeev M. Odedra, et al, Highland. Property: 3497 Route 9W, Lloyd. Amount: $800,000. Filed Nov. 19.

Database and system architecture for task assignment and incentive tracking. Patent no. 10,847,050 issued to Sai Chaganti, et al. Assigned to Mastercard, Purchase.

Systems and methods for authenticating a user based on biometric and device data. Patent no. 10,848,321 issued to Brian Piel. Assigned to Mastercard, Purchase.

SR Club Meadows 19 LLC, Scottsdale, Arizona. Seller: Silo Ridge Ventures Property A LLC, Scottsdale, Arizona. Property: in Amenia. Amount: $2.3 million. Filed Nov. 16.

6 Bray Farm LLC, LaGrangeville. Seller: Nancy O. Amy, Wappingers Falls. Property: in LaGrange. Amount: $520,000. Filed Nov. 17.

PATENTS Advanced crack-stop structure. Patent no. 10,847,475 issued to Chih-Chao Yang, et al. Assigned to IBM, Armonk. BEOL electrical fuse and method of forming the same. Patent no. 10,847,458 issued to Chih-Chao Yang, et al. Assigned to IBM, Armonk.

Dynamic personalized multiturn interaction of cognitive models. Patent no. 10,847,148 issued to Faried Abrahams, et al. Assigned to IBM, Armonk. Head-mounted video and touch detection for health care facility hygiene. Patent no. 10,847,263 issued to Lorraine Herger, et al. Assigned to IBM, Armonk. Integrated circuit and data processing system supporting attachment of a real address-agnostic accelerator. Patent no. 10,846,235 issued to Bartholomew Blaner, et al. Assigned to IBM, Armonk. Managing health conditions to determine when to restart replication after a swap triggered by a storage health event. Patent no. 10,846,187 issued to David Blea, et al. Assigned to IBM, Armonk. Memory access optimization in a processor complex. Patent no. 10,846,125 issued to Patricia Driever, et al. Assigned to IBM, Armonk. Method and system for distributed cryptographic key provisioning and storage via elliptic curve cryptography. Patent no. 10,848,308 issued to Steven Davis. Assigned to Mastercard, Purchase.



HUDSON VALLEY BUILDING LOANS Below $1 million Cafaldo, Michael, Ulster Park, as owner. Lender: Mid-Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, Kingston. Property: 309 River Road, Ulster Park 12487. Amount: $220,000. Filed Nov. 17. Calcagni, Gary, et al, as owner. Lender: Rondout Savngs Bank. Property: in Red Hook. Amount: $398,800. Filed Nov. 18.

Monopoly Holdings LLC, Port Jervis, as owner. Lender: EH Capital LLC, Port Jervis. Property: 22 Harold St., Port Jervis. Amount: $160,000. Filed Nov. 19.

Below $1 million

Niekrewicz, Daniel, et al, as owner. Lender: Rhinebeck Bank. Property: in Red Hook. Amount: $510,400. Filed Nov. 16.

1051 Route 22 LLC, Carmel. Seller: Brewster Development Group LLC, White Plains. Property: 1051/1055 Route 22, Southeast 10509. Amount: $800,000. Filed Nov. 18.

Ankur Rao Real Estate II LLC, Saugerties. Seller: Linda Mirijanian, Saugerties. Property: in Saugerties. Amount: $368,500. Filed Nov. 17.

121 Gidney Avenue LLC, Shrub Oak. Seller: Greenheart Holdings LLC, Mahopac. Property: 121 Gidney Ave., Newburgh. Amount: $325,000. Filed Nov. 18.

Apple Estates NY LLC, Brooklyn. Seller: Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Washington, D.C. Property: 54 Southside Drive, Chester. Amount: $142,675. Filed Nov. 20.

13 Thirty Group LLC, New Milford, Connecticut. Seller: Green Birch Inc., Vails Gate. Property: 361-377 Plattekill Road, Marlboro. Amount: $45,000. Filed Nov. 17.

Ashokan Accommodations LLC, Kingston. Seller: Joseph C. Mirra, Kingston. Property: 635 Hickory Bush Road, Rosendale. Amount: $120,000. Filed Nov. 19.

14 Mary LLC, Monroe. Seller: LG Management of New York LLC, New York City. Property: 14 Mary St., Port Jervis 12771. Amount: $255,000. Filed Nov. 19.

BAM Development Corp., Dover Plains. Seller: Rita Mazzella, Deerfield Beach, Florida. Property: Craig Lane, Dover. Amount: $45,000. Filed Nov. 13.

1607 Group LLC, Wallkill. Seller: Theresa M. Sheeley, Pine Bush. Property: 29 Park St., Wawarsing. Amount: $50,000. Filed Nov. 19.

City of New York, Flushing. Seller: Kirk Hansen, Berkeley, California. Property: 18 Fox Hollow Road, Shandaken. Amount: $154,000. Filed Nov. 19.

Ruoff, Mark S., et al, Gardiner, as owner. Lender: Ulster Savings Bank, Kingston. Property: 290 Guilford Road, Gardiner 12525. Amount: $800,000. Filed Nov. 18. Soak and Rinse LLC, Bronx, as owner. Lender: ABL Two LLC, Jersey City, New Jersey. Property: 754 Broadway, Newburgh 12550. Amount: $247,000. Filed Nov. 16.

DEEDS Above $1 million

Deal House Capital Fund I LLC, as owner. Lender: Lending Home Funding Corp. Property: in Pleasant Valley. Amount: $137,300. Filed Nov. 17.

65 Old Farm Road LLC, New York. Seller: Leela Hovnanian, Woodstock. Property: 65 Old Farm Road, Woodstock. Amount: $2.6 million. Filed Nov. 19.

DYW Holdings LLC, as owner. Lender: A and S Capital LLC. Property: in Poughkeepsie. Amount: $70,000. Filed Nov. 16.

7 Timothy LLC, Brooklyn. Seller: Vinod Mathew, et al, New York City. Property: 1 Treza Lane, Blooming Grove. Amount: $1.2 million. Filed Nov. 18.

E abd C Espicoz Properties LLC, as owner. Lender: Hudson Valley Credit Union. Property: in Wappinger. Amount: $617,471. Filed Nov. 13.

Accord Apartments Corp., Ulster Park. Seller: Sharad Deedwaniya, Poughkeepsie. Property: 1255 Lucas Ave., Rosendale. Amount: $273,000. Filed Nov. 13.

Morris, Maggie Rose, et al, as owner. Lender: Mahopac Bank. Property: in Union Vale. Amount: $448,000. Filed Nov. 13.

Adams Wallkill LLC, Poughkeepsie. Seller: Charles A. Wilson Jr., et al, Middletown. Property: 636 Route 211, Wallkill 10941. Amount: $2.1 million. Filed Nov. 16.

1955 Rt. 17A LLC, Florida. Seller: Aries LLC, Middletown. Property: 1947 Route 17A, Goshen. Amount: $155,000. Filed Nov. 19. 25 Bridge Street New York LLC, Nashua, New Hampshire. Seller: City of Newburgh,. Property: 25 Bridge St., Newburgh. Amount: $224,900. Filed Nov. 20.

Cricket Homes LLC, Mamaroneck. Seller: U.S. Bank Trust N.A. Property: 69 Mountain Top Road, Stormville 12582. Amount: $247,000. Filed Nov. 13.

Facts & Figures Croton Falls Properties LLC, Bronx. Seller: Capone Servicing Inc., Mahopac. Property: 401 Croton Falls Road, Carmel 10512. Amount: $400,000. Filed Nov. 19.

MHA Smith Street LLC, Poughkeepsie. Seller: Tim Ditt Corp., Poughkeepsie. Property: in Poughkeepsie. Amount: $200,000. Filed Nov. 17.

One John Street Management Group LLC, Millerton. Seller: Max Partners Properties LLC, Millerton. Property: in Millerton. Amount: $500,000. Filed Nov. 17.

D and D Hamlet Properties LLC, Wallkill. Seller: William J. Cunningham, et al, Ocean City, New Jersey Property: 41 Greenshire Way, Newburgh. Amount: $58,000. Filed Nov. 19.

MHR Newburgh LLC, Newburgh. Seller: Mall Access LLC, Newburgh. Property: 13 Meadow Hill Road, Newburgh. Amount: $200,000. Filed Nov. 19.

One Piece at a Time LLC, New City. Seller: Michelle Feldman, Highland Falls. Property: 6 Church St., Highland Falls. Amount: $225,000. Filed Nov. 18.

Davidson Drive Holdings LLC, Monroe. Seller: Lake Station Holdings LLC, Chester. Property: Davidson Drive, Chester 10950. Amount: $700,000. Filed Nov. 20. DRC Group of NY LLC, Mahopac. Seller: Mack L. Carter, et al, Fredericksburg, Virginia. Property: 188 Joe’s Hill Road, Brewster 10509. Amount: $180,000. Filed Nov. 18. DYW Holdings LLC, Monroe. Seller: Sarsap LLC, Poughkeepsie. Property: in Poughkeepsie. Amount: $530,000. Filed Nov. 16. G and C DePoala LLC, Saugerties. Seller: Gabriel A. DePoala, et al, Saugerties. Property: in Saugerties. Amount: $232,000. Filed Nov. 17. Garvilla Construction Inc., Pine Bush. Seller: Lott Ventures LLC, Wallkill. Property: in Shawangunk. Amount: $90,000. Filed Nov. 18. Homestead Builders Hudson Valley Inc., Middletown. Seller: Josephine A. Gigi, Middletown. Property: Toad Pasture Road, Greenville. Amount: $100,000. Filed Nov. 18. Independent Way LLC, Brewster. Seller: Joseph A. Charbonneau, et al, Brewster. Property: 120 Prospect Hill Road, Southeast 10509. Amount: $50,200. Filed Nov. 19. IOS Homes LLC, Ossining. Seller: Nationstar Mortgage LLC. Property: 43 Union Road, Carmel 10512. Amount: $177,750. Filed Nov. 17. LVS Enterprises LLC, Poughkeepsie. Seller: Daniel A. Mastropietro, et al, Hopewell Junction. Property: in Pleasant Valley. Amount: $115,000. Filed Nov. 19.

U.S. Bank Trust N.A. Seller: Janet May, LaGrangeville. Property: 8 Ritter Drive, Wappingers Falls. Amount: $321,500. Filed Nov. 19.

Di Carlo Home Ltd., Rosendale. $73,655 in favor of New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, Albany. Filed Nov. 13.

Vantage Construction Company Inc., Newburgh. Seller: Patricia Lingle Cavanagh, Clarkdale, Arizona. Property: in Montgomery. Amount: $20,000. Filed Nov. 19.

Dominican Latin Restaurant, Ellenville. $3,951 in favor of New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, Albany. Filed Nov. 17.

Monopoly Holdings LLC, Port Jervis. Seller: Stephanie Ford, et al, Westtown. Property: 22 Harold St., Port Jervis 12771. Amount: $27,000. Filed Nov. 19.

PALS 2020 Inc., Kingston. Seller: Corby Smith, Stone Ridge. Property: 238 Chestnut Hill Road, Marbletown. Amount: $280,000. Filed Nov. 16.

VMS Pizza I LLC, Lake Lincolndale. Seller: The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company N.A. Property: 55 Lakeport Drive, Patterson 12563. Amount: $97,010. Filed Nov. 16.

Mulberry JD LLC, Brooklyn. Seller: Local Media Group Inc., Pittsford. Property: in Middletown. Amount: $825,000. Filed Nov. 17.

Penny Properties LLC, Monroe. Seller: Accent Development Corp., Scarsdale. Property: 11 Penny Court, Monroe. Amount: $177,500. Filed Nov. 16.

West Stock LLC, Monroe. Seller: F.G. Galassi Moulding Company Inc., Goshen. Property: 699 Pulaski Highway, Goshen. Amount: $725,000. Filed Nov. 16.

R.G. LLC, Middletown. Seller: 2142 Route 302 Associates LLC, Tuxedo Park. Property: 2142 Route 302, Circleville. Amount: $361,000. Filed Nov. 18.


Napanoch Relocation Services LLC, Wawarsing. Seller: Ellenville Portfolio Inc., Ellenville. Property: 49 Clinton Ave., Wawarsing. Amount: $350,000. Filed Nov. 16. Newburgh SHG 38 LLC, Great Neck. Seller: Mesta LLC, Monroe. Property: 64 and 66 William St., Newburgh 12550. Amount: $350,000. Filed Nov. 18.

S and S Realty Team Inc., Monroe. Seller: Joseph Gotthardt, et al, Pine Bush. Property: 9 Park St., Ellenville 12428. Amount: $135,000. Filed Nov. 17.

Newburgh SHG 46 LLC, Great Neck. Seller: B and S Fortune Realty LLC, Monroe. Property: 300 Liberty St., Newburgh. Amount: $405,000. Filed Nov. 18.

Sajv Properties LLC, Brewster. Seller: 145 Star LLC, Katonah. Property: 145 Main St., Brewster 10509. Amount: $380,000. Filed Nov. 19.

Normans Linden LLC, Middletown. Seller: Sam Two Realty LLC, Brooklyn. Property: 122 Linden Ave., Middletown. Amount: $150,000. Filed Nov. 18.

Saladino and DePalma LLC, Warwick. Seller: Terence J. Colman, et al, Warwick. Property: 28 Spring St. and 19-21 McEwen St., Warwick. Amount: $250,000. Filed Nov. 16.

North Drury Lane Holdings LLC, Monroe. Seller: Autumn Sky Development Company Inc., New Paltz. Property: North Drury Lane, Montgomery. Amount: $425,000. Filed Nov. 20.

Soak and Rinse LLC, Bronx. Seller: Jankovics LLC, Poughkeepsie. Property: in Newburgh. Amount: $125,000. Filed Nov. 16.

NY Tuskers LLC, Katonah. Seller: Mary Lee Weiss, Pawling. Property: 86 Jon Barrett Road, Patterson 12563. Amount: $120,000. Filed Nov. 19. Oak Hill Road LLC, Brooklyn. Seller: Sandra McMahon, Brewster. Property: in Warwick. Amount: $65,500. Filed Nov. 19.

Tibet House US Inc., New York. City. Seller: Jeanne Jacobs, Dix Hills. Property: 48 N. West Road, Shandaken. Amount: $624,000. Filed Nov. 17. Twin Sisters Accord LLC, Ridge. Seller: Michael F. Ruger, et al, High Falls. Property: 76 Old Route 213, Rosendale. Amount: $200,000. Filed Nov. 17.

All in One Construction NY LLC, Newburgh. $10,000 in favor of Workers’ Compensation Board of the State of New York, Albany. Filed Nov. 19.

Jamieboy’s Taverna Inc., New Windsor. $1,500 in favor of Workers’ Compensation Board of the State of New York, Albany. Filed Nov. 19. Love Life Tattoo and Art Studio Inc., Warwick. $1,848 in favor of New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, Albany. Filed Nov. 19.

Broadway Motors and Repair Inc., New Windsor. $2,817 in favor of New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, Albany. Filed Nov. 19.

New York Pest Solutions Inc., Saugerties. $3,318 in favor of New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, Albany. Filed Nov. 13.

Creative Construction DCR Inc., Highland. $1,629 in favor of New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, Albany. Filed Nov. 17. Deer Ridge Farm Inc., Saugerties. $1,100 in favor of New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, Albany. Filed Nov. 13.

Wireless Network Solutions Inc., Slate Hill. $513 in favor of New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, Albany. Filed Nov. 17.

GPC Inc., Kingston. $49,327 in favor of New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, Albany. Filed Nov. 17.

Much Luv 4 Kids Child Care Inc., Port Jervis. $142 in favor of New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, Albany. Filed Nov. 19.

Chela’s Market Inc., Wallkill. $1,752 in favor of New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, Albany. Filed Nov. 17.

White Wolf Dining Inc., Napanoch. $29,804 in favor of New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, Albany. Filed Nov. 17.

Eastern Experts Inc., Monroe. $37,500 in favor of Workers’ Compensation Board of the State of New York, Albany. Filed Nov. 19.

American Beef Cuts Inc., Greenwood Lake. $3,527 in favor of New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, Albany. Filed Nov. 19.

Carlos Drywall, New Windsor. $7,000 in favor of Workers’ Compensation Board of the State of New York, Albany. Filed Nov. 19.

US Lumber and Building Supply Corp., Monroe. $1,618 in favor of New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, Albany. Filed Nov. 17.

Paul’s Market Inc., Florida. $100 in favor of New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, Albany. Filed Nov. 19. Sasre Properties LLC, Newburgh. $1,145 in favor of New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, Albany. Filed Nov. 19. Sub Enterprises Inc., Chester. $2,963 in favor of New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, Albany. Filed Nov. 17. The Garden Gate LLC, Chester. $143 in favor of New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, Albany. Filed Nov. 19.



Woodbury Lawn and Landscape Inc., Milton. $2,055 in favor of New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, Albany. Filed Nov. 13. Woodstock Exports Inc., Saugerties. $1,605 in favor of New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, Albany. Filed Nov. 17. Wykota 0321 Inc., Napanoch. $683 in favor of New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, Albany. Filed Nov. 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. Cloud, Deena R., et al. Filed by Community Loan Servicing LLC. Action: seeks to foreclose on a mortgage to secure $183,700 affecting property located at 824 E. Peenpack Trail, Sparrowbush 12780. Filed Nov. 16. Colucci, Vincent D., et al. Filed by U.S. Bank Trust N.A. Action: seeks to foreclose on a mortgage to secure an unspecified amount affecting property located at 39 Mountain View, Hopewell Junction 12533. Filed Nov. 10. David, Tremel, et al. Filed by Nationstar Mortgage LLC. Action: seeks to foreclose on a mortgage to secure $224,579 affecting property located at 112 Wilson Road, Deerpark 12780. Filed Nov. 17.

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Facts & Figures Davis, Darcella, et al. Filed by Bayview Loan Servicing LLC. Action: seeks to foreclose on a mortgage to secure $327,466 affecting property located at 28 Clintonwood Drive, New Windsor 12553. Filed Nov. 18. Empire Holdings of NY LLC, et al. Filed by Toorak Capital Partners LLC. Action: seeks to foreclose on a mortgage to secure an unspecified amount affecting property located at 74 S. Lander St. and 407-409 Liberty St., Newburgh 12550. Filed Nov. 18. Fodrowski, Edward, et al. Filed by Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas. Action: seeks to foreclose on a mortgage to secure $161,000 affecting property located at 276 Temple Hill Road, Unit 2410, New Windsor 12553. Filed Nov. 19. Jarvis, Anthony C., et al. Filed by U.S. Bank N.A. Action: seeks to foreclose on a mortgage to secure $476,000 affecting property located at 120 Rochester Center Road, Accord 12404. Filed Nov. 16. Lynn, Diana K., et al. Filed by MTGLQ Investors LP. Action: seeks to foreclose on a mortgage to secure $482,931 affecting property located at 125 Market Lane, Clinton Corners 12514. Filed Nov. 16. Morales, Ramon, et al. Filed by U.S. Bank Trust N.A. Action: seeks to foreclose on a mortgage to secure $101,250 affecting property located at 1 Brick Row St., Wappingers Falls 12590. Filed Nov. 11. Osterhoudt, Marcus, et al. Filed by Terris Barber. Action: seeks to foreclose on a mortgage to secure $38,500 affecting property located in East Fishkill. Filed Nov. 17. Parker, Diane Muccio, et al. Filed by U.S. Bank Trust N.A. Action: seeks to foreclose on a mortgage to secure $541,276 affecting property located at 82 Killearn Road, Millbrook 12545. Filed Nov. 19. Walker, Peter F., et al. Filed by Wells Fargo Bank N.A. Action: seeks to foreclose on a mortgage to secure $195,000 affecting property located at 3229 Route 212, Woodstock 12409. Filed Nov. 16.

MECHANIC’S LIENS 360 Route 211 LLC, as owner. $26,515 as claimed by Hyper Pulse Electronics Inc., Middletown. Property: 360 Route 211, Middletown 10940. Filed Nov. 16. Ibrahimi, Fatri, as owner. $36,386 as claimed by Brav Industries LLC, Airmont. Property: in Poughkeepsie. Filed Nov. 13.


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

PARTNERSHIPS RJ Chestnut Construction Co., 72 Oakridge Drive, Putnam Valley, c/o Robert Chestnut and Kevin Clifford. Filed Nov. 16. Storm, 197 Deer Court Drive, Middletown, c/o Kimberly Vangorden and Marissa Auerbach. Filed Nov. 16.

SOLE PROPRIETORSHIPS 32 Bookkeeping, 11B Waterside Lane, New Paltz 12561, c/o Erica R. Fkiaras. Filed Nov. 16.

JB’s Café and Grill, 128 Dolson Ave., Middletown 10940, c/o Jonathan Robert Waldron. Filed Nov. 17. Joey’s Automotive, 443 King’s highway, Saugerties 12477, c/o J.C. DiBlanca II. Filed Nov. 16. John T Frederick Construction and Finish Construction, 278 Broadway, Port Ewen 12466, c/o Donald L. Terruso. Filed Nov. 19.

MEK Beauty, 33 Progress St. Kingston 12401, c/o Mayeline Mazara Reyes. Filed Nov. 18. Michael Frank Amorosso Contracting, 134 Berkman Drive, Middletown 10941, c/o Michael Frank Amorosso. Filed Nov. 16.

Beard Boss, 516 Upper Ave., Newburgh 12550, c/o Bernard M. Clarke, Jr. Filed Nov. 20.

Moto-Mark Catering, P.O. Box 365, Ellenville 12428, c/o Marcus Kalipolites. Filed Nov. 16.

Big A Construction, 24 Main St., Esopus 12429, c/o Adam S. Hall. Filed Nov. 18.

Ocean Love Organics, 72 Laudaten Way, Warwick 10990, c/o Mary I. Beltrante. Filed Nov. 18.

Brenn Richards Marketing, 126 Dusinberre Road, Gardiner 12525, c/o Brenn R. Richards. Filed Nov. 16.

Only Fresh Designs, 66 Holiday Lane, Kingston 12401, c/o William George Maouris. Filed Nov. 13.

Clean It All, 15 Meridian Drive, Brewster 10509, c/o Lou LaPicola. Filed Nov. 16. Clockwork Cargo, 54 Carle Terrace, Lake Katrine 12449, c/o Shawn Michael Bascone. Filed Nov. 17. Cota Sealcoating, 56 Hawxhurst Road, Monroe 10950, c/o Stefanie N. Hawxhurst. Filed Nov. 20. Dess Don’t Take No Mess, 10 Sidden Lane, Lake Katrine 12449, c/o Odessa Harrison. Filed Nov. 13. Envios Carrasco, 448 County Route 49, Middletown 10940, c/o Gustavo Carrasco. Filed Nov. 16. Gabrielito’s Boutique, 128 Dolson Ave., Middletown, c/o Maria de Jesus A. Garcia Romero. Filed Nov. 17.

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La Escuelita Nava 123 Preschool, 55 Heinsman Lane, Wallkill 12589, c/o Laura Nava. Filed Nov. 17.

Audio Orchard, 22 Clarks Lane, Milton 12547, c/o Duncan Richard Clark. Filed Nov. 17.

Brown’s Property Maintenance, 39 Crosby Court, Crawford 12566, c/o Kevin Patrick Brown. Filed Nov. 20.


Home Town Hobbies, 24 Everett Court, New Hampton 10958, c/o Damion Van Williams. Filed Nov. 20.

Preferred Home Inspections, 616 Sprout Brook Road, Putnam Valley 10579, c/o Robert H. Schmelmer. Filed Nov. 19. Pro Sound DJ Service, 53 Fini Drive, Carmel 10512, c/o Anthony Sottile. Filed Nov. 18. Qonjo, 2827 Route 207, Campbell Hall 10916, c/o Saba Gessesse. Filed Nov. 19. Somebody’s Auntie, 105 Tondo Circle, Harriman 10926, c/o Jessica Lateeka Monae Martinez. Filed Nov. 20.

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Suzie Q’s Cookies, 132 Route 49, Slate Hill 10973, c/o Suzanne Pegg. Filed Nov. 17. Two Brothers Auto Transport, 19 Oakland Ave., Walden 12586, c/o Michael A. Ronsini. Filed Nov. 17. Viva Mexican Grocery, 20 Smith Clove Road, Central Valley 10917, c/o Luis Felipe Mancilla Elizondo. Filed Nov. 20.

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Facts & Figures BUILDING PERMITS Commercial Empire Telecom USA LLC, Stamford, contractor for American Towers Inc. Replace antennas and remote radio units at 168 Catoona Lane, Stamford. Estimated cost: $35,000. Filed Sept. 25. Ericsson Inc., Plano, Texas, contractor for Greenwich Hospital Association. Upgrade and replace equipment at 5 Perryridge Road, Greenwich. Estimated cost: $20,000. Filed October 2020. Getty Petroleum Corp., Stamford, contractor for Getty Petroleum Corp. Reface the sign cabinets from BP to Exxon at 59 W. Broad St., Stamford. Estimated cost: $7,500. Filed Sept. 24. Getty Petroleum Corp., Stamford, contractor for Getty Petroleum Corp. Reface the sign cabinets from BP to Global at 707 Shippan Ave., Stamford. Estimated cost: $6,500. Filed Sept. 24.

Magna Construction, Stamford, contractor for GGC Lafayette Putnam LLC. Build-out corporate interiors for business occupancy. This project consists of architectural finishes, mechanicals and electricity. Work consists of all coordination, demolition, repair, refinishing, relocating and new construct at 1 E. Putnam Ave., Greenwich. Estimated cost: $125,000. Filed October 2020. Magna Construction, Stamford, contractor for GGC Lafayette Putnam LLC. Build-out for business at 1 Lafayette Place Greenwich. Estimated cost: $350,000. Filed October 2020. Moore, Taylor, Fairfield, contractor for Cara Moore. Renovate greenhouse at 100 Doubling Road, Greenwich. Estimated cost: $200,000. Filed October 2020. Oceanview Pool & Patio, Southport, contractor for Jonas Grossman. Construct in-ground swimming pool and required safety barrier at 21 Mountain Wood Drive, Greenwich. Estimated cost: $100,000. Filed October 2020.

Greenleaf General Contractor LLC, Stamford, contractor for Israel Putnam House Association. Repair roof rafters at 243 E. Putnam Ave., Greenwich. Estimated cost: $12,000. Filed October 2020.

Pavarini North East Construction, Stamford, contractor for Tishman Speyer Properties LLC. Renovate bathrooms, electricity switches, outlets and install plumbing for restrooms, at 1 American Lane, Greenwich. Estimated cost: $277,000. Filed October 2020.

JCS Construction Group Inc., Stamford, contractor for West Putnam Owner LLC. Perform an interior fit out for third floor commercial office tenant space at 411 W. Putnam Ave., Greenwich. Estimated cost: $75,000. Filed October 2020.

Turner Construction, Shelton, contractor for The Bruce Museum. Renovate existing museum building at 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich. Estimated cost: $23,750,000. Filed October 2020.

Katerra Construction LLC, Stamford, contractor for 523 Canal Owners LLC. Build seven-story apartment building, 183 Units at 523 Canal St., Stamford. Estimated cost: $32,000,000. Filed Sept. 25.

Wagner Pools, Darien, contractor for Michael Yavonditte. Construct in-ground swimming pool, spa and required safety barrier at 23 Wickham Hill Lane, Greenwich. Estimated cost: $95,000. Filed October 2020.

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.

Young Israel of Stamford Inc., Stamford, contractor for Young Israel of Stamford Inc. Install tent for religious services at 69 Oaklawn Ave., Stamford. Estimated cost: $1,000. Filed Sept. 24.


Residential Able Construction Inc., Norwalk, contractor for Northway Capital P. Build single-family dwelling at 30 North Way, Old Greenwich. Estimated cost: $1,800,000. Filed October 2020. Able Construction Inc., Norwalk, contractor for North Way Capital Partners LLC. Reconstruct boathouse at 30 North Way, Old Greenwich. Estimated cost: $16,025. Filed October 2020. AF Contracting LLC, Stamford, contractor for Shin Inai Lee and Ken Eui-Han. Construct new front door and front entry, new patio deck and siding and new retaining wall at 14 A Forest Ave., Greenwich. Estimated cost: $125,000. Filed October 2020. All Star Welding Demolition, Danbury, contractor for Otegul Saiz Lander. Perform replacement alterations at 87 Lockwood Road, Riverside. Estimated cost: $14,000. Filed October 2020. C&C Quality Home Improve, Greenwich, contractor for Khan Ayesha and Fenn Tim. Remove existing clay tiles and install new hardwood floor. Renovate bathroom and install new mirror lights. Renovate kitchen with tiled floor and cabinets, upgrade electric and move sink to new location. Build and install new cabinetry at 544 North St., Greenwich. Estimated cost: $50,000. Filed October 2020. ConEdison Solutions, Danbury, contractor for Andrew W. Hayes. Install roof-mounted solar panels at 4 S. Stanwich Road, Greenwich. Estimated cost: $96,984. Filed October 2020. Cove Tent Co., Stamford, contractor for Indian Harbor Corp. Prepare tents for a private party at 710 Steamboat Road, Greenwich. Estimated cost: $2,450. Filed October 2020. Darek Franek Contracting, Stamford, contractor for Trevor Magyar. Remove existing roof and re-roof 70 Otter Rock Drive, Greenwich. Estimated cost: $86,650. Filed October 2020.

Davenport Contracting Inc., Stamford, contractor for Charles and Elizabeth Swanson. Replace existing windows and siding at 31 Indian Point Lane, Riverside. Estimated cost: $277,260. Filed October 2020. Dimeo Construction, Fairfield, contractor for Geller Jonathon. Remodel five existing bathrooms, kitchen and wire for new recessed lighting throughout house at 50 Guards Road, Greenwich. Estimated cost: $475,000. Filed October 2020. Edgewood Carpentry & Constructor, Port Chester, New York, contractor for Michelle Pelegrino. Perform replacement alterations at 71 Angus Road North, Greenwich. Estimated cost: $10,000. Filed October 2020. Fairfield County Roofing, Port Chester, New York. contractor for Philip R. and Faith B W. Ruppel Remove existing asphalt shingles and install new ones at 109 Riverside Ave., Riverside. Estimated cost: $16,000. Filed October 2020. Gyesky Graham & Su, Cos Cob, contractor for self. Remodel Interior layout on second floor and add third floor. Footprint to remain unchanged, reframe second floor and roof at 49 Indian Mill Road, Cos Cob. Estimated cost: $650,000. Filed October 2020. Hallas Associates, Brookfield, contractor for Paul H. Dunay and Isa Dunay. Finish attic and add full bathroom at 36 N. Old Stone Bridge Road, Cos Cob. Estimated cost: $49,505. Filed October 2020. High Tech Roofing Restoration, Greenwich, contractor for James Schmiedel. Remove existing roof and re-roof 2 Farley St., Greenwich. Estimated cost: $14,000. Filed October 2020. Johnson, Brian and Kathy Johnson, Riverside, contractor for Brian and Kathy Johnson. Finish basement at 44 Bonwit Road, Riverside. Estimated cost: $15,000. Filed October 2020. Karipides John, Greenwich, contractor for self. Finish basement and add shower to existing bathroom in basement at 45 Gold St., Greenwich. Estimated cost: $11,000. Filed October 2020.

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Mariani & Co., Armonk, New York, contractor for Marlin Spin LLC. Add second floor at 487 Lake Ave., Greenwich. Estimated cost: $800,000. Filed October 2020. Matthew Lueders, Stamford, contractor for Mark and Caterina Lore. Construct in-ground swimming pool, spa and required safety barrier and fencing/safety devices at 9 Canterbury Drive, Greenwich. Estimated cost: $34,000. Filed October 2020. McSally, Michael J., Stamford, contractor for Michael J. McSally. Remove existing roof and re-roof 60 Charles St., Stamford. Estimated cost: $4,500. Filed Sept. 24. Meadowpoint LLC, Greenwich, contractor for self. Construct a new single-family dwelling with finished basement, three-car garage, elevator, covered porches and deck at 32 Grahampton Lane, Greenwich. Estimated cost: $1,550,000. Filed October 2020. MECO Company Inc., Oakville, contractor for Buena Vista Greenwich LLC. Construct a new single-family dwelling with retaining walls, finished basement, attached two-car garage, front porch and elevator at 45 Buena Vista Drive, Greenwich. Estimated cost: $750,000. Filed October 2020. MECO Company Inc., Oakville, contractor for Buena Vista Greenwich LLC. Construct a new single-family dwelling with retaining walls, finished basement, attached two-car garage, front porch, rear balcony, screen porch and elevator at 43 Buena Vista Drive, Greenwich. Estimated cost: $750,000. Filed October 2020. Murray, Bruce and Hilary Murray, Greenwich, contractor for Bruce and Hilary Murray. Remove hot tub at 1 Martin Dale, Greenwich. Estimated cost: $500. Filed October 2020. Noble Construction Management, South Salem, New York, contractor for Mintz Phillip. Remove existing wood roof and replace with a new red cedar roof at 80 Round Hill Road, Greenwich. Estimated cost: $80,000. Filed October 2020.

Olivieri Contracting Inc., Greenwich, contractor for Jeffrey C.Young. Remove existing roof and replace at 50 Duncan Drive, Greenwich. Estimated cost: $14,300. Filed October 2020. R.E. Davis Construction LLC, Stamford, contractor for Van Norden Langdon & Kara. Build a new larger family room and garage wing, expand kitchen, pantry, office and bedroom. New porches and patio to be added at 221 Taconic Road, Greenwich. Estimated cost: $2,100,000. Filed October 2020. RGA Build Construction LLC, Norwalk, contractor for Caso Sean & Courtney. Construct new deck and renovate and reconstruct existing porch at 14 The Avenue, Greenwich. Estimated cost: $10,000. Filed October 2020. Savkat Inc., Southington, contractor for Eiichiro and Yumi Kuwana. Install roof-top solar panels at 8 Laub Pond Road, Greenwich. Estimated cost: $80,000. Filed October 2020. Schultz, Paul, Cos Cob, contractor for Deborah J. and John Lobbi. Construct an addition consisting of one bedroom, two full bathrooms and increased basement space at 16 Florence Road, Riverside. Estimated cost: $145,000. Filed October 2020. Signature Pools Inc., Norwalk, contractor for Charles E. McDonnell. Construct in-ground swimming pool, spa and required safety barrier at 553 North St., Greenwich. Estimated cost: $70,000. Filed October 2020. Sound Beach Partners LLC, Stamford, contractor for SBP Lower Cross LLC. Construct a new single-family dwelling with finished basement, attached three-car garage, screened porch, elevator and site walls at 70 Lower Cross Road, Greenwich. Estimated cost: $3,100,000. Filed October 2020. Sound Beach Partners LLC, Stamford, contractor for SBP Lower Cross LLC. Build one story guest house with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, finished basement, common space and wet bar at 70 Lower Cross Road, Greenwich. Estimated cost: $650,000. Filed October 2020.

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Facts & Figures Sound Beach Partners LLC, Stamford, contractor for SBP Lower Cross LLC. Build one-story pool house with sitting area and one bathroom at 70 Lower Cross Road, Greenwich. Estimated cost: $250,000. Filed October 2020. Sutton Stanford, Greenwich, contractor for Sutton Stanford. Replace aluminum and glass storefront at 315 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich. Estimated cost: $20,000. Filed October 2020. TGC Excavation LLC, Norwalk, contractor for John R. Muchnicki. Demolish the single-story ranchstyle dwelling at 155 Cat Rock Road, Cos Cob. Estimated cost: $20,000. Filed October 2020. Today’s Home Improvements, Stamford, contractor for Paglia Louis J and Catherine J. W.Paglia. Perform an interior renovation of existing kitchen and adjacent hall at 2 Oakwood Lane, Greenwich. Estimated cost: $225,000. Filed October 2020. Vaz Quality Works LLC, Bridgeport, contractor for CLT Rockwood LLC. Perform replacement alterations at 72 Rockwood Lane, Greenwich. Estimated cost: $10,000. Filed October 2020. Werner Associates Inc., Cos Cob, contractor for Andrew and Lisa Neubardt. Renovate kitchen and replace cabinets at 7 Osee Place, Cos Cob. Estimated cost: $10,000. Filed October 2020. White Birch Builders LLC, Greenwich, contractor for David J. Noble. Perform replacement alterations at 60 Tomac Ave., Old Greenwich. Estimated cost: $100,000. Filed October 2020. Zarra Francesco and Gary Zarra, Greenwich, contractor for self. Add bathroom and laundry room to second floor, remove study wall, enlarge kitchen area and add new island at 132 Cutler Road, Greenwich. Estimated cost: $25,000. Filed October 2020.


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COURT CASES Bridgeport Superior Court Cronin, M.D., Harold S., et al, Bridgeport. Filed by Steven Diaz Jr., Bridgeport. Plaintiff’s attorney: Silver Golub & Teitell, Stamford. Action: The plaintiff suffered allegedly from medical malpractice by the defendants who failed to take care and provide plaintiff the level of care needed for his adrenal gland. Therefore, plaintiff suffered painful injuries and 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-20-6100538-S. Filed Sept. 29. Dossantos, Ademir, Bridgeport. Filed by Audrey Gee, Bridgeport. Plaintiff’s attorney: Michael Luke Riley, Bridgeport. 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-CV-206100347-S. Filed Sept. 21. New England Tractor-Trailer Training of Connecticut Inc, Quincy, Massachusetts. Filed by Christina Abreu, Hartford. Plaintiff’s attorney: Cicchiello & Cicchiello LLP, Hartford. Action: The plaintiff commenced her employment with defendant as a training coordinator and was subjected to sexual harassment and discriminatory conduct by the defendant. After plaintiff complained about the abuse the defendant terminated her employment. 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-206100332-S. Filed Sept. 21.



Sanders, Gregory, et al, West Haven. Filed by Nekeshia Jean-Baptiste, Bridgeport. Plaintiff’s attorney: Bradley Denkovich & Karayiannis PC, Bridgeport. 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. FBT-CV-206100337-S. Filed Sept. 21. Stampp, Todd D., Woodbury. Filed by Tianna Feliciano, Deby. Plaintiff’s attorney: Cooper Sevillano LLC, Bridgeport. 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-CV-206100136-S. Filed Sept. 15.

Danbury Superior Court Aguayo, Franklin, Brookfield. Filed by Donaldson & Norris LLC f.k.a. Donaldson, Kershaw & Norris LLC, Danbury. Plaintiff’s attorney: Christopher Gerard Winans, Danbury. Action: The plaintiff provided legal services to the defendant. Despite the legal services, the defendant has neglected to pay the balance due to the plaintiff. The plaintiff seeks monetary damages in excess of $2,500, exclusive of interest and costs. Case no. DBDCV-20-6037390-S. Filed Oct. 7. Brand, Michael, et al, Ridgefield. Filed by Frances Virginia Merchant, Danbury. Plaintiff’s attorney: Richard H Raphael, Westport. Action: The plaintiff suffered from medical malpractice by the defendant who performed a total right-knee replacement for her. The defendant used an improper surgical technique and failed to provide the level of care the plaintiff needed for the procedure. Therefore, the plaintiff suffered painful injuries and 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-20-6037493-S. Filed Sept. 15.

Studio for Extraordinary Training LLC, et al, Bethel. Filed by Mauricio Sanchez, Danbury. Plaintiff’s attorney: Brian Timothy Romano, Danbury. Action: The plaintiff was lawfully on the defendants’ premises when he was using exercise equipment properly when the equipment failed, thereby causing the plaintiff to fall and suffered 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-206037379-S. Filed Oct. 6. Urban, Hala, Milford. Filed by Linda O’Brien, Brookfield. Plaintiff’s attorney: Allingham Readyoff & Henry LLC, New Milford. 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-206037309-S. Filed Sept. 28.

Stamford Superior Court First District Water Department, Norwalk. Filed by Mafcote Inc., Norwalk. Plaintiff’s attorney: Eric Franklin Schulman, Norwalk. Action: The plaintiff was the owner of a property that flooded due to a malfunction in a water meter maintained by the defendant. As a result of the flooding the plaintiff’s property suffered damages in the building and equipment and now 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-206048898-S. Filed Oct. 19. Jones, Matthew T., et al, New Canaan. Filed by Gerald F. Tucci, New Canaan. Plaintiff’s attorney: Green & Sklarz LLC, New Haven. Action: The plaintiff made a loan to the defendants who then refused or neglected to pay the plaintiff breaching the contract. 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-206048351-S. Filed Sept. 8.

Knight, George, et al, Old Greenwich. Filed by Christopher Monti, Norwalk. Plaintiff’s attorney: Alan E. Silver PC, New Haven. Action: The plaintiff was an invitee on the defendants’ premises, when, without warning, the defendants’ dog attacked and bit the plaintiff, causing him serious 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-206048828-S. Filed Oct. 14. Leconte, Franck, San Diego, California. Filed by Midland Funding LLC, Greenwich. Plaintiff’s attorney: London & London, Newington. Action: The plaintiff was assigned the defendant’s debt. The defendant was the holder and user of a credit card and defaulted in making payments. The plaintiff seeks monetary damages in excess of $15,000, exclusive of interest and costs. Case no. FST-CV-206048585-S. Filed Sept. 24. TNREF III 2777 Summer Street LLC, et al, White Plains, New York. Filed by Kerry Walsh, Bridgeport. Plaintiff’s attorney: Carter Mario Law Firm, North Haven. Action: The plaintiff was walking across the loading docks controlled and maintained by the defendants, when she was caused to fall due to an accumulation of ice and suffered serious 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-206048887-S. Filed Oct. 16.

53 Rock Maple LLC, Greenwich. Seller: Jeffrey Gildersleeve, Riverside. Property: 53 Rock Maple Road, Greenwich. Amount: $10. Filed Oct. 2. B II Builders LLC, Oxford. Seller: Secure Capital Group LLC, Stratford. Property: 1390 S. Pine Creek Road, Fairfield. Amount: $720,000. Filed Oct. 2. Candace Malloy Living Trust, Old Greenwich. Seller: Patrick Malloy and Candace Malloy, Sag Harbor, New York. Property: 14 Irvine Road, Old Greenwich. Amount: $10. Filed Oct. 5. Cedar Homes LLC, Fairfield. Seller: 67 Mona Terrace LLC, Greenwich. Property: 71 Mona Terrace, Fairfield. Amount: $408,000. Filed Oct. 1. Crazy Goodless LLC, New York, New York. Seller: E.A. Foster LLC, Madison. Property: 398 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich. Amount: $3,050,000. Filed Oct. 5. Munoz, Eric J. and Julia S. Munoz, Norwalk. Seller: Connecticut Strategic Properties LLC, Trumbull. Property: 491 Toll House Lane, Fairfield. Amount: $571,475. Filed Oct. 1. Perep, Julian and Megan Marie Keith, Stamford. Seller: Carroll Street LLC, Darien. Property: 160 High Clear Drive. Stamford. Amount: $560,000. Filed Oct. 13.


Perretta, Daniel D. and Adrianne M. Perretta, Stamford. Seller: Williard Terrace LLC, Stamford. Property: 18 Diamoncrest Lane, Stamford. Amount: $635,000. Filed Oct. 14.

14 Wynwood Road LLC, New York, New York. Seller: Yun Zhou, Greenwich. Property: 14 Wynwood Road, Greenwich. Amount: $1. Filed Oct. 2.

Rodriguez Enterprise LLC, Yonkers, New York. Seller: Collectible Cars LLC, Darien. Property: 109 Hamilton Ave., Stamford. Amount: $775,000. Filed Oct. 16.

36 French Road LLC, Greenwich. Seller: Kenneth W. Hubbard and Victoria Dauphinot, Greenwich. Property: 36 French Road, Greenwich. Amount: $1. Filed Oct. 2.

Shapiro, Jonathan, Stamford. Seller: Gator Management LLP, Stamford. Property: 637 Cove Road, Unit B20, Stamford. Amount: $175,000. Filed Oct. 14.


Shaw, Matthew B. and Jennifer Shaw, Fairfield. Seller: 72 Mayweed Road LLC, Shelton. Property: 72 Mayweed Road, Fairfield. Amount: $1,189,000. Filed Oct. 2.

Facts & Figures Tepan, Mayra, et al, Greenwich. Seller: 11 Kirby Street LLC, Stamford. Property: 11 Kirby St., Greenwich. Amount: $820,000. Filed Oct. 2. Valauri, Nicholas J., Norwalk. Seller: RPL Real Estate LLC, New Haven. Property: 38 Juhasz Road, Norwalk. Amount: $499,900. Filed Oct. 6. Wentworth Holdings LLC, New York, New York. Seller: Leonard M. Tannenbaum, Manalapan, Florida. Property: 4 Old Round Hill Lane, Greenwich. Amount: $8,675,000. Filed Oct. 5.

Residential Alisdairi, Mahammad K. and Amy Alisdairi, New York, New York. Seller: Ryan P. Garrity and Pamela C. Garrity, Norwalk. Property: 22 Ledge Road, Norwalk. Amount: $1,399,000. Filed Oct. 7. Baynes, Joseph P. and Brittany L. Baynes, Greenwich. Seller: Chris Hormann and Daniel Koppel, Norwalk. Property: 70 Ohio Ave. Extension, Norwalk. Amount: $470,000. Filed Oct. 6. Blind, Irena, New York, New York. Seller: Peter Antonucci, Southport. Property: 100 Jessica Lane, Southport. Amount: $1,465,000. Filed Oct. 1. Carpenteri, Frank J. and Diane Carpenteri, Old Greenwich. Seller: Joseph Sergi, et al, Monroe. Property: 3 Ridge Place, Greenwich. Amount: $650,000. Filed Oct. 2. Catchpole, Daniel and Chelsea Fanara, Stamford. Seller: Jose R. Vazquez Jr. and Anna Maria Vazquez, Stamford. Property: 143 Hartswood Road, Stamford. Amount: $510,000. Filed Oct. 14. Chlebogiannis, Peter, Weston. Seller: Rosa M. Silva, Stamford. Property: 444 Bedford St., No. 4P, Stamford. Amount: $215,000. Filed Oct. 13.

Clarke, Andrew and Stella Clarke, Norwalk. Seller: James Hahn and Alexandra C. Hahn, Norwalk. Property: 15 Richmond Hill Road, Norwalk. Amount: $508,500. Filed Oct. 5.

Kakar, Ellen and Arjun Kakar, Old Greenwich. Seller: Chetan Vaid and Sreemoee Mukherjee, Old Greenwich. Property: 11 Marshall St., Old Greenwich. Amount: $1,375,000. Filed Oct. 2.

Nahar, Kamrun and Lutfor N. Bakul, Stamford. Seller: Rabeya Khatun, Mazeda Khatun and Abu Taher, Stamford. Property: 6 Lipton Place, Stamford. Amount: $700,000. Filed Oct. 14.

Seides, Theodore D. and Vanessa F. Schenck, Greenwich. Seller: Roy D. Grossman and Robin F. Grossman, Greenwich. Property: 7 Chieftans Road, Greenwich. Amount: $0. Filed Oct. 6.

Erazo Hidalgo, Veronica Pamela and Marco Antonio Cora Camayo, Norwalk. Seller: Stavros Papinis, Norwalk. Property: 5 Gwendolyn St., Norwalk. Amount: $445,000. Filed Oct. 5.

Kimmel, Douglas B. and Naomi B. Kimmel, Fairfield. Seller: Stephen Habetz, Fairfield. Property: 536 Old Post Road, Fairfield. Amount: $1,630,000. Filed Oct. 2.

Ngomuo, Evans and Nikeisha Gentles, Stamford. Seller: Robert Tucci, Stamford. Property: 42 Fieldstone Road, Stamford. Amount: $737,500. Filed Oct. 13.

Sinha, Sumita, Scarsdale, New York. Seller: Karen Brown, Old Greenwich. Property: 21 Watchtower Lane, Old Greenwich. Amount: $0. Filed Oct. 5.

Leary, Mary Katherine and Morgan Louis Arturi, Cos Cob. Seller: Mary A. Bawol, Cos Cob. Property: 36 Butler St., Cos Cob. Amount: $845,000. Filed Oct. 2.

O’Meara, Sean, New York, New York. Seller: Eric Larsen and Christine S. Larsen, Southport. Property: 809 Cedar Road, Southport. Amount: $1,690,000. Filed Oct. 2.

Snelwar, Yekatarina, Stamford. Seller: Dora Neginskaya and Yevgeny Neginsky, Milton, Delaware. Property: 1111 Hope St., No. 3, Stamford. Amount: $375,000. Filed Oct. 15.

Mallare, Gerardo and Esperanza Mallari, Norwalk. Seller: Cresencia L. Aguspina, Norwalk. Property: 105 Richards Ave., Norwalk. Amount: $308,000. Filed Oct. 5.

Palencia-Ruano, Robidio, Stamford. Seller: Jeremy J. Marshall and Yu Huang, Stamford. Property: 41 Severance Drive, Stamford. Amount: $530,000. Filed Oct. 15.

Fernandez, Santos and Maria Fernandez, Stamford. Seller: Rolando Pico, Norwalk. Property: 29 Ward St., Norwalk. Amount: $330,000. Filed Oct. 5. Forchetti, Brianna and Rosario Menniti, West Harrison, New York. Seller: Satyajeet Chawla and Anshu Chawla, Westport. Property: 34 Pine Oak Circle, Stamford. Amount: $803,400. Filed Oct. 14. Fox, Barry and Nancy Fox, Fairfield. Seller: Gerard R. Guterl and Stephanie L. Guterl, Fairfield. Property: 971 Hulls Farm Road, Fairfield. Amount: $3,250,000. Filed Oct. 2. Grau, Jr. John G. and Annette Grau, Fairfield. Seller: Stephen J. Epifano and Katelyn Epifano, Fairfield. Property: 48 Marsh Drive, Fairfield. Amount: $540,000. Filed Oct. 2. Hall, Sarah and Arthur Vallin, Hebron. Seller: Michelle Colacion and Michael Arciero, Stamford. Property: 130 Old Logging Road, Stamford. Amount: $947,500. Filed Oct. 16. Hogan, Elizabeth, Stamford. Seller: Nidhi Oberoi and Nikhil Bagga, Stamford. Property: 239 Hamilton Ave., Unit 57, Stamford. Amount: $355,000. Filed Oct. 13. Jozsa, Igor, Bethel. Seller: Julie K. Logan, Fairfield. Property: 2493 Reeding Road, Fairfield. Amount: $1,525,000. Filed Oct. 1. Judelson, Deborah A., Woodbridge. Seller: Robert C. Beck, New York, New York. Property: 163 Harbor Road, Southport. Amount: $1,315,000. Filed Oct. 1.

Martinelli, Laura, Stamford. Seller: Deborah L. Hutchinson. Norwalk. Property: E-1 Camelot Drive, Norwalk. Amount: $262,000. Filed Oct. 5. McCutcheon, Anthony C. and Leslie S. McCutcheon, Riverside. Seller: David S. Bailey and Dorothy O. Bailey, Greenwich. Property: 19 Meadow Lane, Greenwich. Amount: $3,300,000. Filed Oct. 2. McDonald, Bernard J. and Cynthia J. McDonald, Fairfield. Seller: Lailing L. Moor, Fairfield. Property: 1894 Cross Highway, Fairfield. Amount: $2,100,000. Filed Oct. 2. McGuinness, Ryan and Emily Horowitz, Norwalk. Seller: Amanda E. Donofer, Fairfield. Property: 927 Mill Plain Road, Fairfield. Amount: $712,000. Filed Oct. 2. Miccarelli, Paul, Norwalk. Seller: Keith Muro and Kim R. Muro, Norwalk. Property: 86 Glenwood Ave., Norwalk. Amount: $465,000. Filed Oct. 5. Mitra, Basanti and Gour Mitra, Bronx, New York. Seller: Joan Duran, Norwalk. Property: 54 Fox Run Road, Norwalk. Amount: $1,200,000. Filed Oct. 7.

Panesar, Vikrum and Allison Panesar, Stamford. Seller: Sean Kelly and Charlotte Hollinger, Kalamazoo, Michigan. Property: 14 Ridgeway St., Stamford. Amount: $558,000. Filed Oct. 13. Pardoe, Edward and Helen Pardoe, Greenwich. Seller: Sarah T. Stephenson, Stamford. Property: 114 W. Lyon Farm Drive, Greenwich. Amount: $0. Filed Oct. 7. Piasecki, Cammann and Valeria Rojas, Stamford. Seller: Kathleen J. Angotta, Norwalk. Property: 208 Gregory Blvd., Norwalk. Amount: $1,175,000. Filed Oct. 6.

LIENS Federal Tax Liens Filed

301 Davis Avenue B LLC, 10 Lexington Ave., Greenwich. $222, civil proceeding tax. Filed Nov. 6. 35 Leonard Avenue LLC, 35 Leonard Ave., Greenwich. $165, civil proceeding tax. Filed Nov. 6.

Tamburri, Erin, Stamford. Seller: Amy W. Trabakino, Stamford. Property: 27 Lindstrom Road, Unit 6B, Stamford. Amount: $287,000. Filed Oct. 13.

American National Red Cross, 99 Indian Field Road, Greenwich. $141, civil proceeding tax. Filed Nov. 6.

Toncheva, Petya I. and Robert A. Zordan, Astoria, New York. Seller: Richard J. Castorina and Lisa J. Castorina, Bluffton, South Carolina. Property: 6 Third St., Norwalk. Amount: $551,000. Filed Oct. 5. Tran, Thien, Norwalk. Seller: Michael W. Shaw and Jaina L. Shaw, Norwalk. Property: 7 Brookhill Lane, Norwalk. Amount: $571,900. Filed Oct. 6. Werner, Claire S., Greenwich. Seller: Justus O’Brien, Greenwich. Property: 17 Old Camp Lane, Greenwich. Amount: $0. Filed Oct. 5.

Prince, Odaine, Stamford. Seller: Jac-Que Robinson and Danielle Robinson, Stamford. Property: 33 Colonial Road, Unit 11, Stamford. Amount: $343,000. Filed Oct. 15.

West, Terrell, Stamford. Seller: Janice L. Auteri, Stamford. Property: 56 Reynolds Ave., Stamford. Amount: $455,000. Filed Oct. 14.

Saha, Nanda and Mahuya Saha, Fairfield. Seller: Zafiria Katoudis Bikakis, Winter Garden, Florida. Property: 61 Warsaw St., Fairfield. Amount: $420,000. Filed Oct. 1.

Yorke, Jennifer, Greenwich. Seller: Patricia D. Klingenstein, Greenwich. Property: 14 Fox Run Lane, Greenwich. Amount: $10. Filed Oct. 6.

Scoditti, Damien and Marissa Scoditti, Old Greenwich. Seller: Angela Martello, Roswell, Georgia. Property: 50 Weaver St., Greenwich. Amount: $539,000. Filed Oct. 2.

20 Idar Court LLC, 20 Idar Court, Greenwich. $325, civil proceeding tax. Filed Nov. 6.

Amodeo, Matthew and Josephine Amodeo, 30 Willowmere Ave., Riverside. $24, civil proceeding tax. Filed Nov. 16. Balestrino, Elsa and Carla Fabiani, 169 Mason St., No. 2J, Greenwich. $791, civil proceeding tax. Filed Nov. 9. Cortese, Pasquale P., 212 Davis Ave., Greenwich. $4,100, civil proceeding tax. Filed Nov. 9. Cortese, Pasquale P., 212 Davis Ave., Greenwich. $124, civil proceeding tax. Filed Nov. 9. Feda, Kelly M. and Randall J. Feda, 12 Artic St., Greenwich. $234, civil proceeding tax. Filed Nov. 6. Kochersperger, Jane Fahringer, 510 E. Putnam Ave., No. D1, Cos Cob. $118, civil proceeding tax. Filed Nov. 6. Mayfield, Joseph L., 11 Hedgerow Lane, Greenwich. $38,227, civil proceeding tax. Filed Nov. 9. Maz LLC, 37 Sherwood Place, Greenwich. $1,087, civil proceeding tax. Filed Nov. 9.



NOVEMBER 30, 2020


Facts & Figures Sheehey, Michael B., 11 Lafayette Cottage, No. 6C. Greenwich. $6, civil proceeding tax. Filed Nov. 6. Walsh, Dionne E., 57 W. Brother Drive, Greenwich. $732, civil proceeding tax. Filed Nov. 6. Wells, Voula Lekas, 80 Sound View Drive, Greenwich. $5,866, civil proceeding tax. Filed Nov. 9.

Federal tax liensreleased LIS PENDENS Campbell, Johnny Lee, et al, Stamford. Filed by Ackerly & Ward, Stamford, for Stamford Water Pollution Control Authority. Property: 105 William St., Stamford. Action: Foreclose defendants’ mortgage. Filed Nov. 16. Chabad Lubavitch of Western & Southern New England Inc., et al, Stamford. Filed by Pullman & Comley LLC, Hartford, for Connecticut Community Bank NA. Property: 752 High Ridge Road, Stamford. Action: Foreclose defendants’ mortgage. Filed Nov. 9. Cirillo, Salvatore G. and Tracy A. Cirillo, Stamford. Filed by Glass & Braus LLC, Fairfield, for US Bank National Association. Property: 236 Belltown Road, Stamford. Action: Foreclose defendants’ mortgage. Filed Nov. 18. Conner, Elaine A., et al, Greenwich. Filed by Glass & Braus LLC, Fairfield, for US Bank Trust National Association. Property: 6 Meadow Drive, Greenwich. Action: Foreclose defendants’ mortgage. Filed Oct. 30. Dajani, Alket and Valentina Dajani, Fairfield. Filed by Mitchell Pollack & Associates PLLC, Tarrytown, New York, for Federal Credit Union. Property: 447 Stratfield Road, Fairfield. Action: Foreclose defendants’ mortgage. Filed Nov. 10. Gillespie Coe, Sally, et al, Stamford. Filed by Vincent J. Freccia, Stamford, for the city of Stamford. Property: 137 Ocean Drive West, Stamford. Action: Foreclose defendants’ mortgage. Filed Nov. 18. Hines, Eric, et al, Stamford. Filed by Ackerly & Ward, Stamford, for the Stamford Water Pollution Control Authority. Property: 293 Fairfield Ave., Stamford. Action: Foreclose defendants’ mortgage. Filed Nov. 16.


NOVEMBER 30, 2020

Humphrey, Scott, et al, Stamford. Filed by McCalla Raymer Leibert Pierce LLC, Hartford, for Wells Fargo Bank National Association. Property: 38 Daycroft Road, Stamford. Action: Foreclose defendants’ mortgage. Filed Nov. 16.

Bridova, Katarina and Matthew Kraft, Norwalk, by James T. Maye. Lender: Guaranteed Rate Affinity LLC, 1800 W. Larchmont Ave., Chicago, Illinois. Property: 86 Field St., Norwalk. Amount: $538,000. Filed Oct. 8.

Holguin, Cesar A. and Alexandra Holguin, Stamford, by Andrew S. Gale. Lender: JPMorgan Chase Bank NA, 1111 Polaris Pkwy., Columbus, Ohio. Property: 20 Bellmere Ave., Stamford. Amount: $544,000. Filed Oct. 9.

Poidomani, Lina Maria and Ricardo Robles, Stamford, by Matthew L. Corrente. Lender: AFC Mortgage Group LLC, 227 Monroe Turnpike, Suite 3F, Monroe. Property: 329 Haig Ave., Stamford. Amount: $442,800. Filed Oct. 9.

Johnson, Christopher A. and Kimberly Johnson, Greenwich. Filed by Neubert, Pepe & Monteith PC, New Haven, for City National Bank. Property: 390 North Ave., Greenwich. Action: Foreclose defendants’ mortgage. Filed Nov. 5.

Catalano, Jessica A., Fairfield, by Scott Rogalski. Lender: Wells Fargo Bank NA, 101 N. Phillips Ave., Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Property: 27 Stillson Place, Fairfield. Amount: $178,500. Filed Oct. 9.

Huang, James and Tung Yan Angela Li, Stamford, by James C. Tsui. Lender: Finance of America Mortgage LLC, 300 Welsh Road, Building 5, Suite A, Horsham, Pennsylvania Property: 51 Schuyler Ave., Unit 4D, Stamford. Amount: $150,000. Filed Oct. 9.

Rush, Michael E. and Mary M. Rush, Fairfield, by Karl D. Shehu. Lender: CBC National Bank Mortgage, 3010 Royal Boulevard South, Suite 230, Alpharetta, Georgia. Property: 130 Pheasant Lane, Fairfield. Amount: $425,000. Filed Oct. 13.

Jones, Tamara, Stamford, by Shauna Rose-Larmond. Lender: PennyMac Loan Services LLC, 3043Townsgate Road, Suite 200, Westlake Village, California. Property: 27 Maplewood Place, Stamford. Amount: $441,066. Filed Oct. 13.

Rysz, Timothy, Norwalk, by John J. Bove. Lender: CrossCountry Mortgage LLC, 6850 Miller Road, Brecksville, Ohio. Property: 17 Birchside Drive, Norwalk. Amount: $291,000. Filed Oct. 9.

Klamka, Thomas C., Greenwich. Filed by the Law Office of Wayne D. Effron PC, Greenwich, for Theresa M. Klamka. Property: 7 Patricia Lane, Cos Cob. Action: Foreclose defendant’s mortgage. Filed Nov. 2.

Citarella, Marie and Vicente Citarella, Greenwich, by Jeremy E. Kaye. Lender: First Republic Bank, 111 Pine St., San Francisco, California. Property: 48 Dingletown Road, Greenwich. Amount: $1,000,000. Filed Oct. 14.

Ninth Street Construction LLC, et al, Fairfield. Filed by McCabe, Wikstrom & Barney LLC, Milford, for The Hatch & Bailey Company. Property: 468 Valley Road, Fairfield. Action: Foreclose defendants’ mortgage. Filed Oct. 28.

Cohen, Leslie and Brendan Finnerty, Greenwich, by Glenn A. Reiner. Lender: Bank of America NA, 20 Greenway Plaza, Suite 900, Houston, Texas. Property: 87 Perkins Road, Greenwich. Amount: $2,030,000. Filed Oct. 14.

Platsis, Maria, Greenwich. Filed by Cuddy & Feder LLP, Stamford, for Miguel Sostre and Florence W. Sostre. Property: 11 Brook Drive, Greenwich. Action: Foreclose defendant’s mortgage. Filed Nov. 5.

Dijkema, Reinder A. and Antje P. Hilarius, Stamford, by Dean E. Popkin. Lender: Bank of Oklahoma NA d.b.a. Bank of Oklahoma, P.O. Box 35688, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Property: 24 Hunting Ridge Road, Stamford. Amount: $302,000. Filed Oct. 13.

Stephenson Residential Services LLC, et al, Stamford. Filed by Ackerly & Ward, Stamford, for the Stamford Water Pollution Control Authority. Property: 8 Hillside Ave., Stamford. Action: Foreclose defendant’s mortgage. Filed Nov. 16. Tomasky, Maria, et al, Fairfield. Filed by McCalla Raymer Leibert Pierce LLC, Hartford, for US Bank National Association. Property: 57 Warner Hill Road, Fairfield. Action: Foreclose defendants’ mortgage. Filed Oct. 1. Tyagi, Ruchika, Fairfield. Filed by Costello, Brennan & De Vidas PC, Fairfield, for Sudheer Tyagi. Property: 70 Golfview Terrace, Fairfield. Action: Foreclose defendant’s mortgage. Filed Oct. 27.

MORTGAGES Andrade. Eduardo, Norwalk, by C H Barrington. Lender: Lakeview Community Capital LLC, 507 Prudential Road Suite 100B. Horsham, Pennsylvania Property: 377 W. Cedar St., Norwalk. Amount: $429,079. Filed Oct. 10.



Flores, Iralda and Luis Flores, Norwalk, by Mayra M. Rios. Lender: Wells Fargo Bank NA, 101 N. Phillips Ave., Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Property: 16 Byington Place, Unit 5, Norwalk. Amount: $206,500. Filed Oct. 9. Greco, Maureen and Carmine Greco, Fairfield, by Brian S. Cantor. Lender: Newtown Savings Bank, 39 Main St., Newtown. Property: 20 Glover St., Fairfield. Amount: $305,000. Filed Oct. 9. Herman, Erik and Franziska Herman, Greenwich, by Randi Kornblut. Lender: Morgan Stanley Private Bank, National Association, 4270 Ivy Pointe Blvd., Suite 400, Cincinnati, Ohio. Property: 15 Heusted Drive, Old Greenwich. Amount: $1,040,000. Filed Oct. 14. Hogan, Elizabeth, Stamford, by Gerald M. Fox III. Lender: Guaranteed Rate Affinity LLC, 1800 W. Larchmont Ave., Chicago, Illinois. Property: 239 Hamilton Ave., Unit 57, Stamford. Amount: $284,000. Filed Oct. 13.

Martocci, Holly and Richard W. Nobes, Norwalk, by Carl A. Ferraro Jr. Lender: William Raveis Mortgage LLC, 7 Trap Falls Road, Shelton. Property: 26 Hills Lane, Westport. Amount: $232,000. Filed Oct. 8. McCarthy, David and Alexis McCarthy, Norwalk, by John J. Bove. Lender: Fairfield County Bank, 150 Danbury Road, Ridgefield. Property: 35 Fox Run Road, Norwalk. Amount: $506,400. Filed Oct. 9. McCreesh, Michael J. and Dana S. McCreesh, Fairfield, by Mamun Chowdhury. Lender: TD Bank NA, 2035 Limestone Road, Wilmington, Delaware. Property: 55 Acorn Lane, Southport. Amount: $150,000. Filed Oct. 13. McGrath, Lisa P. and Thomas R. McGrath, Greenwich, by N/A. Lender: LLC, 26642 Towne Centre Drive, Foothill Ranch, California. Property: 36 Bonwit Road, Riverside. Amount: $599,400. Filed Oct. 14. Melcher, Craig D. and Lindsay Melcher, Greenwich, by Jeffrey Weiner. Lender: Bank of America NA, 100 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, North Carolina. Property: 3 Glen Avon Drive, Riverside. Amount: $172,000. Filed Oct. 14. Moses, Kevney D., Norwalk, by Tamara Peterson. Lender: Guaranteed Rate Affinity LLC, 1800 W. Larchmont Ave., Chicago, Illinois. Property: 13 Quintard Ave., Norwalk. Amount: $226,000. Filed Oct. 8.

Sherwood, Christopher W., Fairfield, Donald E. Wetmore. Lender: Pentagon Federal Credit Union, 7940 Jones Branch Drive, Tysons, Virginia. Property: 19 Wellner Drive, Fairfield. Amount: $71,500. Filed Oct. 9. Viscontini, Paul and Kathryn Viscontini, Stamford, by Matthew L. Corrente. Lender: Quicken Loans LLC, 1050 Woodward Ave., Detroit, Michigan. Property: 107 Lynam Road, Stamford. Amount: $601,450. Filed Oct. 9. Zapata, Cesar, Fairfield, by Gloria Da Silva. Lender: People’s United Bank NA, 850 Main St., Bridgeport. Property: 162 Lloyd Drive, Fairfield. Amount: $41,100. Filed Oct. 9.

Child Proofers Network of Connecticut, 105 Harbor Drive, Apartment 139, Stamford, 06902, c/o Jay Martel. Filed Oct. 22. Cingari Kitchen LLC, 471 Elm St., Stamford, 06902, c/o David S. Cingari. Filed Oct. 20. Executive Media, 1 Bank St., Suite 306, Stamford, 06901, c/o Executive Marketing Consulting LLC. Filed Oct. 22. Faithful Gould, 6 Landmark Square, Fourth floor, Stamford, 06901, c/o Atkins North America Inc. Filed Oct. 15. Here to Help Health, 83 Morgan St., Unit 5J, Stamford, 06905, c/o Cristina Gonzalez. Filed Oct. 20. Home Craft Services, 139 Ridge Park Ave., Stamford, 06905, c/o Patrick Corelli. Filed Oct. 15. J&V Barbershop, 27 Main St., Stamford, 06901, c/o Jose Palencia. Filed Oct. 22. Moes Kitchen LLC, 114 Maple Ave., Stamford, 06902, c/o Mohammed Kalam. Filed Oct. 14. N and G Masonry, 79 Connecticut Ave., Stamford, 06902, c/o Nelson Ramirez Mejia. Filed Oct. 14. The Whale Tea Stamford LLC, 1 Bank St., Stamford, 06901, c/o An Kang Lin. Filed Oct. 13.



A1 Hair Spot, 9 Stoneridge Circle, Stamford, 06902, c/o Deandra McQueen. Filed Oct. 22.

Acoustic radiation pattern control. Patent no. 10,848,863 issued to Paul Peace Jr. Assigned to Harman International Industries, Stamford.

Boobalove,, 180 Broad St., Apartment 1413, Stamford, 06901, c/o Christopher Orrego. Filed Oct. 22. Cezar & Son Contractors, 1158 Stillwater Road, Stamford, 06902, c/o Patrick Bartosiewicz. Filed Oct. 20. Chef Diana Andrews, 34 Overbrook Drive, Stamford, 06906, c/o Between the Tines LLC. Filed Oct. 20.

Compositions comprising eutectic metal alloy nanoparticles. Patent no. 10,843,262 issued to Guiquin Song, et al. Assigned to Xerox, Norwalk. Core material for composite structures. Patent no. 10,843,434 issued to Thomas Carstensen, et al. Assigned to Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford. Probabilistic pixel biasing in low-area coverage. Patent no. 10,846,575 issued to Stuart Schweid, et al. Assigned to Xerox, Norwalk.

LEGAL NOTICES Notice of Formation of Hudson Technology Consulting Group LLC. Articles of Org. filed with SSNY on 10/05/20. Office location: Westchester County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to C/O Hudson Technology Consulting Group LLC, 516 Bellwood Avenue, Sleepy Hollow, New York 10591. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. Latest date upon which LLC is to dissolve: No specific date #62685 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (LLC). NAME: SIREN GEMS, LLC Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 10/09/20. 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, 50 Waterside close, Eastchester, New York 10709, principal business location of the LLC. Purpose: any lawful business activity. #62686 Notice of formation of Limited Liability Company (LLC). Name: NSRS PROPERTIES LLC. Article of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 10/16/20. 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: Corporate Creations Network Inc.,15 North Mill Street. Nyack, NY 10960. The limited liability company is to be managed by: ONE OR MORE MEMBERS. The limited liability company shall begin upon filing of these Articles of Organization with the Department of State. #62688 Notice of formation of Limited Liability Company (ìLLCî). Name: Mount Hope Plaza LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of the State of New York (ìSSNYî) on October 19, 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 Mount Hope Plaza LLC, c/o Mount Hope Community Development Corporation, 65 Lake Street, White Plains, New York 10604. #62689 Notice of Formation of READ.WRITE.GROW! LLC. Arts. of Org. with SSNY on 7.24.2020. Office location: Westchester County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: United States Corporation Agents, Inc., 7014 13th Avenue, Suite 202, Brooklyn, NY, 11228. Purpose: any lawful purpose or activity. #62690

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (LLC). NAME: REALLY GOOD MUSIC, LLC Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 07/28/20. Office location: Westchester County. LegalZoom has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. LegalZoom shall mail a copy of process to: The LLC, 45 Lee Ave, Ossining NY 10562, principal business location of the LLC. Purpose: any lawful business activity. #62691 Notice of formation of Limited Liability Company (ìLLCî). Name: Andieís Eats LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of the State of New York (ìSSNYî) on October 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 Andieís Eats 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. #62692 Better Living Production LLC. Filed 8/4/20 Office: Westchester Co. SSNY designated as agent for process & shall mail to: 258 Sommerville Place, Yonkers, NY 10703 Purpose: All lawful #62693 A J A Construction Co, LLC. Filed 8/18/20 Office: Westchester Co. SSNY designated as agent for process & shall mail to: 745 Warren Ave, Thornwood, NY 10594 Purpose: All lawful #62694 A & I Restoration LLC. Filed 7/6/20 Office: Westchester Co. SSNY designated as agent for process & shall mail to: 70 Yonkers Ave, Yonkers, NY 10704 Purpose: All lawful #62695 40 West 6th Street, LLC. Filed 8/18/20 Office: Westchester Co. SSNY designated as agent for process & shall mail to: 399 Knollwood Road, Suite 318, White Plains, NY 10603 Purpose: All lawful #62696 WU Dental, PLLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/27/2020. Cty: Westchester. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to Edmund WU, 971 57th St., Brooklyn, NY 11219. Purposes: Dentistry #62697 Notice of Formation of Ryddym, LLC Art. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 10/20/20. 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 LLC, 116 Putnam Ave, Freeport, NY 11520. Purpose: any lawful activity. #62699

September2020, LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/16/2020. Cty: Westchester. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to BlumbergExcelsior Corporate Services, Inc., 16 Court St, 14th Fl., Brooklyn, NY 11241. General Purpose #62700 Duevio LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/16/2020. Cty: Westchester. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to BlumbergExcelsior Corporate Services, Inc., 16 Court St., 14th Fl., Brooklyn, NY 11241 . General Purpose #62701 Notice of Formation of Nurture Brands LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 10/27/20. Office location: Westchester County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Nurture Brands LLC, 2005 Palmer Avenue #1173, Larchmont, New York 10538. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. #62704 Career Ready Coaching, LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/14/2020. Cty: Westchester. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to Jeffrey S. Chapski, 723 Seney Ave., Mamaroneck, NY . General Purpose #62705 1302 Waring, LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/6/2020. Cty: Westchester. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to 500 Mamaroneck Ave., Ste. 320, Harrison, NY 10528. General Purpose #62708 Notice of Formation of Madison Family Holdings, LLC. Art. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 10/20/2020. 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 Gary Schwartz, 4 New King Street Ste 120, White Plains, NY 10604. Purpose: Any lawful activity. #62709 Notice of formation of Limited Liability Company (ìLLCî). Name: Middlecrest Crossing Senior Apartments Investor LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of the State of New York (ìSSNYî) on November 3, 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 Middlecrest Crossing Senior Apartments Investor LLC, 44 Warburton Avenue, 1st Floor, Yonkers, New York 10701. Purpose/character of LLC is to engage in any lawful act or activity. #62713

Notice of formation of Limited Liability Company (ìLLCî). Name: Green Joulez, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of the State of New York (ìSSNYî) on November 3, 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 Green Joulez, LLC, 55 Corell Road, Scarsdale, New York 10583. Purpose/character of LLC is to engage in any lawful act or activity. #62714 LRA Flooring LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/27/2020. Cty: Westchester. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to 220 West St., Harrison, NY 10528. General Purpose #62716 Notice of Formation of Eldorado Court LLC, a domestic Limited Liability Company (LLC). Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/22/2020. NY Office location: WESTCHESTER County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him/her to The LLC, 64 Eldorado Court, White Plains, New York 10603. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. #62717 Notice of formation EVA Properties Group, LLC; Art of Org files with SSNY on 10/19/2020. Loc: Westchester Cty. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, EVA Properties Group, LLC PO Box 3465 Mt. Vernon, NY 10553. #62718 Notice of Formation of 16 EMERSON STREET LLC. Principal office Westchester County. Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) designated as agent for service of process. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process served against the LLC to 17 South MacQuesten Parkway, Mt. Vernon, NY 10550. Articles of Organization of the LLC filed with the SSNY on October 14, 2020. Purpose: Any lawful act(s). #62719 753 BPR, LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/3/2018. Cty: Westchester. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to Northsight Capital Advisors, LLC, PO Box 756, Rye, NY 10580. General Purpose #62720

Notice of Formation of Bais 1604, LLC Art. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 11/12/2020. 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, 107 N Water Street, Peekskill, NY 10566. Purpose: any lawful purpose. #62721 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (LLC). NAME: 914 Records, LLC Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 04/13/20. 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, 86 Chatsworth Ave, Larchmont, New York 10538, principal business location of the LLC. Purpose: any lawful business activity. #62722 Notice of Formation of SMYNS, LLC filed with SSNY on May 12, 2020. Office: Westchester 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 11229. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. #62723

Notice of Formation of REEX Capital, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 10/30/2020. Office location: Westchester County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Felix Hernandez, 542 Van Cortlandt Park Ave 1F Yonkers, NY 10705. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. #62726 Notice of Formation of REEX Management, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 10/29/2020. Office location: Westchester County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Felix Hernandez, 542 Van Cortlandt Park Ave 1F Yonkers, NY 10705. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. #62727 Notice of Formation of REEX Realty, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 10/30/2020. Office location: Westchester County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Felix Hernandez, 542 Van Cortlandt Park Ave 1F Yonkers, NY 10705. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. #62728

Alex MonAus Group, LLC, Art. of Org. filed with NY Secy. of State on 08/27/20. Office located in Westchester Co. 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: 63 Beechwood Avenue, Mount Vernon NY, 10553 (the LLCís primary business location). LLC may engage in any lawful act or activity for which a limited liability company may be formed. #62729 Notice of Formation of Ztreet Musician LLC amended to Zstreetmusician LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/9/20. Office location: Westchester County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Michael Lichtenstein, 420 Lexington Ave, Ste 300, NY, NY 10170, the registered agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. Purpose: any lawful activity. #62725

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The Importance of the Arts in Our Civic Lives




From the County Executive Dear Readers, Thank you for taking a few moments to read this edition of ArtsNews. As we begin to spend more time indoors and prepare for the holiday season, I want to encourage all of you to enjoy the many events that ArtsWestchester has to offer. We have faced a difficult year. Many of our arts events were canceled or postponed because of the pandemic, but they have not disappeared. I hope you take some time to explore these events and that they provide you with joy this winter. ArtsWestchester will be providing a robust schedule of strong programming offered by arts groups throughout the County, including: • an upcoming major expansion of a top Westchester museum (see page A6) • arts events to celebrate the holidays from home (see page A18) • ways to support your local arts businesses with your holiday shopping (A20) We could all use a few moments of respite, and we have many wonderful opportunities to explore within our own County. As we patiently await our 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. Sincerely, George Latimer Westchester County Executive

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FROM THE CEO by Janet Langsam, ArtsWestchester CEO

A Way of Life to Go Back To When I was a girl growing up in Far Rockaway, it was wartime. My parents worried that German submarines would be coming across the Atlantic Ocean to our beaches. They would sit for hours in front of the living room radio, hanging on every word from the frontline. Now it is wartime again in America. Only this time, it’s a war against an invisible enemy that we can’t see, but we know can kill us. And now it’s me, glued to the television, watching a rising death toll and wondering whether a divided America can battle this disease to the ground. And, to what end? Can we go back to the way of life in which music and art flourished? More to the point, will our way of life be there for us to go back to? Make no mistake, in this moment we are fighting for our way of lives. All across America, organizations like ArtsWestchester are fighting to open our theaters, bring back music and dance lessons for our kids and watch films, not alone at home but together with friends… Imagine the sheer luxury of spending a day at the museum? The arts are suffering like never before. In a quick and thoroughly unscientific survey, we determined that 50% of Westchester arts organizations are struggling financially. Perhaps large and wellpositioned organizations like the

Met and MOMA will survive. But, what about the local theater group that performs in the Armonk library or the visual artists that go into the Yonkers schools or the outdoor mural at the White Plains Housing Authority, or the PJS Jazz Society concerts in a Mount Vernon church? ArtsWestchester, with support from Westchester County Government, keeps these cultural gatherings (now virtual) alive for all who come. And the truth is that the gathering is as important as the music and the art. These are the things we call our way of life. These are the soul of our communities. Make no mistake, although we will try, not every beloved arts group of the hundreds that ArtsWestchester supports will survive. Nationally, the coronavirus has so far dealt an estimated economic blow of $14 billion to America’s arts and cultural sector. And here in Westchester, our cultural organizations are hanging tough, counting the days when they can be fully open and once more welcoming audiences. The question that many people ask: Will these wonderful cultural destinations we love so much be there for us when COVID is gone? The answer is – only if we care enough. So please…send a little love to the arts community. They need it now. Young residents from White Plains Housing Authority helped to design and create a mural on the construction walls at the Winbrook/Brookfield Commons

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In these days of COVID-19, ArtsWestchester did a thoroughly unscientific survey of the state of the arts in Westchester. Here are some takeaways from the 57 respondents: 87 percent of the organizations have not fared well financially; 63 percent have lost more than half their revenue; 80 percent have converted programs to digital; 62 percent said that the transition to digital programming was difficult; 65 percent said they would continue offering virtual programs beyond the pandemic. Kudos to Westchester County Government for their support.

We’re so lucky this year that, for the first time, we are allowed to participate in the Art$WChallenge. Our main source of funding is our yearly fundraising gala, and it can’t happen this year. So far we collected almost $5,000. That may be small money for big organizations, but for us it’s really important.

Kinga Lesniak,

We greatly appreciate ArtsWestchester’s efforts to keep arts front-and-center in the County during these difficult times. With the current rise in COVID-19 cases pushing the day that we can again welcome audiences to our theaters further into the future, this funding becomes ever so more important.

Seth Soloway,

Performing Arts Center at Purchase College

Nowodworski Foundation

The vocal arts organizations of Westchester are in danger of dissolution--we fully anticipate the loss/reorganization/merger of some of our groups in the coming year. What rises up from the ashes will be different.

Hudson Chorale

Organizations like mine rely on arts funding to provide a and cultural programs in the underserved communities Westchester. It has helped us to present film screening and educational workshops to local students, families a seniors for whom the arts would otherwise not be avail

Dave Steck, YoFiFest

We have a deep gratitude for all that Westchester County Government and ArtsWestchester have done in sustaining Hudson Stage Company for these past 22 years. We wouldn't survive without their support. County funds have made it possible for us to stay alive, grow and thrive. With the pandemic raging around us, and the uncertainty of our future, I am reminded of Stella Adler's quote: 'Life beats down and crushes the soul, and art reminds you that you have one!'

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spotlight All of us at Historic Hudson Valley are heartened by the recommended two percent increase in funding for ArtsWestchester in the 2021 County Budget. Supporting the arts through ArtsWestchester has a direct and profound impact on the artists who interpret the world around us, the businesses that benefit from ancillary spending in their communities, and the visitors who rely on the enriching events and programs that our cultural and historic organizations provide.

Waddell Stillman,

Historic Hudson Valley

People very much wanted to be back at the gallery and immersed in art. It was touching and really gave us a sense of pride about what we do and how it impacts.

Receiving a PPP Loan was a huge help financially and the support from our alums has been another financial support. Our faculty, board and staff has been tremendous.

Shelley Grantham,

Steffi Nossen School of Dance

Urban Studio Unbound

There needs to be a lot more help in getting venues to reopen, and/or financial support to stay open, in order to be able be here when this all settles.


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Twice a week, dozens of seniors living with Parkinson’s Disease log into Zoom and dance in their homes, separated by space but brought together by music, dance and friendship. These classes, like so any of our programs, are free. They simply wouldn't be possible without support from the County.

Adam Levi,

Rye Arts Center

Remote programming can help us reach more older adults who don't have access to community facilities.

Lifetime Arts

The Katonah Museum of Art relies on funding from Westchester County to help us to continue offering exceptional exhibitions and innovative educational programs for our community. We are very grateful for the support.

There are many unknowns when transitioning to virtual events, but the Art$WChallenge program has energized our outreach and is helping us to reach the fundraising goal for our upcoming event.

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Katherine Vockins,

Katonah Museum of Art

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A West Wing with Sweeping Views of the Palisades and Hudson River

by Catherine White

For over 100 years, the Hudson River Museum has been home to an extensive collection of regional and broader American artwork that has cultivated the minds of its visitors – all while situated right next to the Hudson River and Palisades. Now, the museum will capitalize on that history with its West Wing expansion.

It’s going to open up countless new possibilities. Masha Turchinsky,

Director and CEO at Hudson River Museum

Rendering by Archimuse

This expansion, which broke ground in November, will increase the museum from 40,000 to 52,000 square feet. The renovation will include long-awaited additions, including special exhibition galleries, an auditorium, art storage, a sculpture court and a new River Terrace. Subsequent renovations will include the restoration of the Museum's historic Glenview Home and a roof repair. The expansion will be funded by a previously allocated $12.28M from Westchester County, the City of Yonkers and New York State. The museum will be fully operational during the anticipated two-year process.



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feature Archimuse, led by architects Benjamin Kracauer, AIA, and Reuben Jackson, RA, will lead the design of the expansion. The firm has completed projects for many well-known museums, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Carnegie Museum of Art. For Archimuse, this project is the culmination of a long-term plan that began almost 20 years ago. Said Kracauer: “We started working with the Hudson River Museum in 2002 on a master plan that plotted the growth of the Museum over the next 20 years. Every part of that master plan has been built except for the West Wing.” He added: “The first component... [created] the lobby, which unified the museum

be that the public will get to experience far more of the permanent collection than it ever has in the history of the institution.” Centered in this novel gallery will be a cantilevered glass overlook, which will allow visitors to enjoy a three-sided panoramic view of the adjacent Hudson River and Palisades. “What we are particularly excited about is building world-class art galleries that will also have spaces with sweeping views of the Palisades and the River,” Turchinsky said. “At the same time, it’s going to open up countless new possibilities to feature world-class artists, emerging artists whose names deserve to be better known, and also

Rendering by Archimuse

and showed that [the museum] was a campus...of beautiful buildings working together and the West Wing is the final piece of the puzzle.” Totaling 3,350 square feet, the special exhibition galleries will be a 15-foot-tall facility that will accommodate a wide range of rotating exhibitions and will allow the museum to show off more of its personal collection. According to the Museum’s Director and CEO, Masha Turchinsky: “Once we have these new galleries, the exciting part is that we’re going to be afforded the opportunity to thoughtfully reinterpret our existing permanent collection in those spaces. So the end result will

create some significant juxtapositions with our permanent collection.” The sculpture court, which will have a view of the museum’s courtyard, Glenview and the Hudson River, will be a space dedicated to displaying the museum’s sculptures, which have been rarely seen due to a lack of space. The 3,000-square-foot art storage will meet the requirements imposed by lender organizations and the American Alliance of Museums so that the museum’s art can be safe and the storage can conform to professional standards. Turchinsky explained that her HRM team is specifically enthusiastic about the art storage and how it will


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positively impact the museum as a whole, given that they have so far had to compromise with storage space. The addition of the 100-seat auditorium, which will adhere to the natural cascading grade, will allow a space for multimedia performances and presentations. Guests will also be able to walk right outside the auditorium onto a new and improved River Terrace. The River Terrace, which will be upgraded from the current outdoor patio with a new concrete slab and glass parapet, will connect the auditorium to the existing Hudson Room, where special events take place. Turchinsky is enthusiastic that this expansion will even further expose the Westchester community to accessible worldclass art. “We are very grateful to Westchester County, the City of Yonkers and New York State for coming together to sponsor this important project,” she said. “This is an incredible investment in the arts, and a recognition that cultural organizations are not just nice things to have, but [that they] lift up and elevate communities. Also that access to arts and culture encourages critical thinking skills, encourages forward-thinking dialogue and is a respectful space for people to come and debate important topics. So we’re really excited that these new spaces will allow for that.”

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano with Hudson River Museum Director and CEO Masha Turchinsky at Hudson River Museum's groundbreaking (photo credit: Barbara Hansen)

[Hudson River Museum is] a campus...of beautiful buildings working together and the West Wing is the final piece of the puzzle. Benjamin Kracauer, AIA Architect at Archimuse




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A Message From Wynt

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Jazz: A History of People Coming Together

Jazz was one of the first aspects of American social life to be purposefully integrated in the 20th century, with Benny Goodman and the fantastic concert that he did in Chicago in the mid-1930s. Jazz has a history of people coming together. It harmonizes the interests of individuals and the collective, it underscores the importance of collaboration and teamwork, but it also has what is called “the Blues,” which tells us: while things may be bad, let's look squarely at them and understand that we can use our will to rise above our difficulties, no matter what they may be. The Blues, in a strange way, is like a vaccine, you give yourself a little bit of what's coming and it helps you to fend off the real thing when it comes along. So I know we're looking for a vaccine right at this time for this pandemic, but our eternal life and our spiritual life and those things that cannot be touched by disease, always needs to be nourished and the blues aesthetic is something that has healed the world for over a hundred years.

We're fractured and we're uncertain, but jazz is certain. It tells us that we can come together and we can improvise and be creative.

emic: Another Pivotal Moment

the pandemic… You know the jazz community has been so hard. Musicians can't tour, can't perform…Jazz clubs, which always struggle, are really in danger of going under completely. The entire performing arts are struggling. But jazz…we're having a very, very, hard time. We find ourselves at another pivotal moment in time, where our commitment to our own beliefs, and our responsibility to those beliefs and to one another, is greatly, greatly, challenged.

A Time That Requires Solutions

We`re facing all kinds of political corruption. We’re facing racial and social unrest… and that's added to the problems that we have with the pandemic, and all of our challenges have just simply become too large for us to turn away. This is a time

Wynton Marsalis (photo credit: Joe Martinez)

that requires our attention, our energy, our expertise. It is a time that requires solutions to so many problems that those solutions will not come from one place. It has to come from all of us. It's a time for participation and that's why it is also a time for the arts. Not just on the individual level, but also on the community level. We have to all be a part of this. You know jazz music is a music that’s inescapably hopeful and it's infused with the ability to uplift, to inspire, to energize and to unite. Its fundamentals provide a blueprint to help us combat the prejudice and racial injustice that continues to haunt our nation and to stain our soul.

We Can Improvise and Be Creative

Jazz music also symbolizes the global effort to overcome class exploitation. It insists on optimism in the face of overwhelming adversity and it is profoundly relevant for these current times. We're fractured and we're uncertain, but jazz is certain. It tells us that we can come together and we can improvise and be creative. That we can be technically excellent and virtuous, and come up with something that only we can come up with and that is defined in many ways.

Safeguarding the Arts

I want to again send my deepest, most heartfelt congratulations to Entergy and this evening’s other honorees for their commitment to stewarding and safeguarding the arts through ArtsWestchester. To my longtime friends at Entergy, you are leaders and we recognize your legacy of arts support and the 20-plus-year example of being the epitome of a corporate citizen in New York City and all around this country. We are inspired by your work, your great deeds. We are inspired by you and we will never forget and we love you. Thank you.



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Adapting the Artist Residency in the Time of Covid

by Abigail Lewis, Executive Director at Bethany Arts Community

What is a residency? An incubator. Permission to focus solely on creative pursuits; and now more than ever, a rejuvenation.“Even remotely, virtually, singularly: this simple connection has been driving each of us further than even we planned ourselves. How magical is that?,” said artist Cherie Lee, whose artist residency at Bethany Arts Community (BAC) took place during the COVID-19 pandemic. Typically, artist residencies serve as a place away from everyday distractions; a time to reflect and discover. They provide artists an opportunity to meet fellow artists: to draw inspiration, share techniques and expand community. However, over the summer, BAC was forced to revisit its plans of hosting thirty artists who were supposed to live, eat and create on its Ossining campus in the fall. The organization launched its first annual artist residency program in 2019, offering short-term multi-disciplinary residencies to artists from around the world to develop new works and works-in-progress. In 2020, when the pandemic began, BAC reduced the size of its

Smile Na by Chigozie Obi

program, and provided each artist with their own apartment, a studio, and plenty of room to safely eat together. Photographer Julia Forest says: “COVID-19 has made me uninspired and worried. It was so wonderful to just take time away from that and focus on creating.” Forest used her time at Bethany to shoot in local landscapes, using mirrors and forced perspectives. BAC put every health guideline into action: participants selfisolated prior to the start of the program and completed daily health checks while on site. In addition, a virtual residency was launched to accommodate those whose participation was no longer possible due to travel restrictions. Virtual participants were based in Nigeria, Belgium, India, England, and states across the U.S. The artists shared their work through images, videos and reflections in a Slack channel, prompting feedback and encouragement from their peers. Visual artist Chigozie Obi joined from Lagos, Nigeria and worked on

COVID-19 has made me uninspired and worried. It was so wonderful to just take time away from that and focus on creating. Julia Forest Photographer

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Sculpture by Cherie Lee

her 48” mixed-media painting in the midst of violent protests. She says: “The virtual residency helped to take my mind off of the protests and events happening in my country. Creating the work, reading through the Slack messages and interacting with other participants gave me some moments of peace amidst chaos.” During their stay, each artist is required to create at least one public program, this year on Facebook Live, which is accessible to the outside community. Obi will give an artist talk on December 13. Brice Garrett used his time at Bethany to create an online interactive platform to explore how our relationship with materials and objects have shifted during COVID. “Usually I work with materials, process, and in the round. Since some of this wasn’t fully possible this year, it was important for me to keep the interaction and process

elements that the viewer experiences.” Garrett will share his community-driven project on December 17. Cinematographer Anantha Krishnan will discuss his artistic process and share clips from his work-in-progress film on December 10. His project explores the problems that inform and threaten democracies around the world. Cherie Lee, who creates intricate carvings with high-speed rotary equipment to transform ostrich eggshells into small-scale, subtractive sculptures, will have an artist talk on December 3. According to Lee: "There was no push or pull or plea or force. There was only an introduction, a proverbial handshake, and suddenly a scattered collection of myriad persons stretching to grow beyond themselves, together alone. It’s beautiful. And inspiring.”



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by Kathleen Reckling, Deputy Director of Public Programs at ArtsWestchester

This past summer, when Ridge Hill Shopping Center, Yonkers’ shopping and entertainment destination, was planning its phased reopening, it looked to long-time partner ArtsWestchester for a different approach. With gatherings on pause and new vacancies to address, “Outdoor Art 2020” emerged as an arts-infused strategy for welcoming shoppers and diners back to the property. The project, which includes murals, signage and expanded pedestrian spaces, offers replicable models for businesses, Business Improvement Districts and Main Streets that are rethinking how to differentiate themselves during a time when outdoor space is so critical to economic sustainability and community development. Market Street is Ridge Hill’s main artery. However, to allow for

better social distancing, the property converted the majority of this roadway into a pedestrian zone. Restaurants gained more outdoor space for seating and shoppers could more easily practice distancing guidelines on the widened walkway. By October 2020, the project had added four new murals and a series of banners to an existing collection of public art. There are plans for future murals and informative artist-designed signage still to come. The first art project unveiled as part of “Outdoor Art 2020” was designed to transform the airspace above the new pedestrian zone. ArtsWestchester invited local artists to submit designs that would be produced as banners and installed on lamp posts along Market Street.

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Ella, a mural by artist Danielle Mastrion at Ridge Hill Shopping Center, transformed Fitzgerald Street earlier this year

Yonkers artist Alfredo Ponce won the competitive selection process, and his collection of works, titled Community, were unveiled in July. Murals became a colorful and hopeful solution to new vacancies on the property. Empty storefronts that were boarded up with plywood were transformed into exuberant destinations, emblazoned with colorful designs and messages like “Welcome.” Muralists include Andrea von Bujdoss and Danielle Mastrion. Planters painted by White Plains artist Ann Ladd through an earlier collaboration between Ridge Hill and ArtsWestchester dot the sidewalks with color and seasonal plantings. "Outdoor Art 2020" features original temporary and permanent artworks by Hudson Valley artists that enliven the streetscape, promote

a safe environment and bring shoppers back to the space. Public art is a tried and tested economic driver. Successful examples include Wynwood in Miami and Bushwick, Brooklyn. Barricades around sidewalk dining nooks, vacant storefronts, lamp posts and utility boxes are just some of the blank canvases that offer opportunities for artists to create moments of joy for businesses and their patrons…and one might say a little joy is good for business.



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The Shifting Cultural of Japanese Ceramics by Leigh Taylor Mickelson Rooted in rich traditions, yet freed from political constraints, the groups of objects together: “On the Shoulders of Giants” showcases artists in Katonah Museum of Art (KMA)’s Hands & Earth: Perspectives all the functional mingei and pre-21st century ceramics, while “Nonon Japanese Contemporary Ceramics exhibition represent a wide Traditional Forms” features the most recent and innovative sculptures. range of innovation. On view through January 24, 2021, the show The similar color palettes and a consistent reference to nature is what features 41 pieces of contemporary Japanese ceramics drawn from makes the works belong together in the same room. one of the largest and most The mengei movement of the prestigious private collections 1920s and ‘30s is considered of modern and contemporary to have “set the stage for the Japanese ceramics outside of modern era” in Japanese Japan – the Carol and Jeffrey ceramics. Artists of this era Horvitz Collection. Collected revitalized ceramic traditions that over a period of ten-to-fifteen were on the verge of extinction. A years from galleries and artists giant in this movement, Hamada around the world, the gathering Shōji, whose unassuming though of objects in this exhibition glorious iron-glazed jar sits quietly reveals not only the breadth and amongst other early functional depth of what clay can do, but it vessels in the exhibition, attained also shines a light on the shifting unsurpassed recognition at cultural journey that Japanese home and abroad for his simple ceramic artists have taken over approach to functional ceramics. the past seventy years. Hamada influenced hundreds of Though the exhibition spans Western potters and his legacy seven decades and shows a continues to do so today. huge diversity of form, color, Andrew Maske, Associate surface and content, it is the Professor of Art History at the thread of a common culture and University of Kentucky, declares history that connects all of the in his Hands & Earth catalog works. This strong thread makes essay that “the end of World War the fact that the exhibition is II truly marks the beginning of separated into four sections hard contemporary ceramics in Japan.” to see at first. The transitions Newly exposed to influences are seamless. In the right-hand from around the world, Japanese gallery, KMA’s Assistant Curator artists felt they had the freedom of Exhibitions and Programs, to think and work differently. We HAMADA SHŌJI (1894-1978) Untitled, ca. 1960 Emily Handlin, made a bold move see evidence of this in the “NonAmber iron-glazed stoneware 11.25 x 11 inches and placed the most contrasting Traditional Forms” section of the © Hamada Shōji, photograph by Richard Goodbody, courtesy Joan B. Mirviss

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l Journey s exhibition. The wall text reads: “Unconstrained by tradition or the need to balance form and function, artists working today view clay as a radical medium for experimentation and expression.” Five of the ten artists in this group happen to be women, who had been largely excluded from the history of ceramics in Japan until recently. Futamura Yoshimi’s Big Birth, a large stoneware sculpture with porcelain slip, reigns in the room and brings to mind a mighty tree that is about to

SHINGŪ SAYAKA (b. 1979) Erosion, 2014 Colored stoneware 7.8 x 16.5 x 14.3 inches © Shingū Sakaya, photograph by Yuko Weiner, courtesy Dai Ichi Arts

bring forth some form of life, while also unveiling the primal properties of the material itself. That strength and earthiness is contrasted by the delicacy of Shingu Sayaka’s flower sculpture, which is so intricate that it is hard to believe it is made of a material that is dug from the earth. In the left-hand gallery is "Modern Interpretations of Traditional Regional Ceramics,” which includes functional vessels by craftsmen who are working today but still use traditional methods and materials. In this section are the crusty yet undeniably beautiful wood-fired works that revel in the imperfect and the unpredictability of the material, often described by the Japanese aesthetic wabi-sabi. Then, Modern Uses of Traditional Glazes features artists who create non-functional, sculptural work with interesting, modern forms but use traditional glazes like celadon. One of the most exquisite works in the exhibition is by the youngest artist. Born in 1987, Kino Satoshi’s Fall Wind-Eye, a celadon-glazed porcelain feat that defies gravity, sits nearby Yagi Akira’s celadon nesting bowls, which are technically functional, but the smallest bowl holds less than a teaspoon. One sculptural, the other functional; both are a study of precision and abstraction rooted in Japanese tradition and aesthetic. As a whole, Hands & Clay uncovers the breadth of what is happening in contemporary ceramics in Japan. It helps its viewers to understand a place in which clay has been rooted in the culture for generations, revered for what it is today and always has been – a marvel.



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There’s No Place Like Home for the December 4

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Rock the Halls! Holiday Hits

Home for the Holidays!

Families will be “rockin’ around the Christmas tree” at home during Irvington Theater’s virtual holiday concert on December 4. The Theater will stream a recording of last year’s sold-out Holiday Celebration concert for audiences to enjoy while they wrap stocking stuffers and decorate their homes. Musicians Parker Reilly and the Electric Stories, known for their lively renditions of songs from the 1960s and ‘70s, will perform lesser-known holiday rock tunes and classic seasonal songs from Chuck Berry, Darlene Love and more.

The Westchester Chordsmen have cemented their place in Westchester with their serenades. This year, a virtual winter holiday concert will bring their lively spirit into the homes of those who want to channel the holiday spirit. The chorus, including some quartets, will sing everyone’s favorite holiday tunes, as well as some originals. The live performance by up to 65 singers (depending on the song), will include Jingle Bells, Winter Wonderland, Ave Maria, and more. Though this is a free concert, there are several paid packages available, which include items like a CD, tickets to the group’s next live performance, and a custom video.

December 5 through January 2 (Saturdays) Holiday Readings by the Pandemic Players Leading into the new year, no matter which Saturday afternoon one tunes into Zoom, they’ll be entertained by classic stories told by consummate actors. The Pandemic Players, a group presented by Schoolhouse Theater, is dedicated to providing plays to audiences, even while theaters are closed. Afternoon readings this winter bring the joy of the holidays into listeners’ lives with selections that include The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry (December 5), A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (December 19), and even This Wonderful Life by Steve Murray, Frances Goodrich and Mark Setlock (January 2), for which the Theater’s artistic director, Bram Lewis, will read the parts of all the citizens of Bedford Falls.

The Nutcracker Virtual Matinee Picture House Regional Film Center’s The Nutcracker Magical Matinee will bring the magic of the holiday season to families at home on December 13. This year, the Center has converted its annual in-person performance to a pre-recorded production by the ballerinas, instructors and professional dancers from the Ballet Arts dance company. Performers in full costume, and wearing masks to follow health regulations, will bring the timeless holiday ballet and Tchaikovsky’s beloved score to life.

December 11-13 Santa’s Holiday Extravaganza This kid-friendly holiday event by White Plains Performing Arts Center will celebrate the holidays with a selection of pre-recorded songs, stories and traditions on Zoom, featuring performances by professional singers and dancers. It all culminates in a reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by none other than Mrs. Claus, followed by a special live appearance by Santa. Each screen will be permitted two minutes alone with Santa to get a screenshot with the guest of honor.

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e Holidays Jitterbugs: Jazz for Kids (Holiday Edition) On December 13, Jazz Forum Arts will host a holiday edition of its ongoing Jitterbugs: Jazz for Kids program for families with children aged two through seven. The Zoom class, led by early childhood educator and cellist Jody Redhage Ferber, will encourage children and their families to learn about jazz and its various styles through storytelling, movement, instruments and interactive music games. Ferber will also be joined by special guest and saxophonist Tia Fuller during the 30-minute class.

December 19 The Best Concordia Conservatory Christmas: The Movie Theaters may be closed for now due to COVID-19, but the Concordia Conservatory at Concordia College will bring the stage to audiences of all ages on December 19. The Conservatory will broadcast a new film version of its annual Community Holiday Musical production that will contain a timely, moving message. Viewers at home will follow current and past cast members of the Conservatory's Community Musical as they sadly discover that there will be no performance due to the COVID19 pandemic. Reminiscing about past shows, the cast begins to uncover the “best” holiday production yet by performing their favorite musical numbers.

lm Center's screening of The Nutcracker, 12/13 (photo courtesy of Picture House Regional Film Center)


Messiah in Your Living Room Though Handel’s Messiah was initially written as an Easter song, the oratorio has since become synonymous with Christmas. For many, it is a symbolic gong that ushers in the holiday season, with its booming crescendos, passionate arias and the groundswell of joy it produces. It’s no wonder some choral groups and orchestra have taken to performing the work annually. This year, two groups will resurrect their annual performances of Messiah, albeit virtually, bringing joy to the living rooms of their listeners.

December 4 Messiah (Part 1) New Choral Society

The New Choral Society will present its 27th annual Messiah (Part 1), which was recorded live in November, complete with the refined acoustics of the Hitchcock Presbyterian Church in Scarsdale. The recording will debut on December 4 and remain available for viewing throughout December.

December 6 Messiah Sing-Along

Westchester Oratorio Society Westchester Oratorio Society will present a free live-streamed “Scratch” Messiah, a performance in which the audience contributes as chorus members alongside the professionals.



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6 Unusual Holiday Gifts You Can B

Holiday shopping experiences will look different this year, but the artistic merit of the items featured by local arts groups remains high. Shopping locally from cultural institutions is a great way to support the arts while checking one-of-a-kind items off of your holiday gift list. These virtual and in-person holiday boutiques have something for every person and every price range. ArtsWestchester’s Executive Assistant, Megan Thomson Connor, who also manages the organization’s gift shop, chose some of her favorites:


Pop Roxx Gem Tall Threaders by Tara Locklear

at Virtual KMA Jewelry Show 2020 | December 1-4 Tara Locklear's designs, inspired by urban landscapes, are comprised of industrial and re-purposed materials. These earrings ($95) are hand-carved and made from reclaimed skateboards with hand-fabricated oxidized sterling silver findings. Locklear is one of 16 international artists whose work is featured in the Katonah Museum of Art’s virtual jewelry show.


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by Mitchell Visoky at MAG Online Holiday Gift of Art Show | December 1-31 In Mitchell Visoky’s fused glassworks, he layers colors and translucency, a process that can be seen in his paintings and mixed-media pieces as well. During its annual Gift of Art Show, this year online, Mamaroneck Artists Guild will be exhibiting art and fine crafts by its artist members, including Visoky’s Sunshine sculpture ($700), all of which will be available for purchase.

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by Wesley Brown at Clay Art Center Clay Holiday Show | Through December 21 These mugs ($80 each) are both sculptural and functional. In his own words, artist Wesley Brown says that he “acts upon clay with passion to create works that memorialize struggle, trial and triumph.” Brown’s work and the work of other local and nationally recognized artists are available for purchase at Clay Art Center’s Clay Holiday Show, perfect for holiday gift-giving as well as for items for one's own use. Shop online & by appointment (40 Beech Street, Port Chester).


John Jay`s Bedford House Holiday Ornament by Lela Phillips

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This unique holiday ornament ($14) has a watercolor of John Jay's historic Bedford House painted by local artist Lela Phillips. John Jay Homestead has expanded its selection of merchandise for the holidays to include many gift items that feature images of the House, Bedford Farm and the newly installed historic wallpaper found in John Jay's Office. The holiday gift shop is located in the Ballroom of the Main House (400 Jay St., Katonah, NY): Sat 10am-2pm.

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it isn’t a boutique, I couldn’t pass up the ity to mention Tarrytown Music Hall’s limited edition all ornament ($25) available online. After all, it’s the ion’s 135th birthday! Who wouldn’t want to have a Westchester history on their Christmas tree? eds support this historic nonprofit.



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All one wants to do is be heard. Article by Mary Alice Franklin, ArtsNews Editor

Photos (above and right): Recording scenes from Lul (photos courtesy of Rehabilitation Through the Arts)

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“I’ve lost my mother to COVID-19. I am numb. Not because I want to be, but I have to be.” So says one incarcerated man from inside the walls of a nearby Hudson Valley prison. The man couldn’t see or speak to his mother before her passing due to COVID-19 safety protocols. He expressed: “I cried once, and I literally want to cry every day, but if I do I will get labeled as weak.” Katherine Vockins, Founder and Executive Director of Rehabilitation Through the Arts (RTA), explains: “He couldn’t talk to anybody who could help him process this loss. Through our workshops, he had the opportunity to write about the feelings that he was holding inside.” RTA is an organization that uses the creative arts in prisons to teach critical life skills that can be used both inside and outside of prison walls. The program introduces artistic disciplines like theater, visual arts and creative writing to its members, providing them an outlet for expression. For many of these incarcerated and isolated people, the program is a bridge to the outside world. “Sometimes,” the man said, “all one wants to do is be heard.’” His voice is one of many that will be heard during Lulu, I Hear You, a December 9 performance that weaves together writings that were penned by RTA members during the pandemic. The performance also includes a poem written by an alum of the program. The poem is dedicated to the only incarcerated woman in New York State who died from COVID-19 – her friend, Lulu. But the process for facilitating and collecting these writings was “highly complicated,” according to Vockins. Normally, RTA sends 25 teaching artists into six midHudson Valley facilities two to three times per week to serve 200+ members. However, once the pandemic hit, in-person workshops became impossible. RTA went to great lengths to keep its program active, pivoting their approach several times along the way to keep up with COVID-times. In mid-March, RTA rewrote its existing curriculum and converted all workshops into paper lessons that could be done


sitting alone in a cell. Each member was also supplied with a non-spiral-bound composition notebook in which to complete writing assignments. By the end of May, it became clear that the pandemic was sticking around, forcing RTA to shift gears once again. They recorded audio lessons on “prison-appropriate” cassettes that don’t contain any metal. These cassettes needed to be duplicated hundreds of times. Beyond the tapes, the cassette players also needed to be “the right ones” – translucent and unable to record. Everything needed to go through security and be x-rayed at each facility. The prisoners once again worked on these RTA activities while isolated in their cells. “Producing workshops and then duplicating them was an enormous job, but it worked,” said Vockins. One RTA member in particular wrote a one-act play around what happened when he received the envelope from RTA with his cassettes in it, but realized that he didn’t have a player yet. This play is now a centerpiece of the December 9 performance. All of this hard work led to Lulu. The writings of these incarcerated men and women became the foundation of RTA’s upcoming performance. Vockins explains: “The performance is a collection of narratives and comments about life inside during the pandemic. It’s an amalgamation of pieces that are held together with the Lulu poem, which runs as a thread throughout. Then there is also this story about how to get a cassette player within a maximum-security prison when you can’t go anywhere…Our Programs Director, Joe Giardina, took the time over multiple weeks to adapt these pieces into a cohesive presentation.” The 30-minute performance will be presented on Zoom, followed by a live talkback with RTA alumni. “[With the government-mandated shelter-in-place guidelines], we’ve gotten a taste for what it’s like to be isolated,” said Vockins. “We’ve been doing it for x-number of weeks or months, while they’ve been doing it for years.”




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YOUR IMPACT ArtsWestchester will match* new gifts up to $5,000. * Up to $5,000 per organization until all available funds have been allocated.

Donate to any of the following eligible organizations: Actors Conservatory Theatre • Afrikan Healing Circle Inc. • Antonia Arts, Inc. • Arc Stages • ArchForKids • Arts and Culture Committee • Arts10566 • AsburyCrestwood United Methodist Church • Axial Theatre • Ballet des Amériques School & Company • Bedford Playhouse • Bethany Arts Community • Black Marble Duo • Blue Door Art Center • Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts • CareerVisions • Clay Art Center • CLC Foundation, Inc. • Clocktower Players • Concordia Conservatory • Copland House • Cross Cultural Connection • Downtown Music at Grace, Inc. • Enslaved Africans' Rain Garden • Fine Arts Orchestral Society of Yonkers • Friends of Music Concerts, Inc • GoJo Clan Productions • Gooseberry-Studio / Night Multimedia Art • Greenburgh Public Library • Groundwork Hudson Valley • Hamm & Clov Stage Company • Hammond Museum • Harrigan Educational & Cultural Center • Harrison Public Library Foundation, Inc. • Historic Hudson Valley • Hoff-Barthelson Music School • Hudson Chorale, Inc. • Hudson Stage Company • Hudson Valley MOCA • Hudson Valley Singers Corp • Hudson Valley Writers' Center • India Center of Westchester • Jacob Burns Film Center • Jazz Forum Arts • Katonah Museum of Art • Lagond Music School • Lyndhurst • Mamaroneck Artists Guild • Money Makin' Mob • Mount Kisco Arts Council • Mount Vernon Arts and Culture • Mount Vernon Friends of Parks and Recreation • Mount Vernon Public Library • Museum of Arts & Culture • Music Conservatory of Westchester • Mustafa Music Foundation • Neuberger Museum of Art • New Era Creative Space, Inc. • New Rochelle Council on the Arts • New Rochelle Opera, Inc. • New Westchester Symphony Orchestra • Niji No Kai • Northern Star Quilters' Guild, Inc. • Nowodworski Foundation • O'Bey Foundation, Inc. • OCA - Westchester/Hudson Valley Chapter • Ossining Arts Council • Ossining Documentary & Discussion Series • Ossining Public Library • Paramount Hudson Valley Arts • Peekskill Arts Alliance, Inc. • Pelham Art Center • PJS Jazz Society • Pleasantville Music Theatre, Inc. • Purchase College PAC • Rebecca Thomas - A Palo Seco Flamenco Company • Rehabilitation Through The Arts • Revelators Inc. • Rivertowns Art Council • Rivertowns Village Green • Ruth Keeler Memorial Library • Saint Paul's UMC • Sidra Bell Dance New York (SBDNY, Inc.) • Sleepy Hollow PAC • Songcatchers • Sound Shore Chorale of New Rochelle, Inc. • St. Thomas Orchestra • Steffi Nossen Dance Foundation • STEM Alliance of Larchmont-Mamaroneck • Taconic Opera, Inc. • Tarrytown Music Hall • The Chappaqua Orchestra • The Emelin Theatre for the Performing Arts • The Erwin C. and Isabelle Ziegelman Foundation/Accent Dance NYC • The Friends of the North Castle Public Library, Inc. • The Neighborhood House • The Picture House Regional Film CentervThe Play Group Theater • The Rye Arts Center • The Scarsdale Arts Council, Inc. • The Schoolhouse Theater & Arts Center • The Symphony of Westchester • The Westchester Chordsmen • The Westchester Italian Cultural Center • The Y Dance Academy at The Family YMCA at Tarrytown • Thomas H. Slater Center, Inc. • Tribes Hill • Tutti Bravi Productions • Untermyer Performing Arts Council, Inc. • Urban Studio Unbound • Warner Library • Wartburg • Westchester Children's Chorus, Inc. • Westchester Children's Museum • Westchester Collaborative Theater • Westchester Philharmonic • Westchester Public Private Partnership for Aging Services • White Plains Performing Arts Center • White Plains Public Library Foundation • YoFi Fest, Inc. • YOHO Artist Collective • Yonkers Arts • Yonkers Downtown BID • Yonkers Riverfront Library • Youth Theatre Interactions

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Beethoven the Environmentalist by Joshua Worby, Executive & Artistic Director, Westchester Philharmonic Editor’s Note: On April 19, the Westchester Philharmonic was set to perform a concert program that celebrated both the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and the 250th birth year of Ludwig van Beethoven. At that time, we asked the Philharmonic's executive & artistic director, Joshua Worby, to write about the marriage of music and nature found in Beethoven's work. Sadly, that program had to be cancelled due to the pandemic. However, as Beethoven's birthday is on December 16, we thought this an apt opportunity to publish Worby's article. Artists have always looked to nature for inspiration. In fact, they cannot avoid it. Beyond “nature” as a literal subject, such as a painter’s landscape or a composer using instruments to emulate nature’s sounds, it is a fundamental, even unconscious, starting place in which the natural world defines the medium. Whether a painter paints a landscape, an interior or a portrait, the first consideration is light: its source, level, direction. For a composer, it is tempo, in which our own biological functions are the points of departure: our heartbeat, respiration, walking. The artist’s connection to nature doesn’t stop there. Color, shape, and perspective; pitch, amplitude, and envelope (how a sound starts and stops) all have their origins in the natural world. The artist observes, absorbs, and synthesizes these elements. Abstract art and contemporary music do not ignore these fundamental forces, they simply deconstruct them to one extent (minimalism) or another (randomness), and anywhere in between. And painters and composers can easily cross into each other’s

terrain: Jackson Pollock’s splatter paintings have a palpable rhythm; Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring splashes us with color. Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Beethoven, and countless others have often made literal use of nature: Flutes emulate birds, strings evoke wind, brass and percussion deliver a thunderstorm. But Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto offers no such literal connections. It begins like no other concerto had ever begun before, with a solitary opening for the piano, brief and contemplative. The strings enter in kind, but we are suddenly unsure of where we are, as if the tonal milieu has entirely changed. Soon we know it hasn’t. Those first few moments of the work might be thought of as a dream, then an awakening, but just as in nature, the light has changed. One cannot listen to the Fourth Piano Concerto and not viscerally sense nature’s presence, even though there are no bird calls or thunderclaps. At the time, Beethoven’s opening was convention-shattering. A concerto – the format is typically defined as a solo instrument with orchestra – had always begun with an orchestral introduction before the solo instrument would make its grand entrance. Beethoven wasn’t aiming at defiance, the way an impish Mozart or devious Haydn might. The Fourth Piano Concerto’s opening wasn’t borne of an intellectual objective. Beethoven, whose love of nature is well-documented, was in a sense a neutral vessel, through which the outside world would enter and become synthesized into a musical outpouring. Thankfully, that “vessel” lived in a time of clean air and water…and was also a genius.



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news briefs


Westchester Collaborative Theater Celebrates Ten Years Westchester Collaborative Theater (WCT) in Ossining is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month with Cheers to 10 Years!, an evening of live-streamed theater and music. The December 12 event will reprise scenes from three of the Theater’s past productions and preview work from its upcoming 2021 season. In addition, musicians Alexis Cole and K.J. Denhert will each perform. WCT nurtures new stage works by helping its 130+ actor, playwright and director members to develop their skills and receive feedback and critiques from their peers. The company typically presents two mainstage productions and several play readings annually.

Copland House and NPR’s Tiny Desk Series

(photo source: NPR)

Music from Copland House went straight to the source for its latest performance: the writing desk of Aaron Copland himself. The group recently performed on NPR’s famed “Tiny Desk” series. Typically, the intimate video performances in this series are recorded live at the desk of All Things Considered host Bob Boilen. However during the pandemic, groups have been recording from their own creative locations. Performing in the video are Curtis Macomber (violin), Carol Wincenc (flute) and Artistic and Executive Director Michael Boriskin, playing Copland's own piano. The set includes Duo for flute and piano: II. Poetic, somewhat mournful; III. Lively, with bounce, which was written at the desk that is featured in the video.

ArtsWestchester Appoints Two New Affiliate Board Members

Top: Laura deBuys, Bottom: Dave Steck

ArtsWestchester has appointed two new Affiliate Board Members to its Board of Trustees. Laura deBuys, President and Executive Director of Picture House Regional Film Center, and Dave Steck, Co-Founder and Executive Director of YoFiFest were both nominated by their Affiliate peers and then confirmed by ArtsWestchester’s Nominating Committee and Board. Each will serve a two-year term. Laura deBuys has served as president and executive director of the Picture House Regional Film Center in Pelham since 2014. In non-COVID times, Picture House screens films 364 days a year for more than 42,000 people, fields more than 40 arts education programs in area schools and partners with countless non-profit and community-based organizations throughout Westchester. She was previously the stage manager of over 100 productions including Broadway shows, national tours and corporate events. She has also developed marketing and fundraising strategies for established organizations like the Salvation Army of Greater New York, Children’s Hope India, Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum and more. Dave Steck is Co-Founder and Executive Director of the YoFiFest (Yonkers Film Fest). Steck is a filmmaker who specializes in telling compelling stories with stylistic visuals and engaging narratives. He has created and produced feature films, television shows, commercials and more, giving him a unique approach to projects and a vision to unlock their potential. The two-time Emmy Award-nominee was an Adjunct Professor at Sarah Lawrence College in the Graduate Writing Institute, served on the Yonkers Arts Council board and is also an active member of Arts Round Table – Yonker,s and the YOHO Artist Studios. His digital collage work has been shown in galleries including Blue Door Art Center, Urban Studio Unbound and more.


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MARSHA ON THE MOVE Monthly Web Feature

In Memoriam: Alan Simon Arts patron Dr. Alan Simon recently passed away at his home in Greenwich, CT. Professionally, Alan was a dentist for many decades, whose ready smile put patients at ease and gave them confidence in his skills. He and his wife Deborah (Debbie) have been collectors, patrons, trustees Alan Simon (photo credit: Barry Mason) and friends of the arts for many years as well. An avid traveler and talented photographer, Alan loved to traverse the world, and once said “I want to see the world before I leave it.” A loyal arts supporter, he and Debbie never missed an ArtsWestchester exhibition and have always focused their support locally, helping to keep the arts alive in Westchester. Cultural organizations they have supported include Friends of the Neuberger Museum of Art, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, the Bruce Museum, Clay Art Center, Performing Arts Center at Purchase College and ArtsWestchester.

When Business Council of Westchester President Marsha Gordon, is not advocating for businesses in the County, she can be found at the cinema or theater. Read Marsha's reviews on ArtsWestchester's "As a Matter of Art " blog:

(photo source: Netflix)

Rita (Netflix)


Another great Danish show on Netflix. The main character Rita is a deliciously “so-bad,” but really so-good, woman of conviction. She has a passion for standing up for children who need champions for justice – against other children, teachers, the principal, mayors and even their own parents. In becoming this champion, she breaks many rules, often jeopardizing her own standing, and even her own livelihood. However, her sense of integrity and justice surpass all obstacles. Rita is fierce, or portrays that on the surface, but others challenge her hard exterior: a best friend who almost loses her own family to protect her, a lover who struggles with his own life trajectory, and the children who depend on her. Rita’s motherhood is based on acceptance and is sometimes unconventional; she holds her children close and then knows when to let them go. Rita struggles with her own perceived inadequacies, and we struggle with her as she navigates the task of starting a new school, moving on from her home, losing a dear friend and absorbing the blame, and having many sexual liaisons that also result in changing lives. Rita is unyielding in her convictions and they are rooted in good, even if she struggles with how they are implemented. Like many women I know, Rita questions herself – but she never questions her steadfast commitment to the children in her charge, especially those most vulnerable. I know many Ritas in my life. I wish for those women that they triumph with this woman as I have.



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upcoming virtual and in-person arts activities

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Artwork by Tamar Drucker, Captured Moments, virtual exhibition presented by Harrison Council for the Arts, at Harrison Public Library, through 12/30 (photo courtesy of Harrison Public Library)

Arc Stages presents online and in-person classes, live-streamed concerts, open mic night sessions and classes, both on-site and online.

• Teen Tuesdays & Thursdays program:

Drawing Doodles: December 9 at 4-4:45pm via Zoom. To register, email

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.

Bedford Playhouse’s Virtual Playhouse brings a selection of interactive programs, from comedies to environmental documentaries, author talks, weekly trivia for kids and more. The theater recently began IN PERSON movie screenings.

ArtsWestchester is providing an "Art of the Week" assignment every Monday on Instagram, ArtsMobile activities, Teen Tuesdays and Thursdays programs and more. • Give Us the Vote 2020, an online exhibition that explores the history of voting rights in America and celebrates the power of the ballot. Through December 31. • Online Creative Writing Workshop for Seniors: December 2 at 10:30-11:30am via Zoom. To register, call Jessica Cioffoletti at 914-980-6275.

Bethany Arts Community presents Art in the Time of COVID, an exhibition, featuring the works of teaching artists from the New York State Artists Teacher Association, that explores current issues through confrontation, escape, negotiation and affirmation (IN PERSON). Reservations are encouraged but not required. Gallery hours: Mon-Fri: 10am-12pm and 1-3pm. • Artist Talks via Facebook Live: Cherie Lee (December 3 at 7pm), Anantha Krishnan (December 10 at 12:30pm), Chigozie Obi (December 13 at 2pm),

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Brice Garrett (December 17 at 12:30pm) • Paul Cézanne- an online art history course: Tuesdays, January 19-February 23, 2021 at 10-11am Blue Door Art Center is open to the public and presents a Holiday Art and Crafts Show, featuring paintings, sculptures, jewelry, and more works available for purchase (IN PERSON). The Holiday Shop will run from December 5-30. 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. 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 world-renowned artists on caramoor. • TENET Vocal Artists (livestream): December 12 at 5pm Center for the Digital Arts, Westchester Community College will host Fall classes online and via remote learning. The Center offers digital arts education, including web development, 2D/3D animation, digital video and more. Click here for the full list of classes. • Virtual Artist Talk- Jean-Marc Superville Sovak: December 10 at 6pm via Zoom • Online Class - Weekend Front End Coding Boot Camp (Ages 14+): December 5-13 at 9:30 am-4:30pm via Zoom • Online Class - Social Media Strategies and Tactics (Ages 14+): Thursdays, January 21-February 11, 2021 at 6-9pm via Zoom. • Online Class - Design Thinking: Thursdays from January 28-March 11, 2021 at 6:30-9:30 pm via Zoom. To register, contact Dr. Sherry Mayo at or 914-606-7385.

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Clay Art Center has reopened its studios for open studio sessions by appointment (IN PERSON). The Center also offers virtual classes, artist lectures and demonstrations, as well as a virtual exhibition, Concepts in Clay: Artists of Color, which features the work of eight Black artists. Clay Art Center’s Clay Holiday Show features ceramic works by local and nationally recognized artists. The shop is available online & by appointment. • Virtual Artist Talk with Max Seinfeld: December 17 at 7pm • Learn to Use the Potter's Wheel: December 4 & 18 at 7pm (IN PERSON) Lights on the Town by Mireille Duchesne, Small Works Sale at Oak & Oil, through 12/31 (image courtesy of Oak & Oil)



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upcoming virtual and in-person arts activities • Family Wheel Night (Ages 9-99):

December 19 at 6pm (IN PERSON) • Saturday Clay (Ages 6-99): December 5 & 19 at 2-4pm (IN PERSON) Color Camera Club of Westchester will be presenting photographic programs via Zoom. Audiences can also visit the photography club's website to view an exhibit of images from its members. Concordia Conservatory will present a movie version of its annual Community Holiday Musical on December 19 at 7pm. When word gets out that there will be no Concordia Holiday Community Musical due to COVID, current and past performers reminisce about past shows and perform their favorite musical numbers to determine the “best” holiday musical. Copland House's virtual performance and conversation series, UNDERSCORED, offers premieres, revivals and classics by American composers. Each program includes a conversation, performance and live Q&A. Downtown Music at Grace is broadcasting its noon concerts of chamber music and a variety of genres on its YouTube page. • The Downtown Sinfonietta Chamber Players: December 2 at 12:15pm • Jomion & The Uklos: December 9 at 12:15pm • Chamber Music With the Westchester Philharmonic: January 13 at 12:15pm Friends of Music Concerts will offer a recording by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center for a period of five days. On December 5, a recording by violinist Amaud Sussemann will feature the works of Bach and Chausson.

The Ground Glass presents an online group photography exhibition, The Decisive Moment Revisited and Abstractions. 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. • December exhibition - Opening Reception: December 5 at 10am on Zoom and Facebook • Virtual January Exhibition: Opening Reception: January 2, 2021 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, online book clubs, yoga classes for adults and more. For a complete list of programs, virtual classes and workshops, visit • Captured Moments, a virtual art exhibit by Tamar Drucker Hoff-Barthelson Music School presents a fall classes program for grades 1-12, which will offer students the opportunity to grow in their enjoyment and practice of music. • Adult Student Musicale: December 12 at 2pm Hudson Chorale will provide a live-streamed concert, featuring movements of Vivaldi’s Gloria and songs by and an interview with Irish singer and composer Julie Feeney. Reservations can be made for the Zoom webinar beginning in January on the Chorale’s website: www. Hudson River Museum presents Women to the Fore, an exhibition that gives voice and space to more than forty female-identifying artists, spanning one hundred and fifty years (IN PERSON). Also on view: Landscape Art & Virtual Travel: Highlights from the Collections of the HRM and Art Bridges. Museum Hours: Thurs-Sun: 12–5pm. Hudson Valley Museum of Contemporary Art is reopened by appointment, with an expanded exhibition of How We Live. Virtual tours 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 • Writing the Walls - A Virtual Poetry Project How We Live in collaboration with Studio Theater in Exile: Ongoing Hudson Valley Music Club announced its 96th season with virtual concerts by internationally acclaimed artists on Monday afternoons and Tuesday mornings.

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Hudson Valley Writers Center will present free readings throughout the month and a special offer on Slapering Hol Press chapbooks. A series of classes and readings, all online, are open for registration. For a complete list, visit • Alice Quinn Presents: Together in a Sudden Strangeness—America’s Poets Respond to the Pandemic: December 4 at 7-8:30pm • Submission Sundays: December 6 at 12:30pm • Fiction Workshop with Kirsten Bakis via Zoom: December 7 at 10:15am • Monday Night Poetry Workshop with Alex Dimitrov via Zoom: December 7 at 6:30pm • Fiction with Lena Valencia on Zoom: December 12 at 12:30pm • Reading by Lynn Emanuel, Lucia LoTempio, and Lauren Russell on Zoom: December 16 at 7pm • Reading by Jane Hirshfield & Rachel Eliza Griffiths via Zoom: January 31, 2021 at 4pm India Center of Westchester will present a Republic Day of India on January 31, 2021 via Zoom. This celebration of Indian culture will include folk music, Bollywood dances and more. Irvington Theater will stream a recording of last year’s sold-out Holiday Celebration concert for audiences on December 4. Musicians Parker Reilly and the Electric Stories will perform holiday rock tunes and classic seasonal songs from Chuck Berry, Darlene Love and more. Jacob Burns Film Center screens new releases and repertory films in its Virtual Screening Room, and provides short films with related activities for kids. Jazz Forum Arts has launched Jazz Forum @ Home, a series of concerts that are live-streamed on Facebook Live every Saturday at 7pm, and Jitterbugs @ Home, which will host an online jazz holiday special for kids aged 2-7 on December 13.

Mr. Dickens Tells A Christmas Carol, M&M Performing Arts Company at Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum, 12/13-20 (photo credit: Jenny Wilkins)

Katonah Museum of Art has reopened its Museum and Learning Center, which is offering art workshops for all ages. Visitors can purchase tickets to see the Hands & Earth: Perspectives on Japanese Contemporary Ceramics and Rothko exhibitions, which are on view John Jay Homestead's holiday gift shop will feature images of the through January 24, 2021 (IN PERSON). Admission is by advance John Jay House, Bedford Farm and the newly installed historic reservation. Hours: Tues-Sat: 10am-5pm, and Sun: 12-5pm. wallpaper found in John Jay's Office. The holiday gift shop is located • Virtual KMA Jewelry Show, featuring contemporary jewelry in the Ballroom of the Main House in Katonah. Th shop will run through and wearable art that will be available for purchase. December 26. Hours: Saturdays at 10am–2pm. December 1-4



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December 7 at 4:30pm Picture & Prose- a virtual tour & discussion: January 7 at 11-1pm ARTalk with Michael Gitlitz, Executive Director of the KMA (co-sponsored by the Ridgefield Guild of Artists): January 10 at 2pm Virtual Director’s Series: The Future of the Museum: January 14 at 7pm

Lyndhurst Mansion offers winter grounds passes to the property between the hours of 10am and 3pm as the property closes at 4pm (IN PERSON). Purchase passes here. The Voices of the Landscape exhibition is also available online. Mamaroneck Artists Guild (MAG) will present A Gift of Art 2020, a holiday art show and boutique of works by the MAG members. The show will be on view online and on-site (TBD) on December 1-31. M&M Performing Arts Company will present performances of Mr. Dickens Tells A Christmas Carol at the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum this December (IN PERSON). Taken from the original script, actor Michael Muldoon will play Charles Dickens and bring the travails



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Pelham Art Center’s presents its annual exhibition and sale of handmade art items through December 23, with a virtual opening reception for the artists and makers on December 3rd at 5pm. The Center also offers a series of virtual studio visits and workshops. The Picture House is screening New York International Children’s Film Festival’s “Kid Flicks,” featuring new children’s films from around the world with accompanying family-friendly activities. • Virtual The Nutcracker Magical Matinee: December 13 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. Play Group Theatre's performing arts programs have been adapted for in-person and online participation in Fall 2020. Programs include: Virtual Stage, Sketch Comedy, On Camera, Shakespeare, Teen Co, Design/Tech, Playwriting, Improv and more!


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New Choral Society will present a virtual performance of choruses and solos from Handel's Messiah on December 4 at 7pm. The Society’s orchestra will also perform an evening of chamber music on January 23 at 8pm at Hitchcock Presbyterian Church (IN PERSON). Purchase tickets here. Oak and Oil invites audiences to shop from a curated selection of small art works on view at the gallery and online through December 31. Ossining Public Library will collaborate with Studio Theater in Exile (STIE) to provide programming for the library. The program will provide events from STIE’s online Climbing the Walls collection of art and performance. Each month, the work of one visual artist and one performing artist will be available through the Ossining Library Newsletter.

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Virtual live concert by Alastair Moock, Walkabout Clearwater Coffeehouse, 12/12 (photo credit: Mara Brod)

Purchase College Conservatory of Music will stream performances on the Conservatory’s YouTube page. • Virtual Chamber Music Festival: December 5 at 7pm • Livestream Concert Soul Voices: December 9 at 7pm • Livestream Concert: The Purchase Symphony Orchestra: December 11 at 7pm • Livestream Concert: Purchase Chorus: December 14 at 7pm • Livestream Concert: Students of the Purchase College composition studio: December 16 at 7pm Rehabilitation Through The Arts (RTA) will present a virtual performance of Lulu, I Hear You, a 30-character performance piece based on poetry and stories RTA received from the men and women we work with at NYS prisons during the Covid-19 pandemic. The December 9 performance will be followed by a live talkback with RTA alumni. 6pm.

RiverArts continues its Stitch & “Complain" program with Amanda Hsiao on December 3 at 7pm at HudCo, 145 Palisade St, Suite 200, Dobbs Ferry (IN PERSON). This socially-distanced knitting circle welcomes knitters and crocheters of all experience levels. Ruth Keeler Memorial Library is offering curbside service and highlights its digital collection, including e-books, audio books, music and streaming movies, and more for anyone with their library card. • Outdoor In-Person Story Times for Families: Wednesdays at 11-11:30am (IN PERSON) • Voice actor Alan Sklar reads A Child’s Christmas in Wales: December 13 at 4pm (IN PERSON) Rye Arts Center's Member Exhibit will be on display in the center’s gallery and online beginning December 10 (IN PERSON). Gallery visits are by appointment. Click here to book online. The Center also offers

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in-person and virtual classes in drawing, painting, ceramics, coding, robotics and more. • Make a Koala with Polymer Clay: December 5 at 2 & 3pm (IN PERSON) • Virtual Winter Recital by the RAC Music Students: December 19-20 at 9am The Schoolhouse Theater’s Pandemic Players will continue to present free Zoom readings of an assortment of plays. • Virtual Reading - A Child's Christmas is Wales & The Gift of the Magi: December 5 at 3pm • Virtual Reading: A Christmas Carol: December 12 at 3pm • Virtual Reading: A Tuna Christmas: December 12 at 3pm • Virtual Reading: The Man Who Came To Dinner: December 26 at 3pm Steffi Nossen School of Dance is offering virtual dance classes this winter. Classes include modern, ballet, jazz tap, hip-hop, preprofessional programs and more. Taconic Opera and the New York Opera Conservatory offer a prerecorded production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni via YouTube. The Conservatory re-imagined 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. Tarrytown Music Hall's “Night In With the Music Hall” series continues this fall with live weekly streams. • Livestream Concert - Bill Kelly: December 2 at 6pm Teatown Lake Reservation will host various weekly nature classes for children aged 3-12 with enrollment limited to eight children (IN PERSON). Walkabout Clearwater Coffeehouse will present Alastair Moock in a live virtual concert on December 12 at 7:30pm via Zoom. Moock is a Grammy Award-nominated family music performer and a provider of school assemblies and residencies for students of all ages. Westchester Chamber Music Society will stream an all-Beethoven program by The Ying Quartet on December 6 at 4pm. There will also be a post-concert Q&A with the musicians. Westchester Children’s Museum continues its virtual learning programs and resources, with STEAM activities for the whole family, an early literacy interactive program and more.


The Westchester Chordsmen will present “Home for the Holidays,“ a virtual winter holiday concert on December 13 at 7pm. The concert will include a variety of holiday favorites, sung by more than 65 members and a few member quartets. The concert will stream online from December 14-31. Westchester Collaborative Theater in Ossining will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a live-streamed evening of theater and music on December 12 at 8pm. Scenes from three of its productions over the past decade will be reprised and works from its upcoming 2021 season will be performed. Alexis Cole and K.J. Denhert will also provide entertainment throughout the evening. Westchester Italian Cultural Center presents live-streamed webinars, featuring lectures, concerts and demonstrations. • Webinar: The Enduring Appeal of Italian Female Saints: December 9th at 7pm The Westchester Oratorio Society is presenting virtual rehearsals for its upcoming fall repertoire. • Virtual Performance of Handel’s Messiah: December 6 at 3pm White Plains Performing Arts Center will present Santa’s Holiday Extravaganza, featuring pre-recorded holiday songs, stories and traditions on December 11-13. • Lorna Luft in Concert: January 16, 2021 at 8pm (IN PERSON) White Plains Public Library is open to the public and allows a limited number of patrons into the building to browse and borrow materials (IN PERSON). The library's webpage also provides online resources for families. Library hours: Mon-Thurs: 10am-7pm and Fri-Sat: 1-5pm.

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